Top Ten Films

Top Ten Films

On this page, I’ll list my top ten 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 ranks 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. Her (2013) – Directed by Spike Jonze.
  5. Jurassic Park (1993) – Directed by Steven Spielberg.
  6. The Departed (2006) – Directed by Martin Scorsese.
  7. Spider-Man 2 (2004) – Directed by Sam Raimi.
  8. Toy Story (1995) – Directed by John Lasseter.
  9. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) – Directed by James Gunn.
  10. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) – Directed by Richard Marquand

Honorable MentionDead Poets Society (1989) – Directed by Peter Weir.


2010

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

Honorable Mention: Buried – Directed by Rodrigo Cortés.


2011

  1. 50/50Directed by Jonathan Levine.
  2. Midnight In Paris – Directed by Woody Allen.
  3. Warrior – Directed by Gavin O’Connor.
  4. Moneyball – Directed by Bennett Miller.
  5. Drive – Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.
  6. X-Men: First Class – Directed by Matthew Vaughn.
  7. Captain America: The First Avenger – Directed by Joe Johnston.
  8. Hugo – Directed by Martin Scorsese.
  9. Thor – Directed by Kenneth Branagh.
  10. Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Directed by Rupert Wyatt.

Honorable MentionSource Code – Directed by Duncan Jones.


2012

  1. Jagten – Directed by Thomas Vinterberg.
  2. Marvel’s The Avengers – Directed by Joss Whedon.
  3. Looper – Directed by Rian Johnson.
  4. Life of Pi – Directed by Ang Lee.
  5. Lincoln – Directed by Steven Spielberg.
  6. Silver Linings Playbook – Directed by David O. Russell.
  7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Directed by Stephen Chbosky.
  8. Seven Psychopaths – Directed by Martin McDonagh.
  9. Argo – Directed by Ben Affleck.
  10. Zero Dark Thirty – Directed by Kathryn Bigelow.

Honorable MentionDjango Unchained – Directed by Quentin Tarantino..


2013

  1. Her – Directed by Spike Jonze.
  2. 12 Years A Slave – Directed by Steve McQueen.
  3. Gravity – Directed by Alfonso Cuarón.
  4. Mud – Directed by Jeff Nichols.
  5. Dallas Buyers Club – Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.
  6. Prisoners – Directed by Denis Villeneuve.
  7. Enemy – Directed by Denis Villeneuve.
  8. The Wolf of Wall Street – Directed by Martin Scorsese.
  9. Fruitvale Station – Directed by Ryan Coogler.
  10. The Place Beyond the Pines – Directed by Derek Cianfrance.

Honorable Mention: The Way Way Back – Directed by Nat Faxon & Jim Rash.


2014

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy – Directed by James Gunn.
  2. Whiplash – Directed by Damien Chazelle.
  3. Boyhood – Directed by Richard Linklater.
  4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Directed by Anthony Russo & Joe Russo.
  5. Nightcrawler – Directed by Dan Gilroy.
  6. The Guest – Directed by Adam Wingard.
  7. The LEGO Movie – Directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller.
  8. Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu.
  9. Gone Girl – Directed by David Fincher.
  10. Interstellar – Directed by Christopher Nolan.

Honorable MentionDawn of the Planet of the Apes – Directed by Matt Reeves.


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 Martian – Directed by Ridley Scott.


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. 13th (Documentary) – Directed by Ava DuVernay.
  10. Captain America: Civil War – Directed by Anthony Russo & Joe Russo.

Honorable Mention: Hacksaw Ridge – Directed by Mel Gibson.


2017

  1. TBD
  2. TBD
  3. TBD
  4. TBD
  5. TBD
  6. TBD
  7. TBD
  8. TBD
  9. TBD
  10. TBD

Honorable Mention: TBD.



2000s

  1. The Departed (2006) – Directed by Martin Scorsese.
  2. Zodiac (2007) – Directed by David Fincher.
  3. The Pianist (2002) – Directed by Roman Polanski.
  4. Requiem For A Dream (2000) – Directed by Darren Aronofsky.
  5. No Country For Old Men (2007) – Directed by Joel & Ethan Coen.
  6. The Dark Knight (2008) – Directed by Christopher Nolan.
  7. Memento (2000) – Directed by Christopher Nolan.
  8. Spider-Man 2 (2004) – Directed by Sam Raimi.
  9. The Prestige (2006) – Directed by Christopher Nolan.
  10. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) – Directed by Peter Jackson.

Honorable MentionBrokeback Mountain (2005) – Directed by Ang Lee.


1990s

  1. Toy Story (1995) – Directed by John Lasseter.
  2. Schindler’s List (1993) – Directed by Steven Spielberg.
  3. Jurassic Park (1993) – Directed by Steven Spielberg.
  4. Goodfellas (1990) – Directed by Martin Scorsese.
  5. The Green Mile (1999) – Directed by Frank Darabont.
  6. Good Will Hunting (1997) – Directed by Gus Van Sant.
  7. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) – Directed by Jonathan Demme.
  8. Beauty and the Beast (1991) – Directed by Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise.
  9. American Beauty (1999) – Directed by Sam Mendes.
  10. Groundhog Day (1993) – Directed by Harold Ramis.

Honorable MentionSe7en (1995) – Directed by David Fincher.

– Jeffrey Rex

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