Year Best

Year Best: 1980s

1980

1

  1. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick // USA, UK)
  2. Berlin Alexanderplatz (Rainer Werner Fassbinder // West Germany)
  3. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese // USA)
  4. The Elephant Man (David Lynch // USA, UK)
  5. Kagemusha (Akira Kurosawa // Japan)
  6. The Big Red One (Samuel Fuller // USA)
  7. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner // USA)
  8. Atlantic City (Louis Malle // France, Canada)
  9. Mon Oncle d’Amérique (Alain Resnais // France)
  10. Stardust Memories (Woody Allen // USA)
  11. The Long Good Friday (John Mackenzie // UK)
  12. Zigeunerweisen (Seijun Suzuki // Japan)
  13. The Sword (Patrick Tam // Hong Kong)
  14. The Constant Factor (Krzysztof Zanussi // Poland)
  15. A Distant Cry from Spring (Yoji Yamada // Japan)
  16. The Blues Brothers (John Landis // USA)
  17. The Last Metro (François Truffaut // France)
  18. Heaven’s Gate (Michael Cimino // USA)
  19. Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers (Les Blank // USA)
  20. Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (Les Blank // USA)
  21. Breaker Morant (Bruce Beresford // Australia)

Honorable Mention:

Airplane! (Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker);  Altered States (Ken Russell);  Bad Timing (Nicolas Roeg);  City of Women (Federico Fellini);  The Calm (Krzysztof Kieślowski);  From the Life of the Marionettes (Ingmar Bergman);  Hopscotch (Ronald Neame);  Will Your Heart Beat Faster? (Mike de Leon)

 

1981

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  1. Muddy River (Kohei Oguri // Japan)
  2. Possession (Andrzej Żuławski // France, West Germany)
  3. Das Boot (Wolfgang Petersen // West Germany)
  4. Mephisto (István Szabó // West Germany, Hungary, Austria)
  5. The Aviator’s Wife (Éric Rohmer // France)
  6. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg // USA)
  7. Pixote (Hector Babenco // Brazil)
  8. Heat-Haze Theatre (Seijun Suzuki // Japan)
  9. Blind Chance (Krzysztof Kieślowski // Poland)
  10. Man of Iron (Andrzej Wajda // Poland)
  11. Reds (Warren Beatty // USA)
  12. Thief (Michael Mann // USA)
  13. Mandala (Im Kwon-taek // South Korea)
  14. Blow Out (Brian De Palma // USA)
  15. My Dinner with André (Louis Malle // USA)
  16. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (George Miller // Australia)
  17. Lola (Rainer Werner Fassbinder // West Germany)
  18. Le Pont du Nord (Jacques Rivette // France)
  19. Blood Wedding (Carlos Saura // Spain)
  20. An American Werewolf in London (John Landis // UK)
  21. Distant Thunder (Kichitaro Negishi // Japan)
  22. Francisca (Manoel de Oliveira // Portugal)
  23. Coup de torchon (Bertrand Tavernier // France)
  24. Gregory’s Girl (Bill Forsyth // UK)
  25. Do You Remember Dolly Bell? (Emir Kusturica // Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  26. Circle of Deceit (Volker Schlöndorff // Germany)
  27. The Woman Next Door (François Truffaut // France)
  28. Scanners (David Cronenberg // Canada)

Honorable Mention:

…All the Marbles (Robert Aldrich);  Cutter’s Way (Ivan Passer);  Escape from New York (John Carpenter);  The Evil Dead (Sam Raimi);  Love Massacre (Patrick Tam Kar-Ming);  Sailor Suit and Machine Gun (Shinji Somai);  School in the Crosshairs (Nobuhiko Obayashi);  Vernon, Florida (Errol Morris)

Out of the List:

Trances (Ahmed El Maânouni)

1982

3

  1. Fanny & Alexander (Ingmar Bergman // Sweden)
  2. Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog // West Germany, Peru)
  3. Koyaanisqatsi (Godfrey Reggio // USA)
  4. Missing (Costa-Gavras // USA)
  5. Blade Runner (Ridley Scott // USA)
  6. The Thing (John Carpenter // USA)
  7. The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese // USA)
  8. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg // USA)
  9. I Are You, You Am Me (Nobuhiko Obayashi // Japan)
  10. The Night of the Shooting Stars (Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani // Italy)
  11. Cain & Abel (Lino Brocka // Philippines)
  12. Moonlighting (Jerzy Skolimowski // UK)
  13. White Dog (Samuel Fuller // USA)
  14. Yol (Serif Gören, Yılmaz Güney // Turkey)
  15. Veronika Voss (Rainer Werner Fassbinder // West Germany)
  16. The Verdict (Sidney Lumet // USA)
  17. Batch ’81 (Mike de Leon // Philippine)
  18. Tootsie (Sydney Pollack // USA)
  19. Burden of Dreams (Les Blank // USA)
  20. A Good Marriage (Éric Rohmer // France)
  21. The Miracle Fighters (Yuen Woo-Ping // Hong Kong)
  22. Gandhi (Richard Attenborough // India, UK)
  23. Boat People (Ann Hui // Hong Kong)

