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Top 10 Films of the Year (1950- )


If a year is missing, it simply means I haven’t seen enough good/great films to compile a top 10 list for that year. As usual feel free to comment, complain, gently harass, tell me to get a life, etc. Actually, don’t tell me to get a life, that’s mean and I’ll cry. You don’t want to see a grown man cry do you?

So, working backwards to 1950...






Top 10 Films of 2016
1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
2. Moonlight
3. Bright Lights: Starring Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher
4. The Jungle Book
5. The Nice Guys
6. Lion
7. Hidden Figures
8. Manchester By the Sea
9. Hell or High Water
10. Patriots Day


Top 10 Films of 2015


1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2. Southpaw
3. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
4. Ex Machina
5. The Revenant
6. Project Almanac
7. Kingsman: The Secret Service
8. The Martian
9. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
10. Turbo Kid


Top 10 Films of 2014

1. Gone Girl
2. The Babadook
3. Fury
4. Nightcrawler
5. The Theory of Everything
6. Under the Skin
7. Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead
8. Wild
9. Birdman
10. Still Alice



Top 10 Films of 2013

1. Saving Mr. Banks
2. Man of Steel
3. Her
4. Gravity
5. Nebraska
6. The Company You Keep
7. Seduced and Abandoned
8. 20 Feet From Stardom
9. The Imposter
10. Silence in the House of God/Now You See Me


Top 10 Films of 2012

1. Django Unchained
2. Chronicle
3. The Five Year Engagement
4. Frankenweenie
5. Safety Not Guaranteed
6. The Sessions
7. Searching for Sugar Man
8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
9. Killing Them Softly
10. Argo/The Master


Top 10 Films of 2011

1. Rango
2. The Adjustment Bureau
3. Take Shelter
4. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
5. My Week With Marilyn
6. The Skin I Live In
7. Hugo
8. Drive
9. Like Crazy
10. Snowtown


Top 10 Films of 2010

1. Repo Men
2. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
3. Buried
4. 127 Hours
5. Inception
6. Machete
7. The Social Network
8. Mulan
9. Knight and Day
10. The Other Guys


Top 10 Films of 2009

1. Funny People
2. The Boat That Rocked
3. Zombieland
4. Inglourious Basterds
5. Thirst
6. Valhalla Rising
7. Up in the Air
8. Watchmen
9. Drag Me To Hell
10. The Road/The Hills Run Red


Top 10 Films of 2008

1. Doubt

2. Shine a Light

3. The Wrestler

4. Synecdoche, New York

5. The Black Balloon

6. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

7. Tropic Thunder

8. In Bruges

9. Black Water

10. The Midnight Meat Train


Top 10 Films of 2007



1. Assassination of Jesse James



2. Elizabeth: The Golden Age



3. Kurt Cobain: About a Son



4. [REC]



