Simple Top Tens

2010s

Best of the Decade

  1. SILENCE (Martin Scorsese)
  2. CAROL (Todd Haynes)
  3. MISTRESS AMERICA (Noah Baumbach)
  4. THE TREE OF LIFE (Terrence Malick)
  5. BEFORE MIDNIGHT (Richard Linklater)
  6. MEEK’S CUTOFF (Kelly Reichardt)
  7. MARGARET (Kenneth Lonergan)
  8. MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART (Jia Zhangke)
  9. MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (Kenneth Lonergan)
  10. BLACKHAT (Michael Mann)

2017

  1. SONG TO SONG (Terrence Malick)
  2. JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 (Chad Stahelski)
  3. GET OUT (Jordan Peele)

2016

  1. SILENCE (Martin Scorsese)
  2. MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (Kenneth Lonergan)
  3. CAMERAPERSON (Kirsten Johnson)
  4. TONI ERDMANN (Maren Ade)
  5. THE HANDMAIDEN (Park Chan-wook)
  6. KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE (Robert Greene)
  7. ELLE (Paul Verhoeven)
  8. CERTAIN WOMEN (Kelly Reichardt)
  9. THINGS TO COME (Mia Hansen-Løve)
  10. CREEPY (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)

2015

  1. CAROL (Todd Haynes)
  2. MISTRESS AMERICA (Noah Baumbach)
  3. MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART (Jia Zhangke)
  4. BLACKHAT (Michael Mann)
  5. MY GOLDEN DAYS (Arnaud Desplechin)
  6. HAPPY HOUR (Ryûsuke Hamaguchi)
  7. RIGHT NOW, WRONG THEN (Hong Sang-soo)
  8. ALOHA (Cameron Crowe)
  9. HENRY GAMBLE’S BIRTHDAY PARTY (Stephen Cone)
  10. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (George Miller)

2014

  1. PHOENIX (Christian Petzold)
  2. BOYHOOD (Richard Linklater)
  3. TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
  4. THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (Wes Anderson)
  5. INHERENT VICE (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  6. HILL OF FREEDOM (Hong Sang-soo)
  7. L FOR LEISURE (Lev Kalman & Whitney Horn)
  8. THE MEND (John Magary)
  9. NON-STOP (Jaume Collet-Serra)
  10. JOHN WICK (Chad Stahelski)

2013

  1. BEFORE MIDNIGHT (Richard Linklater)
  2. THE IMMIGRANT (James Gray)
  3. “Let Your Light Shine” (Jodie Mack)
  4. INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (Joel & Ethan Coen)
  5. THE WORLD’S END (Edgar Wright)
  6. THE GRANDMASTER (Wong Kar-wai)

2012

  1. MOONRISE KINGDOM (Wes Anderson)
  2. PASSION (Brian De Palma)
  3. FRANCES HA (Noah Baumbach)
  4. THE UNSPEAKABLE ACT (Dan Sallitt)
  5. RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION (Paul W.S. Anderson)
  6. IT’S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAY (Don Hertzfeldt)
  7. CLOUD ATLAS (Lana & Lilly Wachowski & Tom Tykwer)
  8. HOLY MOTORS (Leos Carax)
  9. IN ANOTHER COUNTRY (Hong Sang-soo)

2011

  1. THE TREE OF LIFE (Terrence Malick)
  2. MARGARET (Kenneth Lonergan)
  3. MELANCHOLIA (Lars von Trier)
  4. THE DAY HE ARRIVES (Hong Sang-soo)
  5. THE WISE KIDS (Stephen Cone)
  6. HOUSE OF TOLERANCE (Bertrand Bonello)
  7. UNKNOWN (Jaume Collet-Serra)
  8. PINA (Wim Wenders)

2010

  1. MEEK’S CUTOFF (Kelly Reichardt)
  2. SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD (Edgar Wright)
  3. THE SOCIAL NETWORK (David Fincher)
  4. “Lady Blue Shanghai” (David Lynch)
  5. RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE (Paul W.S. Anderson)
  6. TRUE GRIT (Joel & Ethan Coen)

2000s

Best of the Decade

  1. MULHOLLAND DR. (David Lynch)
  2. YI YI (Edward Yang)
  3. IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (Wong Kar-wai)
  4. A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (Steven Spielberg)
  5. GOODBYE, DRAGON INN (Tsai Ming-liang)
  6. LOST IN TRANSLATION (Sofia Coppola)
  7. BEFORE SUNSET (Richard Linklater)
  8. INLAND EMPIRE (David Lynch)
  9. MIAMI VICE (Michael Mann)
  10. THE NEW WORLD (Terrence Malick)

