Tuesday, October 16, 2012

World Cinema Guide: USA (830 Greatest Films 1929-2005)


When I say ‘greatest’ in the title above I mean ‘most critically acclaimed, based on a consensus of opinion’ and for details of how I established that - and why this list only goes up to 2005 - please see ‘World Cinema Guide: Introduction’. 

In the alphabetical table of contents at the right you will also find similar lists for other countries: World Cinema Guide China, World Cinema Guide France, World Cinema Guide Germany etc

Note that within this list there is in effect a ‘best of the best’ list: the most critically acclaimed 10-20% of films from this country are marked with a *.


1929 Hallelujah (King Vidor)
1929 The Love Parade (Ernst Lubitsch)
1930 All Quiet on the Western Front* (Lewis Milestone)
1930 Animal Crackers (Victor Heerman)
1930 Morocco (Josef Von Sternberg)
1931 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Rouben Mamoulian)
1931 Dracula (Tod Browning)
1931 Frankenstein (James Whale)
1931 Little Caesar (Mervyn Leroy)
1931 Monkey Business (Norman Z. McLeod)
1931 The Last Flight (William Dieterle)
1931 The Public Enemy (William A. Wellman)
1932 Freaks* (Tod Browning)
1932 Horse Feathers* (Norman Z. McLeod)
1932 I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang* (Mervyn Leroy)
1932 Million Dollar Legs (Edward F. Cline)
1932 One Hour with You (Ernst Lubitsch, George Cukor)
1932 Scarface* (Howard Hawks)
1932 Shanghai Express* (Josef Von Sternberg)
1932 The Most Dangerous Game (Ernest B. Schoedsack, Irving Pichel)
1932 The Music Box (James Parrott)
1932 The Old Dark House (James Whale)
1932 Trouble in Paradise* (Ernst Lubitsch)
1933 Design for Living (Ernst Lubitsch)
1933 Dinner at Eight (George Cukor)
1933 Duck Soup* (Leo McCarey)
1933 Footlight Parade (Lloyd Bacon)
1933 Forty Second Street* (Lloyd Bacon)
1933 Island of Lost Souls (Erle C. Kenton)
1933 King Kong* (Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack)
1933 Ladykiller (Roy Del Ruth)
1933 Little Women (George Cukor)
1933 Man's Castle (Frank Borzage)
1933 Sons of the Desert (William A. Seiter)
1933 Wild Boys of the Road (William Wellman)
1934 It Happened One Night* (Frank Capra)
1934 It's a Gift* (Norman Z. McLeod)
1934 The Front Page (Lewis Milestone)
1934 The Scarlet Empress* (Josef Von Sternberg)
1934 The Thin Man (W.S. Van Dyke)
1934 Twentieth Century (Howard Hawks)
1935 A Night at the Opera* (Sam Wood)
1935 A Tale of Two Cities (Jack Conway)
1935 Bride of Frankenstein* (James Whale)
1935 Captain Blood (Michael Curtiz)
1935 G Men (William Keighley)
1935 Mutiny on the Bounty* (Frank Lloyd)
1935 Ruggles of Red Gap (Leo McCarey)
1935 Top Hat* (Mark Sandrich)
1936 Fury* (Fritz Lang)
1936 Libeled Lady (Jack Conway)
1936 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (Frank Capra)
1936 My Man Godfrey (Gregory La Cava)
1936 Rose Hobart (Joseph Cornell)
1936 Swing Time* (George Stevens)
1936 The Petrified Forest (Archie Mayo)
1936 The Whole Town's Talking (John Ford)
1936 These Three (William Wyler)
1936 Way Out West* (James W. Horne)
1937 A Day at the Races* (Sam Wood)
1937 A Star Is Born (William A. Wellman)
1937 Camille (George Cukor)
1937 History Is Made at Night (Frank Borzage)
1937 Love Me Tonight (Rouben Mamoulian)
1937 Make Way for Tomorrow* (Leo McCarey)
1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs* (David Hand)
1937 Stage Door (Gregory La Cava)
1937 Stella Dallas (King Vidor)
1937 The Awful Truth (Leo McCarey)
1937 They Won't Forget* (Mervyn Leroy)
1937 You Only Live Once* (Fritz Lang)
1938 Bringing Up Baby* (Howard Hawks)
1938 Holiday (George Cukor)
1938 Jezebel (William Wyler)
1938 The Adventures of Robin Hood (Michael Curtiz, William Keighley)
1938 Three Comrades (Frank Borzage)
1938 You Can't Take It with You (Frank Capra)
1939 Dark Victory (Edmund Goulding)
1939 Destry Rides Again* (George Marshall)
1939 Drums Along the Mohawk (John Ford)
1939 Gone with the Wind* (Victor Fleming)
1939 Gunga Din* (George Stevens)
1939 Midnight (Mitchell Leisen)
