Top 10 Lists

Top 10 (or so) lists, arranged by year, with ratings indicated where available. World premiere date used to categorize films. Films currently in the list, but without numerical ratings are marked with ~ pending re-watches.

Important Note: For older films, where I just haven’t seen enough (i.e. less than 10 films), films that would otherwise not make the top 10 are included for the sake of completeness.

Last updated: 22 June 2017

2017

  1. Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino) – 76
  2. Golden Exits (Alex Ross Perry) – 71
  3. The Square (Ruben Östlund) – 70
  4. My Happy Family (Simon Gross, Nana Ekvtimishvili) – 70
  5. 120 Beats Per Minute (Robin Campillo) – 69
  6. Closeness (Kantemir Balagov) – 68
  7. Good Time (Josh & Benny Safdie) – 67
  8. Get Out (Jordan Peele) – 67
  9. 24 Frames (Abbas Kiarostami) – 66
  10. You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay) – 65

2016

  1. Nocturama (Bertrand Bonello) – 93
  2. Sieranevada (Cristi Puiu) – 81
  3. Elle (Paul Verhoeven) – 80
  4. Aquarius (Kleber Mendonça Filho) – 77
  5. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade) – 76
  6. Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt) – 76
  7. Creepy (Kiyoshi Kurosawa) – 75
  8. 20th Century Women (Mike Mills) – 75
  9. O.J.: Made in America (Ezra Edelman) – 75
  10. Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve) – 72
  11. Tower (Keith Maitland) – 72
  12. Kékszakállú (Gastón Solnicki) – 70
  13. Neruda (Pablo Larraín) – 68
  14. A Quiet Passion (Terence Davies) – 67
  15. Rat Film (Theo Anthony) – 67
  16. Lost City of Z (James Gray) – 67
  17. Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan) – 67

2015

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller) – 86
  2. The Forbidden Room (Guy Maddin) – 83
  3. Right Now, Wrong Then (Hong Sang-Soo) – 78
  4. Sicario (Denis Villenueve) – 73
  5. My Golden Days (Arnaud Desplechin) – 72
  6. Mistress America (Noah Baumbach) – 72
  7. Kill Zone 2 (Soi Cheang) – 71
  8. 45 Years (Andrew Haigh) – 70
  9. Cobain: Montage of Heck (Brett Morgen) – 70
  10. Carol (Todd Haynes) – 68
  11. Cemetery of Splendour (Apichatpong Weerasethakul) – 68
  12. Happy Hour (Ryûsuke Hamaguchi) – 67
  13. Blood of My Blood (Marco Bellocchio) – 67
  14. The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos) – 66
  15. Experimenter (Michael Almereyda) – 65

Notable Shorts: Engram of Returning (Daïchi Saïto)

2014

  1. The Mend (John Magary) – 82
  2. Hill of Freedom (Hong Sang-Soo) – 81
  3. Bird People (Pascale Ferran) – 81
  4. Boyhood (Richard Linklater) – 81
  5. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson) – 80
  6. The Duke of Burgundy (Peter Strickland) – 77
  7. Güeros (Alonso Ruiz Palacios) – 74
  8. Mommy (Xavier Dolan) – 74
  9. ’71 (Yann Demange) – 72
  10. Clouds of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas) – 72
  11. Girlhood (Céline Sciamma) – 72
  12. Breathe (Mélanie Laurent) – 71
  13. Eden (Mia Hansen-Løve) – 71
  14. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (Isao Takahata) – 71
  15. Court (Chaitanya Tamhane) – 70

2013

  1. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer) – 83
  2. Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen) – 82
  3. Upstream Color (Shane Carruth) – 79
  4. Before Midnight (Richard Linklater) – 78
  5. Coherence (James Ward Byrkit) – 76
  6. Computer Chess (Andrew Bujalski) – 74
  7. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch) – 73
  8. Stranger by the Lake (Alain Giuradie) – 72
  9. Stray Dogs (Tsai Ming-Liang) – 71
  10. The Past (Asghar Farhadi) – 71
  11. Snowpiercer (Bong Joon-ho) – 71
  12. Her (Spike Jonze) – 71

