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)

 

1941

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

 

1942

  1. Now, Voyager (Irving Rapper)
  2. Cat People (Jacques Tourneur)
  3. Casablanca (Michael Curtiz)
  4. Saboteur (Alfred Hitchcock)
  5. Mrs Miniver (William Wyler)
  6. You Were Never Lovelier (William A Seiter)
  7. The Glass Key (Stuart Heisler)
  8. 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. Stormy Weather (Andrew L Stone)
  6. Cabin In The Sky (Vincente Minnelli / Busby Berkeley)
  7. The Seventh Victim (Mark Robson)
  8. Power Of The Press (Lew Landers)

 

1944

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

 

1945

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

 

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. My Darling Clementine (John Ford)
  6. The Killers (Robert Siodmak)
  7. A Matter Of Life And Death (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)
  8. Gilda (Charles Vidor)
  9. Canyon Passage (Jacques Tourneur)
  10. The Stranger (Orson Welles)

 

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. Ramrod (Andre de Toth)
  7. Secret Beyond The Door (Fritz Lang)
  8. Crossfire (Edward Dmytryk)

 

1948

  1. A Hen In The Wind (Yasujiro Ozu)
  2. Pitfall (Andre de Toth)
  3. The Red Shoes (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)
  4. Fort Apache (John Ford)
  5. A Foreign Affair (Billy Wilder)
  6. Hamlet (Laurence Olivier)
  7. Portrait Of Jennie (William Dieterle)
  8. Red River (Howard Hawks)
  9. Force Of Evil (Abraham Polonsky)
  10. Key Largo (John Huston)

 

1949

  1. Late Spring (Yasujiro Ozu)
  2. The Heiress (William Wyler)
  3. Kind Hearts And Coronets (Robert Hamer)
  4. The Third Man (Carol Reed)
  5. On The Town (Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly)
  6. The Reckless Moment (Max Ophuls)
  7. Knock On Any Door (Nicholas Ray)

 

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The Furies

1950

  1. The Furies (Anthony Mann)
  2. Sunset Blvd. (Billy Wilder)
  3. No Man Of Her Own (Michael Leisen)
  4. In A Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray)
  5. All About Eve (Joseph L Mankiewicz)
  6. Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa)
  7. The Asphalt Jungle (John Huston)
  8. Winchester ’73 (Anthony Mann)
  9. Gun Crazy (Joseph H Lewis)
  10. Young Man With A Horn (Michael Curtiz)

 

1951

  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. An American In Paris (Vincente Minnelli)
  6. The Day The Earth Stood Still (Robert Wise)
  7. The Thing From Another World (Christian Nyby)
  8. The African Queen (John Huston)
  9. 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. Rancho Notorious (Fritz Lang)
  5. Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa)
  6. Bend Of The River (Anthony Mann)
  7. The Big Sky (Howard Hawks)
  8. High Noon (Fred Zinnemann)
  9. The Bad And The Beautiful (Vincente Minnelli)
  10. Has Anybody Seen My Gal (Douglas Sirk)

 

Tokyo Story
Tokyo Story

1953

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

 

Magnificent Obsession
Magnificent Obsession

1954

  1. Magnificent Obsession (Douglas Sirk)
  2. Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa)
  3. Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock)
  4. Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray)
  5. Inauguration Of The Pleasure Dome (Kenneth Anger)
  6. On The Waterfront (Elia Kazan)
  7. Human Desire (Fritz Lang)
  8. Crime Wave (Andre de Toth)
  9. The Far Country (Anthony Mann)
  10. Sabrina (Billy Wilder)

 

1955

  1. The Night Of The Hunter (Charles Laughton)
  2. Diabolique (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
  3. All That Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk)
  4. Rififi (Jules Dassin)
  5. Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich)
  6. Bad Day At Black Rock (John Sturges)
  7. House Of Bamboo (Samuel Fuller)
  8. The Man From Laramie (Anthony Mann)
  9. The Seven Year Itch (Billy Wilder)
  10. Guys And Dolls (Joseph L Mankiewicz)

 

Giant
Giant

1956

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

 

1957

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

 

1958

  1. Touch Of Evil (Orson Welles)
  2. The Big Country (William Wyler)
  3. A Time To Love And A Time To Die (Douglas Sirk)
  4. Cairo Station (Youssef Chahine)
  5. 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)

 

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

 

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L’Avventura

1960

  1. L’Avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni)
  2. The Apartment (Billy Wilder)
  3. Eyes Without A Face (Georges Franju)
  4. La Dolce Vita (Federico Fellini)
  5. The Virgin Spring (Ingmar Bergman)
  6. Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard)
  7. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock)
  8. Late Autumn (Yasujiro Ozu)
  9. Village Of The Damned (Wolf Rilla)
  10. The Young One (Luis Bunuel)

 

1961

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

 

1962

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

 

