Best by Year

A work in progress. This is my first update in a while and I think I am going to try and do this bi-annually. So next one should be in January. I am always looking for recommendations, so don’t hesitate!

Last Update: June 2, 2011


  1. Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)
  2. Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen)
  3. Potiche (Francois Ozon)
  4. Bridsemaids (Paul Feig)S
  5. Hanna (Joe Wright)
  6. Jane Eyre (Cary Fukunaga)
  7. Fast Five (Justin Lin)
  8. Scream 4 (Wes Craven)
  9. Thor (Kenneth Branagh)
  10. The Beaver (Jodie Foster)


  1. Dogtooth (Giorgos Lanthimos)
  2. The Housemaid (Sang-soo Im)
  3. Another Year (Mike Leigh)
  4. Winter’s Bone (Debra Granik)
  5. Black Swan (Darren Aronofsky)
  6. Incendies (Denis Villeneuve)
  7. Summer Wars (Mamoru Hosoda)
  8. White Material (Claire Denis)
  9. Let Me In (Matt Reeves)
  10. Somewhere (Sofia Coppola)


  1. Bright Star (Jane Campion)
  2. Love Exposure (Sion Sono)
  3. A Serious Man (Joel & Ethan Coen)
  4. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson)
  5. The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke)
  6. Adventureland (Greg Mottola)
  7. Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino)
  8. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (Werner Herzog)
  9. House of the Devil (Ti West)
  10. Drag me to Hell (Sam Raimi)


  1. Let the Right One in (Tomas Alfredson)
  2. A Christmas Tale (Arnaud )
  3. All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (Jonathan Levine)
  4. Waltz with Bashir (Ari Folman)
  5. Vicky Christina Barcelona (Woody Allen)
  6. The Class (Laurent Cantet)
  7. Wendy and Lucy (Kelly Reichardt)
  8. Flight of the Red Balloon (Hsiao-hsien Hou)
  9. Happy-Go-Lucky (Mike Leigh)
  10. Milk (Gus Van Sant)


  1. No Country for Old Men (Joel & Ethan Coen)
  2. Zodiac (David Fincher)
  3. Death Proof (Quentin Tarantino)
  4. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward (Andrew Dominik)
  5. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu)
  6. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Julian Schnabel)
  7. There Will be Blood (P.T. Anderson)
  8. I’m Not There (Todd Haynes)
  9. Atonement (Joe Wright)
  10. The Bourne Ultimatum (Paul Greengrass)


  1. Marie Antoinette (Sofia Coppola)
  2. Volver (Pedro Almodovar)
  3. Black Book (Paul Verhoeven)
  4. Pan’s Labyrinth (Giullermo del Toro)
  5. Children of Men (Alfonso Cuaron)
  6. Inland Empire (David Lynch)
  7. Lady Chatterley (Pascale Ferran)
  8. The Fountain (Darren Aronofsky)
  9. A Prairie Home Companion (Robert Altman)
  10. Casino Royale (Martin Campbell)


  1. The New World (Terrence Malick)
  2. Cache (Michael Haneke)
  3. Strange Circus (Sion Sono)
  4. Good Night, and Good Luck (George Clooney)
  5. Pride and Prejudice (Joe Wright)
  6. Capote (Bennett Miller)
  7. Serenity (Joss Whedon)
  8. Noriko’s Dinner Table (Sion Sono)
  9. Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog)
  10. The Proposition (John Hillcoat)


  1. 2046 (Wong Kar-Wai)
  2. Mysterious Skin (Greg Araki)
  3. Anatomy of Hell (Catherine Breillat)
  4. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry)
  5. Howl’s Moving Castle (Hayao Miyazaki)
  6. Mean Girls (Mark Waters)
  7. Collateral (Michael Mann)
  8. The Incredibles (Brad Bird)
  9. Bad Education (Pedro Almodovar)
  10. Spider Man 2 (Sam Raimi)



  1. Elephant (Gus Van Sant)
  2. Memories of Murder (Joon-ho Bong)
  3. The Fog of War (Errol Morris)
  4. All the Real Girls (David Gordon Green)
  5. The Dreamers (Bernardo Bertolucci)
  6. The Triplets of Belleville (Sylvain Chomet)
  7. The Return (Andrei Zvyagintsev)
  8. The Time of the Wolf (Michael Haneke)
  9. The Brown Bunny (Vincent Gallo)
  10. Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich)


  1. Far from Heaven (Todd Haynes)
  2. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyzaki)
  3. The Kid Stays in the Picture (Nanette Burnstein & Brett Morgen)
  4. Irreversible (Gaspar Noe)
  5. Solaris (Steven Soderbergh)
  6. Gangs of New York (Martin Scorsese)
  7. Hero (Zhang Yimou)
  8. Suicide Club (Sion Sono)
  9. 28 Days Later (Danny Boyle)
  10. Minority Report (Steven Spielberg)


  1. Frailty (Bill Paxton)
  2. Trouble Every Day (Claire Denis)
  3. Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch)
  4. Gosford Park (Robert Altman)
  5. Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff)
  6. Amelie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
  7. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Peter Jackson)
  8. Millennium Actress (Satoshi Kon)
  9. Hell House (George Ratliff)
  10. The Others (Alejandro Amenabar)


