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 1950 for now, largely because the number of films per year that I’ve seen before that starts to increasingly 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.

 

Furies
The Furies

1950

  1. The Furies (Anthony Mann)
  2. Sunset Blvd. (Billy Wilder)
  3. In A Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray)
  4. All About Eve (Joseph L Mankiewicz)
  5. Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa)
  6. The Asphalt Jungle (John Huston)
  7. Winchester ’73 (Anthony Mann)
  8. Harvey (Henry Koster)
  9. Young Man With A Horn (Michael Curtiz)

 

1951

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

 

1952

  1. Umberto D. (Vittorio De Sica)
  2. Singin’ In The Rain (Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly)
  3. Rancho Notorious (Fritz Lang)
  4. Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa)
  5. The Big Sky (Howard Hawks)
  6. High Noon (Fred Zinnemann)
  7. The Bad And The Beautiful (Vincente Minnelli)
  8. Has Anybody Seen My Gal (Douglas Sirk)
  9. Don’t Bother To Knock (Roy Ward Baker)
  10. Monkey Business (Howard Hawks)

 

Tokyo Story
Tokyo Story

1953

  1. Tokyo Story (Yasujro Ozu)
  2. The Naked Spur (Anthony Mann)
  3. Pickup On South Street (Samuel Fuller)
  4. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Howard Hawks)
  5. Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi)
  6. The Band Wagon (Vincente Minnelli)
  7. Niagara (Bob Gosse)
  8. The Lady Without Camelias (Michelangelo Antonioni)
  9. Summer With Monika (Ingmar Bergman)
  10. The Big Heat (Fritz Lang)

 

Magnificent Obsession
Magnificent Obsession

1954

  1. Magnificent Obsession (Douglas Sirk)
  2. Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa)
  3. Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock)
  4. Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray)
  5. On The Waterfront (Elia Kazan)
  6. Human Desire (Fritz Lang)
  7. Sabrina (Billy Wilder)

 

1955

  1. The Night Of The Hunter (Charles Laughton)
  2. Diabolique (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
  3. All That Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk)
  4. Rififi (Jules Dassin)
  5. Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich)
  6. The Man From Laramie (Anthony Mann)
  7. The Seven Year Itch (Billy Wilder)
  8. Guys And Dolls (Joseph L Mankiewicz)
  9. To Catch A Thief (Alfred Hitchcock)
  10. The Ladykillers (Alexander Mackendrick)

 

Giant
Giant

1956

  1. Giant (George Stevens)
  2. Bigger Than Life (Nicholas Ray)
  3. There’s Always Tomorrow (Douglas Sirk)
  4. The Burmese Harp (Kon Ichikawa)
  5. The Killing (Stanley Kubrick)
  6. Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (Don Siegel)
  7. Autumn Leaves (Robert Aldrich)
  8. Written On The Wind (Douglas Sirk)
  9. Forbidden Planet (Fred M Wilcox)
  10. The Maverick Queen (Joseph Kane)

 

1957

  1. The Tarnished Angels (Douglas Sirk)
  2. 12 Angry Men (Sidney Lumet)
  3. Paths Of Glory (Stanley Kubrick)
  4. Il Grido (Michelangelo Antonioni)
  5. Forty Guns (Samuel Fuller)
  6. The Tin Star (Anthony Mann)
  7. The Bridge On The River Kwai (David Lean)
  8. The Incredible Shrinking Man (Jack Arnold)
  9. The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman)
  10. Funny Face (Stanley Donen)

 

1958

  1. Touch Of Evil (Orson Welles)
  2. The Big Country (William Wyler)
  3. A Time To Love And A Time To Die (Douglas Sirk)
  4. Cairo Station (Youssef Chahine)
  5. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock)
  6. The Boy Who Came Back (Seijun Suzuki)
  7. Terror In A Texas Town (Joseph H Lewis)
  8. Mon Oncle (Jacques Tati)
  9. The Fly (Kurt Neumann)
  10. Horror Of Dracula (Terrence Fisher)

