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Roger Ebert's Favorite Films (1967-2012 COMPLETE ARCHIVE)


Roger Ebert released some variation of a "Top Films of the Year" list every year that he worked at The Chicago Sun Times until his death on April 4, 2013. Unfortunately these lists have never been organized online in an easily digestible way - until now.

This list is his top film from each respective year, along with a sub-top-10 list for each year.

This took a ridiculous amount of time, I hope you enjoy and find a few gems in the process.

Go Deeper: We watched and discussed each and every one of Ebert's picks on this episode of the Cinereelists podcast.

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  • Bonnie and Clyde

    Bonnie and Clyde


    "Bonnie and Clyde" is a milestone in the history of American movies, a work of truth and brilliance. It is also pitilessly cruel, filled with sympathy, nauseating, funny, heartbreaking, and astonishingly beautiful. If it does not seem that those words should be strung together, perhaps that is because movies do not very often reflect the full range of human life.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. Bonnie and Clyde (Arthur Penn)
    02. Ulysses (Joseph Strick)
    03. Blowup (Michelangelo Antonioni)
    04. The Graduate (Mike Nicols)
    05. A Man for All Seasons (Fred Zinnemann)
    06. The War Game (Peter Watkins)
    07. Reflections in a Golden Eye (John Huston)
    08. Cool Hand Luke (Stuart Rosenberg)
    09. Elvira Madigan (Bo Widerberg)
    10. In the Heat of the Night (Norman Jewison)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 1967 (Ranked)

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  • The Battle of Algiers

    The Battle of Algiers


    "The Battle of Algiers" shows now, as it did when it was made, that for nationalist resistance movements, the end justifies the means.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo)
    02. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick)
    03. Falstaff (Orson Welles)
    04. Faces (John Cassavetes)
    05. The Two of Us (Claude Berri)
    06. The Producers (Mel Brooks)
    07. Oliver! (Carol Reed)
    08. The Fifth Horseman Is Fear ()
    09. Rachel, Rachel (Paul Newman)
    10. Romeo and Juliet (Franco Zeffirelli)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 1968 (Ranked)

  • Z



    "Z" is at the same time a political cry of rage and a brilliant suspense thriller. It even ends in a chase: Not through the streets but through a maze of facts, alibis and official corruption.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. Z (Costa-Gravas)
    02. Medium Cool (Haskell Wexler)
    03. Weekend (Jean-Luc Godard)
    04. if.... (Lindsay Anderson)
    05. Last Summer (Frank Perry)
    06. The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah)
    07. Easy Rider (Dennis Hopper)
    08. True Grit (Henry Hathaway)
    09. Downhill Racer (Michael Ritchie)
    10. War and Peace (Sergei Bondarchuk)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 1969 (Ranked)

  • Five Easy Pieces

    Five Easy Pieces


    "Five Easy Pieces" has the complexity, the nuance, the depth, of the best fiction. In involves us in these people, this time and place, and we care for them, even though they don't request our affection or applause.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson)
    02. M*A*S*H (Robert Altman)
    03. The Revolutionary (Paul Williams)
    04. Patton (Franklin J. Schaffner)
    05. Woodstock (Michael Wadleigh)
    06. My Night at Maud's (Eric Rohmer)
    07. Adalen 31 (Bo Widerberg)
    08. The Passion of Anna (Ingmar Bergman)
    09. The Wild Child (Francois Truffaut)
    10. Fellini Satyricon (Federico Fellini)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 1970 (Ranked)

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  • The Last Picture Show

    The Last Picture Show


    The film is above all an evocation of mood. It is about a town with no reason to exist, and people with no reason to live there.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdanovich)
    02. McCabe and Mrs. Miller (Robert Altman)
    03. Claire's Knee (Eric Rohmer)
    04. The French Connection (William Friedkin)
    05. Sunday, Bloody Sunday (John Schlesinger)
    06. Taking Off (Milos Forman)
    07. Carnal Knowledge (Mike Nichols)
    08. Tristana (Luis Bunuel)
    09. Goin' Down the Road (Donald Shebib)
    10. Bed and Board (Francois Truffaut)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 1971 (Ranked)

