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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There are 36 films in this list released in the 2000s.

  • 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
  • Children of Men
  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • In the City of Sylvia
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Shotgun Stories
  • Munyurangabo
  • Flight of the Red Balloon
  • My Kid Could Paint That
  • Summer Hours
  • Séraphine
  • WALL·E
  • The Secret of Kells
  • Up
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • About Elly