“Pure” Top 10 Lists and Ratings By Year

Decades: 2010s, 2000s, 1990s, 1980s, 1970s, 1960s, 1950s, 1940s, 1930s, Pre-1930s

2019 Top Ten List

Martin Eden (Pietro Marcello)
I Heard You Paint Houses (Martin Scorsese)
To the Ends of the Earth (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Parasite (Bong Joon-ho)
I Was at Home, But… (Angela Schanelec)
Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach)
The Traitor (Marco Bellocchio)
Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood (Quentin Tarantino)
The Whistlers (Corneliu Porumboiu)
Liberté (Albert Serra)

Additional 2019 Films By Rating

Belonging (Burak Çevik)
Pain and Glory (Pedro Almodóvar)
Ad Astra (James Gray)
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (Chad Stahelski)
The Souvenir (Joanna Hogg)
Us (Jordan Peele)
The Dead Don’t Die (Jim Jarmusch)
High Flying Bird (Steven Soderbergh)
Conjuring the Rolling Thunder Re-vue (Martin Scorsese)
Motherless Brooklyn (Edward Norton)
Domino (Brian De Palma)
The Plagiarists (Peter Parlow)
Gemini Man (Ang Lee)
Ready or Not (Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett)
Anne at 13,000 Feet. (Kazik Radwanski)
Happy Death Day 2U (Christopher Landon)
Glass (M. Night Shyamalan)
MS Slavic 7 (Sofia Bohdanowicz and Deragh Campbell)
Honeyland (Tamara Kotevska & Ljubomir Stefanov)
Toy Story 4 (Josh Cooley)
Avengers: Endgame (Anthony & Joe Russo)
Crawl (Alexandre Aja)
The Lighthouse (Robert Eggers)
The Farewell (Lulu Wang)
Joker (Todd Phillips)
A City Called Macau (Li Shaohong)
Hustlers (Lorene Scafaria)
Midsommar (Ari Aster)
Booksmart (Olivia Wilde)
Jojo Rabbit (Taika Waititi)


2018 Top Ten List

La Flor (Mariano Llinás)
Asako I & II (Ryusuke Hamaguchi)
Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Bi Gan)
Transit (Christian Petzold)
Ash Is Purest White (Jia Zhangke)
Grass (Hong Sang-soo)
High Life (Claire Denis)
The Other Side of the Wind (Orson Welles)
Her Smell (Alex Ross Perry)
The Grand Bizarre (Jodie Mack)

Additional 2018 Films By Rating

In My Room (Ulrich Köhler)
An Elephant Sitting Still (Hu Bo)
The Image Book (Jean-Luc Godard)
Mission: Impossible – Fallout (Christopher McQuarrie)
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Joel & Ethan Coen)
Hotel by the River (Hong Sang-soo)
Bisbee ’17 (Robert Greene)
Burning (Lee Chang-dong)
“I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians” (Radu Jude)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)
Too Late to Die Young (Dominga Sotomayor)
What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? (Roberto Minervini)
Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson)
Happy as Lazzaro (Alice Rohrwacher)
The Mule (Clint Eastwood)
Unfriended: Dark Web (Stephen Susco)
Support the Girls (Andrew Bujalski)
A Star Is Born (Bradley Cooper)
Non-Fiction (Olivier Assayas)
Welcome to Marwen (Robert Zemeckis)
3 Faces (Jafar Panahi)
The Commuter (Jaume Collet-Serra)
Infinite Football (Corneliu Porumboiu)
The House That Jack Built (Lars von Trier)
A Family Tour (Ying Liang)
Notes on an Appearance (Ricky D’Ambrose)
Classical Period (Ted Fendt)
BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee)
Coincoin and the Extra-Humans (Bruno Dumont)
Ray & Liz (Richard Billingham)
The Load (Ognjen Glavonic)
Roma (Alfonso Cuarón)
Diamantino (Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt)
Shoot the Moon Right Between the Eyes (Graham L. Carter)
Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino)
The Great Pretender (Nathan Silver)
Two Plains & a Fancy (Lev Kalman & Whitney Horn)
Hale County This Morning, This Evening (RaMell Ross)
Shoplifters (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
Feast of the Epiphany (Michael Koresky & Jeff Reichert & Farihah Zaman)
The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos)
Belmonte (Federico Veiroj)
Sophia Antipolis (Virgil Vernier)
Game Night (John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein)
Cold War (Pawel Pawlikowski)
Black Panther (Ryan Coogler)
The 15:17 to Paris (Clint Eastwood)
Sorry to Bother You (Boots Riley)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Bob Persichetti & Peter Ramsey & Rodney Rothman)
Minding the Gap (Bing Liu)
Relaxer (Joel Potrykus)
Unsane (Steven Soderbergh)
Diane (Kent Jones)
Yara (Abbas Fahdel)
Dead Horse Nebula (Tarik Aktas)
Ready Player One (Steven Spielberg)
Climax (Gaspar Noé)
Ant-Man and the Wasp (Peyton Reed)
Incredibles 2 (Brad Bird)
Cam (Daniel Goldhaber)
Solo: A Star Wars Story (Ron Howard)
Acid Forest (Rugile Barzdziukaite)
Knife + Heart (Yann Gonzalez)
The Guilty (Gustav Möller)
Widows (Steve McQueen)
Long Way Home (André Novais Oliveira)
Fausto (Andrea Bussmann)
The Old Man & the Gun (David Lowery)
Avengers: Infinity War (Anthony & Joe Russo)
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Desiree Akhavan)
Leave No Trace (Debra Granik)
Under the Silver Lake (David Robert Mitchell)
First Man (Damien Chazelle)
The Land of Steady Habits (Nicole Holofcener)
On Her Shoulders (Alexandria Bombach)
Shirkers (Sandi Tan)
A Bread Factory – Part Two: Walk With Me a While (Patrick Wang)
A Bread Factory – Part One: For the Sake of Gold (Patrick Wang)
Madeline’s Madeline (Josephine Decker)
Shadow (Zhang Yimou)
Hereditary (Ari Aster)
People’s Republic of Desire (Hao Wu)
Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham)
Sunset (László Nemes)
Forever Young (Li Fangfang)
Searching (Aneesh Chaganty)
In Fabric (Peter Strickland)
Vice (Adam McKay)
Crazy Rich Asians (Jon M. Chu)


2017 Top Ten List

Twin Peaks (David Lynch)
First Reformed (Paul Schrader)
On the Beach at Night Alone (Hong Sang-soo)
The Day After (Hong Sang-soo)
The Work (Jairus McLeary)
Faces Places (Agnès Varda & JR)
Princess Cyd (Stephen Cone)
Good Time (Josh & Benny Safdie)
Zama (Lucrecia Martel)
Let the Sunshine In (Claire Denis)

