Top 10 Lists (Movies)

This page will be a collection of all my top ten lists from 1980-present. At the bottom I list my 50 favorite films of all time.

2016

  1. 20th Century Women (Mills)
  2. The Lobster (Lanthimos)
  3. Everybody Wants Some!! (Linklater)
  4. (tie) Fantastic Lies (Zenovich) & O.J.: Made In America (Edelman)
  5. Allied (Zemeckis)
  6. Nocturnal Animals (Ford)
  7. The Handmaiden (Park)
  8. Green Room (Saulnier)
  9. Nocturama (Bonello)
  10. Hell Or High Water (Mackenzie)

2015

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road (Miller)
  2. James White (Mond)
  3. Sicario (Villeneuve)
  4. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (McQuarrie)
  5. The Hateful Eight (Tarantino)
  6. Inside Out (Docter, Del Carmen)
  7. The Big Short (McKay)
  8. Victoria (Schipper)
  9. Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (Lee)
  10. ’71 (Demange)

2014

  1. Under the Skin (Glazer)
  2. Boyhood (Linklater)
  3. Love Is Strange (Sachs)
  4. Two Days, One Night (Dardennes)
  5. The Babadook (Kent)
  6. Snowpiercer (Bong)
  7. Gone Girl (Fincher)
  8. Force Majeure (Östlund)
  9. Jodorowsky’s Dune (Pavich)
  10. The Skeleton Twins (Johnson)

2013

  1. Before Midnight (Linklater)
  2. Blue is the Warmest Color (Kechiche)
  3. Inside Llewyn Davis (Coens)
  4. The Wolf of Wall Street (Scorsese)
  5. Drug War (To)
  6. Frances Ha (Baumbach)
  7. All Is Lost (Chandor)
  8. The Grandmaster (Wong)
  9. Spring Breakers (Korine)
  10. Gravity (Cuaron)

2012

  1. Amour (Haneke)
  2. The Kid With a Bike (Dardennes)
  3. Moonrise Kingdom (W. Anderson)
  4. The Cabin in the Woods (Goddard)
  5. Compliance (Zobel)
  6. The Imposter (Layton)
  7. Killing Them Softly (Dominik)
  8. Django Unchained (Tarantino)
  9. The Master (P.T. Anderson)
  10. Take This Waltz (Polley)

2011 

  1. Shame (McQueen)
  2. Beginners (Mills)
  3. We Need to Talk About Kevin (Ramsay)
  4. Drive (Winding Refn)
  5. 13 Assassins (Miike)
  6. Certified Copy (Kiarostami)
  7. Martha Marcy May Marlene (Durkin)
  8. The Tree of Life (Malick)
  9. Melancholia (Trier)
  10. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (Bird)
2010
  1. Vengeance (To)
  2. Black Swan (Aronofsky)
  3. The Social Network (Fincher)
  4. Inception (Nolan)
  5. Toy Story 3 (Unkrich)
  6. Buried (Cortes)
  7. Shutter Island (Scorsese)
  8. A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop (Zhang)
  9. The Last Exorcism (Stamm)
  10. Dogtooth (Lanthimos)
2009
  1. A Single Man (Ford)
  2. Inglourious Basterds (Tarantino)
  3. Amer (Cattet & Forzani)
  4. Duplicity (Gilroy)
  5. Up (Docter)
  6. (500) Days of Summer (Webb)
  7. Red Cliff (Woo)
  8. Julia (Zonca)
  9. Away We Go (Mendes)
  10. An Education (Scherfig)
2008
  1. Synecdoche, N.Y. (Kaufman)
  2. Rachel Getting Married (Demme)
  3. Paranoid Park (Van Sant)
  4. Funny Games (Haneke)
  5. WALL*E (Stanton)
  6. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Fincher)
  7. Felon (Waugh)
  8. Iron Man (Favreau)
  9. Milk (Van Sant)
  10. Quarantine (Dowdle)

2007

  1. There Will Be Blood (Anderson)
  2. No Country For Old Men (Coens)
  3. Grindhouse (Tarantino/Rodriguez)
  4. Time (Kim)
  5. Charlie Wilson’s War (Nichols)
  6. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Dominik)
  7. Exiled (To)
  8. Superbad (Mottola)
  9. Joshua (Ratliff)
  10. The Lookout (Frank)

2006

  1. L’Enfant (Dardennes)
  2. The Departed (Scorsese)
  3. Children of Men (Cuaron)
  4. Lady in the Water (Shyamalan)
  5. Prairie Home Companion (Altman)
  6. Brick (Johnson)
  7. Little Children (Field)
  8. 10 Items or Less (Silberling)
  9. Shortbus (Mitchell)
  10. Inside Man (Lee)