  • The Godfather

    The Godfather


    Although the movie is three hours long, it absorbs us so effectively it never has to hurry.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola)
    02. Chole in the Afternoon (Eric Rohmer)
    03. Le Boucher (Claude Chabrol)
    04. Murmur of the Heart (Louis Malle)
    05. The Green Wall (Armando Robles Godoy)
    06. The Sorrow and the Pity (Marcel Ophuls)
    07. The Garden of Finzi-Continis (Vittorio De Sica)
    08. Minnie and Moskowitz (John Cassavetes)
    09. Sounder (Martin Ritt)
    10. The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid (Philip Kaufman)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 1972 (Ranked)

  • Cries and Whispers

    Cries and Whispers


    "Cries and Whispers” envelops us in a tomb of dread, pain and hate, and to counter these powerful feelings it summons selfless love. It is, I think, Ingmar Bergman’s way of treating his own self-disgust, and his envy of those who have faith.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. Cries and Whispers (Ingmar Bergman)
    02. Last Tango in Paris (Bernardo Bertolucci)
    03. The Emigrants and The New Land (Jan Troell)
    04. Blume in Love (Paul Mazursky)
    05. The Iceman Cometh (John Frankenheimer)
    06. The Exorcist (William Friedkin)
    07. The Day of the Jackal (Fred Zinnemann)
    08. American Graffiti (George Lucas)
    09. Fellini's Roma (Federico Fellini)
    10. The Friends of Eddie Coyle (Peter Yates)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 1973 (Ranked)

  • Scenes from a Marriage

    Scenes from a Marriage


    And that is what Bergman has been able to accept, the source of his reconciliation: Beyond love, beyond marriage, beyond the selfishness that destroys love, beyond the centrifugal force that sends egos whirling away from each other and prevents enduring relationships--beyond all these things, there still remains what we know of each other, that we care about each other, that in twenty years these people have touched and known so deeply that they still remember, and still need.

    Ebert's Review

    01. Scenes from a Marriage (Ingmar Bergman)
    02. Chinatown (Roman Polanski)
    03. The Mother and the Whore (Jean Eustache)
    04. Amarcord (Federico Fellini)
    05. The Last Detail (Hal Ashby)
    06. The Mirages ()
    07. Day for Night (Francois Truffaut)
    08. Mean Streets (Martin Scorsese)
    09. My Uncle Antoine (Claude Jutra)
    10. The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 1974 (Ranked)

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  • Nashville



    The buried message may be that life doesn't proceed in a linear fashion to the neat ending of a story. It's messy and we bump up against others, and we're all in this together.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. Nashville (Robert Altman)
    02. Night Moves (Arthur Penn)
    03. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (Martin Scorsese)
    04. Farewell, My Lovely (Dick Richards)
    05. The Phantom of Liberty (Luis Bunuel)
    06. A Brief Vacation (Vittorio De Sica)
    07. And Now My Love (Claude Lelouch)
    08. A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes)
    09. In Celebration (Lindsay Anderson)
    10. Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 1975 (Ranked)

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  • Small Change

    Small Change


    There's a moment in Francois Truffaut's "Small Change" that remembers childhood so well we don't know whether to laugh or ache.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. Small Change (Francois Truffaut)
    02. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese)
    03. The Magic Flute (Ingmar Bergman)
    04. The Clockmaker (Bertrand Tavernier)
    05. Network (Sidney Lumet)
    06. Swept an unusual destiny in the blue sea of August (Lina Wertmuller)
    07. Rocky (John G. Avildsen)
    08. All the President's Men (Alan J. Pakula)
    09. Silent Movie (Mel Brooks)
    10. The Shootist (Don Siegel)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 1976 (Ranked)

