Overstreet’s Annual Favorite Films Lists

I’ve been looking closely at movies for a long time. And the practice has made me a vigorous list-maker.

Before you read these lists, make sure you understand what they represent, what determines their categorization by year, and how the color-coding works: Read the full User’s Guide.

Here’s a quick summary of the color-coding:

  • TREASURES:

    Films that have profoundly inspired, influenced, and affected me. I want all of them in my personal collection for future reference. Why are they red? They’re like Moses’ burning bush, always blazing, never consumed, and they’ve given me close encounters with something sacred.

  • FAVORITES:

    Films I will probably never tire of revisiting, studying, sharing, and discussing. Why are they purple? Among films, I consider them royalty.

  • ACHIEVEMENTS:

    Films worth seeing more than once, studying, sharing, and discussing. Why are they blue? To a rain-soaked Seattle-dweller like myself, blue is a reason to celebrate.

  • DECENT / NOTEWORTHY:

    Films worth seeing once, maybe twice, due to their strong points. Why are they grey? They may be enjoyable while they’re playing, but they didn’t make a strong, lasting impression.

  • * MOVIES MARKED WITH ASTERISKS:

    These films were released elsewhere in the world, or at festivals, previous to this year.

2016

  1. Cameraperson
  2. Paterson
  3. Silence
  4. The Fits
  5. Hell or High Water
  6. Fences
  7. Beyonce: Lemonade
  8. The BFG
  9. 13th
  10. Sing Street
  11. The Witch
  12. Love & Friendship
  13. The Innocents
  14. The Mermaid
  15. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  16. Arrival
  17. Hail, Caesar!
  18. Loving
  19. 10 Cloverfield Lane
  20. Taxi
  21. Almost Holy
  22. The Lobster
  23. The Nice Guys
  24. Knight of Cups
  25. Doctor Strange
  26. Kubo and the Two Strings
  27. Everybody Wants Some!
  28. La La Land
  29. Eye in the Sky
  30. Krisha
  31. Moonlight
  32. Zootopia
  33. Midnight Special
  34. Finding Dory
  35. The Jungle Book
  36. Sully
  37. Green Room
  38. Manchester By the Sea
  39. Pete’s Dragon
  40. Last Days in the Desert
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  1. About Elly
  2. Timbuktu
  3. What We Do in the Shadows
  4. Something, Anything
  5. Inside Out
  6. Mad Max: Fury Road
  7. Son of Saul
  8. Carol
  9. The Assassin
  10. The Salt of the Earth
  11. Brooklyn
  12. Love and Mercy
  13. 45 Years
  14. Horse Money
  15. Spotlight
  16. Mistress America
  17. Phoenix
  18. Experimenter
  19. Jauja
  20. Tangerine
  21. Girlhood
  22. Stations of the Cross
  23. Clouds of Sils Maria
  24. Bone Tomahawk
  25. Shaun the Sheep Movie
  26. Amour Fou
  27. Room
  28. Ex Machina
  29. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  30. World of Tomorrow
  31. Trainwreck
  32. Cop Car
  33. ’71
  34. Paddington
  35. Blackhat
  36. Bridge of Spies
  37. Stop the Pounding Heart
  38. Slow West
  39. Macbeth
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  1. The Strange Little Cat
  2. Selma
  3. Virunga
  4. Two Days One Night
  5. The Immigrant
  6. The LEGO Movie
  7. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  8. Mr. Turner
  9. Boyhood
  10. Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey
  11. Calvary
  12. Song of the Sea
  13. Inherent Vice
  14. Journey to the West
  15. A Most Wanted Man
  16. Only Lovers Left Alive
  17. Life Itself
  18. Foxcatcher
  19. Gloria
  20. As It Is In Heaven
  21. Leviathan
  22. Whiplash
  23. A Most Violent Year
  24. Gone Girl
  25. Noah
  26. Into the Woods
  27. Interstellar
  28. Jodorowsky’s Dune
  29. Blue Ruin
  30. Snowpiercer
  31. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1
  32. Edge of Tomorrow
  33. The Babadook
  34. Ida
  35. Muppets Most Wanted
  36. The Overnighters
  37. Finding Vivian Maier
  38. Locke
  39. Chef
  40. The Trip to Italy
  41. Birdman
  42. American Sniper
  43. Guardians of the Galaxy
  44. Under the Skin
  45. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
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  1. This Is Martin Bonner

  2. Museum Hours

  3. Before Midnight

  4. Upstream Color

  5. Leviathan

  6. The Past

  7. Like Someone in Love

  8. The Wolf of Wall Street

  9. Short Term 12

  10. Her

  11. The World’s End

  12. The Act of Killing

  13. Frances Ha

  14. To the Wonder

  15. Stories We Tell

  16. 12 Years a Slave

  17. Inside Llewyn Davis

  18. The Kings of Summer

  19. The Wind Rises

  20. The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec

  21. A Hijacking

  22. Captain Phillips

  23. The Counselor

  24. The Great Beauty

  25. Wrestling for Jesus: The Tale of T-Money*

  26. All is Lost

  27. Wolf Children

  28. Mud

  29. Fill the Void

  30. Beyond the Hills

  31. Lore

  32. Computer Chess

  33. American Hustle

  34. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

  35. The Great Gatsby

  36. Stoker

  37. The Way, Way Back

  38. 20 Feet from Stardom

  39. Much Ado About Nothing

  40. From Up on Poppy Hill 2011

  41. Enemy

  42. Monsters University

  43. Byzantium

  44. The Lone Ranger

  45. The Grandmaster

  46. Prince Avalanche

  47. The Spectacular Now

  48. Prisoners

  49. Philomena

  50. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

  51. Nebraska

  52. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

  53. Warm Bodies

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  1. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson) – review

  2. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson) – review #1review #2, and “On Difficult Films

  3. The Loneliest Planet* (Julia Loktev) – review

  4. The Kid With a Bike* (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne) – review

  5. Neighboring Sounds (Kleber Mendonça Filho, Brazil)

  6. Lincoln (Steven Spielberg) – review

  7. Holy Motors (Leos Carax) – review

  8. Margaret – The Extended Cut (Kenneth Lonergan)  – review

  9. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia* (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)

