My Favourite Film Per Year (1911 - present)

This is my #1 film of every year since 1911, in reverse chronological order. I've used the dates on IMDb (which are virtually identical to Letterboxd) to determine this list.

Honourable mentions are in the notes.

My criteria was to only include feature-length films (miniumum 40 minutes) so no short films and no TV shows. Feature-length documentaries are allowed. As the oldest surviving feature-length film dates to 1911, that seemed a natural limit to place on this list.

For my list of favourite films not restricted by year, see here.

Most of the silent films can be found for free on YouTube.

Extended Favourites List per Year:
1986 | | | 1994 | 1995 | | | 1997 | 1998

Read notes
  • Dante's Inferno
  • From the Manger to the Cross
  • Twilight of a Woman's Soul
  • Cabiria
  • Hypocrites
  • Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages
  • The Dying Swan
  • The Outlaw and His Wife
  • Broken Blossoms
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
  • The Phantom Carriage
  • Nosferatu
  • Our Hospitality
  • Greed
  • The Gold Rush
  • The General
  • Napoleon
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • Man with a Movie Camera
  • Earth
  • City Lights
  • I Was Born, But...
  • King Kong
  • A Story of Floating Weeds
  • An Inn in Tokyo
  • The Only Son
  • What Did the Lady Forget?
  • Alexander Nevsky
  • The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum
  • His Girl Friday
  • Citizen Kane
  • Casablanca
  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
  • Double Indemnity
  • Brief Encounter
  • The Big Sleep
  • Black Narcissus
  • The Red Shoes
  • Late Spring
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Early Summer
  • Ikiru
  • Tokyo Story
  • Seven Samurai
  • Pather Panchali
  • The Searchers
  • 12 Angry Men
  • Vertigo
  • Hiroshima Mon Amour
  • La Dolce Vita
  • West Side Story
  • Ivan's Childhood
  • High and Low
  • Charulata
  • Red Beard
  • Persona
  • Entranced Earth
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Funeral Parade of Roses
  • Performance
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God
  • Don't Look Now
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • Mirror
  • Taxi Driver
  • Suspiria
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Stalker
  • The Shining
  • Possession
  • Blade Runner
  • Videodrome
  • Paris, Texas
  • Shoah
  • Terrorizers
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • Grave of the Fireflies
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Days of Being Wild
  • A Brighter Summer Day
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Three Colors: Blue
  • Chungking Express
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Trainspotting
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
  • Dark City
  • Beau Travail
  • Werckmeister Harmonies
  • Spirited Away
  • City of God
  • Memories of Murder
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • There Will Be Blood
  • The Dark Knight
  • Fish Tank
  • The Social Network