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

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

 

 

1940

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

 

1941

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

 

NV
Now, Voyager

1942

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

 

1943

  1. The Ox-Bow Incident (William A Wellman)
  2. Le Corbeau (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
  3. Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock)
  4. I Walked With a Zombie (Jacques Tourneur)
  5. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)
  6. Hangmen Also Die! (Fritz Lang)
  7. Stormy Weather (Andrew L Stone)
  8. Cabin in the Sky (Vincente Minnelli / Busby Berkeley)
  9. The Seventh Victim (Mark Robson)
  10. Son of Dracula (Robert Siodmak)

 

1944

  1. Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder)
  2. Gaslight (George Cukor)
  3. Laura (Otto Preminger)
  4. Christmas Holiday (Robert Siodmak)
  5. A Canterbury Tale (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)
  6. The Curse of the Cat People (Robert Wise, Gunther von Fritsch)
  7. To Have and Have Not (Howard Hawks)
  8. Murder, My Sweet (Edward Dmytryk)
  9. The Uninvited (Lewis Allen)
  10. The Woman in the Window (Fritz Lang)

 

Leave Her To Heaven
Leave Her To Heaven

1945

  1. Leave Her to Heaven (John M Stahl)
  2. Mildred Pierce (Michael Curtiz)
  3. Brief Encounter (David Lean)
  4. Detour (Edgar G Ulmer)
  5. The Lost Weekend (Billy Wilder)
  6. Anchors Aweigh (George Sidney)
  7. My Name is Julia Ross (Joseph H Lewis)
  8. Dead of Night (Richard Hamer, Basil Dearden, Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton)

 

1946

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

 

1947

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

 

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Yellow Sky

1948

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

 

1949

  1. Late Spring (Yasujiro Ozu)
  2. D.O.A. (Rudolph Maté)
  3. The Heiress (William Wyler)
  4. Kind Hearts and Coronets (Robert Hamer)
  5. The Third Man (Carol Reed)
  6. On the Town (Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly)
  7. Thirst (Ingmar Bergman)
  8. The Reckless Moment (Max Ophuls)
  9. Border Incident (Anthony Mann)
  10. Knock On Any Door (Nicholas Ray)

 

Furies
The Furies

1950

  1. The Furies (Anthony Mann)
  2. Sunset Blvd. (Billy Wilder)
  3. Winchester ’73 (Anthony Mann)
  4. Gun Crazy (Joseph H Lewis)
  5. Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa)
  6. In a Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray)
  7. Woman on the Run (Norman Foster)
  8. No Man of Her Own (Michael Leisen)
  9. Broken Arrow (Delmer Daves)
  10. To Joy (Ingmar Bergman)

 

1951

  1. Fixed Bayonets! (Samuel Fuller)
  2. Early Summer (Yasujiro Ozu)
  3. Diary of a Country Priest (Robert Bresson)
  4. The Tales of Hoffman (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)
  5. Alice in Wonderland (Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson)
  6. The Steel Helmet (Samuel Fuller)
  7. The Day The Earth Stood Still (Robert Wise)
  8. Awaara (Raj Kapoor)
  9. An American in Paris (Vincente Minnelli)
  10. The Thing From Another World (Christian Nyby)

 

1952

  1. Umberto D. (Vittorio De Sica)
  2. The Life of Oharu (Kenji Mizoguchi)
  3. The Flavour of Green Tea Over Rice (Yasujiro Ozu)
  4. Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly)
  5. Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa)
  6. Bend of the River (Anthony Mann)
  7. Rancho Notorious (Fritz Lang)
  8. Has Anybody Seen My Gal? (Douglas Sirk)
  9. The Big Sky (Howard Hawks)
  10. The Bad and the Beautiful (Vincente Minnelli)

 

