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Best-Of Lists

These are updated on a rolling basis, and so are subject to change based on whim and films newly seen. Original posts with remarks and initial rankings: 20162015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 20102000s, 2008, and 2007.

  1. Arrival
  2. Moonlight
  3. Hell or High Water
  4. Kubo and the Two Strings
  5. The Wave
  6. The Fits
  7. Tower
  8. The Salesman
  9. Moana
  10. Midnight Special
  11. Paterson

Honorable mentions: Everybody Wants Some!!, Captain America: Civil War, Silence, The Lobster, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, The Innocents, La La Land, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, Southside With You, Last Days in the Desert

  1. Brooklyn
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Spotlight
  4. Creed
  5. Slow West
  6. Ex Machina
  7. Tangerine
  8. Macbeth
  9. Phoenix
  10. Spy

Honorable mentions: Best of Enemies, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Big Short, Room, Bridge of Spies, Macbeth, Steve Jobs

  1. Boyhood
  2. The Lego Movie
  3. Selma
  4. Interstellar
  5. Calvary
  6. Noah
  7. They Came Together
  8. Ida
  9. Snowpiercer
  10. Locke

Honorable mentions: Life Itself, Edge of Tomorrow, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy, Nightcrawler, Gone Girl, Birdman, Force Majeure, Obvious Child, A Most Violent Year, Song of the Sea, Two Days One Night, What We Do in the Shadows, Citizenfour

  1. This is Martin Bonner
  2. Her
  3. Short Term 12
  4. Like Someone in Love
  5. Before Midnight
  6. The Hunt
  7. Inside Llewyn Davis
  8. These Birds Walk
  9. 12 Years A Slave
  10. Gravity

Honorable mentions: The Past, Love is All You Need, The Spectacular Now, To the Wonder, Frances Ha, Stories We Tell, Prince Avalanche, About Time, The World's End


  1. Looper
  2. Lincoln
  3. The Avengers
  4. 21 Jump Street
  5. Electrick Children
  6. Mud
  7. The Master
  8. Oslo, August 31
  9. Planet of Snail
  10. Zero Dark Thirty

Honorable mentions: Argo, End of Watch, Flight, Frankenweenie, Moonrise Kingdom, Queen of Versailles, The Impossible

  1. The Tree of Life
  2. Beginners
  3. Midnight in Paris
  4. Martha Marcy May Marlene
  5. Take Shelter
  6. A Separation
  7. Win Win
  8. The Muppets
  9. Bridesmaids
  10. X-Men: First Class

Honorable mentions: Buck, The Conspirator, Crazy Stupid Love, Source Code, Drive, Another Earth, Attack the Block, Moneyball, Meek's Cutoff, Conan O'Brien Can't Stop, Jane Eyre, 50/50

  1. Toy Story 3
  2. The Social Network
  3. Another Year
  4. Nostalgia for the Light
  5. True Grit
  6. Inception
  7. Certified Copy
  8. The Secret of Kells
  9. Black Swan
  10. The Fighter

Honorable mentions: The Town, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Tangled, 180 South: Conquerors of the Useless, Easy A, The American, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Babies, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

  1. Summer Hours
  2. Goodbye Solo
  3. Sweetgrass
  4. Inglourious Basterds
  5. Zombieland
  6. 500 Days of Summer
  7. Coraline
  8. Star Trek
  9. A Serious Man
  10. I Love You, Man

Honorable mentions: Big Fan, Up, District 9, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moon, The White Ribbon, The Princess and the Frog, Me and Orson Welles, The Hangover, The Road

  1. WALL-E
  2. In Bruges
  3. Shotgun Stories
  4. Tell No One
  5. The Dark Knight
  6. Encounters at the End of the World
  7. Happy-Go-Lucky
  8. Rachel Getting Married
  9. Man On Wire
  10. Milk

Honorable mentions: Burn After Reading, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Iron Man, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, W., The Wrestler

  1. Once
  2. The Lives of Others
  3. Zodiac
  4. No Country for Old Men
  5. Waitress
  6. Michael Clayton
  7. Sweeney Todd
  8. Ratatouille
  9. Juno
  10. 3:10 to Yuma

