Top Tens

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2015 (Unworthy of a top 10):
01) Inside Out – Pete Docter (USA) *****
02) Steve Jobs – Danny Boyle (USA) ****1/2
03) Spotlight – Tom McCarthy (USA) ****1/2
04) What We Do in the Shadows – Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement (New Zealand) ****
05) Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller (Australia) ****

2014:
01) The Tale of Princess Kaguya – Isao Takahata (Japan) **** 1/2
02) We Are the Best! – Lukas Moodysson (Sweden)
03) Whiplash – Damien Chazelle (USA)
04) Locke – Steven Knight (Britain) ****
05) Birdman – Alejandro González Iñárritu (USA)
06) The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson (USA)
07) Ida – Pawel Pawlikowski (Poland)
08) Ernest and Celestine – Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner (France/Belgium)
09) Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer (Britain)
10) The Great Passage – Yuya Ishii (Japan)

2013:
01) The Grandmaster – Wong Kar Wai (Hong Kong) *****
02) Her – Spike Jonze (USA) **** 1/2
03) An Oversimplification of Her Beauty – Terrence Nance (USA)
04) Frances Ha – Noah Baumbach (USA)
05) The Great Beauty – Paolo Sorrentino (Italy)
06) Inside Llewyn Davis – Coen Bros (USA)
07) 12 Years a Slave – Steve McQueen (UK/USA)
08) Short Term 12 – Destin Daniel Creton (USA)
09) Gravity – Alfonso Cuaron (USA)
10) The Broken Circle Breakdown – Felix Van Groeningen (Belgium) ****

2012:
01) Monsieur Lazhar – Philippe Falardeau (Canada) *****
02) Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson (USA)
03) Holy Motors – Leos Carax (France)
04) Beasts of the Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlen (USA)
05) The Kid with a Bike – Dardenne Brothers (Belgium) **** 1/2
06) I Wish – Hirokazu Koreeda (Japan)
07) Lincoln – Steven Spielberg (USA)
08) Wreck-It Ralph – Rich Moore (USA)
09) Goodbye First Love – Mia Hansen-Love (France)
10) End of Watch – David Ayer (USA)

2011:
01) Hugo – Martin Scorsese (USA) *****
02) Melancholia – Lars von Trier (Denmark)
03) The Tree of Life – Terrence Malick (USA)
04) Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen (USA) **** 1/2
05) Weekend – Andrew Haigh (UK)
06) The Skin I Live In – Almodovar (Spain)
07) Tyrannosaur – Paddy Considine (UK)
08) Moneyball – Bennet Miller (USA) ****
09) Boys on the Run – Daisuke Miura (Japan)
10) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II – David Yates (UK)

2010:
01) I Am Love – Luca Guadagnino (Italy) *****
02) Toy Story 3 – Lee Unkrich (USA)
03) Mary and Max – Adam Elliot (Australia) **** 1/2
04) The Illusionist – Sylvain Chomet (France)
05) Carlos – Olivier Assayas (France)
06) True Grit – Coen Bros. (USA) ****
07) 127 Hours – Danny Boyle (USA)
08) Enter the Void – Gaspar Noe (France)
09) Exit Through the Gift Shop – Banksy (Britain)
10) The American – Anton Corbjin (USA)

2009:
01) In the Loop – Armando Iannucci (Britain) *****
02) A Serious Man – Coen Bros (USA)
03) Up – Pete Docter, Bob Peterson (USA)
04) Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea – Hayao Miyazaki (Japan)
05) Still Walking – Hirokazu Koreeda (Japan)
06) Somers Town – Shane Meadows (Britain) **** 1/2
07) You, the Living – Roy Andersson (Sweden)
08) The Beautiful Person – Christophe Honoré (France)
09) The Cove – Louie Psihoyos (USA)
10) The Damned United – Tom Hooper (Britain)

