Simple Top Tens (Features Only)

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

Main list.
A version of this with shorts but without non-media film objects.

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. CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD: AN EMOTIONAL HISTORY OF THE MODERN WORLD (Adam Curtis)
  2. DAYS (Tsai Ming-liang)
  3. SHORT VACATION (Kwon Min-pyo & Seo Han-sol)
  4. BEGINNING (Déa Kulumbegashvili)
  5. THE WOMAN WHO RAN (Hong Sang-soo)
  6. WIFE OF A SPY (Kurosawa Kiyoshi)
  7. MALMKROG (Cristi Puiu)
  8. A RIVER RUNS, TURNS, ERASES, REPLACES (Zhu Shengze)
  9. SMALL AXE: LOVERS ROCK (Steve McQueen)
  10. SWIMMING OUT TILL THE SEA TURNS BLUE (Jia Zhangke)

2021

  1. CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD: AN EMOTIONAL HISTORY OF THE MODERN WORLD (Adam Curtis)
  2. A RIVER RUNS, TURNS, ERASES, REPLACES (Zhu Shengze)
  3. PEBBLES (Vinothraj PS)
  4. COME HERE (Anocha Suwichakornpong)
  5. NOBODY (Ilya Naishuller)

2020

  1. DAYS (Tsai Ming-liang)
  2. SHORT VACATION (Kwon Min-pyo & Seo Han-sol)
  3. BEGINNING (Déa Kulumbegashvili)
  4. THE WOMAN WHO RAN (Hong Sang-soo)
  5. WIFE OF A SPY (Kurosawa Kiyoshi)
  6. MALMKROG (Cristi Puiu)
  7. SMALL AXE: LOVERS ROCK (Steve McQueen)
  8. SWIMMING OUT TILL THE SEA TURNS BLUE (Jia Zhangke)
  9. THE DISCIPLE (Chaitanya Tamhane)
  10. TESLA (Michael Almereyda)

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 (Hamaguchi Ryūsuke)
  8. MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART (Jia Zhangke)
  9. THE DAY HE ARRIVES (Hong Sang-soo)
  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 (Kurosawa Kiyoshi)
  4. FOURTEEN (Dan Sallitt)
  5. PRESENT.PERFECT. (Zhu Shengze)
  6. PARASITE (Bong Joon-ho)
  7. UNCUT GEMS (Josh & Benny Safdie)
  8. I WAS AT HOME, BUT… (Angela Schanelec)
  9. A VOLUNTARY YEAR (Ulrich Köhler & Henner Winckler)
  10. ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD (Quentin Tarantino)

2018

  1. LA FLOR (Mariano Llinás)
  2. ASAKO I & II (Hamaguchi Ryūsuke)
  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. AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL (Hu Bo)

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 (Ōbayashi Nobuhiko)
  5. ARBORETUM CYCLE (Nathaniel Dorsky)
  6. THE DAY AFTER (Hong Sang-soo)
  7. STREETSCAPES [DIALOGUE] (Heinz Emigholz)
  8. PRINCESS CYD (Stephen Cone)
  9. CLAIRE’S CAMERA (Hong Sang-soo)
  10. FACES PLACES (Agnès Varda & JR)

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. HYPERNORMALISATION (Adam Curtis)
  7. CERTAIN WOMEN (Kelly Reichardt)
  8. THE HANDMAIDEN (Park Chan-wook)
  9. SIERANEVADA (Cristi Puiu)
  10. KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE (Robert Greene)

2015

  1. MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART (Jia Zhangke)
  2. THE ASSASSIN (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  3. CAROL (Todd Haynes)
  4. CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
  5. BLACKHAT (Michael Mann)
  6. MISTRESS AMERICA (Noah Baumbach)
  7. HAPPY HOUR (Hamaguchi Ryūsuke)
  8. RIGHT NOW, WRONG THEN (Hong Sang-soo)
  9. JOURNEY TO THE SHORE (Kurosawa Kiyoshi)
  10. AFTERNOON (Tsai Ming-liang)

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 (Miyazaki Hayao)
  5. BEFORE MIDNIGHT (Richard Linklater)
  6. BASTARDS (Claire Denis)
  7. THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA (Takahata Isao)
  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 Panâhi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb)
  6. THE COLOR WHEEL (Alex Ross Perry)
  7. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (David Fincher)
  8. THE LONELIEST PLANET (Julia Loktev)
  9. ALL WATCHED OVER BY MACHINES OF LOVING GRACE (Adam Curtis)
  10. A WORLD WITHOUT WOMEN (Guillaume Brac)

