List: Top 10 Films Of Every Year, By Year Of Production

I thought I’d keep something I could update on a semi-regular basis on here, showing my favourite films from each calendar year, separated by year of production (differing from my end-of-year lists, which favour UK release). I’m going back as far as 1940 for now, largely because the number of films per year that I’ve seen before that starts to rapidly diminish (and you’ll note that filling out a top 10 isn’t quite achieved in most cases for a little while). That’s something I hope to rectify over time, and hopefully I’ll eventually update this page, stretching further into the past. It’s an idea I’ve stolen wholesale from Vadim Rizov, whose intellectual integrity when writing about film is downright intimidating. Anyway, here’s where I am right now.

 

 

1940

  1. Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock)
  2. The Great Dictator (Charlie Chaplin)
  3. His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks)
  4. The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor)
  5. When the Daltons Rode (George Marshall)
  6. Dance, Girl, Dance (Dorothy Arzner)

 

1941

  1. Sullivan’s Travels (Preston Sturges)
  2. Ball of Fire (Howard Hawks)
  3. Hellzapoppin’ (H.C. Potter)
  4. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles)
  5. The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges)
  6. The Maltese Falcon (John Huston)
  7. Suspicion (Alfred Hitchcock)

 

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Now, Voyager

1942

  1. Now, Voyager (Irving Rapper)
  2. The Palm Beach Story (Preston Sturges)
  3. Cat People (Jacques Tourneur)
  4. There Was A Father (Yasujiro Ozu)
  5. Casablanca (Michael Curtiz)
  6. Saboteur (Alfred Hitchcock)
  7. Mrs Miniver (William Wyler)
  8. You Were Never Lovelier (William A Seiter)
  9. The Glass Key (Stuart Heisler)
  10. The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles)

 

1943

  1. Le Corbeau (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
  2. The Ox-Bow Incident (William A Wellman)
  3. Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock)
  4. I Walked With a Zombie (Jacques Tourneur)
  5. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)
  6. Hangmen Also Die! (Fritz Lang)
  7. Stormy Weather (Andrew L Stone)
  8. Cabin in the Sky (Vincente Minnelli / Busby Berkeley)
  9. The Seventh Victim (Mark Robson)
  10. The More the Merrier (George Stevens)

 

1944

  1. Gaslight (George Cukor)
  2. Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder)
  3. Laura (Otto Preminger)
  4. Christmas Holiday (Robert Siodmak)
  5. A Canterbury Tale (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)
  6. To Have and Have Not (Howard Hawks)
  7. Murder, My Sweet (Edward Dmytryk)
  8. The Uninvited (Lewis Allen)
  9. The Woman in the Window (Fritz Lang)
  10. Phantom Lady (Robert Siodmak)

 

Leave Her To Heaven
Leave Her To Heaven

1945

  1. Leave Her to Heaven (John M Stahl)
  2. Mildred Pierce (Michael Curtiz)
  3. Brief Encounter (David Lean)
  4. Detour (Edgar G Ulmer)
  5. The Lost Weekend (Billy Wilder)
  6. Anchors Aweigh (George Sidney)
  7. My Name is Julia Ross (Joseph H Lewis)

 

1946

  1. The Postman Always Rings Twice (Tay Garnett)
  2. The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks)
  3. The Best Years of Our Lives (William Wyler)
  4. It’s A Wonderful Life (Frank Capra)
  5. The Dark Mirror (Robert Siodmak)
  6. Panique (Julien Duvivier)
  7. My Darling Clementine (John Ford)
  8. The Killers (Robert Siodmak)
  9. A Matter of Life and Death (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)
  10. Gilda (Charles Vidor)

 

1947

  1. The Lady From Shanghai (Orson Welles)
  2. Black Narcissus (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)
  3. Odd Man Out (Carol Reed)
  4. The Woman on the Beach (Jean Renoir)
  5. Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur)
  6. Secret Beyond the Door (Fritz Lang)
  7. Crossfire (Edward Dmytryk)
  8. Down to Earth (Alexander Hall)
  9. Ramrod (Andre de Toth)

 

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Yellow Sky

1948

  1. Yellow Sky (William A Wellman)
  2. A Hen in the Wind (Yasujiro Ozu)
  3. The Red Shoes (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)
  4. Pitfall (Andre de Toth)
  5. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (John Huston)
  6. Fort Apache (John Ford)
  7. A Foreign Affair (Billy Wilder)
  8. Hamlet (Laurence Olivier)
  9. Portrait of Jennie (William Dieterle)
  10. Sorry, Wrong Number (Anatole Litvak)

 

1949

  1. Late Spring (Yasujiro Ozu)
  2. D.O.A. (Rudolph Maté)
  3. The Heiress (William Wyler)
  4. Kind Hearts and Coronets (Robert Hamer)
  5. The Third Man (Carol Reed)
  6. On the Town (Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly)
  7. Thirst (Ingmar Bergman)
  8. The Reckless Moment (Max Ophuls)
  9. Border Incident (Anthony Mann)
  10. Knock On Any Door (Nicholas Ray)

