2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick). Phenomenal science fiction epic chronicling humanity’s (sometimes unknown) interactions with a mysterious interstellar slab; it shows up at a couple salient historical points. The second, in the title year, kicks off a space exploration mission, which then becomes backdrop to ruminations about the human condition. A technical pinnacle–direction, editing, photography, special effects–and a singular performance from Douglas Rain.

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