TIFF 2015 Review


The question is unavoidable, but recurrent. I get it year after year at the Toronto International Film Festival: “What’s the best thing you’ve seen?”. In this list-crazy society, obsessed with best/worst comparisons, people want to know which movie of TIFF 2015 is likely to be best remembered. The choice is easy for me: Lazslo Nemes’ Son of Saul. is a holocaust movie shot from the POV of a concentration camp prisoner forced to burn the bodies of gas chamber victims after leading them to the trap. The movie is an immeasurable accomplishment with scenes of staggering beauty and incredible pain. It is perhaps the only indisputable masterpiece I saw at the fest.
This year’s edition of TIFF didn’t seem to have as many of the hot sales that happened last year. A last-minute bidding war is, however, currently happening for Equals, a sci-fi romance starring Kristen Stewart. The film received mixed reviews, but the bidding war is said to be at around $16 million as we speak. Remember last year when Paramount decided to buy Chris Rock’s Top Five for the impressive sum of $12.5 million? That didn’t turn out so well. As of this writing, not even Michael Moore’s pro-socialist documentary Where to Invade Next has found a buyer. Many highly-touted movies had a tough time getting traction. Several that came into town with a slew of expectations were received with a polite meh and emerged with their Oscar dreams battered.
The Telluride-effect, was at its peak this year as Steve Jobs and Carol — not to mention Suffragette — decided to bypass TIFF altogether by going to Telluride and New York. The sighs that greeted the would-be contenders had enough effects that it had many critics already talking about NYFF more than ever before, with Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, Zemeckis’ The Walk, the aforementioned Steve Jobs and Carol all being screened there, New York will be a major factor in shaping the race. With sadly no one title breaking out in spectacular fashion, critics have been generally leaning towards Spotlight being the unofficial winner, but Room’s Audience Award win a week ago has shifted the game. Lenny Abrahamson’s Room is the real deal, a hypnotic labyrinth into dark humane feelings. Based on Emma Dongue’s best-selling book of the same name, it features awards worthy performances from Brie Larson and 8-year-old newcomer Jacob Tremblay. The best way to watch the film is by knowing as little as possible, the tonal shifts are too major to reveal anything, but do know it is one of the very best movie I’ve seen so far this year.
It is no surprise both Spotlight and Room actually debuted at Telluride. However if one born and bred TIFF film did emerge it was without a doubt James Vanderbilt’s Truth. The film works like a morality play for our times, using the journalistic approach Vanderbilt used for his Zodiac screenplay to great effect. The cast is unanimously perfect, but the standout is Cate Blanchett, exceptional as 60 Minutes producer Mary Mapes. The Martian is another one, an unabashed popcorn movie that had everyone cheering for Matt Damon’s astronaut. The first half has the lost astronaut trying to survive the red planet. With nearly no dialogue, save for his video journal, we watch Damon’s astronaut try to survive in the harsh confines of the red planet. He builds his own crop (wait until you see how) and manages to survive while his crew heads back to earth thinking he was wiped out by a debris storm. In its best moments The Martian has brilliant, almost silent moments that bring to mind a hybrid of Castaway meets Gravity.
Safe for the already mentioned Blanchett performance, the acting at TIFF was great. Julianne Moore was superb in two movies (Freeheld, Maggie’s Plan), Ben Foster deserved praise for his portrayal of Lance Armstrong (The Program), a movie that had its entire cast become contenders (Spotlight), Johnny Depp made a strong comeback (Black Mass), Alicia Vikander outshone Eddie Redmayne and became a star (The Danish Girl), and Brie Larson gives her career-best work, and meets her match with brilliant newcomer newcomer 8-year-old Jacob Tremblay (Room).
Idris Elba also gave career-best work in Beasts of No Nation. Dealing with child soldiers in an unknown African country, this is a movie that means to provoke and it does. The young actor Abraham Atta gives a striking debut as the young child soldier, but Elba, bulked up, in sunglasses and a paramilitary officer’s beret, acts his guts out. Towering would be the right word to describe his performance. Buoyed by Dan Romer’s dazzling, dreamlike score, Fukunaga creates moments that recall a young Terrence Malick.
