16. The Usual Suspects (1995)
Director: Bryan Singer
Screenwriter: Christopher McQuarrie
It's the cool, confident walk that continues to blow viewers' mind to this day. In the densely plotted and clever The Usual Suspects, crippled criminal "Verbal" Kint (Kevin Spacey) recounts a the complicated tale of a botched heist to an increasingly agitated customs agent (Chazz Palminteri), alluding to a mysterious kingpin named Keyser Soze as the enigmatic figure behind the ordeal.
Unable to convict Kent of anything, Agent Kujan lets the gimp go free, and Kint's stroll toward his new life starts off in a limp but, brilliantly, culminates in a straight leg—wouldn't you know it, he's Keyser Soze. Kujan is too late to realize that nearly every detail in Kint's story was lifted, by name, from the various knick-knacks in the agent's office.
It all wraps up with the pitch-perfect closing line, voiced by Kint/Soze: "The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he doesn't exist; and like that, he's gone." And we're floored. —MB