  • 3 Women

    3 Women


    Shelley Duvall's reaction shots during these developments are a study in unease.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. 3 Women (Robert Altman)
    02. Providence (Alain Resnais)
    03. The Late Show (Robert Benton)
    04. A Woman's Decision (Krzysztof Zanussi)
    05. Jail Bait (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
    06. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg)
    07. Aguirre: Wrath of God (Werner Herzog)
    08. Annie Hall (Woody Allen)
    09. Sorcerer (William Friedkin)
    10. Star Wars (George Lucas)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 1977 (Ranked)

  • An Unmarried Woman

    An Unmarried Woman


    "An Unmarried Woman" plays true with all three of its major movements: The marriage, the being single, the falling in love.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. An Unmarried Woman (Paul Mazursky)
    02. Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick)
    03. Heart of Glass (Werner Herzog)
    04. Stroszek (Werner Herzog)
    05. Autumn Sonata (Ingmar Bergman)
    06. Interiors (Woody Allen)
    07. Halloween (John Carpenter)
    08. National Lampoon's Animal House (John Landis)
    09. Kings of the Road (Wim Wenders)
    10. Superman (Richard Donner)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 1978 (Ranked)

  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now


    "Apocalypse Now" is the best Vietnam film, one of the greatest of all films, because it pushes beyond the others, into the dark places of the soul. It is not about war so much as about how war reveals truths we would be happy never to discover.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola)
    02. Breaking Away (Peter Yates)
    03. The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino)
    04. The Marriage of Maria Braun (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
    05. Hair (Milos Forman)
    06. Saint Jack (Peter Bogdanovich)
    07. Kramer vs. Kramer (Robert Benton)
    08. The China Syndrome (James Bridges)
    09. Nosferatu, the Vampyre (Werner Herzog)
    10. 10 (Blake Edwards)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 1979 (Ranked)

  • The Black Stallion

    The Black Stallion


    The first half of "The Black Stallion" is so gloriously breathtaking that the second half, the half with all the conventional excitement, seems merely routine.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. The Black Stallion (Carroll Ballard)
    02. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese)
    03. Kagemusha (Akira Kurosawa)
    04. Being There (Hal Ashby)
    05. Ordinary People (Robert Redford)
    06. The Great Santini (Lewis John Carlino)
    07. The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner)
    08. Coal Miner's Daughter (Michael Apted)
    09. American Gigolo (Paul Schrader)
    10. Best Boy (Ira Wohl)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 1980 (Ranked)

  • My Dinner with Andre

    My Dinner with Andre

    Someone asked me the other day if I could name a movie that was entirely devoid of clichés. I thought for a moment, and then answered, “My Dinner With Andre.”

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. My Dinner With Andre (Louis Malle)
    02. Chariots of Fire (Hugh Hudson)
    03. Gates of Heaven (Errol Morris)
    04. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg)
    05. Heartland (Richard Pearce)
    06. Atlantic City (Louis Malle)
    07. Thief (Michael Mann)
    08. Body Heat (Lawrence Kasdan)
    09. Tess (Roman Polanski)
    10. Reds (Warren Beatty)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 1981 (Ranked)

  • Sophie's Choice

    Sophie's Choice


    “Sophie’s Choice” ... is so perfectly cast and well-imagined that it just takes over and happens to you. It's quite an experience.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. Sophie's Choice (Alan J. Pakula)
    02. Diva (Jean-Jacques Beineix)
    03. E.T. (Steven Spielberg)
    04a. Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog)
    04b. The Burden of Dreams (Les Blank)
    05. Personal Best (Robert Towne)
    06. Das Boot (Wolfgang Petersen)
    07. Mephisto (Istvan Szabo)
    08. Moonlighting (Jerzy Skolimowski)
    09. The Verdict (Sidney Lumet)
    10. Wasn't That a Time (James B. Brown)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 1982 (Ranked)

  • The Right Stuff

    The Right Stuff


    When Yeager pushed the edge of the envelope as far as it could possibly be pushed by one man in one plane, the age of the individual explorer--of Marco Polo, Magellan, Columbus, Livingston, Scott, Lindbergh--ended, and Team Man stepped into the limelight. That is the real subject of "The Right Stuff."

