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: 13 July 2018

2018

  1. Burning (Lee Chang-dong)
  2. The House That Jack Built (Lars von Trier)
  3. Asako I & II (Ryûsuke Hamaguchi)
  4. Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Bi Gan)
  5. Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson)
  6. Petra (Jaime Rosales)
  7. In My Room (Ulrich Köhler)
  8. Le livre d’image (Jean-Luc Godard)
  9. Support the Girls (Andrew Bujalski)
  10. BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee)

2017

  1. Twin Peaks (David Lynch) – 85
  2. Western (Valeska Grisebach) – 82
  3. Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino) – 76
  4. Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson) – 75
  5. PROTOTYPE (Blake Williams) – 74
  6. Colo (Teresa Villaverde)
  7. The Florida Project (Sean Baker) – 73
  8. Good Time (Josh & Benny Safdie) – 72
  9. The Task (Leigh Ledare)
  10. Wormwood (Errol Morris) – 72
  11. Brawl in Cell Block 99 – 71
  12. Golden Exits (Alex Ross Perry) – 71
  13. Maison du Bonheur (Sofia Bohdanowicz) – 70
  14. 120 Beats Per Minute (Robin Campillo) – 69
  15. Mrs Hyde (Serge Bozon) – 69
  16. 3/4 (Ilian Metev) – 69
  17. Closeness (Kantemir Balagov) – 68
  18. 24 Frames (Abbas Kiarostami) – 68
  19. Get Out (Jordan Peele) – 67
  20. Marjorie Prime (Michael Almereyda) – 67
  21. Sleep Has Her House (Scott Barley) – 66
  22. My Happy Family (Simon Gross, Nana Ekvtimishvili) – 66
  23. Claire’s Camera (Hong Sang-Soo) – 66
  24. Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig) – 65
  25. Logan Lucky (Steven Soderbergh) – 65

Shorts: Scaffold (Kazik Radwanski), Spiral Jetty (Ricky D’Ambrose), The Tesla World Light (Matthew Rankin)

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. Stranger by the Lake (Alain Guiraudie) – 76
  5. Coherence (James Ward Byrkit) – 76
  6. Computer Chess (Andrew Bujalski) – 74
  7. The Canyons (Paul Schrader) – 74
  8. Before Midnight (Richard Linklater) ~
  9. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch) – 73
  10. Stray Dogs (Tsai Ming-Liang) – 71
  11. The Past (Asghar Farhadi) – 71
  12. Snowpiercer (Bong Joon-ho) – 71
  13. Her (Spike Jonze) – 71
  14. Starred Up (David Mackenzie) – 70
  15. I Used to Be Darker (Matthew Porterfield) – 70

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. Sister (Ursula Meier)
  13. 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. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan) – 80
  4. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick) – 80
  5. The Loneliest Planet (Julia Loktev) – 80
  6. Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn) ~ 78
  7. Martha Marcy May Marlene (Sean Durkin) – 76
  8. House of Tolerance (Bertrand Bonello) – 75
  9. Mildred Pierce (Todd Haynes) -73
  10. The Deep Blue Sea (Terrence Davies) -72
  11. Melancholia (Lars von Trier) ~ 70
  12. Miss Bala (Gerardo Naranjo) – 69
  13. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – 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. Hahaha (Hong Sang-soo)
  12. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Edgar Wright) – 69
  13. Tabloid (Errol Morris) – 67
  14. The Strange Case of Angelica
  15. The Myth of the American Sleepover (David Robert Mitchell)

2009

  1. Wild Grass (Alain Resnais) – 85
  2. Disorder (Huang Weikai) – 82
  3. Dogtooth (Yorgos Lanthimos) – 81
  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) ~
  12. Ne change rien (Pedro Costa) – 67

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. Our Beloved Month of August (Miguel Gomes)
  6. WALL·E (Andrew Stanton) ~
  7. Rachel Getting Married (Jonathan Demme) – 74
  8. Two Lovers (James Gray) – 73
  9. Red Cliff (John Woo) – 72
  10. Julia (Erick Zonca) – 72
  11. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Woody Allen)
  12. 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. The Duchess of Langeais (Jacques Rivette) – 71
  15. Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright) ~
  16. My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin) – 70
  17. Secret Sunshine (Lee Chang-dong)
  18. La France (Serge Bozon)

Notable Shorts: Light is Waiting (Michael Robinson)

2006

  1. Time (Kim Ki-duk) – 85
  2. The Prestige (Christopher Nolan) ~
  3. Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul) – 79
  4. Longing (Valeska Grisebach) – 73
  5. Old Joy (Kelly Reichardt) – 72
  6. Election 2 (Johnnie To) – 70
  7. Miami Vice (Michael Mann) – 68
  8. Still Life (Jia Zhangke)
  9. The Host (Bong Joon-Ho) – 68
  10. Black Book (Paul Verhoeven)

