Roger Ebert



Note: Ebert did not produce an actual top ten list this year due to his lengthy recovery from surgery, which forced him to miss a significant portion of the year's offerings. Instead, this is a listing of the films that he gave four stars to during the year.
Akeelah and the Bee (Doug Atchison)
Army of Shadows (1969, Jean-Pierre Melville)
Bubble (Stephen Soderbergh)
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Cristi Puiu)
49 Up (Michael Apted)
An Inconvenient Truth (Davis Guggenheim)
L'Enfant (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
Man Push Cart (Ramin Bahrani)
Marie Antoinette (Sofia Coppola)
Overlord (1975, Stuart Cooper)
Perfume (Tom Tykwer)
A Prairie Home Companion (Robert Altman)
The Queen (Stephen Frears)
Three Times (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
Tristam Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story (Michael Winterbottom)
Tsoti (Gavin Hood)
United 93 (Paul Greengrass)
Volver (Pedro Almodóvar)

Note: All years 1967-1969, 1980-2005 were drawn directly from the year-end issues of the Chicago Sun-Times in which they originally appeared. The 1970-1979 lists were from a "decade-summary" article. There seems to exist the occasional slight difference between some of these lists and the lists that were broadcast on the Siskel & Ebert television program. One of these days I will add notes to the affected lists.

Previous Years: - - - - - - - 1967 1968 1969 -
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 -
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 80's
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 90's
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 00's


