This will be a constantly changing list as I watch more movies. But as of right now, these are my favorite movies for each year starting with 2010 and working back to 1970
A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them. (94 mins.)
“ Best film of 2012 (so far) ” - KnightsofNi11
A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself trouble when he helps out his neighbor. (100 mins.)
“ Best film of 2011 ” - KnightsofNi11
A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity. (108 mins.)
“ Best film of 2010 ” - KnightsofNi11
In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same. (153 mins.)
“ Best film of 2009 ” - KnightsofNi11
The Dark Knight
When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice. (152 mins.)
“ Best film of 2008.
It's practically a three way tie between this, Slumdog Millionaire, and The Wrestler. ” - KnightsofNi11
No Country for Old Men
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande. (122 mins.)
“ Best film of 2007.
There Will be Blood and The Darjeeling Limited are close behind ” - KnightsofNi11
Children of Men
In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea. (109 mins.)
“ Best film of 2006.
Pan's Labyrinth and The Departed are close seconds ” - KnightsofNi11
After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from the corruption that Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it. (140 mins.)
“ Best film of 2005. ” - KnightsofNi11
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with. (108 mins.)
“ Best film of 2004. ” - KnightsofNi11
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in 5 days. (120 mins.)
“ Best film of 2003.
Also one of my favorites of all time. ” - KnightsofNi11
28 Days Later...
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary. (113 mins.)
“ Best film of 2002.
One of the best films ever made. ” - KnightsofNi11
During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. (125 mins.)
“ Best film of 2001.
Fellowship of the Ring is a close second ” - KnightsofNi11
Requiem for a Dream
The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep. (102 mins.)
“ Best film of 2000.
It's hard to decide between this, Memento, Traffic, Amores Perros, and Unbreakable. ” - KnightsofNi11
An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley. (188 mins.)
“ Best film of 1999.
Also my favorite film of all time ” - KnightsofNi11
The Big Lebowski
"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. (117 mins.)
“ Best film of 1998.
The greatest comedy ever made. ” - KnightsofNi11
The story of a young man's adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s. (155 mins.)
“ Best film of 1997. ” - KnightsofNi11
Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends. (94 mins.)
“ Best film of 1996.
Practically tied with Fargo ” - KnightsofNi11
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi. (127 mins.)
“ Heat, Twelve Monkeys, and The Usual Suspects all come in for a close second. ” - KnightsofNi11
The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (154 mins.)
“ Best film of 1994... ” - KnightsofNi11
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans. (195 mins.)
“ Best film of 1993.
True Romance is the runner up ” - KnightsofNi11
After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant. (99 mins.)
“ Best film of 1992. ” - KnightsofNi11
The story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison, from his days as a UCLA film student in Los Angeles, to his untimely death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971. (140 mins.)
“ Best film of 1991.
Silence of the Lambs is a close second. ” - KnightsofNi11
Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy. (146 mins.)
“ Best film of 1990. ” - KnightsofNi11
Do the Right Thing
On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence. (120 mins.)
“ Best film of 1989.
sex, lies, and videotape is a close second ” - KnightsofNi11
A rude, contemptuous talk show host becomes overwhelmed by the hatred that surrounds his program just before it goes national. (110 mins.)
“ Best film of 1988. ” - KnightsofNi11
Full Metal Jacket
A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue. (116 mins.)
“ Best film of 1987. ” - KnightsofNi11
Hannah and Her Sisters
Between two Thanksgivings two years apart, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly. (103 mins.)
“ Best film of 1986.
Also what I consider to be Woody Allen's best film. ” - KnightsofNi11
In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him. (162 mins.)
“ Best film of 1985.
Brazil comes in second. ” - KnightsofNi11
The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum. (160 mins.)
“ Best film of 1984. ” - KnightsofNi11
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the rebels attempt to destroy the second Death Star, while Luke struggles to make Vader return from the dark side of the Force. (131 mins.)
“ Best film of 1983. ” - KnightsofNi11
A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator. (117 mins.)
“ Best film of 1982.
The greatest science fiction film ever made. ” - KnightsofNi11
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. (115 mins.)
“ Best film of 1981. ” - KnightsofNi11
An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it. (129 mins.)
“ Best film of 1980.
The Elephant Man, The Shining, and The Empire Strikes Back all tie for second. ” - KnightsofNi11
During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe. (153 mins.)
“ Best film of 1979.
One of the greatest films ever made. ” - KnightsofNi11
The Deer Hunter
An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania. (183 mins.)
“ Best film of 1978. ” - KnightsofNi11
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader. (121 mins.)
“ Best film of 1977. ” - KnightsofNi11
A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process. (113 mins.)
“ Best film of 1976. ” - KnightsofNi11
Dog Day Afternoon
A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus. (125 mins.)
“ Best film of 1975.
Pretty much ties with One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Jaws tie at a very close second place. ” - KnightsofNi11
To ruin a western town, a corrupt political boss appoints a black sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary. (93 mins.)
“ Best film of 1974. ” - KnightsofNi11
The Holy Mountain
In a corrupt, greed-fueled world, a powerful alchemist leads a Christ-like character and seven materialistic figures to the Holy Mountain, where they hope to achieve enlightenment. (114 mins.)
“ Best film of 1973. ” - KnightsofNi11
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
“ Best film of 1972. ” - KnightsofNi11
A Clockwork Orange
In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan. (136 mins.)
“ Best film of 1971. ” - KnightsofNi11
A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont. (91 mins.)
“ Best film of 1970. ” - KnightsofNi11
A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York to seek personal fortune but, in the process, finds himself a new friend. (113 mins.)
“ Best film of 1969. ” - KnightsofNi11
2001: A Space Odyssey
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest. (149 mins.)
“ Best film of 1968. ” - KnightsofNi11
The Dirty Dozen
During World War II, a rebellious U.S. Army Major is assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of German officers. (150 mins.)
“ Best film of 1967. ” - KnightsofNi11
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery. (161 mins.)
“ Best film of 1966. ” - KnightsofNi11