Best Films

For many years, I never needed to make a Movie Top Ten List because Roger Ebert made it for me.  I did not agree with his Best Films of All-Time because I do not share his appreciation for older films.  But year after year, he’d publish his annual Top Ten List and I knew which films I needed to see.  Then, in April of 2013, Roger Ebert passed.  I did not have a list for 2013.  I looked at teems of movie reviewers and I was unable to find one that shared my tastes.  Losing Roger Ebert was a loss for me on many levels but none more than my loss of my perfect Movie Top Ten List.

In 2013, out of necessity, I was forced to make my first Film Top Ten List.  And, ever year since, I have continued to do the same.  These are…

Our Best Films of the Year

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Ebert’s Best Films of the Year 

1967: Bonnie and Clyde
1968: The Battle of Algiers
1969: Z
1970: Five Easy Pieces
1971: The Last Picture Show
1972: The Godfather
1973: Cries and Whispers
1974: Scenes from a Marriage
1975: Nashville
1976: Small Change
1977: 3 Women
1978: An Unmarried Woman
1979: Apocalypse Now
1980: The Black Stallion
1981: My Dinner with Andre
1982: Sophie’s Choice
1983: The Right Stuff
1984: Amadeus
1985: The Color Purple
1986: Platoon
1987: House of Games
1988: Mississippi Burning
1989: Do the Right Thing
1990: Goodfellas
1991: JFK
1992: Malcolm X
1993: Schindler’s List
1994: Hoop Dreams
1995: Leaving Las Vegas
1996: Fargo
1997: Eve’s Bayou
1998: Dark City
1999: Being John Malkovich
2000: Almost Famous
2001: Monster’s Ball
2002: Minority Report
2003: Monster
2004: Million Dollar Baby
2005: Crash
2006: Pan’s Labyrinth
2007: Juno
2008: Synecdoche, New York
2009: The Hurt Locker
2010: The Social Network
2011: A Separation
2012: Argo

Roger Ebert’s Top Ten Lists

1967

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. Bonnie and Clyde (Arthur Penn)
02. Ulysses (Joseph Strick)
03. Blowup (Michelangelo Antonioni)
04. The Graduate (Mike Nicols)
05. A Man for All Seasons (Fred Zinnemann)
06. The War Game (Peter Watkins)
07. Reflections in a Golden Eye (John Huston)
08. Cool Hand Luke (Stuart Rosenberg)
09. Elvira Madigan (Bo Widerberg)
10. In the Heat of the Night (Norman Jewison)

1968

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo)
02. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick)
03. Falstaff (Orson Welles)
04. Faces (John Cassavetes)
05. The Two of Us (Claude Berri)
06. The Producers (Mel Brooks)
07. Oliver! (Carol Reed)
08. The Fifth Horseman Is Fear ()
09. Rachel, Rachel (Paul Newman)
10. Romeo and Juliet (Franco Zeffirelli)

1969

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. Z (Costa-Gravas)
02. Medium Cool (Haskell Wexler)
03. Weekend (Jean-Luc Godard)
04. if…. (Lindsay Anderson)
05. Last Summer (Frank Perry)
06. The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah)
07. Easy Rider (Dennis Hopper)
08. True Grit (Henry Hathaway)
09. Downhill Racer (Michael Ritchie)
10. War and Peace (Sergei Bondarchuk)

1970

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson)
02. M*A*S*H (Robert Altman)
03. The Revolutionary (Paul Williams)
04. Patton (Franklin J. Schaffner)
05. Woodstock (Michael Wadleigh)
06. My Night at Maud’s (Eric Rohmer)
07. Adalen 31 (Bo Widerberg)
08. The Passion of Anna (Ingmar Bergman)
09. The Wild Child (Francois Truffaut)
10. Fellini Satyricon (Federico Fellini)

1971

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdanovich)
02. McCabe and Mrs. Miller (Robert Altman)
03. Claire’s Knee (Eric Rohmer)
04. The French Connection (William Friedkin)
05. Sunday, Bloody Sunday (John Schlesinger)
06. Taking Off (Milos Forman)
07. Carnal Knowledge (Mike Nichols)
08. Tristana (Luis Bunuel)
09. Goin’ Down the Road (Donald Shebib)
10. Bed and Board (Francois Truffaut)

