64. There Will Be Blood (2007)
Forget just having one of the coolest titles in the history of cinema, “There Will Be Blood” also has one of the best performances. Daniel Day-Lewis is absolutely electrifying in this movie, and despite how hard this movie tries to be anything but, it has a rhythm all its own. Add on top of all that, a score by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood that is devastatingly haunting. Watching this movie is akin to holding a stripped and still live wire in your hands. You can feel it pulsing through you.
63. American Beauty (1999)
“American Beauty” is alternatingly one of the funniest and most heartbreaking films ever made. It holds up a mirror to those of us in modern-day suburbia and shows us not only our sometimes hard to see failures but our successes as well. Not all hope is lost, we just need to look closer.
62. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
One of the best romantic comedies ever made, and certainly the best science fiction romantic comedies ever made. Few relationships have ever come alive on film like Joel and Clementine’s. Despite the entire plot of the film involving the erasing of memories created by a relationship, the point of the film is the exact opposite. Change happens. We are what we are shaped into. And to degrade or delete any of that would be to deny the entire point of life. Living. Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet are fantastic, and Michael Gondry is one of the most innovative filmmakers working today. Together, they ensure that you participate in this film just as much as they do.
61. Up (2009)
Quite possibly the best animated film ever made. It’s touching, charming, and funny. It has old people, talking dogs, and true love. It’s also extremely beautiful to watch. It’s the rare kid’s movie that is just as good for adults, if not better. There’s no reason not to watch this film over and over again.
60. A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
“A Fistful of Dollars” is the film that introduced the western world to the marvelous talent that was Serigo Leone and helped coin the phrase “Spaghetti Western”. At a time when the western in Hollywood was beginning to die out, it took an Italian to not only bring it back, but re-invent it. And with Clint Eastwood as his leading man, “A Fistful of Dollars” is one of those rare films that feels as if it was destined to be made. (And it wouldn’t even be Eastwood and Leone’s best collaboration.) Often imitated but never duplicated, “A Fistful of Dollars” is filmmaking at its best.