best film every year since the beginning of cinema.

some of these aren’t my favorites, but they’re what i think are the best due to critical acclaim and how well they’re made.

  • Passage of Venus
  • Man Walking Around a Corner
  • Roundhay Garden Scene
  • Sallie Gardner at a Gallop
  • Monkeyshines, No. 1
  • Newark Athlete
  • Fencing
  • Blacksmith Scene
  • Dickson Experimental Sound Film
  • Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory
  • The Kiss
  • The Bewitched Inn
  • The Astronomer's Dream
  • King John
  • Grandma's Reading Glass
  • The Man with the Rubber Head
  • A Trip to the Moon
  • The Great Train Robbery
  • The Mermaid
  • The Night Before Christmas
  • The Story of the Kelly Gang
  • The Dancing Pig
  • Fantasmagoria
  • The Lonely Villa
  • Frankenstein
  • Dante's Inferno
  • The New York Hat
  • Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life
  • Gentlemen of Nerve
  • Les Vampires
  • Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages
  • The Immigrant
  • Hearts of the World
  • Broken Blossoms
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
  • The Kid
  • Nanook of the North
  • Safety Last!
  • The Last Laugh
  • Battleship Potemkin
  • The General
  • Metropolis
  • The Man Who Laughs
  • Man with a Movie Camera
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • City Lights
  • I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
  • Duck Soup
  • L'Atalante
  • A Night at the Opera
  • Modern Times
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood
  • Gone with the Wind
  • The Great Dictator
  • Citizen Kane
  • Casablanca
  • Heaven Can Wait
  • Double Indemnity
  • The Lost Weekend
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • The Lady from Shanghai
  • Bicycle Thieves
  • The Third Man
  • Rashomon
  • Strangers on a Train
  • Ikiru
  • Tokyo Story
  • Seven Samurai
  • Diabolique
  • The Searchers
  • 12 Angry Men
  • Mon Oncle
  • The 400 Blows
  • Psycho
  • Last Year at Marienbad
  • La Jetée
  • 8½
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Pierrot le Fou
  • Persona
  • Le Samouraï
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Midnight Cowboy
  • Tora! Tora! Tora!
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • The Godfather
  • Fantastic Planet
  • The Godfather: Part II
  • Mirror
  • Taxi Driver
  • Suspiria
  • The Deer Hunter
  • Stalker
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Das Boot
  • Blade Runner
  • Sans Soleil
  • Amadeus
  • Come and See