The Naked Spur
The Naked Spur

1953

  1. The Naked Spur (Anthony Mann)
  2. Tokyo Story (Yasujro Ozu)
  3. Pickup on South Street (Samuel Fuller)
  4. The Hitch-Hiker (Ida Lupino)
  5. Sawdust and Tinsel (Ingmar Bergman)
  6. Calamity Jane (David Butler)
  7. Niagara (Bob Gosse)
  8. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Howard Hawks)
  9. The Big Heat (Fritz Lang)
  10. Summer with Monika (Ingmar Bergman)

 

Magnificent Obsession
Magnificent Obsession

1954

  1. Magnificent Obsession (Douglas Sirk)
  2. Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray)
  3. Crime Wave (Andre de Toth)
  4. La Strada (Federico Fellini)
  5. Godzilla (Ishirô Honda)
  6. Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa)
  7. Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock)
  8. Human Desire (Fritz Lang)
  9. Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (Kenneth Anger)
  10. The Far Country (Anthony Mann)

 

1955

  1. The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton)
  2. Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray)
  3. All That Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk)
  4. Diabolique (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
  5. The Big Combo (Joseph H Lewis)
  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. Nights of Cabiria (Federico Fellini)
  4. 12 Angry Men (Sidney Lumet)
  5. Night of the Demon (Jacques Tourneur)
  6. 3:10 to Yuma (Delmer Daves)
  7. Tokyo Twilight (Yasujiro Ozu)
  8. Pyaasa (Guru Dutt)
  9. Paths of Glory (Stanley Kubrick)
  10. The Incredible Shrinking Man (Jack Arnold)

 

1958

  1. Equinox Flower (Yasujio Ozu) 
  2. A Time to Love and a Time to Die (Douglas Sirk)
  3. Touch of Evil (Orson Welles)
  4. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock)
  5. The Big Country (William Wyler)
  6. Shadows (John Cassevetes)
  7. The Boy Who Came Back (Seijun Suzuki)
  8. Cairo Station (Youssef Chahine)
  9. Terror in a Texas Town (Joseph H Lewis)
  10. Bell, Book and Candle (Robert Quine)

 

1959

  1. Suddenly, Last Summer (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
  2. Day of the Outlaw (André de Toth)
  3. The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (Masaki Kobayashi)
  4. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (Masaki Kobayashi)
  5. Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder)
  6. The Crimson Kimono (Samuel Fuller)
  7. Hiroshima Mon Amour (Alain Resnais)
  8. Good Morning (Yasujiro Ozu)
  9. Ride Lonesome (Budd Boetticher)
  10. Anatomy of a Murder (Otto Preminger)

 

La Dolce Vita

1960

  1. La Dolce Vita (Federico Fellini)
  2. The Apartment (Billy Wilder)
  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. The Virgin Spring (Ingmar Bergman)
  10. Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard)

 

1961

  1. La Notte (Michelangelo Antonioni)
  2. Through a Glass Darkly (Ingmar Bergman)
  3. Last Year at Marienbad (Alain Resnais)
  4. The Children’s Hour (William Wyler)
  5. The Hustler (Robert Rossen) 
  6. Léon Morin, Priest (Jean-Pierre Melville) 
  7. Viridiana (Luis Bunuel)
  8. A Woman is a Woman (Jean-Luc Godard)
  9. The Human Condition III: A Soldier’s Prayer (Masaki Kobayashi)
  10. The Misfits (John Huston)

 

1962

  1. Harakiri (Masaki Kobayashi) 
  2. L’Eclisse (Michelangelo Antonioni)
  3. Vivre Sa Vie (Jean-Luc Godard)
  4. Carnival of Souls (Herk Harvey)
  5. Cape Fear (J Lee Thompson)
  6. The Exterminating Angel (Luis Bunuel)
  7. Sanjuro (Akira Kurosawa)
  8. Lolita (Stanley Kubrick)
  9. Cleo from 5 to 7 (Agnes Varda) 
  10. Jules et Jim (Francois Traffaut)

 

The Leopard
The Leopard

1963

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

 

The Naked Kiss
The Naked Kiss

1964

  1. The Naked Kiss (Samuel Fuller)
  2. Onibaba (Kaneto Shindō)
  3. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy)
  4. Red Desert (Michelangelo Antonioni)
  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. The Train (John Frankenheimer)
  10. Lady in a Cage (Walter Grauman)