 

1959

  1. Suddenly, Last Summer (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
  2. The Human Condition II: Road To Eternity (Masaki Kobayashi)
  3. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (Masaki Kobayashi)
  4. Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder)
  5. Good Morning (Yasujiro Ozu)
  6. Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks)
  7. Imitation Of Life (Douglas Sirk)
  8. The Crimson Kimono (Samuel Fuller)
  9. Floating Weeds (Yasujiro Ozu)
  10. Ride Lonsome (Budd Boetticher)

 

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L’Avventura

1960

  1. L’Avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni)
  2. The Apartment (Billy Wilder)
  3. Eyes Without A Face (Georges Franju)
  4. La Dolce Vita (Federico Fellini)
  5. Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard)
  6. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock)
  7. Late Autumn (Yasujiro Ozu)
  8. The Young One (Luis Bunuel)
  9. The Truth (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
  10. The Sleeping Beast Within (Seijun Suzuki)

 

1961

  1. The Children’s Hour (William Wyler)
  2. Through A Glass Darkly (Ingmar Bergman)
  3. The Hustler (Robert Rossen)
  4. Last Year At Marienbad (Alain Resnais)
  5. Viridiana (Luis Bunuel)
  6. The Human Condition III: A Soldier’s Prayer (Masaki Kobayashi)
  7. The Misfits (John Huston)
  8. The Innocents (Jack Clayton)
  9. Spotlight On A Murderer (Georges Franju)
  10. Man With A Shotgun (Seijun Suzuki)

 

1962

  1. Vivre Sa Vie (Jean-Luc Godard)
  2. Harakiri (Masaki Kobayashi)
  3. Cape Fear (J Lee Thompson)
  4. An Autumn Afternoon (Yasujiro Ozu)
  5. Sanjuro (Akira Kurosawa)
  6. Carnival Of Souls (Herk Harvey)
  7. Lolita (Stanley Kubrick)
  8. The Exterminating Angel (Luis Bunuel)
  9. Lawrence Of Arabia (David Lean)
  10. Jules Et Jim (Francois Truffaut)

 

1963

  1. The Leopard (Luchino Visconti)
  2. Le Mepris (Jean-Luc Godard)
  3. Judex (Georges Franju)
  4. Hud (Martin Ritt)
  5. Cleopatra (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Rouben Mamoulian)
  6. 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini)
  7. The Incorrigible (Seijun Suzuki)
  8. The Haunting (Robert Wise)
  9. Shock Corridor (Samuel Fuller)
  10. Dry Summer (Metin Erksan)

 

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The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg

1964

  1. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy)
  2. The Pumpkin Eater (Jack Clayton)
  3. Onibaba (Kaneto Shindō)
  4. Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (Stanley Kubrick)
  5. The Naked Kiss (Samuel Fuller)
  6. My Fair Lady (George Cukor)
  7. A Fistful Of Dollars (Sergio Leone)
  8. Seance On A Wet Afternoon (Bryan Forbes)
  9. Kwaidan (Masaki Kobayashi)
  10. Woman In The Dunes (Hiroshi Tshigahara)

 

60 Juliet Of The Spirits
Juliet Of The Spirits

1965

  1. Juliet Of The Spirits (Federico Fellini)
  2. Sandra (Luchino Visconti)
  3. Repulsion (Roman Polanski)
  4. For A Few Dollars More (Sergio Leone)
  5. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (Russ Meyer)
  6. Born Under Crossed Stars (Seijun Suzuki)
  7. Gumnam (Anwar Kamel Pasha)
  8. The Spy Who Came In From The Cold (Martin Ritt)

 

1966

  1. Persona (Ingmar Bergman)
  2. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (Sergio Leone)
  3. The Nun (Jacques Rivette)
  4. Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (Mike Nichols)
  5. Blow-Up (Michelangelo Antonioni)
  6. Kill, Baby Kill (Mario Bava)
  7. The Battle Of Algiers (Gillo Pontecovo)
  8. Django (Sergio Corbucci)
  9. A Man For All Seasons (Fred Zinnemann)
  10. Torn Curtain (Alfred Hitchcock)