Additional 2017 Films By Rating

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (S.S. Rajamouli)
Before We Vanish (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Claire’s Camera (Hong Sang-soo)
Golden Exits (Alex Ross Perry)
The Post (Steven Spielberg)
BPM (Beats per Minute) (Robin Campillo)
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson)
Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig)
Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson)
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (Noah Baumbach)
Mrs. Hyde (Serge Bozon)
Call Me by Your Name (Luca Guadagnino)
Ex Libris (Frederick Wiseman)
Song to Song (Terrence Malick)
Marjorie Prime (Michael Almereyda)
Wonderstruck (Todd Haynes)
The Florida Project (Sean Baker)
Good Manners (Marco Dutra & Juliana Rojas)
Western (Valeska Grisebach)
Ismael’s Ghosts (Arnaud Desplechin)
Brawl in Cell Block 99 (S. Craig Zahler)
Downsizing (Frederick Wiseman)
Caniba (Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Véréna Paravel)
PROTOTYPE (Blake Williams)
Person to Person (Dustin Guy Defa)
Get Out (Jordan Peele)
Drift (Helena Wittmann)
Lover for a Day (Philippe Garrel)
The Wandering Soap Opera (Raúl Ruiz & Valeria Sarmiento)
The Rider (Chloé Zhao)
Escapes (Michael Almereyda)
The Beguiled (Sofia Coppola)
Last Flag Flying (Richard Linklater)
Logan Lucky (Steven Soderbergh)
The Green Fog (Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson & Galen Johnson)
Thirst Street (Nathan Silver)
Alien: Covenant (Ridley Scott)
Baby Driver (Edgar Wright)
The Great Buddha+ (Huang Hsin-yao)
Girls Trip (Malcolm D. Lee)
Mudbound (Dee Rees)
Gemini (Aaron Katz)
Félicité (Alain Gomis)
Mercury in Retrograde (Michael Glover Smith)
Let the Corpses Tan (Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani)
Okja (Bong Joon-ho)
Milla (Valérie Massadian)
Bronx Gothic (Andrew Rossi)
The Other Side of Hope (Aki Kaurismäki)
Forest Movie (Matthew Taylor Blais)
Maison du bonheur (Sofia Bohdanowicz)
The Square (Ruben Östlund)
The Wild Boys (Bertrand Mandico)
Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (Travis Wilkerson)
24 Frames (Abbas Kiarostami)
A Skin So Soft (Denis Côté)
Wonder Wheel (Woody Allen)
En el Séptimo Día (Jim McKay)
Fail to Appear (Antoine Bourges)
Last Men in Aleppo (Feras Fayyad)
Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve)
Thelma (Joachim Trier)
Ava (Sadaf Foroughi)
All the Money in the World (Ridley Scott)
Dunkirk (Christopher Nolan)
Jane (Brett Morgen)
Radio Mary (Gary Walkow)
Memoir of War (Emmanuel Finkiel)
Columbus (Kogonada)
Spettacolo (Jeff Malmberg & Chris Shellen)
A Ghost Story (David Lowery)
Happy Death Day (Christopher Landon)
Coco (Lee Unkrich)
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)
Orders (Eric Marsh & Andrew Stasiulis)
The Lego Batman Movie (Chris McKay)
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh)
The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro)
Atomic Blonde (David Leitch)
The Big Sick (Michael Showalter)
Love, Cecil (Lisa Immordino Vreeland)
12 Days (Raymond Depardon)
Wind River (Taylor Sheridan)
Deidra & Laney Rob a Train (Sydney Freeland)
The Disaster Artist (James Franco)
Kong: Skull Island (Jordan Vogt-Roberts)
Ingrid Goes West (Matt Spicer)
Saving Brinton (Tommy Haines & John Richard & Andrew Sherburne)
Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins)
Logan (James Mangold)
Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Bruno Dumont)
You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay)
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos)
I, Tonya (Craig Gillespie)
mother! (Darren Aronofsky)
Godard Mon Amour (Michel Hazanavicius)


2016 Top Ten List

Silence (Martin Scorsese)
Yourself and Yours (Hong Sang-soo)
Manchester By The Sea (Kenneth Lonergan)
Cameraperson (Kirsten Johnson)
Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)
The Handmaiden (Park Chan-wook)
O.J.: Made in America (Ezra Edelman)
Sieranevada (Cristi Puiu)
Elle (Paul Verhoeven)
The Dreamed Path (Angela Schanelec)

Additional 2016 Films By Rating

Kate Plays Christine (Robert Greene)
Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt)
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 Son of Joseph (Eugène Green)
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)
Personal Shopper (Olivier Assayas)
Nocturama (Bertrand Bonello)
The Ornithologist (João Pedro Rodrigues)
Three (Johnnie To)
The Edge of Seventeen (Kelly Fremon Craig)
Another Year (Shengze Zhu)
Starless Dreams (Mehrdad Oskouei)
Hermia & Helena (Matías Piñeiro)
The Competition (Claire Simon)
The Illinois Parables (Deborah Stratman)
A Quiet Passion (Terence Davies)
The Human Surge (Eduardo Williams)
Fire at Sea (Gianfranco Rosi)
Tower (Keith Maitland)
Julieta (Pedro Almodóvar)
Kubo and the Two Strings (Travis Knight)
Your Name. (Makoto Shinkai)
Two Lottery Tickets (Paul Negoescu)
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)
Rat Film (Theo Anthony)
By the Time It Gets Dark (Anocha Suwichakornpong)
Kékszakállú (Gastón Solnicki)
Dawson City: Frozen Time (Bill Morrison)
The Death of Louis XIV (Albert Serra)
Mimosas (Oliver Laxe)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Zack Snyder)
Split (M. Night Shyamalan)
A Cure for Wellness (Gore Verbinski)
Rules Don’t Apply (Warren Beatty)
The Future Perfect (Nele Wohlatz)
Scarred Hearts (Radu Jude)
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)
4 Days in France (Jérôme Reybaud)
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (Akiva Schaffer & Jorma Taccone)
My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (Dash Shaw)
Mermaid (Stephen Chow)
Electro-Pythagoras: A Portrait of Martin Bartlett (Luke Fowler)
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)
Close Relations (Vitaly Mansky)
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)
Raw (Julia Ducournau)
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (Nicholas Stoller)
X-Men: Apocalypse (Bryan Singer)
Captain America: Civil War (Anthony & Joe Russo)
Looking at the Stars (Alexandre Peralta)
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)
The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
Mountains May Depart (Jia Zhangke)
Blackhat (Michael Mann) [director’s cut]
Mistress America (Noah Baumbach)
Happy Hour (Ryusuke Hamaguchi)
The Forbidden Room (Guy Maddin)
My Golden Days (Arnaud Desplechin)
Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller)
Right Now, Wrong Then (Hong Sang-soo)

Additional 2015 Films By Rating

Cemetery of Splendour (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
Kaili Blues (Bi Gan)
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (Christopher McQuarrie)
Sicario (Denis Villeneuve)
Magic Mike XXL (Gregory Jacobs)
Sunset Song (Terence Davies)
Kill Zone 2 (Soi Cheang)
Queen of Earth (Alex Ross Perry)
Office (Johnnie To)
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)
Bridge of Spies (Steven Spielberg)
Creed (Ryan Coogler)
Tangerine (Sean Baker)
Baahubali: The Beginning (S.S. Rajamouli)
In the Shadow of Women (Philippe Garrel)
Results (Andrew Bujalski)
John From (João Nicolau)
45 Years (Andrew Haigh)
Knight of Cups (Terrence Malick)
Field Niggas (Khalik Allah)
Mustang (Deniz Gamze Ergüven)
Our Little Sister (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
The Treasure (Corneliu Porumboiu)
Lost and Beautiful (Pietro Marcello)
Run All Night (Jaume Collet-Serra)
Inside Out (Pete Docter)
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)
De Palma (Noah Baumbach & Jake Paltrow)
Joy (David O. Russell)
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 (Alexander Sokurov)
The Walk (Robert Zemeckis)
Trainwreck (Judd Apatow)
No Home Movie (Chantal Akerman)
Ant-Man (Peyton Reed)
High-Rise (Ben Wheatley)
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

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2 (Johnnie To)
Horse Money (Pedro Costa)
Phoenix (Christian Petzold)
Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson)
Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)
Gone Girl (David Fincher)
The Princess of France (Matías Piñeiro)
Listen Up Philip (Alex Ross Perry)
Boyhood (Richard Linklater)

