“Pure” Top 10 Lists and Ratings By Year

2017 Top Ten List

The Day After (Hong Sang-soo)
Claire’s Camera (Hong Sang-soo)
Song to Song (Terrence Malick)
John Wick Chapter 2 (Chad Stahelski)
Person to Person (Dustin Guy Defa)
Get Out (Jordan Peele)
The Beguiled (Sofia Coppola)
Alien: Covenant (Ridley Scott)
Baby Driver (Edgar Wright)
Okja (Bong Joon-ho)

Additional 2017 Films By Rating

Bronx Gothic (Andrew Rossi)
En el Séptimo Día (Jim McKay)
A Ghost Story (David Lowery)
Gook (Justin Chon)
Casting JonBenet (Kitty Green)
The Fate of the Furious (F. Gary Gray)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (James Gunn)
From Nine to Nine (Neil Bahadur)
Beach Rats (Eliza Hittman)
The Lego Batman Movie (Chris McKay)
Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins)
Logan (James Mangold)
The Big Sick (Michael Showalter)
Wind River (Taylor Sheridan)
Deidra & Laney Rob a Train (Sydney Freeland)


2016 Top Ten List

Silence (Martin Scorsese)
Manchester By The Sea (Kenneth Lonergan)
Cameraperson (Kirsten Johnson)
Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)
The Handmaiden (Park Chan-wook)
Yourself and Yours (Hong Sang-soo)
O.J.: Made in America (Ezra Edelman)
Elle (Paul Verhoeven)
Kate Plays Christine (Robert Greene)
Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt)

Additional 2016 Films By Rating

Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve)
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (Paul W.S. Anderson)
Sully (Clint Eastwood)
Paterson (Jim Jarmusch)
Creepy (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Aquarius (Kleber Mendonça Filho)
I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck)
Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids (Jonathan Demme)
The Shallows (Jaume Collet-Serra)
Shin Godzilla (Hideaki Anno)
Everybody Wants Some!! (Richard Linklater)
Love & Friendship (Whit Stillman)
20th Century Women (Mike Mills)
Moonlight (Barry Jenkins)
The Lost City of Z (James Gray)
Nocturama (Bertrand Bonello)
The Ornithologist (João Pedro Rodrigues)
The Edge of Seventeen (Kelly Fremon Craig)
Another Year (Shengze Zhu)
The Son of Joseph (Eugène Green)
Tower (Keith Maitland)
A Quiet Passion (Terence Davies)
Julieta (Pedro Almodóvar)
Personal Shopper (Olivier Assayas)
Kubo and the Two Strings (Travis Knight)
Your Name. (Makoto Shinkai)
Hail, Caesar! (Joel & Ethan Coen)
Allied (Robert Zemeckis)
Rogue One (Gareth Edwards)
The Unknown Girl (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
Staying Vertical (Alain Guiraudie)
Weiner (Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg)
I Am Not Madame Bovary (Feng Xiaogang)
By the Time It Gets Dark (Anocha Suwichakornpong)
Dawson City: Frozen Time (Bill Morrison)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Zack Snyder)
A Cure for Wellness (Gore Verbinski)
Rules Don’t Apply (Warren Beatty)
Split (M. Night Shyamalan)
Bad Black (Nabwana IGG)
Hell or High Water (David Mackenzie)
Arrival (Denis Villeneuve)
Café Society (Woody Allen)
Always Shine (Sophia Takal)
The Love Witch (Anna Biller)
Neruda (Pablo Larraín)
Don’t Breathe (Fede Alvarez)
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (Akiva Schaffer & Jorma Taccone)
Mermaid (Stephen Chow)
Voyage of Time (Terrence Malick)
Lemonade (Kahlil Joseph and Beyoncé Knowles Carter)
Harmonium (Kôji Fukada)
Graduation (Cristian Mungiu)
Indignation (James Schamus)
Moana (John Musker & Ron Clements)
The Nice Guys (Shane Black)
10 Cloverfield Lane (Dan Trachtenberg)
Hacksaw Ridge (Mel Gibson)
I, Daniel Blake (Ken Loach)
After the Storm (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Juho Kuosmanen)
The Great Wall (Zhang Yimou)
Fences (Denzel Washington)
Midnight Special (Jeff Nichols)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (David Yates)
Sing Street (John Carney)
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (Nicholas Stoller)
X-Men: Apocalypse (Bryan Singer)
Captain America: Civil War (Anthony & Joe Russo)
Doctor Strange (Scott Derrickson)
Deepwater Horizon (Peter Berg)
Cézanne et moi (Danièle Thompson)
Zootopia (Byron Howard & Rich Moore)
The Jungle Book (Jon Favreau)
American Honey (Andrea Arnold)
The Magnificent Seven (Antoine Fuqua)
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Taika Waititi)
The Void (Jeremy Gillespie & Steven Kostanski)
Jason Bourne (Paul Greengrass)
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (Ang Lee)
Nerve (Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman)
Passengers (Morten Tyldum)
A Monster Calls (J.A. Bayona)
The Huntsman: Winter’s War (Cedric Nicolas-Troyan)
Money Monster (Jodie Foster)
Keanu (Peter Atencio)
Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford)
13th (Ava DuVernay)
House of Little Deaths (Scout Tafoya)
Ma’ Rosa (Brillante Mendoza)
Lion (Garth Davis)
La La Land (Damien Chazelle)
As You Are (Miles Joris-Peyrafitte)
Jackie (Pablo Larraín)
Christine (Antonio Campos)
Live by Night (Ben Affleck)
Assassin’s Creed (Justin Kurzel)
Hidden Figures (Theodore Melfi)
Deadpool (Tim Miller)
Don’t Think Twice (Mike Birbiglia)
The Neon Demon (Nicolas Winding Refn)
Now You See Me 2 (Jon M. Chu)
Swiss Army Man (Daniel Scheinert & Daniel Kwan)
Suicide Squad (David Ayer)


