Yearly Top 10s: Films

 

Going by IMDb year

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

Updated 3 November 2019

 

 

 

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2019:
1. 63 Up (TV Movie) (Michael Apted)
2. Queen of Hearts (aka Dronningen) (May el-Toukhy)
3. Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story (Martin Scorsese)
4. Joker (Todd Phillips)
5. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Quentin Tarantino)
6. Midsommar (Ari Aster)
7. Us (Jordan Peele)
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2018:
1. Lykke-Per (aka A Fortunate Man) (Bille August)
2. Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham)
3. Væbnet med ord & vinger (documentary) (Torben Skjødt Jensen)
4. The Wild Pear Tree (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
5. Burning (Lee Chang-dong)
6. Minding the Gap (documentary) (Bing Liu)
7. Mission: Impossible – Fallout (Christopher McQuarrie)
8. Shirkers (documentary) (Sandi Tan)
9. Hereditary (Ari Aster)
10. Mid90s (Jonah Hill)

 

 

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2017:
1. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos)
2. Bad Genius (Nattawut Poonpiriya)
3. A Horrible Woman (Christian Tafdrup)
4. Oh Lucy! (Atsuko Hirayanagi)
5. Good Time (Safdie’s)
6. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh)
7. Dunkirk (Christopher Nolan)
8. Beast (Michael Pearce)
9. The Square (Ruben Östlund)
10. Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson)

 

 

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2016:
1. I, Daniel Blake (Ken Loach)
2. The Neon Demon (Nicolas Winding Refn)
3. O.J.: Made in America (TV Mini-series) (Ezra Edelman)
4. Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt)
5. Moonlight (Barry Jenkins)
6. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Taika Waititi)
7. The Edge of Seventeen (Kelly Fremon Craig)
8. Hell or High Water (David Mackenzie)
9. Fences (Denzel Washington)
10. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)

 

 

World of Tomorrow

2015:
1. World of Tomorrow (short) (Don Hertzfeldt)
2. Inside Out (multiple directors)
3. Amy (documentary) (Asif Kapadia)
4. The Fear of 13 (documentary) (David Sington)
5. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (documentary) (Stanley Nelson)
6. Far from the Madding Crowd (Thomas Vinterberg)
7. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller)
8. Victoria (Sebastian Schipper)
9. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (J.J. Abrams)
10. Land of Mine (Martin Zandvliet)

 

 

Force Majeure

2014:
1. Force Majeure (Ruben Östlund)
2. Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy)
3. Olive Kitteridge (TV Mini-series) (Lisa Cholodenko)
4. Boyhood (Richard Linklater)
5. Whiplash (Damien Chazelle)
6. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)
7. Calvary (John Michael McDonagh)
8. Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (Elkabetz)
9. Gone Girl (David Fincher)
10. What We Do in the Shadows (Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi)

 

 

The Wolf of Wall Street

2013:
1. The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese)
2. Blue Is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche)
3. The Great Beauty (Paulo Sorrentino)
4. Starred Up (David Mackenzie)
5. Prisoners (Denis Villeneuve)
6. Before Midnight (Richard Linklater)
7. Nymphomaniac (Lars von Trier)
8. Sorrow and Joy (Nils Malmros)
9. The Selfish Giant (Clio Barnard)
10. Locke (Steven Knight)

 

 

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2012:
1. The Place Beyond The Pines (Derek Cianfrance)
2. Laurence Anyways (Xavier Dolan)
3. The Act of Killing (documentary) (Joshua Oppenheimer)
4. Skyfall (Sam Mendes)
5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)
6. It’s Such a Beautiful Day (Don Hertzfeldt)
7. The Hunt (Thomas Vinterberg)
8. The Dark Knight Rises (Christopher Nolan)
9. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson)
10. Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)

 

 

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2011:
1. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)
2. Dreams of a Life (documentary) (Carol Morley)
3. The Story of Film: An Odyssey (documentary) (Mark Cousins)
4. The Intouchables (Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano)
5. Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan)
6. Tyrannosaur (Paddy Considine)
7. The Skin I Live In (Pedro Almodóvar)
8. We Need To Talk About Kevin (Lynne Ramsay)
9. Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn)
10. Detachment (Tony Kaye)