One of the best reviewed movies was Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa. What is there to say about it that hasn’t already been said? I’ll leave it to Sasha for an eventual full in-depth review, but writer-director Charlie Kaufman has crafted a unique work of art. The film is a frustrating, but brilliant portrait of a man that doesn’t see the good in people. He is lonely, isolated and miserably unexcited about humanity. That is until he meets a woman who breaks the mold for him. Since this is Charlie Kaufman there is a ton of neurotic existentialism. The movie is essentially episodic in nature, with around 10 set-pieces -most of them working brilliantly, but even those that don’t give us important clues to the story’s overall mystery.
The film is a look at the fleeting nature of attraction and Kaufman seems to be dealing with a lot of personal issues in the screenplay. It’s no stretch to say Kaufman’s state of mind is clearly not very Zen and the film seems to be a therapeutic way for him to deal with his inner demons. Oh and did I mention it’s all done in stop motion animation? Beautifully rendered and created. It’s been a great year for feature animation, with this summer’s Shaun of the Sheep another standout. Kaufman doesn’t lose control of his movie the same way I felt he did with Synechdoche, NY. The film is riddled with small details that watching the film once is just not enough. I can’t wait to see it again.
If a few of the big Hollywood productions disappointed, there were some real foreign gems that had people talking: Chili’s The Club, Denmark’s Men and Chicken, France’s Evolution and Eva Husson’s Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) will all be festival regulars from now until the end of the year. However, nearly all of the 10 best movies I saw at the TIFF had already screened at other festivals earlier in the year: Cannes, Telluride, Venice and even Berlin are represented in my list. Sundance favorites James White and The Witch — both harrowing, but brilliant movies — also had impressive followings.
1) Son of Saul
Lazslo Nemes’ masterpiece reinvents the Holocaust movie by focusing more on the psychological nuance of the tragedy rather than just shock. If there was a better, more artistic movie at TIFF 2015 I didn’t see it.
2) Anomalisa
A work of brilliant genius from Charlie Kaufman. The film is a look at the fleeting nature of attraction, all done in stop-motion animation and with enough imagination to shame most of its live-action counterparts. It’s also very touching.
3) Victoria
Sebastian Schipper’s high-wire act of a movie is more than just a stunt. Shot in a single 138-minute take, it’s a grim, but powerful look at a Spanish girl named Victoria who meets 4 men in the wee hours of the night in Germany and embarks on a harrowing journey with them.
4) Room
Lenny Abrahamson proves 2014’s Frank was no fluke by directing Brie Larson and newcomer Jacob Tremblay in a film that starts off as a disturbing thriller, but becomes an even more disturbing, engrossing psychological study.
5) Truth & Spotlight
Two brilliant journalism dramas that had the critics going nuts. James Vanderbilt’s Truth featuring an incredible performance by Cate Blanchett. Tom Mccarthy’s Spotlight with spot-on screenplay and the best ensemble of the year so far. It looks like a Redmayne vs. Keaton race all over again.
6) 45 Years
The unraveling of a 45 year marriage is devastatingly delivered onscreen by British filmmaker Andrew Haigh and a never better Charlotte Rampling performance that deserves all the praise in the world.
7) Deephan
The Palme D’or award winner from director Jacques Audiard is one of the very best immigrant dramas in recent years. Jesuthasan Antonythasan stars as an ex-Tamil fighter that frees Sri Lanka with two women he doesn’t know to France. They pretend to be a family, but realize the violence has followed them there.
8) Beasts of No Nation
38-year-old Cary Joji Fukunaga follows his triumph in True Detective with an absorbingly raw take on African civil war. Idris Elba owns the screen in a career defining role as the commander of child soldiers. Dan Romer’s dazzling, dreamlike score and Fukunaga Malick influenced direction make this an incredible experience .
9) Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)
Directed by promising director Eva Husson, this unflinching and mesmerizing French film has early day Sofia Coppola’s style mixed with Larry Clark’s Kids. An absorbing look at promiscuous high schoolers and the way sexual experience has changed among the new generation of teenagers.
10) Sicario
Denis Villeneuve’s best American movie is not easy stuff. Detailing America’s war on drugs it presents to us a new action heroine in the form of Emily Blunt’s Kate Macer. The action is relentlessly brilliant, but the repercussions and themes hit us just as hard.