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. FILM SOCIALISME (Jean-Luc Godard)
  7. LOVE IN A PUFF (Pang Ho-cheung)
  8. THE GHOST WRITER (Roman Polański)
  9. OKI’S MOVIE (Hong Sang-soo)
  10. THE STRANGE CASE OF ANGELICA (Manoel de Oliveira)

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. CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (Ang Lee)
  7. A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (Steven Spielberg)
  8. SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
  9. MIAMI VICE (Michael Mann)
  10. LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF (Thom Andersen)

2009

  1. OXHIDE II (Liu Jiayin)
  2. IT FELT LIKE A KISS (Adam Curtis)
  3. DISORDER (Huang Weikai)
  4. ACCIDENT (Soi Cheang)
  5. PUBLIC ENEMIES (Michael Mann)
  6. ORPHAN (Jaume Collet-Serra)
  7. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (Quentin Tarantino)
  8. FANTASTIC MR. FOX (Wes Anderson)
  9. SWEETGRASS (Ilisa Barbash & Lucien Castaing-Taylor)
  10. LIKE YOU KNOW IT ALL (Hong Sang-soo)

2008

  1. SPARROW (Johnnie To)
  2. NIGHT AND DAY (Hong Sang-soo)
  3. 35 SHOTS OF RUM (Claire Denis)
  4. THE HEADLESS WOMAN (Lucrecia Martel)
  5. SPEED RACER (Lana & Lilly Wachowski)
  6. HISTORIAS EXTRAORDINARIAS (Mariano Llinás)
  7. TWO LOVERS (James Gray)
  8. WENDY AND LUCY (Kelly Reichardt)
  9. 24 CITY (Jia Zhangke)
  10. L’IDIOT (Pierre Léon)

2007

  1. THE TRAP: WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR DREAM OF FREEDOM (Adam Curtis)
  2. ZODIAC (David Fincher)
  3. DEATH PROOF (Quentin Tarantino)
  4. LA FRANCE (Serge Bozon)
  5. MICHAEL CLAYTON (Tony Gilroy)
  6. HANNAH TAKES THE STAIRS (Joe Swanberg)
  7. MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS (Wong Kar-wai)
  8. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  9. PROFIT MOTIVE AND THE WHISPERING WIND (John Gianvito)
  10. 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS (Cristian Mungiu)

2006

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

2005

  1. THE NEW WORLD (Terrence Malick)
  2. OXHIDE (Liu Jiayin)
  3. TALE OF CINEMA (Hong Sang-soo)
  4. THROUGH THE FOREST (Jean-Paul Civeyrac)
  5. THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU (Cristi Puiu)
  6. CACHÉ (Michael Haneke)
  7. THE WAYWARD CLOUD (Tsai Ming-liang)
  8. ELECTION (Johnnie To)
  9. PERHAPS LOVE (Peter Chan)
  10. THE SQUID AND THE WHALE (Noah Baumbach)

2004

  1. 2046 (Wong Kar-wai)
  2. BEFORE SUNSET (Richard Linklater)
  3. THROW DOWN (Johnnie To)
  4. TROPICAL MALADY (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
  5. THE HAND (Wong Kar-wai)
  6. THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES: THE RISE OF THE POLITICS OF FEAR (Adam Curtis)
  7. VERA DRAKE (Mike Leigh)
  8. THE WORLD (Jia Zhangke)
  9. ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (Michel Gondry)
  10. COLLATERAL (Michael Mann)

2003

  1. GOODBYE, DRAGON INN (Tsai Ming-liang)
  2. LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF (Thom Andersen)
  3. PTU (Johnnie To)
  4. LOST IN TRANSLATION (Sofia Coppola)
  5. RUNNING ON KARMA (Johnnie To & Wai Ka-fai)
  6. KILL BILL: VOLUME 1 (Quentin Tarantino)
  7. MEMORIES OF MURDER (Bong Joon-ho)
  8. OLDBOY (Park Chan-wook)
  9. S21: THE KHMER ROUGE KILLING MACHINE (Panh Rithy)
  10. TARNATION (Jonathan Caouette)

2002

  1. FEMME FATALE (Brian De Palma)
  2. MY LEFT EYE SEES GHOSTS (Johnnie To & Wai Ka-fai)
  3. CHINESE ODYSSEY 2002 (Jeffrey Lau)
  4. HERO (Zhang Yimou)
  5. THE CENTURY OF THE SELF (Adam Curtis)
  6. FRIDAY NIGHT (Claire Denis)
  7. ON THE OCCASION OF REMEMBERING THE TURNING GATE (Hong Sang-soo)
  8. BLISSFULLY YOURS (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
  9. UNKNOWN PLEASURES (Jia Zhangke)
  10. PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE (Paul Thomas Anderson)