2012

  1. Holy Motors (Leos Carax) – 84
  2. Like Someone In Love (Abbas Kiarostami) ~ 83
  3. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson) – 82
  4. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson) – 77
  5. Tabu (Miguel Gomes) – 76
  6. Leviathan (Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel) – 76
  7. Drug War (Johnnie To) – 75
  8. Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine) – 75
  9. The Imposter (Bart Layton) – 74
  10. Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach) – 73
  11. Amour (Michael Haneke) – 72
  12. Something in the Air (Olivier Assayas) – 70

Notable Shorts: The Woolworths Choir of 1979 (Elizabeth Price)

2011

  1. Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan) 90
  2. A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) 87
  3. Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn) 82
  4. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick) 80
  5. The Loneliest Planet (Julia Loktev) 80
  6. Martha Marcy May Marlene (Sean Durkin) 76
  7. House of Tolerance (Bertrand Bonello) 75
  8. Mildred Pierce (Todd Haynes) 73
  9. The Deep Blue Sea (Terrence Davies) 72
  10. Melancholia (Lars von Trier) 70
  11. Miss Bala (Gerardo Naranjo) 69

2010

  1. The Social Network (David Fincher) 83
  2. Meek’s Cutoff (Kelly Reichardt) 82
  3. Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami) 81
  4. Black Swan (Darren Aronofsky) 76
  5. Exit Through the Gift Shop (Banksy) 75
  6. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul) 74
  7. The Arbor (Clio Barnard) 74
  8. Winter’s Bone (Debra Granik) 73
  9. Inception (Christopher Nolan) 72
  10. Carlos [full version] (Olivier Assayas) 70
  11. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Edgar Wright) 69

2009

  1. Wild Grass (Alain Resnais) – 85
  2. Dogtooth (Yorgos Lanthimos) – 84
  3. Disorder (Huang Weikai) – 82
  4. Everyone Else (Maren Ade) – 81
  5. Inglorious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino) ~ 80
  6. Eighteen (Jang Kun-Jae) – 77
  7. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson) ~ 77
  8. Visage (Tsai Ming-Liang) – 76
  9. I Killed My Mother (Xavier Dolan) 72
  10. Up (Pete Docter & Bob Peterson) ~ 70
  11. District 9 (Neil Blomkamp) ~

Notable Shorts: Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis (Daïchi Saïto)

2008

  1. A Christmas Tale (Arnaud Desplechin) – 82
  2. Afterschool (Antonio Campos) – 80
  3. Summer Hours (Olivier Assayas) – 78
  4. Night and Day (Hong Sang-Soo) – 76
  5. WALL·E (Andrew Stanton) ~
  6. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Woody Allen) – 75
  7. Rachel Getting Married (Jonathan Demme) – 74
  8. Two Lovers (James Gray) – 73
  9. Julia (Erick Zonca) – 72
  10. The King of Escape (Alain Guiraudie) – 68

2007

  1. Zodiac (David Fincher) – 92
  2. In the City of Sylvia (José Luis Guerín) – 89
  3. Silent Light (Carlos Reygadas) – 88
  4. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik) ~
  5. Death Proof (Quentin Tarantino) – 80
  6. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson) ~
  7. Ratatouille (Brad Bird) ~
  8. No Country for Old Men (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen) ~
  9. The Flight of the Red Balloon (Hou Hsiao-Hsien) – 74
  10. All is Forgiven (Mia Hansen-Løve) -73
  11. Gone Baby Gone (Ben Affleck) – 73
  12. Paranoid Park (Gus Van Sant) – 72
  13. Michael Clayton (Tony Gilroy) ~
  14. Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright) ~
  15. My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin) – 70

2006

  1. Time (Kim Ki-duk) – 85
  2. The Prestige (Christopher Nolan) ~
  3. Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul) – 79
  4. Inland Empire (David Lynch) – 77
  5. Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro) ~
  6. Old Joy (Kelly Reichardt) – 72
  7. Miami Vice (Michael Mann) – 68
  8. The Host (Bong Joon-Ho) – 68
  9. Casino Royale (Martin Campbell) ~
  10. Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón) ~
  11. Half Nelson (Ryan Fleck) ~