Additional 2014 Films By Rating

Jauja (Lisandro Alonso)
Hill of Freedom (Hong Sang-soo)
Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
Two Shots Fired (Martín Rejtman)
When Marnie Was There (Hiromasa Yonebayashi)
Horse Money (Pedro Costa)
Non-Stop (Jaume Collet-Serra)
John Wick (Chad Stahelski)
L for Leisure (Lev Kalman & Whitney Horn)
The Mend (John Magary)
Clouds of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas)
Heaven Knows What (Josh & Benny Safdie)
P’tit Quinquin (Bruno Dumont)
Buzzard (Joel Potrykus)
Unfriended (Leo Gabriadze)
Actress (Robert Greene)
Güeros (Alonso Ruizpalacios)
Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait (Ossama Mohammed & Wiam Simav Bedirxan)
Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy)
Saint Laurent (Bertrand Bonello)
The Duke of Burgundy (Peter Strickland)
Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller)
It Follows (David Robert Mitchell)
What We Do in the Shadows (Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi)
Ex Machina (Alex Garland)
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

Stray Dogs (Tsai Ming-liang)
Before Midnight (Richard Linklater)
The Grandmaster (Wong Kar-wai)
Manakamana (Stephanie Spray & Pacho Velez)
Bastards (Claire Denis)
Nobody’s Daughter Haewon (Hong Sang-soo)
The Strange Little Cat (Ramon Zürcher)
Our Sunhi (Hong Sang-soo)
Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel & Ethan Coen)
A Touch of Sin (Jia Zhangke)

Additional 2013 Films By Rating

The Immigrant (James Gray)
Coherence (James Ward Byrkit)
The World’s End (Edgar Wright)
Computer Chess (Andrew Bujalski)
Stranger by the Lake (Alain Guiraudie)
Night Moves (Kelly Reichardt)
Exhibition (Joanna Hogg)
The Guests (Ken Jacobs)
Her (Spike Jonze)
Snowpiercer (Bong Joon-ho)
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)
Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)
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)
You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet (Alain Resnais)
Resident Evil: Retribution (Paul W.S. Anderson)
In Another Country (Hong Sang-soo)

Additional 2012 Films By Rating

The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer)
Leviathan (Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Véréna Paravel)
Barbara (Christian Petzold)
The Unspeakable Act (Dan Sallitt)
Looper (Rian Johnson)
Cloud Atlas (Lana & Lilly Wachowski & Tom Tykwer)
A Month in Thailand (Paul Negoescu)
Viola (Matías Piñeiro)
Cosmopolis (David Cronenberg)
Prometheus (Ridley Scott)
Skyfall (Sam Mendes)
Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino)
Easy Rider (James Benning)
Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley)
Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine)
Krivina (Igor Drljaca)
Simon Killer (Antonio Campos)
Me @ the Zoo (Chris Moukarbel & Valerie Veatch)
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]
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (Johnnie To)
This Is Not a Film (Jafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb)
Melancholia (Lars von Trier)
The Color Wheel (Alex Ross Perry)
The Loneliest Planet (Julia Loktev)
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (Brad Bird)
The Wise Kids (Stephen Cone)

Additional 2011 Films By Rating

Pina (Wim Wenders)
House of Pleasure (Bertrand Bonello)
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (David Fincher)
Unknown (Jaume Collet-Serra)
Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen)
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi)
Pariah (Dee Rees)
Elegy to the Visitor from the Revolution (Lav Diaz)
Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn)
Life in a Day (Kevin Macdonald)


2010 Top Ten List

Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami)
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
Meek’s Cutoff (Kelly Reichardt)
Oki’s Movie (Hong Sang-soo)
Hahaha (Hong Sang-soo)
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Edgar Wright)
The Social Network (David Fincher)
The Ghost Writer (Roman Polanski)
Resident Evil: Afterlife (Paul W.S. Anderson)
I Wish I Knew (Jia Zhangke)

Additional 2010 Films By Rating

True Grit (Joel & Ethan Coen)
Archipelago (Joanna Hogg)
Winter’s Bone (Debra Granik)
Chantal Akerman, From Here (Gustavo Beck & Leonardo Ferreira)
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Werner Herzog)
Exit Through the Gift Shop (Banksy)
The Fighter (David O. Russell)
ANPO: Art X War (Linda Hoaglund)
Love Sex Aur Dhokha (Dibakar Banerjee)


2009 Top Ten List

Public Enemies (Michael Mann)
Oxhide II (Liu Jiayin)
Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson)
Like You Know It All (Hong Sang-soo)
Face (Tsai Ming-liang)
Sweetgrass (Ilisa Barbash & Lucien Castaing-Taylor)
Up (Pete Docter)
Orphan (Jaume Collet-Serra)
White Material (Claire Denis)

Additional 2009 Films By Rating

A Serious Man (Joel & Ethan Coen)
Trash Humpers (Harmony Korine)
Blondes in the Jungle (Lev Kalman & Whitney Horn)
Impolex (Alex Ross Perry)
Dogtooth (Yorgos Lanthimos)
Coraline (Henry Selick)
Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold)
The Rules of Film Noir (Elaine Donnelly Pieper)
Up in the Air (Jason Reitman)
(500) Days of Summer (Marc Webb)


2008 Top Ten List

Night and Day (Hong Sang-soo)
35 Shots of Rum (Claire Denis)
The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel)
Speed Racer (Antonio Campos)
WALL•E (Andrew Stanton)
Historias extraordinarias (Mariano Llinás)
Two Lovers (James Gray)
Wendy and Lucy (Kelly Reichardt)
24 City (Jia Zhangke)
Burn After Reading (Joel & Ethan Coen)

Additional 2008 Films By Rating

The Beaches of Agnès (Agnès Varda)
Afterschool (Antonio Campos)
Cloverfield (Matt Reeves)
Bronson (Nicolas Winding Refn)
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)
My Blueberry Nights (Wong Kar-wai)
Profit motive and the whispering wind (John Gianvito)
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu)
Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright)
Useless (Jia Zhangke)
No Country for Old Men (Joel & Ethan Coen)
Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud)
Resident Evil: Extinction (Russell Mulcahy)

Additional 2007 Films By Rating

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


2006 Top Ten List

Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
Inland Empire (David Lynch)
Miami Vice (Michael Mann)
Still Life (Jia Zhangke)
Woman on the Beach (Hong Sang-soo)
I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone (Tsai Ming-liang)
Exiled (Johnnie To)
Old Joy (Kelly Reichardt)
Day Night Day Night (Julia Loktev)
The Host (Bong Joon-ho)

Additional 2006 Films By Rating

Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón)
Dong (Jia Zhangke)
The Black Dahlia (Brian De Palma)
Casino Royale (Martin Campbell)
Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro)
The Devil Wears Prada (David Frankel)
Mission: Impossible III (J.J. Abrams)
Là-bas (Chantal Akerman)
Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (Lisa Ades & Lesli Klainberg)
Southland Tales (Richard Kelly)
Live Freaky! Die Freaky! (John Roecker)


2005 Top Ten List

The New World (Terrence Malick) [extended cut]
Tale of Cinema (Hong Sang-soo)
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Cristi Puiu)
Oxhide (Liu Jiayin)
Caché (Michael Haneke)
The Wayward Cloud (Tsai Ming-liang)
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (Park Chan-wook)
The Squid and the Whale (Noah Baumbach)
House of Wax (Jaume Collet-Serra)

Additional 2005 Films By Rating

C.R.A.Z.Y. (Jean-Marc Vallée)


2004 Top Ten List

2046 (Wong Kar-wai)
Before Sunset (Richard Linklater)
Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
Vera Drake (Mike Leigh)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry)
The World (Jia Zhangke)
Collateral (Michael Mann)
Triple Agent (Eric Rohmer)
The Incredibles (Brad Bird)
Kung Fu Hustle (Stephen Chow)

Additional 2004 Films By Rating

House of Flying Daggers (Zhang Yimou)
Woman Is the Future of Man (Hong Sang-soo)
Kill Bill Vol. 2 (Quentin Tarantino)
The Intruder (Claire Denis)
Shaun of the Dead (Edgar Wright)
Primer (Shane Carruth)
Mysterious Skin (Gregg Araki)
Resident Evil: Apocalypse (Alexander Witt)
The Ladykillers (Joel & Ethan Coen)
The Final Cut (Omar Naim)
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (Adam McKay)
Layer Cake (Matthew Vaughn)