  10. Amour (Michael Haneke) – review

  11. Brave (Mark Andrews & Brenda Chapman) – review

  12. This is Not a Film (Jafar Panahi)*

  13. Barbara (Christian Petzold) – review

  14. Let the Bullets Fly* (Wen Jiang)

  15. The Queen of Versailles (Lauren Greenfield)

  16. Planet of Snail (Yi Seung-jun)

  17. Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino) – review

  18. Anna Karenina (Joe Wright)

  19. Haywire* (Steven Soderbergh)

  20. Bernie* (Richard Linklater)

  21. The Cabin in the Woods* (Drew Goddard) – review

  22. The Deep Blue Sea* (Terence Davies)

  23. Marvel’s The Avengers (Joss Whedon) – review

  24. Safety Not Guaranteed (Colin Trevorrow)

  25. Skyfall (Sam Mendes) – review

  26. Jiro Dreams of Sushi* (David Gelb)

  27. The Secret World of Arrietty* (Hiromasa Yonebayashi)

  28. Sinister (Scott Derrickson) – review

  29. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

  30. Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow)

  31. Life of Pi (Ang Lee)

  32. Wreck-It Ralph (Rich Moore)

  33. Argo (Ben Affleck) – review

  34. Elena* (Andrei Zvyagintsev)

  35. Take This Waltz* (Sarah Polley)

  36. Rust and Bone (Jacques Audiard)

  37. Alps (Yorgos Lanthimos)

  38. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Peter Jackson) – reviews #1 & #2Alps* (Yorgos Lanthimos)

  39. Not Fade Away

  40. End of Watch

  41. Miss Bala* (Gerardo Naranjo)

  42. Arbitrage (Nicholas Jarecki)

  43. Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell)

  44. Blue Like Jazz (Steve Taylor) – review

  45. A Royal Affair (Nikolaj Arcel)

  46. Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin) – review

  47. Chronicle (Josh Trank)

  48. Lawless (John Hillcoat)

  49. Frankenweenie (Burton)

  50. Looper (Rian Johnson)

  51. Your Sister’s Sister* (Lynn Shelton)

  52. John Carter (Andrew Stanton) – review

Honorable mention:

  • Damsels in Distress* (Whit Stillman)

  • ParaNorman (Sam Fell & Chris Butler)

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  1. Certified Copy*

  2. The Tree of Life (reviews)

  3. Pina* (review)

  4. A Separation*

  5. Of Gods and Men* (review)

  6. The Mill and the Cross

  7. The Kid With a Bike*

  8. Margaret

  9. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives* (review)

  10. Nostalgia for the Light*

  11. Mysteries of Lisbon*

  12. Tuesday, After Christmas*

  13. Buck

  14. Martha Marcy May Marlene (review)

  15. War Horse (review)

  16. The Muppets (review)

  17. Meek’s Cutoff* (review)

  18. Dogtooth*

  19. The Arbor*

  20. Attack the Block

  21. Drive (review)

  22. Hugo

  23. Bernie

  24. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

  25. Le Quattro Volte*

  26. Le Havre

  27. L’Apollonide (House of Pleasures)*

  28. Film Socialisme*

  29. The Trip

  30. Take Shelter

  31. Winnie the Pooh

  32. Win Win (review) (interview with Tom McCarthy)

  33. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (review)

  34. Poetry*

  35. Moneyball

  36. Beginners* (review)

  37. Summer Wars*

  38. Road to Nowhere*

  39. Submarine*

  40. Tyrannosaur*

  41. A Dangerous Method

  42. Twixt

  43. Rango

  44. Midnight in Paris

  45. Jane Eyre (review)

  46. Super 8

  47. Rise of the Planet of the Apes

  48. Contagion (review)

Honorable mention:

  • The Descendants

  • Higher Ground*

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

  • X-Men: First Class

  • Your Sister’s Sister*

  • First Position (review)

  • Source Code

  • Bridesmaids*

  • The Adventures of Tintin

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  1. The Secret of Kells* (two-part review: Pt. 1Pt. 2)

  2. Toy Story 3 (review)True Grit* (review)

  3. True Grit

  4. Winter’s Bone (review)

  5. The Social Network (review)

  6. Another Year* (some comments)

  7. The Sun*
  8. Mary & Max*

  9. Four Lions (a brief review)

  10. Waste Land (review)

  11. Lourdes*

  12. Babies (review)

  13. 35 Shots of Rum

  14. Please Give

  15. Somewhere*

  16. The King’s Speech (review)

  17. Carlos*

  18. Never Let Me Go (a brief review)

  19. Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World

  20. Cave of Forgotten Dreams* (review)

  21. The Oath

  22. Meeting Andrei Tarkovsky (2-part review)

  23. How to Train Your Dragon

  24. Shutter Island

  25. L’Illusioniste*

  26. I Am Love*

  27. The Exploding Girl

  28. Micmacs

  29. Exit Through the Gift Shop*

  • Inception (2-part review: Pt. 1, Pt. 2)

  • Rabbit Hole

  • Ondine

  • The Way Back*

  • The Kids Are All Right

  • Blue Valentine

  • The Ghost Writer

  • Let Me In

  • The Town

  • Animal Kingdom

  • Everything Must Go*

  • 127 Hours (review)

  • Tangled

  • Alice in Wonderland

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

  • Iron Man 2

  • Black Swan (review)

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader (review)

  • The Fighter (review)

  • Morning Glory

  • The Wolfman (review)

  • Incendies*

  • Greenberg

  • Stone (review)

  • The American

  • Rubber*

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  1. Summer Hours* (review)