 

 

Another Year

2010:
1. Another Year (Mike Leigh)
2. Black Swan (Darren Aronofsky)
3. The Trip (Michael Winterbottom)
4. Senna (documentary) (Asif Kapadia)
5. Exit Through the Gift Shop (documentary) (Banksy)
6. Inception (Christopher Nolan)
7. Despicable Me (multiple directors)
8. Incendies (Denis Villeneuve)
9. Armadillo (documentary) (Janus Metz Pedersen)
10. Barney’s Version (Richard J. Lewis)

 

 

Mother and Child

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. Dogtooth (Yorgos Lanthimos)
7. Bright Star (Jane Campion)
8. Mary and Max (Adam Elliot)
9. Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino)
10. The Vicious Kind (Lee Toland Krieger)

 

 

Happy-Go-Lucky

2008:
1. Happy-Go-Lucky (Mike Leigh)
2. Wendy and Lucy (Kelly Reichardt)
3. The Reader (Stephen Daldry)
4. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (documentary) (Kurt Kuenne)
5. The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan)
6. The Stoning of Soraya M. (Cyrus Nowrasteh)
7. The Wrestler (Darren Aronofsky)
8. Worlds Apart (Niels Arden Oplev)
9. Troubled Water (Erik Poppe)
10. Henry Poole Is Here (Mark Pellington)

 

 

I_m Not There

2007:
1. I’m Not There (Todd Haynes)
2. 3:10 to Yuma (James Mangold)
3. Juno (Jason Reitman)
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. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu)
10. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson)

 

 

After the Wedding

2006:
1. After the Wedding (Susanne Bier)
2. The Prestige (Christopher Nolan)
3. The Fountain (Darren Aronofsky)
4. Casino Royale (Martin Campbell)
5. Reprise (Joachim Trier)
6. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Tom Tykwer)
7. Tell No One (Guillaume Canet)
8. Notes on a Scandal (Richard Eyre)
9. Paris, je t’aime (multiple directors)
10. The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)

 

 

Match Point

2005:
1. Match Point (Woody Allen)
2. Caché (Hidden) (Michael Haneke)
3. V for Vendetta (James McTeigue)
4. The World’s Fastest Indian (Roger Donaldson)
5. New York Doll (documentary) (Greg Whiteley)
6. Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man (documentary) (Lian Lunson)
7. The Devil and Daniel Johnston (documentary) (Jeff Feuerzeig)
8. The Descent (Neil Marshall)
9. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee)
10. Chinaman (Henrik Ruben Genz)

 

 

Sideways

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

 

 

My Life Without Me

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)

 

 

About Schmidt

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. Adaptation (Spike Jonze)
7. Insomnia (Christopher Nolan)
8. Bus 174 (documentary) (multiple directors)
9. Dummy (Greg Pritikin)
10. The Pianist (Roman Polanski)

 

 

Vanilla Sky

2001:
1. Vanilla Sky (Cameron Crowe)
2. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch)
3. Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff)
4. Amelie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
5. Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (documentary) (Jan Harlan)
6. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Peter Jackson)
7. Waking Life (Richard Linklater)
8. Truly Human (Åke Sandgren)
9. Lovely and Amazing (Nicole Holofcener)
10. Tape (Richard Linklater)

 

 

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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)

 

 

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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. Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick)
6. Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze)
7. The Road Home (Zhang Yimou)
8. Election (Alexander Payne)
9. Girl, Interrupted (James Mangold)
10. The Color of Paradise (Majid Majidi)

 

 

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1998:
1. Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer)
2. American History X (Tony Kaye)
3. Buffalo ’66 (Vincent Gallo)
4. Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg)
5. Pi (Darren Aronofsky)
6. The Celebration (Thomas Vinterberg)
7. A Simple Plan (Sam Raimi)
8. Following (Christopher Nolan)
9. Rounders (John Dahl)
10. The Dreamlife of Angels (Erick Zonca)

 

 

