Year Best

Year Best: 1970s

1970

1

  1. The Conformist (Bernardo Bertolucci // Italy)
  2. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (Jaromil Jireš // Czech)
  3. Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (Elio Petri // Italy)
  4. Le Cercle Rouge (Jean-Pierre Melville // France)
  5. Witchhammer (Otakar Vávra // Czech)
  6. Wanda (Barbara Loden // USA)
  7. Claire’s Knee (Eric Rohmer // France)
  8. The Wild Child (François Truffaut // France)
  9. When Spring Comes Late (Yoji Yamada // Japan)
  10. The Hart of London (Jack Chamber // Canada)
  11. Gimme Shelter (Albert Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin, David Maysles // USA)
  12. El Topo (Alejandro Jodorowsky // Mexico)
  13. Dodes’ka-den (Akira Kurosawa // Japan)
  14. Tristana (Luis Buñuel // Spain, Italy, France)
  15. The Ballad of Cable Hogue (Sam Peckinpah // USA)
  16. Zabriskie Point (Michelangelo Antonioni // USA)
  17. Le Boucher (Claude Chabrol // France)
  18. The Confession (Costa-Gavras // France, Italy)
  19. Performance (Nicolas Roeg, Donald Cammell // UK)
  20. M*A*S*H (Robert Altman // USA)
  21. Fruit of the Paradise (Věra Chytilová // Czech)

Honorable Mention:

Bed and Board (François Truffaut);  The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (Dario Argento);  Brewster McCloud (Robert Altman); Donkey Skin (Jacques Demy);Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson)The Grandmother (David Lynch); Husbands (John Cassavetes); Umut (Yılmaz Güney); Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)

Out of the List:

Multiple Maniacs (John Waters)

1971

1

  1. Demons (Toshio Matsumoto // Japan)
  2. The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdanovich // USA)
  3. A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick // UK, USA)
  4. A Touch of Zen (King Hu // Taiwan)
  5. Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby // USA)
  6. The Emigrants (Jan Troell // Sweden)
  7. Death in Venice (Luchino Visconti // Italy, France)
  8. Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg // UK, Australia)
  9. The Ceremony (Nagisa Oshima // Japan)
  10. The Merchant of Four Seasons (Rainer Werner Fassbinder // West Germany)
  11. Out 1 (Jacques Rivette // France)
  12. Four Nights of a Dreamer (Robert Bresson // France)
  13. Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets (Shuji Terayama // Japan)
  14. Vampir-Cuadecuc (Pere Portabella // Spain)
  15. The Devils (Ken Russell // UK)
  16. The Act of Seeing with One’s Own Eyes (Stan Brakhage // USA)
  17. Two-Lane Blacktop (Monte Hellman // USA)
  18. W.R. – Mysteries of the Organism (Dusan Makavejev // Yugoslavia)
  19. Silence (Masahiro Shinoda // Japan)
  20. Straw Dogs (Sam Peckinpah // USA)
  21. Trafic (Jacques Tati // France)
  22. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Robert Altman // USA)
  23. The French Connection (William Friedkin // USA)
  24. Murmur of the Heart (Louis Malle // France)
  25. Get Carter (Mike Hodges // UK)
  26. Dirty Harry (Don Siegel // USA)
  27. Land of Silence and Darkness (Werner Herzog // West Germany)

Honorable Mention:

Beware of a Holy Whore (Rainer Werner Fassbinder); Duel (Steven Spielberg); Max and the Junkmen (Claude Sautet); Melody (Waris Hussein); Two English Girls (François Truffaut); A Well Spent Life (Les Blank); The Working Class Goes to Heaven (Elio Petri)