Top Ten Lists

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2016
1) OJ: Made in America
2) Krisha 
3) Manchester by the Sea 
4) Paterson
5) Silence
6) 10 Cloverfield Lane 
7) A Bigger Splash
8) Right Now, Wrong Then 
9) Zootopia 
10) Weiner & Gleason
10) Arrival

Runners-Up: Indignation, The Handmaiden, American Honey, Green Room, Aquarius, Certain Women, Hush, Edge of Seventeen, Miss Sloane, 20th Century Women, La La Land, Hell or High Water


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2015:
1) Son of Saul 
2) Mad Max: Fury Road 
3) Carol
4) It Follows
5) Ex-Machina
6) Victoria 
7) 99 Homes
8) The Hateful Eight   
9) Tangerine 
10) Amy & Heart of a Dog

Runners-Up: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Inside Out, Straight Outta Compton, The Tribe, The Revenant, Creed, Room, Mustang, Infinitely Polar Bear, Irrational Man, Crimson Peak




1) Whiplash
2) Interstellar  
3) The Grand Budapest Hotel
4) Birdman
5) Selma 
6) Blue Ruin
7) Under The Skin 
8) Fury 
9) Foxcatcher 
10) Gone Girl

Runners-Up: Edge of Tomorrow, Nightcrawler, Snowpiercer, Two Days One Night, The Winter Soldier, Unbroken, Chef, Citizenfour, Force Majeure, Wild, Inherent Vice, Lucy, Mommy, American Sniper 



1) Inside Llewyn Davis
2) 12 Years A Slave
3) Upstream Color
4) Her
5) Nebraska
6) American Hustle
7) Blue Is the Warmest Color
8) Spring Breakers
9) Ain't Them Bodies A Saint
10) The Wolf of Wall Street

Runners-Up: Blue Jasmine, In A World, The Way Way Back, Drinking Buddies, The Square, The East, This Is The End, Lone Survivor, The Dark Knight Returns, The Hunt, Short Term 12, Captain Phillips, Frances Ha



1) The Master
2) Holy Motors
3) This Is Not A Film
4) Once Upon A Time In Anatolia 
5) Zero Dark Thirty
6) Killer Joe
7) Beasts of the Southern Wild
8) Compliance
9) 
Moonrise Kingdom 
10) The Dark Knight Rises
10) Looper
10) Prometheus

Runners-Up: Bernie, Rust and Bone, The Sessions, Seven Psychopaths, 21 Jump Street, Skyfall, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, The Kid With A Bike, Haywire, Cabin In The Woods, Dredd

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2011:
1) The Tree Of Life
2) Margaret
3) A Separation
4) Uncle Boonmee
5) Incendies
6) 
The Skin I Live In
7) Drive
8) Bellflower
9) Melancholia
10) We Need to Talk About Kevin


Runners-Up: Source Code, Pariah, Bridesmaids, Attack the Block, The Lincoln Lawyer, Meek's Cutoff, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Hugo



2010:
1) The Social Network
2) Dogtooth
3) Enter The Void
4) Fish Tank  
5) Inception
6) Black Swan
7) The Ghost Writer
8) Shutter Island
9) 
Un Prophète
10) Toy Story 3

Runners-Up: You Don't Know Jack, Le Illusioniste, I'm Still Here, How To Train Your Dragon, The Fighter, Cyrus, 127 Hours, Winter's Bone



2000's
1) Mulholland Drive
2) There Will Be Blood
3) Eternal Sunshine Spotless Mind
4) No Country For Old Men
5) Children of Men
6) 
Spirited Away
7) Memento
8) Cache/Hidden
9) Zodiac
10) The 25th Hour