1972

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola)
02. Chole in the Afternoon (Eric Rohmer)
03. Le Boucher (Claude Chabrol)
04. Murmur of the Heart (Louis Malle)
05. The Green Wall (Armando Robles Godoy)
06. The Sorrow and the Pity (Marcel Ophuls)
07. The Garden of Finzi-Continis (Vittorio De Sica)
08. Minnie and Moskowitz (John Cassavetes)
09. Sounder (Martin Ritt)
10. The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid (Philip Kaufman)

1973

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. Cries and Whispers (Ingmar Bergman)
02. Last Tango in Paris (Bernardo Bertolucci)
03. The Emigrants and The New Land (Jan Troell)
04. Blume in Love (Paul Mazursky)
05. The Iceman Cometh (John Frankenheimer)
06. The Exorcist (William Friedkin)
07. The Day of the Jackal (Fred Zinnemann)
08. American Graffiti (George Lucas)
09. Fellini’s Roma (Federico Fellini)
10. The Friends of Eddie Coyle (Peter Yates)

1974

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. Scenes from a Marriage (Ingmar Bergman)
02. Chinatown (Roman Polanski)
03. The Mother and the Whore (Jean Eustache)
04. Amarcord (Federico Fellini)
05. The Last Detail (Hal Ashby)
06. The Mirages ()
07. Day for Night (Francois Truffaut)
08. Mean Streets (Martin Scorsese)
09. My Uncle Antoine (Claude Jutra)
10. The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola)

1975

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. Nashville (Robert Altman)
02. Night Moves (Arthur Penn)
03. Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (Martin Scorsese)
04. Farewell, My Lovely (Dick Richards)
05. The Phantom of Liberty (Luis Bunuel)
06. A Brief Vacation (Vittorio De Sica)
07. And Now My Love (Claude Lelouch)
08. A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes)
09. In Celebration (Lindsay Anderson)
10. Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet)

1976

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. Small Change (Francois Truffaut)
02. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese)
03. The Magic Flute (Ingmar Bergman)
04. The Clockmaker (Bertrand Tavernier)
05. Network (Sidney Lumet)
06. Swept Away…by an unusual destiny in the blue sea of August (Lina Wertmuller)
07. Rocky (John G. Avildsen)
08. All the President’s Men (Alan J. Pakula)
09. Silent Movie (Mel Brooks)
10. The Shootist (Don Siegel)

1977

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. 3 Women (Robert Altman)
02. Providence (Alain Resnais)
03. The Late Show (Robert Benton)
04. A Woman’s Decision (Krzysztof Zanussi)
05. Jail Bait (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
06. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg)
07. Aguirre: Wrath of God (Werner Herzog)
08. Annie Hall (Woody Allen)
09. Sorcerer (William Friedkin)
10. Star Wars (George Lucas)

1978

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. An Unmarried Woman (Paul Mazursky)
02. Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick)
03. Heart of Glass (Werner Herzog)
04. Stroszek (Werner Herzog)
05. Autumn Sonata (Ingmar Bergman)
06. Interiors (Woody Allen)
07. Halloween (John Carpenter)
08. National Lampoon’s Animal House (John Landis)
09. Kings of the Road (Wim Wenders)
10. Superman (Richard Donner)

1979

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola)
02. Breaking Away (Peter Yates)
03. The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino)
04. The Marriage of Maria Braun (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
05. Hair (Milos Forman)
06. Saint Jack (Peter Bogdanovich)
07. Kramer vs. Kramer (Robert Benton)
08. The China Syndrome (James Bridges)
09. Nosferatu, the Vampyre (Werner Herzog)
10. 10 (Blake Edwards)

1980

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. The Black Stallion (Carroll Ballard)
02. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese)
03. Kagemusha (Akira Kurosawa)
04. Being There (Hal Ashby)
05. Ordinary People (Robert Redford)
06. The Great Santini (Lewis John Carlino)
07. The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner)
08. Coal Miner’s Daughter (Michael Apted)
09. American Gigolo (Paul Schrader)
10. Best Boy (Ira Wohl)

