Favorite Movies by Yearby KnightsofNi11 | created - 20 Feb 2011 | updated - 06 Jul 2012 | Public
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
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1. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
PG-13 | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.
Votes: 267,142 | Gross: $45.51M
Best film of 2012 (so far)
2. Drive (I) (2011)
R | 100 min | Crime, Drama
A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor.
Votes: 483,756 | Gross: $35.06M
Best film of 2011
3. Black Swan (2010)
R | 108 min | Drama, Thriller
A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity.
Votes: 604,511 | Gross: $106.95M
Best film of 2010
4. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War
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.
Votes: 1,013,441 | Gross: $120.54M
Best film of 2009
5. The Dark Knight (2008)
PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama
When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.
Votes: 1,878,405 | Gross: $534.86M
Best film of 2008. It's practically a three way tie between this, Slumdog Millionaire, and The Wrestler.
6. No Country for Old Men (2007)
R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 695,516 | Gross: $74.28M
Best film of 2007. There Will be Blood and The Darjeeling Limited are close behind
7. Children of Men (2006)
R | 109 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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.
Votes: 398,251 | Gross: $35.55M
Best film of 2006. Pan's Labyrinth and The Departed are close seconds
8. Batman Begins (2005)
PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
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.
Votes: 1,097,756 | Gross: $206.85M
Best film of 2005.
9. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
When their relationship turns sour, a young couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.
Votes: 752,307 | Gross: $34.40M
Best film of 2004.
10. Oldeuboi (2003)
R | 120 min | Mystery, Thriller
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.
Votes: 411,241 | Gross: $0.71M
Best film of 2003. Also one of my favorites of all time.
11. 28 Days Later... (2002)
R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.
Votes: 325,298 | Gross: $45.06M
Best film of 2002. One of the best films ever made.
12. Spirited Away (2001)
PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
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.
Votes: 490,820 | Gross: $10.06M
Best film of 2001. Fellowship of the Ring is a close second
13. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
R | 102 min | Drama
The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep.
Votes: 644,451 | Gross: $3.64M
Best film of 2000. It's hard to decide between this, Memento, Traffic, Amores Perros, and Unbreakable.
14. Magnolia (1999)
R | 188 min | Drama
An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
Votes: 257,039 | Gross: $22.46M
Best film of 1999. Also my favorite film of all time
15. The Big Lebowski (1998)
R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime
"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.
Votes: 605,573 | Gross: $17.45M
Best film of 1998. The greatest comedy ever made.
16. Boogie Nights (1997)
R | 155 min | Drama
The story of a young man's adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Votes: 205,530 | Gross: $26.40M
Best film of 1997.
17. Trainspotting (1996)
R | 94 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 542,538 | Gross: $16.50M
Best film of 1996. Practically tied with Fargo
18. Se7en (1995)
R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.
Votes: 1,161,294 | Gross: $100.13M
Heat, Twelve Monkeys, and The Usual Suspects all come in for a close second.
19. Pulp Fiction (1994)
R | 154 min | Crime, Drama
The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.
Votes: 1,489,015 | Gross: $107.93M
Best film of 1994...
20. Schindler's List (1993)
R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 979,956 | Gross: $96.07M
Best film of 1993. True Romance is the runner up
21. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.
Votes: 751,709 | Gross: $2.83M
Best film of 1992.
22. The Doors (1991)
R | 140 min | Biography, Drama, Music
The story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band The Doors 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.
Votes: 73,399 | Gross: $35.18M
Best film of 1991. Silence of the Lambs is a close second.
23. Goodfellas (1990)
R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.
Votes: 820,233 | Gross: $46.84M
Best film of 1990.
24. Do the Right Thing (1989)
R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 66,991 | Gross: $27.55M
Best film of 1989. sex, lies, and videotape is a close second
25. Talk Radio (1988)
R | 110 min | Drama
A rude, contemptuous talk show host becomes overwhelmed by the hatred that surrounds his program just before it goes national.
Votes: 10,875 | Gross: $3.47M
Best film of 1988.
26. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
R | 116 min | Drama, War
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.
Votes: 550,580 | Gross: $46.36M
Best film of 1987.
27. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 58,029 | Gross: $40.08M
Best film of 1986. Also what I consider to be Woody Allen's best film.
28. Ran (1985)
R | 162 min | Action, Drama
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.
Votes: 87,584 | Gross: $3.52M
Best film of 1985. Brazil comes in second.
29. Amadeus (1984)
R | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History
Votes: 305,718 | Gross: $51.97M
Best film of 1984.
30. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy a more powerful Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap.
Votes: 786,352 | Gross: $309.13M
Best film of 1983.
31. Blade Runner (1982)
R | 117 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
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.
Votes: 560,662 | Gross: $27.00M
Best film of 1982. The greatest science fiction film ever made.
32. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.
Votes: 738,981 | Gross: $248.16M
Best film of 1981.
33. Raging Bull (1980)
R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Emotionally self-destructive boxer, Jake La Motta's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it.
Votes: 261,959 | Gross: $23.38M
Best film of 1980. The Elephant Man, The Shining, and The Empire Strikes Back all tie for second.
34. Apocalypse Now (1979)
R | 147 min | Drama, War
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.
Votes: 501,282 | Gross: $83.47M
Best film of 1979. One of the greatest films ever made.
35. The Deer Hunter (1978)
R | 183 min | Drama, War
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.
Votes: 259,750 | Gross: $48.98M
Best film of 1978.
36. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 1,029,723 | Gross: $322.74M
Best film of 1977.
37. Taxi Driver (1976)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama
A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action, while attempting to liberate a twelve-year-old prostitute.
Votes: 576,102 | Gross: $28.26M
Best film of 1976.
38. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
R | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.
Votes: 203,119 | Gross: $50.00M
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.
39. Blazing Saddles (1974)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Western
In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black Sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.
Votes: 107,168 | Gross: $119.50M
Best film of 1974.
40. The Holy Mountain (1973)
R | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 27,584 | Gross: $0.06M
Best film of 1973.
41. The Godfather (1972)
R | 175 min | Crime, Drama
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
Votes: 1,301,217 | Gross: $134.97M
Best film of 1972.
42. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.
Best film of 1971.
43. Gimme Shelter (1970)
R | 91 min | Documentary, Music, Thriller
A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont.
Votes: 9,103 | Gross: $0.25M
Best film of 1970.
44. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
R | 113 min | Drama
A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York to seek personal fortune but, in the process, finds himself a new friend.
Votes: 83,747 | Gross: $44.79M
Best film of 1969.
45. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 485,957 | Gross: $56.95M
Best film of 1968.
46. The Dirty Dozen (1967)
Not Rated | 150 min | Action, Adventure, War
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.
Votes: 57,768 | Gross: $45.30M
Best film of 1967.
47. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
R | 178 min | Western
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.
Votes: 563,715 | Gross: $6.10M
Best film of 1966.