Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Top 10 Films: Year by Year

This is an ongoing project to list my ten favourite films from each year in cinema history. So far my viewing habits and knowledge only allow me to go back as far as 1924 but I will update these lists and add further yearly top tens from the 1920s when I get the chance. 


2017
1. Lover for a Day (Philippe Garrel)
2. First Reformed (Paul Schrader)
3. Song to Song (Terrence Malick)
4. Blade of the Immortal (Takashi Miike)
5. Ex Libris: New York Public Library (Frederick Wiseman)
6. Let the Sunshine In (Claire Denis)
7. Claire's Camera (Hong Sang-soo)
8. Mary and the Witch's Flower (Hiromasa Yonebayashi)
9. Okja (Bong Joon-ho)
10. Zama (Lucrecia Martel)

Runners up: The Merciless (Byun Sung-hyun), The Villainess (Jung Byung-gil), Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (Luc Besson), Shock Wave (Herman Yau), Wonder Wheel (Woody Allen), Wonderstruck (Todd Haynes), The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos), John Wick: Chapter Two (Chad Stahelski), Good Time (Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie), Happy End (Michael Haneke), A Ghost Story (David Lowery), The Post (Steven Spielberg), Coco (Lee Unkrich & Adrian Molina), My Cousin Rachel (Roger Michell), The House (Andrew Jay Cohen), The Beguiled (Sofia Coppola), Top of the Lake: China Girl (Jane Campion & Ariel Kleiman), The Night is Short, Walk on Girl (Masaaki Yuasa), Logan Lucky (Steven Soderbergh)

2016
1. Shin Godzilla (Hideaki Anno & Shinji Higuchi)
2. Creepy (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
3. Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Love)
4. Elle (Paul Verhoeven)
5. The Nice Guys (Shane Black)
6. In This Corner of the World (Sunao Katabuchi)
7. Silence (Martin Scorsese)
8. After the Storm (Hirokazu Koreeda)
9. A Quiet Passion (Terence Davies)
10. Sully (Clint Eastwood)

Runners up: Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt), Harmonium (Koji Fukada), The Handmaiden (Park Chan-wook), The Edge of Seventeen (Kelly Fremon Craig), Rules Don't Apply (Warren Beatty), Cafe Society (Woody Allen), Crisis in Six Scenes (Woody Allen), Split (M. Night Shyamalan), A Silent Voice (Naoko Yamada), Mascots (Christopher Guest), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Zack Snyder), The Unknown Girl (Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne), Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (Paul W.S. Anderson), Allied (Robert Zemeckis), Love & Friendship (Whit Stillman), Paterson (Jim Jarmusch), Batman: The Killing Joke (Sam Liu), The Red Turtle (Michael Dudok de Wit), Godard in Fragments (Kogonada), Wiener-Dog (Todd Solondz), Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids (Jonathan Demme), Mike Nichols: An American Master (Elaine May), Piper (Alan Barillaro), HyperNormalisation (Adam Curtis), Blood Father (Jean-Francois Richet)

2015
1. Journey to the Shore (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
2. Knight of Cups (Terrence Malick)
3. No Home Movie (Chantal Akerman)
4. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller)
5. Our Little Sister (Hirokazu Koreeda)
6. Blackhat (Michael Mann)
7. Evolution (Lucile Hadzihalilovic)
8. Bone Tomahawk (S. Craig Zahler)
9. Cemetery of Splendor (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
10. Creed (Ryan Coogler)

Runners up: A Century of Energy (Manoel de Oliveira), Jupiter Ascending (The Wachowski siblings), De Palma (Noah Baumbach & Jake Paltrow), Manifesto (Julian Rosefeldt), Run All Night (Jaume Collet-Serra), World of Tomorrow (Don Hertzfeldt), Experimenter (Michael Almereyda), Irrational Man (Woody Allen), The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos), The Case of Hana & Alice (Shunji Iwai), Wild Card (Simon West), Frankenstein (Bernard Rose), Carol (Todd Haynes), Cinderella (Kenneth Branagh), Bridge of Spies (Steven Spielberg), Miss Hokusai (Keiichi Hara), April and the Extraordinary World (Christian Desmares & Franck Ekinci), Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (Christopher McQuarrie), Tomorrowland: A World Beyond (Brad Bird), Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (Stig Bjorkman), No No Sleep (Tsai Ming-liang), Inside Out (Pete Docter & Ronnie Del Carmen), Listen to Me Marlon (Stevan Riley), Hitchcock/Truffaut (Kent Jones), Crimson Peak (Guillermo del Toro), SPECTRE (Sam Mendes), Maggie (Henry Hobson), Taxi Tehran (Jafar Panahi)

2014
1. Stations of the Cross (Dietrich Bruggemann)
2. Magic in the Moonlight (Woody Allen)
3. Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2 (Johnnie To)
4. Pasolini (Abel Ferrara)
5. Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne)
6. The World of Kanako (Tetsuya Nakashima)
7. Over Your Dead Body (Takashi Miike)
8. When Marnie Was There (Hiromasa Yonebayashi)
9. Phoenix (Christian Petzold)
10. Jauja (Lisandro Alonso)

Runners up: Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard), John Wick (Chad Stahelski & David Leitch), A Girl at My Door (July Jung), Jersey Boys (Clint Eastwood), Clouds of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas), Welcome to New York (Abel Ferrara), From Caligari to Hitler: German Cinema in the Age of the Masses (Rudiger Suchsland), Paddington (Paul King), Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg), Listen Up Philip (Alex Ross Perry), She's Funny That Way (Peter Bogdanovich), Queen and Country (John Boorman), Pompeii (Paul W.S. Anderson), Dumb and Dumber To (Peter Farrelly & Bobby Farrelly), Hands of Bresson (Kogonada), Journey to the West (Tsai Ming-liang), Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako), Batman: Assault on Arkham (Jay Oliva & Ethan Spaulding), Cross Road (Makoto Shinkai), The Creeping Garden (Tim Grabham & Jasper Sharp), A Walk Among the Tombstones (Scott Frank), The Salvation (Kristian Levring), A Mighty Nice Man (Jonathan Dee)

2013
1. The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki)
2. Seventh Code (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
3. Camille Claudel 1915 (Bruno Dumont)
4. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (Isao Takahata)
5. Stoker (Park Chan-wook) 
6. Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen)
7. Nobody's Daughter Haewon (Hong Sang-soo)
8. Jealousy (Philippe Garrel)
9. Bastards (Claire Denis)
10. Snowpiercer (Bong Joon-ho)

Runners up: Garden of Words (Makoto Shinkai), Djinn (Tobe Hooper), Upstream Colour (Shane Carruth), A Touch of Sin (Jia Zhangke), Hummingbird (Steven Knight), The Harvest (John McNaughton), Enemy (Denis Villeneuve), The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (Mami Sunada), Like Father, Like Son (Hirokazu Koreeda), Dark Touch (Marina de Van), Someone's Gaze (Makoto Shinkai), Venus in Fur (Roman Polanski), Gloria (Sebastian Lelio), The Canyons (Paul Schrader), The Strange Little Cat (Ramon Zurcher), Before Midnight (Richard Linklater), Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn), Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch), Parker (Taylor Hackford), Enemies Closer (Peter Hyams), The Nun (Guillaume Nicloux), Jug Face (Chad Crawford Kinkle), The World's End (Edgar Wright), Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (Declan Lowney), Suzanne (Katell Quillevere)

1. Romancing in Thin Air (Johnnie To)
2. To the Wonder (Terrence Malick)
3. Dredd (Pete Travis)
4. Barbara (Christian Petzold)
5. Drug War (Johnnie To)
6. Cosmopolis (David Cronenberg)
7. The Hunt (Thomas Vinterberg)
8. Passion (Brian De Palma)
9. Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (John Hyams)
10. Cloud Atlas (Tom Tykwer & The Wachowski siblings)

Runners up: Lesson of the Evil (Takashi Miike), Bullet to the Head (Walter Hill), John Carter (Andrew Stanton), The Life of Death (Marsha Onderstijn), Wolf Children (Mamoru Hosoda), Persistence of Vision (Kevin Schreck), Lore (Cate Shortland), John Dies at the End (Don Coscarelli), Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow), Me and Me Dad (Katrine Boorman), Dracula 3D (Dario Argento), Lincoln (Steven Spielberg), Post Tenebras Lux (Carlos Reygadas), Resident Evil: Retribution (Paul W.S. Anderson), Thursday Till Sunday (Dominga Sotomayor Castillo), In Another Country (Hong Sang-soo)

1. 4:44 Last Day on Earth (Abel Ferrara)
2. Twixt (Francis Ford Coppola)
3. Sleeping Beauty (Julia Leigh)
4. Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Johnnie To)
5. A Simple Life (Ann Hui)
6. A Dangerous Method (David Cronenberg)
7. Kotoko (Shinya Tsukamoto)
8. The Grey (Joe Carnahan)
9. Melancholia (Lars Von Trier)
10. The Deep Blue Sea (Terence Davies)

Runners up: Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (Takashi Miike), A Separation (Asghar Farhadi), Unknown (Jaume Collet-Serra), J. Edgar (Clint Eastwood), The Mechanic (Simon West), Killer Joe (William Friedkin), A Letter to Momo (Hiroyuki Okiura), Alps (Giorgos Lanthimos), Damsels in Distress (Whit Stillman), Dark Horse (Todd Solondz), War Horse (Steven Spielberg), The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick), Night Fishing (Park Chan-wook & Park Chan-kyong), Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan),  Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (Brad Bird), The Rum Diary (Bruce Robinson), The Future (Miranda July), Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn), Fast & Furious 5 (Justin Lin), Carnage (Roman Polanski), I Wish (Hirokazu Koreeda), Mildred Pierce (Todd Haynes), Island (Elizabeth Mitchell & Brek Taylor)

1. Confessions (Tetsuya Nakashima)
2. Tron: Legacy (Joseph Kosinski)
3. Arrietty (Hiromasa Yonebayashi)
4. Monsters (Gareth Edwards)
5. Essential Killing (Jerzy Skolimowski)
6. 13 Assassins (Takashi Miike)
7. Toy Story 3 (Lee Unkrich)
8. Surviving Life (Theory and Practice) (Jan Svankmajer)
9. Unstoppable (Tony Scott)
10. Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami)

Runners up: My Soul to Take (Wes Craven), Attenberg (Athina Rachel Tsangari), Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (Zack Snyder), Batman: Under the Red Hood (Brandon Vietti), The Ghost Writer (Roman Polanski), Let Me In (Matt Reeves), Super (James Gunn), Resident Evil: Afterlife (Paul W.S. Anderson), Tabloid (Errol Morris), The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec (Luc Besson), Another Year (Mike Leigh), Love Crime (Alain Corneau), O somma luce (Jean-Marie Straub), The Other Guys (Adam McKay), Hereafter (Clint Eastwood), We Are the Night (Dennis Gansel), Edge of Darkness (Martin Campbell)


1. Lourdes (Jessica Hausner)
2. Public Enemies (Michael Mann)
3. White Material (Claire Denis)
4. Thirst (Park Chan-wook)
5. Whatever Works (Woody Allen)
6. Vengeance (Johnnie To)
7. YatterMan (Takashi Miike)
8. The Unloved (Samantha Morton)
9. Mother (Bong Joon-ho)
10. Bright Star (Jane Campion)

Runners up: The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (Tony Scott), Tetro (Francis Ford Coppola), Father of My Children (Mia Hansen-Love), Survival of the Dead (George A. Romero), Mai Mai Miracle (Sunao Katabuchi), Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno (Serge Bromberg & Ruxandra Medrea), Dogtooth (Giorgos Lanthimos), Crank: High Voltage (Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor), Universal Soldier: Regeneration (John Hyams), The Hole (Joe Dante), Le streghe, femmes entre elles (Jean-Marie Straub), The Informant! (Steven Soderbergh), Avatar (James Cameron), Life During Wartime (Todd Solondz), Watchmen (Zack Snyder), Leaving (Catherine Corsini), The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke), Land of the Lost (Brad Silberling)

2008
1. Sparrow (Johnnie To)
2. Tokyo Sonata (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
3. Still Walking (Hirokazu Koreeda)
4. Gran Torino (Clint Eastwood)
5. Ponyo (Hayao Miyazaki)
6. Wendy and Lucy (Kelly Reichardt)
7. Speed Racer (The Wachowski siblings)
8. The Wrestler (Darren Aronofsky)
9. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Steven Spielberg)
10. Changeling (Clint Eastwood)

Runners up: Shaking Tokyo (Bong Joon-ho), Death Race (Paul W.S. Anderson), Summer Hours (Olivier Assayas), Everlasting Moments (Jan Troell), The Silence of Lorna (Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne), Artemis' Knee (Jean-Marie Straub), Taken (Pierre Morel), Cloverfield (Matt Reeves), The Chaser (Na Hong-jin), Revanche (Gotz Spielmann),The Bank Job (Roger Donaldson), Rachel Getting Married (Jonathan Demme), A Christmas Tale (Arnaud Desplechin), 100 Feet (Eric Red), Happy-Go-Lucky (Mike Leigh), Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Guillermo Del Toro), 35 Shots of Rum (Claire Denis), Ani*Kuri15: Good Morning (Satoshi Kon), I've Loved You So Long (Philippe Claudel), Wall-E (Andrew Stanton), Transporter 3 (Olivier Megaton), Eater (Stuart Gordon), Step Brothers (Adam McKay), Rambo (Sylvester Stallone)

