#42. The Matrix (1999)


Warner Bros.

– Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski

– Stacker score: 88.4

– Metascore: 73

– IMDb user rating: 8.7

– Runtime: 136 minutes

During the 1999 Super Bowl, a movie trailer flashed a series of compelling images across the screen, all without giving a single aspect of the plot away. Just a few months later, people lined up in droves to unwrap the riddle of “The Matrix.” What they got in return was one of the greatest films of the modern era, about a computer hacker named Neo (Keanu Reeves) who uncovers the true nature of reality. Two sequels followed, neither of which came close to the original’s brilliant mix of sci-fi, philosophy, and action.