Yearly Top 10 Lists

I watch far too many films each year and these are the ones I would strongly recommend, ranked. I link my Letterboxd list for the years in which I have ranked every film that I had seen released. (Though I do stop updating the lists once the year is over, so they’re not always as consistent as they are here.)

Lists are based on when the films get U.S. distribution, hence, why some films from the year before show up in the year they do.

2017:

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  1. Nocturama (dir. Bertrand Bonello)
  2. Golden Exits (dir. Alex Ross Perry)
  3. Personal Shopper (dir. Olivier Assayas)
  4. Claire’s Camera (dir. Hong Sang-Soo) 
  5. Person to Person (dir. Dustin Guy Defa)
  6. Song to Song (dir. Terrence Malick)
  7. On the Beach at Night Alone (dir. Hong Sang-Soo)
  8. Hermia & Helena (dir. Matias Pineiro)
  9. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (dir. Paul W.S. Anderson)
  10. Despite the Night (dir. Philippe Grandrieux)
  11. i hate myself 🙂 (dir. Joanna Arnow)
  12. After the Storm (dir. Hirokazu Koreeda)
  13. Graduation (dir. Christian Mungiu)
  14. The Salesman (dir. Asghar Farhadi)
  15. The Woman Who Left (dir. Lav Diaz)
  16. The Day After (dir. Hong Sang-Soo)
  17. Our Time Will Come (dir. Ann Hu)
  18. Baby Driver (dir. Edgar Wright)
  19. The Lost City of Z (dir. James Gray)
  20. Staying Vertical (dir. Alain Guiraudie)
  21. The Unknown Girl (dir. Jean & Luc Dardenne)
  22. Kékszakállú (dir. Gastón Solnicki)
  23. The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki (dir. Juho Kuosmanen)
  24. The Dreamed Path (dir. Angela Schenelac)
  25. Yourself and Yours (dir. Hong Sang-Soo)
  26. Hermia & Helena (dir. Matias Pineiro)
  27. Ma Loute (dir. Bruno Dumont)

The rest of them, ranked.

2016:

Cameraperson

  1. American Honey (dir. Andrea Arnold)
  2. Certain Women (dir. Kelly Reichardt)
  3. Cameraperson (dir. Kirsten Johnson)
  4. Jackie (dir. Pablo Larrain)
  5. Green Room (dir. Jeremy Saulnier)
  6. One More Time With Feeling (dir. Andrew Dominik)
  7. Paterson (dir. Jim Jarmusch)
  8. Toni Erdmann (dir. Maren Ade)
  9. Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids (dir. Jonathan Demme)
  10. Elle (dir. Paul Verhoeven)
  11. Knight of Cups (dir. Terrence Malick)
  12. Manchester By The Sea (dir. Kenneth Lonergan)
  13. Things to Come (dir. Mia Hansen-Love)
  14. I Cannot Tell You How I Feel (dir. Su Friedrich)
  15. Sing Street (dir. John Carney)
  16. My Golden Days (dir. Arnaud Desplechin)
  17. Tower (dir. Keith Maitland)
  18. 20th Century Women (dir. Mike Mills)
  19. Love & Friendship (dir. Whit Stillman)
  20. Three (dir. Johnnie To)
  21. OJ Made in America (dir. Ezra Edelman)
  22. The Lobster (dir. Yorgos Lanthimos)
  23. I, Daniel Blake (dir. Ken Loach)
  24. Dheepan (dir. Jacques Audiard)
  25. Embrace of the Serpent (dir. Ciro Guerra)
  26. The Witch (dir. Robert Eggers)
  27. Sunset Song (dir. Terence Davies)
  28. Loving (dir. Jeff Nichols)

The rest of them, ranked.