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. The Right Stuff (Philip Kaufman)
    02. Terms of Endearment (James L. Brooks)
    03. The Year of Living Dangerously (Peter Weir)
    04. Fanny and Alexander (Ingmar Bergman)
    05. Gandhi (Richard Attenborough)
    06. El Norte (Gregory Nava)
    07. Testament (Lynne Littman)
    08. Silkwood (Mike Nicols)
    09. Say Amen, Somebody (George T. Nierenberg)
    10. Risky Business (Paul Brickman)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 1983 (Ranked)

  • Amadeus



    "Amadeus" is not about the genius of Mozart but about the envy of his rival Salieri, whose curse was to have the talent of a third-rate composer but the ear of a first-rate music lover, so that he knew how bad he was, and how good Mozart was.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. Amadeus (Milos Forman)
    02. Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders)
    03. Love Streams (John Cassavetes)
    04. This Is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner)
    05. The Cotton Club (Francis Ford Coppola)
    06. Secret Honor (Robert Altman)
    07. The Killing Fields (Roland Jaffe)
    08. Stranger Than Paradise (Jim Jarmusch)
    09. Choose Me (Alan Rudolph)
    10. Purple Rain (Albert Magnoli)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 1984 (Ranked)

  • The Color Purple

    The Color Purple


    "Here is this year's winner for best actress," I wrote in my original review, and that should have been true, but although "The Color Purple" had 11 nominations, it won not a single Oscar.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. The Color Purple (Steven Spielberg)
    02. After Hours (Martin Scorsese)
    03. The Falcon and the Snowman (John Schlesinger)
    04. Prizzi's Honor (John Huston)
    05. Ran (Akira Kurosawa)
    06. Witness (Peter Weir)
    07. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (George Miller/George Ogilvie)
    08. Lost in America (Albert Brooks)
    09. Streetwise (Martin Bell)
    10. Blood Simple (Joel Coen)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 1985 (Ranked)

  • Platoon



    The movie is told in a style that rushes headlong into incidents.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. Platoon (Oliver Stone)
    02. Round Midnight (Bertrand Tavernier)
    03. Hannah and Her Sisters (Woody Allen)
    04. Sid & Nancy (Alex Cox)
    05. Lucas (David Seltzer)
    06. Vagabond (Agnes Varda)
    07. Trouble in Mind (Alan Rudolph)
    08. Down and Out in Beverly Hills (Paul Mazursky)
    09. Peggy Sue Got Married (Francis Ford Coppola)
    10. Hard Choices (Rick King)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 1986 (Ranked)

  • House of Games

    House of Games

    Mamet's dialogue starts with the plain red bricks of reality, and mortars them into walls that are slightly askew.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. House of Games (David Mamet)
    02. The Big Easy (Jim McBride)
    03. Barfly (Barbet Schroeder)
    04. The Last Emperor (Bernardo Bertolucci)
    05. Moonstruck (Norman Jewison)
    06. Prick Up Your Ears (Stephen Frears)
    07. Radio Days (Woody Allen)
    08. Broadcast News (James L. Brooks)
    09. Lethal Weapon (Richard Donner)
    10. Housekeeping (Bill Forsyth)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 1987 (Ranked)

  • Mississippi Burning

    Mississippi Burning


    Alan Parker’s “Mississippi Burning” feels like a movie made from the inside out, a movie that knows the ways and people of its small Southern city so intimately that, having seen it, I know the place I’d go for a cup of coffee and the place I’d steer clear from.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. Mississippi Burning (Alan Parker)
    02. The Accidental Tourist (Lawrence Kasdan)
    03. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Philip Kaufman)
    04. Shy People (Andrei Konchalovsky)
    05. Salaam Bombay! (Mira Nair)
    06. A Fish Called Wanda (Charles Crichton)
    07. Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders)
    08. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Robert Zemeckis)
    09. Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam (Bill Couturie)
    10. Running on Empty (Sidney Lumet)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 1988 (Ranked)

  • Do the Right Thing

    Do the Right Thing


    I have been given only a few filmgoing experiences in my life to equal the first time I saw “Do the Right Thing.”

