movies that Roger Ebert selected as the best movie of the year from 1967 to 2012

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1.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Bonnie Parker, a bored waitress falls in love with an ex-con named Clyde Barrow and together they start a violent crime spree through the country, robbing cars and banks. (111 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
“ 2. Ulysses
3. Blow-Up
4. The Graduate
5. A Man for All Seasons
6. The War Game
7. Reflections in a Golden Eye
8. Cool Hand Luke
9.Elvira Madigan
10. In the Heat of the Night ” - jgrivero
 
2.
The Battle of Algiers (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government. (121 mins.)
“ 2. 2001: A Space Odyssey
3. Chimes at Midnight
4. Faces
5. The Two of Us
6. The Producers
7 Oliver!
8. The Fifth Horseman is Fear
9. Rachel, Rachel
10. Romeo and Juliet ” - jgrivero
 
3.
Z (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Following the murder of a prominent leftist, an investigator tries to uncover the truth while government officials attempt to cover up their roles. (127 mins.)
Director: Costa-Gavras
“ 2. Medium Cool
3. Weekend
4. If...
5. Last Summer
6. The Wild Bunch
7. Easy Rider
8. True Grit
9. Downhill Racer
10. War and Peace ” - jgrivero
 
4.
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A dropout from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest. (98 mins.)
Director: Bob Rafelson
“ 2. M.A.S.H.
3. The Revolutionary
4. Patton
5. Woodstock
6. My Night at Maud's
7. Adalen 31
8. The Passion of Anna
9. The Wild Child
10. Fellini Satyricon ” - jgrivero
 
5.
The Last Picture Show (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In 1951, a group of high schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated, atrophied West Texas town that is slowly dying, both culturally and economically. (118 mins.)
“ 2. McCabe & Mrs. Miller
3. Claire's Knee
4. The French Connection
5. Sunday Bloody Sunday
6. Taking Off
7. Carnal Knowledge
8. Tristana
9. Goin' Down the Road
10. Bed and Board ” - jgrivero
 
6.
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.)
“ 2. Chole in the Afternoon
3. Le Boucher
4. Murmur of the Heart
5. The Green Wall
6. The Sorrow and the Pity
7. the Garden of Finzi- Continis
8. Minnie and Moskowitz
9. Sounder
10. The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid ” - jgrivero
 
7.
Cries & Whispers (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When a woman dying of cancer in early twentieth-century Sweden is visited by her two sisters, long-repressed feelings between the siblings rise to the surface. (91 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ 2. Last Tango in Paris
3.The Emigrants and The New Land
4. Blume in Love
5. The Iceman Cometh
6. The Excorcist
7. The Day of the Jackal
8. American Graffiti
9. Fellini's Roma
10. The Friends of Eddie Coyle ” - jgrivero
 
8.
Scenes from a Marriage (1973 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Ten years of Marianne and Johan's relationship are presented. We first meet them ten years into their marriage... (283 mins.)
“ 2. Chinatown
3. The Mother and the Whore
4. Amarcord
5. The Last Detail
6. The Mirages
7. Day for Night
8. Mean Streets
9. My Uncle Antoine
10. The Conversation ” - jgrivero
 
9.
Nashville (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Over the course of a few hectic days, numerous interrelated people prepare for a political convention as secrets and lies are surfaced and revealed. (159 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
“ 2. Night Moves
3. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
4. Farewell, My Lovely
5. The Phantom of Liberty
6. A Brief Vacation
7. And Now My Love
8. A Woman Under the Influence
9. In Celebration
10. Dog Day Afternoon ” - jgrivero
 
10.
Small Change (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In the town of Thiers, summer of 1976, teachers and parents give their children skills, love, and attention... (104 mins.)
“ 2. Taxi Driver
3. The Magic Flute
4. The Clockmaker
5. Network
6. Swept Away
7. Rocky
8. All the President's Men
9. Silent Movie
10. The Shootist ” - jgrivero
 