2009

  1. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (Quentin Tarantino)
  2. ORPHAN (Jaume Collet-Serra)
  3. “Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis” (Daïchi Saïto)
  4. PUBLIC ENEMIES (Michael Mann)
  5. FANTASTIC MR. FOX (Wes Anderson)
  6. BLONDES IN THE JUNGLE (Lev Kalman & Whitney Horn)

2008

  1. TWO LOVERS (James Gray)
  2. WENDY AND LUCY (Kelly Reichardt)
  3. “Green Fuse” (Daïchi Saïto)
  4. AFTERSCHOOL (Antonio Campos)
  5. BURN AFTER READING (Joel & Ethan Coen)
  6. WALL•E (Andrew Stanton)

2007

  1. DEATH PROOF (Quentin Tarantino)
  2. 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS (Cristian Mungiu)
  3. HOT FUZZ (Edgar Wright)
  4. THE DARJEELING LIMITED (Wes Anderson)
  5. RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION (Russell Mulcahy)

2006

  1. INLAND EMPIRE (David Lynch)
  2. MIAMI VICE (Michael Mann)
  3. OLD JOY (Kelly Reichardt)

2005

  1. THE NEW WORLD (Terrence Malick)
  2. LADY VENGEANCE (Park Chan-wook)
  3. HOUSE OF WAX (Jaume Collet-Serra)

2004

  1. BEFORE SUNSET (Richard Linklater)
  2. HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS (Zhang Yimou)
  3. KILL BILL VOL. 2 (Quentin Tarantino)
  4. PRIMER (Shane Carruth)
  5. SHAUN OF THE DEAD (Edgar Wright)
  6. ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (Michel Gondry)
  7. COLLATERAL (Michael Mann)
  8. THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU (Wes Anderson)

2003

  1. GOODBYE, DRAGON INN (Tsai Ming-liang)
  2. LOST IN TRANSLATION (Sofia Coppola)
  3. KILL BILL VOL. 1 (Quentin Tarantino)
  4. OLDBOY (Park Chan-wook)
  5. INTOLERABLE CRUELTY (Joel & Ethan Coen)

2002

  1. FEMME FATALE (Brian De Palma)
  2. HERO (Zhang Yimou)
  3. ON THE OCCASION OF REMEMBERING THE TURNING GATE (Hong Sang-soo)
  4. PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  5. RESIDENT EVIL (Paul W.S. Anderson)
  6. SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE (Park Chan-wook)

2001

  1. MULHOLLAND DR. (David Lynch)
  2. A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (Steven Spielberg)
  3. SPIRITED AWAY (Hayao Miyazaki)
  4. ALI (Michael Mann)
  5. THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE (Joel & Ethan Coen)
  6. THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS (Wes Anderson)

2000

  1. YI YI (Edward Yang)
  2. IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (Wong Kar-wai)
  3. “The Heart of the World” (Guy Maddin)
  4. CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (Ang Lee)
  5. YOU CAN COUNT ON ME (Kenneth Lonergan)
  6. DANCER IN THE DARK (Lars von Trier)
  7. THE EMPEROR’S NEW GROOVE (Mark Dindal)
  8. MISSION TO MARS (Brian De Palma)
  9. JOINT SECURITY AREA (Park Chan-wook)

1990s

Best of the Decade

  1. CLOSE-UP (Abbas Kiarostami)
  2. A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY (Edward Yang)
  3. CHUNGKING EXPRESS (Wong Kar-wai)
  4. TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME (David Lynch)
  5. TRUST (Hal Hartley)
  6. HEAT (Michael Mann)
  7. BEFORE SUNRISE (Richard Linklater)
  8. “Outer Space” (Peter Tscherkassky)
  9. DAYS OF BEING WILD (Wong Kar-wai)
  10. LOST HIGHWAY (David Lynch)

1999

  1. “Outer Space” (Peter Tscherkassky)
  2. EYES WIDE SHUT (Stanley Kubrick)
  3. COWBOY BEBOP: “Pierrot le Fou” (Shinichiro Watanabe)
  4. COWBOY BEBOP: “Speak Like a Child” (Shinichiro Watanabe)
  5. THE MISSION (Johnnie To)
  6. THE INSIDER (Michael Mann)
  7. THE MATRIX (Lana & Lilly Wachowski)
  8. THE STRAIGHT STORY (David Lynch)

