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)

 

NV
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. Son of Dracula (Robert Siodmak)

 

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. The Curse of the Cat People (Robert Wise, Gunther von Fritsch)
  7. To Have and Have Not (Howard Hawks)
  8. Murder, My Sweet (Edward Dmytryk)
  9. The Uninvited (Lewis Allen)
  10. The Woman in the Window (Fritz Lang)

 

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. Awaara (Raj Kapoor)
  8. An American in Paris (Vincente Minnelli)
  9. A Place in the Sun (George Stevens)
  10. The Thing From Another World (Christian Nyby)

 

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. Carnival of Souls (Herk Harvey)
  5. Cape Fear (J Lee Thompson)
  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. Onibaba (Kaneto Shindō)
  3. Red Desert (Michelangelo Antonioni)
  4. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy)
  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. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (Russ Meyer)
  2. Juliet of the Spirits (Federico Fellini)
  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. Funeral Parade of Roses (Toshio Matsumoto)
  2. Model Shop (Jacques Demy)
  3. Fellini Satyricon (Federico Fellini)
  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. The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  3. Poem (Akio Jissoji)
  4. What Have You Done to Solange? (Massimo Dallamano)
  5. Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (Sergio Martino)
  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. Nashville (Robert Altman)
  2. Jaws (Steven Spielberg)
  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. Baxter, Vera Baxter (Marguerite Duras)

 

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. Stop Making Sense (Jonathan Demme)
  7. Ghostbusters (Ivan Reitman)
  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. China Girl (Abel Ferrara)
  6. Full Metal Jacket (Stanley Kubrick)
  7. Withnail & I (Bruce Robinson)
  8. Robocop (Paul Verhoeven)
  9. Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders)
  10. My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend (Éric Rohmer)

 

1988

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

 

1989

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

 

1990

  1. Close-Up (Abbas Kiarostami)
  2. Gremlins 2: The New Batch (Joe Dante)
  3. To Sleep With Anger (Charles Burnett) 
  4. Paris is Burning (Jennie Livingston)
  5. Miller’s Crossing (Joel Coen)
  6. The Hot Spot (Dennis Hopper)
  7. King of New York (Abel Ferrera)
  8. Cry-Baby (John Waters)
  9. Jacob’s Ladder (Adrian Lyne)
  10. The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood (Mohsen Makhmalbaf)

 

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

1991

  1. The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme)
  2. Night on Earth (Jim Jarmusch)
  3. Boyz N The Hood (John Singleton)
  4. The Lovers on the Bridge (Léos Carax)
  5. A Brighter Summer Day (Edward Yang)
  6. Yumeji (Seijun Suzuki) 
  7. Barton Fink (Joel Coen)
  8. The Stranger (Satyajit Ray) 
  9. The Double Life of Veronique (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  10. Naked Lunch (David Cronenberg)

 

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. Alien3 (David Fincher)
  6. The Player (Robert Altman)
  7. Gas, Food Lodging (Allison Anders)
  8. Malcolm X (Spike Lee)
  9. Death Becomes Her (Robert Zemeckis)
  10. The Crying Game (Neil Jordan)

 

8 Dazed And Confused
Dazed And Confused

1993

  1. Dazed and Confused (Richard Linklater)
  2. The Age of Innocence (Martin Scorsese) 
  3. Three Colours: Blue (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  4. Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg)
  5. Patlabor 2 (Mamoru Oshii)
  6. Farewell My Concubine (Chen Kaige)
  7. Short Cuts (Robert Altman)
  8. Philadelphia (Jonathan Demme)
  9. Schindler’s List (Steven Spielberg)
  10.  Menace II Society (Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes)

 

1994

  1. Hoop Dreams (Steve James)
  2. Three Colours: Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  3. Serial Mom (John Waters)
  4. The Last Seduction (John Dahl)
  5. The Hudsucker Proxy (Joel Coen)
  6. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
  7. Through the Olive Trees (Abbas Kiarostami)
  8. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Stephan Elliott)
  9. In the Mouth of Madness (John Carpenter)
  10. Eat Drink Man Woman (Ang Lee)

 

1995

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

 

Bound
Bound

1996

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

 

1997

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

 

1998

  1. Bride of Chucky (Ronny Yu)
  2. After Life (Hirokazu Kore-Eda)
  3. The Apple (Samira Makhmalbaf)
  4. Ring (Hideo Nakata)
  5. The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick)
  6. Show Me Love (Lukas Moodysson)
  7. Wild Things (John McNaughton)
  8. The Big Lebowski (Joel Coen)
  9. Pleasantville (Gary Ross)
  10. A Simple Plan (Sam Raimi)

