Simple Top Tens (Mid-Lengths Only)

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

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Ten Favorite Films

  1. WAVELENGTH (Michael Snow)
  2. (NOSTALGIA) (Hollis Frampton)
  3. NIGHT AND FOG (Alain Resnais)
  4. ZORNS LEMMA (Michael Snow)
  5. SURVIVING DESIRE (Hal Hartley)
  6. SEVEN CHANCES (Buster Keaton)
  7. IT FELT LIKE A KISS (Adam Curtis)
  8. A DAY IN THE COUNTRY (Jean Renoir)
  9. THE HAND (Wong Kar-wai)
  10. THE PRINCESS OF FRANCE (Matías Piñeiro)

2020s

Best of the Decade

  1. THERE ARE NOT THIRTY-SIX WAYS OF SHOWING A MAN GETTING ON A HORSE. (Nicolás Zukerfeld)
  2. EDUCATION (Steve McQueen)

2020

  1. THERE ARE NOT THIRTY-SIX WAYS OF SHOWING A MAN GETTING ON A HORSE. (Nicolás Zukerfeld)
  2. EDUCATION (Steve McQueen)

2010s

Best of the Decade

  1. THE PRINCESS OF FRANCE (Matías Piñeiro)
  2. NO NO SLEEP (Tsai Ming-liang)
  3. THE GRAND BIZARRE (Jodie Mack)
  4. JOURNEY TO THE WEST (Tsai Ming-liang)
  5. A WORLD WITHOUT WOMEN (Guillaume Brac)
  6. CLASSICAL PERIOD (Ted Fendt)
  7. WATCHING THE DETECTIVES (Chris Kennedy)
  8. HEAVEN IS STILL FAR AWAY (Hamaguchi Ryūsuke)
  9. FOYER (Ismaïl Bahri)
  10. THE PETTIFOGGER (Lewis Klahr)

2019

  1. SUBJECT TO REVIEW (Theo Anthony)

2018

  1. THE GRAND BIZARRE (Jodie Mack)
  2. CLASSICAL PERIOD (Ted Fendt)
  3. FILM CATASTROPHE (Paul Grivas)
  4. NOTES ON AN APPEARANCE (Ricky D’Ambrose)
  5. LA CARTOGRAPHE (Nathan Douglas)

2017

  1. WATCHING THE DETECTIVES (Chris Kennedy)
  2. PROTOTYPE (Blake Williams)
  3. THE GREEN FOG (Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson & Galen Johnson)

2016

  1. HEAVEN IS STILL FAR AWAY (Hamaguchi Ryūsuke)
  2. FOYER (Ismaïl Bahri)
  3. THE ILLINOIS PARABLES (Deborah Stratman)

2015

  1. NO NO SLEEP (Tsai Ming-liang)
  2. FIELD NIGGAS (Khalik Allah)

2014

  1. THE PRINCESS OF FRANCE (Matías Piñeiro)
  2. JOURNEY TO THE WEST (Tsai Ming-liang)
  3. JANUARY (Jhon Hernandez)

2012

  1. IT’S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAY (Don Hertzfeldt)
  2. VIOLA (Matías Piñeiro)

2011

  1. A WORLD WITHOUT WOMEN (Guillaume Brac)
  2. THE PETTIFOGGER (Lewis Klahr)
  3. SLOW ACTION (Ben Rivers)

2000s

Best of the Decade

  1. IT FELT LIKE A KISS (Adam Curtis)
  2. THE HAND (Wong Kar-wai)
  3. DISORDER (Huang Weikai)
  4. THROUGH THE FOREST (Jean-Paul Civeyrac)
  5. L’IDIOT (Pierre Léon)
  6. LOST IN THE MOUNTAINS (Hong Sang-soo)
  7. PROFIT MOTIVE AND THE WHISPERING WIND (John Gianvito)
  8. LOOKING FOR TSAI (Patrik Eriksson & Erik Hemmendorff)
  9. DONG (Jia Zhangke)
  10. BLONDES IN THE JUNGLE (Lev Kalman & Whitney Horn)

2009

  1. IT FELT LIKE A KISS (Adam Curtis)
  2. DISORDER (Huang Weikai)
  3. LOST IN THE MOUNTAINS (Hong Sang-soo)
  4. BLONDES IN THE JUNGLE (Lev Kalman & Whitney Horn)

