His post about years in film is here. People seemed to enjoy coming up with an album for every year of their lives; maybe the same concept will hold for movies. __
This was hard as hell, even though my list is completely standard fare. Additionally, Wikipedia wasn't always as helpful as wanted. Forgot to use IMDB until an embarrassing amount of time had passed.
1992: Unforgiven 1993: Schindler's List 1994: Pulp Fiction 1995: The Usual Suspects 1996: Trainspotting 1997: Waiting for Guffman 1998: The Big Lebowski 1999: Fight Club 2000: Memento 2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2003: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2004: Bad year ... Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban? 2005: V for Vendetta 2006: The Prestige 2007: 3:10 to Yuma 2008: In Bruges 2009: Inglourious Basterds 2010: A lot of decent movies, no great ones ... The Fighter? 2011: The Cabin in the Woods 2012: Hardest year by far ... The Dark Knight Rises
wow... This was ridiculously hard and took way longer than I expected. I should have just done my favorites from every year since YOU were born. I'm getting old. There are some ties in here, and many amazing ones left out.
1975 - Barry Lindon/Holy Grail 1976 - Taxi Driver 1977 - A New Hope 1978 - Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (so bad it's good) 1979 - Being There/Mad Max/Breaking Away 1980 - Empire Strikes Back 1981 - Clash of the Titans (since thenewgreen already chose Raiders) 1982 - Blade Runner (honorable mentions, but not ties - TRON and Fast Times at Ridgemont High) 1983 - The Outsiders 1984 - Red Dawn (duh) 1985 - Breakfast Club 1986 - Big Trouble in Little China/Jean De Florette & Manon of the Spring (two movies - one long tragic french story) 1987 - The Last Emporer/Full Metal Jacket/Princess Bride 1988 - Die Hard/Cinema Paradiso 1989 - Dead Poets Society 1990 - Joe Versus the Volcano 1991 - Raise the Red Lantern 1992 - Stricly Ballroom/Reservoir Dogs 1993 - Benny & Joon 1994 - The Shawshank Redemption/Eat Drink Man Woman/The Hudsucker Proxy 1995 - Heat 1996 - Trainspotting/Bottle Rocket 1997 - Gattaca/The Fifth Element 1998 - Ronin/Waking Ned Devine 1999 - Magnolia 2000 - The Million Dollar Hotel/Drowning Mona 2001 - Moulin Rouge! 2002 - In America 2003 - Love Actually 2004 - Napolean Dynamite/Layer Cake 2005 - Serenity/Brick 2006 - Children of Men/This is England 2007 - There Will Be Blood (Control was amazing - but not quite a tie) 2008 - The Dark Knight 2009 - Everybody's Fine/The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series 2010 - Inception/Biutiful 2011 - The Intouchables 2012 - Moonrise Kingdom 2013 - ………