2005

  1. Brokeback Mountain (Lee)
  2. The New World (Malick)
  3. Wolf Creek (McLean)
  4. Oldboy (Park)
  5. Munich (Spielberg)
  6. Match Point (Allen)
  7. The Baxter (Showalter)
  8. The Squid and the Whale (Baumbach)
  9. King Kong (Jackson)
  10. Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance (Park)

2004

  1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Gondry)
  2. House of Flying Daggers (Zhang)
  3. Kill Bill Vol. 2 (Tarantino)
  4. Birth (Glazer)
  5. Time of the Wolf (Haneke)
  6. Dogville (Trier)
  7. Million Dollar Baby (Eastwood)
  8. Friday Night Lights (Berg)
  9. p.s. (Kidd)
  10. I Heart Huckabees (Russell)

2003

  1. Gerry (Van Sant)
  2. Kill Bill Vol. 1 (Tarantino)
  3. Irreversible (Noe)
  4. Cold Mountain (Minghella)
  5. Lost In Translation (Coppola)
  6. Bad Santa (Zwigoff)
  7. Divine Intervention (Suleiman)
  8. Intolerable Cruelty (Coens)
  9. House of Sand and Fog (Perelman)
  10. Millennium Mambo (Hou)

2002

  1. Y Tu Mama Tambien (Cuaron)
  2. Femme Fatale (De Palma)
  3. 25th Hour (Lee)
  4. Spider-Man (Raimi)
  5. Adaptation (Jonze)
  6. Far From Heaven (Haynes)
  7. Bowling For Columbine (Moore)
  8. 24 Hour Party People (Winterbottom)
  9. The Believer (Bean)
  10. Spirited Away (Miyazaki)

2001

  1. In the Mood For Love (Wong)
  2. Vanilla Sky (Crowe)
  3. The Others (Amenabar)
  4. Moulin Rouge (Luhrmann)
  5. The Man Who Wasn’t There (Coens)
  6. Donnie Darko (Kelly) / Ghost World (Zwigoff) [tie]
  7. The Vertical Ray of the Sun (Tran)
  8. The Road Home (Zhang)
  9. Wet Hot American Summer (Wain)
  10. In the Bedroom (Field)

2000

  1. Requiem For a Dream (Aronofsky)
  2. The Way of the Gun (McQuarrie)
  3. Yi Yi (Yang)
  4. Code Unknown (Haneke)
  5. Songs From the Second Floor (Andersson)
  6. Bamboozled (Lee)
  7. Ghost Dog (Jarmusch)
  8. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Lee)
  9. Ratcatcher (Ramsay)
  10. Not One Less (Zhang)

1999

  1. Fight Club (Fincher)
  2. The Talented Mr. Ripley (Minghella)
  3. Eyes Wide Shut (Kubrick)
  4. Notting Hill (Michell)
  5. The Emperor and the Asssassin (Chen)
  6. Run Lola Run (Tykwer)
  7. Meeting People Is Easy (Gee)
  8. The Dream Life of Angels (Zonca)
  9. Three Kings (Russell)
  10. The Insider (Mann)

1998

  1. The Thin Red Line (Malick)
  2. Funny Games (Haneke)
  3. Happiness (Solondz)
  4. Taste of Cherry (Kiarostami)
  5. Love and Death on Long Island (Kwietniowski)
  6. Buffalo ’66 (Gallo)
  7. Fireworks (Kitano)
  8. Dark City (Proyas)
  9. Great Expectations (Cuaron)
  10. Babe: Pig in the City (Miller)

1997

  1. Boogie Nights (Anderson)
  2. Titanic (Cameron)
  3. The Ice Storm (Lee)
  4. Maborosi (Kore-eda)
  5. Deconstructing Harry (Allen)
  6. Face/Off (Woo)
  7. The Fifth Element (Besson)
  8. Career Girls (Leigh)
  9. Gattaca (Niccol)
  10. Ma Vie En Rose (Berliner)

1996

  1. Romeo + Juliet (Luhrmann)
  2. Mission: Impossible (De Palma)
  3. Dead Man (Jarmusch)
  4. The English Patient (Minghella)
  5. Ridicule (Leconte)
  6. Fargo (Coen)
  7. Citizen Ruth (Payne)
  8. Jerry Maguire (Crowe)
  9. Trainspotting (Boyle)
  10. Sling Blade (Thornton)

1995

  1. Before Sunrise (Linklater)
  2. La Haine (Kassovitz)
  3. Seven (Fincher)
  4. Les Miserables (Lelouche)
  5. Safe (Haynes)
  6. A Little Princess (Cuaron)
  7. Peace Hotel (Wai)
  8. Flirt (Hartley)
  9. Shanghai Triad (Zhang)
  10. Kids (Clark)

