Yearly Top 10

Going by IMDb year

Obviously, the lists below are a work in progress....

Last update 5 April 2014





2013:
1. The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese)
2. Nymphomaniac (Lars von Trier)
3. Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)
4. Sorrow and Joy (Nils Malmros)
5. Blue Is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche)
6. Her (Spike Jonze)
7. Stoker (Chan-wook Park)
8. Before Midnight (Richard Linklater)
9. Prisoners (Denis Villeneuve)
10. The Great Beauty (Paulo Sorrentino)
11. The Best Offer (Giuseppe Tornatore)
12. The Past (Asghar Farhadi)
13. We Are The Best! (Lukas Moodysson)
14. Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen)
15. Blackfish (documentary) (Gabriela Cowperthwaite)
16. American Hustle (David O. Russell)
17. Frozen (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee)
18. Breathe In (Drake Doremus)
19. August: Osage County (John Wells)
20. The Kings of Summer (Jordan Vogt-Roberts)





2012:
1. The Place Beyond The Pines (Derek Cianfrance)
2. Laurence Anyways (Xavier Dolan)
3. The Hunt (Thomas Vinterberg)
4. The Act of Killing (documentary) (Joshua Oppenheimer)
5. Skyfall (Sam Mendes)
6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)
7. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson)
8. The Dark Knight Rises (Christopher Nolan)
9. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson)
10. Arbitrage (Nicholas Jarecki)
11. Liberal Arts (Josh Radnor)
12. The Imposter (documentary) (Bart Layton)
13. Safety Not Guaranteed (Colin Trevorrow)
14. Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin)
15. Everything or Nothing : The Untold Story of 007 (documentary) (Stevan Riley)
16. Stories We Tell (documentary) (Sarah Polley)
17. Blancanieves (Pablo Berger)
18. Palme (documentary (Kristina Lindström, Maud Nycander)
19. The Almost Man (Martin Lund)
20. Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)





2011:
1. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)
2. The Story of Film: An Odyssey (documentary) (Mark Cousins)
3. Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan)
4. Dreams of a Life (documentary) (Carol Morley)
5. The Skin I Live In (Pedro Almodóvar)
6. The Intouchables (Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano)
7. A Separation (Asghar Farhadi)
8. We Need To Talk About Kevin (Lynne Ramsay)
9. Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn)
10. Detachment (Tony Kaye)
11. The Color Wheel (Alex Ross Perry)
12. Oslo, August 31st (Joachim Trier)
13. Newlyweds (Edward Burns)
14. The Kid with a Bike (Dardenne's)
15. Young Adult (Jason Reitman)
16. Warrior (Gavin O'Connor)




2010:
1. Another Year (Mike Leigh)
2. Senna (documentary) (Asif Kapadia)
3. Exit Through the Gift Shop (documentary) (Banksy)
4. Armadillo (documentary) (Janus Metz Pedersen)
5. The Trip (Michael Winterbottom)
6. Inception (Christopher Nolan)
7. Black Swan (Darren Aronofsky)
8. Incendies (Denis Villeneuve)
9. Greenberg (Noah Baumbach)
10. Please Give (Nicole Holofcener)
11. Barney’s Version (Richard J. Lewis)
12. All Good Things (Andrew Jarecki)
13. In a Better World (Susanne Bier)
14. The Social Network (David Fincher)
15. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (Eli Craig)




2009:
1. Mother and Child (Rodrigo García)
2. The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke)
3. Enter The Void (Gaspar Noé)
4. Antichrist (Lars von Trier)
5. Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold)
6. Bright Star (Jane Campion)
7. Mary and Max (Adam Elliot)
8. Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino)
9. The Vicious Kind (Lee Toland Krieger)
10. 500 Days of Summer (Marc Webb)





2008:
1. Happy-Go-Lucky (Mike Leigh)
2. Wendy and Lucy (Kelly Reichardt)
3. The Reader (Stephen Daldry)
4. Henry Poole Is Here (Mark Pellington)
5. The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan)
6. The Stoning of Soraya M. (Cyrus Nowrasteh)
7. The Wrestler (Darren Aronofsky)
8. Ghost Town (David Koepp)
9. Worlds Apart (Niels Arden Oplev)
10. Two Lovers (James Gray)





2007:
1. I’m Not There (Todd Haynes)
2. Juno (Jason Reitman)
3. 3:10 to Yuma (James Mangold)
4. You, the Living (Roy Andersson)
5. Unrelated (Joanna Hogg)
6. Lars and the Real Girl (Craig Gillespie)
7. Into the Wild (Sean Penn)
8. The Visitor (Thomas McCarthy)
9. Boy A (John Crowley)
10. The Edge of Heaven (Fatih Akin)
11. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson)
12. Funny Games (US Version) (Michael Haneke)
13. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu)
14. Control (Anton Corbijn)
15. Time Crimes (Nacho Vigalondo)





