Monday, March 28, 2011

updates

list changes:

2016 MOONLIGHT added to ten-best list
1998 SAVING PRIVATE RYAN moved up on ten-best list; THREE BUSINESSMEN added to runners-up
1983 CHRISTINE moved down on ten-best list
1982 TOUTE UNE NUIT added to ten-best list
1963 JUDEX moved from runners-up to ten-best list
1939 THE STORY OF THE LAST CHRYSANTHEMUMS added to runners-up
1938 THE CRIME OF DOCTOR HALLET added to runners-up
1934 THE STAR PACKER and THE LAWLESS FRONTIER added to runners-up
1933 DON'T BET ON LOVE and DOUBLE HARNESS added to runners-up
1934 THE SCARLET EMPRESS moved from runners-up to ten-best list
1932 SHANGHAI EXPRESS moved up on ten-best list; AIR MAIL added to runners-up
1904 TIT-FOR-TAT added
1901 THE CHRISTMAS DREAM added
1899 THE DEVIL IN A CONVENT and THE PILLAR OF FIRE added
1898 PANORAMA FROM THE TOP OF A MOVING TRAIN and THE ASTRONOMER'S DREAM added


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2010s

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2017

TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN (David Lynch, USA)
BOJACK HORSEMAN: "TIME'S ARROW" (Aaron Long, USA)
RICK AND MORTY: "THE RICKLANTIS MIXUP" (Dominic Polcino)
BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99 (S. Craig Zahler, USA)
WAR MACHINE (David Michôd, USA)
ALIEN COVENANT (Ridley Scott, USA)
RICK AND MORTY: "PICKLE RICK" (Anthony Chun)

SONG TO SONG (Terrence Malick)

2016

1 MOONLIGHT (Barry Jenkins, USA)
2 MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (Kenneth Lonergan, USA)
3 CAFE SOCIETY (Woody Allen, USA)
4 THE ARBALEST (Adam Pinney, USA)
5 HARMONIA (Ori Sivan, Israel)
6 THE UNKNOWN GIRL (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Belgium)
7 THE SALESMAN (Asghar Farhadi, Iran)
8 SULLY (Clint Eastwood, USA)
9 HAIL, CAESAR! (Joel and Ethan Coen, USA)
10 THREE (Johnnie To, Hong Kong/China)
11 20TH CENTURY WOMEN (Mike Mills, USA)
12 SHIN GODZILLA (Hideaki Anno, Japan)
13 A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING (Tom Tykwer, USA)
14 COME TOGETHER (Wes Anderson, USA)
15 THE HANDMAIDEN (Park Chan-wook, South Korea)
16 GODS OF EGYPT (Alex Proyas, USA)
17 CREEPY (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan)

OUR FATHER (Meny Yaesh, Israel)

2015

1 MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (George Miller, Australia)
2 KNIGHT OF CUPS (Terrence Malick, USA)
3 STEVE JOBS (Danny Boyle, USA)
4 ALOHA (Cameron Crowe, USA)
5 CAROL (Todd Haynes, USA)
6 BAD AT DANCING (Joanna Arnow, USA)
7 EXPERIMENTER (Michael Almereyda, USA)
8 THE FORBIDDEN ROOM (Guy Maddin, Canada)
9 BLACKHAT (Michael Mann, USA)
10 RIGHT NOW, WRONG THEN (Hong Sang-soo, South Korea)
11 THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. (Guy Ritchie, USA)
12 AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (Joss Whedon, USA)
13 HOW HEAVY THIS HAMMER (Kazik Radwanski, Canada)
14 BONE TOMAHAWK (S. Craig Zahler, USA)
15 THE WALK (Robert Zemeckis, USA)
16 IRRATIONAL MAN (Woody Allen, USA)

THE HATEFUL EIGHT (Quentin Tarantino, USA)
THE ASSASSIN (Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan/China/Hong Kong)
OFFICE (Johnnie To, Hong Kong/China)
THE VISIT (M. Night Shyamalan, USA)

2014

1 THE MEND (John Magary, USA)
2 THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (Wes Anderson, USA)
3 JERSEY BOYS (Clint Eastwood, USA)
4 GONE GIRL (David Fincher, USA)
5 INHERENT VICE (Paul Thomas Anderson, USA)
6 SOMETHING, ANYTHING (Paul Harrill, USA)
7 THE COSMOPOLITANS: "THE BROKEN-HEARTED" (Whit Stillman, USA)
8 HILL OF FREEDOM (Hong Sang-soo, South Korea)
9 EDGE OF TOMORROW (Doug Liman, USA)
10 NEIGHBORS (Nicholas Stoller, USA)
11 MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT (Woody Allen, USA)
12 POMPEII (Paul W.S. Anderson, Germany/Canada/USA)
13 THE ROVER (David Michôd, Australia)
14 DON'T GO BREAKING MY HEART 2 (Johnnie To, Hong Kong/China)
15 HANNIBAL: "MIZUMONO" (David Slade, USA)
16 DUMB AND DUMBER TO (Bobby and Peter Farrelly, USA)
17 NIGHTCRAWLER (Dan Gilroy, USA)
18 NOAH (Darren Aronofsky, USA)


2013

1 BLIND DETECTIVE (Johnnie To, Hong Kong/China)
2 ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, Season Four (Mitchell Hurwitz and Troy Miller, USA)
3 THE WIND RISES (Hayao Miyazaki, Japan)
4 VENUS IN FUR (Roman Polanski, France)
5 PAIN & GAIN (Michael Bay, USA)
6 HANNIBAL: "SORBET" (James Foley, USA)
7 RIDDICK (David Twohy, USA)
8 A TOUCH OF SIN (Jia Zhang-Ke, China)
9 THE GREAT BEAUTY (Paolo Sorrentino, Italy)
10 THE COUNSELOR (Ridley Scott, UK/USA)
11 THE LONE RANGER (Gore Verbinski, USA)
12 SEVENTH CODE (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan)

2012

1 IT'S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAY (Don Hertzfeldt, USA)
2 THE UNSPEAKABLE ACT (Dan Sallitt, USA)
3 TO THE WONDER (Terrence Malick, USA)
4 LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE (Abbas Kiarostami, France/Japan)
5 MOONRISE KINGDOM (Wes Anderson, USA)
6 FLIGHT (Robert Zemeckis, USA)
7 DRUG WAR (Johnnie To, China/Hong Kong)
8 A HIJACKING (Tobias Lindholm, Denmark)
9 APOLOGIZE (Louis C.K., USA)
10 LOOPER (Rian Johnson, USA)
11 RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION (Paul W.S. Anderson, UK)
12 TO ROME WITH LOVE (Woody Allen, Italy/USA)
13 THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT (Nicholas Stoller, USA)
14 PASSION (Brian De Palma, France/Germany/Spain)
15 NOT FADE AWAY (David Chase, USA)
16 CLOUD ATLAS (The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer, Germany/USA)
17 KILLING THEM SOFTLY (Andrew Dominik, USA)
18 YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHIN' YET (Alain Resnais, France)
19 THE WALL (Julian Pölsler, Austria/Germany)
20 IN ANOTHER COUNTRY (Hong Sang-soo, South Korea)
21 PROMETHEUS (Ridley Scott, USA)
22 THE LAST TIME I SAW MACAO (João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata, Portugal)

23 NO (Pablo Larraín, Chile/France/USA)
24 RED HOOK SUMMER (Spike Lee, USA)
25 DJANGO UNCHAINED (Quentin Tarantino, USA)

2011

1 THIS IS NOT A FILM (Mojtaba Mirtahmasb and Jafar Panahi, Iran)
2 MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (Woody Allen, USA)
3 A DANGEROUS METHOD (David Cronenberg, Germany/Canada)
4 MILDRED PIERCE (Todd Haynes, USA)
5 HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 (David Yates, USA)
6 THE KID WITH A BIKE (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, France)
7 THE DEEP BLUE SEA (Terence Davies, UK)
8 LUCK: "Pilot" (Michael Mann, USA)
9 THE DESCENDANTS (Alexander Payne, USA)
10 LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE (Johnnie To, Hong Kong)
11 TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY (Tomas Alfredson, UK)
12 SLEEPLESS NIGHT (Frédéric Jardin, France)
13 THE THREE MUSKETEERS (Paul W.S. Anderson, Germany)
14 WE BOUGHT A ZOO (Cameron Crowe, USA)
15 THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (David Fincher, USA)
16 YOUNG ADULT (Jason Reitman, USA)
17 THE SKIN I LIVE IN (Pedro Almodovar, Spain)
18 DON'T GO BREAKING MY HEART (Johnnie To, Hong Kong/China)
19 J. EDGAR (Clint Eastwood, USA)
20 THIS MUST BE THE PLACE (Paolo Sorrentino, Italy/Ireland)
21 THE IDES OF MARCH (George Clooney, USA)
22 MARGARET (Kenneth Lonergan, USA)
23 THE TREE OF LIFE (Terrence Malick, USA)
24 HAYWIRE (Steven Soderbergh, USA)
25 DRIVE (Nicolas Winding Refn, USA)
26 DAMSELS IN DISTRESS (Whit Stillman, USA)
27 CARNAGE (Roman Polanski, France/Germany/Poland)
28 THE GUARD (John Michael McDonagh, Ireland)
29 HANNA (Joe Wright, Germany/UK/USA)

BLACK MIRROR: "15 MILLION MERITS" (Euros Lyn, UK)

2010

1 CERTIFIED COPY (Abbas Kiarostami, France/Iran)
2 MYSTERIES OF LISBON (Raul Ruiz, Portugal)

3 THE STRANGE CASE OF ANGELICA (Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal)
4 ANOTHER YEAR (Mike Leigh, UK)

5 TUESDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS (Radu Muntean, Romania)
6 RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE (Paul W.S. Anderson, Germany/France)
7 FILM SOCIALISME (Jean-Luc Godard, France)

8 HOW DO YOU KNOW (James L. Brooks, France)
9 ANTON CHEKHOV'S THE DUEL (Dover Koshashvili, USA)
10 AURORA (Cristi Puiu, Romania)
11 SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD (Edgar Wright, UK/Japan)
12 THE CRAZIES (Breck Eisner, USA)
13 OKI'S MOVIE (Hong Sang-soo, South Korea)
14 THE GHOST WRITER (Roman Polanski, France/Germany/UK)
15 INCEPTION (Christopher Nolan, UK/USA)
16 ANIMAL KINGDOM (David Michôd, Australia)
17 POETRY (Lee Chang-dong, South Korea)
18 BEGINNERS (Mike Mills, USA)

19 TABLOID (Errol Morris, USA)
20 NEVER LET ME GO (Mark Romanek, UK)
21 LOST MASTERPIECES OF PORNOGRAPHY (David Mamet, USA)
22 KICK-ASS (Matthew Vaughn, UK/USA)
23 GET HIM TO THE GREEK (Nicholas Stoller, USA)
24 THE LAST AIRBENDER (M. Night Shyamalan, USA)
25 UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand)


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2009

1 VENGEANCE (Johnnie To)
2 THE ROAD (John Hillcoat)

3 FANTASTIC MR. FOX (Wes Anderson)
4 ECCENTRICITIES OF A BLONDE-HAIRED GIRL (Manoel de Oliveira)
5 A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Robert Zemeckis)
6 WILD GRASS (Alain Resnais)
7 INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (Quentin Tarantino)

