39. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
dir. Peter Jackson
world premiere 2001
U.S. release 2001
Because it inherits, polishes, expands, and exalts what felt like a lost ideal of what Hollywood studios and generous budgets
can achieve when fused to unhomogenized creativity, an uncynical team of artists, and a powerful but unstuffy respect for complex
source material. The artform owes millions of new believers around the world to this movie.