 

1967

  1. Branded To Kill (Seijun Suzuki)
  2. Belle de Jour (Luis Bunuel)
  3. Barefoot In The Park (Gene Saks)
  4. Massacre Gun (Yasuharu Hasebe)
  5. The Graduate (Mike Nichols)
  6. Samurai Rebellion (Masaki Kobayashi)
  7. Spring Night, Summer Night (J. L. Anderson)
  8. La Collectionneuse (Eric Rohmer)
  9. Spider Baby (Jack Hill)
  10. Bonnie And Clyde (Arthur Penn)

 

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. Rosemary’s Baby (Roman Polanski)
  4. Night Of The Living Dead (George A Romero)
  5. Kuroneko (Kaneti Shindo)
  6. Once Upon A Time In The West (Sergio Leone)
  7. Planet Of The Apes (Franklin J Schaffner)
  8. Bullitt (Peter Yates)
  9. Faces (John Cassavetes)
  10. If… (Lindsay Anderson)

 

1969

  1. Eros + Massacre (Kiju Yoshida)
  2. Fellini Satyricon (Federico Fellini)
  3. That Cold Day In The Park (Robert Altman)
  4. The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah)
  5. Kes (Ken Loach)
  6. Horrors of Malformed Men (Teruo Ishii)
  7. Midnight Cowboy (John Schlesinger)
  8. Stereo (David Cronenberg)
  9. Easy Rider (Dennis Hopper)
  10. Pit Stop (Jack Hill)

 

Catch-22
Catch-22

1970

  1. Catch-22 (Mike Nichols)
  2. The Touch (Ingmar Bergman)
  3. Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter (Yasuharu Hasebe)
  4. Stray Cat Rock: Machine Animal (Yasuharu Hasebe)
  5. Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders (Jaromil Jares)
  6. Performance (Nicolas Roeg, Donald Cammell)
  7. Heroic Purgatory (Kiju Yoshida)
  8. Dougal And The Blue Cat (Serge Danot)
  9. I Clowns (Federico Fellini)
  10. Five Dolls For An August Moon (Mario Bava)

 

1971

  1. Out 1 (Jacques Rivette)
  2. McCabe & Mrs Miller (Robert Altman)
  3. Vanishing Point (Richard C Sarafian)
  4. Wake In Fright (Ted Kotcheff)
  5. Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg)
  6. The French Connection (William Friedkin)
  7. A Bay Of Blood (Mario Bava)
  8. Harold And Maude (Hal Ashby)
  9. Lizard In A Woman’s Skin (Lucio Fulci)
  10. Two-Lane Blacktop (Monte Hellman)

 

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Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41

1972

  1. Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (Shunya Ito)
  2. The Bitter Tears Of Petra Von Kant (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  3. What Have You Done To Solange? (Massimo Dallamano)
  4. The Effect Of Gamma Rays On Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds (Paul Newman)
  5. Images (Robert Altman)
  6. Your Vice Is A Locked Room And Only I Have The Key (Sergio Martino)
  7. Female Prisoner 701: Scorpion (Shunya Ito)
  8. The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola)
  9. Roma (Federico Fellini)
  10. Lone Wolf And Cub: Baby Cart At The River Styx (Kenji Misume)

 

1973

  1. Coffy (Jack Jill)
  2. Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable (Shunya Ito)
  3. The Wicker Man (Robin Hardy)
  4. Serpico (Sidney Lumet)
  5. Ganja & Hess (Bill Gunn)
  6. The Exorcist (William Friedkin)
  7. The Crazies (George A Romero)
  8. The Holy Mountain (Alejandro Jodorowsky)
  9. Don’t Look Now (Nicolas Roeg)
  10. Badlands (Terrence Malick)

 