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee)
    02. Drugstore Cowboy (Gus Van Sant)
    03. My Left Foot (Jim Sheridan)
    04. Born on the Fourth of July (Oliver Stone)
    05. Roger & Me (Michael Moore)
    06. The Mighty Quinn (Carl Schenkel)
    07. Field of Dreams (Phil Alden Robinson)
    08. Crimes and Misdemeanors (Woody Allen)
    09. Driving Miss Daisy (Bruce Beresford)
    10. Say Anything (Cameron Crowe)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 1989 (Ranked)

  • GoodFellas



    For two days after I saw Martin Scorsese's new film, "GoodFellas," the mood of the characters lingered within me, refusing to leave.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese)
    02. Monsieur Hire (Patrice Leconte)
    03. Dances With Wolves (Kevin Costner)
    04. The Grifters (Stephen Frears)
    05. Reversal of Fortune (Barbet Schroeder)
    06. Santa Sangre (Alejandro Jodorowsky)
    07. Last Exit to Brooklyn (Uli Edel)
    08. Awakenings (Penny Marshall)
    09. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (Peter Greenaway)
    10. Mountains of the Moon (Bob Rafelson)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 1990 (Ranked)

  • JFK



    Stone and his editors, Joe Hutshing and Pietro Scalia, have somehow triumphed over the tumult of material here and made it work - made it grip and disturb us.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. JFK (Oliver Stone)
    02. Boyz N the Hood (John Singleton)
    03. Beauty and the Beast (Gary Trousdale/Kirk Wise)
    04. Grand Canyon (Lawrence Kasdan)
    05. My Father's Glory and My Mother's Castle (Yves Robert)
    06. A Woman's Tale (Paul Cox)
    07. Life Is Sweet (Mike Leigh)
    08. The Man in the Moon (Robert Mulligan)
    09. Thelma & Louise (Ridley Scott)
    10. The Rapture (Michael Tolkin)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 1991 (Ranked)

  • Malcolm X

    Malcolm X


    Spike Lee's "Malcolm X" is one of the great screen biographies, celebrating the whole sweep of an American life that began in sorrow and bottomed out on the streets and in prison before its hero reinvented himself.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. Malcolm X (Spike Lee)
    02. One False Move (Carl Franklin)
    03. Howards End (James Ivory)
    04. Flirting (John Duigan)
    05. The Crying Game (Neil Jordan)
    06. Damage (Louis Malle)
    07. The Hairdresser's Husband (Patrice Leconte)
    08. The Player (Robert Altman)
    09. Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood)
    10. Bad Lieutenant (Abel Ferrara)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 1992 (Ranked)

  • Schindler's List

    Schindler's List


    Subtlety is Spielberg's strength all through the film.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. Schindler's List (Steven Spielberg)
    02. The Age of Innocence (Martin Scorsese)
    03. The Piano (Jane Campion)
    04. The Fugitive (Andrew Davis)
    05. The Joy Luck Club (Wayne Wang)
    06. Kalifornia (Dominic Sena)
    07. Like Water for Chocolate (Alfonso Arau)
    08. Menace II Society (The Hughes Brothers)
    09. What's Love Got to Do With It (Brian Gibson)
    10. Ruby in Paradise (Victor Nunez)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 1993 (Ranked)

  • Hoop Dreams

    Hoop Dreams


    A film like "Hoop Dreams" is what the movies are for. It takes us, shakes us, and make us think in new ways about the world around us. It gives us the impression of having touched life itself.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. Hoop Dreams (Steve James)
    02. Three Colors: Blue, White, Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
    03. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
    04. Forrest Gump (Robert Zemeckis)
    05. The Last Seduction (John Dahl)
    06. Fresh (Boaz Yakin)
    07. The Blue Kite (Tian Zhuangzhuang)
    08. Natural Born Killers (Oliver Stone)
    09. The New Age (Michael Tolkin)
    10. Quiz Show (Robert Redford)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 1994 (Ranked)