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. 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. An Injury to One (Travis Wilkerson) – 73
  8. On Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate (Hong Sang-Soo) – 73
  9. Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes) – 70
  10. Spider-Man (Sam Raimi) ~
  11. Minority Report (Steven Spielberg) – 67

2001

  1. The Man Who Wasn’t There (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen) – 91
  2. That Old Dream That Moves (Alain Guiraudie)
  3. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch) – 89
  4. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki) ~
  5. Y tu mamá también (Alfonso Cuarón) ~
  6. Late Marriage (Dover Koshashvili) – 75
  7. Fat Girl (Catherine Breillat) – 74
  8. La Pianiste (Michael Haneke) – 74
  9. What Time Is It There? (Tsai Ming-Liang) – 73
  10. La Cienaga (Lucrecia Martel)
  11. A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg) – 71
  12. Ocean’s Eleven (Steven Soderbergh) ~
  13. Monsters, Inc. (Lee Unkrich, David Silverman & Pete Docter) ~
  14. Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet) ~
  15. 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. Audition (Takashi Miike) ~
  7. The Talented Mr. Ripley (Anthony Minghella) – 73
  8. Topsy-Turvy (Mike Leigh) – 72
  9. The Matrix (Lana Wachowski & Andy Wachowski) ~
  10. Election (Alexander Payne) ~
  11. The Virgin Suicides (Sofia Coppola) ~
  12. Ratcatcher (Lynne Ramsay) – 69
  13. Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson) – 67

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. The Last Days of Disco (Whit Stillman) – 80
  5. Out of Sight (Steven Soderbergh) ~
  6. Autumn Tale (Eric Rohmer) – 76
  7. The Celebration (Thomas Vinterberg) – 73
  8. Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg) ~

1997

  1. The River (Tsai Ming-Liang) 
  2. Xiao Wu (Jia Zhangke)
  3. The Sweet Hereafter (Atom Egoyan) ~
  4. Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson) ~
  5. The Game (David Fincher)
  6. Funny Games (Michael Haneke)
  7. L.A. Confidential (Curtis Hanson) ~
  8. Jackie Brown (Quentin Tarantino)
  9. Lost Highway (David Lynch)
  10. Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki) ~
  11. Train of Shadows (José Luis Guerín)

1996

  1. Irma Vep (Olivier Assayas) – 92
  2. La Promesse (Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne) – 84
  3. A Moment of Innocence (Mohsen Makhmalbaf) – 81
  4. Comrades: Almost a Love Story (Peter Chan) – 77
  5. My Sex Life… or How I Got Into an Argument (Arnaud Desplechin) – 77
  6. Breaking the Waves (Lars von Trier) – 77
  7. A Summer’s Tale (Eric Rohmer) – 76
  8. Mission: Impossible (Brian De Palma) – 72
  9. Crash (David Cronenberg) – 72
  10. The Day a Pig Fell into the Well (Hong Sang-Soo) – 69

1995

  1. La Cérémonie (Claude Chabrol) – 96
  2. Safe (Todd Haynes) – 90
  3. Se7en (David Fincher) ~
  4. Heat (Michael Mann) – 85
  5. Toy Story (John Lasseter) ~
  6. Before Sunrise (Richard Linklater) ~
  7. Kicking and Screaming (Noah Baumbach) – 75
  8. 12 Monkeys (Terry Gilliam) ~
  9. Like Grains of Sand (Ryosuke Hashiguchi)

1994

  1. Chungking Express (Wong Kar-Wai) – 96
  2. Exotica (Atom Egoyan)
  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. Crooklyn (Spike Lee)
  10. A Confucian Confusion (Edward Yang)

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. The Long Day Closes (Terrence Davies) ~
  2. A Tale of Winter (Eric Rohmer) – 85
  3. Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino) ~
  4. Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood) – 80
  5. Glengarry Glen Ross (James Foley) ~
  6. Careful (Guy Maddin) – 74

1991

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

1990

  1. Trust (Hal Hartley) – 89
  2. Miller’s Crossing (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen) – 88
  3. Metropolitan (Whit Stillman) – 82
  4. Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese) ~
  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. Water and Power (Pat O’Neill) – 86
  5. sex, lies, and videotape (Steven Soderbergh) – 83
  6. Drugstore Cowboy (Gus Van Sant, Jr.) – 80
  7. A City of Sadness (Hou Hsiao-Hsien) – 77
  8. Casualties of War (Brian De Palma) – 76
  9. The Killer (John Woo) -76
  10. The War of the Roses (Danny DeVito) – 76
  11. The Unbelievable Truth (Hal Hartley) – 75
  12. Dekalog Five (Krzysztof Kieślowski) – 74
  13. Say Anything… (Cameron Crowe) ~
  14. Speaking Parts (Atom Egoyan) – 72
  15. Dekalog Three (Krzysztof Kieślowski) – 71

