Best Films For Each Year 1888-2011

I've tried to pick the best film for each year since the birth of cinema. The choice of films has been based importance, influence, quality and sometimes just personal preference. A couple of years around the early 1900s I've missed out, because if I haven't seen or heard of any film from that year I'd prefer to skip the year than pick a film I've not heard of at random. Some years had an obvious choice, other years needed a more difficult decision, with 2, 3 or even more films for some years. There are bound to be some disagreements, but hey-ho this is just my opinion.
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1.
Roundhay Garden Scene (1888 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In the garden, a man asks his friends to do something silly for him to record on film. (1 mins.)
“ These 2 seconds of celluloid film represent the first time moving images were captured on film, creating an industry that would take over the culture of hundreds of millions of people. From this to The A-Team in just 122 years! ” - metters
 
3.
Monkeyshines, No. 1 (1890 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
One of W.K.L. Dickson's laboratory workers horses around for the camera.
“ Notable for being the first film from the Edison company, which would go on to pioneer cinema techniques in the early years. ” - metters
 
4.
Dickson Greeting (1891 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
"A little while ago there was a great convention of women's clubs of America. Mrs. Edison is interested... (1 mins.)
“ I always imagine him as saying "Welcome to the movies" ” - metters
 
5.
Pauvre Pierrot (1892 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
One night, Arlequin come to see his lover Colombine. But then Pierrot knocks at the door and Colombine and Arlequin hide. Pierrot starts singing but Arlequin scares him and the poor man goes away. (4 mins.)
Director: Émile Reynaud
 
6.
Blacksmith Scene (1893 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Three men hammer on an anvil and pass a bottle of beer around. (1 mins.)
 
7.
Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze (1894 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A man (Thomas Edison's assistant) takes a pinch of snuff and sneezes. This is one of the earliest Thomas Edison films and was the first motion picture to be copyrighted in the United States. (1 mins.)
Stars: Fred Ott
 
8.
Employees Leaving the Lumière Factory (1895 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man opens the big gates to the Lumière factory. Through the gateway and a smaller doorway beside it... (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
“ The first short from the Lumiere Brothers, who would bring movies to the masses in France and lead to the Europeans domination of films for the next 2 decades. ” - metters
 
9.
The Arrival of a Train (1896 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A group of people are standing in a straight line along the platform of a railway station, waiting for a train... (1 mins.)
 
10.
The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
The first known feature film! A very unusual filmed record of the Corbett-Fitzsimmons fight originally ran over 90 minutes in length.
Director: Enoch J. Rector
“ As the description states, notable as being the first feature length film, running at a mammoth 90 minutes, when nearly all other films of the day were little over 1 minute. ” - metters
 
11.
American Flag (1898 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
"This picture shows our national flag waving in the breeze. Coloring adds greatly to the effectiveness of this film."
Director: William Heise
 
12.
A Kiss in the Tunnel (1899 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A humorous subject intended to be run as a part of a railroad scene during the period in which the train is passing through a tunnel. (1 mins.)
 
13.
The Enchanted Drawing (1900 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A cartoonist defies reality when he draws objects that become three-dimensional after he lifts them off his sketch pad. (2 mins.)
“ One of the earliest and most influential examples of animation, although it would be another 14 years until Gertie The Dinosaur that the animations featured a recognisable personality. ” - metters
 
14.
Fun in a Butcher Shop (1901 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Two enterprising Dutchmen are at work at their sausage mill. A constant stream of boys and men are coming...
 
15.
A Trip to the Moon (1902 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon. (13 mins.)
“ The entire sci-fi genre began with this film. ” - metters
 
16.
The Great Train Robbery (1903 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A group of bandits stage a brazen train hold-up, only to find a determined posse hot on their heels. (11 mins.)
 
17.
The Whole Dam Family and the Dam Dog (1905 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
The Whole Dam Family and The Dam Dog is a popular fad which has been widely advertised by lithographs and souvenir mailing cards... (5 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
 
18.
San Francisco: Aftermath of Earthquake (1906 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Footage shot not long after the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco is edited together so that more than one scene and more than one vantage are included... (1 mins.)
 
19.
The Dog and His Various Merits (1908 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
We see a working dog, a beggar's dog, a shepherd's dog, and a milkman's dog. The working dog is locked... (2 mins.)
 
