Film Rankings By Year 1976-2015

Here’s how it works: A film’s year is simply the year IMDB says it is. Not because IMDB is especially accurate, but just because it happens to be the easiest and most comprehensive resource there is for tracking film dates throughout the world and over the whole history of cinema. Occasionally IMDB will change a year as new information comes to light, when I notice such changes, I’ll change the list here accordingly.

The order isn’t definitive: ranking works of art is not meant to be a hierarchical activity, but rather an organizational one. It’s interesting trivially and comparatively to see what movies came out at the same time, to see the progression of film history. And lists are just plain fun to argue over. They are meant to be conversation starters, not finishers. I don’t have any particular criteria for what ranks above what, it’s just my own subjective opinion, informed by a reasonable knowledge of film and film history, one that is expanding and deepening all the time.
The rankings change over time: when I see a new movie, I add it to the list here. Sometimes I’ll see a movie again and my opinion of it will change, or my feelings about a film will evolve and so I’ll move it up or down the list.  These changes are noted as they occur in “This Week in Rankings” posts, though often a single change to a year will lead to a larger shuffling.  These lists are, and always will be, a work in progress.

This is Part Three, 1976-2015.


1. Taxi Driver
2. The Outlaw Josey Wales
3. Robin and Marian
4. Assault on Precinct 13
5. The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings
6. Obsession
7. Boxer Rebellion
8. The Bad News Bears
9. Carrie
10. The Marquise of O
11. Shaolin Temple
12. Harlan County, USA
13. Challenge of the Masters
14. Family Plot
15. The Private Eyes
16. Princess Chang Ping
17. Killer Clans
18. Marathon Man
19. The Magic Blade
20. Rocky
21. All the President’s Men
22. Bound for Glory
23. The Shootist
24. That’s Entertainment! Part II
25. Murder by Death
26. Logan’s Run
27. The Seven Per Cent Solution
28. The Song Remains the Same
29. Network
30. The Missouri Breaks
31. Bugsy Malone
32. The Omen


1. Annie Hall
2. Star Wars
3. The Chess Players
4. New York, New York
5. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
6. Sorcerer
7. Dream of the Red Chamber
8. The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh
9. The Sentimental Swordsman
10. Slap Shot
11. Suspiria
12. Eraserhead
13. The Iron-Fisted Monk
14. A Bridge Too Far
15. Executioners from Shaolin
16. Saturday Night Fever
17. The Rescuers
18. Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown
19. Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo
20. Pete’s Dragon


1. Days of Heaven
2. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
3. Perceval le Gallois
4. Renaldo & Clara
5. Killer of Sheep
6. Crippled Avengers
7. Dawn of the Dead
8. The Last Waltz
9. The Contract
10. Halloween
11. Heroes of the East
12. Drunken Master
13. Animal House
14. The Driver
15. The Fury
16. Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre
17. Superman
18. Warriors Two
19. Gates of Heaven
20. Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow
21. Enter the Fat Dragon
22. Piranha
23. Shaolin Mantis
24. Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre II

25. The Deer Hunter
26. Grease
27. Game of Death
28. The Five Deadly Venoms
29. Death on the Nile
30. Shaolin Handlock
32. Coming Home


1. Manhattan
2. All that Jazz
3. Dirty Ho
4. Apocalypse Now
5. Legend of the Mountain
6. Alien
7. The Life of Brian
8. The Black Stallion
9. Stalker
10. Raining in the Mountain
11. Rock ‘n’ Roll High School
12. Last Hurrah for Chivalry
13. The Muppet Movie
14. The Butterfly Murders
15. Nosferatu, the Vampyre
16. Magnificent Butcher
17. The Jerk
18. The Warriors
19. Knockabout
20. The Castle of Cagliostro
21. Mad Monkey Kung Fu
22. Mad Max
23. The Shadow Boxing
24. The China Syndrome
25. Being There
26. The Great Train Robbery
27. The Black Hole
28. Ten Tigers of Kwangtung
29. Kramer vs. Kramer
30. The Deadly Breaking Sword
31. Tess
32. Rocky II
33. Moonraker
34. Star Trek: The Motion Picture
35. The Onion Field


1. The Empire Strikes Back
2. The Big Red One
3. Heaven’s Gate
4. The Shining
5. Airplane!
6. The Victim
7. Dangerous Encounters – First Kind
8. The Blues Brothers
9. Encounters of the Spooky Kind
10. Caddyshack
11. Popeye
12. Dressed to Kill
13. We’re Going to Eat You
14. Mon oncle d’Amérique
15. The Fog
16. Stardust Memories
17. Kagemusha
18. Heroes Shed No Tears
19. Raging Bull
20. The Buddhist Fist
21. Flash Gordon
22. The Sword
23. Superman II
24. The Enigmatic Case
25. The Happenings
26. Cute Girl
27. Shogun Assassin
28. The Stunt Man
29. Ordinary People
30. Breaker Morant
31. American Gigolo
32. Laughing Times
33. The Gods Must Be Crazy
34. Return to the 36th Chamber
35. Herbie Goes Bananas


1. Raiders of the Lost Ark
2. Pennies from Heaven
3. Modern Romance
4. Le pont du Nord
5. The Road Warrior
6. The Aviator’s Wife
7. My Young Auntie
8. Reds
9. They All Laughed
10. Thief
11. The Garden of Earthly Delights
12. Martial Club
13. Cutter’s Way
14. Lola
15. Dreadnaught
16. Time Bandits
17. Escape from New York
18. Excalibur
19. Das Boot
20. The Prodigal Son
21. Stripes
22. Security Unlimited
23. Blow Out
24. Body Heat
25. The Evil Dead
26. My Dinner with Andre
27. An American Werewolf in London
28. Masked Avengers
29. Gallipoli
30. Clash of the Titans
31. For Your Eyes Only
32. Return of the Sentimental Swordsman
33. Victory
34. All the Wrong Clues (…For the Right Solution)
35. On Golden Pond
36. Play While You Play (aka Cheerful Wind)
37. Neighbors
38. Taps
39. Chariots of Fire
40. The Fox and the Hound
41. Dragonslayer


1. Fitzcarraldo
2. Nomad
3. The Atomic Cafe
4. White Dog
5. The Miracle Fighters
6. One from the Heart
7. A Good Marriage
8. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
9. Boat People
10. Ninja in the Dragon’s Den
11. Passion
12. The Verdict
13. Une chambre en ville
14. Legendary Weapons of China
15. Conan the Barbarian
16. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
17. Blade Runner
18. The Secret of NIMH
19. The Thing
20. Legend of a Fighter
21. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
22. Burden of Dreams
23. Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid
24. An Exercise in Discipline – Peel
25. Poltergeist
26. Five Element Ninjas
27. Airplane II: The Sequel
28. Cat People
29. Aces Go Places
30. Sophie’s Choice

31. First Blood
32. 48 Hrs
33. The Dead and the Deadly
34. An Officer and a Gentleman
35. Rocky III
36. Tootsie
37. Cat vs. Rat
38. The World According to Garp
39. Gandhi
40. Brave Archer and His Mate
41. Diner
42. Tron
43. The Dark Crystal
44. Pink Floyd: The Wall


1. Sans soleil
2. Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
3. Pauline at the Beach
4. The Right Stuff
5. Zelig
6. Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain
7. Videodrome
8. Three Crowns of the Sailor
9. The Boys from Fengkuei
10. Christine
11. Trading Places
12. Winners & Sinners
13. WarGames
14. Project A
15. Shaolin Intruders
16. The Hunger
17. Return of the Jedi
18. Aces Go Places II
19. National Lampoon’s Vacation
20. Strange Brew
21. The Lady is the Boss
22. The Green Green Grass of Home
23. Scarface
24. Risky Business
25. Never Cry Wolf
26. King of Comedy
27. Gorky Park
28. Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life
29. Holy Flame of the Martial World
30. Twilight Zone: The Movie
31. Terms of Endearment
32. Something Wicked This Way Comes
33. The Outsiders
34. Octopussy
35. Mr. Mom
36. Superman III
37. Never Say Never Again
38. The High Road to China
39. Krull
40. Breathless


1. Wheels on Meals
2. Shanghai Blues
3. Stranger Than Paradise
4. Choose Me
5. Gremlins
6. The Eight-Diagram Pole Fighter
7. Stop Making Sense
8. Ghostbusters
9. This Is Spinal Tap
10. Starman
11. The Terminator
12. Body Double
13. Once Upon a Time in America
14. Streets of Fire
15. The Cotton Club
16. Sixteen Candles
17. Amadeus
18. A Summer at Grandpa’s
19. Full Moon in Paris
20. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
21. The Karate Kid
22. Furious
23. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
24. Love Streams
25. Purple Rain
26. Repo Man
27. Footloose
28. Dune
29. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
30. The Natural
31. Boy Meets Girl
32. Blood Simple
33. Broadway Danny Rose
34. The Times of Harvey Milk
35. Love in a Fallen City
36. The Happy Ghost
37. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
38. Cherie
39. Red Dawn
40. Paris, Texas
41. Beverly Hills Cop
42. Top Secret!
43. The Bounty
44. Cloak & Dagger
45. Dreamscape
46. Aces Go Places III: Our Man from Bond Street
47. Conan the Destroyer
48. The Last Starfighter
49. Revenge of the Nerds
50. The Killing Fields
51. Romancing the Stone
52. Police Academy
53. Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan
54. 1984
55. The Never Ending Story
56. Splash
57. Supergirl
58. Nightmare on Elm Street
59. Tank


1. Ran
2. The Time to Live, The Time to Die
3. The Purple Rose of Cairo
4. Police Story
5. To Live and Die in LA
6. Back to the Future
7. Taipei Story
8. After Hours
9. Yes, Madam
10. Trouble in Mind
11. Silverado
12. Out of Africa
13. Ladyhawke
14. Brazil
15. Come and See
16. Clue
17. Working Class
18. Day of the Dead
19. Return to Oz
20. Lost in America
21. A Room with a View
22. The Breakfast Club
23. Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
24. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
25. Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars
26. Explorers
27. Disciples of the 36th Chamber
28. Fletch
29. Mr. Vampire
30. Commando
31. My Lucky Stars
32. Real Genius
33. The Goonies
34. Rocky IV
35. Witness
36. Weird Science
37. That’s Dancing!
38. The Color Purple
39. Happy Ghost II
40. National Lampoon’s European Vacation
41. Rambo: First Blood Part II
42. Journey of the Doomed
43. St. Elmo’s Fire
44. Young Sherlock Holmes
45. The Black Cauldron
46. Teen Wolf
47. Spies Like Us
48. Legend
49. D.A.R.Y.L.
50. White Nights
51. A View to a Kill
52. The Man with One Red Shoe
53. King Solomon’s Mines
54. Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment
55. Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins
56. The Jewel of the Nile
57. Red Sonja


1. A Better Tomorrow
2. The Green Ray
3. Peking Opera Blues
4. Hannah and Her Sisters
5. Aliens
6. The Terrorizers
7. The Fly
8. Righting Wrongs
9. Manhunter
10. Big Trouble in Little China
11. Dust in the Wind
12. Down By Law
13. Platoon
14. The Mission
15. Top Gun
16. Hoosiers
17. Something Wild
18. Sunday in the Park with George
19. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
20. Royal Warriors
21. Castle in the Sky
22. The Armour of God
23. ‘Round Midnight
24. Salvador
25. Aces Go Places IV: You Never Die Twice
26. The Name of the Rose
27. The Color of Money
28. Millionaire’s Express
29. Happy Ghost III
30. Blue Velvet
31. The Karate Kid Part II
32. Pretty in Pink
33. Heroes Shed No Tears
34. Three Amigos
35. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
36. The River’s Edge
37. Martial Arts of Shaolin
38. Sherman’s March
39. Stand By Me
40. She’s Gotta Have It
41. The Transformers: The Movie
42. The Great Mouse Detective
43. Heat
44. The Golden Child
45. The Magic Crystal
46. Down and Out in Beverly Hills
47. Sid and Nancy
48. Short Circuit
49. Crocodile Dundee
50. Flight of the Navigator
51. No Retreat, No Surrender
52. Labyrinth
53. SpaceCamp
54. Gung Ho
55. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
56. Wildcats
57. Police Academy 3: Back in Training
58. Iron Eagle
59. Highlander
60. F/X
61. Gothic


1. The Princess Bride
2. Broadcast News
3. Raising Arizona
4. My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend
5. Ishtar
6. Evil Dead II
7. City on Fire
8. Predator
9. Eastern Condors
10. Empire of the Sun
11. Prince of Darkness
12. A Chinese Ghost Story
13. Daughter of the Nile
14. Magnificent Warriors
15. RoboCop
16. Neo Tokyo
17. Full Metal Jacket
18. Near Dark
19. Project A 2
20. Wings of Desire
21. Radio Days
22. An Autumn’s Tale
23. The Last Emperor
24. Matewan
25. Throw Mama from the Train
26. Planes, Trains and Automobiles
27. The Living Daylights
28. Prison on Fire
29. No Way Out
30. Roxanne
31. Withnail & I
32. Some Kind of Wonderful
33. Lethal Weapon
34. Babette’s Feast
35. Moonstruck
36. Less than Zero
37. A Better Tomorrow II
38. Adventures in Babysitting
39. Innerspace
40. The Untouchables
41. Dirty Dancing
42. Beverly Hills Cop II
43. Dragnet
44. Rich and Famous
45. Seven Years Itch
46. Spaceballs
47. Wall Street
48. Maurice
49. The Secret of My Success
50. The Romancing Star
51. Good Morning, Vietnam
52. Fatal Attraction
53. The Lost Boys
54. Stakeout
55. The Running Man
56. Three Men and a Baby
57. La Bamba
58. Suspect
59. Batteries Not Included
60. Project X
61. Mannequin
62. Harry and the Hendersons
63. Baby Boom
64. Allan Quartermain and the Lost City of Gold
65. Ernest Goes to Camp
66. Summer School
67. Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol
68. Back to the Beach
69. Masters of the Universe
70. Teen Wolf Too
71. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace


1. My Neighbor Totoro
2. Rouge
3. They Live
4. The Last Temptation of Christ
5. Die Hard
6. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
7. Dangerous Liaisons
8. Chocolat
9. Painted Faces
10. As Tears Go By
11. Bull Durham
12. Grave of the Fireflies
13. The Moderns
14. Eight Men Out
15. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad
16. Beetlejuice
17. The Eighth Happiness
18. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
19. The Thin Blue Line
20. Akira
21. Midnight Run
22. Tiger on the Beat
23. The Big Heat
24. Tiger Cage
25. Police Story 2
26. Stand And Deliver
27. Hairspray
28. A Fish Called Wanda
29. The Milagro Beanfield War
30. Final Justice
31. Dragons Forever
32. Frantic
33. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
34. The Vanishing
35. Coming to America
36. In the Line of Duty 3
37. Gorillas in the Mist
38. Alien Nation
39. Willow
40. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
41. Rain Man
42. The Accused
43. License to Drive
44. Young Guns
45. Scrooged
46. Shoot to Kill
47. Working Girl
48. Talk Radio
49. Big
50. Mystic Pizza
51. Twins
52. Biloxi Blues
53. The Seventh Sign
54. Beaches
55. Mississippi Burning
56. Funny Farm
57. The Presidio
58. The Great Outdoors
59. Big Business
60. Red Heat
61. Crocodile Dundee II
62. Rambo III
63. Short Circuit 2
64. Cocktail
65. The Dead Pool
66. Action Jackson
67. Caddyshack II
68. My Stepmother is an Alien
69. Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach


1. The Killer
2. Do the Right Thing
3. A City of Sadness
4. Henry V
5. Pedicab Driver
6. Kiki’s Delivery Service
7. A Better Tomorrow III: Love and Death in Saigon
8. Heathers
9. Crimes and Misdemeanors
10. When Harry Met Sally. . .
11. My Heart is that Eternal Rose
12. Drugstore Cowboy
13. In the Line of Duty 4
14. Glory
15. The Decalogue
16. Mystery Train
17. The Abyss
18. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
19. The ‘Burbs
20. God of Gamblers
21. All About Ah-Long
22. Lonesome Dove
23. Wallace & Grommit: A Grand Day Out
24. Casino Raiders
25. Field of Dreams
26. Say Anything. . .
27. Batman
28. Dead Poets Society
29. Sweetie
30. Roger & Me
31. Major League
32. License To Kill
33. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
34. Back to the Future Part II
35. Valmont
36. Road House
37. UHF
38. The Fabulous Baker Boys
39. Lethal Weapon 2
40. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
41. Aces Go Places V: The Terracotta Hit
42. Cinema Paradiso
43. Steel Magnolias
44. The Little Mermaid
45. My Left Foot
46. Weekend at Bernie’s
47. Parenthood
48. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
49. Just Heroes
50. Look Who’s Talking
51. Driving Miss Daisy
52. Family Business
53. The Dream Team
54. Three Fugitives
55. Ghostbusters II
56. Her Alibi
57. The Gods Must Be Crazy II
58. Uncle Buck
59. Sex, Lies and Videotape
60. Turner & Hooch
61. See No Evil, Hear No Evil
62. Fletch Lives
63. The Karate Kid Part III
64. The Wizard
65. Troop Beverly Hills
66. We’re No Angels
67. K-9
68. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
69. Who’s Harry Crumb?
70. Police Academy 6: City Under Siege


1. Days of Being Wild
2. Miller’s Crossing
3. Metropolitan
4. Bullet in the Head
5. Goodfellas
6. Archangel
7. Close-Up
8. An Angel at My Table
9. The Civil War
10. Joe Versus the Volcano
11. Gremlins 2: The New Batch
12. White Hunter Black Heart
13. The Hunt for Red October
14. Trust
15. Song of the Exile
16. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
17. Full Moon in New York
18. Total Recall
19. Dreams
20. Dick Tracy
21. Edward Scissorhands
22. Quick Change
23. Tremors
24. All for the Winner
25. Pump Up the Volume
26. Hamlet
27. Predator 2
28. I Love You to Death
29. A Moment of Romance
30. Postcards from the Edge
31. She Shoots Straight
32. The Godfather: Part III
33. The Freshman
34. Swordsman
35. The Russia House
36. Reversal of Fortune
37. Presumed Innocent
38. La Femme Nikita
39. Darkman
40. Vincent & Theo
41. Days of Thunder
42. Cry-Baby
43. Wild at Heart
44. Mama
45. Awakenings
46. Bonfire of the Vanities
47. Europa Europa
48. Alice
49. Tiger on the Beat 2
50. The Grifters
51. Die Hard 2: Die Harder
52. Misery
53. Pretty Woman
54. Dances with Wolves
55. Havana
56. Henry & June
57. Young Guns II
58. Back to the Future Part III
59. Home Alone
60. Ghost
61. Narrow Margin
62. Green Card
63. My Blue Heaven
64. Lord of the Flies
65. Flatliners
66. Arachnophobia
67. RoboCop 2
68. Another 48 Hrs
69. Internal Affairs
70. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
71. Kindergarten Cop
72. Air America
73. Quigley Down Under
74. Men at Work
75. 3 Men and a Little Lady
76. Bird on a Wire
77. Look Who’s Talking Too
78. Nuns on the Run


1. Slacker
2. Only Yesterday
3. A Brighter Summer Day
4. Les amants du Pont-Neuf
5. Centre Stage
6. The Double Life of Veronique
7. Once Upon a Time in China
8. Barton Fink
9. LA Story
10. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse
11. Raise the Red Lantern
12. Night on Earth
13. JFK
14. My Own Private Idaho
15. Silence of the Lambs
16. A Brief History of Time
17. Night and Day
18. Flirting
19. Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey
20. Defending Your Life
21. Point Break
22. Tricky Brains
23. Into the Woods
24. Zodiac Killers
25. What About Bob?
26. Hot Shots!
27. Cape Fear
28. God of Gamblers 2
29. City of Hope
30. The Addams Family
31. Delicatessen
32. Fight Back to School
33. Bugsy
34. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
35. Dead Again
36. Little Man Tate
37. Once a Thief
38. The Fisher King
39. Terminator 2: Judgement Day
40. Boyz N the Hood
41. Hook
42. Thelma & Louise
43. Beauty and the Beast
44. New Jack City
45. God of Gamblers 3
46. Oscar
47. The Doors
48. City Slickers
49. Soapdish
50. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
51. Father of the Bride
52. The Last Boy Scout
53. The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear
54. The Banquet
55. Life on a String
56. Other People’s Money
57. Kafka
58. Backdraft
59. He Said, She Said
60. Ricochet
61. Madonna: Truth or Dare
62. Until the End of the World
63. Doc Hollywood
64. The Hard Way
65. My Girl
66. Dutch
67. Sleeping with the Enemy
68. King Ralph
69. Necessary Roughness
70. Toy Soldiers
71. Hudson Hawk
72. Life Stinks
73. Switch
74. Highlander II: The Quickening


1. The Last of the Mohicans
2. Unforgiven
3. Hard-Boiled
4. Glengarry Glen Ross
5. Porco Rosso
6. Simple Men
7. Reservoir Dogs
8. Singles
9. Orlando
10. Rebels of the Neon God
11. Bram Stoker’s Dracula
12. The Player
13. Once Upon a Time in China II
14. Supercop
15. Strictly Ballroom
16. Swordsman II
17. Wayne’s World
18. Full Contact
19. Bob Roberts
20. The Royal Tramp
21. A Few Good Men
22. Bad Lieutenant
23. Twin Dragons
24. Howard’s End
25. The Crying Game
26. Malcolm X
27. El Mariachi
28. Sneakers
29. Batman Returns
30. Basic Instinct
31. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
32. Royal Tramp II
33. Alien 3
34. New Dragon Gate Inn
35. A Midnight Clear
36. Husbands and Wives
37. The Muppet Christmas Carol
38. Far and Away
39. Boomerang
40. Candyman
41. Memoirs of an Invisible Man
42. Visions of Light
43. Chaplin
44. White Men Can’t Jump
45. A League of Their Own
46. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
47. Encino Man
48. My Cousin Vinny
49. Aladdin
50. Peter’s Friends
51. Noises Off
52. Shadows and Fog
53. Mr. Saturday Night
54. Scent of a Woman
55. The Cutting Edge
56. Lethal Weapon 3
57. The Hand that Rocks the Cradle
58. Honeymoon in Vegas
59. Jennifer 8
60. Of Mice and Men
61. Patriot Games
62. Single White Female
63. Housesitter
64. Toys
65. Passenger 57
66. Unlawful Entry
67. Kuffs
68. Shining Through
69. Hero
70. Death Becomes Her
71. Freejack
72. The Distinguished Gentlemen

1993 Endy Awards

1. The Age of Innocence
2. Dazed and Confused
3. Three Colors: Blue
4. The Puppetmaster
5. The Piano
6. The Tai-Chi Master
7. True Romance
8. Groundhog Day
9. Six Degrees of Separation
10. The Legend of Fong Sai-yuk
11. Matinee
12. Iron Monkey
13. Green Snake
14. The Last Action Hero
15. The Bride with White Hair
16. Searching for Bobby Fischer
17. The East is Red
18. Army of Darkness
19. Menace II Society
20. Jurassic Park
21. The Nightmare Before Christmas
22. Boys Are Easy
23. Shadowlands
24. A Perfect World
25. He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Father
26. Red Rock West
27. The Wedding Banquet
28. The War Room
29. The Remains of the Day
30. Executioners
31. The Fugitive
32. So, I Married an Axe Murderer
33. Kung Fu Cult Master
34. And the Band Played On
35. The Heroic Trio
36. Schindler’s List
37. The Eagle Shooting Heroes
38. Latcho Drom
39. In the Line of Fire
40. Gettysburg
41. Much Ado About Nothing
42. The Legend of Fong Sai-yuk II
43. In the Name of the Father
44. Little Buddha
45. Carlito’s Way
46. Hard Target
47. Mad Dog and Glory
48. Short Cuts
49. Once Upon a Time in China III
50. Addams Family Values
51. Benny & Joon
52. Demolition Man
53. Faraway, So Close!
54. Painted Skin
55. Tombstone
56. Cliffhanger
57. Sleepless in Seattle
58. Robin Hood: Men in Tights
59. The Thing Called Love
60. Hot Shots Part Deux
61. This Boys Life
62. Philadelphia
63. Falling Down
64. Ninja Scroll
65. Malice
66. Last Hero in China
67. The House of the Spirits
68. The Trial
69. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
70. Rudy
71. CB4
72. Cool Runnings
73. Grumpy Old Men
74. Point of No Return
75. Dave
76. The Man Without a Face
77. Indecent Proposal
78. Judgement Night
79. Coneheads
80. Manhattan Murder Mystery
81. Wayne’s World 2
82. The Advocate
83. Three of Hearts
84. The Program
85. Mrs. Doubtfire
86. Posse
87. Another Stakeout
88. The Pelican Brief
89. Sliver
90. National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1
91. The Firm
92. Made in America

1994 Endy Awards

1. Chungking Express
2. Pulp Fiction
3. Sátántangó
4. Drunken Master II
5. Three Colors: Red
6. Ed Wood
7. Fist of Legend
8. Pom Poko
9. The Hudsucker Proxy
10. Ashes of Time
11. A Borrowed Life
12. The Last Seduction
13. Exotica
14. Quiz Show
15. Wing Chun
16. Clerks
17. The Shawshank Redemption
18. He’s a Woman, She’s a Man
19. In the Mouth of Madness
20. Eat Drink Man Woman
21. Hoop Dreams
22. Four Weddings and a Funeral
23. That’s Entertainment III
24. Three Colors: White
25. Shallow Grave
26. I Can’t Sleep
27. Reality Bites
28. The Lovers
29. Cabin Boy
30. Barcelona
31. Heavenly Creatures
32. Wild Reeds
33. Before the Rain
34. Nobody’s Fool
35. PCU
36. Crumb
37. The Paper
38. The River Wild
39. Once Were Warriors
40. Middlemarch
41. Leon, the Professional
42. Death and the Maiden
43. Vanya on 42nd Street
44. Swimming with Sharks
45. To Live
46. Clean Slate
47. Legends of the Fall
48. Speed
49. Little Odessa
50. Oleanna
51. Little Women
52. The Madness of King George
53. Imaginary Crimes
54. What Happened Was
55. Natural Born Killers
56. The Mask
57. Star Trek: Generations
58. True Lies
59. Maverick
60. Blue Chips
61. Above the Rim
62. The Crow
63. Drunken Master III
64. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
65. Sleep With Me
66. When a Man Loves a Woman
67. Killing Zoe
68. Bullets over Broadway
69. Spanking the Monkey
70. Dumb & Dumber
71. Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle
72. It Could Happen to You
73. Forrest Gump
74. Nell
75. Interview with the Vampire
76. SFW
77. Sirens
78. Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein
79. Immortal Beloved
80. Major League II
81. Nostradamus
82. Priest
83. Blue Sky
84. Speechless
85. Wolf
86. Only You
87. Airheads
88. Timecop
89. The Client
90. Princess Caraboo
91. In the Army Now
92. The Specialist
93. The Next Karate Kid

1995 Endy Awards

1. Dead Man
2. Good Men, Good Women
3. Whisper of the Heart
4. Fallen Angels
5. Ballet
6. Love in the Time of Twilight
7. Kicking and Screaming
8. Heat
9. The Blade
10. Toy Story
11. Casa de Lava
12. Pride and Prejudice
13. Before Sunrise
14. Party Girl
15. Clueless
16. The Quick and the Dead
17. Seven
18. Strange Days
19. Sense and Sensibility
20. The Addiction
21. The Chinese Feast
22. Living in Oblivion
23. City of Lost Children
24. Smoke
25. Desperado
26. Twelve Monkeys
27. Casino
28. A Chinese Odyssey
29. Mighty Aphrodite
30. Tommy Boy
31. Babe
32. Ghost in the Shell
33. Get Shorty

34. Nixon
35. Loving You
36. Devil in a Blue Dress
37. Braveheart
38. Billy Madison
39. Peace Hotel
40. The Brady Bunch Movie
41. Crimson Tide
42. The Celluloid Closet
43. Apollo 13
44. To Die For

45. Shanghai Triad
46. Dead Presidents
47. Safe
48. A Chinese Odyssey II
49. Mallrats
50. Die Hard: With a Vengeance
51. Blue in the Face
52. Richard III
53. Bad Boys
54. The Brothers McMullen
55. Rob Roy
56. The American President
57. The Usual Suspects
58. Kids
59. Empire Records
60. Jeffrey
61. GoldenEye
62. Showgirls
63. Don Juan DeMarco
64. Unstrung Heroes
65. Dead Man Walking
66. Dolores Clairborne
67. Outbreak
68. My Father is a Hero
69. Unzipped
70. Clockers
71. Powder
72. Mr. Holland’s Opus
73. Leaving Las Vegas
74. Species
75. Friday
76. Georgia
77. The Basketball Diaries
78. Dangerous Minds
79. Circle of Friends
80. Murder in the First
81. The Prophesy
82. The Last Supper
83. Higher Learning
84. Heavy
85. Mortal Kombat
86. Othello
87. Sabrina
88. Canadian Bacon
89. Grumpier Old Men
90. Les Miserables
91. The Doom Generation
92. Welcome to the Dollhouse
93. Copycat
94. Nick of Time
95. Lord of Illusions
96. Money Train
97. Batman Forever
98. First Knight
99. Just Cause
100. Waterworld
101. Dracula: Dead and Loving It

1996 Endy Awards

1. Comrades: Almost a Love Story
2. Trainspotting
3. Irma Vep
4. Goodbye South, Goodbye
5. Big Night
6. The English Patient
7. Bottle Rocket
8. Fargo
9. Bound
10. Mars Attacks!
11. Lone Star
12. When We Were Kings
13. From Dusk Til Dawn
14. Romeo + Juliet
15. Waiting for Guffman
16. Hard Eight

17. The Portrait of a Lady
18. La Comédie-Française
19. Beautiful Girls

20. Swingers
21. Scream
22. Mission: Impossible
23. The Rock
24. Kingpin
25. The Day a Pig Fell into the Well
26. Happy Gilmore
27. Emma
28. Freeway
29. The Frighteners
30. Broken Arrow
31. Tri-Star
32. Michael Collins
33. The Cable Guy
34. Young and Dangerous
35. Rumble in the Bronx
36. The Typewriter, the Rifle & the Movie Camera
37. Chacun cherche son chat
38. Black Mask
39. Prisoner of the Mountains
40. Hamlet
41. Hype!
42. Dr. Wai and the Scripture with No Words
43. That Thing You Do!
44. Everyone Says I Love You
45. The Ghost and the Darkness
46. Basquiat
47. Jerry Maguire
48. Independence Day
49. The Pallbearer
50. The Truth About Cats & Dogs
51. She’s the One
52. First Strike
53. Shine
54. SubUrbia
55. Get on the Bus
56. Star Trek: First Contact
57. The Birdcage
58. The People vs. Larry Flynt
59. A Very Brady Sequel
60. Brain Candy
61. Secrets & Lies
62. I Shot Andy Warhol
63. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
64. Trees Lounge
65. Courage Under Fire
66. The Whole Wide World
67. Primal Fear
68. Mother
69. Phenomenon
70. Beavis & Butt-Head Do America
71. Don’t Be a Menace
72. Black Sheep
73. Paradise Lost
74. Walking and Talking
75. American Buffalo
76. One Fine Day
77. Dragonheart
78. Ghosts of Mississippi
79. The Crucible
80. Sling Blade
81. Twister
82. Eddie
83. Sleepers
84. Schizopolis
85. Space Jam
86. Michael
87. Fear
88. Jack
89. Phat Beach
90. Spy Hard
91. Last Dance

