60. "The Class" (2009)

Laurent Cantet's high school drama is both remarkably authentic and a lot more interesting than actually going to high school.

59. "American Splendor" (2003)

It's a fabulous, original blend of narrative and documentary, film and comic book.

58. "Zodiac" (2007)

In the crowded serial-killer genre, David Fincher's dramatization of the Zodiac Killer case stands out for its gripping depiction of frustration.

57. "Fantastic Mr. Fox" (2009)

There may be more substance to his other films, but this is Wes Anderson at his most delightful.

56. "Memento" (2001)

Although telling a story backward with a memory-challenged protagonist is a great gimmick, Christopher Nolan's smart neo-noir holds up no matter which way you look at it.

55. "Fog of War" (2004)

Errol Morris' documentary about government war analyst Robert McNamara makes a charged plea not to repeat the past through a mostly penitent man who remembers everything.

54. "Under the Sand" (2001)

A haunting image of grief from French filmmaker Francois Ozon, capped off by a top-tier performance from Charlotte Rampling.

53. "Hunger" (2009)

It effectively relies on unique, arresting imagery to inspire sympathy for its Irish Republican Army protestors, and promises great things to come from British artist-turned-filmmaker Steve McQueen.

52. "The Five Obstructions" (2004)

In his challenge to Danish countryman Jorgen Leth to remake his own earlier work with five separate sets of harsh rules, Lars von Trier reveals some fascinating things about filmmaking, inspiration and the motives behind his own movies.

51. "Sugar" (2009)

While it's a touching personal drama about a Dominican pitcher in the minor leagues, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's second film is also an astute look at the immigration debate in relation to America's pastime.