  1. Maelstrom (Denis Villeneuve)
  2. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-Wai)
  3. Code Unknown (Michael Haneke)
  4. The Circle (Jafar Panahi)
  5. American Psycho (Mary Harron)
  6. Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe)
  7. Battle Royale (Kinji Fukasaku)
  8. O’ Brother, Where Art Thou? (Joel & Ethan Coen)
  9. The House of Mirth (Terence Davies)
  10. Gladiator (Ridley Scott)


  1. Ravenous (Antonia Bird)
  2. The Limey (Steven Soderbergh)
  3. Audition (Takashi Miike)
  4. Beau Travail (Claire Denis)
  5. The Virgin Suicides (Sofia Coppola)
  6. Holy Smoke (Jane Campion)
  7. Toy Story 2 (Various)
  8. The Sixth Sense (M. Night Shyamalan)
  9. Fantasia 2000 (Various)
  10. The Blair Witch Project (Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sanchez)


  1. Un 32 Aout Sur Terre (Denis Villeneuve)
  2. The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick)
  3. Sombre (Phillipe Grandieux)
  4. Perfect Blue (Satoshi Kon)
  5. Rushmore (Wes Anderson)
  6. Out of Sight (Steven Soderbergh)
  7. Buffalo 66′ (Vincent Gallo)
  8. The Big Lebowski (Joel & Ethan Coen)
  9. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Terry Gilliam)
  10. Happiness (Todd Solondz)


  1. The Sweet Hereafter (Atom Egoyan)
  2. Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki)
  3. Nowhere (Greg Araki)
  4. La Femme Defendue
  5. Lost Highway (David Lynch)
  6. Boogie Nights (P.T. Anderson)
  7. Jackie Brown (Quentin Tarantino)
  8. Regarde la mer (Francois Ozon)
  9. Geri’s Game (Jan Pinkava)
  10. Hercules (Ron Clements & John Musker)


  1. A Summer Dress (Francois Ozon)
  2. Fargo (Joel & Ethan Coen)
  3. Scream (Wes Craven)
  4. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise)
  5. James and the Giant Peach (Henry Selick)
  6. The English Patient (Anthony Minghella)
  7. Hamlet (Kenneth Branagh)
  8. Fear (James Foley)
  9. The Craft (Andrew Fleming)
  10. Ransom (Ron Howard)


  1. Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch)
  2. The Doom Generation (Greg Araki)
  3. To Die for (Gus Van Sant)
  4. La Ceremonie (Claude Chabrol)
  5. Whisper of the Heart (Yoshifumi Kondo)
  6. Babe (Chris Noonan)
  7. A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese through American Film (Martin Scorsese & Michael Henry Wilson)
  8. Seven (David Fincher)
  9. Clueless (Amy Heckerling)
  10. Wallace in Gromit in a Close Shave (Nick Park)


  1. Chungking Express (Wong Kar-Wai)
  2. L’Enfer (Claude Chabrol)
  3. Exotica (Atom Egoyan)
  4. Crumb (Terry Zwigoff)
  5. Three Colors: Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  6. Ed Wood (Tim Burton)
  7. The Lion King (Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff)
  8. Leon: The Professional (Luc Besson)
  9. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
  10. Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson)


  1. Three Colors: Blue (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  2. Groundhog Day (Harold Raimis)
  3. Totally Fucked Up (Greg Araki)
  4. Wallace and Gromit in the Wrong Trousers (Nick Park)
  5. Schindler’s List (Steven Spielberg)
  6. The Secret Garden (Agnieszka Holland)
  7. The Piano (Jane Campion)
  8. Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg)
  9. True Romance (Tony Scott)
  10. Age of Innocence (Martin Scorsese)


  1. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (David Lynch)
  2. Orlando (Sally Potter)
  3. Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood)
  4. Strictly Ballroom (Baz Luhrmann)
  5. Lessons of Darkness (Werner Herzog)
  6. Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino)
  7. The Player (Robert Altman)
  8. My Cousin Vinny (Jonathan Lynn)
  9. The Muppet Christmas Carol (Brian Henson)
  10. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Francis Ford Coppola)


  1. The Double Life of Veronique (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  2. The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme)
  3. The Adjuster (Atom Egoyan)
  4. My Own Private Idaho (Gus Van Sant)
  5. Raise the Red Lantern (Zhang Yimou)
  6. Rhapsody in August (Akira Kurosawa)
  7. Beauty and the Beast (Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise)
  8. JFK (Oliver Stone)
  9. The People Under the Stairs (Wes Craven)
  10. City Slickers (Ron Underwood)


  1. Pump up the Volume (Allan Moyle)
  2. Miller’s Crossing (Joel & Ethan Coen)
  3. Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese)
  4. Edwards Scissorhands (Tim Burton)
  5. Jacob’s Ladder (Adriane Lyne)
  6. Henry & June (Philip Kaufman)
  7. The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia (Jan Svankmajer)
  8. The Rescuers Down Under (Hendel Butoy & Mike Gabriel)
  9. Begotten (E. Elias Merhige)
  10. Misery (Rob Reiner)