1997 Endy Awards

1. Boogie Nights
2. Lost Highway
3. Jackie Brown
4. Taste of Cherry
5. Too Many Ways to Be No. 1
6. Xiao Wu
7. The Mirror
8. Happy Together
9. Starship Troopers
10. The River
11. Fireworks

12. Titanic
13. Henry Fool
14. Lifeline

15. Grosse Point Blank
16. The Soong Sisters
17. Fast, Cheap & Out of Control
18. The Odd Ones Dies
19. Perfect Blue
20. Kundun
21. Princess Mononoke
22. The Fifth Element
23. A Life Less Ordinary
24. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
25. Twilight of the Ice Nymphs
26. Gattaca
27. The Edge
28. The Spanish Prisoner

29. Double Team
30. The Ice Storm
31. Full Alert
32. Face/Off
33. The Lost World: Jurassic Park

34. The Sweet Hereafter
35. Abre los ojos
36. Deconstructing Harry
37. Amistad
38. Mr. Jealousy

39. Prefontaine
40. Oscar and Lucinda
41. Night Falls on Manhattan

42. LA Confidential
43. Good Will Hunting
44. The Boxer
45. Donnie Brasco
46. The Game
47. The Devil’s Advocate
48. End of Evangelion
49. Nowhere

50. Chasing Amy
51. Wag the Dog

52. Alien: Resurrection
53. Private Parts
54. U-Turn
55. Once Upon a Time in China and America
56. Wings of the Dove
57. Smilla’s Sense of Snow
58. House of Yes
59. Volcano
60. Marius and Jeanette
61. Event Horizon
62. I Know What You Did Last Summer
63. In the Company of Men
64. Life is Beautiful
65. As Good as It Gets
66. Men in Black
67. Contact
68. Mimic
69. Clockwatchers
70. Scream 2
71. GI Jane
72. Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion
73. Evangelion: Death and Rebirth
74. Liar Liar
75. The Myth of Fingerprints
76. Inventing the Abbotts
77. Tomorrow Never Dies
78. Trojan War
79. The Relic
80. The Full Monty
81. Telling Lies in America
82. Cop Land
83. Lolita
84. Spice World
85. Absolute Power
86. Two Girls and a Guy

1998 Endy Awards

1. The Big Lebowski
2. The Thin Red Line
3. Rushmore
4. Histoire(s) du cinema
5. The Last Days of Disco
6. The Flowers of Shanghai
7. Pi
8. April Story
9. New Rose Hotel
10. Fucking Åmål
11. Expect the Unexpected
12. After Life
13. A Hero Never Dies
14. Run Lola Run
15. Anna Magdalena
16. The Longest Nite
17. The Zero Effect
18. The Power of Kangwon Province
19. Ronin
20. There’s Something About Mary
21. Out of Sight
22. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
23. Buffalo ’66
24. Small Soldiers
25. Rounders

26. Armageddon
27. Knock Off
28. Primary Colors
29. He Got Game
30. Pleasantville
31. Meet Joe Black

32. The Wedding Singer
33. Dark City
34. The Mask of Zorro
35. A Bug’s Life
36. A Simple Plan
37. The Siege
38. What Dreams May Come
39. The Newton Boys
40. Croupier
41. Elizabeth
42. Bulworth
43. Sliding Doors
44. Wild Things
45. Shakespeare in Love
46. Enemy of the State
47. Smoke Signals
48. Slums of Beverly Hills
49. Little Voice
50. You’ve Got Mail
51. The Truman Show
52. Next Stop Wonderland
53. Saving Private Ryan
54. A Civil Action
55. The Faculty
56. Can’t Hardly Wait
57. The Opposite of Sex
58. The Waterboy
59. The Replacement Killers
60. Without Limits
61. Meeting People is Easy
62. No Looking Back
63. Ballistic Kiss
64. American History X
65. Mulan
66. Pecker
67. Permanent Midnight
68. The X-Files
69. Safe Men
70. Disturbing Behavior
71. Celebrity
72. Lethal Weapon 4
73. Star Trek: Insurrection
74. Psycho
75. Your Friends & Neighbors
76. Godzilla
77. Snake Eyes
78. 54

1999 Endy Awards

1. Beau travail
2. The Mission
3. The Matrix
4. My Neighbors the Yamadas

5. Eyes Wide Shut
6. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
7. Running Out of Time
8. The Wind Will Carry Us
9. King of Comedy
10. Fight Club
11. South Park
12. Existenz
13. Toy Story 2
14. Office Space
15. Time Regained
16. The Road Home
17. Topsy-Turvy

18. The Iron Giant

19. Magnolia
20. The Blair Witch Project
21. Galaxy Quest

22. Where a Good Man Goes
23. HHH: A Portrait of Hou Hsiao-hsien
24. Ride with the Devil
25. Sweet and Lowdown

26. Tempting Heart
27. 6ixtynin9
28. Cradle Will Rock
29. The 13th Warrior
30. Belfast, Maine
31. The Insider
32. The Sixth Sense
33. Go
34. Election

35. The Messenger

36. Bringing Out the Dead
37. The Ninth Gate
38. Being John Malkovich
39. The Virgin Suicides
40. 10 Things I Hate About You
41. American Pie
42. Bowfinger
43. Summer of Sam

44. The Talented Mr. Ripley
45. Varsity Blues
46. Audition
47. The Limey
48. Mystery Men
49. Dick

50. Cruel Intentions
51. Beyond the Mat
52. Three Kings
53. The Phantom Menace
54. Anna and the King
55. But I’m a Cheerleader
56. The Mummy
57. Man on the Moon
58. Sleepy Hollow
59. She’s All That
60. Anywhere But Here
61. Dogma
62. American Beauty
63. Big Daddy
64. Any Given Sunday
65. 200 Cigarettes
66. Teaching Mrs. Tingle
67. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
68. The Woman Chaser
69. Payback

2000 Endy Awards

1. La Commune (Paris 1871)
2. Platform
3. In the Mood for Love
4. Yi yi
5. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
6. Devils on the Doorstep
7. Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors
8. The Heart of the World
9. O Brother, Where Art Thou?

10. The House of Mirth
11. Help!!!

12. Tears of the Black Tiger

13. Needing You. . .
14. Unbreakable
15. Wonder Boys
16. Battle Royale
17. Almost Famous
18. Time and Tide
19. Mission: Impossible 2
20. State and Main
21. Mission to Mars
22. Bring It On
23. Songs from the Second Floor
24. Jiang Hu: The Triad Zone
25. Best in Show
26. Chicken Run
27. The Beach
28. The Tao of Steve

29. Jeff Buckley: Live in Chicago
30. You Can Count On Me
31. High Fidelity
32. Memento
33. Chunhyang
34. Dancer in the Dark
35. American Psycho
36. Traffic

37. George Washington
38. Hamlet
39. Romeo Must Die
40. X-Men
41. Gladiator
42. Where the Heart Is
43. Charlie’s Angels
44. Erin Brockovich
45. The Perfect Storm
46. Escaflowne: The Movie
47. Loser

2001 Endy Awards

1. Millennium Mambo
2. The Royal Tenenbaums
3. Mulholland Dr.
4. Spirited Away
5. What Time is it There?
6. AI: Artificial Intelligence

7. The Fellowship of the Ring
8. Running Out of Time 2

9. Wet Hot American Summer
10. Shaolin Soccer
11. Ali
12. The Man Who Wasn’t There
13. Trouble Every Day
14. Zoolander
15. Wu Yen
16. The Others
17. Ghosts of Mars
18. Amélie
19. If I Should Fall from Grace
20. Waking Life
21. All About Lily Chou-Chou
22. Moulin Rouge!
23. You Shoot, I Shoot
24. Love on a Diet
25. Black Hawk Down
26. Toutes les nuits
27. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
28. Zu Warriors
29. Vanilla Sky
30. Fulltime Killer

31. Monsters, Inc.
32. The Cat’s Meow
33. Gosford Park
34. Knocking on Heaven’s Door
35. Pootie Tang
36. Ghost World

37. Y tu mamá también
38. Metropolis
39. 61*
40. The Fast and the Furious
41. Ocean’s Eleven
42. Pearl Harbor
43. Spy Kids
44. Musa: The Warrior
45. Final Fantasy: the Spirits Within
46. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
47. A Beautiful Mind
48. Not Another Teen Movie
49. Shrek
50. American Pie 2
51. Legally Blonde
52. Bridget Jones’s Diary
53. Hannibal
54. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

2002 Endy Awards

1. Punch-Drunk Love
2. My Left Eye Sees Ghosts
3. Morvern Callar
4. Golden Chicken
5. Blissfully Yours
6. Fat Choi Spirit
7. Russian Ark
8. Chinese Odyssey 2002
9. Friday Night
10. Hero
11. Infernal Affairs
12. The Two Towers
13. On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate
14. Windtalkers

15. Minority Report
16. Unknown Pleasures
17. The Century of the Self

18. The 25th Hour
19. The Truth About Charlie
20. Resident Evil

21. Signs
22. The Bourne Identity
23. Catch Me If You Can
24. Gangs of New York
25. 8 Women
26. Adaptation

27. City of God
28. 24 Hour Party People
29. Zhou Yu’s Train

30. Far From Heaven

31. 8 Mile
32. Talk To Her
33. The Transporter

34. Bowling For Columbine
35. Spellbound
36. Attack of the Clones
37. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
38. Spider-Man

39. About Schmidt
40. 28 Days Later
41. Solaris
42. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
43. The Business of Fancydancing
44. The Slow Century
45. Woody Allen: A Life in Film
46. Frida
47. Chicago
48. The Trials of Henry Kissinger
49. I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
50. Ice Age
51. Austin Powers: Goldmember
52. Sweet Home Alabama
53. Red Dragon

2003 Endy Awards

1. Running on Karma
2. Los Angeles Plays Itself
3. PTU
4. Goodbye, Dragon Inn
5. Last Life in the Universe
6. Kill Bill Vol. 1
7. Turn Left, Turn Right

8. Café Lumière
9. Master and Commander
10. Down with Love
11. The Triplets of Belleville

12. Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior
13. Golden Chicken 2
14. School of Rock
15. Pirates of the Caribbean
16. Finding Nemo
17. Looney Tunes: Back in Action

18. In the Cut
19. Drunken Monkey
20. Coffee and Cigarettes
21. Hulk
22. Masked and Anonymous
23. Return of the King
24. Jade Goddess of Mercy
25. 2 Fast 2 Furious
26. The Fog of War
27. Paycheck
28. Lost in Translation
29. Matrix Reloaded
30. Camp
31. Wheel of Time
32. Love for all Seasons
33. Oldboy
34. The Saddest Music in the World
35. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter. . . and Spring
36. Old School
37. Gods and Generals
38. Heroic Duo
39. X-Men 2
40. The Animatrix
41. A Decade Under the Influence
42. Once Upon a Time in Mexico
43. Angels in America
44. Underworld
45. The Corporation
46. Shattered Glass
47. A Mighty Wind
48. Intolerable Cruelty
49. Love Actually
50. Daredevil
51. Matrix Revolutions
52. American Wedding

2004 Endy Awards:

1. Tropical Malady
2. 2046
3. Throw Down

4. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
5. Kung Fu Hustle

6. The World

7. Breaking News

8. Anchorman
9. Yesterday Once More
10. The Power of Nightmares

11. Man on Fire
12. Kill Bill Vol. 2
13. Collateral
14. House of Flying Daggers
15. Alexander
16. Les Pont des Arts
17. Kings and Queen
18. Love Battlefield
19. L’intrus
20. One Night in Mongkok
21. Henri Langlois: Phantom of the Cinematheque
22. 20 30 40
23. Fantasia

24. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
25. The Incredibles
26. Shaun of the Dead
27. Resident Evil: Apocalypse
28. Hellboy
29. Howl’s Moving Castle
30. Alien vs. Predator
31. Mean Girls
32. Before Sunset

33. Friday Night Lights
34. Woman is the Future of Man
35. The Village
36. The Bourne Supremacy
37. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

38. Dodgeball
39. The Aviator
40. A Very Long Engagement

41. I Heart Huckabees
42. Primer

43. Troy
44. In Good Company
45. The Death Curse
46. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
47. Team America: World Police
48. Night Watch
49. Fahrenheit 9/11
50. Spider-Man 2
51. Million Dollar Baby
52. Spartan
53. Incident at Loch Ness
54. Melinda and Melinda
55. Napoleon Dynamite
56. Closer
57. Lollilove
58. Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt
59. Starsky & Hutch
60. Win a Date with Tad Hamilton
61. Garden State
62. Ray
63. Jersey Girl

64. The Hunting of the President
65. Bush’s Brain
66. Outfoxed
67. Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train
68. King Arthur

69. Crash

2005 Endy Awards

1. The New World
2. Linda Linda Linda
3. Three Times
4. Oxhide
5. A History of Violence
6. Election
7. Perhaps Love
8. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
9. My Dad is 100 Years Old
10. Dave Chappelle’s Block Party
11. Princess Raccoon
12. Domino
13. Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
14. Tale of Cinema
15. Himalaya Singh
16. Grizzly Man
17. The 40 Year Old Virgin
18. Munich
19. SPL (Sha Po Lang)
20. Mutual Appreciation
21. Brick
22. Serenity
23. Seven Swords
24. King Kong
25. Broken Flowers
26. The Squid and the Whale
27. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
28. Cigarette Burns
29. Good Night and Good Luck
30. Me & You & Everyone We Know
31. The Protector
32. Brokeback Mountain
33. War of the Worlds
34. No Direction Home
35. Shopgirl
36. Revenge of the Sith

37. Land of the Dead
38. Kingdom of Heaven
39. Sin City
40. The Aristocrats
41. Curse of the Were-Rabbit
42. The Proposition
43. Man Push Cart
44. Match Point

45. Elizabethtown
46. Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic
47. Batman Begins
48. Unleashed
49. One Man Band
50. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
51. V for Vendetta
52. Capote
53. 9
54. Walk the Line
55. Cache
56. Mr. and Mrs. Smith
57. Transporter 2
58. Thank You for Smoking
59. Irving Thalberg: Prince of Hollywood
60. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
61. Why We Fight
62. Memoirs of a Geisha
63. Syriana
64. Brothers Grimm
65. Reel Paradise
66. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
67. Cry Wolf
68. The Dukes of Hazzard
69. Aeon Flux
70. Fever Pitch
71. The Chronicles of Narnia
72. Fantastic Four
73. The Legend of Zorro

2006 Endy Awards

1. The Wind that Shakes the Barley
2. Exiled
3. Still Life
4. Miami Vice
5. Isabella
6. Election 2
7. The Departed
8. Syndromes and a Century
9. Deja Vu

10. Crank
11. Climates
12. I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone
13. Private Fears in Public Places
14. The Shopaholics

15. Flags of Our Fathers
16. A Prairie Home Companion

17. A Scanner Darkly
18. Inland Empire
19. Fay Grim
20. Belle toujours

21. The Host
22. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
23. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
24. The Postmodern Life of My Aunt
25. Southland Tales

26. Woman on the Beach

27. Rescue Dawn

28. Once
29. Paprika
30. Marie Antoinette
31. Letters from Iwo Jima
32. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
33. Cocktail
34. Idiocracy