2006:
1. After the Wedding (Susanne Bier)
2. The Prestige (Christopher Nolan)
3. The Fountain (Darren Aronofsky)
4. Casino Royale (Martin Campbell)
5. The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)
6. Inland Empire (David Lynch)
7. Paris, je t'aime (multiple directors)
8. Notes on a Scandal (Richard Eyre)
9. Little Children (Todd Field)
10. Tell No One (Guillaume Canet)





2005:
1. Match Point (Woody Allen)
2. The World’s Fastest Indian (Roger Donaldson)
3. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee)
4. Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (documentary) (Lian Lunson)
5. The Devil and Daniel Johnston (documentary) (Jeff Feuerzeig)
6. The Descent (Neil Marshall)
7. V for Vendetta (James McTeigue)
8. Me and You and Everyone We Know (Miranda July)
9. Pride & Prejudice (Joe Wright)
10. Chinaman (Henrik Ruben Genz)





2004:
1. Sideways (Alexander Payne)
2. Collateral (Michael Mann)
3. Before Sunset (Richard Linklater)
4. Super Size Me (documentary) (Morgan Spurlock)
5. A Love Song for Bobby Long (Shainee Gabel)
6. The Machinist (Brad Anderson)
7. 2046 (Wong Kar-Wai)
8. Brothers (Susanne Bier)
9. Head-On (Fatih Akin)
10. Fahrenheit 9/11 (documentary) (Michael Moore)





2003:
1. My Life Without Me (Isabel Coixet)
2. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola)
3. Tintin and I (documentary) (Anders Østergaard)
4. Dogville (Lars von Trier)
5. The Matrix Reloaded (Wachowski's)
6. Coffee and Cigarettes (Jim Jarmusch)
7. Big Fish (Tim Burton)
8. Touching The Void (documentary) (Kevin Macdonald)
9. A Decade Under the Influence (documentary) (Ted Demme)
10. The Return (Andrei Zvyagintsev)





2002:
1. About Schmidt (Alexander Payne)
2. The Hours (Stephen Daldry)
3. 25th Hour (Spike Lee)
4. Roger Dodger (Dylan Kidd)
5. Open Hearts (Susanne Bier)
6. The Son (Dardenne's)
7. Dummy (Greg Pritikin)
8. Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson)
9. The Pianist (Roman Polanski)
10. Signs (M. Night Shyamalan)





2001:
1. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch)
2. Vanilla Sky (Cameron Crowe)
3. Lovely and Amazing (Nicole Holofcener)
4. Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff)
5. Tape (Richard Linklater)
6. Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (documentary) (Jan Harlan)
7. Amelie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
8. Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrmann)
9. Waking Life (Richard Linklater)
10. The Pledge (Sean Penn)





2000:
1. Memento (Christopher Nolan)
2. Meet the Parents (Jay Roach)
3. Songs from the Second Floor (Roy Andersson)
4. American Psycho (Mary Harron)
5. The Beach (Danny Boyle)
6. Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky)
7. Unbreakable (M. Night Shyamalan)
8. Dancer in the Dark (Lars von Trier)
9. High Fidelity (Stephen Frears)
10. Gladiator (Ridley Scott)





1999:
1. Fight Club (David Fincher)
2. Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson)
3. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (Jim Jarmusch)
4. The Matrix (Wachowski's)
5. The Color of Paradise (Majid Majidi)
6. Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick)
7. Girl, Interrupted (James Mangold)
8. Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze)
9. Election (Alexander Payne)
10. The Talented Mr. Ripley (Anthony Minghella)





1998:
1. Rounders (John Dahl)
2. Following (Christopher Nolan)
3. Buffalo ’66 (Vincent Gallo)
4. Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer)
5. Pi (Darren Aronofsky)
6. Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg)
7. American History X (Tony Kaye)
8. The Last Days of Disco (Whit Stillman)
9. The Dreamlife of Angels (Erick Zonca)
10. The Interview (Craig Monahan)





1997:
1. Titanic (James Cameron)
2. Lost Highway (David Lynch)
3. Good Will Hunting (Gus van Sant)
4. The Sweet Hereafter (Atom Egoyan)
5. Gattaca (Andrew Niccol)
6. The Fifth Element (Luc Besson)
7. Career Girls (Mike Leigh)
8. Cube (Vincenzo Natali)
9. Chasing Amy (Kevin Smith)
10. Oscar and Lucinda (Gillian Armstrong)