5. 30 Days of Night



6. American Gangster



7. The Savages



8. Death at a Funeral



9. Zodiac



10. There Will Be Blood







Top 10 Films of 2006



1. Stranger Than Fiction



2. Black Snake Moan



3. Déjà Vu



4. The Good Shepherd



5. Curse of the Golden Flower



6. Undisputed II: Last Man Standing



7. Apocalypto



8. Bubba Ho-Tep



9. Crank



10. Jesus Camp







Top 10 Films of 2005



1. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith



2. War of the Worlds



3. Sin City



4. Walk the Line



5. V For Vendetta



6. The Descent



7. Jarhead



8. Brokeback Mountain



9. Good Night and Good Luck



10. Murderball







Top 10 Films of 2004



1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind



2. Dreamship Surprise- Period 1



3. Kill Bill vol. 2



4. The Aviator


5. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow



6. Million Dollar Baby



7. Troy



8. Open Water



9. Hotel Rwanda



10. Collateral







Top 10 Films of 2003



1. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King



2. Love Actually



3. The Last Samurai



4. Capturing the Friedmans



5. Kill Bill vol. 1



6. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines



7. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World



8. A Mighty Wind



9. Mystic River



10. Identity







Top 10 Films of 2002



1. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers



2. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones



3. Frailty



4. We Were Soldiers



5. Minority Report



6. Panic Room



7. Signs



8. May



9. Gangs of New York



10. One Hour Photo







Top 10 Films of 2001



1. LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring



2. Black Hawk Down



3. Brotherhood of the Wolf



4. Memento



5. Donnie Darko



6. Planet of the Apes



7. Sexy Beast



8. A Beautiful Mind



9. In the Bedroom



10. No Man's Land







Top 10 Films of 1999



1. Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace



2. Being John Malkovich



3. The Talented Mr. Ripley



4. The Matrix



5. The Blair Witch Project



6. Fight Club



7. Sleepy Hollow



8. Magnolia



9. Office Space



10. Bowfinger







Top 10 Films of 1998



1. Saving Private Ryan



2. Life is Beautiful 


3. Pleasantville



4. Elizabeth



5. Enemy of the State



6. Primary Colours



7. Simon Birch



8. The Big Lebowski



9. American History X



10. A Simple Plan




Top 10 Films of 1997



1. L.A. Confidential



2. The Rainmaker



3. The Ice Storm



4. Starship Troopers



5. Con Air



6. Rosewood



7. As Good as it Gets



8. Deconstructing Harry



9. Tomorrow Never Dies


10. Alien Resurrection




Top 10 Films of 1996



1. Sling Blade



2. Shine



3. Mars Attacks!



4. Bound



5. Beautiful Girls



6. Scream



7. Dragonheart



8. The People vs. Larry Flynt



9. The Last Supper



10. From Dusk 'Til Dawn







Top 10 Films of 1995



1. Braveheart



2. The Usual Suspects



3. Se7en



4. Heat



5. Get Shorty



6. Leaving Las Vegas



7. Higher Learning



8. The American President



9. Copycat



10. Crying Freeman







Top 10 Films of 1994



1. Forrest Gump



2. The Crow



3. True Lies



4. Four Weddings and a Funeral



5. Muriel's Wedding



6. Crumb



7. Ed Wood



8. Maverick



9. The Mask



10. The New Nightmare







Top 10 Films of 1993



1. Groundhog Day



2. In the Line of Fire



3. The Fugitive



4. Tombstone



5. So, I Married an Axe Murderer



6. Demolition Man



7. Philadelphia



8. My Life



9. Schindler's List



10. The Three Musketeers







Top 10 Films of 1992



1. A Few Good Men



2. Last of the Mohicans



3. Malcolm X



4. Under Siege



5. Muppet Christmas Carol



6. Naked Killer



7. Sneakers



8. Dust Devil



9. Alien 3



10. Chaplin







Top 10 Films of 1991



1. Terminator 2: Judgement Day



2. L.A. Story



3. Point Break



4. Boyz N The Hood



5. Riki-Oh/The Story of Ricky



6. New Jack City


7. JFK


8. Silence of the Lambs


9. Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey


10. What About Bob?







Top 10 Films of 1990



1. Goodfellas



2. Awakenings



3. Misery



4. Hard to Kill



5. State of Grace



6. Wrong Bet/Lionheart



7. Blind Fury



8. Ghost



9. Nightbreed



10. White Hunter, Black Heart







Top 10 Films of 1988



1. Child's Play



2. Die Hard



3. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels



4. Rain Man



5. Big



6. The Naked Gun



7. Coming to America



8. Gorillas in the Mist



9. Mississippi Burning



10. Beetlejuice







Top 10 Films of 1987



1. The Untouchables



2. Lethal Weapon



3. Good Morning Vietnam



4. Spaceballs



5. Predator



6. The Running Man



7. Robocop



8. Roxanne



9. La Bamba



10. Near Dark







Top 10 Films of 1986



1. Stand By Me



2. Big Trouble in Little China