35. Superman Returns
36. United 93
37. The Fall
38. The Lady in the Water
39. Inside Man
40. After This, Our Exile

41. Fearless
42. The Fountain
43. The Break-Up
44. Mission: Impossible III

45. Wordplay
46. Summer Palace
47. Curse of the Golden Flower
48. Casino Royale
49. Children of Men
50. Borat
51. Paris je t’aime
52. The Lives of Others
53. Talladega Nights
54. The Prestige
55. Step Up
56. Clerks II
57. Snakes on a Plane
58. Pan’s Labyrinth
59. The Banquet
60. Cars
61. The TV Set
62. The Namesake
63. The Good Shepherd
64. The Black Dahlia
65. I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With
66. This Film is not yet Rated
67. Little Miss Sunshine
68. Nacho Libre
69. Friends with Money
70. X-Men: The Last Stand
71. The DaVinci Code

2007 Endy Awards

1. Flight of the Red Balloon
2. I’m Not There
3. There Will Be Blood
4. My Winnipeg
5. You, the Living
6. The Romance of Astrea and Celadon
7. Ratatouille
8. The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom
9. No Country for Old Men
10. The Sun Also Rises
11. Mad Detective
12. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days . . .
13. Zodiac
14. Eye in the Sky
15. My Blueberry Nights
16. Grindhouse
17. The Mist
18. Resident Evil: Extinction
19. The Darjeeling Limited
20. Boarding Gate

21. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

22. Paranoid Park
23. Triangle
24. Sukiyaki Western Django
25. Chop Shop
26. Flash Point
27. Chacun son cinéma
28. Wonderful Town

29. Encounters at the End of the World
30. Helvetica
31. Margot at the Wedding
32. Paranormal Activity
33. Superbad
34. Eastern Promises
35. Waitress

36. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
37. The Simpsons Movie

38. Knocked Up
39. Stardust
40. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
41. Lars and the Real Girl
42. Exodus
43. Sunshine
44. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

45. Rocket Science
46. Lust, Caution
47. Silent Light
48. The King of Kong

49. Hilary Hahn: A Portrait
50. Val Lewton: Man in the Shadows
51. The Rest is Silence
52. Across the Universe
53. Hot Rod
54. No End in Sight
55. The Ten
56. Juno
57. Becoming John Ford
58. Michael Clayton
59. 300
60. Hot Fuzz
61. 3:10 to Yuma
62. Into the Wild
63. American Gangster
64. Snow Angels
65. Sicko
66. Mongol
67. Bienvenue a Cannes
68. The Bourne Ultimatum
69. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
70. In the Mood for Doyle
71. Atonement
72. Transformers
73. Spielberg on Spielberg
74. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
75. Beowulf
76. Hitman
77. Spiderman 3

2008 Endy Awards

1. Sparrow
2. Sita Sings the Blues
4. Ashes of Time Redux
5. Two Lovers
6. Red Cliff
7. 35 Shots of Rum
8. A Christmas Tale
9. Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

10. Happy Go Lucky
11. Night and Day
12. Rachel Getting Married
13. Summer Hours
14. 24 City
15. Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea
16. Still Walking

17. You Think You’re the Prettiest, but You are the Sluttiest
18. Speed Racer

19. Waltz with Bashir
20. The Hurt Locker

21. Cloverfield
22. The Good, the Bad, the Weird
23. Rembrandt’s J’Accuse

24. The Beaches of Agnes

25. The Headless Woman
26. Me and Orson Welles
27. Tulpan
28. Ballast

29. Wendy and Lucy

30. Good Cats
31. Liverpool
32. Che
33. Vicky Cristina Barcelona

34. In Bruges
35. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
36. Let the Right One In
37. Milk
38. Hellboy II
39. Synecdoche, New York
40. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
41. Step Up 2 The Streets
42. Iron Man
43. The Brothers Bloom
44. High Noon

45. Ong Bak 2: The Beginning
46. The Equation of Love and Death

47. Redbelt
48. Australia
49. Burn After Reading
50. Of Time and the City
51. Pineapple Express
52. Death Race

53. Ip Man
54. Gran Torino
55. Bigger, Stronger, Faster*
56. The Happening
57. Linger

58. Pelléas and Mélisandre: The Song of the Blind
59. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
60. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

61. Roman Polanski: Wanted & Desired

62. Anvil! The Story of Anvil
63. Slumdog Millionaire

64. Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
65. Recount
66. Dakota Skye
67. Zack and Miri Make a Porno
68. Tropic Thunder
69. Man on Wire
70. The Dark Knight
71. Baby Mama
72. Way of Nature
73. Twilight
74. Kung Fu Panda
75. The Forbidden Kingdom
76. Thriller in Manilla
77. The Order of Myths
78. W.
79. Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood
80. Frost/Nixon
81. Valkyrie
82. The Business of Being Born
83. Dear Zachary
84. The Incredible Hulk
85. Quantum of Solace
86. The Mummy 3

2009 Endy Awards

1. Oxhide II
2. It Felt Like a Kiss
3. Fantastic Mr. Fox
4. Wild Grass
5. La danse
6. Inglourious Basterds
7. Written By
8. Accident
9. The Limits of Control
10. Bluebeard
11. Public Enemies
12. Like You Know It All
13. Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench

14. Bright Star
15. Police, Adjective
16. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
17. Drag Me To Hell
18. Eccentricities of a Blond Hair Girl
19. Love Aaj Kal
20. Valhalla Rising
21. Universal Soldier: Regeneration
22. The Hole

23. Vengeance
24. Alamar
25. The Secret of Kells
26. I Am Love
27. Up

28. Emma
29. Around a Small Mountain
30. A Serious Man

31. Star Trek

32. (500) Days of Summer
33. In Search of Beethoven
34. Looking for Eric
35. Adventureland
36. Sophie’s Revenge

37. The Taking of Pelham 123
38. Black Dynamite
39. Summer Wars

40. Bodyguards & Assassins

41. Woman on Fire Looks for Water
42. The Exploding Girl
43. Unmade Beds
44. Moon
45. Coraline

46. In the Loop
47. Gamer
48. Mother
49. Hamlet
50. Air Doll

51. Face
52. Overheard
53. Micmacs
54. Crank: High Voltage
55. Double Take
56. The September Issue
57. The Art of the Steal

58. The Young Victoria
59. Sweetgrass
60. Funny People
61. My Queen Karo
62. Everyone Else
63. Fast & Furious
64. Broken Embraces
65. Of Love and Other Demons
66. Ninja
67. Up in the Air
68. ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction
69. For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism
70. Food, Inc
71. An Education
72. Avatar
73. Where the Wild Things Are
74. 1939: Hollywood’s Greatest Year
75. Watchmen
76. The Cove
77. District 9
78. Kamui
79. Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould
80. Harry Potter VI
81. Queer China, ‘Comrade’ China
82. Humpday
83. Wolverine

2010 Endy Awards

1. Oki’s Movie
2. Certified Copy
3. Mysteries of Lisbon
4. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
5. Meek’s Cutoff
6. Let the Bullets Fly
7. Carlos
8. Love in a Puff
9. 607

10. Thomas Mao
11. Hahaha
12. Boxing Gym
13. True Grit
14. Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen

15. Another Year
16. The Social Network
17. Day and Night
18. Exit Through the Gift Shop
19. I Wish I Knew
20. Resident Evil: Afterlife
21. Shutter Island
22. Unstoppable
23. The Legend is Born: Ip Man
24. Black Swan
25. Cave of Forgotten Dreams
26. Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
27. The Sleeping Beauty
28. Film Socialisme

29. The Illusionist

30. 13 Assassins
31. 127 Hours
32. Nostalgia for the Light
33. Greenberg
34. Get Out of the Car
35. The Strange Case of Angelica
36. Poetry

37. Easy A
38. Gallants
39. Robin Hood

40. The Secret World of Arrietty
41. The Drunkard
42. Strange Powers
43. The Trip
44. Centurion
45. Made in Dagenham
46. Bill Cunningham, New York

47. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
48. Reign of Assassins
49. Winter’s Bone
50. Toy Story 3
51. Ip Man 2
52. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
53. Senna
54. The Ghost Writer
55. Merry-Go-Round
56. My Film and My Story
57. Crossing the Mountain
58. Predators
59. Tiny Furniture

60. Ong Bak 3
61. Never Let Me Go
62. Sweetgrass
63. A Cat in Paris
64. The Fourth Portrait
65. The King’s Speech

66. Inception
67. Restrepo
68. Hot Tub Time Machine
69. Kick Ass

70. Inhalation
71. The Indian Boundary Line
72. Icarus Under the Sun

73. Machete
74. Casino Jack and the United States of Money
75. Rumination
76. Iron Man 2
77. The Kids are All Right
78. The Tiger Factory
79. Green Zone
80. The Last Airbender

2011 Endy Awards

1. The Tree of Life
2. Damsels in Distress
3. The Deep Blue Sea
4. Margaret
5. The Day He Arrives
6. Girl Walk // All Day
7. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
8. Romance Joe
9. Wuxia
10. A Separation
11. Ex
12. Life Without Principle
13. Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown
14. The Color Wheel

15. Hugo
16. Pina
17. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
18. We Need to Talk About Kevin
19. The Grey
20. War Horse
21. La Luna
22. The Three Musketeers
23. All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

24. The Cabin in the Woods
25. The Raid
26. The Turin Horse
27. Crazy Horse

28. Company
29. The Muppets
30. The Kid with a Bike
31. Bernie

32. Winnie the Pooh

33. Carnage
34. A Fish
35. Weekend
36. J. Edgar

37. A Dangerous Method
38. Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
39. The Story of Film: An Odyssey
40. Super 8
41. East Meets West
42. Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
43. Midnight in Paris
44. Young Adult
45. Fast Five
46. Take This Waltz
47. The Adventures of Tintin
48. Drive
49. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
50. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

51. The Artist

52. Take Shelter
53. Moneyball
54. Headshot
55. The Guard
56. Thor
57. 50/50
58. Attack the Block
59. Fragments: Surviving Pieces of Lost Films
60. Don’t Expect Too Much
61. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
62. The Adjustment Bureau
63. Page One: Inside the New York Times
64. Rango
65. Captain America
66. Overheard 2
67. Cedar Rapids
68. These Amazing Shadows

2012 Endy Awards

1. Moonrise Kingdom
2. Romancing in Thin Air
3. Like Someone in Love
4. The Master
5. Night Across the Street

6. Wolf Children
7. Drug War
8. Leviathan
9. In Another Country
10. It’s Such a Beautiful Day
11. To the Wonder

12. Frances Ha
13. Zero Dark Thirty
14. Mekong Hotel
15. Lincoln
16. Tabu
17. Pitch Perfect
18. Holy Motors
19. When Night Falls
20. The Last Time I Saw Macao
21. Memories Look at Me
22. Three Sisters
23. Resident Evil: Retribution
24. Four Ways to Die in My Hometown
25. Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning
26. People’s Park
27. Much Ado About Nothing
28. Walker
29. Something in the Air
30. Tai Chi Zero
31. Emperor Visits the Hell
32. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet
33. Neighboring Sounds
34. Motorway
35. The Act of Killing
36. Blancanieves
37. Room 237
38. Love in the Buff
39. Museum Hours
40. Thursday Till Sunday
41. Dredd
42. Everybody in Our Family

43. Reconversão
44. Django Unchained
45. Cosmopolis
46. Looper
47. Vamps
48. Tai Chi Hero

49. Gebo and the Shadow
50. Bachelorette
51. Shut Up and Play the Hits
52. 9 Muses of Star Empire
53. Cloud Atlas
54. It’s a Disaster
55. The Unlikely Girl

56. This is 40

57. Mother

58. Brave
59. Diva
60. In Search of Haydn
61. Mystery
62. The Angels’ Share
63. Crossfire Hurricane
64. Hello I Must Be Going

65. The Avengers
66. Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay
67. Good Vibrations
68. Antiviral
69. Flight
70. Beautiful 2012
71. Red Flag
72. The King’s Body
73. Spring Breakers
74. Wreck-It Ralph
75. Sleepwalk With Me
76. Jack Reacher

77. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
78. Amour

79. A Mere Life
80. The Five-Year Engagement
81. Moksha; the World, or I, How Does that Work?
82. Prometheus
83. Save the Date
84. Argo
85. Skyfall
86. Game Change
87. Rock of Ages
88. Les Misérables

2013 Endy Awards

1. La última película
2. The Missing Picture
3. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
4. Blind Detective
5. Only Lovers Left Alive
6. A Touch of Sin
7. The Immigrant
8. Computer Chess
9. Our Sunhi
10. Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
11. Stray Dogs
12. The Wind Rises
13. The Wolf of Wall Street
14. The World’s End
15. Nobody’s Daughter Haewon
16. The Grandmaster
17. At Berkeley
18. Ip Man: The Final Fight
19. A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness
20. Hard to Say
21. Inside Llewyn Davis
22. Yumen
23. Young Detective Dee and the Rise of the Sea Dragon
24. Just in Time
25. Before Midnight
26. The Great Passage
27. Under the Skin
28. A Fuller Life
29. 12 Years a Slave
30. The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness
31. The Three Disasters
32. All is Lost
33. Her
34. Trap Street
35. Miss and the Doctors
36. Blue is the Warmest Color
37. Snowpiercer
38. Unbeatable
39. So Young
40. Ninja: Shadow of a Tear
41. Mahjong
42. Six by Sondheim
43. Blue Jasmine
44. New World
45. Distant

46. Gravity
47. Top of the Lake

48. Anatomy of a Paperclip
49. Frozen
50. Enough Said
51. Burn Release Explode The Invincible
52. Bends
53. The Lone Ranger
54. Night Moves
55. The Great Gatsby
56. Star Trek Into Darkness
57. My First Love
58. The Owners
59. Redemption
60. Grigris

61. Longing for the Rain
62. Drinking Buddies

63. Pain & Gain
64. Unforgiven
65. Fast & Furious 6
66. The Great Beauty
67. My Lucky Star
68. 130919: A Portrait of Marina Abramovic
69. The Spider’s Lair
70. Camille Claudel 1915
71. Anchorman 2
72. American Hustle
73. Cinesapiens

2014 Endy Awards

1. Super Bowl XLVIII
2. The Midnight After
3. Hill of Freedom
4. Jauja
5. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2
6. National Gallery
7. Horse Money
8. Phoenix
9. Actress
10. Inherent Vice
11. A Matter of Interpretation
12. The Crossing Part One
13. The Grand Budapest Hotel
14. Selma
15. The Taking of Tiger Mountain
16. Journey to the West
17. Obvious Child
18. Adieu au langage
19. She’s Funny That Way
20. Whiplash
21. Tokyo Tribe
22. Gone Girl
23. La Sapienza
24. Hit 2 Pass
25. White, Heat, Lights
26. Pompeii
27. The Coffin in the Mountain
28. Highway
29. Noah
30. Two Days, One Night
31. Ballet 422
32. Camera falls from airplane and lands in pig pen–MUST WATCH END!!
33. Heaven Knows What
34. The Look of Silence
35. Eden
36. Dearest
37. Listen Up Philip
38. Uncertain Relationships Society
39. Welcome to New York
40. The Clouds of Sils Maria
41. Black Coal, Thin Ice
42. Beyond Zero: 1914-1918
43. While We’re Young
44. Approaching the Elephant
45. Mr. Turner
46. The Rehearsal
47. When Marnie was There
48. Into the Woods
49. Lucy
50. American Sniper
51. Happy Christmas
52. Dear White People
53. Boyhood
54. Temporary Family
55. The Last Five Years
56. Wild Tales
57. Jersey Boys
58. Winter Sleep
59. Maps to the Stars
60. The Golden Era
61. The Duke of Burgundy
62. Natural History
63. Women Who Know How to Flirt are the Luckiest
64. The Iron Ministry
65. A Hard Day
66. The Raid 2
67. Transformers: The Premake
68. Ned Rifle
69. The Teacher’s Diary
70. Nightcrawler
71. Inside Voices
72. Amour fou
73. Golden Chickensss
74. Aberdeen
75. John Wick
76. Once Upon a Time in Shanghai
77. Regarding Susan Sontag
78. Song of the Sea
79. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
80. Kung Fu Jungle
81. Back to the Soil
82. From Vegas to Macao
83. Ow
84. Edge of Tomorrow
85. The Babadook
86. Too Many Cooks
87. Exodus: Gods and Kings
88. Everything Will Be
89. They Came Together
90. Virtuosity
91. Lava
92. Guardians of the Galaxy
93. Life Itself
94. Snow on the Blades
95. The Furthest End Awaits
96. Haemoo
97. The Monkey King
98. The Dream of Shahrazad
99. And the Oscar Goes To …
100. Veronica Mars
101. Magnificent View
102. The Imitation Game
103. Overheard 3
104. Exit
105. The Theory of Everything
106. Broken Palace
107. Black Comedy
108. Love is All


