1: Battle Royale - This is a brilliantly action-packed movie with a great and thought-provoking storyline. It's also a beautifully twisted concept, which is something I like. There isn't really much else I can say - I just love Battle Royale.
2: The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King - I realize that I'll be torn to bits for this, but the production values, plotline, acting and setpieces are all top-notch. I love all of the Lord of the Rings movies, but this one really is the cream of the crop and a triumph in every regard.
3: Rurouni Kenshin: Trust and Betrayal - Beginning its life as manga, then getting an OVA, which was then re-edited into a movie, this should have been terrible. But it isn't. It has some of the best music and animation in Japanese cinematography and a beautifully moving plotline to match.
4: Red Cliff (Original Chinese version) - The Western Theatrical release is a bit lacking, but the original 2-parter is superb. Romance of the Three Kingdoms is one of the most highly-regarded works of literature ever to come out of China, and this is a brilliantly detailed and accurate adaptation. Sky-high production values, a detailed plot, epic music and special effects... what's not to like? It also contains my favourite scene ever where Zhao Yun rescues Liu Bei's son - bizarrely cut from the theatrical version.
5: Doctor No - I'm a fan of James Bond, but for me the best ones are still the Connery ones. Doctor No in particular presents a more quiet, reserved Bond far removed the Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig ones which are more action than spy movie. Doctor No is a memorable villain and Connery fits the role of Bond better than anyone else ever has.
Special Mention: Spirited Away - Studio Ghibli are unfaulteringly brilliant at what they do, and Spirited Away is perhaps their best work. A brilliant piece of cinema in every regard.
"Our world cannot be viewed through the glasses of common sense" - Masato Arai.
JRPG/Japanese Culture blog: http://shrinetoamaterasu.blogspot.com/