 

Furies
The Furies

1950

  1. The Furies (Anthony Mann)
  2. Sunset Blvd. (Billy Wilder)
  3. Winchester ’73 (Anthony Mann)
  4. Gun Crazy (Joseph H Lewis)
  5. Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa)
  6. In a Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray)
  7. Woman on the Run (Norman Foster)
  8. No Man of Her Own (Michael Leisen)
  9. Broken Arrow (Delmer Daves)
  10. To Joy (Ingmar Bergman)

 

1951

  1. Fixed Bayonets! (Samuel Fuller)
  2. Early Summer (Yasujiro Ozu)
  3. Diary of a Country Priest (Robert Bresson)
  4. Alice in Wonderland (Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson)
  5. The Steel Helmet (Samuel Fuller)
  6. The Day The Earth Stood Still (Robert Wise)
  7. An American in Paris (Vincente Minnelli)
  8. A Place in the Sun (George Stevens)
  9. The Thing From Another World (Christian Nyby)
  10. The African Queen (John Huston)

 

1952

  1. Umberto D. (Vittorio De Sica)
  2. The Life of Oharu (Kenji Mizoguchi)
  3. The Flavour of Green Tea Over Rice (Yasujiro Ozu)
  4. Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly)
  5. Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa)
  6. Bend of the River (Anthony Mann)
  7. Rancho Notorious (Fritz Lang)
  8. Has Anybody Seen My Gal? (Douglas Sirk)
  9. The Big Sky (Howard Hawks)
  10. The Bad and the Beautiful (Vincente Minnelli)

 

The Naked Spur
The Naked Spur

1953

  1. The Naked Spur (Anthony Mann)
  2. Tokyo Story (Yasujro Ozu)
  3. Pickup on South Street (Samuel Fuller)
  4. The Hitch-Hiker (Ida Lupino)
  5. Sawdust and Tinsel (Ingmar Bergman)
  6. Calamity Jane (David Butler)
  7. Niagara (Bob Gosse)
  8. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Howard Hawks)
  9. The Big Heat (Fritz Lang)
  10. Summer with Monika (Ingmar Bergman)

 

Magnificent Obsession
Magnificent Obsession

1954

  1. Magnificent Obsession (Douglas Sirk)
  2. Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray)
  3. Crime Wave (Andre de Toth)
  4. La Strada (Federico Fellini)
  5. Godzilla (Ishirô Honda)
  6. Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa)
  7. Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock)
  8. Human Desire (Fritz Lang)
  9. Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (Kenneth Anger)
  10. The Far Country (Anthony Mann)

 

1955

  1. The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton)
  2. Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray)
  3. The Big Combo (Joseph H Lewis)
  4. All That Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk)
  5. Diabolique (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
  6. Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich)
  7. There’s Always Tomorrow (Douglas Sirk)
  8. Smiles of a Summer Night (Ingmar Bergman)
  9. Rififi (Jules Dassin)
  10. The Man From Laramie (Anthony Mann)

 

Giant
Giant

1956

  1. Giant (George Stevens)
  2. Early Spring (Yasujiro Ozu)
  3. The Killing (Stanley Kubrick)
  4. Bigger Than Life (Nicholas Ray)
  5. Patterns (Fielder Cook)
  6. Bob le Flambeur (Jean-Pierre Melville)
  7. Written on the Wind (Douglas Sirk)
  8. The Burmese Harp (Kon Ichikawa)
  9. Forbidden Planet (Fred M Wilcox)
  10. Jubal (Delmer Daves)

 

1957

  1. The Tarnished Angels (Douglas Sirk)
  2. The Tall T (Budd Boetticher)
  3. 12 Angry Men (Sidney Lumet)
  4. Night of the Demon (Jacques Tourneur)
  5. Nights of Cabiria (Federico Fellini)
  6. 3:10 to Yuma (Delmer Daves)
  7. Tokyo Twilight (Yasujiro Ozu)
  8. Pyaasa (Guru Dutt)
  9. Paths of Glory (Stanley Kubrick)
  10. The Incredible Shrinking Man (Jack Arnold)

 

1958

  1. Equinox Flower (Yasujio Ozu) 
  2. Touch of Evil (Orson Welles)
  3. A Time to Love and a Time to Die (Douglas Sirk)
  4. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock)
  5. The Big Country (William Wyler)
  6. Shadows (John Cassevetes)
  7. The Boy Who Came Back (Seijun Suzuki)
  8. Cairo Station (Youssef Chahine)
  9. Terror in a Texas Town (Joseph H Lewis)
  10. Belle, Book and Candle (Robert Quine)

 