1981

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. My Dinner With Andre (Louis Malle)
02. Chariots of Fire (Hugh Hudson)
03. Gates of Heaven (Errol Morris)
04. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg)
05. Heartland (Richard Pearce)
06. Atlantic City (Louis Malle)
07. Thief (Michael Mann)
08. Body Heat (Lawrence Kasdan)
09. Tess (Roman Polanski)
10. Reds (Warren Beatty)

1982

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. Sophie’s Choice (Alan J. Pakula)
02. Diva (Jean-Jacques Beineix)
03. E.T. (Steven Spielberg)
04a. Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog)
04b. The Burden of Dreams (Les Blank)
05. Personal Best (Robert Towne)
06. Das Boot (Wolfgang Petersen)
07. Mephisto (Istvan Szabo)
08. Moonlighting (Jerzy Skolimowski)
09. The Verdict (Sidney Lumet)
10. Wasn’t That a Time (James B. Brown)

1983

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. The Right Stuff (Philip Kaufman)
02. Terms of Endearment (James L. Brooks)
03. The Year of Living Dangerously (Peter Weir)
04. Fanny and Alexander (Ingmar Bergman)
05. Gandhi (Richard Attenborough)
06. El Norte (Gregory Nava)
07. Testament (Lynne Littman)
08. Silkwood (Mike Nicols)
09. Say Amen, Somebody (George T. Nierenberg)
10. Risky Business (Paul Brickman)

1984

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. Amadeus (Milos Forman)
02. Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders)
03. Love Streams (John Cassavetes)
04. This Is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner)
05. The Cotton Club (Francis Ford Coppola)
06. Secret Honor (Robert Altman)
07. The Killing Fields (Roland Jaffe)
08. Stranger Than Paradise (Jim Jarmusch)
09. Choose Me (Alan Rudolph)
10. Purple Rain (Albert Magnoli)

1985

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. The Color Purple (Steven Spielberg)
02. After Hours (Martin Scorsese)
03. The Falcon and the Snowman (John Schlesinger)
04. Prizzi’s Honor (John Huston)
05. Ran (Akira Kurosawa)
06. Witness (Peter Weir)
07. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (George Miller/George Ogilvie)
08. Lost in America (Albert Brooks)
09. Streetwise (Martin Bell)
10. Blood Simple (Joel Coen)

1986

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. Platoon (Oliver Stone)
02. Round Midnight (Bertrand Tavernier)
03. Hannah and Her Sisters (Woody Allen)
04. Sid & Nancy (Alex Cox)
05. Lucas (David Seltzer)
06. Vagabond (Agnes Varda)
07. Trouble in Mind (Alan Rudolph)
08. Down and Out in Beverly Hills (Paul Mazursky)
09. Peggy Sue Got Married (Francis Ford Coppola)
10. Hard Choices (Rick King)

1987

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. House of Games (David Mamet)
02. The Big Easy (Jim McBride)
03. Barfly (Barbet Schroeder)
04. The Last Emperor (Bernardo Bertolucci)
05. Moonstruck (Norman Jewison)
06. Prick Up Your Ears (Stephen Frears)
07. Radio Days (Woody Allen)
08. Broadcast News (James L. Brooks)
09. Lethal Weapon (Richard Donner)
10. Housekeeping (Bill Forsyth)

1988

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. Mississippi Burning (Alan Parker)
02. The Accidental Tourist (Lawrence Kasdan)
03. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Philip Kaufman)
04. Shy People (Andrei Konchalovsky)
05. Salaam Bombay! (Mira Nair)
06. A Fish Called Wanda (Charles Crichton)
07. Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders)
08. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Robert Zemeckis)
09. Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam (Bill Couturie)
10. Running on Empty (Sidney Lumet)

1989

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee)
02. Drugstore Cowboy (Gus Van Sant)
03. My Left Foot (Jim Sheridan)
04. Born on the Fourth of July (Oliver Stone)
05. Roger & Me (Michael Moore)
06. The Mighty Quinn (Carl Schenkel)
07. Field of Dreams (Phil Alden Robinson)
08. Crimes and Misdemeanors (Woody Allen)
09. Driving Miss Daisy (Bruce Beresford)
10. Say Anything (Cameron Crowe)

