7. 'The Matrix'
Before The Matrix hit theaters in the spring of 1999 most people knew Keanu Reeves as the guy from Speed and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures, while the Wachowski Brothers were only known for making the 1996 low budget lesbian lesbian heist flick Bound. No matter what any of them do from here in on, they'll forever be known as the people that made The Matrix. The movie, which centers around a computer programmer that learns his entire world is an illusion created by machines that are sucking away mankind's collective energy, made nearly $500 million and became a massive pop culture phenomenon. Fans had to wait four long years to see the sequel, and by that point it was inevitable they'd be extremely disappointed. Turns out this was a hard franchise to conclude in any sort of satisfying way, but they sure kicked it off in spectacular fashion.