Top Fives


This is a list of my Top 5 movies for every year since 1970. They're not necessarily the best films, merely the five I like most from that year, give or take. They're also entirely fluid: in six months' time I'll probably do it again and have a radically different set of choices.  I might also discover an absolute masterpiece from 1977 and have to throw out Cross Of Iron to make room for it; alternatively I might rewatch Videodrome one evening and decide it's a load of old toot. Some were tough choices, some were easy, and some of the titles only got in because it was a weak year and there wasn't really much to pick from.

In case someone wonders why, say, Hounds Of Love is included in 2016 when it was on my Top Ten for 2017: these are not based on year of UK theatrical release (if any), but on the © date shown on screen during the opening or closing credits.


TOP 5 OF EVERY YEAR SINCE 1970

1970

[1] AIRPORT
[2] A NEW LEAF 
[3] THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN
[4] WALKABOUT
[5] BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS

1971

[1] DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
[2] FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET
[3] KLUTE
[4] DIRTY HARRY
[5] VANISHING POINT

1972

[1] THE GODFATHER
[2] THE GETAWAY
[3] SLEUTH
[4] THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE
[5] FRENZY

1973

[1] THE STING
[2] THE DAY OF THE JACKAL
[3] THE WICKER MAN
[4] DAY FOR NIGHT
[5] THE CRAZIES

1974

[1] THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE
[2] THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE
[3] CHINATOWN
[4] THE TOWERING INFERNO
[5] PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE

1975

[1] JAWS
[2] DEEP RED
[3] SHIVERS
[4] LOVE AND DEATH
[5] THE PASSENGER

1976

[1] TAXI DRIVER
[2] THE OMEN
[3] NETWORK
[4] BLACK SUNDAY
[5] TWO-MINUTE WARNING

1977

[1] STAR WARS
[2] SUSPIRIA
[3] CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
[4] ANNIE HALL
[5] CROSS OF IRON

1978

[1] DAWN OF THE DEAD
[2] THE FURY
[3] PHANTASM
[4] THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL
[5] SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE

1979

[1] ALIEN
[2] APOCALYPSE NOW
[3] MAD MAX
[4] STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE
[5] THE NINTH CONFIGURATION

1980

[1] DRESSED TO KILL
[2] THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
[3] THE BLUES BROTHERS
[4] SUPERMAN II
[5] HARLEQUIN

1981

[1] RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
[2] BLOW OUT
[3] MAD MAX II (THE ROAD WARRIOR)
[4] THE BEYOND
[5] CHRISTIANE F

1982

[1] BLADE RUNNER
[2] THE THING
[3] VIDEODROME
[4] TENEBRAE
[5] CONAN THE BARBARIAN

1983

[1] RETURN OF THE JEDI
[2] THE LAST BATTLE (LE DERNIER COMBAT)
[3] THE HUNGER
[4] WARGAMES
[5] TRADING PLACES

1984

[1] ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA
[2] THE TERMINATOR
[3] THIS IS SPINAL TAP
[4] DUNE
[5] TERROR IN THE AISLES

1985

[1] THE COLOR PURPLE
[2] RUNAWAY TRAIN
[3] DAY OF THE DEAD
[4] RE-ANIMATOR
[5] THE BREAKFAST CLUB

1986

[1] ALIENS
[2] MANHUNTER
[3] THE FLY
[4] PLATOON
[5] LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

1987

[1] TERROR AT THE OPERA
[2] ROBOCOP
[3] A BETTER TOMORROW II
[4] PRINCE OF DARKNESS
[5] LETHAL WEAPON

1988

[1] WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT
[2] DIE HARD
[3] MONKEY SHINES
[4] DEADLY PURSUIT
[5] HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II

1989

[1] WHEN HARRY MET SALLY...
[2] THE KILLER
[3] HENRY V
[4] INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE
[5] ROAD HOUSE

1990

[1] TOTAL RECALL
[2] GOODFELLAS
[3] WILD AT HEART
[4] MILLER'S CROSSING
[5] BULLET IN THE HEAD

1991

[1] JFK
[2] SAVIOR OF THE SOUL
[3] ROCKETEER
[4] BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
[5] THE LAST BOY SCOUT