Notable Shorts: Everything Will Be OK (Don Hertzfeldt)

2005

  1. The Wayward Cloud (Tsai Ming-Liang) – 83
  2. The Squid and the Whale (Noah Baumbach) – 78
  3. Caché (Michael Haneke) – 74
  4. Brick (Rian Johnson) ~
  5. L’Enfant (Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne) – 70
  6. A History of Violence (David Cronenberg) – 70
  7. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee) ~
  8. The New World (Terrence Malick) – 67

2004

  1. Primer (Shane Carruth) – 90
  2. Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul) – 83
  3. Before Sunset (Richard Linklater) – 82
  4. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry) ~
  5. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Wes Anderson) ~
  6. The Incredibles (Brad Bird) – 74
  7. I Heart Huckabees (David O. Russell) ~
  8. Spartan (David Mamet) 71
  9. Birth (Jonathan Glazer) – 65

2003

  1. Dogville (Lars von Trier) – 76
  2. Memories of Murder (Bong Joon-Ho) ~
  3. Cowards Bend the Knee (Guy Maddin) – 73
  4. Raja (Jacques Doillon) – 70
  5. Kill Bill Vol. 1 (Quentin Tarantino) – 69
  6. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola) ~
  7. Goodbye, Dragon Inn (Tsai Ming-Liang) – 63

2002

  1. 25th Hour (Spike Lee) – 87
  2. Irreversible (Gaspar Noé) – 84
  3. Adaptation (Spike Jonze) ~
  4. Hero (Zhang Yimou) ~
  5. Gerry (Gus Van Sant) 80
  6. The Son (Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne) – 78
  7. On Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate (Hong Sang-Soo) – 73
  8. Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes) – 70
  9. Spider-Man (Sam Raimi) ~
  10. Minority Report (Steven Spielberg) – 67

2001

  1. The Man Who Wasn’t There (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen) – 91
  2. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch) – 89
  3. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki) ~
  4. Y tu mamá también (Alfonso Cuarón) ~
  5. Late Marriage (Dover Koshashvili) – 75
  6. Fat Girl (Catherine Breillat) – 74
  7. La Pianiste (Michael Haneke) – 74
  8. What Time Is It There? (Tsai Ming-Liang) – 73
  9. A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg) – 71
  10. Ocean’s Eleven (Steven Soderbergh) ~
  11. Monsters, Inc. (Lee Unkrich, David Silverman & Pete Docter) ~
  12. Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet) ~
  13. Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff) – 69

2000

  1. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-Wai) – 92
  2. Yi Yi: A One and a Two (Edward Yang) – 88
  3. The House of Mirth (Terrence Davies) – 85
  4. The Emperor’s New Groove (Mark Dindal) – 82
  5. Memento (Christopher Nolan) ~
  6. Songs from the Second Floor (Roy Andersson) – 79
  7. Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe) ~
  8. Gladiator (Ridley Scott) ~
  9. You Can Count on Me (Kenneth Lonergan) – 72
  10. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee) ~
  11. Old Joy (Kelly Reichardt) – 71
  12. High Fidelity (Stephen Frears) ~

1999

  1. Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick) – 88
  2. The Blair Witch Project (Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sánchez) ~ 88
  3. Toy Story 2 (John Lasseter) ~
  4. Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze) ~
  5. Beau Travail (Claire Denis) – 81
  6. Fight Club (David Fincher) ~
  7. Audition (Takashi Miike) ~
  8. The Talented Mr. Ripley (Anthony Minghella) – 73
  9. Topsy-Turvy (Mike Leigh) – 72
  10. The Matrix (Lana Wachowski & Andy Wachowski) ~
  11. Election (Alexander Payne) ~
  12. The Virgin Suicides (Sofia Coppola) ~
  13. Ratcatcher (Lynne Ramsay) 69

Notable Shorts: Outer Space (Peter Tscherkassky)

