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Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Director: Billy Wilder
The writer-director tears off the hand that feeds, attacking empty-headed and -hearted Hollywood with devastating satirical savagery. A beautiful turn, too, from the forgotten man of the Golden Age, William Holden. Read Review

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The Usual Suspects (1995)
Director: Bryan Singer
Elegantly unspooling Christopher McQuarrie’s labyrinthine script, it’s a none-more-deft deconstruction of storytelling that somehow retains emotion. Read Review

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The Graduate (1967)
Director: Mike Nichols
Captured an age of simultaneously emerging and demolished ideals, as Dustin Hoffman’s lovelorn outsider discovers the discontent and sexual simmer in suburbia. Read Review

Come And See (1985)
Director: Elem Klimov
Under-seen but riding high on critics’ and filmmakers’ lists, this is the Russian Apocalypse Now, a dizzying, terrifying portrayal of brutality and genocide during the Nazis’ scorched-earth campaign through Belorussia.

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Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)
Director: Steven Spielberg
The mashed-potato masterpiece, with Richard Dreyfuss’ Roy Neary one of Spielberg’s most complicated creations — a family man whose selfishness is out of this world. Love it? You are not alone. Read Review

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This poll was conducted in November 2008. The list was compiled using votes from Empire readers, Hollywood actors, actress and key film critics.

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