  • Leaving Las Vegas

    Leaving Las Vegas


    Cage, a resourceful and daring actor, has never been better.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. Leaving Las Vegas (Mike Figgis)
    02. Crumb (Terry Zwigoff)
    03. Dead Man Walking (Tim Robbins)
    04. Nixon (Oliver Stone)
    05. Casino (Martin Scorsese)
    06. Apollo 13 (Ron Howard)
    07. Exotica (Atom Egoyan)
    08. My Family (Gregory Nava)
    09. Carrington (Christopher Hampton)
    10. A Walk in the Clouds (Alfonso Arau)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 1995 (Ranked)

  • Fargo



    To watch [Fargo] is to experience steadily mounting delight, as you realize the filmmakers have taken enormous risks, gotten away with them and made a movie that is completely original, and as familiar as an old shoe - or a rubbersoled hunting boot from Land's End, more likely.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. Fargo (Joel Coen)
    02. Breaking the Waves (Lars von Trier)
    03. Secrets & Lies (Mike Leigh)
    04. Lone Star (John Sayles)
    05. Welcome to the Dollhouse (Todd Solondz)
    06. Bound (The Wachowski Brothers)
    07. Hamlet (Kenneth Branagh)
    08. Everyone Says I Love You (Woody Allen)
    09. Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam (Nick Broomfield)
    10. Big Night (Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 1996 (Ranked)

  • Eve's Bayou

    Eve's Bayou


    "Eve's Bayou" resonates in the memory. It called me back for a second and third viewing. If it is not nominated for Academy Awards, then the academy is not paying attention.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. Eve's Bayou (Kasi Lemmons)
    02. The Sweet Hereafter (Atom Egoyan)
    03. Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson)
    04. Maborosi (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
    05. Jackie Brown (Quentin Tarantino)
    06. Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (Errol Morris)
    07. L.A. Confidential (Curtis Hanson)
    08. In the Company of Men (Neil LaBute)
    09. Titanic (James Cameron)
    10. Wag the Dog (Barry Levinson)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 1997 (Ranked)

  • Dark City

    Dark City


    "Dark City" by Alex Proyas is a great visionary achievement, a film so original and exciting, it stirred my imagination like "Metropolis'' and "2001: A Space Odyssey.''

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. Dark City (Alex Proyas)
    02. Pleasantville (Gary Ross)
    03. Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg)
    04. A Simple Plan (Sam Raimi)
    05. Happiness (Todd Solondz)
    06. Elizabeth (Shekhar Kapur)
    07. Babe: Pig in the City (George Miller)
    08. Shakespeare in Love (John Madden)
    09. Life Is Beautiful (Roberto Benigni)
    10. Primary Colors (Mike Nichols)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 1998 (Ranked)

  • Being John Malkovich

    Being John Malkovich


    Every once in a long, long while a movie comes along that is like no other.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze)
    02. Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson)
    03. Three Kings (David O. Russell)
    04. Boy's Don't Cry (Kimberly Peirce)
    05. Bringing Out the Dead (Martin Scorsese)
    06. Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki)
    07. The War Zone (Tim Roth)
    08. American Beauty (Sam Mendes)
    09. Topsy-Turvy (Mike Leigh)
    10. The Insider (Michael Mann)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 1999 (Ranked)

  • Almost Famous

    Almost Famous


    Oh, what a lovely film. I was almost hugging myself while I watched it.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe)
    02. Wonder Boys (Curtis Hanson)
    03. You Can Count on Me (Kenneth Lonergan)
    04. Traffic (Steven Soderbergh)
    05. George Washington (David Gordon Green)
    06. The Cell (Tarsem Singh)
    07. High Fidelity (Stephen Frears)
    08. Pollock (Ed Harris)
    09. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee)
    10. Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 2000 (Ranked)

