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JASON'S BEST: The Best Films of Each Decade (Return to Jason's Best Main Page)


THE 25 BEST FILMS OF THE 2000'S DECADE
1. United 93 (2006) d. Paul Greengrass
2. Almost Famous (2000) d. Cameron Crowe
3. Lost in Translation (2003) d. Sofia Coppola
4. Rent (2005) d. Chris Columbus
5. Munich (2005) d. Steven Spielberg
6. Punch-Drunk Love (2002) d. Paul Thomas Anderson
7. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) d. Steven Spielberg
8. Million Dollar Baby (2004) d. Clint Eastwood
9. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) d. Michael Moore
10. Inglourious Basterds (2009) d. Quentin Tarantino
11. The Dark Knight (2008) d. Christopher Nolan
12. Little Children (2006) d. Todd Field
13. Traffic (2000) d. Steven Soderbergh
14. There Will Be Blood (2007) d. Paul Thomas Anderson
15. Minority Report (2002) d. Steven Spielberg
16. Sideways (2004) d. Alexander Payne
17. Monster's Ball (2001) d. Marc Forster
18. Gangs of New York (2002) d. Martin Scorsese
19. Unfaithful (2002) d. Adrian Lyne
20. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) d. Peter Jackson
21. Love Actually (2003) d. Richard Curtis
22. The Pianist (2002) d. Roman Polanski
23. No Country for Old Men (2007) d. Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
24. Brokeback Mountain (2005) d. Ang Lee
25. Moulin Rouge (2001) d. Baz Luhrmann


THE 25 BEST FILMS OF THE 1990'S DECADE
1. Schindler's List (1993) d. Steven Spielberg
2. JFK (1991) d. Oliver Stone
3. Goodfellas (1990) d. Martin Scorsese
4. Natural Born Killers (1994) d. Oliver Stone
5. The Player (1992) d. Robert Altman
6. Nixon (1995) d. Oliver Stone
7. Saving Private Ryan (1998) d. Steven Spielberg
8. American Beauty (1999) d. Sam Mendes
9. Thelma & Louise (1991) d. Ridley Scott
10. Malcolm X (1992) d. Spike Lee
11. Philadelphia (1993) d. Jonathan Demme
12. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) d. Jonathan Demme
13. The Truman Show (1998) d. Peter Wier
14. Magnolia (1999) d. Paul Thomas Anderson
15. The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996) d. Milos Forman
16. Titanic (1998) d. James Cameron
17. Dances With Wolves (1990) d. Kevin Costner
18. Forrest Gump (1994) d. Robert Zemeckis
19. The Bridges of Madison County (1995) d. Clint Eastwood
20. Contact (1998) d. Robert Zemeckis
21. Fargo (1996) d. Joel Coen
22. Boogie Nights (1997) d. Paul Thomas Anderson
23. A Few Good Men (1992) d. Rob Reiner
24. Good Will Hunting (1997) d. Gus Van Sant
25. Unforgiven (1992) d. Clint Eastwood


THE 25 BEST FILMS OF THE 1980'S DECADE
1. The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) d. Martin Scorsese
2. Born on the Fourth of July (1989) d. Oliver Stone
3. Do The Right Thing (1989) d. Spike Lee
4. Field of Dreams (1989) d. Phil Alden Robinson
5. Platoon (1986) d. Oliver Stone
6. Raging Bull (1980) d. Martin Scorsese
7. Glory (1989) d. Edward Zwick
8. Fatal Attraction (1987) d. Adrian Lyne
9. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982) d. Steven Spielberg
10. On Golden Pond (1981) d. Mark Rydell
11. Scarface (1983) d. Brian De Palma
12. Wall Street (1987) d. Oliver Stone
13. Full Metal Jacket (1987) d. Stanley Kubrick
14. Risky Business (1983) d. Paul Brickman
15. The Breakfast Club (1985) d. John Hughes
16. Talk Radio (1988) d. Oliver Stone
17. The King of Comedy (1983) d. Martin Scorsese
18. Rain Man (1988) d. Barry Levinson
19. The Accidental Tourist (1988) d. Lawrence Kasdan
20. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987) d. John Hughes
21. Die Hard (1988) d. John McTiernan
22. The Terminator (1984) d. James Cameron
23. The Accused (1988) d. Jonathan Kaplan
24. When Harry Met Sally... (1989) d. Rob Reiner
25. After Hours (1985) d. Martin Scorsese