2001

  1. MULHOLLAND DR. (David Lynch)
  2. A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (Steven Spielberg)
  3. PULSE (Kurosawa Kiyoshi)
  4. MILLENNIUM MAMBO (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  5. WHAT TIME IS IT THERE? (Tsai Ming-liang)
  6. SPIRITED AWAY (Miyazaki Hayao)
  7. LA CIÉNAGA (Lucrecia Martel)
  8. ALL ABOUT LILY CHOU-CHOU (Iwai Shunji)
  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 EMPEROR’S NEW GROOVE (Mark Dindal)
  6. YOU CAN COUNT ON ME (Kenneth Lonergan)
  7. HAMLET (Michael Almereyda)
  8. VIRGIN STRIPPED BARE BY HER BACHELORS (Hong Sang-soo)
  9. THE STATE I AM IN (Christian Petzold)
  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. TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME (David Lynch)
  6. TRUST (Hal Hartley)
  7. MAHJONG (Edward Yang)
  8. CLOSE-UP (Abbas Kiarostami)
  9. DAYS OF BEING WILD (Wong Kar-wai)
  10. ASHES OF TIME (Wong Kar-wai)

1999

  1. EYES WIDE SHUT (Stanley Kubrick)
  2. BEAU TRAVAIL (Claire Denis)
  3. GOHATTO (Ōshima Nagisa)
  4. THE INSIDER (Michael Mann)
  5. THE MATRIX (Lana & Lilly Wachowski)
  6. POLA X (Leos Carax)
  7. THE MISSION (Johnnie To)
  8. SILVIA PRIETO (Martín Rejtman)
  9. EXISTENZ (David Cronenberg)
  10. THE STRAIGHT STORY (David Lynch)

1998

  1. THE HOLE (Tsai Ming-liang)
  2. THE THIN RED LINE (Terrence Malick)
  3. A HERO NEVER DIES (Johnnie To)
  4. RUSHMORE (Wes Anderson)
  5. THE POWER OF KANGWON PROVINCE (Hong Sang-soo)
  6. FESTEN (Thomas Vinterberg)
  7. SNAKE EYES (Brian De Palma)
  8. DIL SE.. (Mani Ratnam)

1997

  1. THE END OF EVANGELION (Anno Hideaki)
  2. CURE (Kurosawa Kiyoshi)
  3. THE RIVER (Tsai Ming-liang)
  4. LOST HIGHWAY (David Lynch)
  5. HAPPY TOGETHER (Wong Kar-wai)
  6. TOO MANY WAYS TO BE NO. 1 (Wai Ka-fai)
  7. TASTE OF CHERRY (Abbas Kiarostami)
  8. THE SWEET HEREAFTER (Atom Egoyan)
  9. STARSHIP TROOPERS (Paul Verhoeven)
  10. XIAO WU (Jia Zhangke)

1996

  1. MAHJONG (Edward Yang)
  2. SECRETS & LIES (Mike Leigh)
  3. VIVA EROTICA (Derek Yee & Lo Chi-leung)
  4. GOODBYE SOUTH, GOODBYE (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  5. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE (Brian De Palma)
  6. BREAKING THE WAVES (Lars von Trier)
  7. FARGO (Joel & Ethan Coen)
  8. IRMA VEP (Olivier Assayas)
  9. THE DAY A PIG FELL INTO THE WELL (Hong Sang-soo)
  10. BOUND (Lana & Lilly Wachowski)

1995

  1. HEAT (Michael Mann)
  2. STRANGE DAYS (Kathryn Bigelow)
  3. THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY (Clint Eastwood)
  4. FALLEN ANGELS (Wong Kar-wai)
  5. SAFE (Todd Haynes)
  6. BEFORE SUNRISE (Richard Linklater)
  7. CLUELESS (Amy Heckerling)
  8. UNDERGROUND (Emir Kursturica)
  9. XIAO SHAN GOING HOME (Jia Zhangke)

1994

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

1993

  1. GREEN SNAKE (Tsui Hark)
  2. NAKED (Mike Leigh)
  3. CARLITO’S WAY (Brian De Palma)
  4. D’EST (Chantal Akerman)
  5. DAZED AND CONFUSED (Richard Linklater)
  6. THREE COLORS: BLUE (Krzysztof Kieślowski)
  7. JURASSIC PARK (Steven Spielberg)