1988

  1. A Fish Called Wanda (Charles Crichton) ~
  2. The Thin Blue Line (Errol Morris) – 82
  3. Dead Ringers (David Cronenberg) – 80
  4. My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki) ~
  5. The Vanishing (Georges Sluizer) ~
  6. The Moderns (Alan Rudolph) – 67
  7. Once More (Paul Vecchiali)

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. Empire of the Sun (Steven Spielberg) – 70
  6. Sign ‘O’ the Times (Prince) – 69
  7. Rouge (Stanley Kwan) – 69
  8. Full Metal Jacket (Stanley Kubrick) ~

1986

  1. Blue Velvet (David Lynch) – 85
  2. Something Wild (Jonathan Demme) ~
  3. Little Shop of Horrors (Frank Oz) – 83
  4. The Terrorizers (Edward Yang) – 78
  5. Aliens (James Cameron) ~
  6. The Fly (David Cronenberg) – 76
  7. The Green Ray (Eric Rohmer) – 76
  8. Hannah and Her Sisters (Woody Allen) ~
  9. Laputa: Castle in the Sky (Hayao Miyazaki) ~
  10. Salvador (Oliver Stone) – 70
  11. His Motorbike, Her Island (Nobohiku Obayasahi)

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. The Time to Live and the Time to Die (Hou Hsiao-Hsien) – 73
  7. Come and See (Elem Klimov) ~
  8. The Breakfast Club (John Hughes) – 71
  9. Ran (Akira Kurosawa) – 67
  10. A Room With a View (James Ivory) – 65

1984

  1. Stop Making Sense (Jonathan Demme) – 91
  2. Choose Me (Alan Rudolph) – 84
  3. This is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner) ~
  4. Blood Simple (Joel Coen) – 76
  5. The Terminator (James Cameron) ~
  6. Love Streams (John Cassavetes) – 73
  7. Another Country (Marek Kanievska) – 73
  8. Manoel’s Destinies (Raul Ruiz) – 69
  9. 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) ~

The Terence Davies Trilogy (Terence Davies)

1982

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

Querelle (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)

1981

  1. The Aviator’s Wife (Eric Rohmer) – 92
  2. Tree of Knowledge (Nils Malmros)
  3. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (George Miller) – 76
  4. Lola (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) – 73
  5. Possession (Andrzej Żuławski) – 71
  6. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg) ~
  7. Thief (Michael Mann) ~
  8. Blow Out (Brian De Palma) – 69
  9. 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. Personal Problems (Bill Gunn)
  5. The Elephant Man (David Lynch) 75
  6. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick) ~
  7. 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. In a Year With 13 Moons (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) – 81
  3. Killer of Sheep (Charles Burnett) – 73
  4. The Driver (Walter Hill) – 73
  5. Halloween (John Carpenter) – 72
  6. Perceval (Eric Rohmer) – 65

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. Boys (Nils Malmros)
  8. 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. Insiang (Lino Brocka) – 80
  5. 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. Manila in the Claws of Light (Lino Brocka) – 84
  7. Shampoo (Hal Ashby) – 83
  8. Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet) – 81
  9. One Hundred Days After Childhood (Sergei Solovyov) – 65

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. Fat City (John Huston) – 72
  8. Aguirre: The Wrath of God (Werner Herzog) ~ 70
  9. Solaris (Andrei Tarkovsky) – 65

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. Zorns Lemma (Hollis Frampton) – 71
  6. Zabriskie Point (Michelangelo Antonioni) – 70
  7. 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. Memories of Underdevelopment (Tomás Gutiérrez Alea) – 80
  6. Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (William Greaves) – 77
  7. Teoreme (Pier Paolo Pasolini) – 68

1967

  1. Le Samouraï (Jean-Pierre Melville) – 97
  2. The Graduate (Mike Nichols) – 93
  3. Play Time (Jacques Tati) – 88
  4. Week End (Jean-Luc Godard) – 80
  5. The Young Girls of Rochefort (Jacques Demy) – 70
  6. Belle de Jour (Luis Buñuel) – 68
  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

Red Line 7000 (Howard Hawks)

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. Advise and Consent (Otto Preminger) – 83
  4. An Autumn Afternoon (Yasujiro Ozu)
  5. Carnival of Souls (Herk Harvey) – 71
  6. Ivan’s Childhood (Andrei Tarkovsky) – 69
  7. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford) – 61