1996:
1. Secrets & Lies (Mike Leigh)
2. Breaking the Waves (Lars von Trier)
3. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (documentary) (multiple directors)
4. Box of Moonlight (Tom DiCillo)
5. Sling Blade (Billy Bob Thornton)
6. The English Patient (Anthony Minghella)
7. Hamlet (Kenneth Branagh)
8. The Cable Guy (Ben Stiller)
9. Things I Never Told You (Isabel Coixet)
10. Walking and Talking (Nicole Holofcener)





1995:
1. Before Sunrise (Richard Linklater)
2. 12 Monkeys (Terry Gilliam)
3. Smoke (Wayne Wang)
4. Leaving Las Vegas (Mike Figgis)
5. The Usual Suspects (Bryan Singer)
6. Heat (Michael Mann)
7. GoldenEye (Martin Campbell)
8. Dead Man Walking (Tim Robbins)
9. The Bridges Of Madison County (Clint Eastwood)
10. Se7en (David Fincher)





1994:
1. The Shawshank Redemption (Frank Darabont)
2. Three Colors: White (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
3. Ed Wood (Tim Burton)
4. Reality Bites (Ben Stiller)
5. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
6. Three Colors: Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
7. Chungking Express (Wong Kar-Wai)
8. The Lion King (Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff)
9. Exotica (Atom Egoyan)
10. Speed (Jan de Bont)





1993:
1. In the Name of the Father (Jim Sheridan)
2. Three Colors: Blue (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
3. Schindler's List (Steven Spielberg)
4. Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis)
5. Alive (Frank Marshall)
6. Naked (Mike Leigh)
7. The Fugitive (Andrew Davis )
8. Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg)
9. The Remains of the Day (James Ivory)
10. Shadowlands (Richard Attenborough)





1992:
1. Scent of a Woman (Martin Brest)
2. Dracula (Francis Ford Coppola)
3. Far and Away (Ron Howard)
4. Benny's Video (Michael Haneke)
5. Dead Alive (Peter Jackson)
6. Batman Returns (Tim Burton)
7. Glengarry Glen Ross (James Foley)
8. Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino)
9. Orlando (Sally Potter)
10. Hero (Stephen Frears)





1991:
1. The Double Life of Veronique (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
2. Point Break (Kathryn Bigelow)
3. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (James Cameron)
4. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (Kevin Reynolds)
5. The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme)
6. Thelma & Louise (Ridley Scott)
7. Slacker (Richard Linklater)
8. The Lovers on the Bridge (Leos Carax)
9. Boyz N the Hood (John Singleton)
10. Proof (Jocelyn Moorhouse)





1990:
1. Green Card (Peter Weir)
2. Trust (Hal Hartley)
3. Edward Scissorhands (Tim Burton)
4. Wild at Heart (David Lynch)
5. Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese)
6. Back to the Future 3 (Robert Zemeckis)
7. Home Alone (Chris Columbus)
8. Stephen King’s IT (Tommy Lee Wallace)
9. Close-Up (Abbas Kiarostami)
10. Metropolitan (Whit Stillman)





1989:
1. The Decalogue (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
2. Batman (Tim Burton)
3. Sex, Lies, and Videotape (Steven Soderbergh)
4. Say Anything (Cameron Crowe)
5. Uncle Buck (John Hughes)
6. The Abyss (director’s cut) (James Cameron)
7. Dead Poets Society (Peter Weir)
8. The Seventh Continent (Michael Haneke)
9. Casualties of War (Brian De Palma)
10. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (Joe Johnston)





1988:
1. Big (Penny Marshall)
2. A Fish Called Wanda (Charles Crichton)
3. Rain Man (Barry Levinson)
4. Cinema Paradiso (Giuseppe Tornatore)
5. Willow (Ron Howard)
6. Grave of the Fireflies (Isao Takahata)
7. Coming To America (John Landis)
8. The Vanishing (George Sluizer)
9. My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki)
10. Another Woman (Woody Allen)





1987:
1. Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders)
2. Full Metal Jacket (Stanley Kubrick)
3. Cry Freedom (Richard Attenborough)
4. Predator (John McTiernan)
5. Wall Street (Oliver Stone)
6. Withnail & I (Bruce Robinson)
7. Opera (Dario Argento)
8. Project X (Jonathan Kaplan)
9. Planes, Trains and Automobiles (John Hughes)
10. Amazon Women on the Moon (Joe Dante)





