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.


  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)



  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)



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



  1. The Ox-Bow Incident (William A Wellman)
  2. Shadow Of A Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock)
  3. I Walked With A Zombie (Jacques Tourneur)
  4. The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)
  5. Hangmen Also Die! (Fritz Lang)
  6. Stormy Weather (Andrew L Stone)
  7. Cabin In The Sky (Vincente Minnelli / Busby Berkeley)
  8. The Seventh Victim (Mark Robson)
  9. Power Of The Press (Lew Landers)
  10. The More The Merrier (George Stevens)



  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)



  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)



  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)



  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. Ramrod (Andre de Toth)



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



  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)


The Furies


  1. The Furies (Anthony Mann)
  2. Sunset Blvd. (Billy Wilder)
  3. Broken Arrow (Delmer Daves)
  4. Winchester ’73 (Anthony Mann)
  5. No Man Of Her Own (Michael Leisen)
  6. All About Eve (Joseph L Mankiewicz)
  7. In A Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray)
  8. To Joy (Ingmar Bergman)
  9. The Asphalt Jungle (John Huston)
  10. Gun Crazy (Joseph H Lewis)



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



  1. Umberto D. (Vittorio De Sica
  2. The Life of Oharu (Kenji Mizoguchi)
  3. Singin’ In The Rain (Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly)
  4. Rancho Notorious (Fritz Lang)
  5. Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa)
  6. Bend Of The River (Anthony Mann)
  7. The Big Sky (Howard Hawks)
  8. The Bad And The Beautiful (Vincente Minnelli)
  9. Has Anybody Seen My Gal (Douglas Sirk)
  10. The White Sheik (Federico Fellini)


The Naked Spur
The Naked Spur


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


Magnificent Obsession
Magnificent Obsession


  1. Magnificent Obsession (Douglas Sirk)
  2. Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray)
  3. Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock)
  4. Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa)
  5. Godzilla (Ishirô Honda)
  6. Human Desire (Fritz Lang)
  7. Crime Wave (Andre de Toth)
  8. Inauguration Of The Pleasure Dome (Kenneth Anger)
  9. The Far Country (Anthony Mann)
  10. A Lesson In Love (Ingmar Bergman) 



  1. Rebel Without A Cause (Nicholas Ray)
  2. The Night Of The Hunter (Charles Laughton)
  3. The Big Combo (Joseph H Lewis)
  4. All That Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk)
  5. Diabolique (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
  6. Smiles Of A Summer Night (Ingmar Bergman)
  7. Rififi (Jules Dassin)
  8. Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich)
  9. House Of Bamboo (Samuel Fuller)
  10. Guys And Dolls (Joseph L Mankiewicz)




  1. Giant (George Stevens)
  2. Early Spring (Yasujiro Ozu)
  3. Bigger Than Life (Nicholas Ray)
  4. There’s Always Tomorrow (Douglas Sirk)
  5. Jubal (Delmer Daves)
  6. The Burmese Harp (Kon Ichikawa)
  7. The Killing (Stanley Kubrick)
  8. Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (Don Siegel)
  9. Autumn Leaves (Robert Aldrich)
  10. Written On The Wind (Douglas Sirk)



  1. The Tarnished Angels (Douglas Sirk)
  2. The Tall T (Budd Boetticher)
  3. Night Of The Demon (Jacques Tourneur)
  4. 12 Angry Men (Sidney Lumet)
  5. 3:10 To Yuma (Delmer Daves)
  6. Paths Of Glory (Stanley Kubrick)
  7. Forty Guns (Samuel Fuller)
  8. Il Grido (Michelangelo Antonioni)
  9. Pyaasa (Guru Dutt)
  10. The Tin Star (Anthony Mann)



  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. Shadows (John Cassevetes)
  6. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock)
  7. The Boy Who Came Back (Seijun Suzuki)
  8. Terror In A Texas Town (Joseph H Lewis)
  9. Mon Oncle (Jacques Tati)
  10. The Fly (Kurt Neumann)



  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. The Crimson Kimono (Samuel Fuller)
  6. Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder)
  7. Good Morning (Yasujiro Ozu)
  8. Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks)
  9. Ride Lonesome (Budd Boetticher)
  10. Imitation Of Life (Douglas Sirk)


40 L'Avventura


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



  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. A Woman Is A Woman (Jean-Luc Godard)



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



  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. Detective Bureau 2-3: Go To Hell Bastard (Seijun Suzuki)
  8. The Incorrigible (Seijun Suzuki)
  9. The Haunting (Robert Wise)
  10. Charade (Stanley Donen)


