Michael Wilmington


(Chicago Tribune)
01a. Flags of Our Fathers (Clint Eastwood)
01b. Letters From Iwo Jima (Clint Eastwood)
03. A Prairie Home Companion (Robert Altman)
04. The Departed (Martin Scorsese)
05. Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro)
06. Happy Feet (George Miller)
07. Babel (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu)
08. Army of Shadows (1969, Jean-Pierre Melville)
09. The Queen (Stephen Frears)
10. Casino Royale (Martin Campbell)

Previous Years: 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


(L.A. Times)

list contributed by Jeff Anderson

01. Born on the Fourth of July (Oliver Stone)
02. Crimes and Misdemeanors (Woody Allen)
03. Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee)
04. Valmont (Milos Forman)
05. The Story of Women (Claude Chabrol)
06. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (Terry Gilliam)
07. New York Stories (Martin Scorsese/Francis Ford Coppola/Woody Allen)
08. Mystery Train (Jim Jarmusch)
09. Manifesto (Dusan Makavejev)
10. Ashik Kerib (Sergi Paradjanov)

Best Films of the 1980s

(L.A. Times)

list contributed by Jeff Anderson

01. Fanny and Alexander (Ingmar Bergman)
02. Ran (Akira Kurosawa)
03. Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky)
04. Once Upon a Time in America (Sergio Leone)
05. Hannah and Her Sisters (Woody Allen)
06. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese)
07. L'Argent (Robert Bresson)
08. Heimat (Edgar Reitz)
09. The Dead (John Huston)
10. Berlin Alexanderplatz (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)


(Film Comment)

order may or may not be preferential

01. Landscape in the Mist (Theo Angelopoulos)
02. Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese)
03. Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (Akira Kurosawa)
04. Vincent & Theo (Robert Altman)
05. Wild at Heart (David Lynch)
06. Miller's Crossing (Joel Coen)
07. Life and Nothing But (Abbas Kiarostami)
08. Time of the Gypsies (Emir Kusturica)
09. Back to the Future III (Robert Zemeckis)
10. Black Rain (Shohei Imamura)


(Film Comment)

order may or may not be preferential

01. Thelma & Louise (Ridley Scott)
02. The Millenial Bee (Juraj Jakubisko)
03. Nouvelle Vague (Jean-Luc Godard)
04. Barton Fink (Joel Coen)
05. Rhapsody in August (Akira Kurosawa)
06. The Voices of the Moon (Federico Fellini)
07. Korczak (Andrzej Wajda)
08. The Man in the Moon (Robert Mulligan)
09. La Belle Noiseuse (Jacques Rivette)
10. JFK (Oliver Stone)
11. The Double Life of Veronique (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
12. Homicide (David Mamet)


(Film Comment)

order may or may not be preferential

01. War and Peace [9 hour] (Sergei Bondarchuk)
02. Blade Runner [director's cut] (Ridley Scott)
03. The Best Intentions (Bille August)
04. Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood)
05. The Player (Robert Altman)
06. The Suspended Step of the Stork (Theo Angelopoulos)
07. Close to Eden (Nikita Mikhalkov)
08. Malcolm X (Spike Lee)
09. The Crying Game (Neil Jordan)
10a. Raise the Red Lantern (Zhang Yimou)
10b. A Tale of Springtime (Eric Rohmer)
10c. The Divine Comedy (Manoel de Oliveira)
10d. Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino)


(Chicago Tribune)
01. Short Cuts (Robert Altman)
02. Schindler's List (Steven Spielberg)
03. The Age of Innocence (Martin Scorsese)
04. The Story of Qiu Ju (Zhang Yimou)
05. Stolen Children (Gianni Amelio)
06. Heaven and Earth (Oliver Stone)
07. Farewell My Concubine (Chen Kaige)
08. Intervista (Federico Fellini)
09. The Piano (Jane Campion)
10a. The Fugitive (Andrew Davis)
10b. It's All True (Richard Wilson/Myron Meisel/Bill Krohn)


(Chicago Tribune)
01. Three Colors: Blue, White, Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
02. Forrest Gump (Robert Zemeckis)
03. Sunday's Children (Daniel Bergman)
04. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
05. Hoop Dreams (Steve James)
06. To Live (Zhang Yimou)
07. Ready to Wear (Pret-a-Porter)(Robert Altman)
08. Natural Born Killers (Oliver Stone)
09. Naked (Mike Leigh)
10. Interview With a Vampire (Neil Jordan)


(Chicago Tribune)
01. Casino (Martin Scorsese)
02. Lamerica (Gianni Amelio)
03. The Secret of Roan Inish (John Sayles)
04. Burnt by the Sun (Nikita Mikhalkov)
05. Nixon (Oliver Stone)
06. The Bridges of Madison County (Clint Eastwood)
07. Apollo 13 (Ron Howard)
08. Ladybird, Ladybird (Ken Loach)
09. Clockers (Spike Lee)
10. Before the Rain (Milcho Manchevski)


(Chicago Tribune)
01. Michael Collins (Neil Jordan)
02. Hamlet (Kenneth Branagh)
03. Breaking the Waves (Lars von Trier)
04. Secrets & Lies (Mike Leigh)
05. Fargo (Joel Coen)
06. The Horseman on the Roof (Jean-Paul Rappeneau)
07. Shanghai Triad (Zhang Yimou)
08. Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch)
09. Everyone Says I Love You (Woody Allen)
10. Kansas City (Robert Altman)