8 UP (Pete Docter)
9 A SERIOUS MAN (Joel and Ethan Coen)
10 SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD (George A. Romero)
11 FUNNY PEOPLE (Judd Apatow)
12 THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3 (Tony Scott)
13 IN THE LOOP (Armando Iannucci)
14 ABOUT ELLY (Asghar Farhadi)

15 THE THICK OF IT, Series Three (Armando Iannucci)
16 THE HEADLESS WOMAN (Lucretia Martel)
17 PERSECUTION (Patrice Chereau)
18 PUBLIC ENEMIES (Michael Mann)
19 THIRST (Park Chan-wook)


2008

1 SPEED RACER (Lana and Andy Wachowski)
2 HISTORIAS EXTRAORDINARIAS (Mariano Llinás)

3 SPARROW (Johnnie To)
4 CHANGELING (Clint Eastwood)
5 PONTYPOOL (Bruce McDonald)
6 SHIRIN (Abbas Kiarostami)
7 WALL·E (Andrew Stanton)
8 THE SHIELD, Season Seven (various directors)

9 THE BROTHERS BLOOM (Rian Johnson)
10 BURN AFTER READING (Joel and Ethan Coen)
11 ME AND ORSON WELLES (Richard Linklater)
12 DEATH RACE (Paul W.S. Anderson)
13 SINGLE LADIES (PUT A RING ON IT) (Jake Nava)
14 IN BRUGES (Martin McDonagh)
15 THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON (David Fincher)
16 NUCINGEN HOUSE (Raoul Ruiz)
17 DR HORRIBLE'S SING-ALONG BLOG (Joss Whedon)

18 LEATHERHEADS (George Clooney)
19 AUSTRALIA (Baz Luhrmann)
20 TOKYO SONATA (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
21 TWO LOVERS (James Gray)
22 REDBELT (David Mamet)
23 BE KIND REWIND (Michel Gondry)
24 VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA (Woody Allen)
25 APPALOOSA (Ed Harris)


2007

1 ZODIAC (David Fincher)
2 HOT FUZZ (Edgar Wright)
3 BEOWULF (Robert Zemeckis)
4 THE OFFICE: "TRAVELLING SALESMEN/THE RETURN" (Greg Daniels)
5 FLIGHT OF THE RED BALLOON (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
6 DEATH PROOF (Quentin Tarantino)
7 THE MIST (Frank Darabont)

8 THE DARJEELING LIMITED (Wes Anderson)
9 THE HEARTBREAK KID (Bobby and Peter Farrelly)
10 MAD DETECTIVE (Johnnie To and Wai Ka-Fai)
11 I'M NOT THERE (Todd Haynes)
12 STARDUST (Matthew Vaughn)
13 SILENT LIGHT (Carlos Reygadas)
14 CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR (Mike Nichols)
15 DIARY OF THE DEAD (George A. Romero)
16 THERE WILL BE BLOOD (Paul Thomas Anderson)
17 REDACTED (Brian De Palma)
18 THE LAST MIMZY (Robert Shaye)
19 MICHAEL CLAYTON (Tony Gilroy)
20 THE ROMANCE OF ASTREA & CELADON (Eric Rohmer)
21 RATATOUILLE (Brad Bird)


2006

1 EXILED (Johnnie To)
2 INLAND EMPIRE (David Lynch)
3 MIAMI VICE (Michael Mann)
4 THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP (Michel Gondry)
5 LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA (Clint Eastwood)

6 THE UNIT: "OLD HOME WEEK" (David Mamet)
7 A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION (Robert Altman)
8 THE PRESTIGE (Christopher Nolan)
9 PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES (Alain Resnais)
10 LADY IN THE WATER (M. Night Shyamalan)
11 A SCANNER DARKLY (Richard Linklater)
12 FIREWORKS WEDNESDAY (Asghar Farhadi)
13 FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: "Pilot" (Peter Berg)
14 TRIAD ELECTION (Johnnie To)

15 THE BOSS OF IT ALL (Lars von Trier)
16 RETRIBUTION (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
17 LADY CHATTERLY (Pascale Ferran)
18 MASTERS OF HORROR: "THE SCREWFLY SOLUTION" (Joe Dante)
19 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST (Gore Verbinski)
20 THE SHIELD: "MAN INSIDE" (Dean White)
21 THE ILLUSIONIST (Neil Burger)
22 BUG (William Friedkin)
23 IDIOCRACY (Mike Judge)
24 INSIDE MAN (Spike Lee)


2005

1 MOUSE HEAVEN (Kenneth Anger)
2 THE WAYWARD CLOUD (Tsai Ming-liang)
3 MASTERS OF HORROR: "HOMECOMING" (Joe Dante)
4 LAND OF THE DEAD (George A. Romero)
5 WAR OF THE WORLDS (Steven Spielberg)
6 ELECTION (Johnnie To)
7 LOFT (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
8 STAR WARS: EPISODE III - REVENGE OF THE SITH (George Lucas)
9 THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU (Cristi Puiu)
10 MUNICH (Steven Spielberg)

11 THE PROPOSITION (John Hillcoat)
12 SERENITY (Joss Whedon)
13 LOST: "S.O.S." (Eric Launeville)
14 THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN (Judd Apatow)
15 THE UNIT "DEDICATION" (David Mamet)
16 TALE OF CINEMA (Hong Sang-soo)
17 THE SUN (Alexander Sokurov)

18 GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK. (George Clooney)
19 BRICK (Rian Johnson)
20 L'ENFANT (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)
21 THE MEANING OF LIFE (Don Hertzfeldt)
22 CACHÉ (Michael Haneke)

23 REVOLVER (Guy Ritchie)
24 THE ICE HARVEST (Harold Ramis)

2004

1 PRIMER (Shane Carruth)
2 VERA DRAKE (Mike Leigh)
3 2046 (Wong Kar-wai)
4 THROW DOWN (Johnnie To)
5 THE SOPRANOS: "TEST DREAM" (Allen Coulter)
6 THE SHIELD, SEASON 3 (various directors)
7 ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (Michel Gondry)
8 COLLATERAL (Michael Mann)
9 BREAKING NEWS (Johnnie To)

10 THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (Jonathan Demme)
11 I ♥ HUCKABEES (David O. Russell)
12 KILL BILL: VOL. 2 (Quentin Tarantino)
13 MILLION DOLLAR BABY (Clint Eastwood)
14 WOMAN IS THE FUTURE OF MAN (Sang-soo Hong)
15 TRIPLE AGENT (Eric Rohmer)

16 BEFORE SUNSET (Richard Linklater)
17 SPARTAN (David Mamet)
18 THE HOLY GIRL (Lucrecia Martel)
19 GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE (Mamoru Oshii)
20 HEAD-ON (Fatih Akin)
21 HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE (Hayao Miyazaki)
22 THE LADYKILLERS (Joel and Ethan Coen)
23 AVP: ALIEN VS. PREDATOR (Paul W.S. Anderson)


2003

1 DOGVILLE (Lars von Trier)
2 FATHER AND SON (Alexander Sokurov)

3 BRIGHT FUTURE (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
4 CAFÉ LUMIÈRE (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
5 DOPPELGÄNGER (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
6 ALL THE SHIPS AT SEA (Dan Sallitt)
7 HULK (Ang Lee)
8 RUNNING ON KARMA (Johnnie To and Wai Ka-Fai)

9 STUCK ON YOU (Bobby and Peter Farrelly)
10 ELEPHANT (Gus Van Sant)
11 PLAYING 'IN THE COMPANY MEN' (Arnaud Desplechin)
12 THE HUNTED (William Friedkin)
13 MASTER OF COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD (Peter Weir)
14 OLDBOY (Park Chan-wook)
15 OPEN RANGE (Kevin Costner)

16 GOODBYE, DRAGON INN (Tsai Ming-liang)
17 KILL BILL: VOL. 1 (Quentin Tarantino)
18 PTU (Johnnie To)
19 THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS (Lana and Andy Wachowski)
20 ZATÔICHI (Takeshi Kitano)
21 NOT ON THE LIPS (Alain Resnais)
22 THE RUNDOWN (Peter Berg)

23 TIMELINE (Richard Donner)
24 THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE (Sylvain Chomet)
25 ZERO DAY (Ben Coccio)
26 BLISSFULLY YOURS (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
27 THE HARDEST BUTTON TO BUTTON (Michel Gondry)
28 ANA AND THE OTHERS (Celina Murga)
29 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: "Chosen" (Joss Whedon)

30 THE MATRIX RELOADED (Lana and Andy Wachowski)

2002

1 RUSSIAN ARK (Alexander Sokurov)
2 PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE (Paul Thomas Anderson)
3 MY LEFT EYE SEES GHOSTS (Johnnie To and Wai Ka-Fai)
4 THE SHIELD, SEASON ONE (various directors)

5 FELL IN LOVE WITH A GIRL (Michel Gondry)
6 FEMME FATALE (Brian De Palma)
7 BULLY (Larry Clark)
8 ANGEL: "Spin the Bottle" (Joss Whedon)
9 TURNING GATE (Sang-soo Hong)
10 THE SON (Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne)

11 FAT CHOI SPIRIT (Johnnie To and Wai Ka-Fai)
12 THE RING (Gore Verbinski)
13 ALI (Michael Mann)
14 THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES (Mark Pellington)
15 ANGEL: "Waiting in the Wings" (Joss Whedon)
16 PANIC ROOM (David Fincher)
17 MINORITY REPORT (Steven Spielberg)
18 ALL OR NOTHING (Mike Leigh)
19 OASIS (Chang-dong Lee)
20 THE SOPRANOS: "FOR ALL DEBTS PUBLIC AND PRIVATE" (Allen Coulter)

21 BLOOD WORK (Clint Eastwood)
22 DOLLS (Takeshi Kitano)
23 FIREFLY: "OBJECTS IN SPACE" (Joss Whedon)
24 STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES (George Lucas)
25 THE SECRET LIVES OF DENTISTS (Alan Rudolph)
26 FIREFLY: "SERENITY" (Joss Whedon)
27 UNDISPUTED (Walter Hill)
28 HAPPY HERE AND NOW (Michael Almereyda)
29 AU-DELA DE 'PLAY TIME' (Stéphane Goudet)


2001

1 PULSE (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
2 MULHOLLAND DR. (David Lynch)

3 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: "The Body" (Joss Whedon)
4 SPIRITED AWAY (Hayao Miyazaki)
5 WAKING LIFE (Richard Linklater)

6 A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (Steven Spielberg)
7 LA CIÉNAGA (Lucrecia Martel)
8 PISTOL OPERA (Seijun Suzuki)

9 LA PIANISTE (Michael Haneke)
10 THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS (Wes Anderson)
11 THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE (Joel and Ethan Coen)
12 MILLENNIUM MAMBO (Hou Hsaio Hsien)
13 THE SOPRANOS: "PINE BARRENS" (Steve Buscemi)
14 SHALLOW HAL (Bobby and Peter Farrelly)
15 TIME OUT (Laurent Cantet)
16 WHAT TIME IS IT THERE? (Tsai Ming-liang)
17 HEIST (David Mamet)
18 READ MY LIPS (Jacques Audiard)
19 I'M GOING HOME (Manoel de Oliveira)

