Treasure: My Favorite Films from Each Year of My Lifetime

I totally stole this idea from Elijah Davidson, who made a list in which he chose one film for each year of his life.

But mine is a little more ambitious. I've included all of the films, year by year, that I would designate as "treasure" — the cream of the crop, the films I will go on revisiting, the films I'd place on the top shelf of my personal movie library.

If I didn't find any "treasure" in a particular year — like 1970 — I've included the titles that impress me most from that year, just so no year goes unmentioned.

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  • M*A*S*H
  • Claire's Knee
  • The Last Picture Show
  • Harold and Maude
  • Solaris
  • The Godfather
  • Sleeper
  • Badlands
  • The Godfather: Part II
  • Chinatown
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Mirror
  • Taxi Driver
  • All the President's Men
  • Star Wars
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Days of Heaven
  • Superman
  • The Muppet Movie
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Alien
  • Stalker
  • Life of Brian
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • The Elephant Man
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Chariots of Fire
  • Blade Runner
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Zelig
  • Tender Mercies
  • Amadeus
  • Top Secret!
  • A Room with a View
  • Brazil
  • Ran
  • Down by Law
  • Hannah and Her Sisters
  • Wings of Desire
  • Babette's Feast
  • Raising Arizona
  • Empire of the Sun
  • The Princess Bride
  • Midnight Run
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Distant Voices, Still Lives
  • The Decalogue
  • Henry V
  • The Unbelievable Truth
  • Close-Up
  • Miller's Crossing
  • The Double Life of Véronique
  • The Fisher King
  • Barton Fink
  • Delicatessen
  • The Long Day Closes
  • Unforgiven
  • A River Runs Through It
  • Three Colors: Blue
  • What's Eating Gilbert Grape
  • Three Colors: Red
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Three Colors: White
  • Heat
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • Secrets & Lies
  • Fargo
  • Fast, Cheap & Out of Control
  • The Apostle
  • The Ice Storm
  • Out of Sight
  • The Thin Red Line
  • The Dreamlife of Angels
  • The Last Days of Disco
  • The Insider
  • Toy Story 2
  • The Iron Giant
  • Magnolia
  • Code Unknown
  • Yi Yi
  • Almost Famous
  • The Gleaners & I
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Gosford Park
  • Spirited Away
  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • The Son
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • Stevie
  • Finding Nemo
  • The Station Agent
  • Lost in Translation
  • The Return
  • Millions
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • The Incredibles
  • The New World
  • Into Great Silence
  • Junebug