3. Platoon



4. Aliens



5. Ferris Bueller's Day Off



6. Lucas



7. Three Amigos!



8. The Hitcher



9. The River's Edge



10. The Fly







Top 10 Films of 1985



1. The Goonies



2. The Breakfast Club



3. Commando



4. Ladyhawke



5. Spies Like Us



6. Mask



7. Fletch



8. Back to the Future



9. Re-Animator



10. Weird Science







Top 10 Films of 1984



1. The Terminator



2. The NeverEnding Story



3. Revenge of the Nerds



4. Ghostbusters



5. The Karate Kid



6. Beverly Hills Cop



7. Gremlins



8. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock



9. Streets of Fire



10. Places in the Heart







Top 10 Films of 1983



1. Return of the Jedi



2. National Lampoon's Vacation



3. Monty Python's Meaning of Life



4. The Evil Dead



5. The Entity



6. Trading Places



7. Cujo



8. Octopussy



9. The Outsiders



10. Eight Diagram Pole Fighter







Top 10 Films of 1982



1. ET: The Extra Terrestrial



2. Gandhi



3. Rocky III



4. The Last American Virgin



5. Fast Times at Ridgemont High



6. Tootsie



7. Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid



8. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan



9. The Beastmaster



10. Visiting Hours







Top 10 Films of 1981



1. Raiders of the Lost Ark



2. History of the World Part 1



3. Gallipoli



4. The Howling



5. Whose Life is it, Anyway?



6. Stripes



7. Mad Max 2



8. Scanners



9. Roadgames



10. Time Bandits







Top 10 Films of 1979 (Hooray for Aussie Cinema!)



1. Mad Max



2. The Changeling



3. The China Syndrome



4. Escape From Alcatraz



5. The Last of the Knucklemen



6. Kramer vs. Kramer



7. Breaker Morant



8. Tim



9. The Odd Angry Shot



10. ...And Justice for All







Top 10 Films of 1978



1. Halloween



2. Superman



3. Invasion of the Body Snatchers



4. Dawn of the Dead



5. The Deer Hunter



6. Coming Home



7. Foul Play



8. The Wild Geese



9. Blue Collar



10. Convoy







Top 10 Films of 1976



1. The Omen



2. Rocky



3. Robin and Marian



4. Network



5. Voyage of the Damned



6. Taxi Driver



7. All the President's Men



8. Carrie



9. Murder By Death



10. Don's Party







Top 10 Films of 1975



1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail



2. Jaws



3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest



4. Dog Day Afternoon



5. One Armed Boxer vs. The Flying Guillotine



6. Death Race 2000



7. Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold



8. Tommy



9. The Wilby Conspiracy



10. The Four Musketeers







Top 10 Films of 1974



1. Blazing Saddles



2. Chinatown



3. Young Frankenstein



4. The Godfather Part II



5. The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3



6. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre



7. Black Christmas



8. Truck Turner



9. Dark Star



10. Foxy Brown







Top 10 Films of 1973



1. The Sting



2. The Wicker Man



3. Serpico



4. Black Caesar



5. Theatre of Blood



6. Don't Look Now



7. Robin Hood



8. Coffy



9. Emperor of the North Pole



10. The Offence







Top 10 Films of 1972



1. Superfly



2. The Poseidon Adventure



3. The Godfather



4. Blacula



5. Sleuth



6. Across 110th Street



7. Blood From the Mummy's Tomb



8. Frenzy



9. Deliverance



10. Fritz the Cat







Top 10 Films of 1971



1. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory



2. Bedknobs and Broomsticks



3. Shaft



4. Play Misty For Me



5. Wake in Fright



6. Skin Game



7. A Clockwork Orange



8. The Devil's Nightmare



9. Silent Running



10. Dirty Harry







Top 10 Films of 1970 (Year of the Underrated Horror Film)



1. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls



2. Kelly's Heroes



3. Vampyros Lesbos



4. Scars of Dracula



5. Entertaining Mr. Sloane



6. Taste the Blood of Dracula



7. And Soon the Darkness



8. tick...tick...tick...



9. The Red Circle



10. The Horror of Frankenstein







Top 10 Films of 1968                        



1. Planet of the Apes



2. Romeo and Juliet



3. Barbarella



4. Once Upon a Time in the West



5. Rosemary's Baby



6. Destroy All Monsters!



7. Night of the Living Dead



8. Firecreek



9. No Way to Treat a Lady



10. Golden Swallow







Top 10 Films of 1967                        



1. The Dirty Dozen



2. Cool Hand Luke



3. Bonnie and Clyde



4. In Cold Blood



5. The Deadly Affair



6. The President's Analyst



7. You Only Live Twice



8. The Graduate



9. Hour of the Gun



10. Hell's Angels on Wheels







Top 10 Films of 1966                       



1. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly



2. For a Few Dollars More



3. Flight of the Phoenix



4. Fantastic Voyage



5. Kill, Baby...Kill!



6. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?