1986:
1. The Mosquito Coast (Peter Weir)
2. Stand By Me (Rob Reiner)
3. Crocodile Dundee (Peter Faiman)
4. Aliens (James Cameron)
5. Blue Velvet (David Lynch)
6. Big Trouble in Little China (John Carpenter)
7. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (Leonard Nimoy)
8. Clockwise (Christopher Morahan)
9. Jean de Florette (Claude Berri)
10. Mona Lisa (Neil Jordan)





1985:
1. A View To A Kill (John Glen)
2. The Breakfast Club (John Hughes)
3. Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis)
4. The Goonies (Richard Donner)
5. The Sure Thing (Rob Reiner)
6. The Purple Rose of Cairo (Woody Allen)
7. Brazil (Terry Gilliam)
8. Phenomena (Dario Argento)
9. After Hours (Martin Scorsese)
10. Runaway Train (Andrei Konchalovsky)





1984:
1. The Neverending Story (Wolfgang Petersen)
2. Body Double (Brian De Palma)
3. Blood Simple (Coen's)
4. Starman (John Carpenter)
5. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Steven Spielberg)
6. Romancing the Stone (Robert Zemeckis)
7. The Terminator (James Cameron)
8. Gremlins (Joe Dante)
9. Once Upon a Time in America (Sergio Leone)
10. 28 Up (documentary) (Michael Apted)
11. A Nightmare on Elmstreet (Wes Craven)
12. Beverly Hills Cop (Martin Brest)
13. Birdy (Alan Parker)
14. Paris Texas (Wim Wenders)





1983:
1. Videodrome (David Cronenberg)
2. Octopussy (John Glen)
3. The Big Chill (Lawrence Kasdan)
4. The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese)
5. Educating Rita (Lewis Gilbert)
6. Scarface (Brian De Palma)
7. L’argent (Robert Bresson)
8. Return of the Jedi (Richard Marquand)
9. Never Cry Wolf (Carroll Ballard)
10. The Meaning of Life (Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones)





1982:
1. Blade Runner (director's cut) (Ridley Scott)
2. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg)
3. Sophie's Choice (Alan J. Pakula)
4. The Wall (Alan Parker)
5. Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper)
6. Tenebre (Dario Argento)
7. First Blood (Ted Kotcheff)
8. Tootsie (Sydney Pollack)
9. White Dog (Samuel Fuller)
10. Missing (Costa-Gavras)





1981:
1. Blow Out (Brian De Palma)
2. For Your Eyes Only (John Glen)
3. Das Boot (Wolfgang Petersen)
4. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg)
5. Body Heat (Lawrence Kasdan)
6. Possession (Andrzej Zulawski)
7. An American Werewolf in London (John Landis)
8. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (George Miller)
8. The Beyond (Lucio Fulci)
10. Scanners (David Cronenberg)





1980:
1. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick)
2. The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner)
3. Flash Gordon (Mike Hodges)
4. The Elephant Man (David Lynch)
5. Inferno (Dario Argento)
6. Ordinary People (Robert Redford)
7. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese)
8. The Gods Must Be Crazy (Jamie Uys)
9. Altered States (Ken Russell)
10. Dressed to Kill (Brian De Palma)





1979:
1. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola)
2. Being There (Hal Ashby)
3. Alien (Ridley Scott)
4. Manhattan (Woody Allen)
5. Stalker (Andrey Tarkovskiy)
6. The Marriage of Maria Braun (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
7. Nosferatu the Vampyre (Werner Herzog)
8. The Tin Drum (Volker Schlöndorff)
9. Tess (Roman Polanski)
10. My Brilliant Career (Gillian Armstrong)





1978:
1. The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino)
2. Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick)
3. Dawn of the Dead (George A. Romero)
4. Interiors (Woody Allen)
5. Watership Down (Martin Rosen)
6. Coming Home (Hal Ashby)
7. The Meetings of Anna (Chantal Akerman)
8. Superman (Richard Donner)
9. Magic (Richard Attenborough)
10. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Philip Kaufman)





1977:
1. Star Wars (George Lucas)
2. Eraserhead (David Lynch)
3. 3 Women (Robert Altman)
4. The Spy Who Loved Me (Lewis Gilbert)
5. Suspiria (Dario Argento)
6. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg)
7. House (Nobuhiko Ôbayashi)
8. Annie Hall (Woody Allen)
9. The Last Wave (Peter Weir)
10. 21 Up (documentary) (Michael Apted)





1976:
1. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese)
2. All the President's Men (Alan J. Pakula)
3. The Omen (Richard Donner)
4. Assault on Precinct 13 (John Carpenter)
5. Carrie (Brian De Palma)
6. The Man Who Fell To Earth (Nicolas Roeg)
7. Rocky (John G. Avildsen)
8. Network (Sidney Lumet)
9. The Outlaw Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood)
10. Obsession (Brian De Palma)