2015 Top Ten List

Carol (Todd Haynes)
Mistress America (Noah Baumbach)
The Forbidden Room (Guy Maddin)
My Golden Days (Arnaud Desplechin)
Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller)
Mountains May Depart (Jia Zhangke)
Right Now, Wrong Then (Hong Sang-soo)
Happy Hour (Ryûsuke Hamaguchi)
The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
Blackhat (Michael Mann)

Additional 2015 Films By Rating

Cemetery of Splendour (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
Sicario (Denis Villeneuve)
Magic Mike XXL (Gregory Jacobs)
Queen of Earth (Alex Ross Perry)
Sunset Song (Terence Davies)
Kill Zone 2 (Soi Cheang)
The Hateful Eight (Quentin Tarantino)
The Other Side (Roberto Minervini)
Aloha (Cameron Crowe)
Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens (J.J. Abrams)
Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party (Stephen Cone)
Kaili Blues (Bi Gan)
Bridge of Spies (Steven Spielberg)
Creed (Ryan Coogler)
Tangerine (Sean Baker)
In the Shadow of Women (Philippe Garrel)
Inside Out (Pete Docter)
John From (João Nicolau)
De Palma (Noah Baumbach & Jake Paltrow)
45 Years (Andrew Haigh)
Knight of Cups (Terrence Malick)
Mustang (Deniz Gamze Ergüven)
Our Little Sister (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
The Treasure (Corneliu Porumboiu)
Run All Night (Jaume Collet-Serra)
Office (Johnnie To)
The Academy of Muses (José Luis Guerin)
James White (Josh Mond)
The Martian (Ridley Scott)
Journey to the Shore (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Aferim! (Radu Jude)
Dead Slow Ahead (Mauro Herce)
Spotlight (Tom McCarthy)
Brooklyn (John Crowley)
The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Marielle Heller)
Valley of Love (Guillaume Nicloux)
Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation (Christopher McQuarrie)
Green Room (Jeremy Saulnier)
The Invitation (Karyn Kusama)
The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos)
The Fits (Anna Rose Holmer)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (Joss Whedon)
Steve Jobs (Danny Boyle)
I Don’t Belong Anywhere: Le cinéma de Chantal Akerman (Marianne Lambert)
A Bigger Splash (Luca Guadagnino)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (Francis Lawrence)
April and the Extraordinary World (Christian Desmares & Franck Ekinci)
88:88 (Isiah Medina)
Everest (Baltasar Kormákur)
Minotaur (Nicolás Pereda)
Demolition (Jean-Marc Vallée)
Francofonia (Aleksandr Sokurov)
The Walk (Robert Zemeckis)
Trainwreck (Judd Apatow)
No Home Movie (Chantal Akerman)
Ant-Man (Peyton Reed)
High-Rise (Ben Wheatley)
Ex Machina (Alex Garland)
Eye in the Sky (Gavin Hood)
The Sky Trembles and the Earth is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers (Ben Rivers)
The Witch: A New-England Folktale (Robert Eggers)
Krisha (Trey Edward Shults)
Embrace of the Serpent (Ciro Guerra)
Straight Outta Compton (F. Gary Gray)
Room (Lenny Abrahamson)
Anomalisa (Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson)
The Wolfpack (Crystal Moselle)
Song of Lahore (Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy & Andy Schocken)
Cobain: Montage of Heck (Brett Morgen)
Spectre (Sam Mendes)
Son of Saul (László Nemes)
The Gift (Joel Edgerton)
Cosmos (Andrzej Zulawski)
Chi-Raq (Spike Lee)
Macbeth (Justin Kurzel)
The Revenant (Alejandro González Iñárritu)
Black Mass (Scott Cooper)
In the Heart of the Sea (Ron Howard)
Beasts of No Nation (Cary Joji Fukunaga)
The Danish Girl (Tom Hooper)
The Big Short (Adam McKay)
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon)
The Leisure Class (Jason Mann)