Best Films of the 1980s

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese)
02. The Right Stuff (Philip Kaufman)
03. E.T. (Steven Spielberg)
04. Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee)
05. My Dinner With Andre (Louis Malle)
06. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg)
07. Ran (Akira Kurosawa)
08. Missippi Burning (Alan Parker)
09. Platoon (Oliver Stone)
10. House of Games (David Mamet)

1990

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese)
02. Monsieur Hire (Patrice Leconte)
03. Dances With Wolves (Kevin Costner)
04. The Grifters (Stephen Frears)
05. Reversal of Fortune (Barbet Schroeder)
06. Santa Sangre (Alejandro Jodorowsky)
07. Last Exit to Brooklyn (Uli Edel)
08. Awakenings (Penny Marshall)
09. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (Peter Greenaway)
10. Mountains of the Moon (Bob Rafelson)

1991

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. JFK (Oliver Stone)
02. Boyz N the Hood (John Singleton)
03. Beauty and the Beast (Gary Trousdale/Kirk Wise)
04. Grand Canyon (Lawrence Kasdan)
05. My Father’s Glory and My Mother’s Castle (Yves Robert)
06. A Woman’s Tale (Paul Cox)
07. Life Is Sweet (Mike Leigh)
08. The Man in the Moon (Robert Mulligan)
09. Thelma & Louise (Ridley Scott)
10. The Rapture (Michael Tolkin)

1992

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. Malcolm X (Spike Lee)
02. One False Move (Carl Franklin)
03. Howards End (James Ivory)
04. Flirting (John Duigan)
05. The Crying Game (Neil Jordan)
06. Damage (Louis Malle)
07. The Hairdresser’s Husband (Patrice Leconte)
08. The Player (Robert Altman)
09. Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood)
10. Bad Lieutenant (Abel Ferrara)

1993

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. Schindler’s List (Steven Spielberg)
02. The Age of Innocence (Martin Scorsese)
03. The Piano (Jane Campion)
04. The Fugitive (Andrew Davis)
05. The Joy Luck Club (Wayne Wang)
06. Kalifornia (Dominic Sena)
07. Like Water for Chocolate (Alfonso Arau)
08. Menace II Society (The Hughes Brothers)
09. What’s Love Got to Do With It (Brian Gibson)
10. Ruby in Paradise (Victor Nunez)

1994

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. Hoop Dreams (Steve James)
02. Three Colors: Blue, White, Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
03. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
04. Forrest Gump (Robert Zemeckis)
05. The Last Seduction (John Dahl)
06. Fresh (Boaz Yakin)
07. The Blue Kite (Tian Zhuangzhuang)
08. Natural Born Killers (Oliver Stone)
09. The New Age (Michael Tolkin)
10. Quiz Show (Robert Redford)

1995

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. Leaving Las Vegas (Mike Figgis)
02. Crumb (Terry Zwigoff)
03. Dead Man Walking (Tim Robbins)
04. Nixon (Oliver Stone)
05. Casino (Martin Scorsese)
06. Apollo 13 (Ron Howard)
07. Exotica (Atom Egoyan)
08. My Family (Gregory Nava)
09. Carrington (Christopher Hampton)
10. A Walk in the Clouds (Alfonso Arau)

1996

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. Fargo (Joel Coen)
02. Breaking the Waves (Lars von Trier)
03. Secrets & Lies (Mike Leigh)
04. Lone Star (John Sayles)
05. Welcome to the Dollhouse (Todd Solondz)
06. Bound (The Wachowski Brothers)
07. Hamlet (Kenneth Branagh)
08. Everyone Says I Love You (Woody Allen)
09. Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam (Nick Broomfield)
10. Big Night (Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci)

1997

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. Eve’s Bayou (Kasi Lemmons)
02. The Sweet Hereafter (Atom Egoyan)
03. Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson)
04. Maborosi (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
05. Jackie Brown (Quentin Tarantino)
06. Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (Errol Morris)
07. L.A. Confidential (Curtis Hanson)
08. In the Company of Men (Neil LaBute)
09. Titanic (James Cameron)
10. Wag the Dog (Barry Levinson)