  2. Munyurangabo* (review)

  3. Where the Wild Things Are (review)

  4. Up (review)

  5. Everlasting Moments*

  6. A Serious Man (review)

  7. The Fantastic Mr. Fox

  8. Coraline (review)

  9. Two Lovers*

  10. Lorna’s Silence* (review)

  11. Lake Tahoe*

  12. A Town Called Panic*

  13. The Girlfriend Experience

  14. Bright Star

  15. Gomorrah*

  16. The Beaches of Agnes*

  17. Phoebe in Wonderland*

  18. Moon

  19. Departures*

  20. Me and Orson Welles

  21. Duplicity

  22. Police, Adjective (review)

  23. District 9

  24. The Limits of Control (two-part review: Pt.1 , Pt. 2)

  25. Ponyo*

  26. The Secret In Their Eyes*

  27. The Song of Sparrows*

  28. Liverpool

  29. The Maid

  30. In the Loop

  31. The Road

  32. Meeting Andrei Tarkovsky (two-part review: Pt. 1, Pt. 2)

  33. Inglourious Basterds (two-part review: Pt. 1Pt.2)

Honorable Mention:

  • 500 Days of Summer*

  • Sweetgrass

  • Invictus

  • Get Low

  • The White Ribbon*

  • Alamar*

  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs*

  • Red Riding: 1970

  • Red Riding: 1984

  • The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

  • Star Trek

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

  • Public Enemies

  • Away We Go

  • The Hedgehog*

  • Between the Folds*

  • Avatar (review)

  • An Education

  • Up in the Air

  • Tetro

  • Fish Tank

  • Oceans

  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

  • The Informant!

  • Sherlock Holmes

  • Watchmen

  • Thirst

  • Drag Me to Hell

  • Zombieland

  • The Princess and the Frog

  • That Evening Sun

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  1. Séraphine* (review)

  2. In the City of Sylvia*

  3. Shotgun Stories* (review)

  4. WALL•E

  5. Flight of the Red Balloon*

  6. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days* (review)

  7. The Class

  8. Heartbeat Detector*

  9. Rachel Getting Married

  10. Man on Wire (review)

  11. Up the Yangtze*

  12. Let the Right One In (review)

  13. The Dark Knight

  14. Hellboy 2: The Golden Army

  15. Times and Winds* (review)

  16. A Christmas Tale (review)

  17. Silent Light*

  18. Synecdoche, New York (interview with Charlie Kaufman)

  19. Doubt (some observations)

  20. Sparrow*

  21. Son of Rambow*

  22. Waltz With Bashir

  23. Yella*

  24. The Secret of the Grain* (review)

  25. In Bruges

  • Treeless Mountain*

  • Of Time and the City*

  • Julia*

  • Ballast

  • Goodbye, Solo*

  • Trouble the Water

  • Happy-Go-Lucky

  • Burn After Reading

  • Tropic Thunder

  • Awake My Soul: The Story of the Sacred Harp*

  • Iron Man

  • Still Walking

  • The Headless Woman

  • Food, Inc.

  • Hunger

  • Days and Clouds*

  • Kung Fu Panda

  • U23D

  • The Brothers Bloom

  • Redbelt

  • Revolutionary Road

  • Get Smart

  • The Hurt Locker

  • Mine (review)

  • Be Kind, Rewind (some observations)

  • Eldorado*

  • The Grocer’s Son*

  • Horton Hears aWho

  • Frozen River

  • Body of Lies

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

  • Troubled Water*

  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

  • The Pineapple Express

  • Baghead

  • Slumdog Millionaire

  • Sunshine Cleaning

  • The Wrestler

  • Frost/Nixon (some observations)

  • Sugar

  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona

  • Call + Response

  • I’ve Loved You So Long

  • We Are Together*

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  1. There Will Be Blood

  2. My Kid Could Paint That (review)

  3. Ratatouille

  4. No Country for Old Men

  5. Into Great Silence*
  6. Hot Fuzz

  7. Lars and the Real Girl

  8. I’m Not There

  9. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

  10. The Devil Came on Horseback

  11. Ostrov (The Island)*

  12. Zodiac

  13. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

  14. Persepolis*

  15. Juno

  16. The Visitor*

  17. We Own the Night*

Honorable Mention:

  • Encounters at the End of the World *

  • Honeydripper* (some observations)

  • Eastern Promises

  • Secret Sunshine*

  • My Winnipeg*

  • Planet Terror

  • Heading South*

  • The Savages

  • No End in Sight

  • The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

  • La Vie En Rose

  • Into the Wild

  • The Simpsons Movie

  • Paranoid Park

  • The Band’s Visit*

  • Angel-A*

  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

  • Gone Baby Gone

  • Bridge to Terabithia

  • Jindabyne*

  • Enchanted

  • Waitress

  • The Darjeeling Limited

  • Charlie Wilson’s War

  • Captain Achab*

  • Michael Clayton

  • The Orphanage

  • 3:10 to Yuma

  • The Bourne Ultimatum

  • Lust, Caution

  • Ben X

  • Margot at the Wedding

  • The Edge of Heaven

  • Chop Shop

  • Cassandra’s Dream

  • Breach

  • The Lookout

  • Ocean’s Thirteen

  • Death Proof

  • Knocked Up

  • Dan in Real Life

  • Atonement

  • In the Valley of Elah

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

  • Eagle Vs. Shark

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  1. Children of Men

  2. Pan’s Labyrinth

  3. Little Children

  4. L’Enfant
  5. Paprika

  6. Once

  7. Syndromes and a Century

  8. Three Times*
  9. Army of Shadows*

  10. The Lives of Others

  11. Little Miss Sunshine

  12. Paris Je T’aime

  13. United 93

  14. Miami Vice

  15. The Queen

  16. Babel

  17. This is England

  18. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

  19. Still Life*

  20. Casino Royale

  21. The Prestige

  22. The Science of Sleep

  23. The Departed

  24. Stranger Than Fiction

  25. The Host

  26. Cars

  27. Marie Antoinette

Honorable Mention:

  • The Fall

  • Half Nelson

  • The Painted Veil

  • A Prairie Home Companion (review)

  • Letters from Iwo Jima

  • Marie Antoinette

  • Offside

  • Away from Her

  • When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

  • The Namesake

  • Amazing Grace (review)

  • Inland Empire

  • The Illusionist

  • Tell No One*

  • The Wind that Shakes the Barley*

  • Rescue Dawn*

  • The Fountain

  • Old Joy

  • A Scanner Darkly (review)