Runners-Up: Hunger, Wall-E, The Wrestler, The Dark Knight, The Departed, Old Boy, A History of Violence, Lost In Translation, Y Tu Mama Tambien, A.I/Artificial Intelligence


2009:
1) Hunger
2) Up In The Air
3) The Fantastic Mr. Fox
4) The Hurt Locker
5) 
A Serious Man 
6) Two Lovers
7) An Education
8) The Cove
9) Moon & District 9
10) Up!
10) Goodbye Solo

Runners-Up: Anvil, Broken Embraces, Public Enemies, Bad Lieutenant, 500 Days of Summer, Drag Me To Hell, The Girlfriend Experience, Inglourious Basterds, Paranormal Activity, Taken


2008:
1) WALL-E
2) The Wrestler
3) The Dark Knight
4) Slumdog Millionaire
5) Gran Torino & Changeling
6) A Christmas Tale

6) Ne le dis à personne
7) Doubt
8) The Visitor

9) 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
10) 
Waltz With Bashir

Runners-Up: Burn After Reading, Wendy and Lucy, Pineapple Express, JCVD, IP Man, Iron Man, The Class, Funny Games, The Flight of the Red Balloon 



1) No Country For Old Men
2) There Will Be Blood
3) Zodiac
4) The Assassination of Jesse James
5) 
Michael Clayton
6) Before Devil Knows You're Dead
7) Ratatouille
8) American Gangster
9) 
Superbad
10) Sweeney Todd

Runners-Up: The Darjeeling Limited, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Death Proof, Juno, Eastern Promises, I Am Legend, Knocked Up, The Mist, Live Free or Die Hard, Black Book, Bug, The Lookout, Lust Caution



2006:
1) Children Of Men
2) The Departed
3) Death Of Mr.Lazarescu
4) Borat
5) United 93
6) Little Miss Sunshine
7) Pan's Labyrinth
8) Apocalypto
9) Blood Diamond
10) Babel

Runners-Up: The Illusionist, The Prestige, Dave Chappelle's Block Party, Casino Royale, The Descent, Inside Man, Little Children, Hard Candy, V For Vendetta, Cars



2005:
1) Cache/Hidden 
2) Oldboy 
3) A History Of Violence
4) Munich
5) The Squid And The Whale
6) Downfall
7) Capote
8) Grizzly Man
9) Me, You and Everyone We Know
10) The 40 Year Old Virgin

10) War of the Worlds

Runners-Up: King Kong, Lord of War, Cinderella Man, Batman Begins, Broken Flowers, Red Eye, Hustle and Flow, Match Point, Pride and Prejudice, Sin City, Syriana




2004:
1) Eternal Sunshine Spotless Mind
2) Sideways
3) 
The Aviator 
4) Maria Full Of Grace
5) Spider Man 2
6) Collateral
7) Kill Bill Volume Two
8) The Incredibles
9) Hotel Rwanda
10) The Manchurian Candidate

10) Fahrenheit 9/11

Runners-Up: The Dreamers, Million Dollar Baby, The Motorcycle Diaries, The Ladykillers, Ripley's Game, The Passion of the Christ, Super Size Me, Mean Girls, Dogville, The Door in the Floor



2003:
1) The Return Of The King
2) 
Lost In Translation 
3) Mystic River
4) City Of God
5) Finding Nemo
6) 21 Grams
7) Elephant
8) The Magdalene Sisters
9) Kill Bill: Volume One
10) Capturing The Friedmans


Runners-Up: Dirty Pretty Things, Spellbound, Etre et Avoir, 28 Days Later, Irreversible, Phone Booth, Bad Santa, Les Invasions Barbares, The Station Agent, The School Of Rock, Les Triplettes de Belleville



1) Spirited Away
2) The 25th Hour
3) 
Y Tu Mama Tambien
4) Gangs Of New York
5) 
The Pianist 
6) Punch Drunk Love 
7) Minority Report 
7) Road to Perdition
8) Adaptation
9) Bowling For Columbine
10) About Schmidt


Runners-Up: Time Out, About A Boy, The Bourne Identity, Catch Me If You Can, One Hour Photo, Panic Room, Red Dragon, The Fast Runner, Insomnia, Rabbit-Proof Fence




