Director: Michel Gondry

Put director Michel Gondry (The Science of Sleep, Be Kind Rewind) and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation.) together and bewildering, joyous eccentricities are guaranteed. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, their 2004 romantic comedy subversion, isn't an exception. Fortunately, it's also not simply quirky for quirky's sake, and the Gondry/Kaufman tandem had much more on their mind than butterflies and sappiness.

With an excellently against-type Jim Carrey and the always solid Kate Winslet in the leads, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind utilizes Gondry's visual inventiveness and Kaufman's narrative forward-thinking to tell a love story that's warm, tender, and raw. It's a heart-tugger perfectly suited for David Lynch acolytes.