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Updates:

  1.   Secret Sunshine (2010) / Lee Chang-dong

  2.   Liverpool (2009) / Lisandro Alsonso

  3.   In the City of Sylvia (2008) / Jose Luis-Guerin

  4.   Love Songs (2008) / Christophe Honoré

  5.   Werckmeister Harmonies (2001) / Bela Tarr







2011:

  1.   A Separation / Asghar Farhadi

  2.   Armadillo / Janus Metz

  3.   Certified Copy / Abbas Kiarostami

  4.   City of Life and Death / Lu Chuan

  5.   Drive / Nicolas Winding Refn

  6.   Le Havre / Aki Kaurismäki

  7.   Hugo / Martin Scorsese

  8.   Margaret / Kenneth Lonergan

  9.   Mysteries of Lisbon / Raúl Ruiz

  10.   Of Gods and Men / Xavier Beauvois

  11.   Poetry / Lee Chang-dong

  12.   Le Quattro Volte / Michelangelo Frammartino

  13.   Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy / Tomas Alfredson

  14.   The Tree of Life / Terrence Malick

  15.   Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives / Apichatpong Weerasethakul





2010:

  1.   Alamar / Pedro González-Rubio

  2.   Around a Small Mountain / Jacques Rivette

  3.   Black Swan / Darren Aronofsky

  4.   Carlos / Olivier Assayas

  5.   Dogtooth / Yorgos Lanthimos

  6.   Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl / Manoel de Oliveira

  7.   Letters to Father Jacob / Kläus Haro

  8.   Lourdes / Jessica Hausner

  9.   Prince of Broadway / Sean Baker

  10.   The Red Chapel / Mads Brugger

  11.   Secret Sunshine / Lee Chang-dong

  12.   The Strange Case of Angelica / Manoel de Oliveira

  13.   Toy Story 3 / Lee Unkrich

  14.   White Material / Claire Denis

  15.   Winter’s Bone / Debra Granik





Decade: 2009 - 20000:

01. There Will Be Blood / Paul Thomas Anderson
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2. Dogville / Lars von Trier
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3. Mulholland Dr. / David Lynch
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4. 'The Lord of the Rings' / Peter Jackson
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5. 'The Battle for Iwo Jima' / Clint Eastwood
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6. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon / Ang Lee
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7. Spirited Away / Hayao Miyazaki
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8. Silent Light / Carlos Reygadas
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9. Tropical Malady / Apichatpong Weerasethakul
10. 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days / Cristian Mungiu
11. Gosford Park / Robert Altman
12. The Assassination of Jesse James by the ... / Andrew Dominick
13. Children of Men / Alfonso Cuaron
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The New World / Terrence Malick
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Dancer in the Dark / Lars von Trier

16. Yi Yi: A One and a Two… / Edward Yang

17. Inland Empire / David Lynch

18. In the Bedroom / Todd Field

19. Eureka / Shinji Aoyama

20. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu / Cristi Puiu





2009:

  1.   35 Shots of Rum / Claire Denis

  2.   Antichrist / Lars von Trier

  3.   Fantastic Mr. Fox / Wes Anderson

  4.   Goodbye Solo / Ramin Bahrani

  5.   Liverpool / Lisandro Alonso

  6.   Mary and Max / Adam Elliot

  7.   Munyurangabo / Lee Isaac Chung

  8.   Revanche / Gotz Spielmann

  9.   Silent Light / Carlos Reygadas

  10.   Still Walking / Hirokazu Kore-eda

  11.   Summer Hours / Olivier Assayas

  12.   Tokyo Sonata / Kiyoshi Kurosawa

  13.   Unmistaken Child / Nati Baratz

  14.   Where the Wild Things Are / Spike Jonze

  15.   The White Ribbon / Michael Haneke





2008:

  1.   4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days / Cristian Mungiu

  2.   The Band’s Visit / Eran Kolirin

  3.   Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father / Kurt Kuenne

  4.   Flight of the Red Balloon / Hou Hsiao-hsien

  5.   Gran Torino / Clint Eastwood

  6.   Hunger / Steve McQueen

  7.   In the City of Sylvia / Jose Luis-Guerin

  8.   Let the Right One In / Tomas Alfredson

  9.   Love Songs / Christophe Honoré

  10.   Patti Smith: Dream of Life / Steven Sebring

  11.   Still Life / Jia Zhang-ke

  12.   Synecdoche, New York / Charlie Kaufman

  13.   WALL•E / Andrew Stanton

  14.   Waltz With Bashir / Ari Folman

  15.   XXY / Lucia Puenzo





2007:

  1.   12:08 East of Bucharest / Corneliu Porumboiu

  2.   The Assassination of Jesse James by the ... / Andrew Dominick

  3.   Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead / Sidney Lumet

  4.   Control / Anton Corbijn

  5.   The Diving Bell and the Butterfly / Julian Schnabel

  6.   I’m Not There / Todd Haynes

  7.   Into the Wild / Sean Penn

  8.   The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters / Seth Gordon

  9.   Michael Clayton / Tony Gilroy

  10.   No Country for Old Men / Joel & Ethan Coen

  11.   Ratatouille / Brad Bird

  12.   Persepolis / Vincent Paronnaud

  13.   Syndromes and a Century / Apichatpong Weerasethakul

  14.   There Will Be Blood / Paul Thomas Anderson

  15.   Zodiac / David Fincher





2006:

  1. Babel / Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

  2.   Borat: Cultural Learnings of America to Make ... / Larry Charles

  3.   Brick / Rian Johnson

  4.   Children of Men / Alfonso Cuaron

  5.   The Death of Mr. Lazarescu / Cristi Puiu

  6.   The Descent / Neil Marshall

  7.   Flags of Our Fathers / Clint Eastwood

  8.   House of Sand / Andrucha Waddington

  9.   Inland Empire / David Lynch

  10.   Letters From Iwo Jima / Clint Eastwood

  11.   The Lives of Others / Florin Henckel von Donnersmarck

  12.   Marie Antoinette / Sofia Coppola

  13.   Pan’s Labyrinth / Guillermo Del Toro

  14.   A Prairie Home Companion / Robert Altman

  15.   Shortbus / John Cameron Mitchell





2005:

  1.   2046 / Wong Kar-wai

  2.   The 40-Year-Old Virgin / Judd Apatow

  3.   Brokeback Mountain / Ang Lee

  4.   The Constant Gardener / Fernando Meirelles

  5.   Downfall / Oliver Hirschbiegel

  6.   A History of Violence / David Cronenberg

  7.   King Kong / Peter Jackson

  8.   Me and You and Everyone We Know / Miranda July

  9.   Munich / Steven Spielberg

  10.   The New World / Terrence Malick

  11.   Paradise Now / Hany Abu-Assad

  12.   Pride & Prejudice / Joe Wright

  13.   The Squid and the Whale / Noah Baumbach

  14.   Tropical Malady / Apichatpong Weerasethakul

  15.   Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill / Judy Irving





2004:

  1.   Bad Education / Pedro Almodovar

  2.   Before Sunset / Richard Linklater

  3.   Cowards Bend the Knee / Guy Maddin

  4.   Dogville / Lars von Trier

  5.   The Door in the Floor / Tod Williams

  6.   Eternal Sunshine of the ... / Michel Gondry

  7.   Goodbye, Dragon Inn / Tsai Ming-Liang

  8.   I Heart Huckabees / David O. Russell

  9.   House of Flying Daggers / Zhang Yimou

  10.   Kill Bill, Vol. 2 / Quentin Tarantino

  11.   The Motorcycle Diaries / Walter Salles

  12.   Sideways / Alexander Payne

  13.   Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring / Kim Ki-duk

  14.   The Story of the Weeping Camel / Luigi Falorni

  15.   Vera Drake / Mike Leigh





2003:

  1. The Barbarian Invasions / Denys Arcand

  2.   Capturing the Friedmans / Andrew Jarecki

  3.   Divine Intervention / Elia Suleiman

  4.   Finding Nemo / Andrew Stanton

  5.   I’m Not Scared / Gabriele Salvatores

  6.   In America / Jim Sheridan

  7.   Kill Bill, Vol. 1 / Quentin Tarantino

  8.   Lord of the Rings: Return of the King / Peter Jackson

  9.   Lost in Translation / Sofia Coppola

  10.   Lilya 4-Ever / Lukas Moodysoon

  11.   Master and Commander: The Far Side of the ... / Peter Weir

  12.   Millennium Actress / Satoshi Kon

  13.   Millennium Mambo / Hou Hsiao-hsien

  14.   Mystic River / Clint Eastwood

  15.   The Triplets of Belleville / Sylvain Chomet





2002:

  1.   About Schmidt / Alexander Payne

  2.   Adaptation. / Spike Jonze

  3.   Bowling for Columbine / Michael Moore

  4.   Far From Heaven / Todd Haynes

  5.   The Fast Runner / Zacharias Kunuk

  6.   Gangs of New York / Martin Scorsese

  7.   The Hours / Stephen Daldry

  8.   Late Marriage / Dover Kosashvili

  9.   Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers / Peter Jackson

  10.   The Pianist / Roman Polanski

  11.   Punch-Drunk Love / Paul Thomas Anderson

  12.   Rabbit-Proof Fence / Phillip Noyce

  13.   Spirited Away / Hayao Miyazaki

  14.   Talk to Her / Pedro Almodovar

  15.   Y Tu Mama Tambien / Alfonso Cuaron





2001:

  1.   Amélie / Jean-Pierre Jeunet

  2.   Black Hawk Down / Ridley Scott

  3.   Eureka / Shinji Aoyama

  4.   Ghost World / Terry Zwigoff

  5.   Gosford Park / Robert Altman

  6.   Hedwig and the Angry Inch / John Cameron Mitchell

  7.   In the Bedroom / Todd Field

  8.   In the Mood for Love / Wong Kar-wai

  9.   Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring / Peter Jackson

  10.   The Man Who Wasn’t There / Joel Coen

  11.   Memento / Christopher Nolan

  12.   Moulin Rouge / Baz Luhrmann

  13.   Mulholland Dr. / David Lynch

  14.   The Royal Tenenbaums / Wes Anderson

  15.   Werckmeister Harmonies / Bela Tarr





2000:

  1. Almost Famous / Cameron Crowe

  2.   Beau Travail / Claire Denis

  3.   Cast Away / Robert Zemeckis

  4.   Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon / Ang Lee

  5.   Dancer in the Dark / Lars von Trier

  6.   Gladiator / Ridley Scott

  7.   The Heart of the World / Guy Maddin

  8.   The Idiots / Lars von Trier

  9.   Maléna / Giuseppe Tornatore

  10.   Paragraph 175 / Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Freidman

  11.   Quills / Philip Kaufman

  12.   Requiem for a Dream / Darren Aronofsky

  13.   Traffic / Steven Soderbergh

  14.   Unbreakable / M. Night Shyamalan

  15.   Yi Yi: A One and a Two… / Edward Yang

 

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In an effort to maintain some level of continuity, every film has been categorized by its US theatrical release year. If a film never receives a US theatrical release, it’s given a “five year buffer period” before it becomes eligible the year of its earliest public release anywhere in the world. —SCM