Best Of Film
about my reviews

top ten lists
2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012

family top ten lists

by element
actors | beauties | characters | cinematographers| directors | duos | endings | scripts | sequels | soundtracks

by genre
action/adventure | comedy | documentary | drama | "hollywood" flicks | horror | noir | sleepers | western

other
advertising | double bill | worst


BEST BY YEAR
-
-
1922
1923
1924
1925
1926
1927
1928
1929
Silent
1930
1931
1932
1933
1934
1935
1936
1937
1938
1939
1930s
1940
1941
1942
1943
1944
1945
1946
1947
1948
1949
1940s
1950
1951
1952
1953
1954
1955
1956
1957
1958
1959
1950s
1960
1961
1962
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969
1960s
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1970s
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1980s
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
1990s
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2000s
2010
 2011
2012
             
2010s

my top 25 (in rough order):
Graduate (1967)
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)
Die Hard (1988)
Paths Of Glory (1957)
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Godfather Part I and II (1972/74)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Hoop Dreams (1994) (documentary)
A Christmas Story (1983)
Boogie Nights (1997)
Koyaanisqatsi (1982) (documentary)
Grapes Of Wrath (1940)
Shane (1953)
American Movie: The Making of Northwestern (1999) (documentary)
I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang (1932)
It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
Ikiru (1952)
Matrix (1999)
Killing (1956)
Magnolia (1999)
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Great Escape (1963)
Fargo (1996)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Karate Kid (1984)
There's Something About Mary (1998)
 

2012
Silver Linings Playbook
Weight Of The Nation
Argo
Breaking Bad Season Five
Broke
End Of Watch
Dark Knight Rises
Queen Of Versailles
Arbitrage
Jack Reacher
Grey
Flight

2011
Horrible Bosses
Hall Pass
Like Crazy
Young Adult
Ides Of March
Take Shelter
Drive
Fab Five
Unguarded
Moneyball

2010
Blue Valentine
Shutter Island
127 Hours
Winter's Bone
Social Network
Inside Job
Book Of Eli
True Grit
It's Kind Of A Funny Story
Restrepo
Hesher
Inception

2009
(500) Days Of Summer
Hangover
Away We Go
Star Trek
Bruno
Inglourious Basterds
Road
Precious
Zombieland
Orphan

2008
Quarantine
In Bruges
Iron Man
RocknRolla
Doomsday
Lakeview Terrace
Step Brothers
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Tyson (documentary)
Dark Knight
Slumdog Millionaire

2007
4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days
Juno
Stardust
Shoot 'Em Up
Michael Clayton
Sicko (documentary)
Zodiac
No Country For Old Men
Invasion
Knocked Up
Paranormal Activity

2006
An Inconvenient Truth
Borat (documentary)
Break-Up
Departed
Jackass Number Two (documentary)
Little Children
Little Miss Sunshine
S&Man
Stranger Than Fiction
Summer Camp (documentary)
United 93

2005
Brick
Cache
Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room
Guns, Germs, And Steel
Heart Of The Game (documentary)
Hostage
Island
Munich
Squid And The Whale
Walk The Line

2004
Aviator
Collateral
District B13
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
Fahrenheit 9/11 (documentary)
Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
Kill Bill Volume Two
Million Dollar Baby
Miracle
Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War On Journalism (documentary)
Sideways
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession

2003
Capturing The Friedmans (documentary)
Corporation (documentary)
End Of The Century (documentary)
Fog Of War (documentary)
Kill Bill Vol. 1
Lord of the Rings: Return Of The King
Matrix: Reloaded
Open Range
Pieces Of April
Tarnation (documentary)

2002
Bowling For Columbine (documentary)
City Of God
Femme Fatale
In America
Irreversible
Jackass (documentary)
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Naqoyqatsi (documentary)
Panic Room
Punch-Drunk Love
Ring
Road to Perdition
Stevie (documentary)
28 Days Later...
25th Hour
Way Home (Jibeuro)

2001
Das Experiment
Donnie Darko
Fab Five (documentary)
Fidel (documentary)
Go Tigers! (documentary)
Home Movie (documentary)
Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
Startup.com (documentary)
Super Troopers
Training Day
Waking Life

2000
Bamboozled
Dark Days (documentary)
Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition (documentary)
Keep The River On Your Right (documentary)
Meet The Parents
Memento
O, Brother Where Art Thou?
Requiem For A Dream
Songs From The Second Floor
Traffic