2007
1. The Duchess of Langeais (Jacques Rivette)
2. Boarding Gate (Olivier Assayas)
3. Go Go Tales (Abel Ferrara)
4. The Last Mistress (Catherine Breillat)
5. It is Fine! Everything is Fine! (David Brothers & Crispin Hellion Glover)
6. Stuck (Stuart Gordon)
7. Youth Without Youth (Francis Ford Coppola)
8. The Mist (Frank Darabont)
9. 5 Centimetres Per Second (Makoto Shinkai)
10. Yella (Christian Petzold)

Runners up: The Black Cat (Stuart Gordon), I Know Who Killed Me (Chris Sivertson), My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin), The Girl Cut in Two (Claude Chabrol), The Mourning Forest (Naomi Kawase), All in This Tea (Les Blank & Gina Leibrecht), Never Apologise (Mike Kaplan), Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright), Paranoid Park (Gus Van Sant), Mad Detective (Johnnie To & Wai Ka Fai), Eastern Promises (David Cronenberg), Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (Sidney Lumet), Encounters at the End of the World (Werner Herzog), The Edge of Heaven (Fatih Akin), |REC| (Jame Balaguero & Paco Plaza), Blades of Glory (Josh Gordon & Will Speck)

2006
1. Miami Vice (Michael Mann)
2. Lights in the Dusk (Aki Kaurismaki)
3. Election 2 (Johnnie To)
4. Paprika (Satoshi Kon)
5. Retribution (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
6. Black Book (Paul Verhoeven)
7. Letters from Iwo Jima (Clint Eastwood)
8. Bug (William Friedkin)
9. The Black Dahlia (Brian De Palma)
10. The Host (Bong Joon-ho)

Runners up: Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), Casino Royale (Martin Campbell), Memories of Matsuko (Tetsuya Nakashima), Everything Will Be Ok (Don Hertzfeldt), Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul), These Encounters of Theirs (Daniele Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub), Curse of the Golden Flower (Zhang Yimou), Comedy of Power (Claude Chabrol), The Water Diary (Jane Campion), Crank (Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor), Old Joy (Kelly Reichardt), The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Mamoru Hosoda), The Fountain (Darren Aronofsky), Apocalypto (Mel Gibson), 16 Blocks (Richard Donner), Deja Vu (Tony Scott), Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! (Adam Yauch), Slither (James Gunn), 300 (Zack Snyder), The Lost (Chris Sivertson), Origin: Spirits of the Past (Keiichi Sugiyama)

2005
1. The New World (Terrence Malick)
2. Election (Johnnie To)
3. Land of the Dead (George A. Romero)
4. Mary (Abel Ferrara)
5. Dreams in the Witch-House (Stuart Gordon)
6. War of the Worlds (Steven Spielberg)
7. Mortuary (Tobe Hooper)
8. Domino (Tony Scott)
9. Lady Vengeance (Park Chan-wook)
10. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Shane Black)

Runners up: Dance of the Dead (Tobe Hooper), Lunacy (Jan Svankmajer), Kingdom of Heaven: The Director's Cut (Ridley Scott), Red Eye (Wes Craven), Cursed (Wes Craven), Battle in Heaven (Carlos Reygadas), Broken Flowers (Jim Jarmusch), Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist (Paul Schrader), Last Days (Gus Van Sant), Hidden (Michael Haneke), The Notorious Bettie Page (Mary Harron), The Wild Blue Yonder (Werner Herzog), Seven Swords (Tsui Hark), Me and You and Everyone We Know (Miranda July), Cigarette Burns (John Carpenter), Incident On and Off a Mountain Road (Don Coscarelli), Dear Wendy (Thomas Vinterberg), What Is It? (Crispin Hellion Glover), Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (Zhang Yimou & Yasuo Furuhata)

2004
1. Tomorrow We Move (Chantal Akerman)
2. 20: 30: 40 (Sylvia Chang)
3. The Case of the Grinning Cat (Chris Marker)
4. Innocence (Lucile Hadzihalilovic)
5. The Holy Girl (Lucrecia Martel)
6. Throw Down (Johnnie To)
7. The Bridesmaid (Claude Chabrol)
8. Notre Musique (Jean-Luc Godard)
9. Primer (Shane Carruth)
10. Million Dollar Baby (Clint Eastwood)

Runners up: Collateral (Michael Mann), Breaking News (Johnnie To), Toolbox Murders (Tobe Hooper), Man on Fire (Tony Scott), Nobody Knows (Hirokazu Koreeda), The Aviator (Martin Scorsese), Hellboy (Guillermo Del Toro), Saving Face (Alice Wu), Clean (Olivier Assayas), The Village (M. Night Shyamalan), House of Flying Daggers (Zhang Yimou), Une visite au Louvre (Daniele Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub), Kamikaze Girls (Tetsuya Nakashima) Kings and Queen (Arnaud Desplechin), Before Sunset (Richard Linklater), Palindromes (Todd Solondz), Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (Mamoru Oshii), Vera Drake (Mike Leigh), Mean Girls (Mark Waters), 5 x 2 (Francois Ozon), Box (Takashi Miike), The Card Player (Dario Argento), Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed (Brett Sullivan), Dawn of the Dead (Zack Snyder), The Place Promised in Our Early Days (Makoto Shinkai)

2003
1. Memories of Murder (Bong Joon-ho)
2. Anything Else (Woody Allen)
3. Saraband (Ingmar Bergman)
4. The Story of Marie and Julien (Jacques Rivette)
5. Looney Tunes: Back in Action (Joe Dante)
6. Turn Left, Turn Right (Johnnie To & Wai Ka Fai)
7. The Brown Bunny (Vincent Gallo)
8. Time of the Wolf (Michael Haneke)
9. PTU (Johnnie To)
10. Open Range (Kevin Costner)

Runners up: The Shape of Things (Neil LaBute), Gozu (Takashi Miike), King of the Ants (Stuart Gordon), Basic (John McTiernan), Slitch (Dianne Bellino), A Mighty Wind (Christopher Guest), The Matrix Reloaded (The Wachowski siblings), The Matrix Revolutions (The Wachowski siblings), Oldboy (Park Chan-wook), Matchstick Men (Ridley Scott), The Year of the Rat (Julie Ng), Wheel of Time (Werner Herzog), The Saddest Music in the World (Guy Maddin), Zatoichi (Takeshi Kitano), Willard (Glen Morgan), Elf (Jon Favreau), Freddy vs. Jason (Ronny Yu), The Fog of War (Errol Morris), In the Cut (Jane Campion), Hulk (Ang Lee), Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (Curt Geda & Tim Maltby)

2002
1. The Man Without a Past (Aki Kaurismaki)
2. In My Skin (Marina de Van)
3. Femme Fatale (Brian De Palma)
4. Sabu (Takashi Miike)
5. Far from Heaven (Todd Haynes)
6. Morvern Callar (Lynne Ramsay)
7. Undisputed (Walter Hill)
8. Friday Night (Claire Denis)
9. The Bourne Identity (Doug Liman)
10. The Cat Returns (Hiroyuki Morita)

Runners up: In the Darkness of Time (Jean-Luc Godard), Liberte et patrie (Jean-Luc Godard & Anne-Marie Mieville), Deadly Outlaw: Rekka (Takashi Miike), Dogs Have No Hell (Aki Kaurismaki), Waiting for Happiness (Abderrahmane Sissako), Spider (David Cronenberg), Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (Park Chan-wook), Bubba Ho-Tep (Don Coscarelli), Minority Report (Steven Spielberg), Catch Me if You Can (Steven Spielberg), Dark Water (Hideo Nakata), Ju-on: The Grudge (Takashi Shimizu), All or Nothing (Mike Leigh), Hero (Zhang Yimou), Blood Work (Clint Eastwood), Resident Evil (Paul W.S. Anderson), K-19: The Widowmaker (Kathryn Bigelow), Rollerball (John McTiernan)

2001
1. Pulse (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
2. Trouble Every Day (Claire Denis)
3. Ghosts of Mars (John Carpenter)
4. Dagon (Stuart Gordon)
5. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki)
6. The Piano Teacher (Michael Haneke)
7. Eloge de l'amour (Jean-Luc Godard)
8. La Cienaga (Lucrecia Martel)
9. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch)
10. What Time is it There? (Tsai Ming-liang)

Runners up: Take Care of My Cat (Jeong Jae-eun), A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg), Va Savoir (Jacques Rivette), Remembrance of Things to Come (Yannick Bellon & Chris Marker), Spy Game (Tony Scott), Sleepless (Dario Argento), Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (Shohei Imamura), Agitator (Takashi Miike), Town & Country (Peter Chelsom), Honey Bunny (Vincent Gallo), Millennium Actress (Satoshi Kon), The Beginning: 'Making Episode I' (Jon Shenk), Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff), Storytelling (Todd Solondz), The Cat's Meow (Peter Bogdanovich), Ali (Michael Mann), Fulltime Killer (Johnnie To & Wai Ka Fai), A Ma Soeur! (Catherine Breillat), Protection (John Flynn), Lotte Reiniger: Homage to the Inventor of the Silhouette Film (Katja Raganelli), Bartleby (Jonathan Parker), The Tailor of Panama (John Boorman), Jason X (James Isaac), Visitor Q (Takashi Miike), Ichi the Killer (Takashi Miike), Jurassic Park III (Joe Johnston)

2000
1. Battle Royale (Kinji Fukasaku)
2. Yi Yi (Edward Yang)
3. The Captive (Chantal Akerman)
4. Needing You... (Johnnie To & Wai Ka Fai)
5. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai)
6. Seance (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
7. Ivans XTC (Bernard Rose)
8. The Gleaners and I (Agnes Varda)
9. Dead or Alive 2: Birds (Takashi Miike)
10. Platform (Jia Zhangke)

Runners up: Unbreakable (M. Night Shyamalan), Ginger Snaps (John Fawcett), Mission to Mars (Brian De Palma), One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich (Chris Marker), Best in Show (Christopher Guest), You Can Count on Me (Kenneth Lonergan), Small Time Crooks (Woody Allen), Time and Tide (Tsui Hark), Code Unknown (Michael Haneke), The Claim (Michael Winterbottom), Bruiser (George A. Romero), JSA: Joint Security Area (Park Chan-wook), The House of Mirth (Terence Davies), Comedy of Innocence (Raul Ruiz), Merci Pour Le Chocolat (Claude Chabrol), The Circle (Jafar Panahi), Little Otik (Jan Svankmajer), Werckmeister Harmonies (Bela Tarr & Agnes Hranitzky), Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (Curt Geda), Wings of Hope (Werner Herzog), Suspicious River (Lynne Stopkewich), Rejected (Don Hertzfeldt)


1999
1. Audition (Takashi Miike)
2. The Matrix (The Wachowski siblings)
3. Gohatto (Nagisa Oshima)
4. Rosetta (Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne)
5. Night Wind (Philippe Garrel)
6. Sweet and Lowdown (Woody Allen)
7. Dead or Alive (Takashi Miike)
8. The Mission (Johnnie To)
9. The Straight Story (David Lynch)
10. Kikujiro (Takeshi Kitano)

Runners up: The Thomas Crown Affair (John McTiernan), Beau Travail (Claire Denis), Barren Illusion (Kiyoshi Kurosawa), Judgement (Park Chan-wook), The Insider (Michael Mann), The Ninth Gate (Roman Polanski), eXistenZ (David Cronenberg), The Iron Giant (Brad Bird), Sicilia! (Daniele Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub), The Talented Mr. Ripley (Anthony Minghella), Ratcatcher (Lynne Ramsay), The Colour of Lies (Claude Chabrol), The Muse (Albert Brooks), Absence of the Good (John Flynn), My Neighbours the Yamadas (Isao Takahata), Confessions of a Trickbaby (Matthew Bright), Office Space (Mike Judge), Running Out of Time (Johnnie To), South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (Trey Parker), Superstar (Bruce McCulloch), Toy Story 2 (John Lasseter, Ash Brannon & Lee Unkrich), Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred Leuchter, Jr. (Errol Morris)

1998
1. New Rose Hotel (Abel Ferrara)
2. A Hero Never Dies (Johnnie To)
3. The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit (Stuart Gordon)
4. Buffalo '66 (Vincent Gallo)
5. Festen (Thomas Vinterberg)
6. Babe: Pig in the City (George Miller)
7. Celebrity (Woody Allen)
8. After Life (Hirokazu Koreeda)
9. Last Night (Don McKellar)
10 An Autumn Tale (Eric Rohmer)

Runners up: The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick), Your Friends & Neighbours (Neil LaBute), The Geisha House (Kinji Fukasaku), Snake Eyes (Brian De Palma), Vampires (John Carpenter), The Phantom of the Opera (Dario Argento), The Mighty (Peter Chelsom), Small Soldiers (Joe Dante), The Apple (Samira Makhmalbaf), Dr. Akagi (Shohei Imamura), Psycho (Gus Van Sant), Eyes of the Spider (Kiyoshi Kurosawa), Serpent's Path (Kiyoshi Kurosawa), A Simple Plan (Sam Raimi), Bulworth (Warren Beatty), Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows (Paul Jay), Place Vendome (Nicole Garcia), Soldier (Paul W.S. Anderson), Antz (Eric Darnell & Tim Johnson), A Bug's Life (John Lasseter & Andrew Stanton), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Terry Gilliam), Knock Off (Tsui Hark), Deep Rising (Stephen Sommers), Wild Things (John McNaughton), Gods and Monsters (Bill Condon), Slums of Beverly Hills (Tamara Jenkins), Croupier (Mike Hodges), Pecker (John Waters), Alice and Martin (Andre Techine)