2014 Top Ten List

Phoenix (Christian Petzold)
Boyhood (Richard Linklater)
Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson)
Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
Hill of Freedom (Hong Sang-soo)
When Marnie Was There (Hiromasa Yonebayashi)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)
Horse Money (Pedro Costa)
Non-Stop (Jaume Collet-Serra)
John Wick (Chad Stahelski)

Additional 2014 Films By Rating

L for Leisure (Lev Kalman & Whitney Horn)
Clouds of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas)
The Mend (John Magary)
Heaven Knows What (Josh & Benny Safdie)
The Duke of Burgundy (Peter Strickland)
Actress (Robert Greene)
Güeros (Alonso Ruizpalacios)
Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait (Ossama Mohammed & Wiam Simav Bedirxan)
Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy)
Saint Laurent (Bertrand Bonello)
Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller)
It Follows (David Robert Mitchell)
Love & Mercy (Bill Pohlad)
Meet the Patels (Geeta V. Patel & Ravi V. Patel)
The Distance (Sergio Caballero)
Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Alejandro González Iñárritu)


2013 Top Ten List

Before Midnight (Richard Linklater)
Manakamana (Stephanie Spray & Pacho Velez)
Our Sunhi (Hong Sang-soo)
Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel & Ethan Coen)
The Immigrant (James Gray)
The World’s End (Edgar Wright)
Stranger by the Lake (Alain Guiraudie)
Night Moves (Kelly Reichardt)
12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen)
Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)

Additional 2013 Films By Rating

Her (Spike Jonze)
The Grandmaster (Wong Kar-wai)
Upstream Color (Shane Carruth)
Blue Ruin (Jeremy Saulnier)
Boy and the World (Alê Abreu)
Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn)


2012 Top Ten List

Passion (Brian De Palma)
Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson)
It’s Such a Beautiful Day (Don Hertzfeldt)
To the Wonder (Terrence Malick)
Holy Motors (Leos Carax)
The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson)
Resident Evil: Retribution (Paul W.S. Anderson)
Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)
The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer)
Leviathan (Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Véréna Paravel)

Additional 2012 Films By Rating

The Unspeakable Act (Dan Sallitt)
In Another Country (Hong Sang-soo)
Looper (Rian Johnson)
Cloud Atlas (Lana & Lilly Wachowski & Tom Tykwer)
Prometheus (Ridley Scott)
Skyfall (Sam Mendes)
Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino)
Easy Rider (James Benning)
Krivina (Igor Drljaca)
Simon Killer (Antonio Campos)
Game Change (Jay Roach)