20.
The Sealed Room (1909 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A king exacts vengeance upon his faithless mistress and her lover. (11 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
21.
Frankenstein (1910 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Frankenstein, a young medical student, trying to create the perfect human being, instead creates a misshapen monster... (16 mins.)
“ The first time this legendary creature appeared on the screen. ” - metters
 
22.
Dante's Inferno (1911)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Loosely adapted from Dante's Divine Comedy and inspired by the illustrations of Gustav Doré the original silent film has been restored and has a new score by Tangerine Dream. (68 mins.)
 
23.
The Avenging Conscience: or 'Thou Shalt Not Kill' (1914)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Objected to date his sweetheart by his uncle, a young man turns his thoughts to murder. (78 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
24.
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The American Civil War divides friends and destroys families, but that's nothing compared to the anarchy in the black-ruled South after the war. (165 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
25.
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history. (163 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
26.
Cleopatra (1917)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
The story of Cleopatra, the fabulous queen of Egypt, and the epic romances between her and the greatest men of Rome, Julius Caesar and Antony. (125 mins.)
 
27.
Chase Me Charlie (1918)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Chase Me Charlie was an anthology consisting of excerpts from several of Chaplin's short films made for the Essanay Company, including The Tramp, Shanghaied, In the Park and The Bank.
 
28.
Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl (1919)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A frail waif, abused by her brutal boxer father in London's seedy Limehouse District, is befriended by a sensitive Chinese immigrant with tragic consequences. (90 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
29.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders. (78 mins.)
Director: Robert Wiene
 
30.
The Kid (1921)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy. (68 mins.)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
 
31.
Nosferatu (1922)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife. (94 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
“ The birth of horror films, and still one of the best. ” - metters
 
32.
Safety Last! (1923)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When a store clerk organizes a publicity stunt, in which a friend climbs the outside of a tall building, circumstances force him to make the perilous climb himself. (70 mins.)
 
33.
Greed (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The sudden fortune won from a lottery fans such destructive greed that it ruins the lives of the three people involved. (140 mins.)
 
34.
The Lost World (1925)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The first film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novel about a land where prehistoric creatures still roam. (106 mins.)
Director: Harry O. Hoyt
“ A milestone in special effects, with the stop-motion animated dinosaurs being brought to life with a realism never seen before. ” - metters
 
35.
The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A handsome prince rides a flying horse to far-away lands and embarks on magical adventures, which include befriending a witch, meeting Aladdin, battling demons and falling in love with a princess. (81 mins.)
Director: Lotte Reiniger
 
36.
Metropolis (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences. (153 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ One of the greatest films ever made; will always be relevant and will always be a stunning example of the medium. ” - metters
 
37.
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A chronicle of the trial of Jeanne d'Arc on charges of heresy, and the efforts of her ecclesiastical jurists to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions. (110 mins.)
Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
 
38.
Man with a Movie Camera (1929 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention. (68 mins.)
Director: Dziga Vertov
 
39.
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I. (136 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
 
40.
City Lights (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically. (87 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
“ Although 1931 was tough, between this and Frankenstein, ultimately Chaplin's film had to take it with it's perfect balance of comedy and sentiment, a remarkably difficult balance to achieve. ” - metters
 
41.
The Mummy (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A living mummy stalks the beautiful woman he believes is the reincarnation of his lover. (73 mins.)
Director: Karl Freund
“ Another tough choice between The Mummy and Freaks. But in the end The Mummy wins it for Jack Pierce's revolutionary make-up techniques. ” - metters
 
42.
King Kong (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition. (100 mins.)
 
43.
It Happened One Night (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A spoiled heiress, running away from her family, is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story. (105 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
44.
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate. (75 mins.)
Director: James Whale
 
45.
Modern Times (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman. (87 mins.)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
 
46.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Snow White, pursued by a jealous queen, hides with the Dwarfs; the queen soon learns of this and prepares to feed her a poison apple. (83 mins.)
 
47.
Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations (1938 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The document of the 1936 Olympics at Berlin. (121 mins.)
“ This, along with Part 2 (Festival Of Beauty), marked the birth of modern documentary film-making techniques, many of which are still used today. This is a purely visual feast that presents the sports in a more intimate was than anyone had managed previous. ” - metters
 
48.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down. (129 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
49.
The Great Dictator (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime. (125 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
 
50.
Dumbo (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Ridiculed because of his enormous ears, a young circus elephant is assisted by a mouse to achieve his full potential. (64 mins.)
“ Some people may disagree, and put Citizen Kane at the top of the list for 1941, Dumbo wins it for me. Cinema is essentially for entertainment, and there's nothing more entertaining than the little elephant who learnt to fly. ” - metters
 
51.
Casablanca (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ The most beautiful and mesmerising romances to be captured on screen. Highly regarded as one of the best, and rightly so. ” - metters
 
52.
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young woman discovers her visiting "Uncle Charlie" may not be the man he seems to be. (108 mins.)
 