1992

  1. TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME (David Lynch)
  2. THE ROCKING HORSEMEN (Ōbayashi Nobuhiko)
  3. HARD-BOILED (John Woo)
  4. THE LONG DAY CLOSES (Terence Davies)
  5. UNFORGIVEN (Clint Eastwood)
  6. DEEP COVER (Bill Duke)
  7. REBELS OF THE NEON GOD (Tsai Ming-liang)
  8. SIMPLE MEN (Hal Hartley)
  9. NITRATE KISSES (Barbara Hammer)
  10. HYENAS (Djibril Diop Mambéty)

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. RAISE THE RED LANTERN (Zhang Yimou)
  6. THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE (Krzysztof Kieślowski)
  7. ONLY YESTERDAY (Takahata Isao)
  8. TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (James Cameron)
  9. SOME DIVINE WIND (Roddy Bogawa)

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. TOTAL RECALL (Paul Verhoeven)
  6. WILD AT HEART (David Lynch)
  7. TO SLEEP WITH ANGER (Charles Burnett)
  8. GOODFELLAS (Martin Scorsese)
  9. JU DOU (Zhang Yimou & Yang Fengliang)
  10. THE NASTY GIRL (Michael Verhoeven)

1980s

Best of the Decade

  1. SANS SOLEIL (Chris Marker)
  2. BLUE VELVET (David Lynch)
  3. A CITY OF SADNESS (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  4. BEIJING WATERMELON (Ōbayashi Nobuhiko)
  5. PEKING OPERA BLUES (Tsui Hark)
  6. PARIS, TEXAS (Wim Wenders)
  7. MANHUNTER (Michael Mann)
  8. STOP MAKING SENSE (Jonathan Demme)
  9. PEDICAB DRIVER (Sammo Hung)
  10. THE TERRORIZERS (Edward Yang)

1989

  1. A CITY OF SADNESS (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  2. BEIJING WATERMELON (Ōbayashi Nobuhiko)
  3. PEDICAB DRIVER (Sammo Hung)
  4. DO THE RIGHT THING (Spike Lee)
  5. THE UNBELIEVABLE TRUTH (Hal Hartley)
  6. THE KILLER (John Woo)
  7. CASUALTIES OF WAR (Brian De Palma)
  8. KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE (Miyazaki Hayao)
  9. LES SIÈGES DE L’ALCAZAR (Luc Moullet)
  10. THE SEVENTH CONTINENT (Michael Haneke)

1988

  1. MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (Miyazaki Hayao)
  2. SCHOOL ON FIRE (Ringo Lam)
  3. AS TEARS GO BY (Wong Kar-wai)
  4. 36 FILLETTE (Catherine Breillat)
  5. UMA PEDRA NO BOLSO (Joaquim Pinto)
  6. AKIRA (Ōtomo Katsuhiro)
  7. DIE HARD (John McTiernan)
  8. CHOCOLAT (Claire Denis)
  9. POLICE STORY 2 (Jackie Chan)

1987

  1. EASTERN CONDORS (Sammo Hung)
  2. ISHTAR (Elaine May)
  3. DAUGHTER OF THE NILE (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  4. CITY ON FIRE (Ringo Lam)
  5. WINGS OF DESIRE (Wim Wenders)
  6. ROBOCOP (Paul Verhoeven)
  7. RAISING ARIZONA (Joel & Ethan Coen)
  8. AN AUTUMN’S TALE (Mabel Cheung)
  9. SIGN “O” THE TIMES (Prince)
  10. THE DEATH OF EMPEDOCLES (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet)

1986

  1. BLUE VELVET (David Lynch)
  2. PEKING OPERA BLUES (Tsui Hark)
  3. MANHUNTER (Michael Mann)
  4. THE TERRORIZERS (Edward Yang)
  5. BOUND FOR THE FIELDS, THE MOUNTAINS, AND THE SEACOAST (Ōbayashi Nobuhiko)
  6. THE GREEN RAY (Éric Rohmer)
  7. FAUBOURG ST. MARTIN (Jean-Claude Guiguet)
  8. HIS MOTORBIKE, HER ISLAND (Ōbayashi Nobuhiko)
  9. SOMETHING WILD (Jonathan Demme)
  10. DOUBLE MESSIEURS (Jean-François Stévenin)