1998

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. Dark City (Alex Proyas)
02. Pleasantville (Gary Ross)
03. Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg)
04. A Simple Plan (Sam Raimi)
05. Happiness (Todd Solondz)
06. Elizabeth (Shekhar Kapur)
07. Babe: Pig in the City (George Miller)
08. Shakespeare in Love (John Madden)
09. Life Is Beautiful (Roberto Benigni)
10. Primary Colors (Mike Nichols)

1999

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze)
02. Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson)
03. Three Kings (David O. Russell)
04. Boy’s Don’t Cry (Kimberly Peirce)
05. Bringing Out the Dead (Martin Scorsese)
06. Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki)
07. The War Zone (Tim Roth)
08. American Beauty (Sam Mendes)
09. Topsy-Turvy (Mike Leigh)
10. The Insider (Michael Mann)

Best Films of the 1990s

contributed by Adam Harrison-Friday

01. Hoop Dreams (Steve James, 1994)
02. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
03. GoodFellas (Martin Scorsese, 1990)
04. Fargo (Joel Coen, 1996)
05. Three Colors: Blue, White, Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1994)
06. Schindler’s List (Steven Spielberg, 1993)
07. Breaking the Waves (Lars von Trier, 1996)
08. Leaving Las Vegas (Mike Figgis, 1995)
09. Malcolm X (Spike Lee, 1992)
10. JFK (Oliver Stone, 1991)

2000

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe)
02. Wonder Boys (Curtis Hanson)
03. You Can Count on Me (Kenneth Lonergan)
04. Traffic (Steven Soderbergh)
05. George Washington (David Gordon Green)
06. The Cell (Tarsem Singh)
07. High Fidelity (Stephen Frears)
08. Pollock (Ed Harris)
09. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee)
10. Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky)

2001

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. Monster’s Ball (Marc Forster)
02. Black Hawk Down (Ridley Scott)
03. In The Bedroom (Todd Field)
04. Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff)
05. Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch)
06. Waking Life (Richard Linklater)
07. Innocence (Paul Cox)
08. Wit (Mike Nichols)
09. A Beautiful Mind (Ron Howard)
10. Gosford Park (Robert Altman)

2002

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. Minority Report (Steven Spielberg)
02. City of God (Fernando Meirelles)
03. Adaptation. (Spike Jonze)
04. Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes)
05. 13 Conversations About One Thing (Jill Sprecher)
06. Y tu mamá también (Alfonso Cuaron)
07. Invincible (Werner Herzog)
08. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki)
09. All or Nothing (Mike Leigh)
10. The Quiet American (Phillip Noyce)

2003

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. Monster (Patty Jenkins)
02. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola)
03. American Splendor (Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini)
04. Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton)
05. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Peter Weir)
06. Mystic River (Clint Eastwood)
07. Owning Mahowny (Richard Kwietniowski)
08. The Son (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
09. Whale Rider (Niki Caro)
10. In America (Jim Sheridan)

2004

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. Million Dollar Baby (Clint Eastwood)
02. Kill Bill, Vol. 2 (Quentin Tarantino)
03. Vera Drake (Mike Leigh)
04. Spider-Man 2 (Sam Raimi)
05. Moolaadé (Ousmane Sembene)
06. The Aviator (Martin Scorsese)
07. Baadasssss! (Mario Van Peebles)
08. Sideways (Alexander Payne)
09. Hotel Rwanda (Terry George)
10. Undertow (David Gordon Green)

2005

(Chicago Sun-Times)

01. Crash (Paul Haggis)
02. Syriana (Stephen Gaghan)
03. Munich (Steven Spielberg)
04. Junebug (Phil Morrison)
05. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee)
06. Me and You and Everyone We Know (Miranda July)
07. Nine Lives (Rodrigo Garcia)
08. King Kong (Peter Jackson)
09. Yes (Sally Potter)
10. Millions (Danny Boyle)

