The Fountain is a visually stunning and challenging sci-fi fantasy film about three parallel stories of romance spanning a thousand years, with the focus of the film on existence and death. Hugh Jackman gives a shockingly moving performance, but the film's visual effects are the most remarkable thing about The Fountain. The film can be hard to follow and is quite existential, but the human emotions of the story are unmistakable. The Fountain is a profound and truly fantastic film that you won't forget. You'll like it if: You like fantasy movies, movies about philosophy, Pi or The New World.
4. Brazil (1985) Directed by Terry Gilliam, rated R, 132 minutes
Brazil is a visually arresting and wonderfully creative sci-fi comedy about a bureaucrat in an bizarre 1984-esque dystopia, who tries to correct an administrative mistake and accidentally becomes an enemy of the state. The film is filled with well written and hilarious characters, especially Jonathan Pryce in the lead, who's hopelessly lovable, and Robert De Niro as a terrorist, who's hysterically funny. The film's future is wildly imaginative and endlessly entertaining, and the story is really a wild ride. Brazil is a fun film that is truly original -- it's visionary director Terry Gilliam's masterpiece. You'll like it if: You like dystopian movies, sci-fi movies or Twelve Monkeys.
3. Synecdoche, New York (2008) Directed by Charlie Kaufman, rated R, 124 minutes
Synecdoche is an oddly humorous, very dark and hopelessly surreal reality-bending film about a theatre director with a life full of struggles who attempts to craft the ultimate play, in a warehouse where he's making a life size replica of New York. Philip Seymour Hoffman is perfect as always, offering a sad, funny, hopeless and inspiring performance all at once. The story is emotionally draining and can be hard to follow with it's frequent absurd moments, but the film is so beautifully made you won't even care. Synecdoche, New York is a profound and unsettling film that covers an impossible scope of ideas and time. You'll like it if: You like surreal movies, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Being John Malkovich or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Directed by Stanley Kubrick, rated G, 141 minutes
2001: A Space Odyssey is the ultimate sci-fi film, a remarkable and stunning film that can't help but amaze you. The film is about a group of astronauts on a mission to Jupiter to find a monolith that seems to be communicating with a similar monolith on the moon. The film could be described as slow, but every moment is packed with beauty and meaning. Each scene is a small work of art, and the story is complex but entertaining. 2001 is a massively influential and jaw-droppingly incredible film -- it's a unique and masterful journey into space. You'll like it if: You like movies set in space, Stanley Kubrick's films, Alien or Sunshine.
1. Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972) Directed by Werner Herzog, not rated, 93 minutes
Aguirre: The Wrath of God is a flooring and absolutely beautiful German film about an insane conquistador who leads his men through the jungle to find El Dorado. Klaus Kinski plays the insane leader, and does it perfectly, capturing the complete madness of the character. Every scene of the film looks incredible as it was really shot on the Amazon river, and director Werner Herzog crafts innumerable memorable visuals. The story follows the group's descent into madness, and the film couldn't be more powerful and rattling. Aguirre: The Wrath of God is immensely engrossing and haunting film that will last with you forever. You'll like it if: You like independent movies, foreign movies, Apocalypse Now or 2001: A Space Odyssey.