1959

  1. Suddenly, Last Summer (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
  2. Day of the Outlaw (André de Toth)
  3. The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (Masaki Kobayashi)
  4. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (Masaki Kobayashi)
  5. Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder)
  6. The Crimson Kimono (Samuel Fuller)
  7. Hiroshima Mon Amour (Alain Resnais)
  8. Good Morning (Yasujiro Ozu)
  9. Ride Lonesome (Budd Boetticher)
  10. Anatomy of a Murder (Otto Preminger)

 

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L’Avventura

1960

  1. L’Avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni)
  2. The Apartment (Billy Wilder)
  3. La Dolce Vita (Federico Fellini)
  4. Eyes without a Face (Georges Franju)
  5. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock)
  6. Late Autumn (Yasujiro Ozu)
  7. Beat Girl (Edmond T Gréville)
  8. Village of the Damned (Wolf Rilla)
  9. Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard)
  10. The Virgin Spring (Ingmar Bergman)

 

1961

  1. La Notte (Michelangelo Antonioni)
  2. The Children’s Hour (William Wyler)
  3. Through a Glass Darkly (Ingmar Bergman)
  4. The Hustler (Robert Rossen) 
  5. Last Year at Marienbad (Alain Resnais)
  6. Viridiana (Luis Bunuel)
  7. Léon Morin, Priest (Jean-Pierre Melville) 
  8. A Woman is a Woman (Jean-Luc Godard)
  9. The Human Condition III: A Soldier’s Prayer (Masaki Kobayashi)
  10. The Misfits (John Huston)

 

1962

  1. L’Eclisse (Michelangelo Antonioni)
  2. Vivre Sa Vie (Jean-Luc Godard)
  3. Harakiri (Masaki Kobayashi) 
  4. Cape Fear (J Lee Thompson)
  5. Carnival of Souls (Herk Harvey)
  6. The Exterminating Angel (Luis Bunuel)
  7. Sanjuro (Akira Kurosawa)
  8. Lolita (Stanley Kubrick)
  9. Cleo from 5 to 7 (Agnes Varda) 
  10. Jules et Jim (Francois Traffaut)

 

The Leopard
The Leopard

1963

  1. The Leopard (Luchino Visconti)
  2. The Silence (Ingmar Bergman)
  3. Judex (Georges Franju)
  4. 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini)
  5. Shock Corridor (Samuel Fuller)
  6. Le Mepris (Jean-Luc Godard)
  7. Detective Bureau 2-3: Go To Hell Bastard (Seijun Suzuki)
  8. Hud (Martin Ritt)
  9. Cleopatra (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Rouben Mamoulian)
  10. The Servant (Joseph Losey)

 

The Naked Kiss
The Naked Kiss

1964

  1. The Naked Kiss (Samuel Fuller)
  2. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy)
  3.  
  4. Onibaba (Kaneto Shindō)
  5. The Train (John Frankenheimer)
  6. My Fair Lady (George Cukor)
  7. The Pumpkin Eater (Jack Clayton)
  8. Woman in the Dunes (Hiroshi Teshigahara)
  9. Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Stanley Kubrick)
  10. Lady in a Cage (Walter Grauman)

 

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

1965

  1. Juliet of the Spirits (Federico Fellini)
  2. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (Russ Meyer)
  3. Sandra (Luchino Visconti)
  4. Repulsion (Roman Polanski)
  5. For a Few Dollars More (Sergio Leone)
  6. Pierrot le Fou (Jean-Luc Godard) 
  7. Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard) 
  8. Le Bonheur (Agnes Varda)
  9. Vinyl (Andy Warhol) 
  10. Gumnam (Anwar Kamel Pasha)

 

Daisies
Daisies

1966

  1. Daisies (Vera Chytilová)
  2. The Nun (Jacques Rivette)
  3. Au hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson)
  4. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Sergio Leone)
  5. Persona (Ingmar Bergman)
  6. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Mike Nichols)
  7. The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecovo)
  8. Django (Sergio Corbucci)
  9. Blow-Up (Michelangelo Antonioni)
  10. Kill, Baby Kill (Mario Bava)

 

1967

  1. Branded to Kill (Seijun Suzuki)
  2. Belle de Jour (Luis Bunuel)
  3. Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (Jacques Demy)
  4. Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (Stanley Kramer)
  5. Spring Night, Summer Night (J. L. Anderson)
  6. Samurai Rebellion (Masaki Kobayashi)
  7. Barefoot in the Park (Gene Saks)
  8. Bonnie & Clyde (Arthur Penn)
  9. Inflatable Sex Doll of the Wastelands (Atsushi Yamatoya)
  10. Accident (Joseph Losey)

 

24 2001 A Space Oddysey
2001: A Space Odyssey

1968

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick)
  2. The Lion in Winter (Anthony Harvey)
  3. Outlaw Gangster VIP (Toshio Masuda)
  4. Rosemary’s Baby (Roman Polanski)
  5. La Prisonniere (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
  6. Kuroneko (Kaneti Shindo)
  7. Bullitt (Peter Yates)
  8. Outlaw: Gangster VIP 2 (Keiichi Ozawa)
  9. Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone)
  10. Spirits Of The Dead (Roger Vadim, Louis Malle, Federico Fellini)

