“Pure” Top 10 Lists and Ratings By Year

2017 Top Ten List

John Wick Chapter 2 (Chad Stahelski)
Get Out (Jordan Peele)

Additional 2017 Films By Rating

The Lego Batman Movie (Chris McKay)
Logan (James Mangold)
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)
O.J.: Made in America (Ezra Edelman)
Elle (Paul Verhoeven)
Kate Plays Christine (Robert Greene)
Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt)
Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve)

Additional 2016 Films By Rating

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 Edge of Seventeen (Kelly Fremon Craig)
Tower (Keith Maitland)
Julieta (Pedro Almodóvar)
Personal Shopper (Olivier Assayas)
Kubo and the Two Strings (Travis Knight)
Hail, Caesar! (Joel & Ethan Coen)
Allied (Robert Zemeckis)
Rogue One (Gareth Edwards)
Weiner (Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg)
I Am Not Madame Bovary (Feng Xiaogang)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Zack Snyder)
A Cure for Wellness (Gore Verbinski)
Rules Don’t Apply (Warren Beatty)
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)
Indignation (James Schamus)
Moana (John Musker & Ron Clements)
The Nice Guys (Shane Black)
The Son of Joseph (Eugène Green)
10 Cloverfield Lane (Dan Trachtenberg)
Hacksaw Ridge (Mel Gibson)
Split (M. Night Shyamalan)
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)
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)
Jason Bourne (Paul Greengrass)
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (Ang Lee)
La La Land (Damien Chazelle)
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)
Lion (Garth Davis)
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)
Happy Hour (Ryûsuke Hamaguchi)
Right Now, Wrong Then (Hong Sang-soo)
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)
De Palma (Noah Baumbach & Jake Paltrow)
45 Years (Andrew Haigh)
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)
Knight of Cups (Terrence Malick)
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)
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)
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)
The Duke of Burgundy (Peter Strickland)
Actress (Robert Greene)
Güeros (Alonso Ruizpalacios)
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)
Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel & Ethan Coen)
The World’s End (Edgar Wright)
Night Moves (Kelly Reichardt)
12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen)
Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)
Her (Spike Jonze)
The Grandmaster (Wong Kar-wai)

Additional 2013 Films By Rating

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)
Holy Motors (Leos Carax)
The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson)
Resident Evil: Retribution (Paul W.S. Anderson)
Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)
The Unspeakable Act (Dan Sallitt)
Looper (Rian Johnson)
In Another Country (Hong Sang-soo)

Additional 2012 Films By Rating

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

Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan) [extended cut]
Melancholia (Lars von Trier)
The Day He Arrives (Hong Sang-soo)
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)
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)
Up in the Air (Jason Reitman)
(500) Days of Summer (Marc Webb)


2008 Top Ten List

WALL•E (Andrew Stanton)
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)
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)


2006 Top Ten List

Inland Empire (David Lynch)
Miami Vice (Michael Mann)
Old Joy (Kelly Reichardt)
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

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)
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (Wes Anderson)
Shaun of the Dead (Edgar Wright)
The Incredibles (Brad Bird)
Kill Bill Vol. 2 (Quentin Tarantino)
Resident Evil: Apocalypse (Alexander Witt)

Additional 2004 Films By Rating

The Ladykillers (Joel & Ethan Coen)


2003 Top Ten List

Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola)
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)
Kill Bill Vol. 1 (Quentin Tarantino)
Turn Left, Turn Right (Johnnie To & Wai Ka-Fai)


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)


2000 Top Ten List

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

Additional 2000 Films By Rating

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Joel Coen)
Mission to Mars (Brian De Palma)
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)
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

Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki)
Lost Highway (David Lynch)
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)
Ghost in the Shell (Mamoru Oshii)


1994 Top Ten List

Chung King Express (Wong Kar-wai)
To Live (Zhang Yimou)
River of Grass (Kelly Reichardt)
Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
The Glass Shield (Charles Burnett)

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)
From the East (Chantal Akerman)
Schindler’s List (Steven Spielberg)
Dazed and Confused (Richard Linklater)
Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg)

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)
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)
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)
To Lavoisier, Who Died in the Reign of Terror (Michael Snow)
The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme)
Until the End of the World (Wim Wenders) [director’s cut]
Only Yesterday (Isao Takahata)
Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash)


1990 Top Ten List

Close-Up (Abbas Kiarostami)
Trust (Hal Hartley)
Wild at Heart (David Lynch)
Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar-wai)
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)
Home Alone (Chris Columbus)


1989 Top Ten List

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)
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)
Full Metal Jacket (Stanley Kubrick)
The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner)
Red Sorghum (Zhang Yimou)

Additional 1987 Films By Rating

The Untouchables (Brian De Palma)


1986 Top Ten List

The Terrorizers (Edward Yang)
Manhunter (Michael Mann)
Blue Velvet (David Lynch)
Aliens (James Cameron)
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)
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)
Body Double (Brian De Palma)
Dune (David Lynch)
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)
The Elephant Man (David Lynch)
Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner)
Home Movies (Brian De Palma)

Additional 1980 Films By Rating

The Blues Brothers (John Landis)


1979 Top Ten List

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)


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)
Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick)
Jaws (Steven Spielberg)
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)


1972 Top Ten List

Aguirre: The Wrath of God (Werner Herzog)
The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola)

Additional 1972 Films By Rating

Get to Know Your Rabbit (Brian De Palma)


1971 Top Ten List

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

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)


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)

Additional 1967 Films By Rating

Titicut Follies (Frederick Wiseman)
Murder à la Mod (Brian De Palma)


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)
L’Eclisse (Michelangelo Antonioni)
Ivan’s Childhood (Andrei Tarkovsky)
Jules and Jim (François Truffaut)
Dr. No (Terence Young)


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)
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)

Additional 1955 Films By Rating

Killer’s Kiss (Stanley Kubrick)


1954 Top Ten List

Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa)
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)


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)


1948 Top Ten List

The Red Shoes (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)


1946 Top Ten List

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


1945 Top Ten List

Mildred Pierce (Michael Curtiz)


1944 Top Ten List

Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder)


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)


1941 Top Ten List

Citizen Kane (Orson Welles)

Additional 1941 Films By Rating

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Victor Fleming)


1939 Top Ten List

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


1934 Top Ten List

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)

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)

Additional Films from The Silent Era By Rating

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920, Robert Wiene)
The Cheat (1915, Cecil B. DeMille)