1998

  1. THE THIN RED LINE (Terrence Malick)
  2. COWBOY BEBOP (Shinichiro Watanabe)
  3. RUSHMORE (Wes Anderson)
  4. COWBOY BEBOP: “Sympathy for the Devil” (Shinichiro Watanabe)
  5. FESTEN (Thomas Vinterberg)
  6. SNAKE EYES (Brian De Palma)

1997

  1. LOST HIGHWAY (David Lynch)

1996

  1. BREAKING THE WAVES (Lars von Trier)
  2. FARGO (Joel & Ethan Coen)
  3. BOTTLE ROCKET (Wes Anderson)
  4. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE (Brian De Palma)

1995

  1. HEAT (Michael Mann)
  2. BEFORE SUNRISE (Richard Linklater)
  3. “Premonitions Following an Evil Deed” (David Lynch)

1994

  1. CHUNGKING EXPRESS (Wong Kar-wai)
  2. TO LIVE (Zhang Yimou)
  3. RIVER OF GRASS (Kelly Reichardt)
  4. THE GLASS SHIELD (Charles Burnett)

1993

  1. CARLITO’S WAY (Brian De Palma)
  2. D’EST (Chantal Akerman)
  3. JURASSIC PARK (Steven Spielberg)

1992

  1. TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME (David Lynch)
  2. THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS (Michael Mann)
  3. RAISING CAIN (Brian De Palma)

1991

  1. A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY (Edward Yang)
  2. BARTON FINK (Joel & Ethan Coen)
  3. UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD (Wim Wenders)
  4. TWIN PEAKS: “Beyond Life and Death” (David Lynch)
  5. RAISE THE RED LANTERN (Zhang Yimou)
  6. THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  7. ONLY YESTERDAY (Isao Takahata)
  8. TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (James Cameron)

1990

  1. CLOSE-UP (Abbas Kiarostami)
  2. TRUST (Hal Hartley)
  3. DAYS OF BEING WILD (Wong Kar-wai)
  4. TWIN PEAKS: “Lonely Souls” (David Lynch)
  5. WILD AT HEART (David Lynch)
  6. TWIN PEAKS: “Pilot” (David Lynch)
  7. TWIN PEAKS (David Lynch & Mark Frost)
  8. TWIN PEAKS: “Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer” (David Lynch)
  9. JU DOU (Zhang Yimou)
  10. TWIN PEAKS: “May the Giant Be With You” (David Lynch)

1980s

Best of the Decade

  1. SANS SOLEIL (Chris Marker)
  2. PARIS, TEXAS (Wim Wenders)
  3. THE TERRORIZERS (Edward Yang)
  4. BLADE RUNNER (Ridley Scott)
  5. STOP MAKING SENSE (Jonathan Demme)
  6. BLUE VELVET (David Lynch)
  7. MANHUNTER (Michael Mann)
  8. POSSESSION (Andrzej Zulawski)
  9. RAN (Akira Kurosawa)
  10. BRAZIL (Terry Gilliam)

1989

  1. THE KILLER (John Woo)
  2. CASUALTIES OF WAR (Brian De Palma)
  3. THE SEVENTH CONTINENT (Michael Haneke)

1988

  1. “Cat Listening to Music” (Chris Marker)
  2. AKIRA (Katsuhiro Otomo)
  3. DIE HARD (John McTiernan)

1987

  1. WINGS OF DESIRE (Wim Wenders)
  2. ROBOCOP (Paul Verhoeven)
  3. RAISING ARIZONA (Joel & Ethan Coen)
  4. RED SORGHUM (Zhang Yimou)

1986

  1. THE TERRORIZERS (Edward Yang)
  2. BLUE VELVET (David Lynch)
  3. MANHUNTER (Michael Mann)
  4. ALIENS (James Cameron)

1985

  1. RAN (Akira Kurosawa)
  2. BRAZIL (Terry Gilliam)
  3. AFTER HOURS (Martin Scorsese)

1984

  1. PARIS, TEXAS (Wim Wenders)
  2. STOP MAKING SENSE (Jonathan Demme)
  3. DUNE (David Lynch)
  4. THE TERMINATOR (James Cameron)