1998

  1. Rushmore (Wes Anderson) ~
  2. Buffalo ’66 (Vincent Gallo) – 87
  3. The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick) ~
  4. Out of Sight (Steven Soderbergh) ~
  5. Autumn Tale (Eric Rohmer) – 76
  6. The Last Days of Disco (Whit Stillman) – 74
  7. The Celebration (Thomas Vinterberg) – 73
  8. Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg) ~
  9. A Bug’s Life (John Lasseter & Andrew Stanton) ~

1997

  1. The Sweet Hereafter (Atom Egoyan) ~
  2. Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson) ~
  3. The River (Tsai Ming-Liang) – 85
  4. The Game (David Fincher) – 83
  5. Funny Games (Michael Haneke) – 79
  6. L.A. Confidential (Curtis Hanson) ~
  7. Jackie Brown (Quentin Tarantino) – 75
  8. Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki) ~
  9. Train of Shadows (José Luis Guerín) – 69

1996

  1. Irma Vep (Olivier Assayas) – 92
  2. La Promesse (Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne) – 84
  3. A Summer’s Tale (Eric Rohmer) – 83
  4. A Moment of Innocence (Mohsen Makhmalbaf) – 81
  5. Comrades: Almost a Love Story (Peter Chan) – 77
  6. My Sex Life… or How I Got Into an Argument (Arnaud Desplechin) – 77
  7. Breaking the Waves (Lars von Trier) – 77
  8. Mission: Impossible (Brian De Palma) – 72
  9. The Day a Pig Fell into the Well (Hong Sang-Soo) – 69

1995

  1. Safe (Todd Haynes) – 90
  2. Se7en (David Fincher) ~
  3. Heat (Michael Mann) – 85
  4. Toy Story (John Lasseter) ~
  5. Before Sunrise (Richard Linklater) ~
  6. Kicking and Screaming (Noah Baumbach) – 75
  7. 12 Monkeys (Terry Gilliam) ~

1994

  1. Chungking Express (Wong Kar-Wai) – 96
  2. Exotica (Atom Egoyan) – 89
  3. Cold Water (Olivier Assayas) ~
  4. Wild Reeds (Andre Techine) – 83
  5. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino) ~
  6. Three Colors: Red (Krzysztof Kieślowski) ~
  7. U.S. Go Home (Claire Denis) – 73
  8. Sátántangó (Bela Tarr) – 72
  9. The Lion King (Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff) ~

1993

  1. Naked (Mike Leigh) – 96
  2. Dazed and Confused (Richard Linklater) – 87
  3. Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis) ~
  4. King of the Hill (Steven Soderbergh) ~
  5. The Age of Innocence (Martin Scorsese) ~
  6. The Nightmare Before Christmas (Henry Selick) ~
  7. Three Colors: Blue (Krzysztof Kieślowski) ~
  8. Calendar (Atom Egoyan) – 63

1992

  1. Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino) ~
  2. The Long Day Closes (Terrence Davies) ~
  3. Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood) 80
  4. Glengarry Glen Ross (James Foley) ~
  5. Careful (Guy Maddin) 74

1991

  1. Barton Fink (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen) – 90
  2. A Brighter Summer Day (Edward Yang) – 88
  3. Raise the Red Lantern (Zhang Yimou) ~
  4. Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar-Wai) – 82
  5. La vie des morts (Arnaud Desplechin) – 75
  6. Slacker (Richard Linklater) ~
  7. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (James Cameron) ~
  8. The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme) ~
  9. Beauty and the Beast (Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise) ~
  10. The Double Life of Veronique (Krzysztof Kieślowski) ~
  11. My Own Private Idaho (Gus Van Sant) – 70

1990

  1. Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese) ~
  2. Trust (Hal Hartley) – 89
  3. Miller’s Crossing (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen) – 88
  4. Metropolitan (Whit Stillman) – 82
  5. Close-Up (Abbas Kiarostami) ~
  6. Avalon (Barry Levinson) – 80
  7. King of New York (Abel Ferrara) – 77
  8. Miami Blues (George Armitage) – 67