1975:
1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Milos Forman)
2. Picnic at Hanging Rock (Peter Weir)
3. Mirror (Andrey Tarkovskiy)
4. Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet)
5. Jaws (Steven Spielberg)
6. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones)
7. Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick)
8. Deep Red (Dario Argento)
9. Shivers (David Cronenberg)
10. The Man Who Would Be King (John Huston)





1974:
1. The Godfather Part II (Francis Ford Coppola)
2. A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes)
3. Chinatown (Roman Polanski)
4. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (Martin Scorsese)
5. The Man with the Golden Gun (Guy Hamilton)
6. Harry and Tonto (Paul Mazursky)
7. The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola)
8. Celine and Julie Go Boating (Jacques Rivette)
9. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
10. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Tobe Hooper)





1973:
1. The Day of the Jackal (Fred Zinnemann)
2. The Sting (George Roy Hill)
3. Papillon (Franklin J. Schaffner)
4. Paper Moon (Peter Bogdanovich)
5. Holy Mountain (Alejandro Jodorowsky)
6. Don’t Look Now (Nicolas Roeg)
7. The Exorcist (William Friedkin)
8. Enter the Dragon (Robert Clouse)
9. High Plains Drifter (Clint Eastwood)
10. Live and Let Die (Guy Hamilton)





1972:
1. The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola)
2. Solaris (Andrey Tarkovskiy)
3. Sleuth (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
4. Deliverance (John Boorman)
5. What's Up, Doc? (Peter Bogdanovich)
6. Last Tango in Paris (Bernardo Bertolucci)
7. Don’t Torture a Duckling (Lucio Fulci)
8. The Poseidon Adventure (Ronald Neame)
9. Aguirre: The Wrath of God (Werner Herzog)
10. Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (Sergio Martino)





1971:
1. A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick)
2. Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby)
3. The French Connection (William Friedkin)
4. Minnie and Moskowitz (John Cassavetes)
5. Straw Dogs (Sam Peckinpah)
6. Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg)
7. Four Nights of a Dreamer (Robert Bresson)
8. Vanishing Point (Richard C. Sarafian)
9. The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail (Sergio Martino)
10. The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdanovich)





1970:
1. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (Dario Argento)
2. Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson)
3. Companeros (Sergio Corbucci)
4. 7 Plus Seven (documentary) (Michael Apted)
5. Ryan’s Daughter (David Lean)
6. Kelly's Heroes (Brian G. Hutton)
7. Little Big Man (Arthur Penn)
8. M*A*S*H (Robert Altman)
9. El Topo (Alejandro Jodorowsky)
10. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (Jaromil Jires)
11. The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter (documentary)




1969:
1. Easy Rider (Dennis Hopper)
2. The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah)
3. Midnight Cowboy (John Schlesinger)
4. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (George Roy Hill)
5. The Italian Job (Peter Collinson)
6. The Passion of Anna (Ingmar Bergman)
7. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Peter R. Hunt)
8. The Cremator (Juraj Herz)
9. Women in Love (Ken Russell)
10. Oh! What a Lovely War (Richard Attenborough)





1968:
1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick)
2. Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone)
3. Planet of the Apes (Franklin J. Schaffner)
4. Where Eagles Dare (Brian G. Hutton)
5. Rosemary’s Baby (Roman Polanski)
6. Night of the Living Dead (George A. Romero)
7. The Great Silence (Sergio Corbucci)
8. Hell in the Pacific (John Boorman)
9. Hour of the Wolf (Ingmar Bergman)
10. Faces (John Cassavetes)





1967:
1. Mouchette (Robert Bresson)
2. Cool Hand Luke (Stuart Rosenberg)
3. The Graduate (Mike Nichols)
4. The Fireman’s Ball (Milos Forman)
5. You Only Live Twice (Lewis Gilbert)
6. Le Samouraï (Jean-Pierre Melville)
7. Belle de Jour (Luis Bunuel)
8. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (Stanley Kramer)
9. The Dirty Dozen (Robert Aldrich)
10. Bonnie and Clyde (Arthur Penn)
11. Playtime (Jacques Tati)
12. Weekend (Jean-Luc Godard)
13. In the Heat of the Night (Norman Jewison)
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1966:
1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Sergio Leone)
2. Hunger (Henning Carlsen)
3. Django (Sergio Corbucci)
4. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Mike Nichols)
5. The Face of Another (Hiroshi Teshigahara)
6. Persona (Ingmar Bergman)
7. Seconds (John Frankenheimer)
8. Daisies (Vera Chytilová)
9. Closely Watched Trains (Jirí Menzel)
10. Au Hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson)
11. Blow-up (Michelangelo Antonioni)
12. El Dorado (Howard Hawks)