1974

  1. Chinatown (Roman Polanski)
  2. A Woman Under The Influence (John Cassavetes)
  3. The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola)
  4. Phantom Of The Paradise (Brian De Palma)
  5. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Tobe Hooper)
  6. Ali: Fear Eats The Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  7. Blazin’ Saddles (Mel Brooks)
  8. Black Christmas (Bob Clark)
  9. Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (John Hough)
  10. The Godfather, Part II (Francis Ford Coppola)

 

1975

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

 

16 Duelle
Duelle (une quarantine)

1976

  1. Duelle (une quarantine) (Jacques Rivette)
  2. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese)
  3. All The President’s Men (Alan J Pakula)
  4. The Man Who Fell To Earth (Nicolas Roeg)
  5. Network (Sidney Lumet)
  6. Assault On Precinct 13 (John Carpenter)
  7. Carrie (Brian De Palma)
  8. The Killing Of A Chinese Bookie (John Cassavetes)
  9. The Outlaw Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood)
  10. Burnt Offerings (Dan Curtis)

 

1977

  1. 3 Women (Robert Altman)
  2. That Obscure Object Of Desire (Luis Bunuel)
  3. Eraserhead (David Lynch)
  4. Saturday Night Fever (John Badham)
  5. Suspiria (Dario Argento)
  6. Slap Shot (George Roy Hill)
  7. Rabid (David Cronenberg)
  8. Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (Steven Spielberg)
  9. House (Nobuhiko Obayashi)
  10. The Car (Elliot Silverstein)

 

1978

  1. Days Of Heaven (Terrence Malick)
  2. The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino)
  3. Halloween (John Carpenter)
  4. Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (Philip Kaufman)
  5. Killer Of Sheep (Charles Burnett)
  6. Eyes Of Laura Mars (Irvin Kershner)
  7. Dawn Of The Dead (George A Romero)
  8. Convoy (Sam Peckinpah)
  9. Piranha (Joe Dante)
  10. Graduate First (Maurice Pialat)

 

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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 China Syndrome (James Bridges)
  6. Being There (Hal Ashby)
  7. The Marriage Of Maria Braun (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  8. The Warriors (Walter Hill)
  9. Kramer Vs Kramer (Robert Benton)
  10. The Brood (David Cronenberg)

 

1980

  1. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick)
  2. Airplane! (David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker)
  3. The Fog (John Carpenter)
  4. Nightmare City (Umberto Lenzi)
  5. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese)
  6. Dressed To Kill (Brian De Palma)
  7. Ordinary People (Robert Redford)
  8. The Elephant Man (David Lynch)
  9. Phantasm (Don Coscarelli)
  10. The Blues Brothers (John Landis)

 

Ms. 45
Ms. 45

1981

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

 

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. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg)
  6. Halloween III: Season Of The Witch (Tommy Lee Wallace)
  7. Fast Times At Ridgemount High (Amy Heckerling)
  8. Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper, Steven Spielberg)
  9. Tootsie (Sydney Pollack)
  10. Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog)

 

1983

  1. Videodrome (David Cronenberg)
  2. The King Of Comedy (Martin Scorsese)
  3. Rumble Fish (Francis Ford Coppola)
  4. Scarface (Brian De Palma)
  5. Christine (John Carpenter)
  6. Sans Soleil (Chris Marker)
  7. The Final Terror (Andrew Davis)
  8. Flashdance (Adrian Lyne)
  9. Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence (Nagisa Oshima)
  10. Sleepaway Camp (Robert Hiltzick)

 

1984

  1. Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind (Hayao Miyazaki)
  2. The Terminator (James Cameron)
  3. Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders)
  4. Blood Simple (Joel Coen)
  5. Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (Steven Spielberg)
  6. Ghostbusters (Ivan Reitman)
  7. Purple Rain (Albert Magnoli)
  8. This Is: Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner)
  9. Night Of The Comet (Thom Eberhart)
  10. Body Double (Brian De Palma)

 