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. Bonnie and Clyde (Arthur Penn)
02. Ulysses (Joseph Strick)
03. Blowup (Michelangelo Antonioni)
04. The Graduate (Mike Nicols)
05. A Man for All Seasons (Fred Zinnemann)
06. The War Game (Peter Watkins)
07. Reflections in a Golden Eye (John Huston)
08. Cool Hand Luke (Stuart Rosenberg)
09. Elvira Madigan (Bo Widerberg)
10. In the Heat of the Night (Norman Jewison)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo)
02. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick)
03. Falstaff (Orson Welles)
04. Faces (John Cassavetes)
05. The Two of Us (Claude Berri)
06. The Producers (Mel Brooks)
07. Oliver! (Carol Reed)
08. The Fifth Horseman Is Fear ()
09. Rachel, Rachel (Paul Newman)
10. Romeo and Juliet (Franco Zeffirelli)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. Z (Costa-Gravas)
02. Medium Cool (Haskell Wexler)
03. Weekend (Jean-Luc Godard)
04. if.... (Lindsay Anderson)
05. Last Summer (Frank Perry)
06. The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah)
07. Easy Rider (Dennis Hopper)
08. True Grit (Henry Hathaway)
09. Downhill Racer (Michael Ritchie)
10. War and Peace (Sergei Bondarchuk)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson)
02. M*A*S*H (Robert Altman)
03. The Revolutionary (Paul Williams)
04. Patton (Franklin J. Schaffner)
05. Woodstock (Michael Wadleigh)
06. My Night at Maud's (Eric Rohmer)
07. Adalen 31 (Bo Widerberg)
08. The Passion of Anna (Ingmar Bergman)
09. The Wild Child (Francois Truffaut)
10. Fellini Satyricon (Federico Fellini)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdanovich)
02. McCabe and Mrs. Miller (Robert Altman)
03. Claire's Knee (Eric Rohmer)
04. The French Connection (William Friedkin)
05. Sunday, Bloody Sunday (John Schlesinger)
06. Taking Off (Milos Forman)
07. Carnal Knowledge (Mike Nichols)
08. Tristana (Luis Bunuel)
09. Goin' Down the Road (Donald Shebib)
10. Bed and Board (Francois Truffaut)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola)
02. Chloe in the Afternoon (Eric Rohmer)
03. Le Boucher (Claude Chabrol)
04. Murmur of the Heart (Louis Malle)
05. The Green Wall (Armando Robles Godoy)
06. The Sorrow and the Pity (Marcel Ophuls)
07. The Garden of Finzi-Continis (Vittorio De Sica)
08. Minnie and Moskowitz (John Cassavetes)
09. Sounder (Martin Ritt)
10. The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid (Philip Kaufman)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. Cries and Whispers (Ingmar Bergman)
02. Last Tango in Paris (Bernardo Bertolucci)
03. The Emigrants and The New Land (Jan Troell)
04. Blume in Love (Paul Mazursky)
05. The Iceman Cometh (John Frankenheimer)
06. The Exorcist (William Friedkin)
07. The Day of the Jackal (Fred Zinnemann)
08. American Graffiti (George Lucas)
09. Fellini's Roma (Federico Fellini)
10. The Friends of Eddie Coyle (Peter Yates)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. Scenes from a Marriage (Ingmar Bergman)
02. Chinatown (Roman Polanski)
03. The Mother and the Whore (Jean Eustache)
04. Amarcord (Federico Fellini)
05. The Last Detail (Hal Ashby)
06. The Mirages ()
07. Day for Night (Francois Truffaut)
08. Mean Streets (Martin Scorsese)
09. My Uncle Antoine (Claude Jutra)
10. The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. Nashville (Robert Altman)
02. Night Moves (Arthur Penn)
03. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (Martin Scorsese)
04. Farewell, My Lovely (Dick Richards)
05. The Phantom of Liberty (Luis Bunuel)
06. A Brief Vacation (Vittorio De Sica)
07. And Now My Love (Claude Lelouch)
08. A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes)
09. In Celebration (Lindsay Anderson)
10. Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. Small Change (Francois Truffaut)
02. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese)
03. The Magic Flute (Ingmar Bergman)
04. The Clockmaker (Bertrand Tavernier)
05. Network (Sidney Lumet)
06. Swept an unusual destiny in the blue sea of August (Lina Wertmuller)
07. Rocky (John G. Avildsen)
08. All the President's Men (Alan J. Pakula)
09. Silent Movie (Mel Brooks)
10. The Shootist (Don Siegel)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. 3 Women (Robert Altman)
02. Providence (Alain Resnais)
03. The Late Show (Robert Benton)
04. A Woman's Decision (Krzysztof Zanussi)
05. Jail Bait (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
06. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg)
07. Aguirre: Wrath of God (Werner Herzog)
08. Annie Hall (Woody Allen)
09. Sorcerer (William Friedkin)
10. Star Wars (George Lucas)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. An Unmarried Woman (Paul Mazursky)
02. Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick)
03. Heart of Glass (Werner Herzog)
04. Stroszek (Werner Herzog)
05. Autumn Sonata (Ingmar Bergman)
06. Interiors (Woody Allen)
07. Halloween (John Carpenter)
