Best Movie of Every Year

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  • 2013: Stoker (Chan-wook Park, US)
  • 2012: Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, US)
  • 2011: The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, US)
  • 2010: Confessions (Tetsuya Nakashima, Japan)
  • 2009: Moon (Duncan Jones, US)
  • 2008: Cloverfield (Matt Reeves, US)
  • 2007: Sunshine (Danny Boyle, UK)
  • 2006: Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón, UK/US)
  • 2005: Green Chair (Cheol-su Park, S. Korea)
  • 2004: Tony Takitani (Jun Ichikawa, Japan)
  • 2003: Vibrator (Ryuichi Hiroki, Japan)
  • 2002: Turning Gate (Sang-soo Hong, S. Korea)
  • 2001: Visitor Q (Takashi Miike, Japan)
  • 2000: Ritual (Hideaki Anno, Japan)
  • 1999: Fight Club (David Fincher, US)
  • 1998: I Stand Alone (Gaspar Noé, France)
  • 1997: Lost Highway (David Lynch, US)
  • 1996: Breaking The Waves (Lars von Trier, Denmark)
  • 1995: Love Letter (Shunji Iwai, Japan)
  • 1994: Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, US)
  • 1993: Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg, US)
  • 1992: Man Bites Dog (Rémy Belvaux/André Bonzel/Benoît Poelvoorde, Belgium)
  • 1991: Delicatessen (Marc Caro/Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France)
  • 1990: Jacob's Ladder (Adrian Lyne, US)
  • 1989: Black Rain (Shohei Imamura, Japan)
  • 1988: Die Hard (John McTiernan, US)
  • 1987: The Red Spectacles (Mamoru Oshii, Japan)
  • 1986: Aliens (James Cameron, US/UK)
  • 1985: Ran (Akira Kurosawa, Japan)
  • 1984: The Element of Crime (Lars von Trier, Denmark)
  • 1983: Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (Richard Marquand, US)
  • 1982: Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (Nicholas Meyer, US)
  • 1981: The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy (Alan J.W. Bell, UK)
  • 1980: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner, US)
  • 1979: Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky, W. Germany/Soviet Union)
  • 1978: Dawn of the Dead (George A. Romero, US)
  • 1977: Eraserhead (David Lynch, US)
  • 1976: Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, US)
  • 1975: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Gilliam/Terry Jones, UK)
  • 1974: The Parallax View (Alan J. Pakula, US)
  • 1973: Papillon (Franklin J. Schaffner, US)
  • 1972: Aguirre: The Wrath of God (Werner Herzog, Germany)
  • 1971: THX 1138 (George Lucas, US)
  • 1970: Patton (Franklin J. Schaffner, US)
  • 1969: Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky, Soviet Union)
  • 1968: Planet of the Apes (Franklin J. Schaffner, US)
  • 1967: Cool Hand Luke (Stuart Rosenberg, US)
  • 1966: Persona (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden)
  • 1965: For a Few Dollars More (Sergio Leone, Italy)
  • 1964: A Fistful of Dollars (Sergio Leone, Italy)
  • 1963: Zatoichi on the Road (Kimiyoshi Yasuda, Japan)
  • 1962: Sanjuro (Akira Kurosawa, Japan)
  • 1961: Yojimbo (Akira Kurosawa, Japan)
  • 1960: Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, US)
  • 1959: Ohayô [Good Morning] (Yasujiro Ozu, Japan)
  • 1958: Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, US)
  • 1957: Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden)
  • 1956: The Killing (Stanley Kubrick, US)
  • 1955: Diabolique (Henri-Georges Clouzot, France)
  • 1954: Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa, Japan)
  • 1953: The Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Clouzot, France)
  • 1952: Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa, Japan)
  • 1951: Early Summer (Yasujiro Ozu, Japan)
  • 1950: Rashômon (Akira Kurosawa, Japan)
  • 1949: Stray Dog (Akira Kurosawa, Japan)
  • 1948: Drunken Angel (Akira Kurosawa, Japan)
  • 1947: Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur, US)
  • 1946: It's a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, US)
  • 1945: The Lost Weekend (Billy Wilder, US)
  • 1944: Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, US)
  • 1943: Day of Wrath (Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark)
  • 1942: Saboteur (Alfred Hitchcock, US)
  • 1941: The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, US)
  • 1940: The Great Dictator (Charles Chaplin, US)
  • 1939: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Frank Capra, US)
  • 1938: The Lady Vanishes (Alfred Hitchcock, UK)
  • 1937: Humanity and Paper Balloons (Sadao Yamanaka, Japan)
  • 1936: Modern Times (Charles Chaplin, US)
  • 1935: Triumph of the Will (Leni Riefenstahl, Germany)
  • 1934: It Happened One Night (Frank Capra, US)
  • 1933: Lady for a Day (Frank Capra, US)
  • 1932: I Was Born, But... (Yasujiro Ozu, Japan)
  • 1931: M (Fritz Lang, Germany)
  • 1930: All Quiet on the Western Front (Lewis Milestone, US)
  • 1929: Blackmail (Alfred Hitchcock, UK)
  • 1928: The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer, France)
  • 1927: Metropolis (Fritz Lang, Germany)
  • 1926: The General (Clyde Bruckman/Buster Keaton, US)
  • 1925: The Gold Rush (Charles Chaplin, US)
  • 1924: Sherlock Jr. (Buster Keaton, US)
  • 1923: Safety Last! (Fred C. Newmeyer/Sam Taylor, US)
  • 1922: Nosferatu (F.W. Murnau, Germany)
  • 1921: The Kid (Charles Chaplin, US)
  • 1920: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene, Germany)
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  • 1917: The Immigrant (Charles Chaplin, US)
  • 1916: The Vagabond (Charles Chaplin, US)
  • 1915:
  • 1914: Tillie's Punctured Romance (Mack Sennett, US)
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  • 1909: Nero. Or the Fall of Rome (Luigi Maggi, Italy)
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  • 1904: The Impossible Voyage (Georges Méliès, France)
  • 1903: The Great Train Robbery (Edwin S. Porter, US)
  • 1902: A Trip to the Moon (Georges Méliès, France)
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  • 1896: Demolition of a Wall (Louis Lumière, France)
  • 1895: The Execution of Mary Stuart (Alfred Clark, US)
  • 1894: Carmencita (William K.L. Dickson, US)
  • 1893:
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  • 1891: Dickson Greeting (William K.L. Dickson, US)
  • 1890: Monkeyshines (William K.L. Dickson/William Heise, US)
  • 1889:
  • 1888: Traffic Crossing Leeds Bridge (Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince, UK)
Author Comments: 