20 ABC AFRICA (Abbas Kiarostami)
21 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (Frederick Wiseman)
22 MOULIN ROUGE! (Baz Luhrmann)
23 REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS TO COME (Chris Marker and Yannick Bellon)
24 TAURUS (Alexander Sokurov)
25 THE OFFICE: SERIES ONE (Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant)
26 NO SUCH THING (Hal Hartley)
27 THE SOPRANOS: "MR. RUGGERIO'S NEIGHBORHOOD" (Allen Coulter)
28 GHOSTS OF MARS (John Carpenter)


2000

1 THE HEART OF THE WORLD (Guy Maddin)
2 ESTHER KAHN (Arnaud Desplechin)
3 EUREKA (Shinji Aoyama)
4 WERCKMEISTER HARMONIES (Béla Tarr)
5 HAMLET (Michael Almereyda)

6 YOU CAN COUNT ON ME (Kenneth Lonergan)
7 DEVILS ON THE DOOR STEP (Wen Jiang)
8 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: "Who Are You?" (Joss Whedon)
9 THE WAY OF THE GUN (Christopher McQuarrie)
10 ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF ANDRE ARSENEVITCH (Chris Marker)
11 BAMBOOZLED (Spike Lee)

12 THE HOUSE OF MIRTH (Terence Davies)
13 CHOPPER (Andrew Dominik)
14 IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (Wong Kar-wai)
15 CAST AWAY (Robert Zemeckis)
16 AS I WAS MOVING AHEAD OCCASIONALLY I SAW BRIEF GLIMPSES OF BEAUTY (Jonas Mekas)
17 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: "Restless" (Joss Whedon)
18 KIPPUR (Amos Gitai)

19 THE YARDS (James Gray)
20 O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? (Joel and Ethan Coen)
21 RULES OF ENGAGEMENT (William Friedkin)
22 AMERICAN PSYCHO (Mary Harron)
23 STATE AND MAIN (David Mamet)
24 ALMOST FAMOUS (Cameron Crowe)
25 BROTHER (Takeshi Kitano)
26 WHAT'S UP FATLIP? (Spike Jonze)
27 YI YI (Edward Yang)
28 FINAL DESTINATION (James Wong)
29 SENTIMENTAL DESTINIES (Olivier Assayas)


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1999

1 CHARISMA (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
2 EYES WIDE SHUT (Stanley Kubrick)
3 MAGNOLIA (Paul Thomas Anderson)

4 THE LIMEY (Steven Soderbergh)
5 THE NINTH GATE (Roman Polanski)
6 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: "Hush" (Joss Whedon)

7 FIGHT CLUB (David Fincher)
8 LET FOREVER BE (Michel Gondry)
9 THE 13TH WARRIOR (John McTiernan and Michael Crichton)
10 THE MISSION (Johnnie To)
11 BRINGING OUT THE DEAD (Martin Scorsese)
12 OFFICE SPACE (Mike Judge)
13 EXCEL SAGA: "Bowling Girls" (Shinichi Watanabe)
14 THE MATRIX (Lana and Andy Wachowski)

15 THREE KINGS (David O. Russell)
16 THE DREAMLIFE OF ANGELS (Erick Zonca)
17 THE STRAIGHT STORY (David Lynch)
18 THE MINUS MAN (Hampton Fancher)
19 DA FUNK (Spike Jonze)


1998

1 SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (Steven Spielberg, USA)
2 HISTOIRE(S) DU CINÉMA (Jean-Luc Godard, France/Switzerland)

3 THE THIN RED LINE (Terrence Malick, USA)
4 FLOWERS OF SHANGHAI (Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan)
5 HONEYMOON (Dan Sallitt, USA)
6 LICENSE TO LIVE (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan)

7 THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO (Whit Stillman, USA)
8 DR. AKAGI (Shohei Imamura, Japan)
9 THE HOLE (Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan)

10 THE POWER OF KANGWON PROVINCE (Hong Sang-soo, South Korea)
11 THREE BUSINESSMEN (Alex Cox, USA)
12 BELOVED (Jonathan Demme, USA)

13 THE BIG LEBOWSKI (Joel Coen, USA)
14 CONFESSION (Alexander Sokurov, Russia)
15 RONIN (John Frankenheimer, USA)
16 AUTUMN TALE (Eric Rohmer, France)

17 THE SILENCE (Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Iran)
18 BULWORTH (Warren Beatty, USA)


1997

1 CURE (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
2 LOST HIGHWAY (David Lynch)
3 MOTHER AND SON (Alexander Sokurov)

4 JACKIE BROWN (Quentin Tarantino)
5 END OF EVANGELION (Hideaki Anno)
6 KUNDUN (Martin Scorsese)

7 STARSHIP TROOPERS (Paul Verhoeven)
8 TASTE OF CHERRY (Abbas Kiarostami)

9 THE RIVER (Tsai Ming-liang)
10 PRINCESS MONONOKE (Hayao Miyazaki)

11 FIREWORKS (Takeshi Kitano)
12 CONTACT (Robert Zemeckis)
13 BOOGIE NIGHTS (Paul Thomas Anderson)
14 BACHELORETTE (Michel Gondry)

15 LAWN DOGS (John Duigan)
16 AS GOOD AS IT GETS (James L. Brooks)
17 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: "PROPHECY GIRL" (Joss Whedon)
18 THE EEL (Shohei Imamura)
19 GABBEH (Mohsen Makhmalbaf)
20 AROUND THE WORLD (Michel Gondry)


1996

1 FARGO (Joel Coen)
2 ORIENTAL ELEGY (Alexander Sokurov)
3 A SUMMER'S TALE (Eric Rohmer)
4 LA PROMESSE (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)
5 MY SEX LIFE…OR HOW I GOT INTO AN ARGUMENT (Arnaud Desplechin)
6 CRASH (David Cronenberg)
7 IRMA VEP (Olivier Assayas)
8 A MOMENT OF INNOCENCE (Mohsen Makhmalbaf)
9 BOTTLE ROCKET (Wes Anderson)

10 GOODBYE SOUTH, GOODBYE (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
11 HUBERT ROBERT. A SIMPLE LIFE (Alexander Sokurov)
12 KINGPIN (Bobby and Peter Farrelly)
13 BREAKING THE WAVES (Lars von Trier)


1995

1 SPIRITUAL VOICES (Alexander Sokurov)
2 NEON GENESIS EVANGELION (Hideaki Anno)

3 CASINO (Martin Scorsese)
4 DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE (John McTiernan)
5 BEFORE THE RAIN (Milcho Manchevski)
6 RENDEZVOUS IN PARIS (Eric Rohmer)
7 SAFE (Todd Haynes)
8 THE NEON BIBLE (Terence Davies)
9 ON YOUR MARK (Hayao Miyazaki)
10 2 X 50 YEARS OF FRENCH CINEMA (Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville)
11 FROM THE JOURNALS OF JEAN SEBERG (Mark Rappaport)
12 JLG/JLG (Jean-Luc Godard)
13 HEAT (Michael Mann)


1994

1 PULP FICTION (Quentin Tarantino)
2 NADJA (Michael Almereyda)
3 THROUGH THE OLIVE TREES (Abbas Kiarostami)
4 BARCELONA (Whit Stillman)
5 HEAVENLY CREATURES (Peter Jackson)
6 SATANTANGO (Béla Tarr)
7 TO LIVE (Zhang Yimou)
 
8 AMATEUR (Hal Hartley)
9 CHARTRES SERIES (Stan Brakhage)

10 CHUNGKING EXPRESS (Wong Kar-wai)
11 FRESH (Boaz Yakin)
12 SIRENS (John Duigan)
13 VANYA ON 42ND STREET (Louis Malle)


1993

1 SCHINDLER'S LIST (Steven Spielberg)
2 CARLITO'S WAY (Brian De Palma)
3 ABRAHAM'S VALLEY (Manoel de Oliveira)

4 THE PUPPETMASTER (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
5 CALENDAR (Atom Egoyan)

6 NAKED (Mike Leigh)
7 THE AGE OF INNOCENCE (Martin Scorsese)
8 WHISPERING PAGES (Alexander Sokurov)
9 A PERFECT WORLD (Clint Eastwood)

10 DOTTIE GETS SPANKED (Todd Haynes)
11 THE TREE, THE MAYOR, AND THE MEDIATHEQUE (Eric Rohmer)
12 SONATINE (Takeshi Kitano)
13 MY FAVORITE SEASON (André Téchiné)

14 DAZED AND CONFUSED (Richard Linklater)

1992

1 TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME (David Lynch)
2 THE LAST BOLSHEVIK (Chris Marker)

3 THE LONG DAY CLOSES (Terence Davies)
4 UNFORGIVEN (Clint Eastwood)

5 CAREFUL (Guy Maddin)
6 MALCOLM X (Spike Lee)

7 BASIC INSTINCT (Paul Verhoeven)
8 THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS (Michael Mann)
9 BITTER MOON (Roman Polanski)
10 A TALE OF WINTER (Eric Rohmer)
11 TRESPASS (Walter Hill)

12 TRIBULATION 99: ALIEN ANOMALIES UNDER AMERICA (Craig Baldwin)
13 ANOTHER GIRL ANOTHER PLANET (Michael Almereyda)

14 LIFE AND NOTHING MORE (Abbas Kiarostami)

1991

1 FLIRTING (John Duigan)
2 JFK (Oliver Stone)

3 HOMICIDE (David Mamet)
4 BLOOD TIES (Jim McBride)
5 SURVIVING DESIRE (Hal Hartley)
6 SIDE/WALK/SHUTTLE (Ernie Gehr)
7 MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO (Gus Van Sant)

8 THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VÉRONIQUE (Krzysztof Kieślowski)
9 VAN GOGH (Maurice Pialat)
10 THEORY OF ACHIEVEMENT (Hal Hartley)
11 SLACKER (Richard Linklater)
12 AMBITION (Hal Hartley)


1990

1 GOODFELLAS (Martin Scorsese)
2 METROPOLITAN (Whit Stillman)

3 DAYS OF BEING WILD (Wong Kar-wai)
4 TWIN PEAKS (David Lynch): "Lonely Souls"

5 CLOSE-UP (Abbas Kiarostami)
6 TRUST (Hal Hartley)
7 MIAMI BLUES (George Armitage)
8 TWIN PEAKS (David Lynch): "Pilot"

9 A TALE OF SPRINGTIME (Eric Rohmer)
10 CINÉMA DE NOTRE TEMPS: JACQUES RIVETTE, LE VEILLEUR (Claire Denis)
11 WHITE HUNTER, BLACK HEART (Clint Eastwood)

12 LIFE IS SWEET (Mike Leigh)
13 TOTAL RECALL (Paul Verhoeven)
14 THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER (John McTiernan)