1999
American Beauty
American Movie: The Making of Northwestern
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Blair Witch Project
Election
Fight Club
Insider
Magnolia
Matrix
Office Space
Sixth Sense
South Park: Bigger, Longer, And Uncut
Wind Will Carry Us

1998
Big Lebowski
Buffalo '66
Celebration
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas
He Got Game
Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels
Out Of Sight
Pi
Rushmore
Saving Private Ryan
There's Something About Mary

1997
Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery
Big One (documentary)
Boogie Nights
Game
Life is Beautiful
Taste Of Cherry

1996
Body Without Soul (documentary)
Fargo
Happy Gilmore
Microcosmos (documentary)
Pusher
Trainspotting

1995
Angels & Insects
Casino
Crimson Tide
Heat
Leaving Las Vegas
Se7en
Usual Suspects
Welcome To The Dollhouse

1994
Bad Boy Bubby
Clerks
Cobb
Dumb And Dumber
Hoop Dreams (documentary)
Last Seduction
Monster
Natural Born Killers
Pulp Fiction
Shawshank Redemption

1993
Blue Kite
Falling Down
Menace II Society
Perfect World
Schindler's List
True Romance
Visions Of Light (documentary)
War Room (documentary)

1992
Baraka (documentary)
Brother's Keeper (documentary)
Dead Alive
Malcolm X
Red Rock West
Reservoir Dogs
Unforgiven

1991
Boyz In The Hood
JFK
Once Upon A Time In China
Silence of the Lambs
Terminator 2
Thelma & Louise

1990
Dances With Wolves
Goodfellas
Hunt For Red October
Miller's Crossing

1989
Back To The Future II
Do The Right Thing
Little Mermaid
Parenthood
Roger And Me
Uncle Buck

1988
Die Hard
Decalogue
Grave Of The Fireflies
Powaqqatsi (documentary)
Vanishing

1987
Empire Of The Sun
Evil Dead II
Fatal Attraction
Full Metal Jacket
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Predator
Princess Bride
Radio Days
Raising Arizona
Robocop

1986
Aliens
Down By Law
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Hoosiers
Platoon

1985
After Hours
Back To The Future
Enemy Mine
Goonies
My Life As A Dog
Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
Ran
Re-Animator

1984
Amadeus
Blood Simple
Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom
Karate Kid
Romancing The Stone
Stranger Than Paradise
Terminator

1983
A Christmas Story
Octopussy
Scarface
Style Wars

1982
Atomic Café (documentary)
Koyaanisqatsi
Music Is The Weapon
Pink Floyd: The Wall
Thing

1981
Das Boot
Evil Dead
Gods Must Be Crazy
Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark
My Dinner With Andre
Quest For Fire
Road Warrior
Thief

1980
Empire Strikes Back
Friday The 13th
My Bodyguard
Raging Bull
Shining
Superman II
Tom Horn

1979
Breaking Away
Jerk
Kramer vs. Kramer
Norma Rae
Rocky II
Tin Drum

1978
Animal House
Capricorn One
Dawn of the Dead
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Tree Of Wooden Clogs

1977
Annie Hall
Slap Shot
Star Wars

1976
All The President's Men
Harlan County, USA
Network
Rocky
Taxi Driver

1975
Bloodsucking Freaks
Dersu Uzala
Jaws
Master of the Flying Guillotine
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Rollerball
Switchblade Sisters

1974
Ali: Fear Eats The Soul
Blazing Saddles
Godfather II
Hearts And Minds
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Young Frankenstein

1973
Coffy
Harder They Come
Mean Streets
Papillion
Sting

1972
Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie
Frenzy
Godfather
Last House On The Left
Solaris

1971
Brian's Song
Clockwork Orange
Vanishing Point
Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory

1970
Gimme Shelter
Love Story
Rio Lobo

1969
Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid
Easy Rider
High School (documentary)
Midnight Cowboy
Salesman (documentary)
Wild Bunch

1968
Blackmail Is My Life
Bullitt
Night of the Living Dead
Once Upon A Time In The West
Producers
2001: A Space Odyssey
Targets

1967
Bonnie And Clyde
Branded To Kill
Cool Hand Luke
Dirty Dozen
Graduate
Hombre
In The Heat Of The Night
Jungle Book

1966
Battle Of Algiers
El Dorado
Endless Summer
Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
Tokyo Drifter
Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

1965
Cincinnati Kid
Red Beard
Tokyo Olympiad

1964
Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb
Fistful of Dollars
Goldfinger
Mary Poppins
My Fair Lady
Naked Kiss