1965:
1. A Patch of Blue (Guy Green)
2. Repulsion (Roman Polanski)
3. For a Few Dollars More (Sergio Leone)
4. The Hill (Sidney Lumet)
5. Doctor Zhivago (David Lean)
6. The Sound of Music (Robert Wise)
7. Thunderball (Terence Young)
8. Loves of A Blonde (Milos Forman)
9. The Collector (William Wyler)
10. The Shop on Main Street (Ján Kadár & Elmar Klos)
11. Le Bonheur (Agnes Varda)




1964:
1. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Stanley Kubrick)
2. Woman in the Dunes (Hiroshi Teshigahara)
3. I Am Cuba (Mikhail Kalatozov)
4. The Night of the Iguana (John Huston)
5. Goldfinger (Guy Hamilton)
6. A Fistful of Dollars (Sergio Leone)
7. Kwaidan (Masaki Kobayashi)
8. Seven Up! (documentary) (Michael Apted)
9. Black Peter (Milos Forman)
10. A Hard Day's Night (Richard Lester)





1963:
1. The Great Escape (John Sturges)
2. The Fire Within (Louis Malle)
3. 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini)
4. Lilies of the Field (Ralph Nelson)
5. From Russia With Love (Terence Young
6. The Pink Panther (Blake Edwards)
7. The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock)
8. Black Sabbath (Mario Bava)
9. High and Low (Akira Kurosawa)
10. The Silence (Ingmar Bergman)
11. Winter Light (Ingmar Bergman)
12. Charade (Stanley Donen)





1962:
1. Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean)
2. To Kill a Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan)
3. Dr. No (Terence Young)
4. Lonely Are the Brave (David Miller)
5. Days of Wine and Roses (Blake Edwards)
6. Lolita (Stanley Kubrick)
7. My Life to Live (Jean-Luc Godard)
8. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford)
9. Carnival of Souls (Herk Harvey)
10. The Pitfall (Hiroshi Teshigahara)





1961:
1. Last Year at Marienbad (Alain Resnais)
2. The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (Masaki Kobayashi)
3. The Innocents (Jack Clayton)
4. The Hustler (Robert Rossen)
5. The Night (Michelangelo Antonioni)
6. Through a Glass Darkly (Ingmar Bergman)
7. Harry and the Butler (Bent Christensen)
8. Divorce Italian Style (Pietro Germi)
9. Pit and the Pendulum (Roger Corman)
10.





1960:
1. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock)
2. Black Sunday (Mario Bava)
3. La Dolce Vita (Federico Fellini)
4. The Apartment (Billy Wilder)
5. Village of the Damned (Wolf Rilla)
6. Spartacus (Stanley Kubrick)
7. Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard)
8. Peeping Tom (Michael Powell)
9. House of Usher (Roger Corman)
10. L'Avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni)
11. Rocco and His Brothers (Luchino Visconti)
12. Eyes Without a Face (Georges Franju)
13. The Time Machine (George Pal)
14. The Magnificent Seven (John Sturges)
15. Purple Noon (René Clément)





1959:
1. Imitation of Life (Douglas Sirk)
2. Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder)
3. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (Masaki Kobayashi)
4. Anatomy of a Murder (Otto Preminger)
5. North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock)
6. Look Back in Anger (Tony Richardson)
7. The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (Masaki Kobayashi)
8. Ballad of a Soldier (Grigori Tchoukhrai)
9. Ben-Hur (William Wyler)
10. Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks)





1958:
1. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock)
2. The Defiant Ones (Stanley Kramer)
3. Touch of Evil (Orson Welles)
4. Separate Tables (Delbert Mann)
5. Mon Oncle (Jacques Tati)
6. Some Came Running (Vincente Minnelli)
7. Elevator to the Gallows (Louis Malle)
8. Ice Cold In Alex (J. Lee Thompson)
9. The Big Country (William Wyler)
10. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Richard Brooks)





1957:
1. Wild Strawberries (Ingmar Bergman)
2. 12 Angry Men (Sidney Lumet)
3. Paths of Glory (Stanley Kubrick)
4. Witness for the Prosecution (Billy Wilder)
5. The Bridge on the River Kwai (David Lean)
6. The Tarnished Angels (Douglas Sirk)
7. White Nights (Luchino Visconti)
8. Nights of Cabiria (Federico Fellini)
9. The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman)
10. Tokyo Twilight (Yasujirô Ozu)





