If not the best movie from director Paul Thomas Anderson, probably the definitive one, following a bazillion characters over one day in the San Fernando Valley. Also frogs rain from the sky.

FARGO (1996)

The Coen Brothers’ masterpiece of a modern noir set against the snowbound niceness of the Upper Midwest in winter.

WAG THE DOG (1997)

This political satire remains hilarious, but these days can’t quite escape its basic 1990s-ness.