2003 Top Ten List

Good Bye Dragon Inn (Tsai Ming-liang)
Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola)
Los Angeles Plays Itself (Thom Andersen)
Memories of Murder (Bong Joon-ho)
Kill Bill Vol. 1 (Quentin Tarantino)
Oldboy (Park Chan-wook)
Intolerable Cruelty (Joel Coen)
S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (Rithy Panh)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Peter Jackson)
The Five Obstructions (Jørgen Leth & Lars von Trier)

Additional 2003 Films By Rating

The School of Rock (Richard Linklater)
Tarnation (Jonathan Caouette)
The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (Takeshi Kitano)
The Dreamers (Bernardo Bertolucci)
The Room (Tommy Wiseau)


2002 Top Ten List

Femme Fatale (Brian De Palma)
Hero (Zhang Yimou)
Friday Night (Claire Denis)
Turning Gate (Hong Sang-soo)
Blissfully Yours (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
Unknown Pleasures (Jia Zhangke)
Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson)
From the Other Side (Chantal Akerman)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Peter Jackson)
Jackass the Movie (Jeff Tremaine)

Additional 2002 Films By Rating

Russian Ark (Alexander Sokurov)
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (Park Chan-wook)
Resident Evil (Paul W.S. Anderson)
Funny Ha Ha (Andrew Bujalski)
Adaptation. (Spike Jonze)
Film ist. 7-12 (Gustav Deutsch)
Phone Booth (Joel Schumacher)
Rabbit-Proof Fence (Phillip Noyce)


2001 Top Ten List

Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch)
AI (Steven Spielberg)
Pulse (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki)
Millennium Mambo (Hou Hsiao-hsein)
All About Lily Chou-Chou (Shunji Iwai)
Ali (Michael Mann)
What Time Is It There? (Tsai Ming-liang)
La Ciénaga (Lucrecia Martel)
Trouble Every Day (Claire Denis)

Additional 2001 Films By Rating

The Man Who Wasn’t There (Joel Coen)
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (Shinichiro Watanabe)
Ocean’s Eleven (Steven Soderbergh)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (John Cameron Mitchell)
Desperado Square (Benny Toraty)


2000 Top Ten List

A One and a Two… (Edward Yang)
In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai)
Platform (Jia Zhangke)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee)
The Emperor’s New Groove (Mark Dindal)
Hamlet (Michael Almereyda)
You Can Count on Me (Kenneth Lonergan)
Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors (Hong Sang-soo)
Dancer in the Dark (Lars von Trier)
Mysterious Object at Noon (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)

Additional 2000 Films By Rating

Joint Security Area (Park Chan-wook)
Memento (Christopher Nolan)
Mission to Mars (Brian De Palma)
Unbreakable (M. Night Shyamalan)
Mission: Impossible II (John Woo)
Sexy Beast (Jonathan Glazer)
Lumumba (Raoul Peck)
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Joel Coen)
Happy Times (Zhang Yimou)
Battlefield Earth (Roger Christian)


1999 Top Ten List

Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick)
Beau Travail (Claire Denis)
Gohatto (Nagisa Oshima)
The Insider (Michael Mann)
Pola X (Leos Carax)
Silvia Prieto (Martín Rejtman)
The Mission (Johnnie To)
eXistenZ (David Cronenberg)
Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson)
The Straight Story (David Lynch)

Additional 1999 Films By Rating

El Valley Centro (James Benning)
South (Chantal Akerman)
Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze)
Buena Vista Social Club (Wim Wenders)
The Road Home (Zhang Yimou)


1998 Top Ten List

The Hole (Tsai Ming-liang)
The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick)
The Celebration (Thomas Vinterberg)
Rushmore (Wes Anderson)
The Power of Kangwon Province (Hong Sang-soo)
Dil Se.. (Mani Ratnam)
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

The End of Evangelion (Hideaki Anno)
Cure (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
The River (Tsai Ming-liang)
Lost Highway (David Lynch)
Taste of Cherry (Abbas Kiarostami)
Happy Together (Wong Kar-wai)
The Sweet Hereafter (Atom Egoyan)
The Odd One Dies (Patrick Yau and Johnnie To)
Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki)
Pickpocket (Jia Zhangke)

Additional 1997 Films By Rating

The Revenge: A Visit From Fate (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Jackie Brown (Quentin Tarantino)
Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson)
Pride Divide (Paris Poirier)
Hercules (John Musker & Ron Clements)
The Hanging Garden (Thom Fitzgerald)


1996 Top Ten List

Mahjong (Edward Yang)
Breaking the Waves (Lars von Trier)
Secrets & Lies (Mike Leigh)
Goodbye South, Goodbye (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
Fargo (Joel Coen)
Irma Vep (Olivier Assayas)
Mission: Impossible (Brian De Palma)
The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well (Hong Sang-soo)
Nenette and Boni (Claire Denis)
Bottle Rocket (Wes Anderson)

Additional 1996 Films By Rating

Hard Eight (Paul Thomas Anderson)
The Watermelon Woman (Cheryl Dunye)
Fire (Deepa Mehta)
The Battle of Brazil: A Video History (Jack Mathews)
Roam Sweet Home (Ellen Spiro)


1995 Top Ten List

Heat (Michael Mann)
Fallen Angels (Wong Kar-wai)
Before Sunrise (Richard Linklater)
Strange Days (Kathryn Bigelow)
The Bridges of Madison County (Clint Eastwood)
Clueless (Amy Heckerling)
Underground (Emir Kusturica)
Toy Story (John Lasseter)
Xiao Shan Going Home (Jia Zhangke)
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)
Ashes of Time (Wong Kar-wai) [Redux]
A Confucian Confusion (Edward Yang)
Sátántangó (Béla Tarr)
Vive L’Amour (Tsai Ming-liang)
U.S. Go Home (Claire Denis)
To Live (Zhang Yimou)
Cold Water (Olivier Assayas)
River of Grass (Kelly Reichardt)
Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)

Additional 1994 Films By Rating

The Glass Shield (Charles Burnett)
In the Heat of the Sun (Jiang Wen)
I Can’t Sleep (Claire Denis)
Three Colors: White (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
100 Years of Japanese Cinema (Nagisa Oshima)
True Lies (James Cameron)
A Taste of Killing and Romance (Veronica Chan)
Go Fish (Rose Troche)
The Hudsucker Proxy (Joel Coen)
The Lion King (Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff)


1993 Top Ten List

Carlito’s Way (Brian De Palma)
Naked (Mike Leigh)
Green Snake (Tsui Hark)
Three Colors: Blue (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
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)
Falling Down (Joel Schumacher)


1992 Top Ten List

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (David Lynch)
Hard-Boiled (John Woo)
The Long Day Closes (Terence Davies)
Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood)
Simple Men (Hal Hartley)
Rebels of the Neon God (Tsai Ming-liang)
The Last of the Mohicans (Michael Mann)
Nitrate Kisses (Barbara Hammer)
Hyenas (Djibril Diop Mambéty)
Raising Cain (Brian De Palma)

Additional 1992 Films By Rating

Lessons of Darkness (Werner Herzog)
Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino)
The Story of Qiu Ju (Zhang Yimou)
Baraka (Ron Fricke)
Léolo (Jean-Claude Lauzon)


1991 Top Ten List

A Brighter Summer Day (Edward Yang)
Surviving Desire (Hal Hartley)
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)

Additional 1991 Films By Rating

Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash)
Keep It for Yourself (Claire Denis)
Pushing Hands (Ang Lee)
Sisters in the Struggle (Dionne Brand & Ginny Stikeman)


1990 Top Ten List

Close-Up (Abbas Kiarostami)
Trust (Hal Hartley)
Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar-wai)
Bullet in the Head (John Woo)
Wild at Heart (David Lynch)
To Sleep With Anger (Charles Burnett)
Ju Dou (Zhang Yimou)
The Nasty Girl (Michael Verhoeven)
No Fear, No Die (Claire Denis)

