Year Best

Year Best: 1990s

1990

1

  1. Close-Up (Abbas Kiarostami // Iran)
  2. Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese // USA)
  3. Dreams (Akira Kurosawa // Japan)
  4. Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar-Wai // Hong Kong)
  5. Ju Dou (Zhang Yimou // China)
  6. The Match Factory Girl (Aki Kaurismäki // Finland)
  7. Song of the Exile (Ann Hui // Hong Kong)
  8. Korczak (Andrzej Wajda // Poland)
  9. Edward Scissorhands (Tim Burton // USA)
  10. Miller’s Crossing (Joel Coen // USA)
  11. I Hired a Contract Killer (Aki Kaurismäki // Finland)
  12. Bullet in the Head (John Woo // Hong Kong)
  13. The Second Circle (Alexander Sokurov // Soviet Union)
  14. Metropolitan (Whit Stillman // USA)
  15. An Angel at My Table (Jane Campion // New Zealand, Australia)
  16. To Sleep with Anger (Charles Burnett // USA)
  17. May Fools (Louis Malle // France)

Honorable Mention:

Back to the Future Part III (Robert Zemeckis);  Dances with Wolves (Kevin Costner);  Life Is Sweet (Mike Leigh);  Red Dust (Yim Ho);  Ronin-gai (Kazuo Kuroki);   Total Recall (Paul Verhoeven);  The Voice of the Moon (Federico Fellini);  Wild at Heart (David Lynch)

1991

2

  1. A Brighter Summer Day (Edward Yang // Taiwan)
  2. The Double Life of Veronique (Krzysztof Kieślowski // Poland)
  3. Raise the Red Lantern (Zhang Yimou // China)
  4. The Lovers on the Bridge (Leos Carax // France)
  5. Europa (Lars von Trier // Denmark)
  6. The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme // USA)
  7. Center Stage (Stanley Kwan // Hong Kong)
  8. Only Yesterday (Isao Takahata // Japan)
  9. JFK (Oliver Stone // USA)
  10. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (James Cameron // USA)
  11. Barton Fink (Joel Coen // USA)
  12. My Sons (Yoji Yamada // Japan)
  13. La Belle Noiseuse (Jacques Rivette // France)
  14. A Scene at the Sea (Takeshi Kitano // Japan)
  15. My Own Private Idaho (Gus Van Sant // USA)
  16. Naked Lunch (David Cronenberg // Canada)
  17. Thelma & Louise (Ridley Scott // USA)
  18. The Stranger (Satyajit Ray // India)
  19. Slacker (Richard Linklater // USA)
  20. Once Upon a Time in China (Tsui Hark // Hong Kong)
  21. Night on Earth (Jim Jarmusch // USA)
  22. Yumeji (Seijun Suzuki // Japan)

Honorable Mention:

Beauty and the Beast (Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise);  A Brief History of Time (Errol Morris);  Cape Fear (Martin Scorsese);  Defending Your Life (Albert Brooks);  The Fisher King (Terry Gilliam);  High Heels (Pedro Almodóvar);  Poison (Todd Haynes);  Rhapsody in August (Akira Kurosawa)

1992

1

  1. Hill of No Return (Wang Tung // Taiwan)
  2. The Long Day Closes (Terence Davies // UK)
  3. Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood // USA)
  4. Life, and Nothing More… (Abbas Kiarostami // Iran)
  5. Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino // USA)
  6. Orlando (Sally Potter // UK, Russia)
  7. The Player (Robert Altman // USA)
  8. Lessons of Darkness (Werner Herzog // France, UK, Germany)
  9. Hard Boiled (John Woo // Hong Kong)
  10. Malcolm X (Spike Lee // USA)
  11. La Vie de Bohème (Aki Kaurismäki // France, Finland)
  12. Porco Rosso (Hayao Miyazaki // Japan)
  13. Rebels of the Neon God (Tsai Ming-liang // Taiwan)
  14. The Best Intentions (Bille August // Sweden)
  15. Glengarry Glen Ross (James Foley // USA)
  16. Hyenas (Djibril Diop Mambéty // Senegal)
  17. Husbands and Wives (Woody Allen // USA)
  18. The Dove’s Lost Necklace (Nacer Khemir // Tunisia)
  19. Howards End (James Ivory // UK)
  20. Once Upon a Time in China II (Tsui Hark // Hong Kong)

