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Year By Year: Favourites

By: Trolley Freak

A list of my favourite films and runners-up for each year from 1919 onwards, likely to change the more films I see. 5-Star rated films in bold..

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Year By Year: Favourite Acting Performances
Year By Year: France
Year By Year: Italy
Year By Year: Japan
Year By Year: Must-See Films
Year By Year: Science Fiction
Year By Year: Top 5 Films
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The Apartment

The Apartment (1960)

1919 Broken Blossoms (Dir: D.W. Griffith) Runner-Up: Ask Father (Dir: Hal Roach)
1920 Number, Please? (Dir: Hal Roach/Fred C. Newmeyer) Runner-Up: One Week (Dir: Buster Keaton)
1921 Never Weaken (Dir: Fred C. Newmeyer) Runner-Up: The Kid (Dir: Charlie Chaplin)
1922 Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (Dir: Fritz Lang) Runner-Up: Cops (Dir: Buster Keaton/Edward F. Cline)
1923 Safety Last! (Dir: Fred C. Newmeyer/Sam Taylor) Runner-Up: Robin Hood (Dir: Allan Dwan)
1924 Sherlock Jr. (Dir: Buster Keaton) Runner-Up: The Last Laugh (Dir: F.W. Murnau)

Safety Last!

Safety Last! (1923)

1925 Faces Of Children (Dir: Jacques Feyder) Runner-Up: Grass: A Nation’s Battle For Life (Dir: Merian C. Cooper/Ernest B. Schoedsack)
1926 The General (Dir: Buster Keaton/Clyde Bruckman)
1927 Sunrise (Dir: F.W. Murnau) Runner-Up: Metropolis (Dir: Fritz Lang)
1928 Storm Over Asia (Dir: Vsevelod Pudovkin) Runner-Up: Spies (Dir: Fritz Lang)
1929 Pandora’s Box (Dir: Georg Wilhelm Pabst) Runner- Up: Tokyo March (Dir: Kenji Mizoguchi)

The General

The General (1926)

1930 The Blue Angel (Dir: Josef von Sternberg) Runner-Up: Under The Roofs Of Paris (Dir: René Clair)
1931 M (Dir: Fritz Lang) Runner-Up: Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (Dir: Rouben Mamoulian)
1932 The Music Box (Dir: James Parrott) Runner-Up: The Most Dangerous Game (Dir: Ernest B. Schoedsack/Irving Pichel)
1933 King Kong (Dir: Merian C. Cooper/Ernest B. Schoedsack) Runner-Up: The Invisible Man (Dir: James Whale)
1934 La Signora Di Tutti (Dir: Max Ophüls) Runner-Up: It Happened One Night (Dir: Frank Capra)

King Kong

King Kong (1933)

1935 Toni (Dir: Jean Renoir) Runner-Up: An Inn In Tokyo (Dir: Yasujirô Ozu)
1936 A Day In The Country (Dir: Jean Renoir) Runner-Up: The Lower Depths (Dir: Jean Renoir)
1937 The Prisoner Of Zenda (Dir: John Cromwell) Runner-Up: Humanity And Paper Balloons (Dir: Sadao Yamanaka)
1938 Port Of Shadows (Dir: Marcel Carné) Runner-Up: The Lady Vanishes (Dir: Alfred Hitchcock)
1939 Only Angels Have Wings (Dir: Howard Hawks) Runner-Up: The Wizard Of Oz (Dir: Victor Fleming)

Only Angels Have Wings

Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

1940 His Girl Friday (Dir: Howard Hawks) Runner- Up: The Shop Around The Corner (Dir: Ernst Lubitsch)
1941 The Maltese Falcon (Dir: John Huston) Runner-Up: Citizen Kane (Dir: Orson Welles)
1942 Casablanca (Dir: Michael Curtiz) Runner-Up: To Be Or Not To Be (Dir: Ernst Lubitsch)
1943 Shadow Of A Doubt (Dir: Alfred Hitchcock) Runner-Up: Day Of Wrath (Dir: Carl Theodor Dreyer)
1944 Double Indemnity (Dir: Billy Wilder) Runner-Up: To Have And Have Not (Dir: Howard Hawks)

The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

1945 Children Of Paradise (Dir: Marcel Carné) Runner-Up: Rome, Open City (Dir: Roberto Rossellini)
1946 It’s A Wonderful Life (Dir: Frank Capra) Runner-Up: Shoeshine (Dir: Vittorio De Sica)
1947 The Lady From Shanghai (Dir: Orson Welles) Runner-Up: Black Narcissus (Dir: Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger)
1948 The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre (Dir: John Huston) Runner-Up: Letter From An Unknown Woman (Dir: Max Ophüls)
1949 The Third Man (Dir: Carol Reed) Runner-Up: Bitter Rice (Dir: Giuseppe de Santis)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre (1948)