1963
Great Escape
High And Low
Kanto Wanderer
Youth Of The Beast

1962
Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Sanjuro
To Kill A Mockingbird
Zatoichi I

1961
Il Posto
Yojimbo

1960
Apartment
Inherit The Wind
Spartacus

1959
North By Northwest
Rio Bravo

1958
Vertigo
Hidden Fortress

1957
Aparajito
Lower Depths
Paths Of Glory
Seventh Seal
Throne Of Blood
Tin Star
12 Angry Men
Wild Strawberries

1956
All That Heaven Allows
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Killing
Searchers
Wrong Man

1955
Bad Day At Black Rock
East Of Eden
Marty
Night And Fog
Night Of The Hunter
Pather Panchali
Rebel Without A Cause
Rififi

1954
Diabolique
Dial M For Murder
Far Country
La Strada
Rear Window
Seven Samurai

1953
Pickup On South Street
Shane
Stalag 17
Tokyo Story
Wages Of Fear

1952
Bend Of The River
Clash By Night
Ikiru
Narrow Margin

1951
African Queen
Day The Earth Stood Still
Scrooge
Strangers On A Train
Thing From Another World

1950
Asphalt Jungle
In A Lonely Place
Los Olvidados
Night And The City
Panic In The Streets
Rashomon
Stage Fright
Winchester '73

1949
Gun Crazy
Set-up
Stray Dog
Thieves' Highway
Twelve O'Clock High

1948
Bicycle Thief
Big Clock
Call Northside 777
Hamlet
He Walked By Night
Louisiana Story
Rope
Sorry, Wrong Number
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Unfaithfully Yours

1947
Out Of The Past
Body And Soul
Daisy Kenyon
Boomerang!

1946
Best Years Of Our Lives
Big Sleep
Black Angel
Detour
It's A Wonderful Life
Notorious

1945
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
Lost Weekend
Spellbound
Walk In The Sun

1944
Double Indemnity
Lifeboat
To Have And Have Not

1943
Heaven Can Wait

1942
Bambi
Casablanca
Saboteur
This Gun For Hire

1941
Bambi
Citizen Kane
Lady Eve
Little Foxes
Maltese Falcon
Meet John Doe
Sullivan's Travels
Suspicion

1940
Bank Dick
Fantasia
Grapes Of Wrath
Great Dictator
His Girl Friday
Philadelphia Story
Shop Around The Corner

1939
Beau Geste
Dark Victory
Destry Rides Again
Goodbye Mr. Chips
Made For Each Other
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington
Wizard of Oz

1938
Adventures Of Robin Hood
Angels With Dirty Faces
You Can't Take It With You

1937
A Day At The Races
Grand Illusion
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

1936
Fury
Modern Times
Mr. Deeds Goes To Town
My Man Godfrey

1935
Mutiny On The Bounty

1934
Call It Murder
L'Atalante
Man Of Aran (documentary)
It Happened One Night

1933
Babyface
Design For Living
Duck Soup
Gabriel Over The White House

1932
I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang
Scarface

1931
City Lights
M
Svengali
Tabu: A Story Of The South Seas

1930
All Quiet On The Western Front

1929
Man With The Movie Camera

1928
Steamboat Bill Jr.

1927
Sunrise
General
Metropolis

1926

1925
Gold Rush

1924
Faust

1923

1922
Nanook of the North (documentary)

2000s
Departed
Little Miss Sunshine
Island
Aviator
Miracle
Corporation (documentary)
Punch-Drunk Love
Bowling For Columbine
Donnie Darko
Meet The Parents
Memento
Traffic

1990s
American Movie: The Making of Northwestern (documentary)
Magnolia
Matrix
Office Space
Big Lebowski
Pi
There's Something About Mary
Rushmore
Big One (documentary)
Boogie Nights
Fargo
Se7en
Heat
Hoop Dreams (documentary)
Pulp Fiction
Shawshank Redemption
Menace II Society
Silence of the Lambs
Goodfellas

1980s
Roger And Me
Uncle Buck
Die Hard
Full Metal Jacket
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Predator
Princess Bride
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Back To The Future
Blood Simple
Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom
Karate Kid
Terminator
A Christmas Story
Koyaanisqatsi (documentary)
Thing
Das Boot
Evil Dead

1970s
Jerk
Dawn of the Dead
Star Wars
Network
Taxi Driver
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Dersu Uzala
Rollerball
Master of the Flying Guillotine
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Papillion
Clockwork Orange
Vanishing Point
Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory

1960s
Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid
Wild Bunch
2001: A Space Odyssey
Night of the Living Dead
Bullitt
Cool Hand Luke
Graduate
Bonnie And Clyde
Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
My Fair Lady
Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb
Great Escape
Kanto Wanderer
Sanjuro
Yojimbo

1950s
Paths Of Glory
Rio Bravo
Killing
Night Of The Hunter
Far Country
Shane
Ikiru
Day The Earth Stood Still
Rashomon
Night And The City

1940s
Gun Crazy
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
It's A Wonderful Life
Best Years Of Our Lives
Sullivan's Travels
Double Indemnity
Lifeboat
To Have And Have Not
Citizen Kane
Grapes Of Wrath

1930s
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington
Destry Rides Again
Wizard of Oz
Mr. Deeds Goes To Town
Duck Soup
I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang
M

Silent Era
Nanook of the North (documentary)
Gold Rush
General
Metropolis
October
Steamboat Bill Jr.
Man With The Movie Camera
Sunrise

Advertising
Inception (film trailer 3)
Hills Have Eyes 2 (film trailer)
Dark Knight (film trailer)
Pineapple Express (film trailer)
Nike - Polamalu/Tomlinson
Nike - Move - 2002 Winter Olympics
Nike - Lance Armstrong
Volkswagen - Marriage
Sopranos Final 9 Trailer
Revolutionary Road (film trailer)

Actors
James Stewart
Dustin Hoffman
Humphrey Bogart
Toshiro Mifune
Robert DeNiro
Paul Newman
Steve McQueen
Henry Fonda
Kirk Douglas
Barbara Stanwyck
Jean Arthur
Steve Martin
Walter Brennan
Morgan Freeman
Sterling Hayden
Takashi Shimura
Clint Eastwood
Katharine Hepburn
Jack Nicholson
Philip Seymore Hoffman
John C. Reilly
Jay C. Flippen
Elisha Cook Jr.
Timothy Carey
Marie Windsor
Spencer Tracy
Gary Cooper
Emil Jannings

Beauties
Lauren Bacall
Jennifer Connelly

Directors
Akira Kurosawa
Stanley Kubrick
Alfred Hitchcock
Frank Capra
John Hughes
P.T. Anderson
Quentin Tarantino
Coen Brothers
David Fincher
Anthony Mann
Seijun Suzuki
John Huston
Howard Hawks
Michael Mann
Jules Dassin
Michael Curtiz
Chris Smith
Farrelly Brothers
F.W. Murnau
Abbas Kiarostami
Robert J. Flaherty
Michael Moore
 

Cinematographers
Tak Fujimoto (silence of the lambs, ferris bueller's day off, breach, sixth sense, philadelphia)
John F. Seitz (sunset blvd, double indemnity, sullivan's travels, big clock, lost weekend)
James Wong Howe (hud, outrage, picnic, hombre, sweet smell of success)

Characters
Character Actor Film
John Mcclane Aka "Roy" Bruce Willis Die Hard
Travis Bickle Robert DeNiro Taxi Driver
Luke Jackson Paul Newman Cool Hand Luke
Kikuchiyo Toshiro Mifune Seven Samurai
Michael Corleone Al Pacino Godfather Trilogy
Brig. Gen. Jack D. Ripper Sterling Hayden Dr. Strangelove
Gen. 'Buck' Turgidson George C. Scott Dr. Strangelove
Three Characters Peter Sellars Dr. Strangelove
Jules Winnfield Samuel L. Jackson Pulp Fiction
Colonel Dax Kirk Douglas Paths Of Glory
Benjamin Braddock Dustin Hoffman Graduate
Del Griffith John Candy Planes Trains And Automobiles
Neil Page Steve Martin Planes Trains And Automobiles
Tom Joad Henry Fonda Grapes Of Wrath
Bodyguard Toshiro Mifune Yojimbo/Sanjuro
Ralphie Darren McGavin A Christmas Story
William Munny Clint Eastwood Unforgiven
Andy Dufresne Tim Robbins Shawshank Redemption
Dr. Hannibal Lecter Anthony Hopkins Silence Of The Lambs
The Captain Jürgen Prochnow Das Boot
McMurphy Jack Nicholson One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Dersu Uzala Maksim Munzuk Dersu Uzala
Trinity Carrie-Anne Moss Matrix
Phyliss Dietrichson Barbara Stanwyck Double Indemnity
Mrs. Robinson Anne Bancroft Graduate
Tracy Flick Reese Witherspoon Election
Marge Gunderson Frances McDormand Fargo
Max Fischer Jason Schwartzman Rushmore
Sherry Peatty Marie Windsor Killing
Slim Lauren Bacall To Have And Have Not
Dude Jeff Bridges Big Lebowski
Max Bialystock Gene Wilder Producers
Navin Johnson Steve Martin Jerk
Ratso Rizzo Dustin Hoffman Midnight Cowboy
Joe Buck Jon Voight Midnight Cowboy