Honorable Mention:

Benny’s Video (Michael Haneke);  The Crying Game (Neil Jordan);  Justice, My Foot! (Johnnie To);  The Quince Tree Sun (Victor Erice);  The Story of Qiu Ju (Zhang Yimou);  Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (David Lynch)

1993

4

  1. The Puppetmaster (Hou Hsiao-hsien // Taiwan)
  2. Farewell My Concubine (Chen Kaige // China, Hong Kong)
  3. The Blue Kite (Tian Zhuangzhuang // China)
  4. Three Colors: Blue (Krzysztof Kieślowski // France, Poland, Switzerland)
  5. Sonatine (Takeshi Kitano // Japan)
  6. Abraham’s Valley (Manoel de Oliveira // Portugal)
  7. The Piano (Jane Campion // New Zealand, Australia)
  8. Short Cuts (Robert Altman // USA)
  9. Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis // USA)
  10. Schindler’s List (Steven Spielberg // USA)
  11. Naked (Mike Leigh // UK)
  12. Sopyonje (Im Kwon-taek // South Korea)
  13. Madadayo (Akira Kurosawa // Japan)
  14. Dazed and Confused (Richard Linklater // USA)
  15. The Age of Innocence (Martin Scorsese)
  16. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (Lasse Hallström // USA)
  17. The Remains of the Day (James Ivory // UK)
  18. King of the Hill (Steven Soderbergh // USA)
  19. Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg // USA)
  20. Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? (Shunji Iwai // Japan)
  21. Iron Monkey (Yuen Woo-ping // Hong Kong)
  22. The Peach Blossom Land (Stan Lai // Taiwan)
  23. The Scent of Green Papaya (Tran Anh Hung // Vietnam)
  24. From the East (Chantal Akerman // France, Belgium)
  25. The Nightmare Before Christmas (Henry Selick // USA)
  26. The Last Bolshevik (Chris Marker // France)

Honorable Mention:

The Birth of Love (Philippe Garrel);  Dear Diary (Nanni Moretti);  The Flirting Scholar (Lee Lik-Chi);  The Fugitive (Andrew Davis);  Painted Skin (King Hu);  Philadelphia (Jonathan Demme);  The War Room (Chris Hegedus, D. A. Pennebaker)

1994

5

  1. Satantango (Béla Tarr // Hungary)
  2. Chungking Express (Wong Kar-Wai // Hong Kong)
  3. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino // USA)
  4. In the Heat of the Sun (Jiang Wen // China)
  5. Through the Olive Trees (Abbas Kiarostami // Iran)
  6. To Live (Zhang Yimou // China)
  7. Three Colors: Red (Krzysztof Kieślowski // France, Switzerland, Poland)
  8. The Day the Sun Turned Cold (Yim Ho // Hong Kong)
  9. Hoop Dreams (Steve James // USA)
  10. The Taebaek Mountains (Im Kwon-taek // South Korea)
  11. Before the Rain (Milcho Manchevski // Macedonia)
  12. Crumb (Terry Zwigoff // USA)
  13. Ashes of Time (Wong Kar-Wai // Hong Kong)
  14. Leon: The Professional (Luc Besson // France, USA)
  15. Vive l’Amour (Tsai Ming-liang // Taiwan)
  16. Burnt by the Sun (Nikita Mikhalkov // Russia)
  17. The Shawshank Redemption (Frank Darabont // USA)
  18. Once Were Warriors (Lee Tamahori // New Zealand)
  19. The Friends (Shinji Somai // Japan)
  20. Ed Wood (Tim Burton // USA)
  21. The Lion King (Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff // USA)
  22. Exotica (Atom Egoyan // Canada)
  23. Portrait of a Young Girl at the End of the ’60s in Brussels (Chantal Akerman // Belgium, France)
  24. Three Colors: White (Krzysztof Kieślowski // France, Poland)

Honorable Mention:

71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (Michael Haneke);  A Class To Remember (Yoji Yamada);  A Confucian Confusion (Edward Yang);  The Rice People (Rithy Panh);  Shallow Grave (Danny Boyle);  Speed (Jan de Bont);  Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana (Aki Kaurismäki)