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1989

1 DO THE RIGHT THING (Spike Lee, USA)
2 SWEETIE (Jane Campion, Australia)

3 CASUALTIES OF WAR (Brian De Palma, USA)
4 THE CHURCH (Michele Soavi, Italy)

5 STREET OF NO RETURN (Samuel Fuller, France/Portugal)
6 BLACK RAIN (Shohei Imamura, Japan)
7 VISIONS IN MEDITATION #2: MESA VERDE (Stan Brakhage)
8 SKIN DEEP (Blake Edwards, USA)

9 ELEPHANT (Alan Clarke, UK)
10 KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE (Hayao Miyazaki, Japan)
11 CAMP DE THIAROYE (Ousmane Sembene, Senegal)
12 SAY ANYTHING… (Cameron Crowe, USA)

13 THE OWL'S LEGACY (Chris Marker, France/Greece)
14 THE TIME OF THE GYPSIES (Emir Kusturica, Yugoslavia)
15 ALWAYS (Steven Spielberg, USA)

16 JOHNNY HANDSOME (Walter Hill, USA)
17 THE CYCLIST (Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Iran)
18 THE 'BURBS (Joe Dante, USA)
19 THE SEVENTH CONTINENT (Michael Haneke, Austria)

20 VIOLENT COP (Takeshi Kitano, Japan)

21 HE WAS ONCE (Mary Hestand, USA)

GANG OF FOUR (Jacques Rivette, France)

1988

1 DISTANT VOICES, STILL LIVES (Terence Davies)
2 MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (Hayao Miyazaki)
3 TALES FROM THE GIMLI HOSPITAL (Guy Maddin)

4 THEY LIVE (John Carpenter)
5 A SHORT FILM ABOUT KILLING (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
6 TANNER '88 (Robert Altman)
7 THE THIN BLUE LINE (Errol Morris)
8 SUNSET (Blake Edwards)
9 THE MODERNS (Alan Rudolph)
10 FRANTIC (Roman Polanski)
11 THE FIRM (Alan Clarke)

12 WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (Robert Zemeckis)
13 THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING (Philip Kaufman)
14 POLICE STORY 2 (Jackie Chan)
15 MARIA (Alexander Sokurov)


DAYS OF ECLIPSE (Alexander Sokurov)

1987


1 HOUSEKEEPING (Bill Forsyth)
2 WHERE IS THE FRIEND'S HOME? (Abbas Kiarostami)
3 RAISING ARIZONA (Joel Coen)

4 INNERSPACE (Joe Dante)
5 FOUR ADVENTURES OF REINETTE AND MIRABELLE (Eric Rohmer)
6 KING LEAR (Jean-Luc Godard)

7 HOUSE OF GAMES (David Mamet)
8 ISHTAR (Elaine May)
9 FULL METAL JACKET (Stanley Kubrick)
10 PRINCE OF DARKNESS (John Carpenter)
11 THREE O'CLOCK HIGH (Phil Joanou)
12 MOURNFUL INDIFFERENCE (Alexander Sokurov)

13 BROADCAST NEWS (James L. Brooks)
14 THE BIG EASY (Jim McBride)


1986

1 THE SACRIFICE (Andrei Tarkovsky)
2 MANHUNTER (Michael Mann)
3 BLUE VELVET (David Lynch)
4 THE SINGING DETECTIVE (Jon Amiel)
5 LE RAYON VERT (Eric Rohmer)
6 SHERMAN'S MARCH (Ross McElwee)
7 ROUTINE PLEASURES (Jean-Pierre Gorin)
8 ALIENS (James Cameron)

9 HEARTBREAK RIDGE (Clint Eastwood)
10 CRIME STORY (Abel Ferrara): "Pilot"
11 LAPUTA: CASTLE IN THE SKY (Hayao Miyazaki)


1985

1 MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE (Stephen Frears)
2 VAGABOND (Agnès Varda)
3 AFTER HOURS (Martin Scorsese)
4 CRIME WAVE (John Paizs)
5 PALE RIDER (Clint Eastwood)

6 TAMPOPO (Juzo Itami)
7 THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD (Dan O'Bannon)

8 HAIL MARY (Jean-Luc Godard)
9 INTO THE NIGHT (John Landis)
10 LOST IN AMERICA (Albert Brooks)
11 THE TWILIGHT ZONE: "Little Boy Lost" (Tommy Lee Wallace)
12 DETECTIVE (Jean-Luc Godard)
13 RAN (Akira Kurosawa)
14 COME AND SEE (Elem Klimov)
15 DAY OF THE DEAD (George A. Romero)
16 EXPLORERS (Joe Dante)


1984

1 STRANGER THAN PARADISE (Jim Jarmusch)
2 STREETS OF FIRE (Walter Hill)
3 FULL MOON IN PARIS (Eric Rohmer)
4 THE KILLING FIELDS (Roland Joffé)
5 THE SPIRIT OF CHARLES LINDBERGH (Orson Welles)

6 REPO MAN (Alex Cox)
7 LOVE STREAMS (John Cassavetes)
8 THE HIT (Stephen Frears)
9 NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WINDS (Hayao Miyazaki)

10 ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA (Sergio Leone)
11 BLOOD SIMPLE (Joel Coen)
12 STANDARD GAUGE (Morgan Fisher)
13 STARMAN (John Carpenter)

14 BOY MEETS GIRL (Leos Carax)

1983

1 L'ARGENT (Robert Bresson)
2 À NOS AMOURS (Maurice Pialat)

3 SANS SOLEIL (Chris Marker)
4 CHRISTINE (John Carpenter)
5 MICHAEL JACKSON: THRILLER (John Landis)
6 THREE CROWNS OF THE SAILOR (Raoul Ruiz)
7 ZU: WARRIORS FROM THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN (Tsui Hark)

8 CRACKING UP (Jerry Lewis)
9 MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR. LAWRENCE (Nagisa Oshima)
10 UNCOMMON VALOR (Ted Kotcheff)
11 NEVER CRY WOLF (Carroll Ballard)
12 RETURN OF THE JEDI (Richard Marquand)
13 VIDEODROME (David Cronenberg)

14 TRADING PLACES (John Landis)

1982

1 BLADE RUNNER (Ridley Scott)
2 WHITE DOG (Samuel Fuller)
3 BALLAD OF NARAYAMA (Shohei Imamura)

4 POLTERGEIST (Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg)
5 NIGHT OF THE SHOOTING STARS (Taviani brothers)
6 TOUTE UNE NUIT (Chantal Akerman)
7 THE THING (John Carpenter)
8 EUREKA (Nicolas Roeg)

9 HONKYTONK MAN (Clint Eastwood)
10 THE DREAMERS (Orson Welles)
11 LE BEAU MARIAGE (Eric Rohmer)

12 STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (Nicholas Meyer)
13 LOOKIN' TO GET OUT (Hal Ashby)
14 ONE FROM THE HEART (Francis Ford Coppola)
15 THE GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
16 LES FANTOMES DU CHAPELIER (Claude Chabrol)


1981

1 THE ROAD WARRIOR (George Miller)
2 MODERN ROMANCE (Albert Brooks)
3 CUTTER'S WAY (Ivan Passer)
4 SPRINGTIME IN GREENLAND (John Paisz)
5 ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (John Carpenter)
6 BELOVED ENEMY (Alan Clarke)

7 DRAGONSLAYER (Matthew Robbins)
8 THIEF (Michael Mann)
9 LOLA (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
10 THE HOWLING (Joe Dante)

11 FRANCISCA (Manoel de Oliveira)
12 KNIGHTRIDERS (George A. Romero)
13 SOUTHERN COMFORT (Walter Hill)


1980


1 HEAVEN'S GATE (Michael Cimino)
2 DRESSED TO KILL (Brian De Palma)

3 THE BIG RED ONE (Samuel Fuller)
4 THE LONG RIDERS (Walter Hill)
5 THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (Irvin Kershner)
6 BAD TIMING: A SENSUAL OBSESSION (Nicolas Roeg)
7 USED CARS (Robert Zemeckis)

8 RAGING BULL (Martin Scorsese)
9 ZIGEUNERWEISEN (Seijun Suzuki)
10 LE VOYAGE EN DOUCE (Michel Deville)
11 EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF (Jean-Luc Godard)

12 THE ELEPHANT MAN (David Lynch)
13 GROWN-UPS (Mike Leigh)
14 CATHERINE DE HEILBRONN (Eric Rohmer)


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1979

1 ALL THAT JAZZ (Bob Fosse)
2 APOCALYPSE NOW (Francis Ford Coppola)

3 THE HYPOTHESIS OF THE STOLEN PAINTING (Raoul Ruiz)
4 STALKER (Andrei Tarkovsky)

5 THE HUMAN FACTOR (Otto Preminger)
6 ALIEN (Ridley Scott)
7 VENGEANCE IS MINE (Shohei Imamura)
8 HOME MOVIES (Brian De Palma)
9 CHILLY SCENES OF WINTER (Joan Micklin Silver)
10 MAD MAX (George Miller)

11 HOT ROD (George Armitage)
12 MANHATTAN (Woody Allen)
13 "10" (Blake Edwards)
14 THE BLACK STALLION (Carroll Ballard)

15 DRUGSTORE ROMANCE (Paul Vecchiali)
16 THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
17 THE WARRIORS (Walter Hill)
18 REAL LIFE (Albert Brooks)
19 THE WOMAN WITH RED HAIR (Tatsumi Kumashiro)
20 NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE (Werner Herzog)
21 1941 (Steven Spielberg)


1978

1 DAWN OF THE DEAD (George A. Romero)
2 THE DRIVER (Walter Hill)
3 PERCEVAL LE GALLOIS (Eric Rohmer)
4 REMEMBER MY NAME (Alan Rudolph)
5 THE FURY (Brian De Palma)
6 DAYS OF HEAVEN (Terrence Malick)
7 FILMING 'OTHELLO' (Orson Welles)

8 SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR (Robert Mulligan)
9 THE GREEN ROOM (François Truffaut)

10 FEDORA (Billy Wilder)
11 WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN (Karel Reisz)


1977

1 OPENING NIGHT (John Cassavetes)
2 KILLER OF SHEEP (Charles Burnett)
3 ABIGAIL'S PARTY (Mike Leigh)
4 ERASERHEAD (David Lynch)
5 ANNIE HALL (Woody Allen)
6 THE DUELLISTS (Ridley Scott)
7 SORCERER (William Friedkin)

8 SUSPIRIA (Dario Argento)
9 THE AMERICAN FRIEND (Wim Wenders)
10 NEWS FROM HOME (Chantal Akerman)
11 LE DIABLE PROBABLEMENT (Robert Bresson)
12 STAR WARS (George Lucas)
13 MARTIN (George A. Romero)
14 TWILIGHT'S LAST GLEAMING (Robert Aldrich)


1976

1 DUELLE (UNE QUARANTAINE) (Jacques Rivette)
2 ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (John Carpenter)
3 THE MARQUISE OF O... (Eric Rohmer)
4 THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (Nicolas Roeg)

5 ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN (Alan J. Pakula)
6 THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE (John Cassavetes)

7 MIKEY AND NICKEY (Elaine May)
8 GOD TOLD ME TO (Larry Cohen)
9 BUFFALO BILL AND THE INDIANS, OR SITTING BULL'S HISTORY LESSON (Robert Altman)
10 THE TENANT (Roman Polanski)