Ran
Ran

1985

  1. Ran (Akira Kurosawa)
  2. Tampopo (Juzo Itami)
  3. Fool For Love (Robert Altman)
  4. Re-Animator (Stuart Gordon)
  5. Pale Rider (Clint Eastwood)
  6. Day Of The Dead (George A Romero)
  7. Runaway Train (Andrei Konchalovsky)
  8. Brazil (Terry Gilliam)
  9. Clue (Jonathan Lynn)
  10. Lifeforce (Tobe Hooper)

 

1986

  1. Blue Velvet (David Lynch)
  2. The Sacrifice (Andrei Tarkovsky)
  3. Aliens (James Cameron)
  4. Big Trouble In Little China (John Carpenter)
  5. Stand By Me (Rob Reiner)
  6. Down By Law (Jim Jarmusch)
  7. She’s Gotta Have It (Spike Lee)
  8. The Fly (David Cronenberg)
  9. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (Tobe Hooper)
  10. The Green Ray (Eric Rohmer)

 

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

1987

  1. Daughter Of The Nile (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)
  2. Full Metal Jacket (Stanley Kubrick)
  3. Predator (John McTiernan)
  4. The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner)
  5. Robocop (Paul Verhoeven)
  6. Innerspace (Joe Dante)
  7. Withnail & I (Bruce Robinson)
  8. Evil Dead 2 (Sam Raimi)
  9. Prince Of Darkness (John Carpenter)
  10. Near Dark (Kathryn Bigelow)

 

1988

  1. My Neighbour Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki)
  2. Dead Ringers (David Cronenberg)
  3. They Live (John Carpenter)
  4. Akira (Katsuhiro Otomo)
  5. Scrooged (Richard Donner)
  6. Die Hard (John McTiernan)
  7. The Naked Gun (David Zucker)
  8. Beetlejuice (Tim Burton)
  9. Grave Of The Fireflies (Isao Takahata)
  10. Rain Man (Barry Levinson)

 

1989

  1. The Cook, The Thief, His Wife And Her Lover (Peter Greenaway)
  2. Field Of Dreams (Phil Alden Robinson)
  3. Patlabor (Mamoru Oshii)
  4. Tetsuo: The Iron Man (Shinya Tsukamoto)
  5. The ‘Burbs (Joe Dante)
  6. Kiki’s Delivery Service (Hayao Miyazaki)
  7. Society (Brian Yuzna)
  8. The Abyss (James Cameron)
  9. sex, lies and videotape (Steven Soderbergh)
  10. Casualties Of War (Brian De Palma)

 

1990

  1. Gremlins 2: The New Batch (Joe Dante)
  2. Miller’s Crossing (Joel Coen)
  3. The Exorcist III (William Peter Blatty)
  4. Edward Scissorhands (Tim Burton)
  5. The Nights Of Zayandeh-rood (Mohsen Makhmalbaf)
  6. Total Recall (Paul Verhoeven)
  7. Predator 2 (Stephen Hopkins)
  8. Jacob’s Ladder (Adrian Lyne)
  9. King Of New York (Abel Fererra)
  10. Wild At Heart (David Lynch)

 

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

1991

  1. The Silence Of The Lambs (Jonathan Demme)
  2. Naked Lunch (David Cronenberg)
  3. A Brighter Summer Day (Edward Yang)
  4. Barton Fink (Joel Coen)
  5. Heart Of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (Eleanor Coppola, Fax Bahr)
  6. Yumeji (Seijun Suzuki)
  7. Only Yesterday (Isao Takahata)
  8. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (James Cameron)
  9. The Fisher King (Terry Gilliam)
  10. Daughters Of The Dust (Julie Nash)

 

1992

  1. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (David Lynch)
  2. Alien3 (David Fincher)
  3. The Player (Robert Altman)
  4. Candyman (Bernard Rose)
  5. Batman Returns (Tim Burton)
  6. Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino)
  7. Porco Rosso (Hayao Miyazaki)
  8. Wayne’s World (Penelope Spheeris)
  9. Bad Lieutenant (Abel Fererra)
  10. Baraka (Ron Fricke)

 