2015:

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  1. Carol (dir. Todd Haynes)
  2. James White (dir. Josh Mond)
  3. Son of Saul (dir. Lazlo Niemes)
  4. Victoria (dir. Sebastian Schipper)
  5. Mad Max Fury Road (dir. George Miller)
  6. Ex Machina (dir. Alex Garland)
  7. Boy & The World (dir. Ale Abreu)
  8. The Forbidden Room (dir. Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson)
  9. Phoenix (dir. Christian Petzold)
  10. Clouds of Sils Maria (dir. Olivier Assayas)
  11. Anomalisa (dir. Charlie Kaufman)
  12. The Assassin (dir. Hou Hsiao-Hsien)
  13. Magic Mike XXL (dir. Gregory Jacobs)
  14. Sicario (dir. Denis Villeneuve)
  15. The Duke of Burgundy (dir. Peter Strickland)
  16. 45 Years (dir. Andrew Haigh)
  17. Taxi Tehran (dir. Jafar Panahi)
  18. Mistress America (dir. Noah Baumbach)
  19. Bridge of Spies (dir. Steven Spielberg)
  20. Jauja (dir. Lisandro Alonso)
  21. Maps to the Stars (dir. David Cronenberg)
  22. Heaven Knows What (dir. Josh & Benny Safdie)
  23. Tangerine (dir. Sean Baker)
  24. Brooklyn (dir. John Crowley)
  25. It Follows (dir. David Robert Mitchell)
  26. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (dir. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon)\

The rest of them, ranked.

2014:

Goodbye to Language 2

  1. Under the Skin (dir. Jonathan Glazer)
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel (dir. Wes Anderson)
  3. Palo Alto (dir. Gia Coppola)
  4. Boyhood (dir. Richard Linklater)
  5. Goodbye to Language (dir. Jean-Luc Godard)
  6. Inherent Vice (dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
  7. Whiplash (dir. Damien Chazelle)
  8. Winter Sleep (dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
  9. A Most Violent Year (dir. J.C. Chandor)
  10. Two Days, One Night (dir. Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
  11. Ida (dir. Pawel Pawlikowski)
  12. The Lego Movie (dir. Phil Lord & Christopher Miller)
  13. Leviathan (dir. Andrei Zvyagintsev)
  14. The Immigrant (dir. James Gray
  15. Snowpiercer (dir. Bong Joon-Ho)
  16. The Raid 2 (dir. Gareth Evans)
  17. Coherence (dir. James Ward Byrkit)
  18. Force Majeure (dir. Ruben Ostlund)
  19. Enemy (dir. Denis Villeneuve)
  20. Interstellar (dir. Christopher Nolan)
  21. Gone Girl (dir. David Fincher)
  22. Listen Up Phillip (dir. Alex Ross Perry)
  23. God Help the Girl (dir. Stuart Murdoch)
  24. 99 Homes (dir. Rahmen Bahrani)
  25. Kumiko the Treasure Hunter (dir. David Zellner)
  26. The Guest (dir. Adam Wingard)
  27. Nightcrawler (dir. Dan Gilroy)
  28. Respire (dir. Melanie Laurent)

2013:

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  1. Her (dir. Spike Jonze)
  2. To The Wonder (dir. Terrence Malick)
  3. Blue is the Warmest Color (dir. Abdetallif Kechiche)
  4. Upstream Color (dir. Shane Carruth)
  5. Inside Llewyn Davis (dir. Joel & Ethan Coen)
  6. 12 Years a Slave (dir. Steve McQueen)
  7. Something in the Air (dir. Olivier Assayas)
  8. Before Midnight (dir. Richard Linklater)
  9. The Wind Rises (dir. Hayao Miyzaki)
  10. Short Term 12 (dir. Destin Daniel Cretton)
  11. Spring Breakers (dir. Harmony Korine)
  12. The Act of Killing (dir. Joshua Oppenheimer)
  13. Like Someone in Love (dir. Abbas Kiarostami)
  14. The Great Beauty (dir. Paolo Sorrentino)
  15. Stories We Tell (dir. Sarah Polley)
  16. Young & Beautiful (dir. Francois Ozon)
  17. We Are the Best (dir. Lukas Moodysson)
  18. Drinking Buddies (dir. Joe Swanberg)
  19. Pacific Rim (dir. Guillermo del Toro)
  20. Berberian Sound Studio (dir. Peter Strickland)
  21. Captain Phillips (dir. Peter Greengrass)
  22. White House Down (dir. Rolland Emmerich)