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

92 number one favorite films -- one per year, from 2012 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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  • Deadpool

    1

  • Room

    2

  • Leviathan

    3

  • Pain & Gain

    4

  • This Must Be the Place

    5

  • Bellflower

    6

  • Black Swan

    7

  • District 9

    8

  • The Wrestler

    9

  • There Will Be Blood

    10

  • Children of Men

    11

  • Sin City

    12

  • Napoleon Dynamite

    13

  • School of Rock

    14

  • The Rules of Attraction

    15

  • Waking Life

    16

  • Cast Away

    17

  • Galaxy Quest

    18

  • Saving Private Ryan

    19

  • Starship Troopers

    20

  • Trainspotting

    21

  • Babe

    22

  • Ed Wood

    23

  • True Romance

    24

  • Reservoir Dogs

    25

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    26

  • King of New York

    27

  • Dead Calm

    28

  • The Beast of War

    29

  • RoboCop

    30

  • Sid & Nancy

    31

  • Brazil

    32

  • Crimes of Passion

    33

  • The King of Comedy

    34

  • The Thing

    35

  • Excalibur

    36

  • The Shining

    37

  • Apocalypse Now

    38

  • Dawn of the Dead

    39

  • Sorcerer

    40

  • Bugsy Malone

    41

  • Barry Lyndon

    42

  • Phantom of the Paradise

    43

  • Paper Moon

    44

  • Cabaret

    45

  • A Clockwork Orange

    46

  • Little Big Man

    47

  • The Illustrated Man

    48

  • Rosemary's Baby

    49

  • The Graduate

    50

  • Seconds

    51

  • The Loved One

    52

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

    53

  • Lord of the Flies

    54

  • Lolita

    55

  • Babes in Toyland

    56

  • Psycho

    57

  • Darby O'Gill and the Little People

    58

  • Mon oncle

    59

  • Paths of Glory

    60

  • The Killing

    61

  • Lady and the Tramp

    62

  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    63

  • The Wages of Fear

    64

  • Rancho Notorious

    65

  • Strangers on a Train

    66

  • Sunset Boulevard

    67

  • The Third Man

    68

  • Bicycle Thieves

    69

  • Black Narcissus

    70

  • Beauty and the Beast

    71

  • Children of Paradise

    72

  • Lifeboat

    73

  • Le Corbeau

    74

  • Tales of Manhattan

    75

  • Citizen Kane

    76

  • The Great Dictator

    77

  • The Rules of the Game

    78

  • The Adventures of Robin Hood

    79

  • Grand Illusion

    80

  • Modern Times

    81

  • Bride of Frankenstein

    82

  • Babes in Toyland

    83

  • King Kong

    84

  • Freaks

    85

  • M

    86

  • L'Âge d'Or

    87

  • Pandora's Box

    88

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    89

  • Metropolis

    90

  • Faust

    91

  • Battleship Potemkin

    92

  • Die Nibelungen: Siegfried

    93

  • La Roue

    94

  • Nosferatu

    95

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    96