1972

3

  1. Cries and Whispers (Ingmar Bergman // Sweden)
  2. Solaris (Andrei Tarkovsky // Soviet Union)
  3. The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola // USA)
  4. Aguirre: The Wrath of God (Werner Herzog // West Germany)
  5. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Luis Buñuel // France)
  6. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Rainer Werner Fassbinder // West Germany)
  7. Cabaret (Bob Fosse // USA)
  8. Red Psalm (Miklós Jancsó // Hungary)
  9. Under the Flag of the Rising Sun (Kinji Fukasaku // Japan)
  10. Deliverance (John Boorman // USA)
  11. Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan (Chor Yuen // Hong Kong)
  12. The Mattei Affair (Francesco Rosi // Italy)
  13. Roma (Federico Fellini // Italy)
  14. Fat City (John Huston // USA)
  15. Last Tango in Paris (Bernardo Bertolucci // France, Italy)
  16. Don’t Torture a Duckling (Lucio Fulci // Italy)
  17. State of Siege (Costa-Gavras // France, Italy)
  18. Home from the Sea (Yoji Yamada // Japan)
  19. Love in the Afternoon (Eric Rohmer // France)
  20. The New Land (Jan Troell // Sweden)

Honorable Mention:

Frenzy (Alfred Hitchcock); Ludwig (Luchino Visconti); Pakeezah (Kamal Amrohi); Tout va bien (Jean-Pierre Gorin, Jean-Luc Godard); Un Flic (Jean-Pierre Melville)

1973

4

  1. The Holy Mountain (Alejandro Jodorowsky // Mexico, USA)
  2. The Exorcist (William Friedkin // USA)
  3. The Spirit of the Beehive (Víctor Erice // Spain)
  4. Badlands (Terrence Malick // USA)
  5. Day for Night (François Truffaut // France)
  6. Amarcord (Federico Fellini // Italy)
  7. Scenes from a Marriage (Ingmar Bergman // Sweden)
  8. F for Fake (Orson Welles // France, Iran, West Germany)
  9. Paper Moon (Peter Bogdanovich // USA)
  10. The Long Goodbye (Robert Altman // USA)
  11. The Mother and the Whore (Jean Eustache // France)
  12. Don’t Look Now (Nicolas Roeg // UK)
  13. Touki Bouki (Djibril Diop Mambéty
  14. Fantastic Planet (René Laloux // France, Czechoslovakia)
  15. The Fox and the Hare (Yuriy Norshteyn // Soviet Union)
  16. Mean Streets (Martin Scorsese // USA)
  17. World on a Wire (Rainer Werner Fassbinder // West Germany)
  18. Battles Without Honor and Humanity (Kinji Fukasaku // Japan)
  19. The Last Detail (Hal Ashby // USA)
  20. The day of the jackal (Fred Zinnemann // UK, France)
  21. O Lucky Man! (Lindsay Anderson // UK, USA)
  22. American Graffiti (George Lucas // USA)
  23. Castle of Purity (Arturo Ripstein // Mexico)
  24. Lady Snowblood (Toshiya Fujita // Japan)
  25. The Wicker Man (Robin Hardy // UK)

Honorable Mention:

Belladonna of Sadness (Eiichi Yamamoto);  Coup d’Etat (Yoshishige Yoshida); The Friends of Eddie Coyle (Peter Yates); Property Is No Longer a Theft (Elio Petri); A River Called Titas (Ritwik Ghatak); Scarecrow (Jerry Schatzberg); Sleeper (Woody Allen); The Wanderers (Kon Ichikawa)

1974

5

  1. Pastoral: To Die in the Country (Shuji Terayama // Japan)
  2. The Godfather: Part II (Francis Ford Coppola // USA)
  3. Chinatown (Roman Polanski // USA)
  4. A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes // USA)
  5. Young Frankenstein (Mel Brooks // USA)
  6. Celine and Julie Go Boating (Jacques Rivette // France)
  7. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder // West Germany)
  8. Edvard Munch (Peter Watkins // Sweden, Norway)
  9. The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Werner Herzog // West Germany)
  10. The Phantom of Liberty (Luis Buñuel // France)
  11. We All Loved Each Other So Much (Ettore Scola // Italy)
  12. Sweet Movie (Dušan Makavejev // Canada, France)
  13. Hearts and Minds (Peter Davis // USA)
  14. The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola // USA)
  15. Castle of Sand (Yoshitaro Nomura // Japan)
  16. Alice in the Cities (Wim Wenders // West Germany)
  17. The Traveler (Abbas Kiarostami // Iran)
  18. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (Sam Peckinpah // USA)
  19. Electra, My Love (Miklós Jancsó // Hungary)
  20. General Idi Amin Dada (Barbet Schroeder // France)
  21. Lancelot du Lac (Robert Bresson // France)
  22. Lacombe, Lucien (Louis Malle // France)
  23. Je, Tu, Il, Elle (Chantal Akerman // Belgium, France)

