Top Ten Films

Top Ten Films

On this page, I’ll list my top ten favorite films of all-time as well as for every year since 2010. Do note that the all-time list might change over time, seeing as it’s incredibly tough to rank your favorites of all-time.

One of the things one usually gets hung up on is the idea that the highest rated movie is a critic’s favorite film. I’m not saying it isn’t ever, but that’s not always the case. These films aren’t necessarily ranked on their IJR-score, and thus it will not be mentioned here.

Whereas the Movie of the Year is the highest IJR-rated film, the top ten is a ranking of my favorite films of that year. Documentaries can be featured in my yearly top ten lists. I reserve the right to update the top ten lists after their initial release, as I tend to have to wait until February or March of the next year to see every film I need to see.

All-Time

  1. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) – Directed by Irvin Kershner.
  2. Taxi Driver (1976) – Directed by Martin Scorsese.
  3. Singin’ in the Rain (1952) – Directed by Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen.
  4. La La Land (2016) – Directed by Damien Chazelle.
  5. El Laberinto del Fauno (2006) – Directed by Guillermo del Toro.
  6. Zodiac (2007) – Directed by David Fincher.
  7. Her (2013) – Directed by Spike Jonze.
  8. Jurassic Park (1993) – Directed by Steven Spielberg.
  9. The Departed (2006) – Directed by Martin Scorsese.
  10. Spider-Man 2 (2004) – Directed by Sam Raimi.

Honorable MentionToy Story (1995) – Directed by John Lasseter.


2010

  1. Toy Story 3 – Directed by Lee Unkrich.
  2. Inception – Directed by Christopher Nolan.
  3. The Social Network – Directed by David Fincher.
  4. Incendies – Directed by Denis Villeneuve.
  5. The King’s Speech – Directed by Tom Hooper.
  6. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World – Directed by Edgar Wright.
  7. The Town – Directed by Ben Affleck.
  8. Blue Valentine – Directed by Derek Cianfrance.
  9. Black Swan – Directed by Darren Aronofsky.
  10. Shutter Island – Directed by Martin Scorsese.

Honorable Mention: Buried – Directed by Rodrigo Cortés.


2011

  1. 50/50Directed by Jonathan Levine.
  2. Midnight In Paris – Directed by Woody Allen.
  3. X-Men: First Class – Directed by Matthew Vaughn.
  4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Directed by David Fincher.
  5. Warrior – Directed by Gavin O’Connor.
  6. Drive – Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – Directed by David Yates.
  8. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol – Directed by Brad Bird.
  9. We Need To Talk About Kevin – Directed by Lynne Ramsay.
  10. Moneyball – Directed by Bennett Miller.

Honorable MentionCaptain America: The First Avenger – Directed by Joe Johnston.


2012

  1. Marvel’s The Avengers – Directed by Joss Whedon.
  2. Looper – Directed by Rian Johnson.
  3. The Master – Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.
  4. Life of Pi – Directed by Ang Lee.
  5. Wreck-It Ralph – Directed by Rich Moore.
  6. Lincoln – Directed by Steven Spielberg.
  7. Skyfall – Directed by Sam Mendes.
  8. Django Unchained – Directed by Quentin Tarantino.
  9. Silver Linings Playbook – Directed by David O. Russell.
  10. Kapringen – Directed by Tobias Lindholm.

Honorable MentionSeven Psychopaths – Directed by Martin McDonagh.


2013

  1. Her – Directed by Spike Jonze.
  2. Jagten – Directed by Thomas Vinterberg.
  3. Before Midnight – Directed by Richard Linklater.
  4. 12 Years A Slave – Directed by Steve McQueen.
  5. The Wolf of Wall Street – Directed by Martin Scorsese.
  6. Gravity – Directed by Alfonso Cuarón.
  7. Prisoners – Directed by Denis Villeneuve.
  8. Enemy – Directed by Denis Villeneuve.
  9. Captain Phillips – Directed by Paul Greengrass.
  10. The Conjuring – Directed by James Wan.

Honorable MentionFruitvale Station – Directed by Ryan Coogler.


2014

  1. Whiplash – Directed by Damien Chazelle.
  2. Boyhood – Directed by Richard Linklater.
  3. Locke – Directed by Steven Knight.
  4. Under the Skin – Directed by Jonathan Glazer.
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy – Directed by James Gunn.
  6. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Directed by Anthony Russo & Joe Russo.
  7. Nightcrawler – Directed by Dan Gilroy.
  8. Gone Girl – Directed by David Fincher.
  9. Interstellar – Directed by Christopher Nolan.
  10. The Guest – Directed by Adam Wingard.