1956:
1. Written On the Wind (Douglas Sirk)
2. A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson)
3. Giant (George Stevens)
4. Lust for Life (Vincente Minnelli)
5. Forbidden Planet (Fred M. Wilcox)
6. The Searchers (John Ford)
7. The Killing (Stanley Kubrick)
8. The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock)
9. Autumn Leaves (Robert Aldrich)
10. Bus Stop (Joshua Logan)





1955:
1. Marty (Delbert Mann)
2. Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray)
3. The Man from Laramie (Anthony Mann)
4. The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton)
5. All That Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk)
6. The Word (Carl Th. Dreyer)
7. East of Eden (Elia Kazan)
8. Diabolique (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
9. To Catch a Thief (Alfred Hitchcock)
10. Rififi (Jules Dassin)
11. Bad Day at Black Rock (John Sturges)
12. The Seven Year Itch (Billy Wilder)





1954:
1. On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan)
2. Magnificent Obsession (Douglas Sirk)
3. Dial M for Murder (Alfred Hitchcock)
4. Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock)
5. The Road (Federico Fellini)
6. Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa)
7. Journey to Italy (Roberto Rossellini)
8.
9.
10.





1953:
1. The Naked Spur (Anthony Mann)
2. The Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
3. Tokyo Story (Yasujirô Ozu)
4. I Vitelloni (Federico Fellini)
5. Roman Holiday (William Wyler)
6. House of Wax (Andre de Toth)
7. Mr. Hulot's Holiday (Jacques Tati)
8. Stalag 17 (Billy Wilder)
9. Shane (George Stevens)
10. The Earrings of Madame de... (Max Ophüls)





1952:
1. Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa)
2. Singin' in the Rain (Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly)
3. The Bad and the Beautiful (Vincente Minnelli)
4. Umberto D. (Vittorio De Sica)
5. High Noon (Fred Zinnemann)
6. Limelight (Charles Chaplin)
7. Viva Zapata! (Elia Kazan)
8.
9.
10.





1951:
1. A Streetcar Named Desire (Elia Kazan)
2. A Place in the Sun (George Stevens)
3. Ace in the Hole (Billy Wilder)
4. Diary of a Country Priest (Robert Bresson)
5. The African Queen (John Huston)
6. Scrooge (Brian Desmond Hurst)
7. Summer Interlude (Ingmar Bergman)
8.
9.
10.





1950:
1. Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder)
2. Orpheus (Jean Cocteau)
3. Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa)
4. Harvey (Henry Koster)
5. The Asphalt Jungle (John Huston)
6. Winchester '73 (Anthony Mann)
7. The Gunfighter (Henry King)
8. La Ronde (Max Ophüls)
9. All About Eve (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
10.





1949:
1. The Third Man (Carol Reed)
2. Kind Hearts and Coronets (Robert Hamer)
3.
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6.
7.
8.
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1948:
1. Letter From An Unknown Woman (Max Ophüls)
2. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (John Huston)
3. Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica)
4. Key Largo (John Houston)
5. Portrait of Jennie (William Dieterle)
6. Rope (Alfred Hitchcock)
7. The Red Shoes (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
8. The Boy With the Green Hair (Joseph Losey)
9. Fort Apache (John Ford)
10. Red River (Howard Hawks)
11. Drunken Angel (Akira Kurosawa)


1947:
1. Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur)
2. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
3. Possessed (Curtis Bernhardt)
4.
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6.
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1946:
1. It’s A Wonderful Life (Frank Capra)
2. Great Expectations (David Lean)
3. The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks)
4. Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock)
5. Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau)
6. A Matter of Life and Death (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
7. The Best Years of Our Lives (William Wyler)
8. My Darling Clementine (John Ford)
9.
10.


1945:
1. Mildred Pierce (Michael Curtiz)
2. Brief Encounter (David Lean)
3. Dead of Night (multiple directors)
4. The Body Snatcher (Robert Wise)
5. The Ladies of the Bois de Boulogne (Robert Bresson)
6. Rome Open City (Roberto Rossellini)
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10.


1944:
1. Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder)
2. Arsenic and Old Lace (Frank Capra)
3.
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6.
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8.
9.
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1943:
1. Day of Wrath (Carl Th. Dreyer)
2. Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock)
3. The Ox-Bow Incident (William A. Wellman)
4.
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7.
8.
9.
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1942:
1. Random Harvest (Mervyn LeRoy)
2. Casablanca (Michael Curtiz)
3. Cat People (Jacques Tourneur)
4. Now Voyager (Irving Rapper)
5.
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7.
8.
9.
10.