Honorable Mention:

California Split (Robert Altman); The Heron and the Crane (Yuriy Norshteyn); Murder on the Orient Express (Sidney Lumet); My Little Loves (Jean Eustache); The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Tobe Hooper)

1975

6

  1. Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky // Soviet Union)
  2. The Travelling Players (Theo Angelopoulos // Greece)
  3. Jeanne Dielman,23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles(Chantal Akerman // Belgium, France)
  4. Hedgehog in the Fog (Yuriy Norshteyn // Soviet Union)
  5. Jaws (Steven Spielberg // USA)
  6. The Passenger (Michelangelo Antonioni // Italy, Spain, France)
  7. Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick // UK, USA, Ireland)
  8. Nashville (Robert Altman // USA)
  9. Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven (Rainer Werner Fassbinder // West Germany)
  10. Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet // USA)
  11. Panic at Hanging Rock (Peter Weir // Australia)
  12. Dersu Uzala (Akira Kurosawa // Japan, Soviet Union)
  13. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Miloš Forman // USA)
  14. Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (Pier Paolo Pasolini // Italy)
  15. Xala (Ousmane Sembene // Senegal)
  16. Fox and His Friends (Rainer Werner Fassbinder // West Germany)
  17. Deep Red (Dario Argento // Italy)
  18. The Battle of Chile – Part 1 (Patricio Guzman // Chile)
  19. Manila in the Claws of Light (Lino Brocka // Philippines)
  20. 141 Minutes from the Unfinished Sentence (Fábri Zoltán // Hungary)
  21. Seasons of the Year (Artavard Peleshian // Soviet Union)
  22. Love and Death (Woody Allen // USA)
  23. The Man Who Would Be King (John Huston // USA)

Honorable Mention:

Cops vs. Thugs (Kinji Fukasaku); Fear of Fear (Rainer Werner Fassbinder); Grey Gardens (Albert Maysles, David Maysles);Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones)Overlord (Stuart Cooper); The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman); Three Days of the Condor (Sydney Pollack)Out of the List:Wrong Move (Wim Wenders)

1976

7

  1. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese // USA)
  2. The Fifth Seal (Zoltán Fábri // Hungary)
  3. Network (Sidney Lumet // USA)
  4. Cría Cuervos (Carlos Saura // Spain)
  5. Canoa: A Shameful Memory (Felipe Cazals // Mexico)
  6. All the President’s Men (Alan J. Pakula // USA)
  7. Kings of the Road (Wim Wenders // West Germany)
  8. The Tenant (Roman Polanski // France)
  9. Carrie (Brian De Palma // USA)
  10. Harlan County U.S.A. (Barbara Kopple // USA)
  11. Small Change (François Truffaut // France)
  12. Rocky (John G. Avildsen // USA)
  13. In the Realm of the Senses (Nagisa Oshima // Japan)
  14. The Magic Blade (Chor Yuen // Hong Kong)
  15. Chinese Roulette (Rainer Werner Fassbinder // West Germany)
  16. Marathon Man (John Schlesinger // USA)
  17. The Man Who Fell to Earth (Nicolas Roeg // UK)
  18. The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (John Cassavetes // USA)
  19. Face to Face (Ingmar Bergman // Sweden)
  20. L’Innocente (Luchino Visconti // Italy, France)
  21. The Omen (Richard Donner// USA)
  22. Daguerréotypes (Agnès Varda // France, West Germany)
  23. The Inugami Family 犬神家の一族 (Kon Ichikawa // Japan)
  24. The Outlaw Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood // USA)
  25. Coup de grâce (Volker Schlöndorff // West Germany, France)
  26. Ugly, Dirty and Bad (Ettore Scola // Italy)
  27. Heart of Glass (Werner Herzog // West Germany)

Honorable Mention:

1900 (Bernardo Bertolucci); Assault on Precinst 13 (John Carpenter); Insiang (Lino Brocka); The Marquise of O (Eric Rohmer); One Way or Another (Elio Petri); The Scar (Krzysztof Kieślowski)

