"There Can Be Only One!" (Number One, Per Year)

96 number one favorite films -- one per year, from 2017 through 1921. I'm film director & writer Roger Avary, a voting Academy member, and these are my #1 favorite films for each year, and believe me it wasn't easy to leave some films behind (especially in year like, say, 1986 when the top 10 were some of my favorite films of all time). But, despite the sad fact that Highlander isn't on this list: "There can be only one!"

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    1

  • Deadpool

    2

  • Room

    3

  • Leviathan

    4

  • Pain & Gain

    5

  • This Must Be the Place

    6

  • Bellflower

    7

  • Black Swan

    8

  • District 9

    9

  • The Wrestler

    10

  • There Will Be Blood

    11

  • Children of Men

    12

  • Sin City

    13

  • Napoleon Dynamite

    14

  • School of Rock

    15

  • The Rules of Attraction

    16

  • Waking Life

    17

  • Cast Away

    18

  • Galaxy Quest

    19

  • Saving Private Ryan

    20

  • Starship Troopers

    21

  • Trainspotting

    22

  • Babe

    23

  • Ed Wood

    24

  • True Romance

    25

  • Reservoir Dogs

    26

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    27

  • King of New York

    28

  • Dead Calm

    29

  • The Beast of War

    30

  • RoboCop

    31

  • Sid & Nancy

    32

  • Brazil

    33

  • Crimes of Passion

    34

  • The King of Comedy

    35

  • The Thing

    36

  • Excalibur

    37

  • The Shining

    38

  • Apocalypse Now

    39

  • Dawn of the Dead

    40

  • Sorcerer

    41

  • Bugsy Malone

    42

  • Barry Lyndon

    43

  • Phantom of the Paradise

    44

  • Paper Moon

    45

  • Cabaret

    46

  • A Clockwork Orange

    47

  • Little Big Man

    48

  • The Illustrated Man

    49

  • Rosemary's Baby

    50

  • The Graduate

    51

  • Seconds

    52

  • The Loved One

    53

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    54

  • Lord of the Flies

    55

  • Lolita

    56

  • Babes in Toyland

    57

  • Psycho

    58

  • Darby O'Gill and the Little People

    59

  • Mon Oncle

    60

  • Paths of Glory

    61

  • The Killing

    62

  • Lady and the Tramp

    63

  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    64

  • The Wages of Fear

    65

  • Rancho Notorious

    66

  • Strangers on a Train

    67

  • Sunset Boulevard

    68

  • The Third Man

    69

  • Bicycle Thieves

    70

  • Black Narcissus

    71

  • Beauty and the Beast

    72

  • Children of Paradise

    73

  • Lifeboat

    74

  • Le Corbeau

    75

  • Tales of Manhattan

    76

  • Citizen Kane

    77

  • The Great Dictator

    78

  • The Rules of the Game

    79

  • The Adventures of Robin Hood

    80

  • Grand Illusion

    81

  • Modern Times

    82

  • The Bride of Frankenstein

    83

  • Babes in Toyland

    84

  • King Kong

    85

  • Freaks

    86

  • M

    87

  • L'Age d'Or

    88

  • Pandora's Box

    89

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    90

  • Metropolis

    91

  • Faust

    92

  • Battleship Potemkin

    93

  • Die Nibelungen: Siegfried

    94

  • La Roue

    95

  • Nosferatu

    96

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    97