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

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

 

 

1940

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

 

1941

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

 

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Now, Voyager

1942

  1. Now, Voyager (Irving Rapper)
  2. The Palm Beach Story (Preston Sturges)
  3. Cat People (Jacques Tourneur)
  4. 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)

 

1943

  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)

 

1944

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

 

Leave Her To Heaven
Leave Her To Heaven

1945

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

 

1946

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

 

1947

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

 

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Yellow Sky

1948

  1. Yellow Sky (William A Wellman)
  2. A Hen In The Wind (Yasujiro Ozu)
  3. The Red Shoes (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)
  4. Pitfall (Andre de Toth)
  5. 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)

 

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

 

1952

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

 

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. Sawdust And Tinsel (Ingmar Bergman)
  5. Calamity Jane (David Butler)
  6. Niagara (Bob Gosse)
  7. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Howard Hawks)
  8. The Big Heat (Fritz Lang)
  9. Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi)
  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. 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. 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. Touch Of Evil (Orson Welles)
  2. A Time To Love And A Time To Die (Douglas Sirk)
  3. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock)
  4. The Big Country (William Wyler)
  5. Shadows (John Cassevetes)
  6. The Boy Who Came Back (Seijun Suzuki)
  7. Cairo Station (Youssef Chahine)
  8. Terror In A Texas Town (Joseph H Lewis)
  9. Mon Oncle (Jacques Tati)
  10. The Fly (Kurt Neumann)

 

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. Good Morning (Yasujiro Ozu)
  8. Ride Lonesome (Budd Boetticher)
  9. Pickpocket (Robert Bresson)
  10. Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks)

 

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The Apartment

1960

  1. The Apartment (Billy Wilder)
  2. La Dolce Vita (Federico Fellini)
  3. L’Avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni)
  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. Through A Glass Darkly (Ingmar Bergman)
  2. The Children’s Hour (William Wyler)
  3. The Hustler (Robert Rossen)
  4. Last Year At Marienbad (Alain Resnais)
  5. Viridiana (Luis Bunuel)
  6. Léon Morin, Priest (Jean-Pierre Melville) 
  7. A Woman Is A Woman (Jean-Luc Godard)
  8. The Human Condition III: A Soldier’s Prayer (Masaki Kobayashi)
  9. The Innocents (Jack Clayton)
  10. The Misfits (John Huston)

 

1962

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

 

The Leopard
The Leopard

1963

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

 

The Naked Kiss
The Naked Kiss

1964

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

 

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Juliet Of The Spirits

1965

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

 

1966

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

 

1967

  1. Branded To Kill (Seijun Suzuki)
  2. Belle de Jour (Luis Bunuel)
  3. Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (Jacques Demy)
  4. Spring Night, Summer Night (J. L. Anderson)
  5. Samurai Rebellion (Masaki Kobayashi)
  6. Barefoot In The Park (Gene Saks)
  7. Bonnie & Clyde (Arthur Penn)
  8. Inflatable Sex Doll of the Wastelands (Atsushi Yamatoya)
  9. Spider Baby (Jack Hill)
  10. The Jungle Book (Wolfgang Reitherman)

 

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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. Kuroneko (Kaneti Shindo)
  6. Bullitt (Peter Yates)
  7. Outlaw: Gangster VIP 2 (Keiichi Ozawa)
  8. Once Upon A Time In The West (Sergio Leone)
  9. Night Of The Living Dead (George A Romero)
  10. Spirits Of The Dead (Roger Vadim, Louis Malle, Federico Fellini)

 

1969

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

 

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. Catch-22 (Mike Nichols)
  5. The Vampire Lovers (Roy Ward Baker)
  6. Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion (Luciano Ercoli)
  7. Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter (Yasuharu Hasebe)
  8. Deep End (Jerzy Skolimosky)
  9. Multiple Maniacs (John Waters)
  10. Performance (Nicolas Roeg, Donald Cammell)

 

1971

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

 

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Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41

1972

  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. Female Prisoner 701: Scorpion (Shunya Ito)
  7. Lone Wolf And Cub: Baby Cart At The River Styx (Kenji Misume)
  8. Toys Are Not For Children (Stanley H Brassloff)
  9. Images (Robert Altman)
  10. All The Colors Of The Dark (Sergio Martino)

 

1973

  1. Coffy (Jack Hill)
  2. The Wicker Man (Robin Hardy)
  3. Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable (Shunya Ito)
  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. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Tobe Hooper)
  2. A Woman Under The Influence (John Cassavetes)
  3. Chinatown (Roman Polanski)
  4. The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola)
  5. Céline and Julie Go Boating (Jacques Rivette)
  6. The Swinging Cheerleaders (Jack Hill)
  7. Phantom Of The Paradise (Brian De Palma)
  8. Foxy Brown (Jack Hill)
  9. Claudine (John Berry)
  10. Symptoms (José Ramón Larraz)

 

1975

  1. Jaws (Steven Spielberg)
  2. Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles (Chantal Akerman)
  3. Nashville (Robert Altman)
  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)

 

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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. Suspiria (Dario Argento)
  5. Saturday Night Fever (John Badham)
  6. Rabid (David Cronenberg)
  7. The American Friend (Wim Wenders)
  8. Slap Shot (George Roy Hill)
  9. Doberman Cop (Kinji Fukasaku)
  10. House (Nobuhiko Obayashi)