 

1969

  1. Fellini Satyricon (Federico Fellini)
  2. Funeral Parade of Roses (Toshio Matsumoto)
  3. Model Shop (Jacques Demy)
  4. Salesman (Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin)
  5. Eros + Massacre (Kiju Yoshida)
  6. Army of Shadows (Jean-Pierre Melville) 
  7. Orgies of Edo (Teruo Ishii)
  8. Sweet Charity (Bob Fosse)
  9. The Cow (Deriush Mehrjui)
  10. Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (Paul Mazursky) 

 

1970

  1. Gimme Shelter (Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin)
  2. Stray Cat Rock: Machine Animal (Yasuharu Hasebe)
  3. Valerie and her Week of Wonders (Jaromil Jares)
  4. Ucho [The Ear] (Karel Kachyna) 
  5. Catch-22 (Mike Nichols)
  6. This Transient Life (Akio Jissoji)
  7. Zabriskie Point (Michelangelo Antonioni) 
  8. Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion (Luciano Ercoli)
  9. Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson)
  10. Deep End (Jerzy Skolimosky)

 

1971

  1. Out 1 (Jacques Rivette)
  2. McCabe & Mrs Miller (Robert Altman)
  3. Mandala (Akio Jissoji)
  4. Vanishing Point (Richard C Sarafian)
  5. Two-Lane Blacktop (Monte Hellman)
  6. The Hired Hand (Peter Fonda)
  7. Wake in Fright (Ted Kotcheff)
  8. The French Connection (William Friedkin)
  9. The Last Movie (Dennis Hopper)
  10. Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg)

 

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Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41

1972

  1. Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (Shunya Ito)
  2. Poem (Akio Jissoji)
  3. Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (Sergio Martino)
  4. The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  5. What Have You Done to Solange? (Massimo Dallamano)
  6. The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds (Paul Newman)
  7. Female Prisoner 701: Scorpion (Shunya Ito)
  8. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (Kenji Misume)
  9. Toys Are Not For Children (Stanley H Brassloff)
  10. Images (Robert Altman)

 

1973

  1. Coffy (Jack Hill)
  2. Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable (Shunya Ito)
  3. The Wicker Man (Robin Hardy)
  4. Serpico (Sidney Lumet)
  5. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  6. Ganja & Hess (Bill Gunn)
  7. The Exorcist (William Friedkin)
  8. Lady Snowblood (Toshiya Fujita)
  9. Belladonna of Sadness (Eiichi Yamamoto)
  10. F For Fake (Orson Welles)

 

1974

  1. Céline and Julie Go Boating (Jacques Rivette) 
  2. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Tobe Hooper)
  3. The Swinging Cheerleaders (Jack Hill)
  4. A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes)
  5. Chinatown (Roman Polanski)
  6. The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola)
  7. Phantom of the Paradise (Brian De Palma)
  8. Foxy Brown (Jack Hill)
  9. Claudine (John Berry)
  10. Symptoms (José Ramón Larraz)

 

1975

  1. Jaws (Steven Spielberg)
  2. Nashville (Robert Altman)
  3. Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles (Chantal Akerman)
  4. Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick)
  5. French Connection II (John Frankenheimer)
  6. Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet)
  7. Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky)
  8. Bucktown (Arthur Marks)
  9. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Milos Foreman)
  10. The Passenger (Michelangelo Antonioni)

 

16 Duelle
Duelle (une quarantine)

1976

  1. Duelle (une quarantine) (Jacques Rivette)
  2. Harlan County, U.S.A (Barbara Kopple)
  3. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese)
  4. The Man Who Fell to Earth (Nicolas Roeg)
  5. The Pom Pom Girls (Joseph Ruben)
  6. All the President’s Men (Alan J Pakula)
  7. Assault on Precinct 13 (John Carpenter)
  8. Carrie (Brian De Palma)
  9. The Outlaw Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood)
  10. The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (John Cassavetes)

 

1977

  1. 3 Women (Robert Altman)
  2. That Obscure Object of Desire (Luis Bunuel)
  3. Eraserhead (David Lynch)
  4. One Sings, The Other Doesn’t (Agnès Varda) 
  5. Suspiria (Dario Argento)
  6. Saturday Night Fever (John Badham)
  7. Rabid (David Cronenberg)
  8. The American Friend (Wim Wenders)
  9. Peppermint Soda (Diane Kurys) 
  10. Slap Shot (George Roy Hill)

 

1978

  1. Autumn Sonata (Ingmar Bergman)
  2. Halloween (John Carpenter)
  3. Killer of Sheep (Charles Burnett)
  4. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Philip Kaufman)
  5. Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick)
  6. The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino)
  7. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (Liu Chia-Laing)
  8. The Shout (Jerzy Skolimowski)
  9. Fedora (Billy Wilder)
  10. Eyes of Laura Mars (Irvin Kershner)

 