This isn't that great of a list since I'm not much of a 'classic' movie watcher. Some movies only make it for their years because I haven't really seen anything else worthwhile from that year. Some I've put in because they're the most memorable of that year. Early years are a wasteland of little seen.

And, of course, a rewatch of some movies would shift things. It's all fluid.

IMDb says Andrey Rublyov is from 1966.

hmm.. it looks like they've possibly changed the date since I created this list. The imdb release date page for it lists a limited release in December 1966 and then the next date is May 1969 at Cannes. The trivia page says it had private screenings in 1966 and the first official screening was in 1969.

Now I'm not sure if I should change it. Thanks for pointing it out though. :D

If you do change it to the IMDb year, please reply to this and I'll update The listies: movies.

You say in your author comments that this isnt that great of a list but, honestly, I find it more interesting than most. Rare to see films like Von Trier's early Element of Crime being represented, among many others. Lots of agreement with choices like Ikiru, Stalker, Andrei Rublev, Metropolis, Aliens... have you seen Tarkovsky's Nostalghia and The Mirror? How about Gilliam's Brazil (particularly the final cut)?

I'd be curious to see your top 10 of all time. Feel free to vote at my "TOP 10 FILMS OF ALL TIME POLL".

I haven't seen Nostalghia, but I have seen The Mirror and Brazil. I really didn't like The Mirror, but I can't remember why. I liked Brazil, but apparently not as much as Ran.

I might put together my top 10, but I have a feeling it would just be films that resonant with me personally but aren't really well known.

Well Mirror is so stream-of-conscious, it can be hard to get a grip on and it's certainly not everyone's cup of tea. Ran is a great choice - one of the most stunning battle films ever (visually extraordinary). I'd love to see your top 10, especially if it's films that resonate with you personally but aren't really well known.

Please come vote at my "TOP 10 FILMS OF ALL TIME POLL". We're having a good 'ol time with it, but could use more voters to keep things interesting and keep the tally rolling :)