  1. Crimes and Misdemeanours (Woody Allen)
  2. My Nights are More Beautiful than your Days (Andrzej Zulawski)
  3. Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee)
  4. Kiki’s Delivery Service (Hayao Miyazaki)
  5. Heathers (Michael Lehmann)
  6. Darkness/Light/Darkness (Jan Svankmajer)
  7. Field of Dreams (Phil Alden Robinson)
  8. My Left Foot (Jim Sheridan)
  9. Creature Comforts (Nick Park)
  10. The Little Mermaid (Ron Clements & John Musker)


  1. My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki)
  2. Dead Ringers (David Cronenberg)
  3. A Fish Called Wanda (Charles Crichton)
  4. Grave of the Fireflies (Isao Takahata)
  5. The Thin Blue Line (Errol Morris)
  6. The Vanishing (George Sluizer)
  7. Beetlejuice (Tim Burton)
  8. The Land Before Time (Don Bluth)
  9. Hairspray (John Waters)
  10. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Philip Kaufman)


  1. The Man Who Planted Trees (Frederic Back)
  2. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (Sam Raimi)
  3. Robocop (Paul Verhoeven)
  4. Opera (Dario Argento)
  5. Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders)
  6. Full Metal Jacket (Stanley Kubrick)
  7. Raising Arizona (Joel & Ethan Coen)
  8. Hellraiser (Clive Barker)
  9. Three O’Clock High (Phil Joanou)
  10. Near Dark (Kathryn Bigelow)


  1. Blue Velvet (David Lynch)
  2. Hannah and her Sisters (Woody Allen)
  3. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (John Hughes)
  4. The Great Mouse Detective (Ron Clements & Burny Mattinson)
  5. The Name of the Rose (Jean-Jacques Annaud)
  6. Aliens (John Cameron)
  7. The Fly (David Cronenberg)
  8. Stand by Me (Rob Reiner)
  9. Mauvais Sang (Leos Carax)
  10. Vamp (Richard Wenk)


  1. Smooth Talk (Joyce Chopra)
  2. Agnes of God (Norman Jewison)
  3. The Purple Rose of Cairo (Woody Allen)
  4. Phenomena (Dario Argento)
  5. A Room a View (James Ivory)
  6. Day of the Dead (George A. Romero)
  7. Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis)
  8. Re-Animator (Stuart Gordon)
  9. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (Jack Sholder)
  10. Just one of the guys (Lisa Gottlieb)


  1. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Hayao Miyazaki)
  2. Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders)
  3. Amadeus (Milos Forman)
  4. Secret Honor (Robert Altman)
  5. A Nightmare on Elm Street (Wes Craven)
  6. The Terminator (James Cameron)
  7. Under the Volcano (John Huston)
  8. Ghostbusters (Ivan Reitman)
  9. Gremlins (Joe Dante)
  10. Police Academy (Hugh Wilson)


  1. Silkwood (Mike Nichols)
  2. Sleepaway Camp (Robert Hiltzik)
  3. Videodrome (David Cronenberg)
  4. The Dead Zone (David Cronenberg)
  5. The Hunger (Tony Scott)
  6. Local Hero (Bill Forsyth)
  7. Thriller (John Landis)
  8. Reassemblage (T. Minh-ha Trinh)
  9. Star 80 (Bob Fosse)
  10. The 4th Man (Paul Verhoeven)


  1. Fanny and Alexander (Ingmar Bergman)
  2. Blade Runner (Ridley Scott)
  3. Veronika Voss (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  4. Vincent (Tim Burton)
  5. The Thing (John Carpenter)
  6. The Plague Dogs (Martin Rosen)
  7. White Dog (Samuel Fuller)
  8. The Secret of NIMH (Don Bluth)
  9. Missing (Costa-Gavras)
  10. The Verdict (Sidney Lumet)


  1. Possession (Andrzej Zulawski)
  2. Lola (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  3. The Evil Dead (Sam Raimi)
  4. Halloween II (Rick Rosenthal)
  5. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg)
  6. The Fox and the Hound (Ted Berman & Richard Rich)
  7. Friday the 13th: Part 2 (Steve Miner)
  8. Time Bandits (Terry Gilliam)
  9. Tango (Zbigniew Rybczynski)
  10. The Fly (Ferenc Rofusz)


  1. Les Bons Debarras (Francis Mankiewicz)
  2. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick)
  3. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese)
  4. Stardust Memories (Woody Allen)
  5. Star Stars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner)
  6. Bad Timing (Nicholas Roeg)
  7. Little Darlings (Ronald F. Maxwell)
  8. Stir Crazy (Sidney Poitier)
  9. Inferno (Dario Argento)
  10. The Fog (John Carpenter)


  1. The Marriage of the Maria Braun (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  2. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola)
  3. Nosferatu the Vampyre (Werner Herzog)
  4. Manhattan (Woody Allen)
  5. Life of Brian (Terry Jones)
  6. All that Jazz (Bob Fosse)
  7. Alien (Ridley Scott)
  8. The Brood (David Cronenberg)
  9. Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky)
  10. The Muppet Movie (James Frawley)