2011 Top Ten List

The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)
The Day He Arrives (Hong Sang-soo)
Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan) [extended cut]
Melancholia (Lars von Trier)
House of Pleasure (Bertrand Bonello)
The Wise Kids (Stephen Cone)
Pina (Wim Wenders)
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (David Fincher)
Unknown (Jaume Collet-Serra)
Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen)

Additional 2011 Films By Rating

Elegy to the Visitor from the Revolution (Lav Diaz)
Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn)


2010 Top Ten List

Meek’s Cutoff (Kelly Reichardt)
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Edgar Wright)
The Social Network (David Fincher)
Resident Evil: Afterlife (Paul W.S. Anderson)
True Grit (Joel & Ethan Coen)
Toy Story 3 (Lee Unkrich)
Chantal Akerman, From Here (Gustavo Beck & Leonardo Ferreira)

Additional 2010 Films By Rating

The Fighter (David O. Russell)


2009 Top Ten List

Public Enemies (Michael Mann)
Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino)
Sweetgrass (Ilisa Barbash & Lucien Castaing-Taylor)
Up (Pete Docter)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson)
Orphan (Jaume Collet-Serra)
A Serious Man (Joel & Ethan Coen)
Blondes in the Jungle (Lev Kalman & Whitney Horn)

Additional 2009 Films By Rating

Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold)
Coraline (Henry Selick)
The Rules of Film Noir (Elaine Donnelly Pieper)
Up in the Air (Jason Reitman)
(500) Days of Summer (Marc Webb)


2008 Top Ten List

WALL•E (Andrew Stanton)
Two Lovers (James Gray)
Wendy and Lucy (Kelly Reichardt)
Burn After Reading (Joel & Ethan Coen)
Afterschool (Antonio Campos)
The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan)

Additional 2008 Films By Rating

Cloverfield (Matt Reeves)
Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman)
Quantum of Solace (Marc Forster)


2007 Top Ten List

Death Proof (Quentin Tarantino)
There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson)
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu)
Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright)
No Country for Old Men (Joel & Ethan Coen)
Resident Evil: Extinction (Russell Mulcahy)
Ratatouille (Brad Bird)
The Darjeeling Limited (Wes Anderson)

Additional 2007 Films By Rating

Viva(Anna Biller)
Redacted (Brian De Palma)
Lars and the Real Girl (Craig Gillespie)


2006 Top Ten List

Inland Empire (David Lynch)
Miami Vice (Michael Mann)
Old Joy (Kelly Reichardt)
The Host (Bong Joon-ho)
The Black Dahlia (Brian De Palma)
Casino Royale (Martin Campbell)

Additional 2006 Films By Rating

Là-bas (Chantal Akerman)
Live Freaky! Die Freaky! (John Roecker)


2005 Top Ten List

The New World (Terrence Malick) [extended cut]
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (Park Chan-wook)
House of Wax (Jaume Collet-Serra)

Additional 2006 Films By Rating

C.R.A.Z.Y. (Jean-Marc Vallée)


2004 Top Ten List

Before Sunset (Richard Linklater)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry)
Collateral (Michael Mann)
House of Flying Daggers (Zhang Yimou)
Kill Bill Vol. 2 (Quentin Tarantino)
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (Wes Anderson)
Shaun of the Dead (Edgar Wright)
Primer (Shane Carruth)
The Incredibles (Brad Bird)
Resident Evil: Apocalypse (Alexander Witt)

Additional 2004 Films By Rating

The Ladykillers (Joel & Ethan Coen)
The Final Cut (Omar Naim)


2003 Top Ten List

Good Bye Dragon Inn (Tsai Ming-liang)
Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola)
Kill Bill Vol. 1 (Quentin Tarantino)
Oldboy (Park Chan-wook)
Intolerable Cruelty (Joel Coen)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Peter Jackson)
The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (Takeshi Kitano)
Turn Left, Turn Right (Johnnie To & Wai Ka-Fai)

Additional 2003 Films By Rating

The Dreamers (Bernardo Bertolucci)