1985

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

1984

  1. PARIS, TEXAS (Wim Wenders)
  2. STOP MAKING SENSE (Jonathan Demme)
  3. WHEELS ON MEALS (Sammo Hung)
  4. DUNE (David Lynch)
  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 (Alex Cox)

1983

  1. SANS SOLEIL (Chris Marker)
  2. THAT DAY, ON THE BEACH (Edward Yang)
  3. PAULINE AT THE BEACH (Éric 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. BLESS THEIR LITTLE HEARTS (Billy Woodberry)
  9. RETURN OF THE JEDI (Richard Marquand)
  10. SUFFER LITTLE CHILDREN (Alan Briggs)

1982

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

1981

  1. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (Steven Spielberg)
  2. MY YOUNG AUNTIE (Lau Kar-leung)
  3. THIEF (Michael Mann)
  4. BLOW OUT (Brian De Palma)
  5. AT THIS LATE DATE, THE CHARLESTON (Okamoto Kihachi)
  6. POSSESSION (Andrzej Żuławski)
  7. MERRY-GO-ROUND (Jacques Rivette)
  8. MAD MAX 2 (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. RAGING BULL (Martin Scorsese)
  7. DRESSED TO KILL (Brian De Palma)
  8. THE CONDUCTOR (Andrzej Wajda)
  9. THE ELEPHANT MAN (David Lynch)
  10. CONFIDENCE (Szabó István)

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. PERCEVAL LE GALLOIS (Éric Rohmer)
  6. FEMMES FEMMES (Paul Vecchiali)
  7. INDIA SONG (Marguerite Duras)
  8. ERASERHEAD (David Lynch)
  9. JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES (Chantal Akerman)
  10. DIRTY HO (Lau Kar-leung)

1979

  1. DIRTY HO (Lau Kar-leung)
  2. THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  3. LEGEND OF THE MOUNTAIN (King Hu)
  4. STALKER (Andrei Tarkovsky)
  5. APOCALYPSE NOW (Francis Ford Coppola)
  6. RAINING IN THE MOUNTAIN (King Hu)
  7. THE BUGS BUNNY/ROAD RUNNER MOVIE (Chuck Jones)
  8. ALIEN (Ridley Scott)
  9. WISE BLOOD (John Huston)
  10. THE BLACK STALLION (Carroll Ballard)

1978

  1. PERCEVAL LE GALLOIS (Éric Rohmer)
  2. THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN (Lau Kar-leung)
  3. DAYS OF HEAVEN (Terrence Malick)
  4. DAWN OF THE DEAD (George A. Romero)
  5. IN A YEAR WITH 13 MOONS (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  6. GET OUT YOUR HANDKERCHIEFS (Bertrand Blier)
  7. THE HYPOTHESIS OF THE STOLEN PAINTING (Raúl Ruiz)
  8. LES RENDEZ-VOUS D’ANNA (Chantal Akerman)
  9. THE GREEN ROOM (François Truffaut)
  10. DOSSIER 51 (Michel Deville)

1977

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

1976

  1. DUELLE (UNE QUARANTAINE) (Jacques Rivette)
  2. THE MARQUISE OF O… (Éric Rohmer)
  3. TAXI DRIVER (Martin Scorsese)
  4. IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES (Ōshima Nagisa)
  5. INSIANG (Lino Brocka)
  6. ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (Alan J. Pakula)
  7. NOROÎT (UNE VENGEANCE) (Jacques Rivette)
  8. CARRIE (Brian De Palma)
  9. SÉRAIL (Eduardo de Gregorio)
  10. MIKEY AND NICKY (Elaine May)

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. THE VALIANT ONES (King Hu)
  8. DERSU UZALA (Kurosawa Akira)
  9. THE PASSENGER (Michelangelo Antonioni)
  10. FOX AND HIS FRIENDS (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)

1974

  1. CÉLINE AND JULIE GO BOATING (Jacques Rivette)
  2. FEMMES FEMMES (Paul Vecchiali)
  3. THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (Tobe Hooper)
  4. ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  5. LANCELOT DU LAC (Robert Bresson)
  6. A SIMPLE EVENT (Sohrab Shahid-Saless)
  7. THE BENCH OF DESOLATION (Claude Chabrol)
  8. STAVISKY… (Alain Resnais)
  9. THE MOUTH AGAPE (Maurice Pialat)
  10. A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE (John Cassavetes)

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. A DOLL’S HOUSE (Joseph Losey)
  8. THE ILLUMINATION (Krzysztof Zanussi)
  9. ISRAEL, WHY (Claude Lanzmann)
  10. CHARLEY VARRICK (Don Siegel)