2001:
1) Mulholland Drive
2) Memento
3) Ghost World
4) 
Artificial Intelligence 
5) Amelie
6) In The Bedroom
7) The Fellowship Of The Ring
8) 
The Royal Tenenbaums 
9) A Beautiful Mind
10) Shrek/Waking Life

Runners-Up: Black Hawk Down, The Man Who Wasn't There, The Pledge, Amores Perros, The Son's Room, Monster's Ball, Ali, Hedwig and The Angry Inch, Moulin Rouge, The Others



2000:
1) Dancer In The Dark
2) 
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
3) Traffic
4) Almost Famous
5) O' Brother Where Art Thou
6) Gladiator
7) You Can Count On Me
8) 
Wonder Boys
9) Requiem For A Dream
10) High Fidelity

Runners-Up: Unbreakable, Erin Brokovich, Billy Elliot, Chicken Run, Nurse Betty, Bamboozled, Cast Away, Croupier, Meet The Parents, Pitch Black


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1990s
1) Pulp Fiction
2) Schindler's List
3) Goodfellas
4) Breaking The Waves
5) Unforgiven
6) The Player
7) The Shawshank Redemption
8) Fargo
9) The Piano
10) Being John Malkovich


Runners-Up: The Silence of the Lambs, Election, Quiz Show, Ed Wood, T2: Judgment Day, American Beauty, Red, Naked, Groundhog Day, The Truman Show, L.A. Confidential



1999:
1) Being John Malkovich
2) American Beauty
3) Election
4) Magnolia
5) The Sixth Sense
6) Boy's Don't Cry
7) Eyes Wide Shut
8) Fight Club
9) The Limey
10) Summer Of Sam
10) Bringing Out The Dead


Runners-Up: Toy Story 2, South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, Romance, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Blair Witch Project, Office Space, The Matrix, The Green Mile, Three Kings, The Dreamlife of Angels, The Iron Giant, Go, Payback, Man on the Moon, Bowfinger



1998:

1) The Truman Show
2) Shakespeare In Love
3) Happiness
4) A Simple Plan
5) Saving Private Ryan
6) Life Is Beautiful
7) American History X
8) 
The Spanish Prisoner
9) Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas
10) The Big Lebowski


Runners-Up: A Civil Action, There's Something About Mary, Buffalo 66, Festen, Rushmore, Out of Sight, Enemy of the State, Pleasantville, Bulworth, The Negotiator, Rush Hour, The Opposite of Sex




1997:
1) L.A. Confidential
2) The Sweet Hereafter
3) Titanic
4) The Ice Storm
5) Donnie Brasco
6) Boogie Nights
7) Jackie Brown
8) Ulee's Gold
9) The Game
10) Men In Black


Runners-Up: Wag The Dog, Cube, Hard Eight, U-Turn, Gridlockd, Face/Off, As Good As It Gets, Gattaca, Good Will Hunting, The Full Monty, Lost Highway, The Rainmaker



1996:

1) Breaking The Waves
2) Fargo
3) Secrets And Lies
4) 
Lone Star 
5) The People Vs. Larry Flynt 
6) Citizen Ruth
7) Shine
8) Trainspotting
9) Welcome To The Dollhouse
10) Flirting With Disaster


Runners-Up: Bound, The English Patient, Jerry Maguire, Primal Fear, Mars Attacks, Beavis and Butthead Do America, Mission: Impossible, The Birdcage, Happy Gilmore, Ransom



1995:

1) Leaving Las Vegas
2) Casino
3) Crumb
4) Get Shorty
5) Heat
6) Braveheart
7) 
Sense and Sensibility
8) Babe
9) Strange Days
10) 
Once We Were Warriors

Runners-Up: Seven, Safe, Dead Man Walking, Billy Madison, Outbreak, Toy Story, Exotica, Nick of Time, The Last Supper, The Bridges of Madison County