2002 Top Ten List

Femme Fatale (Brian De Palma)
Hero (Zhang Yimou)
Turning Gate (Hong Sang-soo)
Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson)
From the Other Side (Chantal Akerman)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Peter Jackson)
Russian Ark (Aleksandr Sokurov)
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (Park Chan-wook)
Resident Evil (Paul W.S. Anderson)
Minority Report (Steven Spielberg)

Additional 2002 Films By Rating

Adaptation. (Spike Jonze)
Film ist. 7-12 (Gustav Deutsch)


2001 Top Ten List

Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch)
AI (Steven Spielberg)
Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki)
Ali (Michael Mann)
The Man Who Wasn’t There (Joel Coen)
The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Peter Jackson)
Monsters, Inc. (Pete Docter)

Additional 2001 Films By Rating

Desperado Square (Benny Toraty)


2000 Top Ten List

A One and a Two… (Edward Yang)
In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee)
The Emperor’s New Groove (Mark Dindal)
You Can Count on Me (Kenneth Lonergan)
Dancer in the Dark (Lars von Trier)
Battle Royale (Kinji Fukasaku)
Joint Security Area (Park Chan-wook)
Mission to Mars (Brian De Palma)
Sexy Beast (Jonathan Glazer)

Additional 2000 Films By Rating

Lumumba (Raoul Peck)
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Joel Coen)
Happy Times (Zhang Yimou)


1999 Top Ten List

Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick)
The Insider (Michael Mann)
The Mission (Johnnie To)
Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson)
The Straight Story (David Lynch)
The Matrix (Lana & Lilly Wachowski)
Toy Story 2 (John Lasseter)
South (Chantal Akerman)

Additional 1999 Films By Rating

Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze)
Buena Vista Social Club (Wim Wenders)
The Road Home (Zhang Yimou)


1998 Top Ten List

The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick)
The Celebration (Thomas Vinterberg)
Rushmore (Wes Anderson)
Snake Eyes (Brian De Palma)
Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg)
The Big Lebowski (Joel Coen)

Additional 1998 Films By Rating

Film ist. 1-6 (Gustav Deutsch)


1997 Top Ten List

Lost Highway (David Lynch)
Taste of Cherry (Abbas Kiarostami)
Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki)
Pickpocket (Jia Zhangke)
Jackie Brown (Quentin Tarantino)
Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson)

Additional 1997 Films By Rating

Hercules (John Musker & Ron Clements)


1996 Top Ten List

Breaking the Waves (Lars von Trier)
Fargo (Joel Coen)
Mission: Impossible (Brian De Palma)
Bottle Rocket (Wes Anderson)

Additional 1996 Films By Rating

Hard Eight (Paul Thomas Anderson)
The Battle of Brazil: A Video History (Jack Mathews)


1995 Top Ten List

Heat (Michael Mann)
Before Sunrise (Richard Linklater)
Toy Story (John Lasseter)
Ghost in the Shell (Mamoru Oshii)

Additional 1995 Films By Rating

Devil in a Blue Dress (Carl Franklin)


1994 Top Ten List

Chung King Express (Wong Kar-wai)
Vive L’Amour (Tsai Ming-liang)
To Live (Zhang Yimou)
River of Grass (Kelly Reichardt)
Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
The Glass Shield (Charles Burnett)
In the Heat of the Sun (Jiang Wen)

Additional 1994 Films By Rating

True Lies (James Cameron)
The Hudsucker Proxy (Joel Coen)
The Lion King (Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff)


1993 Top Ten List

Carlito’s Way (Brian De Palma)
Green Snake (Tsui Hark)
From the East (Chantal Akerman)
Schindler’s List (Steven Spielberg)
Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg)
Dazed and Confused (Richard Linklater)
The Wedding Banquet (Ang Lee)

Additional 1993 Films By Rating

Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis)
Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (Alanis Obomsawin)


1992 Top Ten List

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (David Lynch)
Rebels of the Neon God (Tsai Ming-liang)
The Last of the Mohicans (Michael Mann)
Raising Cain (Brian De Palma)

