last updated May 18th, 2015

Crazy Dave's All-Time Favorite Films
(by Year)

You end up getting some interesting patterns when you start grouping all your top movies by year. It certainly makes it easy for me to tell the good years from the bad. A year like 1995 was spectacular while 1994 was downright wretched. The more recent years are a little lacking as I'm still catching up on many of the movies. A few interesting statistics from this:
- I own the DVD, Movie Title - Best Picture winner
2015 (0 movies seen)
2014 (13 movies seen)
2013 (34 movies seen)
 1) 1) Boyhood  1) Gravity
 2) 2) Edge of Tomorrow  2) Before Midnight
 3) 3) Begin Again  3) Philomena
 4) 4) Captain America: The Winter Soldier  4) The Wolf of Wall Street
 5) 5) The Lego Movie  5) Dallas Buyers Club
 6) 6) The Grand Budapest Hotel  6) Oblivion
 7) 7) Guardians of the Galaxy  7) 12 Years a Slave
 8) 8) Transcendence  8) Nebraska
 9) 9) Godzilla  9) All Is Lost
10) 10) X-Men: Days of Future Past 10) Her
2012 (25 movies seen)
2011 (42 movies seen)
2010 (49 movies seen)
 1) The Impossible 1) Tomboy  1) Tangled
 2) The Avengers 2) The Descendants  2) How to Train Your Dragon
 3) Mud 3) Super 8  3) The American
 4) The Hunger Games 4) Win Win  4) Ramona and Beezus
 5) Looper 5) Detachment  5) Despicable Me
 6) Django Unchained 6) Rango  6) Winter's Bone
 7) Chronicle 7) The Grey  7) Toy Story 3
 8) A Hijacking 8) Contagion  8) Love and Other Drugs
 9) Get the Gringo 9) The Guard  9) Let Me In
10) Zero Dark Thirty 10) Carnage 10) The Social Network
2009 (55 movies seen)
2008 (51 movies seen)
2007 (62 movies seen)
 1) Avatar 1) The Wrestler  1) Michael Clayton
 2) Up in the Air 2) In Bruges  2) Into the Wild
 3) Up 3) The Dark Knight  3) Gone Baby Gone
 4) District 9 4) Real Time  4) Waitress
 5) Star Trek 5) Let the Right One In  5) Ratatouille
 6) Agora 6) Revolutionary Road  6) The Visitor
 7) Inglourious Basterds 7) Definitely, Maybe  7) Charlie Wilson's War
 8) Sherlock Holmes 8) Bolt  8) Lions for Lambs
 9) Invictus 9) Wendy and Lucy  9) The Savages
10) The Messenger 10) Wall-E 10) Juno
2006 (64 movies seen)
2005 (61 movies seen)
2004 (76 movies seen)
 1) V for Vendetta 1) Serenity  1) Sideways
 2) Children of Men 2) The Constant Gardener  2) The Incredibles
 3) Pan's Labyrinth 3) In Her Shoes  3) Garden State
 4) The Fountain 4) Sophie Scholl: The Final Days  4) Kinsey
 5) The Prestige 5) Good Night and Good Luck  5) Crash
 6) The Lives of Others 6) The Matador  6) The Woodsman
 7) Fast Food Nation 7) C.R.A.Z.Y.  7) Mean Creek
 8) Akeelah and the Bee 8) Capote  8) Before Sunset
 9) Casino Royale 9) Nine Lives  9) Collateral
10) Mission: Impossible III 10) Syriana 10) Saw
2003 (57 movies seen)
2002 (65 movies seen)
2001 (58 movies seen)
 1) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 1) The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  1) Amelie
 2) The Snow Walker 2) Changing Lanes  2) The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
 3) Lost in Translation 3) Insomnia  3) Shrek
 4)  X2 4) About Schmidt  4) The Others
 5) The Last Samurai 5) The Hours  5) The Score
 6) Finding Nemo 6) Gangs of New York  6) Swordfish
 7) Love Actually 7) Catch Me If You Can  7) Monsters, Inc.
