23. 'Munich' (2005)
For its first hour or so, Spielberg's thriller about the secret group of Israeli agents tasked with avenging the murders at the 1972 Munich Olympics is terrifying. And while Spielberg admirably shows how revenge brings little closure or comfort, the film's didacticism starts to take over in the second half. (Also, that outrageous sex scene near the end, in which our hero envisions the murder of the athletes while he makes love to his wife, is ill-advised to say the least.) Still, the film’s very last scene ends on a note of both complexity and historic despair, as the terrified, lonely hero stands in the shadow of the Twin Towers – a symbol of the endless cycle of vengeance.