Additional 1992 Films By Rating

Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino)
The Story of Qiu Ju (Zhang Yimou)
Pushing Hands (Ang Lee)
Léolo (Jean-Claude Lauzon)


1991 Top Ten List

A Brighter Summer Day (Edward Yang)
The Double Life of Veronique (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
Barton Fink (Joel Coen)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (James Cameron)
Raise the Red Lantern (Zhang Yimou)
Until the End of the World (Wim Wenders) [director’s cut]
To Lavoisier, Who Died in the Reign of Terror (Michael Snow)
The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme)
Only Yesterday (Isao Takahata)
Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash)


1990 Top Ten List

Close-Up (Abbas Kiarostami)
Trust (Hal Hartley)
Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar-wai)
Wild at Heart (David Lynch)
Ju Dou (Zhang Yimou)

Additional 1990 Films By Rating

Miller’s Crossing (Joel Coen)
Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese)
The Bonfire of the Vanities (Brian De Palma)
Troll 2 (Claudio Fragasso)
Home Alone (Chris Columbus)


1989 Top Ten List

The Unbelievable Truth (Hal Hartley)
The Killer (John Woo)
The Seventh Continent (Michael Haneke)
Casualties of War (Brian De Palma)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Steven Spielberg)


1988 Top Ten List

The Thin Blue Line (Errol Morris)
Die Hard (John McTiernan)
As Tears Go By (Wong Kar-wai)
Akira (Katsuhiro Otomo)
Chocolat (Claire Denis)

Additional 1988 Films By Rating

On the Silver Globe (Andrzej Zulawski)


1987 Top Ten List

Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders)
RoboCop (Paul Verhoeven)
Raising Arizona (Joel Coen)
Daughter of the Nile (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
Full Metal Jacket (Stanley Kubrick)
The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner)
Red Sorghum (Zhang Yimou)

Additional 1987 Films By Rating

The Untouchables (Brian De Palma)
Maurice (James Ivory)


1986 Top Ten List

The Terrorizers (Edward Yang)
Manhunter (Michael Mann)
Blue Velvet (David Lynch)
Something Wild (Jonathan Demme)
Aliens (James Cameron)
Big Trouble in Little China (John Carpenter)
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (John Hughes)
Laputa: Castle in the Sky (Hayao Miyazaki)

Additional 1986 Films By Rating

Wise Guys (Brian De Palma)


1985 Top Ten List

Brazil (Terry Gilliam)
Ran (Akira Kurosawa)
After Hours (Martin Scorsese)
Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis)
Tampopo (Juzo Itami)


1984 Top Ten List

Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders)
Stop Making Sense (Jonathan Demme)
The Terminator (James Cameron)
Dune (David Lynch)
Body Double (Brian De Palma)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Steven Spielberg)

Additional 1984 Films By Rating

Blood Simple (Joel Coen)
Los Sures (Diego Echeverria)
Purple Rain (Albert Magnoli)


1983 Top Ten List

Sans soleil (Chris Marker)
Scarface (Brian De Palma)
Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi (Richard Marquand)
The Keep (Michael Mann)


1982 Top Ten List

Blade Runner (Ridley Scott) [Final Cut]
Koyaanisqatsi (Godfrey Reggio)
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg)

Additional 1982 Films By Rating

Tootsie (Sydney Pollack)


1981 Top Ten List

Possession (Andrzej Zulawski)
Thief (Michael Mann)
Blow Out (Brian De Palma)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg)
Mad Max 2 (George Miller)

Additional 1981 Films By Rating

Das Boot (Wolfgang Petersen)


1980 Top Ten List

The Shining (Stanley Kubrick)
Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese)
Dressed to Kill (Brian De Palma)
Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner)
The Elephant Man (David Lynch)
Home Movies (Brian De Palma)

Additional 1980 Films By Rating

The Blues Brothers (John Landis)


1979 Top Ten List

Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky)
Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola)
Alien (Ridley Scott)
Mad Max (George Miller)


1978 Top Ten List

Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick)
Halloween (John Carpenter)
The Fury (Brian De Palma)
Autumn Sonata (Ingmar Bergman)