11.
3 Women (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Pinky is an awkward adolescent who starts work at a spa in the California desert. She becomes overly attached to fellow spa attendant... (124 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
“ 2. Providence
3. The Late Show
4. A Woman's Decision
5. Jail Bait
6. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
7. Aguirre: The Wrath of God
8. Annie Hall
9. Sorcerer
10. Star Wars ” - jgrivero
 
12.
An Unmarried Woman (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A wealthy woman from Manhattan's Upper East Side struggles to deal with her new identity and her sexuality after her husband of 16 years leaves her for a younger woman. (124 mins.)
Director: Paul Mazursky
“ 2. Days of Heaven
3. Heart of Glass
4. Stroszek
5. Autumn Sonata
6. Interiors
7. Halloween
8. National Lampoon's Animal House
9. Kings of the Road
10. Superman ” - jgrivero
 
13.
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
“ 2. Breaking Away
3. The Deer Hunter
4. The Marriage of Maria Braun
5. Hair
6. Saint Jack
7. Kramer vs Kramer
8. The China Syndrome
9. Nosferatu, the Vampyre
10. 10 ” - jgrivero
 
14.
The Black Stallion (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion who... (118 mins.)
Director: Carroll Ballard
“ 2. Raging Bull
3. Kagemusha
4. Being There
5. Ordinary People
6. The Great Santini
7. Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
8. Coal Miner's Daughter
9. American Gigolo
10. Best Boy ” - jgrivero
 
15.
My Dinner with Andre (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Two old friends meet for dinner; as one tells anecdotes detailing his experiences, the other notices their differing worldviews. (110 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
“ 2. Chariots of Fire
3. Gates of Heaven
4. Raiders of the Lost Ark
5. Heartland
6. Atlantic City
7. Thief
8. Body Heat
9. Tess
10. Reds ” - jgrivero
 
16.
Sophie's Choice (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
After spending time with his new neighbors, an aspiring writer realizes they are harboring deep secrets that will forever change him. (150 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
“ 2. Diva
3. E.T.: the extra- Terrestrial
4a. Fitzcarraldo
4b. The Burden of Dreams
5. Personal Best
6. Das Boot
7. Mephisto
8. Moonlighting
9. The Verdict
10. Wasn't That a Time ” - jgrivero
 
17.
The Right Stuff (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program. (193 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
“ 2. Terms of Endearment
3. The Year of Living Dangerously
4. Fanny and Alexander
5. Gandhi
6. El Norte
7. Testament
8. Silkwood
9. Say Amen, Somebody
10. Risky Business ” - jgrivero
 
18.
Amadeus (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum. (160 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ 2. Paris, Texas
3. Love Streams
4. This is Spinal Tap
5. The Cotton Club
6. Secret Honor
7. The Killing Fields
8. Stranger Than Paradise
9. Choose Me
10. Purple Rain ” - jgrivero
 
19.
The Color Purple (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades. (154 mins.)
“ 2. After Hours
3. The Falcon and the Snowman
4. Prizzi's Honor
5. Ran
6. Witness
7. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
8. Lost in America
9. Streetwise
10. Blood Simple ” - jgrivero
 
20.
Platoon (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man. (120 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ 2. Round Midnight
3. Hannah and Her Sisters
4. Sid & Nancy
5. Lucas
6. Vagabond
7. Trouble in Mind
8. Down and Out in Beverly Hills
9. Peggy Sue Got Married
10. Hard Choices ” - jgrivero
 
21.
House of Games (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A psychiatrist comes to the aid of a compulsive gambler and is led by a smooth-talking grifter into the shadowy but compelling world of stings, scams, and con men. (102 mins.)
Director: David Mamet
“ 2. The Big Easy
3.Barfly
4. The Last Emperor
5. Moonstruck
6. Prick Up Your Ears
7. Radio Days
8. Broadcast News
9. Lethal Weapon
10. Housekeeping ” - jgrivero
 