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Alien

1979

  1. Alien (Ridley Scott)
  2. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola)
  3. Nosferatu the Vampyre (Werner Herzog)
  4. Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky)
  5. The Marriage of Maria Braun (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  6. The Warriors (Walter Hill)
  7. Being There (Hal Ashby)
  8. The China Syndrome (James Bridges)
  9. Life of Brian (Terry Jones)
  10. Hardcore (Paul Schrader)

 

1980

  1. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick)
  2. Airplane! (David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker)
  3. The Fog (John Carpenter)
  4. The Elephant Man (David Lynch)
  5. 9 to 5 (Colin Higgins)
  6. Babylon (Franco Rosso)
  7. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese)
  8. The Big Red One (Samuel Fuller)
  9. Inferno (Dario Argento)
  10. Nightmare City (Umberto Lenzi)

 

Ms. 45
Ms. 45

1981

  1. Ms. 45 (Abel Fererra)
  2. Kagero-Za (Seijun Suzuki)
  3. An American Werewolf in London (John Landis)
  4. Blow Out (Brian De Palma)
  5. Possession (Andrzej Zulawski)
  6. Body Heat (Lawrence Kasdan)
  7. Merry-Go-Round (Jacques Rivette) 
  8. Thief (Michael Mann)
  9. The Aviator’s Wife (Éric Rohmer)
  10. Modern Romance (Albert Brooks)

 

1982

  1. The Thing (John Carpenter)
  2. Blade Runner (Ridley Scott)
  3. White Dog (Samuel Fuller)
  4. Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (Robert Altman)
  5. The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese)
  6. A Good Marriage (Éric Rohmer)
  7. E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg)
  8. Eating Raoul (Paul Bartel)
  9. Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper)
  10. Smithereens (Susan Seidelman)

 

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Videodrome

1983

  1. Videodrome (David Cronenberg)
  2. Burroughs: The Movie (Howard Brookner)
  3. Pauline at the Beach (Éric Rohmer)
  4. The Hunger (Tony Scott)
  5. A nos Amours (Maurice Pialat)
  6. Dark Habits (Pedro Almodóvar)
  7. Sans Soleil (Chris Marker)
  8. The Ballad of Narayama (Shohei Imamura)
  9. Scarface (Brian De Palma)
  10. The Gold Diggers (Sally Potter)

 

1984

  1. Body Double (Brian De Palma)
  2. The Terminator (James Cameron)
  3. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Hayao Miyazaki)
  4. Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders)
  5. Blood Simple (Joel Coen)
  6. Ghostbusters (Ivan Reitman)
  7. Stop Making Sense (Jonathan Demme)
  8. Purple Rain (Albert Magnoli)
  9. Full Moon in Paris (Éric Rohmer)
  10. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Steven Spielberg)

 

Ran
Ran

1985

  1. Ran (Akira Kurosawa)
  2. Desert Hearts (Donna Deitch)
  3. Tampopo (Juzo Itami)
  4. Pale Rider (Clint Eastwood)
  5. Desperately Seeking Susan (Susal Siedelman)
  6. Vagabond (Agnes Varda)
  7. Re-Animator (Stuart Gordon)
  8. Brazil (Terry Gilliam)
  9. Clue (Jonathan Lynn)
  10. Fool For Love (Robert Altman)

 

1986

  1. Blue Velvet (David Lynch)
  2. The Green Ray (Éric Rohmer)
  3. The Sacrifice (Andrei Tarkovsky)
  4. Aliens (James Cameron)
  5. Mauvais Sang (Leo’s Carax)
  6. Big Trouble in Little China (John Carpenter)
  7. Stand By Me (Rob Reiner)
  8. Down By Law (Jim Jarmusch)
  9. From Beyond (Stuart Gordon)
  10. Manhunter (Michael Mann)

 

Lin Hsiao-yang as Lin in Daughter Of The Nile
Daughter Of The Nile

1987

  1. Daughter of the Nile (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)
  2. Where is the Friend’s House? (Abbas Kiarostami)
  3. Housekeeping (Bill Forsyth)
  4. Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (Éric Rohmer)
  5. Full Metal Jacket (Stanley Kubrick)
  6. Withnail & I (Bruce Robinson)
  7. Robocop (Paul Verhoeven)
  8. Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders)
  9. The Princess Bride (Ron Reiner)
  10. My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend (Éric Rohmer)

 

1988

  1. Dead Ringers (David Cronenberg)
  2. My Neighbour Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki)
  3. Akira (Katsuhiro Otomo)
  4. Scrooged (Richard Donner)
  5. Cinema Paradiso (Guiseppe Tornatore)
  6. Vampire’s Kiss (Robert Bierman)
  7. Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (James Signorelli)
  8. They Live (John Carpenter)
  9. Big (Penny Marshall)
  10. Mississippi Burning (Alan Parker)

 

