The 50 Greatest Movies Ever Made

Ranking half a century of the finest films in cinematic history

29. In the Mood for Love (2000)

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Two people who realize that their spouses are having affairs end up falling for each other in Wong Kar-wai’s piercing romantic drama. No stranger to superlatives, the filmmaker delivers his best movie by letting the performances do the talking, while the emotional undercurrent draws creates a massive level of investment.

There’s nothing flashy at all about In the Mood for Love, which steadfastly places emphasis on the characters and the smaller more subtle moments to create the desired effect and attachment.