6. Casablanca (1942)
directed by Michael Curtiz
One of the few films that can truly be considered perfect. Casablanca took an exotic location, a complex love triangle, and international intrigue, and put them all together to form a complicated story about self sacrifice and the greater good. Our hero, with a past full of sad memories, makes it clear that he is only in this for himself. He’s been hurt enough; now it’s time to sit back and take it easy. Sure enough, the past comes strolling back in and Rick is forced to do the very last thing he’d ever want to: think about somebody else. This leads to a finale that is simultaneously heartbreaking and inspiring.