1963

  1. The Leopard (Luchino Visconti)
  2. Le Mepris (Jean-Luc Godard)
  3. Judex (Georges Franju)
  4. Hud (Martin Ritt)
  5. Cleopatra (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Rouben Mamoulian)
  6. 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini)
  7. Charade (Stanley Donen)
  8. Detective Bureau 2-3: Go To Hell Bastard (Seijun Suzuki)
  9. The Incorrigible (Seijun Suzuki)
  10. The Haunting (Robert Wise)

 

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The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg

1964

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

 

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Juliet Of The Spirits

1965

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

 

1966

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

 

1967

  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)

 

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2001: A Space Odyssey

1968

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick)
  2. The Lion In Winter (Anthony Harvey)
  3. Rosemary’s Baby (Roman Polanski)
  4. 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. If… (Lindsay Anderson)
  10. Outlaw: Gangster VIP 2 (Keiichi Ozawa)

1969

  1. Eros + Massacre (Kiju Yoshida)
  2. Funeral Parade Of Roses (Toshio Matsumoto)
  3. Fellini Satyricon (Federico Fellini)
  4. Orgies Of Edo (Teruo Ishii)
  5. The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah)
  6. Kes (Ken Loach)
  7. That Cold Day In The Park (Robert Altman)
  8. Midnight Cowboy (John Schleinger)
  9. Easy Rider (Dennis Hopper)
  10. Stereo (David Cronenberg)

 

Catch-22
Catch-22

1970

  1. Catch-22 (Mike Nichols)
  2. Stray Cat Rock: Machine Animal (Yasuharu Hasebe)
  3. Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders (Jaromil Jares)
  4. Performance (Nicolas Roeg, Donald Cammell)
  5. The Vampire Lovers (Roy Ward Baker)
  6. Dougal And The Blue Cat (Serge Danot)
  7. A Severed Head (Dick Clement)
  8. Five Dolls For An August Moon (Mario Bava)
  9. Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss (Yasuharu Hasebe)
  10. Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter (Yasuharu Hasebe)

 

1971

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

 

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Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41

1972

  1. Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (Shunya Ito)
  2. The Bitter Tears Of Petra Von Kant (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  3. What Have You Done To Solange? (Massimo Dallamano)
  4. Your Vice Is A Locked Room And Only I Have The Key (Sergio Martino)
  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. Female Prisoner 701: Scorpion (Shunya Ito)
  8. Images (Robert Altman)
  9. All The Colors Of The Dark (Sergio Martino)
  10. Tales From The Crypt (Freddie Francis)

 

1973

  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. The Exorcist (William Friedkin)
  7. Belladonna Of Sadness (Eiichi Yamamoto)
  8. Lady Snowblood (Toshiya Fujita)
  9. Torso (Sergio Martino)
  10. The Long Goodbye (Robert Altman)

 

1974

  1. Chinatown (Roman Polanski)
  2. A Woman Under The Influence (John Cassavetes)
  3. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Tobe Hooper)
  4. The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola)
  5. Phantom Of The Paradise (Brian De Palma)
  6. Ali: Fear Eats The Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  7. Claudine (John Berry)
  8. Lone Wolf And Cub: White Heaven In Hell (Yoshiyuki Kuroda)
  9. The Taking Of Pelham 123 (Joseph Sargent)
  10. Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (John Hough)

 

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. 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)

 

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Duelle (une quarantine)

1976

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

 

1977

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

 

1978

  1. Days Of Heaven (Terrence Malick)
  2. Halloween (John Carpenter)
  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)

 

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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 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)

 

1980

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

 

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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. Thief (Michael Mann)
  7. Raiders Of The Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg)
  8. The Aviator’s Wife (Éric Rohmer)
  9. Halloween II (Rick Rosenthal)
  10. Body Heat (Lawrence Kasdan)

 

1982

  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)

 

1983

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

 

1984

  1. Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders)
  2. Full Moon In Paris (Éric Rohmer)
  3. Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind (Hayao Miyazaki)
  4. The Terminator (James Cameron)
  5. Blood Simple (Joel Coen)
  6. Body Double (Brian De Palma)
  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)

 

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Ran

1985

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

 

1986

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

 

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Daughter Of The Nile

1987

  1. Daughter Of The Nile (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)
  2. Full Metal Jacket (Stanley Kubrick)
  3. My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend (Éric Rohmer)
  4. Withnail & I (Bruce Robinson)
  5. Robocop (Paul Verhoeven)
  6. Wings Of Desire (Wim Wenders)
  7. Near Dark (Kathryn Bigelow)
  8. The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner)
  9. Evil Dead 2 (Sam Raimi)
  10. Planes, Trains And Automobiles (John Hughes)

 

1988

  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. Beetlejuice (Tim Burton)
  9. Die Hard (John McTiernan)
  10. Grave Of The Fireflies (Isao Takahata)

 

1989

  1. The Cook, The Thief, His Wife And Her Lover (Peter Greenaway)
  2. Field Of Dreams (Phil Alden Robinson)
  3. Do The Right Thing (Spike Lee)
  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)

 

1990

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

 