  1. Dawn of the Dead (George A. Romero)
  2. Violette (Claude Chabrol)
  3. Watership Down (Martin Rosen)
  4. Autumn Sonata (Ingmar Bergman)
  5. Halloween (John Carpenter)
  6. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Philip Kaufman)
  7. Satiemania (Zdenko Gasparovic)
  8. Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick)
  9. The Last Waltz (Martin Scorsese)
  10. Grease (Randal Kleiser)


  1. Suspiria (Dario Argento)
  2. 3 Women (Robert Altman)
  3. That Obscure Object of Desire (Luis Bunuel)
  4. Annie Hall (Woody Allen)
  5. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg)
  6. The Rescuers (John Lounsbery & Wolfgang Reitherman)
  7. Slap Shot (George Roy Hill)
  8. Star Wars: A New Hope (George Lucas)
  9. Rabid (David Cronenberg)
  10. Saturday Night Fever (John Badham)


  1. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese)
  2. Up! (Russ Meyer)
  3. Buffalo Bill and the Indians (Robert Altman)
  4. Carrie (Brian De Palma)
  5. The Tenant (Roman Polanski)
  6. The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (Nicolas Gessner)
  7. That’s Entertainment 2 (Gene Kelly)
  8. Alice in Wonderland (Bud Townsend)
  9. Network (Sidney Lumet)
  10. The Omen (Richard Donner)


  1. Picnic at Hanging Rock (Peter Weir)
  2. Nashville (Robert Altman)
  3. Love and Death (Woody Allen)
  4. Grey Gardens (Ellen Hovde, Albert Maysles, David Maysles & Muffie Mayer)
  5. Shampoo (Hal Ashby)
  6. Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick)
  7. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman)
  8. Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet)
  9. Jaws (Steven Spielberg)
  10. One Flew over the cuckoo’s Nest (Milos Forman)


  1. Black Christmas (Bob Clark)
  2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hooper)
  3. Thieves Like Us (Robert Altman)
  4. The Night Porter (Liliana Cavani)
  5. Hearts and Minds (Peter Davis)
  6. The Godfather Part II (Francis Ford Coppola)
  7. The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola)
  8. Blood for Dracula (Paul Morrissey)
  9. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  10. A Woman Under Influence (John Cassavetes)


  1. The Long Goodbye (Robert Altman)
  2. Mean Streets (Martin Scorsese)
  3. The Legend of Hell House (John Hough)
  4. Don’t Look Now (Nicholas Roeg)
  5. Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (Sam Peckinpah)
  6. Badlands (Terrence Malick)
  7. F for Fake (Orson Welles)
  8. Spirit of the Beehive (Victor Erice)
  9. The Exorcist (William Friedkin)
  10. Sisters (Brian De Palma)


  1. What have they done to Solange? (Massimo Dallamano)
  2. Cries and Whispers (Ingmar Bergman)
  3. The Devil (Andrzej Zulawski)
  4. Aguirre: The Wrath of God (Werner Herzog)
  5. The Heartbreak Kid (Elaine May)
  6. Images (Robert Altman)
  7. Solaris (Andrei Tarkovsky)
  8. The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola)
  9. The Getaway (Sam Peckinpah)
  10. Cabaret (Bob Fosse)


  1. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Robert Altman)
  2. Two-Lane Blacktop (Monte Hellman)
  3. Walkabout (Nicholas Roeg)
  4. The Devils (Ken Russell)
  5. Duck, you Sucker (Sergio Leone)
  6. Mon Oncle Antoine (Claude Jutra)
  7. Straw Dogs (Sam Peckinpah)
  8. The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdonovich)
  9. The Panic in Needle Park (Jerry Schatzberg)
  10. The Hospital (Arthur Hiller)


  1. Catch-22 (Mike Nichols)
  2. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (Russ Meyer)
  3. Gimme Shelter (Albert Maysles & David Maysles)
  4. Claire’s Knee (Eric Rohmer)
  5. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (Dario Argento)
  6. The Conformist (Bernardo Bertolucci)
  7. MASH (Robert Altman)
  8. Girly (Freddie Francis)
  9. Peau d’ane (Jacque Demys)
  10. Woodstock (Michael Wadleigh)


  1. Last Summer (Frank Perry)
  2. My Night at Maud’s (Eric Rohmer)
  3. The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah)
  4. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (George Roy Hill)
  5. The House that Screamed (Narciso Ibanez Serrador)
  6. Age of Consent (Michael Powell)
  7. The Milky Way (Luis Bunuel)
  8. Satyricon (Federico Fellini)
  9. Detruire dit t’elle (Marguerite Duras)
  10. On her Majesty’s Secret Service (Peter R. Hunt)


  1. Rosemary’s Baby (Roman Polanski)
  2. Pas de deux (Norman McLaren)
  3. High School (Frederick Wiseman)
  4. Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone)
  5. Night of the Living Dead (George A. Romero)
  6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick)
  7. Faces (John Cassavetes)
  8. Hour of the Wolf (Ingmar Bergman)
  9. Les Biches (Claude Chabrol)
  10. Secret Ceremony (Joseph Losey)


