Simple Top Tens

Decades: 2020s, 2010s, 2000s, 1990s, 1980s, 1970s, 1960s, 1950s, 1940s, 1930s, 1920s, Pre-1920s

Ten Favorite Films

  1. MULHOLLAND DR. (David Lynch)
  2. YI YI (Edward Yang)
  3. SANS SOLEIL (Chris Marker)
  4. THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (Orson Welles)
  5. A TOUCH OF ZEN (King Hu)
  6. IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (Wong Kar-wai)
  7. THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (Charles Laughton)
  8. THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT (Jacques Demy)
  9. VERTIGO (Alfred Hitchcock)
  10. CÉLINE AND JULIE GO BOATING (Jacques Rivette)

2020s

Best of the Decade

  1. THE AMERICAN SECTOR (Courtney Stephens & Pacho Velez)

2020

  1. THE AMERICAN SECTOR (Courtney Stephens & Pacho Velez)

2010s

Best of the Decade

  1. LA FLOR (Mariano Llinás)
  2. STRAY DOGS (Tsai Ming-liang)
  3. TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN (David Lynch)
  4. YOURSELF AND YOURS (Hong Sang-soo)
  5. MYSTERIES OF LISBON (Raúl Ruiz)
  6. LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE (Abbas Kiarostami)
  7. ASAKO I & II (Ryusuke Hamaguchi)
  8. MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART (Jia Zhangke)
  9. CAROL (Todd Haynes)
  10. THE ASSASSIN (Hou Hsiao-hsien)

2019

  1. MARTIN EDEN (Pietro Marcello)
  2. I HEARD YOU PAINT HOUSES (Martin Scorsese)
  3. TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
  4. PARASITE (Bong Joon-ho)
  5. UNCUT GEMS (Josh & Benny Safdie)
  6. I WAS AT HOME, BUT… (Angela Schanelec)
  7. “Shakti” (Martín Rejtman)
  8. A VOLUNTARY YEAR (Ulrich Köhler & Henner Winckler)
  9. ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD (Quentin Tarantino)
  10. THE TRAITOR (Marco Bellocchio)

2018

  1. LA FLOR (Mariano Llinás)
  2. ASAKO I & II (Ryusuke Hamaguchi)
  3. TRANSIT (Christian Petzold)
  4. LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (Bi Gan)
  5. ASH IS PUREST WHITE (Jia Zhangke)
  6. GRASS (Hong Sang-soo)
  7. HIGH LIFE (Claire Denis)
  8. THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND (Orson Welles)
  9. IN MY ROOM (Ulrich Köhler)
  10. HER SMELL (Alex Ross Perry)

2017

  1. TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN (David Lynch)
  2. FIRST REFORMED (Paul Schrader)
  3. ON THE BEACH AT NIGHT ALONE (Hong Sang-soo)
  4. HANAGATAMI (Nobuhiko Obayashi)
  5. ARBORETUM CYCLE (Nathaniel Dorsky)
  6. THE DAY AFTER (Hong Sang-soo)
  7. THE WORK (Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous)
  8. FACES PLACES (Agnès Varda & JR)
  9. PRINCESS CYD (Stephen Cone)
  10. GOOD TIME (Josh & Benny Safdie)

2016

  1. YOURSELF AND YOURS (Hong Sang-soo)
  2. SILENCE (Martin Scorsese)
  3. CAMERAPERSON (Kirsten Johnson)
  4. MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (Kenneth Lonergan)
  5. TONI ERDMANN (Maren Ade)
  6. THE HANDMAIDEN (Park Chan-wook)
  7. SIERANEVADA (Cristi Puiu)
  8. “The Hedonists” (Jia Zhangke)
  9. KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE (Robert Greene)
  10. 20TH CENTURY WOMEN (Mike Mills)

2015

  1. MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART (Jia Zhangke)
  2. CAROL (Todd Haynes)
  3. THE ASSASSIN (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  4. CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
  5. BLACKHAT (Michael Mann)
  6. MISTRESS AMERICA (Noah Baumbach)
  7. HAPPY HOUR (Ryusuke Hamaguchi)
  8. RIGHT NOW, WRONG THEN (Hong Sang-soo)
  9. “No No Sleep” (Tsai Ming-liang)
  10. SPL II: A TIME FOR CONSEQUENCES (Soi Cheang)

2014

  1. PHOENIX (Christian Petzold)
  2. DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART 2 (Johnnie To)
  3. HORSE MONEY (Pedro Costa)
  4. INHERENT VICE (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  5. GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE (Jean-Luc Godard)
  6. THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (Wes Anderson)
  7. GONE GIRL (David Fincher)
  8. THE PRINCESS OF FRANCE (Matías Piñeiro)
  9. HILL OF FREEDOM (Hong Sang-soo)
  10. JAUJA (Lisandro Alonso)

2013

  1. STRAY DOGS (Tsai Ming-liang)
  2. MANAKAMANA (Stephanie Spray & Pacho Velez)
  3. THE GRANDMASTER (Wong Kar-wai)
  4. THE WIND RISES (Hayao Miyazaki)
  5. BEFORE MIDNIGHT (Richard Linklater)
  6. BASTARDS (Claire Denis)
  7. THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA (Isao Takahata)
  8. NOBODY’S DAUGHTER HAEWON (Hong Sang-soo)
  9. OUR SUNHI (Hong Sang-soo)
  10. THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT (Ramon Zürcher)

2012

  1. LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE (Abbas Kiarostami)
  2. PASSION (Brian De Palma)
  3. DRUG WAR (Johnnie To)
  4. ROMANCING IN THIN AIR (Johnnie To)
  5. FRANCES HA (Noah Baumbach)
  6. TABU (Miguel Gomes)
  7. MOONRISE KINGDOM (Wes Anderson)
  8. DIFFERENTLY, MOLUSSIA (Nicolas Rey)
  9. YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET (Alain Resnais)
  10. THE UNSPEAKABLE ACT (Dan Sallitt)

2011

  1. THE DAY HE ARRIVES (Hong Sang-soo)
  2. THE TREE OF LIFE (Terrence Malick)
  3. DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART (Johnnie To)
  4. MARGARET (Kenneth Lonergan)
  5. THIS IS NOT A FILM (Jafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb)
  6. “List” (Hong Sang-soo)
  7. THE COLOR WHEEL (Alex Ross Perry)
  8. THE LONELIEST PLANET (Julia Loktev)
  9. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL (Brad Bird)
  10. MELANCHOLIA (Lars von Trier)