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Dazed And Confused

1993

  1. Dazed And Confused (Richard Linklater)
  2. Three Colours: Blue (Kryzstof Kieslowski)
  3. Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg)
  4. Schindler’s List (Steven Spielberg)
  5. Short Cuts (Robert Altman)
  6. Body Bags (John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper)
  7. M. Butterfly (David Cronenberg)
  8. Patlabor 2 (Mamoru Oshii)
  9. Cliffhanger (Renny Harlin)
  10. The Fugitive (Andrew Davis)

 

1994

  1. Leon: The Professional (Luc Besson)
  2. Quiz Show (Robert Redford)
  3. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
  4. The Last Seduction (John Dahl)
  5. The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Stephen Elliott)
  6. Speed (Jan De Bont)
  7. River Of Grass (Kelly Reichardt)
  8. Forrest Gump (Robert Zemeckis)
  9. Eat Drink Man Woman (Ang Lee)
  10. The Hudsucker Proxy (Joel Coen)

 

1995

  1. Se7en (David Fincher)
  2. Before Sunrise (Richard Linklater)
  3. Heat (Michael Mann)
  4. Ghost In The Shell (Mamoru Oshii)
  5. Twelve Monkeys (Terry Gilliam)
  6. Whisper Of The Heart (Yoshifumo Kondo)
  7. The Crossing Guard (Sean Penn)
  8. La Haine (Mathieu Kassovitz)
  9. Toy Story (John Lasseter)
  10. Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch)

 

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Crash

1996

  1. Crash (David Cronenberg)
  2. Fargo (Joel Coen)
  3. Irma Vep (Olivier Assayas)
  4. Bound (Lana Wachowski, Lily Wachowski)
  5. Scream (Wes Craven)
  6. Trainspotting (Danny Boyle)
  7. Breaking The Waves (Lars Von Trier)
  8. From Dusk Til Dawn (Robert Rodriguez)
  9. Primal Fear (Gregory Hobit)
  10. Sydney/Hard Eight (Paul Thomas Anderson)

 

1997

  1. Cure (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
  2. Lost Highway (David Lynch)
  3. The Ice Storm (Ang Lee)
  4. Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  5. Jackie Brown (Quentin Tarantino)
  6. Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki)
  7. LA Confidential (Curtis Hanson)
  8. Taste Of Cherry (Abbas Kiarostami)
  9. Rainy Dog (Takashi Miike)
  10. Gattaca (Andrew Niccol)

 

1998

  1. The Apple (Samira Makhmalbaf)
  2. The Big Lebowski (Joel Coen)
  3. The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick)
  4. Ringu (Hideo Nakata)
  5. Pleasantville (Gary Ross)
  6. Buffalo ’66 (Vincent Gallo)
  7. Show Me Love (Lukas Moodysson)
  8. Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer)
  9. Rushmore (Wes Anderson)
  10. Happiness (Todd Solondz)

 

Audition
Audition

1999

  1. Audition (Takashi Miike)
  2. eXistenZ (David Cronenberg)
  3. The Virgin Suicides (Sofia Coppola)
  4. Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick)
  5. Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  6. Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze)
  7. Not One Less (Zhang Yimou)
  8. The Insider (Michael Mann)
  9. Fight Club (David Fincher)
  10. Galaxy Quest (Dean Parisot)

 

2000

  1. In The Mood For Love (Wong Kar-Wai)
  2. Yi Yi (Edward Yang)
  3. Battle Royale (Kinji Fukasaku)
  4. Dancer In The Dark (Lars Von Trier)
  5. Ginger Snaps (John Fawcett)
  6. Memento (Christoper Nolan)
  7. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee)
  8. Dead Or Alive 2: Birds (Takashi Miike)
  9. Requiem For A Dream (Darren Aronofsky)
  10. Songs From The Second Floor (Roy Andersson)

 