1994

  1. Heavenly Creatures (Jackson)
  2. To Live (Zhang)
  3. Pulp Fiction (Tarantino)
  4. Ed Wood (Burton)
  5. Fresh (Yakin)
  6. Before the Rain (Manchevski)
  7. Ashes of Time (Wong)
  8. Hoop Dreams (James)
  9. Amateur (Hartley)
  10. Cafe au Lait (Kassovitz)

1993

  1. Naked (Leigh)
  2. Blue (Kieslowski)
  3. Sonatine (Kitano)
  4. Short Cuts (Altman)
  5. Farewell My Concubine (Chen)
  6. Carlito’s Way (De Palma)
  7. Fearless (Weir)
  8. King of the Hill (Soderbergh)
  9. Much Ado About Nothing (Branagh)
  10. True Romance (Scott)

1992

  1. Malcolm X (Lee)
  2. Glengarry Glen Ross (Foley)
  3. Hard Boiled (Woo)
  4. The Living End (Araki)
  5. The Story of Qiu Ju (Zhang)
  6. Husbands and Wives (Allen)
  7. Man Bites Dog (Belvaux/Bonzel/Poelvoorde)
  8. Of Mice and Men (Sinise)
  9. A Few Good Men (Reiner)
  10. Visions of Light (Glassman/McCarthy)

1991

  1. Raise the Red Lantern (Zhang)
  2. Lovers on the Bridge (Carax)
  3. Flirting (Duigan)
  4. Surviving Desire (Hartley)
  5. L.A. Story (Jackson)
  6. Jungle Fever (Lee)
  7. JFK (Stone)
  8. Barton Fink (Coen)
  9. Trust (Hartley)
  10. Rush (Zanuck)

1990

  1. Goodfellas (Scorsese)
  2. Miller’s Crossing (Coen)
  3. Dreams (Kurosawa)
  4. Boiling Point (Kitano)
  5. Once a Thief (Woo)
  6. Ju Dou (Zhang)
  7. Revenge (Scott)
  8. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover (Greenaway)
  9. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (MacNaughton)
  10. Bullet in the Head (Woo)

1989

  1. Do the Right Thing (Lee)
  2. Life Lessons (Scorsese)
  3. The Killer (Woo)
  4. The Abyss (Cameron)
  5. Crimes & Misdemeanors (Allen)
  6. Glory (Zwick)
  7. Say Anything (Crowe)
  8. Casualties of War (De Palma)
  9. The War of the Roses (De Vito)
  10. Dead Poets Society (Weir)

1988

  1. Die Hard (McTiernan)
  2. A Fish Called Wanda (Crichton)
  3. They Live (Carpenter)
  4. Midnight Run (Brest)
  5. The Boost (Becker)
  6. Rain Man (Levinson)
  7. Big (Marshall)
  8. The Vanishing (Sluizer)
  9. Dead Ringers (Cronenberg)
  10. The Naked Gun (Zucker)

1987

  1. Full Metal Jacket (Kubrick)
  2. Angel Heart (Parker)
  3. Evil Dead 2 (Raimi)
  4. Broadcast News (Brooks)
  5. Empire of the Sun (Spielberg)
  6. Robocop (Verhoeven)
  7. Raising Arizona (Coen)
  8. Red Sorghum (Zhang)
  9. The Princess Bride (Reiner)
  10. The Last Emperor (Bertolucci)

1986

  1. The Fly (Cronenberg)
  2. Big Trouble in Little China (Carpenter)
  3. Tampopo (Itami)
  4. Down By Law (Jarmusch)
  5. Dust in the Wind (Hou)
  6. Aliens (Cameron)
  7. Wisdom (Estevez)
  8. Three Amigos! (Landis)
  9. The Mosquito Coast (Weir)
  10. Sid & Nancy (Cox)

1985

  1. Ran (Kurosawa)
  2. Lost In America (Brooks)
  3. Re-animator (Gordon)
  4. After Hours (Scorsese)
  5. Back to the Future (Zemeckis)
  6. The Breakfast Club (Hughes)
  7. Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (Burton)
  8. The Emerald Forest (Boorman)
  9. Return of the Living Dead (O’Bannon)
  10. To Live and Die in L.A. (Friedkin)

1984

  1. Amadeus (Forman)
  2. The Times of Harvey Milk (Epstein)
  3. Romancing the Stone (Zemeckis)
  4. The Karate Kid (Avildsen)
  5. Beverly Hills Cop (Brest)
  6. Body Double (De Palma)
  7. The Terminator (Cameron)
  8. The Hit (Frears)
  9. Once Upon a Time in America (Leone)
  10. This Is Spinal Tap (Reiner)