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 (Éric Rohmer)
  5. WE WON’T GROW OLD TOGETHER (Maurice Pialat)
  6. THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE (Luis Buñuel)
  7. NATHALIE GRANGER (Marguerite Duras)
  8. TOUT VA BIEN (Jean-Luc Godard & Jean-Pierre Gorin)
  9. PINK FLAMINGOS (John Waters)
  10. GOODBYE CP (Hara Kazuo)

1971

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

1970

  1. ZORNS LEMMA (Hollis Frampton)
  2. CLAIRE’S KNEE (Éric 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. LE BOUCHER (Claude Chabrol)
  5. LA RUPTURE (Claude Chabrol)
  6. THE CONFORMIST (Bernardo Bertolucci)
  7. DAYS AND NIGHTS IN THE FOREST (Satyajit Ray)
  8. THE WILD CHILD (François Truffaut)
  9. TRISTANA (Luis Buñuel)
  10. WANDA (Barbara Loden)

1960s

Best of the Decade

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

1969

  1. MY NIGHT AT MAUD’S (Éric Rohmer)
  2. L’AMOUR FOU (Jacques Rivette)
  3. BOY (Ōshima Nagisa)
  4. THE SORROW AND THE PITY (Marcel Ophuls)
  5. UNE FEMME DOUCE (Robert Bresson)
  6. DESTROY, SHE SAID (Marguerite Duras)
  7. DOUBLE SUICIDE (Masahiro Shinoda)
  8. BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE (Paul Mazursky)
  9. ÅDALEN 31 (Bo Widerberg)
  10. LE GAI SAVOIR (Jean-Luc Godard)

1968

  1. DEATH BY HANGING (Ōshima Nagisa)
  2. JE T’AIME, JE T’AIME (Alain Resnais)
  3. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (Stanley Kubrick)
  4. THE IMMORTAL STORY (Orson Welles)
  5. GOLDEN SWALLOW (Chang Cheh)
  6. LA CHAMADE (Alain Cavalier)
  7. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (George A. Romero)
  8. MEMORIES OF UNDERDEVELOPMENT (Tomás Gutiérrez Alea)
  9. ROSEMARY’S BABY (Roman Polański)
  10. THE CHRONICLE OF ANNA MAGDALENA BACH (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet)

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 (Éric Rohmer)
  6. ONE-ARMED SWORDSMAN (Chang Cheh)
  7. THE RED AND THE WHITE (Jancsó Miklós)
  8. MOUCHETTE (Robert Bresson)
  9. LE DÉPART (Jerzy Skolimowski)
  10. 2 OR 3 THINGS I KNOW ABOUT HER (Jean-Luc Godard)

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. ROGER LA HONTE (Riccardo Freda)
  7. COME DRINK WITH ME (King Hu)
  8. THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY (Sergio Leone)
  9. THE NUN (Jacques Rivette)
  10. BLOWUP (Michelangelo Antonioni)

1965

  1. PIERROT LE FOU (Jean-Luc Godard)
  2. SONS OF THE GOOD EARTH (King Hu)
  3. NOT RECONCILED (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet)
  4. THE WAR GAME (Peter Watkins)
  5. SIMON OF THE DESERT (Luis Buñuel)
  6. TOKYO OLYMPIAD (Ichikawa Kon)
  7. RED BEARD (Kurosawa Akira)
  8. LE BONHEUR (Agnès Varda)
  9. THE KOUMIKO MYSTERY (Chris Marker)
  10. SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS (Sergei Parajanov)

1964

  1. GERTRUD (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  2. THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (Jacques Demy)
  3. YEARNING (Naruse Mikio)
  4. WOMAN IN THE DUNES (Teshigahara Hiroshi)
  5. MARNIE (Alfred Hitchcock)
  6. CHARULATA (Satyajit Ray)
  7. NOTHING BUT A MAN (Michael Roemer)
  8. THE STORY OF SUE SAN (King Hu)
  9. UNE FEMME MARIÉE (Jean-Luc Godard)
  10. THE BRIG (Jonas Mekas)

1963

  1. MURIEL, OR THE TIME OF RETURN (Alain Resnais)
  2. HIGH AND LOW (Kurosawa Akira)
  3. THE LOVE ETERNE (Li Han-hsiang)
  4. THE BIRDS (Alfred Hitchcock)
  5. THE SERVANT (Joseph Losey)
  6. BAY OF ANGELS (Jacques Demy)
  7. LE JOLI MAI (Chris Marker)
  8. PASAZERKA (Andrzej Munk)
  9. LES CARABINIERS (Jean-Luc Godard)
  10. THE BIG CITY (Satyajit Ray)

