29 December 2023

The Best Movies of Each Year Every Year Since This Blog Was Founded

We've been at this a while now and it's about time we assessed the top films of each year since we started this nonsense. We'll post our original lists along with what is probably now the definitive rankings. And since we started this along with the start of time, in 2009, that's how far back we're going!

2009: A Serious Man, Coen Bros
2010: The Social Network, David Fincher
2011: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, David Fincher
2012: The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson
2013: The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese
2014: Under the Skin, Jonathan Glazer
2015: Mad Max: Fury Road, George Miller
2016: American Honey, Andrea Arnold
2017: Blade Runner 2049, Denis Villeneuve
2018: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman
2019: The Lighthouse, Robert Eggers
2020: Nomadland, Chloe Zhao
2021: The Green Knight, David Lowery
2022: The Northman, Robert Eggers
2023: Beau is Afraid, Ari Aster

Close finishes:

2010: MacGruber
2011: Take Shelter or Melancholia
2014: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
2015: Ex Machina
2016: The VVitch
2019: Midsommar
2020: Promising Young Woman or Color Out of Space
2021: PIG

Some of these pics surprised even me. Some years like 2017 and 2012 I have never really doubted who #1 should be. Others like 2011 and 2019 put up a good fight and I could go either way. 2020 is a really tough year, I'm not super satisfied but Nomadland is a great choice. 2016 I had a ton of trouble with, I like American Honey and think about it a ton these days. But there just isn't a lot of great choices there. I might call 2016 the worst year for film since I've been doing this. The best is probably 2011 or 2012. Maybe 2022.

This will be our immutable list for all of time!

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