2010

  1. MYSTERIES OF LISBON (Raúl Ruiz)
  2. CERTIFIED COPY (Abbas Kiarostami)
  3. MEEK’S CUTOFF (Kelly Reichardt)
  4. UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
  5. HAHAHA (Hong Sang-soo)
  6. OKI’S MOVIE (Hong Sang-soo)
  7. SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD (Edgar Wright)
  8. THE SOCIAL NETWORK (David Fincher)
  9. THE GHOST WRITER (Roman Polanski)
  10. “Lady Blue Shanghai” (David Lynch)

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. GOODBYE, DRAGON INN (Tsai Ming-liang)
  5. PLATFORM (Jia Zhangke)
  6. A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (Steven Spielberg)
  7. SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
  8. INLAND EMPIRE (David Lynch)
  9. MIAMI VICE (Michael Mann)
  10. 2046 (Wong Kar-wai)

2009

  1. OXHIDE II (Liu Jiayin)
  2. ORPHAN (Jaume Collet-Serra)
  3. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (Quentin Tarantino)
  4. FANTASTIC MR. FOX (Wes Anderson)
  5. “Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis” (Daïchi Saïto)
  6. SWEETGRASS (Ilisa Barbash & Lucien Castaing-Taylor)
  7. LIKE YOU KNOW IT ALL (Hong Sang-soo)
  8. FACE (Tsai Ming-liang)
  9. “Lost in the Mountains” (Hong Sang-soo)
  10. PUBLIC ENEMIES (Michael Mann)

2008

  1. NIGHT AND DAY (Hong Sang-soo)
  2. 35 SHOTS OF RUM (Claire Denis)
  3. THE HEADLESS WOMAN (Lucrecia Martel)
  4. SPEED RACER (Lana & Lilly Wachowski)
  5. HISTORIAS EXTRAORDINARIAS (Mariano Llinás)
  6. TWO LOVERS (James Gray)
  7. WENDY AND LUCY (Kelly Reichardt)
  8. 24 CITY (Jia Zhangke)
  9. “The Hedonists” (Jia Zhangke)
  10. “Green Fuse” (Daïchi Saïto)

2007

  1. DEATH PROOF (Quentin Tarantino)
  2. scenes from THE WIND (Edward Yang)
  3. MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS (Wong Kar-wai)
  4. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  5. PROFIT MOTIVE AND THE WHISPERING WIND (John Gianvito)
  6. 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS (Cristian Mungiu)
  7. USELESS (Jia Zhangke)
  8. HOT FUZZ (Edgar Wright)
  9. THE DARJEELING LIMITED (Wes Anderson)
  10. “The Second Line” (John Magary)

2006

  1. SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
  2. INLAND EMPIRE (David Lynch)
  3. MIAMI VICE (Michael Mann)
  4. STILL LIFE (Jia Zhangke)
  5. WOMAN ON THE BEACH (Hong Sang-soo)
  6. I DON’T WANT TO SLEEP ALONE (Tsai Ming-liang)
  7. EXILED (Johnnie To)
  8. OLD JOY (Kelly Reichardt)
  9. DAY NIGHT DAY NIGHT (Julia Loktev)
  10. CHILDREN OF MEN (Alfonso Cuarón)

2005

  1. THE NEW WORLD (Terrence Malick)
  2. TALE OF CINEMA (Hong Sang-soo)
  3. THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU (Cristi Puiu)
  4. OXHIDE (Liu Jiayin)
  5. CACHÉ (Michael Haneke)
  6. THE WAYWARD CLOUD (Tsai Ming-liang)
  7. THE SQUID AND THE WHALE (Noah Baumbach)
  8. LADY VENGEANCE (Park Chan-wook)
  9. HOUSE OF WAX (Jaume Collet-Serra)

2004

  1. 2046 (Wong Kar-wai)
  2. BEFORE SUNSET (Richard Linklater)
  3. TROPICAL MALADY (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
  4. VERA DRAKE (Mike Leigh)
  5. THE WORLD (Jia Zhangke)
  6. ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (Michel Gondry)
  7. COLLATERAL (Michael Mann)
  8. KUNG FU HUSTLE (Stephen Chow)
  9. TRIPLE AGENT (Eric Rohmer)
  10. THE INCREDIBLES (Brad Bird)

2003

  1. GOODBYE, DRAGON INN (Tsai Ming-liang)
  2. LOST IN TRANSLATION (Sofia Coppola)
  3. LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF (Thom Andersen)
  4. KILL BILL: VOLUME 1 (Quentin Tarantino)
  5. MEMORIES OF MURDER (Bong Joon-ho)
  6. OLDBOY (Park Chan-wook)
  7. S21: THE KHMER ROUGE KILLING MACHINE (Rithy Panh)
  8. TARNATION (Jonathan Caouette)
  9. THE FIVE OBSTRUCTIONS (Jørgen Leth & Lars von Trier)
  10. THE SCHOOL OF ROCK (Richard Linklater)

2002

  1. FEMME FATALE (Brian De Palma)
  2. HERO (Zhang Yimou)
  3. FRIDAY NIGHT (Claire Denis)
  4. ON THE OCCASION OF REMEMBERING THE TURNING GATE (Hong Sang-soo)
  5. BLISSFULLY YOURS (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
  6. UNKNOWN PLEASURES (Jia Zhangke)
  7. PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  8. FAR FROM HEAVEN (Todd Haynes)
  9. JACKASS: THE MOVIE (Jeff Tremaine)
  10. RESIDENT EVIL (Paul W.S. Anderson)

2001

  1. MULHOLLAND DR. (David Lynch)
  2. A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (Steven Spielberg)
  3. PULSE (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
  4. MILLENNIUM MAMBO (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  5. WHAT TIME IS IT THERE? (Tsai Ming-liang)
  6. SPIRITED AWAY (Hayao Miyazaki)
  7. LA CIÉNAGA (Lucrecia Martel)
  8. ALL ABOUT LILY CHOU-CHOU (Shunji Iwai)
  9. ALI (Michael Mann)
  10. TROUBLE EVERY DAY (Claire Denis)

2000

  1. YI YI (Edward Yang)
  2. IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (Wong Kar-wai)
  3. PLATFORM (Jia Zhangke)
  4. CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (Ang Lee)
  5. “The Heart of the World” (Guy Maddin)
  6. THE EMPEROR’S NEW GROOVE (Mark Dindal)
  7. YOU CAN COUNT ON ME (Kenneth Lonergan)
  8. HAMLET (Michael Almereyda)
  9. VIRGIN STRIPPED BARE BY HER BACHELORS (Hong Sang-soo)
  10. MISSION TO MARS (Brian De Palma)