1989

  1. Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee) – 90
  2. Dekalog Six (Krzysztof Kieślowski) – 88
  3. Crimes and Misdemeanors (Woody Allen) ~
  4. sex, lies, and videotape (Steven Soderbergh) – 83
  5. Drugstore Cowboy (Gus Van Sant, Jr.) – 80
  6. Casualties of War (Brian De Palma) – 76
  7. The War of the Roses (Danny DeVito) – 76
  8. The Unbelievable Truth (Hal Hartley) – 75
  9. Dekalog Five (Krzysztof Kieślowski) – 74
  10. Say Anything… (Cameron Crowe) ~
  11. Speaking Parts (Atom Egoyan) – 72
  12. Dekalog Three (Krzysztof Kieślowski) – 71

1988

  1. The Thin Blue Line (Errol Morris) ~
  2. My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki) ~
  3. A Fish Called Wanda (Charles Crichton) ~
  4. Dead Ringers (David Cronenberg) 80
  5. The Vanishing (Georges Sluizer) ~
  6. Grave of the Fireflies (Isao Takahata) ~

1987

  1. Raising Arizona (Joel Coen) – 80
  2. Broadcast News (James L. Brooks) – 75
  3. Landscape Suicide (James Benning) – 75
  4. House of Games (David Mamet) – 74
  5. Full Metal Jacket (Stanley Kubrick) ~
  6. Sign ‘O’ the Times (Prince) – 69

1986

  1. Blue Velvet (David Lynch) – 85
  2. Something Wild (Jonathan Demme) ~
  3. The Green Ray (Eric Rohmer) – 79
  4. The Terrorizers (Edward Yang) – 78
  5. Aliens (James Cameron) ~
  6. The Fly (David Cronenberg) – 76
  7. Hannah and Her Sisters (Woody Allen) ~
  8. Laputa: Castle in the Sky (Hayao Miyazaki) ~
  9. Salvador (Oliver Stone) – 70

1985

  1. After Hours (Martin Scorsese) – 88
  2. Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis) – 83
  3. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (Paul Schrader) ~
  4. Brazil (Terry Gilliam) ~
  5. The Purple Rose of Cairo (Woody Allen) ~
  6. Come and See (Elem Klimov) ~
  7. The Breakfast Club (John Hughes) – 71
  8. Ran (Akira Kurosawa) – 67
  9. A Room With a View (James Ivory) – 65

1984

  1. Stop Making Sense (Jonathan Demme) 91
  2. This is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner) ~
  3. Blood Simple (Joel Coen) – 76
  4. The Terminator (James Cameron) ~
  5. Love Streams (John Cassavetes) – 73
  6. Repo Man (Alex Cox) 68

1983

  1. The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese) – 88
  2. Pauline at the Beach (Eric Rohmer) – 86
  3. À nos amours (Maurice Pialat) – 77
  4. Zelig (Woody Allen) ~
  5. Risky Business (Paul Brickman) ~
  6. Videodrome (David Cronenberg) ~

1982

  1. Blade Runner (Ridley Scott) ~ 83
  2. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg) ~
  3. Koyaanisqatsi (Godfrey Reggio) – 74

1981

  1. The Aviator’s Wife (Eric Rohmer) – 92
  2. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (George Miller) – 76
  3. Lola (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) – 73
  4. Possession (Andrzej Żuławski) – 71
  5. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg) ~
  6. Thief (Michael Mann) ~
  7. Blow Out (Brian De Palma) – 69
  8. Ms. 45 (Abel Ferrara) – 69

1980

  1. Cruising (William Friedkin) – 81
  2. The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner) ~
  3. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese) 80
  4. The Elephant Man (David Lynch) 75
  5. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick) ~
  6. Heaven’s Gate (Michael Cimino) – 71

1979

  1. Manhattan (Woody Allen) – 100
  2. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola) – 88
  3. All that Jazz (Bob Fosse) – 80
  4. Tess (Roman Polanski) – 76
  5. Alien (Ridley Scott) ~
  6. The Brood (David Cronenberg) – 61