1950 Rashômon (Dir: Akira Kurosawa) Runner-Up: Sunset Boulevard (Dir: Billy Wilder)
1951 The River (Dir: Jean Renoir) Runner-Up: Ace In The Hole (Dir: Billy Wilder)
1952 The Life Of Oharu (Dir: Kenji Mizoguchi) Runner-Up: Ikiru (Dir: Akira Kurosawa)
1953 Tokyo Story (Dir: Yasujirô Ozu) Runner-Up: Ugetsu (Dir: Kenji Mizoguchi)
1954 Rear Window (Dir: Alfred Hitchcock) Runner-Up: Sansho The Bailiff (Dir: Kenji Mizoguchi)

Rear Window

Rear Window (1954)

1955 The Night Of The Hunter (Dir: Charles Laughton) Runner-Up: Floating Clouds (Dir: Mikio Naruse)
1956 Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (Dir: Don Siegel) Runner-Up: A Man Escaped (Dir: Robert Bresson)
1957 Twelve Angry Men (Dir: Sidney Lumet) Runner-Up: Throne Of Blood (Dir: Akira Kurosawa)
1958 Touch Of Evil (Dir: Orson Welles) Runner-Up: A Time To Love And A Time To Die (Dir: Douglas Sirk)
1959 Some Like It Hot (Dir: Billy Wilder) Runner-Up: North By Northwest (Dir: Alfred Hitchcock)

The Night of the Hunter

The Night Of The Hunter (1955)

1960 The Apartment (Dir: Billy Wilder) Runner-Up: Le Trou (Dir: Jacques Becker)
1961 The Innocents (Dir: Jack Clayton) Runner-Up: Yojimbo (Dir: Akira Kurosawa)
1962 Harakiri (Dir: Masaki Kobayashi) Runner-Up: An Autumn Afternoon (Dir: Yasujirô Ozu)
1963 High And Low (Dir: Akira Kurosawa) Runner-Up: The Great Escape (Dir: John Sturges)
1964 Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (Dir: Stanley Kubrick) Runner-Up: The Naked Kiss (Dir: Sam Fuller)

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The Innocents (1961)

1965 A Fugitive From The Past (Dir: Tomu Uchida) Runner-Up: Shakespeare Wallah (Dir: James Ivory)
1966 Red Angel (Dir: Yasuzo Masumura) Runner-Up: Irezumi – Spider Tattoo (Dir: Yasuzo Masumura)
1967 Samurai Rebellion (Dir: Masaki Kobayashi) Runner-Up: Bonnie And Clyde (Dir: Arthur Penn)
1968 Planet Of The Apes (Dir: Franklin J. Schaffner) Runner-Up: Once Upon A Time In The West (Dir: Sergio Leone)
1969 My Night At Maud’s (Dir: Éric Rohmer) Runner-Up: Army Of Shadows (Dir: Jean-Pierre Melville)

Planet of the Apes

Planet Of The Apes (1968)

1970 The Conformist (Dir: Bernardo Bertolucci) Runner-Up: Dodes’ka-den (Dir: Akira Kurosawa)
1971 McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Dir: Robert Altman) Runner-Up: The Merchant Of Four Seasons (Dir: Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
1972 The Godfather (Dir: Francis Ford Coppola) Runner-Up: Cries And Whispers (Dir: Ingmar Bergman)
1973 Don’t Look Now (Dir: Nicolas Roeg) Runner-Up: Day For Night (Dir: François Truffaut)
1974 Ali: Fear Eats The Soul (Dir: Rainer Werner Fassbinder) Runner-Up: Alice In The Cities (Dir: Wim Wenders)

Don't Look Now

Don’t Look Now (1973)

1975 Jaws (Dir: Steven Spielberg) Runner-Up: Barry Lyndon (Dir: Stanley Kubrick)
1976 Taxi Driver (Dir: Martin Scorsese) Runner-Up: 1900 (Dir: Bernardo Bertolucci)
1977 The Ascent (Dir: Larisa Shepitko) Runner-Up: Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (Dir: Steven Spielberg)
1978 Halloween (Dir: John Carpenter) Runner-Up: China 9, Liberty 37 (Dir: Monte Hellman)
1979 Alien (Dir: Ridley Scott) Runner-Up: 10 (Dir: Blake Edwards)

Jaws

Jaws (1975)

1980 The Elephant Man (Dir: David Lynch) Runner-Up: Bad Timing (Dir: Nicolas Roeg)
1981 Gregory’s Girl (Dir: Bill Forsyth) Runner-Up: Raiders Of The Lost Ark (Dir: Steven Spielberg)
1982 Blade Runner (Dir: Ridley Scott) Runner-Up: Fanny And Alexander (Dir: Ingmar Bergman)
1983 Local Hero (Dir: Bill Forsyth) Runner-Up: Heat And Dust (Dir: James Ivory)
1984 Paris, Texas (Dir: Wim Wenders) Runner-Up: This Is Spinal Tap (Dir: Rob Reiner)

