Annual Top 10

Note: Most films are based on U.S. release dates, but I occasionally rely on a foreign release date.

Updated: 10/2/17

2016:

1. Moonlight (Barry Jenkins)
2. Silence (Martin Scorsese)
3. La La Land (Damien Chazelle)
4. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)
5. Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan)
6. Hell or High Water (David Mackenzie)
7. Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt)
8. Sing Street (John Carney)
9. The Witch (Robert Eggers)
10. 20th Century Women (Mike Mills)

2015:

1. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller)
2. Carol (Todd Haynes)
3. 45 Years (Andrew Haigh)
4. The Wonders (Alice Rohrwacher)
5. Ex Machina (Alex Garland)
6. Son of Saul (László Nemes)
7. Phoenix (Christian Petzold)
8. Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg)
9. Spotlight (Tom McCarthy)
10. Chi-Raq (Spike Lee)

2014:

1. Mommy (Xavier Dolan)
2. Birdman (Alejandro González Iñárritu)
3. Calvary (John Michael McDonagh)
4. The Immigrant (James Gray)
5. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson)
6. Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
7. Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev)
8. Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
9. Tom at the Farm (Xavier Dolan)
10. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)

2013:

1. Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)
2. Before Midnight (Richard Linklater)
3. The Hunt (Thomas Vinterberg)
4. The Selfish Giant (Clio Barnard)
5. The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese)
6. The Place Beyond the Pines (Derek Cianfrance)
7. Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine)
8. Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)
9. Trance (Danny Boyle)
10. Blue is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche)

2012:

1. Holy Motors (Leos Carax)
2. Cloud Atlas (Andy & Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer)
3. Amour (Michael Haneke)
4. The Turin Horse (Béla Tarr)
5. Les Misérables (Tom Hooper)
6. Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino)
7. Oslo, August 31st (Joachim Trier)
8. The Dark Knight Rises (Christopher Nolan)
9. Alps (Giorgos Lanthimos)
10. The Kid with a Bike (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)

2011:

1. Hugo (Martin Scorsese)
2. Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami)
3. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)
4. Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn)
5. The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius)
6. King of Devil's Island (Marius Holst)
7. Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen)
8. Beginners (Mike Mills)
9. Melancholia (Lars von Trier)
10. A Separation (Asghar Farhadi)

2010:

1. Black Swan (Darren Aronofsky)
2. Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold)
3. Somewhere (Sofia Coppola)
4. Exit Through the Gift Shop (Banksy)
5. The American (Anton Corbijn)
6. Carlos (Olivier Assayas)
7. The Illusionist (Sylvain Chomet)
8. Shutter Island (Martin Scorsese)
9. White Material (Claire Denis)
10. Animal Kingdom (David Michod)

2009:

1. Summer Hours (Olivier Assayas)
2. The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke)
3. Lorna's Silence (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
4. A Prophet (Jacques Audiard)
5. The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow)
6. Sin Nombre (Cary Fukunaga)
7. Broken Embraces (Pedro Almodóvar)
8. Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino)
9. Julia (Erick Zonca)
10. In the Loop (Armando Iannucci)

2008:

1. In Bruges (Martin McDonagh)
2. Man on Wire (James Marsh)
3. The Class (Laurent Cantet)
4. Hunger (Steve McQueen)
5. Somers Town (Shane Meadows)
6. Flight of the Red Balloon (Hsiao-hsien Hou)
7. I've Loved You So Long (Philippe Claudel)
8. Happy-Go-Lucky (Mike Leigh)
9. Ballast (Lance Hammer)
10. Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson)

2007:

1. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Julian Schnabel)
2. Once (John Carney)
3. Atonement (Joe Wright)
4. No Country for Old Men (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)
5. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson)
6. American Gangster (Ridley Scott)
7. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (Sidney Lumet)
8. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu)
9. Ratatouille (Brad Bird)
10. Gone Baby Gone (Ben Affleck)

2006:

1. Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón)
2. The Departed (Martin Scorsese)
3. The Proposition (John Hillcoat)
4. After the Wedding (Susanne Bier)
5. The Prestige (Christopher Nolan)
6. Casino Royale (Martin Campbell)
7. United 93 (Paul Greengrass)
8. Half Nelson (Ryan Fleck)
9. Volver (Pedro Almodóvar)
10. Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro)

2005:

1. Caché (Michael Haneke)
2. L'Enfant (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
3. Match Point (Woody Allen)
4. The New World (Terrence Malick)
5. Pride and Prejudice (Joe Wright)
6. Batman Begins (Christopher Nolan)
7. A History of Violence (David Cronenberg)
8. Saraband (Ingmar Bergman)
9. Cinderella Man (Ron Howard)
10. Sin City (Frank Miller & Robert Rodriguez)