  • Flags of Our Fathers

  • Private Fears in Public Places

  • Longford

  • Climates

  • Inside Man

  • Perfume: Story of a Murderer

  • Black Snake Moan

  • Manufactured Landscapes

  • Volver

  • Bella

  • Monster House

  • For Your Consideration

  • God Grew Tired of Us

  • The Black Dahlia

  • Mission: Impossible III

  • The Devil Wears Prada

  • Wordplay

  • Notes on a Scandal

  • Penelope (review)

  • Fay Grim

  • The Second Chance

  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

  • Akeelah and the Bee

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  1. The New World* (2nd review)
  2. Junebug
  3. A History of Violence (review)
  4. Mirrormask (review)
  5. Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
  6. Munich
  7. Caché
  8. Brick
  9. The Proposition*
  10. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu*
  11. Batman Begins
  12. Pride and Prejudice
  13. Capote
  14. Broken Flowers
  15. No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
  16. Serenity
  17. Star Wars, Episode Three – Revenge of the Sith
  18. Last Days
  19. The White Diamond*
  20. Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit
  21. Grizzly Man
  22. Match Point

Honorable Mention:

  • Joyeux Noël*
  • Kingdom of Heaven
  • The Ballad of Jack and Rose
  • Sweet Land*
  • Adam’s Apples
  • Good Night and Good Luck
  • Don’t Come Knocking
  • The Exorcism of Emily Rose 
  • The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada*
  • Blue in Green*
  • March of the Penguins
  • Corpse Bride
  • The Squid and the Whale
  • Thank You for Smoking
  • Walk the Line
  • Touch the Sound*
  • 49 Up
  • Everything is Illuminated
  • Bubble
  • Heading South
  • Tsotsi*
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Syriana
  • Lassie
  • Shopgirl
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • The Descent
  • The Puffy Chair
  • Murderball
  • War of the Worlds
  • The Constant Gardener
  • In Her Shoes
  • Duma
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  1. The Incredibles
  2. The Return*
  3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  4. Millions
  5. The Motorcycle Diaries
  6. Birth
  7. Before Sunset
  8. Born Into Brothels
  9. Shaun of the Dead
  10. Songs from the Second Floor*
  11. Tony Takitani*
  12. Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow
  13. Spider-man 2
  14. The Taste of Tea* (review)
  15. Mean Creek
  16. The Bourne Supremacy
  17. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
  18. The World
  19. Primer
  20. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
  21. Napoleon Dynamite
  22. Vera Drake
  23. Million Dollar Baby
  24. Hotel Rwanda
  25. Howl’s Moving Castle*
  26. Dear Frankie

Honorable Mention:

  • Nobody Knows
  • Kill Bill, Volume Two
  • Downfall
  • Saved!
  • Land of Plenty
  • Ocean’s Twelve
  • Sideways
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • House of Flying Daggers
  • Collateral
  • The Passion of the Christ
  • THX 1138: Director’s Cut
  • I Heart Huckabees
  • The Aviator
  • The Manchurian Candidate
  • Since Otar Left*
  • Closer
  • Finding Neverland
  • Strings
  • The Village
  • America’s Heart and Soul (review) (interview)
  • We Don’t Live Here Anymore
  • Maria Full of Grace
  • In Good Company
  • Intimate Strangers
  • Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
  • Shrek 2
  • Super-Size Me
  • Yes
  • Bride and Prejudice
  • Hellboy
  • Kung Fu Hustle
  • As It Is In Heaven
  • Garden State
  • A Very Long Engagement (review)
  • Undertow
  • Melinda and Melinda
  • Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
  • Ray
  • Winter Solstice
  • Hawaii, Oslo*
  • Mean Girls
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  1. Finding Nemo
  2. The Station Agent
  3. Lost in Translation
  4. The Five Obstructions*
  5. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  6. Dogville*
  7. Time of the Wolf*
  8. The Story of the Weeping Camel*
  9. Café Lumiere
  10. Pieces of April
  11. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  12. Last Life in the Universe
  13. X2: X-Men United
  14. American Splendor (review)
  15. The Triplets of Bellville
  16. The Best of Youth*
  17. Goodbye, Dragon Inn*
  18. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  19. Whale Rider
  20. The Fog of War
  21. Kill Bill, Vol. 1
  22. Lost in La Mancha

Honorable Mention:

  • Lost in La Mancha
  • I Capture the Castle
  • All the Real Girls
  • A Mighty Wind (review)
  • The Saddest Music in the World
  • Crimson Gold
  • Thirteen
  • Down With Love
  • Matchstick Men
  • Touching the Void
  • Coffee and Cigarettes
  • The Dreamers
  • Cold Mountain
  • The Barbarian Invsions
  • Intolerable Cruelty
  • Open Range
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring
  • Spring Summer Fall Winter…and Spring
  • Shattered Glass
  • Holes
  • Peter Pan
  • The Matrix Revolutions
  • House of Sand and Fog
  • The Human Stain
  • Levity
  • Monster
  • Swimming Pool
  • Love Actually
  • Northfork
[/accordion][accordion title=’2002′]
  1. The Son*
  2. Punch-drunk Love
  3. Stevie*
  4. In America*
  5. Hero*
  6. Naked*
  7. The Pianist
  8. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  9. Distant*
  10. Italian for Beginners*
  11. The Rookie
  12. 28 Days Later…* (review)
  13. Dirty Pretty Things*
  14. Catch Me If You Can
  15. Adaptation (review)
  16. Spellbound*
  17. Whale Rider
  18. To Be and To Have
  19. Stone Reader*
  20. The Quiet American
  21. The Man on the Train
  22. Infernal Affairs*
  23. The Bourne Identity
  24. City of God*
  25. Russian Ark
  26. Personal Velocity: Three Portraits

Honorable Mention:

  • The Lady and the Duke*
  • Signs
  • Gangs of New York
  • Bus 174
  • Far from Heaven
  • The Man Without a Past
  • Springtime in a Small Town
  • 25th Hour
  • About a Boy
  • Sunshine State
  • In This World
  • The Hours
  • Ice Age
  • The Secret Lives of Dentists
  • Bowling for Columbine
  • OT: Our Town
  • Changing Lanes
  • Derrida
  • Frida
  • Raising Victor Vargas
  • I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
  • Insomnia
  • Lilo and Stitch
  • Morvern Callar
  • Minority Report
  • All or Nothing
  • 8 Women
  • Spider-man
  • Star Wars, Episode Two: Attack of the Clones
  • Max
  • Panic Room
  • Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary
  • Rabbit-Proof Fence
  • Road to Perdition
  • Roger Dodger
  • Ripley’s Game
  • The Good Girl
  • Enemy at the Gates
  • The Truth About Charlie
  • 24 Hour Party People
  • Solaris (dir. Soderbergh)
[/accordion][accordion title=’2001′]
  1. Code Unknown*
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  3. Gosford Park
  4. Spirited Away*
  5. The Gleaners and I*
  6. The Royal Tenenbaums
  7. Amélie (review)
  8. Werckmeister Harmonies*
  9. Lantana
  10. Moulin Rouge!
  11. Mulholland Drive
  12. Waking Life
  13. The Devil’s Backbone
  14. Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working in Time
  15. In the Mood for Love*
  16. Donnie Darko
  17. Zoolander
  18. Flowers of Shanghai* (DVD release)
  19. Metropolis*
  20. Monsoon Wedding*
  21. Ghost World
  22. Time Out
  23. Memento*
  24. A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) (review)
  25. The Circle*
  26. The Widow of St. Pierre*
  27. The Road Home*
  28. What Time Is It There?
  29. In the Bedroom
  30. Last Orders
  31. Monster’s Inc.
  32. Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner)*
  33. The Son’s Room

Honorable Mention:

  • The Others
  • The Man Who Wasn’t There
  • Y Tu Mama Tambien*
  • Iris
  • Ocean’s 11
  • Wit
  • Heist
  • Winged Migration
  • Shrek
  • The Pledge
  • Black Hawk Down
  • Lovely and Amazing
  • Mostly Martha
  • The Believer
  • Training Day
  • Hearts in Atlantis
  • The Shipping News
  • Blow
  • The Deep End
  • Thirteen Conversations About One Thing
  • Jurassic Park III
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary
  • Crazy/beautiful
  • The Cat’s Meow
[/accordion][accordion title=’2000′]
  1. The Decalog* (USA DVD release)
  2. Yi-Yi
  3. Almost Famous (review)
  4. The Wind Will Carry Us*
  5. The Emperor’s New Groove
  6. Beau Travail*
  7. You Can Count On Me
  8. The Virgin Suicides
  9. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  10. High Fidelity
  11. Wonder Boys
  12. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai*
  13. The Color of Paradise*
  14. Best in Show
  15. Unbreakable
  16. Sexy Beast
  17. Erin Brockovich
  18. George Washington
  19. Pollock
  20. The House of Mirth
  21. The Big Kahuna
  22. X-Men
  23. Not of This World (Fuori Dal Mondo)*
  24. O Brother, Where Art Thou
  25. Amores Perros*
  26. Croupier*
  27. Dancer in the Dark*
  28. Chicken Run
  29. Divided We Fall
  30. The Vertical Ray of the Sun*

Honorable Mention:

  • The Million Dollar Hotel
  • With a Friend Like Harry…
  • The King is Alive
  • State and Main
  • American Movie*
  • Cast Away
  • Thirteen Days
  • The Dish*
  • Tully
  • Billy Eliot
  • Girl on the Bridge*
  • Traffic
  • Bread and Tulips
  • Chocolat
  • Hamlet (Michael Almereyda)
  • Return to Me
  • Under the Sand
  • Shaft
  • Shadow of the Vampire
  • The Way of the Gun
  • Gladiator
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • Nurse Betty
  • Timecode
  • Girlfight
  • Small Time Crooks
  • American Psycho
  • Pitch Black
[/accordion][accordion title=’1999′]
  1. The Insider
  2. Toy Story 2
  3. The Iron Giant
  4. Magnolia
  5. Close-up* (1990, but U.S. release in 1999)
  6. The Dreamlife of Angels
  7. Rosetta
  8. Three Kings
  9. Being John Malkovich
  10. Eyes Wide Shut
  11. Limbo
  12. Mansfield Park
  13. The Limey
  14. The Straight Story
  15. The Talented Mr. Ripley
  16. Topsy Turvy
  17. eXistenZ
  18. The Sixth Sense
  19. Ride With The Devil
  20. Galaxy Quest
  21. Cradle Will Rock
  22. Man on the Moon
  23. The Matrix
  24. After Life*
  25. Run Lola Run*
  26. Fight Club

Honorable Mention:

  • Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Star Wars, Episode One – The Phantom Menace
  • Titus
  • Twin Falls, Idaho
  • Summer of Sam
  • Sweet and Lowdown
  • The Winslow Boy
  • South Park: South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
  • October Sky
  • Office Space
  • Buena Vista Social Club
  • Dogma
  • Cookie’s Fortune
  • Shower
  • Boys Don’t Cry
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • The Thomas Crown Affair
  • Bringing Out the Dead
  • American Beauty (review)
  • Holy Smoke!
  • Guinevere
  • Notting Hill
[/accordion][accordion title=’1998′]
  1. Out of Sight
  2. The Thin Red Line
  3. The Last Days of Disco
  4. The Truman Show
  5. The Celebration
  6. Henry Fool
  7. Dark City
  8. Saving Private Ryan
  9. The Big Lebowski
  10. Rushmore
  11. Kiki’s Delivery Service
  12. Autumn Tale
  13. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  14. Shakespeare In Love
  15. The General
  16. The Prince of Egypt
  17. Antz
  18. Babe: Pig In The City
  19. A Bug’s Life
  20. Men With Guns
  21. Insomnia
  22. Happiness
  23. The Butcher Boy
  24. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
  25. 42 Up
  • Smoke Signals
  • Ever After
  • Central Station
  • Elizabeth
  • Ronin
  • The Book of Life
  • Pi
  • Mulan
  • Enemy of the State
  • Gods And Monsters
  • A Simple Plan
  • Hilary and Jackie
[/accordion][accordion title=’1997′]
  1. Fast, Cheap & Out of Control
  2. The Apostle
  3. The Ice Storm
  4. Princess Mononoke*
  5. Henry Fool
  6. L.A. Confidential
  7. Good Will Hunting
  8. Grosse Pointe Blank
  9. The Fifth Element
  10. The Sweet Hereafter
  11. A Taste of Cherry*
  12. The Children of Heaven
  13. Boogie Nights
  14. The Butcher Boy
  15. Gattaca
  16. Men in Black
  17. Donnie Brasco
  18. Face/Off
  19. Breakdown
  20. Chasing Amy
  21. Life is Beautiful
  22. The Spanish Prisoner
  23. The End of Violence
  24. Mrs. Brown
  25. Jackie Brown