1990s

Best of the Decade

  1. A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY (Edward Yang)
  2. CHUNGKING EXPRESS (Wong Kar-wai)
  3. HEAT (Michael Mann)
  4. THE HOLE (Tsai Ming-liang)
  5. NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: “Take care of yourself.” (Hideaki Anno)
  6. TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME (David Lynch)
  7. TRUST (Hal Hartley)
  8. MAHJONG (Edward Yang)
  9. CLOSE-UP (Abbas Kiarostami)
  10. DAYS OF BEING WILD (Wong Kar-wai)

1999

  1. EYES WIDE SHUT (Stanley Kubrick)
  2. “Outer Space” (Peter Tscherkassky)
  3. BEAU TRAVAIL (Claire Denis)
  4. GOHATTO (Nagisa Oshima)
  5. COWBOY BEBOP: “Pierrot le Fou” (Shinichiro Watanabe)
  6. COWBOY BEBOP: “Speak Like a Child” (Shinichiro Watanabe)
  7. THE MATRIX (Lana & Lilly Wachowski)
  8. POLA X (Leos Carax)
  9. THE MISSION (Johnnie To)
  10. THE INSIDER (Michael Mann)

1998

  1. THE HOLE (Tsai Ming-liang)
  2. THE THIN RED LINE (Terrence Malick)
  3. RUSHMORE (Wes Anderson)
  4. THE POWER OF KANGWON PROVINCE (Hong Sang-soo)
  5. COWBOY BEBOP: “Sympathy for the Devil” (Shinichiro Watanabe)
  6. FESTEN (Thomas Vinterberg)
  7. SNAKE EYES (Brian De Palma)
  8. COWBOY BEBOP: “Gateway Shuffle” (Shinichiro Watanabe)
  9. “The Stranger in Apartment 9F” (Mike Kuchar)
  10. DIL SE.. (Mani Ratnam)

1997

  1. THE END OF EVANGELION (Hideaki Anno)
  2. CURE (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
  3. THE RIVER (Tsai Ming-liang)
  4. LOST HIGHWAY (David Lynch)
  5. HAPPY TOGETHER (Wong Kar-wai)
  6. TASTE OF CHERRY (Abbas Kiarostami)
  7. THE SWEET HEREAFTER (Atom Egoyan)
  8. STARSHIP TROOPERS (Paul Verhoeven)
  9. THE ODD ONE DIES (Patrick Yau and Johnnie To)
  10. XIAO WU (Jia Zhangke)

1996

  1. NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: “Take care of yourself.” (Hideaki Anno)
  2. MAHJONG (Edward Yang)
  3. NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: “Do you love me?” (Hideaki Anno)
  4. NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: “The Beginning and the End, or ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’” (Hideaki Anno)
  5. NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: “Weaving a Story 2: Oral Stage” (Hideaki Anno)
  6. SECRETS & LIES (Mike Leigh)
  7. GOODBYE SOUTH, GOODBYE (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  8. NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: “Weaving a Story” (Hideaki Anno)
  9. NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: “Don’t Be.” (Hideaki Anno)
  10. NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: “Introjection” (Hideaki Anno)

1995

  1. HEAT (Michael Mann)
  2. FALLEN ANGELS (Wong Kar-wai)
  3. THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY (Clint Eastwood)
  4. BEFORE SUNRISE (Richard Linklater)
  5. SAFE (Todd Haynes)
  6. STRANGE DAYS (Kathryn Bigelow)
  7. CLUELESS (Amy Heckerling)
  8. “Premonitions Following an Evil Deed” (David Lynch)
  9. “When It Rains” (Charles Burnett)
  10. NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: “Hedgehog’s Dilemma” (Hideaki Anno, Japan)

1994

  1. CHUNGKING EXPRESS (Wong Kar-wai)
  2. ASHES OF TIME (Wong Kar-wai)
  3. A CONFUCIAN CONFUSION (Edward Yang)
  4. SÁTÁNTANGÓ (Béla Tarr)
  5. VIVE L’AMOUR (Tsai Ming-liang)
  6. U.S. GO HOME (Claire Denis)
  7. TO LIVE (Zhang Yimou)
  8. “The Mammals of Victoria” (Stan Brakhage)
  9. COLD WATER (Olivier Assayas)
  10. IN THE HEAT OF THE SUN (Jiang Wen)

1993

  1. NAKED (Mike Leigh)
  2. “Je vous salue, Sarajevo” (Jean-Luc Godard)
  3. GREEN SNAKE (Tsui Hark)
  4. CARLITO’S WAY (Brian De Palma)
  5. D’EST (Chantal Akerman)
  6. THREE COLORS: BLUE (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  7. JURASSIC PARK (Steven Spielberg)

1992

  1. TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME (David Lynch)
  2. HARD-BOILED (John Woo)
  3. THE LONG DAY CLOSES (Terence Davies)
  4. UNFORGIVEN (Clint Eastwood)
  5. REBELS OF THE NEON GOD (Tsai Ming-liang)
  6. SIMPLE MEN (Hal Hartley)
  7. NITRATE KISSES (Barbara Hammer)
  8. HYENAS (Djibril Diop Mambéty)
  9. THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS (Michael Mann)
  10. RAISING CAIN (Brian De Palma)

1991

  1. A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY (Edward Yang)
  2. SURVIVING DESIRE (Hal Hartley)
  3. BARTON FINK (Joel & Ethan Coen)
  4. UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD (Wim Wenders)
  5. “Ambition” (Hal Hartley)
  6. TWIN PEAKS: “Beyond Life and Death” (David Lynch)
  7. RAISE THE RED LANTERN (Zhang Yimou)
  8. SEINFELD: “The Parking Garage” (Tom Cherones)
  9. THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  10. THEORY OF ACHIEVEMENT (Hal Hartley)

1990

  1. TRUST (Hal Hartley)
  2. CLOSE-UP (Abbas Kiarostami)
  3. DAYS OF BEING WILD (Wong Kar-wai)
  4. BULLET IN THE HEAD (John Woo)
  5. TWIN PEAKS: “Lonely Souls” (David Lynch)
  6. WILD AT HEART (David Lynch)
  7. TWIN PEAKS: “Pilot” (David Lynch)
  8. TWIN PEAKS: “Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer” (David Lynch)
  9. TO SLEEP WITH ANGER (Charles Burnett)
  10. JU DOU (Zhang Yimou)