1997
1. Perfect Blue (Satoshi Kon)
2. Rainy Dog (Takashi Miike)
3. Hana-Bi (Takeshi Kitano)
4. Deconstructing Harry (Woody Allen)
5. Cure (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
6. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg)
7. Henry Fool (Hal Hartley)
8. See the Sea (Francois Ozon)
9. Alien: Resurrection (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
10. In the Company of Men (Neil LaBute)

Runners up: Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki), Kundun (Martin Scorsese), The Fifth Element (Luc Besson), City of Industry (John Irvin), Rien Ne Va Plus (Claude Chabrol), The Blackout (Abel Ferrara), Starship Troopers (Paul Verhoeven), 40,000 Years of Dreaming (George Miller), Full Metal Yakuza (Takashi Miike), Young Thugs: Innocent Blood (Takashi Miike), Breakdown (Jonathan Mostow), Donnie Brasco (Mike Newell), Lost Highway (David Lynch), Grosse Pointe Blank (George Armitage), Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion (David Mirkin), Jackie Brown (Quentin Tarantino), The Game (David Fincher), Event Horizon (Paul W.S. Anderson), Men (Zoe Clarke-Williams), The Sweet Hereafter (Atom Egoyan), Fast, Cheap and Out of Control (Errol Morris), Lifeline (Johnnie To), Uncle Sam (William Lustig), Immer Zu (Janie Geiser), The Rocking Horse Winner (Michael Almereyda), Career Girls (Mike Leigh), U Turn (Oliver Stone), Under the Skin (Carine Adler)

1996
1. Kissed (Lynne Stopkewich)
2. Crash (David Cronenberg)
3. Nenette et Boni (Claire Denis)
4. The Portrait of a Lady (Jane Campion)
5. Bound (The Wachowski siblings)
6. The Stendhal Syndrome (Dario Argento)
7. Drifting Clouds (Aki Kaurismaki)
8. The Long Kiss Goodnight (Renny Harlin)
9. Escape from L.A. (John Carpenter)
10. Last Man Standing (Walter Hill)

Runners up: Irma Vep (Olivier Assayas), A Couch in New York (Chantal Akerman), The Funeral (Abel Ferrara), Fudoh: The New Generation (Takashi Miike), Mission: Impossible (Brian De Palma), Conspirators of Pleasure (Jan Svankmajer), Waiting for Guffman (Christopher Guest), Mars Attacks! (Tim Burton), Undertow (Eric Red), Freeway (Matthew Bright), Fargo (Joel Coen), The Crucible (Nicholas Hytner), The Frighteners (Peter Jackson), The Cable Guy (Ben Stiller), Kids Return (Takeshi Kitano), Blood and Wine (Bob Rafelson), Space Truckers (Stuart Gordon)

1995
1. Heat (Michael Mann)
2. Whisper of the Heart (Yoshifumi Kondo)
3. Showgirls (Paul Verhoeven)
4. La Ceremonie (Claude Chabrol)
5. Babe (Chris Noonan)
6. Die Hard: With A Vengeance (John McTiernan)
7. Safe (Todd Haynes)
8. Toy Story (John Lasseter)
9. Shinjuku Triad Society (Takashi Miike)
10. Casino (Martin Scorsese)

Runners up: The Addiction (Abel Ferrara), Ghost in the Shell (Mamoru Oshii), Village of the Damned (John Carpenter), Welcome to the Dollhouse (Todd Solondz), Strange Days (Kathryn Bigelow), Rendezvous in Paris (Eric Rohmer), The Blade (Tsui Hark), The Mangler (Tobe Hooper), Palookaville (Alan Taylor), The Quick and the Dead (Sam Raimi), Jade (William Friedkin), Orson Welles: The One Man Band (Vassili Silovic & Oja Kodar), Forgotten Silver (Peter Jackson & Costa Botes), Apollo 13 (Ron Howard), At Sundance (Michael Almereyda & Amy Hobby), Twelve Monkeys (Terry Gilliam), Before Sunrise (Richard Linklater), GoldenEye (Martin Campbell), Wild Bill (Walter Hill), Mortal Kombat (Paul W.S. Anderson), Crimson Tide (Tony Scott), To Die For (Gus Van Sant)

1994
1. A Confucian Confusion (Edward Yang)
2. Portrait of a Young Girl at the End of the 1960s in Brussels (Chantal Akerman)
3. In the Mouth of Madness (John Carpenter)
4. Chungking Express (Wong Kar-wai)
5. Ed Wood (Tim Burton)
6. To Live (Zhang Yimou)
7. I Can't Sleep (Claire Denis)
8. Spanking the Monkey (David O. Russell)
9. Bullets Over Broadway (Woody Allen)
10. 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (Michael Haneke)

Runners up: U.S. Go Home (Claire Denis), Wes Craven's New Nightmare (Wes Craven), Leon (Luc Besson), Death and the Maiden (Roman Polanski), Take Care of Your Scarf Tatiana (Aki Kaurismaki), Lothringen! (Daniele Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub), Nadja (Michael Almereyda), Amateur (Hal Hartley), Fever (Carine Adler), La Reine Margot (Patrice Chereau), Pom Poko (Isao Takahata), Joan the Maid I: The Battles (Jacques Rivette), Joan the Maid II: The Prisons (Jacques Rivette), Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson), Serial Mom (John Waters), Three Colours White (Krzysztof Kieslowski) & Three Colours Red (Krzysztof Kielsowski), Faust (Jan Svankmajer), Reality Bites (Ben Stiller), Crumb (Terry Zwigoff), Speed (Jan De Bont), Bodyguard Kiba: Apocalypse of Carnage (Takashi Miike), Shopping (Paul W.S. Anderson), On Deadly Ground (Steven Seagal), Quiz Show (Robert Redford)

1993
1. Green Snake (Tsui Hark)
2. Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg)
3. Ocean Waves (Tomomi Mochizuki)
4. Carlito's Way (Brian De Palma)
5. The Age of Innocence (Martin Scorsese)
6. Sonatine (Takeshi Kitano)
7. Body Snatchers (Abel Ferrara)
8. A Perfect World (Clint Eastwood)
9. Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis)
10. Trauma (Dario Argento)

Runners up: The Young Girls Turn 25 (Agnes Varda), Boiling Point (James B. Harris), Last Action Hero (John McTiernan), Matinee (Joe Dante), Manhattan Murder Mystery (Woody Allen), The Piano (Jane Campion), Dottie Gets Spanked (Todd Haynes), The Nightmare Before Christmas (Henry Selick), Three Colours Blue (Krzysztof Kieslowski), The Fugitive (Andrew Davis), Hard Target (John Woo), Sliver (Philip Noyce), Cliffhanger (Renny Harlin), Demolition Man (Marco Brambilla), Falling Down (Joel Schumacher), Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (Bruce Timm & Eric Radomski), Last Round (Thomas Vinterberg), Dangerous Game (Abel Ferrara), The Thief and the Cobbler: Recobbled Cut /Workprint (Richard Williams), The Thing Called Love (Peter Bogdanovich), What's Eating Gilbert Grape (Lasse Halstrom), Mad Dog and Glory (John McNaughton), It's All True (Bill Krohn, Myron Meisel, Orson Welles, Richard Wilson & Norman Foster), Aliens (Michael Almereyda), The Dark Half (George A. Romero), The Halloween Tree (Mario Piluso), Body Bags (John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper & Larry Sulkis)

1992
1. Batman Returns (Tim Burton)
2. Bram Stoker's Dracula (Francis Ford Coppola)
3. Porco Rosso (Hayao Miyazaki)
4. The Quince Tree Sun (Victor Erice)
5. Basic Instinct (Paul Verhoeven)
6. The Long Day Closes (Terence Davies)
7. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (David Lynch)
8. Raising Cain (Brian De Palma)
9. One False Move (Carl Franklin)
10. Bad Lieutenant (Abel Ferrara)

Runners up: Light Sleeper (Paul Schrader), Deep Cover (Bill Duke), Is That All There Is? (Lindsay Anderson), The Last of the Mohicans (Michael Mann), Bitter Moon (Roman Polanski), Simple Men (Hal Hartley), Love Crimes (Lizzie Borden), Damage (Louis Malle), Betty (Claude Chabrol), Baraka (Ron Fricke), Army of Darkness (Sam Raimi), Gas Food Lodging (Allison Anders), Lessons of Darkness (Werner Herzog), Orlando (Sally Potter), Man Trouble (Bob Rafelson), Malcolm X (Spike Lee), Noises Off... (Peter Bogdanovich), 1492: Conquest of Paradise (Ridley Scott), Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood), Candyman (Bernard Rose)

1991
1. Only Yesterday (Isao Takahata)
2. A Brighter Summer Day (Edward Yang)
3. Van Gogh (Maurice Pialat)
4. The Last Boy Scout (Tony Scott)
5. La Belle Noiseuse (Jacques Rivette)
6. Out for Justice (John Flynn)
7. Point Break (Kathryn Bigelow)
8. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (James Cameron)
9. Shadows and Fog (Woody Allen)
10. Naked Lunch (David Cronenberg)

Runners up: Poison (Todd Haynes), Flirting (John Duigan), The Rapture (Michael Tolkin), The People Under the Stairs (Wes Craven), A Kiss Before Dying (James Dearden), Defending Your Life (Albert Brooks), Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (Fax Bahr & George Hickenlooper), Thelma & Louise (Ridley Scott), Once Upon a Time in China (Tsui Hark), My Own Private Idaho (Gus Van Sant), The Fisher King (Terry Gilliam), Night on Earth (Jim Jarmusch), Slacker (Richard Linklater), I Dreamt I Woke Up (John Boorman), The Rocketeer (Joe Johnston)

1990
1. An Angel at My Table (Jane Campion)
2. Spontaneous Combustion (Tobe Hooper)
3. Total Recall (Paul Verhoeven)
4. The Match Factory Girl (Aki Kaurismaki)
5. The Exorcist III (William Peter Blatty)
6. Metropolitan (Whit Stillman)
7. Gremlins 2: The New Batch (Joe Dante)
8. Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar-wai)
9. Miami Blues (George Armitage)
10. The Grifters (Stephen Frears)

Runners up: Blue Steel (Kathryn Bigelow), Darkman (Sam Raimi), I'm Dangerous Tonight (Tobe Hooper), A Tale of Springtime (Eric Rohmer), Black Sin (Daniele Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub), White Hunter Black Heart (Clint Eastwood), The Reflecting Skin (Philip Ridley), Bullet in the Head (John Woo), I Hired a Contract Killer (Aki Kaurismaki), Nikita (Luc Besson), Edward Scissorhands (Tim Burton), Death in Brunswick (John Ruane), Texasville (Peter Bogdanovich), Alice (Woody Allen), Life is Sweet (Mike Leigh), Trust (Hal Hartley),  Cry-Baby (John Waters), Frankenhooker (Frank Henenlotter), Tremors (Ron Underwood), Misery (Rob Reiner), Night of the Living Dead (Tom Savini), Desperate Hours (Michael Cimino), Troll 2 (Claudio Fragasso), Back to the Future Part III (Robert Zemeckis), Class of 1999 (Mark L. Lester), Predator 2 (Stephen Hopkins), Die Hard 2 (Renny Harlin), Dick Tracy (Warren Beatty), The Two Jakes (Jack Nicholson), Revenge (Tony Scott), Two Evil Eyes (George A. Romero & Dario Argento)

1989
1. The 'Burbs (Joe Dante)
2. Kiki's Delivery Service (Hayao Miyazaki)
3. Violent Cop (Takeshi Kitano)
4. The Seventh Continent (Michael Haneke)
5. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Steven Spielberg)
6. Black Rain (Shohei Imamura)
7. Sweetie (Jane Campion)
8. The Unbelievable Truth (Hal Hartley)
9. Society (Brian Yuzna)
10. Elephant (Alan Clarke)

Special mention: The Decalogue (Krzysztof Kieslowski)

Runners up: Batman (Tim Burton), Breaking In (Bill Forsyth), Licence to Kill (John Glen), Drugstore Cowboy (Gus Van Sant), Back to the Future Part II (Robert Zemeckis), The Church (Michele Soavi), Shocker (Wes Craven), New York Stories (Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola & Woody Allen), Santa Sangre (Alejandro Jodorowsky), The Killer (John Woo), Fear, Anxiety & Depression (Todd Solondz), Always (Steven Spielberg), Cat Chaser (Abel Ferrara), Johnny Handsome (Walter Hill), Lock Up (John Flynn), Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects (J. Lee Thompson), Meet the Feebles (Peter Jackson), I, Madman (Tibor Takacs), Dead Calm (Philip Noyce), Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee), L.A. Takedown (Michael Mann)

1988
1. They Live (John Carpenter)
2. My Neighbour Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki)
3. Alice (Jan Svankmajer)
4. A Short Film About Love (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
5. The Last Temptation of Christ (Martin Scorsese)
6. Miracle Mile (Steve De Jarnatt)
7. Dead Ringers (David Cronenberg)
8. Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (Todd Haynes)
9. Frantic (Roman Polanski)
10. Tucker: The Man and His Dream (Francis Ford Coppola)

