80. The Matrix (1999) - In 2009, Avatar revolutionized visual effects in film. Ten years earlier as new digital technology was growing exponentially, The Matrix became a predecessor for those that would follow it, including Avatar. It had mind-blowing visuals, as well as a complex story that questions the vary nature of our universe. It was a vision, and not just because it was groundbreaking in terms of its visual complex. It was a vision from the visionary Wachowski brothers who put into the universe a haunting tale, combined it with eastern action pieces, and created a modern science fiction masterpiece that survives till this very day as a classic.
76. Ed Wood (1994) - Tim Burton, in the last couple of years, seems to have either lost some of his spark, or simply needs to take a break from Johnny Depp. But in the 1990's, and through the last decade, Burton and Depp were simply on a roll. And one of their most fascinating, weird, and creative endeavors was 1994's Ed Wood. Featuring a young Depp, along with an Oscar winning performance from the legendary Martin Landau, Ed Wood is the story of a director who makes really bad movies (maybe after Dark Shadows, Burton needs to rewatch his own work). Shot in black and white, with splashes of color, it is actually a bit of a change for Burton, not featuring fantasy, the supernatural as much, as a colorful and strange cast of characters. It is a brilliant look at film making, wonderfully weird, and one of the most clever and original pieces of a great decade for film.
72. Good Will Hunting (1997) - It is still hard to believe just how young Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were when they wrote this incredible little film about a brilliant janitor, who discovers his own place in this would with the help of a psychiatrist. Now we see two men who are both blossoming in their respective careers, and after a film like this I expected nothing less (although both had to get through some rough spots to get to their current point). Good Will Hunting is a warm and infectious film, aptly directed by Gus Van Sant, featured truly authentic and wam screenplay, and some incredible performances. Particularly Robin Williams, who proves himself to be more than just a funny guy. It manages to avoid some of the cliches that populate so many inspirational films, and I thought its ending was a perfect cap to great film.