11 BERNICE BOBS HER HAIR (Joan Micklin Silver)
12 THE BAD NEWS BEARS (Michael Ritchie)
13 CARRIE (Brian De Palma)


1975

1 JAWS (Steven Spielberg)
2 NASHVILLE (Robert Altman)

3 THE MIRROR (Andrei Tarkovsky)
4 BARRY LYNDON (Stanley Kubrick)
5 SHAMPOO (Hal Ashby)
6 JEANNE DIELMAN, 23 QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES (Chantal Akerman)

7 LOVE AMONG THE RUINS (George Cukor)
8 SHIVERS (David Cronenberg)

9 THE KILLER ELITE (Sam Peckinpah)
10 XALA (Ousmane Sembene)
11 GREY GARDENS (Ellen Hovde, Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Muffie Meyer)
12 FRENCH CONNECTION II (John Frankenheimer)
13 PROFESSIONE: REPORTER (Michelangelo Antonioni)
14 MANDINGO (Richard Fleischer)


1974

1 LANCELOT DU LAC (Robert Bresson)
2 CHINATOWN (Roman Polanski)
3 PARADE (Jacques Tati)
4 THE CONVERSATION (Francis Ford Coppola)

5 BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA (Sam Peckinpah)
6 A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE (John Cassavetes)
7 PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE (Brian De Palma)
8 CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING (Jacques Rivette)

9 EDVARD MUNCH (Peter Watkins)
10 THE TRAVELER (Abbas Kiarostami)
11 ALICE IN THE CITIES (Wim Wenders)
12 JUGGERNAUT (Richard Lester)

13 THE GODFATHER, PART II (Francis Ford Coppola)
14 THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE (Joseph Sargent)
15 L'AMBASSADE (Chris Marker)
16 COCKFIGHTER (Monte Hellman)
17 THE FRONT PAGE (Billy Wilder)

18 MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (Sidney Lumet)
19 THE TERMINAL MAN (Mike Hodges)

1973

1 F FOR FAKE (Orson Welles)
2 PAT GARRETT & BILLY THE KID (Sam Peckinpah)

3 BREEZY (Clint Eastwood)
4 CHARLEY VARRICK (Don Siegel)
5 THE LAST DETAIL (Hal Ashby)
6 THE ICEMAN COMETH (John Frankenheimer)

7 THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE (Peter Yates)
8 THE PAPER CHASE (James Bridges)
9 WHAT? (Roman Polanski)
10 SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE (Ingmar Bergman)
11 SEASON OF THE WITCH (George A. Romero)
12 LUCIFER RISING (Kenneth Anger)
13 DAY FOR NIGHT (François Truffaut)
14 THE CRAZIES (George A. Romero)

15 WORLD ON A WIRE (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
16 THE EXORCIST (William Friedkin)

17 THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR (Ivan Dixon)
18 TURKISH DELIGHT (Paul Verhoeven)
19 BADLANDS (Terrence Malick)
20 DEAD PIGEON ON BEETHOVEN STREET (Samuel Fuller)
21 BLUME IN LOVE (Paul Mazursky)


THE MOTHER AND THE WHORE (Jean Eustache)

1972

1 scenes from THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND (Orson Welles)
2 LETTER TO JANE (Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin)
3 AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD (Werner Herzog)

4 JUNIOR BONNER (Sam Peckinpah)
5 TOUT VA BIEN (Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin)
6 AVANTI! (Billy Wilder)
7 THE HEARTBREAK KID (Elaine May)
8 REMINISCENCES OF A JOURNEY TO LITHUANIA (Jonas Mekas)

9 THE VISITORS (Elia Kazan)
10 FAT CITY (John Huston)
11 BLAISE PASCAL (Roberto Rossellini)
12 ULZANA'S RAID (Robert Aldrich)

13 WE WON'T GROW OLD TOGETHER (Maurice Pialat)
14 THE GETAWAY (Sam Peckinpah)
15 POETIC JUSTICE (Hollis Frampton)
16 SPECIAL EFFECTS (Hollis Frampton)

17 HIT MAN (George Armitage)
18 CHLOE IN THE AFTERNOON (Erich Rohmer)


THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
THE LIFT (Robert Zemeckis)

1971

1 FOUR NIGHTS OF A DREAMER (Robert Bresson)
2 TWO-LANE BLACKTOP (Monte Hellman)
3 MCCABE & MRS. MILLER (Robert Altman)

4 DUCK, YOU SUCKER (Sergio Leone)
5 TRAFIC (Jacques Tati)
6 STRAW DOGS (Sam Peckinpah)
7 THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES (Robert Fuest)
8 MINNIE AND MOSKOWITZ (John Cassavetes)
9 SUMMER OF '42 (Robert Mulligan)
10 A TOUCH OF ZEN (King Hu)
11 CRITICAL MASS (Hollis Frampton)

12 BEWARE OF A HOLY WHORE (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
13 THERE'S ALWAYS VANILLA (George A. Romero)
14 MAX ET LES FERRAILLEURS (Claude Sautet)
15 VANISHING POINT (Richard C. Sarafian)
16 TAKING OFF (Milos Forman)


1970

1 LA RUPTURE (Claude Chabrol)
2 HUSBANDS (John Cassavetes)
3 CLAIRE'S KNEE (Eric Rohmer)

4 HI, MOM! (Brian De Palma)
5 ZABRISKIE POINT (Michelangelo Antonioni)
6 PERFORMANCE (Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammell)
7 HORNET'S NEST (Phil Karlson)
8 CATCH-22 (Mike Nichols)
9 TOO LATE THE HERO (Robert Aldrich)
10 WHICH WAY TO THE FRONT? (Jerry Lewis)
11 LE CERCLE ROUGE (Jean-Pierre Melville)
12 WANDA (Barbara Loden)
13 VENGEANCE! (Zhang Che)

14 SERENE VELOCITY (Ernie Gehr)
15 ONE MORE TIME (Jerry Lewis)
16 TWO MULES FOR SISTER SARA (Don Siegel)
17 GODS OF THE PLAGUE (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)


LE BOUCHER (Claude Chabrol)
"Whistling Away the Dark" from DARLING LILI (Blake Edwards)

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1969

1 PLAY DIRTY (André De Toth, UK)
2 ARMY OF SHADOWS (Jean-Pierre Melville, France)
3 UNE FEMME DOUCE (Robert Bresson, France)
4 AGE OF CONSENT (Michael Powell, Australia)
5 MY NIGHT AT MAUD'S (Eric Rohmer, France)
6 BOY (Nagisa Oshima, Japan)

7 MODEL SHOP (Jacques Demy, USA)
8 THE ITALIAN JOB (Peter Collinson, UK)
9 INVASIÓN (Hugo Santiago, Argentina)
10 INVOCATION OF MY DEMON BROTHER (Kenneth Anger, USA)

11 THE STERILE CUCKOO (Alan J. Pakula, USA)
12 THE HONEYMOON KILLERS (Leonard Kastle, USA)
13 FELLINI SATYRICON (Federico Fellini, Italy)
14 BLIND BEAST (Yasuzo Masumura, Japan)


1968

1 L'ENFANCE NUE (Maurice Pialat)
2 JE T'AIME, JE T'AIME (Alain Resnais)
3 NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (George A. Romero)
4 ROSEMARY'S BABY (Roman Polanski)
5 THE BOSTON STRANGLER (Richard Fleischer)

6 SECRET CEREMONY (Joseph Losey)
7 THE BURNING (Stephen Frears) 

8 FACES (John Cassavetes)
9 SURFACE TENSION (Hollis Frampton)
10 WHISTLE AND I'LL COME TO YOU (Jonathan Miller)
11 LA CHAMADE (Alain Cavalier)
12 MANDABI (Ousmane Sembene)
13 ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (Sergio Leone)
14 DEATH BY HANGING (Nagisa Oshima)


1967

1 PLAYTIME (Jacques Tati)
2 MOUCHETTE (Robert Bresson)
3 WEEK END (Jean-Luc Godard)
4 SCATTERED CLOUDS (Mikio Naruse)

5 THE GRADUATE (Mike Nichols)
6 DAVID HOLZMAN'S DIARY (Jim McBride)

7 UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE (Robert Mulligan)
8 THE RED AND THE WHITE (Miklós Jancsó)

9 DRAGNET 1967 "THE SHOOTING BOARD" (Jack Webb)
10 QUATERMASS AND THE PIT (Roy Ward Baker)
11 THE BIG MOUTH (Jerry Lewis)
12 LA COLLECTIONNEUSE (Eric Rohmer)
13 DRAGNET 1967 "THE BIG INTERROGATION" (Jack Webb)
14 DRAGNET 1967 "THE BIG KIDNAPPING" (Jack Webb)
15 STRANGER ON THE RUN (Don Siegel)

16 ONE-ARMED SWORDSMAN (Zhang Che)
17 TWO FOR THE ROAD (Stanley Donen)
18 DRAGNET 1967 "THE BIG GUN" (Jack Webb)
19 SING A SONG OF SEX (Nagisa Oshima)
20 SAMURAI REBELLION (Masaki Kobayashi)
21 HURRY SUNDOWN (Otto Preminger)
22 THE HONEY POT (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)


1966

1 AU HASARD BALTHAZAR (Robert Bresson)
2 THREE ON A COUCH (Jerry Lewis)
3 ANDREI RUBLEV (Andrei Tarkovsky)
4 THE TAKING OF POWER BY LOUIS XIV (Roberto Rossellini)
5 COME DRINK WITH ME (King Hu)
6 THE SHOOTING (Monte Hellman)

7 WHAT DID YOU DO IN THE WAR, DADDY? (Blake Edwards)
8 REPORT (Bruce Conner)
9 FIGHTING ELEGY (Seijun Suzuki)
10 PERSONA (Ingmar Bergman)
11 BLOWUP (Michelangelo Antonioni)
12 THEY'RE A WEIRD MOB (Michael Powell)

13 THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY (Sergio Leone)
14 MADE IN U.S.A. (Jean-Luc Godard)
15 IREZUMI (Yasuzo Masumura)
16 EL DORADO (Howard Hawks)
17 WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (Mike Nichols)
18 THE PORNOGRAPHERS (Shohei Imamura)
19 ALL MY LIFE (Bruce Baillie)
20 THE CHASE (Arthur Penn)


LA GUERRE EST FINIE (Alain Resnais)

1965

1 CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT (Orson Welles)
2 IN HARM'S WAY (Otto Preminger)

3 THE WAR GAME (Peter Watkins
4 A THOUSAND CLOWNS (Fred Coe)
5 THE SONS OF KATIE ELDER (Henry Hathaway)
6 FISTS IN THE POCKET (Marco Bellocchio)
7 YOYO (Pierre Étaix)
8 THE IPCRESS FILE (Sidney J. Furie)
9 A HIGH WIND IN JAMAICA (Alexander Mackendrick)
10 BLACK GIRL (Ousmane Sembene)
11 TOKYO OLYMPIAD (Kon Ichikawa)

