My Favourite Film Per Year (1911 - present)

This is my #1 film of every year since 1911, in chronological order. I've used the dates on IMDb (which are virtually identical to Letterboxd) to determine this list.

Honourable mentions are in the notes.

My criteria was to only include feature-length films (miniumum 40 minutes) so no short films and no TV shows. Feature-length documentaries are allowed. As the oldest surviving feature-length film dates to 1911, that seemed a natural limit to place on this list.

For my list of favourite films not restricted by year, see here.

Most of the silent films can be found for free on YouTube.

Extended Favourites List per Year:
1999 | | | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | | | 2006 |…

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  • Dante's Inferno
  • From the Manger to the Cross
  • Twilight of a Woman's Soul
  • Cabiria
  • The Birth of a Nation
  • Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages
  • The Dying Swan
  • The Outlaw and His Wife
  • Broken Blossoms
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
  • The Phantom Carriage
  • Nosferatu
  • Safety Last!
  • Sherlock, Jr.
  • The Gold Rush
  • The General
  • Metropolis
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • Man with a Movie Camera
  • City Girl
  • City Lights
  • I Was Born, But...
  • King Kong
  • A Story of Floating Weeds
  • The Bride of Frankenstein
  • Modern Times
  • What Did the Lady Forget?
  • Alexander Nevsky
  • Gone with the Wind
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • Citizen Kane
  • Casablanca
  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
  • Double Indemnity
  • Brief Encounter
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Black Narcissus
  • The Red Shoes
  • Late Spring
  • Rashomon
  • Early Summer
  • Ikiru
  • Tokyo Story
  • Seven Samurai
  • The Ladykillers
  • The Searchers
  • 12 Angry Men
  • Vertigo
  • North by Northwest
  • Psycho
  • West Side Story
  • Ivan's Childhood
  • High and Low
  • Kwaidan
  • For a Few Dollars More
  • Persona
  • The Graduate
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • The Passion of Anna
  • Performance
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God
  • Don't Look Now
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • Mirror
  • Taxi Driver
  • Suspiria
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Stalker
  • The Shining
  • Possession
  • Blade Runner
  • Videodrome
  • Paris, Texas
  • Shoah
  • The Sacrifice
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • Grave of the Fireflies
  • Santa Sangre
  • GoodFellas
  • A Brighter Summer Day
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Three Colors: Blue
  • Satantango
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Trainspotting
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
  • Dark City
  • American Beauty
  • Werckmeister Harmonies
  • Spirited Away
  • City of God
  • Oldboy
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • There Will Be Blood
  • The Dark Knight
  • Fish Tank
  • The Social Network