1995

1

  1. Heat (Michael Mann // USA)
  2. Underground (Emir Kusturica // Yugoslavia, France, Germany)
  3. God’s Comedy (João César Monteiro // Portugal)
  4. Se7en (David Fincher // USA)
  5. La Haine (Mathieu Kassovitz // France)
  6. Love Letter (Shunji Iwai // Japan)
  7. Before Sunrise (Richard Linklater // USA)
  8. Casino (Martin Scorsese // USA)
  9. The Usual Suspects (Bryan Singer // USA)
  10. Twelve Monkeys (Terry Gilliam // USA)
  11. Fallen Angels (Wong Kar-Wai // Hong Kong)
  12. Salaam Cinema (Mohsen Makhmalbaf // Iran)
  13. Safe (Todd Haynes // USA)
  14. La Cérémonie (Claude Chabrol // France)
  15. Toy Story (John Lasseter // USA)
  16. The White Balloon (Jafar Panahi // Iran)
  17. Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch // USA)
  18. A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora’s Box / A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella (Jeffrey Lau // Hong Kong)
  19. The Bridges of Madison County (Clint Eastwood // USA)
  20. Ulysses’ Gaze (Theo Angelopoulos // Greece)
  21. Maborosi (Hirokazu Koreeda // Japan)
  22. Casa de Lava (Pedro Costa // Portugal)

Honorable Mention:

Antonia’s Line (Marleen Gorris);  The Flower of My Secret (Pedro Almodóvar);  Ghost in the Shell (Mamoru Oshii);  Good Men, Good Women (Hou Hsiao-hsien);  Land and Freedom (Ken Loach);  Welcome to the Dollhouse (Todd Solondz)

1996

2

  1. Secrets & Lies (Mike Leigh // UK)
  2. Breaking the Waves (Lars von Trier // Denmark)
  3. A Moment of Innocence (Mohsen Makhmalbaf // Iran)
  4. Comrades: Almost a Love Story (Peter Chan // Hong Kong)
  5. La Promesse (Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne // Belgium, France)
  6. Fargo (Joel Coen // USA)
  7. Drifting Clouds (Aki Kaurismäki // Finland)
  8. Lone Star (John Sayles // USA)
  9. Kids Return (Takeshi Kitano // Japan)
  10. A Summer’s Tale (Éric Rohmer // France)
  11. Mahjong (Edward Yang // Taiwan)
  12. Trainspotting (Danny Boyle // UK)
  13. Goodbye, South, Goodbye (Hou Hsiao-hsien // Taiwan)
  14. The God of Cookery (Stephen Chow, Lee Lik-Chi // Hong Kong)
  15. Three Lives and Only One Death (Raúl Ruiz // France, Portugal)
  16. When We Were Kings (Leon Gast // USA)

Honorable Mention:

Bottle Rocket (Wes Anderson);  Citizen Ruth (Alexander Payne);  Forbidden City Cop (Vincent Kok);  Mission: Impossible (Brian De Palma);  Shall We Dance? (Masayuki Suo)

1997

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  1. Happy Together (Wong Kar-wai // Hong Kong)
  2. Hana-bi (Takeshi Kitano // Japan)
  3. Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki // Japan)
  4. Taste of Cherry (Abbas Kiarostami // Iran)
  5. Children of Heaven (Majid Majidi // Iran)
  6. L.A. Confidential (Curtis Hanson // USA)
  7. The End of Evangelion (Kazuya Tsurumaki, Hideaki Anno // Japan)
  8. Perfect Blue (Satoshi Kon // Japan)
  9. Made in Hong Kong (Fruit Chan // Hong Kong)
  10. Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson // USA)
  11. The Mirror (Jafar Panahi // Iran)
  12. Funny Games (Michael Haneke // Austria)
  13. Good Will Hunting (Gus Van Sant // USA)
  14. The Ice Storm (Ang Lee // USA, France)
  15. Mother and Son (Alexander Sokurov // Russia)
  16. Cure (Kiyoshi Kurosawa // Japan)
  17. The Sweet Hereafter (Atom Egoyan // Canada)
  18. Green Fish (Lee Chang-dong // South Korea)
  19. The Life of Jesus (Bruno Dumont // France)
  20. Life Is Beautiful (Roberto Benigni // Italy)
  21. Titanic (James Cameron // USA)
  22. Insomnia (Erik Skjoldbjærg // Norway)
  23. Pickpocket (Jia Zhangke // China)
  24. The Eel (Shohei Imamura // Japan)
  25. Starship Troopers (Paul Verhoeven // USA)
  26. Live Flesh (Pedro Almodóvar // Spain)