1980s

Best of the Decade

  1. SANS SOLEIL (Chris Marker)
  2. BLUE VELVET (David Lynch)
  3. A CITY OF SADNESS (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  4. THE TERRORIZERS (Edward Yang)
  5. PARIS, TEXAS (Wim Wenders)
  6. BLADE RUNNER (Ridley Scott)
  7. MANHUNTER (Michael Mann)
  8. TAIPEI STORY (Edward Yang)
  9. STOP MAKING SENSE (Jonathan Demme)
  10. MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (Hayao Miyazaki)

1989

  1. A CITY OF SADNESS (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  2. DO THE RIGHT THING (Spike Lee)
  3. THE UNBELIEVABLE TRUTH (Hal Hartley)
  4. THE KILLER (John Woo)
  5. CASUALTIES OF WAR (Brian De Palma)
  6. KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE (Hayao Miyazaki)
  7. THE SEVENTH CONTINENT (Michael Haneke)
  8. SEX, LIES, AND VIDEOTAPE (Steven Soderbergh)
  9. MEETING A MILESTONE (Goutam Ghose)

1988

  1. MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (Hayao Miyazaki)
  2. SCHOOL ON FIRE (Ringo Lam)
  3. AS TEARS GO BY (Wong Kar-wai)
  4. 36 FILLETTE (Catherine Breillat)
  5. “Cat Listening to Music” (Chris Marker)
  6. AKIRA (Katsuhiro Otomo)
  7. DIE HARD (John McTiernan)
  8. CHOCOLAT (Claire Denis)
  9. POLICE STORY 2 (Jackie Chan)

1987

  1. ISHTAR (Elaine May)
  2. DAUGHTER OF THE NILE (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  3. CITY ON FIRE (Ringo Lam)
  4. WINGS OF DESIRE (Wim Wenders)
  5. ROBOCOP (Paul Verhoeven)
  6. RAISING ARIZONA (Joel & Ethan Coen)
  7. SIGN “O” THE TIMES (Prince)
  8. THE DEATH OF EMPEDOCLES (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet)
  9. A CHINESE GHOST STORY (Ching Siu-tung)

1986

  1. BLUE VELVET (David Lynch)
  2. THE TERRORIZERS (Edward Yang)
  3. MANHUNTER (Michael Mann)
  4. BOUND FOR THE FIELDS, THE MOUNTAINS, AND THE SEACOAST (Nobuhiko Obayashi)
  5. THE GREEN RAY (Eric Rohmer)
  6. HIS MOTORBIKE, HER ISLAND (Nobuhiko Obayashi)
  7. SOMETHING WILD (Jonathan Demme)
  8. DOUBLE MESSIEURS (Jean-François Stévenin)
  9. ALIENS (James Cameron)
  10. A BETTER TOMORROW (John Woo)

1985

  1. TAIPEI STORY (Edward Yang)
  2. RAN (Akira Kurosawa)
  3. POLICE STORY (Jackie Chan)
  4. DAY OF THE DEAD (George A. Romero)
  5. BRAZIL (Terry Gilliam)
  6. AFTER HOURS (Martin Scorsese)
  7. MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE (Stephen Frears)
  8. TROUBLE IN MIND (Alan Rudolph)

1984

  1. PARIS, TEXAS (Wim Wenders)
  2. STOP MAKING SENSE (Jonathan Demme)
  3. DUNE (David Lynch)
  4. “Standard Gauge” (Morgan Fisher)
  5. THE TERMINATOR (James Cameron)
  6. CLASS RELATIONS (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet)
  7. BODY DOUBLE (Brian De Palma)
  8. GREMLINS (Joe Dante)
  9. AMERICAN DREAMS (LOST AND FOUND) (James Benning)
  10. REPO MAN (Kon Ichikawa)

1983

  1. SANS SOLEIL (Chris Marker)
  2. THAT DAY, ON THE BEACH (Edward Yang)
  3. PAULINE AT THE BEACH (Eric Rohmer)
  4. TESTAMENT (Lynne Littman)
  5. THE KEEP (Michael Mann)
  6. BORN IN FLAMES (Lizzie Borden)
  7. AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS (Paul Vecchiali)
  8. RETURN OF THE JEDI (Richard Marquand)
  9. SUFFER LITTLE CHILDREN (Alan Briggs)
  10. “Cattle Mutilations” (George Kuchar)

1982

  1. BLADE RUNNER (Ridley Scott)
  2. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (Steven Spielberg)
  3. NOMAD (Patrick Tam)
  4. TOO EARLY/TOO LATE (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet)
  5. THE THING (John Carpenter)
  6. “Expectations” (Edward Yang)
  7. KOYAANISQATSI (Godfrey Reggio)
  8. “En rachâchant (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet)
  9. IN OUR TIME (Tao Te-chen/Edward Yang/Ko I-chen/Chang Yi)

1981

  1. “Orderly or Disorderly” (Abbas Kiarostami)
  2. POSSESSION (Andrzej Zulawski)
  3. BLOW OUT (Brian De Palma)
  4. “The Garden of Earthly Delights” (Stan Brakhage)
  5. THIEF (Michael Mann)
  6. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (Steven Spielberg)
  7. THE ROAD WARRIOR (George Miller)

1980

  1. SIMONE BARBÈS OR VIRTUE (Marie-Claude Treilhou)
  2. DANGEROUS ENCOUNTERS – FIRST KIND (Tsui Hark)
  3. THE SHINING (Stanley Kubrick)
  4. CRUISING (William Friedkin)
  5. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (Irvin Kershner)
  6. “The Birth of Magellan: Cadenza I” (Hollis Frampton)
  7. RAGING BULL (Martin Scorsese)
  8. DRESSED TO KILL (Brian De Palma)
  9. THE ELEPHANT MAN (David Lynch)
  10. HOME MOVIES (Brian De Palma)

1970s

Best of the Decade

  1. A TOUCH OF ZEN (King Hu)
  2. CÉLINE AND JULIE GO BOATING (Jacques Rivette)
  3. OUT 1: NOLI ME TANGERE (Jacques Rivette)
  4. THE MOTHER AND THE WHORE (Jean Eustache)
  5. ERASERHEAD (David Lynch)
  6. INDIA SONG (Marguerite Duras)
  7. “(nostalgia)” (Hollis Frampton)
  8. JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES (Chantal Akerman)
  9. OUT 1: SPECTRE (Jacques Rivette)
  10. A NEW LEAF (Elaine May)