 

Audition
Audition

1999

  1. Audition (Takashi Miike)
  2. eXistenZ (David Cronenberg)
  3. Beau Travail (Claire Denis)
  4. Drop Dead Gorgeous (Michael Patrick Jann)
  5. Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick)
  6. The Wind Will Carry Us (Abbas Kiarostami)
  7. The Straight Story (David Lynch)
  8. The Virgin Suicides (Sofia Coppola)
  9. Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  10. Cruel Intentions (Roger Kumble)

 

2000

  1. In The Mood for Love (Wong Kar-Wai)
  2. Shadow of the Vampire (E. Elias Merhige)
  3. Ginger Snaps (John Fawcett)
  4. Yi Yi (Edward Yang)
  5. Battle Royale (Kinji Fukasaku)
  6. Dancer in the Dark (Lars Von Trier)
  7. Memento (Christoper Nolan)
  8. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee)
  9. Erin Brokovich (Steven Soderbergh)
  10. Wonder Boys (Curtis Hanson)

 

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. Trouble Every Day (Claire Denis)
  6. Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly)
  7. Amelie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
  8. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson)
  9. The Devil’s Backbone (Guillermo del Toro)
  10. A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg)

 

43 Punch Drunk Love
Punch-Drunk Love

2002

  1. Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  2. 25th Hour (Spike Lee)
  3. The Hours (Stephen Daldry)
  4. Adaptation. (Spike Jonze)
  5. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (Park Chan-Wook)
  6. Lilya 4-Ever (Lukas Moodysson)
  7. Morvern Callar (Lynne Ramsay)
  8. Frida (Julia Taymor)
  9. Panic Room (David Fincher)
  10. About Schmidt (Alexander Payne)

 

2003

  1. Memories of Murder (Bong Joon-Ho)
  2. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola)
  3. Elephant (Gus Van Sant)
  4. Gozu (Takashi Miike)
  5. Saraband (Ingmar Bergman) 
  6. Kill Bill Vol. 1 (Quentin Tarantino)
  7. Oldboy (Park Chan-Wook)
  8. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Peter Jackson)
  9. One Missed Call (Takashi Miike)
  10. American Splendor (Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini)

 

2004

  1. Before Sunset (Richard Linklater)
  2. 2046 (Wong Kar-Wai) 
  3. Nobody Knows (Hirokazu Kore-Eda)
  4. Mean Girls (Mark Waters)
  5. Seed of Chucky (Don Mancini)
  6. Cellular (David R Ellis)
  7. Birth (Jonathan Glazer)
  8. Dead Man’s Shoes (Shane Meadows)
  9. Woman is the Future of Man (Hong Sang-Soo)
  10. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry)

 

2005

  1. House of Wax (Jaume Collet-Serra)
  2. Caché [Hidden] (Michael Haneke)
  3. Good Night, and Good Luck (George Clooney)
  4. Munich (Steven Spielberg)
  5. Me and You and Everyone We Know (Miranda July)
  6. Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog)
  7. Capote (Bennett Miller)
  8. Brick (Rian Johnson)
  9. The King (James Marsh)
  10. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee)

 

The Lighthouse

2006

  1. The Lighthouse (Mariya Saakyan)
  2. Volver (Pedro Almodóvar)
  3. Old Joy (Kelly Reichardt)
  4. A Scanner Darkly (Richard Linklater)
  5. Marie Antoinette (Sofia Coppola)
  6. Letters from Iwo Jima (Clint Eastwood)
  7. Rescue Dawn (Werner Herzog)
  8. Clerks II (Kevin Smith)
  9. INLAND EMPIRE (David Lynch)
  10. The Host (Bong Joon-ho)

 

2007

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

 

78 Wendy And Lucy
Wendy and Lucy

2008

  1. Wendy and Lucy (Kelly Reichardt)
  2. Summer Hours (Olivier Assayas)
  3. Martyrs (Pascal Laugnier)
  4. The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel)
  5. Still Walking (Hirokazu Kore-Eda)
  6. Home (Ursula Meier)
  7. Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson)
  8. Speed Racer (Lana Wachowski, Lily Wachowski)
  9. The Pleasure of Being Robbed (Joshua Safdie, Benny Safdie)
  10. The Good, The Bad, The Weird (Kim Jee-Woon)