  • Monster's Ball

    Monster's Ball


    Students of screenwriting should study the way the film handles the crucial passages at the end, when she discovers some drawings and understands their meaning.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. Monster's Ball (Marc Forster)
    02. Black Hawk Down (Ridley Scott)
    03. In The Bedroom (Todd Field)
    04. Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff)
    05. Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch)
    06. Waking Life (Richard Linklater)
    07. Innocence (Paul Cox)
    08. Wit (Mike Nichols)
    09. A Beautiful Mind (Ron Howard)
    10. Gosford Park (Robert Altman)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 2001 (Ranked)

  • Minority Report

    Minority Report


    At a time when movies think they have to choose between action and ideas, Steven Spielberg's "Minority Report" is a triumph--a film that works on our minds and our emotions.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. Minority Report (Steven Spielberg)
    02. City of God (Fernando Meirelles)
    03. Adaptation. (Spike Jonze)
    04. Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes)
    05. 13 Conversations About One Thing (Jill Sprecher)
    06. Y tu mamá también (Alfonso Cuaron)
    07. Invincible (Werner Herzog)
    08. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki)
    09. All or Nothing (Mike Leigh)
    10. The Quiet American (Phillip Noyce)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 2002 (Ranked)

  • Monster



    What Charlize Theron achieves in Patty Jenkins' "Monster" isn't a performance but an embodiment.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. Monster (Patty Jenkins)
    02. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola)
    03. American Splendor (Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini)
    04. Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton)
    05. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Peter Weir)
    06. Mystic River (Clint Eastwood)
    07. Owning Mahowny (Richard Kwietniowski)
    08. The Son (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
    09. Whale Rider (Niki Caro)
    10. In America (Jim Sheridan)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 2003 (Ranked)

  • Million Dollar Baby

    Million Dollar Baby


    Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby" is a masterpiece, pure and simple, deep and true.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. Million Dollar Baby (Clint Eastwood)
    02. Kill Bill, Vol. 2 (Quentin Tarantino)
    03. Vera Drake (Mike Leigh)
    04. Spider-Man 2 (Sam Raimi)
    05. Moolaadé (Ousmane Sembene)
    06. The Aviator (Martin Scorsese)
    07. Baadasssss! (Mario Van Peebles)
    08. Sideways (Alexander Payne)
    09. Hotel Rwanda (Terry George)
    10. Undertow (David Gordon Green)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 2004 (Ranked)

  • Crash



    Haggis writes with such directness and such a good ear for everyday speech that the characters seem real and plausible after only a few words.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. Crash (Paul Haggis)
    02. Syriana (Stephen Gaghan)
    03. Munich (Steven Spielberg)
    04. Junebug (Phil Morrison)
    05. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee)
    06. Me and You and Everyone We Know (Miranda July)
    07. Nine Lives (Rodrigo Garcia)
    08. King Kong (Peter Jackson)
    09. Yes (Sally Potter)
    10. Millions (Danny Boyle)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 2005 (Ranked)

  • Pan's Labyrinth

    Pan's Labyrinth


    Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth" is one of the cinema's great fantasies, rich with darkness and wonder.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro)
    02. Bubble (Steven Soderbergh)
    03. Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón)
    04. The Departed (Martin Scorsese)
    05. The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)
    06. Untied 93 (Paul Greengrass)
    07. Flags of Our Fathers / Letters from Iwo Jima (Clint Eatwood)
    08. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (om Tykwer)
    09. Babel (Alejandro González Iñárritu)
    10. Man Push Cart (Ramin Bahrani)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 2006 (Ranked)

  • Juno



    The film has no wrong scenes and no extra scenes, and flows like running water.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. Juno (Jason Reitman)
    02. No Country for Old Men (Coen Bros)
    03. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (Sidney Lumet)
    04. Atonement (Joe Wright)
    05. The Kite Runner (Marc Forster)
    06. Away From Her (Sarah Polley)
    07. Across the Universe (Julie Taymor)
    08. La Vie en Rose (Olivier Dahan)
    09. The Great Debaters (Denzel Washington)
    10. Into the Wild (Sean Penn)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 2007 (Ranked)

  • Synecdoche, New York

    Synecdoche, New York


    I think you have to see Charlie Kaufman's "Synecdoche, New York" twice.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    Ebert listed his top films of 2008, but he did not rank them. However, in 2012 he named Charlie Kaufman's "Synecdoche, New York" as a potential candidate for a spot in his "Greatest Films of All Time" vote for Sight & Sound magazine as well as select the film as #1 on his "Best Films of the Decade" list - thus its placement at the top here.