1. The Assassin
2. Mad Max Fury Road
3. The Forbidden Room
4. Mistress America
5. Blackhat
6. 88:88
7. World of Tomorrow
8. The Royal Road
9. Mountains May Depart
10. Arabian Nights Volume 2: The Desolate One
11. The Thoughts That Once We Had
12. Li Wen at East Lake
13. Office
14. Kaili Blues
15. Taxi
16. Murmur of the Hearts
17. Right Now, Wrong Then
18. Results
19. Port of Call
20. The Visit
21. Queen of Earth
22. A Tale of Three Cities
23. 45 Years
24. Go Away, Mr. Tumor
25. Jupiter Ascending
26. My Golden Days
27. The Pearl Button
28. Sleeping with Other People
29. Topophilia
30. Bitter Lake
31. Eisenstein in Guanajuato
32. Arabian Nights Volume 3: The Enchanted One
33. The Treasure
34. Greed; Ghost Light
35. The Exquisite Corpus
36. Wild City
37. Pitch Perfect 2
38. Shaun the Sheep Movie
39. Dead Slow Ahead
40. Furious 7
41. The Chinese Mayor
42. Trainwreck
43. Inside Out
44. Mustang
45. Wondrous Boccaccio
46. 7 Days in Hell
47. Smog Journeys
48. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
49. Paradise
50. Digging for Fire
51. Magicarena
52. Memories of the Sword
53. What Happened in Past Dragon Year
54. Unexpected
55. The Wolfpack
56. Ant-Man
57. It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong
58. Alice in Earnestland
59. Dragon Blade
60. Dreams Rewired
61. Tandem
62. The Transporter Refeuled
63. Argentina
64. Chatty Catties

Film Rankings By Year 1950-1975

Here’s how it works: A film’s year is simply the year IMDB says it is. Not because IMDB is especially accurate, but just because it happens to be the easiest and most comprehensive resource there is for tracking film dates throughout the world and over the whole history of cinema. Occasionally IMDB will change a year as new information comes to light, when I notice such changes, I’ll change the list here accordingly.

The order isn’t definitive: ranking works of art is not meant to be a hierarchical activity, but rather an organizational one. It’s interesting trivially and comparatively to see what movies came out at the same time, to see the progression of film history. And lists are just plain fun to argue over. They are meant to be conversation starters, not finishers. I don’t have any particular criteria for what ranks above what, it’s just my own subjective opinion, informed by a reasonable knowledge of film and film history, one that is expanding and deepening all the time.
The rankings change over time: when I see a new movie, I add it to the list here. Sometimes I’ll see a movie again and my opinion of it will change, or my feelings about a film will evolve and so I’ll move it up or down the list.  These changes are noted as they occur in “This Week in Rankings” posts, though often a single change to a year will lead to a larger shuffling.  These lists are, and always will be, a work in progress.

This is Part Two, 1950-1975.


1. All About Eve
2. Wagon Master
3. Rashomon
4. In a Lonely Place
5. Gun Crazy
6. Stromboli
7. Sunset Blvd.
8. Winchester ’73
9. Harvey
10. Devil’s Doorway
11. The Furies

12. Where the Sidewalk Ends
13. The Asphalt Jungle
14. Rio Grande

15. So Long at the Fair

16. Night and the City
17. Born Yesterday
18. Stage Fright

19. Father of the Bride

20. DOA
21. No Man of Her Own
22. The Breaking Point
23. Where Danger Lives
24. The Baron of Arizona
25. September Affair
26. Summer Stock
27. The File on Thelma Jordan
28. Born to be Bad
29. Cinderella
30. Annie Get Your Gun


1. Early Summer
2. An American in Paris
3. Awaara
4. The Steel Helmet

5. The River
6. Repast

7. The Thing from Another World
8. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
9. Diary of a Country Priest

10. Alice in Wonderland
11. The Idiot
12. The African Queen
13. The Lavender Hill Mob
14. Strangers on a Train
15. The Prowler
16. Ginza Cosmetics
17. Flying Leathernecks

18. The Tales of Hoffman
19. His Kind of Woman
20. Fixed Bayonets!
21. The Tall Target
22. Anne of the Indies
23. Along the Great Divide
24. The Day the Earth Stood Still
25. Ace in the Hole
26. The Mating Season
27. A Streetcar Named Desire
28. Miss Julie
29. Royal Wedding
30. A Place in the Sun
31. Summer Interlude
32. Father’s Little Dividend
33. The House on Telegraph Hill
34. Show Boat
35. Mask of the Avenger
36. The Man from Planet X


1. Singin’ in the Rain
2. The Quiet Man
3. Ikiru
4. Bend of the River
5. Park Row
6. Limelight
7. On Dangerous Ground
8. Europa ’51
9. Ruby Gentry
10. Othello
11. The Lusty Men
12. Rancho Notorious
13. Monkey Business
14. Mother
15. The Bad and the Beautiful
16. Clash by Night
17. The Narrow Margin
18. The Life of Oharu
19. The Big Sky
20. Angel Face
21. Macao
22. The Crimson Pirate
23. Springfield Rifle
24. Blackbeard, the Pirate

25. Scandal Sheet
26. The Importance of Being Earnest
27. The Sniper
28. Lovely to Look At
29. The Marrying Kind

30. High Noon
31. The Greatest Show on Earth
32. Million Dollar Mermaid
33. Pat and Mike
34. Ivanhoe


1. The Band Wagon
2. Ugetsu
3. M. Hulot’s Holiday
4. Duck Amuck
5. The Sun Shines Bright
6. Tokyo Story
7. Kiss Me Kate
8. Madame de. . .
9. The Big Heat
10. The Naked Spur
11. Give a Girl a Break
12. Mogambo
13. Pickup on South Street
14. The Saga of Anatahan

15. The Affairs of Dobie Gillis
16. The Hitch-hiker

17. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
18. Wife
19. The Actress
20. I Love Melvin
21. The Moon is Blue
22. The Wages of Fear
23. Roman Holiday
24. The Blue Gardenia
25. Shane
26. I Confess
27. How to Marry a Millionaire
28. The Wild One
29. The Long, Long, Trailer
30. The Bigamist
31. The Tell-Tale Heart
32. Young Bess
33. From Here to Eternity
34. Never Let Me Go
35. Julius Caesar
36. Plunder of the Sun
37. Niagara
38. Peter Pan
39. Glen or Glenda


1. Seven Samurai
2. Rear Window
3. Voyage in Italy
4. Johnny Guitar
5. French Cancan
6. Sansho the Bailiff
7. Brigadoon
8. The Sound of the Mountain
9. On the Waterfront
10. A Star is Born

11. Godzilla
12. The Barefoot Contessa

13. Magnificent Obsession

14. The Far Country
15. Senso

16. It Should Happen to You
17. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
18. Track of the Cat
19. Vera Cruz
20. Sabrina

21. Late Chrysanthemums
22. La Strada
23. Dial M for Murder

24. Susan Slept Here
25. Chikamatsu monogatari
26. Executive Suite
27. Creature from the Black Lagoon
28. Them!
29. Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto
30. The Caine Mutiny
31. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
32. Dragnet


1. Night of the Hunter
2. All That Heaven Allows
3. Pather Panchali
4. Kiss Me Deadly
5. Mr. Arkadin
6. Rebel Without a Cause
7. Ordet
8. Lola Montes
9. The Phenix City Story
10. Bad Day at Black Rock

11. It’s Always Fair Weather
12. The Trouble with Harry
13. My Sister Eileen
14. Guys and Dolls
15. Floating Clouds
16. Rififi
17. Night and Fog
18. Jupiter’s Darling

19. The Ladykillers
20. Moonfleet
21. The Big Combo
22. The Man from Laramie
23. To Catch a Thief
24. The Cobweb
25. Wichita
26. Artists and Models
27. House of Bamboo

28. Yang Kwei-fei
29. Killer’s Kiss
30. Land of the Pharaohs
31. Run for Cover
32. Lady and the Tramp
33. Smiles of a Summer Night
34. East of Eden
35. Kismet
36. The Blackboard Jungle
37. Tight Spot
38. Mr. Roberts
39. Daddy Long Legs
40. Marty
41. Samurai II: Duel at Ichioji Temple
42. 5 Against the House
43. Love Me or Leave Me
44. The Quatermass Xperiment
45. Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
46. The Big Knife
47. Record of a Living Being

48. The Seven-Year Itch

49. The Last Frontier
50. Oklahoma!
51. Bride of the Monster
52. The Far Horizons


1. The Searchers
2. Tea and Sympathy
3. There’s Always Tomorrow
4. Written on the Wind
5. Flowing
6. Seven Men from Now
7. Toute la mémoire du monde
8. Aparajito
9. The Killing
10. On the Bowery
11. The Man Who Knew Too Much

12. A Man Escaped
13. Bigger than Life

14. Early Spring
15. The Girl Can’t Help It
16. Elena et les hommes
17. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
18. Bob le flambeur
19. While the City Sleeps
20. Street of Shame
21. The Ten Commandments
22. Forbidden Planet
23. The Red Balloon
24. War and Peace
25. Lust for Life
26. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
27. Great Day in the Morning
28. Giant
29. The King and I
30. Around the World in 80 Days
31. High Society
32. The Wrong Man
33. The Killer is Loose
34. Hot Blood
35. Moby Dick
36. Baby Doll

1957 Awards:

1. Funny Face
2. Throne of Blood
3. What’s Opera, Doc?
4. The Seventh Seal
5. Pyaasa
6. Cranes are Flying
7. Bitter Victory
8. Run of the Arrow
9. Tokyo Twilight
10. The Incredible Shrinking Man
11. The Tall T
12. The Tarnished Angels
13. A Chairy Tale
14. Witness for the Prosecution
15. Nights of Cabiria
16. The Sweet Smell of Success
17. Show Biz Bugs
18. Decision at Sundown
19. Jet Pilot
20. Steal Wool
21. Curse of the Demon
22. Le notti bianche
23. Ali Baba Bunny
24. China Gate
25. Men in War
26. Kanal
27. The Lower Depths
28. An Affair to Remember
29. Forty Guns
30. The Three Little Bops
31. Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?
32. Band of Angels
33. 3:10 to Yuma
34. Nightfall
35. Saint Joan
36. Ill Met By Moonlight
37. Il Grido
38. I am Waiting
39. Wild Strawberries
40. The Truth About Mother Goose
41. The Curse of Frankenstein
42. Paths of Glory

43. Silk Stockings
44. The True Story of Jesse James

45. Bridge on the River Kwai
46. Go Fly a Kit
47. The Tin Star
48. Fire Down Below
49. The Rising of the Moon
50. Love in the Afternoon
51. Let’s All Go to the Lobby
52. The Edge of the City
53. Les Girls
54. The Enemy Below
55. Time Without Pity
56. Night Passage
57. The Wings of Eagles
58. Les Mistons
59. Peyton Place
60. 12 Angry Men
61. The Brothers Rico
62. The Pajama Game
63. Until They Sail
64. Ducking the Devil
65. A Face in the Crowd
66. NY, NY
67. Birds Anonymous
68. Designing Woman
69. Jailhouse Rock
70. The Three Faces of Eve
71. Tom’s Photo Finish
72. Zero Hour!
73. Pal Joey
74. The Man of 1000 Faces
75. 20 Million Miles to Earth
76.  Sayonara
77. The Buster Keaton Story
78. The Comedian
79. Old Yeller


1. Vertigo
2. Touch of Evil
3. Some Came Running
4. Murder by Contract
5. Mon Oncle
6. The Music Room
7. Ivan the Terrible Part 2
8. The Hidden Fortress
9. The Lineup
10. Bonjour tristesse
11. Man of the West
12. The Wind Across the Everglades
13. Elevator to the Gallows
14. A Night to Remember
15. A Time to Love and a Time to Die
16. Gigi
17. Equinox Flower

18. Ashes and Diamonds

19. Party Girl

20. The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
21. Horror of Dracula
22. Bell, Book and Candle
23. The Last Hurrah
24. The Quiet American
25. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

26. The Reluctant Debutante
27. The Left-Handed Gun
28. Two-Headed Spy
29. Indiscreet
30. The Vikings
31. Thunder Road
32. Separate Tables


1. North by Northwest
2. Rio Bravo
3. Hiroshima mon amour
4. Anatomy of a Murder
5. Sleeping Beauty
6. The 400 Blows
7. Ride Lonesome
8. The World of Apu
9. Pickpocket
10. Floating Weeds
11. Some Like It Hot
12. The Indian Epic
13. Imitation of Life
14. Jazz on a Summer’s Day

15. The Horse Soldiers
16. Good Morning
17. Cat’s Cradle
18. A Bucket of Blood

19. Our Man in Havana
20. Darby O’Gill and the Little People
21. City of Fear
22. Never So Few
23. Pillow Talk
24. The House on Haunted Hill
25. The Diary of Anne Frank
26. Ben-Hur
27. Plan 9 from Outer Space
28. The Shaggy Dog


1. Psycho
2. L’Avventura
3. When a Woman Ascends the Stairs
4. Shoot the Piano Player
5. The Savage Innocents
6. Breathless
7. Sergeant Rutledge
8. The Bellboy
9. Les bonnes femmes
10. The Enchanting Shadow
11. The Apartment
12. Late Autumn
13. Peeping Tom
14. The Bad Sleep Well
15. Spartacus
16. La Dolce Vita
17. The Grass is Greener
18. Comanche Station
19. Ocean’s Eleven
20. Bells are Ringing
21. Eyes Without a Face
22. Tunes of Glory
23. Cimarron
24. 13 Ghosts
25. Once More with Feeling
26. Exodus
27. Inherit the Wind
28. The Magnificent Seven
29. The Time Machine
30. The Rat Race
31. House of Usher
32. The Alamo
33. Swiss Family Robinson
34. The Amazing Transparent Man
35. Pollyanna


1. A Woman is a Woman
2. Lola
3. Last Year at Marienbad
4. Yojimbo
5. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
6. Two Rode Together
7. Viridiana
8. West Side Story
9. One, Two, Three
10. The End of Summer
11. Blast of Silence
12. The Innocents
13. Mother Joan of the Angels
14. Underworld, USA
15. The Pit and the Pendulum
16. La Notte

17. Judgement at Nuremburg
18. King of Kings
19. The Hustler

20. The Guns of Navarone
21. Mysterious Island
22. The Absent-Minded Professor
23. The Parent Trap
24. 101 Dalmatians
25. The Colossus of Rhodes


1. An Autumn Afternoon
2. L’Eclisse
3. Window Water Baby Moving
4. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
5. The Manchurian Candidate
6. Lawrence of Arabia
7. Hatari!
8. Cleo from 5 To 7
9. The Exterminating Angel
10. La jetée
11. Sanjuro
12. Harakiri
13. Advise and Consent
14. Le Doulos
15. My Life to Live
16. Two Weeks in Another Town
17. Hell is for Heroes
18. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
19. Le Procès de Jeanne d’Arc
20. The Longest Day
21. Mamma Roma
22. The Trial
23. Ride the High Country
24. The Miracle Worker
25. Carnival of Souls
26. The Tale of Zatoichi
27. Jules and Jim
28. Lolita
29. Antoine and Colette
30. Tower of London
31. To Kill a Mockingbird
32. Mutiny on the Bounty
33. Days of Wine and Roses
34. Dr. No