 8) Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 8) One Hour Photo  8) A Beautiful Mind
 9) Mystic River 9) Adaptation  9) Bridget Jones's Diary
10) Kill Bill Vol. 1 10) Panic Room 10) Spy Kids
2000 (62 movies seen)
1999 (79 movies seen)
1998 (85 movies seen)
 1) Cast Away 1) American Beauty  1) Saving Private Ryan
 2) You Can Count on Me 2) The Iron Giant  2) American History X
 3) Requiem for a Dream 3) The Sixth Sense  3) Shakespeare in Love
 4) Gladiator 4) Election  4) The Interview
 5) Memento 5) Tarzan  5) Mulan
 6) The Family Man 6) Limbo  6) Deep Impact
 7) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 7) The Cider House Rules  7) The Truman Show
 8) Almost Famous 8) The Straight Story  8) One True Thing
 9) Unbreakable 9) October Sky  9) A Civil Action
10) What Lies Beneath 10) Toy Story 2 10) Dangerous Beauty
1997 (62 movies seen)
1996 (66 movies seen)
1995 (77 movies seen)
 1) Titanic  1) Jerry Maguire  1) Braveheart
 2) The Sweet Hereafter  2) Sling Blade  2) Dolores Claiborne
 3) Contact  3) Beautiful Girls  3) Sense and Sensibility
 4) Good Will Hunting  4) Lone Star  4) The Usual Suspects
 5) As Good As It Gets  5) The English Patient  5) Rob Roy
 6) Chasing Amy  6) Ransom  6) Seven
 7) Love and Death on Long Island  7) Courage Under Fire  7) Toy Story
 8) The Conspiracy Theory  8) Secrets & Lies  8) Heat
 9) Life is Beautiful  9) Fargo  9) Before Sunrise
10) The Edge 10) Trainspotting 10) Babe
1994 (69 movies seen)
1993 (87 movies seen)
1992 (83 movies seen)
 1) The Shawshank Redemption  1) Shadowlands  1) The Last of the Mohicans
 2) Shallow Grave  2) Fearless  2) Lorenzo's Oil
 3) Once Were Warriors  3) The Man Without a Face  3) Aladdin
 4) Exotica  4) The Fugitive  4) Enchanted April
 5) Speed  5) Searching for Bobby Fischer  5) Peter's Friends
 6) The Professional  6) Schindler's List  6) Howard's End
 7) Forrest Gump  7) The Scent of Green Papaya  7) Waterland
 8) Little Women  8) A Bronx Tale  8) Malcolm X
 9) Quiz Show  9) Jurassic Park  9) American Heart
10) The Crow 10) Dave 10) Scent of a Woman
1991 (103 movies seen)
1990 (96 movies seen)
1989 (92 movies seen)
 1) The Silence of the Lambs  1) Dances with Wolves  1) Dead Poets Society
 2) The Prince of Tides  2) The Hunt for Red October  2) Glory
 3) Thelma & Louise  3) Hamlet  3) The Abyss
 4) JFK  4) La Femme Nikita  4) When Harry Met Sally...
 5) A Midnight Clear  5) Postcards from the Edge  5) Say Anything...
 6) Dogfight  6) Reversal of Fortune  6) Crimes and Misdemeanors
 7) Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse  7) Green Card  7) Field of Dreams
 8) The Fisher King  8) Men Don't Leave  8) Sea of Love
 9) Paradise  9) Awakenings  9) Jesus of Montreal
10) Dead Again 10) Total Recall 10) Parenthood
1988 (132 movies seen)
1987 (131 movies seen)
1986 (135 movies seen)
 1) Running on Empty  1) The Untouchables  1) Platoon
 2) Dangerous Liaisons  2) Stand and Deliver  2) Aliens
 3) Midnight Run  3) Babette's Feast  3) At Close Range
 4) Talk Radio  4) Hope and Glory  4) The Mosquito Coast
 5) Another Woman  5) The Whales of August  5) Stand by Me
 6) Die Hard  6) Full Metal Jacket  6) Crocodile Dundee
 7) Big  7) Robocop  7) About Last Night...