2004:

1. Before Sunset (Richard Linklater)
2. Finding Neverland (Marc Forster)
3. Closer (Mike Nichols)
4. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry)
5. The Aviator (Martin Scorsese)
6. I Heart Huckabees (David O. Russell)
7. Vera Drake (Mike Leigh)
8. Birth (Jonathan Glazer)
9. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (Quentin Tarantino)
10. Goodbye, Dragon Inn (Tsai Ming-liang)

2003:

1. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola)
2. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Peter Weir)
3. The Return (Andrey Zvyagintsev)
4. Gerry (Gus Van Sant)
5. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Gore Verbinski)
6. Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton)
7. Love Actually (Richard Curtis)
8. City of God (Fernando Meirelles)
9. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (Quentin Tarantino)
10. Love Me If You Dare (Yann Samuell)

2002:

1. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki)
2. Road to Perdition (Sam Mendes)
3. Minority Report (Steven Spielberg)
4. Bloody Sunday (Paul Greengrass)
5. 25th Hour (Spike Lee)
6. Sweet Sixteen (Ken Loach)
7. All or Nothing (Mike Leigh)
8. The Son (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
9. Signs (M. Night Shyamalan)
10. Y Tu Mamá También (Alfonso Cuarón)

2001:

1. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg)
2. Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
3. Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrmann)
4. Lantana (Ray Lawrence)
5. Memento (Christopher Nolan)
6. In the Bedroom (Todd Field)
7. Time Out (Laurent Cantet)
8. Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff)
9. Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch)
10. Vanilla Sky (Cameron Crowe)

2000:

1. Code Unknown (Michael Haneke)
2. Amores Perros (Alejandro González Iñárritu)
3. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-Wai)
4. Werckmeister Harmonies (Béla Tarr)
5. Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky)
6. Girl on the Bridge (Patrice Leconte)
7. The Yards (James Gray)
8. Gladiator (Ridley Scott)
9. Traffic (Steven Soderbergh)
10. Dancer in the Dark (Lars von Trier)

1999:

1. Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick)
2. Rosetta (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
3. The Talented Mr. Ripley (Anthony Minghella)
4. Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson)
5. The Insider (Michael Mann)
6. The End of the Affair (Neil Jordan)
7. All About My Mother (Pedro Almodóvar)
8. The War Zone (Tim Roth)
9. Titus (Julie Taymor)
10. Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer)

1998:

1. The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick)
2. Festen (Thomas Vinterberg)
3. Great Expectations (Alfonso Cuarón)
4. Funny Games (Michael Haneke)
5. Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg)
6. A Simple Plan (Sam Raimi)
7. Following (Christopher Nolan)
8. Wild Things (John McNaughton)
9. Pleasantville (Gary Ross)
10. Shakespeare in Love (John Madden)

1997:

1. L.A. Confidential (Curtis Hanson)
2. Jackie Brown (Quentin Tarantino)
3. Gattaca (Andrew Niccol)
4. The Ice Storm (Ang Lee)
5. Titanic (James Cameron)
6. Good Will Hunting (Gus Van Sant)
7. Taste of Cherry (Abbas Kiarostami)
8. Donnie Brasco (Mike Newell)
9. The Full Monty (Peter Cattaneo)
10. Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson)

1996:

1. Trainspotting (Danny Boyle)
2. Secrets & Lies (Mike Leigh)
3. Romeo + Juliet (Baz Luhrmann)
4. La Promesse (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
5. Fargo (Joel Coen)
6. Breaking the Waves (Lars von Trier)
7. Swingers (Doug Limon)
8. Scream (Wes Craven)
9. Ransom (Ron Howard)
10. Beautiful Girls (Ted Demme)

1995:

1. Sense and Sensibility (Ang Lee)
2. Se7en (David Fincher)
3. Casino (Martin Scorsese)
4. Before Sunrise (Richard Linklater)
5. Heat (Michael Mann)
6. La Haine (Mathieu Kassovitz)
7. Toy Story (John Lasseter)
8. Leaving Las Vegas (Mike Figgis)
9. The Usual Suspects (Bryan Singer)
10. Nixon (Oliver Stone)

1994:

1. Three Colors: Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
2. Three Colors: White (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
3. Chungking Express (Wong Kar-Wai)
4. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
5. Hoop Dreams (Steve James)
6. Little Odessa (James Gray)
7. Four Weddings and a Funeral (Mike Newell)
8. Wild Reeds (André Téchiné)
9. Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson)
10. Quiz Show (Robert Redford)

1993:

1. Three Colors: Blue (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
2. Schindler's List (Steven Spielberg)
3. Naked (Mike Leigh)
4. The Remains of the Day (James Ivory)
5. The Piano (Jane Campion)
6. Farewell My Concubine (Kaige Chen)
7. Much Ado About Nothing (Kenneth Branagh)
8. True Romance (Tony Scott)
9. Short Cuts (Robert Altman)
10. A Perfect World (Clint Eastwood)

1992:

1. The Crying Game (Neil Jordan)
2. Night on Earth (Jim Jarmusch)
3. Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino)
4. Glengarry Glen Ross (James Foley)
5. Un Coeur en Hiver (Claude Sautet)
6. Malcolm X (Spike Lee)
7. Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood)
8. Death Becomes Her (Robert Zemeckis)
9. Husbands and Wives (Woody Allen)
10. The Last of the Mohicans (Michael Mann)

1991:

1. The Lovers on the Bridge (Leos Carax)
2. The Double Life of Veronique (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
3. The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme)
4. Life is Sweet (Mike Leigh)
5. Raise the Red Lantern (Zhang Yimou)
6. JFK (Oliver Stone)
7. Barton Fink (Joel Coen)
8. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (James Cameron)
9. Boyz N the Hood (John Singleton)
10. Beauty and the Beast (Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise)

1990:

1. Close-Up (Abbas Kiarostami)
2. Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese)
3. Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar-Wai)
4. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover (Peter Greenaway)
5. Miller's Crossing (Joel Coen)
6. Wild at Heart (David Lynch)
7. The Hunt for Red October (John McTiernan)
8. The Grifters (Stephen Frears)
9. Reversal of Fortune (Barbet Schroeder)
10. Metropolitan (Whit Stillman)

1989:

1. The Decalogue (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
2. The Seventh Continent (Michael Haneke)
3. Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee)
4. Crimes and Misdemeanors (Woody Allen)
5. Drugstore Cowboy (Gus Van Sant)
6. Monsieur Hire (Patrice Leconte)
7. Cinema Paradiso (Giuseppe Tornatore)
8. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Steven Spielberg)
9. The Abyss (James Cameron)
10. The Fabulous Baker Boys (Steve Kloves)

1988:

1. A Fish Called Wanda (Charles Crichton)
2. A Short Film About Killing (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
3. A Short Film About Love (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
4. Die Hard (John McTiernan)
5. Grave of the Fireflies (Isao Takahata)
6. Pelle the Conqueror (Bille August)
7. Another Woman (Woody Allen)
8. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Pedro Almodóvar)
9. The Vanishing (George Sluizer)
10. My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki)

1987:

1. Full Metal Jacket (Stanley Kubrick)
2. The Dead (John Huston)
3. Jean de Florette/Manon of the Spring (Claude Berri)
4. Blind Chance (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
5. Empire of the Sun (Steven Spielberg)
6. Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders)
7. My Life as a Dog (Lasse Hallström)
8. Matewan (John Sayles)
9. Broadcast News (James L. Brooks)
10. Withnail & I (Bruce Robinson)

1986:

1. Hannah and Her Sisters (Woody Allen)
2. Mona Lisa (Neil Jordan)
3. Mauvais Sang (Leos Carax)
4. Platoon (Oliver Stone)
5. The Sacrifice (Andrei Tarkovsky)
6. Aliens (James Cameron)
7. Down by Law (Jim Jarmusch)
8. Blue Velvet (David Lynch)
9. Sid & Nancy (Alex Cox)
10. Matador (Pedro Almodóvar)

1985:

1. After Hours (Martin Scorsese)
2. Come and See (Elem Klimov)
3. Brazil (Terry Gilliam)
4. The Purple Rose of Cairo (Woody Allen)
5. No End (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
6. Witness (Peter Weir)
7. Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis)
8. The Goonies (Richard Donner)
9. Ran (Akira Kurosawa)
10. The Breakfast Club (John Hughes)

1984:

1. Once Upon a Time in America (Sergio Leone)
2. Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders)
3. Amadeus (Milos Forman)
4. Broadway Danny Rose (Woody Allen)
5. This is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner)
6. Stranger than Paradise (Jim Jarmusch)
7. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Steven Spielberg)
8. The Terminator (James Cameron)
9. A Nightmare on Elm Street (Wes Craven)
10. Blood Simple (Joel Coen)

1983:

1. Fanny and Alexander (Ingmar Bergman)
2. Local Hero (Bill Forsyth)
3. Return of the Jedi (Richard Marquand)
4. The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese)
5. The Big Chill (Lawrence Kasdan)
6. The Dresser (Peter Yates)
7. Zelig (Woody Allen)
8. À Nos Amours (Maurice Pialat)
9. The Right Stuff (Philip Kaufman)
10. Scarface (Brian De Palma)