1. The Birds
2. Charade
3. Contempt
4. 8 1/2
5. The Leopard
6. High and Low
7. The Love Eterne
8. Donovan’s Reef
9. The Nutty Professor
10. Shock Corridor
11. Bye Bye Birdie
12. The Great Escape
13. Muriel
14. Jason and the Argonauts
15. The Bakery Girl of Monceau
16. Mothlight
17. From Russia with Love
18. Tom Jones
19. Les Carabiniers
20. Le Petit soldat
21. Suzanne’s Career
22. The Haunting
23. Hud
24. X: the Man with X-Ray Eyes
25. 55 Days at Peking
26. Cleopatra
27. The Courtship of Eddie’s Father
28. The Incredible Journey
29. The Terror

30. The Sword in the Stone
31. Son of Flubber


1. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
2. Dr. Strangelove
3. I am Cuba
4. Zulu
5. Yearning
6. My Fair Lady
7. Marnie
8. Mahanagar
9. Culloden
10. Charulata
11. The Train
12. Masque of the Red Death
13. Man’s Favorite Sport?
14. Gertrud
15. The Naked Kiss
16. A Hard Day’s Night
17. Goldfinger
18. Band of Outsiders
19. Woman in the Dunes

20. Mary Poppins
21. Beyond the Great Wall

22. A Married Woman
23. Cheyenne Autumn
24. Viva Las Vegas
25. The World of Henry Orient
26. The Story of Sue San
27. The Tomb of Ligeia
28. Onibaba
29. A Fistful of Dollars
30. A Shot in the Dark
31. The Fall of the Roman Empire
32. Paris When it Sizzles
33. Becket
34. Robin and the 7 Hoods


1. Pierrot le fou
2. Chimes at Midnight
3. A Charlie Brown Christmas
4. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
5. Red Beard
6. Simon of the Desert
7. The War Game
8. For a Few Dollars More
9. The Naked Prey
10. Alphaville
11. Red Line 7000
12. Bunny Lake is Missing
13. Thunderball
14. Samurai Spy
15. Mudhoney
16. The Cincinnati Kid
17. Sons of the Good Earth
18. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
19. Major Dundee
20. Inside Daisy Clover
21. Sword of the Beast
22. Repulsion
23. Cat Ballou
24. Dr. Zhivago
25. The Heroes of Telemark
26. Shenandoah
27. Temple of the Red Lotus
28. The Hill
29. Darling
30. In Harm’s Way
31. The Sound of Music
32. That Darn Cat!


1. Au hasard Balthazar
2. The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
3. Andrei Rublev
4. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
5. The Battle of Algiers
6. 7 Women
7. El Dorado
8. Blow-Up
9. Come Drink with Me
10. Masculin féminin
11. The Sword of Doom
12. The Taking of Power by Louis XIV
13. Tokyo Drifter
14. What’s Up, Tiger Lily?
15. Torn Curtain
16. Made in USA
17. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
18. Closely Watched Trains
19. Hunger
20. Persona
21. Harper
22. Fahrenheit 451
23. The Glass-Bottom Boat
24. Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree
25. A Man for All Seasons
26. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
27. Grand Prix
28. The Trouble With Angels
29. Khaartoum


1. Playtime
2. The Young Girls of Rochefort
3. Dragon Gate Inn
4. The Red and The White
5. Don’t Look Back
6. Two for the Road
7. Point Blank
8. The One-Armed Swordsman
9. Wavelength
10. Week End
11. Le Samouraï
12. Bonnie and Clyde
13. Belle de jour

14. Samurai Rebellion
15. La Collectioneuse

16. Scattered Clouds
17. The Graduate
18. You Only Live Twice
19. 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her
20. The Dirty Dozen
21. The Story of a Discharged Prisoner
22. La Chinoise
23. Eye Myth
24. Who’s that Knocking at My Door?
25. Cave of the Silken Web
26. Wait Until Dark
27. The Assassin
28. Cool Hand Luke
29. Barefoot in the Park
30. The Fearless Vampire Killers
31. Beach Red
32. In the Heat of the Night
33. Casino Royale
34. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
35. The Jungle Book


1. Once Upon a Time in the West
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey
3. The Lion in Winter
4. Rosemary’s Baby
5. Night of the Living Dead
6. Petulia
7. Golden Swallow
8. Hell in the Pacific
9. High School
10. The Color of Pomegranates
11. Stolen Kisses
12. Barbarella
13. Bullitt
14. The Immortal Story
15. Kill!
16. Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day
17. Planet of the Apes
18. Oliver!
19. The Odd Couple
20. Where Eagles Dare
21. The Producers
22. The Thomas Crown Affair
23. Ice Station Zebra
24. Romeo and Juliet
25. The Love Bug
26. No Way to Treat a Lady
27. Journey to Jerusalem


1. My Night at Maud’s
2. Age of Consent
3. Army of Shadows
4. Dead End
5. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
6. The Sorrow and the Pity
7. The Wild Bunch
8. Muhammed Ali: The Greatest
9. Z
10. Take the Money and Run
11. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
12. Return of the One-Armed Swordsman
13. Topaz
14. Have Sword Will Travel
15. True Grit
16. The Singing Thief
17. Midnight Cowboy
18. Easy Rider
19. Vengeance is a Golden Blade
20. Paint Your Wagon


1. Gimme Shelter
2. Claire’s Knee
3. Le cercle rouge
4. The Heroic Ones
5. Woodstock
6. The Conformist
7. Vengeance!
8. Patton
9. Brothers Five
10. The Wild Child
11. The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
12. The Chinese Boxer
13. MASH
14. Catch-22
15. Dodes’ka-den
16. Five Easy Pieces
17. The Cheyenne Social Club
18. The Wandering Swordsman
19. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
20. The Boys in the Band
21. Rio Lobo

22. Too Late the Hero
23. Little Big Man

24. The Aristocats


1. A Touch of Zen
2. Two-Lane Blacktop
3. A New Leaf
4. McCabe & Mrs. Miller
5. The French Connection
6. Walkabout
7. The Last Movie
8. Two English Girls
9. Socrates
10. The American Dreamer
11. Dirty Harry
12. The Last Picture Show
13. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
14. A Clockwork Orange
15. Duel
16. Bananas
17. Harold and Maude
18. The Duel

19. Trafic
20. Shaft

21. Duel of Fists
22. The Big Boss
23. The Pursuit of Happiness

24. The Lady Hermit

25. Diamonds are Forever
26. Get Carter
27. The Shadow Whip
28. Carnal Knowledge
29. The Sword
30. Bedknobs and Broomsticks


1. Cabaret
2. Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan
3. The Wold Shadow
4. Aguirre: The Wrath of God
5. Hapkido
6. The Godfather
7. The Heartbreak Kid
8. Solaris
9. Eat the Document
10. The Way of the Dragon
11. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
12. Tout va bien
13. The Boxer from Shantung
14. Play It Again, Sam
15. Fist of Fury
16. The Water Margin
17. Deliverance
18. Love in the Afternoon
19. What’s Up, Doc?
20. Frenzy
21. Cries and Whispers
22. Five Fingers of Death
23. The Cowboys
24. Sleuth
25. The 14 Amazons
26. Snoopy Come Home
27. The Man of La Mancha
28. Shaft’s Big Score


1. F for Fake
2. Mean Streets
3. Badlands
4. The Age of the Medici
5. The Long Goodbye
6. The Sting
7. The Fate of Lee Khan
8. Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
9. Don’t Look Now
10. Sleeper
11. The Holy Mountain
12. Enter the Dragon
13. Emperor of the North
14. The Three Musketeers
15. Lady Snowblood
16. The House of 72 Tenants
17. American Graffiti
18. Spirit of the Beehive
19. Day for Night
20. Coffy
21. Paper Moon
22. The Paper Chase
23. Fantastic Planet
24. The Friends of Eddie Coyle
25. Blood Brothers
26. The Exorcist
27. High Plains Drifter
28. The Last Detail
29. Serpico
30. Live and Let Die

31. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
32. The Way We Were
33. Robin Hood

34. Save the Tiger
35. Shaft in Africa


1. Celine and Julie Go Boating
2. Chinatown
3. A Woman Under the Influence
4. The Godfather Part II
5. Gone in 60 Seconds
6. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
7. Dark Star
8. Phantom of the Paradise
9. Lancelot du lac
10. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
11. Cockfighter
12. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
13. That’s Entertainment!
14. The Four Musketeers

15. Caged Heat
16. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
17. The Young Dragons
18. Blazing Saddles

19. Five Shaolin Masters
20. The Stars are Beautiful

21. Heroes Two

22. Every Man for Himself and God Against All

23. The Conversation
24. Thunderbolt & Lightfoot

25. Cartesius

26. Rabid Dogs
27. Hearts and Minds
28. Edvard Munch
29. The Longest Yard
30. The Sugarland Express
31. Games Gamblers Play
32. Busting
33. Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
34. The Parallax View
35. Young Frankenstein
36. Murder on the Orient Express
37. The Front Page
38. Lenny
39. Herbie Rides Again
40. The Man with the Golden Gun


1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
2. Jaws
3. Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
4. Barry Lyndon
5. Sholay

6. Picnic at Hanging Rock
7. The Passenger
8. The Man Who Would Be King
9. Nashville
10. Love and Death
11. Death Race 2000
12. The Spiritual Boxer
13. Mirror
14. Farewell, My Lovely
15. The Valiant Ones

16. The Flying Guillotine
17. Dersu Uzala
18. All Men are Brothers
19. Shampoo
20. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
21. Dog Day Afternoon
22. The Dragon Tamers
23. The Wind and the Lion
24. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Movies Of The Year: 1983

It’s been a busy week, but it’s over for a few days. Now, back to the countdown. I’ve seen a lot of movies from this year, but not many I’d call great, and a lot of pretty bad ones.

27. Breathless
26. Krull
25. The Big Chill
24. Sudden Impact
23. The High Road To China
22. Never Say Never Again
21. Superman III
20. Never Cry Wolf
19. Mr. Mom
18. Octopussy
17. The Outsiders
16. The Hunger

15. Something Wicked This Way Comes – Watched it again a few years ago, and it wasn’t nearly as scary as I remember. But, man, did it freak me out when I was a kid. I attribute my fear of spiders to this movie.

14. Terms Of Endearment – It’s a big epic cheeseball melodrama. But as those things go, it’s a pretty good one. Not even close to being the best movie about an astronaut in 1983, despite what Oscar may tell you. It’s basically Steel Magnolias without the accents.

13. Twilight Zone: The Movie – Not as good as the TV show, of course, but still a pretty fun movie. John Lithgow in the Shatner role as the guy who sees the gremlin on the airplane is the highlight.

12. Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life – More misses than hits, at times even boring. Some very good stuff, but not nearly as inspired as their earlier feature films, or the TV shows, or some of the other comedies of this year. Very disappointing.

11. Risky Business – I might have liked it more if I’d seen it as a kid, but I didn’t watch this until I was in college. Still, it’s not bad. Too many unintentionally bad 80s cliches to consider it a really good movie, but they do make it pretty fun to watch. Written and directed by Paul Brickman, who is three weeks younger than my mom.

10. Gorky Park – It’s been a decade or so since I’ve seen it, though I’ve seen it more than once. I remember it as a very solid crime drama. It doesn’t seem to have much of a following, but I guess that’s what happens to these kinds of movies over time. Stars William Hurt, Brian Dennehy, Lee Marvin, and, apparently, the Emperor himself, Ian McDiarmid. Directed by the hard-working Michael Apted.

9. King Of Comedy – It’s become a bit of a darkhorse candidate among Scorsese fans as one of his best movies, but I ain’t buying it. DeNiro does give a great performance as the unfunniest man in the world who really really wants to become a comedian, but the movie just doesn’t work for me. I don’t know if it’s too weird, or too misanthropic, or stars too much Sandra Bernhard. Not Scorsese’s worst movie.

8. Strange Brew – A Canadian comedy about beer, what’s not to love? Co-starring Max Von Sydow, who played chess with Death in The Seventh Seal. Much funnier than The Meaning Of Life.

7. Scarface – I know every pro athlete and rapper in the country loves this movie above all others. But honestly, I watched it once and I’m pretty sure I fell asleep in the middle. What I remember of it is alright. The hyperbole and scenery-chewing is intentional, but that doesn’t make it interesting. I recall it as a very ugly looking movie as well, and I don’t think that was intentional. I do admit that I need to watch it again.

6. WarGames – Another forgotten little classic from 1983. More than just a museum of ancient technology (check out that modem!), it’s actually a veery solid, entertaining thriller. Matthew Broderick stars as the computer “hacker” who mistakenly initiates global thermonuclear war. Ally Sheedy is the girl. Directed by John Badham, who did the classic Short Circuit and the very terrible Nick Of Time.

5. National Lampoon’s Vacation – The Griswold family goes to Wallyworld. Much like the next movie on this list, just because a series was run into the ground does not mean that we should forget the truly great films that began the series. The first two vacation movies are indisputable classics. Written by John Hughes and directed by Harold Ramis.

4. Return Of The Jedi – The Ewoks are awful, annoying, and stupid. Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill give two of the worst performances in acting history. That said, this is still a great movie. Just about the only good thing that Lucas did with the special editions was changing the song at the end of this movie from that stupid chirpy Ewok song.

3. Zelig – Like Forrest Gump, if Forrest Gump hadn’t been made by someone as dumb as the main character is supposed to be. Woody Allen pioneered the ‘inserting the actor into old news footage’ technique that Zemekis used much less interestingly in Gump. Allen’s first movie with Mia farrow, after Diane Keaton left him to make Reds with Warren Beatty. Perhaps coincidentally, Zelig uses the same style of intercutting interviews with famous people that Beatty used in that movie. Like all of Allen’s best movie, it’s equally funny and serious. An underrated high point in his career.

2. Trading Places – One of the very few really good political comedies of the 1980s. Eddie Murphy and Dan Ackroyd, at their peaks, star as the victims of an unfortunate practical joke played by Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy. Jamie Lee Curtis and Denholm Elliot also star. Another John Landis classic.

1. The Right Stuff – In a bad year for serious dramas, this is far and away the best, and easily the best film of the year. It’s the story of the beginnings of the US space program, but it’s the intercutting of the story of Chuck Yeager (the best test pilot in the country at the time the program started (he’s the guy who broke the sound barrier), he decided he didn’t want to be an astronaut) that really gives the story some emotional depth. It’s not just a history of the space program, it’s a study of the kind of hyper-masculine craziness it takes to want to fly faster and higher than anyone ever has before. It’s a great looking movie, well directed by Phillip Kaufman (Henry & June, Quills, The Unbearable Lightness Of Being). The cast is outstanding, starring Sam Shepherd, Ed Harris, Fred Ward, Dennis Quaid, Scott Glenn, Barbara Hershey, Levon Helm, Harry Shearer, Jeff Goldblum, Kathy Baker and Lance Henrikson. In a memorable performance as John Glenn’s wife Annie, is Mary Jo Deschanel, whose daughter Zooey played Trillian in The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. One of my favorite movies, I can watch it over and over again, despite it’s, necessarily, epic length.

I’m sad to say I haven’t seen some key movies from 1983. In fact, I may get my film geek membership card revoked for admitting I haven’t seen one of them.

The Unseen:

Rumble Fish
The 4th Man
Tender Mercies
The Man With Two Brains
A Christmas Story
All The Right Moves
Local Hero

Movies Of The Year: 1982

So, to jump right back in with 1982. It’s not a particularly great year at the top, but there’s some real good depth here.