08. National Lampoon's Animal House (John Landis)
09. Kings of the Road (Wim Wenders)
10. Superman (Richard Donner)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola)
02. Breaking Away (Peter Yates)
03. The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino)
04. The Marriage of Maria Braun (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
05. Hair (Milos Forman)
06. Saint Jack (Peter Bogdanovich)
07. Kramer vs. Kramer (Robert Benton)
08. The China Syndrome (James Bridges)
09. Nosferatu, the Vampyre (Werner Herzog)
10. 10 (Blake Edwards)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. The Black Stallion (Carroll Ballard)
02. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese)
03. Kagemusha (Akira Kurosawa)
04. Being There (Hal Ashby)
05. Ordinary People (Robert Redford)
06. The Great Santini (Lewis John Carlino)
07. The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner)
08. Coal Miner's Daughter (Michael Apted)
09. American Gigolo (Paul Schrader)
10. Best Boy (Ira Wohl)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. My Dinner With Andre (Louis Malle)
02. Chariots of Fire (Hugh Hudson)
03. Gates of Heaven (Errol Morris)
04. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg)
05. Heartland (Richard Pearce)
06. Atlantic City (Louis Malle)
07. Thief (Michael Mann)
08. Body Heat (Lawrence Kasdan)
09. Tess (Roman Polanski)
10. Reds (Warren Beatty)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. Sophie's Choice (Alan J. Pakula)
02. Diva (Jean-Jacques Beineix)
03. E.T. (Steven Spielberg)
04a. Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog)
04b. The Burden of Dreams (Les Blank)
05. Personal Best (Robert Towne)
06. Das Boot (Wolfgang Petersen)
07. Mephisto (Istvan Szabo)
08. Moonlighting (Jerzy Skolimowski)
09. The Verdict (Sidney Lumet)
10. Wasn't That a Time (James B. Brown)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. The Right Stuff (Philip Kaufman)
02. Terms of Endearment (James L. Brooks)
03. The Year of Living Dangerously (Peter Weir)
04. Fanny and Alexander (Ingmar Bergman)
05. Gandhi (Richard Attenborough)
06. El Norte (Gregory Nava)
07. Testament (Lynne Littman)
08. Silkwood (Mike Nicols)
09. Say Amen, Somebody (George T. Nierenberg)
10. Risky Business (Paul Brickman)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. Amadeus (Milos Forman)
02. Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders)
03. Love Streams (John Cassavetes)
04. This Is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner)
05. The Cotton Club (Francis Ford Coppola)
06. Secret Honor (Robert Altman)
07. The Killing Fields (Roland Jaffe)
08. Stranger Than Paradise (Jim Jarmusch)
09. Choose Me (Alan Rudolph)
10. Purple Rain (Albert Magnoli)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. The Color Purple (Steven Spielberg)
02. After Hours (Martin Scorsese)
03. The Falcon and the Snowman (John Schlesinger)
04. Prizzi's Honor (John Huston)
05. Ran (Akira Kurosawa)
06. Witness (Peter Weir)
07. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (George Miller/George Ogilvie)
08. Lost in America (Albert Brooks)
09. Streetwise (Martin Bell)
10. Blood Simple (Joel Coen)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. Platoon (Oliver Stone)
02. Round Midnight (Bertrand Tavernier)
03. Hannah and Her Sisters (Woody Allen)
04. Sid & Nancy (Alex Cox)
05. Lucas (David Seltzer)
06. Vagabond (Agnes Varda)
07. Trouble in Mind (Alan Rudolph)
08. Down and Out in Beverly Hills (Paul Mazursky)
09. Peggy Sue Got Married (Francis Ford Coppola)
10. Hard Choices (Rick King)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. House of Games (David Mamet)
02. The Big Easy (Jim McBride)
03. Barfly (Barbet Schroeder)
04. The Last Emperor (Bernardo Bertolucci)
05. Moonstruck (Norman Jewison)
06. Prick Up Your Ears (Stephen Frears)
07. Radio Days (Woody Allen)
08. Broadcast News (James L. Brooks)
09. Lethal Weapon (Richard Donner)
10. Housekeeping (Bill Forsyth)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. Mississippi Burning (Alan Parker)
02. The Accidental Tourist (Lawrence Kasdan)
03. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Philip Kaufman)
04. Shy People (Andrei Konchalovsky)
05. Salaam Bombay! (Mira Nair)
06. A Fish Called Wanda (Charles Crichton)
07. Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders)
08. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Robert Zemeckis)
09. Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam (Bill Couturie)
10. Running on Empty (Sidney Lumet)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee)
02. Drugstore Cowboy (Gus Van Sant)
03. My Left Foot (Jim Sheridan)
04. Born on the Fourth of July (Oliver Stone)
05. Roger & Me (Michael Moore)
06. The Mighty Quinn (Carl Schenkel)
07. Field of Dreams (Phil Alden Robinson)
08. Crimes and Misdemeanors (Woody Allen)
09. Driving Miss Daisy (Bruce Beresford)
10. Say Anything (Cameron Crowe)