The Naked Kiss
The Naked Kiss


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


60 Juliet Of The Spirits
Juliet Of The Spirits


  1. Juliet Of The Spirits (Federico Fellini)
  2. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (Russ Meyer)
  3. Pierrot le Fou (Jean-Luc Godard) 
  4. Sandra (Luchino Visconti)
  5. Repulsion (Roman Polanski)
  6. For A Few Dollars More (Sergio Leone)
  7. Le Bonheur (Agnes Varda)
  8. Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard) 
  9. Born Under Crossed Stars (Seijun Suzuki)
  10. Gumnam (Anwar Kamel Pasha)



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



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


24 2001 A Space Oddysey
2001: A Space Odyssey


  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick)
  2. The Lion In Winter (Anthony Harvey)
  3. Rosemary’s Baby (Roman Polanski)
  4. Outlaw Gangster VIP (Toshio Masuda)
  5. Night Of The Living Dead (George A Romero)
  6. Kuroneko (Kaneti Shindo)
  7. Rachel, Rachel (Paul Newman)
  8. Bullitt (Peter Yates)
  9. Spirits Of The Dead (Roger Vadim, Louis Malle, Federico Fellini)
  10. Outlaw: Gangster VIP 2 (Keiichi Ozawa)




  1. Salesman (Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin)
  2. Fellini Satyricon (Federico Fellini)
  3. Funeral Parade Of Roses (Toshio Matsumoto)
  4. Eros + Massacre (Kiju Yoshida)
  5. Orgies Of Edo (Teruo Ishii)
  6. The Cow (Deriush Mehrjui)
  7. Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (Paul Mazursky)
  8. The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah)
  9. Kes (Ken Loach)
  10. Easy Rider (Dennis Hopper)



  1. Gimme Shelter (Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin)
  2. Stray Cat Rock: Machine Animal (Yasuharu Hasebe)
  3. Catch-22 (Mike Nichols)
  4. Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders (Jaromil Jares)
  5. Performance (Nicolas Roeg, Donald Cammell)
  6. The Vampire Lovers (Roy Ward Baker)
  7. Dougal And The Blue Cat (Serge Danot)
  8. Multiple Maniacs (John Waters)
  9. Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter (Yasuharu Hasebe)
  10. Walk The Walk (Jac Zacha)



  1. Out 1 (Jacques Rivette)
  2. McCabe & Mrs Miller (Robert Altman)
  3. Vanishing Point (Richard C Sarafian)
  4. The Last Movie (Dennis Hopper)
  5. Wake In Fright (Ted Kotcheff)
  6. Two-Lane Blacktop (Monte Hellman)
  7. Harold And Maude (Hal Ashby)
  8. Short Night Of Glass Dolls (Aldo Lado)
  9. Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg)
  10. The Hired Hand (Peter Fonda)


Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41


  1. Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (Shunya Ito)
  2. Your Vice Is A Locked Room And Only I Have The Key (Sergio Martino)
  3. The Bitter Tears Of Petra Von Kant (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  4. What Have You Done To Solange? (Massimo Dallamano)
  5. The Effect Of Gamma Rays On Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds (Paul Newman)
  6. Lone Wolf And Cub: Baby Cart At The River Styx (Kenji Misume)
  7. Images (Robert Altman)
  8. All The Colors Of The Dark (Sergio Martino)
  9. Female Prisoner 701: Scorpion (Shunya Ito)
  10. Toys Are Not For Children (Stanley H Brassloff)



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



  1. A Woman Under The Influence (John Cassavetes
  2. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Tobe Hooper)
  3. Céline and Julie Go Boating (Jacques Rivette)
  4. Chinatown (Roman Polanski)
  5. Ali: Fear Eats The Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  6. The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola)
  7. Phantom Of The Paradise (Brian De Palma)
  8. A Bigger Splash (Jack Hazan)
  9. Claudine (John Berry)
  10. Symptoms (José Ramón Larraz)



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


16 Duelle
Duelle (une quarantine)


  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. All The President’s Men (Alan J Pakula)
  6. The Outlaw Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood)
  7. Carrie (Brian De Palma)
  8. The Pom Pom Girls (Joseph Ruben)
  9. Assault On Precinct 13 (John Carpenter)
  10. The Killing Of A Chinese Bookie (John Cassavetes)



