10 Essential Werner Herzog Movies, From Divine Wrath to Gonzo Docs

A quick what-you-need-to-see primer on the legendary German filmmaker's work, from crazed conquistadors to 3-D cave tours

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'My Best Fiend' (1999)

Who else but Herzog could have crafted such a wonderfully affectionate, totally backhanded valentine to the actor that gave him those memorably unhinged performances – and nearly killed him, figuratively and otherwise? This tribute to lifelong collaborator/frenemy Klaus Kinski doesn't just explore their tempestuous relationship; it also delves into the star's need for chaos to get his creative juices flowing. (That one-man-show footage is both hilarious and absolutely terrifying.) You will not find a better personal/professional unpacking of this fire-and-ice duo.

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