12 THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (Gillo Pontecorvo)
13 THE KNACK...AND HOW TO GET IT (Richard Lester)
14 KUSTOM KAR KOMMANDOS (Kenneth Anger)
15 FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (Sergio Leone)
16 DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (David Lean)
17 RIDE IN THE WHIRLWIND (Monte Hellman)
18 THERE ARE HORSES (Tolomush Okeyev)
19 BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING (Otto Preminger)


1964

1 THE PATSY (Jerry Lewis)
2 YEARNING (Mikio Naruse)
3 WOMAN IN THE DUNES (Hiroshi Teshigahara)

4 SCORPIO RISING (Kenneth Anger)
5 DOG STAR MAN (Stan Brakhage)

6 ZULU (Cy Endfield)
7 INTENTIONS OF MURDER (Shohei Imamura)
8 THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE (Anthony Mann)

9 MAN'S FAVORITE SPORT? (Howard Hawks)
10 NOTHING BUT A MAN (Michael Roemer)
11 HAMLET (Grigory Kozintzev)
12 CULLODEN (Peter Watkins)
13 THE OUTER LIMITS: "DON'T OPEN TILL DOOMSDAY" (Gerd Oswald)
14 BANDE À PART (Jean-Luc Godard)

15 A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (Sergio Leone)
16 THE DISORDERLY ORDERLY (Frank Tashlin)
17 CHARULATA (Satyajit Ray)
18 THE CAVERN (Edgar G. Ulmer)
19 TRUTH AND ILLUSION: AN INTRODUCTION TO METAPHYSICS (King Vidor)

20 A HARD DAY'S NIGHT (Richard Lester)

A CAÇA (Manoel de Oliveira)
ZATOICHI AND THE CHEST OF GOLD (Kazuo Ikehiro)

1963

1 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini, Italy)
2 MURIEL (Alain Resnais, France)
3 THE NUTTY PROFESSOR (Jerry Lewis, USA)
4 SHOCK CORRIDOR (Samuel Fuller, USA)
5 THE BIRDS (Alfred Hitchcock, USA)
6 HIGH AND LOW (Akira Kurosawa, Japan)

7 YOUTH OF THE BEAST (Seijun Suzuki, Japan)
8 JUDEX (Georges Franju, France)
9 BYE BYE BIRDIE (George Sidney, USA)
10 CHRISTMAS ON EARTH (Barbara Rubin, USA)
11 I FIDANZATI (Ermanno Olmi, Italy)

12 LANDRU (Claude Chabrol, France)
13 THE OUTER LIMITS: "O.B.I.T." (Gerd Oswald, USA)
14 HOW THE WEST WAS WON (Henry Hathaway, John Ford, and George Marshall, USA)
15 CONTEMPT (Jean-Luc Godard, France)
16 LE JOLI MAI (Chris Marker, France)
17 SAMMY GOING SOUTH (Alexander Mackendrick, UK)
18 BOROM SARRET (Ousmane Sembene, Senegal)


1962

1 LA JETÉE (Chris Marker)
2 THE TRIAL (Orson Welles)
3 A WANDERER'S NOTEBOOK (Mikio Naruse)

4 HATARI! (Howard Hawks)
5 COSMIC RAY (Bruce Conner)
6 THE HOUSE IS BLACK (Forugh Farrokhzad)
7 ADVISE & CONSENT (Otto Preminger)

8 THESE ARE THE DAMNED (Joseph Losey)
9 THE THIRD LOVER (Claude Chabrol)
10 PROCÈS DE JEANNE D'ARC (Robert Bresson)
11 CONFESSIONS OF AN OPIUM EATER (Albert Zugsmith)

12 JULES AND JIM (François Truffaut)
13 AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON (Yasujiro Ozu)

14 MAMMALS (Roman Polanski)
15 SANJURO (Akira Kurosawa)
16 RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY (Sam Peckinpah)
17 EVA (Joseph Losey
18 IVAN'S CHILDHOOD (Andrei Tarkvosky)
19 HELL IS FOR HEROES (Don Siegel)
20 THE ELUSIVE CORPORAL (Jean Renoir)
21 THE SUITOR (Pierre Étaix)

22 MAFIOSO (Alberto Lattuada)
23 TWO WEEKS IN ANOTHER TOWN (Vincente Minnelli)
24 THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE (John Ford)
25 LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (Sidney Lumet)
26 VIVRE SA VIE: FILM EN DOUZE TABLEAUX (Jean-Luc Godard)
27 LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (David Lean)
28 THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (John Frankenheimer)


1961

1 THE LADIES' MAN (Jerry Lewis, USA)
2 BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S (Blake Edwards, USA)

3 ALYONKA (Boris Barnet, USSR)
4 THE ERRAND BOY (Jerry Lewis, USA)
5 LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD (Alain Resnais, France)
6 THE END OF SUMMER (Yasujiro Ozu, Japan)
7 YOJIMBO (Akira Kurosawa, Japan)
8 IL POSTO (Ermanno Olmi, Italy)

9 PARIS BELONGS TO US (Jacques Rivette, France)
10 ¡CUBA SÍ! (Chris Marker, France)
11 EL CID (Anthony Mann. Italy/USA)

12 NELLY'S FOLLY (Chuck Jones, USA)
13 THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW: "HARRISON B. HARDING OF CAMP CROWDER, MO." (John Rich, USA)
14 ONE, TWO, THREE (Billy Wilder, USA)
15 PLEINS FEUX SUR L’ASSASSIN (Georges Franju, France)

16 BAD BOY (Susumi Hani, Japan)
17 THE LAST HUNGRY CAT (Friz Freleng, USA)
18 THE FAT AND THE LEAN (Roman Polanski, France)
19 THE FORGOTTEN FACES (Peter Watkins, UK)
20 BARABBAS (Richard Fleischer, Italy/USA)


1960

1 THE THOUSAND EYES OF DR. MABUSE (Fritz Lang, West Germany/France/Italy)
2 WHEN A WOMAN ASCENDS THE STAIRS (Mikio Naruse, Japan)
3 BREATHLESS (Jean-Luc Godard, France)

4 LE TROU (Jacques Becker, France)
5 THE TESTAMENT OF ORPHEUS (Jean Cocteau, France)
6 LATE AUTUMN (Yasujiro Ozu, Japan)
7 THE BELLBOY (Jerry Lewis, USA)

8 LET'S MAKE LOVE (George Cukor, USA)
9 THE WESTERNER: “BROWN” (Sam Peckinpah, USA)
10 THE APPROACH OF AUTUMN (Mikio Naruse, Japan)
11 THE BAD SLEEP WELL (Akira Kurosawa, Japan)
12 LES BONNES FEMMES (Claude Chabrol, France)
13 HOME FROM THE HILL (Vincente Minnelli, USA)
14 L'AVVENTURA (Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy)
15 STARTIME: "INCIDENT AT A CORNER" (Alfred Hitchcock, USA)
16 PSYCHO (Alfred Hitchcock, USA)
17 EYES WITHOUT A FACE (Georges Franju, France/Italy)

18 SERGEANT RUTLEDGE (John Ford, USA)
19 AFRAID TO DIE (Yasuzo Masumura, Japan)
20 LA VÉRITÉ (Henri-Georges Clouzot, France)
21 BRAINWASHED (Gerd Oswald, West Germany)
22 CLASSE TOUS RISQUES (Claude Sautet, France/Italy)
23 THE LADY WITH THE DOG (Iosif Khejfits, USSR)

24 NORTH TO ALASKA (Henry Hathaway, USA)

THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN (Edgar G. Ulmer, USA)
BEYOND THE TIME BARRIER (Edgar G. Ulmer, USA)

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1959

1 RIO BRAVO (Howard Hawks)
2 DAY OF THE OUTLAW (André de Toth)

3 ANATOMY OF A MURDER (Otto Preminger)
4 NORTH BY NORTHWEST (Alfred Hitchcock)

5 RIDE LONESOME (Budd Boetticher)
6 PICKPOCKET (Robert Bresson)
7 THE CRIMSON KIMONO (Samuel Fuller)

8 THE HORSE SOLDIERS (John Ford)
9 IL GENERALE DELLA ROVERE (Roberto Rossellini)
10 NO NAME ON THE BULLET (Jack Arnold)
11 THE TESTAMENT OF DR. CORDELIER (Jean Renoir)
12 INDIA: MATRI BHUMI (Roberto Rossellini)
13 OPERATION PETTICOAT (Blake Edwards)
14 WHEN ANGELS FALL (Roman Polanski)
15 VERBOTEN! (Samuel Fuller)
16 FLOATING WEEDS (Yasujiro Ozu)
17 THE SIGN OF THE LION (Eric Rohmer)
18 PORK CHOP HILL (Lewis Milestone)

19 THE LAMP (Roman Polanski)

1958

1 VERTIGO (Alfred Hitchcock)
2 TOUCH OF EVIL (Orson Welles)

3 THE TARNISHED ANGELS (Douglas Sirk)
4 THE HIDDEN FORTRESS (Akira Kurosawa)

5 IVAN THE TERRIBLE, PART TWO (Sergei Eisenstein)
6 THE LAST HURRAH (John Ford)
7 THE LINEUP (Don Siegel)
8 PARTY GIRL (Nicholas Ray)
9 MON ONCLE (Jacques Tati)
10 NAZARÍN (Luis Buñuel)
11 MAN OF THE WEST (Anthony Mann)

12 THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH (Orson Welles)
13 BUCHANAN RIDES ALONE (Budd Boetticher)
14 WIND ACROSS THE EVERGLADES (Nicholas Ray)
15 TERROR IN A TEXAS TOWN (Joseph H. Lewis)
16 A MOVIE (Bruce Conner)
17 GIDEON'S DAY (John Ford)
18 EQUINOX FLOWER (Yasujiro Ozu)
19 A NIGHT TO REMEMBER (Roy Baker)

20 THE RIFLEMAN: "Duel of Honor" (Joseph H. Lewis)
21 THE QUIET AMERICAN (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
22 UNE VIE (Alexandre Astruc)
23 THE MUSIC ROOM (Satyajit Ray)
24 SUMMER CLOUDS (Mikio Naruse)
25 ROCK-A-BYE BABY (Frank Tashlin)
26 ROBIN HOOD DAFFY (Chuck Jones)

27 LA PREMIÈRE NUIT (Georges Franju)

1957

1 MEN IN WAR (Anthony Mann, USA)
2 TIME WITHOUT PITY (Joseph Losey, UK)

3 A KING IN NEW YORK (Charles Chaplin, UK)
4 NIGHTS OF CABIRIA (Federico Fellini, Italy/France)

5 THE RIVER'S EDGE (Allan Dwan, USA)
6 BITTER VICTORY (Nicholas Ray, France/USA)
7 THE TALL T (Budd Boetticher, USA)
8 NIGHTFALL (Jacques Tourneur, USA)
9 PATHS OF GLORY (Stanley Kubrick, USA)
10 THREE LITTLE BOPS (Friz Freleng, USA)
11 THE D.I. (Jack Webb, USA)
12 LETTER FROM SIBERIA (Chris Marker, France)
13 WILL SUCCESS SPOIL ROCK HUNTER? (Frank Tashlin, USA)
14 JAMESTOWN BALOOS (Robert Breer, USA)
15 THE TIN STAR (Anthony Mann, USA)
16 SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (Alexander Mackendrick, USA)
17 CHINA GATE (Samuel Fuller, USA)

