50. "Fast Runner" (2002)

Honed by generations of oral re-telling, the Inuit legend behind this is a delicious stew of rivalry, jealousy and murder, updated for the screen with a stunning visual presentation.

49. "The Hurt Locker" (2009)

Action movie tropes get an excellent, full-body workout in Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar-buzzing Iraq drama.

48. "I Heart Huckabees" (2004)

A viral video of director David O. Russell screaming at Lily Tomlin suggests an intense mood on set, yet this existential crisis comedy remains surprisingly light and airy.

47. "Up in the Air" (2009)

Clever, incisive and funny, Jason Reitman's new film is the first fiction feature to tackle the mass layoffs we've come to know recently, and it's going to be a tough one to beat.

46. "The Devil and Daniel Johnston" (2006)

Here's one amazing example of the symbiotic link that can lie between creativity and mental illness.

45. "Moolaade" (2004)

Late African master Ousmane Sembene pulls off a remarkable feat a joyous, uplifting movie about female circumcision.

44. "Y Tu Mama Tambien" (2002)

Underneath a lot of sexy, boyish energy is one very clever and mature tale of growing up.

43. "The Triplets of Belleville" (2004)

Sylvain Chomet's animated feature is an undeniably odd but thoroughly charming delight for all ages.

42. "Me and You and Everyone We Know" (2005)

She's been keeping busy on the art circuit, but this endearing, beautifully acted first feature makes you wish Miranda July would get back to filmmaking.

41. "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" (2006)

Michel Gondry's doc concentrates a one-of-a-kind concert into 90 minutes of infectious cinematic pleasure.