Honorable Mention:

  • The Boxer
  • Titanic
  • Mrs. Dalloway
  • Ulee’s Gold
  • Fairytale: A True Story
  • Amistad (review)
  • Eve’s Bayou As Good as It Gets
  • Wag the Dog
  • Deconstructing Harry
  • Affliction
  • The Game
  • Men with Guns
  • Open Your Eyes
  • Sunday
  • Insomnia
  • Career Girls
  • Cop Land
  • Anastasia
[/accordion][accordion title=’1996′]
  1. Secrets and Lies
  2. Fargo
  3. La Promesse*
  4. Ponette*
  5. Waiting for Guffman
  6. Flirting with Disaster
  7. Trainspotting
  8. Lone Star
  9. Dead Man
  10. Bottle Rocket
  11. Big Night
  12. Basquiat
  13. Mars Attacks!
  14. Breaking the Waves
  15. The Pillow Book
  16. James and the Giant Peach
  17. Mission: Impossible
  18. Hamlet (dir. Kenneth Branagh)
  19. When We Were Kings*
  20. The Whole Wide World
  21. Sling Blade
  22. Paradise Lost: The Child murders at Robin Hood Hills
  23. Shall We Dance?
  24. Shine
  25. Everyone Says I Love You
  26. The Crucible

Honorable Mention:

  • The Cable Guy
  • Jerry McGuire
  • Stealing Beauty
  • The King of Masks
  • The English Patient
  • Romeo + Juliet
  • The Portrait of a Lady
  • Looking for Richard
  • Emma
  • Fly Away Home
  • Jude
[/accordion][accordion title=’1995′]
  1. Heat
  2. Before Sunrise
  3. Sense And Sensibility
  4. Smoke
  5. Toy Story
  6. Dead Man Walking
  7. Babe
  8. Safe
  9. The City of Lost Children
  10. Seven
  11. Kicking and Screaming
  12. The Usual Suspects
  13. A Little Princess
  14. Rob Roy
  15. Persuasion
  16. 12 Monkeys
  17. Casino
  18. The Addiction
  19. Get Shorty
  20. Clueless
  21. Ulysses’ Gaze
  22. Clockers
  23. Crimson Tide
  24. The Quick and the Dead

Honorable Mention:

  • Living in Oblivion
  • Leaving Las Vegas
  • Devil In A Blue Dress
  • Apollo 13
  • Blue in the Face
  • Nixon
  • To Die For
  • Nelly and Monsieur Arnuad
  • Richard III
  • The Underneath
  • Angels and Insects
  • Sabrina
[/accordion][accordion title=’1994′]
  1. Three Colors: Red
  2. Pulp Fiction
  3. Three Colors: White
  4. Chungking Express*
  5. Exotica*
  6. Quiz Show
  7. Hoop Dreams
  8. The Hudsucker Proxy
  9. The Secret of Roan Inish*
  10. Nobody’s Fool
  11. Vanya on 42nd Street
  12. To Live
  13. Bullets Over Broadway
  14. Eat Drink Man Woman
  15. Burnt by the Sun*
  16. The Kingdom
  17. Before the Rain*
  18. Ed Wood
  19. Nadja
  20. Natural Born Killers
  21. Heavenly Creatures
  22. The Professional (Leon: The Professional)
  23. What Happened Was…
  24. The Madness of King George
  25. Interview with the Vampire

Honorable Mention:

  • Barcelona
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Speed
  • Shallow Grave
  • Queen Margot
  • Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle
  • Il Postino*
  • Immortal Beloved
  • The Mask
  • Crumb*
  • Prêt-à-Porter (Ready to Wear)
  • Clerks
  • Amateur
  • Black Beauty
  • Tom and Viv
  • Swimming with Sharks
  • Death and the Maiden
[/accordion][accordion title=’1993′]
  1. Three Colors: Blue
  2. My Neighbor Totoro*
  3. The Long Day Closes*
  4. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
  5. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  6. Naked
  7. The Piano
  8. In the Name of the Father
  9. Fearless
  10. The Remains of the Day
  11. Schindler’s List
  12. Grave of the Fireflies*
  13. Ruby in Paradise
  14. The Fugitive
  15. King of the Hill
  16. Short Cuts
  17. Mad Dog and Glory
  18. The Age of Innocence
  19. Jurassic Park
  20. Farewell, My Concubine
  21. The Secret Garden
  22. Groundhog Day
  23. Faraway So Close!
  24. True Romance
  25. The Thing Called Love
  26. Map of the Human Heart
  27. The Snapper
  28. The Joy Luck Club

Honorable Mention:

  • Menace II Society
  • The Scent of Green Papaya
  • Searching for Bobby Fischer
  • The Wedding Banquet
  • Carlito’s Way
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • The Joy Luck Club
  • Tombstone
  • A Bronx Tale
  • The Sandlot
  • Kalifornia
  • Manhattan Murder Mystery
  • Shadowlands
[/accordion][accordion title=’1992′]
  1. Unforgiven
  2. A River Runs Through It
  3. The Crying Game
  4. Passion Fish
  5. Into the West
  6. Strictly Ballroom
  7. Glengarry Glen Ross
  8. Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography
  9. The Player
  10. Baraka
  11. Bob Roberts
  12. Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  13. Red Rock West
  14. Brother’s Keeper
  15. Husbands and Wives
  16. Howard’s End
  17. Enchanted April
  18. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
  19. Patriot Games
  20. One False Move
  21. Batman Returns
  22. Gas Food Lodging
  23. Monster in a Box
  24. Deep Cover