Runners up: Licence to Drive (Greg Beeman), Another Woman (Woody Allen), Heathers (Michael Lehmann), Beetlejuice (Tim Burton), Ariel (Aki Kaurismaki), Illegally Yours (Peter Bogdanovich), Die Hard (John McTiernan), Cop (James B. Harris), Cohen and Tate (Eric Red), A Story of Women (Claude Chabrol), The Boost (Harold Becker), Married to the Mob (Jonathan Demme), Bird (Clint Eastwood), Brain Damage (Frank Henenlotter), Chocolat (Claire Denis), The Vanishing (George Sluzier), Maniac Cop (William Lustig), Red Heat (Walter Hill), Nico (Andrew Davis), Damnation (Bela Tarr), Paperhouse (Bernard Rose), Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (Dwight H. Little), Powaqqatsi (Godfrey Reggio), Cane Toads: An Unnatural History (Mark Lewis), The Thin Blue Line (Errol Morris)

1987
1. Prince of Darkness (John Carpenter)
2. Near Dark (Kathryn Bigelow)
3. Predator (John McTiernan)
4. RoboCop (Paul Verhoeven)
5. My Girlfriend's Boyfriend (Eric Rohmer)
6. Radio Days (Woody Allen)
7. Housekeeping (Bill Forsyth)
8. Opera (Dario Argento)
9. The Whales of August (Lindsay Anderson)
10. Empire of the Sun (Steven Spielberg)

Runners up: The Stepfather (Joesph Ruben), Lethal Weapon (Richard Donner), The Untouchables (Brian De Palma), The Man Who Planted Trees (Frederic Back), Cobra Verde (Werner Herzog), Hope and Glory (John Boorman), Ishtar (Elaine May), Black Widow (Bob Rafelson), Christine (Alan Clarke), Red Sorghum (Zhang Yimou), The Sicilian (Michael Cimino), Swimming to Cambodia (Jonathan Demme), The Living Daylights (John Glen), Au Revoir Les Enfants (Louis Malle), Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (J. Lee Thompson), Full Metal Jacket (Stanley Kubrick), Hamlet Goes Business (Aki Kaurismaki), Best Seller (John Flynn), Hellraiser (Clive Barker), Road (Alan Clarke), The Dead (John Huston), Broadcast News (James L. Brooks), Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (Chuck Russell), It's Alive III: Island of the Alive (Larry Cohen), The Running Man (Paul Michael Glaser), The Serpent and the Rainbow (Wes Craven), Evil Dead II (Sam Raimi), Masks (Claude Chabrol), StageFright: Aquarius (Michele Soavi)

1986
1. The Terrorizers (Edward Yang)
2. Manhunter (Michael Mann)
3. The Green Ray (Eric Rohmer)
4. Big Trouble in Little China (John Carpenter)
5. Shadows in Paradise (Aki Kaurismaki)
6. Blue Velvet (David Lynch)
7. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (Tobe Hooper)
8. Aliens (James Cameron)
9. Hannah and Her Sisters (Woody Allen)
10. True Stories (David Byrne)

Runners up: Invaders from Mars (Tobe Hooper), From Beyond (Stuart Gordon), Peggy Sue Got Married (Francis Ford Coppola), Something Wild (Jonathan Demme), The Hitcher (Robert Harmon), River's Edge (Tim Hunter), The Sacrifice (Andrei Tarkovsky), Golden Eighties (Chantal Akerman), Laputa: Castle in the Sky (Hayao Miyazaki), Down by Law (Jim Jamusch), Labyrinth (Jim Henson), The Colour of Money (Martin Scorsese), Jean de Florette (Claude Berri), Manon des Sources (Claude Berri), Plunging on Alone: Monte Hellman's Life in a Day (Paul Joyce), Murphy's Law (J. Lee Thompson), Mala Noche (Gus Van Sant), Lucas (David Seltzer), Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (John McNaughton)

1985
1. Taipei Story (Edward Yang)
2. To Live and Die in L.A. (William Friedkin)
3. The Purple Rose of Cairo (Woody Allen)
4. Hail Mary (Jean-Luc Godard)
5. Pale Rider (Clint Eastwood)
6. Ran (Akira Kurosawa)
7. Phenomena (Dario Argento)
8. Day of the Dead (George A. Romero)
9. The Emerald Forest (John Boorman)
10. No End (Krzysztof Kieslowski)

Runners up: After Hours (Martin Scorsese), Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (Tim Burton), Crimewave (Sam Raimi), Lifeforce (Tobe Hooper), Angel's Egg (Mamoru Oshii), Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis), Lost in America (Albert Brooks), Re-Animator (Stuart Gordon), A.K. (Chris Marker), Subway (Luc Besson), Legend: The Director's Cut (Ridley Scott), Flesh + Blood (Paul Verhoeven), Louie Bluie (Terry Zwigoff), Year of the Dragon (Michael Cimino), Contact (Alan Clarke), Vagabond (Agnes Varda), Rocky IV (Sylvester Stallone), The Orkly Kid (Trent Harris), The Stuff (Larry Cohen), Return of the Living Dead (Dan O'Bannon), Static (Mark Romanek), Explorers (Joe Dante), Seven Minutes in Heaven (Linda Feferman), Brazil (Terry Gilliam), Ladyhawke (Richard Donner), Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (George Miller & George Ogilvie), Chronos (Ron Fricke)

1984
1. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Hayao Miyazaki)
2. The Terminator (James Cameron)
3. There Will Come Soft Rains (Nazim Tulyakhodzayev)
4. Body Double (Brian De Palma)
5. Full Moon in Paris (Eric Rohmer)
6. Gremlins (Joe Dante)
7. Stop Making Sense (Jonathan Demme)
8. Blood Simple (Joel Coen)
9. The Company of Wolves (Neil Jordan)
10. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Steven Spielberg)

Runners up: Dune (David Lynch), Broadway Danny Rose (Woody Allen), A Nightmare on Elm Street (Wes Craven), Starman (John Carpenter), Comfort and Joy (Bill Forsyth), I'm Hungry, I'm Cold (Chantal Akerman), After Hours (Jane Campion), A Girl's Own Story (Jane Campion),Stranger than Paradise (Jim Jarmusch), 2084 (Chris Marker), Ghostbusters (Ivan Reitman), After the Rehearsal (Ingmar Bergman), Karin's Face (Ingmar Bergman), This is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner), Class Relations (Daniele Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub), Blind Alley (Larry Cohen), Special Effects (Larry Cohen)

1983
1. Sans Soleil (Chris Marker)
2. Rumble Fish (Francis Ford Coppola)
3. L'Argent (Robert Bresson)
4. Videodrome (David Cronenberg)
5. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (Nagisa Oshima)
6. Sudden Impact (Clint Eastwood)
7. Risky Business (Paul Brickman)
8. The Hunger (Tony Scott)
9. The Keep (Michael Mann)
10. Return of the Jedi (Richard Marquand)

Runners up: It's a Good Life (Joe Dante), The Dead Zone (David Cronenberg), The Fourth Man (Paul Verhoeven), Nostalghia (Andrei Tarkovsky), The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese), The Eighties (Chantal Akerman), Pauline at the Beach (Eric Rohmer), Finally, Sunday! (Francois Truffaut), Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain (Tsui Hark), Staying Alive (Sylvester Stallone), A Nos Amours (Maurice Pialat), First Name: Carmen (Jean-Luc Godard), Eureka (Nicolas Roeg), Down to the Cellar (Jan Svankmajer), Making 'Dune' (Sean Young), The Last Battle (Luc Besson), Zelig (Woody Allen), Vigilante (William Lustig), Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (Terry Jones & Terry Gilliam), The Outsiders (Francis Ford Coppola), Psycho II (Richard Franklin)

1982
1. Tron (Steven Lisberger)
2. Toute une nuit (Chantal Akerman)
3. The Thing (John Carpenter)
4. Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper)
5. Veronika Voss (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
6. Blade Runner (Ridley Scott)
7. Fanny and Alexander (Ingmar Bergman)
8. Who Am I This Time? (Jonathan Demme)
9. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (Tommy Lee Wallace)
10. Honkytonk Man (Clint Eastwood)

Special Mention: Arena: The Orson Welles Story 

Runners up: Querelle (Rainer Werner Fassbinder), E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg), Passion (Jean-Luc Godard), Q: The Winged Serpent (Larry Cohen), Tenebre (Dario Argento), Creepshow (George A. Romero), My Favourite Year (Richard Benjamin), Cat People (Paul Schrader), En Rachachant (Daniele Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub), Vincent (Tim Burton), Burden of Dreams (Les Blank), Room 666 (Wim Wenders), First Blood (Ted Kotcheff), Rocky III (Sylvester Stallone), The Beastmaster (Don Coscarelli)

1981
1. The Aviator's Wife (Eric Rohmer)
2. Thief (Michael Mann)
3. Coup De Torchon (Bertrand Tavernier)
4. Possession (Andrzej Zulawski)
5. Excalibur (John Boorman)
6. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg)
7. Lola (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
8. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (George Miller)
9. One from the Heart (Francis Ford Coppola)
10. Southern Comfort (Walter Hill)

Runners Up: Deep Water (Michel Deville), Cutter's Way (Ivan Passer), Ms. 45 (Abel Ferrara), For Your Eyes Only (John Glen), The Beyond (Lucio Fulci), Blow Out (Brian De Palma), The Funhouse (Tobe Hooper), They All Laughed (Peter Bogdanovich), The Evil Dead (Sam Raimi), The Loveless (Kathryn Bigelow & Monty Montgomery), Filming 'The Trial' (Orson Welles), Escape from New York (John Carpenter), The Woman Next Door (Francois Truffaut), Le Pont du Nord (Jacques Rivette), Feherlofia (Marcell Jankovics), Vernon, Florida (Errol Morris), Pennies from Heaven (Herbert Ross), Junkopia (Chris Marker, Frank Simeone & John Chapman), The House by the Cemetery (Lucio Fulci), An American Werewolf in London (John Landis), The Howling (Joe Dante), Knightriders (George A. Romero), Halloween II (Rick Rosenthal)

1980
1. Inferno (Dario Argento)
2. The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner)
3. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick)
4. Slow Motion (Jean-Luc Godard)
5. From the Life of the Marionettes (Ingmar Bergman)
6. Somewhere in Time (Jeannot Szwarc)
7. The Fog (John Carpenter)
8. Bronco Billy (Clint Eastwood)
9. Cruising (William Friedkin)
10. Kagemusha (Akira Kurosawa)

Runners up: Melvin and Howard (Jonathan Demme), Stardust Memories (Woody Allen), The Ninth Configuration (William Peter Blatty), Bad Timing (Nicolas Roeg), Dressed to Kill (Brian De Palma), The Elephant Man (David Lynch), Spetters (Paul Verhoeven), Heaven's Gate (Michael Cimino), Berlin Alexanderplatz (Rainer Werner Fassbinder), Death Watch (Bertrand Tavernier), Tell Me (Chantal Akerman), The Last Metro (Francois Truffaut), Making 'The Shining' (Vivian Kubrick), Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (Les Blank), City of the Living Dead (Lucio Fulci), Superman II (Richard Lester & Richard Donner)


1979
1. Vengeance is Mine (Shohei Imamura)
2. Salem's Lot (Tobe Hooper)
3. Nosferatu, Phantom Der Nacht (Werner Herzog)
4. Legend of the Mountain (King Hu)
5. Escape from Alcatraz (Don Siegel)
6. Camera Buff (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
7. Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky)
8. Alien (Ridley Scott)
9. The Third Generation (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
10. Tess (Roman Polanski)

Runners up: Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola), Wise Blood (Jhon Huston), The Marriage of Maria Braun (Rainer Werner Fassbinder), From the Clouds to the Resistance (Danielle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub), The Brood (David Cronenberg), Woyzeck (Werner Herzog), Hardcore (Paul Schrader), That Sinking Feeling (Bill Forsyth), Saint Jack (Peter Bogdanovich), Elvis (John Carpenter), Real Life (Albert Brooks), Mad Max (George Miller), Rocky II (Sylvester Stallone), Provincial Actors (Agnieszka Holland), Being There (Hal Ashby), Monty Python's Life of Brian (Terry Jones), Last Embrace (Jonathan Demme), All That Jazz (Bob Fosse), Zombie Flesh Eaters (Lucio Fulci), Phantasm (Don Coscarelli), Moonraker (Lewis Gilbert), The Evictors (Charles B. Pierce)

1978
1. In a Year with 13 Moons (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
2. Empire of Passion (Nagisa Oshima)
3. Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick)
4. Autumn Sonata (Ingmar Bergman)
5. Martin (George A. Romero)
6. The Meetings of Anna (Chantal Akerman)
7. Dawn of the Dead (George A. Romero)
8. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Philip Kaufman)
9. The Driver (Walter Hill)
10. Filming 'Othello' (Orson Welles)

Runners up: Despair (Rainer Werner Fassbinder), The Fury (Brian De Palma), Straight Time (Ulu Grosbard), Paradise Alley (Sylvester Stallone), Piranha (Joe Dante), Violette (Claude Chabrol), China 9, Liberty 37 (Monte Hellman & Tony Brandt), Gates of Heaven (Errol Morris), My Way Home (Bill Douglas), The Green Room (Francois Truffaut), Superman (Richard Donner), Interiors (Woody Allen), Fedora (Billy Wilder), I Spit on Your Grave (Meir Zarchi), Within the Woods (Sam Raimi)