1979

  1. STALKER (Andrei Tarkovsky)
  2. APOCALYPSE NOW (Francis Ford Coppola)
  3. LEGEND OF THE MOUNTAIN (King Hu)
  4. RAINING IN THE MOUNTAIN (King Hu)
  5. ALIEN (Ridley Scott)
  6. “Asparagus” (Suzan Pitt)
  7. FROM THE CLOUDS TO THE RESISTANCE (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet)

1978

  1. THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN (Lau Kar-leung)
  2. DAYS OF HEAVEN (Terrence Malick)
  3. DAWN OF THE DEAD (George A. Romero)
  4. LES RENDEZ-VOUS D’ANNA (Chantal Akerman)
  5. HALLOWEEN (John Carpenter)
  6. GIRLFRIENDS (Claudia Weill)
  7. REMEMBER MY NAME (Alan Rudolph)

1977

  1. ERASERHEAD (David Lynch)
  2. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (Steven Spielberg)
  3. THE DEVIL, PROBABLY (Robert Bresson)
  4. ANNIE HALL (Woody Allen)
  5. HOUSE (Nobuhiko Obayashi)
  6. THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE (Luis Buñuel)
  7. THE AMERICAN FRIEND (Wim Wenders)
  8. STAR WARS (George Lucas)
  9. SUSPIRIA (Dario Argento)
  10. KILLER OF SHEEP (Charles Burnett)

1976

  1. DUELLE (UNE QUARANTAINE) (Jacques Rivette)
  2. THE MARQUISE OF O… (Eric Rohmer)
  3. TAXI DRIVER (Martin Scorsese)
  4. IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES (Nagisa Oshima)
  5. INSIANG (Lino Brocka)
  6. NOROÎT (UNE VENGEANCE) (Jacques Rivette)
  7. CARRIE (Brian De Palma)
  8. SÉRAIL (Eduardo de Gregorio)
  9. MIKEY AND NICKY (Elaine May)
  10. HARLAN COUNTY, U.S.A. (Barbara Kopple)

1975

  1. INDIA SONG (Marguerite Duras)
  2. JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES (Chantal Akerman)
  3. NASHVILLE (Robert Altman)
  4. MOSES UND ARON (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet)
  5. SALÒ, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM (Pier Paolo Pasolini)
  6. JAWS (Steven Spielberg)
  7. DERSU UZALA (Akira Kurosawa)
  8. THE PASSENGER (Michelangelo Antonioni)
  9. FOX AND HIS FRIENDS (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  10. “Associations” (John Smith)

1974

  1. CÉLINE AND JULIE GO BOATING (Jacques Rivette)
  2. THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (Tobe Hooper)
  3. ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  4. LANCELOT DU LAC (Robert Bresson)
  5. STAVISKY… (Alain Resnais)
  6. A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE (John Cassavetes)
  7. FEMALE TROUBLE (John Waters)
  8. THE PHANTOM OF LIBERTY (Luis Buñuel)
  9. PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE (Brian De Palma)
  10. CHINATOWN (Roman Polanski)

1973

  1. THE MOTHER AND THE WHORE (Jean Eustache)
  2. F FOR FAKE (Orson Welles)
  3. THE FATE OF LEE KHAN (King Hu)
  4. BADLANDS (Terrence Malick)
  5. MEAN STREETS (Martin Scorsese)
  6. DAY FOR NIGHT (François Truffaut)
  7. “Introduction to Arnold Schoenberg’s ‘Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene’” (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet)
  8. A DOLL’S HOUSE (Joseph Losey)
  9. THE ILLUMINATION (Krzysztof Zanussi)
  10. ISRAEL, WHY (Claude Lanzmann)

1972

  1. OUT 1: SPECTRE (Jacques Rivette)
  2. THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  3. THE HEARTBREAK KID (Elaine May)
  4. LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON (Eric Rohmer)
  5. WE WON’T GROW OLD TOGETHER (Maurice Pialat)
  6. “Poetic Justice” (Hollis Frampton)
  7. THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE (Luis Buñuel)
  8. NATHALIE GRANGER (Marguerite Duras)
  9. TOUT VA BIEN (Jean-Luc Godard & Jean-Pierre Gorin)
  10. PINK FLAMINGOS (John Waters)

1971

  1. A TOUCH OF ZEN (King Hu)
  2. OUT 1: NOLI ME TANGERE (Jacques Rivette)
  3. “(nostalgia)” (Hollis Frampton)
  4. A NEW LEAF (Elaine May)
  5. THE DEVILS (Ken Russell)
  6. PUNISHMENT PARK (Peter Watkins)
  7. TWO ENGLISH GIRLS (François Truffaut)
  8. THE CEREMONY (Nagisa Oshima)
  9. FOUR NIGHTS OF A DREAMER (Robert Bresson)
  10. JUST BEFORE NIGHTFALL (Claude Chabrol)

1970

  1. ZORNS LEMMA (Hollis Frampton)
  2. CLAIRE’S KNEE (Eric Rohmer)
  3. EYES DO NOT WANT TO CLOSE AT ALL TIMES, OR PERHAPS ONE DAY ROME WILL PERMIT HERSELF TO CHOOSE IN HER TURN (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet)
  4. “Serene Velocity” (Ernie Gehr)
  5. LE BOUCHER (Claude Chabrol)
  6. LA RUPTURE (Claude Chabrol)
  7. THE CONFORMIST (Bernardo Bertolucci)
  8. DAYS AND NIGHTS IN THE FOREST (Satyajit Ray)
  9. THE WILD CHILD (François Truffaut)
  10. TRISTANA (Luis Buñuel)

1960s

Best of the Decade

  1. THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT (Jacques Demy)
  2. “La jetée” (Chris Marker)
  3. LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD (Alain Resnais)
  4. DRAGON INN (King Hu)
  5. MURIEL, OR THE TIME OF RETURN (Alain Resnais)
  6. GERTRUD (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  7. WAVELENGTH (Michael Snow)
  8. HIGH AND LOW (Akira Kurosawa)
  9. THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (Jacques Demy)
  10. PIERROT LE FOU (Jean-Luc Godard)

