Top 10 List Classics

2012

1. The Master
Directed and Written by Paul Thomas Anderson
2. Zero Dark Thirty
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow and Written by Mark Boal
3. Lincoln
Directed by Steven Spielberg and Written by Tony Kushner, based on a book by Doris Kearns Goodwin
4. Moonrise Kingdom
Directed by Wes Anderson and Written by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
5. Perks of Being a Wallflower
Directed and Written by Stephen Chbosky, based on his book
6. Seven Psychopaths
Directed and Written by Martin McDonagh
7. Rust and Bone
Directed by Jacques Audiard and Written by Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain
8. Holy Motors
Directed and Written by Leos Carax
9. The Queen of Versailles (tie)
Directed by Lauren Greenfield
9. The Central Park Five (tie)
Directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon
10. The Paperboy
Directed by Lee Daniels and Written by Pete Dexter and Lee Daniels


2011

1. Margaret
Directed and Written by Kenneth Lonergan
2. The Interrupters
Directed by Steve James
3. The Descendants
Directed by Alexander Payne, Written by Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash
4. Moneyball
Directed by Bennet Miller, Written by Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian, based on the book by Michael Lewis
5. Midnight in Paris
Directed and Written by Woody Allen
6. We Need To Talk About Kevin
Directed by Lynne Ramsay, Written by Lynne Ramsay and Rory Kinnear, based on the novel by Lionel Shriver
7. Higher Ground
Directed by Vera Farmiga, Written by Carolyn S. Briggs and Tim Metcalfe, based on Briggs’ memoir “This Dark World”
8. 50/50
Directed by Jonathan Levine and Written by Will Reiser
9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Directed by David Fincher and Written by Steven Zaillian, based on the novel by Stieg Larsson
10. The Future
Directed and Written by Miranda July

2010

1. The Social Network
Directed by David Fincher, Written by Aaron Sorkin
2. Blue Valentine
Directed by Derek Cianfrance, Written by Derek Cianfrance, Joey Curtis & Cami Delavigne
3. Another Year
Directed and Written by Mike Leigh
4. Rabbit Hole
Directed by John Cameron Mitchell, Written by David Lindsay-Abaire
5. Inception
Directed and Written by Christopher Nolan
6. Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
Directed by Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg
7. The King’s Speech
Directed by Tom Hooper, Written by David Seidler
8. Somewhere
Directed and Written by Sophia Coppola
9. Catfish
Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman
10. Never Let Me Go
Directed by Mark Romanek, Written by Alex Garland based on the book by Kazuo Ishiguro 

2009

1. A Single Man
Directed and Written by Tom Ford, co-written by David Scearce, based on the novel by Christopher Isherwood
2. Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
Directed by Lee Daniels, Written by Geoffrey Fletcher, based on the novel by Sapphire
3. Where The Wild Things Are
Directed and Written by Spike Jonze, co-written by Dave Eggers, based on the book by Maurice Sendak
4. In The Loop
Directed by Armando Ianucci,  Written by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Ianucci and Tony Roche
5. Up in the Air
Directed and Written by Jason Reitman, co-written by Sheldon Turner based on the novel by Walter Kim
6. Funny People
Directed and Written by Judd Apatow
7. The Hurt Locker
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, Written by Mark Boal
8. Which Way Home
Directed by Rebecca Cammisa
9. An Education
Directed by Lone Scherfig, Written by Nick Hornby based on the memoir by Lynn Barber
10. (500) Days of Summer
Directed by Marc Webb, Written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber 