1977
1. News from Home (Chantal Akerman)
2. Annie Hall (Woody Allen)
3. The Stationmaster's Wife (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
4. Suspiria (Dario Argento)
5. Sorcerer (William Friedkin)
6. Exorcist II: The Heretic (John Boorman)
7. Soldier of Orange (Paul Verhoeven)
8. Peppermint Soda (Diane Kurys)
9. Star Wars (George Lucas)
10. Eraserhead (David Lynch)

Runners up: Rolling Thunder (John Flynn), Stroszek (Werner Herzog), That Obscure Object of Desire (Luis Bunuel), Shock (Mario Bava), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg), Every Revolution is a Throw of the Dice (Daniele Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub), La Soufriere (Werner Herzog), The American Friend (Wim Wenders), Providence (Alain Resnais), Opening Night (John Cassavetes), The Rescuers (Wolfgang Reitherman, Art Stevens & John Lounsbery), The Duellists (Ridley Scott), 3 Women (Robert Altman), Desperate Living (John Waters), The Spy Who Loved Me (Lewis Gilbert), The Gauntlet (Clint Eastwood)

1976
1. The Tenant (Roman Polanski)
2. I Only Want You to Love Me (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
3. Mr. Klein (Joseph Losey)
4. The Marquise of O (Eric Rohmer)
5. The Outlaw Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood)
6. The Man Who Fell to Earth (Nicolas Roeg)
7. In the Realm of the Senses (Nagisa Oshima)
8. Carrie (Brian De Palma)
9. Cria Cuervos (Carlos Saura)
10. Yakuza Graveyard (Kinji Fukasaku)

Runners up: The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (John Cassavetes), Mikey and Nicky (Elaine May), Obsession (Brian De Palma), Eaten Alive (Tobe Hooper), Rocky (John G. Avildsen), The Missouri Breaks (Arthur Penn), Assault on Precinct 13 (John Carpenter), Chinese Roulette (Rainer Werner Fassbinder), The Shootist (Don Siegel), Family Plot (Alfred Hitchcock), The Signalman (Lawrence Gordon Clark), The Bad News Bears (Michael Ritchie), Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese), Robin and Marian (Richard Lester), The Scar (Krzysztof Kieslowski), To the Devil a Daughter (Peter Sykes), Satan's Brew (Rainer Werner Fassbinder), God Told Me To (Larry Cohen), The Enforcer (James Fargo)

1975
1. Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky)
2. Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (Pier Paolo Pasolini)
3. Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Chantal Akerman)
4. Fox and His Friends (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
5. Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick)
6. Jaws (Steven Spielberg)
7. The Passenger (Michelangelo Antonioni)
8. Dersu Uzala (Akira Kurosawa)
9. Shivers (David Cronenberg)
10. The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum (Volker Schlondorff & Margarethe von Trotta)

Runners up: The Story of Adele H. (Francois Truffaut), Hustle (Robert Aldrich), Farewell, My Lovely (Dick Richards), Picnic at Hanging Rock (Peter Weir), Hard Times (Walter Hill), Fear of Fear (Rainer Werner Fassbinder), Deep Red (Dario Argento), Grey Gardens (Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Hovde & Muffie Meyer), The Fortune (Mike Nichols), Diane (Alan Clarke), Love and Death (Woody Allen), Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet), The Promised Land (Andrzej Wajda), Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven (Rainer Werner Fassbinder), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Jones & Terry Gilliam)

1974
1. Edvard Munch (Peter Watkins)
2. Je Tu Il Elle (Chantal Akerman)
3. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Tobe Hooper)
4. Martha (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
5. Lancelot du Lac (Robert Bresson)
6. The Night Porter (Liliana Cavani)
7. Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
8. Chinatown (Roman Polanski)
9. Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (Terence Fisher)
10. Zardoz (John Boorman)

Runners up: The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (Joseph Sargent), Effi Briest (Rainer Werner Fassbinder), Mr. Majestyk (Richard Fleischer), Black Christmas (Bob Clark), Deathdream (Bob Clark), Deranged (Jeff Gillen & Alan Ormsby) Death Wish (Michael Winner), Captain Kronos, Vampire Hunter (Brian Clemens), Alice in the Cities (Wim Wenders), The Sugarland Express (Steven Spielberg), Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (Sam Peckinpah), The Phantom of Liberty (Luis Bunuel), Phantom of the Paradise (Brian De Palma), Cockfighter (Monte Hellman), Dark Star (John Carpenter), Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (Michael Cimino), Arabian Nights (Pier Paolo Pasolini), Rabid Dogs (Mario Bava), The Man with the Golden Gun (Guy Hamilton), From Beyond the Grave (Kevin Connor), Axe (Frederick R. Friedel), The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (Jorge Grau)

1973
1. Lady Snowblood (Toshiya Fujita)
2. The Spirit of the Beehive (Victor Erice)
3. Badlands (Terrence Malick)
4. American Graffiti (George Lucas)
5. Scenes from a Marriage (Ingmar Bergman)
6. The Long Goodbye (Robert Altman)
7. Charley Varrick (Don Siegel)
8. The Crazies (George A. Romero)
9. Breezy (Clint Eastwood)
10. Turkish Delight (Paul Verhoeven)

Runners up: O Lucky Man! (Lindsay Anderson), F for Fake (Orson Welles), The Outfit (John Flynn), Sisters (Brian De Palma), The Friends of Eddie Coyle (Peter Yates), Day for Night (Francois Truffaut), Mutations (Lillian F. Schwartz), Embassy (Chris Marker), Illumination (Krzysztof Zanussi), Lisa and the Devil (Mario Bava), High Plains Drifter (Clint Eastwood), My Ain Folk (Bill Douglas), Paper Moon (Peter Bogdanovich), World on a Wire (Rainer Werner Fassbinder), Robin Hood (Wolfgang Reitherman), Wedding in Blood (Claude Chabrol), Live and Let Die (Guy Hamilton), Soylent Green (Richard Fleischer), Amarcord (Federico Fellini), Papillon (Franklin J. Schaffner), Sleeper (Woody Allen), Magnum Force (Ted Post)

1972
1. Solaris (Andrei Tarkovsky)
2. Cries and Whispers (Ingmar Bergman)
3. Un Flic (Jean-Pierre Melville)
4. Love in the Afternoon (Eric Rohmer)
5. Fat City (John Huston)
6. Three Cheers for the Whale (Chris Marker & Mario Ruspoli)
7. Play it Again, Sam (Herbert Ross)
8. Vampire Circus (Robert Young)
9. The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
10. Deliverance (John Boorman)

Runners up: Street Mobster (Kinji Fukasaku), The Heartbreak Kid (Elaine May), The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Luis Bunuel), The King of Marvin Gardens (Bob Rafelson), My Childhood (Bill Douglas), A Warning to the Curious (Lawrence Gordon Clark), Roma (Federico Fellini), Baron Blood (Mario Bava), Tales from the Crypt (Freddie Francis), The Mechanic (Michael Winner), Chato's Land (Michael Winner), Ludwig (Luchino Visconti), Savage Messiah (Ken Russell), Junior Bonner (Sam Peckinpah), The Getaway (Sam Peckinpah), Islands of the West (Bill Forsyth), Hotel Monterey (Chantal Akerman), Aguirre, The Wrath of God (Werner Herzog), The Goalkeeper's Fear of the Penalty Kick (Wim Wenders), The Canterbury Tales (Pier Paolo Pasolini), The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (Philip Kaufman), Don't Torture a Duckling (Lucio Fulci), Season of the Witch (George A. Romero), Frenzy (Alfred Hitchcock)

1971
1. Let's Scare Jessica to Death (John Hancock)
2. Socrates (Roberto Rossellini)
3. A New Leaf (Elaine May)
4. The Merchant of Four Seasons (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
5. THX 1138 (George Lucas)
6. The Beguiled (Don Siegel)
7. The Devils (Ken Russell)
8. Duel (Steven Spielberg)
9. Beware of a Holy Whore (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
10. Doctor Jekyll and Sister Hyde (Roy Ward Baker)

Runners up: Dirty Harry (Don Siegel), Macbeth (Roman Polanski), A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick), Daughters of Darkness (Harry Kumel), Straw Dogs (Sam Peckinpah), Just Before Nightfall (Claude Chabrol), Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg), Cat O Nine Tails (Dario Argento), Four Flies on Grey Velvet (Dario Argento), Loving Memory (Tony Scott), See No Evil (Richard Flesicher), 10 Rillington Place (Richard Fleischer), The Hired Hand (Peter Fonda), McCabe & Mrs Miller (Robert Altman), Bay of Blood (Mario Bava), Uncle Vanya (Andrei Konchalovsky), Murmur of the Heart (Louis Malle), The Stalls of Barchester (Lawrence Gordon Clark), Death in Venice (Luchino Visconti), Play Misty for Me (Clint Eastwood), The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes (Stan Brakhage), Minnie and Moskowitz (John Cassavetes), The Decameron (Pier Paolo Pasolini), Bleak Moments (Mike Leigh), The Third Part of the Night (Andrzej Zulawski), Fata Morgana (Werner Herzog), The Omega Man (Boris Sagal)

1970
1. Le Cercle Rouge (Jean-Pierre Melville)
2. Tristana (Luis Bunuel)
3. Ryan's Daughter (David Lean)
4. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (Dario Argento)
5. Le Boucher (Claude Chabrol)
6. Dodes'ka-den (Akira Kurosawa)
7. Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? (Rainer Werner Fassbinder & Michael Fengler)
8. Deep End (Jerzy Skolimowski)
9. The Little Theatre of Jean Renoir (Jean Renoir)
10. Zabriskie Point (Michelangelo Antonioni)

Runners up: Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson), The Railway Children (Lionel Jeffries), The Wild Child (Francois Truffaut), The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins (Les Blank), Horton Hears a Who! (Chuck Jones & Ben Washam), Othon (Daniele Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub), The Conformist (Bernardo Bertolucci), The Music Lovers (Ken Russell), Trash (Paul Morrissey), Even Dwarfs Started Small (Werner Herzog), Five Dolls for an August Moon (Mario Bava), The Art of Lotte Reiniger (John Isaacs), The Aristocats (Wolfgang Reitherman)


1969
1. Army of Shadows (Jean-Pierre Melville)
2. The Rain People (Francis Ford Coppola)
3. The Passion of Anna (Ingmar Bergman)
4. Mississippi Mermaid (Francois Truffaut)
5. Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (Terence Fisher)
6. The Milky Way (Luis Bunuel)
7. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Peter Hunt)
8. My Night at Maud's (Eric Rohmer)
9. Katzelmacher (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
10. Take the Money and Run (Woody Allen)

Runners up: Kes (Ken Loach), One of the Missing (Tony Scott), Death of a Gunfighter (Robert Totten & Don Siegel), Medea (Pier Paolo Pasolini), Porcile (Pier Paolo Pasolini), La Femme Infidele (Claude Chabrol), A Nest of Gentlefolk (Andrei Konchalovsky), Topaz (Alfred Hitchcock), The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah), Love is Colder than Death (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)

1968
1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick)
2. The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (Daniele Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub)
3. Night of the Living Dead (George A. Romero)
4. Rosemary's Baby (Roman Polanski)
5. Hour of the Wolf (Ingmar Bergman)
6. Theorem (Pier Paolo Pasolini)
7. Pretty Poison (Noel Black)
8. Planet of the Apes (Franklin J. Schaffner)
9. If... (Lindsay Anderson)
10. Shame (Ingmar Bergman)

Runners up: Targets (Peter Bogdanovich), The Immortal Story (Orson Welles), Song of Summer (Ken Russell), Whistle and I'll Come to You (Jonathan Miller), Salesman (Albert Maysles, David Maysles & Charlotte Zwerin), Les Biches (Claude Chabrol), The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Robert Ellis Miller), Head (Bob Rafelson), The Bride Wore Black (Francois Truffaut), Filmmaker (George Lucas), Will Penny (Tom Gries), Hell in the Pacific (John Boorman), Danger: Diabolik (Mario Bava), Saute ma ville (Chantal Akerman), Profound Desires of the Gods (Shohei Imamura)

1967
1. Le Samourai (Jean-Pierre Melville)
2. Dragon Inn (King Hu)
3. Point Blank (John Boorman)
4. Two or Three Things I Know About Her (Jean-Luc Godard)
5. Quatermass and the Pit (Roy Ward Baker)
 
6. Belle De Jour (Luis Bunuel)
7. The Young Girls of Rochefort (Jacques Demy)
8. Weekend (Jean-Luc Godard)
9. Stranger on the Run (Don Siegel)
10. Frankenstein Created Woman (Terence Fisher)

Runners up: The White Bus (Lindsay Anderson), 6.18.67 (George Lucas), Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB (George Lucas), Playtime (Jacques Tati), Mouchette (Robert Bresson), Hour of the Gun (John Sturges), Accident (Joseph Losey), Samurai Rebellion (Masaki Kobayashi), Oedipus Rex (Pier Paolo Pasolini), Wait Until Dark (Terence Young), The Fearless Vampire Killers (Roman Polanski), The Fireman's Ball (Milos Forman), Branded to Kill (Seijun Suzuki), The Jungle Book (Wolfgang Reitherman), A Countess from Hong Kong (Charles Chaplin), Enter Laughing (Carl Reiner), You Only Live Twice (Lewis Gilbert), Torture Garden (Freddie Francis)