1939 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington* (Frank Capra)
1939 Ninotchka* (Ernst Lubitsch)
1939 Of Mice and Men (Lewis Milestone)
1939 Only Angels Have Wings* (Howard Hawks)
1939 Stagecoach* (John Ford)
1939 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Alfred L. Werker)
1939 The Dawn Patrol (Edmund Goulding)
1939 The Wizard of Oz* (Victor Fleming)
1939 The Women* (George Cukor)
1939 Wuthering Heights* (William Wyler)
1939 Young Mr. Lincoln (John Ford)
1940 Dance, Girl, Dance (Dorothy Arzner)
1940 Fantasia (Ben Sharpsteen)
1940 Foreign Correspondent* (Alfred Hitchcock)
1940 His Girl Friday* (Howard Hawks)
1940 Our Town (Sam Wood)
1940 Pinocchio* (Ben Sharpsteen, Hamilton Luske)
1940 Pride and Prejudice (Robert Z Leonard)
1940 Rebecca* (Alfred Hitchcock)
1940 The Bank Dick (Edward F. Cline)
1940 The Grapes of Wrath* (John Ford)
1940 The Great Dictator (Charles Chaplin)
1940 The Letter (William Wyler)
1940 The Long Voyage Home (John Ford)
1940 The Mortal Storm (Frank Borzage)
1940 The Philadelphia Story* (George Cukor)
1940 The Sea Hawk (Michael Curtiz)
1940 The Shop Around the Corner* (Ernst Lubitsch)
1940 Waterloo Bridge (Mervyn Leroy)
1941 Citizen Kane* (Orson Welles)
1941 Dumbo (Ben Sharpsteen)
1941 Hellzapoppin (H. C. Potter)
1941 Here Comes Mr. Jordan (Alexander Hall)
1941 High Sierra (Raoul Walsh)
1941 How Green Was My Valley* (John Ford)
1941 Man Hunt (Fritz Lang)
1941 Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (Edward F. Cline)
1941 Sergeant York* (Howard Hawks)
1941 Sullivan's Travels* (Preston Sturges)
1941 Suspicion (Alfred Hitchcock)
1941 The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges)
1941 The Little Foxes (William Wyler)
1941 The Maltese Falcon* (John Huston)
1941 The Wolf Man (George Waggner)
1942 Ball of Fire* (Howard Hawks)
1942 Bambi* (David Hand)
1942 Casablanca* (Michael Curtiz)
1942 Cat People (Jacques Tourneur)
1942 King's Row (Sam Wood)
1942 Now, Voyager (Irving Rapper)
1942 Talk of the Town* (George Stevens)
1942 The Magnificent Ambersons* (Orson Welles)
1942 The Major and the Minor (Billy Wilder)
1942 The Man Who Came to Dinner (William Keighley)
1942 The Palm Beach Story (Preston Sturges)
1942 To Be Or Not to Be* (Ernst Lubitsch)
1942 Woman of the Year (George Stevens)
1943 Five Graves to Cairo (Billy Wilder)
1943 Meshes of The Afternoon* (Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid)
1943 Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock)
1943 The Ox-Bow Incident (William A. Wellman)
1944 At Land (Maya Deren)
1944 Double Indemnity* (Billy Wilder)
1944 Hail the Conquering Hero* (Preston Sturges)
1944 It Happened Tomorrow (Rene Clair)
1944 Laura* (Otto Preminger)
1944 Lifeboat (Alfred Hitchcock)
1944 Meet Me in St. Louis* (Vincente Minnelli)
1944 Murder My Sweet (Edward Dmytryk)
1944 The Miracle of Morgan's Creek* (Preston Sturges)
1944 To Have and Have Not* (Howard Hawks)
1945 And Then There Were None (Rene Clair)
1945 Detour* (Edgar G. Ulmer)
1945 Kitty (Mitchell Leisen)
1945 Leave Her to Heaven (John M. Stahl)
1945 Mildred Pierce* (Michael Curtiz)
1945 Spellbound (Alfred Hitchcock)
1945 The Lost Weekend (Billy Wilder)
1945 The Woman in the Window (Fritz Lang)
1945 They Were Expendable (John Ford)
1946 Gilda* (Charles Vidor)
1946 It's a Wonderful Life* (Frank Capra)
1946 My Darling Clementine* (John Ford)
1946 Notorious* (Alfred Hitchcock)
1946 The Best Years of Our Lives* (William Wyler)
1946 The Big Sleep* (Howard Hawks)
1946 The Killers* (Robert Siodmak)
1946 The Postman Always Rings Twice* (Tay Garnett)
1946 The Spiral Staircase (Robert Siodmak)
1946 The Stranger (Orson Welles)
1947 Body and Soul (Robert Rossen)
1947 Brute Force (Jules Dassin)
1947 Crossfire (Edward Dmytryk)
1947 Monsieur Verdoux (Charles Chaplin)
1947 Nightmare Alley (Edmund Goulding)
1947 Out of the Past* (Jacques Tourneur)
1947 Portrait of Jennie (William Dieterle)
1947 The Fugitive (John Ford)
1947 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Norman Z. McLeod)