18 FORTY GUNS (Samuel Fuller, USA)
19 NIGHT OF THE DEMON (Jacques Tourneur, UK)
20 RUN OF THE ARROW (Samuel Fuller, USA)
21 HIDDEN FEAR (Andre de Toth, USA/Denmark)
22 THE PAJAMA GAME (Stanley Donen and George Abbott, USA)
23 JET PILOT (Josef von Sternberg, USA)
24 A MAN AND HIS DOG OUT FOR AIR (Robert Breer, USA)
25 THRONE OF BLOOD (Akira Kurosawa, Japan)
26 STEAL WOOL (Chuck Jones, USA)

27 YELLOW CROW (Heinosuke Gosho, Japan)

1956

1 THE SEARCHERS (John Ford)
2 THE WRONG MAN (Alfred Hitchcock)
3 WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS (Fritz Lang)

4 STREET OF SHAME (Kenji Mizoguchi)
5 A MAN ESCAPED (Robert Bresson)
6 WRITTEN ON THE WIND (Douglas Sirk)
7 THE GIRL CAN'T HELP IT (Frank Tashlin)

8 THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (Alfred Hitchcock)
9 THE BURMESE HARP (Kon Ichikawa)
10 ATTACK! (Robert Aldrich)
11 BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT (Fritz Lang)
12 THE PAINTER AND THE CITY (Manoel de Oliveira)

13 SUDDEN RAIN (Mikio Naruse)
14 SEVEN MEN FROM NOW (Budd Boetticher)
15 BIGGER THAN LIFE (Nicholas Ray)

16 THERE'S ALWAYS TOMORROW (Douglas Sirk)
17 A WIFE'S HEART (Mikio Naruse)
18 HOT BLOOD (Nicholas Ray)
19 THE BRASS LEGEND (Gerd Oswald)
20 GIANT (George Stevens)


1955

1 FLOATING CLOUDS (Mikio Naruse)
2 CONFIDENTIAL REPORT (Orson Welles)

3 A LAWLESS STREET (Joseph H. Lewis)
4 NIGHT AND FOG (Alain Resnais)
5 THE MAN FROM LARAMIE (Anthony Mann)
6 FRENCH CANCAN (Jean Renoir)
7 LAND OF THE PHARAOHS (Howard Hawks)
8 KISS ME DEADLY (Robert Aldrich)
9 DADDY LONG LEGS (Jean Negulesco)
10 ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS: "Revenge" (Alfred Hitchcock)
11 RUN FOR COVER (Nicholas Ray)
12 MOONFLEET (Fritz Lang)
13 I LIVE IN FEAR (Akira Kurosawa)
14 REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (Nicholas Ray)
15 THE LAST FRONTIER (Anthony Mann)
16 GUYS AND DOLLS (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
17 THE WONDER RING (Stan Brakhage)

18 VIOLENT SATURDAY (Richard Fleischer)
19 NEW TALES OF THE TAIRA CLAN (Kenji Mizoguchi)
20 THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (Charles Laughton)

21 ONE FROGGY EVENING (Chuck Jones)
22 STRANGER ON HORSEBACK (Jacques Tourneur)
23 PATHER PANCHALI (Satyajit Ray)
24 THE TENDER TRAP (Charles Walters)
25 ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS (Douglas Sirk)
26 ORSON WELLES' SKETCH BOOK (Orson Welles)
27 HOUSE OF BAMBOO (Samuel Fuller)
28 EAST OF EDEN (Elia Kazan)


1954

1 REAR WINDOW (Alfred Hitchcock)
2 SEVEN SAMURAI (Akira Kurosawa)

3 MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION (Douglas Sirk)
4 SANSHO THE BAILIFF (Kenji Mizoguchi)
5 LATE CHRYSANTHEMUMS (Mikio Naruse)
6 DRIVE A CROOKED ROAD (Richard Quine)
7 A STAR IS BORN (George Cukor)
8 THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)

9 SOUND OF THE MOUNTAIN (Mikio Naruse)
10 CRIME WAVE (André De Toth)
11 THE PURPLE PLAIN (Robert Parrish)

12 THE CRUCIFIED LOVERS (Kenji Mizoguchi)
13 WORLD FOR RANSOM (Robert Aldrich)
14 SENSO (Luchino Visconti)
15 CARMEN JONES (Otto Preminger)
16 RIDING SHOTGUN (André De Toth)
17 THE RAID (Hugo Fregonese)
18 SABRINA (Billy Wilder)
19 DIAL M FOR MURDER (Alfred Hitchcock)
20 DEVIL MAY HARE (Robert McKimson)


1953

1 PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET (Samuel Fuller, USA)
2 VOYAGE IN ITALY (Roberto Rossellini, Italy/France)
3 GLEN OR GLENDA? (Edward D. Wood, Jr., USA)
4 THE WAGES OF FEAR (Henri-Georges Clouzot, France/Italy)

5 DRAGNET: "The Big Thief" (Jack Webb, USA)
6 THE BAND WAGON (Vincente Minnelli, USA)
7 M. HULOT'S HOLIDAY (Jacques Tati, France)
8 DUCK AMUCK (Chuck Jones, USA)
9 THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T. (Roy Rowland, USA)
11 OLDER BROTHER, YOUNGER SISTER (Mikio Naruse, Japan)

12 DRAGNET: "The Big Frank" (Jack Webb, USA)
13 THUNDER OVER THE PLAINS (André De Toth, USA)
14 UGETSU (Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan)
15 THE SUN SHINES BRIGHT (John Ford, USA)
16 WHERE CHIMNEYS ARE SEEN (Heinosuke Gosho, Japan)
17 WIFE (Mikio Naruse, Japan)
18 THE SAGA OF ANATAHAN (Josef von Sternberg, Japan)

19 THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE... (Max Ophüls, France/Italy)
20 DUCK DODGERS IN THE 24½TH CENTURY (Chuck Jones, USA)
21 THE NAKED SPUR (Anthony Mann, USA)
22 DUCK! RABBIT, DUCK! (Chuck Jones, USA)
23 ALL I DESIRE (Douglas Sirk, USA)
24 MUCH ADO ABOUT NUTTING (Chuck Jones, USA)
25 THE STRANGER WORE A GUN (André De Toth, USA)
26 THE MAN FROM THE ALAMO (Budd Boetticher, USA)
27 HUSBAND AND WIFE (Mikio Naruse, Japan)
28 SAADIA (Albert Lewin, USA)
29 CRY OF THE HUNTED (Joseph H. Lewis, USA)


1952

1 ON DANGEROUS GROUND (Nicholas Ray)
2 OTHELLO (Orson Welles)

3 THE QUIET MAN (John Ford)
4 BEND OF THE RIVER (Anthony Mann)
5 CARSON CITY (André De Toth)
6 CASQUE D'OR (Jacques Becker)
7 LAST OF THE COMANCHES (André De Toth)
8 SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly)
9 THE BIG SKY (Howard Hawks)
10 CRY, THE BELOVED COUNTRY (Zoltan Korda)
11 FEED THE KITTY (Chuck Jones)
12 PARK ROW (Samuel Fuller)
13 THE NARROW MARGIN (Richard Fleischer)
14 THE GOLDEN COACH (Jean Renoir)
15 LIMELIGHT (Charles Chaplin)
16 SPRINGFIELD RIFLE (André De Toth)
17 MY SON JOHN (Leo McCarey)
18 THE MARRYING KIND (George Cukor)

19 DESPERATE SEARCH (Joseph H. Lewis)
19 MOTHER (Mikio Naruse)
20 WATER, WATER EVERY HARE (Chuck Jones)
21 DRAGNET: "The Big September Man" (Jack Webb)

22 THE LIFE OF OHARU (Kenji Mizoguchi)
23 THE LUSTY MEN (Nicholas Ray)
24 LIGHTNING (Mikio Naruse)

25 RETREAT, HELL! (Joseph H. Lewis)
26 RABBIT SEASONING (Chuck Jones)
27 KANSAS CITY CONFIDENTIAL (Phil Karlson)

1951

1 THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (Howard Hawks and Christian Nyby, USA)
2 LA POISON (Sacha Guitry, France)
3 DIARY OF A COUNTRY PRIEST (Robert Bresson, France)
4 M (Joseph Losey, USA)

5 FIXED BAYONETS! (Samuel Fuller, USA)
6 MISS JULIE (Alf Sjoberg, Sweden)

7 THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT (Alexander Mackendrick, UK)
8 APACHE DRUMS (Hugo Fregonese, USA)

9 THE STEEL HELMET (Samuel Fuller, USA)
10 REPAST (Mikio Naruse, Japan)
11 ROYAL WEDDING (Stanley Donen, USA)
12 HIS KIND OF WOMAN (Richard Fleischer and John Farrow, USA)

13 THE MOB (Robert Parrish, USA)
14 PANDORA AND THE FLYING DUTCHMAN (Albert Lewin, UK)
15 THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (Robert Wise, USA)
16 ST. BENNY THE DIP (Edgar G. Ulmer, USA)
17 DRIP-ALONG DAFFY (Chuck Jones, USA)
18 THE RIVER (Jean Renoir, France/India)
19 WEARING OF THE GRIN (Chuck Jones, USA)
20 EARLY TO BET (Robert McKimson, USA)

21 PRESENTATION, OR CHARLOTTE AND HER STEAK (Eric Rohmer, France)

CHOW HOUND (Chuck Jones)
STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (Alfred Hitchcock)

1950

1 IN A LONELY PLACE (Nicholas Ray)
2 GUN CRAZY (Joseph H. Lewis)
3 TRY AND GET ME! (Cy Endfield)

4 DEVIL'S DOORWAY (Anthony Mann)
5 SIDE STREET (Anthony Mann)
6 WAGON MASTER (John Ford)
7 RABBIT OF SEVILLE (Chuck Jones)
8 THE MUNEKATA SISTERS (Yasujiro Ozu)

9 A LADY WITHOUT PASSPORT (Joseph H. Lewis)
10 AMERICAN GUERRILLA IN THE PHILIPPINES (Fritz Lang)
11 WHEN WILLIE COMES MARCHING HOME (John Ford)
12 BORN TO BE BAD (Nicholas Ray)
13 ALL ABOUT EVE (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
14 HILLBILLY HARE (Robert McKimson)
15 SUNSET BLVD. (Billy Wilder)
16 NIGHT AND THE CITY (Jules Dassin)
17 LOS OLVIDADOS (Luis Buñuel)
18 WINCHESTER '73 (Anthony Mann)

19 DARK CITY (William Dieterle)
20 GONE TO EARTH (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger)
21 STARS IN MY CROWN (Jacques Tourneur)
22 RIO GRANDE (John Ford)

23 RABBIT MOON (Kenneth Anger)
24 RASHOMON (Akira Kurosawa)
25 THE DUCKSTERS (Chuck Jones)
26 THE FURIES (Anthony Mann)
27 STROMBOLI (Roberto Rossellini)
28 STAGE FRIGHT (Alfred Hitchcock)