1966
1. Persona (Ingmar Bergman)
2. Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky)
3. Red Angel (Yasuzo Masumura)
4. Le Deuxieme Souffle (Jean-Pierre Melville)
5. Ride in the Whirlwind (Monte Hellman)
6. Cul-De-Sac (Roman Polanski)
7. El Dorado (Howard Hawks)
8. Irezumi (Yasuzo Masumura)
9. The Plague of the Zombies (John Gilling)
10. The Pornographers (Shohei Imamura)

Runners up: Made in U.S.A (Jean-Luc Godard), 7 Women (John Ford), Kill, Baby...Kill! (Mario Bava), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Chuck Jones & Ben Washam), The Shooting (Monte Hellman), Violence at Noon (Nagisa Oshima), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Sergio Leone), Asya's Happiness (Andrei Konchalovsky), Django (Sergio Corbucci), Alice in Wonderland (Jonathan Miller), Masculin Feminin (Jean-Luc Godard), Hawks and Sparrows (Pier Paolo Pasolini), Seconds (John Frankenheimer), Au Hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson), Fighting Elegy (Seijun Suzuki), Tokyo Drifter (Seijun Suzuki), Knives of the Avenger (Mario Bava)

1965
1. Repulsion (Roman Polanski)
2. Le Bonheur (Agnes Varda)
3. Pierrot Le Fou (Jean-Luc Godard)
4. Planet of the Vampires (Mario Bava)
5. Chimes at Midnight (Orson Welles)
6. It Happened Here (Kevin Brownlow & Andrew Mollo)
7. For a Few Dollars More (Sergio Leone)
8. Juliet of the Spirits (Federico Fellini)
9. Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard)
10. Red Beard (Akira Kurosawa)

Runners up: Loves of a Blonde (Milos Forman), Not Reconciled (Jean-Marie Straub), Always on Sunday (Ken Russell), Simon of the Desert (Luis Bunuel), The First Teacher (Andrei Konchalovsky), Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (Freddie Francis), The Nanny (Seth Holt)

1964
1. The Gospel According to St. Matthew (Pier Paolo Pasolini)
2. Gertrud (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
3. Dr. Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick)
4. Marnie (Alfred Hitchcock)
5. Red Desert (Michelangelo Antonioni)
6. The Gorgon (Terence Fisher)
7. Diary of a Chambermaid (Luis Bunuel)
8. A Married Woman (Jean-Luc Godard)
9. The Killers (Don Siegel)
10. Man's Favourite Sport? (Howard Hawks)

Runners up: A Fistful of Dollars (Sergio Leone), The Road to Fort Alamo (Mario Bava), Blood and Black Lace (Mario Bava), Nadja in Paris (Eric Rohmer), 21-87 (Arthur Lipsett), The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy), Band of Outsiders (Jean-Luc Godard), Kwaidan (Masaki Kobayashi), Love Meetings (Pier Paolo Pasolini), The Tomb of Ligeia (Roger Corman), Back Door to Hell (Monte Hellman), Flight to Fury (Monte Hellman), Lilith (Robert Rossen), Cheyenne Autumn (John Ford), The Last Man on Earth (Ubaldo Ragona & Sidney Salkow), The Soft Skin (Francois Truffaut), Bullet for a Badman (R.G. Springsteen), Apache Rifles (William Witney)

1963
1. High and Low (Akira Kurosawa)
2. The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock)
3. Winter Light (Ingmar Bergman) 
4. The Insect Woman (Shohei Imamura)
5. The Haunting (Robert Wise)
6. Black Sabbath (Mario Bava)
7. The Sword in the Stone (Wolfgang Reitherman)
8. From Russia with Love (Terence Young)
9. 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini)
10. The Fire Within (Louis Malle)

Runners up: The Girl Who Knew Too Much (Mario Bava), Donovan's Reef (John Ford), The Servant (Joseph Losey), The Silence (Ingmar Bergman), This Sporting Life (Lindsay Anderson), The Kiss of the Vampire (Don Sharp), Dementia 13 (Francis Ford Coppola), The Nose (Alexander Alexeieff & Claire Parker), Gunfight at Comanche Creek (Frank McDonald), The Leopard (Luchino Visconti)

1962
1. Carnival of Souls (Herk Harvey)
2. An Autumn Afternoon (Yasujiro Ozu)
3. La Jetee (Chris Marker)
4. Knife in the Water (Roman Polanski)
5. The Trial (Orson Welles)
6. Lolita (Stanley Kubrick)
7. Vivre Sa Vie (Jean-Luc Godard)
8. The Exterminating Angel (Luis Bunuel)
9. Ride the High Country (Sam Peckinpah)
10. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (Robert Enrico)

Runners up: The Trial of Joan of Arc (Robert Bresson), Elgar (Ken Russell), Chickamauga (Robert Enrico), Mockingbird (Robert Enrico), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford), Ivan's Childhood (Andrei Tarkovsky), L'Eclisse (Michelangelo Antonioni), Sanjuro (Akira Kurosawa), Night of the Eagle (Sidney Hayers), The Awful Dr. Orlof (Jesus Franco), Cleo from 5 to 7 (Agnes Varda), Jean Cocteau Addresses the Year 2000 (Jean Cocteau), How the West Was Won (Henry Hathaway, John Ford, George Marshall & Richard Thorpe), Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean), Harakiri (Masaki Kobayashi), The Manchurian Candidate (John Frankenheimer), Tales of Terror (Roger Corman), Antoine and Colette (Francois Truffaut), Jules and Jim (Francois Truffaut), Cape Fear (J. Lee Thompson)

1961
1. Through a Glass Darkly (Ingmar Bergman)
2. Leon Morin, Priest (Jean-Pierre Melville)
3. Two Rode Together (John Ford)
4. La Notte (Michelangelo Antonioni)
5. One-Eyed Jacks (Marlon Brando)
6. Posse from Hell (Herbert Coleman)
7. Victim (Basil Dearden)
8. The Pit and the Pendulum (Roger Corman)
9. Viridiana (Luis Bunuel)
10. Accattone (Pier Paolo Pasolini)

Runners up: Pigs and Battleships (Shohei Imamura), Erik the Conqueror (Mario Bava), Taste of Fear (Seth Holt), Lola (Jacques Demy), The End of Summer (Yasujiro Ozu), The Hustler (Robert Rossen), The Last Sunset (Robert Aldrich), The Innocents (Jack Clayton), Last Year at Marienbad (Alain Resnais), The Day the Earth Caught Fire (Val Guest), Yojimbo (Akira Kurosawa), A Woman is a Woman (Jean-Luc Godard)

1960
1. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock)
2. Le Trou (Jacques Becker)
3. Comanche Station (Budd Boetticher)
4. Black Sunday (Mario Bava)
5. The Testament of Orpheus (Jean Cocteau)
6. Eyes Without a Face (Georges Franju)
7. The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (Fritz Lang)
8. The Virgin Spring (Ingmar Bergman)
9. When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (Mikio Naruse)
10. L'Avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni)

Runners up: Late Autumn (Yasujiro Ozu), The Bad Sleep Well (Akira Kurosawa), Classe Tous Risques (Claude Sautet), Hell Bent for Leather (George Sherman), The Brides of Dracula (Terence Fisher), House of Usher (Roger Corman), Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard), Shoot the Piano Player (Francois Truffaut), The Naked Island (Kaneto Shindo), The Young One (Luis Bunuel), Escape by Night (Roberto Rossellini), Shelagh Delaney's Salford (Ken Russell), Tunes of Glory (Ronald Neame), Plein Soleil (Rene Clement), Spartacus (Stanley Kubrick), Peeping Tom (Michael Powell)


1959
1. Pickpocket (Robert Bresson)
2. The Hanging Tree (Delmer Daves)
3. Day of the Outlaw (Andre De Toth)
4. North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock)
5. Sleeping Beauty (Clyde Geronimi, Wolfgang Reitherman, Les Clark & Eric Larson)
6. Picnic on the Grass (Jean Renoir)
7. No Name on the Bullet (Jack Arnold)
8. The Gunfight at Dodge City (Joseph M. Newman)
9. Nazarin (Luis Bunuel)
10. Our Man in Havana (Carol Reed)

Runners up: The Mouse that Roared (Jack Arnold), Ride Lonesome (Budd Boetticher), The Tiger of Eschnapur (Fritz Lang), The Indian Tomb (Fritz Lang), When Angels Fall (Roman Polanski), Bridges-Go-Round (Shirley Clarke), The 400 Blows (Francois Truffaut), Odds Against Tomorrow (Robert Wise), Last Train from Gun Hill (John Sturges), Shadows (John Cassavetes), Westbound (Budd Boetticher), The Horse Soldiers (John Ford), Good Morning (Yasujiro Ozu), Floating Weeds (Yasujiro Ozu), The Nun's Story (Fred Zinnemann), Imitation of Life (Douglas Sirk), Anatomy of a Murder (Otto Preminger), Il Generale Della Rovere (Roberto Rossellini), Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks)

1958
1. Lift to the Scaffold (Louis Malle)
2. Brink of Life (Ingmar Bergman)
3. The Proud Rebel (Michael Curtiz)
4. The Last Day of Summer (Tadeusz Konwicki)
5. Touch of Evil (Orson Welles)
6. The Bravados (Henry King)
7. Bonjour Tristesse (Otto Preminger)
8. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock)
9. The Magician (Ingmar Bergman)
10. The Horse's Mouth (Ronald Neame)

Runners up: Eroica (Andrzej Munk), Ashes and Diamonds (Andrzej Wajda), Equinox Flower (Yasujiro Ozu), Man of the West (Anthony Mann), The Revenge of Frankenstein (Terence Fisher), The Hidden Fortress (Akira Kurosawa), Gideon's Day (John Ford), Buchanan Rides Alone (Budd Boetticher), Ride a Crooked Trail (Jesse Hibbs), The Space Children (Jack Arnold), Mon Oncle (Jacques Tati), The Fountain of Youth (Orson Welles), Les Amants (Louis Malle), Le Beau Serge (Claude Chabrol), King Creole (Michael Curtiz)

1957
1. The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman)
2. Night of the Demon (Jacques Tourneur)
3. Wild Strawberries (Ingmar Bergman)
4. The Incredible Shrinking Man (Jack Arnold)
5. The Tall T (Budd Boetticher)
6. Bitter Victory (Nicholas Ray)
7. Quatermass II (Val Guest)
8. The Abominable Snowman (Val Guest)
9. The Curse of Frankenstein (Terence Fisher)
10. Letter from Siberia (Chris Marker)

Runners up: Tokyo Twilight (Yasujiro Ozu), Kanal (Andrzej Wajda), I Vampiri (Riccardo Freda & Mario Bava), Men in War (Anthony Mann), The Bridge on the River Kwai (David Lean), Glimpse of the Garden (Marie Menken), Decision at Sundown (Budd Boetticher), An Affair to Remember (Leo McCarey), What's Opera Doc? (Chuck Jones), Throne of Blood (Akira Kurosawa), The Tin Star (Anthony Mann), The Tarnished Angels (Douglas Sirk), A King in New York (Charles Chaplin), The Nights of Cabiria (Federico Fellini), Funny Face (Stanley Donen), Witness for the Prosecution (Billy Wilder), Paths of Glory (Stanley Kubrick), The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (John Sturges), 3:10 to Yuma (Delmer Daves), Every Day Except Christmas (Lindsay Anderson), Barnacle Bill (Charles Frend), The Smallest Show on Earth (Basil Dearden), The Tattered Dress (Jack Arnold), Ill Met by Moonlight (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)

1956
1. The Wrong Man (Alfred Hitchcock)
2. Early Spring (Yasujiro Ozu)
3. A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson)
4. Great Day in the Morning (Jacques Tourneur)
5. Bob Le Flambeur (Jean-Pierre Melville)
6. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel)
7. Seven Men from Now (Budd Boetticher)
8. The Killing (Stanley Kubrick)
9. Elena et Les Hommes (Jean Renoir)
10. Nightfall (Jacques Tourneur)

Runners up: Flowing (Mikio Naruse), Backlash (John Sturges), While the City Sleeps (Fritz Lang), Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (Fritz Lang), The Last Wagon (Delmer Daves), Street of Shame (Kenji Mizoguchi), All the World's a Memory (Alain Resnais), There's Always Tomorrow (Douglas Sirk), Moby Dick (John Huston), Forbidden Planet (Fred M. Wilcox), Death in the Garden (Luis Bunuel), Red Sundown (Jack Arnold), Sunday in Peking (Chris Marker), Written on the Wind (Douglas Sirk), Jubal (Delmer Daves)

1955
1. Lola Montes (Max Ophuls)
2. Wichita (Jacques Tourneur)
3. The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton)
4. Stranger on Horseback (Jacques Tourneur)
 
5. All That Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk)
6. Dreams (Ingmar Bergman)
7. Violent Saturday (Richard Fleischer)
8. A Generation (Andrzej Wajda)
9. The Man from Laramie (Anthony Mann)
10. I Live in Fear (Akira Kurosawa)

Runners up: Summertime (David Lean), Floating Clouds (Mikio Naruse), The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (Luis Bunuel), The Ladykillers (Alexander Mackendrick), Les Diaboliques (Henri-Georges Clouzot), Ordet (Carl Theodor Dreyer), Smiles of a Summer Night (Ingmar Bergman), The Trouble with Harry (Alfred Hitchcock), To Catch a Thief (Alfred Hitchcock), The Indian Fighter (Andre De Toth), The Man Without a Star (King Vidor), The Last Frontier (Anthony Mann), The Quatermass Experiment (Val Guest), The Long Gray Line (John Ford), Hansel and Gretel (Lotte Reiniger), Jack and the Beanstalk (Lotte Reiniger), Yokihi (Kenji Mizoguchi),  The Man from Bitter Ridge (Jack Arnold), Richard III (Laurence Olivier), Orson Welles' Sketch Book (Orson Welles), Rififi (Jules Dassin), Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich), Run for Cover (Nicholas Ray), The Naked Dawn (Edgar G. Ulmer), A Man Alone (Ray Milland)

