An NYPD cop with an authority problem is recruited into a
top secret organization that protects planet Earth from aliens.
Men in Black (1997)
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
Written by Ed Solomon
Starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Fiorentino,
Vincent D'Onofrio, Rip Torn, Tony Shalhoub
Based on characters from Malibu Comics
Oscar Wins - Best Makeup
Oscar Nominations - Best Art Direction,
Best Original Score (Danny Elfman)
This movie is one of my favorites. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones have great chemistry and the entire idea is genius. Men in Black had such a neat premise and is easily the best in the franchise. I definitely consider it to be one of the best sci-fi films of the 1990's (which I believe is the hayday of modern sci-fi).
The show stealer in this one is Vincent D'Onofrio's creepily enjoyable performance as the villain Edgar, an alien cockroach wearing the skin of a human farmer. Though they tried, the sequels' villains were never as good as Edgar. It's so bizarre to me that Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith can have great chemistry. They seem like they would hate each other and yet they are perfect partners. Without them, this movie never would have been a classic.