1994:
1) Pulp Fiction
2) Quiz Show
3) Ed Wood 
4) The Shawshank Redemption 
5) Heavenly Creatures
6) The Last Seduction
7) Forrest Gump
8) Three Colors: Red
9) Dumb & Dumber

9) Bullets Over Broadway
10) Speed


Runners-Up:  Shallow Grave, The Lion King, Clerks, Red Rock West, Leon: The Professional, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, It Could Happen To You, The Mask, Hoop Dreams




1993:
1) Schindler's List
2) The Piano
3) The Remains Of The Day
4) Groundhog Day
5) Naked
6) In The Name Of The Father
7) Shortcuts
8) The Fugitive
9) Dazed and Confused
10) Carlito's Way


Runners-Up: True Romance, Blue, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, A Bronx Tale, In The Line of Fire, Menace II Society, A Perfect World, El Mariachi, Mrs. Doubtfire, What's Love Got To Do With It, The Sandlot




1992:
1) Unforgiven
2) The Player
3) The Crying Game
4) One False Move
5) Malcom X
6) Reservoir Dogs
7) Glengary Glen Ross
8) Bad Lieutenant
9) Aladdin
10) Basic Instinct


Runners-Up: A Few Good Men, Batman Returns, Husbands and Wives, Army of Darkness, Scent of A Woman, Under Siege, Proof, Raise The Red Lantern, My Cousin Vinny



1991:

1) The Silence Of The Lambs
2) Terminator 2
3) Barton Fink
4) JFK
5) My Own Private Idaho
6) What About Bob?
7) Beauty and the Beast
8) La Femme Nikita
9) The Vanishing

10) Boyz N The Hood

Runners-Up: Jungle Fever, Homicide, Europa Europa, Point Break, Rambling Rose, Bugsy, The Fisher King, Paris Is Burning, The Commitments



1990:
1) Goodfellas
2) Reversal Of Fortune
3) The Grifters
4) Edward Scissorhands
5) Wild At Heart
6) Miller's Crossing
7) To Sleep With Anger
8) After Dark, My Sweet
9) Twin Peaks
10) Home Alone


Runners-Up: The Godfather Part III, Awakenings, Monsieur Hire, Men At Work, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, Henry: Portrait of A Serial Killer



1980s
1) Do The Right Thing
2) Blue Velvet
3) Raging Bull
4) Platoon
5) Blow Out
6) The Fly
7) Back to the Future
8) Brazil
9) Terms of Endearment
10) The Elephant Man




1989:
1) Do The Right Thing
2) My Left Foot
3) Drugstore Cowboy
4) 
Crimes And Misdemeanors 
5) Casualties Of War
6) The War Of The Roses
7) Dead Poets Society
8) Batman
9) 
The Killer 
10) Sex, Lies and Videotape
10) The Fabulous Baker Boys




1988:
1) Rain Man
2) Die Hard
3) Women on the Verge Of A Nervous
4) The Last Temptation Of Christ
5) Who Framed Roger Rabbit
6) A Fish Called Wanda
7) The Accidental Tourist
8) Mississippi Burning
9) Big
10) Eight Men Out


1987:
1) Broadcast News
2) The Princess Bride
3) Raising Arizona
4) Full Metal Jacket
5) The Untouchables
6) Predator
7) Fatal Attraction
8) River's Edge
9) Radio Days
10) House of Games



1986:
1) Blue Velvet
2) The Fly
3) Platoon
4) Something Wild
5) Hannah And Her Sisters
6) Mona Lisa
7) Manhunter
8) The Color Of Money
9) Sid and Nancy
10) Salvador



1985:
1) Back To The Future 
2) Brazil
3) The Purple Rose Of Cairo
4) Prizzi's Honor
5) Ran
6) Witness
7) After Hours
8) Mask
9) Blood Simple
10) Runaway Train



1984:
1) Amadeus
2) The Terminator
3) The Killing Fields
4) The Temple of Doom
5) Broadway Danny Rose
6) Body Double
7) This is Spinal Tap
8) Places in the Heart
9) Stranger Than Paradise
10) A Soldier's Story