 

1978

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

 

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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. The Castle of Cagliostro (Hayao Miyazaki)

 

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. Nightmare City (Umberto Lenzi)
  7. Babylon (Franco Rosso)
  8. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese)
  9. Inferno (Dario Argento)
  10. Dressed To Kill (Brian De Palma)

 

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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. Thief (Michael Mann)
  8. The Aviator’s Wife (Éric Rohmer)
  9. Modern Romance (Albert Brooks)
  10. Halloween II (Rick Rosenthal)

 

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. A Nos Amours (Maurice Pialat)
  5. Dark Habits (Pedro Almodóvar)
  6. Sans Soleil (Chris Marker)
  7. The Ballad Of Narayama (Shohei Imamura)
  8. Rumble Fish (Francis Ford Coppola)
  9. Scarface (Brian De Palma)
  10. The Gold Diggers (Sally Potter)

 

1984

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

 

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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)

 

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Daughter Of The Nile

1987

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

 

1988

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

 

1989

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

 

1990

  1. Gremlins 2: The New Batch (Joe Dante)
  2. Miller’s Crossing (Joel Coen)
  3. Paris Is Burning (Jennie Livingston)
  4. Wild At Heart (David Lynch)
  5. Total Recall (Paul Verhoeven)
  6. The Hot Spot (Dennis Hopper)
  7. The Exorcist III (William Peter Blatty)
  8. Edward Scissorhands (Tim Burton)
  9. King Of New York (Abel Fererra)
  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. Boyz N The Hood (John Singleton)
  3. Naked Lunch (David Cronenberg)
  4. The Lovers On The Bridge (Léos Carax)
  5. A Brighter Summer Day (Edward Yang)
  6. Barton Fink (Joel Coen)
  7. Heart Of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (Eleanor Coppola, Fax Bahr)
  8. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (James Cameron)
  9. Yumeji (Seijun Suzuki)
  10. Only Yesterday (Isao Takahata)

 

1992

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

 

8 Dazed And Confused
Dazed And Confused

1993

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

 

1994

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

 

1995

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

 

15 Crash
Crash

1996

  1. Crash (David Cronenberg)
  2. Irma Vep (Olivier Assayas)
  3. Fargo (Joel Coen)
  4. Bound (Lana Wachowski, Lily Wachowski)
  5. Trainspotting (Danny Boyle)
  6. Nénette and Boni (Claire Denis)
  7. Scream (Wes Craven)
  8. Set it Off (F Gary Gray)
  9. Breaking The Waves (Lars Von Trier)
  10. Sydney/Hard Eight (Paul Thomas Anderson)

 

1997

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

 

1998

  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. Bride of Chucky (Ronny Yu)
  6. Show Me Love (Lukas Moodysson)
  7. Ring (Hideo Nakata)
  8. Buffalo ’66 (Vincent Gallo)
  9. Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer)
  10. Wild Things (John McNaughton)

 

Audition
Audition

1999

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

 

2000

  1. In The Mood For Love (Wong Kar-Wai)
  2. Battle Royale (Kinji Fukasaku)
  3. Yi Yi (Edward Yang)
  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. Requiem For A Dream (Darren Aronofsky)
  9. Sexy Beast (Jonathan Glazer)
  10. Water Drops On Burning Rocks (Francois Ozon)

 

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. Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly)
  5. Pulse (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
  6. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson)
  7. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Peter Jackson)
  8. Trouble Every Day (Claire Denis)
  9. Amelie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
  10. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki)

 

43 Punch Drunk Love
Punch-Drunk Love

2002

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

 

2003

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

 

2004

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

 

2005

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

 

Volver
Volver

2006

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

 

2007

  1. Death Proof (Quentin Tarantino)
  2. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  3. 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. Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud)
  7. Lust, Caution (Ang Lee)
  8. Shotgun Stories (Jeff Nichols)
  9. Unrelated (Joanna Hogg)
  10. Lars And The Real Girl (Craig Gillespie)

 

78 Wendy And Lucy
Wendy and Lucy

2008

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

 

2009

  1. The House Of The Devil (Ti West)
  2. A Serious Man (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
  3. White Material (Claire Denis)
  4. The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke)
  5. Mother (Bong Joon-Ho)
  6. Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold)
  7. The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans (Werner Herzog)
  8. The Father of My Children (Mia Hansen-Løve)
  9. Symbol (Hitoshi Matsumoto)
  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 Weerasethakul)
  2. Black Swan (Darren Aronofsky)
  3. Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami)
  4. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (Edgar Wright)
  5. Somewhere (Sofia Coppola)
  6. 13 Assassins (Takashi Miike)
  7. The Secret World of Arrietty (Hiromasa Yonebayashi)
  8. Cave Of Forgotten Dreams (Werner Herzog)
  9. True Grit (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
  10. Rubber (Quentin Dupieux)

 

2011

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

 

frances
Frances Ha

2012

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

 

2013

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

 

2014

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

 

5 Carol
Carol

2015

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

 

2016

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

 

2017

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

 

Annihilation
Annihilation

2018

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

 


2019

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

 

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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