Top 10 unforgettable movies of recent times

It is not important that a movie should be in IMDB 250 list to be unforgettable. There is something about them that connects you to them. Every time you see them you stop and ponder, and think. They brighten your powers of contemplation and you're in a awe of appreciation. The list below is not a final list and is actually a work in progress.

 Into the Wild (2007)

Quite contrary to the much explored themes, Into the Wild offers us something raw and naked side of a young man who succumbs to the mountains to seek the meaning of life. It's a movie every young man can relate to as they are frustrated at one time or other by the chains and limitations their society or family tries to put on them, but most of us never had the courage to go as far as the protagonist of the movie. It helps us explore the parts of our head that always yearned for total freedom of actions accompanied by an adventurous journey. Into the Wild is a cerebral, insightful journey into the life of Christopher McCandless that would remain pertinent in your memory for a long time.

Pi (1998)

Pi marks the entry of a new director to Hollywood who would go on to make movies like Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan. If you ever have been obsessed by an idea that seemed revolutionary, something that would change your perception about things forever, you would understand this one better. Though we have never been through the lives of those who like to invent and discover new mathematical theorems or physical laws, the process of trying to figure out one is arguably arduous and sometimes people even reach on the edge of their lives in order to get to one. Pi is one such journey that portrays seeker's obsession to know the truth. Just like other Arronofsky movies this one too is not so easy to go through in one time but you need to settle down in the black and white dark world of his to know his work better.

Fight Club (1999)

David Fincher's most important work went unnoticed initially. Perhaps it look a little longer for the lesser mortals to grasp the understanding of Fight Club. A twisted tail about a schizophrenic, insomniac  character who imagines himself to be a psychotic, neurotic, cool punk, Tyler Durden, played by Brad Pitt, who believes in challenging the threshold of pain to bring more freedom to the self and to explore the fears of life. Fight Club is certainly an enchanting journey into the life of its narrator, done brilliantly by Edward Norton and has so many layers into it that it certainly would reveal new things to you in every viewing. Hats off to Fincher for making what is now arguably the most important film of this time.

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

Pan's Labyrinth or El laberinto del fauno arguably has one of the best cinematography in recent times. Shot in an exquisite style the protagonist of the movie is a child who takes you through a thrilling and enticing journey, much like we all imagined while listening to the fairy tales. Guillermo del Toro's genius and characters flawless performance makes it a must watch even if you have to watch it with the English subtitles.

The Prestige (2006)

Christopher Nolan's 'The Prestige' has everything. It has great performances by Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale playing as rival magicians. Nolan's genius touch certainly looks evident in this film, but what adds an icing to the cake is the flawless performance by all characters and a well written script that just keeps the audience guessing as to what next? I personally feel 'The Prestige' is one of the most essential films that not only intrigues, but also entertains.

The Pianist (2002)

The Pianist is based on the real life of Władysław Szpilman during World War II played by Adrien Brody. The film brought Roman Polanski back to highlight and seems to have gained a lot from his firsthand experience of atrocities done by Nazis in this era. There ain't a moment in the film where you would believe that Adrien is "acting" and the film just grips you, makes you contemplate and horrifies you at the same time. You would feel for Szpilman and will be sucked into this great drama created by Polanski.

No Country for Old Men (2007)

Another Coen Brothers enigmatic movie whose title is still an enigma to me. There's hardly much dialogue in this movie, which kind of goes with the tranquility of desert where most of this movie was shot. The show stealer in this movie is Javier Bardem, whom you won't forget even after a long time after watching it. He speaks only a few times in it but you got to concentrate on his facial expressions and his eyes to understand what this maniac feels. I would recommend this to you even if you're not a Coen Brothers fan.

A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) 

Stanley Kubrick's fantasy brought to reality by Steven Spielberg. It is one of the Spielberg movies that wouldn't make you jump out of your seat but is one of those Sci-Fi movies that are more profound in their theme. Kubrick movies were not blockbusters in their time and critics were not much of his friends, a fact which tells us how few people could actually understand and appreciate his work in his time. The things have changed now and people are still hooked to his creations trying to figure out the measure of his genius. A.I. takes you to a journey with an android named David, who realizes mother's love for the first time and continues to seek it forever after she abandons him. The movie touches the theme of androids becoming human-like and feeling the same emotions as we all do. Somehow, reminds me of the unforgettable Blade Runner.

The Fountain (2006)

Many people don't have any idea what Darren Aronofsky is up to, least the critics. You know what I was talking above about Stanley Kubrick above. While his lesser movies such as The Wrestler and Black Swan were appreciated immensely, the reason being they are much less complex and you don't have to stress your brain much. The Fountain is an opposite though and you will have to use the grey matter above to understand what is going on while deciphering the three stories running in parallel. The Fountain can be called as Arronofsky's take on 2001: A Space Odyssey. While 2001 was untouchable, alien and unsympathetic in its approach, The Fountain combines love, space, life and death - a combination not many would try together in a single flick.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Trust me, this is one hell of a movie and those who loved Jim Carrey's thousand faces roles, all your previous memories of him will be erased after watching this one. Michel Gondry's magnum opus is a multi-layered drama about love and its complications which will take to a hypnotic yet unraveling journey of love, its fears and its power. Well! for me the moral of the story was that love is not just a memory you can just erase like your hard disk, but is something that goes deeper inside of us all.