THE 25 BEST FILMS OF THE 1970'S DECADE
1. The Godfather (1972) d. Francis Ford Coppola
2. Taxi Driver (1976) d. Martin Scorsese
3. The Godfather Part II (1974) d. Francis Ford Coppola
4. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) d. Steven Spielberg
5. A Clockwork Orange (1971) d. Stanley Kubrick
6. Apocalypse Now (1979) d. Francis Ford Coppola
7. The Exorcist (1973) d. William Friedkin
8. All The President's Men (1976) d. Alan J. Pakula
9. Dog Day Afternoon (1975) d. Sidney Lumet
10. Manhattan (1979) d. Woody Allen
11. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) d. Milos Forman
12. The Last Picture Show (1971) d. Peter Bogdanovich
13. Harold and Maude (1971) d. Hal Ashby
14. Jaws (1975) d. Steven Spielberg
15. Star Wars (1977) d. George Lucas
16. The China Syndrome (1979) d. James Bridges
17. American Graffiti (1973) d. George Lucas
18. Chinatown (1974) d. Roman Polanski
19. Deliverance (1972) d. John Boorman
20. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) d. Robert Benton
21. Mean Streets (1973) d. Martin Scorsese
22. The Towering Inferno (1974) d. Irwin Allen & John Guillermin
23. Rocky (1976) d. John G. Avildsen
24. Five Easy Pieces (1970) d. Bob Rafelson
25. The Deer Hunter (1978) d. Michael Cimino


THE 25 BEST FILMS OF THE 1960'S DECADE
1. 2001 A Space Odyssey (1968) d. Stanley Kubrick
2. The Graduate (1967) d. Mike Nichols
3. Psycho (1960) d. Alfred Hitchcock
4. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) d. George Roy Hill
5. Dr. Strangelove (1964) d. Stanley Kubrick
6. Easy Rider (1969) d. Dennis Hopper
7. Bonnie and Clyde (1967) d. Arthur Penn
8. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) d. Mike Nichols
9. The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1966) d. Sergio Leone
10. To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) d. Robert Mulligan
11. Days of Wine and Roses (1962) d. Blake Edwards
12. Rosemary's Baby (1968) d. Roman Polanski
13. Midnight Cowboy (1969) d. John Schlesinger
14. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) d. David Lean
15. The Apartment (1960) d. Billy Wilder
16. Breathless (1961) d. Jean-Luc Godard
17. The Manchurian Candidate (1962) d. John Frankenheimer
18. Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) d. Paul Mazursky
19. Spartacus (1960) d. Stanley Kubrick
20. The Hustler (1961) d. Robert Rossen
21. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) d. Blake Edwards
22. The Misfits (1961) d. John Huston
23. The Wild Bunch (1969) d. Sam Peckinpah
24. The Sound of Music (1965) d. Robert Wise
25. Mary Poppins (1964) d. Robert Stevenson


THE 25 BEST FILMS OF THE 1950'S DECADE
1. The Seventh Seal (1957) d. Ingmar Bergman
2. Vertigo (1958) d. Alfred Hitchcock
3. Some Like It Hot (1959) d. Billy Wilder
4. Singin' In The Rain (1951) d. Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen
5. Rashomon (1951) d. Akira Kurosawa
6. On The Waterfront (1954) d. Elia Kazan
7. The Searchers (1956) d. John Ford
8. Ballad of a Soldier (1959) d. Grigori Chukrai
9. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) d. Elia Kazan
10. Sunset Boulevard (1950) d. Billy Wilder
11. Limelight (1952) d. Charles Chaplin
12. The Caine Mutiny (1954) d. Edward Dmytryk
13. Rear Window (1954) d. Alfred Hitchcock
14. Stalag 17 (1953) d. Billy Wilder
15. Strangers on a Train (1951) d. Alfred Hitchcock
16. High Noon (1952) d. Fred Zinnemann
17. The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) d. Robert Wise
18. Paths of Glory (1957) d. Stanley Kubrick
19. Diabolique (1955) d. Henri-Georges Clouzot
20. On The Beach (1959) d. Stanley Kramer
21. Touch of Evil (1958) d. Orson Welles
22. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) d. David Lean
23. 12 Angry Men (1957) d. Sidney Lumet
24. From Here To Eternity (1953) d. Fred Zinnemann
25. The African Queen (1951) d. John Huston