1969

  1. MY NIGHT AT MAUD’S (Eric Rohmer)
  2. L’AMOUR FOU (Jacques Rivette)
  3. BOY (Nagisa Oshima)
  4. THE SORROW AND THE PITY (Marcel Ophuls)
  5. UNE FEMME DOUCE (Robert Bresson)
  6. DESTROY, SHE SAID (Marguerite Duras)
  7. “Lemon” (Hollis Frampton)
  8. DOUBLE SUICIDE (Masahiro Shinoda)
  9. BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE (Paul Mazursky)
  10. LE GAI SAVOIR (Jean-Luc Godard)

1968

  1. DEATH BY HANGING (Nagisa Oshima)
  2. JE T’AIME, JE T’AIME (Alain Resnais)
  3. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (Stanley Kubrick)
  4. THE IMMORTAL STORY (Orson Welles)
  5. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (George A. Romero)
  6. MEMORIES OF UNDERDEVELOPMENT (Tomás Gutiérrez Alea)
  7. THE CHRONICLE OF ANNA MAGDALENA BACH (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet)
  8. ONE PLUS ONE (Jean-Luc Godard)
  9. L’ENFANCE NUE (Maurice Pialat)
  10. LUCÍA (Humberto Solás)

1967

  1. THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT (Jacques Demy)
  2. DRAGON INN (King Hu)
  3. WAVELENGTH (Michael Snow)
  4. WEEKEND (Jean-Luc Godard)
  5. LA COLLECTIONNEUSE (Eric Rohmer)
  6. ONE-ARMED SWORDSMAN (Chang Cheh)
  7. THE RED AND THE WHITE (Miklós Jancsó)
  8. MOUCHETTE (Robert Bresson)
  9. 2 OR 3 THINGS I KNOW ABOUT HER (Jean-Luc Godard)
  10. PORTRAIT OF JASON (Shirley Clarke)

1966

  1. PERSONA (Ingmar Bergman)
  2. THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (Gillo Pontecorvo)
  3. THE TAKING OF POWER BY LOUIS XIV (Roberto Rossellini)
  4. AU HASARD BALTHAZAR (Robert Bresson)
  5. BLACK GIRL (Ousmane Sembène)
  6. COME DRINK WITH ME (King Hu)
  7. THE NUN (Jacques Rivette)
  8. “Castro Street” (Bruce Baillie)
  9. “Hold Me While I’m Naked” (George Kuchar)
  10. THE WAR IS OVER (Alain Resnais)

1965

  1. PIERROT LE FOU (Jean-Luc Godard)
  2. NOT RECONCILED (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet)
  3. THE WAR GAME (Peter Watkins)
  4. SIMON OF THE DESERT (Luis Buñuel)
  5. TOKYO OLYMPIAD (Kon Ichikawa)
  6. RED BEARD (Akira Kurosawa)
  7. THE KOUMIKO MYSTERY (Chris Marker)
  8. SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS (Sergei Parajanov)
  9. ALPHAVILLE (Jean-Luc Godard)
  10. CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT (Orson Welles)

1964

  1. GERTRUD (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  2. THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (Jacques Demy)
  3. WOMAN IN THE DUNES (Hiroshi Teshigahara)
  4. MARNIE (Alfred Hitchcock)
  5. CHARULATA (Satyajit Ray)
  6. NOTHING BUT A MAN (Michael Roemer)
  7. UNE FEMME MARIÉE (Jean-Luc Godard)
  8. THE BRIG (Jonas Mekas)
  9. RED DESERT (Michelangelo Antonioni)
  10. I AM CUBA (Mikhail Kalatozov)

1963

  1. MURIEL, OR THE TIME OF RETURN (Alain Resnais)
  2. HIGH AND LOW (Akira Kurosawa)
  3. THE LOVE ETERNE (Li Han-hsiang)
  4. THE BIRDS (Alfred Hitchcock)
  5. “The House Is Black” (Forough Farrokhzad)
  6. “Mothlight” (Stan Brakhage)
  7. THE SERVANT (Joseph Losey)
  8. LE JOLI MAI (Chris Marker)
  9. PASAZERKA (Andrzej Munk)
  10. LES CARABINIERS (Jean-Luc Godard)

1962

  1. “La jetée” (Chris Marker)
  2. LOLITA (Stanley Kubrick)
  3. AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON (Yasujiro Ozu)
  4. CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7 (Agnès Varda)
  5. JULES ET JIM (François Truffaut)
  6. VIVRE SA VIE (Jean-Luc Godard)
  7. THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL (Luis Buñuel)
  8. HARAKIRI (Masaki Kobayashi)
  9. THE TRIAL OF JOAN OF ARC (Robert Bresson)
  10. IL MARE (Giuseppe Patroni Griffi)

1961

  1. LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD (Alain Resnais)
  2. PARIS BELONGS TO US (Jacques Rivette)
  3. YOJIMBO (Akira Kurosawa)
  4. WEST SIDE STORY (Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins)
  5. “Prelude: Dog Star Man” (Stan Brakhage)
  6. A WOMAN IS A WOMAN (Jean-Luc Godard)
  7. THE TWILIGHT ZONE: “It’s a Good Life” (James Sheldon)
  8. LA NOTTE (Michelangelo Antonioni)

1960

  1. BREATHLESS (Jean-Luc Godard)
  2. THE 1000 EYES OF DR. MABUSE (Fritz Lang)
  3. PSYCHO (Alfred Hitchcock)
  4. L’AVVENTURA (Michelangelo Antonioni)
  5. THE APARTMENT (Billy Wilder)
  6. “Arnulf Rainer” (Peter Kubelka)
  7. NIGHT AND FOG IN JAPAN (Nagisa Oshima)
  8. THE BELLBOY (Jerry Lewis)
  9. LA DOLCE VITA (Federico Fellini)
  10. THE BAD SLEEP WELL (Akira Kurosawa)

1950s

Best of the Decade

  1. THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (Charles Laughton)
  2. VERTIGO (Alfred Hitchcock)
  3. SEVEN SAMURAI (Akira Kurosawa)
  4. “Duck Amuck” (Chuck Jones)
  5. SANSHO THE BAILIFF (Kenji Mizoguchi)
  6. TOKYO STORY (Yasujiro Ozu)
  7. REAR WINDOW (Alfred Hitchcock)
  8. A STAR IS BORN (George Cukor)
  9. RIO BRAVO (Howard Hawks)
  10. “Night and Fog” (Alain Resnais)