Honorable Mention:

The Fifth Element (Luc Besson);  The Game (David Fincher);  Gummo (Harmony Korine);  In the Presence of a Clown (Ingmar Bergman);  Jackie Brown (Quentin Tarantino);  Little Dieter Needs to Fly (Werner Herzog);  Lost Highway (David Lynch);  Ossos (Pedro Costa);  The River (Tsai Ming-liang)

1998

4

  1. Rushmore (Wes Anderson // USA)
  2. After Life (Hirokazu Koreeda // Japan)
  3. Flowers of Shanghai (Hou Hsiao-hsien // Taiwna)
  4. The Truman Show (Peter Weir // USA)
  5. Eternity and a Day (Theo Angelopoulos // Greece)
  6. Central Station (Walter Salles // Brazil)
  7. The Celebration (Thomas Vinterberg // Denmark)
  8. The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick // USA)
  9. The Longest Summer (Fruit Chan // Hong Kong)
  10. The Hole (Tsai Ming-liang // Taiwan)
  11. The Adopted Son (Aktan Arym Kubat // Kyrgyzstan)
  12. The Way We Laughed (Gianni Amelio // Italy)
  13. Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg // USA)
  14. The Big Lebowski (Joel Coen // USA)
  15. A Hero Never Dies (Johnnie To // Hong Kong)
  16. Show Me Love (Lukas Moodysson // Sweden, Denmark)
  17. Pi (Darren Aronofsky // USA)
  18. Murder on D Street (Akio Jissoji // Japan)
  19. The Apple (Samira Makhmalbaf // Iran)
  20. Following (Christopher Nolan // UK)
  21. Of Freaks and Men (Aleksey Balabanov // Russia)

Honorable Mention:

Autumn Tale (Éric Rohmer);  The Last Days of Disco (Whit Stillman);  Secret Defense (Jacques Rivette);  Traps (Vera Chytilová);  Out of Sight (Steven Soderbergh)

1999

1

  1. The Mission (Johnnie To // Hong Kong)
  2. All About My Mother (Pedro Almodóvar // Spain)
  3. Fight Club (David Fincher // USA)
  4. Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson // USA)
  5. The Matrix (Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski // USA)
  6. Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze // USA)
  7. Kikujiro (Takeshi Kitano // Japan)
  8. Rosetta (Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne // Belgium)
  9. Ratcatcher (Lynne Ramsay // UK)
  10. The Color of Paradise (Majid Majidi // Iran)
  11. Topsy-Turvy (Mike Leigh // UK)
  12. Peppermint Candy (Lee Chang-dong // South Korea)
  13. The Iron Giant (Brad Bird // USA)
  14. Beau Travail (Claire Denis // France)
  15. The Insider (Michael Mann // USA)
  16. The Wind Will Carry Us (Abbas Kiarostami // Iran)
  17. Poppoya (Yasuo Furuhata // Japan)
  18. Toy Story 2 (John Lasseter // USA)
  19. Election (Alexander Payne // USA)
  20. Humanité (Bruno Dumont // France)
  21. The Straight Story (David Lynch // USA)
  22. My Best Fiend (Werner Herzog // Germany, UK, USA)
  23. The Green Mile (Frank Darabont // USA)
  24. American Beauty (Sam Mendes // USA)
  25. The Sixth Sense (M. Night Shyamalan // USA)
  26. Running Out of Time (Johnnie To // Hong Kong)
  27. Outer Space (Peter Tscherkassky // Austria)
  28. One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich (Chris Marker // France)

Honorable Mention:

Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick);  The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun (Djibril Diop Mambéty);  Not One Less (Zhang Yimou);  Sicilia! (Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet);  Taboo (Nagisa Oshima)

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