Titanic

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. The Spanish Prisoner (David Mamet)

 

 

Secrets & Lies

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. The English Patient (Anthony Minghella)
5. Sling Blade (Billy Bob Thornton)
6. Hamlet (Kenneth Branagh)
7. Bottle Rocket (Wes Anderson)
8. Box of Moonlight (Tom DiCillo)
9. The Cable Guy (Ben Stiller)
10. Things I Never Told You (Isabel Coixet)

 

 

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1995:
1. Before Sunrise (Richard Linklater)
2. 12 Monkeys (Terry Gilliam)
3. Smoke (Wayne Wang)
4. Leaving Las Vegas (Mike Figgis)
5. Heat (Michael Mann)
6. Sense and Sensibility (Ang Lee)
7. La Cérémonie (Claude Chabrol)
8. GoldenEye (Martin Campbell)
9. Dead Man Walking (Tim Robbins)
10. Se7en (David Fincher)

 

 

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

 

 

In the Name of the Father

1993:
1. In the Name of the Father (Jim Sheridan)
2. Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis)
3. Three Colors: Blue (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
4. The Fugitive (Andrew Davis)
5. Schindler’s List (Steven Spielberg)
6. Dazed and Confused (Richard Linklater)
7. Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg)
8. Falling Down (Joel Schumacher)
9. Naked (Mike Leigh)
10. Alive (Frank Marshall)

 

 

Scent of a Woman

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

 

 

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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)

 

 

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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. An Angel at My Table (Jane Campion)
7. Home Alone (Chris Columbus)
8. Close-Up (Abbas Kiarostami)
9. Back to the Future 3 (Robert Zemeckis)
10. Total Recall (Paul Verhoeven)

 

 

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

 

 

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1988:
1. Big (Penny Marshall)
2. A Fish Called Wanda (Charles Crichton)
3. Rain Man (Barry Levinson)
4. Coming To America (John Landis)
5. Grave of the Fireflies (Isao Takahata)
6. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Robert Zemeckis)
7. The Vanishing (George Sluizer)
8. Cinema Paradiso (Giuseppe Tornatore)
9. Heathers (Michael Lehmann)
10. Willow (Ron Howard)

 

 

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1987:
1. Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders)
2. Wall Street (Oliver Stone)
3. The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner)
4. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (John Hughes)
5. Raising Arizona (Coen’s)
6. Cry Freedom (Richard Attenborough)
7. Withnail & I (Bruce Robinson)
8. Predator (John McTiernan)
9. Opera (Dario Argento)
10. Angel Heart (Alan Parker)

 

 

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

 

 

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1985:
1. A View To A Kill (John Glen)
2. The Goonies (Richard Donner)
3. The Breakfast Club (John Hughes)
4. Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis)
5. Santa Claus: The Movie (Jeannot Szwarc)
6. Come and See (Elem Klimov)
7. Brazil (Terry Gilliam)
8. Enemy Mine (Wolfgang Petersen)
9. Fletch (Michael Ritchie)
10. Brewster’s Millions (Walter Hill)

 

 

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1984:
1. The Neverending Story (Wolfgang Petersen)
2. Body Double (Brian De Palma)
3. Blood Simple (Coen’s)
4. Starman (John Carpenter)
5. Romancing the Stone (Robert Zemeckis)
6. The Terminator (James Cameron)
7. Gremlins (Joe Dante)
8. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Steven Spielberg)
9. Once Upon a Time in America (Sergio Leone)
10. Beverly Hills Cop (Martin Brest)

 

 

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1983:
1. Videodrome (David Cronenberg)
2. Octopussy (John Glen)
3. The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese)
4. Christine (John Carpenter)
5. Return of the Jedi (Richard Marquand)
6. Angst (Gerald Kargl)
7. A Christmas Story (Bob Clark)
8. Zappa (Bille August)
9. WarGames (John Badham)
10. Rumble Fish (Francis Ford Coppola)

 

 

