Bring up the topic of time travel among serious cinephiles, and it won't be long before 12 Monkeys enters the conversation. Although the premise is fairly generic - a crumbling future society sends someone back to acquire information on what brought the collapse - director Terry Gilliam ensured that the movie would be one for the ages.
With starring performances by Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt (for which the latter was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar), the pair's eccentric characters mesh perfectly with Gilliam's larger-than-life style.
No time travel movie has ever, or likely will ever be more surreal than 12 Monkeys, blurring the lines between dreams and reality, sanity and insanity, or past and future with ease. Gilliam's trademark visuals may not be for everyone, but it's hard to argue that they're a perfect match for the nonlinear plot of the film.