1948 A Letter to Three Wives* (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
1948 Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Charles Barton)
1948 Force of Evil* (Abraham Polonsky)
1948 Johnny Belinda (Jean Negulesco)
1948 Key Largo (John Huston)
1948 Letter from an Unknown Woman* (Max Ophuls)
1948 Louisiana Story (Robert Flaherty)
1948 Moonrise (Frank Borzage)
1948 Red River* (Howard Hawks)
1948 State of the Union (Frank Capra)
1948 The Lady from Shanghai (Orson Welles)
1948 The Naked City* (Jules Dassin)
1948 The Paleface (Norman Z. McLeod)
1948 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre* (John Huston)
1948 Unfaithfully Yours (Preston Sturges)
1949 Act of Violence (Fred Zinnemann)
1949 Adam's Rib (George Cukor)
1949 All the King's Men (Robert Rossen)
1949 Gun Crazy* (Joseph H. Lewis)
1949 On the Town* (Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly)
1949 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon* (John Ford)
1949 The Heiress (William Wyler)
1949 The Reckless Moment (Max Ophuls)
1949 The Set-Up (Robert Wise)
1949 They Live by Night (Nicholas Ray)
1949 White Heat* (Raoul Walsh)
1950 All about Eve* (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
1950 Born Yesterday (George Cukor)
1950 Broken Arrow (Delmer Daves)
1950 D.O.A. (Rudolph Mate)
1950 Harvey* (Henry Koster)
1950 In a Lonely Place* (Nicholas Ray)
1950 Panic in the Streets (Elia Kazan)
1950 Rio Grande (John Ford)
1950 Sunset Boulevard* (Billy Wilder)
1950 The Asphalt Jungle* (John Huston)
1950 The Gunfighter (Henry King)
1950 The Men (Fred Zinnemann)
1950 Wagonmaster (John Ford)
1950 Winchester 73 (Anthony Mann)
1951 A Place in the Sun (George Stevens)
1951 A Streetcar Named Desire* (Elia Kazan)
1951 Ace in the Hole (Billy Wilder)
1951 An American in Paris* (Vincente Minnelli)
1951 Death of a Salesman (Laszlo Benedek)
1951 Detective Story (William Wyler)
1951 Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (Albert Lewin)
1951 Strangers on a Train* (Alfred Hitchcock)
1951 The African Queen* (John Huston)
1951 The Day the Earth Stood Still* (Robert Wise)
1951 The Thing from Another World (Christian Nyby, Howard Hawks)
1952 Angel Face (Otto Preminger)
1952 Bend of the River (Anthony Mann)
1952 High Noon* (Fred Zinnemann)
1952 Othello (Orson Welles)
1952 Singin' in the Rain* (Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly)
1952 The Big Sky (Howard Hawks)
1952 The Narrow Margin (Richard Fleischer)
1952 The Quiet Man (John Ford)
1953 From Here to Eternity* (Fred Zinnemann)
1953 Julius Caesar (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
1953 Pickup on South Street* (Samuel Fuller)
1953 Roman Holiday (William Wyler)
1953 Shane* (George Stevens)
1953 Stalag 17* (Billy Wilder)
1953 The Bad and the Beautiful (Vincente Minnelli)
1953 The Big Heat (Fritz Lang)
1953 The Bigamist (Ida Lupino)
1953 The Hitch-Hiker (Ida Lupino)
1953 The Naked Spur (Anthony Mann)
1953 War of the Worlds (Byron Haskin)
1954 A Star Is Born* (George Cukor)
1954 Carmen Jones (Otto Preminger)
1954 Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray)
1954 On the Waterfront* (Elia Kazan)
1954 Rear Window* (Alfred Hitchcock)
1954 Salt of the Earth (Herbert J. Biberman)
1954 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Stanley Donen)
1954 Suddenly (Lewis Allen)
1954 The Band Wagon* (Vincente Minnelli)
1955 Artists and Models (Frank Tashlin)
1955 Bad Day at Black Rock (John Sturges)
1955 East of Eden (Elia Kazan)
1955 Guys and Dolls (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
1955 Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich)
1955 Marty (Delbert Mann)
1955 Night of the Hunter* (Charles Laughton)
1955 Oklahoma! (Fred Zinnemann)
1955 Picnic (Joshua Logan)
1955 Rebel Without a Cause* (Nicholas Ray)
1955 The Man from Laramie (Anthony Mann)
1955 The Man with the Golden Arm (Otto Preminger)
1955 The Seven Year Itch (Billy Wilder)
1956 All That Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk)
1956 Baby Doll (Elia Kazan)
1956 Bigger Than Life (Nicholas Ray)