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1982:
1. Blade Runner (Ridley Scott)
2. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg)
3. Sophie’s Choice (Alan J. Pakula)
4. The Wall (Alan Parker)
5. First Blood (Ted Kotcheff)
6. Moonlighting (Jerzy Skolimowski)
7. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Amy Heckerling)
8. Fanny and Alexander (Ingmar Bergman)
9. Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper)
10. Tootsie (Sydney Pollack)

 

 

Blow Out (1981)

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. Christiane F (Uli Edel)
6. The French Lieutenant’s Woman (Karel Reisz)
7. Body Heat (Lawrence Kasdan)
8. Possession (Andrzej Zulawski)
8. Gregory’s Girl (Bill Forsyth)
10. Ms. 45 (Abel Ferrara)

 

 

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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. Caddyshack (Harold Ramis)
6. Inferno (Dario Argento)
7. Ordinary People (Robert Redford)
8. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese)
9. The Gods Must Be Crazy (Jamie Uys)
10. Dressed to Kill (Brian De Palma)

 

 

Apocalypse Now

1979:
1. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola)
2. Being There (Hal Ashby)
3. Alien (Ridley Scott)
4. Manhattan (Woody Allen)
5. Nosferatu the Vampyre (Werner Herzog)
6. The Tin Drum (Volker Schlöndorff)
7. Tess (Roman Polanski)
8. The Jerk (Carl Reiner)
9. The Brood (David Cronenberg)
10. The Marriage of Maria Braun (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)

 

 

The Deer Hunter

1978:
1. The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino)
2. The Driver (Walter Hill)
3. Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick)
4. Dawn of the Dead (George A. Romero)
5. Interiors (Woody Allen)
6. Watership Down (Martin Rosen)
7. The Meetings of Anna (Chantal Akerman)
8. Midnight Express (Alan Parker)
9. Halloween (John Carpenter)
10. The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (Eric Idle, Gary Weis)

 

 

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1977:
1. Star Wars (George Lucas)
2. Eraserhead (David Lynch)
3. 3 Women (Robert Altman)
4. Sorcerer (William Friedkin)
5. Abigail’s Party (Mike Leigh)
6. The Spy Who Loved Me (Lewis Gilbert)
7. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg)
8. House (Nobuhiko Ôbayashi)
9. Annie Hall (Woody Allen)
10. Smokey and the Bandit (Hal Needham)

 

 

Taxi Driver

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. Obsession (Brian De Palma)
10. The Outlaw Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood)

 

 

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1975:
1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Milos Forman)
2. Picnic at Hanging Rock (Peter Weir)
3. Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky)
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. Grey Gardens (documentary) (multiple directors)
10. The Man Who Would Be King (John Huston)

 

 

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1974:
1. The Godfather Part II (Francis Ford Coppola)
2. A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes)
3. The Man with the Golden Gun (Guy Hamilton)
4. Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (Martin Scorsese)
5. Chinatown (Roman Polanski)
6. The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola)
7. Blazing Saddles (Mel Brooks)
8. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Tobe Hooper)
9. Rabid Dogs (Mario Bava)
10. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (Joseph Sargent)

 

 

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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. The Mack (Michael Campus)
9. Enter the Dragon (Robert Clouse)
10. High Plains Drifter (Clint Eastwood)

 

 

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1972:
1. The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola)
2. Solaris (Andrei Tarkovsky)
3. The Heartbreak Kid (Elaine May)
4. Sleuth (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
5. Deliverance (John Boorman)
6. What’s Up, Doc? (Peter Bogdanovich)
7. The Way of the Dragon (Bruce Lee)
8. Across 110th Street (Barry Shear)
9. The Last House on the Left (Wes Craven)
10. Jeremiah Johnson (Sydney Pollack)

 

 

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1971:
1. A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick)
2. Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby)
3. Wake in Fright (Ted Kotcheff)
4. Minnie and Moskowitz (John Cassavetes)
5. The French Connection (William Friedkin)
6. Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg)
7. Straw Dogs (Sam Peckinpah)
8. The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdanovich)
9. Dirty Harry (Don Siegel)
10. Duel (Steven Spielberg)

 

 