Additional 1978 Films By Rating

The Star Wars Holiday Special (Steve Binder)
Game of Death (Robert Clouse)


1977 Top Ten List

Eraserhead (David Lynch)
Annie Hall (Woody Allen)
Star Wars (George Lucas)
The American Friend (Wim Wenders)


1976 Top Ten List

Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese)
Carrie (Brian De Palma)
Network (Sidney Lumet)
Obsession (Brian De Palma)
Rocky (John G. Avildsen)


1975 Top Ten List

Nashville (Robert Altman)
Jeanne Dielman | 23, Quai du Commerce | 1080 Bruxelles (Chantal Akerman)
Jaws (Steven Spielberg)
Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones)
Picnic at Hanging Rock (Peter Weir)
Xala (Ousmane Sembène)

Additional 1975 Films By Rating

Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet)


1974 Top Ten List

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
Chinatown (Roman Polanski)
Phantom of the Paradise (Brian De Palma)
The Godfather, Part II (Francis Ford Coppola)
A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes)
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (Joseph Sargent)


1973 Top Ten List

Badlands (Terrence Malick)
Sisters (Brian De Palma)
American Graffiti (George Lucas)
Belladonna of Sadness (Eiichi Yamamoto)
Charley Varrick (Don Siegel)

Additional 1973 Films By Rating

Theatre of Blood (Douglas Hickox)


1972 Top Ten List

The Heartbreak Kid (Elaine May)
Aguirre: The Wrath of God (Werner Herzog)
The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola)
Solaris (Andrei Tarkovsky)

Additional 1972 Films By Rating

Get to Know Your Rabbit (Brian De Palma)


1971 Top Ten List

Out 1 (Jacques Rivette)
A New Leaf (Elaine May)
The Devils (Ken Russell)

Additional 1971 Films By Rating

The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdanovich)
Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby)
A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick)


1970 Top Ten List

Hospital (Frederick Wiseman)
Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson)

Additional 1970 Films By Rating

Dionysus in ’69 (Brian De Palma)
Hi, Mom! (Brian De Palma)


1969 Top Ten List

Army of Shadows (Jean-Pierre Melville)
Easy Rider (Dennis Hopper)

Additional 1969 Films By Rating

The Wedding Party (Brian De Palma & Wilford Leach & Cynthia Munroe)


1968 Top Ten List

2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick)
Greetings (Brian De Palma)
High School (Frederick Wiseman)

Additional 1968 Films By Rating

Murder à la Mod (Brian De Palma)


1967 Top Ten List

The Young Girls of Rochefort (Jacques Demy)
Wavelength (Michael Snow)
Play Time (Jacques Tati)
Dragon Inn (King Hu)
Dont Look Back (D.A. Pennebaker)
Branded to Kill (Seijun Suzuki)

Additional 1967 Films By Rating

Titicut Follies (Frederick Wiseman)


1966 Top Ten List

Persona (Ingmar Bergman)
The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo)
Au hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson)
Black Girl (Ousmane Sembène)
Masculine-Feminine (Jean-Luc Godard)


1965 Top Ten List

Pierrot le fou (Jean-Luc Godard)
Chimes at Midnight (Orson Welles)
Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard)
The Sound of Music (Robert Wise)


1964 Top Ten List

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy)
Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Stanley Kubrick)
A Hard Day’s Night (Richard Lester)
Goldfinger (Guy Hamilton)


1963 Top Ten List

(Federico Fellini)
Contempt (Jean-Luc Godard)


1962 Top Ten List

My Life to Live (Jean-Luc Godard)
Lolita (Stanley Kubrick)
Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean)
An Autumn Afternoon (Yasujiro Ozu)
L’Eclisse (Michelangelo Antonioni)
Jules and Jim (François Truffaut)
Dr. No (Terence Young)
Ivan’s Childhood (Andrei Tarkovsky)


1961 Top Ten List

Last Year at Marienbad (Alain Resnais)
La Notte (Michelangelo Antonioni)
Chronicle of a Summer (Jean Rouch & Edgar Morin)
A Woman Is a Woman (Jean-Luc Godard)