1956 Forbidden Planet* (Fred Wilcox)
1956 Giant (George Stevens)
1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel)
1956 Somebody Up There Likes Me (Robert Wise)
1956 The Killing (Stanley Kubrick)
1956 The Searchers* (John Ford)
1957 Edge of the City (Martin Ritt)
1957 Funny Face (Stanley Donen)
1957 Paths of Glory* (Stanley Kubrick)
1957 Run of the Arrow (Samuel Fuller)
1957 The Sweet Smell of Success* (Alexander Mackendrick)
1957 The Tall T (Budd Boetticher)
1957 Twelve Angry Men* (Sidney Lumet)
1957 Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (Frank Tashlin)
1957 Written on the Wind* (Douglas Sirk)
1958 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Richard Brooks)
1958 Gigi (Vincente Minnelli)
1958 I Want to Live! (Robert Wise)
1958 The Quiet American (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
1958 The Tarnished Angels (Douglas Sirk)
1958 Touch of Evil* (Orson Welles)
1958 Vertigo* (Alfred Hitchcock)
1959 Anatomy of a Murder* (Otto Preminger)
1959 Imitation of Life (Douglas Sirk)
1959 North by Northwest* (Alfred Hitchcock)
1959 Pillow Talk (Michael Gordon)
1959 Rio Bravo* (Howard Hawks)
1959 Shadows* (John Cassavetes)
1959 Some Like It Hot* (Billy Wilder)
1959 Suddenly, Last Summer (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
1960 Come Back Africa (Lionel Rogosin)
1960 Inherit the Wind (Stanley Kramer)
1960 Primary* (Robert Drew)
1960 Psycho* (Alfred Hitchcock)
1960 Spartacus* (Stanley Kubrick)
1960 The Apartment* (Billy Wilder)
1961 A Raisin' in the Sun (Daniel Petrie)
1961 Splendor in the Grass (Elia Kazan)
1961 The Children's Hour (William Wyler)
1961 The Hustler* (Robert Rossen)
1961 The Misfits (John Huston)
1961 West Side Story* (Robert Wise)
1962 Birdman of Alcatraz (John Frankenheimer)
1962 Dog Star Man: Part 1* (Stan Brakhage)
1962 Heaven and Earth Magic (Harry Smith)
1962 Lolita* (Stanley Kubrick)
1962 Long Day's Journey Into Night (Sidney Lumet)
1962 Mutiny on the Bounty (Lewis Milestone)
1962 Ride the High Country (Sam Peckinpah)
1962 The Connection (Shirley Clarke)
1962 The Longest Day (Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki)
1962 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance* (John Ford)
1962 The Manchurian Candidate* (John Frankenheimer)
1962 The Miracle Worker (Arthur Penn)
1963 America, America * (Elia Kazan)
1963 Charade (Stanley Donen)
1963 Days of Wine and Roses (Blake Edwards)
1963 Flaming Creatures (Jack Smith)
1963 Hud* (Martin Ritt)
1963 Shock Corridor (Samuel Fuller)
1963 The Birds* (Alfred Hitchcock)
1963 The Great Escape* (John Sturges)
1963 The Haunting (Robert Wise)
1963 The Nutty Professor (Jerry Lewis)
1963 To Kill a Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan)
1964 Lilith (Robert Rossen)
1964 Nothing But a Man (Michael Roemer)
1964 Point of Order (Emile De Antonio)
1964 Scorpio Rising* (Kenneth Anger)
1964 The Cool World (Shirley Clarke)
1965 Film (Alan Schneider)
1965 Major Dundee (Sam Peckinpah)
1965 The Pawnbroker (Sidney Lumet)
1966 Chelsea Girls (Andy Warhol)
1966 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?* (Mike Nichols)
1967 Bonnie and Clyde* (Arthur Penn)
1967 Cool Hand Luke (Stuart Rosenberg)
1967 Don't Look Back (D.A. Pennebaker)
1967 In Cold Blood (Richard Brooks)
1967 In the Heat of the Night* (Norman Jewison)
1967 Point Blank (John Boorman)
1967 The Dirty Dozen (Robert Aldrich)
1967 The Graduate* (Mike Nichols)
1967 The Jungle Book* (Wolfgang Reitherman)
1967 Titicut Follies (Frederick Wiseman)
1968 Bullitt (Peter Yates)
1968 David Holzman's Diary (Jim McBride)
1968 Faces* (John Cassavetes)
1968 High School (Frederick Wiseman)
1968 In the Year of the Pig* (Emile De Antonio)
1968 Night of the Living Dead* (George A. Romero)
1968 Planet of the Apes (Franklin J. Schaffner)
1968 Rosemary's Baby* (Roman Polanski)
1968 The Producers* (Mel Brooks)
1968 Who's That Knocking at My Door? (Martin Scorsese)
1969 Alice's Restaurant (Arthur Penn)
1969 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (George Roy Hill)