Additional 1990 Films By Rating

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


1989 Top Ten List

A City of Sadness (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee)
The Unbelievable Truth (Hal Hartley)
The Killer (John Woo)
The Seventh Continent (Michael Haneke)
Casualties of War (Brian De Palma)
Kiki’s Delivery Service (Hayao Miyazaki)
sex, lies, and videotape (Steven Soderbergh)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Steven Spielberg)

Additional 1989 Films By Rating

When Harry Met Sally… (Rob Reiner)
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Jeremiah Chechik)


1988 Top Ten List

My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki)
School on Fire (Ringo Lam)
As Tears Go By (Wong Kar-wai)
The Thin Blue Line (Errol Morris)
Die Hard (John McTiernan)
Chocolat (Claire Denis)
Akira (Katsuhiro Otomo)
Police Story Part II (Jackie Chan)
Grotesque (Joe Tornatore)

Additional 1988 Films By Rating

On the Silver Globe (Andrzej Zulawski)


1987 Top Ten List

Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders)
Ishtar (Elaine May)
RoboCop (Paul Verhoeven)
Raising Arizona (Joel Coen)
City on Fire (Ringo Lam)
Daughter of the Nile (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
Full Metal Jacket (Stanley Kubrick)
Sign “O” the Times (Prince)
The Death of Empedocles (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet)
A Chinese Ghost Story (Ching Siu-tung)

Additional 1987 Films By Rating

Red Sorghum (Zhang Yimou)
The Untouchables (Brian De Palma)
Maurice (James Ivory)


1986 Top Ten List

Blue Velvet (David Lynch)
The Terrorizers (Edward Yang)
Manhunter (Michael Mann)
Bound for the Fields, the Mountains, and the Seacoast (Nobuhiko Obayashi)
Summer (Eric Rohmer)
His Motorbike, Her Island (Nobuhiko Obayashi)
Something Wild (Jonathan Demme)
Aliens (James Cameron)
A Better Tomorrow (John Woo)
The Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company (Jean-Luc Godard)

Additional 1986 Films By Rating

Big Trouble in Little China (John Carpenter)
Qui trop embrasse… (Jacques Davila)
River’s Edge (Tim Hunter)
Wise Guys (Brian De Palma)


1985 Top Ten List

Taipei Story (Edward Yang)
Brazil (Terry Gilliam)
Ran (Akira Kurosawa)
Police Story (Jackie Chan)
After Hours (Martin Scorsese)
My Beautiful Laundrette (Stephen Frears)
Witness (Peter Weir)
Trouble in Mind (Alan Rudolph)
Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis)
Desert Hearts (Donna Deitch)

Additional 1985 Films By Rating

Tampopo (Juzo Itami)
The Breakfast Club (John Hughes)


1984 Top Ten List

Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders)
Stop Making Sense (Jonathan Demme)
The Terminator (James Cameron)
Dune (David Lynch)
Class Relations (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet)
Body Double (Brian De Palma)
Gremlins (Joe Dante)
Repo Man (Alex Cox)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Steven Spielberg)
American Dreams (Lost and Found) (James Benning)

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)
That Day, on the Beach (Edward Yang)
Testament (Lynne Littman)
Born in Flames (Lizzie Borden)
At the Top of the Stairs (Paul Vecchiali)
Scarface (Brian De Palma)
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (Richard Marquand)
The Keep (Michael Mann)
Videodrome (David Cronenberg)
Suffer Little Children (Alan Briggs)

Additional 1983 Films By Rating

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (Nagisa Oshima)


1982 Top Ten List

Blade Runner (Ridley Scott) [Final Cut]
Nomad (Patrick Tam)
Koyaanisqatsi (Godfrey Reggio)
The Thing (John Carpenter)
Too Early/Too Late (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet)
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg)
In Our Time (Various)

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)
Dangerous Encounter – 1st Kind (Tsui Hark)
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner)
Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese)
Cruising (William Friedkin)
Dressed to Kill (Brian De Palma)
The Elephant Man (David Lynch)
Home Movies (Brian De Palma)

Additional 1980 Films By Rating

It’s My Turn (Claudia Weill)
The Blues Brothers (John Landis)


1979 Top Ten List

Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola)
Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky)
Legend of the Mountain (King Hu)
Raining in the Mountain (King Hu)
Alien (Ridley Scott)
From the Clouds to the Resistance (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet)
Love on the Run (François Truffaut)
Mad Max (George Miller)


1978 Top Ten List

The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (Lau Kar-leung)
Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick)
Halloween (John Carpenter)
Les Rendez-vous d’Anna (Chantal Akerman)
Girlfriends (Claudia Weill)
Remember My Name (Alan Rudolph)
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)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg)
Annie Hall (Woody Allen)
Killer of Sheep (Charles Burnett)
House (Nobuhiko Obayashi)
The American Friend (Wim Wenders)
Star Wars (George Lucas)
Suspiria (Dario Argento)
One Sings, the Other Doesn’t (Agnès Varda)
Between the Lines (Joan Micklin Silver)

Additional 1977 Films By Rating

A Grin Without a Cat (Chris Marker)
Tent of Miracles (Nelson Pereira dos Santos)
Riddles of the Sphinx (Laura Mulvey & Peter Wollen)


1976 Top Ten List

Twhylight (Jacques Rivette)
The Marquise of O… (Eric Rohmer)
Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese)
Insiang (Lino Brocka)
In the Realm of the Senses (Nagisa Oshima)
Carrie (Brian De Palma)
Mikey and Nicky (Elaine May)
Sérail (Eduardo de Gregorio)
Harlan County, U.S.A. (Barbara Kopple)
Small Change (François Truffaut)

Additional 1976 Films By Rating

Bernice Bobs Her Hair (Joan Micklin Silver)
The Middleman (Satyajit Ray)
Fortini/Cani (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet)
The Memory of Justice (Marcel Ophuls)
Network (Sidney Lumet)
Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 (Alain Tanner)
The Opening of Misty Beethoven (Radley Metzger)
Kings of the Road (Wim Wenders)
Obsession (Brian De Palma)
Illustrious Corpses (Francesco Rosi)
A Star Is Born (Frank Pierson)


1975 Top Ten List

Jeanne Dielman | 23, Quai du Commerce | 1080 Bruxelles (Chantal Akerman)
Nashville (Robert Altman)
India Song (Marguerite Duras)
Moses and Aaron (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet)
Jaws (Steven Spielberg)
Dersu Uzala (Akira Kurosawa)
The Passenger (Michelangelo Antonioni)
Fox and His Friends (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick)
Xala (Ousmane Sembène)

Additional 1975 Films By Rating

Grey Gardens (Albert Maysles & David Maysles & Ellen Hovde & Muffie Meyer)
The Story of Adèle H. (François Truffaut)
The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (Volker Schlöndorff & Margarethe von Trotta)
Smile (Michael Ritchie)
The Wonderful Crook (Claude Goretta)
Picnic at Hanging Rock (Peter Weir)
Hearts of the West (Howard Zieff)
Autobiography of a Princess (James Ivory)
Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet)
Compañero: Victor Jara of Chile (Stanley Forman & Martin Smith)
Black Moon (Louis Malle)


1974 Top Ten List

Céline and Julie Go Boating (Jacques Rivette)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Tobe Hooper)
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
Lancelot du Lac (Robert Bresson)
Stavisky… (Alain Resnais)
Chinatown (Roman Polanski)
A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes)
Female Trouble (John Waters)
The Phantom of Liberty (Luis Buñuel)
Phantom of the Paradise (Brian De Palma)

