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My Favorite Films of the Past 24 Years

January 17, 2011

In the spirit of the NME which always recapped their best singles and albums of previous years under the banner “Lest We Forget,” here are my annual top choices for best film of the year ever since I started making such lists (when I was, of course, two).

2010 I AM LOVE (Luca Guadagnino, Italy)

2009 TWO LOVERS (James Gray, USA)

2008 A CHRISTMAS TALE (Arnaud Desplechin, France)

2007 THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES… (Andrew Dominik, USA)

2006 CLIMATES (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey)

2005 CACHÉ (Michael Haneke, France) *

2004 DOGVILLE (Lars von Trier, Denmark)

2003 GERRY (Gus Van Sant, USA)

2002 BLOODY SUNDAY (Paul Greengrass, UK)

2001 WERCKMEISTER HARMONIES (Bela Tarr, Hungary)

2000 DANCER IN THE DARK (Lars von Trier, Denmark)

1999 EXISTENZ (David Cronenberg, Canada)

1998 THE THIN RED LINE (Terrence Malick, USA)

1997 BOOGIE NIGHTS (Paul Thomas Anderson, USA)

1996 BREAKING THE WAVES (Lars von Trier, Denmark)

1995 INSTITUTE BENJAMENTA (The Brothers Quay, UK) **

1994 SATANTANGO (Bela Tarr, Hungary)

1993 NAKED (Mike Leigh, UK)

1992 A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY (Edward Yang, Taiwan)

1991 THE GARDEN (Derek Jarman, UK)

1990 THE DECALOGUE (Krzysztof Kieslowski, Poland)

1989 THE THIN BLUE LINE (Errol Morris, USA)

1988 DISTANT VOICES, STILL LIVES (Terence Davies, UK)

1987 WINGS OF DESIRE (Wim Wenders, West Germany)

* In retrospect, I would like to switch my 2005 vote with my #2 THE NEW WORLD (Terrence Malick, USA)

**Ditto for my 1995 #4 (I was way off!) HEAT (Michael Mann, USA)

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