1989

  1. Do The Right Thing (Spike Lee)
  2. The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (Peter Greenaway)
  3. Field of Dreams (Phil Alden Robinson)
  4. Homework (Abbas Kiarostami)
  5. Mystery Train (Jim Jarmusch)
  6. Tetsuo: the Iron Man (Shinya Tsukamoto)
  7. Kiki’s Delivery Service (Hayao Miyazaki)
  8. Tongues Untied (Marlon Riggs)
  9. sex, lies and videotape (Steven Soderbergh)
  10. Society (Brian Yuzna)

 

1990

  1. Close-Up (Abbas Kiarostami)
  2. Gremlins 2: The New Batch (Joe Dante)
  3. Miller’s Crossing (Joel Coen)
  4. To Sleep With Anger (Charles Burnett) 
  5. Paris is Burning (Jennie Livingston)
  6. Cry-Baby (John Waters)
  7. The Hot Spot (Dennis Hopper)
  8. Wild at Heart (David Lynch)
  9. Total Recall (Paul Verhoeven)
  10. The Exorcist III (William Peter Blatty) 

 

The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Blu-ray Screenshot
The Silence of the Lambs

1991

  1. The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme)
  2. Boyz N The Hood (John Singleton)
  3. Naked Lunch (David Cronenberg)
  4. The Lovers on the Bridge (Léos Carax)
  5. A Brighter Summer Day (Edward Yang)
  6. Barton Fink (Joel Coen)
  7. Heart of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (Eleanor Coppola, Fax Bahr)
  8. Yumeji (Seijun Suzuki) 
  9. The Stranger (Satyajit Ray) 
  10. Raise the Red Lantern (Zhang Yimou)

 

1992

  1. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (David Lynch)
  2. Candyman (Bernard Rose)
  3. And Life Goes On (Abbas Kiarostami)
  4. Orlando (Sally Potter)
  5. The Player (Robert Altman)
  6. Alien3 (David Fincher)
  7. Batman Returns (Tim Burton)
  8. Death Becomes Her (Robert Zemeckis)
  9. Gas, Food Lodging (Allison Anders)
  10. Malcolm X (Spike Lee)

 

8 Dazed And Confused
Dazed And Confused

1993

  1. Dazed and Confused (Richard Linklater)
  2. Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg)
  3. Three Colours: Blue (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  4. The Age of Innocence (Martin Scorsese) 
  5. Schindler’s List (Steven Spielberg)
  6. Farewell My Concubine (Chen Kaige) 
  7. Patlabor 2 (Mamoru Oshii)
  8. Cliffhanger (Renny Harlin)
  9. Short Cuts (Robert Altman)
  10. M. Butterfly (David Cronenberg)

 

1994

  1. Three Colours: Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  2. Leon: the Professional (Luc Besson)
  3. The Last Seduction (John Dahl)
  4. Serial Mom (John Waters)
  5. Hoop Dreams (Steve James)
  6. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
  7. The Hudsucker Proxy (Joel Coen)
  8. Speed (Jan De Bont)
  9. River of Grass (Kelly Reichardt)
  10. Through the Olive Trees (Abbas Kiarostami)

 

1995

  1. Before Sunrise (Richard Linklater)
  2. Clockers (Spike Lee)
  3. Safe (Todd Haynes) 
  4. The Addiction (Abel Ferrara)
  5. Maborosi (Hirokazu Kore-Eda)
  6. To Die For (Gus Van Sant) 
  7. Ghost in the Shell (Mamoru Oshii)
  8. Twelve Monkeys (Terry Gilliam)
  9. Se7en (David Fincher)
  10. Heat (Michael Mann)

 

Bound
Bound

1996

  1. Bound (Lana Wachowski, Lily Wachowski)
  2. Crash (David Cronenberg)
  3. Irma Vep (Olivier Assayas)
  4. Fargo (Joel Coen)
  5. Trainspotting (Danny Boyle)
  6. Nénette and Boni (Claire Denis)
  7. Set it Off (F Gary Gray)
  8. Scream (Wes Craven)
  9. Grace Of My Heart (Allison Anders) 
  10. Kansas City (Robert Altman) 

 

1997

  1. Cure (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
  2. Lost Highway (David Lynch)
  3. The Ice Storm (Ang Lee)
  4. Perfect Blue (Satoshi Kon)
  5. I Know What You Did Last Summer (Jim Gillespie) – sorry, not sorry
  6. Jackie Brown (Quentin Tarantino)
  7. Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  8. Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki)
  9. Gattaca (Andrew Niccol)
  10. LA Confidential (Curtis Hanson)

 

1998

  1. Bride of Chucky (Ronny Yu)
  2. After Life (Hirokazu Kore-Eda)
  3. The Apple (Samira Makhmalbaf)
  4. The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick)
  5. The Big Lebowski (Joel Coen)
  6. Show Me Love (Lukas Moodysson)
  7. Ring (Hideo Nakata)
  8. Buffalo ’66 (Vincent Gallo)
  9. Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer)
  10. Wild Things (John McNaughton)