 8) The Thin Blue Line  8) Predator  8) The Mission
 9) The Chocolate War  9) Planes Trains and Automobiles  9) 84 Charing Cross Road
10) Mystic Pizza 10) Empire of the Sun 10) Lady Jane
1985 (119 movies seen)
1984 (111 movies seen)
1983 (82 movies seen)
 1) Witness  1) The Terminator  1) The Dead Zone
 2) The Trip to Bountiful  2) Moscow on the Husdon  2) Yentl
 3) The Sure Thing  3) A Soldier's Story  3) Testament
 4) The Purple Rose of Cairo  4) The Killing Fields  4) A Christmas Story
 5) Ladyhawke  5) Splash  5) The Right Stuff
 6) Fandango  6) The Karate Kid  6) Phar Lap
 7) The Emerald Forest  7) Starman  7) Brainstorm
 8) Heaven Help Us  8) The Bounty  8) The Dresser
 9) Cocoon  9) Top Secret!  9) The Big Chill
10) The Breakfast Club 10) Racing With the Moon 10) Educating Rita
1982 (71 movies seen)
1981 (65 movies seen)
1980 (59 movies seen)
 1) Gandhi  1) Gallipoli  1) Ordinary People
 2) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan  2) Raiders of the Lost Ark  2) The Empire Strikes Back
 3) Blade Runner  3) Whose Life Is It Anyway?  3) Breaker Morant
 4) The Year of Living Dangerously  4) Excalibur  4) The Ninth Configuration
 5) First Blood  5) Nighthawks  5) Raging Bull
 6) Fast Times at Ridgemont High  6) Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior  6) The Elephant Man
 7) Tootsie  7) On Golden Pond  7) The Gods Must Be Crazy
 8) E.T. the Extra Terrestrial  8) Chariots of Fire  8) Superman II
 9) My Favorite Year  9) Porky's  9) The Long Riders
10) The World According to Garp 10) The Eye of the Needle 10) The Final Countdown
1979 (49 movies seen)
1978 (42 movies seen)
1977 (33 movies seen)
 1) Apocalypse Now  1) Watership Down  1) Julia
 2) The China Syndrome  2) Interiors  2) Annie Hall
 3) Kramer vs. Kramer  3) Superman  3) Star Wars
 4) Murder by Decree  4) Midnight Express  4) Close Encounters of the Third Kind
 5) Zulu Dawn  5) The Deer Hunter  5) The Last Wave
 6) Going in Style  6) The Boys in Company C  6) The Goodbye Girl
 7) Alien  7) Silent Partner  7) Airport '77
 8) ...And Justice for All  8) The Wild Geese  8) Why Shoot the Teacher?
 9) North Dallas Forty  9) Halloween  9) Pumping Iron
10) The Frisco Kid 10) Days of Heaven 10) Slap Shot
1976 (33 movies seen)
1975 (19 movies seen)
1974 (25 movies seen)
 1) The Front  1) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest  1) The Godfather: Part II
 2) All the President's Men  2) The Man Who Would Be King  2) The Conversation
 3) Rocky  3) Jaws  3) The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
 4) The Shootist  4) Picnic at Hanging Rock  4) Conrack
 5) The Outlaw Josey Wales  5)Dog Day Afternoon  5) Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
 6) Carrie  6) The Lies My Father Told Me  6) Chinatown
 7) Network  7) Monty Python and the Holy Grail  7) The Sugarland Express
 8) Marathon Man  8) The Yakuza  8) Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
 9) Taxi Driver  9) Bite the Bullet  9) Harry and Tonto
10) The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane 10) Night Moves 10) The Parallax View 
1973 (30 movies seen) 1972 (14 movies seen) 1971 (19 movies seen)
 1) The Day of Jackal  1) The Godfather  1) Harold and Maude
 2) The Sting  2) Sounder  2) The French Connection
 3) American Graffiti  3) Sleuth  3) Play Misty For Me
 4) The Last Detail  4) Deliverance  4) The Beguiled