Honorable mentions: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Atonement, Breach, The Darjeeling Limited, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Enchanted, Grindhouse, Hairspray, Into the Wild, Juno, Lars and the Real Girl, The Lookout, Ocean's Thirteen, The Simpsons Movie, There Will Be Blood

  1. Children of Men
  2. Pan's Labyrinth
  3. Casino Royale
  4. The Prestige
  5. Stranger Than Fiction
  6. Marie Antoinette
  7. The Departed
  8. Little Miss Sunshine
  9. Inside Man
  10. United 93

Honorable mentions: Babel, Borat, The Devil Wears Prada, Half Nelson, Monster House, Mission: Impossible III, Old Joy, The Queen, Shut Up and Sing, This Film is Not Yet Rated

  1. The New World
  2. Into Great Silence
  3. Brokeback Mountain
  4. Brick
  5. Good Night, and Good Luck
  6. A History of Violence
  7. Thank You for Smoking
  8. Cache
  9. The 40 Year Old Virgin
  10. Grizzly Man

Honorable mentions: Batman Begins, Broken Flowers, Corpse Bride, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Junebug, King Kong, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Kung Fu Hustle, The Squid and the Whale, Transamerica, Walk the Line, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

  1. The Incredibles
  2. Downfall
  3. Vera Drake
  4. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  5. Before Sunset
  6. Shaun of the Dead
  7. Anchorman
  8. Friday Night Lights
  9. Millions
  10. Spider-Man 2

Honorable mentions: Collateral, Finding Neverland, Good Bye, Lenin!, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Miracle, The Motorcycle Diaries, Napoleon Dynamite, Saved!, The Sea Inside, Team America: World Police, The Village

  1. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
  2. Finding Nemo
  3. The Fog of War
  4. In America
  5. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  6. Big Fish
  7. School of Rock
  8. Kill Bill, Vol. 1
  9. X2: X-Men United
  10. Matchstick Men

Honorable mentions: American Splendor, The Barbarian Invasions, Capturing the Friedmans, Lost in Translation, A Mighty Wind

  1. Minority Report
  2. The Bourne Identity
  3. Catch Me If You Can
  4. Punch-Drunk Love
  5. Adaptation
  6. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  7. Signs
  8. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  9. Gangs of New York
  10. Road to Perdition

Honorable mentions: 25th Hour, 8 Mile, Chicago, The Hours, One Hour Photo, Panic Room, Spellbound

  1. Memento
  2. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  3. Spirited Away
  4. The Royal Tenenbaums
  5. Ocean's Eleven
  6. Zoolander
  7. Monsters Inc.
  8. Black Hawk Down
  9. A Beautiful Mind
  10. Amelie

Honorable mentions: Donnie Darko, Shrek

  1. Unbreakable
  2. Almost Famous
  3. High Fidelity
  4. The Emperor's New Groove
  5. Return to Me
  6. In the Mood for Love
  7. Best in Show
  8. Cast Away
  9. Chicken Run
  10. Gladiator

Honorable mentions: Charlie's Angels, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Erin Brockovich, Frequency, O Brother Where Art Thou?, The Patriot, Remember the Titans, Thirteen Days

  1. Toy Story 2
  2. The Sixth Sense
  3. Three Kings
  4. October Sky
  5. Office Space
  6. Dogma
  7. Fight Club
  8. The Matrix
  9. Magnolia
  10. Dick

Honorable mentions: 10 Things I Hate About You, American Beauty, Election, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Tarzan, The Green Mile, The Insider, The Mummy

  1. The Truman Show
  2. The Thin Red Line
  3. Saving Private Ryan
  4. Pleasantville
  5. American History X
  6. Rushmore
  7. The Big Lebowski
  8. A Bug's Life
  9. Dark City
  10. Out of Sight

Honorable mentions: Armageddon, Ever After, A Night at the Roxbury, The Prince of Egypt, The Wedding Singer

  1. L.A. Confidential
  2. Contact
  3. Good Will Hunting
  4. Boogie Nights
  5. Men in Black
  6. Princess Mononoke
  7. The Lost World: Jurassic Park
  8. Titanic
  9. Hercules
  10. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

