The Dark Knight and Inception are tied for me. Love completely different things about each, though. I will say, however, that Inception's is quite flawed a bit as I have many complaints about it I've mentioned elsewhere at length. Still adore, ADORE it.
Favorite shot from TDK- how has nobody mentioned anything from the Hong Kong jumps? When I think best shot I think... in terms of photography, not how awesome what was shown on camera was i.e. truck flip. The photography in the Hong Kong sequence blows my mind.
Inception- The shot in the bathroom of Cobb and Fischer. Should be obvious which one I'm talking about, and the single take in the hallway is brilliant. Those camera movements are fantastic. Same goes for the ski chase, the camera rapidly backtracking and going all over in Mombassa, the aerial shot, there's just so many.
"Unlike painting and literature, the cinema both gives to life and takes from it. Literature and painting both exist as art from the very start; the cinema doesn’t."