01. The Matrix(1999 |Warner Bros. Pictures)
Genius: On the surface, it was a sci-fi film with out-of-this-world martial arts choreography and first-of-its-kind special effects. Beneath riveting fight scenes and shiny CGI, Neo (Keanu Reeves) saving mankind from machines ignited a philosophical conundrum: What is reality, really?
What We Learned: Ignorance is bliss. Knowledge is power.