7. The Professionals



8. The Blue Max



9. The Fortune Cookie



10. Godzilla vs. Monster Zero







Top 10 Films of 1965           



1. Repulsion



2. Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte



3. A Patch of Blue



4. The Hill



5. The Cincinnati Kid



6. King Rat



7. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold



8. Help!



9. The Tomb of Ligeia



10. Mirage









Top 10 Films of 1964                             





1. The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao



2. At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul



3. The Night of the Iguana



4. The Fall of the Roman Empire



5. Godzilla vs. The Thing (Mothra)



6. The Masque of the Red Death



7. The Comedy of Terrors



8. Spider Baby


9. A Hard Day's Night



10. Seven Days in May







Top 10 Films of 1963



1. The Great Escape



2. The Haunting



3. Hud



4. The Informers/Underworld Informers



5. From Russia With Love



6. The Whip and the Body



7. The Raven



8. Charade



9. A Child is Waiting



10. Four for Texas







Top 10 Films of 1962                   



1. The Days of Wine and Roses



2. Dr. No



3. The Birdman of Alcatraz



4. How the West Was Won



5. To Kill a Mockingbird



6. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance



7. Lolita



8. Requiem for a Heavyweight



9. Cape Fear



10. Lawrence of Arabia







Top 10 Films of 1961



1. The Misfits (My favourite film of all-time)



2. El Cid



3. The Innocents



4. The Pit and the Pendulum



5. Black Sunday



6. Judgement at Nuremberg



7. Yojimbo



8. Underworld USA



9. The Guns of Navarone



10. The Curse of the Werewolf







Top 10 Films of 1960



1. The Magnificent Seven



2. The Apartment



3. Little Shop of Horrors



4. The Entertainer



5. Elmer Gantry



6. Fall of the House of Usher



7. Psycho



8. Peeping Tom



9. Our Man in Havana



10. Spartacus







Top 10 Films of 1959



1. Some Like it Hot



2. A Bucket of Blood



3. Last Train From Gun Hill



4. The Diary of Anne Frank



5. Odds Against Tomorrow



6. The Mummy



7. The Hound of the Baskervilles



8. Anatomy of a Murder



9. The World, the Flesh and the Devil



10. North by Northwest







Top 10 Films of 1958     



1. Vertigo



2. The Horror of Dracula



3. The Vikings



4. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof



5. The Big Country



6. The Defiant Ones



7. The House on Haunted Hill



8. The Haunted Strangler



9. Inn of the Sixth Happiness



10. A Tale of Two Cities







Top 10 Films of 1957



1. 12 Angry Men



2. Sweet Smell of Success



3. Edge of the City



4. Gunfight at the OK Corral



5. The Incredible Shrinking Man



6. Witness for the Prosecution



7. Bridge on the River Kwai



8. Fire Down Below



9. Sayonara



10. Lizzie







Top 10 Films of 1956



1. Bus Stop



2. The Harder They Fall



3. Lust for Life



4. The Ten Commandments



5. The Searchers



6. Jubal



7. The Last Hunt



8. The Killing



9. 23 Paces to Baker Street



10. Storm Over the Nile







Top 10 Films of 1955



1. Night of the Hunter



2. The Ladykillers



3. Bad Day at Black Rock



4. Marty



5. To Catch a Thief



6. The Desperate Hours



7. The Seven Year Itch



8. The Man With the Golden Arm



9. The Kentuckian



10. The Virgin Queen







Top 10 Films of 1954



1. The Creature From the Black Lagoon



2. The Caine Mutiny



3. Them!



4. River of No Return



5. Dial M for Murder



6. Suddenly



7. Hobson's Choice



8. Broken Lance



9. The Seven Samurai



10. Beat the Devil







Top 10 Films of 1953



1. Peter Pan



2. From Here to Eternity



3. House of Wax



4. The Big Heat



5. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes



6. How to Marry a Millionaire



7. Julius Caesar



8. Niagara



9. Pickup on South Street



10. I Confess







Top 10 Films of 1952



1. My Cousin Rachel



2. Clash by Night



3. The Lawless Breed



4. Bend of the River



5. The Greatest Show on Earth



6. Phone Call From a Stranger



7. The Prisoner of Zenda



8. Scaramouche



9. Ivanhoe



10. Curtain Up







Top 10 Films of 1950



1. All About Eve



2. The Asphalt Jungle



3. Night and the City



4. Rashomon



5. So Long at the Fair



6. The Winslow Boy



7. The Happiest Days of Your Life



8. Winchester '73



9. Stage Fright



10. Harvey


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