21. Pink Floyd: The Wall
20. The Dark Crystal
19. Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid
18. First Blood
17. Tron
16. Rocky III

15. Diner – A key film for the Kevin Bacon game, as he costarred with Mickey Rourke Ellen Barkin, Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, Paul Reiser and Tim Daly. I always found it a little forced and boring. Too much of an attempt to create a nostalgia movie.

14. The World According To Garp – A weird little movie based on a weird little book. Robin Williams is pretty good. So are John Lithgow and Glenn Close. Directed by George Roy Hill, who also did Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, The Sting and Funny Farm.

13. 48 Hrs. – Often credited with creating the black/white buddy cops genre, so we should all be thankful for that. This was back when Eddie Murphy was funny, so it’s pretty good. Nick Nolte’s great. Directed by Walter Hill, who also did The Warriors, Brewster’s Millions and Red Heat.

12. Tootsie – One of my picks for Most Overrated Movie Of All-Time. Its got one not especially funny joke (Hey Look! It’s Dustin Hoffman in a dress!! guffaw!), Jessica Lange is awful, and it’s really just boring. I’ve seen it a few times and have no idea what all the hubbub is about.

11. An Officer And A Gentleman – Richard Gere actually gives a pretty good performance. It’s hard to judge Lou Gossett Jr.’s, though, because he’s basically playing Generic Drill Sergeant Guy. It isn’t like he invented the character either: there’s a GDSG in Stripes just a year earlier. Was Sgt. Hulka the first GDSG? Director Taylor Hackford also directed Ray, Dolores Claiborne and The Devil’s Advocate.

10. Sophie’s Choice – Worth watching for the good performances by Kevin Kline and Peter MacNicol, and, uh, that Streep woman is OK too. A pretty depressing movie, actually. Kline seems a little too over the top, but then he’s supposed to be, I guess. I don’t know, the whole Holocaust part of the story never really worked for me. But I’m not a big fan of depressing movies. I wonder if it worked better as a book. . .

9. Conan The Barbarian – A great looking, very violent movie. Probably would have worked better as a silent film, in fact. Though there is one great line. Max von Sydow and James Earl ones star, along with The Governor. Written and directed by John Milius, who wrote a version of Apocalypse Now, wrote and directed Red Dawn and is know working on the HBO series Rome.

8. Airplane II: The Sequel – More of the same. Not as good as the first one, of course, but very funny nonetheless. Written and directed by Ken Finklemen, the man responsible for Grease 2 and Who’s That Girl?

7. The Secret Of NIMH – One of my all-time favorite kids movies. Doesn’t have any of those dumb songs that the Disney movie does. The comic relief from Dom DeLouise is pretty bad, but everything else in the movie is outstanding. It’s dark for a kids movie, but has a terrific ending. I always liked the darker cartoon movies when i was a kid, didn’t everyone? Derek Jacobi plays the leader of the Rats, and Wil Wheaten and Shannon Doherty are two of the children.

6. Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan – One of the few movies that’s able to be campy and legitimately good at the same time. KHAN! is silly, but Spock’s last scene is nonetheless, heartbreaking, I think this must be the best Shatner ever got. the special effects are great. It’s got Kirstie Alley, back when she was hot. That guy who played Shatner’s son, though, he’s terrible. Obviously the best Star Trek movie. It really isn’t close.

5. Fast Times At Ridgemont High – It gets bonus points for creating a genre. An amazing cast: Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Phoebe Cates, Forest Whitaker, and Ray Walston, with Eric Stoltz Anthony Edwards and Nicholas Cage on-screen briefly. Drags in the middle because the guys who play mark Ratner and Mike Damone, the two main characters through much of the film, are really not very good. All the scenes without them in it, especially Penn’s definitional performance as the stoner/surfer guy, are exceptional. Amy Heckerling went on to direct European Vacation, the Look Who’s Talking movies and Clueless. The screenplay’s by Cameron Crowe, based on his book.

4. Gandhi – I’m not a big fan of biopics in general, or of the ridiculous amount of praise that actors get for impersonating other famous people. But this is a very good biopic, and Ben Kingsley is very good as Gandhi. It leaves out pretty much all of Gandhi’s personal life, thank god, an focuses almost exclusively on the politics of India’s move toward independence, and then civil war over it’s eventual partition into India and Pakistan. Seeing this movie won’t do a damn thing for world peace, despite what director Richard Attenborough said at the time, but it is very good. Also appearing are John Gielgud, Martin Sheen, Candace Bergen Trevor Howard and John MIlls, but it’s really all about Ben Kingsley.

3. Blade Runner – Alright, I know I’ve said here, and elsewhere, that I hate Blade Runner, and I still do. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a very good movie. It’s an amazing looking film, one of the most visually stunning movies of the decade. It basically invented the sci-fi/noir film genre hybrid. Harrison Ford gives a great performance, along with Rutger Hauer. Sean Young and Darryl Hannah aren’t particularly annoying, as they tend to be. It’s an extremely well-made film, that unfortunately, happens to not make any sense whatsoever. Everything is fine up until the end, basically, when Ridley Scott decides he wants to be philosophical, then he simply turns into a babbling idiot. (Can’t really get too specific here, without giving anything away). I’ve seen Blade Runner a lot, at least three different versions of it. It never works. So here’s what I’m a-gonna do: I’ll add it to the Netflix queue and give it one more chance. I’ve said this many times before, and I’ve always been disappointed. But, what the hell, it’s still a great looking movie.

2. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial – Speaking of great looking movies, this might be Spielberg’s most visually impressive film. It’s a very simple, sentimental story, a pretty thin exploitation of all those kids with divorced parents, in fact (absent parents are a major theme in Spielberg’s filmography). But the look and style of the film, and the terrific performance by Henry Thomas, that makes it a classic. I loved this movie when I was a kid, I can’t imagine any human child not liking it. I watched it for the first time since I was young a few years ago, and loved it just as much, though with more of an appreciation of the simple prettiness of the images.

1. The Verdict – Tough call among the Top 3 this year, as any one of these movies has a legitimate case to be #1, but The verdict never seems to get any press, and it really is a great movie. Paul Newman is outstanding as a broken down drunk of a lawyer who sues a Catholic Hospital for negligence after the death of a patient. There’s a lot of movies about people looking to redeem themselves by winning that one case, or saving that one patient, or winning that one big game, but this is one of the really good ones. Once again, I find I’m constrained by the fact that I know how it ends. . . suffice it to say that you should see it if you haven’t. Also stars Charlotte Rampling, who isn’t in a lot of movies, but is great in the ones I’ve seen (this and Stardust Memories, Jack Warden, Milo O’Shea, Lindsay Crouse, and James Mason (Julius Caesar, Lolita, North By Northwest). Directed by Sidney Lumet, one of the great underrated directors of all-time (Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, Network, Night Falls On Manhattan, 12 Angry Men, Long Day’s Journey Into Night).

And The Unseen:

Night Shift
The Thing
Personal Best
Come Back To The Five And Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
The Return Of Martin Guerre
The Man From Snowy River
The Year Of Living Dangerously
Fanny And Alexander
The Toy
My Favorite Year
A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy

Baby Got Bach?

So I was talking about Bach to someone who actually knows about this kind of music at work, and he told me that the Yo-Yo Ma album I’ve got is “infantile”. Not knowing what he meant by that, I questioned him for awhile, but he couldn’t really explain it such that I could understand it, seeing as how he understands the vocabulary of classical music criticism, and I don’t. He did say that his teacher would hate Ma’s version of the Cello Suites, that Ma was really bad at interpreting other people’s works, but that he liked the stuff he’s composed for himself. He mentioned that child prodigies, which I assume Ma was, are often really good technically but had trouble going beyond that (meaning, I assume, that they lack “soul”). He recommended I check out Pablo Casals’s version of the Cello Suites instead.

So I got the Casals version tonight, and it’s very apparent how different they are. The Ma version is very smooth and polished, very serene, very pretty. The Casals is rough, notes seem to jump in and out all over the place. The hard accents make the songs seem very jumpy and chaotic wherein the Ma versions smooth over most of that and you get a very mellow tune. This extends to the recordings as well. The Casals was recorded in the 30s, so obviously the sound is going to be rougher, you can even hear a hiss in the background throughout the album.

Is this enough to make Ma “infantile”? I wouldn’t think so. Not unless you think mellow is infantile, which i suppose some people could. But that seems more like a political opinion than a useful bit of music criticism. So I guess I’ll just assume I’m missing something.

So Much To Blog, So Little Time. . .

Been real busy with my fast-paced and exciting life here. Still seething from the New Orleans debacle, and even more, from the apparent willingness of so many people to ignore the obvious about the federal government’s reaction to it. argh.

Been listening to more Bach. The Brandenburg Concertos, Toccata and Fugue and now the St. Matthew Passion. It took forever to pick a version of the Passion to buy. I finally settled on the (old, loud) Otto Klemperer one over the (modern, period authentic instruments) John Eliot Gardiner. I’ve already got a Klemperer version of Beethoven’s Eroica that I like. Apparently he’s wacky and crazy as far as classical conductors go, not that I can tell the difference or anything. I dig it so far.

In movie news, I still haven’t been able to see The Constant Gardner or The 40 Year Old Virgin, though both have gotten great reviews. I’ve been reading John LeCarré novels off and on for the last couple of years. But I’ve been going in order so I haven’t gotten to this one yet, nor am I likely to anytime in the foreseeable future. So I guess I’m just going to have to watch the movie first. Ah well. It’s by the director of City of God, which I loved (like everyone else who’s seen it, apparently).

Looks like lots of good movies are starting to finally come out. Scorsese’s Dylan documentary played the Toronto Film Festival to rave reviews. The Johnny Cash bio-pic Walk The Line looks real good. Ang Lee’s made a movie about gay cowboys. Atom Egoyan’s got a new movie that failed to get an R rating. Polanski’s done Oliver Twist. David Cronenberg’s A History of Violence is supposed to be his best movie, and from the trailer, looks really good. Spielberg’s got a movie on the terrorism at the Munich Olympics (lends credibility to the “War of the Worlds as 9/11 allegory” theory, I think), a feature length Wallace and Grommit movie. Peter Jackson’s remade) King Kong (surprisingly the trailer looked really cool, not a Lange in sight). New movies from Curtis Hanson and Cameron Crowe. And, finally, the one I’m most excited to see, a new Terrence Malick movie, The New World, about Pocahontas, John Smith and Jamestown. The trailer looks amazing.

I have managed to watch a couple of David Mamet movies:

Oleanna is an old one, based on one of his earliest plays. William H. Macy plays a professor who doesn’t really do anything wrong, but gets royally screwed over anyway by a truly evil and insidious character: a militantly politically-correct moron. Amazingly prescient, it’s still worth seeing and arguing about. He does not, unfortunately, have this awesome mustache.

Spartan is a run of the mill spy movie with Val Kilmer playing, essentially, Jack Bauer. Only without the whole clock-ticking thing. It’s entertaining enough, very well-done and professional, but there isn’t really anything interesting here. William H. Macy is also in this movie, also without this awesome mustache.

In TV news, we watched the first episode of Rome, the new HBO series, but haven’t gotten around to the second one yet. It’s gotta be better than the dreadful Empire that ABC spat out earlier this summer. The second season of Entourage just ended. It wasn’t as good as the first season, but still a terrific show. All the cool kids are watching it, doncha know? Oh, and the season premiere of the OC was tonight. Maybe I’ll get to watch it sometime this weekend. . . .

Anyway, that’s it for the update. I’m gonna get back to the Movies Of The Year lists fairly soon. I know there are countless clamoring masses waiting to see just where Blade Runner ends up. . .

Movies Of The Year: 1981

1981 isn’t quite as good at the top as some of the previous years, but is the deepest year so far, as I’ve seen a whopping 25 movies from this year. But since I’m trying to keep these at a reasonable length, I’m only going to write about the top 15.

So here’s 16-25:

25. For Your Eyes Only
24. Polyester
23. Dragonslayer
22. My Dinner With Andre
21. The Fox And The Hound
20. Chariots Of Fire
19. Taps
18. Victory
17, Neighbors
16. Escape From New York

15. Body Heat – I like Lawrence Kasdan, and I love film noir, but I’m not a big fan of this movie. Perhaps if I hadn’t seen so many real noirs before seeing this, I’d feel differently. But too late for that now. That’s the problem with making a classical genre film 25 years after the genre played itself out: it’s all been done before. There are some things to like: it looks great and Kathleen Turner and William Hurt are good. But in the end, it’s a mildly interesting nostalgia piece. There’s just nothing new here. Rated so high on technical merit alone.

14. On Golden Pond – It’s a silly melodrama about getting old and being estranged from your kids and grandkids. It’s not especially interesting to look at. It’s not particularly well-written. But Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn are terrific. It’s worth watching just to seem them for the last time.

13. Clash Of The Titans – This would be a great movie but for Harry Hamlin. He’s just plain awful. Ray Harryhausen’s masterpiece, watch it if you’ve forgotten what special effects were like before computers. Features Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, Claire Bloom, Burgess Meredith, Sian Phillips and. . . Ursula Andress.

12. Gallipoli – I was a Mel Gibson fan before he spent the last year offending me as much as any filmmaker ever has. He still was in a lot of great movies though, and this was the first. He’s more of a supporting actor here. This is an excellent war movie about the disastrous, British led Australian attack on the Turks. It’s also the best film about runners from 1981, much superior to the deadly slow Oscar-winner Chariots Of Fire. The Pogues song “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda” references the same historical events as this film. Peter Weir’s one of the great underrated directors of our time; he consistently makes above-average to great movies.

11. An American Werewolf In London – Not scary at all. Not hilariously funny. But in it’s own way, it’s a perfect weird little horror-comedy. Avoid the remake at all costs, even though it has Julie Delpy in it. The score is the funniest thing about the movie. Life mocks me, even in death.

10. Blow Out – If Carrie isn’t Brain DePalma’s best movie, then this is. Essentially a dumber version of Coppola’s The Conversation, John Travolta plays a much less interesting audio-tech guy than Gene Hackman did in that other movie. Whereas Coppola’s film is about the weird little man and how what he overhears drives him over the edge, DePalma just goes for the basic thriller-type movie. Effective and entertaining, but a lot less interesting.

9. Pennies From Heaven – Perhaps the most depressing musical of all time. Stars Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters, though they lip-sync all the songs. Beautifully unrealistic sets, like what Scorsese did in New York New York only more obviously fake. Christopher Walken also stars, and dances. Directed by Herbert Ross, who also did Play It Again, Sam, Steel Magnolias and Footloose.

8. The Evil Dead – Not as good as it’s sequels, but tremendously important. Weird, hilarious, and oh so cheap. One of the pioneers of independent film. I don’t quite get the Bruce Campbell worship I encounter fairly regularly. Joel Coen was the assistant film editor.

7. Excalibur – Odd, uneven, King Arthur movie by John Boorman, the director of Deliverance and the great Point Blank. Liam Neeson, Patrick Stewart and Gabriel Byrne all play supporting roles. Arthur is played by the guy who played Prince John in The Lion In Winter (hey, he was also in Troy and The Devil’s Advocate). There’s never been a truly great Arthur movie, as far as I’ve seen. This is about as good as it gets.

6. Time Bandits – The perfect kid movie if your kid happens to be a huge geek. That was me and I loved it. Still do, in fact. Little kid kidnapped by dwarves and hurtled through history? What’s not to love? An amazing cast: Sean Connery, John Cleese, Ralph Richardson, Ian Holm, Michael Palin, Shelly Duvall, Katherine Helmond, David Warner and Kenny Baker. One of my all-time favorite lines: the kid asks God why there is evil. God says “I think it has something to do with Free Will. . .”