22.
Mississippi Burning (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Two FBI agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists. (128 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
“ 2. The Accidental Tourist
3. The Unbearable Lightness of Being
4. Shy People
5. Salaam Bombay!
6. A Fish Called Wanda
7. Wings of Desire
8. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
9. Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam
10. Running on Empty ” - jgrivero
 
23.
Do the Right Thing (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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.)
Director: Spike Lee
“ 2. Drugstore Cowboy
3. My Left Foot
4. Born on the Fourth of July
5. Roger & Me
6. The Mighty Quinn
7. Field of Dreams
8. Crimes and Misdemeanors
9. Driving Miss Daisy
10. Say Anything ” - jgrivero
 
24.
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
“ 2. Monsieur Hire
3. Dances with Wolves
4. The Grifters
5. Reversal of Fortune
6. Santa Sangre
7. Last Exit to Brooklyn
8. Awakenings
9. The cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover
10. Mountains on the Moon ” - jgrivero
 
25.
JFK (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A New Orleans DA discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story. (189 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ 2. Boyz N the Hood
3. Beauty and the Beast
4. Grand Canyon
5. My Father's Glory and My Mother's Castle
6. A Woman's Tale
7. Life is Sweet
8. The Man in the Moon
9. Thelma & Louise
10. The Rapture ” - jgrivero
 
26.
Malcolm X (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam. (202 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
“ 2. One False Move
3. Howards End
4. Flirting
5. The Crying Game
6. Damage
7. The Hairdresser's Husband
8. The Player
9. Unforgiven
10. Bad Lieutenant ” - jgrivero
 
27.
Schindler's List (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
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.)
“ 2. The Age of Innocence
3. The Piano
4. The Fugitive
5. The Joy Luck Club
6. Kalifornia
7. Like Water for Chocolate
8. Menace II Society
9. What's Love Got to Do With It
10. Ruby in Paradise ” - jgrivero
 
28.
Hoop Dreams (1994 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional. (170 mins.)
Director: Steve James
“ 2. Three Colors: Blue, White, and Red
3. Pulp Fiction
4. Forrest Gump
5. The Last Seduction
6. Fresh
7. The Blue Kite
8. Natural Born Killers
9. The New Age
10. Quiz Show ” - jgrivero
 
29.
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Ben Sanderson, a Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his alcoholism, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera. (111 mins.)
Director: Mike Figgis
“ 2. Crumb
3. Dead Man Walking
4. Nixon
5. Casino
6. Apollo 13
7. Exotica
8. My Family
9. Carrington
10. A Walk in the Clouds ” - jgrivero
 
30.
Fargo (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson. (98 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ 2. Breaking the Waves
3. Secrets & Lies
4. Lone Star
5. Welcome to the Dollhouse
6. Bound
7. Hamlet
8. Everyone Says I Love You
9. Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam
10. Big Night ” - jgrivero
 
31.
Eve's Bayou (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The story is set in 1962 Louisiana. The Batiste family is headed by charming doctor Louis. Though he is married to beautiful Roz... (109 mins.)
Director: Kasi Lemmons
“ 2. The Sweet Hereafter
3. Boogie Nights
4. Maborosi
5. Jackie Brown
6.Fast, Cheap & Out of Control
7. L.A. Confidential
8. In the Company of Men
9. Titanic
10. Wag the Dog ” - jgrivero
 
32.
Dark City (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun. (100 mins.)
Director: Alex Proyas
“ 2. Pleasantville
3. Saving Private Ryan
4. A Simple Plan
5. Happiness
6. Elizabeth
7. Babe: Pig in the City
8. Shakespeare in Love
9. Life is Beautiful
10. Primary Colors ” - jgrivero
 
33.
Being John Malkovich (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich. (112 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
“ 2. Magnolia
3. Three Kings
4. Boys Don't Cry
5. Bringing Out the Dead
6. Princess Mononoke
7. The War Zone
8. American Beauty
9. Topsy-Turvy
10. The Insider ” - jgrivero
 
