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Blake Edwards United Kingdom, 1964

†. Kennedy Pope's rating of the film A Shot in the Dark

Inspector Jacques Clouseau is a timeless character in the world of comedy, and Peter Sellers's portrayal of the inept yet charming detective is a joy to watch to this day. If you ever need a crash course in how to establish exposition, the opening scene of this film is a must-watch, as it's orchestrated damn-near flawlessly.