1992

[1] TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME
[2] BASIC INSTINCT
[3] HARD-BOILED
[4] CANDYMAN
[5] BRAIN DEAD

1993

[1] JURASSIC PARK
[2] CARLITO'S WAY
[3] SCHINDLER'S LIST
[4] SHORT CUTS
[5] MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

1994

[1] THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
[2] PULP FICTION
[3] SPEED
[4] THE LAST SEDUCTION
[5] IN THE NOUTH OF MADNESS

1995

[1] HEAT
[2] SE7EN
[3] NIXON
[4] TOY STORY
[5] THE USUAL SUSPECTS

1996

[1] TWISTER
[2] MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE
[3] SCREAM
[4] HAMLET
[5] WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S ROMEO + JULIET

1997

[1] FACE / OFF
[2] BOOGIE NIGHTS
[3] STARSHIP TROOPERS
[4] CON AIR
[5] DONNIE BRASCO

1998

[1] THE TRUMAN SHOW
[2] THE THIN RED LINE
[3] ANTZ
[4] SNAKE EYES
[5] OUT OF SIGHT

1999

[1] SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER AND UNCUT
[2] TOY STORY 2
[3] THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR
[4] AUDITION
[5] FIGHT CLUB

2000

[1] CHICKEN RUN
[2] UNBREAKABLE
[3] THIRTEEN DAYS
[4] WHAT LIES BENEATH
[5] O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?

2001

[1] A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
[2] MOULIN ROUGE!
[3] FROM HELL
[4] THE OTHERS
[5] HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCEROR'S STONE

2002

[1] CITY OF GOD
[2] HERO
[3] THE EYE
[4] ONE HOUR PHOTO
[5] SOLARIS

2003

[1] KILL BILL VOL. 1
[2] MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD
[3] FINDING NEMO
[4] THE DREAMERS
[5] WONDERLAND

2004

[1] THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST
[2] SAW
[3] CREEP
[4] SHAUN OF THE DEAD
[5] ONGBAK

2005

[1] KING KONG
[2] THE DESCENT
[3] SIN CITY
[4] GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK.
[5] THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY

2006

[1] CASINO ROYALE
[2] PAN'S LABYRINTH
[3] THE DEPARTED
[4] UNITED 93
[5] THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED

2007

[1] THE ORPHANAGE
[2] ZODIAC
[3] PLANET TERROR
[4] NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
[5] STARDUST

2008

[1] RED CLIFF
[2] DOOMSDAY
[3] NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD
[4] DEATH RACE
[5] YATTERMAN

2009

[1] MICMACS
[2] INVICTUS
[3] ME AND ORSON WELLES
[4] INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
[5] HOUSE OF THE DEVIL

2010

[1] INSIDIOUS
[2] RED, WHITE AND BLUE
[3] INCEPTION
[4] JULIA'S EYES
[5] CONFESSIONS

2011

[1] SUPER 8
[2] THE CABIN IN THE WOODS
[3] THE ARTIST
[4] HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI
[5] MY WEEK WITH MARILYN

2012

[1] BYZANTIUM
[2] PROMETHEUS
[3] ARGO
[4] CLOUD ATLAS
[5] SKYFALL

2013

[1] GRAVITY
[2] SIDE EFFECTS
[3] THE RAID 2
[4] THE GRANDMASTER
[5] ODD THOMAS

2014

[1] THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
[2] A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT
[3] IT FOLLOWS
[4] INTERSTELLAR
[5] ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: THE WILD, UNTOLD STORY OF CANNON FILMS

2015

[1] MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
[2] MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION
[3] WE ARE STILL HERE
[4] NIGHT FARE
[5] SPECTRE

2016

[1] HOUNDS OF LOVE
[2] TRAIN TO BUSAN
[3] THE HANDMAIDEN
[4] THE NICE GUYS
[5] 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE

2017

[1] BLADE RUNNER 2049
[2] DETROIT
[3] A GHOST STORY
[4] VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS
[5] THE SHAPE OF WATER

2018

[1] A QUIET PLACE
[2] MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT
[3] BLACK PANTHER
[4] HEREDITARY
[5] OVERLORD