 

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

1965

  1. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (Russ Meyer)
  2. Juliet of the Spirits (Federico Fellini)
  3. Sandra (Luchino Visconti)
  4. Pierrot le Fou (Jean-Luc Godard) 
  5. Repulsion (Roman Polanski)
  6. For a Few Dollars More (Sergio Leone)
  7. Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard) 
  8. Le Bonheur (Agnes Varda)
  9. Vinyl (Andy Warhol) 
  10. Gumnam (Anwar Kamel Pasha)

 

Daisies
Daisies

1966

  1. Daisies (Vera Chytilová)
  2. The Nun (Jacques Rivette)
  3. Persona (Ingmar Bergman)
  4. Au hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson)
  5. The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecovo)
  6. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Sergio Leone)
  7. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Mike Nichols)
  8. Blow-Up (Michelangelo Antonioni)
  9. Black Girl (Ousmane Sembène)
  10. Django (Sergio Corbucci)

 

1967

  1. Branded to Kill (Seijun Suzuki)
  2. La Chinoise (Jean-Luc Godard)
  3. Dragon Inn (King Hu)
  4. Spring Night, Summer Night (J. L. Anderson)
  5. Inflatable Sex Doll of the Wastelands (Atsushi Yamatoya)
  6. Samurai Rebellion (Masaki Kobayashi)
  7. Belle de Jour (Luis Bunuel)
  8. Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (Jacques Demy)
  9. Barefoot in the Park (Gene Saks)
  10. Weekend (Jean-Luc Godard)

 

1968

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick)
  2. The Lion in Winter (Anthony Harvey)
  3. Night of the Living Dead (George A Romero)
  4. Outlaw Gangster VIP (Toshio Masuda)
  5. Rosemary’s Baby (Roman Polanski)
  6. La Prisonniere (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
  7. Kuroneko (Kaneti Shindo)
  8. Funny Girl (William Wyler)
  9. Black Panthers (Agnes Varda)
  10. Spirits Of The Dead (Roger Vadim, Louis Malle, Federico Fellini)

 

Funeral Parade of Roses

1969

  1. Funeral Parade of Roses (Toshio Matsumoto)
  2. Fellini Satyricon (Federico Fellini)
  3. Model Shop (Jacques Demy)
  4. Salesman (Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin)
  5. Eros + Massacre (Kiju Yoshida)
  6. Army of Shadows (Jean-Pierre Melville) 
  7. Orgies of Edo (Teruo Ishii)
  8. Sweet Charity (Bob Fosse)
  9. The Cow (Deriush Mehrjui)
  10. Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (Paul Mazursky) 

 

1970

  1. Valerie and her Week of Wonders (Jaromil Jares)
  2. The Vampire Lovers (Roy Ward Baker)
  3. Gimme Shelter (Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin)
  4. Stray Cat Rock: Machine Animal (Yasuharu Hasebe)
  5. Wanda (Barbara Loden)
  6. Ucho [The Ear] (Karel Kachyna) 
  7. Catch-22 (Mike Nichols)
  8. This Transient Life (Akio Jissoji)
  9. Zabriskie Point (Michelangelo Antonioni) 
  10. Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion (Luciano Ercoli)

 

1971

  1. A New Leaf (Elaine May)
  2. Out 1 (Jacques Rivette)
  3. Vanishing Point (Richard C Sarafian)
  4. McCabe & Mrs Miller (Robert Altman)
  5. Mandala (Akio Jissoji)
  6. Two-Lane Blacktop (Monte Hellman)
  7. Lake of Dracula (Michio Yamamoto)
  8. The Hired Hand (Peter Fonda)
  9. Wake in Fright (Ted Kotcheff)
  10. The Last Movie (Dennis Hopper)

 

