42. 'K-Pax' (2001)
Kevin Spacey [weary sigh] is a mental patient who claims that he's a visitor from another planet. Jeff Bridges is the psychiatrist who has to discover what's actually wrong with him. The marketing for this suggested a kind of sentimental sci-fi movie (think The Fisher King meets Starman) but in truth, it's a sentimental psychological drama (think The Fisher King meets Awakenings). It's the kind of treacle that Hollywood specialized in once – and while these types of films were often terrible, you occasionally miss them now. Bridges might not seem like he has a lot to do here since it's supposed to be Spacey's show, but look again. He has to show equal parts open-mindedness and skepticism, and ultimately, it's his character that does the growing – the one who discovers who this strange man really is and has to decide how to handle it. It's a nice, subtle performance in a not-very-subtle picture.