  1. Bonnie and Clyde (Arthur Penn)
  2. The Young Girls of Rochefort (Jacque Demys & Agnes Varda)
  3. The Graduate (Mike Nichols)
  4. La Collectionneuse (Eric Rohmer)
  5. Mouchette (Robert Bresson)
  6. Belle de Jour (Luis Bunuel)
  7. Play Time (Jacques Tati)
  8. Accident (Joseph Losey)
  9. Point Blank (John Boorman)
  10. La Chinoise (Jean-Luc Godard)


  1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Sergio Leone)
  2. Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky)
  3. Blow-up (Michaeangelo Antonioni)
  4. Kill, Baby, Kill (Mario Bava)
  5. Masculin Feminin (Jean-Luc Godard)
  6. Persona (Ingmar Bergman)
  7. Closely Watched Trains (Jiri Menzel)
  8. Alfie (Lewis Gilbert)
  9. Daisies (Vera Chytilova)
  10. Modesty Blaise (Joseph Losey)


  1. Faster, Pussycat! Kill!Kill! (Russ Meyer)
  2. Pierrot le fou (Jean-Luc Godard)
  3. For a Few Dollars More (Sergio Leone)
  4. Repulsion (Roman Polanski)
  5. Juliet of the Spirits (Federico Fellini)
  6. Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard)
  7. Le Bonheur (Agnes Varda)
  8. Bunny Lake is Missing (Otto Preminger)
  9. The Collector (William Wyler)
  10. Charlie Brown Christmas (Bill Melendez)


  1. Marnie (Alfred Hitchcock)
  2. Scorpio Rising (Kenneth Anger)
  3. Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Stanley Kubrick)
  4. Band of Outsiders (Jean-Luc Godard)
  5. Diary of a Chambermaid (Luis Bunuel)
  6. The Night of the Iguana (John Huston)
  7. King & Country (Joseph Losey)
  8. The Masque of the Red Death (Roger Corman)
  9. Goldfinger (Guy Hamilton)
  10. A Hard Day’s Night (Richard Lester)


  1. The Birds (Aldred Hitchcock)
  2. The Servant (Joseph Losey)
  3. 8 ½ (Federico Fellini)
  4. Contempt (Jean-Luc Godard)
  5. Shock Corridor (Samuel Fuller)
  6. Charade (Stanley Donen)
  7. From Russia with Love (Terence Young)
  8. The Silence (Ingmar Bergman)
  9. The Girl who knew too much (Mario Bava)
  10. The Great Escape (John Sturges)


  1. Jules et Jim (Francois Truffaut)
  2. L’Eclisse (Michaeangelo Antonioni)
  3. Window Water Moving Baby (Stan Brakhage)
  4. Cleo 5 a 7 (Agnes Varda)
  5. Lolita (Stanley Kubrick)
  6. Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean)
  7. The Exterminating Angel (Luis Bunuel)
  8. Vivre sa Vie (Jean-Luc Godard)
  9. Winter Light (Ingmar Bergman)
  10. La Riviere du hibou (Robert Enrico)


  1. Through a Glass Darkly (Through a Glass Darkly)
  2. The Misfits (John Huston)
  3. La Notte (Michaeangelo Antonioni)
  4. Mother: Joan of the Angels (Jerzy Kawalerowicz)
  5. The Innocents (Jack Clayton)
  6. Splendor in the Grass (Elia Kazan)
  7. The Hustler (Robert Rossen)
  8. Last Year at Marienbad (Alain Resnais)
  9. The Ladies Man (Jerry Lewis)
  10. Divorce Italian Style (Pietro Germi)


  1. L’Avventura (Michaeangelo Antonioni)
  2. La Dolce Vita (Federico Fellini)
  3. The Virgin Spring (Ingmar Bergman)
  4. The Apartment (Billy Wilder)
  5. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock)
  6. Eyes without a Face (Georges Franju)
  7. Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard)
  8. Sergeant Rutledge (John Ford)
  9. Black Sunday (Mario Bava)
  10. The Fall of the House of Usher (Roger Corman)


  1. Some Like it Hot (Billy Wilder)
  2. Imitation of Life (Douglas Sirk)
  3. Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks)
  4. Ballad of a Soldier (Grigori Chukhrai)
  5. Sleeping Beauty (Clyde Geronimi)
  6. Black Orpheus (Marcel Camus)
  7. Hiroshima mon amour (Alain Resnais)
  8. Anatomy of a Murder (Otto Preminger)
  9. North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock)
  10. Suddenly, Last Summer (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)


  1. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock)
  2. Bonjour Tristesse (Otto Preminger)
  3. Elevator to the Gallows (Louis Malle)
  4. Touch of Evil (Orson Welles)
  5. The Tarnished Angels (Douglas Sirk)
  6. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Richard Brooks)
  7. Mon Oncle (Jacques Tati)
  8. Some Came Running (Vincente Minnelli)
  9. King Creole (Michael Curtiz)
  10. The Lovers (Louis Malle)