Honorable mentions: Air Force One, Con Air, Liar Liar, My Best Friend's Wedding

  1. Mission: Impossible
  2. Fargo
  3. That Thing You Do!
  4. Waiting for Guffman
  5. Jerry McGuire
  6. James and the Giant Peach
  7. The Rock
  8. Romeo + Juliet
  9. Bottle Rocket
  10. Independence Day

Honorable mentions: Fly Away Home, Happy Gilmore, Space Jam, Twister

  1. Toy Story
  2. Before Sunrise
  3. The Usual Suspects
  4. Apollo 13
  5. The American President
  6. Babe
  7. Braveheart
  8. A Little Princess
  9. Leaving Las Vegas
  10. Seven

Honorable mentions: Clueless, Die Hard with a Vengeance, Tommy Boy

  1. Three Colors: Red
  2. Pulp Fiction
  3. Three Colors: White
  4. The Shawshank Redemption
  5. Quiz Show
  6. Forrest Gump
  7. Hoop Dreams
  8. Maverick
  9. Dumb and Dumber
  10. Ed Wood

Honorable mentions: The Hudsucker Proxy, Leon: The Professional, Natural Born Killers, Speed

  1. Dazed and Confused
  2. Three Colors: Blue
  3. Jurassic Park
  4. The Fugitive
  5. Groundhog Day
  6. Schindler's List
  7. The Sandlot
  8. In the Name of the Father
  9. In the Line of Fire
  10. My Neighbor Totoro

Honorable mentions: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, My Neighbor Totoro, Mrs Doubtfire, Philadelphia

  1. Unforgiven
  2. Glengarry Glen Ross
  3. Malcolm X
  4. A Few Good Men
  5. Reservoir Dogs
  6. Wayne's World
  7. Aladdin
  8. The Muppet Christmas Carol
  9. A Midnight Clear
  1. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  2. Boyz in the Hood
  3. The Silence of the Lambs
  4. Barton Fink
  5. Beauty and the Beast
  6. My Own Private Idaho
  7. Thelma & Louise
  1. Miller's Crossing
  2. Goodfellas
  3. Back to the Future Part III
  4. Dances with Wolves
  5. Home Alone
  6. Edward Scissorhands
  7. Jacob's Ladder



Publication date in parentheses. Find more film talk on Letterboxd.

Obit (August 2017)
Wonder Woman (June 2017)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (June 2017)
Escanaba in da Moonlight
(April 2017)
The Innocents
(November 2016)
The Apu Trilogy
(September 2016)
The Wave
 (September 2016)
Everybody Wants Some!!
(July 2016)
Captain America: Civil War
(May 2016)
Midnight Special
(April 2016)
The Big Short (January 2016)
Love & Mercy (December 2015)
The Martian (October 2015)
Slow West
(September 2015)
Inside Out
(June 2015)
Force Majeure
(January 2015)
(August 2014)
Jane Eyre
(August 2014)
(July 2014)
This Is Martin Bonner (July 2014)
Noah (March 2014)
12 Years A Slave
(October 2013)
Electrick Children (September 2013)
The Purple Rose of Cairo (September 2013)
Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop (February 2012)
Midnight In Paris & Me And Orson Welles (June 2011)
The Cove (March 2010)
Phoebe In Wonderland (April 2009)
Twilight (April 2009)
Stranger Than Fiction (January 2009)
Happy-Go-Lucky & Slumdog Millionaire (December 2008)
The War by Ken Burns (December 2008)
Quantum of Solace (November 2008)
Back To The Future (October 2008)
The Sting (October 2008)
Iron Man (May 2008)
Casino Royale & The Bourne Identity (April 2008)
High Noon & On The Waterfront (February 2008)
Lord of the Rings (February 2008)
12 Angry Men (February 2008)
Some Like It Hot (November 2007)
Rear Window (October 2007)
Taxi Driver (October 2007)
The Notebook (October 2007)
Quinceañera (May 2007)
The Prestige (October 2006)


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 (November 2012)
7 Beautiful Moments Of Music In Movies (December 2011)
A Different Look Back to the Future (November 2011)
Disney, Pixar, And The Golden Age Of Animation (September 2009)
Oh, Oscars, How Do I Loathe Thee? (January 2009)
All Animated Films Are Not Created Equal (October 2008)