Men cannot defend the galaxy wearing untucked chambray shirts from Gap. So it was reassuring, in 1997, to see leading men wearing suits again. Hopping back and forth from retro Ray-Bans and 1960s World’s Fair settings to futuristic gadgets and weapons, Agents K (Jones) and J (Smith) made us feel confident in giving memory erasers and omniscient surveillance powers to our public servants (only to track aliens, of course). The franchise is still in orbit, with a possible reboot in development, but we still like the original.
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Screenplay by: Ed Solomon
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent D'Onofrio, Will SmithSee all nominees