    Ballast (Lance Hammer)
    The Band's Visit (Eran Kolirin)
    Che (Steven Soderbergh)
    Chop Shop (Ramin Bahrani)
    The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan)
    Doubt (John Patrick Shanley )
    The Fall (Tarsem)
    Frost/Nixon (Ron Howard)
    Frozen River (Courtney Hunt)
    Happy-Go-Lucky (Mike Leigh)
    Iron Man (Jon Favreau)
    Milk (Gus Van Sant)
    Rachel Getting Married (Jonathan Demme)
    The Reader (Stephen Daldry)
    Revolutionary Road" (Sam Mendes)
    Shotgun Stories (Jeff Nichols)
    Slumdog Millionaire (Danny Boyle)
    Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman)
    W. (Oliver Stone)
    WALL-E (Andrew Stanton)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 2008 (UnRanked)

  • The Hurt Locker

    The Hurt Locker


    “The Hurt Locker” is a spellbinding war film by Kathryn Bigelow, a master of stories about men and women who choose to be in physical danger.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    Ebert listed his top films of 2009, but he did not rank them. However, Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" landed at #2 on his "Best Films of the Decade" list (higher than any other film released in 2009) - thus its placement at the top here.

    Avatar (James Cameron)
    Bad Lieutenant Port of Call: New Orleans (Werner Herzog)
    Crazy Heart (Scott Cooper)
    An Education (Nick Hornby)
    The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow)
    Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino)
    Knowing (Alex Proyas)
    Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (Lee Daniels)
    A Serious Man (Coen Bros)
    Up In the Air (Jason Reitman)
    The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 2009 (UnRanked)

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  • The Social Network

    The Social Network


    David Fincher's film has the rare quality of being not only as smart as its brilliant hero, but in the same way. It is cocksure, impatient, cold, exciting and instinctively perceptive.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. The Social Network (David Fincher)
    02. The King’s Speech (Tom Hooper)
    03. Black Swan (Darren Aronofsky)
    04. I Am Love (Luca Guadagnino)
    05. Winter’s Bone (Debra Granik)
    06. Inception (Christopher Nolan)
    07. The Secret in Their Eyes (Juan José Campanella)
    08. The American (Anton Corbijn)
    09. The Kids Are All Right (Lisa Cholodenko)
    10. The Ghost Writer (Roman Polanski)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 2010 (Ranked)

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  • A Separation

    A Separation


    That a director can make such a sympathetic film in such a troubled time is a tribute to his strength of character.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. A Separation (Asghar Farhadi)
    02. Shame (Steve McQueen)
    03. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)
    04. Hugo (Martin Scorsese)
    05. Take Shelter (Jeff Nichols)
    06. Kinyarwanda (Alrick Brown)
    07. Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn)
    08. Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen)
    09. Le Havre (Aki Kaurismaki)
    10. The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 2011 (Ranked)

  • Argo



    The craft in this film is rare. It is so easy to manufacture a thriller from chases and gunfire, and so very hard to fine-tune it out of exquisite timing and a plot that's so clear to us we wonder why it isn't obvious to the Iranians.

    Ebert's Review / Trailer

    01. Argo (Ben Affleck)
    02. Life of Pi (Ang Lee)
    03. Lincoln (Steven Spielberg)
    04. End of Watch (David Ayer)
    05. Arbitrage (Nicholas Jarecki)
    06. Flight (Robert Zemeckis)
    07. The Sessions (Ben Lewin)
    08. Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin)
    09. Oslo, August 31 (Joachim Trier)
    10. A Simple Life (Ann Hui)

    » Roger Ebert’s Top 10 Films of 2012 (Ranked)