1: Samurai X (Rurouni Kenshin): Trust and Betrayal
2: Battle Royale
3: The Seven Samurai
4: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
5: Spirited Away
I'm not a massive fan of Hollywood films these days, although Lord of the Rings (particularly part 3) deserves a mention. District 9 was also great. I also like Star Wars quite a bit.
But I can't go a month without watching Trust and Betrayal, which is truly epic. In truth, it's an OVA series, but it was collected together as a movie at one stage so I'm including it. The other RuroKen movie, simply called 'Rurouni Kenshin: The Motion Picture', was also good, but I like the more dramatic and serious approach in Trust & Betrayal.
Battle Royale was something rare -clever and violent all at once. A truly epic film which really gets you thinking. I don't think I even need to explain why I like The Seven Samurai since the works of Akira Kurosawa are so legendary.
I don't really know what I like about CTHD, but I do like it, a lot. I think the performances are exemplary. the story epic and the special effects stunning.
Spirited Away is a Ghibli film, enough said.
"Our world cannot be viewed through the glasses of common sense" - Masato Arai.
JRPG/Japanese Culture blog: http://shrinetoamaterasu.blogspot.com/