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1970:
1. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (Dario Argento)
2. Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson)
3. A Swedish Love Story (Roy Andersson)
4. Patton (Franklin J. Schaffner)
5. Companeros (Sergio Corbucci)
6. 7 Plus Seven (documentary) (Michael Apted)
7. Deep End (Jerzy Skolimowski)
8. The Conformist (Bernardo Bertolucci)
9. Kelly’s Heroes (Brian G. Hutton)
10. Ryan’s Daughter (David Lean)

 

 

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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. Kes (Ken Loach)
7. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (Peter R. Hunt)
8. The Cremator (Juraj Herz)
9. This Man Must Die (Claude Chabrol)
10. The Unfaithful Wife (Claude Chabrol)

 

 

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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. Yellow Submarine (George Dunning)
8. The Great Silence (Sergio Corbucci)
9. Hang ’em High (Ted Post)
10. Hell in the Pacific (John Boorman)

 

 

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1967:
1. In the Heat of the Night (Norman Jewison)
2. Mouchette (Robert Bresson)
3. Cool Hand Luke (Stuart Rosenberg)
4. The Graduate (Mike Nichols)
5. The Jungle Book (Wolfgang Reitherman)
6. The Fireman’s Ball (Milos Forman)
7. Le Samouraï (Jean-Pierre Melville)
8. You Only Live Twice (Lewis Gilbert)
9. Bonnie and Clyde (Arthur Penn)
10. Playtime (Jacques Tati)

 

 

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1966:
1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Sergio Leone)
2. Hunger (Henning Carlsen)
3. Django (Sergio Corbucci)
4. Persona (Ingmar Bergman)
5. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Mike Nichols)
6. The Face of Another (Hiroshi Teshigahara)
7. Seconds (John Frankenheimer)
8. Daisies (Vera Chytilová)
9. Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky)
10. Cathy Come Home (Ken Loach)

 

 

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1965:
1. A Patch of Blue (Guy Green)
2. The Sound of Music (Robert Wise)
3. Repulsion (Roman Polanski)
4. For a Few Dollars More (Sergio Leone)
5. The Hill (Sidney Lumet)
6. Doctor Zhivago (David Lean)
7. Thunderball (Terence Young)
8. Loves of A Blonde (Milos Forman)
9. The Collector (William Wyler)
10. Cat Ballou (Elliot Silverstein)

 

 

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1964:
1. Woman in the Dunes (Hiroshi Teshigahara)
2. I Am Cuba (Mikhail Kalatozov)
3. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Stanley Kubrick)
4. The Night of the Iguana (John Huston)
5. Goldfinger (Guy Hamilton)
6. A Fistful of Dollars (Sergio Leone)
7. Seven Up! (documentary) (Michael Apted)
8. A Shot In The Dark (Blake Edwards)
9. Kwaidan (Masaki Kobayashi)
10. The Masque of the Red Death (Roger Corman)

 

 

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1963:
1. The Great Escape (John Sturges)
2. The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock)
3. The Fire Within (Louis Malle)
4. 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini)
5. Raven’s End (Bo Widerberg)
6. Lilies of the Field (Ralph Nelson)
7. High and Low (Akira Kurosawa)
8. The Silence (Ingmar Bergman)
9. Charade (Stanley Donen)
10. Winter Light (Ingmar Bergman)

 

 

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1962:
1. Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean)
2. To Kill a Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan)
3. Dr. No (Terence Young)
4. Il Sorpasso (Dino Risi)
5. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford)
6. Days of Wine and Roses (Blake Edwards)
7. Lolita (Stanley Kubrick)
8. Ride the High Country (Sam Peckinpah)
9. Lonely Are the Brave (David Miller)
10. My Life to Live (Jean-Luc Godard)

 

 

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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. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Blake Edwards)

 

 

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1960:
1. La Dolce Vita (Federico Fellini)
2. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock)
3. Black Sunday (Mario Bava)
4. The Apartment (Billy Wilder)
5. Village of the Damned (Wolf Rilla)
6. Spartacus (Stanley Kubrick)
7. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Karel Reisz)
8. Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard)
9. The Time Machine (George Pal)
10. L’Avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni)