Honorable Mention:

Fall Guy (Kinji Fukasaku);  Gauche the Cellist (Isao Takahata);   Identification of a Woman (Michelangelo Antonioni);  Nomad (Patrick Tam);  Pink Floyd: The Wall (Alan Parker);  Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper);  Time Masters (René Laloux)

1983

2

  1. El Sur (Víctor Erice // Spain)
  2. City of Pirates (Raúl Ruiz // France, Portugal)
  3. L’argent (Robert Bresson // France)
  4. Nostalghia (Andrei Tarkovsky // Italy, Soviet Union)
  5. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (Nagisa Oshima // UK, Japan, New Zealand)
  6. Zelig (Woody Allen // USA)
  7. The Ballad of Narayama (Shohei Imamura // Japan)
  8. Videodrome (David Cronenberg // Canada)
  9. Sans Soleil (Chris Marker // France)
  10. The Family Game (Yoshimitsu Morita // Japan)
  11. The Little Girl Who Conquered Time (Nobuhiko Obayashi // Japan)
  12. Duel to the Death (Ching Siu-Tung // Hong Kong)
  13. À nos amours (Maurice Pialat // France)
  14. Pauline at the Beach (Éric Rohmer // France)
  15. The Boys from Fengkuei (Hou Hsiao-hsien // Taiwan)
  16. The Right Stuff (Philip Kaufman // USA)
  17. Scarface (Brian De Palma // USA)
  18. Carmen (Carlos Saura // Spain)
  19. Danton (Andrzej Wajda // France, Poland)
  20. The Meaning of Life (Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones // UK)
  21. That Day, On the Beach (Edward Yang // Taiwan)
  22. And the Ship Sails On (Federico Fellini // Italy)
  23. All the King’s Men (King Hu // Taiwan, Hong Kong)
  24. El Norte (Gregory Nava // USA)
  25. The Makioka Sisters (Kon Ichikawa // Japan)
  26. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (Kundan Shah // India)

Honorable Mention:

The Fourth Man (Paul Verhoeven); Local Hero (Bill Forsyth); Sprout Wings and Fly (Les Blank); Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (Richard Marquand);  Terms of Endearment (James L. Brooks)

Out of the List:

Rumble Fish (Francis Ford Coppola)

1984

1

  1. Heimat: A Chronicle of Germany (Edgar Reitz // Germany)
  2. Repentance (Tengiz Abuladze // Georgia, Soviet Union)
  3. Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders // West Germany, France, UK)
  4. Once Upon a Time in America (Sergio Leone // Italy, USA)
  5. Homecoming (Yim Ho // Hong Kong)
  6. Love Streams (John Cassavetes // USA)
  7. Amadeus (Miloš Forman // USA, France)
  8. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Hayao Miyazaki // Japan)
  9. The Killing Fields (Roland Joffé // UK)
  10. This Is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner // USA)
  11. The Funeral (Juzo Itami // Japan)
  12. A Year of the Quiet Sun (Krzysztof Zanussi // Poland)
  13. Stranger Than Paradise (Jim Jarmusch // USA)
  14. Blood Simple (Joel Coen // USA)
  15. Farewell to the Ark (Shuji Terayama // Japan)
  16. The Times of Harvey Milk (Robert Epstein // USA)
  17. Yellow Earth (Chen Kaige // China)
  18. Twenty Years Later (Eduardo Coutinho // Brazil)
  19. Stop Making Sense (Jonathan Demme // USA)
  20. Full Moon in Paris (Éric Rohmer // France)
  21. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Steven Spielberg // USA)
  22. A Summer at Grandpa’s (Hou Hsiao-hsien // Taiwan)
  23. When the Tenth Month Comes (Dang Nhat Minh // Vietnam)
  24. The Hit (Stephen Fears // UK)
  25. The Terminator (James Cameron // USA)
  26. The Home and the World (Satyajit Ray // India)
  27. Kaos (Vittorio Taviani, Paolo Taviani // Italy)
  28. Broadway Danny Rose (Woody Allen // USA)
  29. A Nightmare on Elm Street (Wes Craven // USA)

Honorable Mention:

Antonio Gaudí (Hiroshi Teshigahara)The Element of Crime (Lars von Trier);  Repo Man (Alex Cox);  Vanishing Point (Raúl Ruiz);  Wanderers of the Desert (Nacer Khemir)

Out of the List:

Meantime (Mike Leigh)