2008

  1. L’IDIOT (Pierre Léon)

2007

  1. PROFIT MOTIVE AND THE WHISPERING WIND (John Gianvito)

2006

  1. DONG (Jia Zhangke)

2005

  1. THROUGH THE FOREST (Jean-Paul Civeyrac)

2004

  1. THE HAND (Wong Kar-wai)

2002

  1. LOOKING FOR TSAI (Patrik Eriksson & Erik Hemmendorff)

1990s

Best of the Decade

  1. SURVIVING DESIRE (Hal Hartley)
  2. THE MAMMALS OF VICTORIA (Stan Brakhage)
  3. XIAO SHAN GOING HOME (Jia Zhangke)

1995

  1. XIAO SHAN GOING HOME (Jia Zhangke)

1994

  1. THE MAMMALS OF VICTORIA (Stan Brakhage)

1991

  1. SURVIVING DESIRE (Hal Hartley)

Best of the Decade

  1. STANDARD GAUGE (Morgan Fisher)
  2. LES SIÈGES DE L’ALCAZAR (Luc Moullet)
  3. AMERICAN DREAMS (LOST AND FOUND) (James Benning)

1989

  1. LES SIÈGES DE L’ALCAZAR (Luc Moullet)

1984

  1. STANDARD GAUGE (Morgan Fisher)
  2. AMERICAN DREAMS (LOST AND FOUND) (James Benning)

1970s

Best of the Decade

  1. (NOSTALGIA) (Hollis Frampton)
  2. ZORNS LEMMA (Hollis Frampton)
  3. THE BENCH OF DESOLATION (Claude Chabrol)
  4. POETIC JUSTICE (Hollis Frampton)
  5. BERNICE BOBS HER HAIR (Joan Micklin Silver)
  6. ITALIANAMERICAN (Martin Scorsese)
  7. FROM THESE ROOTS (William Greaves)
  8. LIZA WITH A Z (Bob Fosse)
  9. THE INNER SCAR (Philippe Garrel)
  10. LA SOUFRIÈRE (Werner Herzog)

1977

  1. LA SOUFRIÈRE (Werner Herzog)

1976

  1. BERNICE BOBS HER HAIR (Joan Micklin Silver)

1974

  1. THE BENCH OF DESOLATION (Claude Chabrol)
  2. ITALIANAMERICAN (Martin Scorsese)
  3. FROM THESE ROOTS (William Greaves)

1972

  1. POETIC JUSTICE (Hollis Frampton)
  2. LIZA WITH A Z (Bob Fosse)
  3. THE INNER SCAR (Philippe Garrel)

1971

  1. (NOSTALGIA) (Hollis Frampton)

1970

  1. ZORNS LEMMA (Hollis Frampton)
  2. THE GRANDMOTHER (David Lynch)

1960s

Best of the Decade

  1. WAVELENGTH (Michael Snow)
  2. THE IMMORTAL STORY (Orson Welles)
  3. NOT RECONCILED (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet)
  4. BLACK GIRL (Ousmane Sembène)
  5. THE WAR GAME (Peter Watkins)
  6. SIMON OF THE DESERT (Luis Buñuel)
  7. THE KOUMIKO MYSTERY (Chris Marker)
  8. THE TRIAL OF JOAN OF ARC (Robert Bresson)
  9. PASAZERKA (Andrzej Munk)
  10. SUZANNE’S CAREER (Éric Rohmer)

1968

  1. THE IMMORTAL STORY (Orson Welles)

1967

  1. WAVELENGTH (Michael Snow)

1966

  1. BLACK GIRL (Ousmane Sembène)
  2. TROUBLEMAKERS (Norman Fruchter & Robert Machover)

1965

  1. NOT RECONCILED (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet)
  2. THE WAR GAME (Peter Watkins)
  3. SIMON OF THE DESERT (Luis Buñuel)
  4. THE KOUMIKO MYSTERY (Chris Marker)

1963

  1. PASAZERKA (Andrzej Munk)
  2. SUZANNE’S CAREER (Éric Rohmer)
  3. JOSEPH KILIAN (Pavel Juráček & Jan Schmidt)

1962

  1. THE TRIAL OF JOAN OF ARC (Robert Bresson)
  2. ANTOINE AND COLETTE (François Truffaut)

Best of the Decade

  1. NIGHT AND FOG (Alain Resnais)
  2. STATUES ALSO DIE (Alain Resnais & Chris Marker & Ghislain Cloquet)

1956

  1. NIGHT AND FOG (Alain Resnais)

1953

  1. STATUES ALSO DIE (Alain Resnais & Chris Marker & Ghislain Cloquet)

1930s

Best of the Decade

  1. A DAY IN THE COUNTRY (Jean Renoir)

1936

  1. A DAY IN THE COUNTRY (Jean Renoir)

1920s

Best of the Decade

  1. SEVEN CHANCES (Buster Keaton)
  2. SHERLOCK JR. (Buster Keaton)
  3. THE SEASHELL AND THE CLERGYMAN (Germaine Dulac)
  4. MÉNILMONTANT (Dimitri Kirshoff)

1927

  1. THE SEASHELL AND THE CLERGYMAN (Germaine Dulac)

1925

  1. SEVEN CHANCES (Buster Keaton)

1924

  1. SHERLOCK JR. (Buster Keaton)
  2. MÉNILMONTANT (Dimitri Kirshoff)