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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. Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (Sergio Martino)
  4. What Have You Done to Solange? (Massimo Dallamano)
  5. Poem (Akio Jissoji)
  6. The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds (Paul Newman)
  7. Female Prisoner 701: Scorpion (Shunya Ito)
  8. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (Kenji Misume)
  9. Toys Are Not For Children (Stanley H Brassloff)
  10. Images (Robert Altman)

 

1973

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

 

1974

  1. Céline and Julie Go Boating (Jacques Rivette) 
  2. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Tobe Hooper)
  3. The Swinging Cheerleaders (Jack Hill)
  4. Chinatown (Roman Polanski)
  5. The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola)
  6. A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes)
  7. Phantom of the Paradise (Brian De Palma)
  8. The Parallax View (Alan J Pakula)
  9. Arabian Nights (Pier Paolo Pasolini)
  10. Claudine (John Berry)

 

1975

  1. Jaws (Steven Spielberg)
  2. Nashville (Robert Altman)
  3. Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles (Chantal Akerman)
  4. Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick)
  5. Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet)
  6. Picnic at Hanging Rock (Peter Weir)
  7. French Connection II (John Frankenheimer)
  8. Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky)
  9. Bucktown (Arthur Marks)
  10. The Passenger (Michelangelo Antonioni)

 

16 Duelle
Duelle (une quarantine)

1976

  1. Duelle (une quarantine) (Jacques Rivette)
  2. Harlan County, U.S.A (Barbara Kopple)
  3. Mikey and Nicky (Elaine May)
  4. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese)
  5. The Man Who Fell to Earth (Nicolas Roeg)
  6. The Pom Pom Girls (Joseph Ruben)
  7. Assault on Precinct 13 (John Carpenter)
  8. All the President’s Men (Alan J Pakula)
  9. Carrie (Brian De Palma)
  10. The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (John Cassavetes)

 

1977

  1. 3 Women (Robert Altman)
  2. Eraserhead (David Lynch)
  3. That Obscure Object of Desire (Luis Bunuel)
  4. Gay USA (Arthur J Bressan Jr.)
  5. One Sings, The Other Doesn’t (Agnès Varda) 
  6. Suspiria (Dario Argento)
  7. Saturday Night Fever (John Badham)
  8. Rabid (David Cronenberg)
  9. The American Friend (Wim Wenders)
  10. Peppermint Soda (Diane Kurys) 

 

1978

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

 

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Alien

1979

  1. Alien (Ridley Scott)
  2. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola)
  3. Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky)
  4. Nosferatu the Vampyre (Werner Herzog)
  5. My Brilliant Career (Gillian Armstrong)
  6. The Marriage of Maria Braun (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  7. The Warriors (Walter Hill)
  8. Being There (Hal Ashby)
  9. The China Syndrome (James Bridges)
  10. Hardcore (Paul Schrader)

 

1980

  1. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick)
  2. The Fog (John Carpenter)
  3. Airplane! (David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker)
  4. The Elephant Man (David Lynch)
  5. Babylon (Franco Rosso)
  6. 9 to 5 (Colin Higgins)
  7. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese)
  8. The Big Red One (Samuel Fuller)
  9. Inferno (Dario Argento)
  10. Nightmare City (Umberto Lenzi)

 

Ms. 45
Ms. 45

1981

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

 

1982

  1. The Thing (John Carpenter)
  2. Blade Runner (Ridley Scott)
  3. White Dog (Samuel Fuller)
  4. Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (Robert Altman)
  5. The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese)
  6. A Good Marriage (Éric Rohmer)
  7. Eating Raoul (Paul Bartel)
  8. Smithereens (Susan Seidelman)
  9. Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper)
  10. E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg)

 

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Videodrome

1983

  1. Videodrome (David Cronenberg)
  2. Burroughs: The Movie (Howard Brookner)
  3. Pauline at the Beach (Éric Rohmer)
  4. The Hunger (Tony Scott)
  5. A nos Amours (Maurice Pialat)
  6. Dark Habits (Pedro Almodóvar)
  7. Sans Soleil (Chris Marker)
  8. The Ballad of Narayama (Shohei Imamura)
  9. Scarface (Brian De Palma)
  10. The Gold Diggers (Sally Potter)