(Chicago Tribune)
01. Amistad (Steven Spielberg)
02. The Rainmaker (Francis Ford Coppola)
03. Ulysses' Gaze (Theo Angelopoulos)
04. Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson)
05. La ceremonie (Claude Chabrol)
06. Kundun (Martin Scorsese)
07. L.A. Confidential (Curtis Hanson)
08. Titanic (James Cameron)
09. Underground (Emir Kusturica)
10. The Sweet Hereafter (Atom Egoyan)


(Chicago Tribune)
01. Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg)
02. The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick)
03. Madadayo (Akira Kurosawa)
04. Life Is Beautiful (Robert Benigni)
05. The Butcher Boy (Neil Jordan)
06. Beloved (Jonathan Demme)
07. Taste of Cherry (Abbas Kiarostami)
08. Shakespeare in Love (John Madden)
09. The Truman Show (Peter Weir)
10. The Eel (Shohei Imamura)
11. A Bug's Life (John Lasseter/Andrew Stanton)


(Chicago Tribune)
01. Eternity and a Day (Theo Angelopoulos)
02. Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick)
03. The Emperor and the Assassin (Chen Kaige)
04. Bringing Out the Dead (Martin Scorsese)
05. Toy Story 2 (John Lasseter)
06. The Hurricane (Norman Jewison)
07. Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson)
08. Black Cat, White Cat (Emir Kusturica)
09. Besieged (Bernardo Bertolucci)
10. The Straight Story (David Lynch)
11. Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer)
12. The Cider House Rules (Lasse Hallström)
13. Three Kings (David O. Russell)
14. The Lovers on the Bridge (Leos Carax)
15. The Insider (Michael Mann)
16. American Beauty (Sam Mendes)
17. Topsy-Turvy (Mike Leigh)
18. Any Given Sunday (Oliver Stone)
19. An Autumn Tale (Eric Rohmer)
20. Cookie's Fortune (Robert Altman)

Best Films of the 1990s

(Film Comment)
01a GoodFellas (Martin Scorsese)
01b Casino (Martin Scorsese)
02. Short Cuts (Robert Altman)
03. Eternity and a Day (Theo Angelopoulos)
04a. And Life Goes On... (Abbas Kiarostami)
04b. Through the Olive Trees (Abbas Kiarostami)
05. Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg)
06. Three Colors: Blue, White, Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
07. Naked (Mike Leigh)
08. To Live (Zhang Yimou)
09. Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood)
10. Underground (Emir Kusturica)
11. An Angel at My Table (Jane Campion)


(Chicago Tribune)
01. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Joel Coen)
02. Erin Brockovich (Steven Soderbergh)
03. Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe)
04. Sunshine (Istvan Szabo)
05. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee)
06. Quills (Philip Kaufman)
07. The Perfect Storm (Wolfgang Petersen)
08. Chicken Run (Peter Lord & Nick Park)
09. The Wind Will Carry Us (Abbas Kiarostami)
10. Space Cowboys (Clint Eastwood)


(Chicago Tribune)
01. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg)
02. The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (Peter Jackson)
03. Gosford Park (Robert Altman)
04. Amores Perros (Alejandro González Iñárritu)
05. Moulin Rouge (Baz Luhrmann)
06. The Road Home (Zhang Yimou)
07. Faithless (Liv Ullmann)
08. Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
09. Monsters, Inc. (Pete Docter)
10. Ali (Michael Mann)


(Chicago Tribune)
01. The Pianist (Roman Polanski)
02. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Peter Jackson)
03. Gangs of New York (Martin Scorsese)
04. A Song for Martin (Bille August)
05. About Schmidt (Alexander Payne)
06. 25th Hour (Spike Lee)
07. Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes)
08. Talk to Her (Pedro Almodóvar)
09. Minority Report (Steven Spielberg)
10. Bowling for Columbine (Michael Moore)


(Chicago Tribune)
01. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Peter Jackson)
02. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Peter Weir)
03. Mystic River (Clint Eastwood)
04. Seabiscuit (Gary Ross)
05. Chihwaseon (Im Kwon-taek)
06. The Magdalene Sisters (Peter Mullan)
07. City of God (Fernando Meirelles)
08. Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton)
09. Together (Chen Kaige)
10. In America (Jim Sheridan)


(Chicago Tribune)
01. The Aviator (Martin Scorsese)
02. Sideways (Alexander Payne)
03. House of Flying Daggers (Zhang Yimou)
04. Vera Drake (Mike Leigh)
05. Carandiru (Hector Babenco)
06. Before Sunset (Richard Linklater)
07. Ray (Taylor Hackford)
08. The Incredibles (Brad Bird)
09. Moolaadé (Ousmane Sembene)
10. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry)


(Chicago Tribune)
01. King Kong (Peter Jackson)
02. Saraband (Ingmar Bergman)
03. The Best of Youth (Marco Tullio Giordana)
04. A History of Violence (David Cronenberg)
05. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee)
06. Oliver Twist (Roman Polanski)
07. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Tim Burton)
08. Howl's Moving Castle (Hayao Miyazaki)
09. The New World (Terrence Malick)
10. Munich (Steven Spielberg)