1959

  1. RIO BRAVO (Howard Hawks)
  2. THE 400 BLOWS (François Truffaut)
  3. HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR (Alain Resnais)
  4. NORTH BY NORTHWEST (Alfred Hitchcock)
  5. SHADOWS (John Cassavetes)
  6. PICKPOCKET (Robert Bresson)
  7. THE WORLD OF APU (Satyajit Ray)
  8. “Window Water Baby Moving” (Stan Brakhage)
  9. UNE SIMPLE HISTOIRE (Marcel Hanoun)

1958

  1. VERTIGO (Alfred Hitchcock)
  2. TOUCH OF EVIL (Orson Welles)
  3. “A Movie” (Bruce Conner)
  4. ENJO (Kon Ichikawa)

1957

  1. SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (Alexander Mackendrick)
  2. THRONE OF BLOOD (Akira Kurosawa)
  3. PATHS OF GLORY (Stanley Kubrick)
  4. “What’s Opera, Doc?” (Chuck Jones)
  5. “Ali Baba Bunny” (Chuck Jones)

1956

  1. “Night and Fog” (Alain Resnais)
  2. THE WRONG MAN (Alfred Hitchcock)
  3. A MAN ESCAPED (Robert Bresson)
  4. THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (Alfred Hitchcock)
  5. THE BURMESE HARP (Kon Ichikawa)
  6. THE SEARCHERS (John Ford)

1955

  1. THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (Charles Laughton)
  2. FLOATING CLOUDS (Mikio Naruse)
  3. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (Nicholas Ray)
  4. LOLA MONTÈS (Max Ophuls)
  5. THE LONG GRAY LINE (John Ford)
  6. MOONFLEET (Fritz Lang)
  7. MR. ARKADIN (Orson Welles)
  8. ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS (Douglas Sirk)
  9. ARTISTS AND MODELS (Frank Tashlin)
  10. KISS ME DEADLY (Robert Aldrich)

1954

  1. SEVEN SAMURAI (Akira Kurosawa)
  2. SANSHO THE BAILIFF (Kenji Mizoguchi)
  3. REAR WINDOW (Alfred Hitchcock)
  4. A STAR IS BORN (George Cukor)
  5. JOURNEY TO ITALY (Roberto Rossellini)
  6. GODZILLA (Ishiro Honda)
  7. THE CRUCIFIED LOVERS (Kenji Mizoguchi)
  8. MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION (Douglas Sirk)

1953

  1. “Duck Amuck” (Chuck Jones)
  2. TOKYO STORY (Yasujiro Ozu)
  3. THE SAGA OF ANATAHAN (Josef von Sternberg)
  4. UGETSU (Kenji Mizoguchi)
  5. “Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century” (Chuck Jones)
  6. THE BIG HEAT (Fritz Lang)
  7. “Duck! Rabbit, Duck!” (Chuck Jones)
  8. THE LADY WITHOUT CAMELIAS (Michelangelo Antonioni)

1952

  1. THE QUIET MAN (John Ford)
  2. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly)
  3. THE LUSTY MEN (Nicholas Ray)
  4. “Rabbit Seasoning” (Chuck Jones)
  5. “Feed the Kitty” (Chuck Jones)
  6. “Operation: Rabbit” (Chuck Jones)

1951

  1. DIARY OF A COUNTRY PRIEST (Robert Bresson)
  2. AWAARA (Raj Kapoor)
  3. THE TALL TARGET (Anthony Mann)
  4. OTHELLO (Orson Welles)
  5. “Rabbit Fire” (Chuck Jones)

1950

  1. SUNSET BLVD. (Billy Wilder)
  2. LA RONDE (Max Ophuls)
  3. “Rabbit of Seville” (Chuck Jones)
  4. ALL ABOUT EVE (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
  5. RASHOMON (Akira Kurosawa)
  6. LOS OLVIDADOS (Luis Buñuel)
  7. LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES (Jean-Pierre Melville)

1940s

Best of the Decade

  1. THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (Orson Welles)
  2. MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (Vincente Minnelli)
  3. LATE SPRING (Yasujiro Ozu)
  4. CITIZEN KANE (Orson Welles)
  5. NOTORIOUS (Alfred Hitchcock)
  6. HIS GIRL FRIDAY (Howard Hawks)
  7. FORT APACHE (John Ford)
  8. THE CLOCK (Vincente Minnelli)
  9. THE BIG SLEEP (Howard Hawks)
  10. BRIEF ENCOUNTER (David Lean)

1949

  1. LATE SPRING (Yasujiro Ozu)
  2. THE THIRD MAN (Carol Reed)
  3. A LETTER TO THREE WIVES (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)

1948

  1. FORT APACHE (John Ford)
  2. BERLIN EXPRESS (Jacques Tourneur)
  3. ROPE (Alfred Hitchcock)

1947

  1. OUT OF THE PAST (Jacques Tourneur)
  2. DAISY KENYON (Otto Preminger)
  3. “Fireworks” (Kenneth Anger)

1946

  1. NOTORIOUS (Alfred Hitchcock)
  2. THE BIG SLEEP (Howard Hawks)
  3. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Frank Capra)
  4. THE LOCKET (John Brahm)
  5. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Jean Cocteau)
  6. ENAMORADA (Emilio Fernández)

1945

  1. THE CLOCK (Vincente Minnelli)
  2. BRIEF ENCOUNTER (David Lean)
  3. DETOUR (Edgar G. Ulmer)
  4. MILDRED PIERCE (Michael Curtiz)
  5. LES DAMES DU BOIS DE BOULOGNE (Robert Bresson)
  6. ROME, OPEN CITY (Roberto Rossellini)
  7. MY NAME IS JULIA ROSS (Joseph H. Lewis)

1944

  1. MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (Vincente Minnelli)
  2. DOUBLE INDEMNITY (Billy Wilder)
  3. LAURA (Otto Preminger)

1943

  1. “Meshes of the Afternoon” (Maya Deren & Alexander Hammid)
  2. I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE (Jacques Tourneur)
  3. THE GANG’S ALL HERE (Busby Berkeley)
  4. HEAVEN CAN WAIT (Ernst Lubitsch)
  5. ANGELS OF SIN (Robert Bresson)
  6. SHADOW OF A DOUBT (Alfred Hitchcock)
  7. OSSESSIONE (Luchino Visconti)

1942

  1. THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (Orson Welles)
  2. CAT PEOPLE (Jacques Tourneur)
  3. CASABLANCA (Michael Curtiz)
  4. “Radio Dynamics” (Oskar Fischinger)