1969 Medium Cool* (Haskell Wexler)
1969 Midnight Cowboy (John Schlesinger)
1969 Monterey Pop (D.A. Pennebaker)
1969 Putney Swope (Robert Downey Sr.)
1969 Salesman* (Albert Maysles, David Maysles)
1969 The Wild Bunch* (Sam Peckinpah)
1969 They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (Sydney Pollack)
1970 Five Easy Pieces* (Bob Rafelson)
1970 Gimme Shelter* (Albert Maysles, David Maysles)
1970 Hospital (Frederick Wiseman)
1970 King: A Filmed Record... (Sidney Lumet, Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
1970 Little Big Man (Arthur Penn)
1970 M*A*S*H* (Robert Altman)
1970 Patton* (Franklin J. Schaffner)
1970 The Ballad of Cable Hogue (Sam Peckinpah)
1970 Wanda (Barbara Loden)
1970 Woodstock* (Michael Wadleigh)
1971 A New Leaf (Elaine May)
1971 Bananas* (Woody Allen)
1971 Basic Training* (Frederick Wiseman)
1971 Carnal Knowledge (Mike Nichols)
1971 Dirty Harry (Don Siegel)
1971 Duel (Steven Spielberg)
1971 Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby)
1971 Johnny Got His Gun (Dalton Trumbo)
1971 Klute (Alan J. Pakula)
1971 McCabe and Mrs. Miller* (Robert Altman)
1971 Minnie and Moskowitz (John Cassavetes)
1971 Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song (Melvin Van Peebles)
1971 Taking Off (Milos Forman)
1971 The French Connection* (William Friedkin)
1971 The Last Picture Show* (Peter Bogdanovich)
1972 A Sense of Loss (Marcel Ophuls)
1972 Bad Company (Robert Benton)
1972 Cabaret* (Bob Fosse)
1972 Deliverance* (John Boorman)
1972 Fat City (John Huston)
1972 Malcolm X (Arnold Perl)
1972 Play It Again, Sam (Herbert Ross)
1972 Silent Running (Douglas Trumbull)
1972 Sounder (Martin Ritt)
1972 Straw Dogs (Sam Peckinpah)
1972 The Godfather* (Francis Ford Coppola)
1972 The Heartbreak Kid (Elaine May)
1972 Tomorrow (Joseph Anthony)
1972 Ulzana's Raid (Robert Aldrich)
1973 American Graffiti (George Lucas)
1973 Badlands* (Terence Malick)
1973 Electra Glide in Blue (James William Guercio)
1973 Heavy Traffic (Ralph Bakshi)
1973 Juvenile Court (Frederick Wiseman)
1973 Mean Streets* (Martin Scorsese)
1973 Paper Moon (Peter Bogdanovich)
1973 Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (Sam Peckinpah)
1973 Scarecrow (Jerry Schatzberg)
1973 Serpico (Sidney Lumet)
1973 Sleeper* (Woody Allen)
1973 The Exorcist (William Friedkin)
1973 The Last Detail (Hal Ashby)
1973 The Long Goodbye (Robert Altman)
1974 A Woman Under the Influence* (John Cassavetes)
1974 Blazing Saddles (Mel Brooks)
1974 Bring me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (Sam Peckinpah)
1974 Chinatown* (Roman Polanski)
1974 Hearts and Minds (Peter Davis)
1974 Lenny (Bob Fosse)
1974 That's Entertainment! (Jack Haley Jr.)
1974 The Conversation* (Francis Ford Coppola)
1974 The Godfather Part II* (Francis Ford Coppola)
1974 The Parallax View* (Alan J. Pakula)
1974 Young Frankenstein (Mel Brooks)
1975 Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore* (Martin Scorsese)
1975 Dog Day Afternoon* (Sidney Lumet)
1975 Grey Gardens (Albert Maysles, David Maysles)
1975 Jaws* (Steven Spielberg)
1975 Nashville* (Robert Altman)
1975 Night Moves (Arthur Penn)
1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest* (Milos Forman)
1975 Smile (Michael Ritchie)
1975 The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman)
1976 All the President's Men* (Alan J. Pakula)
1976 Bound for Glory (Hal Ashby)
1976 Carrie (Brian De Palma)
1976 Harlan County, U.S.A. (Barbara Kopple)
1976 Network (Sidney Lumet)
1976 Silent Movie (Mel Brooks)
1976 Taxi Driver* (Martin Scorsese)
1976 The Front (Martin Ritt)
1976 The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (John Cassavetes)
1976 The Last Tycoon (Elia Kazan)
1976 The Outlaw Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood)
1976 The Shootist (Don Siegel)
1976 Three Days of the Condor (Sydney Pollack)
1977 Annie Hall* (Woody Allen)
1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind* (Steven Spielberg)
1977 Julia (Fred Zinnemann)
1977 Killer of Sheep* (Charles Burnett)
1977 Last Chants for a Slow Dance (Jon Jost)
1977 Star Wars* (George Lucas)
1977 Three Women (Robert Altman)
1977 Who Are the Debolts? and.... (John Korty)
1978 Blue Collar (Paul Schrader)
1978 Coming Home (Hal Ashby)
1978 Days of Heaven* (Terence Malick)
1978 Remember My Name (Alan Rudolph)
1978 Scared Straight! (Arnold Shapiro)
1978 Straight Time (Ulu Grosbard)
1978 The Deer Hunter* (Michael Cimino)
1978 The Last Waltz (Martin Scorsese)
1979 All That Jazz (Bob Fosse)
1979 Apocalypse Now* (Francis Ford Coppola)
1979 Being There (Hal Ashby)
1979 Heartland (Richard Pearce)
1979 Manhattan* (Woody Allen)
1979 The China Syndrome (James Bridges)
1980 Airplane! (Jim Abrahams)