  1. Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (Frank Tashlin)
  2. Le Notti Bianche (Luchino Visconti)
  3. Paths of Glory (Stanley Kubrick)
  4. Sweet Smell of Success (Alexander Mackendrick)
  5. The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman)
  6. Nights of Cabiria (Federico Fellini)
  7. The Bridge on the River Kwai (David Lean)
  8. What’s Opera Doc? (Chuck Jones)
  9. 12 Angry Men (Sidney Lumet)
  10. The Curse of Frankenstein (Terence Fisher)


  1. The Searchers (John Ford)
  2. Baby Doll (Elia Kazan)
  3. Bigger than Life (Nicholas Ray)
  4. A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson)
  5. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel)
  6. Written on the Wind (Douglas Sirk)
  7. The Girl Can’t Help It (Frank Tashlin)
  8. Giant (George Stevens)
  9. Street of Shame (Kenji Mizoguchi)
  10. And God Created Woman… (Roger Vadim)


  1. Lola Montes (Max Ophuls)
  2. The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton)
  3. Smiles of a Summer Night (Ingmar Bergman)
  4. Kiss me Deadly (Robert Aldrich)
  5. Diabolique (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
  6. All that Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk)
  7. Rebel without a Cause (Nicholas Ray)
  8. Night and Fog (Alain Resnais)
  9. Marty (Delbert Mann)
  10. The Desperate Hours (William Wyler)


  1. Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock)
  2. Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray)
  3. The Sleeping Tiger (Joseph Losey)
  4. La Strada (Federico Fellini)
  5. Magnificent Obsession (Douglas Sirk)
  6. Sabrina (Billy Wilder)
  7. The Country Girl (George Seaton)
  8. The Creature from the Black Lagoon (Jack Arnold)
  9. On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan)
  10. Carmen Jones (Otto Preminger)


  1. Roman Holiday (William Wyler)
  2. Madame de… (Max Ophuls)
  3. I Confess (Alfred Hitchcock)
  4. The Big Heat (Fritz Lang)
  5. The Naked Spur (Anthony Mann)
  6. Pickup on South Street (Samuel Fuller)
  7. The Tell-Tale Heart (Ted Parmelee)
  8. Stalag 17 (Billy Wilder)
  9. Duck Amuck (Chuck Jones)
  10. Gentlemen prefer Blondes (Howard Hawks)


  1. On Dangerous Ground (Nicholas Ray)
  2. Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly)
  3. Umberto D (Vittorio De Sica)
  4. Don’t Bother to Knock (Roy Ward Baker)
  5. The Bad and the Beautiful (Vincente Minnelli)
  6. Neighbours (Norman McLaren)
  7. Le Plaisir (Max Ophuls)
  8. High Noon (Fred Zinnemann)
  9. Clash by Night (Fritz Lang)
  10. The Quiet Man (John Ford)


  1. An American in Paris (Vincente Minnelli)
  2. The Browning Version (Anthony Asquith)
  3. Diary of a Country Priest (Robert Bresson)
  4. A Streetcar Named Desire (Elia Kazan)
  5. Ace in the Hole (Billy Wilder)
  6. Strangers on a Train (Alfred Hitchcock)
  7. The Day the Earth Stood Still (Robert Wise)
  8. Repast (Mikio Naruse)
  9. A Place in the Sun (George Stevens)
  10. His Kind of Woman (John Farrow)


  1. Sunset Blvd. (Billy Wilder)
  2. Gun Crazy (Joseph H. Lewis)
  3. All About Eve (Joseph L. Mankiwicz)
  4. La Ronde (Max Ophuls)
  5. Gone to Earth (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
  6. Night and the City (Jules Dassin)
  7. In a Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray)
  8. Where the Sidewalk Ends (Otto Preminger)
  9. The Flowers of St. Francis (Roberto Rossellini)
  10. Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa)


  1. The Third Man (Carol Reed)
  2. The Reckless Moment (Max Ophuls)
  3. The Set-Up (Robert Wise)
  4. The Small Back Room (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
  5. Begone Dull Care (Norman McLaren)
  6. The Heiress (William Wyler)
  7. Le Sang des betes (Georges Franju)
  8. She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (John Ford)
  9. Kind Hearts and Coronets (Robert Hamer)
  10. Caught (Max Ophuls)


  1. The Red Shoes (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
  2. Yellow Sky (William A. Wellman)
  3. Portrait of Jennie (William Dieterle)
  4. Red River (Howards Hawks)
  5. Unfaithfully Yours (Preston Sturges)
  6. They Live by Night (Nicholas Ray)
  7. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (John Huston)
  8. The Fallen Idol (Carol Reed)
  9. Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica)
  10. Rope (Alfred Hitchcock)


  1. Odd Man Out (Carol Reed)
  2. Black Narcissus (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
  3. Pursued (Raoul Walsh)
  4. The Lady from Shanghai (Orson Welles)
  5. Monsieur Verdoux (Charles Chaplin)
  6. Nightmare Alley (Edmund Goulding)
  7. Kiss of Death (Henry Hathaway)
  8. Born to Kill (Robert Wise)
  9. Dark Passage (Delmer Daves)
  10. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)