1941

  1. CITIZEN KANE (Orson Welles)

1940

  1. HIS GIRL FRIDAY (Howard Hawks)
  2. REBECCA (Alfred Hitchcock)

1930s

Best of the Decade

  1. ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS (Howard Hawks)
  2. THE RULES OF THE GAME (Jean Renoir)
  3. THE TESTAMENT OF DR. MABUSE (Fritz Lang)
  4. THE AWFUL TRUTH (Leo McCarey)
  5. M (Fritz Lang)
  6. A DAY IN THE COUNTRY (Jean Renoir)
  7. EARTH (Alexander Dovzhenko)
  8. HOLIDAY (George Cukor)
  9. SABOTAGE (Alfred Hitchcock)
  10. TROUBLE IN PARADISE (Ernst Lubitsch)

1939

  1. ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS (Howard Hawks)
  2. THE RULES OF THE GAME (Jean Renoir)
  3. STAGECOACH (John Ford)
  4. THE WIZARD OF OZ (Victor Fleming)

1938

  1. HOLIDAY (George Cukor)
  2. THE LADY VANISHES (Alfred Hitchcock)

1937

  1. THE AWFUL TRUTH (Leo McCarey)
  2. MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW (Leo McCarey)
  3. GRAND ILLUSION (Jean Renoir)
  4. A STAR IS BORN (William A. Wellman)

1936

  1. A DAY IN THE COUNTRY (Jean Renoir)
  2. SABOTAGE (Alfred Hitchcock)
  3. “Rose Hobart” (Joseph Cornell)
  4. THE CRIME OF MONSIEUR LANGE (Jean Renoir)

1935

  1. THE 39 STEPS (Alfred Hitchcock)
  2. TONI (Jean Renoir)

1934

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

1933

  1. THE TESTAMENT OF DR. MABUSE (Fritz Lang)
  2. ONLY YESTERDAY (John M. Stahl)
  3. DRAGNET GIRL (Yasujiro Ozu)
  4. LIEBELEI (Max Ophuls)
  5. DESIGN FOR LIVING (Ernst Lubitsch)

1932

  1. TROUBLE IN PARADISE (Ernst Lubitsch)

1931

  1. M (Fritz Lang)
  2. CITY LIGHTS (Charles Chaplin)
  3. TABU (F.W. Murnau)
  4. LA CHIENNE (Jean Renoir)
  5. FRANKENSTEIN (James Whale)
  6. DISHONORED (Josef von Sternberg)
  7. MARIUS (Alexander Korda)

1930

  1. EARTH (Alexander Dovzhenko)
  2. THE BLUE ANGEL (Josef von Sternberg)
  3. MOROCCO (Josef von Sternberg)

1920s

  1. SUNRISE (F.W. Murnau)
  2. NAPOLÉON (Abel Gance)
  3. THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  4. DR. MABUSE, THE GAMBLER (Fritz Lang)
  5. SEVEN CHANCES (Buster Keaton)
  6. SPIONE (Fritz Lang)
  7. MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA (Dziga Vertov)
  8. GREED (Erich von Stroheim)
  9. NOSFERATU (F.W. Murnau)
  10. SHERLOCK, JR. (Buster Keaton)

1929

  1. MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA (Dziga Vertov)
  2. APPLAUSE (Rouben Mamoulian)
  3. “Un chien andalou” (Luis Buñuel)
  4. “Rain” (Joris Ivens & Mannus Franken)
  5. “Liberty” (Leo McCarey)
  6. “Brumes d’automne” (Dimitri Kirshoff)
  7. “Tokyo March” (Kenji Mizoguchi)

1928

  1. THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  2. SPIONE (Fritz Lang)
  3. STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. (Charles Reisner and Buster Keaton)
  4. THE WEDDING MARCH (Erich von Stroheim)
  5. “The Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra” (Robert Florey & Slavko Vorkapich)
  6. “Record 957” (Germaine Dulac)
  7. SHOW PEOPLE (King Vidor)

1927

  1. SUNRISE (F.W. Murnau)
  2. NAPOLÉON (Abel Gance)
  3. METROPOLIS (Fritz Lang)
  4. THE SEASHELL AND THE CLERGYMAN (Germaine Dulac)

1925

  1. SEVEN CHANCES (Buster Keaton)
  2. BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN (Sergei Eisenstein)
  3. THE MERRY WIDOW (Erich von Stroheim)

1924

  1. GREED (Erich von Stroheim)
  2. SHERLOCK JR. (Buster Keaton)
  3. THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (Raoul Walsh)
  4. “Ménilmontant” (Dimitri Kirshoff)
  5. “Ballet mécanique” (Fernand Léger & Dudley Murphy)
  6. HE WHO GETS SLAPPED (Victor Sjöström)

1922

  1. DR. MABUSE, THE GAMBLER (Fritz Lang)
  2. NOSFERATU (F.W. Murnau)
  3. NANOOK OF THE NORTH (Robert J. Flaherty)

Pre-1920s

  1. LES VAMPIRES (Louis Feuillade)
  2. “Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory in Lyon” (Louis & Auguste Lumière)
  3. FANTÔMAS (Louis Feuillade)
  4. “The Musketeers of Pig Alley” (D.W. Griffith)
  5. “The Sprinklers Sprinkled” (Louis & Auguste Lumière)
  6. “Tunneling the English Channel” (Georges Méliès)
  7. “The Black Imp” (Georges Méliès)
  8. “A Trip to the Moon” (Georges Méliès)
  9. “The Unchanging Sea” (D.W. Griffith)
  10. “The Mermaid” (Georges Méliès)

1915

  1. LES VAMPIRES (Louis Feuillade)
  2. THE BIRTH OF A NATION (D.W. Griffith)

1914

  1. “Kid Auto Races at Venice” (Henry Lehrman)

1913

  1. FANTÔMAS (Louis Feuillade)

1912

  1. “The Musketeers of Pig Alley” (D.W. Griffith)

1910

  1. “The Unchanging Sea” (D.W. Griffith)

1907

  1. “Tunneling the English Channel” (Georges Méliès)

1905

  1. “The Black Imp” (Georges Méliès)

1904

  1. “The Mermaid” (Georges Méliès)

1902

  1. “A Trip to the Moon” (Georges Méliès)

1895

  1. “Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory in Lyon” (Louis & Auguste Lumière)
  2. “The Sprinklers Sprinkled” (Louis & Auguste Lumière)
  3. “Boat Leaving the Port” (Louis & Auguste Lumière)