1980 Dressed to Kill (Brian De Palma)
1980 From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China (Murray Lerner)
1980 Gloria* (John Cassavetes)
1980 Heaven's Gate (Michael Cimino)
1980 Melvin and Howard (Jonathan Demme)
1980 Raging Bull* (Martin Scorsese)
1980 Return of the Secaucus 7 (John Sayles)
1980 Stardust Memories (Woody Allen)
1980 The Big Red One (Samuel Fuller)
1980 The Elephant Man* (David Lynch)
1980 The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (Connie Field)
1980 The Shining (Stanley Kubrick)
1981 Atlantic City* (Louis Malle)
1981 Blow Out (Brian De Palma)
1981 Body Heat (Lawrence Kasdan)
1981 Cutter's Way* (Ivan Passer)
1981 My Dinner with Andre (Louis Malle)
1981 Prince of the City (Sidney Lumet)
1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark* (Steven Spielberg)
1981 Reds (Warren Beatty)
1982 Blade Runner* (Ridley Scott)
1982 Chan Is Missing (Wayne Wang)
1982 Diner (Barry Levinson)
1982 Missing (Costa-Gavras)
1982 Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper)
1982 Shoot the Moon (Alan Parker)
1982 Tootsie (Sydney Pollack)
1983 A Christmas Story (Bob Clark)
1983 Betrayal (David Hugh Jones)
1983 El Norte (Gregory Nava)
1983 Koyannisqatsi* (Godfrey Reggio)
1983 Reuben, Reuben (Robert Ellis Miller)
1983 Scarface (Brian De Palma)
1983 Testament (Lynee Littman)
1983 The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese)
1983 The Right Stuff* (Philip Kaufman)
1983 Zelig (Woody Allen)
1984 Amadeus* (Milos Forman)
1984 Birdy (Alan Parker)
1984 Blood Simple* (Joel Coen)
1984 Choose Me (Alan Rudolph)
1984 Love Streams (John Cassavetes)
1984 Once Upon a Time in America* (Sergio Leone)
1984 Paris Texas* (Wim Wenders)
1984 Stop Making Sense (Jonathan Demme)
1984 Stranger Than Paradise (Jim Jarmusch)
1984 Streetwise (Martin Bell)
1984 The Times of Harvey Milk (Rob Epstein)
1985 After Hours (Martin Scorsese)
1985 Lost in America (Albert Brooks)
1985 Re-Animator (Stuart Gordon)
1985 The Color Purple (Steven Spielberg)
1985 Vladimir Horowitz: The Last Romantic (David Maysles)
1986 Aliens (James Cameron)
1986 Blue Velvet* (David Lynch)
1986 Hannah and Her Sisters* (Woody Allen)
1986 Platoon* (Oliver Stone)
1986 Sherman's March (Ross McElwee)
1986 The Fly (David Cronenberg)
1987 Barfly (Barbet Schroeder)
1987 Full Metal Jacket (Stanley Kubrick)
1987 House of Games (David Mamet)
1987 Matewan (John Sayles)
1987 Raising Arizona (Joel Coen)
1987 Swimming to Cambodia (Jonathan Demme)
1987 The Dead (John Huston)
1987 The Untouchables (Brian De Palma)
1988 Bird* (Clint Eastwood)
1988 Comic Book Confidential (Ron Mann)
1988 Eight Men Out (John Sayles)
1988 Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie (Marcel Ophuls)
1988 Let's Get Lost (Bruce Weber)
1988 Mississippi Burning (Alan Parker)
1988 Rain Man (Barry Levinson)
1988 Running on Empty (Sidney Lumet)
1988 Talk Radio (Oliver Stone)
1988 The Thin Blue Line* (Errol Morris)
1988 The Unbearable Lightness of Being* (Philip Kaufman)
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Robert Zemeckis)
1989 Born on the Fourth of July* (Oliver Stone)
1989 Chameleon Street (Wendell B. Harris Jr.)
1989 Crimes and Misdemeanors (Woody Allen)
1989 Do the Right Thing* (Spike Lee)
1989 Drugstore Cowboy* (Gus Van Sant)
1989 Heathers (Michael Lehmann)
1989 Mystery Train (Jim Jarmusch)
1989 Roger and Me (Michael Moore)
1989 Sex, Lies and Videotape * (Steven Soderbergh)
1989 The Unbelievable Truth (Hal Hartley)
1989 Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser (Charlotte Zwerin)
1989 True Love (Nancy Savoca)
1989 Twin Peaks (David Lynch)
1990 Dances with Wolves (Kevin Costner)
1990 Goodfellas* (Martin Scorsese)
1990 King of New York (Abel Ferrara)
1990 Metropolitan (Whit Stillman)
1990 Mountains of the Moon (Bob Rafelson)
1990 Paris Is Burning (Jennie Livingston)
1990 Postcards from the Edge (Mike Nichols)
1990 Reversal of Fortune (Barbet Schroeder)
1990 The Grifters* (Stephen Frears)
1990 To Sleep with Anger (Charles Burnett)
1990 Vincent & Theo (Robert Altman)
1991 American Dream (Barbara Kopple)
1991 Barton Fink* (Joel Coen)
1991 Beauty and the Beast (Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise)
1991 Boyz n the Hood (John Singleton)
1991 City of Hope (John Sayles)
1991 Grand Canyon (Lawrence Kasdan)
1991 Hearts of Darkness...* (Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper)
1991 JFK (Oliver Stone)
1991 My Own Private Idaho (Gus Van Sant)
1991 Point Break (Kathryn Bigelow)
1991 Poison (Todd Haynes)
1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day (James Cameron)
1991 The Rapture (Michael Tolkin)
1991 The Silence of the Lambs* (Jonathan Demme)