 5) Serpico  5) The Poseidon Adventure  5) Panic in Needle Park
 6) The Way We Were  6) Sounder  6) Macbeth
 7) Papillon  7) The Effect of Radiation on Man in the Moon Marigolds  7) The Summer of '42
 8) Day for Night  8) What's Up Doc?  8) Klute
 9) Westworld  9) The Little Ark  9) Bless the Beasts and the Children
10) Robin Hood 10) Dollars 10) Carnal Knowledge
1970 (14 movies seen) 1969 (12 movies seen) 1968 (11 movies seen)
 1) Patton  1) Easy Rider  1) The Lion in Winter
 2) The Last Valley  2) Colossus: The Forbin Project  2) Planet of the Apes
 3) Five Easy Pieces  3) Ring of Bright Water  3) Charly
 4) There Was a Crooked Man  4) They Shoot Horses, Don't They?  4) 2001: A Space Odyssey
 5) Too Late, the Hero  5) Midnight Cowboy  5) Romeo and Juliet
 6) Little Big Man  6) The Comic  6) No Way to Treat a Lady
 7) Love Story  7) The Love Bug  7) Rosemary's Baby
 8) The End of the Road  8) Last Summer  8) The Subject Was Roses
 9) Kelly's Heroes  9) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid  9) Rachel, Rachel
10) I Walk the Line 10) Take the Money and Run 10) Oliver!
1967 (13 movies seen) 1966 (9 movies seen) 1965 (8 movies seen)
 1) In the Heat of the Night  1) A Man For All Seasons  1) The Pawnbroker
 2) Two for the Road  2) Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  2) The Sound of Music
 3) Wait Until Dark  3) Seconds  3) The Collector
 4) The Jungle Book  4) Alfie  4) Von Ryan's Express
 5) Bonnie and Clyde  5) How to Steal a Million  5) A Thousand Clowns
 6) Barefoot in the Park  6) The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly  6) That Darn Cat!
 7) The Graduate  7) The Wrong Box  7) For a Few Dollars More
 8) Guess Who's Coming to Dinner  8) Blowup  8) The Ghost and Mr. Chicken
 9) Fearless Vampire Killers  9) Cast a Giant Shadow  9)
10) The President's Analyst 10) 10)
1964 (5 movies seen) 1963 (11 movies seen) 1962 (7 movies seen)
1) Seance on a Wet Afternoon 1) The Great Escape 1) To Kill a Mockingbird
2) Dr. Strangelove 2) Lord of the Flies 2) Lawrence of Arabia
3) Becket 3) The Birds 3) Long Day's Journey Into Night
4) My Fair Lady 4) Tom Jones 4) The Manchurian Candidate
5) Santa Claus Conquers the Martians 5) The Incredible Journey 5) Lolita
6) 6) Cleopatra 6) Freud
7) 7) America, America 7)
8) 8) The Haunting 8)
1961 (9 movies seen) 1960 (8 movies seen) 1959 (11 movies seen)
1) Judgement at Nuremberg 1) The Apartment 1) The Nun's Story
2) The Guns of Navarone 2) Inherit the Wind 2) On the Beach
3) Whistle Down the Wind 3) Spartacus 3) Ben Hur
4) The Absent Minded Professor 4) Pollyanna 4) The Diary of Anne Frank
5) The Parent Trap 5) Psycho 5) Some Like it Hot
6) One-Eyed Jacks 6) Tunes of Glory 6) The 400 Blows
7) The Children's Hour 7) The Sundowners 7) Sleeping Beauty
8) The Last Sunset 8) North by Northwest
9) West Side Story 9) The Mouse That Roared
1958 (4 movies seen) 1957 (11 movies seen) 1956 (6 movies seen)
1) Vertigo 1) The Witness for the Prosecution 1) Giant
2) Look Back in Anger 2) 12 Angry Men 2) Lust for Life
3) tom thumb 3) The Bridge on the River Kwai 3) The Court Jester
4) Gigi 4) Paths of Glory 4) The Black Sleep
5) 5) Old Yeller 5) The Ten Commandments
6) Desk Set 6) Around the World in 80 Days
1955 (7 movies seen) 1954 (4 movies seen) 1953 (6 movies seen)
1) The Ladykillers 1) Suddenly 1) Roman Holiday
2) East of Eden 2) The Caine Mutiny 2) Stalag 17
3) Marty 3) On the Waterfront 3) Shane