 

1984

  1. Stop Making Sense (Jonathan Demme)
  2. Body Double (Brian De Palma)
  3. The Terminator (James Cameron)
  4. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Hayao Miyazaki)
  5. Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders)
  6. Blood Simple (Joel Coen)
  7. Ghostbusters (Ivan Reitman)
  8. Purple Rain (Albert Magnoli)
  9. Full Moon in Paris (Éric Rohmer)
  10. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Steven Spielberg)

 

Ran
Ran

1985

  1. Ran (Akira Kurosawa)
  2. Desert Hearts (Donna Deitch)
  3. Tampopo (Juzo Itami)
  4. Desperately Seeking Susan (Susal Siedelman)
  5. Vagabond (Agnes Varda)
  6. Pale Rider (Clint Eastwood)
  7. Clue (Jonathan Lynn)
  8. Fool For Love (Robert Altman)
  9. Brazil (Terry Gilliam)
  10. Smooth Talk (Joyce Chopra)

 

1986

  1. The Green Ray (Éric Rohmer)
  2. Blue Velvet (David Lynch)
  3. The Sacrifice (Andrei Tarkovsky)
  4. Aliens (James Cameron)
  5. Mauvais Sang (Leo’s Carax)
  6. Stand By Me (Rob Reiner)
  7. Down By Law (Jim Jarmusch)
  8. From Beyond (Stuart Gordon)
  9. Manhunter (Michael Mann)
  10. Big Trouble in Little China (John Carpenter)

 

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

1987

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

 

1988

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

 

1989

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

 

1990

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

 

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

1991

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

 

1992

  1. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (David Lynch)
  2. Orlando (Sally Potter)
  3. And Life Goes On (Abbas Kiarostami)
  4. Candyman (Bernard Rose)
  5. Tetsuo II: Body Hammer (Shinya Tsukamoto)
  6. Alien3 (David Fincher)
  7. Malcolm X (Spike Lee)
  8. Death Becomes Her (Robert Zemeckis)
  9. The Player (Robert Altman)
  10. The Crying Game (Neil Jordan)

 

8 Dazed And Confused
Dazed And Confused

1993

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

 

1994

  1. Amateur (Hal Hartley)
  2. Hoop Dreams (Steve James)
  3. River of Grass (Kelly Reichardt)
  4. Three Colours: Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  5. Serial Mom (John Waters)
  6. The Last Seduction (John Dahl)
  7. Nadja (Michael Almereyda)
  8. The Hudsucker Proxy (Joel Coen)
  9. Through the Olive Trees (Abbas Kiarostami)
  10. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Stephan Elliott)

 

1995

  1. Maborosi (Hirokazu Kore-Eda)
  2. The Addiction (Abel Ferrara)
  3. Safe (Todd Haynes) 
  4. Clockers (Spike Lee)
  5. Tales from the Hood (Rusty Cundieff)
  6. Ghost in the Shell (Mamoru Oshii)
  7. Before Sunrise (Richard Linklater)
  8. Whisper of the Heart (Yoshifumo Kondo)
  9. Heat (Michael Mann)
  10. To Die For (Gus Van Sant) 

 

Irma Vep

1996

  1. Irma Vep (Olivier Assayas)
  2. Bound (Lana Wachowski, Lily Wachowski)
  3. Crash (David Cronenberg)
  4. Gabbeh (Mohsen Makhmalbaf)
  5. Wind (Marcell Iványi)
  6. Set it Off (F Gary Gray)
  7. Fargo (Joel Coen)
  8. Nénette and Boni (Claire Denis)
  9. The Funeral (Abel Ferrara)
  10. Grace Of My Heart (Allison Anders)

 

1997

  1. Cure (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
  2. Lost Highway (David Lynch)
  3. Taste of Cherry (Abbas Kiarostami)
  4. Perfect Blue (Satoshi Kon)
  5. The Small Town (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
  6. Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion (David Mirkin)
  7. The Ice Storm (Ang Lee)
  8. Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki)
  9. Nowhere (Gregg Araki)
  10. Eve’s Bayou (Kasi Lemmons)