  1. 3 Women (Robert Altman)
  2. Eraserhead (David Lynch)
  3. That Obscure Object Of Desire (Luis Bunuel)
  4. The American Friend (Wim Wenders)
  5. Slap Shot (George Roy Hill)
  6. Rabid (David Cronenberg)
  7. Suspiria (Dario Argento)
  8. Saturday Night Fever (John Badham)
  9. Doberman Cop (Kinji Fukasaku)
  10. House (Nobuhiko Obayashi)



  1. Halloween (John Carpenter)
  2. Days Of Heaven (Terrence Malick)
  3. The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino)
  4. Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (Philip Kaufman)
  5. Killer Of Sheep (Charles Burnett)
  6. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (Liu Chia-Laing)
  7. Dawn Of The Dead (George A Romero)
  8. The Shout (Jerzy Skolimowski)
  9. Eyes Of Laura Mars (Irvin Kershner)
  10. The Five Deadly Venoms (Cheh Chang)




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



  1. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick)
  2. Airplane! (David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker)
  3. The Fog (John Carpenter)
  4. Nightmare City (Umberto Lenzi)
  5. The Elephant Man (David Lynch)
  6. 9 To 5 (Colin Higgins)
  7. Inferno (Dario Argento)
  8. Babylon (Franco Rosso)
  9. Dressed To Kill (Brian De Palma)
  10. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese)
Ms. 45
Ms. 45


  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. Thief (Michael Mann)
  7. Raiders Of The Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg)
  8. The Aviator’s Wife (Éric Rohmer)
  9. Halloween II (Rick Rosenthal)
  10. Polyester (John Waters)



  1. The Thing (John Carpenter)
  2. Blade Runner (Ridley Scott)
  3. White Dog (Samuel Fuller)
  4. A Good Marriage (Éric Rohmer)
  5. Come Back To The 5 And Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (Robert Altman)
  6. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg)
  7. Smithereens (Susan Seidelman)
  8. Halloween III: Season Of The Witch (Tommy Lee Wallace)
  9. Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper)
  10. Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog)


Burroughs: The Movie


  1. Burroughs: The Movie (Howard Brookner)
  2. Videodrome (David Cronenberg)
  3. Pauline At The Beach (Éric Rohmer)
  4. The King Of Comedy (Martin Scorsese)
  5. Sans Soleil (Chris Marker)
  6. The Ballad Of Narayama (Shohei Imamura)
  7. Rumble Fish (Francis Ford Coppola)
  8. A Nos Amours (Maurice Pialat)
  9. Scarface (Brian De Palma)
  10. The Gold Diggers (Sally Potter)



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


Desert Hearts


  1. Desert Hearts (Donna Deitch
  2. Ran (Akira Kurosawa)
  3. Tampopo (Juzo Itami)
  4. Pale Rider (Clint Eastwood)
  5. Desperately Seeking Susan (Susal Siedelman)
  6. Brazil (Terry Gilliam)
  7. Fool For Love (Robert Altman)
  8. Re-Animator (Stuart Gordon)
  9. Day Of The Dead (George A Romero)
  10. To Live And Die In L.A. (William Friedkin)



  1. Blue Velvet (David Lynch)
  2. The Green Ray (Éric Rohmer)
  3. Aliens (James Cameron)
  4. The Sacrifice (Andrei Tarkovsky)
  5. Mauvais Sang (Leo’s Carax)
  6. Stand By Me (Rob Reiner)
  7. Big Trouble In Little China (John Carpenter)
  8. Down By Law (Jim Jarmusch)
  9. Disorder (Olivier Assayas)
  10. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (Tobe Hooper)


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


  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. My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend (Éric Rohmer)
  7. Robocop (Paul Verhoeven)
  8. Withnail & I (Bruce Robinson)
  9. Wings Of Desire (Wim Wenders)
  10. Near Dark (Kathryn Bigelow)



  1. My Neighbour Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki)
  2. Dead Ringers (David Cronenberg)
  3. They Live (John Carpenter)
  4. Akira (Katsuhiro Otomo)
  5. Vampire’s Kiss (Robert Bierman)
  6. Scrooged (Richard Donner)
  7. Big (Penny Marshall)
  8. Mississippi Burning (Alan Parker)
  9. Beetlejuice (Tim Burton)
  10. Die Hard (John McTiernan)



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



  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. Paris Is Burning (Jennie Livingston)
  6. King Of New York (Abel Fererra)
  7. Wild At Heart (David Lynch)
  8. The Nights Of Zayandeh-rood (Mohsen Makhmalbaf)
  9. Total Recall (Paul Verhoeven)
  10. Jacob’s Ladder (Adrian Lyne)
Boyz N The Hood