1982:

1. Blade Runner (Director's Cut) (Ridley Scott)
2. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg)
3. Shoot the Moon (Alan Parker)
4. Das Boot (Director's Cut) (Wolfgang Petersen)
5. The Thing (John Carpenter)
6. Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog)
7. Diner (Barry Levinson)
8. Tootsie (Sydney Pollack)
9. One from the Heart (Francis Ford Coppola)
10. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (Lou Adler)

1981:

1. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg)
2. Pennies from Heaven (Herbert Ross)
3. Lola (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
4. Diva (Jean-Jacques Beineix)
5. Blow Out (Brian De Palma)
6. Thief (Michael Mann)
7. Prince of the City (Sidney Lumet)
8. Mephisto (István Szabó)
9. Atlantic City (Louis Malle)
10. An American Werewolf in London (John Landis)

1980:

1. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese)
2. The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner)
3. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick)
4. Stardust Memories (Woody Allen)
5. Ordinary People (Robert Redford)
6. The Big Red One [The Reconstruction] (Samuel Fuller)
7. Tess (Roman Polanski)
8. Dressed to Kill (Brian De Palma)
9. The Long Good Friday (John Mackenzie)
10. The Elephant Man (David Lynch)

1979:

1. Manhattan (Woody Allen)
2. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola)
3. All That Jazz (Bob Fosse)
4. Alien (Ridley Scott)
5. The Tin Drum (Volker Schlöndorff)
6. Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky)
7. Being There (Hal Ashby)
8. The Marriage of Maria Braun (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
9. Kramer vs. Kramer (Robert Benton)
10. Camera Buff (Krzysztof Kieslowski)

1978:

1. The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino)
2. Autumn Sonata (Ingmar Bergman)
3. Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick)
4. Straight Time (Ulu Grosbard)
5. Halloween (John Carpenter)
6. Interiors (Woody Allen)
7. Midnight Express (Alan Parker)
8. Coming Home (Hal Ashby)
9. Superman (Richard Donner)
10. Grease (Randal Kleiser)

1977:

1. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg)
2. Annie Hall (Woody Allen)
3. Star Wars (George Lucas)
4. New York, New York (Martin Scorsese)
5. Eraserhead (David Lynch)
6. A Bridge Too Far (Richard Attenborough)
7. The Goodbye Girl (Herbert Ross)
8. That Obscure Object of Desire (Luis Buñuel)
9. Suspiria (Dario Argento)
10. Opening Night (John Cassavetes)

1976:

1. All the President's Men (Alan J. Pakula)
2. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese)
3. The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (John Cassavetes)
4. Network (Sidney Lumet)
5. Rocky (John G. Avildsen)
6. Marathon Man (John Schlesinger)
7. Face to Face (Ingmar Bergman)
8. Carrie (Brian De Palma)
9. Seven Beauties (Lina Wertmüller)
10. The Outlaw Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood)

1975:

1. Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick)
2. Jaws (Steven Spielberg)
3. Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet)
4. Love and Death (Woody Allen)
5. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Milos Forman)
6. Nashville (Robert Altman)
7. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones)
8. The Story of Adele H. (Francois Truffaut)
9. Three Days of the Condor (Sydney Pollack)
10. French Connection II (John Frankenheimer)

1974:

1. Chinatown (Roman Polanski)
2. The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola)
3. The Godfather Part II (Francis Ford Coppola)
4. Scenes from a Marriage (Ingmar Bergman)
5. Young Frankenstein (Mel Brooks)
6. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (Joseph Sargent)
7. Lenny (Bob Fosse)
8. A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes)
9. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
10. Phantom of the Paradise (Brian De Palma)

1973:

1. Cries and Whispers (Ingmar Bergman)
2. American Graffiti (George Lucas)
3. Day for Night (Francois Truffaut)
4. The Exorcist (William Friedkin)
5. Papillon (Franklin J. Schaffner)
6. The Spirit of the Beehive (Víctor Erice)
7. The Long Goodbye (Robert Altman)
8. Don't Look Now (Nicolas Roeg)
9. Mean Streets (Martin Scorsese)
10. The Wicker Man (Robin Hardy)

1972:

1. The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola)
2. Aguirre: The Wrath of God (Werner Herzog)
3. Solaris (Andrei Tarkovsky)
4. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Luis Buñuel)
5. Frenzy (Alfred Hitchcock)
6. The Poseidon Adventure (Ronald Neame)
7. The Candidate (Michael Ritchie)
8. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
9. Cabaret (Bob Fosse)
10. Sleuth (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)

1971:

1. The French Connection (William Friedkin)
2. A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick)
3. The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdanovich)
4. Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby)
5. THX 1138 (Director's Cut) (George Lucas)
6. Straw Dogs (Sam Peckinpah)
7. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Robert Altman)
8. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Mel Stuart)
9. Little Murders (Alan Arkin)
10. Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg)

1970:

1. A Swedish Love Story (Roy Andersson)
2. The Passion of Anna (Ingmar Bergman)
3. M*A*S*H (Robert Altman)
4. The Conformist (Bernardo Bertolucci)
5. Claire's Knee (Eric Rohmer)
6. Husbands (John Cassavetes)
7. Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson)
8. Patton (Franklin J. Schaffner)
9. Tristana (Luis Buñuel)
10. Ryan's Daughter (David Lean)

1969:

1. Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone)
2. Kes (Ken Loach)
3. Z (Costa-Gavras)
4. Midnight Cowboy (John Schlesinger)
5. Army of Shadows (Jean-Pierre Melville)
6. My Night at Maud's (Eric Rohmer)
7. The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah)
8. Easy Rider (Dennis Hopper)
9. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (George Roy Hill)
10. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Peter R. Hunt)

1968:

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick)
2. Oliver! (Carol Reed)
3. The Firemen's Ball (Milos Forman)
4. Rosemary's Baby (Roman Polanski)
5. Bullitt (Peter Yates)
6. Shame (Ingmar Bergman)
7. Faces (John Cassavetes)
8. Romeo and Juliet (Franco Zeffirelli)
9. The Lion in Winter (Anthony Harvey)
10. The Producers (Mel Brooks)

1967:

1. The Graduate (Mike Nichols)
2. Bonnie and Clyde (Arthur Penn)
3. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Sergio Leone)
4. Marat/Sade (Peter Brook)
5. Le Samouraï (Jean-Pierre Melville)
6. The Deadly Affair (Sidney Lumet)
7. Belle de Jour (Luis Bunuel)
8. The Dirty Dozen (Robert Aldrich)
9. In the Heat of the Night (Norman Jewison)
10. In Cold Blood (Richard Brooks)

1966:

1. Persona (Ingmar Bergman)
2. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Mike Nichols)
3. Masculin Féminin (Jean-Luc Godard)
4. Blow-Up (Michelangelo Antonioni)
5. Hunger (Henning Carlsen)
6. Cul-de-sac (Roman Polanski)
7. Seconds (John Frankenheimer)
8. Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky)
9. Au Hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson)
10. The Professionals (Richard Brooks)

1965:

1. Doctor Zhivago (David Lean)
2. Pierrot le Fou (Jean-Luc Godard)
3. Repulsion (Roman Polanski)
4. The Sound of Music (Robert Wise)
5. Von Ryan's Express (Mark Robson)
6. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Martin Ritt)
7. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy)
8. Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard)
9. Darling (John Schlesinger)
10. A Patch of Blue (Guy Green)

1964:

1. Dr. Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick)
2. Onibaba (Kaneto Shindô)
3. The Night of the Iguana (John Huston)
4. Seance on a Wet Afternoon (Bryan Forbes)
5. Mary Poppins (Robert Stevenson)
6. Red Desert (Michelangelo Antonioni)
7. Goldfinger (Guy Hamilton)
8. The Masque of the Red Death (Roger Corman)
9. Becket (Peter Glenville)
10. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Vittorio De Sica)

1963:

1. The Great Escape (John Sturges)
2. The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock)
3. 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini)
4. Charade (Stanley Donen)
5. The Silence (Ingmar Bergman)
6. High and Low (Akira Kurosawa)
7. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (Stanley Kramer)
8. Knife in the Water (Roman Polanski)
9. The Leopard (Luchino Visconti)
10. America, America (Elia Kazan)

1962:

1. Winter Light (Ingmar Bergman)
2. Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean)
3. Ivan's Childhood (Andrei Tarkovsky)
4. To Kill a Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan)
5. Jules and Jim (Francois Truffaut)
6. Mutiny on the Bounty (Lewis Milestone)
7. Lolita (Stanley Kubrick)
8. Lola (Jacques Demy)
9. La Jetée (Chris Marker)
10. Vivre Sa Vie (Jean-Luc Godard)

1961:

1. La Notte (Michelangelo Antonioni)
2. A Woman Is a Woman (Jean-Luc Godard)
3. Through a Glass Darkly (Ingmar Bergman)
4. West Side Story (Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins)
5. La Dolce Vita (Federico Fellini)
6. One, Two, Three (Billy Wilder)
7. Yojimbo (Akira Kurosawa)
8. The Hustler (Robert Rossen)
9. The Guns of Navarone (J. Lee Thompson)
10. Breakfast at Tiffany's (Blake Edwards)

