31. The Prestige
What makes Chris Nolan’s “The Prestige” so great, so much fun, so entertaining and so much better than other movies (“The Illusionist,” anyone?) is that it works cinematically in much the same way its characters work: through showmanship and misdirection. The tale of rival magicians in the Victorian era, both driven to obsession by their desire to master the other, “The Prestige” contains a twist you can see coming a mile away — and thus conceals the twist you don’t. This is masterful, delightful storytelling, and few in cinema — if any — pull it off like Nolan does.