 

 

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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)

 

 

Vertigo.jpg

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)

 

 

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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. A Face in the Crowd (Elia Kazan)

 

 

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1956:
1. Written On the Wind (Douglas Sirk)
2. A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson)
3. Giant (George Stevens)
4. The Ten Commandments (Cecil B. DeMille)
5. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel)
6. Forbidden Planet (Fred M. Wilcox)
7. The Searchers (John Ford)
8. Lust for Life (Vincente Minnelli)
9. The Killing (Stanley Kubrick)
10. Bus Stop (Joshua Logan)

 

 

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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. Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich)
9. Rififi (Jules Dassin)
10. Bad Day at Black Rock (John Sturges)

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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. Mr. Hulot’s Holiday (Jacques Tati)
6. Roman Holiday (William Wyler)
7. Pickup on South Street (Pickup on South Street)
8. Julius Caesar (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
9. House of Wax (Andre de Toth)
10. Shane (George Stevens)

 

 

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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.

 

 

A Streetcar Named Desire.jpg

1951:
1. A Streetcar Named Desire (Elia Kazan)
2. A Place in the Sun (George Stevens)
3. Ace in the Hole (Billy Wilder)
4. The Day the Earth Stood Still (Robert Wise)
5. The Lavender Hill Mob (Charles Crichton)
6. Strangers on a Train (Alfred Hitchcock)
7. Diary of a Country Priest (Robert Bresson)
8. The African Queen (John Huston)
9. Scrooge (Brian Desmond Hurst)
10. Summer Interlude (Ingmar Bergman)

 

 

Sunset Boulevard

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

 

 

third man 1949

1949:
1. The Third Man (Carol Reed)
2. Kind Hearts and Coronets (Robert Hamer)
3. White Heat (Raoul Walsh)
4. The Queen Of Spades (Thorold Dickinson)
5. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (short) (multiple directors)
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.

 

 

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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. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Charles Barton)
10. Fort Apache (John Ford)

 

 

Out of the Past

1947:
1. Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur)
2. Black Narcissus (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
3. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
4. Monsieur Verdoux (Charles Chaplin)
5. Brute Force (Jules Dassin)
6. Possessed (Curtis Bernhardt)
7. Soldaten og Jenny (Johan Jacobsen)
8.
9.
10.

 

 

It’s A Wonderful Life.jpg

1946:
1. It’s A Wonderful Life (Frank Capra)
2. Great Expectations (David Lean)
3. A Matter of Life and Death (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
4. Gilda (Charles Vidor)
5. Ditte Menneskebarn (Bjarne Henning-Jensen)
6. The Stranger (Orson Welles)
7. Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau)
8. The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks)
9. The Yearling (Clarence Brown)
10.

 

 

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1945:
1. Mildred Pierce (Michael Curtiz)
2. Scarlet Street (Fritz Lang)
3. Brief Encounter (David Lean)
4. The Body Snatcher (Robert Wise)
5. Dead of Night (multiple directors)
6. I Know Where I’m Going! (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
7. The Ladies of the Bois de Boulogne (Robert Bresson)
8. Rome Open City (Roberto Rossellini)
9.
10.

 

 

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1944:
1. Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder)
2. Arsenic and Old Lace (Frank Capra)
3. Meet Me in St. Louis (Vincente Minnelli)
4. To Have and Have Not (Howard Hawks)
5. Lifeboat (Alfred Hitchcock)
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.

 

 

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1943:
1. Day of Wrath (Carl Th. Dreyer)
2. The More the Merrier (George Stevens)
3. Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock)
4. I Walked with a Zombie (Jacques Tourneur)
5. Ossessione (Luchino Visconti)
6. The Ox-Bow Incident (William A. Wellman)
7.
8.
9.
10.

 

 

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1942:
1. Casablanca (Michael Curtiz)
2. Random Harvest (Mervyn LeRoy)
3. Cat People (Jacques Tourneur)
4. To Be or Not to Be (Ernst Lubitsch)
5. I Married a Witch (René Clair)
6. The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles)
7. Now Voyager (Irving Rapper)
8.
9.
10.