1960 Top Ten List

Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard)
La Dolce vita (Federico Fellini)
L’Avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni)
The Bad Sleep Well (Akira Kurosawa)
Spartacus (Stanley Kubrick)


1959 Top Ten List

The Four Hundred Blows (François Truffaut)
The World of Apu (Satyajit Ray)
Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder)
Hiroshima mon amour (Alain Resnais)
North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock)


1958 Top Ten List

Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock)
Touch of Evil (Orson Welles)


1957 Top Ten List

Paths of Glory (Stanley Kubrick)
The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman)
Sweet Smell of Success (Alexander Mackendrick)
Throne of Blood (Akira Kurosawa)


1956 Top Ten List

The Searchers (John Ford)
The Killing (Stanley Kubrick)
Aparajito (Satyajit Ray)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel)


1955 Top Ten List

The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton)
Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray)
Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray)
Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich)

Additional 1955 Films By Rating

Killer’s Kiss (Stanley Kubrick)


1954 Top Ten List

Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa)
Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock)
Journey to Italy (Roberto Rossellini)
Godzilla (Ishiro Honda)
On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan)


1953 Top Ten List

Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu)
The Saga of Anatahan (Josef von Sternberg)
The Big Heat (Fritz Lang)


1952 Top Ten List

Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly)

Additional 1952 Films By Rating

High Noon (Fred Zinnemann)


1950 Top Ten List

Sunset Blvd. (Billy Wilder)
Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa)

Additional 1950 Films By Rating

No Way Out (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)


1949 Top Ten List

The Third Man (Carol Reed)

Additional 1950 Films By Rating

Act of Violence (Fred Zinnemann)


1948 Top Ten List

The Red Shoes (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)


1947 Top Ten List

Additional 1947 Films By Rating

T-Men (Anthony Mann)


1946 Top Ten List

It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra)
Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau)

Additional 1946 Films By Rating

Gilda (Charles Vidor)


1945 Top Ten List

Detour (Edgar G. Ulmer)
Mildred Pierce (Michael Curtiz)


1944 Top Ten List

Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder)
Laura (Otto Preminger)


1943 Top Ten List

The Gang’s All Here (Busby Berkeley)

Additional 1943 Films By Rating

Bataan (Tay Garnett)


1942 Top Ten List

Casablanca (Michael Curtiz)
Bambi (David Hand)


1941 Top Ten List

Citizen Kane (Orson Welles)
Dumbo (Ben Sharpsteen)
The Maltese Falcon (John Huston)

Additional 1941 Films By Rating

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Victor Fleming)


1940 Top Ten List

Pinocchio (Ben Sharpsteen & Hamilton Luske)
Fantasia (Various)

Additional 1940 Films By Rating

Stranger on the Third Floor (Boris Ingster)


1939 Top Ten List

The Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir)
The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Frank Capra)


1937 Top Ten List

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (David Hand)


1934 Top Ten List

The Goddess (Wu Yonggang)
L’Atalante (Jean Vigo)
Bad Seed (Billy Wilder and Alexander Esway)


1933 Top Ten List

42nd Street (Lloyd Bacon)


1932 Top Ten List

Trouble in Paradise (Ernst Lubitsch)


1931 Top Ten List

M (Fritz Lang)
City Lights (Charles Chaplin)
Tabu (F.W. Murnau)
Marius (Alexander Korda)

Additional 1931 Films By Rating

The Public Enemy (William Wellman)


1930 Top Ten List

Morocco (Josef von Sternberg)


Top Ten List from The Silent Era

Sunrise (1927, F.W. Murnau)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928, Carl Theodor Dreyer)
Battleship Potemkin (1925, Sergei Eisenstein)
Nosferatu (1922, F.W. Murnau)
The Thief of Bagdad (1924, Raoul Walsh)
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928, Charles Reisner)
Nanook of the North (1922, Robert J. Flaherty)
The Birth of a Nation (1915, D.W. Griffith)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920, Robert Wiene)

Additional Films from The Silent Era By Rating

The Marriage Circle (1924, Ernst Lubitsch)
It (1927, Clarence Badger)
The Cheat (1915, Cecil B. DeMille)