The Elephant Man

The Elephant Man (1980)

1985 Ran (Dir: Akira Kurosawa) Runner-Up: Come And See (Dir: Elem Klimov)
1986 Stand By Me (Dir: Rob Reiner) Runners-Up: Jean De Florette/Manon Of The Spring (Dir: Claude Berri)
1987 Planes, Trains & Automobiles (Dir: John Hughes) Runner-Up: No Way Out (Dir: Roger Donaldson)
1988 Grave Of The Fireflies (Dir: Isao Takahata) Runner-Up: A Short Film About Love (Dir: Krzysztof Kieślowski)
1989 Crimes And Misdemeanors (Dir: Woody Allen) Runner-Up: The War Of The Roses (Dir: Danny DeVito)

Ran

Ran (1985)

1990 Misery (Dir: Rob Reiner) Runner-Up: Goodfellas (Dir: Martin Scorsese)
1991 JFK (Dir: Oliver Stone) Runner-Up: The Silence Of The Lambs (Dir: Jonathan Demme)
1992 Reservoir Dogs (Dir: Quentin Tarantino) Runner-Up: Glengarry Glen Ross (Dir: James Foley)
1993 Abraham’s Valley (Dir: Manoel de Oliveira) Runner-Up: Groundhog Day (Dir: Harold Ramis)
1994 Pulp Fiction (Dir: Quentin Tarantino) Runner-Up: Chungking Express (Dir: Wong Kar-wai)

JFK

JFK (1991)

1995 Maborosi (Dir: Hirokazu Kore-eda) Runner-Up: Before Sunrise (Dir: Richard Linklater)
1996 Trainspotting (Dir: Danny Boyle) Runner-Up: Hard Eight (Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson)
1997 The Sweet Hereafter (Dir: Atom Egoyan) Runner-Up: Fireworks (Dir: Takeshi Kitano)
1998 The Truman Show (Dir: Peter Weir) Runner-Up: A Simple Plan (Dir: Sam Raimi)
1999 *All About My Mother (Dir: Pedro Almodóvar) Runner-Up: Audition (Dir: Takashi Miike)

The Truman Show

The Truman Show (1998)

2000 Thirteen Days (Dir: Roger Donaldson) Runner-Up: In The Mood For Love (Dir: Wong Kar-wai)
2001 Mulholland Drive (Dir: David Lynch) Runner-Up: A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Dir: Steven Spielberg)
2002 Talk To Her (Dir: Pedro Almodóvar) Runner-Up: Far From Heaven (Dir: Todd Haynes)
2003 Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… And Spring (Dir: Kim Ki-duk) Runner-Up: Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (Dir: Quentin Tarantino)
2004 Before Sunset (Dir: Richard Linklater) Runner-Up: 2046 (Dir: Wong Kar-wai)

Mulholland Dr.

Mulholland Drive (2001)

2005 The Wayward Cloud (Dir: Tsai Ming-liang) Runner-Up: Brokeback Mountain (Dir: Ang Lee)
2006 The Lives Of Others (Dir: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck) Runner-Up: Volver (Dir: Pedro Almodóvar)
2007 Lust, Caution (Dir: Ang Lee) Runner-Up: No Country For Old Men (Dir: Joel & Ethan Coen)
2008 Love Exposure (Dir: Sion Sono) Runner-Up: In Bruges (Dir: Martin McDonagh)
2009 The Road (Dir: John Hillcoat) Runner-Up: Looking For Eric (Dir: Ken Loach)

The Lives of Others

The Lives Of Others (2006)

2010 The Illusionist (Dir: Sylvain Chomet) Runner-Up: The Trip (Dir: Michael Winterbottom)
2011 Shame (Dir: Steve McQueen) Runner-Up: Turn Me On, Goddamit! (Dir: Jannicke Systad Jacobsen)
2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Dir: Peter Jackson)
2013 Before Midnight (Dir: Richard Linklater) Runner-Up: The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (Dir: Peter Jackson)

To be updated..

 

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Tom JF

8Sep12

Fine work, my friend.

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Kenji

29Nov11

Oh yeah, they were golden years, especially 53/54 for Japan.

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Kenji

29Nov11

Very pretty presentation. Just a pity Mizo was runner up 4 times without hitting jackpot, but still, that's pretty good going.

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    Trolley Freak

    29Nov11

    Thanks Kenji. But just look at the competition Mizo had for the years he came second... He comes closest in 1954 but I've loved Rear Window for most of my life and can't bear to put it in second place...

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Iconista

5Oct11

Gorgeous list, darling

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