Favorite of each year, 1920-present

Thought I might as well put this somewhere, it's just the top ranked movie from each year on the various decade lists I've made. It comes out to being pretty well thought-out in the '20s, somewhat rote and ordinary in the classic Hollywood period, and maybe a little too eccentric during my lifetime (yes, I do think Brain Candy is brilliant). Also overwhelmingly comprised of American films, which may or may not change eventually. I've generally seen little to nothing from the current year so it won't be added until I've seen something that I rate four stars or higher.

Assuming I don't forget, I'll track changes in the comments.

  • The Golem: How He Came Into the World
  • The Phantom Carriage
  • Foolish Wives
  • Safety Last!
  • The Last Laugh
  • Strike
  • Faust
  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • Blackmail
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • City Lights
  • Freaks
  • The Private Life of Henry VIII
  • The Scarlet Empress
  • The 39 Steps
  • Dodsworth
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • The Lady Vanishes
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Fantasia
  • Citizen Kane
  • Casablanca
  • Shadow of a Doubt
  • Double Indemnity
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Notorious
  • Black Narcissus
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  • The Third Man
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Strangers on a Train
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • The Wages of Fear
  • Rear Window
  • The Trouble with Harry
  • The Killing
  • Wild Strawberries
  • Vertigo
  • The 400 Blows
  • The Apartment
  • Splendor in the Grass
  • The Manchurian Candidate
  • High and Low
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Darling
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • The Graduate
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
  • Five Easy Pieces
  • The Last Picture Show
  • Deliverance
  • Badlands
  • F for Fake
  • Barry Lyndon
  • Network
  • Annie Hall
  • Days of Heaven
  • Manhattan
  • Melvin and Howard
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Victor/Victoria
  • Zelig
  • Stop Making Sense
  • Brazil
  • Hannah and Her Sisters
  • Wings of Desire
  • The Chocolate War
  • Crimes and Misdemeanors
  • Back to the Future Part III
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Husbands and Wives
  • Schindler's List
  • Ed Wood
  • Se7en
  • Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy
  • The Ice Storm
  • Happiness
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Dancer in the Dark
  • In the Bedroom
  • City of God
  • The Triplets of Belleville
  • The Incredibles
  • Brick
  • Children of Men
  • Ratatouille
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Somewhere
  • Melancholia
  • The Act of Killing
  • We Are the Best!
  • The Look of Silence
  • The Big Short
  • Moonlight
  • Phantom Thread
  • The Other Side of the Wind