1962

  1. LOLITA (Stanley Kubrick)
  2. AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON (Ozu Yasujirō)
  3. L’ECLISSE (Michelangelo Antonioni)
  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 (Kobayashi Masaki)
  9. THE TRIAL OF JOAN OF ARC (Robert Bresson)
  10. IL MARE (Giuseppe Patroni Griffi)

1961

  1. LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD (Alain Resnais)
  2. LOLA (Jacques Demy)
  3. HERCULES CONQUERS ATLANTIS (Vittorio Cottafavi)
  4. PARIS BELONGS TO US (Jacques Rivette)
  5. YOJIMBO (Kurosawa Akira)
  6. WEST SIDE STORY (Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins)
  7. VIRIDIANA (Luis Buñuel)
  8. A WOMAN IS A WOMAN (Jean-Luc Godard)
  9. 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. PEEPING TOM (Michael Powell)
  6. THE APARTMENT (Billy Wilder)
  7. NIGHT AND FOG IN JAPAN (Ōshima Nagisa)
  8. THE BELLBOY (Jerry Lewis)
  9. LA DOLCE VITA (Federico Fellini)
  10. THE BAD SLEEP WELL (Kurosawa Akira)

1950s

Best of the Decade

  1. THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (Charles Laughton)
  2. VERTIGO (Alfred Hitchcock)
  3. SEVEN SAMURAI (Kurosawa Akira)
  4. SANSHO THE BAILIFF (Mizoguchi Kenji)
  5. TOKYO STORY (Ozu Yasujirō)
  6. REAR WINDOW (Alfred Hitchcock)
  7. RIO BRAVO (Howard Hawks)
  8. A STAR IS BORN (George Cukor)
  9. PYAASA (Guru Dutt)
  10. THE 400 BLOWS (François Truffaut)

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. UNE SIMPLE HISTOIRE (Marcel Hanoun)

1958

  1. VERTIGO (Alfred Hitchcock)
  2. TOUCH OF EVIL (Orson Welles)
  3. LE BEAU SERGE (Claude Chabrol)
  4. ENJO (Ichikawa Kon)

1957

  1. PYAASA (Guru Dutt)
  2. SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (Alexander Mackendrick)
  3. EIGHT HOURS OF TERROR (Suzuki Seijun)
  4. THRONE OF BLOOD (Kurosawa Akira)
  5. PATHS OF GLORY (Stanley Kubrick)

1956

  1. THE WRONG MAN (Alfred Hitchcock)
  2. A MAN ESCAPED (Robert Bresson)
  3. THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (Alfred Hitchcock)
  4. THE BURMESE HARP (Ichikawa Kon)
  5. THE SEARCHERS (John Ford)

1955

  1. THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (Charles Laughton)
  2. FLOATING CLOUDS (Naruse Mikio)
  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 (Kurosawa Akira)
  2. SANSHO THE BAILIFF (Mizoguchi Kenji)
  3. REAR WINDOW (Alfred Hitchcock)
  4. A STAR IS BORN (George Cukor)
  5. JOURNEY TO ITALY (Roberto Rossellini)
  6. GODZILLA (Honda Ishirō)
  7. THE CRUCIFIED LOVERS (Mizoguchi Kenji)
  8. MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION (Douglas Sirk)

1953

  1. TOKYO STORY (Ozu Yasujirō)
  2. THE SAGA OF ANATAHAN (Josef von Sternberg)
  3. UGETSU (Mizoguchi Kenji)
  4. A GEISHA (Mizoguchi Kenji)
  5. THE BIG HEAT (Fritz Lang)
  6. THE LADY WITHOUT CAMELIAS (Michelangelo Antonioni)

1952

  1. THE GOLDEN COACH (Jean Renoir)
  2. THE QUIET MAN (John Ford)
  3. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly)
  4. THE LUSTY MEN (Nicholas Ray)
  5. IKIRU (Kurosawa Akira)

1951

  1. DIARY OF A COUNTRY PRIEST (Robert Bresson)
  2. AWAARA (Raj Kapoor)
  3. THE TALL TARGET (Anthony Mann)
  4. OTHELLO (Orson Welles)
  5. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (Vincente Minnelli)