1978

  1. Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick) – 87
  2. The Driver (Walter Hill) – 73
  3. Halloween (John Carpenter) – 72

1977

  1. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg) – 93
  2. Annie Hall (Woody Allen) ~
  3. Eraserhead (David Lynch) – 84
  4. New York, New York (Martin Scorsese) – 77
  5. 3 Women (Robert Altman) – 76
  6. Star Wars (George Lucas) ~
  7. The American Friend (Wim Wenders) – 63

1976

  1. The Marquise of O… (Eric Rohmer) – 88
  2. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese) ~ 88
  3. All the President’s Men (Alan J. Pakula) – 81
  4. Assault on Precinct 13 (John Carpenter) – 77

1975

  1. Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky) ~ 99
  2. Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Chantal Akerman) – 90
  3. Jaws (Steven Speilberg) – 89
  4. Nashville (Robert Altman) ~
  5. Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick) ~
  6. Shampoo (Hal Ashby) – 83
  7. Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet) – 81

1974

  1. Chinatown (Roman Polanski) ~
  2. Celine and Julie Go Boating (Jacques Rivette) – 85
  3. Lancelot of the Lake (Robert Bresson) – 81
  4. Alice in the Cities (Wim Wenders) – 80
  5. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hooper) – 73

1973

  1. Badlands (Terrence Malick) – 91
  2. The Last Detail (Hal Ashby) – 76
  3. The Mother and the Whore (Jean Eustache) – 74
  4. American Graffiti (George Lucas) – 73
  5. F for Fake (Orson Welles) ~

1972

  1. The Long Goodbye (Robert Altman) – 84
  2. The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola) ~
  3. Avanti! (Billy Wilder) – 83
  4. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) – 80
  5. Love in the Afternoon (Eric Rohmer) – 79
  6. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Luis Buñuel) – 77
  7. Solaris (Andrei Tarkovsky) – 75
  8. Fat City (John Huston) – 72
  9. Aguirre: The Wrath of God (Werner Herzog) ~ 70

1971

  1. The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdanovich) – 83
  2. Beware of a Holy Whore (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) – 73
  3. A Touch of Zen (King Hu) – 69
  4. Two-Lane Blacktop (Monte Hellman) – 68

1970

  1. The Conformist (Bernardo Bertolucci) – 86
  2. Claire’s Knee (Eric Rohmer) – 84
  3. Deep End (Jerzy Skolimowski) – 83
  4. Bed and Board (François Truffaut) ~
  5. Zabriskie Point (Michelangelo Antonioni) – 70
  6. Wanda (Barbara Loden) – 62

1969

  1. My Night at Maud’s (Eric Rohmer) – 92
  2. Kes (Ken Loach) – 90
  3. Army of Shadows (Jean-Pierre Melville) – 78

1968

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick) – 100
  2. Stolen Kisses (François Truffaut) ~
  3. Rosemary’s Baby (Roman Polanski) – 84
  4. Je T’Aime, Je T’Aime (Alain Resnais) – 81
  5. Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (William Greaves) – 77

1967

  1. Le Samouraï (Jean-Pierre Melville) – 97
  2. Belle de Jour (Luis Buñuel) – 96
  3. The Graduate (Mike Nichols) – 93
  4. Play Time (Jacques Tati) – 88
  5. Week End (Jean-Luc Godard) – 80
  6. The Young Girls of Rochefort (Jacques Demy) – 70
  7. Titicut Follies (Frederick Wiseman) – 67

1966

  1. Blowup (Michelangelo Antonioni) – 84
  2. Persona (Ingmar Bergman) ~
  3. Violence at Noon (Nagisa Oshima) – 76

1965

  1. Repulsion (Roman Polanski) ~
  2. Pierrot le Fou (Jean-Luc Godard) ~
  3. Chimes at Midnight (Orson Welles) – 77
  4. Le Bonheur (Agnès Varda) -75