1983

  1. SANS SOLEIL (Chris Marker)
  2. THE KEEP (Michael Mann)
  3. SCARFACE (Brian De Palma)

1982

  1. BLADE RUNNER (Ridley Scott)
  2. KOYAANISQATSI (Godfrey Reggio)

1981

  1. POSSESSION (Andrzej Zulawski)
  2. BLOW OUT (Brian De Palma)
  3. THIEF (Michael Mann)
  4. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (Steven Spielberg)
  5. THE ROAD WARRIOR (George Miller)

1980

  1. THE SHINING (Stanley Kubrick)
  2. RAGING BULL (Martin Scorsese)
  3. DRESSED TO KILL (Brian De Palma)
  4. THE ELEPHANT MAN (David Lynch)
  5. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (Irvin Kershner)
  6. HOME MOVIES (Brian De Palma)

1970s

Best of the Decade

  1. ERASERHEAD (David Lynch)
  2. OUT 1 (Jacques Rivette)
  3. A NEW LEAF (Elaine May)
  4. THE DEVILS (Ken Russell)
  5. JEANNE DIELMAN | 23 QUAI DU COMMERCE | 1080 BRUXELLES (Chantal Akerman)
  6. DAYS OF HEAVEN (Terrence Malick)
  7. ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  8. NASHVILLE (Robert Altman)
  9. CARRIE (Brian De Palma)
  10. BADLANDS (Terrence Malick)

1979

  1. APOCALYPSE NOW (Francis Ford Coppola)
  2. ALIEN (Ridley Scott)

1978

  1. DAYS OF HEAVEN (Terrence Malick)
  2. HALLOWEEN (John Carpenter)

1977

  1. ERASERHEAD (David Lynch)
  2. ANNIE HALL (Woody Allen)
  3. STAR WARS (George Lucas)

1976

  1. CARRIE (Brian De Palma)
  2. TAXI DRIVER (Martin Scorsese)

1975

  1. JEANNE DIELMAN | 23 QUAI DU COMMERCE | 1080 BRUXELLES (Chantal Akerman)
  2. NASHVILLE (Robert Altman)
  3. BARRY LYNDON (Stanley Kubrick)

1974

  1. ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  2. PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE (Brian De Palma)
  3. CHINATOWN (Roman Polanski)

1973

  1. BADLANDS (Terrence Malick)

1971

  1. OUT 1 (Jacques Rivette)
  2. A NEW LEAF (Elaine May)
  3. THE DEVILS (Ken Russell)

1960s

Best of the Decade

  1. PERSONA (Ingmar Bergman)
  2. “La jetée” (Chris Marker)
  3. THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT (Jacques Demy)
  4. THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (Jacques Demy)
  5. WAVELENGTH (Michael Snow)
  6. BREATHLESS (Jean-Luc Godard)
  7. THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (Gillo Pontecorvo)
  8. LOLITA (Stanley Kubrick)
  9. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (Stanley Kubrick)
  10. LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD (Alain Resnais)

1968

  1. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (Stanley Kubrick)

1967

  1. THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT (Jacques Demy)
  2. WAVELENGTH (Michael Snow)
  3. PLAYTIME (Jacques Tati)
  4. DONT LOOK BACK (D.A. Pennebaker)
  5. DRAGON INN (King Hu)
  6. “Sailing with Bushnell Keeler” (David Lynch)

1966

  1. PERSONA (Ingmar Bergman)
  2. THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (Gillo Pontecorvo)
  3. BLACK GIRL (Ousmane Sembène)

1965

  1. PIERROT LE FOU (Jean-Luc Godard)
  2. CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT (Orson Welles)
  3. “Kustom Kar Kommandos” (Kenneth Anger)

1964

  1. THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (Jacques Demy)
  2. DR. STRANGELOVE, OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB (Stanley Kubrick)

1963

  1. CONTEMPT (Jean-Luc Godard)
  2. “Mothlight” (Stan Brakhage)

1962

  1. “La jetée” (Chris Marker)
  2. LOLITA (Stanley Kubrick)
  3. VIVRE SA VIE (Jean-Luc Godard)
  4. L’ECLISSE (Michelangelo Antonioni)

1961

  1. LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD (Alain Resnais)
  2. LA NOTTE (Michelangelo Antonioni)

1960

  1. BREATHLESS (Jean-Luc Godard)
  2. LA DOLCE VITA (Federico Fellini)
  3. L’AVVENTURA (Michelangelo Antonioni)
  4. THE BAD SLEEP WELL (Akira Kurosawa)