4) Rebel Without a Cause 4) 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 4) Peter Pan
5) Desperate Hours 5) 5) From Here to Eternity
6) Lady and the Tramp 6) War of the Worlds
7) The Ship That Died of Shame
1952 (5 movies seen) 1951 (6 movies seen) 1950 (8 movies seen)
1) The Member of the Wedding 1) People Will Talk 1) All About Eve
2) High Noon 2) The African Queen 2) Sunset Blvd
3) Hans Christian Anderson 3) A Streetcar Named Desire 3) Cinderella
4) Forbidden Games 4) The Day the Earth Stood Still 4) Panic in the Streets
5) The Greatest Show on Earth 5) The Lavender Hill Mob 5) Father of the Bride
6) Strangers on a Train 6) Winchester '73
7) Harvey
8) Gun Crazy
1949 (4 movies seen) 1948 (4 movies seen) 1947 (3 movies seen)
1) All the Kings Men 1) The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1) The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
2) The Third Man 2) Rope 2) Gentlemen's Agreement
3) A Letter to Three Wives 3) Hamlet 3) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
4) The Inspector General 4) The Bicycle Thief 4)
5) Adam's Rib 5) 5)
1946 (5 movies seen) 1945 (5 movies seen) 1944 (6 movies seen)
1) The Best Years of Our Lives 1) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn 1) Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
2) It's a Wonderful Life 2) The Lost Weekend 2) Laura
3) Notorious 3) A Bell for Adano 3) National Velvet
4) Great Expectations 4) The Three Caballeros 4) Double Indemnity
5) So Dark the Night 5) My Name Is Julia Ross 5) Jane Eyre
6) Lifeboat
1943 (1 movie seen) 1942 (7 movies seen) 1941 (5 movies seen)
1) The Ox Bow Incident 1) In Which We Serve 1) Citizen Kane
2) 2) Casablanca 2) The 49th Parallel
3) 3) Now, Voyager 3) How Green Was My Valley
4) 4) Mrs. Miniver 4) The Maltese Falcon
5) 5) Bambi 5) Dumbo
6) Woman of the Year
7) Sullivan's Travels
1940 (8 movies seen) 1939 (7 movies seen) 1938 (3 movies seen)
1) The Philadelphia Story 1) Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1) You Can't Take It With You
2) His Girl Friday 2) Intermezzo 2) Bringing Up Baby
3) Rebecca 3) Gunga Din 3) The Lady Vanishes
4) The Shop Around the Corner 4) Of Mice and Men 4)
5) The Grapes of Wrath 5) Gone With the Wind 5)
6) Pinocchio 6) Stagecoach
7) The Thief of Bagdad 7) The Wizard of Oz
8) The Great Dictator
1937 (5 movies seen) 1936 (3 movies seen) 1935 (3 movies seen)
1) Lost Horizon 1) Dodsworth 1) A Tale of Two Cities
2) Grand Illusion 2) Modern Times 2) Mutiny on the Bounty
3) Captains Courageous 3) The Great Ziegfeld 3) The 39 Steps
4) Stella Dallas 4) 4)
5) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 5) 5)
1934 (2 movies seen) 1933 (5 movies seen) 1932 (1 movie seen)
1) It Happened One Night 1) Little Women 1) Grand Hotel
2) Treasure Island 2) King Kong 2)
3) 3) Cavalcade 3)
4) 4) Morning Glory 4)
5) 5) Duck Soup 5)
1931 (1 movie seen) 1930 (1 movie seen) 1929 (0 movies seen)
1) M 1) All Quiet on the Western Front 1)
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1928 (0 movies seen) 1927 (1 movie seen) 1926 (0 movies seen)
1) 1) Wings 1)
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1925 (1 movie seen) 1924 (0 movies seen) 1923 (0 movies seen)
1) The Battleship Potemkin 1) 1)
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1922 (1 movie seen)
1) Nosferatu the Vampire 1) 1)
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