35. Gattaca (1997)
Director: Andrew Niccol
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Alan Arkin, Elias Koteas, Gore Vidal, Maya Rudolph, Blair Underwood
As futuristic and scientifically advanced as it is, writer-director Andrew Niccol's Gattaca doesn't feel all that unbelievable. In it, genetically-slacking people are able to swap physical make-ups with superior pretty boys and supermodel lookalikes. The main character (played by Ethan Hawke), for example, upgrades from an average dude to Jude Law in order to fulfill his dreams of space travel, and bag hotter women, though the latter ambition isn't overtly shown in Gattaca.
But, come onâ€”you know Hawke's character at least thinks about that perk. And that's exactly what's so impactful about Niccol's film. Its ideas of physical beauty and shallow classism are timeless; who doesn't wish they could crack open their wallets and enhance their desirability? But, as seen in Gattaca's action-packed final act, such tampering with the natural order can only lead to bad things.
Please believe, though, we'd knock down a few dimes before on our way to the inevitable comeuppance. Space travel is overrated, anyway.