53.
Laura (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating. (88 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
54.
Brief Encounter (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Meeting a stranger in a railway station, a woman is tempted to cheat on her husband. (86 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
55.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. (130 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
56.
Black Narcissus (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
After opening a convent in the Himalayas, five nuns encounter conflict and tension - both with the natives and also within their own group - as they attempt to adapt to their remote, exotic surroundings. (100 mins.)
 
57.
Rope (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime. (80 mins.)
 
58.
The Third Man (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime. (104 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
 
59.
Harvey (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Due to his insistence that he has an invisible six foot-tall rabbit for a best friend, a whimsical middle-aged man is thought by his family to be insane - but he may be wiser than anyone knows. (104 mins.)
Director: Henry Koster
 
60.
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets. (92 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
61.
Umberto D. (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome. (89 mins.)
 
62.
Godzilla (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast. (96 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
“ In a year also featuring Rear Window, Dial M For Murder and On The Waterfront, 1954 presented a difficult choice. But as a horror/sci-fi fan I cannot ignore the achievements of this film, and the influence it has spawned throughout the world. ” - metters
 
63.
Diabolique (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed, his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women. (116 mins.)
Director: H.G. Clouzot
 
64.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates. (80 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
 
65.
12 Angry Men (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence. (96 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
66.
Horror of Dracula (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Jonathan Harker begets the ire of Count Dracula after he accepts a job at the vampire's castle under false pretenses. (82 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
“ This narrowly edges out Vertigo, because as the first major Hammer film it represents a resurgence in British film making and in horror films, that would lead to Night Of The Living Dead 10 years later and the rise of the horror genre in the 70s. ” - metters
 
67.
North by Northwest (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. (136 mins.)
 
68.
Peeping Tom (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A young man murders women, using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror. (101 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
“ Although Psycho may (with good reason) be regarded as one of the best films of all time, let alone 1960, Peeping Tom knocks it off the list with its voyeurism - seeing the murders through the eyes of the killer is more unsettling than anything in Psycho. A film so far ahead of it's time director Michael Powell's career never recovered, because people just didn't get it. ” - metters
 
69.
The Hustler (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match. (134 mins.)
Director: Robert Rossen
 
70.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice. (129 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
 
71.
The Birds (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people. (119 mins.)
“ Special mention should be given to The Haunting, as a perfect example of how to give an audience scares without having the need to show a monster on screen. ” - metters
 
72.
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A 'typical' day in the life of the Beatles, including many of their famous songs. (87 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
“ A burst of pure joy and energy onto the cinema screens, and the perfect embodiment of what Beatlemania was. And anyone who's seen Albert & David Maysles' documentary The Beatles First US Visit will recognise that this film is perhaps more realistic than you may first think| ” - metters
 
73.
The War Game (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The War Game is a fictional, worst-case-scenario docu-drama about nuclear war and its aftermath in and around a typical English city... (48 mins.)
Director: Peter Watkins
 
74.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
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.)
Director: Sergio Leone
 
75.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A somewhat romanticized account of the career of the notoriously violent bank robbing couple and their gang. (111 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
“ Opened up a whole new grim world of realistic crime violence. ” - metters
 
76.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Despite the undoubted quality of Rosemary's Baby and the game-changing Night Of The Living Dead, 1968 is trumped by 2001: A Space Odyssey. I don't think it needs any further explanation. ” - metters
 
77.
Kes (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon. (110 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Loach
 
78.
MASH (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor and hijinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war. (116 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
79.
The French Connection (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection. (104 mins.)
“ A tough call between this and A Clockwork Orange. As good as A Clockwork Orange is, it is too mired by the hype and controversy around it. The French Connection, however, represents a new manner of film making that is more rough, documentary-like, putting the audience at the centre of the action in a way that would inspire such shaky-cam films as Blair Witch, Cloverfield and Trollhunter. ” - metters
 
80.
The Godfather (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
 
81.
The Wicker Man (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there. (88 mins.)
Director: Robin Hardy
“ A very tough choice for 1973, from three of the best and most influential horror films ever made; films that were not simply examples of the genre, but which represented horror crossing over into the mainstream. My ultimate choice of The Wicker Man, over The Exorcist and Don't Look Now, is essentially just down to personal preference. I just like it better. ” - metters
 
