An annual tradition here at The End, this is a look at my favorite film discoveries of the year, any movie more than a few years old that I saw for the first time in 2015. Previous years include: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, and 2006. I watched 368 or so movies in 2015, roughly third of which qualify for this list. That’s a sizable decline from last year, where half the films I watched were discoveries, a result of spending more of my movie-time this year on new releases for Seattle Screen Scene and on rewatches for They Shot Pictures. Here are 75 that I liked.

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1. Linda Linda Linda (Nobuhiro Yamashita, 2005)

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2. It Felt Like a Kiss (Adam Curtis, 2009)

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3. News from Home (Chantal Akerman, 1977)

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4. Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray, 1955)

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5. Le bonheur (Agnès Varda, 1965)

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6. The Civil War (Ken Burns, 1990)

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7. Man of Aran (Robert Flaherty, 1934)

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8. Tokyo Olympiad (Kon Ichikawa, 1965)

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9. Christmas in July (Preston Sturges, 1940)

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10. The Sun Shines Bright (John Ford, 1953)

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11. The Terrorizers (Edward Yang, 1986)

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12. Gimme Shelter (Albert & David Maysles & Charlotte Zwerin)

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13. The Mirror (Jafar Panahi, 1997)

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14. Pride & Prejudice (Simon Langton, 1995)

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15. Aparajito (Satyajit Ray, 1956)

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16. Three Crowns of the Sailor (Raúl Ruiz, 1983)

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17. Alexander: The Ultimate Cut (Oliver Stone, 2004)

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18. Lady Snowblood (Toshiya Fujita, 1973)

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19. A Girl in Every Port (Howard Hawks, 1928)

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20. Police, Adjective (Corneliu Porumboiu, 2009)

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21. Windtalkers (John Woo, 2002)

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22. The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom (Adam Curtis, 2007)

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23. The Triplets of Belleville (Sylvain Chomet, 2003)

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24. A Borrowed Life (Wu Nien-jen, 1994)

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25. Major Dundee (Sam Peckinpah, 1965)

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26. The Spring River Flows East (Cai Chusheng & Zheng Junli, 1947)

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27. Christine (John Carpenter, 1983)

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28. Trouble In Mind (Alan Rudolph, 1985)

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29. Ali (Michael Mann, 2001)

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30. Himalaya Singh (Wai Ka-fai, 2005)

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31. Into the Woods (James Lapine, 1991)

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32. The Story of a Discharged Prisoner (Patrick Lung Kong, 1967)

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33. Poor Little Rich Girl (Andy Warhol, 1965)

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34. The Power of Nightmares (Adam Curtis, 2004)

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35. A Separation (Asghar Farhadi, 2009)

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36. The World of Apu (Satyajit Ray, 1959)

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37. Hail the Conquering Hero (Preston Sturges, 1944)

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38. Taipei Story (Edward Yang, 1985)

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39. Not Reconciled (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet, 1965)

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40. The Century of the Self (Adam Curtis, 2002)

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41. The True Story of Wong Fei-hung: Whiplash Snuffs the Candle Flame (Wu Peng, 1949)

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42. Red Line 7000 (Howard Hawks, 1965)

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43. Tattooed Life (Seijun Suzuki, 1965)

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44. The East is Red (Ching Siu-tung & Raymond Lee, 1993)

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45. Balloon Land (Ub Iwerks, 1935)

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46. The Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift (Justin Lin, 2006)

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47. Que Viva Mexico (Sergei Eisenstein & Grigori Aleksandrov, 1979)

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48. Moana (Robert & Monica Flaherty, 1980)

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49. The Soong Sisters (Mabel Cheung, 1997)

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50. Princess Chang Ping (John Woo, 1976)

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51. Je, tu, il, elle (Chantal Akerman, 1974)

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52. Cute Girl (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1980)

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53. Samurai Assassin (Kihachi Okamoto, 1965)

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54. Twin Dragons (Tsui Hark & Ringo Lam, 1992)

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55. Weekend (Andrew Haigh, 2011)

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56. The Witches of Eastwick (George Miller, 1987)

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57. Where Danger Lives (John Farrow, 1950)

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58. J. Edgar (Clint Eastwood, 2011)

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59. Kiri-Kis (Segundo de Chomón, 1907)

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60. Fay Grim (Hal Hartley, 2006)

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61. The Transporter (Corey Yuen, 2002)

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62. Farewell, My Lovely (Dick Richards, 1975)

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63. Le papillon fantastique (Georges Méliès, 1909)

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64. Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone, 2006)

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65. Help! (Richard Lester, 1965)

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66. Skeleton Frolics (Ub Iwerks, 1937)

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67. Masked Avengers (Chang Cheh, 1981)

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68. Sunday in the Park with George (Terry Hughes, 1986)

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69. A Pistol for Ringo (Duccio Tesseri, 1965)

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70. Middlemarch (Anthony Page, 1994)

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71. Planet of the Vampires (Mario Bava, 1965)

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72. Songs from the Second Floor (Roy Andersson, 2000)

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73. Neo Tokyo (Katsuhiro Ôtomo, Yoshiaki Kawajiri & Rintaro, 1987)

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74. X: The Man with X-Ray Eyes (Roger Corman, 1963)

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75. Robin Hood (Ridley Scott, 2009)

 

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