  1. Boyz N The Hood (John Singleton)
  2. The Silence Of The Lambs (Jonathan Demme)
  3. Naked Lunch (David Cronenberg)
  4. Yumeji (Seijun Suzuki)
  5. The Lovers On The Bridge (Léos Carax)
  6. A Brighter Summer Day (Edward Yang)
  7. Heart Of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (Eleanor Coppola, Fax Bahr)
  8. Barton Fink (Joel Coen)
  9. Only Yesterday (Isao Takahata)
  10. The Double Life Of Veronique (Krzysztof Kieslowski)



  1. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (David Lynch)
  2. Orlando (Sally Potter)
  3. And Life Goes On (Abbas Kiarostami)
  4. Alien3 (David Fincher)
  5. Batman Returns (Tim Burton)
  6. The Player (Robert Altman)
  7. Death Becomes Her (Robert Zemeckis)
  8. Candyman (Bernard Rose)
  9. Porco Rosso (Hayao Miyazaki)
  10. Bad Lieutenant (Abel Fererra)


8 Dazed And Confused
Dazed And Confused


  1. Dazed And Confused (Richard Linklater)
  2. Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg)
  3. Three Colours: Blue (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  4. Patlabor 2 (Mamoru Oshii)
  5. Schindler’s List (Steven Spielberg)
  6. Short Cuts (Robert Altman)
  7. M. Butterfly (David Cronenberg)
  8. Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis)
  9. Cliffhanger (Renny Harlin)
  10. The Fugitive (Andrew Davis)



  1. Leon: The Professional (Luc Besson)
  2. Through The Olive Trees (Abbas Kiarostami)
  3. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
  4. Speed (Jan De Bont)
  5. Serial Mom (John Waters)
  6. The Last Seduction (John Dahl)
  7. The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Stephen Elliott)
  8. Three Colours: Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  9. The Hudsucker Proxy (Joel Coen)
  10. Quiz Show (Robert Redford)



  1. Clockers (Spike Lee)
  2. Before Sunrise (Richard Linklater)
  3. Safe (Todd Haynes) 
  4. Ghost In The Shell (Mamoru Oshii)
  5. Se7en (David Fincher)
  6. Twelve Monkeys (Terry Gilliam)
  7. Heat (Michael Mann)
  8. Whisper Of The Heart (Yoshifumo Kondo)
  9. Maborosi (Hirokazu Kore-Eda)
  10. Kicking And Screaming (Noah Baumbach)


15 Crash


  1. Crash (David Cronenberg)
  2. Bound (Lana Wachowski, Lily Wachowski)
  3. Irma Vep (Olivier Assayas)
  4. Fargo (Joel Coen)
  5. Trainspotting (Danny Boyle)
  6. Scream (Wes Craven)
  7. The Portrait of a Lady (Jane Campion)
  8. Breaking The Waves (Lars Von Trier)
  9. Mission: Impossible (Brian De Palma)
  10. Sydney/Hard Eight (Paul Thomas Anderson)



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



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




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



  1. In The Mood For Love (Wong Kar-Wai)
  2. Battle Royale (Kinji Fukasaku)
  3. Sexy Beast (Jonathan Glazer)
  4. Memento (Christoper Nolan)
  5. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee)
  6. Ginger Snaps (John Fawcett)
  7. Dancer In The Dark (Lars Von Trier)
  8. Yi Yi (Edward Yang)
  9. Requiem For A Dream (Darren Aronofsky)
  10. Water Drops On Burning Rocks (Francois Ozon)


Mulholland Drive 5
Mulholland Drive


  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. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki)
  7. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson)
  8. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Peter Jackson)
  9. Monster’s Ball (Marc Forster)
  10. Y Tu Mamá También (Alfonso Cuarón)


43 Punch Drunk Love
Punch-Drunk Love


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



  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. Dogville (Lars Von Trier)
  7. Gozu (Takashi Miike)
  8. Capturing The Friedmans (Andrew Jarecki)
  9. Girl With A Pearl Earring (Peter Webber)
  10. American Splendor (Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini)



  1. Before Sunset (Richard Linklater)
  2. Nobody Knows (Hirokazu Kore-Eda)
  3. Woman Is The Future Of Man (Hong Sang-Soo)
  4. Mean Girls (Mark Waters)
  5. Kung Fu Hustle (Stephen Chow)
  6. Dead Man’s Shoes (Shane Meadows)
  7. Dawn Of The Dead (Zack Snyder)
  8. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry)
  9. Closer (Mike Nichols)
  10. A Love Song For Bobby Long (Shainee Gabel)