Additional 1974 Films By Rating

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Werner Herzog)
Alice in the Cities (Wim Wenders)
The Middle of the World (Alain Tanner)
Electra, My Love (Miklós Jancsó)
The Night of the Scarecrow (Sérgio Ricardo)
Italianamerican (Martin Scorsese)
La Paloma (Daniel Schmid)
Conversation Piece (Luchino Visconti)
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (Joseph Sargent)
Lacombe Lucien (Louis Malle)
Old-Fashioned Woman (Martha Coolidge)


1973 Top Ten List

The Mother and the Whore (Jean Eustache)
F for Fake (Orson Welles)
The Fate of Lee Khan (King Hu)
Badlands (Terrence Malick)
Mean Streets (Martin Scorsese)
Day for Night (François Truffaut)
American Graffiti (George Lucas)
Israel, Why (Claude Lanzmann)
The Illumination (Krzysztof Zanussi)
Belladonna of Sadness (Eiichi Yamamoto)

Additional 1973 Films By Rating

Charley Varrick (Don Siegel)
A Doll’s House (Joseph Losey)
Distant Thunder (Satyajit Ray)
A Bigger Splash (Jack Hazan)
Part-Time Work of a Domestic Slave (Alexander Kluge)
Kid Blue (James Frawley)
Réjeanne Padovani (Denys Arcand)
Theatre of Blood (Douglas Hickox)


1972 Top Ten List

Out 1: Spectre (Jonathan Rosenbaum)
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Miklós Jancsó)
The Heartbreak Kid (Elaine May)
Love in the Afternoon (Eric Rohmer)
We Won’t Grow Old Together (Maurice Pialat)
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Luis Buñuel)
Nathalie Granger (Marguerite Duras)
Tout va bien (Jean-Luc Godard & Jean-Pierre Gorin)
Pink Flamingos (John Waters)
History Lessons (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet)

Additional 1972 Films By Rating

Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (Jonas Mekas)
Chung Kuo – Cina (Michelangelo Antonioni)
Red Psalm (Miklós Jancsó)
Junior Bonner (Sam Peckinpah)
Aguirre: The Wrath of God (Werner Herzog)
Liza With a Z (Bob Fosse)
Sisters (Brian De Palma)
The Inner Scar (Philippe Garrel)
Ulzana’s Raid (Robert Aldrich)
A Sense of Loss (Marcel Ophuls)
Cabaret (Bob Fosse)
Solaris (Andrei Tarkovsky)
Images (Robert Altman)
The King of Marvin Gardens (Bob Rafelson)
Last Tango in Paris (Bernardo Bertolucci)
Heat (Paul Morrissey)
The Assassination of Trotsky (Joseph Losey)
Going Home (Adolfas Mekas)
Bad Company (Robert Benton)
Summer Soldiers (Hiroshi Teshigahara)
Get to Know Your Rabbit (Brian De Palma)


1971 Top Ten List

A Touch of Zen (King Hu)
Out 1 (Jacques Rivette)
A New Leaf (Elaine May)
The Devils (Ken Russell)
Punishment Park (Peter Watkins)
Two English Girls (François Truffaut)
Just Before Nightfall (Claude Chabrol)
The Ceremony (Nagisa Oshima)
Four Nights of a Dreamer (Robert Bresson)
The Merchant of Four Seasons (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)

Additional 1971 Films By Rating

The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdanovich)
Pioneers in Ingolstadt (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
Fata Morgana (Werner Herzog)
The Decameron (Pier Paolo Pasolini)
Love (Károly Makk)
W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism (Dusan Makavejev)
Murmur of the Heart (Louis Malle)
Land of Silence and Darkness (Werner Herzog)
Family Life (Krzysztof Zanussi)
Directed by John Ford (Peter Bogdanovich)
Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (Melvin Van Peebles)
In the Name of the Father (Marco Bellocchio)
A Safe Place (Henry Jaglom)
Family Life (Ken Loach)
Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby)
A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick)
Born to Win (Ivan Passer)


1970 Top Ten List

Zorns Lemma (Hollis Frampton)
Claire’s Knee (Eric Rohmer)
Othon (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet)
La Rupture (Claude Chabrol)
Le Boucher (Claude Chabrol)
The Conformist (Bernardo Bertolucci)
Days and Nights in the Forest (Satyajit Ray)
The Wild Child (François Truffaut)
Tristana (Luis Buñuel)
Wanda (Barbara Loden)

Additional 1970 Films By Rating

Wind From the East (Groupe Dziga Vertov and Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin)
The Debut (Gleb Panfilov)
The Adversary (Satyajit Ray)
Dodes’ka-den (Akira Kurosawa)
The Man Who Left His Will on Film (Nagisa Oshima)
Even Dwarfs Started Small (Werner Herzog)
Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson)
Hospital (Frederick Wiseman)
The Scavengers (Ermanno Olmi)
The Spider’s Stratagem (Bernardo Bertolucci)
Bed and Board (François Truffaut)
The Garden of Delights (Carlos Saura)
The Cannibals (Liliana Cavani)
Zabriskie Point (Michelangelo Antonioni)
Dionysus in ’69 (Brian De Palma)
Comrades (Marin Karmitz)
Hi, Mom! (Brian De Palma)
The Christine Jorgensen Story (Irving Rapper)
The Boys in the Band (William Friedkin)


1969 Top Ten List

My Night at Maud’s (Eric Rohmer)
L’Amour fou (Jacques Rivette)
Boy (Nagisa Oshima)
The Sorrow and the Pity (Marcel Ophuls)
Une femme douce (Robert Bresson)
Destroy, She Said (Marguerite Duras)
Double Suicide (Masahiro Shinoda)
Le Gai Savoir (Jean-Luc Godard)
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (Paul Mazursky)
Adalen 31 (Bo Widerberg)

Additional 1969 Films By Rating

Army of Shadows (Jean-Pierre Melville)
Oh! What a Lovely War (Richard Attenborough)
Kes (Ken Loach)
The Joke (Jaromil Jires)
Lions Love (Agnès Varda)
Duet for Cannibals (Susan Sontag)
Model Shop (Jacques Demy)
Easy Rider (Dennis Hopper)
Diary of a Shinjuku Thief (Nagisa Oshima)
The Rite (Ingmar Bergman)
Pigsty (Pier Paolo Pasolini)
Goto, Island of Love (Walerian Borowczyk)
Harry Munter (Kjell Grede)
The Wedding Party (Brian De Palma & Wilford Leach & Cynthia Munroe)


1968 Top Ten List

2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick)
Death by Hanging (Nagisa Oshima)
Je t’aime, je t’aime (Alain Resnais)
The Immortal Story (Orson Welles)
Night of the Living Dead (George A. Romero)
Memories of Underdevelopment (Tomás Gutiérrez Alea)
The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (Jean-Marie Straub)
One Plus One (Jean-Luc Godard)
The Great Silence (Sergio Corbucci)
L’Enfance nue (Maurice Pialat)

Additional 1968 Films By Rating

Lucía (Humberto Solás)
Les Biches (Claude Chabrol)
Mandabi (Ousmane Sembène)
Three Resurrected Drunkards (Nagisa Oshima)
24 Hours in the Life of a Woman (Dominique Delouche)
Faces (John Cassavetes)
One Fine Day (Ermanno Olmi)
Artists Under the Big Top: Perplexed (Alexander Kluge)
Partner. (Bernardo Bertolucci)
Stolen Kisses (François Truffaut)
Greetings (Brian De Palma)
High School (Frederick Wiseman)
Signs of Life (Werner Herzog)
Capricious Summer (Jiri Menzel)
Murder à la Mod (Brian De Palma)


1967 Top Ten List

The Young Girls of Rochefort (Jacques Demy)
Dragon Inn (King Hu)
Wavelength (Michael Snow)
Weekend (Jean-Luc Godard)
La Collectionneuse (Eric Rohmer)
Play Time (Jacques Tati)
One-Armed Swordsman (Chang Cheh)
The Red and the White (Miklós Jancsó)
2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (Jean-Luc Godard)
Mouchette (Robert Bresson)