The Trial (Orson Welles)

1961

  1. Il Posto (Ermanno Olmi)
  2. Last Year at Marienbad (Alain Resnais) ~
  3. Lola (Jacques Demy) – 84
  4. Viridiana (Luis Buñuel) – 81
  5. Yojimbo (Akira Kurosawa) – 77
  6. A Woman is a Woman (Jean-Luc Godard) – 70
  7. 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. Le Trou (Jacques Becker) – 76
  7. Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard) ~
  8. Eyes Without a Face (Georges Franju) – 69
  9. The Virgin Spring (Ingmar Bergman) – 65
  10. Home from the Hill (Vincente Minnelli)

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
  3. Equinox Flower (Yasujiro Ozu)

La Première Nuit (Georges Franju)

1957

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

1956

  1. A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson) – 89
  2. Tea and Sympathy (Vincente Minnelli)
  3. The Killing (Stanley Kubrick) ~
  4. Written on the Wind (Douglas Sirk)
  5. Autumn Leaves (Robert Aldrich)

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. Smiles of a Summer Night (Ingmar Bergman) – 79
  6. The Phenix City Story (Phil Karlson)
  7. All That Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk) – 76
  8. Le Amiche (Michelangelo Antonioni) – 74
  9. Floating Clouds (Mikio Naruse) – 71

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 Big Heat (Fritz Lang) – 70
  6. The Band Wagon (Vincente Minnelli) – 67

1952

  1. The Lusty Men (Nicholas Ray) – 92
  2. Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly) – 85
  3. Umberto D. (Vittorio De Sica) – 78
  4. Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa) ~
  5. Angel Face (Otto Preminger) – 72
  6. Él (Luis Buñuel) – 71

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. The Thing From Another World (Christian Nyby) – 74

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) ~

1949

  1. The Third Man (Carol Reed) ~
  2. Le silence de la mer (Jean-Pierre Melville)
  3. Whirlpool (Otto Preminger) – 69
  4. The Heiress (William Wyler)

1948

  1. They Live by Night (Nicholas Ray) – 100
  2. Red River (Howard Hawks) – 79
  3. The Red Shoes (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger) ~

1947

  1. Daisy Kenyon (Otto Preminger) – 97
  2. Out of the Past (Jacques Tournuer) – 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. Canyon Passage (Jacques Tourneur)
  6. Crisis (Ingmar Bergman) – 70
  7. Gilda (Charles Vidor) – 67
  8. The Blue Dahlia (George Marshall) – 66
  9. Her Sister’s Secret (Edgar G. Ulmer) – 66

1945

  1. Brief Encounter (David Lean) – 85
  2. The Clock (Vincente Minnelli)
  3. Mildred Pierce (Michael Curtiz) – 63

1944

  1. Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder) ~
  2. To Have and Have Not (Howard Hawks) – 82
  3. Laura (Otto Preminger) – 73

1943

  1. The Gang’s All Here (Busby Berkeley) – 81
  2. I Walked With a Zombie (Jacques Tourneur) – 75
  3. 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. Unfinished Business (Gregory La Cava) – 89
  2. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles) – 84
  3. The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges) – 77
  4. Ball of Fire (Howard Hawks) – 73
  5. Dumbo (Ben Sharpsteen) ~
  6. 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. History is Made at Night (Frank Borzage) – 65
  4. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (David Hand) ~

1936

  1. My Man Godfrey (Gregory La Cava) – 88
  2. A Day in the Country (Jean Renoir) ~

1935

  1. The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock) – 83

1934

  1. It Happened One Night (Frank Capra)
  2. L’Atalante (Jean Vigo)

1933

  1. 42nd Street (Lloyd Bacon) – 70

1932

  1. Trouble in Paradise (Ernst Lubitsch) – 85
  2. Vampyr (Carl Th. Dreyer) – 77

1931

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

1930

  1. Morocco (Josef von Sternberg) – 73

The Silent Era

  1. Seven Chances (Buster Keaton, 1925) – 95
  2. Sherlock, Jr. (Buster Keaton, 1924) – 92
  3. Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929) – 86
  4. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (F.W. Murnau)
  5. Spione (Fritz Lang, 1928) – 80
  6. Lady Windermere’s Fan (Ernst Lubitsch, 1925) – 79
  7. Faust (F.W. Murnau, 1926) – 76
  8. Les Vampires (Louis Feuillade, 1915) – 75
  9. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Th. Dreyer) – 73
  10. The General (Buster Keaton, 1925) – 68
  11. Speedy (Ted Wilde, 1928) – 66
  12. The Freshman (Harold Lloyd, 1925) – 65

 

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