1954
1. Sound of the Mountain (Mikio Naruse)
2. Touchez Pas au Grisbi (Jacques Becker)
3. Godzilla (Ishiro Honda)
4. The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (Luis Bunuel)
5. Human Desire (Fritz Lang)
6. French Cancan (Jean Renoir)
7. Journey to Italy (Roberto Rossellini)
8. Private Hell 36 (Don Siegel)
9. The Far Country (Anthony Mann)
10. The Creature from the Black Lagoon (Jack Arnold)

Runners up: Ride Clear of Diablo (Jesse Hibbs), Late Chrysanthemums (Mikio Naruse), The Crucified Lovers (Kenji Mizoguchi), The Woman in the Rumor (Kenji Mizoguchi), Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock), Fear (Roberto Rossellini), The Bounty Hunter (Andre De Toth), Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa), Illusion Travels by Streetcar (Luis Bunuel), Sabrina (Billy Wilder), Drum Beat (Delmer Daves), Silver Lode (Allan Dwan), Riding Shotgun (Andre De Toth), River of No Return (Otto Preminger), La Strada (Federico Fellini), Dial M for Murder (Alfred Hitchcock), Thumbelina (Lotte Reiniger), The Grasshopper and the Ant (Lotte Reiniger), Border River (George Sherman), Magnificent Obsession (Douglas Sirk)

1953
1. Summer with Monika (Ingmar Bergman)
2. I Confess (Alfred Hitchcock)
3. Appointment in Honduras (Jacques Tourneur)
4. The Big Heat (Fritz Lang)
5. Sawdust and Tinsel (Ingmar Bergman)
6. I Vitelloni (Federico Fellini)
7. The Naked Spur (Anthony Mann)
8. It Came from Outer Space (Jack Arnold)
9. The Blue Gardenia (Fritz Lang)
10. The Man from the Alamo (Budd Boetticher)

Runners up: Ugetsu monogatari (Kenji Mizoguchi), Blowing Wild (Hugo Fregonese), Pickup on South Street (Samuel Fuller), Crime Wave (Andre De Toth), Old Czech Legends (Jiri Trnka), El (Luis Bunuel), The Man Between (Carol Reed), A Geisha (Kenji Mizoguchi), Madame De... (Max Ophuls), The Hitch-Hiker (Ida Lupino), The Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Clouzot), Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu), Shane (George Stevens), Thunder Over the Plains (Andre De Toth), Gun Fury (Raoul Walsh), Roman Holiday (William Wyler), Mogambo (John Ford), The Captain's Paradise (Anthony Kimmins), Peter Pan (Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson & Hamilton Luske), All I Desire (Douglas Sirk), Beat the Devil (John Huston)

1952
1. The Life of Oharu (Kenji Mizoguchi)
2. Limelight (Charles Chaplin)
3. Way of a Gaucho (Jacques Tourneur)
4. Umberto D. (Vittorio De Sica)
5. The Narrow Margin (Richard Fleischer)
6. Bend of the River (Anthony Mann)
7. Flavour of Green Tea Over Rice (Yasujiro Ozu)
8. The Golden Coach (Jean Renoir)
9. Hangman's Knot (Roy Huggins)
10. Ascent to Heaven (Luis Bunuel)

Runners up: Secret People (Thorold Dickinson), La villa Santo Sospir (Jean Cocteau), The Duel at Silver Creek (Don Siegel), Untamed Frontier (Hugo Fregonese), Le Plaisir (Max Ophuls), High Noon (Fred Zinnemann), The Cimarron Kid (Budd Boetticher), Casque d'Or (Jacques Becker), Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa), Monkey Business (Howard Hawks), Europe '51 (Roberto Rossellini), The Card (Ronald Neame), Waiting Women (Ingmar Bergman), O. Henry's Full House (Henry Hathaway, Howard Hawks, Henry King, Henry Koster & Jean Negulesco)

1951
1. Repast (Mikio Naruse)
2. Summer Interlude (Ingmar Bergman)
3. The Tales of Hoffmann (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
4. Othello (Orson Welles)
5. The Thing from Another World (Christian Nyby)
6. Strangers on a Train (Alfred Hitchcock)
7. Susana (Luis Bunuel)
8. On Dangerous Ground (Nicholas Ray)
9. The River (Jean Renoir)
10. The Lavender Hill Mob (Charles Crichton)

Runners up: The Man in the White Suit (Alexander Mackendrick), Apache Drums (Hugo Fregonese), Circle of Danger (Jacques Tourneur), Outcast of the Islands (Carol Reed), Colette (Yannick Bellon), Diary of a Country Priest (Robert Bresson), Man in the Saddle (Andre De Toth), Early Summer (Yasujiro Ozu), The Prowler (Joseph Losey), Ace in the Hole (Billy Wilder), Tomahawk (George Sherman), The Day the Earth Stood Still (Robert Wise), A Streetcar Named Desire (Elia Kazan), Gerald McBoing-Boing (Robert Cannon), The Red Badge of Courage (John Huston), The African Queen (John Huston), A Place in the Sun (George Stevens), The Big Night (Joseph Losey), Alice in Wonderland (Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson & Hamilton Luske)

1950
1. In a Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray)
2. La Ronde (Max Ophuls)
3. Outrage (Ida Lupino)
4. The Asphalt Jungle (John Huston)
5. The Flowers of St. Francis (Roberto Rossellini) & Stromboli (Roberto Rossellini)
6. Orpheus (Jean Cocteau)
7. Les Enfants Terribles (Jean-Pierre Melville)
8. Where the Sidewalk Ends (Otto Preminger)
9. Armoured Car Robbery (Richard Fleischer)
10. Night and the City (Jules Dassin)

Runners up: Stars in My Crown (Jacques Tourneur), Panic in the Streets (Elia Kazan), Winchester '73 (Anthony Mann), Born to Be Bad (Nicholas Ray), Un Chant D'Amour (Jean Genet), House by the River (Fritz Lang), American Guerrilla in the Philippines (Fritz Lang), Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa), Gone to Earth (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger), Last Holiday (Henry Cass), So Long at the Fair (Antony Darnborough & Terence Fisher), Wagon Master (John Ford), Rio Grande (John Ford), The Gunfighter (Henry King), Gun Crazy (Joseph H. Lewis), Rabbit's Moon (Kenneth Anger), Cinderella (Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson & Hamilton Luske), Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder)


1949
1. Stray Dog (Akira Kurosawa)
2. Late Spring (Yasujiro Ozu)
3. The Reckless Moment (Max Ophuls)
4. Not Wanted (Elmer Clifton & Ida Lupino)
5. Kind Hearts and Coronets (Robert Hamer)
6. Colorado Territory (Raoul Walsh)
7. Under Capricorn (Alfred Hitchcock)
8. The Queen of Spades (Thorold Dickinson)
9. The Third Man (Carol Reed)
10. The Heiress (William Wyler)

Runners up: Champion (Mark Robson), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (John Ford), Long-Haired Hare (Chuck Jones), Caught (Max Ophuls), Never Fear (Ida Lupino), Whirlpool (Otto Preminger), Le Silence De La Mer (Jean-Pierre Melville), The Set-Up (Robert Wise), The Small Back Room (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger), The Passionate Friends (David Lean), The Big Steal (Don Siegel), White Heat (Raoul Walsh), A Run for Your Money (Charles Frend), The Window (Ted Tetzlaff)

1948
1. Spring in a Small Town (Fei Mu)
2. Drunken Angel (Akira Kurosawa)
3. Letter from an Unknown Woman (Max Ophuls)
4. The Red Shoes (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
5. A Hen in the Wind (Yasujiro Ozu)
6. Moonrise (Frank Borzage)
7. They Live By Night (Nicholas Ray)
8. Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica)
9. Louisiana Story (Robert J. Flaherty)
10. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (John Huston)

Runners up: 3 Godfathers (John Ford), Fort Apache (John Ford), Music in Darkness (Ingmar Bergman), Unfaithfully Yours (Preston Sturges), He Walked By Night (Alfred L. Werker & Anthony Mann), Cry of the City (Robert Siodmak), Oliver Twist (David Lean), Pitfall (Andre De Toth), Red River (Howard Hawks), Berlin Express (Jacques Tourneur), Blood on the Moon (Robert Wise), Whispering Smith (Leslie Fenton), Yellow Sky (William Wellman), Raw Deal (Anthony Mann), Force of Evil (Abraham Polonsky), Road House (Jean Negulesco), Portrait of Jennie (William Dieterle), The Snake Pit (Anatole Litvak), The Big Clock (John  Farrow), Rope (Alfred Hitchcock), Key Largo (John Huston)

1947 
1. Black Narcissus (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
2. Monsieur Verdoux (Charles Chaplin)
3. Record of a Tenement Gentleman (Yasujiro Ozu)
4. The Woman on the Beach (Jean Renoir)
5. The Lady from Shanghai (Orson Welles)
6. The Fugitive (John Ford)
7. The Ghost and Mrs Muir (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
8. Nightmare Alley (Edmund Goulding)
9. Quai des Orfevres (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
10. A Ship Bound for India (Ingmar Bergman)

Runners up: Spalicek (Jiri Trnka), The Brasher Doubloon (John Brahm), Body and Soul (Robert Rossen), Odd Man Out (Carol Reed), They Made Me a Fugitive (Cavalcanti), T-Men (Anthony Mann), Railroaded! (Anthony Mann), Ramrod (Andre De Toth), Pursued (Raoul Walsh), Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur), Born to Kill (Robert Wise), Kiss of Death (Henry Hathaway), Angel and the Badman (James Edward Grant)

1946
1. La Belle et La Bete (Jean Cocteau)
2. My Darling Clementine (John Ford)
3. Canyon Passage (Jacques Tourneur)
4. Great Expectations (David Lean)
5. Paisan (Roberto Rossellini)
6. Strange Impersonation (Anthony Mann)
7. It Rains on Our Love (Ingmar Bergman)
8. The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks)
9. The Dark Mirror (Robert Siodmak)
10. The Blue Dahlia (George Marshall)

Runners up: Utamaro and His Five Women (Kenji Mizoguchi), The Diary of a Chambermaid (Jean Renoir), Bedlam (Mark Robson), The Postman Always Rings Twice (Tay Garnett), The Stranger (Orson Welles), Shoeshine (Vittorio De Sica), The Dark Corner (Henry Hathaway), The Jolson Story (Alfred E. Green), Gilda (Charles Vidor)

1945
1. Detour (Edgar G. Ulmer)
2. Scarlet Street (Fritz Lang)
3. Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (Robert Bresson)
4. Isle of the Dead (Mark Robson)
5. Dead of Night (Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Robert Hamer & Basil Dearden)
6. Mildred Pierce (Michael Curtiz)
7. Brief Encounter (David Lean)
8. Leave Her to Heaven (John M. Stahl)
9. Blithe Spirit (David Lean)
10. The Spiral Staircase (Robert Siodmak)

Runners up: Fallen Angel (Otto Preminger), Les Enfants du Paradis (Marcel Carne), They Were Expendable (John Ford & Robert Montgomery), Spellbound (Alfred Hitchcock), The Southerner (Jean Renoir), The Body Snatcher (Robert Wise)

1944
1. The Curse of the Cat People (Gunter von Fritsch & Robert Wise)
2. Hail the Conquering Hero (Preston Sturges)
3. Murder, My Sweet (Edward Dmytryk)
4. Laura (Otto Preminger)
5. A Canterbury Tale (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
6. Henry V (Laurence Olivier)
7. The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (Preston Sturges)
8. Phantom Lady (Robert Siodmak)
9. The Woman in the Window (Fritz Lang)
10. The Uninvited (Lewis Allen)

Runners up: At Land (Maya Deren), Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder), Lifeboat (Alfred Hitchcock), The Golden Goose (Lotte Reiniger), The Private Life of a Cat (Alexander Hammid), And Now Tomorrow (Irving Pichel), To Have and Have Not (Howard Hawks), Going My Way (Leo McCarey), Ministry of Fear (Fritz Lang), Experiment Perilous (Jacques Tourneur), Days of Glory (Jacques Tourneur), This Happy Breed (David Lean)

1943
1. Day of Wrath (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
2. I Walked with a Zombie (Jacques Tourneur)
3. The Seventh Victim (Mark Robson)
4. Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock)
5. Le Corbeau (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
6. The Leopard Man (Jacques Tourneur)
7. Heaven Can Wait (Ernst Lubitsch)
8. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
9. Meshes in the Afternoon (Maya Deren & Alexander Hammid)
10. Journey into Fear (Norman Foster)

Runners up: China (John Farrow), The Ox-Bow Incident (William A. Wellman), The Ghost Ship (Mark Robson), Hangmen Also Die (Fritz Lang), This Land is Mine (Jean Renoir), Jane Eyre (Robert Stevenson)

