Unofficial, not-even-close-to-finished top tens
(and nines, eights, sevens, etc.)

2006
01. Inland Empire (David Lynch)
02. The Prestige (Christopher Nolan)
03. Dave Chappelle's Block Party (Michel Gondry)
04. The Departed (Martin Scorsese)
05. L'Enfant (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
06. Brick (Rian Johnson)
07. Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón)
08. Inside Man (Spike Lee)
09. Volver (Pedro Almodóvar)
10. Neil Young: Heart of Gold (Jonathan Demme)


2005
01. The New World (Terrence Malick)
02. Pretty Persuasion (Marcos Siega)
03. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee)
04. A History of Violence (David Cronenberg)
05. The Squid and the Whale (Noah Baumbach)
06. Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog)
07. Tropical Malady (Aphichatpong Weerasethakul)
08. 2046 (Wong Kar-wai)
09. Caché (Michael Haneke)
10. Match Point (Woody Allen)


2004
01. Dogville (Lars Von Trier)
02. Before Sunset (Richard Linklater)
03. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry)
04. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Wes Anderson)
05. Million Dollar Baby (Clint Eastwood)
06. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (Quentin Tarantino)
07. Primer (Shane Carruth)
08. I ♥ Huckabees (David O. Russell)
09. Spider-Man 2 (Sam Raimi)
10. Sideways (Alexander Payne)


2003
01. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola)
02. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Peter Jackson)
03. Gerry (Gus Van Sant)
04. The Brown Bunny (Vincent Gallo)
05. Irreversible (Gaspar Noé)
06. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (Quentin Tarantino)
07. All the Real Girls (David Gordon Green)
08. The Son (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
09. Big Fish (Tim Burton)
10. In My Skin (Marina De Van)


2002
01. 25th Hour (Spike Lee)
02. Adaptation (Spike Jonze)
03. Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes)
04. Talk to Her (Pedro Almodóvar)
05. Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson)
06. The Pianist (Roman Polanski)

07. Spider-Man (Sam Raimi)
08. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki)
09. 8 Women (François Ozon)
10. Minority Report (Steven Spielberg)


2001
01. Memento (Christopher Nolan)
02. Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch)
03. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai)
04. The Man Who Wasn't There (Joel Coen)
05. Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff)
06. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson)
07. Wet Hot American Summer (David Wain)
08. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg)
09. Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly)
10. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Peter Jackson)


2000
01. Dancer in the Dark (Lars Von Trier)
02. The Heart of the World (Guy Maddin) [short]
03. You Can Count on Me (Kenneth Lonergan)
04. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Joel Coen)
05. George Washington (David Gordon Green)
06. Songs from the Second Floor (Roy Andersson)
07. Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky)
08. State and Main (David Mamet)
09. The Virgin Suicides (Sofia Coppola)
10. Jesus' Son (Alison Maclean)


1999
01. Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson)
02. The Blair Witch Project (Eduardo Sanchez & Daniel Myrick)
03. Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze)
04. Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick)
05. Fight Club (David Fincher)
06. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (Trey Parker)
07. Election (Alexander Payne)
08. Toy Story 2 (John Lasseter)
09. American Beauty (Sam Mendes)
10. Boys Don't Cry (Kimberly Pierce)

1998
01. The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick)
02. The Big Lebowski (Joel Coen)
03. Buffalo '66 (Vincent Gallo)
04. Rushmore (Wes Anderson)
05. Out of Sight (Steven Soderbergh)
06. Funny Games (Michael Haneke)
07. Taste of Cherry (Abbas Kiarostami)
08. Henry Fool (Hal Hartley)
09. The Celebration (Thomas Vinterberg)
10. The Truman Show (Peter Weir)


1997
01. The Sweet Hereafter (Atom Egoyan)
02. The Game (David Fincher)
03. Jackie Brown (Quentin Tarantino)
04. Lost Highway (David Lynch)
05. L.A. Confidential (Curtis Hanson)
06. La Promesse (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
07. In the Company of Men (Neil LaBute)
08. Chasing Amy (Kevin Smith)
09. Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson)
10. Wag the Dog (Barry Levinson)

1996
01. Breaking the Waves (Lars Von Trier)
02. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky)
03. Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch)
04. Fargo (Joel Coen)
05. Lumiere (David Lynch) [short, from Lumiere and Company]
06. Sling Blade (Billy Bob Thornton)
07. Citizen Ruth (Alexander Payne)
08. Lone Star (John Sayles)
09. Crash (David Cronenberg)
10. The Crucible (Nicholas Hynter)


1995
01. Exotica (Atom Egoyan)
02. Safe (Todd Haynes)
03. Before Sunrise (Richard Linklater)
04. Se7en (David Fincher)
05. Kicking and Screaming (Noah Baumbach)
06. Toy Story (John Lasseter)
07. Twelve Monkeys (Terry Gilliam)
08. Leaving Las Vegas (Mike Figgis)
09. Crumb (Terry Zwigoff)
10. The Usual Suspects (Brian Singer)

1994
01. Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
02. Ed Wood (Tim Burton)
03. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
04. Bullets over Broadway (Woody Allen)
05. Clerks (Kevin Smith)

1993
01. Naked (Mike Leigh)
02. Dazed and Confused (Richard Linklater)
03. Short Cuts (Robert Altman)
03. The Age of Innocence (Martin Scorsese)
04. Blue (Krzysztof Kieslowski)

1992
01. Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood)
02. Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino)
03. Glengarry Glen Ross (David Foley)
04. The Crying Game (Neil Jordan)
05. The Player (Robert Altman)

1991
01. Barton Fink (Joel Coen)
02. Naked Lunch (David Cronenberg)
03. The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme)
04. My Own Private Idaho (Gus Van Sant)
05. Beauty and the Beast (Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise)


1990
01. Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese)
02. Miller's Crossing (Joel Coen)
03. Metropolitan (Whit Stillman)
04. Wild at Heart (David Lynch)