1960:

1. The Apartment (Billy Wilder)
2. Peeping Tom (Michael Powell)
3. Rocco and His Brothers (Luchino Visconti)
4. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock)
5. Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard)
6. Le Trou (Jacques Becker)
7. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Karel Reisz)
8. The Virgin Spring (Ingmar Bergman)
9. L'Avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni)
10. Swiss Family Robinson (Ken Annakin)

1959:

1. Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks)
2. North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock)
3. Black Orpheus (Marcel Camus)
4. The 400 Blows (Francois Truffaut)
5. Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder)
6. Ballad of a Soldier (Grigoriy Chukhray)
7. Anatomy of a Murder (Otto Preminger)
8. Hiroshima, Mon Amour (Alain Resnais)
9. Pickpocket (Robert Bresson)
10. Shadows (John Cassavetes)

1958:

1. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock)
2. The Hidden Fortress (Akira Kurosawa)
3. Separate Tables (Delbert Mann)
4. Touch of Evil (Orson Welles)
5. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Richard Brooks)
6. No Time for Sergeants (Mervyn LeRoy)
7. The Magician (Ingmar Bergman)
8. Brink of Life (Ingmar Bergman)
9. Some Came Running (Vincente Minnelli)
10. The Defiant Ones (Stanley Kramer)

1957:

1. The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman)
2. The Bridge on the River Kwai (David Lean)
3. Wild Strawberries (Ingmar Bergman)
4. The Cranes are Flying (Mikhail Kalatozov)
5. 12 Angry Men (Sidney Lumet)
6. Love in the Afternoon (Billy Wilder)
7. Witness for the Prosecution (Billy Wilder)
8. Les Girls (George Cukor)
9. Sweet Smell of Success (Alexander Mackendrick)
10. I Vitelloni (Federico Fellini)

1956:

1. Giant (George Stevens)
2. The Searchers (John Ford)
3. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel)
4. A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson)
5. The Killing (Stanley Kubrick)
6. The Red Balloon (Albert Lamorisse)
7. The Harder They Fall (Mark Robson)
8. The Ten Commandments (Cecil B. DeMille)
9. Bigger Than Life (Nicholas Ray)
10. Patterns (Fielder Cook)

1955:

1. The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton)
2. Smiles of a Summer Night (Ingmar Bergman)
3. Night and Fog (Alain Resnais)
4. Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray)
5. Mister Roberts (John Ford & Mervyn LeRoy)
6. The Seven Year Itch (Billy Wilder)
7. Diabolique (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
8. The Trouble with Harry (Alfred Hitchcock)
9. Bad Day at Black Rock (John Sturges)
10. East of Eden (Elia Kazan)

1954:

1. Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock)
2. Dial M for Murder (Alfred Hitchcock)
3. Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa)
4. Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray)
5. On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan)
6. Sabrina (Billy Wilder)
7. Hobson's Choice (David Lean)
8. A Star is Born (George Cukor)
9. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Richard Fleischer)
10. It Should Happen to You (George Cukor)

1953:

1. The Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
2. Pickup on South Street (Samuel Fuller)
3. Tokyo Story (Yasujirô Ozu)
4. Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi)
5. The Naked Spur (Anthony Mann)
6. Stalag 17 (Billy Wilder)
7. From Here to Eternity (Fred Zinnemann)
8. Summer with Monika (Ingmar Bergman)
9. Shane (George Stevens)
10. Roman Holiday (William Wyler)

1952:

1. Singin' in the Rain (Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen)
2. The Quiet Man (John Ford)
3. High Noon (Fred Zinnemann)
4. Umberto D. (Vittorio De Sica)
5. Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa)
6. The Bad and the Beautiful (Vincente Minnelli)
7. Casque d'Or (Jacques Becker)
8. Sudden Fear (David Miller)
9. Limelight (Charles Chaplin)
10. Five Fingers (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)

1951:

1. Ace in the Hole (Billy Wilder)
2. The Browning Version (Anthony Asquith)
3. Strangers on a Train (Alfred Hitchcock)
4. A Place in the Sun (George Stevens)
5. A Streetcar Named Desire (Elia Kazan)
6. Early Summer (Yasujirô Ozu)
7. Detective Story (William Wyler)
8. Decision Before Dawn (Anatole Litvak)
9. Storm Warning (Stuart Heisler)
10. The Day the Earth Stood Still (Robert Wise)

1950:

1. Sunset Blvd. (Billy Wilder)
2. Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa)
3. Gun Crazy (Joseph H. Lewis)
4. All About Eve (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
5. Night and the City (Jules Dassin)
6. Orpheus (Jean Cocteau)
7. Panic in the Streets (Elia Kazan)
8. Winchester '73 (Anthony Mann)
9. The Asphalt Jungle (John Huston)
10. In a Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray)