1942
1. There Was a Father (Yasujiro Ozu)
2. Cat People (Jacques Tourneur)
3. The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles)
4. The Palm Beach Story (Preston Sturges)
5. This Gun for Hire (Frank Tuttle)
6. Bambi (James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, David Hand, Graham Heid, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield & Norman Wright)
7. The Glass Key (Stuart Heisler)
8. Went the Day Well? (Alberto Cavalcanti)
9. I Married a Witch (Rene Clair)
10. Moods of the Sea (John Hoffman & Slavko Vorkapich)

Runners up: Saboteur (Alfred Hitchcock), Casablanca (Michael Curtiz), To Be or Not to Be (Ernst Lubitsch), Listen to Britain (Humphrey Jennings & Stewart McAllister), The Falcon Takes Over (Irving Reis), Time to Kill (Herbert I. Leeds), Yankee Doodle Dandy (Michael Curtiz), In Which We Serve (Noel Coward & David Lean), The Land (Robert J. Flaherty), The Ghost of Frankenstein (Erle C. Kenton)

1941
1. Sullivan's Travels (Preston Sturges)
2. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles)
3. Hideko the Bus Conductress (Mikio Naruse)
4. The Maltese Falcon (John Huston)
5. High Sierra (Raoul Walsh)
6. How Green Was My Valley (John Ford)
7. The Strawberry Blonde (Raoul Walsh)
8. The Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (Yasujiro Ozu)
9. Hellzapoppin' (H.C. Potter)
10. Man Hunt (Fritz Lang)

Runners up: The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges), Swamp Water (Jean Renoir), Dumbo (Samuel Armstrong, Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts & Ben Sharpsteen), They Died with Their Boots On (Raoul Walsh), I Wake Up Screaming (Bruce Humberstone), Western Union (Fritz Lang), Suspicion (Alfred Hitchcock), They Dare Not Love (James Whale, Victor Fleming & Charles Vidor), Mr. and Mrs. Smith (Alfred Hitchcock)

1940
1. Fantasia (James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe, Norman Ferguson, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield & Ben Sharpsteen)
2. The Great Dictator (Charles Chaplin)
3. Christmas in July (Preston Sturges) 
4. The Thief of Baghdad (Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Tim Whelan, Alexander Korda, Zoltan Korda & William Cameron Menzies)
5. The Return of Frank James (Fritz Lang)
6. Pinocchio (Hamilton Luske & Ben Sharpsteen)
7. Remember the Night (Mitchell Leisen)
8. Travelling Actors (Mikio Naruse)
9. Gaslight (Thorold Dickinson)
10.The Long Voyage Home (John Ford)

Runners up: The Great McGinty (Preston Sturges), Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock), They Drive By Night (Raoul Walsh), Foreign Correspondent (Alfred Hitchcock), The Shop Around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch), His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks), Northwest Passage (King Vidor), The Grapes of Wrath (John Ford), Santa Fe Trail (Michael Curtiz), The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor)


1939
1. Young Mr. Lincoln (John Ford)
2. The Whole Family Works (Mikio Naruse)
3. The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums (Kenji Mizoguchi)
4. Midnight (Mitchell Leisen)
5. The Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir)
6. Stagecoach (John Ford)
7. The Roaring Twenties (Raoul Walsh)
8. The Spy in Black (Michael Powell)
9. Dodge City (Michael Curtiz)
10. Jesse James (Henry King)

Runners up: Only Angels Have Wings (Howard Hawks), Love Affair (Leo McCarey), You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (George Marshall & Edward F. Cline), The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (H.C. Potter), Miracles for Sale (Tod Browning), The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Alfred L. Werker), Ninotchka (Ernst Lubitsch), The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming & King Vidor), Son of Frankenstein (Rowland V. Lee), Gone with the Wind (Victor Fleming, George Cukor & Sam Wood), Drums Along the Mohawk (John Ford)

1938
1. Alexander Nevsky (Sergei Eisenstein & Dmitri Vasilyev)
2. The Adventures of Robin Hood (Michael Curtiz & William Keighley)
3. Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks)
4. La Bete Humaine (Jean Renoir)
5. Pygmalion (Anthony Asquith & Leslie Howard)
6. The Lady Vanishes (Alfred Hitchcock)
7. Sinners in Paradise (James Whale)
8. Port of Shadows (Marcel Carne)
9. The Novel of Werther (Max Ophuls)
10. You and Me (Fritz Lang)

Runners up: Carefree (Mark Sandrich), Holiday (George Cukor), Wives Under Suspicion (James Whale), Angels with Dirty Faces (Michael Curtiz), La Marseillaise (Jean Renoir)

1937
1. Make Way for Tomorrow (Leo McCarey)
2. You Only Live Once (Fritz Lang)
3. Easy Living (Mitchell Leisen)
4. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (David Hand)
5. The Road Back (James Whale)
6. The Edge of the World (Michael Powell)
7. Pepe le Moko (Julien Duvivier)
8. The Rainbow Pass (Jacques Tourneur)
9. Nothing Sacred (William A. Wellman)
10. What Did the Lady Forget? (Yasujiro Ozu)

Runners up: A Day at the Races (Sam Wood), Grand Illusion (Jean Renoir), Elephant Boy (Robert J. Flaherty & Zoltan Korda)

1936
1. The Only Son (Yasujiro Ozu)
2. A Day in the Country (Jean Renoir)
3. Modern Times (Charles Chaplin)
4. Rembrandt (Alexander Korda)
5. Sabotage (Alfred Hitchcock)
6. Sisters of the Gion (Kenji Mizoguchi)
7. My Man Godfrey (Gregory La Cava)
8. Osaka Elegy (Kenji Mizoguchi)
9. Show Boat (James Whale)
10. The Devil-Doll (Tod Browning)

Runners up: The Milky Way (Leo McCarey), Things to Come (William Cameron Menzies), Dracula's Daughter (Lambert Hillyer), Swing Time (George Stevens), Follow the Fleet (Mark Sandrich), The Prisoner of Shark Island (John Ford), Secret Agent (Alfred Hitchcock)

1935
1. The Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale)
2. The Girl in the Rumour (Mikio Naruse)
3. An Inn in Tokyo (Yasujiro Ozu)
4. Top Hat (Mark Sandrich)
5. The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock)
6. The Glass Key (Frank Tuttle)
7. Toni (Jean Renoir)
8. Mark of the Vampire (Tod Browning)
9. A Night at the Opera (Sam Wood)
10. Ruggles of Red Gap (Leo McCarey)

Runners up: Remember Last Night? (James Whale), Steamboat Round the Bend (John Ford), Captain Blood (Michael Curtiz), The Ghost Goes West (Rene Clair), A Midsummer Night's Dream (William Dieterle & Max Reinhardt), Gold Diggers of 1935 (Busby Berkeley), Barbary Coast (Howard Hawks), Mad Love (Karl Freund), Mutiny on the Bounty (Frank Lloyd)

1934
1. It Happened One Night (Frank Capra)
2. La Signora di Tutti (Max Ophuls)
3. Man of Aran (Robert Flaherty)
4. L'Atalante (Jean Vigo)
5. The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock)
6. Dames (Ray Enright & Busby Berkeley)
7. It's a Gift (Norman Z. McLeod)
8. Twentieth Century (Howard Hawks)
9. A Story of Floating Weeds (Yasujiro Ozu)
10. The Black Cat (Edgar G. Ulmer)

Runners up: The Gay Divorcee (Mark Sandrich), Cleopatra (Cecil B. DeMille), One More River (James Whale), Six of a Kind (Leo McCarey), Judge Priest (John Ford), The Lost Patrol (John Ford), Woman in the Dark (Phil Rosen)

1933
1. The Invisible Man (James Whale)
2. Zero for Conduct (Jean Vigo)
3. Gold Diggers of 1933 (Mervyn LeRoy & Busby Berkeley)
4. Footlight Parade (Lloyd Bacon, William Keighley & Busby Berkeley)

5. King Kong (Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack)
6. 42nd Street (Lloyd Bacon & Busby Berkeley)
7. Duck Soup (Leo McCarey)
8. Japanese Girls at the Harbor (Hiroshi Shimizu)
9. Christopher Strong (Dorothy Arzner)
10. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (Fritz Lang)

Runners up: Night on Bald Mountain (Alexander Alexeieff & Claire Parker), The Bowery (Raoul Walsh), The Power and the Glory (William K. Howard), The Kiss Before the Mirror (James Whale)

1932
1. Freaks (Tod Browning)
2. I Was Born, But... (Yasujiro Ozu)
3. The Old Dark House (James Whale)
4. Vampyr (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
5. The Blood of a Poet (Jean Cocteau)
6. Boudu Saved from Drowning (Jean Renoir)
7. Horse Feathers (Norman Z. McLeod)
8. The Island of Lost Souls (Erle C. Kenton)
9. The Company's in Love (Max Ophuls)
10. The Impatient Maiden (James Whale)

Runners up: Scarface (Howard Hawks), Trouble in Paradise (Ernst Lubitsch), I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (Mervyn LeRoy), Where Now Are the Dreams of Youth (Yasujiro Ozu), The Mask of Fu Manchu (Charles Brabin & Charles Vidor)

1931
1. Frankenstein (James Whale)
2. Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (F.W. Murnau)
3. Madchen in Uniform (Leontine Sagan & Carl Froelich)
4. City Lights (Charles Chaplin)
5. M (Fritz Lang)
6. Tokyo Chorus (Yasujiro Ozu)
7. A Nous La Liberte (Rene Clair)
8. Dracula (Tod Browning)
9. Monkey Business (Norman Z. McLeod)
10. The Public Enemy (William Wellman)

1930
1. Earth (Aleksandr Dovzhenko)
2. People on Sunday (Curt Siodmak, Robert Siodmak, Edgar G. Ulmer, Fred Zinnemann & Rochus Gliese)
3. City Girl (F.W. Murnau)
4. L'Age D'Or (Luis Bunuel)
5. The Blue Angel (Josef Von Sternberg)
6. A Propos de Nice (Jean Vigo)
7. That Night's Wife (Yasujiro Ozu)
8. Journey's End (James Whale)
9. Animal Crackers (Victor Heerman)
10. The Big Trail (Raoul Walsh)

Runners up: Hell's Angels (Howard Hughes, James Whale, Edmund Goulding, Marshall Neilan & Luther Reed)


1929
1. Autumn Mists (Dimitri Kirsanoff)
2. Pandora's Box (G.W. Pabst)
3. Woman in the Moon (Fritz Lang)
4. Diary of a Lost Girl (G.W. Pabst)
5. Lucky Star (Frank Borzage)
6. Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov)
7. Un Chien Andalou (Luis Bunuel)
8. The Skeleton Dance (Walt Disney)
9. Big Business (James W. Horne & Leo McCarey)
10. A Cottage on Dartmoor (Anthony Asquith)

Runners up: The Thirteenth Chair (Tod Browning), Days of Youth (Yasujiro Ozu)

1928
1. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
2. The Circus (Charles Chaplin)
3. Steamboat Bill, Jr. (Charles Reisner & Buster Keaton)
4. The Wind (Victor Sjostrom)
5. The Man Who Laughs (Paul Leni)
6. Spies (Fritz Lang)
7. The Fall of the House of Usher (Jean Epstein)
8. West of Zanzibar (Tod Browning)
9. Street Angel (Frank Borzage)
10. Zvenigora (Aleksandr Dovzhenko)

Runners up: Steamboat Willie (Ub Iwerks & Walt Disney), White Shadows in the South Seas (W.S. Van Dyke & Robert J. Flaherty), The Cameraman (Edward Sedgwick & Buster Keaton)

1927
1. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (F.W. Murnau)
2. The Unknown (Tod Browning)
3. Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (Walter Ruttmann)
4. The Lodger (Alfred Hitchcock)
5. 7th Heaven (Frank Borzage)
6. Metropolis (Fritz Lang)
7. College (James W. Horne & Buster Keaton)
8. Twenty Four Dollar Island (Robert J. Flaherty)
9. It (Clarence G. Badger)
10. Underworld (Josef Von Sternberg)

1926
1. The Adventures of Prince Achmed (Lotte Reiniger & Carl Koch)
2. Faust (F.W. Murnau)
3. The Scarlet Letter (Victor Sjostrom)
4. Menilmontant (Dimitri Kirsanoff)
5. A Page of Madness (Teinosuke Kinugasa)
6. The General (Clyde Bruckman & Buster Keaton)
7. Nothing But Time (Alberto Cavalcanti)
8. The Holy Mountain (Arnold Fanck)
9. Moana (Robert J. Flaherty)
10. Battling Butler (Buster Keaton)

1925
1. The Unholy Three (Tod Browning)
2. The Gold Rush (Charles Chaplin)
3. Battleship Potemkin (Sergei M. Eisenstein)
4. Seven Chances (Buster Keaton)
5. Tartuffe (F.W. Murnau)
6. Master of the House (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
7. The Phantom of the Opera (Rupert Julian)
8. Go West (Buster Keaton)
9. The Freshman (Fred C. Newmeyer & Sam Taylor)
10. Strike (Sergei M. Eisenstein)

1924
1. He Who Gets Slapped (Victor Sjostrom)
2. The Great White Silence (Herbert Ponting)
3. Sherlock, Jr. (Buster Keaton)
4. The Hands of Orlac (Robert Wiene)
5. Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (Fritz Lang)
6. Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge (Fritz Lang)
7. Paris Asleep (Rene Clair)
8. Ballet Mecanique (Fernand Leger & Dudley Murphy)
9. Michael (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
10. The Iron Horse (John Ford)

Runners up: The Finances of the Grand Duke (F.W. Murnau)

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