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




  1. Volver (Pedro Almodóvar)
  2. Old Joy (Kelly Reichardt)
  3. INLAND EMPIRE (David Lynch)
  4. A Scanner Darkly (Richard Linklater)
  5. Clerks II (Kevin Smith)
  6. The Prestige (Christopher Nolan)
  7. Marie Antoinette (Sofia Coppola)
  8. Letters From Iwo Jima (Clint Eastwood)
  9. The Host (Bong Joon-ho)
  10. Children Of Men (Alfonso Cuarón)



  1. Death Proof (Quentin Tarantino)
  2. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  3. No Country For Old Men (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
  4. Zodiac (David Fincher)
  5. The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik)
  6. Sigur Rós – Heima (Dean DeBlois)
  7. Shotgun Stories (Jeff Nichols)
  8. Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud)
  9. Lust, Caution (Ang Lee)
  10. Eastern Promises (David Cronenberg)


Summer Hours


  1. Summer Hours (Olivier Assayas)
  2. Wendy And Lucy (Kelly Reichardt)
  3. Let The Right One In (Tomas Alfredson)
  4. The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel)
  5. Martyrs (Pascal Laugnier)
  6. The Good, The Bad, The Weird (Kim Jee-won)
  7. Still Walking (Hirokazu Kore-Eda)
  8. Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman)
  9. Waltz With Bashir (Ari Folman)
  10. Burn After Reading (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)



  1. The House Of The Devil (Ti West)
  2. White Material (Claire Denis)
  3. The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke)
  4. A Serious Man (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
  5. Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold)
  6. The Father of My Children (Mia Hansen-Løve
  7. The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans (Werner Herzog)
  8. Symbol (Hitoshi Matsumoto)
  9. Sorority Row (Stewart Hendler) [I’m not even joking]
  10. Fantastic Mr Fox (Wes Anderson)


Uncle Boonmee
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives


  1. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
  2. Black Swan (Darren Aronofsky)
  3. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (Edgar Wright)
  4. Somewhere (Sofia Coppola)
  5. Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami)
  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)



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


51 Like Someone In Love
Like Someone In Love


  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. The Act Of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer)
  7. Leviathan (Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel)
  8. Starlet (Sean Baker)
  9. Holy Motors (Leos Carax)
  10. No (Pablo Larraín)



  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. Her (Spike Jonze)
  8. Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn)
  9. Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski)
  10. Belle (Amma Asante)



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


5 Carol


  1. Carol (Todd Haynes)
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller)
  3. Mistress America (Noah Baumbach
  4. Inside Out (Pete Docter)
  5. Our Little Sister (Hirokazu Kore-Eda)
  6. Magic Mike XXL (Gregory Jacobs)
  7. The Witch (Robert Eggers)
  8. Knight Of Cups (Terrence Malick)
  9. Embrace Of The Serpent (Ciro Guerra)
  10. A Bigger Splash (Luca Guadagnino)



  1. Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt)
  2. Moonlight (Barry Jenkins)
  3. Raw (Julie Ducournau)
  4. 10 Cloverfield Lane (Dan Trachtenberg)
  5. American Honey (Andrea Arnold)
  6. Jackie (Pablo Larraín)
  7. Lady Macbeth (William Oldroyd)
  8. O.J.: Made In America (Ezra Edelman)
  9. Kate Plays Christine (Robert Greene)
  10. Everybody Wants Some!! (Richard Linklater)



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


Long Day
Long Day’s Journey Into Night


  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. Madeline’s Madeline (Josephine Decker)
  6. Widows (Steve McQueen)
  7. Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham)
  8. Support The Girls (Andrew Bujalski)
  9. Shoplifters (Hirokazu Kore-Eda)
  10. Burning (Lee Chang-Dong)


  1. Uncut Gems (Benny Safdie, Joshua Safdie)
  2. Us (Jordan Peele)
  3. The Farewell (Lulu Wang)
  4. The Irishman (Martin Scorsese)
  5. Monos (Alejandro Landes)
  6. Booksmart (Olivia Wilde)
  7. Midsommar (Ari Aster)
  8. Homecoming – A Film By Beyoncé (Beyoncé Knowles-Carter)
  9. The Mustang (Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre)
  10. Black Christmas (Sophia Takal)


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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