5. Stripes – The only truly classic comedy of 1981, as the SNL and Second City guys started to run out of energy and die off. But Ramis and Murray are still going strong. I don’t know if Bill Murray ever made a movie quite this anarchic and subversive again. It exists solely to make fun of the establishment and its military. Of my 20 favorite comedies of all-time, I wouldn’t be surprised if half of them were made between Animal House in ’78 and Ghostbusters in ’84. This would definitely be one of them. I want to party with you, cowboy.

4. Reds – Ah, why so high a rating for such a flawed movie? I don’t know, frankly. It’s such a great looking movie, about such interesting people, with such a great cast (Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson). I think a better movie could be made out of Jack Reed’s book. I’ve read half of it and it is truly amazing to read a day-by-day, you-are-there account of the Bolshevik Revolution. These were such interesting people, if Beatty had just resisted the temptation to make it into a conventional Hollywood Love Triangle Movie, this could have been a classic. As it is, it’s just very good.

3. The Road Warrior – The second Mel Gibson movie on this list. Don’t let the horrendous Beyond Thunderdome bias you against this legitimately great action movie. A post-apocalyptic Spaghetti Western, with very real Kurosawa influences. A near-perfect genre film, there wouldn’t be anything like it until John Woo’s great Hong Kong movies 15 years later. George Miller went on to direct Lorenzo’s Oil and Babe: Pig In The City.

2. Das Boot – Another great action movie, though it has hardly any “action”. Certainly the best submarine movie ever, and in the running for best war movie. Certainly no other film so effectively conveys as palpable a sense of the claustrophobia of submarine life. I’ve only seen the Director’s Cut version that came out 10 years ago or so. I hear there’s an even longer version that aired as a miniseries on German television. I’d love to see that. Wolfgang Peterson, after going Hollywood, is still one of the top high-quality action directors around. He did In The Line Of Fire, Outbreak, Troy, Air Force One, Enemy Mine and The Perfect Storm.

1. Raiders Of The Lost Ark – If you haven’t seen this movie, why are you reading this? I saw it dozens of times before I could do long division. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who didn’t like an Indiana Jones movie. I suspect it’s not really possible. My pick for the best Steven Spielberg movie ever. I’m trying real hard to think of a flaw in this movie. . . I guess Karen Allen’s a pretty mediocre actress. . . . That’s all I’ve got.

I didn’t do too badly covering this year, I’d be surprised if any of these Unseen Movies would make my top 15:

Heavy Metal
The French Lieutenant’s Woman
History Of The World, Part 1
The Postman Always Rings Twice
Mommie Dearest
The Woman Next Door
American Pop

Movies Of The Year: 1980

The 80s kick off with the best year yet.

15. American Gigolo – How did Paul Schrader go from Taxi Driver to this? What a freak. Richard Gere still isn’t awful, but he’s well on his way.

14. Breaker Morant – I’ve got to rate this movie this low because I don’t remember too much about it. It’s a Paths Of Glory-esque war movie set in Australia, starring Bryan Brown, from Cocktail, among others. I do recall thinking it was very good. I should see it again.

13. Flash Gordon – One of the few A sci-fi films to follow in the tradition of the great Barbarellla, only without all the sex. By the director of Croupier and the original Get Carter. I wonder if people understand that it’s camp is intentional. . . .how could it not be? Max Von Sydow, Tomothy Dalton and Brian Blessed are the famous people. The girl who plays Dale Arden went on to star in the TV series ‘Manimal’.

12. The Gods Must Be Crazy – One of those movies my family is obsessed with. Surprisingly, other people seem to like it too. It’s a very strange movie, I don’t know that there’s been any American film quite like it since World War II. Just a straight forward slapstick comedy, mixed with dry British humor. I could be wrong, but I think this is only only movie by a South African director I’ve ever seen.

11. Superman II – I’ve actually seen this more often than the fist one, and I always liked it better as a kid. But I haven’t seen either in years and years. Terrence Stamp gives an iconic performance as General Zod. Gene Hackman is still inexplicably in a Superman movie. The Fortress Of Solitude is awesome. Directed by Richard Lester, the guy who directed A Hard Day’s Night, Help! and the richard Chamberlin version of The Three Musketeers.

10. Stardust Memories – One of Woody Allen’s strangest films, it doesn’t quite work, but is still pretty interesting. It is to Fellini what Interiors was to Bergman, and it’s much more successful than that other film. A great performance by Charlotte Rampling.

9. Ordinary People – I feel bad rating this so low, but every film in the top 8 this year is a indisputable classic. Tremendous acting all around here, as Timothy Hutton, Donald Sutherland and Mary Tyler Moore are all award worthy. It’s the first film Robert Redford directed, and he’d get a lot better at it as time went on. The direction here mainly serves to highlight the terrific performances. A profoundly depressing movie.

8. The Big Red One – Samuel Fuller’s autobiographical masterpiece follows five guys through the course of World War II, based on his own experiences there. It’s the movie Saving Private Ryan wants you to think it is. A really great war movie, dragged down by some poor non-Lee Marvin performances, notably the woefully inadequate Mark Hamill.

7. Kagemusha – Though it is largely overshadowed by and seen as merely a test-run for Ran, this is still a terrific movie. One of the most static films Kurosawa ever made, there are long stretches where the camera never moves. I wonder how influential these two films were on the Chinese films of the 90s. Seems to me Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige are also notable for very composed, colorful, static shots. Tough to say, after all, it isn’t like Kurosawa invented this style, though he does it exceptionally well. Tatsuya Nakadai gives a terrific performance, though Toshiro Mifune probably would have been better. If you ever played Nobunaga’s Ambition on the Nintendo, this movie’s for you.

6. The Blues Brothers – Great music, great car chases, Carrie Fisher with many many guns, nuns, rednecks, Nazis, this movie has it all. John Belushi gives his best performance. Not only the best musical of the 80s, but the best car chase movie of all-time.

5. The Shining – The best haunted house movie ever made, maybe the best horror movie ever, period. Jack Nicholson and Shelly Duvall give wonderful, appropriately over-the-top performances, and Kubrick provides suitably over-the-top direction. Brilliantly weird and disturbing.

4. Caddyshack – One of the most quotable movies ever, 25 years later it’s still hilarious. Chevy Chase and Rodney Dangerfield get all the best lines. The nobodies who played the caddies could have really dragged the movie down, as it is they’re unremarkable, which is great because it allows the comic geniuses (Dangerfield, Chase, Murray and the guys who wrote the script: Harold Ramis, Brian Doyle-Murray and Dougls Kenney) to be the real stars of the movie. And the gopher. the gopher’s alright too. In contention for greatest comedy ever.

3. Raging Bull – A great looking movie, but it’s never grabbed me the way it seemingly has so many others. Jake LaMotta just isn’t sympathetic enough for me to become very concerned with his downfall. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think Scorsese expects us to feel sorry for him, it’s just that tragedies with wholly unsympathetic heroes aren’t particularly interesting. The Age Of Innocence has the same problem. It is also an amazing looking film that is nonetheless relentlessly dull. Perhaps I’m missing something. . . .Anyway, still the best boxing movie ever.

2. Airplane! – Wow, was 1980 a great year for comedies or what? Do not let the string of god awful early 90s parody movies prejudice you: the original is a nearly perfect comedy. A worthy inheritor of the Marx Brothers tradition of putting the jokes first, and the plot 512th or so. A relentless barrage of jokes, the film never slows down and remains consistently rewatchable as a result: every time you see it, you catch another joke you’d never noticed before. career altering performance by Lloyd Bridges, Leslie Nielson and Robert Stack are the acting highlights, along with a classic cameo by June Cleaver. My pick for the funniest movie of all-time.

1. The Empire Strikes Back – The Out Of The Past podcast for this week is on Blade Runner, and in the course of the conversation about noir influence in sci-fi, one of the profs mentions that one of the main reasons people think Empire is the best Star Wars film is because of the noirish dialogue Lawrence Kasdan and Leigh Brackett brought to the screenplay. Its a great point, I’d never though of it before, but it makes total sense. its not just the events of the film that make it seem so dark (though they are dark), it’s the script. Being called the best written Star Wars film is about like being the best utility infielder for the Kansas City Royals, but still, Empire is a tremendously well-written action movie. Added to that great screenplay is the very good direction by Irvin Kershner, every bit as good as Lucas’s in the first movie (which I think was very good as well). There’s a neat twist at the end, too, but I promise I won’t give anything away.

Some decent movies in the unseen list for this year, though I doubt any would finish above #9:

Heaven’s Gate
The Elephant Man
Friday The 13th
Gates Of Heaven
The Big Brawl
Melvin And Howard
The Last Metro
Coal Miner’s Daughter
Atlantic City
The Final Countdown
Dressed To Kill
Somewhere In Time
Nine To Five

Movies Of The Year: 1979

Another great year in 1979.

10. Kramer Vs. Kramer – Divorce is bad. The kids are the real victims. Yeah yeah yeah. Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep are great, as always.

9. The Black Stallion – I haven’t seen this since I was a kid, but I really loved it then. I don’t remember any of the dialogue, just sequences of amazing images and vibrant colors. I need to see it again to see if it’s as great looking as I remember.

8. Being There – A clever movie, but not as smart as people seem to think it is. Peter Sellers is great. It’s one joke gets a little tiresome after awhile.

7. The Great Train Robbery – Very energetic, entertaining Sean Connery film written and directed by Michael Crichton.

6. The China Syndrome – One of the great “social problem” films of all-time. Stars Jack Lemmon as a whistle-blower at a nuclear power plant. Jane Fonda and Michael Douglas play the journalists to whom he blows the whistle. By the director of the Paper Chase.

5. The Jerk – Just as classic as Animal House, but it slows down too much in the second half and wasn’t nearly as influential. Still one of the funniest movies of all-time, the first half hour or so can’t be topped.

4. Alien – Ridley Scott’s best movie. Possibly the best horror movie of all-time. Great performance by Sigourney Weaver as one of the all-time great badass women. Enormously influential, yet it’s lost none of it’s effectiveness over time.

3. The Life Of Brian – My personal favorite of the Monty Python movies. It’s the combination of absurdist comedy and actual historical-political critique that makes it so much more resonant than The Holy Grail or Meaning Of Life. Unfortunately, it’s only become more relevant over the last 26 years. I’m not the Messiah, really I’m not!

2. Apocalypse Now – Wow, was this a tough call for #1. I really do love this movie, every bit of it. I know it doesn’t make any sense, and that Coppola had no real idea what he was doing, but that doesn’t make it any less effective. the chaos and bizarre primitive lunacy of this totally unrealistic film does a far better job of explaining Vietnam than any realistic treatment could hope to. it’s reality that’s screwed up, not the film. Someday, this war’s gonna end.

1. Manhattan – Has held the default position of My Favorite Movie for over a decade now. Not Best, Favorite. A important distinction, I guess. Just as funny as Annie Hall, but less fantastical. It’s a Woody Allen movie that scathingly critiques the type of people who watch, and the characters who appear in, Woody Allen movies. As depressing and critical as it is though, it still manages to have a totally effective and believable happy ending. The best looking of Allen’s films (it really isn’t close). Tremendous integration of an all-Gershwin score. Allen’s best acting, Diane Keaton is excellent as an anti-Annie Hall, Mariel Hemingway brings a lot of humanity to an essentially symbolic role. You have to have a little faith in people.

A lot of Unseen Movies from this year as well:

The Warriors
Escape from Alcatraz
The Muppet Movie
Mad Max
Zulu Dawn
North Dallas Forty
The Castle Of Cagliostro
Nosferatu The Vampyre
All That Jazz
The Tin Drum
. . .And Justice for All

Movies Of The Year: 1978

The best year for movies yet is 1978. And the first time all of my top films are actually good.

13. Coming Home – I don’t generally like depressing movies, and this is a Depressing Movie. It’s redeemed by the great performances by Jon Voight, Jane Fonda and Bruce Dern.

12. Interiors – Woody Allen follows up the best romantic comedy ever with. . .his most boring movie ever. Like Coming Home, this is Depressing, but there is also some terrific acting. But if you wanted to watch a Bergman movie, you should just watch a Bergman movie. Allen would get better at serious movies. This has the same relation to, say, Crimes And Misdemeanors as Hollywood Ending has to Sleeper.

11. Game Of Death – Bruce Lee only made half of this before he died, but they released it anyway, with a different actor pretending to be Lee through much of the movie. Really, you’re better off just skipping ahead to the climax, wherein the actual Lee has to fight his way up a tower (including a tremendous scene with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) to get to the bad guy.

10. The Five Deadly Venoms – A Shaw Brothers genre film, built around a fairly tedious mystery plot. Really picks up towards the end when the fighting starts.

9. Grease – A very strange film. I’ve only seen it once, unlike, apparently, everyone else. More interesting than funny. There’s some catchy songs, but I like dancing in my musicals and none of the sequences here stick in my memory.

8. Halloween – The best film of its genre, not counting Alien. But I’m not a real fan of the genre. It towers above its competition, really. Genuinely scary.

7. Dawn Of The Dead – Zombies invade a shopping mall: pure genius. The best of Romero’s Zombie Quartet and the one where his anti-capitalist metaphor works the best. Watch the long version.

6. Superman – What are Marlon Brando and Gene Hackman doing in this movie? A really great looking movie, made believable by the work of actors who should be above this sort of thing. After almost 20 years of post-Batman, post-modern superheroes, I’l admit a little nostalgia for a movie that plays the superhero thing totally straight.

5. The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin – Apparently the Shaw Brothers masterpiece, though I’ve only seen the two films on this list. A great epic martial arts film. Remember the funky logo at the beginning of Kill Bill Vol. 1? That’s the Shaw Brothers. Gordon Liu stars in this movie, and plays one role in each of the Kill Bill movies.

4. The Last Waltz – The Band’s last concert, chock full of guest appearances. My favorites are Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, and, I guess just for the hell of it, Neil Diamond. The concert’s great, but it’s the way Scorsese cuts between the songs and the interviews to always keep the movie moving forward, that makes this one of the few great music documentaries.

3. The Deer Hunter – Quite the year for depressing movies. The scope and weight of this film is unmatched in Vietnam films. But it is so dark and depressing. The cast is truly amazing: DeNiro, Walken, Cazale, Savage and Streep are all outstanding. Two things keep this from being #1. First, I’ve never found what happens to Walken’s character to be realistic. Not just the going nuts and playing Russian Roulette part, but DeNiro going back and finding him and what happens then. . . .it’s just too much for me to believe in a film that seems so relentlessly realistic in every other aspect. Second is the relationship between Streep and DeNiro. I’m not sure exactly why, but it never worked for me. A great movie, the third best Vietnam movie ever, but not the best of 1978.

2. Days Of Heaven – Terrence Malik’s never failed to make a Great Movie. Of course, he’s only made three movies (the fourth is coming out this fall, oh yeah, I’m excited). This one stars Richard Gere (before he became a star, and therefore when he was good) and Brooke Adams as Depression Era wanderers who end up working on the always great Sam Shepard’s farm. Shepard falls in love with Adams and bad things start to happen in incredibly beautiful ways. One of the very best looking movies ever made.

1. Animal House – How can I put this #1 ahead of Serious Movies like The Deer Hunter and Interiors and Coming Home? Because it’s my list, dammit. And also because Animal House is a better, more innovative, more important movie than any of those others. Ask yourself honestly which you’d rather watch: John Belushi being fat, drunk and stupid, or Jon Voight as a paraplegic trying to steal Bruce Dern’s wife because Vietnam sucked? That’s what I thought. Animal House created a genre that has had way more than its share of crappy movies, but it also spawned some classics (Caddyhack, Stripes, Ghostbusters, etc). Interiors spawned, um, er, nothing. Just because it’s funny, doesn’t mean it isn’t respectable. And Animal House might be the funniest movie ever made.

Some pretty good movies I haven’t seen from this year, but I’d be surprised if any made my top 8:

Drunken Master
I Spit On Your Grave
La Cage Aux Folles
Foul Play
Heaven Can Wait
Up In Smoke
Midnight Express