2008

1. The Wrestler
Directed by Darren Aronofsky, Written by Robert D. Siegel
2. Milk
Directed by Gus van Sant, Written by Dustin Lance Black
3. Rachel Getting Married
Directed by Jonathan Demme, Written by Jenny Lumet
4. I’ve Loved You So Long
Directed and Written by Philippe Claudel
5. Doubt
Directed and Written by John Patrick Shanley
6. Wall-E
Directed and Written by Andrew Stanton, co-written by Jim Reardon and Pete Docter
7. Mamma Mia!
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, Written by Catherine Johnson and ABBA
8. The Dark Knight
Directed and Written by Christopher Nolan, co-written by Jonathan Nolan based on the characters by Bob Kane
9. Vicky Christina Barcelona
Directed and Written by Woody Allen
10. Slumdog Millionaire
Directed by Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandan, Written by Simon Beaufoy based on the novel by Vikas Swarup 

2007

1. I’m Not There
Directed and Written by Todd Haynes, co-written by Oren Moverman
2. There Will Be Blood
Directed and Written by Paul Thomas Anderson, based on the novel by Upton Sinclair
3. No Country for Old Men
Directed and Written by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy
4. Gone Baby Gone
Directed and Written by Ben Affleck, co-written by Aaron Stockard based on the novel by Dennis Lehane
5. Superbad
Directed by Greg Mottola, Written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg 
6. Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains
Directed by Jonathan Demme 
7. Enchanted
Directed by Kevin Lima, Written by Bill Kelly 
8. Margot at the Wedding
Directed and Written by Noah Baumbach
9. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Directed by Julian Schnabel, Written by Ronald Harwood based on the novel by Jean-Dominique Bauby 
10. Atonement
Directed by Joe Wright, Written by Christopher Hampton based on the novel by Ian McEwan

2006

1. Pan’s Labyrinth
Directed and Written by Guillermo del Toro
2. Little Children
Directed and Written by Todd Field, co-written by Tom Perrotta based on his novel 
3. Little Miss Sunshine
Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, Written by Michael Arndt 
4. A Prairie Home Companion
Directed by Robert Altman, Written by Garrison Keillor 
5. Babel
Directed by Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, Written by Guillermo Arriaga 
6. Notes on a Scandal
Directed by Richard Eyre, Written by Patrick Marber based on the novel by Zoe Heller
7. Jesus Camp
Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady 
8. Happy Feet
Directed and Written by George Miller, Warren Coleman and Judy Morris, co-written by John Collee 
9. For Your Consideration
Directed and Written by Christopher Guest, co-written by Eugene Levy
10. The Queen
Directed by Stephen Frears, Written by Peter Morgan 

2005

1. Me and You and Everyone We Know
Directed and Written by Miranda July
2. Brokeback Mountain
Directed by Ang Lee, Written by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana based on a short story by Annie Proulx
3. Street Fight
Directed by Marshall Curry
4. Capote
Directed by Bennett Miller, Written by Dan Futterman based on a book by Gerald Clarke
5. Match Point
Directed and Written by Woody Allen
6. Syriana
Directed and Written by Stephen Gaghan, based on a book by Robert Baer
7. Transamerica
Directed and Written by Duncan Tucker
8. Good Night and Good Luck
Directed and Written by George Clooney, co-written by Grant Heslov
9. Tsotsi
Directed and Written by Gavin Hood, based on a novel by Athol Fugard
10. Junebug
Directed by Phil Morrison, Written by Angus MacLachlan 

2004

1. Closer
Directed by Mike Nichols, Written by Patrick Marber
2. I Heart Huckabees
Directed and Written by David O. Russell, co-written by Jeff Baena
3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Directed by Michel Gondry, Written by Charlie Kaufman
4. Mean Girls
Directed by Mark Waters, Written by Tina Fey based on a book by Rosalind Wiseman
5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Directed by Alfonso Cuaron, Written by Steve Kloves based on a novel by J.K. Rowling
6. Sideways
Directed and Written by Alexander Payne, co-written by Jim Taylor based a novel by Rex Pickett
7. Vera Drake
Directed and Written by Mike Leigh
8. Saved!
Directed and Written by Brian Dannelly, co-written by Michael Urban
9. Ray
Directed by Taylor Hackford, Written by James L. White
10. Kinsey
Directed and Written by Bill Condon