Best Films of the 1980s

(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese)
02. The Right Stuff (Philip Kaufman)
03. E.T. (Steven Spielberg)
04. Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee)
05. My Dinner With Andre (Louis Malle)
06. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg)
07. Ran (Akira Kurosawa)
08. Missippi Burning (Alan Parker)
09. Platoon (Oliver Stone)
10. House of Games (David Mamet)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese)
02. Monsieur Hire (Patrice Leconte)
03. Dances With Wolves (Kevin Costner)
04. The Grifters (Stephen Frears)
05. Reversal of Fortune (Barbet Schroeder)
06. Santa Sangre (Alejandro Jodorowsky)
07. Last Exit to Brooklyn (Uli Edel)
08. Awakenings (Penny Marshall)
09. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (Peter Greenaway)
10. Mountains of the Moon (Bob Rafelson)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. JFK (Oliver Stone)
02. Boyz N the Hood (John Singleton)
03. Beauty and the Beast (Gary Trousdale/Kirk Wise)
04. Grand Canyon (Lawrence Kasdan)
05. My Father's Glory and My Mother's Castle (Yves Robert)
06. A Woman's Tale (Paul Cox)
07. Life Is Sweet (Mike Leigh)
08. The Man in the Moon (Robert Mulligan)
09. Thelma & Louise (Ridley Scott)
10. The Rapture (Michael Tolkin)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. Malcolm X (Spike Lee)
02. One False Move (Carl Franklin)
03. Howards End (James Ivory)
04. Flirting (John Duigan)
05. The Crying Game (Neil Jordan)
06. Damage (Louis Malle)
07. The Hairdresser's Husband (Patrice Leconte)
08. The Player (Robert Altman)
09. Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood)
10. Bad Lieutenant (Abel Ferrara)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. Schindler's List (Steven Spielberg)
02. The Age of Innocence (Martin Scorsese)
03. The Piano (Jane Campion)
04. The Fugitive (Andrew Davis)
05. The Joy Luck Club (Wayne Wang)
06. Kalifornia (Dominic Sena)
07. Like Water for Chocolate (Alfonso Arau)
08. Menace II Society (The Hughes Brothers)
09. What's Love Got to Do With It (Brian Gibson)
10. Ruby in Paradise (Victor Nunez)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. Hoop Dreams (Steve James)
02. Three Colors: Blue, White, Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
03. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
04. Forrest Gump (Robert Zemeckis)
05. The Last Seduction (John Dahl)
06. Fresh (Boaz Yakin)
07. The Blue Kite (Tian Zhuangzhuang)
08. Natural Born Killers (Oliver Stone)
09. The New Age (Michael Tolkin)
10. Quiz Show (Robert Redford)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. Leaving Las Vegas (Mike Figgis)
02. Crumb (Terry Zwigoff)
03. Dead Man Walking (Tim Robbins)
04. Nixon (Oliver Stone)
05. Casino (Martin Scorsese)
06. Apollo 13 (Ron Howard)
07. Exotica (Atom Egoyan)
08. My Family (Gregory Nava)
09. Carrington (Christopher Hampton)
10. A Walk in the Clouds (Alfonso Arau)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. Fargo (Joel Coen)
02. Breaking the Waves (Lars von Trier)
03. Secrets & Lies (Mike Leigh)
04. Lone Star (John Sayles)
05. Welcome to the Dollhouse (Todd Solondz)
06. Bound (The Wachowski Brothers)
07. Hamlet (Kenneth Branagh)
08. Everyone Says I Love You (Woody Allen)
09. Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam (Nick Broomfield)
10. Big Night (Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. Eve's Bayou (Kasi Lemmons)
02. The Sweet Hereafter (Atom Egoyan)
03. Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson)
04. Maborosi (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
05. Jackie Brown (Quentin Tarantino)
06. Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (Errol Morris)
07. L.A. Confidential (Curtis Hanson)
08. In the Company of Men (Neil LaBute)
09. Titanic (James Cameron)
10. Wag the Dog (Barry Levinson)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. Dark City (Alex Proyas)
02. Pleasantville (Gary Ross)
03. Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg)
04. A Simple Plan (Sam Raimi)
05. Happiness (Todd Solondz)
06. Elizabeth (Shekhar Kapur)
07. Babe: Pig in the City (George Miller)
08. Shakespeare in Love (John Madden)
09. Life Is Beautiful (Roberto Benigni)
10. Primary Colors (Mike Nichols)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze)
02. Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson)
03. Three Kings (David O. Russell)
04. Boy's Don't Cry (Kimberly Peirce)
05. Bringing Out the Dead (Martin Scorsese)
06. Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki)
07. The War Zone (Tim Roth)
08. American Beauty (Sam Mendes)
09. Topsy-Turvy (Mike Leigh)
10. The Insider (Michael Mann)