Additional 1967 Films By Rating

Portrait of Jason (Shirley Clarke)
Belle de Jour (Luis Buñuel)
The Graduate (Mike Nichols)
Far From Vietnam (Jean-Luc Godard & Joris Ivens & William Klein & Claude Lelouch & Chris Marker & Alain Resnais & Agnès Varda)
Le Départ (Jerzy Skolmowski)
Samurai Rebellion (Masaki Kobayashi)
La Chinoise (Jean-Luc Godard)
Branded to Kill (Seijun Suzuki)
The Firemen’s Ball (Milos Forman)
Love Affair, or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator (Dusan Makavejev)
La Musica (Marguerite Duras & Paul Seban)
Elvira Madigan (Bo Widerberg)
Japanese Summer: Double Suicide (Nagisa Oshima)
Titicut Follies (Frederick Wiseman)
Hugo and Josephine (Kjell Grede)
Tonite Let’s All Make Love in London (Peter Whitehead)


1966 Top Ten List

Persona (Ingmar Bergman)
The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo)
The Taking of Power by Louis XIV (Roberto Rossellini)
Come Drink With Me (King Hu)
Au hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson)
The Nun (Jacques Rivette)
Black Girl (Ousmane Sembène)
The War Is Over (Alain Resnais)
Blowup (Michelangelo Antonioni)
Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky)

Additional 1966 Films By Rating

The Round-Up (Miklós Jancsó)
Masculine-Feminine (Jean-Luc Godard)
Violence at Noon (Nagisa Oshima)
Made in U.S.A (Jean-Luc Godard)
Troublemakers (Norman Fruchter & Robert Machover)
Yesterday Girl (Alexander Kluge)
The Hunt (Carlos Saura)
Hedy (Andy Warhol)
The Hawks and the Sparrows (Pier Paolo Pasolini)
Barrier (Jerzy Skolimowski)
The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short (André Delvaux)
Father (István Szabó)
Hunger (Henning Carlsen)
Les Créatures (Agnès Varda)
Young Törless (Volker Schlöndorff)
Pearls of the Deep (Various)
A Report on the Party and the Guests (Jan Nemec)
Almost a Man (Vittorio De Seta)


1965 Top Ten List

Pierrot le fou (Jean-Luc Godard)
The War Game (Peter Watkins)
Tokyo Olympiad (Kon Ichikawa)
Red Beard (Akira Kurosawa)
Simon of the Desert (Luis Buñuel)
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Sergei Parajanov)
The Koumiko Mystery (Chris Marker)
Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard)
Not Reconciled (Jean-Marie Straub)
Chimes at Midnight (Orson Welles)

Additional 1965 Films By Rating

Loves of a Blonde (Milos Forman)
Walkover (Jerzy Skolimowski)
Shakespeare Wallah (James Ivory)
The Shameless Old Lady (René Allio)
Six in Paris (Various)
Sandra (Luchino Visconti)
Three (Aleksandar Petrovic)
Fists in the Pocket (Marco Bellocchio)
The Epic That Never Was (Bill Duncalf)
Mickey One (Arthur Penn)
The Lion Hunters (Jean Rouch)
Intimate Lighting (Ivan Passer)
Memorandum (Donald Brittain & John Spotton)


1964 Top Ten List

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy)
Gertrud (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
Woman in the Dunes (Hiroshi Teshigahara)
Marnie (Alfred Hitchcock)
Charulata (Satyajit Ray)
A Married Woman (Jean-Luc Godard)
Red Desert (Michelangelo Antonioni)
I Am Cuba (Mikhail Kalatozov)
The Brig (Jonas Mekas)
Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Stanley Kubrick)

Additional 1964 Films By Rating

Nothing But a Man (Michael Roemer)
The Enchanted Desna (Yuliya Solntseva)
Brick and Mirror (Ebrahim Golestan)
Band of Outsiders (Jean-Luc Godard)
Hamlet (Grigori Kozintsev)
Life Upside Down (Alain Jessua)
King & Country (Joseph Losey)
Identification Marks: None (Jerzy Skolimowski)
Diary of a Chambermaid (Luis Buñuel)
Before the Revolution (Bernardo Bertolucci)
Fail-Safe (Sidney Lumet)
Nobody Waved Good-bye (Don Owen)
Lilith (Robert Rossen)
The Last Clean Shirt (Alfred Leslie)
Black Peter (Milos Forman)


1963 Top Ten List

Muriel, or the Time of Return (Alain Resnais)
The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock)
(Federico Fellini)
The Servant (Joseph Losey)
Contempt (Jean-Luc Godard)
Le Joli Mai (Chris Marker)
Les Carabiniers (Jean-Luc Godard)
Pasazerka (Andrzej Munk)
The Big City (Satyajit Ray)
Suzanne’s Career (François Truffaut)

Additional 1963 Films By Rating

I fidanzati (Ermanno Olmi)
In the Midst of Life (Robert Enrico)
Raven’s End (Bo Widerberg)
Ro.Go.Pa.G (Various)
She and He (Susumu Hani)
Hallelujah the Hills (Adolfas Mekas)
Hands Over the City (Francesco Rosi)
Alone Across the Pacific (Kon Ichikawa)
All the Way Home (Alex Segal)
Magnet of Doom (Jean-Pierre Melville)


1962 Top Ten List

My Life to Live (Jean-Luc Godard)
Lolita (Stanley Kubrick)
Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean)
An Autumn Afternoon (Yasujiro Ozu)
Cléo From 5 to 7 (Agnès Varda)
Jules and Jim (François Truffaut)
The Exterminating Angel (Luis Buñuel)
Harakiri (Masaki Kobayashi)
The Trial of Joan of Arc (Robert Bresson)
L’Eclisse (Michelangelo Antonioni)

Additional 1962 Films By Rating

Knife in the Water (Roman Polanski)
Il Mare (Giuseppe Patroni Griffi)
Glory Sky (Takis Kanellopoulos)
Garrincha: Hero of the Jungle (Joaquim Pedro de Andrade)
Barravento (Glauber Rocha)
La commare secca (Bernardo Bertolucci)
Siberian Lady Macbeth (Andrzej Wajda)
Salvatore Giuliano (Francesco Rosi)


1961 Top Ten List

Last Year at Marienbad (Alain Resnais)
Paris Belongs to Us (Jacques Rivette)
Yojimbo (Akira Kurosawa)
A Woman Is a Woman (Jean-Luc Godard)
La Notte (Michelangelo Antonioni)
Chronicle of a Summer (Jean Rouch & Edgar Morin)
The Story of the Flaming Years (Yuliya Solntseva)
Accattone (Pier Paolo Pasolini)


1960 Top Ten List

Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard)
Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock)
La Dolce vita (Federico Fellini)
L’Avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni)
The Apartment (Billy Wilder)
Night and Fog in Japan (Nagisa Oshima)
The Bellboy (Jerry Lewis)
The Bad Sleep Well (Akira Kurosawa)
Cruel Story of Youth (Nagisa Oshima)
Shoot the Piano Player (François Truffaut)

Additional 1960 Films By Rating

Le Petit Soldat (Jean-Luc Godard)
The Giants of Thessaly (Riccardo Freda)
Spartacus (Stanley Kubrick)
The Virgin Spring (Ingmar Bergman)


1959 Top Ten List

Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks)
The Four Hundred Blows (François Truffaut)
Hiroshima mon amour (Alain Resnais)
North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock)
The World of Apu (Satyajit Ray)
Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder)
Pickpocket (Robert Bresson)
Une simple histoire (Marcel Hanoun)


1958 Top Ten List

Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock)
Touch of Evil (Orson Welles)
Enjo (Kon Ichikawa)
Poem of an Inland Sea (Yuliya Solntseva)

Additional 1958 Films By Rating

Ajantrik (Ritwik Ghatak)