2003

1. Lost in Translation
Directed and Written by Sofia Coppola
2. Dogville
Directed and Written by Lars von Trier
3. Mystic River
Directed by Clint Eastwood, Written by Brian Helgeland based on the novel by Dennis Lehane
4. A Mighty Wind
Directed and Written by Christopher Guest, co-written by Eugene Levy
5. 21 Grams
Directed by Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, Written by Guillermo Arriaga
6. Big Fish
Directed by Tim Burton, Written by John August based on a novel by Daniel Wallace
7. The Fog of War
Directed by Errol Morris
8. Cold Mountain
Directed and Written by Anthony Minghella, based on a book by Charles Frazier
9. Elf
Directed by Jon Favreau, Written by David Berenbaum
10. The Weather Underground
Directed by Sam Green and Bill Siegel 

2002

1. The Hours
Directed by Stephen Daldry, Written by David Hare based on the novel by Michael Cunningham
2. Adaptation.
Directed by Spike Jonze, Written by Charlie Kaufman based on the book by Susan Orlean
3. About Schmidt
Directed and Written by Alexander Payne, co-written by Jim Taylor based on the novel by Louis Begley
4. Far From Heaven
Directed and Written by Todd Haynes
5. Chicago
Directed by Rob Marshall, Written by Bill Condon based on the musical by Bob Fosse, John Kander and Fred Ebb
6. Catch Me If You Can
Directed by Steven Spielberg, Written by Jeff Nathanson based on the book by Frank Abagnale Jr. and Stan Redding
7. Igby Goes Down
Directed and Written by Burr Steers
8. Frida
Directed by Julie Taymor, Written by Clancy Sigal, Diane Lake, Gregory Nava and Anna Thomas based on a book by Hayden Herrera
9. Gangs of New York
Directed by Martin Scorsese, Written by Jay Cocks, Steven Zallian and Kenneth Lonergan
10. Spellbound
Directed by Jeffrey Blitz 

2001

1. Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Directed and Written by John Cameron Mitchell, co-written by Stephen Trask
2. Moulin Rouge!
Directed and Written by Baz Luhrmann, co-written by Craig Pearce
3. Ghost World
Directed and Written by Terry Zwigoff, co-written by Daniel Clowes based on his comic book
4. In The Bedroom
Directed and Written by Todd Field, co-written by Robert Festinger based on a short story by Andre Dubus
5. Wet Hot American Summer
Directed and Written by David Wain, co-written by Michael Showalter
6. The Royal Tenenbaums
Directed and Written by Wes Anderson, co-written by Owen Wilson
7. Shrek
Directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, Written by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Joe Stillman and Roger S.H. Schulman based on a book by William Steig
8. Donnie Darko
Directed and Written by Richard Kelly
9. Vanilla Sky
Directed and Written by Cameron Crowe, based on a screenplay by Alejandro Amenabar and Mateo Gil
10. The Others
Directed and Written by Alejandro Amenabar


2000

1. Best in Show
Directed and Written by Christopher Guest, co-written by Eugene Levy
2. Almost Famous
Directed and Written by Cameron Crowe
3. Billy Elliot
Directed by Stephen Daldry, Written by Lee Hall
4. Traffic
Directed by Steven Soderbergh, Written by Stephen Gaghan based on a miniseries by Simon Moore
5. Amores Perros
Directed by Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, Written by Guillermo Arriaga
6. Erin Brockovich
Directed by Steven Soderbergh, Written by Susannah Grant
7. Requiem For A Dream
Directed and Written by Darren Aronofsky, co-written by Hubert Selby Jr. based on his book
8. Chicken Run
Directed by Peter Lord and Nick Park, Written by Karey Kirkpatrick
9. You Can Count on Me
Directed and Written by Kenneth Lonergan
10. Miss Congeniality
Directed by Donald Petrie, Written by Marc Lawrence, Katie Ford and Caryn Lucas 

 

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