1983

  1. The King of Comedy (Scorsese)
  2. Lianna (Sayles)
  3. Scarface (De Palma)
  4. The Fourth Man (Verhoeven)
  5. Trading Places (Landis)
  6. Zelig (Allen)
  7. Cujo (Teague)
  8. Videodrome (Cronenberg)
  9. Bill Cosby, Himself (Cosby)
  10. National Lampoon’s Vacation (Ramis)

1982

  1. The World According To Garp (Hill)
  2. Diner (Levinson)
  3. The Ballad of Narayama (Imamura)
  4. The Verdict (Lumet)
  5. 48 Hours (Hill)
  6. Poltergeist (Hooper)
  7. Tootsie (Pollack)
  8. The Thing (Carpenter)
  9. Richard Pryor Live On the Sunset Strip (Layton)
  10. Tron (Lisberger)

1981

  1. Gallipoli (Weir)
  2. Blow Out (De Palma)
  3. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Spielberg)
  4. Modern Romance (Brooks)
  5. The Postman Always Rings Twice (Rafelson)
  6. Ms. 45 (Ferrara)
  7. Body Heat (Kasdan)
  8. Escape From New York (Carpenter)
  9. The Great Muppet Caper (Henson)
  10. The Road Warrior (Miller)

1980

  1. The Shining (Kubrick)
  2. Raging Bull (Scorsese)
  3. Kagemusha (Kurosawa)
  4. Melvin & Howard (Demme)
  5. The Big Red One (Fuller)
  6. Stardust Memories (Allen)
  7. Airplane! (Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker)
  8. Dressed to Kill (De Palma)
  9. Superman 2 (Lester)
  10. The Stunt Man (Rush)

Top 50 Films of All Time

  1. A Clockwork Orange (1971, Stanley Kubrick)
  2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
  3. The Conformist (1970, Bernardo Bertolucci)
  4. The Thin Red Line (1998, Terrence Malick)
  5. Naked (1993, Mike Leigh)
  6. Contempt (1963, Jean-Luc Godard)
  7. I Am Cuba (1964, Mikhail Kalatozov)
  8. Do the Right Thing (1989, Spike Lee)
  9. Requiem For a Dream (2000, Darren Aronofsky)
  10. Amadeus (1984, Milos Forman)
  11. Funny Games (1998, Michael Haneke)
  12. Before Sunrise (1995, Richard Linklater)
  13. Gerry (2003, Gus Van Sant)
  14. Malcolm X (1992, Spike Lee)
  15. Raise the Red Lantern (1991, Zhang Yimou)
  16. Manhattan (1979, Woody Allen)
  17. Full Metal Jacket (1987, Stanley Kubrick)
  18. Midnight Cowboy (1969, John Schlesinger)
  19. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  20. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974, Tobe Hooper)
  21. Gallipoli (1981, Peter Weir)
  22. Life Lessons (1989, Martin Scorsese)
  23. Psycho (1960, Alfred Hitchcock)
  24. That Obscure Object of Desire (1977, Luis Bunuel)
  25. Scarface (1932, Howard Hawks)
  26. The Killer (1989, John Woo)
  27. Cool Hand Luke (1967, Stuart Rosenberg)
  28. The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie (1979, Chuck Jones)
  29. Badlands (1973, Terrence Malick)
  30. Persona (1966, Ingmar Bergman)
  31. Blue (1993, Krzysztov Kieslowski)
  32. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  33. The Times of Harvey Milk (1984, Robert Epstein)
  34. La Jetée (1962, Chris Marker)
  35. Night of the Living Dead (1968, George Romero)
  36. Ran (1985, Akira Kurosawa)
  37. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964, Jacques Demy)
  38. A Face in the Crowd (1957, Elia Kazan)
  39. The Birth of a Nation (1915, D.W. Griffith)
  40. Die Hard (1988, John McTiernan)
  41. Dr. Zhivago (1965, David Lean)
  42. Watermelon Man (1970, Mario Van Peebles)
  43. Two-Lane Blacktop (1971, Monte Hellman)
  44. Taxi Driver (1976, Martin Scorsese)
  45. City Lights (1931, Charlie Chaplin)
  46. Boogie Nights (1997, Paul Thomas Anderson)
  47. Barry Lyndon (1975, Stanley Kubrick)
  48. Fight Club (1999, David Fincher)
  49. The 400 Blows (1959, Francois Truffaut)
  50. Batman (1966, Leslie H. Martinson)
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  2. I love that you did this, I better be careful because I’m certainly OCD enough to start doing it myself but I’d spend hours and hours analyzing it and tormenting my decision, don’t tempt me! 🙂

  3. Thank you for the tremendous work. It’s a great list to find something to watch.

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