Best Films of the 1990s

contributed by Adam Harrison-Friday
01. Hoop Dreams (Steve James, 1994)
02. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
03. GoodFellas (Martin Scorsese, 1990)
04. Fargo (Joel Coen, 1996)
05. Three Colors: Blue, White, Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1994)
06. Schindler's List (Steven Spielberg, 1993)
07. Breaking the Waves (Lars von Trier, 1996)
08. Leaving Las Vegas (Mike Figgis, 1995)
09. Malcolm X (Spike Lee, 1992)
10. JFK (Oliver Stone, 1991)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe)
02. Wonder Boys (Curtis Hanson)
03. You Can Count on Me (Kenneth Lonergan)
04. Traffic (Steven Soderbergh)
05. George Washington (David Gordon Green)
06. The Cell (Tarsem Singh)
07. High Fidelity (Stephen Frears)
08. Pollock (Ed Harris)
09. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee)
10. Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. Monster's Ball (Marc Forster)
02. Black Hawk Down (Ridley Scott)
03. In The Bedroom (Todd Field)
04. Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff)
05. Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch)
06. Waking Life (Richard Linklater)
07. Innocence (Paul Cox)
08. Wit (Mike Nichols)
09. A Beautiful Mind (Ron Howard)
10. Gosford Park (Robert Altman)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. Minority Report (Steven Spielberg)
02. City of God (Fernando Meirelles)
03. Adaptation. (Spike Jonze)
04. Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes)
05. 13 Conversations About One Thing (Jill Sprecher)
06. Y tu mamá también (Alfonso Cuaron)
07. Invincible (Werner Herzog)
08. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki)
09. All or Nothing (Mike Leigh)
10. The Quiet American (Phillip Noyce)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. Monster (Patty Jenkins)
02. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola)
03. American Splendor (Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini)
04. Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton)
05. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Peter Weir)
06. Mystic River (Clint Eastwood)
07. Owning Mahowny (Richard Kwietniowski)
08. The Son (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
09. Whale Rider (Niki Caro)
10. In America (Jim Sheridan)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. Million Dollar Baby (Clint Eastwood)
02. Kill Bill, Vol. 2 (Quentin Tarantino)
03. Vera Drake (Mike Leigh)
04. Spider-Man 2 (Sam Raimi)
05. Moolaadé (Ousmane Sembene)
06. The Aviator (Martin Scorsese)
07. Baadasssss! (Mario Van Peebles)
08. Sideways (Alexander Payne)
09. Hotel Rwanda (Terry George)
10. Undertow (David Gordon Green)


(Chicago Sun-Times)
01. Crash (Paul Haggis)
02. Syriana (Stephen Gaghan)
03. Munich (Steven Spielberg)
04. Junebug (Phil Morrison)
05. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee)
06. Me and You and Everyone We Know (Miranda July)
07. Nine Lives (Rodrigo Garcia)
08. King Kong (Peter Jackson)
09. Yes (Sally Potter)
10. Millions (Danny Boyle)