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Boyz N The Hood

1991

  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. A Brighter Summer Day (Edward Yang)
  6. Heart Of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (Eleanor Coppola, Fax Bahr)
  7. Barton Fink (Joel Coen)
  8. Only Yesterday (Isao Takahata)
  9. The Double Life Of Veronique (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  10. The Fisher King (Terry Gilliam)

 

1992

  1. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (David Lynch)
  2. Orlando (Sally Potter)
  3. Alien3 (David Fincher)
  4. Batman Returns (Tim Burton)
  5. The Player (Robert Altman)
  6. Porco Rosso (Hayao Miyazaki)
  7. Candyman (Bernard Rose)
  8. Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood)
  9. Bad Lieutenant (Abel Fererra)
  10. Wayne’s World (Penelope Spheeris)

 

8 Dazed And Confused
Dazed And Confused

1993

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

 

1994

  1. Leon: The Professional (Luc Besson)
  2. Speed (Jan De Bont)
  3. Forrest Gump (Robert Zemeckis)
  4. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
  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. River Of Grass (Kelly Reichardt)

 

1995

  1. Se7en (David Fincher)
  2. Ghost In The Shell (Mamoru Oshii)
  3. Before Sunrise (Richard Linklater)
  4. Twelve Monkeys (Terry Gilliam)
  5. Heat (Michael Mann)
  6. Whisper Of The Heart (Yoshifumo Kondo)
  7. Maborosi (Hirokazu Kore-Eda)
  8. La Haine (Mathieu Kassovitz)
  9. Palookaville (Alan Taylor)
  10. Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch)

 

15 Crash
Crash

1996

  1. Crash (David Cronenberg)
  2. Fargo (Joel Coen)
  3. Irma Vep (Olivier Assayas)
  4. Bound (Lana Wachowski, Lily Wachowski)
  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)

 

1997

  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)

 

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. 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)

 

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Audition

1999

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

 

2000

  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. Dancer In The Dark (Lars Von Trier)
  7. Yi Yi (Edward Yang)
  8. Ginger Snaps (John Fawcett)
  9. Requiem For A Dream (Darren Aronofsky)
  10. Ring 0: Birthday (Norio Tsuruta)

 

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Mulholland Drive

2001

  1. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch)
  2. The Man Who Wasn’t There (Joel Coen)
  3. Pulse (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
  4. Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly)
  5. Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff)
  6. 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)

 

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Punch-Drunk Love

2002

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

 

2003

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

 

2004

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

 

2005

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

 

2006

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

 

2007

  1. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  2. Death Proof (Quentin Tarantino)
  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. Eastern Promises (David Cronenberg)
  10. Lust, Caution (Ang Lee)

 

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Wendy And Lucy

2008

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

 

2009

  1. The House Of The Devil (Ti West)
  2. The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke)
  3. A Serious Man (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
  4. The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans (Werner Herzog)
  5. Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold)
  6. Symbol (Hitoshi Matsumoto)
  7. Fantastic Mr Fox (Wes Anderson)
  8. Dogtooth (Yorgos Lanthimos)
  9. Black Dynamite (Scott Sanders)
  10. Thirst (Park Chan-Wook)

 

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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

2010

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

 

2011

  1. Take Shelter (Jeff Nichols)
  2. You’re Next (Adam Wingard)
  3. Shame (Steve McQueen)
  4. The Skin I Live In (Pedro Almadovar)
  5. A Separation (Asghar Farhadi)
  6. The Tree Of Life (Terrence Malick)
  7. Goodbye, First Love (Mia Hansen-Løve)
  8. Damsels In Distress (Whit Stillman)
  9. Tomboy (Célina Sciamma)
  10. Martha Marcy May Marlene (Sean Durkin)

 

30 Frances Ha
Frances Ha

2012

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

 

2013

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

 

2014

  1. Girlhood (Celine Sciamma)
  2. Clouds Of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas)
  3. Heaven Knows What (Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie)
  4. Jauja (Lisandro Alonso)
  5. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  6. The Duke Of Burgundy (Peter Strickland)
  7. It Follows (David Robert Mitchell)
  8. The Look Of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer)
  9. Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter (David Zellner)
  10. Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako)

 

5 Carol
Carol

2015

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

 

2016

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

 

2017

  1. Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  2. The Florida Project (Sean Baker)
  3. Get Out (Jordan Peele)
  4. mother! (Darren Aronofsky)
  5. 120 BPM (Beats Per Minute) (Robin Campillo)
  6. Happy Death Day (Christopher B Landon)
  7. 24 Frames (Abbas Kiarostami)
  8. Paddington 2 (Paul King)
  9. The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos)
  10. Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino)

 

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If Beale Street Could Talk

2018

  1. If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)
  2. Annihilation (Alex Garland)
  3. Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino)
  4. Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham)
  5. Burning (Lee Chang-Dong)
  6. Shoplifters (Hirokazu Kore-Eda)
  7. Minding The Gap (Bing Liu)
  8. Widows (Steve McQueen)
  9. Black Panther (Ryan Coogler)
  10. Sorry To Bother You (Boots Riley)

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

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

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

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

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