  1. Cluny Brown (Ernst Lubitsch)
  2. My Darling Clementine (John Ford)
  3. Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock)
  4. It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra)
  5. The Best Years of Our Lives (William Wyler)
  6. A Matter of Life and Death (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
  7. La belle et la bête (Jean Cocteau)
  8. The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks)
  9. The Postman Always Rings Twice (Tay Garnett)
  10. The Killers (Robert Siodmark)


  1. ‘ Know Where I’m Going’ (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
  2. State Fair (Walter Lang)
  3. The Body Snatcher (Robert Wise)
  4. Scarlet Street (Fritz Lang)
  5. Isle of the Dead (Mark Robson)
  6. Mildred Pierce (Michael Curtiz)
  7. The Picture of Dorian Gray (Albert Lewin)
  8. Christmas in Connecticut (Peter Godfrey)
  9. A Diary for Timothy (Humphrey Jennings)
  10. The Bells of St. Mary’s (Leo McCarey)


  1. Laura (Otto Preminger)
  2. A Canterbury Tale (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
  3. Meet Me in St. Louis (Vincente Minnelli)
  4. The Curse of the Cat People (Robert Wise & Gunther von Fritsch)
  5. To Have and Have Not (Howard Hawks)
  6. Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder)
  7. I’ll Be Seeing You (William Dieterle)
  8. Murder, My Sweet (Edward Dmytryck)
  9. Gaslight (George Cukor)
  10. Jane Eyre (Robert Stevenson)


  1. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
  2. The More the Merrier (George Stevens)
  3. Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock)
  4. The Ox-Bow Incident (William A. Wellman)
  5. I Walked with a Zombie (Jacques Tourneur)
  6. The Seventh Victim (Mark Robson)
  7. Heaven Can Wait (Ernst Lubitsch
  8. Hangmen Also Die (Fritz Lang)
  9. Stormy Weather (Andrew L. Stone)
  10. Meshes of the Afternoon (Maya Deren)


  1. To Be or Not to Be (Ernst Lubitsch)
  2. Bambi (James Algar & Samuel Armstrong)
  3. Casablanca (Michael Curtiz)
  4. Cat People (Jacques Tourneur)
  5. The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles)
  6. The Palm Beach Story (Preston Sturges)
  7. I Married a Witch (Rene Clair)
  8. Went the Day Well (Alberto Cavalcanti)
  9. Now, Voyager (Irving Rapper)
  10. This Gun for Hire (Frank Tuttle)


  1. Sullivan’s Travels (Preston Sturges)
  2. How Green was my Valley (John Ford)
  3. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles)
  4. Ball of Fire (Howard Hawks)
  5. The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges)
  6. The Maltese Falcon (John Huston)
  7. 49th Parrallel (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
  8. That Hamilton Woman (Alexander Korda)
  9. Tobacco Road (John Ford)
  10. That Uncertain Feeling (Ernst Lubitsch)



  1. The Shop Around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch)
  2. Fantasia (Various)
  3. Christmas in July (Preston Sturges)
  4. Dance, Girl, Dance (Dorothy Arzner)
  5. The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor)
  6. The Great Dictator (Charles Chaplin)
  7. Gaslight (Thorold Dickinson)
  8. The Great McGinty (Preston Sturges)
  9. His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks)
  10. Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock)
  11. The Letter (William Wyler)


  1. The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming)
  2. The Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir)
  3. Gone with the Wind (Victor Fleming)
  4. Only Angels Have Wings (Howard Hawks)
  5. Love Affair (Leo McCarey)
  6. Bachelor Mother (Garson Kanin)
  7. Midnight (Mitchell Leisen)
  8. The Roaring Twenties (Raoul Walsh)
  9. Stagecoach (John Ford)
  10. Wuthering Heights (William Wyler)


  1. Le Quai des Brumes (Marcel Carne)
  2. The Adventures of Robin Hood (Michael Curtiz)
  3. Angels with Dirty Faces (Michael Curtiz)
  4. Porky in Wackyland (Robert Clampett)
  5. The Lady Vanishes (Alfred Hitchcock)
  6. Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife (Ernst Lubitsch)
  7. Bringing up Baby (Howard Hawks)
  8. Holiday (George Cukor)
  9. Pygmalion (Anthony Asquith)
  10. The Divorce of Lady X (Tim Whelan)


  1. Make Way for Tomorrow (Leo McCarey)
  2. The Awful Truth (Leo McCarey)
  3. Stella Dallas (King Vidor)
  4. La Grande Illusion (Jean Renoir)
  5. Easy Living (Mitchell Leisen)
  6. Pepe le Moko (Julien Duvivier)
  7. Marked Woman (Michael Curtiz)
  8. Nothing Sacred (William A. Wellman)
  9. Stage Door (Gregory De Cava)
  10. History is Made at Night (Frank Borzage)