1964

  1. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy) 93
  2. Woman in the Dunes (Hiroshi Teshigahara) ~
  3. Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Stanley Kubrick) ~
  4. A Hard Day’s Night (Richard Lester) – 75
  5. Kiss Me, Stupid (Billy Wilder) – 74
  6. Diary of a Chambermaid (Luis Buñuel) – 70
  7. A Married Woman (Jean-Luc Godard) – 69

1963

  1. High and Low (Akira Kurosawa) ~
  2. The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock) – 87
  3. Contempt (Jean-Luc Godard) – 77
  4. The Servant (Joseph Losey) – 76
  5. 8½ (Federico Fellini) ~
  6. Bay of Angels (Jacques Demy) – 69

1962

  1. Vivre sa vie (Jean-Luc Godard) – 85
  2. Jules and Jim (François Truffaut) – 85
  3. Carnival of Souls (Herk Harvey) – 71
  4. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford) – 61

1961

  1. Last Year at Marienbad (Alain Resnais) ~
  2. Lola (Jacques Demy) – 84
  3. Viridiana (Luis Buñuel) – 81
  4. Yojimbo (Akira Kurosawa) – 77
  5. A Woman is a Woman (Jean-Luc Godard) – 70
  6. West Side Story (Jerome Robbins & Robert Wise) – 65

1960

  1. The Apartment (Billy Wilder) ~
  2. L’Avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni) – 88
  3. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock) ~
  4. Rocco and His Brothers (Luchino Visconti) – 83
  5. When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (Mikio Naruse) – 80
  6. Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard) ~
  7. Eyes Without a Face (Georges Franju) – 69
  8. The Virgin Spring (Ingmar Bergman) – 65

1959

  1. Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder) – 90
  2. Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks) – 89
  3. The 400 Blows (François Truffaut) ~
  4. Anatomy of a Murder (Otto Preminger) – 86
  5. Imitation of Life (Douglas Sirk) – 83
  6. North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock) – 81
  7. Shadows (John Cassavetes) 74
  8. Sleeping Beauty (Clyde Geronimi) ~
  9. Hiroshima Mon Amour (Alain Resnais) ~
  10. Pickpocket (Robert Bresson) – 64

1958

  1. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock) – 87
  2. Touch of Evil (Orson Welles) – 85

1957

  1. Sweet Smell of Success (Alexander Mackendrick) 88
  2. Paths of Glory (Stanley Kubrick) ~
  3. 12 Angry Men (Sidney Lumet) – 72
  4. Wild Strawberries (Ingmar Bergman) – 71
  5. Throne of Blood (Akira Kurosawa) – 67

1956

  1. A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson) – 89
  2. The Killing (Stanley Kubrick) ~
  3. Written on the Wind (Douglas Sirk) 84

1955

  1. Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich) – 95
  2. The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton) ~
  3. Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray) – 85
  4. Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray) – 83
  5. All That Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk) – 76
  6. Le Amiche (Michelangelo Antonioni) – 74

1954

  1. Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock) 90
  2. On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan) ~
  3. Sansho the Bailiff (Kenji Mizoguchi) – 78
  4. A Star is Born (George Cukor) 74

1953

  1. The Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Clouzot) – 87
  2. The Earrings of Madame de… (Max Ophuls) – 79
  3. Pickup on South Street (Samuel Fuller) – 79
  4. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Howard Hawks) – 76
  5. The Band Wagon (Vincente Minnelli) – 67

1952

  1. Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly) 85
  2. Umberto D. (Vittorio De Sica) 78
  3. Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa) ~
  4. Angel Face (Otto Preminger) – 72
  5. Rancho Notorious (Fritz Lang) 59

1951

  1. A Streetcar Named Desire (Elia Kazan) – 86
  2. Tales of Hoffman (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger) – 86
  3. Diary of a Country Priest (Robert Bresson) – 80
  4. Ace in the Hole (Billy Wilder) – 76
  5. Strangers on a Train (Alfred Hitchcock) – 74
  6. A Place in the Sun (George Steven) – 63
  7. The Steel Helmet (Samuel Fuller) – 62