 

Audition
Audition

1999

  1. Audition (Takashi Miike)
  2. eXistenZ (David Cronenberg)
  3. Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick)
  4. Beau Travail (Claire Denis)
  5. The Wind Will Carry Us (Abbas Kiarostami)
  6. The Virgin Suicides (Sofia Coppola)
  7. Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  8. The Straight Story (David Lynch)
  9. Not One Less (Zhang Yimou)
  10. Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze)

 

2000

  1. In The Mood for Love (Wong Kar-Wai)
  2. Ginger Snaps (John Fawcett)
  3. Battle Royale (Kinji Fukasaku)
  4. Yi Yi (Edward Yang)
  5. Shadow of the Vampire (E. Elias Merhige)
  6. Dancer in the Dark (Lars Von Trier)
  7. Memento (Christoper Nolan)
  8. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee)
  9. Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky)
  10. Sexy Beast (Jonathan Glazer)

 

Mulholland Drive 5
Mulholland Drive

2001

  1. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch)
  2. The Man Who Wasn’t There (Joel Coen)
  3. Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff) 
  4. Pulse (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
  5. Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly)
  6. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson)
  7. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Peter Jackson)
  8. Trouble Every Day (Claire Denis)
  9. Amelie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
  10. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki)

 

43 Punch Drunk Love
Punch-Drunk Love

2002

  1. Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  2. 25th Hour (Spike Lee)
  3. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (Park Chan-Wook)
  4. Adaptation. (Spike Jonze)
  5. Lilya 4-Ever (Lukas Moodysson)
  6. The Hours (Stephen Daldry)
  7. Talk to Her (Pedro Almodóvar)
  8. Irreversible (Gaspar Noé)
  9. Frida (Julie Taymor)
  10. Dark Water (Hideo Nakata)

 

2003

  1. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola)
  2. Elephant (Gus Van Sant)
  3. Oldboy (Park Chan-Wook)
  4. Kill Bill Vol. 1 (Quentin Tarantino)
  5. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Peter Jackson)
  6. Gozu (Takashi Miike)
  7. Saraband (Ingmar Bergman) 
  8. American Splendor (Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini)
  9. Dogville (Lars Von Trier)
  10. Capturing the Friedmans (Andrew Jarecki)

 

2004

  1. Before Sunset (Richard Linklater)
  2. 2046 (Wong Kar-Wai) 
  3. Nobody Knows (Hirokazu Kore-Eda)
  4. Mean Girls (Mark Waters)
  5. Dead Man’s Shoes (Shane Meadows)
  6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry)
  7. Seed of Chucky (Don Mancini)
  8. Woman is the Future of Man (Hong Sang-Soo)
  9. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (Adam McKay)
  10. Kung Fu Hustle (Stephen Chow)

 

2005

  1. Caché [Hidden] (Michael Haneke)
  2. Munich (Steven Spielberg)
  3. Good Night, and Good Luck (George Clooney)
  4. Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog)
  5. Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (Park Chan-Wook) 
  6. Brick (Rian Johnson)
  7. Me and You and Everyone We Know (Miranda July)
  8. Capote (Bennett Miller)
  9. A Bittersweet Life (Kim Jee-Woon)
  10. Match Point (Woody Allen)

 

Volver
Volver

2006

  1. Volver (Pedro Almodóvar)
  2. Old Joy (Kelly Reichardt)
  3. INLAND EMPIRE (David Lynch)
  4. Clerks II (Kevin Smith)
  5. A Scanner Darkly (Richard Linklater)
  6. Marie Antoinette (Sofia Coppola)
  7. Letters from Iwo Jima (Clint Eastwood)
  8. The Host (Bong Joon-ho)
  9. Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón)
  10. Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro)

 

2007

  1. Death Proof (Quentin Tarantino)
  2. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  3. No Country for Old Men (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
  4. Water Lilies (Céline Sciamma) 
  5. Zodiac (David Fincher)
  6. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik)
  7. Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud)
  8. Shotgun Stories (Jeff Nichols)
  9. Unrelated (Joanna Hogg)
  10. Go Go Tales (Abel Ferrara) 

 

78 Wendy And Lucy
Wendy and Lucy

2008

  1. Wendy and Lucy (Kelly Reichardt)
  2. Summer Hours (Olivier Assayas)
  3. Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson)
  4. The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel)
  5. Martyrs (Pascal Laugnier)
  6. The Pleasure of Being Robbed (Joshua Safdie, Benny Safdie)
  7. Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman)
  8. The Good, the Bad, the Weird (Kim Jee-won)
  9. Still Walking (Hirokazu Kore-Eda)
  10. Hunger (Steve McQueen)

 

2009

  1. The Limits of Control (Jim Jarmusch)
  2. The House of the Devil (Ti West)
  3. A Serious Man (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
  4. Jennifer’s Body (Karyn Kusama)
  5. White Material (Claire Denis)
  6. Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold)
  7. The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans (Werner Herzog)
  8. Mother (Bong Joon-Ho)
  9. The Father of My Children (Mia Hansen-Løve)
  10. Symbol (Hitoshi Matsumoto)