Top 50 of the 2000s:
01) The Royal Tenenbaums – Wes Anderson – 2001 – USA
02) Lost in Translation – Sofia Coppola – 2003 – USA
03) Punch-Drunk Love – Paul Thomas Anderson – 2003 – USA
04) All About Lily Chou-Chou – Shunji Iwai – 2001 – Japan
05) WALL-E – Andrew Stanton – 2008 – USA
06) There Will be Blood – Paul Thomas Anderson – 2007 – USA
07) Hana and Alice – Shunji Iwai – 2004 – Japan
08) In the Mood For Love – Wong Kar Wai – 2001 – Hong Kong
09) Yi Yi: A One and a Two – Edward Yang – 2001 – Taiwan
10) City of God – Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund – 2002 – Brazil
11) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – Ang Lee – 2000 – Taiwan
12) Downfall – Oliver Hirschbiegel – 2004 – Germany/Austria
13) Isabella – Pang Ho-cheung – 2005 – Hong Kong
14) The Taste of Tea – Katsuhito Ishii – 2004 – Japan
15) Sympathy for Lady Vengeance – Park Chan-wook – 2004 – South Korea
16) Love Songs – Christophe Honoré – 2007 – France
17) The President’s Last Bang – Im Sang-soo – 2005 – South Korea
18) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – Michel Gondry – 2004 – USA/France
19) The Darjeeling Limited – Wes Anderson – 2007 – USA
20) C.R.A.Z.Y. – Jean-Marc Vallée – 2005 – Canada
21) Peppermint Candy – Lee Chang-dong – 2000 – South Korea
22) All the Real Girls – David Gordon Green – 2003 – USA
23) Tale of Cinema – Hong Sang-soo – 2005 – South Korea
24) Memories of Matsuko – Tetsuya Nakashima – 2006 – Japan
25) This is England – Shane Meadows – 2006 – Britain
26) Heaven – Tom Tykwer – 2002 – Germany
27) Nobody Knows – Hirokazu Koreeda – 2004 – Japan
28) Election – Johnnie To – 2005 – Hong Kong
29) Amelie – Jean-Pierre Jeunet – 2001 – France
30) Hana – Hirokazu Koreeda – 2006 – Japan
31) The Squid and The Whale – Noah Baumbach – 2005 – USA
32) In the Loop – Armando Iannucci – 2009 – Britain
33) Flight of the Red Balloon – Hou Hsiao-hsien – 2007 – Taiwan
34) Almost Famous – Cameron Crowe – 2000 – USA
35) The Science of Sleep – Michel Gondry – 2006 – France
36) Before Sunset – Richard Linklater – 2004 – USA
37) The New World – Terrence Malick – 2005 – USA
38) Spirited Away – Hayao Miyazaki – 2001 – Japan
39) Take Care of my Cat – Jeong Jae-eun – 2001 – South Korea
40) Hannah Takes the Stairs – Joe Swanberg – 2007 – USA
41) A Serious Man – Coen Bros – USA
42) The Vertical Ray of the Sun – Anh Hung Tran – 2000 – Vietnam
43) Still Walking – Hirokazu Koreeda – 2009 – Japan
44) Gomen – Shin Togashi – 2002 – Japan
45) Last Life in the Universe – Pen-Ek Ratanaruang – 2003 – Thailand
46) Closer – Mike Nichols – 2004 – USA
47) Brokeback Mountain – Ang Lee – 2005 – USA
48) Catch Me if You Can – Steven Spielberg – 2002 – USA
49) Crying Fist – Ryoo Seung-wan – 2005 – South Korea
50) Princess Raccoon – Seijun Suzuki – 2005 – Japan

Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson, Shunji Iwai and Michel Gondry all made the list twice. Hirokazu Koreeda is the only one who made it three times.

All Time:
01) Fanny and Alexander – Ingmar Bergman (1982)
02) Close Encounters of the Third Kind – Steven Spielberg (1977)
03) Manhattan – Woody Allen (1979)
04) Shoot the Piano Player – François Truffaut (1960)
05) All About Lily Chou-Chou – Shunji Iwai (2001)
06) The Sword of Doom – Kihachi Okamoto (1966)
07) The Royal Tenenbaums – Wes Anderson (2001)
08) The Conversation – Francis Ford Coppola (1974)
09) The Apartment – Billy Wilder (1960)
10) The Red Shoes – Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger (1948)

I know this list doesn’t jive with the best of 2000s list, but I made them years apart from one another and don’t feel like reconsidering my whole top 10 right now.

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