29 STORY OF A LOVE AFFAIR (Michelangelo Antonioni)
30 THE GUNFIGHTER (Henry King)

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1949

1 LATE SPRING (Yasujiro Ozu)
2 THE SPIDER AND THE FLY (Robert Hamer)
3 THEY LIVE BY NIGHT (Nicholas Ray)
4 REIGN OF TERROR (Anthony Mann)

5 UNDER CAPRICORN (Alfred Hitchcock)
6 BORDER INCIDENT (Anthony Mann)
7 LE SILENCE DE LA MER (Jean-Pierre Melville)
8 I WAS A MALE WAR BRIDE (Howard Hawks)
9 THE RECKLESS MOMENT (Max Ophüls)
10 THE THIRD MAN (Carol Reed)

11 SANDS OF IWO JIMA (Allan Dwan)
12 PUCE MOMENT (Kenneth Anger)
13 THE BIG STEAL (Don Siegel)
14 JOUR DE FÊTE (Jacques Tati)
15 KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS (Robert Hamer)
16 THE SMALL BACK ROOM (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger)
17 THE UNDERCOVER MAN (Joseph H. Lewis)
18 ALIAS NICK BEAL (John Farrow)
19 LITTLE RURAL RIDING HOOD (Tex Avery)
20 WHIRLPOOL (Otto Preminger)

21 SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON (John Ford)
22 I SHOT JESSE JAMES (Samuel Fuller)
23 HOMELESS HARE (Chuck Jones)

24 LE SANG DES BÊTES (Georges Franju)
25 ON THE TOWN (Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly)
26 AWFUL ORPHAN (Chuck Jones)
27 8 BALL BUNNY (Chuck Jones)

28 SAMSON AND DELILAH (Cecil B. DeMille)

1948

1 FORT APACHE (John Ford)
2 LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN (Max Ophüls)
3 RAW DEAL (Anthony Mann)

4 SECRET BEYOND THE DOOR (Fritz Lang)
5 PITFALL (André de Toth)
6 MOONRISE (Frank Borzage)

7 FORCE OF EVIL (Abraham Polonsky)
8 SCAREDY CAT (Chuck Jones)

9 SPRINGTIME IN A SMALL TOWN (Mu Fei)
10 GOOD SAM (Leo McCarey)
11 3 GODFATHERS (John Ford)
12 LES FEUX DE LA MER (Jean Epstein)
13 RED RIVER (Howard Hawks)
14 HAREDEVIL HARE (Chuck Jones)
15 THE FOGHORN LEGHORN (Robert McKimson)
16 MACBETH (Orson Welles)
17 HE WALKED BY NIGHT (Anthony Mann and Alfred L. Werker)
18 THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (John Huston)

19 A FOREIGN AFFAIR (Billy Wilder)

1947

1 MONSIEUR VERDOUX (Charles Chaplin)
2 DAISY KENYON (Otto Preminger)

3 THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI (Orson Welles)
4 OUT OF THE PAST (Jacques Tourneur)
5 THE PRIVATE AFFAIRS OF BEL AMI (Albert Lewin)
6 LE TEMPESTAIRE (Jean Epstein)
7 FIREWORKS (Kenneth Anger)

8 NIGHTMARE ALLEY (Edmund Goulding)
9 MISSISSIPPI HARE (Chuck Jones)
10 BLACK NARCISSUS (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger)
11 PURSUED (Raoul Walsh)
12 RIDE THE PINK HORSE (Robert Montgomery)

13 ANTOINE ET ANTOINETTE (Jacques Becker)
14 GOOD NEWS (Charles Walters)
15 T-MEN (Anthony Mann)
16 THE SIN OF HAROLD DIDDLEBOCK (Preston Sturges)
17 QUAI DES ORFÈVRES (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
18 RAMROD (André De Toth)
19 LURED (Douglas Sirk)


1946

1 THE BIG SLEEP (Howard Hawks)
2 MY DARLING CLEMENTINE (John Ford)
3 NOTORIOUS (Alfred Hitchcock)

4 THE CHASE (Arthur D. Ripley)
5 THE BIG SNOOZE (Robert Clampett)
6 KITTY KORNERED (Robert Clampett)

7 THE STRANGER (Orson Welles)
8 CLOAK AND DAGGER (Fritz Lang)
9 THE DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID (Jean Renoir)
10 BABY BOTTLENECK (Robert Clampett)
11 HAIR-RAISING HARE (Chuck Jones)
12 SO DARK THE NIGHT (Joseph H. Lewis)

13 CLUNY BROWN (Ernst Lubitsch)
14 TO EACH HIS OWN (Mitchell Leisen)
15 THE DARK CORNER (Henry Hathaway)
16 THE GREAT PIGGY BANK ROBBERY (Robert Clampett)
17 ACROBATTY BUNNY (Robert McKimson)


1945

1 BRIEF ENCOUNTER (David Lean)
2 THE CLOCK (Vincente Minnelli)
3 THEY WERE EXPENDABLE (John Ford)
4 THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (Albert Lewin)

5 OPEN CITY (Roberto Rossellini)
6 ISLE OF THE DEAD (Mark Robson)
7 THE BELLS OF ST. MARY'S (Leo McCarey)
8 FALLEN ANGEL (Otto Preminger)
9 DRAFTEE DAFFY (Robert Clampett)
10 DETOUR (Edgar G. Ulmer)
11 CONFIDENTIAL AGENT (Herman Shumlin)
12 LES DAMES DU BOIS DE BOULOGNE (Robert Bresson)

13 FALBALAS (Jacques Becker)
14 MY NAME IS JULIA ROSS (Joseph H. Lewis)

15 PERFECT STRANGERS (Alexander Korda)
16 HARE TRIGGER (Friz Freleng)
17 ALLOTMENT WIVES (William Nigh)
18 LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN (John M. Stahl)
19 THE SCREWY TRUANT (Tex Avery)
20 IVAN THE TERRIBLE, PART ONE (Sergei Eisenstein)
21 I KNOW WHERE I'M GOING! (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger)


1944

1 TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT (Howard Hawks)
2 MINISTRY OF FEAR (Fritz Lang)
3 NONE SHALL ESCAPE (André de Toth)

4 MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (Vincente Minnelli)
5 PHANTOM LADY (Robert Siodmak)
6 THE STUPID CUPID (Frank Tashlin)
7 THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN'S CREEK (Preston Sturges)
8 THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW (Fritz Lang)
9 HAIL THE CONQUERING HERO (Preston Sturges)
10 LIFEBOAT (Alfred Hitchcock)
11 A CANTERBURY TALE (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger)
12 THE GREAT MOMENT (Preston Sturges)
13 LAURA (Otto Preminger)
14 EXPERIMENT PERILOUS (Jacques Tourneur)

15 UNCERTAIN GLORY (Raoul Walsh)
16 BLUEBEARD (Edgar G. Ulmer)
17 STAGE DOOR CARTOON (Friz Freleng)
18 NATIONAL VELVET (Clarence Brown)
19 DOUBLE INDEMNITY (Billy Wilder)


1943

1 THIS LAND IS MINE (Jean Renoir)
2 DAY OF WRATH (Carl Theodor Dreyer)

3 AIR FORCE (Howard Hawks)
4 PUSS N' BOOTY (Frank Tashlin)
5 RUMORS (Friz Freleng)
6 HANGMEN ALSO DIE! (Fritz Lang)

7 I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE (Jacques Tourneur)
8 TORTOISE WINS BY A HARE (Robert Clampett)

9 THE LEOPARD MAN (Jacques Tourneur)
10 YANKEE DOODLE DAFFY (Friz Freleng)
11 SPIES (Chuck Jones)
12 THE HUMAN COMEDY (Clarence Brown)
13 SHADOW OF A DOUBT (Alfred Hitchcock)
14 THE GHOST SHIP (Mark Robson)

15 THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger)
16 LES ANGES DU PÉCHÉ (Robert Bresson)

17 THE SEVENTH VICTIM (Mark Robson)
18 PORKY PIG'S FEAT (Frank Tashlin)
19 PRINCESS O'ROURKE (Norman Krasna)
20 PASSPORT TO SUEZ (André de Toth)

1942

1 THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (Orson Welles)
2 CAT PEOPLE (Jacques Tourneur)
3 THE PALM BEACH STORY (Preston Sturges)

4 THE MOON AND SIXPENCE (Albert Lewin)
5 GENTLEMAN JIM (Raoul Walsh)
6 TO BE OR NOT TO BE (Ernst Lubitsch)
7 CASABLANCA (Michael Curtiz)
8 A TALE OF TWO KITTIES (Robert Clampett)
9 THE TALK OF THE TOWN (George Stevens)
10 SABOTEUR (Alfred Hitchcock)
11 THE HECKLING HARE (Tex Avery)
12 ONCE UPON A HONEYMOON (Leo McCarey)
13 THE DOVER BOYS (Chuck Jones)
14 THE HARE-BRAINED HYPNOTIST (Friz Freleng)

15 THE MAD DOCTOR OF MARKET STREET (Joseph H. Lewis)

TOMORROW WE LIVE (Edgar G. Ulmer)

1941

1 CITIZEN KANE (Orson Welles)
2 THE LOYAL 47 RONIN (Kenji Mizoguchi)

3 WESTERN UNION (Fritz Lang)
4 FORTY-NINTH PARALLEL (Michael Powell)
5 MAN HUNT (Fritz Lang)
6 HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY (John Ford)
7 THE SHANGHAI GESTURE (Josef von Sternberg)

8 THE LADY EVE (Preston Sturges)
9 THAT UNCERTAIN FEELING (Ernst Lubitsch)
10 SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS (Preston Sturges)
11 ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN MARVEL (William Witney and John English)
12 UNFINISHED BUSINESS (Gregory La Cava)
13 WABBIT TWOUBLE (Robert Clampett)
14 BALL OF FIRE (Howard Hawks)

15 A MAN BETRAYED (John H. Auer)
16 THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER (William Dieterle)
17 SMILIN' THROUGH (Frank Borzage)
18 BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF THE TODA FAMILY (Yasujiro Ozu)
19 HIDEKO THE BUS CONDUCTOR (Mikio Naruse)

20 TOBACCO ROAD (John Ford)
21 NEVER GIVE A SUCKER AN EVEN BREAK (Edward F. Cline)
22 DUMBO (Ben Sharpsteen)


1940

1 HIS GIRL FRIDAY (Howard Hawks)
2 THE GRAPES OF WRATH (John Ford)

3 THE MORTAL STORM (Frank Borzage)
4 CHRISTMAS IN JULY (Preston Sturges)

5 THE GREAT MCGINTY (Preston Sturges)
6 REMEMBER THE NIGHT (Mitchell Leisen)
7 THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER (Ernst Lubitsch)
8 THE MAN FROM TUMBLEWEEDS (Joseph H. Lewis)

9 FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT (Alfred Hitchcock)
10 THE RETURN OF FRANK JAMES (Fritz Lang)
11 CONTRABAND (Michael Powell)
12 PATIENT PORKY (Robert Clampett)

13 TRAVELLING ACTORS (Mikio Naruse)
14 REBECCA (Alfred Hitchcock)
15 THE GREAT DICTATOR (Charles Chaplin)
16 FLIGHT COMMAND (Frank Borzage)
17 THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (George Cukor)


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