1949:

1. The Third Man (Carol Reed)
2. The Set-Up (Robert Wise)
3. Stray Dog (Akira Kurosawa)
4. The Bicycle Thief (Vittorio De Sica)
5. Kind Hearts and Coronets (Robert Hamer)
6. A Letter to Three Wives (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
7. The Fountainhead (King Vidor)
8. Blood of the Beasts (Georges Franju)
9. White Heat (Raoul Walsh)
10. Twelve O'Clock High (Henry King)

1948:

1. The Red Shoes (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
2. The Lady from Shanghai (Orson Welles)
3. Drunken Angel (Akira Kurosawa)
4. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (John Huston)
5. Rope (Alfred Hitchcock)
6. Key Largo (John Huston)
7. The Naked City (Jules Dassin)
8. Red River (Howard Hawks)
9. Hamlet (Laurence Olivier)
10. A Foreign Affair (Billy Wilder)

1947:

1. Black Narcissus (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
2. Monsieur Verdoux (Charlie Chaplin)
3. Odd Man Out (Carol Reed)
4. Brighton Rock (John Boulting)
5. Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur)
6. Kiss of Death (Henry Hathaway)
7. Shoeshine (Vittorio De Sica)
8. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
9. It Happened on Fifth Avenue (Roy Del Ruth)
10. Gentleman's Agreement (Elia Kazan)

1946:

1. Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock)
2. Duel in the Sun (King Vidor)
3. It's a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra)
4. A Matter of Life and Death (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
5. The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks)
6. My Darling Clementine (John Ford)
7. The Best Years of Our Lives (William Wyler)
8. The Postman Always Rings Twice (Tay Garnett)
9. Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau)
10. Gilda (King Vidor)

1945:

1. Brief Encounter (David Lean)
2. Children of Paradise (Marcel Carné)
3. I Know Where I'm Going! (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
4. Mildred Pierce (Michael Curtiz)
5. The Lost Weekend (Billy Wilder)
6. Scarlet Street (Fritz Lang)
7. Leave Her to Heaven (John M. Stahl)
8. Detour (Edgar G. Ulmer)
9. Rome, Open City (Roberto Rossellini)
10. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Elia Kazan)

1944:

1. Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder)
2. Arsenic and Old Lace (Frank Capra)
3. Murder, My Sweet (Edward Dmytryk)
4. Meet Me in St. Louis (Vincente Minnelli)
5. To Have and Have Not (Howard Hawks)
6. Gaslight (George Cukor)
7. Laura (Otto Preminger)
8. The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (Preston Sturges)
9. Lifeboat (Alfred Hitchcock)
10. Going My Way (Leo McCarey)

1943:

1. Casablanca (Michael Curtiz)
2. Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock)
3. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
4. Day of Wrath (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
5. The Ox-Bow Incident (William A. Wellman)
6. The More the Merrier (George Stevens)
7. Five Graves to Cairo (Billy Wilder)
8. Heaven Can Wait (Ernst Lubitsch)
9. This Land Is Mine (Jean Renoir)
10. I Walked with a Zombie (Jacques Tourneur)

1942:

1. The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles)
2. Sullivan's Travels (Preston Sturges)
3. One of Our Aircraft is Missing (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
4. Cat People (Jacques Tourneur)
5. To Be or Not to Be (Ernst Lubitsch)
6. The Palm Beach Story (Preston Sturges)
7. The Black Swan (Henry King)
8. 49th Parallel (Michael Powell)
9. Mrs. Miniver (William Wyler)
10. Kings Row (Sam Wood)

1941:

1. The Maltese Falcon (John Huston)
2. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles)
3. Meet John Doe (Frank Capra)
4. The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges)
5. Ball of Fire (Howard Hawks)
6. High Sierra (Raoul Walsh)
7. Love on the Dole (John Baxter)
8. The Strawberry Blonde (Raoul Walsh)
9. Here Comes Mr. Jordan (Alexander Hall)
10. The Wolf Man (George Waggner)

1940:

1. The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor)
2. His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks)
3. The Shop Around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch)
4. The Mortal Storm (Frank Borzage)
5. The Grapes of Wrath (John Ford)
6. The Bank Dick (Edward Cline)
7. Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock)
8. Waterloo Bridge (Mervyn LeRoy)
9. Fantasia (multiple directors)
10. All This, and Heaven Too (Anatole Litvak)

1939:

1. The Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir)
2. Beau Geste (William A. Wellman)
3. Gone with the Wind (Victor Fleming)
4. Only Angels Have Wings (Howard Hawks)
5. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Frank Capra)
6. The Roaring Twenties (Raoul Walsh)
7. Port of Shadows (Marcel Carné)
8. Gunga Din (George Stevens)
9. Midnight (Mitchell Leisen)
10. Stagecoach (John Ford)

1938:

1. Grand Illusion (Jean Renoir)
2. Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks)
3. The Adventures of Robin Hood (Michael Curtiz & William Keighley)
4. The Lady Vanishes (Alfred Hitchcock)
5. La Bête Humaine (Jean Renoir)
6. Holiday (George Cukor)
7. Alexander Nevsky (Sergei M. Eisenstein)
8. You Can't Take It with You (Frank Capra)
9. Sidewalks of London (Tim Whelan)
10. Angels with Dirty Faces (Michael Curtiz)

1937:

1. The Awful Truth (Leo McCarey)
2. Night Must Fall (Richard Thorpe)
3. Make Way for Tomorrow (Leo McCarey)
4. A Star is Born (William A. Wellman)
5. Dead End (William Wyler)
6. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (David Hand)
7. Lost Horizon (Frank Capra)
8. Nothing Sacred (William A. Wellman)
9. The Life of Emile Zola (William Dieterle)
10. Topper (Norman Z. McLeod)

1936:

1. Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin)
2. Sabotage (Alfred Hitchcock)
3. My Man Godfrey (Gregory La Cava)
4. A Day in the Country (Jean Renoir)
5. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (Frank Capra)
6. Fury (Fritz Lang)
7. Bullets or Ballots (William Keighley)
8. The Petrified Forest (Archie Mayo)
9. Dodsworth (William Wyler)
10. A Tale of Two Cities (Jack Conway)

1935:

1. The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock)
2. Mutiny on the Bounty (Frank Lloyd)
3. The Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale)
4. Ruggles of Red Gap (Leo McCarey)
5. The Informer (John Ford)
6. Captain Blood (Michael Curtiz)
7. Les Misérables (Richard Boleslawski)
8. Alice Adams (George Stevens)
9. A Midsummer Night's Dream (Max Reinhardt & William Dieterle)
10. The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock)

1934:

1. It Happened One Night (Frank Capra)
2. The Thin Man (W.S. Van Dyke)
3. Les Misérables (Raymond Bernard)
4. L'Atalante (Jean Vigo)
5. Twentieth Century (Howard Hawks)
6. Manhattan Melodrama (W.S. Van Dyke)
7. The Goddess (Yonggang Wu)
8. The Lost Patrol (John Ford)
9. The Gay Divorcee (Mark Sandrich)
10. Of Human Bondage (John Cromwell)

1933:

1. 42nd Street (Lloyd Bacon)
2. King Kong (Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack)
3. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (Fritz Lang)
4. Dinner at Eight (George Cukor)
5. Design for Living (Ernst Lubitsch)
6. Counsellor at Law (William Wyler)
7. Lady for a Day (Frank Capra)
8. The Invisible Man (James Whale)
9. Duck Soup (Leo McCarey)
10. Gold Diggers of 1933 (Mervyn LeRoy)

1932:

1. Love Me Tonight (Rouben Mamoulian)
2. Wooden Crosses (Raymond Bernard)
3. One Hour with You (Ernst Lubitsch)
4. Grand Hotel (Edmund Goulding)
5. Trouble in Paradise (Ernst Lubitsch)
6. Freaks (Tod Browning)
7. One Way Passage (Tay Garnett)
8. The Most Dangerous Game (Irving Pichel & Ernest B. Schoedsack)
9. Vampyr (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
10. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (Mervyn LeRoy)

1931:

1. City Lights (Charlie Chaplin)
2. M (Fritz Lang)
3. The Smiling Lieutenant (Ernst Lubitsch)
4. The Public Enemy (William A. Wellman)
5. Tabu (F.W. Murnau)
6. Frankenstein (James Whale)
7. A Nous la Liberte (Rene Clair)
8. Little Caesar (Mervyn LeRoy)
9. Bad Girl (Frank Borzage)
10. Platinum Blonde (Frank Capra)

1930:

1. Under the Roofs of Paris (Rene Clair)
2. The Blue Angel (Josef von Sternberg)
3. City Girl (F.W. Murnau)
4. Hell's Angels (Howard Hughes)
5. All Quiet on the Western Front (Lewis Milestone)
6. Earth (Aleksandr Dovzhenko)
7. The Blood of a Poet (Jean Cocteau)
8. L'Age D'Or (Luis Buñuel)
9. The Dawn Patrol (Howard Hawks)
10. Monte Carlo (Ernst Lubitsch)