82.
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Herzog's film is based upon the true and mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who suddenly appeared in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to speak or walk, and bearing a strange note. (110 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ Some people think The Godfather Part II should be here for 1974. But as my favourite director, Werner Herzog has to be in this list somewhere. Again, this is just personal preference. ” - metters
 
83.
Jaws (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and a grizzled fisherman set out to stop it. (124 mins.)
 
84.
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A police sergeant and an unlikely band of criminals defend a closing LA precinct office on New Years Eve against an army of gang members. (91 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ Narrowly beats out Taxi Driver, but John Carpenter's incredibly tense story represents 'thriller' with effectiveness not seen since Hitchcock, and from this you can see the elements that would appear to even greater success in his horror films. ” - metters
 
85.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
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.)
Director: George Lucas
“ A toss up between two of the classic sci-fi films, Star Wars or Close Encounters Of The Third Kind. At the end of the day nobody can deny the cultural influence this film has had. ” - metters
 
86.
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall. (127 mins.)
 
87.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
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.)
Director: Francis Coppola
“ A year of many great films, with Life Of Brian, Alien and Scum all being personal favourites. But Coppola's nightmare of war is dizzying, nauseating and completely mesmerising. ” - metters
 
88.
Airplane! (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick. (88 mins.)
“ Another difficult year to choose from, with The Empire Strikes Back, The Elephant Man and The Blues Brothers all being worthy contenders. But Airplane wins out, with it's rapid-fire gags that maintain a constant good standard marking it a cut above the average comedy. Watch it, and be surprised about how many jokes have permeated into the popular subconscious. ” - metters
 
89.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. (115 mins.)
“ At the last minute thought this should go on the list instead of Das Boot. Whereas Das Boot is a very good film - an intense experience of life aboard a German U-Boat - Raiders gets this year for the same reason as Dumbo in 1941: Pure entertainment factor. It is a film that never grows old, unlike Indi himself (unfortunately). ” - metters
 
90.
The Thing (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
It's the first week of winter in 1982. An American Research Base is greeted by an alien force, that can assimilate anything it touches. It's up to the members to stay alive, and be sure of who is human, and who has become one of the Things. (109 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ As a Star Trek fan it's hard for me not to put The Wrath Of Khan here. But Trek didn't quite have the widespread impact that The Thing did, with it's innovations in special effects and showcasing how to make a tense, paranoid film. ” - metters
 
91.
Scarface (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed. (170 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
92.
Ghostbusters (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. (105 mins.)
Director: Ivan Reitman
“ I found this quite a difficult year to choose from. The Terminator, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Gremlins and Blood Simple are all superior examples of their respective genres. But ultimately Ghostbusters has the charm, humour and memorable gags that stand it apart from the others. ” - metters
 
93.
Back to the Future (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown. (116 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
94.
The Fly (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong. (96 mins.)
“ Alien missed the list for 1979 to Apocalypse Now. And here too must Aliens miss a place, because I feel that for it's impact on cinema alone - it it's ground breaking make up effects and barely-veiled analogies to real life (i.e. the virus which slowly destroys the body) The Fly deservedly takes the pedestal for 1986. ” - metters
 
95.
Withnail & I (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
London, 1969 - two 'resting' (unemployed and unemployable) actors, Withnail and Marwood, fed up with damp... (107 mins.)
Director: Bruce Robinson
 
96.
Die Hard (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles. (131 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ The modern action film, in all it's explosive glory, was born with Bruce Willis In A Vest Part 1, aka Die Hard. ” - metters
 
97.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Two seemingly dumb teens struggle to prepare a historical presentation with the help of a time machine. (90 mins.)
Director: Stephen Herek
“ Concluding a decade of all-time great comedies that began with Airplane!, ends with Bill & Ted as they go on their most excellent historic adventure. The silliness is never too silly, and the laughs just keep coming. Touch of class added courtesy of George Carlin. ” - metters
 
98.
Goodfellas (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy. (146 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
99.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her young son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg, made out of liquid metal. (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
100.
Dead Alive (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors. (104 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ Reservoir Dogs may have wowed the world with its release in 1992, but Braindead makes the list for it's sheer absurdity. Never before had comedy and horror been used together to such effectiveness, with a level of gore so repulsive and ridiculous, that you're laughing before you even notice the horror. ” - metters