36. Amelie (2001)
Audrey Tatou’s title heroine was the personification of the ‘manic pixie dream girl’ long before Hollywood ever got hold of the term in Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s international success story.
A flighty comedy about a woman who manipulates the lives of those around her to create a fantasy world entirely of her own design, Amelie is a complex look at what makes the main character tick, and how her introspection ultimately affects those around her.
A very French and very arthouse concept by design, Amelie nonetheless made major waves with both critics and at the box office that shoots Paris through a vivid and fanciful picturesque lens.