Mulholland Drive 5
Mulholland Drive

2001

  1. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch)
  2. The Man Who Wasn’t There (Joel Coen)
  3. Pulse (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
  4. Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly)
  5. Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff)
  6. Gosford Park (Robert Altman)
  7. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki)
  8. Amelie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
  9. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson)
  10. Monster’s Ball (Marc Forster)

 

43 Punch Drunk Love
Punch-Drunk Love

2002

  1. Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  2. Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance (Park Chan-Wook)
  3. Adaptation. (Spike Jonze)
  4. Irreversible (Gaspar Noe)
  5. 25th Hour (Spike Lee)
  6. Frida (Julie Taymor)
  7. About Schmidt (Alexander Payne)
  8. Lilya 4-Ever (Lukas Moodysson)
  9. Secretary (Steven Shainberg)
  10. Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes)

 

2003

  1. Lost In Translation (Sofia Coppola)
  2. Kill Bill Vol. 1 (Quentin Tarantino)
  3. Elephant (Gus Van Sant)
  4. Oldboy (Park Chan-Wook)
  5. Dogville (Lars Von Trier)
  6. Gozu (Takashi Miike)
  7. American Splendor (Shari Springer Berman, Rbert Pulcini)
  8. Girl With A Pearl Earring (Peter Webber)
  9. Swimming Pool (Francois Ozon)
  10. Capturing The Friedmans (Andrew Jarecki)

 

2004

  1. Before Sunset (Richard Linklater)
  2. Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (Adam McKay)
  3. Dead Man’s Shoes (Shane Meadows)
  4. Mean Girls (Mark Waters)
  5. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry)
  6. Three… Extremes (Fruit Chan, Park Chan-Wook, Takashi Miike)
  7. A Love Song For Bobby Long (Shainee Gabel)
  8. Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence (Mamoru Oshii)
  9. Primer (Shane Carruth)
  10. I Heart Huckabees (David O Russell)

 

Munich
Munich

2005

  1. Munich (Steven Spielberg)
  2. Good Night, And Good Luck (George Clooney)
  3. Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog)
  4. Capote (Bennett Miller)
  5. Brick (Rian Johnson)
  6. Syriana (Stephen Gaghan)
  7. Me And You And Everyone We Know (Miranda July)
  8. Lady Vengeance (Park Chan-Wook)
  9. Match Point (Woody Allen)
  10. Broken Flowers (Jim Jarmusch)

 

2006

  1. Old Joy (Kelly Reichardt)
  2. A Scanner Darkly (Richard Linklater)
  3. Marie Antoinette (Sofia Coppola)
  4. Letters From Iwo Jima (Clint Eastwood)
  5. Clerks II (Kevin Smith)
  6. The Prestige (Christopher Nolan)
  7. INLAND EMPIRE (David Lynch)
  8. The Host (Bong Joon-ho)
  9. Idiocracy (Mike Judge)
  10. Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro)

 

2007

  1. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  2. Death Proof (Quentin Tarantino)
  3. Zodiac (David Fincher)
  4. No Country For Old Men (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
  5. The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik)
  6. Lust, Caution (Ang Lee)
  7. Shotgun Stories (Jeff Nichols)
  8. Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud)
  9. Control (Anton Corbijn)
  10. Funny Games (Michael Haneke)

 

78 Wendy And Lucy
Wendy And Lucy

2008

  1. Wendy And Lucy (Kelly Reichardt)
  2. The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel)
  3. Hunger (Steve McQueen)
  4. Let The Right One In (Tomas Alfredson)
  5. Martyrs (Pascal Laugnier)
  6. Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman)
  7. The Good, The Bad, The Weird (Kim Jee-won)
  8. Waltz With Bashir (Ari Folman)
  9. WALL-E (Andrew Stanton)
  10. Burn After Reading (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)

 

2009

  1. The House Of The Devil (Ti West)
  2. The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke)
  3. A Serious Man (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
  4. Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold)
  5. The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans (Werner Herzog)
  6. Thirst (Park Chan-Wook)
  7. Dogtooth (Yorgos Lanthimos)
  8. Away We Go (Sam Mendes)
  9. The Loved Ones (Sean Byrne)
  10. Jennifer’s Body (Karyn Kusama)

