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1. Happiness (dir: Todd Solondz) This deeply disquieting suburban comedy was the love-it or hate-it movie of the year. I loved it.

2. Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg) The hell and heroism of war: shattering.

3. Out of Sight (Steven Soderbergh) A great cast in a sly, sexy Elmore Leonard delight.

4. The Celebration (Thomas Vinterberg) A Danish birthday party from Hell.

5. Shakespeare in Love (John Madden) The Bard and his muse set off dazzling romantic sparks.

6. Affliction (Paul Schrader) Nick Nolte implodes brilliantly.

7. Babe: Pig in the City (George Miller) Wondrous--it didn't deserve to die.

8. Love and Death on Long Island (Richard Kwietniowski) A pop ""Death in Venice.''

9. Living Out Loud (Richard LaGravenese) Holly Hunter is reborn in a surprising sleeper.

10. Rushmore (Wes Anderson) One very odd schoolboy. One totally original comedy.

11. Primary Colors (Mike Nichols) A funny-sad look at our tarnished leader.

12. The Butcher Boy (Neil Jordan) A raucously unnerving journey inside an Irish boy's murderous mindscape.

13. Gods and Monsters (Bill Condon) Ian McKellan illuminates the soul of a dying director.

14. The Truman Show (Peter Weir) A resonant fable for our media-drenched times.

15. There's Something About Mary (Peter and Bobby Farrelly) Because nothing made me laugh so damn hard.