  1. A Day in the Country (Jean Renoir)
  2. Camille (George Cukor)
  3. Libeled Lady (Jack Conway)
  4. Modern Times (Charles Chaplin)
  5. After the Thin Man (W.S. Van Dyke)
  6. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (Frank Capra)
  7. My Man Godfrey (Gregory de Cava)
  8. The Road to Glory (Howard Hawks)
  9. The General Died at Dawn (Lewis Milestone)
  10. The Charge of the Light Brigade (Michael Curtiz)


  1. The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock)
  2. Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale)
  3. Les Miserables (Richard Boleslawski)
  4. A Night at the Opera (Sam Wood)
  5. Top Hat (Mark Sandrich)
  6. Captain Blood (Michael Curtiz)
  7. The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (Henry Hathaway)
  8. Sylvia Scarlett (George Cukor)
  9. Dark Angel (Sidney Franklin)
  10. Mutiny on the Bounty (Frank Lloyd)


  1. The Scarlet Empress (Josef Von Sternberg)
  2. It Happened One Night (Frank Capra)
  3. L’Atalante (Jean Vigo)
  4. Twentieth Century (Howard Hawks)
  5. The Thin Man (W.S. Van Dyke)
  6. The Gay Divorcee (Mark Sandrich)
  7. Imitation of Life (John M. Stahl)
  8. Tarzan and his Mate (Cedric Gibbons)
  9. The Man who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock)
  10. Death Takes a Holiday (Mitchell Leisen)


  1. Heroes for Sale (William A. Wellman)
  2. Little Women (George Cukor)
  3. The Bitter Tea of General Yen (Frank Capra)
  4. Design for Living (Ernst Lubitsch)
  5. Duck Soup (Leo McCarey)
  6. Baby Face (Alfred E. Green)
  7. Gold Diggers of 1933 (Mervyn LeRoy)
  8. Queen Christina (Rouben Mamoulian)
  9. Man’s Castle (Frank Borzage)
  10. Footlight Parade (Lloyd Bacon)


  1. Trouble in Paradise (Ernst Lubitsch)
  2. Love me Tonight (Rouben Mamoulian)
  3. Shanghai Express (Josef Von Sternberg)
  4. One Hour with You (Ernst Lubitsch)
  5. Scarface (Howard Hawks)
  6. Grand Hotel (Edmund Goulding)
  7. Freaks (Tod Browning)
  8. Horse Feathers (Norman Z. McLeod)
  9. Red-Headed Woman (Jack Conway)
  10. Three on a Match (Mervyn LeRoy)


  1. Other Men’s Women (William A. Wellman)
  2. City Lights (Charles Chaplin)
  3. Safe in Hell (William A. Wellman)
  4. M (Fritz Lang)
  5. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Rouben Mamoulian)
  6. The Smiling Lieutenant (Ernst Lubitsch)
  7. The Champ (King Vidor)
  8. Night Nurse (William A. Wellman)
  9. The Public Enemy (William A. Wellman)
  10. Frankenstein (James Whale)


  1. Morocco (Josef Von Sternberg)
  2. Swing you Sinners (Dave Fleischer)
  3. All Quiet on the Western Front (Lewis Milestone)
  4. Animal Crackers (Victor Heerman)
  5. Anna Christie (Clarence Brown)


  1. The Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov)
  2. Lucky Star (Frank Borzage)
  3. Pandora’s Box (G.W. Pabst)
  4. Diary of a Lost Girl (G.W. Pabst)
  5. The Skeleton Dance (Walt Disney)
  6. Hallelujah! (King Vidor)
  7. Un Chien Andalou (Luis Bunuel)
  8. The Love Parade (Ernst Lubitsch)
  9. Piccadilly (Anna May Wong)
  10. Brumes D’Automne (Dimitri Kirsanoff)


  1. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  2. The Circus (Charles Chaplin)
  3. The Patsy (King Vidor)
  4. Show People (King Vidor)
  5. The Wind (Victor Sjostrom)


  1. Sunrise (F.W. Murnau)
  2. Metropolis (Fritz Lang)
  3. The Unknown (Tod Browning)
  4. The Love of Jeanne Ney (G.W. Pabst)
  5. Spiritual Constructions (Oskar Fischinger)


  1. The Big Parade (King Vidor)
  2. Lazybones (Frank Borzage)
  3. Paris qui dort (Rene Clair)
  4. The Gold Rush (Charles Chaplin)
  5. Strike (Sergei Eisenstein)

17 responses to “Best by Year

  1. I probably should have taken the placeholder approach for some of the years I’ve already listed. :/
    I’d be interested to see any honourable mentions for those years. That’s something I’m going to add when I get to the good years.

    Also, thanks for the whoring, you lovable whore. 😛

  2. I might add honourable mentions, in MOST cases, I’m missing just one or two films. I kinda just want to get down as many years as possible. So it’s mostly laziness.

    lol sabotage. I’ll fix that ASAP!

  3. These are some cool lists, Justine. Bravo for having 2 Wilders win consecutive years. Also, some nice pics. Bookmarked. Shame you didn’t participate that much in the YC then.

  4. Wow. You definitely have a healthy appreciation and taste for cinema. How did you get hold of so many of those older titles?

    Btw, kudos on mentioning Conversations with Other Women.

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