 

1998

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

 

Beau Travail

1999

  1. Beau Travail (Claire Denis)
  2. Audition (Takashi Miike)
  3. eXistenZ (David Cronenberg)
  4. Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick)
  5. Drop Dead Gorgeous (Michael Patrick Jann)
  6. The Wind Will Carry Us (Abbas Kiarostami)
  7. The Straight Story (David Lynch)
  8. The Blair Witch Project (Eduardo Sanchez, Daniel Myrick)
  9. The Virgin Suicides (Sofia Coppola)
  10. But I’m A Cheerleader (Jamie Babbit)

 

2000

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

 

Mulholland Drive 5
Mulholland Drive

2001

  1. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch)
  2. The Man Who Wasn’t There (Joel Coen)
  3. Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff) 
  4. Millennium Mambo (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)
  5. Pulse (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
  6. Trouble Every Day (Claire Denis)
  7. Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly)
  8. The Devil’s Backbone (Guillermo del Toro)
  9. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson)
  10. Amelie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)

 

43 Punch Drunk Love
Punch-Drunk Love

2002

  1. Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  2. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (Park Chan-Wook)
  3. Morvern Callar (Lynne Ramsay)
  4. Gerry (Gus Van Sant)
  5. Irreversible (Gaspar Noé)
  6. 25th Hour (Spike Lee)
  7. Lilya 4-Ever (Lukas Moodysson)
  8. The Hours (Stephen Daldry)
  9. Adaptation. (Spike Jonze)
  10. Panic Room (David Fincher)

 

2003

  1. Goodbye, Dragon Inn (Tsai Ming-Laing)
  2. Memories of Murder (Bong Joon-Ho)
  3. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola)
  4. Gozu (Takashi Miike)
  5. Elephant (Gus Van Sant)
  6. Dogville (Lars Von Trier)
  7. Saraband (Ingmar Bergman)
  8. Capturing the Friedmans (Andrew Jarecki) 
  9. Oldboy (Park Chan-Wook)
  10. Coffee and Cigarettes (Jim Jarmusch)

 

2004

  1. Before Sunset (Richard Linklater)
  2. 2046 (Wong Kar-Wai) 
  3. Mean Girls (Mark Waters)
  4. Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
  5. Nobody Knows (Hirokazu Kore-Eda)
  6. Dead Man’s Shoes (Shane Meadows)
  7. Birth (Jonathan Glazer)
  8. Kung Fu Hustle (Stephen Chow)
  9. Seed of Chucky (Don Mancini)
  10. Woman is the Future of Man (Hong Sang-soo)

 

2005

  1. House of Wax (Jaume Collet-Serra)
  2. Caché [Hidden] (Michael Haneke)
  3. Good Night, and Good Luck (George Clooney)
  4. Munich (Steven Spielberg)
  5. Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog)
  6. Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (Park Chan-Wook)
  7. Me and You and Everyone We Know (Miranda July)
  8. Capote (Bennett Miller)
  9. Brick (Rian Johnson)
  10. The New World (Terrence Malick)

 

The Lighthouse

2006

  1. The Lighthouse (Mariya Saakyan)
  2. Old Joy (Kelly Reichardt)
  3. Volver (Pedro Almodóvar)
  4. Jackass Number Two (Jeff Tremaine)
  5. Marie Antoinette (Sofia Coppola)
  6. A Scanner Darkly (Richard Linklater)
  7. Rescue Dawn (Werner Herzog)
  8. Clerks II (Kevin Smith)
  9. Idiocracy (Mike Judge)
  10. The Host (Bong Joon-ho)

 

2007

  1. Death Proof (Quentin Tarantino)
  2. All is Forgiven (Mia Hansen-Løve)
  3. Zodiac (David Fincher)
  4. Water Lilies (Céline Sciamma) 
  5. No Country for Old Men (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
  6. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  7. Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud)
  8. The Mourning Forest (Naomi Kawase)
  9. Hostel Part II (Eli Roth)
  10. Go Go Tales (Abel Ferrara) 