1991 Thelma and Louise* (Ridley Scott)
1992 A Brief History of Time (Errol Morris)
1992 Aladdin (Ron Clements, John Musker)
1992 Brother's Keeper (Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky)
1992 Citizen Cohn (Frank Pierson)
1992 Gas Food Lodging (Allison Anders)
1992 Husbands and Wives (Woody Allen)
1992 Last of the Mohicans (Michael Mann)
1992 Malcolm X* (Spike Lee)
1992 Night on Earth (Jim Jarmusch)
1992 One False Move (Carl Franklin)
1992 Passion Fish (John Sayles)
1992 Reservoir Dogs* (Quentin Tarantino)
1992 Singles (Cameron Crowe)
1992 The Player* (Robert Altman)
1992 Unforgiven* (Clint Eastwood)
1993 Carlito’s Way (Brian De Palma)
1993 Groundhog Day* (Harold Ramis)
1993 In the Line of Fire (Wolfgang Petersen)
1993 King of the Hill (Steven Soderbergh)
1993 Menace 11 Society (Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes)
1993 Ruby in Paradise (Victor Nunez)
1993 Schindler's List* (Steven Spielberg)
1993 Searching for Bobby Fischer (Steven Zaillian)
1993 Short Cuts* (Robert Altman)
1993 Six Degrees of Separation (Fred Schepisi)
1993 The Fugitive (Andrew Davis)
1993 The Last Seduction (John Dahl)
1993 The War Room (Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker)
1993 What's Eating Gilbert Grape? (Lasse Hallstrom)
1994 Barcelona (Whit Stillman)
1994 Clerks* (Kevin Smith)
1994 Crumb (Terry Zwigoff)
1994 Go Fish (Rose Troche)
1994 Hoop Dreams* (Steve James)
1994 Pulp Fiction* (Quentin Tarantino)
1994 Quiz Show (Robert Redford)
1994 Serial Mom (John Waters)
1994 Spanking the Monkey (David O Russell)
1994 Speed (Jan De Bont)
1994 The Lion King* (Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff)
1994 The Shawshank Redemption* (Frank Darabont)
1994 Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey (Steven M. Martin)
1994 Vanya on 42nd Street (Louis Malle)
1995 Braveheart (Mel Gibson)
1995 Citizen X (Chris Gerolmo)
1995 Clockers (Spike Lee)
1995 Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch)
1995 Dead Man Walking* (Tim Robbins)
1995 Devil in a Blue Dress (Carl Franklin)
1995 Heat* (Michael Mann)
1995 Leaving Las Vegas (Mike Figgis)
1995 Living in Oblivion (Tom Dicillo)
1995 Seven* (David Fincher)
1995 The Celluloid Closet (Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman)
1995 The Usual Suspects* (Bryan Singer)
1995 Toy Story* (John Lasseter)
1995 Welcome to the Dollhouse (Todd Solondz)
1996 Big Night (Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci)
1996 Evita (Alan Parker)
1996 Fargo* (Joel Coen)
1996 Hard Eight (Paul Thomas Anderson)
1996 Lone Star (John Sayles)
1996 Mars Attacks (Tim Burton)
1996 Primal Fear (Gregory Hoblit)
1996 Scream (Wes Craven)
1996 Sling Blade (Billy Bob Thornton)
1996 Swingers (Doug Liman)
1996 The English Patient* (Anthony Minghella)
1996 The Funeral (Abel Ferrara)
1996 Trees Lounge (Steve Buscemi)
1996 When We Were Kings (Leon Gast)
1997 4 Little Girls (Spike Lee)
1997 Affliction (Paul Schrader)
1997 Boogie Nights* (Paul Thomas Anderson)
1997 Contact (Robert Zemeckis)
1997 Deconstructing Harry* (Woody Allen)
1997 Donnie Brasco* (Mike Newell)
1997 Face/Off (John Woo)
1997 Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control * (Errol Morris)
1997 Grosse Point Blank (George Armitage)
1997 Henry Fool (Hal Hartley)
1997 In the Company of Men (Neil Labute)
1997 Jackie Brown (Quentin Tarantino)
1997 L.A. Confidential* (Curtis Hanson)
1997 Lost Highway (David Lynch)
1997 Men with Guns (John Sayles)
1997 Sick: The Life & Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist (Kirby Dick)
1997 Sunday (Jonathan Nossiter)
1997 The Game (David Fincher)
1997 The Ice Storm (Ang Lee)
1997 Titanic (James Cameron)
1997 Waco: The Rules of Engagement (William Gazecki)
1998 Bulworth (Warren Beatty)
1998 Happiness* (Todd Solondz)
1998 High Art (Lisa Cholodenko)
1998 Pi (Darren Aronofsky)
1998 Rushmore (Wes Anderson)
1998 Saving Private Ryan* (Steven Spielberg)
1998 Shakespeare in Love* (John Madden)
1998 The Big Lebowski (Joel Coen)
1998 The Spanish Prisoner (David Mamet)
1998 The Thin Red Line (Terence Malick)
1998 The Truman Show* (Peter Weir)
1998 There's Something about Mary (Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly)
1999 American Beauty* (Sam Mendes)
1999 American Movie: The Making of Northwestern* (Chris Smith)
1999 Being John Malkovich* (Spike Jonze)
1999 Boys Don't Cry* (Kimberly Peirce)
1999 Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick)
1999 Fight Club* (David Fincher)
1999 Magnolia* (Paul Thomas Anderson)
1999 The Insider (Michael Mann)
1999 The Iron Giant (Brad Bird)
1999 The Matrix (Wachowski)
1999 The Sixth Sense* (M. Night Shyamalan)
1999 The Virgin Suicides (Sofia Coppola)