1941:
1. The Maltese Falcon (John Huston)
2. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles)
3. Meet John Doe (Frank Capra)
4. Sullivan's Travels (Preston Sturges)
5. The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges)
6. The Wolf Man (George Waggner)
7.
8.
9.
10.


1940:
1. The Grapes of Wrath (John Ford)
2. The Shop Around The Corner (Ernst Lubitsch)
3. Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock)
4. Waterloo Bridge (Mervyn LeRoy)
5. The Bank Dick (Edward F. Cline)
6. His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks)
7. The Philidelphia Story (George Cukor)
8.
9.
10.





1939:
1. The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming)
2. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Frank Capra)
3. Gone With The Wind (Victor Fleming)
4. Stagecoach (John Ford)
5. Ninotchka (Ernst Lubitsch)
6. Dark Victory (Edmund Goulding)
7.
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1938:
1. The Lady Vanishes (Alfred Hitchcock)
2. The Adventures of Robin Hood (Michael Curtiz, William Keighley)
3.
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10.


1937:
1. Way Out West (James W. Horne)
2. Lost Horizon (Frank Capra)
3. Make Way For Tomorrow (Leo McCarey)
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9.
10.


1936:
1. Modern Times (Charles Chaplin)
2. My Man Godfrey (Gregory La Cava)
3. Dodsworth (William Wyler)
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8.
9.
10.


1935:
1. The Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale)
2. Ruggles of Red Gap (Leo McCarey)
3. The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock)
4. Anna Karenina (Clarence Brown)
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.


1934:
1. It’s a Gift (Norman Z. McLeod)
2. It Happened One Night (Frank Capra)
3. L’Atalante (Jean Vigo)
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.


1933:
1. King Kong (Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack)
2. The Invisible Man (James Whale)
3.
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8.
9.
10.


1932:
1. Freaks (Tod Browning)
2. The Blood of a Poet (Jean Cocteau)
3. Red Dust (Victor Fleming)
4. I Was Born, But... (Yasujirô Ozu)
5. The Old Dark House (James Whale)
6. Island of Lost Souls (Erle C. Kenton)
7. The Mummy (Karl Freund)
8.
9.
10.


1931:
1. City Lights (Charles Chaplin)
2. M (Fritz Lang)
3. Frankenstein (James Whale)
4. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Rouben Mamoulian)
5. Dracula (Tod Browning)
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.


1930:
1. All Quiet on the Western Front (Lewis Milestone)
2. People on Sunday (Curt Siodmak)
3.
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9.
10.






1929:
1. Un Chien Andalou (short film) (Luis Buñuel)
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5.
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7.
8.
9.
10.


1928:
1. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Th. Dreyer)
2. Steamboat Bill, Jr. (Charles Reisner)
3. The Man Who Laughs (Paul Leni)
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5.
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7.
8.
9.
10.


1927:
1. Metropolis (Fritz Lang)
2. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (F.W. Murnau)
3. The Unknown (Tod Browning)
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8.
9.
10.


1926:
1. The General (Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman)
2. Faust (F.W. Murnau)
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10.


1925:
1. The Gold Rush (Charles Chaplin)
2. Go West (Buster Keaton)
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10.


1924:
1. Sherlock Jr. (Buster Keaton)
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10.


1923:
1. Safety Last (Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor)
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10.


1922:
1. Nosferatu (F.W. Murnau)
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1921:
1. The Kid (Charles Chaplin)
2. The Phantom Carriage (Victor Sjöström)
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1920:
1. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene)
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4 comments:

  1. I can't imagine how long this compendium might have taken so I really commend you for putting it together. I'm keeping these lists close for reference next time I find myself wondering which film I should watch. Great work!

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  2. @niels85: I can't promise you'll agree with all my choices (we disagreed on Videodrome), but I'm happy you can appreciate the effort putting this together! Thanks for the comment.

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  3. WOW. This is awesome. I'm tempted to do something like this, but I imagine it took *a lot* of time. Like Niels, I'll be keeping this page bookmarked so I can check out some of your favorites. Nice job!

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    1. @Eric: Thanks for saying so! Hopefully is a useful reference to those who visit. Yes, took a long time.
      Initially, I did Top 100 favorite films. Then I compiled letterboxd lists 1920-2012, which include all 2000 films I've watched.
      I couldn't have done it without IMDb. This was a very useful google search for each year, if you ever want to compile your own:
      Highest Rated Feature Films Released In 1961 With At Least 1,000 Votes.

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