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B+ Movie Blog: The Top Ten Lists

This is a master list of my top ten favorite movies of every year.

How it works is, I list my ten favorite films from the year, an 11-20, and for most of them, a tier two (and even tiers three and four, in certain cases). I do it at the end of every year, but I felt I should do it for all years, going back to the silent era, to give people cool stuff to watch.

I want people to discover all the great films that I love that not everyone knows about. Sure, you can go to all those lists of what’s generally considered the greatest films of all time. Everyone starts with the IMDB list. Then you branch out to stuff like AFI, maybe if you go deeper, you get to They Shoot Pictures Don’t They and even Cahiers du Cinema if you’re really off on that deep end. The thing with each of those, though — they’re all limited in their own way, and steer you toward very particular sets of films.

The way I do it — I’m generally pretty consistent with my tastes. You see enough of my lists and you tend to know which types of films are liked more than others, and which genres tend to go higher on lists and which ones I just don’t care for. Being familiar with my tastes allows you to better gauge how you think you’ll react to a movie I’m recommending. It’s like having a favorite film critic. You don’t always agree with them, but you know their tastes well enough that when you see a review for something, you know, “Yeah, they like those kinds of movies. This isn’t gonna be for me.” That’s the kind of relationship I want here. It’s not about agreeing or disagreeing. It’s about finding cool stuff for all of us to watch and enjoy.

Plus, the difference between me and one of those lists I mentioned above — I’m giving you all the specifics as to why I like something. Or, at the very least, telling you what’s cool about a movie. The five-second pitch, if you will. And I’m all over the board. I’m not just skewing to populist stuff or the ‘classy’ or classical choices. There’s random shit on there. There’s stuff that I just love. You’re talking to someone who legitimately loves the movie Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium. You gotta know that going in. I’m nothing if not honest about who I am and what I like.

So now that we’ve got that out of the way, let me explain the basics of this whole thing:

  1. These lists are presented as they are at this moment. I could watch a movie again and move it up three spots or take it out of the top ten entirely. They’re gonna be changed constantly. That’s the idea.
  2. Just because a movie is ranked above another movie does not mean I think it’s a better film. I’m simply telling you my preference based on my own tastes. If it’s on the list, it’s on the list. The rest doesn’t really matter.
  3. If a film does not appear anywhere on a list for its particular year, that is for two reasons. The first (and obvious) possibility is that I just didn’t like it enough over the others to put it on. The other is that I haven’t seen it yet. I’ve seen a lot of movies, but I haven’t seen everything. There are still some things I just have not seen yet. You can refer to my Directors List as well as The Complete Oscar Quest for a pretty comprehensive list of stuff I’ve yet to see). You can also refer to the Films I’ve Watched Since Graduation list to see if I’ve watched something. Between those three, you can get a pretty good idea of 99% of the stuff you want to ask about, whether it’s something I haven’t seen or something I just don’t really care for all that much.
  4. The point of this is for people to find cool stuff to watch, so don’t be a dick. I’m pretty sure that last part is a commandment. Otherwise, go nuts. We all like movies here. This is your candy store. Find some cool shit.

Mike’s Top Ten Films of…

The Silent Era

1930

1931

1932

1933

1934

1935

1936

1937

1938

1939

1940

1941

1942

1943

1944

1945

1946

1947

1948

1949

1950

1951

1952

1953

1954

1955

1956

1957

1958

1959

1960

1961

1962

1963

1964

1965

1966

1967

1968

1969

1970

1971

1972

1973

1974

1975

1976

1977

1978

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

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Mike’s Top Ten Films of the Decade

1930-1939

1940-1949

1950-1959

1960-1969

1970-1979

1980-1989

1990-1999

2000-2009

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