Kill Bill: Vol. 1
The French Connection
Raiders of the Lost Ark
The era's defining blockbuster confectioners, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, teamed up for a throwback to the action-adventure serials they grew up on. Harrison Ford's whip-cracking archaeologist dodges Rube Goldberg booby traps and squares off against Nazis while hunting for biblical booty. Celluloid escapism doesn't come more rollicking than this.
The quintessential James Bond movie because it's got everything: great gizmos and a gold-painted girl, a villain of very grand cunning, and Sean Connery at the peak of his debonair invincibility.
The Adventures of Robin Hood
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
North by Northwest
Alfred Hitchcock's globe-trotting suspense classic, starring Cary Grant as an innocent man mistaken for a spy. It's the first true contemporary thriller, with an out-of-the-frying-pan existential wildness typified by the famous crop-dusting sequence.