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The Best Film of The Year (1971 - Present)

50 films

My pick for the best film of the year, for all the years I've walked the Earth.

  • The Last Dance
  • Possessor
  • Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Nomadland
  • Minari
  • Parasite
  • A Hidden Life
  • 1917
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Knives Out

best films of 2019

10 films

My favorite films of the year, 2019.

  • Sorry to Bother You
  • Burning
  • Roma
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Favorite movies of 2018

22 films

This year, there's a whoppin' 22 titles on my annual list. Renaming the list to "favorites" as it's more in…

  • Captain Fantastic
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • The Nice Guys
  • 20th Century Women
  • La La Land

the best films of 2016

10 films

note: my city hasn't gotten "The Salesman" yet - the list is subject to revision after that.

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Your Name.
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Lady Bird
  • Blade Runner 2049

the best films of 2017

13 films

the best films of 2017.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Spotlight
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • The Big Short
  • Ex Machina

the best films of 2015

12 films

This time, the annual list is a dozen. Good year.

  • Boyhood
  • Whiplash
  • Snowpiercer
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Life Itself

top 10 films of 2014

14 films

I missed a lot of movies I wanted to see. If I'd seen Mr. Turner, I'd expect it might be…

  • Gravity
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Her
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • American Hustle

top 10 films of 2013

13 films

A fantastic year for cinema; perhaps the best since 1999. Once again, I cheat and choose 13 films.

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • 8½
  • All the President's Men
  • Almost Famous
  • Amadeus
  • Looper
  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • Lincoln
  • Cloud Atlas
  • Silver Linings Playbook

top ten films of 2012

11 films

Once again, I cheat and choose eleven.

  • A Separation
  • The Tree of Life
  • Drive
  • Hugo
  • Moneyball

top ten films of 2011

12 films

It wasn't the best year for cinema, honestly. Some good stuff. The fact that I couldn't whittle the list down…