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The Best Films of 1990

by Christopher Beaubien • April 10, 2008 • Start the Discussion!

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Monsieur Hire (dir. Patrice Leconte)
The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (dir. Peter Greenaway)
Goodfellas (dir. Martin Scorsese)
Last Exit to Brooklyn (dir. Uli Edel)
Darkman (dir. Sam Raimi)
The Grifters (dir. Stephen Frears)
Reversal of Fortune (dir. Barbet Schroeder)
Avalon (dir. Barry Levinson)
Edward Scissorhands (dir. Tim Burton)
Presumed Innocence (dir. Alan J. Pakula)
Santa Sangre (dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky)
Days of Being Wild (dir. Kar Wai Wong)
Sweetie (dir. Jane Campion)
Vincent and Theo (dir. Robert Altman)
After Dark, My Sweet (dir. James Foley)
Metropolitan (dir. Whit Stillman)
Pump Up the Volume (dir. Allan Moyle)
An Angel at My Table (dir. Jane Champion)
Miller’s Crossing (dir. Joel Coen)
Nightbreed (dir. Clive Barker)
Jacob’s Ladder (dir. Adrian Lyne)
Begotten (dir. E. Elias Merhige)
Die Hard 2 (dir. Renny Harlin)
Europa Europa (dir. Lars von Trier)
The Reflecting Skin (dir. Philip Ridley)
Henry & June (dir. Philip Kaufman)
La Femme Nikita (dir. Luc Besson)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (dir. Joe Dante)
Joe Versus the Volcano (dir. John Patrick Shanley)
The Hunt for Red October (dir. John McTiernan)
Cyrano de Bergerac (dir. Jean-Paul Rappeneau)
Arachnophobia (dir. Frank Marshall)
Tremors (dir. Ron Underwood)

Honourable Selection: “The Decalogue”

Decalogue X (dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1990)
Decalogue IX (dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1990)
Decalogue VIII (dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1990)
Decalogue VII (dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1990)
Decalogue VI (dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1990)
Decalogue V (dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1990)
Decalogue IV (dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1990)
Decalogue III (dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1990)
Decalogue II (dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1990)
Decalogue I (dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1989)
“A Short Film About Love” (80 min. version of Decalogue VI, 1988)
“A Short Film About Killing” (80 min. version of Decalogue V, 1988)

The Best Films of 1989

by Christopher Beaubien • April 09, 2008 • Start the Discussion!

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Do the Right Thing (dir. Spike Lee)
The Seventh Continent (dir. Michael Haneke)
Born on the Fourth of July (dir. Oliver Stone)
The War of the Roses (dir. Danny DeVito)
Say Anything! (dir. Cameron Crowe)
Drugstore Cowboy (dir. Gus Van Sant)
Roger and Me (dir. Michael Moore)
My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown (dir. Jim Sheridan)
Crimes and Misdemeanors (dir. Woody Allen)
Batman (dir. Tim Burton)
Driving Miss Daisy (dir. Bruce Beresford)
Sex, Lies and Videotape (dir. Steven Soderbergh)
The Little Mermaid (dir. Ron Clements and John Musker)
When Harry Met Sally… (dir. Rob Reiner)
Kiki’s Delivery Service (dir. Hayao Miyazaki)
Casualties of War (dir. Brian De Palma)
Back to the Future Part II (dir. Robert Zemeckis)
Parents (dir. Bob Balaban)
The Abyss (dir. James Cameron)

The Best Films of 1988

by Christopher Beaubien • April 08, 2008 • Start the Discussion!

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Talk Radio (dir. Oliver Stone)
Grave of the Fireflies (dir. Isao Takahata)
The Vanishing (dir. George Sluizer)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (dir. Robert Zemeckis)
The Thin Blue Line (dir. Errol Morris)
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (dir. Philip Kaufman)
Die Hard (dir. John McTiernan)
Dead Ringers (dir. David Cronenberg)
High Hopes (dir. Mike Leigh)
The Last Temptation of Christ (dir. Martin Scorsese)
Beetlejuice (dir. Tim Burton)
Paperhouse (dir. Bernard Rose)
My Neighbor Totoro (dir. Hayao Miyazaki)
Drowning by Numbers (dir. Peter Greenaway)
A Cry in the Dark (dir. Fred Schepisi)
Bull Durham (dir. Ron Shelton)
The Accidental Tourist (dir. Lawrence Kasdan)
Akira (dir. Katsuhiro Otomo)
Working Girl (dir. Mike Nichols)
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (dir. David Zucker)
A Fish Called Wanda (dir. Charles Crichton)
Powaqqatsi (dir. Godfrey Reggio and Philip Glass)
The Accused (dir. Jonathan Kaplan)
Mississippi Burning (dir. Alan Parker)
Heathers (dir. Michael Lehmann)
Midnight Run (dir. Martin Brest)
Big (dir. Penny Marshall)

Honourable Selection: Tanner ’88

Season 1 (dir. Robert Altman)

The Best Films of 1987

by Christopher Beaubien • April 07, 2008 • Start the Discussion!

Housekeeping (dir. Bill Forsyth)
Babette’s Feast (dir. Gabriel Axel)
House of Games (dir. David Mamet)
Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh (dir. Paul Cox)
Wings of Desire (dir. Wim Wenders)
The Untouchables (dir. Brian De Palma)
Raising Arizona (dir. Joel and Ethan Coen)
Prick Up Your Ears (dir. Stephen Frears)
The Princess Bride (dir. Rob Reiner)
Broadcast News (dir. James L. Brooks)
The Last Emperor (dir. Bernardo Bertolucci)
Au Revoir Les Enfants (dir. Louis Malle)
Wall Street (dir. Oliver Stone)
The Belly of an Architect (dir. Peter Greenaway)
Moonstruck (dir. Norman Jewison)
Full Metal Jacket (dir. Stanley Kubrick)
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (dir. John Hughes)
The Witches of Eastwick (dir. George Miller)
Near Dark (dir. Kathryn Bigelow)
Innerspace (dir. Joe Dante)
Withnail and I (dir. Bruce Robinson)
Hope and Glory (dir. John Boorman)
Robocop (dir. Paul Verhoeven)
Hamburger Hill (dir. John Irvin)
Evil Dead II (dir. Sam Raimi)
Lethal Weapon (dir. Richard Donner)

The Best Films of 1986

by Christopher Beaubien • April 06, 2008 • Start the Discussion!

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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (dir. John McNaughton)
The Fly (dir. David Cronenberg)
Sid and Nancy (dir. Alex Cox)
Hannah and Her Sisters (dir. Woody Allen)
‘Round Midnight (dir. Bertrand Tavernier)
Aliens (dir. James Cameron)
True Stories (dir. David Byrne)
The Big Easy (dir. Jim McBride)
Vagabond (dir. Agnès Varda)
Blue Velvet (dir. David Lynch)
Platoon (dir. Oliver Stone)
Laputa: Castle in the Sky (dir. Hayao Miyazaki)
Hoosiers (dir. David Anspaugh)
River’s Edge (dir. Tim Hunter)
The Great Mouse Detective (dir. Ron Clements and Burny Mattinson)
Little Shop of Horrors (dir. Frank Oz)
Mona Lisa (dir. Neil Jordan)
Peggy Sue Gets Married (dir. Francis Ford Coppola)
When the Wind Blows (dir. Jimmy T. Murakami)
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (dir. John Hughes)
Ruthless People (dir. Jim Abrahams)