Alice in Wonderland (Clyde Geronimi & Hamilton Luske & Wilfred Jackson) ~

1950

  1. In a Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray) 85
  2. Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder) 82
  3. Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa) ~
  4. Cinderella (Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske & Wilfred Jackson) ~
  5. The File on Thelma Jordan (Robert Siodmak) 64

1949

  1. The Third Man (Carol Reed) ~
  2. Le silence de la mer (Jean-Pierre Melville)

1948

  1. They Live by Night (Nicholas Ray) 100
  2. Red River (Howard Hawks) 79
  3. The Red Shoes (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger) ~
  4. Unfaithfully Yours (Preston Sturges) 61

1947

  1. Daisy Kenyon (Otto Preminger) – 97
  2. Out of the Past (Jacques Tournier) – 80
  3. Black Narcissus (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger) – 79
  4. Odd Man Out (Carol Reed) – 73

1946

  1. It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra) – 91
  2. My Darling Clementine (John Ford) – 83
  3. Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock) – 79
  4. The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks) – 76
  5. Gilda (Charles Vidor) – 67
  6. The Blue Dahlia (George Marshall) – 66
  7. Her Sister’s Secret (Edgar G. Ulmer) – 66
  8. A Matter of Life and Death (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger) – 57

1945

  1. Brief Encounter (David Lean) – 85
  2. Detour (Edgar G. Ulmer) – 61

1944

  1. Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder) ~
  2. To Have and Have Not (Howard Hawks) – 82
  3. Laura (Otto Preminger) – 73
  4. The Woman in the Window (Fritz Lang) – 60

1943

  1. I Walked With a Zombie (Jacques Tourneur) – 75
  2. Day of Wrath (Carl Th. Dreyer) – 72

1942

  1. The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles) 81
  2. Cat People (Jacques Tourneur) 80
  3. The Palm Beach Story (Preston Sturges) 80
  4. Casablanca (Michael Curtiz) ~
  5. To Be or Not to Be (Ernst Lubitsch) – 66

1941

  1. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles) – 84
  2. The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges) – 77
  3. Dumbo (Ben Sharpsteen) ~
  4. Sullivan’s Travels (Preston Sturges) – 66

1940

  1. His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks) – 85
  2. The Shop Around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch) – 78
  3. The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor) – 77
  4. Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock) – 76
  5. Pinocchio (Ben Sharpsteen & Hamilton Luske) ~
  6. Foreign Correspondent (Alfred Hitchcock) – 67
  7. Fantasia (various) ~

1939

  1. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Frank Capra) – 88
  2. The Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir) – 85
  3. Only Angels Have Wings (Howard Hawks) – 82
  4. Stagecoach (John Ford) – 73
  5. The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (Kenji Mizoguchi) – 73

1938

  1. Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks) – 89
  2. Holiday (George Cukor) – 74
  3. The Lady Vanishes (Alfred Hitchcock) – 70

1937

  1. Angel (Ernst Lubitsch) – 87
  2. The Awful Truth (Leo McCarey) – 78
  3. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (David Hand) ~

1936

  1. My Man Godfrey (Gregory La Cava) – 89
  2. A Day in the Country (Jean Renoir) ~

1935

  1. The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock) 83

1934

  1. It Happened One Night (Frank Capra) 82

1933

  1. 42nd Street (Lloyd Bacon) – 70

1932

  1. Trouble in Paradise (Ernst Lubitsch) – 85

1931

  1. Dishonored (Josef von Sternberg) – 94
  2. M (Fritz Lang) – 76

1930

  1. Morocco (Josef von Sternberg) – 73

The Silent Era

  1. Sherlock Jr. (Buster Keaton, 1924) ~
  2. Seven Chances (Buster Keaton, 1925) – 95
  3. Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929) – 86
  4. Lady Windermere’s Fan (Ernst Lubitsch, 1925) – 79
  5. Faust (F.W. Murnau, 1926) – 76
  6. Les Vampires (Louis Feuillade, 1915) – 75
  7. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Th. Dreyer) – 73
  8. The General (Buster Keaton, 1925) – 68
  9. Speedy (Ted Wilde, 1928) – 66
  10. The Freshman (Harold Lloyd, 1925) – 65

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