 

78 Wendy And Lucy
Wendy and Lucy

2008

  1. Wendy and Lucy (Kelly Reichardt)
  2. The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel)
  3. Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson)
  4. Martyrs (Pascal Laugnier)
  5. Home (Ursula Meier)
  6. Waltz with Bashir (Ari Folman)
  7. Summer Hours (Olivier Assayas)
  8. Still Walking (Hirokazu Kore-Eda)
  9. Hunger (Steve McQueen)
  10. Speed Racer (Lana Wachowski, Lily Wachowski)

 

2009

  1. The House of the Devil (Ti West)
  2. The Limits of Control (Jim Jarmusch)
  3. A Serious Man (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
  4. The Father of My Children (Mia Hansen-Løve)
  5. Jennifer’s Body (Karyn Kusama)
  6. Dogtooth (Yorgos Lanthimos)
  7. Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold)
  8. White Material (Claire Denis)
  9. The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke)
  10. Amer (Hélene Cattet, Bruno Forzani)

 

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. Somewhere (Sofia Coppola)
  5. Piranha 3D (Alexandre Aja)
  6. The Arbor (Clio Barnard)
  7. The Runaways (Floria Sigismondi)
  8. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Edgar Wright)
  9. 13 Assassins (Takashi Miike)
  10. Meek’s Cutoff (Kelly Reichardt)

 

2011

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

 

Like Someone in Love

2012

  1. Like Someone in Love (Abbas Kiarostami)
  2. The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn, Anonymous)
  3. Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)
  4. Post Tenebras Lux (Carlos Reygadas)
  5. Leviathan (Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel)
  6. Resident Evil: Retribution (Paul WS Anderson)
  7. Holy Motors (Léos Carax)
  8. Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine)
  9. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  10. American Mary (Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska)

 

2013

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

 

2014

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

 

5 Carol
Carol

2015

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

 

2016

  1. Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt)
  2. Moonlight (Barry Jenkins)
  3. Raw (Julie Ducournau)
  4. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)
  5. Jackie (Pablo Larraín)
  6. Hail, Caesar! (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
  7. Cameraperson (Kirsten Johnson)
  8. The Neon Demon (Nicolas Winding Refn)
  9. 10 Cloverfield Lane (Dan Trachtenberg)
  10. Lady Macbeth (William Oldroyd)

 

2017

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

 

Long Day
Long Day’s Journey into Night

2018

  1. Long Day’s Journey into Night (Bi Gan)
  2. Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino)
  3. If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)
  4. Burning (Lee Chang-Dong)
  5. Annihilation (Alex Garland)
  6. Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham)
  7. Holiday (Isabella Eklof)
  8. Madeline’s Madeline (Josephine Decker)
  9. Widows (Steve McQueen)
  10. Vox Lux (Brady Corbet)

 

2019

  1. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Céline Sciamma) 
  2. The Farewell (Lulu Wang) 
  3. Homecoming – A Film by Beyoncé (Beyoncé Knowles-Carter)
  4. Black Christmas (Sofia Takal)
  5. Us (Jordan Peele) 
  6. Ema (Pablo Larraín)
  7. A Hidden Life (Terrence Malick)
  8. The Irishman (Martin Scorsese)
  9. Monos (Alejandro Landes)
  10. This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection (Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese)

 

2020

  1. Never Rarely Sometimes Always (Eliza Hittman)
  2. Lovers Rock (Steve McQueen)
  3. Dick Johnson is Dead (Kristen Johnson)
  4. David Byrne’s American Utopia (Spike Lee)
  5. Relic (Natalie Erika James)
  6. I’m thinking of ending things (Charlie Kaufman)
  7. Mangrove (Steve McQueen)
  8. The Woman Who Ran (Hong Sang-soo)
  9. On the Rocks (Sofia Coppola)
  10. Shirley (Josephine Decker)

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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