1957 Top Ten List

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


1956 Top Ten List

The Wrong Man (Alfred Hitchcock)
A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson)
The Searchers (John Ford)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock)
The Killing (Stanley Kubrick)
The Burmese Harp (Kon Ichikawa)
Aparajito (Satyajit Ray)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel)


1955 Top Ten List

The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton)
Floating Clouds (Mikio Naruse)
Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray)
Lola Montès (Max Ophuls)
The Long Gray Line (John Ford)
Moonfleet (Fritz Lang)
All That Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk)
Mr. Arkadin (Orson Welles)
Artists and Models (Frank Tashlin)
Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray)

Additional 1955 Films By Rating

Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich)
To Catch a Thief (Alfred Hitchcock)
Shin Heike Monogatari (Kenji Mizoguchi)
Killer’s Kiss (Stanley Kubrick)


1954 Top Ten List

Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa)
Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock)
A Star Is Born (George Cukor)
Sansho the Bailiff (Kenji Mizoguchi)
Journey to Italy (Roberto Rossellini)
Godzilla (Ishiro Honda)
The Crucified Lovers (Kenji Mizoguchi)
Magnificent Obsession (Douglas Sirk)
On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan)

Additional 1954 Films By Rating

Knave of Hearts (René Clément)


1953 Top Ten List

Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu)
The Saga of Anatahan (Josef von Sternberg)
Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi)
The Big Heat (Fritz Lang)
I Confess (Alfred Hitchcock)
The Lady Without Camelias (Michelangelo Antonioni)


1952 Top Ten List

The Quiet Man (John Ford)
Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly)
The Lusty Men (Nicholas Ray)

Additional 1952 Films By Rating

High Noon (Fred Zinnemann)


1951 Top Ten List

Diary of a Country Priest (Robert Bresson)
Awaara (Raj Kapoor)
The Tall Target (Anthony Mann)
Othello (Orson Welles)
Strangers on a Train (Alfred Hitchcock)


1950 Top Ten List

Sunset Blvd. (Billy Wilder)
La Ronde (Max Ophuls)
All About Eve (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa)
Los Olvidados (Luis Buñuel)
Les Enfants Terribles (Jean-Pierre Melville)

Additional 1950 Films By Rating

No Way Out (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)


1949 Top Ten List

Late Spring (Yasujiro Ozu)
The Third Man (Carol Reed)
A Letter to Three Wives (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
I Shot Jesse James (Samuel Fuller)

Additional 1949 Films By Rating

Act of Violence (Fred Zinnemann)


1948 Top Ten List

Fort Apache (John Ford)
Berlin Express (Jacques Tourneur)
Rope (Alfred Hitchcock)
The Red Shoes (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica)


1947 Top Ten List

Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur)
Daisy Kenyon (Otto Preminger)

Additional 1947 Films By Rating

T-Men (Anthony Mann)


1946 Top Ten List

Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock)
The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks)
It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra)
Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau)
The Locket (John Brahm)
Enamorada (Emilio Fernández)

Additional 1946 Films By Rating

Gilda (Charles Vidor)


1945 Top Ten List

Brief Encounter (David Lean)
Detour (Edgar G. Ulmer)
Mildred Pierce (Michael Curtiz)
Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (Robert Bresson)
Rome, Open City (Roberto Rossellini)
My Name Is Julia Ross (Joseph H. Lewis)


1944 Top Ten List

Meet Me in St. Louis (Vincente Minnelli)
Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder)
Laura (Otto Preminger)


1943 Top Ten List

I Walked With a Zombie (Jacques Tourneur)
The Gang’s All Here (Busby Berkeley)
Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock)
Heaven Can Wait (Ernst Lubitsch)
Angels of Sin (Robert Bresson)
Ossessione (Luchino Visconti)

Additional 1943 Films By Rating

Bataan (Tay Garnett)


1942 Top Ten List

The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles)
Cat People (Jacques Tourneur)
Casablanca (Michael Curtiz)
Bambi (David Hand)

Additional 1942 Films By Rating

Quiet Please, Murder (John Larkin)


1941 Top Ten List

Citizen Kane (Orson Welles)
Dumbo (Ben Sharpsteen)
Suspicion (Alfred Hitchcock)
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)
Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock)

Additional 1940 Films By Rating

Stranger on the Third Floor (Boris Ingster)


1939 Top Ten List

The Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir)
Only Angels Have Wings (Howard Hawks)
Stagecoach (John Ford)
The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Frank Capra)
Jamaica Inn (Alfred Hitchcock)


1938 Top Ten List

The Lady Vanishes (Alfred Hitchcock)
Holiday (George Cukor)


1937 Top Ten List

The Awful Truth (Leo McCarey)
Make Way for Tomorrow (Leo McCarey)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (David Hand)
A Star Is Born (William A. Wellman)


1936 Top Ten List

A Day in the Country (Jean Renoir)
Sabotage (Alfred Hitchcock)
The Crime of Monsieur Lange (Jean Renoir)
Allá en el Rancho Grande (Fernando de Fuentes)


1935 Top Ten List

The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock)
Toni (Jean Renoir)
Happiness (Aleksandr Medvedkin)


1934 Top Ten List

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


1933 Top Ten List

The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (Fritz Lang)
Only Yesterday (John M. Stahl)
Dragnet Girl (Yasujiro Ozu)
Liebelei (Max Ophuls)
Design for Living (Ernst Lubitsch)
Zero for Conduct (Jean Vigo)
42nd Street (Lloyd Bacon)


1932 Top Ten List

Trouble in Paradise (Ernst Lubitsch)

Additional 1932 Films By Rating

The Sign of the Cross (Cecil B. DeMille)


1931 Top Ten List

M (Fritz Lang)
City Lights (Charles Chaplin)
Tabu (F.W. Murnau)
La Chienne (Jean Renoir)
Frankenstein (James Whale)
Dishonored (Josef von Sternberg)
Marius (Alexander Korda)

Additional 1931 Films By Rating

The Public Enemy (William A. Wellman)


1930 Top Ten List

Earth (Alexander Dovzhenko)
Morocco (Josef von Sternberg)

Additional 1930 Films By Rating

L’Age d’Or (Luis Buñuel)


Top Ten List from The Silent Era

Sunrise (1927, F.W. Murnau)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928, Carl Theodor Dreyer)
Napoléon (1927, Abel Gance)
Les Vampires (1915, Louis Feuillade)
Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler (1922, Fritz Lang)
Seven Chances (1925, Buster Keaton)
Battleship Potemkin (1925, Sergei Eisenstein)
Spione (1928, Fritz Lang)
Man With a Movie Camera (1929, Dziga Vertov)
Greed (1924, Erich von Stroheim)

Additional Films from The Silent Era By Rating

Sherlock, Jr. (1924, Buster Keaton)
Nosferatu (1922, F.W. Murnau)
Applause (1928, Rouben Mamoulian)
The Thief of Bagdad (1924, Raoul Walsh)
The Wedding March (1928, Erich von Stroheim)
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928, Charles Reisner)
Nanook of the North (1922, Robert J. Flaherty)
The Seashell and the Clergyman (1927, Germaine Dulac)
HE Who Gets Slapped (1924, Victor Sjöström)
The Merry Widow (1925, Erich von Stroheim)
Show People (1928, King Vidor)
The Circus (1928, Charles Chaplin)
L’Argent (1928, Marcel L’Herbier)
The Birth of a Nation (1915, D.W. Griffith)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920, Robert Wiene)
The Cheat (1915, Cecil B. DeMille)
L’Enfant de Paris (1913, Léonce Perret)
Silence (1926, Rupert Julian)
The Marriage Circle (1924, Ernst Lubitsch)
Mickey (1918, F. Richard Jones & James Young)
It (1927, Clarence Badger)
The Last Days of Pompeii (1913, Mario Caserini & Eleuterio Rodolfi)