 

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 Father of My Children (Mia Hansen-Løve)
  8. Orphan (Jaume Collet-Serra)
  9. Amer (Hélene Cattet, Bruno Forzani)
  10. Mother (Bong Joon-Ho)

 

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. Somewhere (Sofia Coppola)
  4. Piranha 3D (Alexandre Aja)
  5. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Edgar Wright)
  6. Meek’s Cutoff (Kelly Reichardt)
  7. Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami)
  8. 13 Assassins (Takashi Miike)
  9. Inception (Christopher Nolan)
  10. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Werner Herzog)

 

2011

  1. Goodbye, First Love (Mia Hansen-Løve)
  2. Take Shelter (Jeff Nichols)
  3. The Deep Blue Sea (Terence Davies)
  4. You’re Next (Adam Wingard)
  5. Pariah (Dee Rees)
  6. Shame (Steve McQueen)
  7. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)
  8. Damsels in Distress (Whit Stillman)
  9. Tomboy (Célina Sciamma)
  10. Martha Marcy May Marlene (Sean Durkin)

 

Like Someone in Love

2012

  1. Like Someone in Love (Abbas Kiarostami)
  2. Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)
  3. Resident Evil: Retribution (Paul WS Anderson)
  4. Post Tenebras Lux (Carlos Reygadas)
  5. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  6. Leviathan (Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel)
  7. Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine)
  8. Starlet (Sean Baker)
  9. The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer)
  10. Something in the Air (Olivier Assayas)

 

2013

  1. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
  2. Bastards (Claire Denis)
  3. Like Father, Like Son (Hirokazu Kore-Eda)
  4. Before Midnight (Richard Linklater)
  5. Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
  6. Night Moves (Kelly Reichardt)
  7. The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki)
  8. Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski)
  9. Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn)
  10. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch)

 

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. It Follows (David Robert Mitchell)
  7. Jauja (Lisandro Alonso)
  8. Phoenix (Christian Petzold)
  9. The Look of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer)
  10. Mommy (Xavier Dolan)

 

5 Carol
Carol

2015

  1. Carol (Todd Haynes)
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller)
  3. Mistress America (Noah Baumbach)
  4. Our Little Sister (Hirokazu Kore-Eda)
  5. Magic Mike XXL (Gregory Jacobs)
  6. Right Now, Wrong Then (Hong Sang-Soo)
  7. Queen of Earth (Alex Ross Perry)
  8. Mustang (Deniz Gamze Erguven)
  9. Summertime (Catherine Corsini)
  10. Knight of Cups (Terrence Malick)

 

2016

  1. Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt)
  2. Moonlight (Barry Jenkins)
  3. Jackie (Pablo Larraín)
  4. Raw (Julie Ducournau)
  5. American Honey (Andrea Arnold)
  6. Hail, Caesar! (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
  7. O.J: Made in America (Ezra Edelman)
  8. 10 Cloverfield Lane (Dan Trachtenberg)
  9. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)
  10. Lady Macbeth (William Oldroyd)

 

2017

  1. Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  2. 120 BPM (Beats Per Minute) (Robin Campillo)
  3. Paddington 2 (Paul King)
  4. Happy Death Day (Christopher B Landon)
  5. The Florida Project (Sean Baker)
  6. Get Out (Jordan Peele)
  7. Beach Rats (Eliza Hittman)
  8. mother! (Darren Aronofsky)
  9. Virus Tropical (Santiago Caicedo)
  10. 24 Frames (Abbas Kiarostami)

 

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. Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino)
  4. Annihilation (Alex Garland)
  5. Madeline’s Madeline (Josephine Decker)
  6. Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham)
  7. Burning (Lee Chang-Dong)
  8. The Nightingale (Jennifer Kent)
  9. Support the Girls (Andrew Bujalski)
  10. Vox Lux (Brady Corbet)

 

2019

  1. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Céline Sciamma) 
  2. The Farewell (Lulu Wang) 
  3. Ema (Pablo Larraín)
  4. A Hidden Life (Terrence Malick)
  5. Homecoming – A Film by Beyoncé (Beyoncé Knowles-Carter)
  6. Us (Jordan Peele) 
  7. Beanpole (Kantemir Balagov)
  8. Dark Waters (Todd Haynes)
  9. Atlantics (Mati Diop)
  10. The Irishman (Martin Scorsese)

 

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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