34.
Almost Famous (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour. (122 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
“ 2. Wonder Boys
3. You Can Count on Me
4. Traffic
5. George Washington
6. The Cell
7. High Fidelity
8. Pollock
9. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
10. Requiem for a Dream ” - jgrivero
 
35.
Monster's Ball (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After a family tragedy, a racist prison guard reexamines his attitudes while falling in love with the African American wife of the last prisoner he executed. (111 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
“ 2. Black Hawk Down
3. In the Bedroom
4. Ghost World
5. Mulholland Drive
6. Waking Life
7. Innocence
8. Wit
9. A Beautiful Mind
10. Gosford Park ” - jgrivero
 
36.
Minority Report (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder. (145 mins.)
“ 2. City of God
3. Adaptation
4. Far From Heaven
5. 13 Conversation About One Thing
6. Y Tu mama Tambien
7.Invincible
8. Spirited Away
9. All or Nothing
10. The Quiet American ” - jgrivero
 
37.
Monster (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer. (109 mins.)
Director: Patty Jenkins
“ 2. Lost in Translation
3. American Splendor
4. Finding Nemo
5. Master and Commander: the Far Side of the World
6. Mystic River
7. Owning Mahowny
8. The Son
9. Whale Rider
10. In America ” - jgrivero
 
38.
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional. (132 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ 2. Kill Bill: Volume 2
3. Vera Drake
4. Spider-Man 2
5. Moolaade
6. The Aviator
7. Baadasssss!
8. Sideways
9. Hotel Rwanda
10. Undertow ” - jgrivero
 
39.
Crash (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption. (112 mins.)
Director: Paul Haggis
“ 2. Syriana
3. Munich
4. Junebug
5. Brokeback Mountain
6. Me You and Everyone We know
7. Nine Lives
8. King Kong
9. Yes
10. Millions ” - jgrivero
 
40.
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. (118 mins.)
“ 2. Bubble
3. Children of Men
4. The Departed
5. The Lives of Others
6. United 93
7. Flags of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima
8. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
9. Babel
10. Man Push Cart ” - jgrivero
 
41.
Juno (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child. (96 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
“ 2. No Country for Old Men
3. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
4. Atonement
5. The Kite Runner
6. Away from Her
7. Across the Universe
8. La Vie En Rose
9. The Great Debaters
10. Into the Wild ” - jgrivero
 
42.
Synecdoche, New York (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A theatre director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he creates a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play. (124 mins.)
Director: Charlie Kaufman
“ 2. Slumdog Milllionaire
3. The Dark Knight
4. Doubt
5. Frozen River
6. Iron Man
7. Frost/Nixon
8. The Reader
9. Revolutionary Road
10. Wall-E ” - jgrivero
 
43.
The Hurt Locker (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work. (131 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
“ 2. Departures
3. the White Ribbon
4. Inglourious Basterds
5. A Serious Man
6. Avatar
7. Up in the Air
8. Up
9. Crazy Heart
10.Precious ” - jgrivero
 
44.
The Social Network (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business. (120 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ 2. The King's Speech
3. Black Swan
4. I am Love
5. Winter's Bone
6. Inception
7. The Secret in their Eyes
8. The American
9. The Kids are all Right
10. The Ghost Writer ” - jgrivero
 
45.
A Separation (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease. (123 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
“ 2. Shame
3. The Tree of Life
4. Hugo
5. Take Shelter
6. Kinyarwanda
7. Drive
8. Midnight in Paris
9. Le Havre
10. The Artist ” - jgrivero
 
46.
Argo (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980. (120 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
“ 2. Life of Pi
3. Lincoln
4. End of Watch
5. Arbitrage
6. Flight
7. The Sessions
8. Beasts of the Southern Wild
9. Oslo, August 31
10. A Simple Life ” - jgrivero