3. The Dark Knight
That brings us to The Dark Knight: The superhero movie to end all superhero movies; the superhero movie so good it earned itself universal acclaim, appreciation from boards that often overlook genre flicks, and a place on so many outlets' "best movies ever made" lists. Believe me when I say: It's all deserved.
Christopher Nolan had already brought the Batman franchise back to greatness with Batman Begins, but here, he reinvented it: Dropping the few fantasy-esque elements of his 2005 film to paint its sequel in complete and utter realism - something that made the events of it even more terrifying than anything the Scarecrow's fear gas could make you see.
The movie's success starts and ends with its villain. Heath Ledger's Academy Award-winning performance as The Joker brought the movie (and the comic book genre) the kind of attention and accolades none of us could have imagined, and yet all of us hoped for. It continues to amaze new generations, living on as perhaps the greatest cinematic villain in history. And the dichotomy between his anarchist villain and Bale's broody hero made the whole film a thrilling experience.
There's very little to be said about The Dark Knight that hasn't already been said before, but the film deserves every bit of the love and appreciation that it continues to get. It's a triumph of moviemaking and, indeed, one of the greatest movies ever made.