1950

  1. SUNSET BLVD. (Billy Wilder)
  2. LA RONDE (Max Ophuls)
  3. ALL ABOUT EVE (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
  4. RASHOMON (Kurosawa Akira)
  5. LOS OLVIDADOS (Luis Buñuel)
  6. 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 (Ozu Yasujirō)
  4. CITIZEN KANE (Orson Welles)
  5. HIS GIRL FRIDAY (Howard Hawks)
  6. NOTORIOUS (Alfred Hitchcock)
  7. SPRING IN A SMALL TOWN (Fei Mu)
  8. FORT APACHE (John Ford)
  9. THE CLOCK (Vincente Minnelli)
  10. THE BIG SLEEP (Howard Hawks)

1949

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

1948

  1. SPRING IN A SMALL TOWN (Fei Mu)
  2. FORT APACHE (John Ford)
  3. BERLIN EXPRESS (Jacques Tourneur)
  4. WOMEN OF THE NIGHT (Mizoguchi Kenji)
  5. ROPE (Alfred Hitchcock)

1947

  1. OUT OF THE PAST (Jacques Tourneur)
  2. DAISY KENYON (Otto Preminger)
  3. THE SIN OF HAROLD DIDDLEBOCK (Preston Sturges)

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. GROSSE FREIHEIT NR. 7 (Helmut Käutner)
  3. DOUBLE INDEMNITY (Billy Wilder)
  4. LAURA (Otto Preminger)

1943

  1. I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE (Jacques Tourneur)
  2. THE GANG’S ALL HERE (Busby Berkeley)
  3. HEAVEN CAN WAIT (Ernst Lubitsch)
  4. ANGELS OF SIN (Robert Bresson)
  5. SHADOW OF A DOUBT (Alfred Hitchcock)
  6. OSSESSIONE (Luchino Visconti)

1942

  1. THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (Orson Welles)
  2. CAT PEOPLE (Jacques Tourneur)
  3. CASABLANCA (Michael Curtiz)

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. FURY (Fritz Lang)
  8. EARTH (Alexander Dovzhenko)
  9. HOLIDAY (George Cukor)
  10. SABOTAGE (Alfred Hitchcock)

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. FURY (Fritz Lang)
  3. THE STORY OF A CHEAT (Sacha Guitry)
  4. SABOTAGE (Alfred Hitchcock)
  5. 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 (Ozu Yasujirō)
  4. LIEBELEI (Max Ophuls)
  5. DESIGN FOR LIVING (Ernst Lubitsch)

1932

  1. TROUBLE IN PARADISE (Ernst Lubitsch)
  2. WHERE NOW ARE THE DREAMS OF YOUTH? (Ozu Yasujirō)
  3. SCARFACE (Howard Hawks)
  4. THE MASK OF FU MANCHU (Charles Brabin)

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 BIG TRAIL (Raoul Walsh)
  3. THE BLUE ANGEL (Josef von Sternberg)
  4. 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. SPIONE (Fritz Lang)
  5. THE GENERAL (Buster Keaton)
  6. DR. MABUSE, THE GAMBLER (Fritz Lang)
  7. SEVEN CHANCES (Buster Keaton)
  8. MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA (Dziga Vertov)
  9. GREED (Erich von Stroheim)
  10. NOSFERATU (F.W. Murnau)

1929

  1. MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA (Dziga Vertov)
  2. APPLAUSE (Rouben Mamoulian)

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. 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)

1926

  1. THE GENERAL (Buster Keaton)

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. HE WHO GETS SLAPPED (Victor Sjöström)

1923

  1. SAFETY LAST! (Fred C. Newmeyer & Sam Taylor)

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. FANTÔMAS (Louis Feuillade)
  3. THE BIRTH OF A NATION (D.W. Griffith)

1915

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

1913

  1. FANTÔMAS (Louis Feuillade)

2021 Reading Log

1. The Crying of Lot 49 (1965, Thomas Pynchon): 5/1/21-6/7/21
The structure threw me off, and while I’m not attributing my repeated failed attempts to begin reading this book to anything except my current living situation, it only became more inexplicable the further I read. The central enigma of the muted post horn and the Tristero only truly emerges around the halfway mark, and a great deal of this is spent in the weeds, the minutiae — not only Pynchon’s numerous historical and literary inventions, but the actual interactions. Indeed, that totally remarkable aspect will stick with me as much as the frightful paranoia that Oedipa eventually undergoes, and the two are inextricably intertwined after a certain point, especially in that nocturnal series of encounters in San Francisco, so utterly dreamlike, yet initially launched into with such a sudden lurch. The irresolution was maybe expected after a certain point, but the way it’s carried out, especially after maybe an overabundance of syntactical curlicues, is unbelievably impactful.