Duos:
Bogart And Bacall
Jackson And Travolta - Pulp Fiction
Candy And Martin - Planes, Trains, And Automobiles
Reilly And Wahlberg - Boogie Nights
Hawks And Wayne
Mann And Stewart
Hitchcock And Stewart
Hitchcock And Grant
Hoffman And Voight - Midnight Cowboy
Capra And Cooper

Soundtracks:
Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
Graduate
Koyaanisqatsi (documentary)
Pi
Great Escape
2001: A Space Odyssey
Yojimbo
Harder They Come
Star Wars Trilogy
Indiana Jones Trilogy
Back To The Future Trilogy
Killing
Rushmore
Predator
Breaking Away
Unfaithfully Yours
North By Northwest

Best endings:
Graduate
Rollerball
Paths Of Glory
American Movie: The Making of Northwestern (documentary)
Magnolia
Killing
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Se7en
I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang
Midnight Cowboy

Scripts:
Die Hard
Pulp Fiction
Double Indemnity
Boogie Nights
Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Killing
Seven Samurai
Godfather

Comedy:
Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Rushmore
Producers
Big Lebowski
Meet The Parents
Election
Duck Soup

Action/Adventure:
Die Hard
Great Escape
Predator

Drama:
Magnolia
Boogie Nights
Graduate
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Taxi Driver
Ikiru

Noir:
Killing
Gun Crazy
Double Indemnity
Citizen Kane
Sweet Smell Of Success
Night And The City
Thieves' Highway
Asphalt Jungle
Detour
Pickup On South Street
Lost Weekend

Western:
Far Country
Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
Winchester '73
Shane
Searchers
Yojimbo
Sanjuro
Unforgiven
Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Rio Bravo

Documentary:
American Movie: The Making of Northwestern
Hoop Dreams
Koyaanisqatsi
Dark Days
Corporation
Fog Of War
Bowling For Columbine
Startup.com
Big One
Nanook of the North
Man Of Aran
High School
War Room
Summer Camp

Horror:
Night of the Living Dead
Dawn of the Dead
Alien
Exorcist
Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956 and 1978
Shining
Thing
Evil Dead
Re-Animator
Dead Alive

"Hollywood" Flicks - Big budget films that are genuinely great.
Die Hard
Great Escape
Matrix

Sleepers - Lesser-known, underappreciated, or forgotten films that deserve to be watched
S&Man
Last Seduction
Red Rock West
American Movie: The Making of Northwestern (documentary)
Primer
Body Without Soul (documentary)
Microcosmos (documentary)
Pusher
Taste Of Cherry
Dark Days (documentary)
Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition (documentary)
Startup.com (documentary)
Das Experiment
Stevie (documentary)
Way Home (Jibeuro)
Pieces Of April
Corporation (documentary)
Tarnation (documentary)
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession
Brick
Heart Of The Game
Summer Camp
Pi
Ikiru
Koyaanisqatsi (documentary)
Man With The Movie Camera
I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang
Gabriel Over The White House
Beau Geste
Rope
Gun Crazy
Los Olvidados
Far Country
Night Of The Hunter
Tin Star
Sanjuro
Kanto Wanderer
High School (documentary)
Master of the Flying Guillotine
Dersu Uzala
Tree Of Wooden Clogs
Down By Law
Grave Of The Fireflies
Brother's Keeper (documentary)
Dead Alive
Bad Boy Bubby
Angels & Insects

Sequels
Godfather Part II
Rocky II
Road Warrior (Mad Max 2)
Aliens
Sanjuro (Yojimbo sequel)

The Worst
Gigli
XXX: State of the Union
Dude, Where's My Car?
Manos: Hands Of Fate
From Justin To Kelly
Battlefield Earth
Rollerball (McTiernan version)
Date Movie
Coyote Ugly
Kangaroo Jack
Grease
Glitter
Norbit
Material Girls