 

 

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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. High Sierra (Raoul Walsh)
7. Dumbo (multiple directors)
8. The Wolf Man (George Waggner)
9.
10.

 

 

The Grapes of Wrath 1940

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

 

 

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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. The Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir)
7. Dark Victory (Edmund Goulding)
8. You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man (George Marshall and Edward F. Cline)
9.
10.

 

 

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1938:
1. Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks)
2. Port of Shadows (Marcel Carné)
3. The Adventures of Robin Hood (Michael Curtiz, William Keighley)
4. The Lady Vanishes (Alfred Hitchcock)
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.

 

 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937.jpg

1937:
1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (multiple directors)
2. Way Out West (James W. Horne)
3. A Day at the Races (Sam Wood)
4. Lost Horizon (Frank Capra)
5. Grand Illusion (Jean Renoir)
6. Make Way For Tomorrow (Leo McCarey)
7.
8.
9.
10.

 

 

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1936:
1. Modern Times (Charles Chaplin)
2. My Man Godfrey (Gregory La Cava)
3. Dodsworth (William Wyler)
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.

 

 

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1935:
1. The Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale)
2. A Night at the Opera (Marx Brothers)
3. Ruggles of Red Gap (Leo McCarey)
4. Mutiny on the Bounty (Frank Lloyd)
5. The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock)
6. Anna Karenina (Clarence Brown)
7.
8.
9.
10.

 

 

It’s a Gift 1934.jpg

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

 

 

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1933:
1. Duck Soup (Leo McCarey)
2. King Kong (Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack)
3. Tillie and Gus (Francis Martin)
4. The Invisible Man (James Whale)
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.

 

 

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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. Horse Feathers (Norman Z. McLeod)
7. Island of Lost Souls (Erle C. Kenton)
8. The Mummy (Karl Freund)
9.
10.

 

 

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

 

 

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1930:
1. Animal Crackers (Victor Heerman)
2. People on Sunday (Curt Siodmak)
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.

 

 

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1929:
1. Un Chien Andalou (short film) (Luis Buñuel)
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.

 

 

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1928:
1. The Circus (Charles Chaplin)
2. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Th. Dreyer)
3. Steamboat Bill, Jr. (Charles Reisner)
4. The Man Who Laughs (Paul Leni)
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.

 

 

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1927:
1. Metropolis (Fritz Lang)
2. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (F.W. Murnau)
3. The Unknown (Tod Browning)
4. College (Buster Keaton)
5. The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (Alfred Hitchcock)
6. The Cat and the Canary (Paul Leni)
7.
8.
9.
10.

 

 

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1926:
1. The General (Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman)
2. Faust (F.W. Murnau)
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.

 

 

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1925:
1. The Gold Rush (Charles Chaplin)
2. Go West (Buster Keaton)
3. Battleship Potemkin (Sergei Eisenstein)
4. Phantom of the Opera (multiple directors)
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.

 

 

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1924:
1. Sherlock Jr. (Buster Keaton)
2. The Navigator (Buster Keaton)
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.

 

 

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1923:
1. Safety Last (Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor)
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.

 

 

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1922:
1. Nosferatu (F.W. Murnau)
2. Nanook of the North (documentary) (Robert J. Flaherty)
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.

 

 

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1921:
1. The Kid (Charles Chaplin)
2. The Phantom Carriage (Victor Sjöström)
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.

 

 

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.jpg

1920:
1. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene)
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.

 

2 thoughts on “Yearly Top 10s: Films

  1. This is some great work! So many films to discover and you include so many hidden gems. Re the year 2014, it is interesting you include Force Majeure as number one. Over these two years, this film keeps getting in and out of my to-watch-list, and sometimes within a month. Now I know I will just sit down and watch it 🙂

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    1. @dbmoviesblog: Thanks for checking out my top 10s and yes I tried to add lesser known gems in some places.
      Force Majeure is an interesting look at relationships and masculinity. Can be watched as a comedy though some may view it as a drama.To me it’s one of the best films of recent years.

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