2006

1. “Pan’s Labyrinth”
2. “Bubble”
3. “Children of Men”
4. “The Departed”
5. “The Lives of Others”
6. “United 93”
7. “Flags of Our Fathers”
8. “Perfume”
9. “Babel”
10. “Man Push Cart”

2007

—–
1. “Juno”
2. “No Country for Old Men”
3. “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead”
4. “Atonement”
5. “The Kite Runner”
6. “Away from Her”
7. “Across the Universe”
8. “La Vie en Rose”
9. “The Great Debaters”
10. “Into the Wild”

2008

(alphabetical order)

“Ballast”
“The Band’s Visit”
“Che”
“Chop Shop”
“The Dark Knight”
“Doubt”
“The Fall”
“Frost/Nixon”
“Frozen River”
“Happy-Go-Lucky”
“Iron Man”
“Milk”
“Rachel Getting Married”
“The Reader”
“Revolutionary Road”
“Shotgun Stories”
“Slumdog Millionaire”
“Synecdoche, New York”
“W.”
“WALL-E”

Best foreign-language films

(alphabetical order)

“A Christmas Tale”
“The Duchess of Langeais”
“The Edge of Heaven”
“4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”
“A Girl Cut in Two”
“I’ve Loved You So Long”
“The Last Mistress”
“Let the Right One In”
“Tell No One”
“XXY”

2009

(alphabetical)

1. “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call, New Orleans”
2. “Crazy Heart”
3. “An Education”
4. “The Hurt Locker”
5. “Inglourious Basterds”
6. “Knowing”
7. “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
8. “A Serious Man”
9. “Up in the Air”
10. “The White Ribbon”

Special Jury Prize

“Avatar”

Top Ten Independent Films
(alphabetical)

“Departures”
“Disgrace”
“Everlasting Moments”
“Goodbye Solo”
“Julia”
“Silent Light”
“Sin Nombre”
“Skin”
“Trucker”
“You, the Living”

2010

1. “The Social Network”
2. “The King’s Speech”
3. “Black Swan”
4. “I Am Love”
5. “Winter’s Bone”
6. “Inception”
7. “The Secret in Their Eyes”
8. “The American”
9. “The Kids Are All Right”
10. “The Ghost Writer”

Special Jury Prize

“127 Hours”

Second ten best
(alphabetical)

“All Good Things”
“Carlos”
“Chloe”
“Secretariat”
“Greenberg”
“Hereafter”
“Monsters”
“Never Let Me Go”
“Rabbit Hole”
“Solitary Man”

2011

A Separation — Asghar Farhadi
Shame — Steve McQueen
The Tree of Life — Terrence Malick
Hugo — Martin Scorsese
Take Shelter — Jeff Nichols
Kinyarwanda — Alrick Brown
Drive — Nicolas Winding Refn
Midnight in Paris — Woody Allen
Le Havre — Aki Kaurismäki
The Artist — Michel Hazanavicius
Melancholia — Lars von Trier
Terri — Azazel Jacobs
The Descendants — Alexander Payne
Margaret — Kenneth Lonergan
Martha Marcy May Marlene — Sean Durkin
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 — David Yates
Trust — David Schwimmer
Live, Above All — Oliver Schmitz
The Mill and the Cross — Lech Majewski
Another Earth — Mike Cahill

2012

(Alphabetically)

Arbitrage — Nicholas Jarecki
Argo — Ben Affleck
Beasts of the Southern Wild — Benh Zeitlin
End of Watch — David Ayer
Flight — Robert Zemeckis
Life of Pi — Ang Lee
Lincoln — Steven Spielberg
Oslo, August 31st — Joachim Trier
The Sessions — Ben Lewin
A Simple Life — Ann Hui

Grand Jury Prizes (alphabetical)

The Central Park Five — Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon
The Impossible — Juan Antonio Bayona
In the Family — Patrick Wang
Last Ride — Glendyn Ivin
A Late Quartet — Yaron Zilberman
The Master — Paul Thomas Anderson
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory — Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky
Rampart — Oren Moverman
Searching for Sugar Man — Malik Bendjelloul
West of Memphis — Amy Berg

2013

Roger Ebert – Rest in Peace

 

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