Honorable Mention:

  • Malcolm X
  • A Midnight Clear
  • Un Coeur en hiver
  • American Heart
  • Leap of Faith
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Bad Lieutenant
  • Of Mice and Men
  • Simple Men
  • Chaplin
  • Mac
  • Porco Rosso
  • Damage
  • Like Water for Chocolate
  • Waterland
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • The Lover
[/accordion][accordion title=’1991′]
  1. The Double Life of Veronique
  2. The Fisher King
  3. Barton Fink
  4. Delicatessen
  5. The Silence of the Lambs
  6. Raise the Red Lantern
  7. Flirting
  8. 35 Up
  9. Close to Eden
  10. Beauty and the Beast
  11. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  12. Until the End of the World
  13. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse
  14. La Belle Noiseuse
  15. My Own Private Idaho
  16. JFK
  17. The Commitments
  18. Grand Canyon
  19. L.A. Story
  20. The Adjuster
  21. Proof
  22. The Doors
  23. The Addams Family
  24. Fried Green Tomatoes
  25. Impromptu
[/accordion][accordion title=’1990′]
  1. Miller’s Crossing
  2. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
  3. Metropolitan
  4. Edward Scissorhands
  5. GoodFellas
  6. Dances with Wolves
  7. Wild at Heart
  8. Cry Baby
  9. The Hairdresser’s Husband
  10. Cyrano de Bergerac
  11. Jacob’s Ladder
  12. The Godfather Part III
  13. The Sheltering Sky
  14. After Dark, My Sweet
  15. Henry and June
  16. Hamlet
  17. Gremlins 2: The New Batch
  18. La Femme Nikita
  19. Joe Versus the Volcano
  20. Trust
  21. Mr. And Mrs Bridge
  22. Vincent and Theo
  23. Dick Tracy
  24. Eating
[/accordion][accordion title=’1989′]
  1. The Unbelievable Truth
  2. Henry V
  3. The ‘Burbs
  4. Do the Right Thing
  5. Dead Poets Society
  6. Crimes and Misdemeanors
  7. The Abyss
  8. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  9. sex, lies, and videotape
  10. Heathers
  11. The Fabulous Baker Boys
  12. Mystery Train
  13. My Left Foot
  14. Glory
  15. When Harry Met Sally
  16. Say Anything
  17. Sea of Love
  18. Roger and Me

Honorable Mention:

  • Parenthood
  • Drugstore Cowboy
  • Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  • Back to the Future, Part 2
  • Field of Dreams
  • Batman
  • Lethal Weapon 2
[/accordion][accordion title=’1988′]
  1. Midnight Run
  2. Die Hard
  3. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
  4. Dangerous Liaisons
  5. The Unbearable Lightness of being
  6. A Fish Called Wanda
  7. The Last Temptation of Christ
  8. Running on Empty
  9. The Accidental Tourist
  10. The Thin Blue Line
  11. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  12. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  13. Beetlejuice
  14. I’m Gonna Git You Sucka
  15. Tin Toy
  16. The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey
  17. Frantic
  18. Big
  19. Rain Man
  20. Mississippi Burning
  21. The Chocolate War
  22. Shoot to Kill
  23. Married to the Mob
  24. The Vanishing
[/accordion][accordion title=’1987′]
  1. Wings of Desire
  2. Babette’s Feast
  3. Raising Arizona
  4. Empire of the Sun
  5. The Princess Bride
  6. Roxanne
  7. The Dead
  8. The Last Emperor
  9. Good Morning, Vietnam
  10. Planes, Trains and Automobiles
  11. Swimming to Cambodia
  12. Full Metal Jacket
  13. No Way Out
  14. River’s Edge
  15. The Untouchables
  16. Broadcast News
  17. Au Revoir, Les Enfants
  18. Hope and Glory
  19. House of Games
  20. Radio Days
  21. Pathfinder
  22. Moonstruck
  23. Innerspace
  24. Robocop
  25. The Glass Menagerie
  26. 84 Charing Cross Road
[/accordion][accordion title=’1986′]
  1. Down by Law
  2. Hannah and Her Sisters
  3. The Sacrifice
  4. The Mission
  5. Aliens
  6. The Mosquito Coast
  7. Manon of the Spring
  8. Jean de Florette
  9. Blue Velvet
  10. Castle in the Sky
  11. True Stories
  12. Stand by Me
  13. Three Amigos!
  14. Labyrinth
  15. 28 Up
  16. Manhunter
  17. Man Facing Southeast
  18. Platoon
  19. The Color of Money
  20. Big Trouble in Little China
  21. Mona Lisa
  22. Little Shop of Horrors
  23. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  24. Top Gun
  25. Hoosiers
[/accordion][accordion title=’1985′]
  1. A Room with a View
  2. Brazil
  3. Ran
  4. Witness
  5. Ladyhawke
  6. Blood Simple
  7. After Hours
  8. Back to the Future
  9. Legend
  10. Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
  11. The Color Purple
  12. Fletch
  13. The Purple Rose of Cairo
  14. Better Off Dead
  15. My Life as a Dog
  16. The Company of Wolves
  17. The Breakfast Club
  18. Silverado
[/accordion][accordion title=’1984′]

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  1. Amadeus
  2. Top Secret!
  3. Paris, Texas
  4. This is Spinal Tap
  5. Gremlins
  6. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  7. The Terence Davies Trilogy*
  8. Stranger Than Paradise
  9. Stop Making Sense
  10. Birdy
  11. The Terminator
  12. The Brother from Another Planet
  13. A Passage to India
  14. Ghostbusters
  15. The Karate Kid
  16. Starman
  17. Dune
  18. The Gods Must Be Crazy*
[/accordion][accordion title=’1983′]

 

 

  1. Zelig
  2. Tender Mercies
  3. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi
  4. Koyaanisqatsi – Life Out of Balance
  5. Fanny and Alexander
  6. The King of Comedy
  7. Never Cry Wolf
  8. A Christmas Story
  9. The Right Stuff
  10. The Big Chill
  11. Local Hero
  12. Scarface
  13. The Hunger
  14. Vacation
[/accordion][accordion title=’1982′]