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1983:
1) Terms of Endearment
2) The King of Comedy
3) Risky Business
4) Silkwood
5) Zelig
6) Bad Boys
7) The Dead Zone
8) Videodrome
9) Return of the Jedi
10) Scarface



1982:
1) Gandhi
2) Fanny & Alexander
3) Tootsie
4) Moonlighting
5) Missing
6) The Verdict
7) Shoot the Moon
8) The Year of Living Dangerously
9) The Road Warrior
10) An Officer and a Gentleman



1981:
1) Blow Out
2) Raiders Of The Lost Ark
3) Pixote
4) Atlantic City

5) Prince of the City
6) Thief
7) Cutter's Way
8) Superman II
9) Body Heat
10) Arthur



1980:
1) Raging Bull
2) The Elephant Man
3) The Shining
4) Dressed to Kill
5) The Stunt Man
6) A Coal Miner's Daughter
7) My Bodyguard 
8) Melvin and Howard
9) The Tin Drum
10) Caddyshack



1970s:
1) The Godfather Part 1&2
2) Apocalypse Now
3) A Clockwork Orange
4) Barry Lyndon
5) Chinatown
6) Mean Streets & Taxi Driver
7) Close Encounters of the Third Kind
8) The Deer Hunter
9) 3 Women
10) Days of Heaven



1979:
1) Apocalypse Now
2) Kramer vs. Kramer
3) The China Syndrome
4) Being There
5) Picnic At Hanging Rock
6) All That Jazz 
7) Breaking Away
8) The Shout
9) Manhattan
10) Hair

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1978:
1) The Deer Hunter
2) Days of Heaven
3) Halloween
4) Midnight Express
5) An Unmarried Woman
6) Straight Time
7) Girlfriends
8) Blue Collar
9) Martin
10) I Spit On Your Grave

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1977:
1) 3 Women
2) Close Encounters of the Third Kind
3) Annie Hall
4) Sorcerer
5) The American Friend
6) Eraserhead
7) Saturday Night Fever
8) Pumping Iron
9) Rolling Thunder
10) The Obscure Object Of Desire



1976:
1) Taxi Driver 
2) Seven Beauties
3) Network
4) Rocky
5) Carrie
6) The Outlaw Josey Wales
7) Marathon Man
8) Bound For Glory
9) Family Plot
9) Assault on Precinct 13
10) The Omen



1975:
1) Barry Lyndon
2) One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
3) Dog Day Afternoon
4) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
5) The Passenger
6) Three Days of Condor
7) Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
8) Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
9) Jaws
10) Assault On Precinct 13



1974:
1) The Godfather Part II
2) Chinatown
3) The Conversation
4) A Woman Under the Influence
5) The Parallax View
6) Don't Look Now
7) California Split
8) The Gambler
9) The Sugarland Express
10) The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

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1973:
1) Mean Streets
2) The Exorcist
3) Badlands
4) The Long Goodbye
5) Serpico
6) The Last Detail
7) American Graffiti
8) The Day of the Jackal
9) The Sting
10) Paper Moon
10) Day For Night
10) The Outfit
10) Enter The Dragon



1972:
1) The Godfather
2) Last Tango in Paris
3) The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie
4) Deliverance
5) Cries And Whispers
6) Pink Flamingos
7) Frenzy
8) Fat City 
9) The Friends of Eddie Coyle
10) The Last House On The Left



1971:
1) A Clockwork Orange
2) Dirty Harry
3) The French Connection
4) McCabe and Mrs. Miller
5) Klute
6) The Garden of the Finzi-Continis 
7) Duel
8) Straw Dogs
9) Walkabout
10) Murmur Of The Heart
10) Ali: Fear Eats Soul



1970:
1) The Conformist
2) Five Easy Pieces
3) M*A*S*H
4) Patton
5) Gimme Shelter
6) Le Cercle Rouge
7) Le Boucher
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1960s
2001: A Space Odyssey
Dr. Strangelove
The Manchurian Candidate
The Graduate
The Apartment
La Dolce Vita & 81/2
Psycho
Rosemary's Baby
L'Avventura
Breathless

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