 

Uncle Boonmee
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

2010

  1. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
  2. Black Swan (Darren Aronofsky)
  3. Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami)
  4. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Edgar Wright)
  5. Somewhere (Sofia Coppola)
  6. 13 Assassins (Takashi Miike)
  7. The Secret World of Arrietty (Hiromasa Yonebayashi)
  8. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Werner Herzog)
  9. True Grit (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
  10. Rubber (Quentin Dupieux)

 

2011

  1. Goodbye, First Love (Mia Hansen-Løve)
  2. Take Shelter (Jeff Nichols)
  3. You’re Next (Adam Wingard)
  4. The Deep Blue Sea (Terence Davies)
  5. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)
  6. Tomboy (Célina Sciamma)
  7. Shame (Steve McQueen)
  8. The Skin I Live In (Pedro Almadovar)
  9. Martha Marcy May Marlene (Sean Durkin)
  10. Melancholia (Lars Von Trier)

 

Like Someone In Love
Like Someone in Love

2012

  1. Like Someone in Love (Abbas Kiarostami)
  2. Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)
  3. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  4. Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine)
  5. Post Tenebras Lux (Carlos Reygadas)
  6. Leviathan (Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel)
  7. Holy Motors (Leos Carax)
  8. The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer)
  9. No (Pablo Larraín)
  10. Starlet (Sean Baker)

 

2013

  1. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
  2. Like Father, Like Son (Hirokazu Kore-Eda)
  3. Before Midnight (Richard Linklater)
  4. Upstream Color (Shane Carruth)
  5. Night Moves (Kelly Reichardt)
  6. Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
  7. Bastards (Claire Denis)
  8. Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski)
  9. Her (Spike Jonze)
  10. Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn)

 

2014

  1. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  2. Girlhood (Céline Sciamma)
  3. Clouds of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas)
  4. Heaven Knows What (Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie)
  5. Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako)
  6. The Look of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer)
  7. Jauja (Lisandro Alonso)
  8. Selma (Ava DuVernay)
  9. Mommy (Xavier Dolan)
  10. Phoenix (Christian Petzold)

 

5 Carol
Carol

2015

  1. Carol (Todd Haynes)
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller)
  3. Inside Out (Pete Docter)
  4. Mistress America (Noah Baumbach)
  5. Magic Mike XXL (Gregory Jacobs)
  6. Mustang (Deniz Gamze Erguven)
  7. The Witch (Robert Eggers)
  8. Our Little Sister (Hirokazu Kore-Eda)
  9. Right Now, Wrong Then (Hong Sang-Soo)
  10. Happy Hour (Ryusuke Hamaguchi)

 

2016

  1. Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt)
  2. Hail, Caesar! (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
  3. Moonlight (Barry Jenkins)
  4. Raw (Julie Ducournau)
  5. Jackie (Pablo Larraín)
  6. 10 Cloverfield Lane (Dan Trachtenberg)
  7. American Honey (Andrea Arnold
  8. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)
  9. Lady Macbeth (William Oldroyd)
  10. The Wailing (Na Hong-Jin)

 

2017

  1. Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  2. Get Out (Jordan Peele)
  3. 120 BPM (Beats Per Minute) (Robin Campillo)
  4. The Florida Project (Sean Baker)
  5. mother! (Darren Aronofsky)
  6. Paddington 2 (Paul King)
  7. Beach Rats (Eliza Hittman)
  8. Virus Tropical (Santiago Caicedo)
  9. The Rider (Chloe Zhao)
  10. Happy Death Day (Christopher B Landon)

 

Long Day
Long Day’s Journey into Night

2018

  1. Long Day’s Journey into Night (Bi Gan)
  2. If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)
  3. Annihilation (Alex Garland)
  4. Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino)
  5. Burning (Lee Chang-Dong)
  6. Madeline’s Madeline (Josephine Decker)
  7. Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham)
  8. Widows (Steve McQueen)
  9. Shoplifters (Hirokazu Kore-Eda)
  10. Support the Girls (Andrew Bujalski)

 


2019

  1. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Céline Sciamma) 
  2. Us (Jordan Peele) 
  3. Ema (Pablo Larraín)
  4. The Farewell (Lulu Wang) 
  5. A Hidden Life (Terrence Malick)
  6. The Irishman (Martin Scorsese)
  7. Booksmart (Olivia Wilde)
  8. Dark Waters (Todd Haynes)
  9. Parasite (Bong Joon-Ho) 
  10. Atlantics (Mati Diop)

 

2 thoughts on “List: Top 10 Films Of Every Year, By Year Of Production

    1. Thank you! Ha, yeah I’m aware I’m in the minority when it comes to Death Proof…

      I keep updating this and hopefully can broaden it further with experience and open up the 30s and 40s, eventually. Ongoing project.

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