THE 25 BEST FILMS OF THE 1940'S DECADE
1. Citizen Kane (1941) d. Orson Welles
2. Casablanca (1943) d. Michael Curtiz
3. Fantasia (1940) p. Walt Disney
4. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) d. William Wyler
5. The Philadelphia Story (1940) d. George Cukor
6. The Bicycle Thief (1948) d. Vittorio De Sica
7. The Grapes of Wrath (1940) d. John Ford
8. It's A Wonderful Life (1946) d. Frank Capra
9. Double Indemnity (1944) d. Billy Wilder
10. Rope (1948) d. Alfred Hitchcock
11. Bambi (1942) p. Walt Disney
12. The Maltese Falcon (1941) d. John Huston
13. Sergeant York (1941) d. Howard Hawks
14. Laura (1944) d. Otto Preminger
15. The Lost Weekend (1945) d. Billy Wilder
16. Pinocchio (1940) p. Walt Disney
17. Great Expectations (1946) d. David Lean
18. Beauty and the Beast (1946) d. Jean Cocteau
19. Notorious (1946) d. Alfred Hitchcock
20. Gaslight (1944) d. George Cukor
21. To Have and Have Not (1944) d. Howard Hawks
22. Gentleman's Agreement (1947) d. Elia Kazan
23. Red River (1948) d. Howard Hawks
24. Rebecca (1940) d. Alfred Hitchcock
25. The Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) d. Allan Dwan


THE 25 BEST FILMS OF THE 1930'S DECADE
1. Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939) d. Frank Capra
2. Stagecoach (1939) d. John Ford
3. City Lights (1931) d. Charles Chaplin
4. The Wizard of Oz (1939) d. Victor Fleming
5. Freaks (1932) d. Tod Browning
6. Of Mice and Men (1939) d. Lewis Milestone
7. Ninotchka (1939) d. Ernst Lubitsch
8. Modern Times (1936) d. Charles Chaplin
9. Bringing Up Baby (1938) d. Howard Hawks
10. It Happened One Night (1934) d. Frank Capra
11. Grand Illusion (1938) d. Jean Renoir
12. The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) d. James Whale
13. My Man Godfrey (1936) d. Gregory La Cava
14. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) p. Walt Disney
15. Ecstasy (1933) d. Gustav Machaty
16. I Am A Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932) d. Mervyn Leroy
17. Wuthering Heights (1939) d. William Wyler
18. Gone With The Wind (1939) d. Victor Fleming
19. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) d. Michael Curtiz, William Keighley
20. Frankenstein (1931) d. James Whale
21. King Kong (1933) d. Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
22. San Francisco (1936) d. W.S. Van Dyke
23. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) d. Frank Lloyd
24. Dangerous (1935) d. Alfred E. Green
25. Cleopatra (1934) d. Cecil B. DeMille


THE 25 BEST FILMS OF THE 1920'S DECADE
1. The General (1926) d. Buster Keaton
2. All Quiet on the Western Front (1929) d. Lewis Milestone
3. Napoleon (1927) d. Abel Gance
4. Metropolis (1927) d. Fritz Lang
5. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) d. Robert Wiene
6. The Gold Rush (1925) d. Charles Chaplin
7. The Phantom of the Opera (1925) d. Rupert Julian
8. The Kid (1921) d. Charles Chaplin
9. Nosferatu (1922) d. F.W. Murnau
10. Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) d. Buster Keaton
11. Wings (1927) d. William Wellman
12. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) d. Wallace Worsley
13. Pandora's Box (1929) d. G.W. Pabst
14. It (1927) d. Clarence Badger
15. The Big Parade (1925) d. King Vidor
16. Greed (1924) d. Erich Von Stroheim
17. The Crowd (1928) d. King Vidor
18. Flesh and the Devil (1927) d. Clarence Brown
19. The Last Laugh (1924) d. F.W. Murnau
20. Battleship Potemkin (1925) d. Sergei Eisenstein
21. Underworld (1927) d. Josef von Sternberg
22. Safety Last (1923) d. Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor
23. Way Down East (1920) d. D.W. Griffith
24. The Wind (1928) d. Victor Seastrom
25. Orphans of the Storm (1921) d. D.W. Griffith