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2. "All About My Mother" (1999)
You’d probably guessed by now what the last two entries on the list are. But if they’re “the obvious ones” – the ones for which critical and audience consensus launched him into the auteur A-list – that’s because they’re simply that good. After dallying with high farce and kink through most of the 1990s, Almodóvar’s first Oscar winner didn’t give abandon those preoccupations, but gave itself over entirely to the melodramatic principles of classic women’s cinema. The result was both his most classical and most emotionally rounded film up to that point, and it holds up beautifully.