Top Ten Page

An archive of my annual top ten lists.

2014

  1. Boyhood
  2. Mr. Turner
  3. National Gallery
  4. Under the Skin
  5. The Tale of Princess Kaguya
  6. The Babadook
  7. Only Lovers Left Alive
  8. Snowpiercer
  9. The One I Love
  10. The LEGO Movie

 

 

2013

  1. Inside Llewyn Davis
  2. Before Midnight
  3. Tim’s Vermeer
  4. 12 Years a Slave
  5. Her
  6. Gravity
  7. The World’s End
  8. Something in the Air
  9. Spring Breakers
  10. A Hijacking/Captain Phillips

2012

  1. The Master
  2. Moonrise Kingdom
  3. Zero Dark Thirty
  4. Room 237
  5. Amour
  6. Skyfall
  7. Bernie
  8. Wuthering Heights
  9. Not Fade Away
  10. V/H/S

2011

  1. Take Shelter
  2. The Tree of Life
  3. Shame
  4. Certified Copy
  5. Hugo
  6. Drive
  7. A Separation
  8. Rango
  9. Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop
  10. Source Code

2010

  1. Exit Through the Gift Shop
  2. Carlos
  3. 127 Hours
  4. Another Year
  5. The Social Network
  6. Four Lions
  7. The Illusionist
  8. Alamar
  9. Fish Tank
  10. Boxing Gym

2011

  1. Take Shelter
  2. The Tree of Life
  3. Shame
  4. Certified Copy
  5. Hugo
  6. Drive
  7. A Separation
  8. Rango
  9. Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop
  10. Source Code

2009

  1. A Serious Man
  2. Up
  3. In the Loop
  4. Coraline
  5. The Limits of Control
  6. Collapse
  7. Thirst
  8. Summer Hours
  9. Passing Strange: The Movie
  10. Fantastic Mr. Fox/Where the Wild Things Are

2008

  1. Che
  2. Synecdoche, New York
  3. Speed Racer
  4. Wall-E
  5. Milk
  6. Reprise
  7. The Class
  8. Up the Yangtze
  9. The Edge of Heaven
  10. Burn After Reading

2007

  1. There Will Be Blood
  2. The Lives of Others
  3. Hot Fuzz
  4. Lust, Caution
  5. No End in Sight
  6. After the Wedding
  7. I’m Not There
  8. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
  9. Into the Wild
  10. Beowulf

2006

  1. Pan’s Labyrinth
  2. Children of Men
  3. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
  4. Curse of the Golden Flower
  5. 49 Up
  6. Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
  7. A Prairie Home Companion
  8. The Science of Sleep
  9. A Scanner Darkly
  10. The History Boys

2005

  1. The New World
  2. Broken Flowers
  3. Reel Paradise
  4. Grizzly Man
  5. Mysterious Skin
  6. Head-On
  7. Oldboy/Save the Green Planet
  8. Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
  9. King Kong
  10. Brokeback Mountain

2004

  1. Before Sunset
  2. Sideways
  3. Moolaade
  4. The Incredibles
  5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  6. Million Dollar Baby
  7. Los Angeles Plays Itself
  8. Hero/House of Flying Daggers
  9. The Aviator
  10. I Heart Huckabee’s

2003

  1. Capturing the Friedmans
  2. Lost In Translation
  3. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  4. Finding Nemo
  5. The Triplets of Belleville
  6. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  7. A Mighty Wind
  8. The Barbarian Invasions
  9. Dirty Pretty Things
  10. The Matrix Reloaded

2002

  1. Spirited Away
  2. Far From Heaven
  3. Talk to Her
  4. Bloody Sunday
  5. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  6. Punch-Drunk Love
  7. The Pianist
  8. Adaptation
  9. The Hours
  10. Lilo & Stitch

2001

  1. Mulholland Dr.
  2. Memento
  3. Moulin Rouge
  4. Gosford Park
  5. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  6. The Devil’s Backbone
  7. Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  8. Wet Hot American Summer
  9. Ghost World
  10. Time and Tide

2000

  1. Yi-Yi: A One and a Two
  2. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  3. Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai
  4. Chicken Run
  5. Sound and Fury
  6. The Virgin Suicides
  7. The Filth and the Fury
  8. American Psycho
  9. Croupier
  10. Time Code

Below are two additional lists. The first lists my ten favorite movies of all time, the ones that I can watch over and over again without ever growing bored. The second lists my own picks for the greatest movies ever made, films that have had a profound impact on both my own cinematic education and, in my opinion, the art of filmmaking at large.

Both lists undergo changes almost every year, but for now, this is where they stand.

Top Ten Favorite Movies

  1. Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977)
  2. The 400 Blows (Francois Truffaut, 1959)
  3. Nashville (Robert Altman, 1975)
  4. Duck Soup (Leo McCarey, 1933)
  5. The Godfather Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
  6. Yi-Yi (A One and a Two) (Edward Yang, 2000)
  7. (Federico Fellini, 1963)
  8. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)
  9. A Fish Called Wanda (Charles Crichton, 1988)
  10. Toy Story/Toy Story 2 (John Lasseter, 1995/1999)

Top Ten Movies of All Time

  1. The 400 Blows (Francois Truffaut, 1959)
  2. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)
  3. The Godfather Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
  4. Sunrise (F.W. Murnau, 1927)
  5. Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, 1962)
  6. Nashville (Robert Altman, 1975)
  7. (Federico Fellini, 1963)
  8. Ran (Akira Kurosawa, 1985)
  9. Mr. Death (Errol Morris, 1999)
  10. Fantasia (Various, 1940)

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