12. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
I love “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” because it has everything and you can watch it with anyone. It is a breathtakingly beautiful action movie, a romance with great fight scenes, a magical coming of age tragedy with great acting and set design. Fans of Michael Bay and Terrence Malick films can sit happily on the couch together.
“Tiger/Dragon” spawned a lot of copycats and knockoffs in the years following its release, but movies like “Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers” only highlight the superiority of this film; they might mimick the graceful and elegant martial arts sequences, but they don’t approach what makes “Tiger/Dragon” so special – its commitment to storytelling and the depth of character Michelle Yeoh and Chow Yun Fat bring. It really is a unique film, a remarkable achievement, and one I’ll happily — and safely — put in the DVD player any time, with anyone.