1977

8

  1. Suspiria (Dario Argento // Italy)
  2. Eraserhead (David Lynch // USA)
  3. A Special Day (Ettore Scola // Italy)
  4. Providence (Alain Resnais // France)
  5. The Ascent (Larisa Shepitko // Soviet Union)
  6. Suspiria (Dario Argento // Italy)
  7. Padre padrone (Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani // Italy)
  8. That Obscure Object of Desire (Luis Buñuel // France)
  9. Cross of Iron (Sam Peckinpah // USA)
  10. Close Encounter of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg // USA)
  11. The Yellow Handkerchief (Yoji Yamada // Japan)
  12. Tomka and His Friends (Xhanfise Keko // Albania)
  13. Annie Hall (Woody Allen // USA)
  14. Dog’s Dialogue (Raúl Ruiz // France)
  15. The Devil, Probably (Robert Bresson // France)
  16. Sorcerer (William Friedkin // USA)
  17. The Sentimental Swordsman (Chor Yuen // Hong Kong)
  18. Star Wars (George Lucas // USA)
  19. Soldier of Orange (Paul Verhoeven // Netherlands, Belgium)
  20. Opening Night (John Cassavetes // USA)
  21. Stroszek (Werner Herzog // Germany)
  22. The American Friend (Wim Wenders // West Germany)
  23. A Grin Without a Cat (Chris Marker // France)

Honorable Mention:

3 Women (Robert Altman); Ceddo (Ousmane Sembene); The Last Wave (Peter Weir); The Man Who Loved Women (François Truffaut); New York, New York (Martin Scorese); News from Home (Chantal Akerman)

1978

9

  1. Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick // USA)
  2. The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting (Raúl Ruiz // France)
  3. Dawn of the Dead (George A. Romero // USA)
  4. In a Year with 13 Moons (Rainer Werner Fassbinder // West Germany)
  5. The Tree of Wooden Clogs (Ermanno Olmi // Italy)
  6. Autumn Sonata (Ingmar Bergman // Sweden)
  7. The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino // USA)
  8. Watership Down (Martin Rosen // UK)
  9. Doomed Love (Manoel de Oliveira // Portugal)
  10. Killer of Sheep (Charles Burnett // USA)
  11. Third Base (Yoichi Higashi // Japan)
  12. Halloween (John Carpenter // USA)
  13. Gates of Heaven (Errol Morris // USA)

Honorable Mention:

Always for Pleasure (Les Blank)Empire of Passion (Nagisha Oshima);  Hungarians (Fábri Zoltán); Koko: A Talking Gorilla (Barbet Schroeder); Place without Limits (Arturo Ripstein); Les rendez-vous d’Anna (Chantal Akerman)

1979

10

  1. Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky // Soviet Union)
  2. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola // USA)
  3. Alien (Ridley Scott // USA)
  4. All That Jazz (Bob Fosse // USA)
  5. Tale of Tales (Yuriy Norshteyn // Soviet Union)
  6. The Tin Drum (Volker Schlöndorff // West Germany)
  7. The Marriage of Maria Braun (Rainer Werner Fassbinder // West Germany)
  8. Vengeance Is Mine (Shohei Imamura // Japan)
  9. Grass Labyrinth (Shuji Terayama // Japan)
  10. Camera Buff (Krzysztof Kieślowski // Poland)
  11. Manhattan (Woody Allen // USA)
  12. L’Enfant Secret (Philippe Garrel // France)
  13. Tess (Roman Polanski // France, UK)
  14. Monty Python’s Life of Brian (Terry Jones // UK)
  15. Being There (Hal Ashby // USA)
  16. Nosferatu the Vampyre (Werner Herzog // Germany)
  17. Real Life (Albert Brooks // USA)
  18. Alexandria… Why? (Youssef Chahine // Egypt)
  19. Buffet Froid (Bertrand Blier // France)

Honorable Mention:

The Black Stallion (Carroll Ballard)The Brood (David Cronenberg)The In-Laws (Arthur Hiller)The Rose (Mark Rydell)
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