 

 

  1. Blade Runner
  2. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
  3. The Dark Crystal
  4. The Thing
  5. Tron
  6. Tootsie
  7. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  8. The Secret of NIMH
  9. The Road Warrior
  10. The Last Metro
  11. The Year of Living Dangerously
  12. Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid

Honorable Mention: The Man from Snowy River, A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy, Poltergeist, The Plague Dogs

[/accordion][accordion title=’1981′]

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  1. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  2. Chariots of Fire
  3.  The Great Muppet Caper
  4.  My Dinner with Andre
  5.  Gallipoli
  6.  Time Bandits
  7. The Last Metro
  8. The Fox and the Hound
  9. Dragonslayer

Honorable Mention: Excalibur, The Postman Always Rings Twice

[/accordion][accordion title=’1980′]

 

 

  1. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
  2. The Elephant Man
  3. Raging Bull
  4. Gates of Heaven
  5. The Shining
  6. Airplane!
  7. Popeye
  8. The Blues Brothers

Honorable Mention: Stardust Memories, Altered States, Flash Gordon[/accordion][accordion title=’1970s’]

  • Treasures: The Mirror, Apocalypse Now, The Muppet Movie, Alien, Stalker, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python’s The Life of Brian, Taxi Driver, Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Days of Heaven, Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Black Stallion
  • Favorites: Watership Down, Annie Hall, Killer of Sheep, All the President’s Men, Eraserhead, Network, Marathon Man, Love and Death, Jaws, The Godfather, Solaris, Sleeper, Chinatown, The Godfather Part II, Badlands, The Exorcist, Harold and Maude, Claire’s Knee, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Last Picture Show, A Clockwork Orange, Cries and Whispers, The Ruling Class, The Long Goodbye, A Woman Under the Influence, The Conversation, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, F is for Fake, Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro, The Jerk, Being There, Manhattan, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (TV), The Hobbit (1977)
  • Achievements: 21 Up, The Rescuers, The Man Who Would Be King, M*A*S*H, THX 1138, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, The Sting, Mean Streets, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Robin Hood, Don’t Look Now, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Three Days of the Condor, Mikey and Nicky, Assault on Precinct 13, The Last Wave, The American Friend, Suspiria, High Anxiety, Soldier of Orange, The Deer Hunter, Superman, Interiors, The Last Waltz, Norma Rae, Wise Blood,  Camera Buff, Nosferatu the Vampyre, Mad Max, Barry Lyndon, Pete’s Dragon
  • Decent / Noteworthy Films: The Lord of the Rings
[/accordion][accordion title=’1920s-1960s’] Here are the current (but occasionally updated) lists of my favorite films from the 1960s back through the 1920s. Clearly, I have a lot to learn about these decades. But give me a break… I wasn’t born until 1970, and didn’t start really exploring cinema until I was in college. I’m working forwards and backwards at the same time, following my curiosity.

 

 

Here is the current (but occasionally updated) list of my favorite films from the 1930s. Clearly, I have a lot to learn about this decade. But give me a break, I was born in 1970 and didn’t start exploring movies much until I was in college.

In order to understand the purpose and meaning of this list, please read my introduction to the Looking Closer Favorite Films lists here.

1960s

  • Treasures: La Jetee (1962), Au Hasard Balthazar (1966), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Andrei Rublev (1969)
  • Favorites: A Man for All Seasons (1966), Simon of the Desert (1969), Playtime (1967), One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961), Wait Until Dark (1967), The Sound of Music (1965), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), Lord of the Flies (1963), The Jungle Book (1967), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (TV) (1966), Army of Shadows (1969), The Graduate (1967), 8 1/2 (1962), Winter Light (1962), The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
  • Achievements: Night of the Living Dead (1968), My Fair Lady (1967), The Sword in the Stone (1963), The Wild Bunch (1969), True Grit (1969), The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966), Yojimbo (1961)
  • Decent / Noteworthy Films: tbd

1950s

  • Treasures: Ordet (1955), Tokyo Story (1953), Ikiru (1952), The Red Balloon (1956), One Froggy Evening (1955), The Ladykillers (1955)
  • Favorites: The Seven Samurai (1954), The Night of the Hunter (1955), Diary of a Country Priest (1951), Pather Panchali (1955), A Man Escaped (1956), Mr. Hulot’s Holiday (1953), Rear Window (1954), Vertigo (1958), Peter Pan (1953), Paths of Glory (1957), 12 Angry Men (1957), Rashomon (1950), The 400 Blows (1959), Lady and the Tramp (1955), The Searchers (1956), To Catch a Thief (1955), Duck Amuck (1953), Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century (1953), Rabbit Seasoning (1952)
  • Achievements: Alice in Wonderland (1951), Some Like It Hot (1959), Cinderella (1950), Sleeping Beauty (1959), The Moon is Blue (1953), White Mane (1953), The Earrings of Madame de… (1953), North by Northwest (1959), Touch of Evil (1958), Hidden Fortress (1958), The Ten Commandments (1956), Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Glen or Glenda? (1953)
  • Decent / Noteworthy Films: tbd

1940s

  • Treasures: The Red Shoes (1948), Pinocchio (1940), La Belle et la Bête (1946), Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
  • Favorites: Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Black Narcissus (1947), Day of Wrath (1943), Fantasia (1940), Bambi (1942), Double Indemnity (1944), Citizen Kane (1941), Mrs. Miniver (1942), Brief Encounter (1945), Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
  • Achievements: The Big Clock (1948), It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), The Third Man (1949), Dumbo (1941)
  • Decent / Noteworthy Films: tbd

1930s

  • Treasures: Make Way for Tomorrow (1937), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  • Favorites: Grand Illusion (1937), Stagecoach (1939), Modern Times (1936)
  • Achievements: M (1931)
  • Decent / Noteworthy Films: tbd

1920s

  • Treasures: The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), Man With the Movie Camera (1929)
  • Favorites: Metropolis (1927), Peter Pan (1924)
  • Achievements: Battleship Potemkin (1925), The Gold Rush (1925), Sherlock Jr. (1924), Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1923), The Kid (1921), The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
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