1950s

Best of the Decade

  1. SEVEN SAMURAI (Akira Kurosawa)
  2. THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (Charles Laughton)
  3. “Duck Amuck” (Chuck Jones)
  4. TOKYO STORY (Yasujiro Ozu)
  5. THE 400 BLOWS (François Truffaut)
  6. VERTIGO (Alfred Hitchcock)
  7. SUNSET BLVD. (Billy Wilder)
  8. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (Nicholas Ray)
  9. JOURNEY TO ITALY (Roberto Rossellini)
  10. GODZILLA (Ishiro Honda)

1959

  1. THE 400 BLOWS (François Truffaut)
  2. THE WORLD OF APU (Satyajit Ray)

1958

  1. VERTIGO (Alfred Hitchcock)

1957

  1. SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (Alexander Mackendrick)
  2. THRONE OF BLOOD (Akira Kurosawa)
  3. PATHS OF GLORY (Stanley Kubrick)

1956

  1. THE SEARCHERS (John Ford)

1955

  1. THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (Charles Laughton)
  2. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (Nicholas Ray)
  3. NIGHT AND FOG (Alain Resnais)
  4. PATHER PANCHALI (Satyajit Ray)

1954

  1. SEVEN SAMURAI (Akira Kurosawa)
  2. JOURNEY TO ITALY (Roberto Rossellini)
  3. GODZILLA (Ishiro Honda)

1953

  1. “Duck Amuck” (Chuck Jones)
  2. TOKYO STORY (Yasujiro Ozu)
  3. THE SAGA OF ANATAHAN (Josef von Sternberg)
  4. “Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century” (Chuck Jones)
  5. “Duck! Rabbit, Duck!” (Chuck Jones)

1952

  1. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly)
  2. “Rabbit Seasoning” (Chuck Jones)
  3. “Operation: Rabbit” (Chuck Jones)

1951

  1. “Rabbit Fire” (Chuck Jones)

1950

  1. SUNSET BLVD. (Billy Wilder)
  2. RASHOMON (Akira Kurosawa)

1940s

Best of the Decade

  1. CITIZEN KANE (Orson Welles)
  2. THE GANG’S ALL HERE (Busby Berkeley)
  3. THE THIRD MAN (Carol Reed)
  4. CASABLANCA (Michael Curtiz)
  5. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Frank Capra)
  6. MILDRED PIERCE (Michael Curtiz)
  7. DOUBLE INDEMNITY (Billy Wilder)
  8. LAURA (Otto Preminger)
  9. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Jean Cocteau)

1949

  1. THE THIRD MAN (Carol Reed)

1946

  1. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Frank Capra)
  2. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Jean Cocteau)

1945

  1. MILDRED PIERCE (Michael Curtiz)

1944

  1. DOUBLE INDEMNITY (Billy Wilder)
  2. LAURA (Otto Preminger)

1943

  1. THE GANG’S ALL HERE (Busby Berkeley)

1942

  1. CASABLANCA (Michael Curtiz)

1941

  1. CITIZEN KANE (Orson Welles)

1930s

Best of the Decade

  1. M (Fritz Lang)
  2. THE RULES OF THE GAME (Jean Renoir)
  3. TROUBLE IN PARADISE (Ernst Lubitsch)
  4. THE GODDESS (Wu Yonggang)
  5. CITY LIGHTS (Charles Chaplin)
  6. L’ATALANTE (Jean Vigo)
  7. MOROCCO (Josef von Sternberg)

1939

  1. THE RULES OF THE GAME (Jean Renoir)

1934

  1. THE GODDESS (Wu Yonggang)
  2. L’ATALANTE (Jean Vigo)

1932

  1. TROUBLE IN PARADISE (Ernst Lubitsch)

1931

  1. M (Fritz Lang)
  2. CITY LIGHTS (Charles Chaplin)

1930

  1. MOROCCO (Josef von Sternberg)

Pre-1930s

  1. SUNRISE (F.W. Murnau)
  2. THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  3. NOSFERATU (F.W. Murnau)
  4. STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. (Charles Reisner & Buster Keaton)
  5. BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN (Sergei Eisenstein)
  6. “Un Chien Andalou” (Luis Buñuel)
  7. “A Trip to the Moon” (Georges Méliès)