1985

6

  1. Come and See (Elem Klimov // Soviet Union)
  2. Ran (Akira Kurosawa // Japan)
  3. Tampopo (Juzo Itami // Japan)
  4. A Time to Live, a Time to Die (Hou Hsiao-hsien // Taiwan)
  5. When Father Was Away on Business (Emir Kusturica // Yugoslavia)
  6. Typhoon Club (Shinji Somai // Japan)
  7. Brazil (Terry Gilliam // UK)
  8. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (Paul Schrader // USA, Japan)
  9. Shoah (Claude Lanzmann // France, UK)
  10. The Official Story (Luis Puenzo // Argentina)
  11. Taipei Story (Edward Yang // Taiwan)
  12. Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis // USA)
  13. The Breakfast Club (John Hughes // USA)
  14. Kiss of the Spider Woman (Hector Babenco // Brazil, USA)
  15. My Life as a Dog (Lasse Hallström // Sweden)
  16. The Purple Rose of Cairo (Woody Allen // USA)
  17. Love Hotel (Shinji Somai // Japan)
  18. Vagabond (Agnès Varda // France)
  19. My Friend Ivan Lapshin (Aleksey German // Soviet Union)
  20. Sherman’s March (Ross McElwee // USA)
  21. No End (Krzysztof Kieślowski // Poland)

Honorable Mention:

A.K. (Chris Marker);  After Hours (Martin Scorsese);  Calamari Union (Aki Kaurismäki);  Insignificance (Nicolas Roeg);  My Beautiful Laundrette (Stephen Frears);  Out of Africa (Sydney Pollack);  A Room with a View (James Ivory);  Tokyo-Ga (Wim Wenders);  Witness (Peter Weir)

Out of the List:

1986

1

  1. Dust in the Wind (Hou Hsiao-hsien // Taiwan)
  2. The Horse Thief (Tian Zhuangzhuang // China)
  3. The Sacrifice (Andrei Tarkovsky // Sweden, UK, France)
  4. The Terrorizers 恐怖份子 (Edward Yang // Taiwan)
  5. Hovering Over the Water (João César Monteiro // Portugal)
  6. The Green Ray (Eric Rohmer // France)
  7. The Sea and Poison (Kei Kumai // Japan)
  8. Hannah and Her Sisters (Woody Allen // USA)
  9. Stand by Me (Rob Reiner // USA)
  10. Blue Velvet (David Lynch // USA)
  11. Castle in the Sky (Hayao Miyazaki // Japan)
  12. Aliens (James Cameron // USA)
  13. Down by Law (Jim Jarmusch // USA, West Germany)
  14. Platoon (Oliver Stone // USA)
  15. The Mission (Roland Joffé // UK)
  16. Shadows in Paradise (Aki Kaurismäki // Finland)
  17. The Legend of Suram Fortress (Sergei Parajanov // Georgia)
  18. A Better Tomorrow (John Woo // Hong Kong)
  19. Mauvais Sang (Leos Carax // France)
  20. The Fly (David Cronenberg // USA, UK, Canada)
  21. Manhunter (Michael Mann // USA)

Honorable Mention:

…And the Pursuit of Happiness (Louis Malle);  El Amor Brujo (Carlos Saura);  Mona Lisa (Neil Jordan);  Peking Opera Blues (Tsui Hark);  Something Wild (Jonathan Demme)

Out of the List:

Sid & Nancy (Alex Cox)

1987

3

  1. The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On (Kazuo Hara // Japan)
  2. Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders // West Germany, France)
  3. King of the Children (Chen Kaige // China)
  4. Where Is the Friend’s Home? (Abbas Kiarostami // Iran)
  5. Full Metal Jacket (Stanley Kubrick // UK, USA)
  6. Au Revoir Les Enfants (Louis Malle // France)
  7. Alice (Jan Švankmajer // Czech)
  8. Strawman (Wang Tung // Taiwan)
  9. Yeelen (Souleymane Cissé // Mali, Burkina Faso, France)
  10. Law of Desire (Pedro Almodóvar // Spain)
  11. The Last Emperor (Bernardo Bertolucci // China, Italy, UK)
  12. Rouge (Stanley Kwan // Hong Kong)
  13. RoboCop (Paul Verhoeven // USA)
  14. Red Sorghum (Zhang Yimou // China)
  15. Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (Éric Rohmer // France)
  16. Pelle the Conqueror (Bille August // Denmark)
  17. The Dead (John Huston // USA)
  18. Under the Sun of Satan (Maurice Pialat // France)
  19. Babette’s Feast (Gabriel Axel // Denmark)
  20. Intervista (Federico Fellini // Italy)
  21. Boyfriends and Girlfriends (Éric Rohmer // France)
  22. Landscape Suicide (James Benning // USA)
  23. A Taxing Woman (Juzo Itami // Japan)
  24. House of Games (David Mamet // USA)
  25. The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner // USA)
  26. Radio Days (Woody Allen // USA)
  27. Cobra Verde (Werner Herzog // Germany, Ghana)
  28. An Autumn’s Tale (Mabel Cheung // Hong Kong)
  29. Evil Dead II (Sam Raimi // USA)
  30. How Wang-Fo Was Saved (René Laloux // France)