Honorable MentionThe Grand Budapest Hotel – Directed by Wes Anderson.


2015

  1. Inside Out – Directed by Pete Docter & Ronnie Del Carmen.
  2. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens – Directed by J. J. Abrams.
  3. EX_MACHINA – Directed by Alex Garland.
  4. Spotlight – Directed by Tom McCarthy.
  5. Sicario – Directed by Denis Villeneuve.
  6. Creed – Directed by Ryan Coogler.
  7. Steve Jobs – Directed by Danny Boyle.
  8. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.
  9. Mad Max: Fury Road – Directed by George Miller.
  10. Brooklyn – Directed by John Crowley.

Honorable Mention: The Lobster – Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.


2016

  1. La La Land – Directed by Damien Chazelle.
  2. O. J.: Made in America (Documentary) – Directed by Ezra Edelman.
  3. Moonlight – Directed by Barry Jenkins.
  4. Arrival – Directed by Denis Villeneuve.
  5. Hell or High Water – Directed by David Mackenzie.
  6. Manchester by the Sea – Directed by Kenneth Lonergan.
  7. Silence – Directed by Martin Scorsese.
  8. Sing Street – Directed by John Carney.
  9. Paterson – Directed by Jim Jarmusch.
  10. 13th (Documentary) – Directed by Ava DuVernay.

Honorable MentionCaptain America: Civil War – Directed by Anthony Russo & Joe Russo.


2017

  1. Phantom Thread – Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.
  2. Blade Runner 2049 – Directed by Denis Villeneuve.
  3. Call Me By Your Name – Directed by Luca Guadagnino.
  4. Dunkirk – Directed by Christopher Nolan.
  5. Get Out – Directed by Jordan Peele.
  6. Coco – Directed by Lee Unkrich.
  7. Baby Driver – Directed by Edgar Wright.
  8. War for the Planet of the Apes – Directed by Matt Reeves.
  9. The Shape of Water – Directed by Guillermo Del Toro.
  10. The Square – Directed by Ruben Östlund.

Honorable Mention: Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi – Directed by Rian Johnson.


2018

  1. You Were Never Really Here – Directed by Lynne Ramsay.
  2. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman.
  3. Burning – Directed by Lee Chang-dong.
  4. Roma – Directed by Alfonso Cuarón.
  5. First Reformed – Directed by Paul Schrader.
  6. First Man – Directed by Damien Chazelle.
  7. The Favourite – Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.
  8. Mission: Impossible – Fallout – Directed by Christopher McQuarrie.
  9. Annihilation – Directed by Alex Garland.
  10. Widows – Directed by Steve McQueen.

Honorable Mention: Hereditary – Directed by Ari Aster.



2000s

  1. El Laberinto del Fauno (2006) – Directed by Guillermo Del Toro.
  2. Before Sunset (2004) – Directed by Richard Linklater.
  3. The Departed (2006) – Directed by Martin Scorsese.
  4. Zodiac (2007) – Directed by David Fincher.
  5. Requiem For A Dream (2000) – Directed by Darren Aronofsky.
  6. No Country For Old Men (2007) – Directed by Joel & Ethan Coen.
  7. The Prestige (2006) – Directed by Christopher Nolan.
  8. The Dark Knight (2008) – Directed by Christopher Nolan.
  9. There Will Be Blood (2007) – Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.
  10. The Pianist (2002) – Directed by Roman Polanski.

Honorable MentionThe Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) – Directed by Andrew Dominik.


1990s

  1. Schindler’s List (1993) – Directed by Steven Spielberg.
  2. Toy Story (1995) – Directed by John Lasseter.
  3. Before Sunrise (1995) – Directed by Richard Linklater.
  4. Festen (1998) – Directed by Thomas Vinterberg.
  5. The Green Mile (1999) – Directed by Frank Darabont.
  6. Jurassic Park (1993) – Directed by Steven Spielberg.
  7. Goodfellas (1990) – Directed by Martin Scorsese.
  8. Groundhog Day (1993) – Directed by Harold Ramis
  9. Good Will Hunting (1997) – Directed by Gus Van Sant.
  10. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) – Directed by Jonathan Demme.

Honorable MentionEyes Wide Shut (1999) – Directed by Stanley Kubrick.

– Jeffrey Rex Bertelsen.

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