 

Uncle Boonmee
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

2010

  1. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasthakul)
  2. Black Swan (Darren Aronofsky)
  3. Heartbeats (Xavier Dolan)
  4. Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami)
  5. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (Edgar Wright)
  6. True Grit (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
  7. 13 Assassins (Takashi Miike)
  8. Cave Of Forgotten Dreams (Werner Herzog)
  9. Meek’s Cutoff (Kelly Reichardt)
  10. Somewhere (Sofia Coppola)

 

2011

  1. Take Shelter (Jeff Nichols)
  2. You’re Next (Adam Wingard)
  3. A Separation (Asghar Farhadi)
  4. Shame (Steve McQueen)
  5. The Skin I Live In (Pedro Almadovar)
  6. Melancholia (Lars Von Trier)
  7. Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan)
  8. Martha Marcy May Marlene (Sean Durkin)
  9. The Tree Of Life (Terrence Malick)
  10. Kill List (Ben Wheatley)

 

30 Frances Ha
Frances Ha

2012

  1. Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)
  2. Like Someone In Love (Abbas Kiarostami)
  3. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  4. Post Tenebras Lux (Carlos Reygadas)
  5. The Act Of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer)
  6. Excision (Richard Bates, Jr.)
  7. Something In The Air (Olivier Assayas)
  8. Holy Motors (Leos Carax)
  9. Leviathan (Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel)
  10. No (Pablo Larraín)

 

2013

  1. Under The Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
  2. Like Father, Like Son (Hirokazu Kore-Eda)
  3. Night Moves (Kelly Reichardt)
  4. Before Midnight (Richard Linklater)
  5. Blue Is The Warmest Colour (Abdellatif Kechiche)
  6. Upstream Color (Shane Carruth)
  7. Her (Spike Jonze)
  8. Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
  9. The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki)
  10. Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn)

 

2014

  1. Girlhood (Celine Sciamma)
  2. Clouds Of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas)
  3. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  4. Jauja (Lisandro Alonso)
  5. Mommy (Xavier Dolan)
  6. The Duke Of Burgundy (Peter Strickland)
  7. The Look Of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer)
  8. It Follows (David Robert Mitchell)
  9. Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako)
  10. Phoenix (Christian Petzold)

 

5 Carol
Carol

2015

  1. Carol (Todd Haynes)
  2. Our Little Sister (Hirokazu Kor-eeda)
  3. Inside Out (Pete Docter)
  4. The Witch (Robert Eggers)
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller)
  6. Magic Mike XXL (Gregory Jacobs)
  7. Embrace Of The Serpent (Ciro Guerra)
  8. The Revenant (Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu)
  9. Queen Of Earth (Alex Ross Perry)
  10. The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)

 

2016

  1. Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt)
  2. Raw (Julie Ducournau)
  3. Moonlight (Barry Jenkins)
  4. 10 Cloverfield Lane (Dan Trachtenberg)
  5. Jackie (Pablo Larraín)
  6. Everybody Wants Some!! (Richard Linklater)
  7. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Gareth Edwards)
  8. A Quiet Passion (Terence Davies)
  9. OJ: Made In America (Ezra Edelman)
  10. The Handmaiden (Park Chan-Wook)

 

2017

  1. Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  2. The Florida Project (Sean Baker)
  3. The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos)
  4. 120 BPM (Beats Per Minute) (Robin Campillo)
  5. Paddington 2 (Paul King)
  6. Get Out (Jordan Peele)
  7. mother! (Darren Aronofsky)
  8. Sweet Country (Warwick Thornton)
  9. Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino)
  10. Let The Sunshine In (Claire Denis)
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2 thoughts on “List: Top 10 Films Of Every Year, By Year Of Production

  1. This is really useful, I gave it all a glimpse. 2007. was a brilliant year. I mean, No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood. But “Death Proof”? Thought it was awful. Nevertheless, thanks!

    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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