1999 Three Kings* (David O Russell)
1999 Three Seasons (Tony Bui)
1999 Toy Story 2 (John Lasseter)
1999 Wisconsin Death Trip (James Marsh)
2000 Children Underground (Edet Belzberg)
2000 George Washington (David Gordon Green)
2000 Gladiator* (Ridley Scott)
2000 Memento* (Christopher Nolan)
2000 Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky)
2000 Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her (Rodrigo Garcia)
2000 Timecode (Mike Figgis)
2000 Traffic* (Steven Soderbergh)
2000 Wonder Boys (Curtis Hanson)
2000 You Can Count on Me (Kenneth Lonergan)
2001 A Beautiful Mind (Ron Howard)
2001 Bully (Larry Clark)
2001 Ghost World* (Terry Zwigoff)
2001 Lord of the Rings, Part 1 * (Peter Jackson)
2001 Lovely & Amazing (Nicole Holofcener)
2001 Monster's Ball (Marc Forster)
2001 Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrmann)
2001 Mulholland Drive* (David Lynch)
2001 Shrek (Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson)
2001 Southern Comfort (Kate Davis)
2001 Storytelling (Todd Solondz)
2001 The Believer (Henry Bean)
2001 The Man Who Wasn't There (Joel Coen)
2001 The Royal Tennenbaums* (Wes Anderson)
2001 Thirteen Conversations about One Thing (Jill Sprecher)
2001 Waking Life* (Richard Linklater)
2002 25th Hour (Spike Lee)
2002 7 Days in September (Steve Rosenbaum)
2002 About Schmidt Alexander Payne)
2002 Adaptation* (Spike Jonze)
2002 Bowling for Columbine (Michael Moore)
2002 Catch Me If You Can (Steven Spielberg)
2002 Chicago (Rob Marshall)
2002 Far from Heaven* (Todd Haynes)
2002 Gangs of New York (Martin Scorsese)
2002 Igby Goes Down (Burr Steers)
2002 Lord of the Rings, Part 11 (Peter Jackson)
2002 Personal Velocity: Three Portraits (Rebecca Miller)
2002 Roger Dodger (Dylan Kidd)
2002 Sister Helen (Rebecca Cammisa, Rob Fruchtman)
2002 Solaris (Steven Soderbergh)
2002 The Hours (Stephen Daldry)
2002 The Weather Underground (Sam Green, Bill Siegel)
2003 21 Grams* (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu)
2003 American Splendor* (Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini)
2003 Bright Leaves (Ross McElwee)
2003 Capturing the Friedmans* (Andrew Jarecki)
2003 Elephant* (Gus Van Sant)
2003 Kill Bill, Part 1 (Quentin Tarantino)
2003 Lord of the Rings, Part 111 (Peter Jackson)
2003 Los Angeles Plays Itself* (Thom Andersen)
2003 Lost in Translation* (Sofia Coppola)
2003 Monster* (Patty Jenkins)
2003 My Architect: A Son's Journey (Nathaniel Kahn)
2003 Shattered Glass Billy Ray)
2003 Tarnation* (Jonathan Caouette)
2003 The Agronomist (Jonathan Demme)
2003 The Corporation (Jennifer Abbott, Mark Achbar)
2003 The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons....* (Errol Morris)
2003 The Station Agent (Thomas McCarthy)
2004 Before Sunset* (Richard Linklater)
2004 Born Into Brothels (Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman)
2004 Closer (Mike Nichols)
2004 Control Room (Jehane Noujaim)
2004 Crash (Paul Haggis)
2004 Dig! (Ondi Timoner)
2004 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind* (Michel Gondry)
2004 Fahrenheit 9/11 (Michael Moore)
2004 Garden State (Zach Braff)
2004 Kill Bill, Part 11 (Quentin Tarantino)
2004 Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky)
2004 Million Dollar Baby* (Clint Eastwood)
2004 Mysterious Skin (Gregg Araki)
2004 Primer (Shane Carruth)
2004 Saving Face (Alice Wu)
2004 Sideways* (Alexander Payne)
2004 Super Size Me (Morgan Spurlock)
2004 The Aviator (Martin Scorsese)
2004 The Incredibles* (Brad Bird)
2004 The Woodsman (Nicole Kassell)
2005 A History of Violence* (David Cronenberg)
2005 Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee)
2005 Broken Flowers (Jim Jarmusch)
2005 Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Alex Gibney)
2005 Everything Is Illuminated (Liev Schreiber)
2005 Good Night, and Good Luck * (George Clooney)
2005 Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog)
2005 Junebug (Phil Morrison)
2005 Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (Shane Black)
2005 Last Days (Gus Van Sant)
2005 Mary (Abel Ferrara)
2005 Me and You and Everyone We Know (Miranda July)
2005 Munich* (Steven Spielberg)
2005 Murderball (Henry Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro)
2005 Neverwas (Joshua Michael Stern)
2005 No Direction Home: Bob Dylan* (Martin Scorsese)
2005 Sin City (Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez)
2005 Sketches of Frank Gehry (Sydney Pollack)
2005 The Devil and Daniel Johnston (Jeff Feuerzeig)
2005 The Squid and the Whale (Noah Baumbach)
2005 The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada* (Tommy Lee Jones)

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