Honorable Mention:

Daughter of the Nile (Hou Hsiao-hsien);  Empire of the Sun (Steven Spielberg);  Gap-Toothed Women (Les Blank);  Maurice (James Ivory);  Near Dark (Kathryn Bigelow);  Predator (John McTiernan);  Raising Arizona (Joel Coen);  The Surrogate Womb (Im Kwon-taek);  Walker (Alex Cox)

1988

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  1. On the Silver Globe (Andrzej Zulawski // Poland)
  2. Cinema Paradiso (Giuseppe Tornatore // Italy, France)
  3. Akira (Katsuhiro Otomo // Japan)
  4. A Tale of the Wind (Joris Ivens // France, UK)
  5. Distant Voices, Still Lives (Terence Davies // UK)
  6. Ariel (Aki Kaurismäki // Finland)
  7. Time of the Gypsies (Emir Kusturica // UK, Italy, Yugoslavia)
  8. A Short Film About Killing / A Short Film About Love (Krzysztof Kieślowski // Poland)
  9. My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki // Japan)
  10. Damnation (Béla Tarr // Hungary)
  11. Hôtel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie (Marcel Ophüls // West Germany, France, USA)
  12. Die Hard (John McTiernan // USA)
  13. Story of Women (Claude Chabrol // France)
  14. Days of Eclipse (Alexander Sokurov // Soviet Union)
  15. They Live (John Carpenter // USA)
  16. The Vanishing (George Sluizer // Netherlands, France)
  17. The Legend of the Holy Drinker (Ermanno Olmi // Italy)
  18. The Thin Blue Line (Errol Morris // USA)
  19. Chocolate (Claire Denis // France)
  20. Noisy Requiem (Yoshihiko Matsui // Japan)
  21. Mississippi Burning (Alan Parker // USA)
  22. Midnight Run (Martin Brest // USA)
  23. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Pedro Almodóvar // Spain)
  24. Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (Todd Haynes // USA)
  25. Dead Ringers (David Cronenberg // Canada)
  26. The Last Temptation of Christ (Martin Scorsese // USA)
  27. Hairspray (John Waters // USA)

Honorable Mention:

As Tears Go By (Wong Kar-Wai);  Ashik Kerib (Sergei Parajanov);  Dangerous Liaisons (Stephen Frears);  Dogra Magra (Toshio Matsumoto);  High Hopes (Mike Leigh);   July (Darezhan Omirbayev);  Powaqqatsi (Godfrey Reggio);  Tanner ’88 (Robert Altman);  The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Philip Kaufman)

1989

4

  1. The Decalogue (Krzysztof Kieślowski // Poland)
  2. A City of Sadness (Hou Hsiao-hsien // Taiwan)
  3. Near Death (Frederick Wiseman // USA)
  4. Banana Paradise (Wang Tung // Taiwan)
  5. The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover (Peter Greenaway // UK, France)
  6. Dead Poets Society (Peter Weir // USA)
  7. My Twentieth Century (Ildikó Enyedi // Hungry)
  8. Interrogation (Ryszard Bugajski // Poland)
  9. Pirosmani (Giorgi Shengelaia // Georgia)
  10. Isle of Flowers (Jorge Furtado // Brazil)
  11. Crimes and Misdemeanors (Woody Allen // USA)
  12. Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee // USA)
  13. Santa Sangre (Alejandro Jodorowsky // Mexico)
  14. The Killer (John Woo // Hong Kong)
  15. Mystery Train (Jim Jarmusch // USA)
  16. When Harry Met Sally… (Rob Reiner // USA)
  17. Twin Peaks (David Lynch // USA)
  18. The Seventh Continent (Michael Haneke // Austria)
  19. Leningrad Cowboys Go America (Aki Kaurismäki // Finland)
  20. Violent Cop (Takeshi Kitano // Japan)
  21. Blood (Pedro Costa // Portugal)
  22. For All Mankind (Al Reinert // USA)
  23. Kiki’s Delivery Service (Hayao Miyazaki // Japan)
  24. Tetsuo: The Iron Man (Shinya Tsukamoto // Japan)
  25. Back to the Future Part II (Robert Zemeckis // USA)
  26. Black Rain (Shohei Imamura // Japan)

Honorable Mention:

An Enemy of the People (Satyajit Ray);  Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Steven Spielberg);  Revenge (Yermek Shinarbayev);  Roger & Me (Michael Moore);  Sweetie (Jane Campion);  Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (Pedro Almodóvar)

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