Sunset Boulevard

The greatest of the Hollywood noirs. No one ever talks about this, but Billy Wilder was his generation's Stanley Kubrick. I should drop the mic and leave after that, but I refer to Wilder's extreme capability to direct across a variety of genres and moods. He gets horror as well as he gets comedy. He's practically a painter, from chiaroscuro to the nearly-cartoon. He can do slapstick alongside the grotesque. He provokes and pushes as hard against his limits as he could. He couldn't make Clockwork Orange or The Shining, so he had to get extra-creative. Wilder is king.