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Top Tens

2018

  1. First Reformed (Paul Schrader)
  2. Burning (Lee Chang-dong)
  3. Leave No Trace (Debra Granik)
  4. Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (Travis Wilkerson)
  5. The Day After (Hong Sang-soo)
  6. Minding the Gap (Bing Liu)
  7. Zama (Lucrecia Martel)
  8. BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee)
  9. Let the Sunshine In (Claire Denis)
  10. The Rider (Chloé Zhao)

Honorable Mentions: Paddington 2 (Paul King), If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins), The Other Side of the Wind (Orson Welles), Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham), Western (Valeska Grisebach), Claire’s Camera (Hong Sang-soo), Happy as Lazzaro (Alice Rohrwacher), Support the Girls (Andrew Bujalski), Cold War (Paweł Pawlikowski), and Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson)

2017

  1. Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  2. A Quiet Passion (Terence Davies)
  3. Good Time (Josh and Benny Safdie)
  4. Nocturama (Bertrand Bonello)
  5. I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck)
  6. Personal Shopper (Olivier Assayas)
  7. Get Out (Jordan Peele)
  8. The Salesman (Asghar Farhadi)
  9. The Florida Project (Sean Baker)
  10. Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig)

Honorable Mentions: The Lost City of Z (James Gray), Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino), Ex Libris: New York Public Library (Frederick Wiseman), A Ghost Story (David Lowery), Chasing Coral (Jeff Orlowski), BPM (Beats Per Minute) (Robin Campillo), Raw (Julia Ducournau), Columbus (Kogonada), Mudbound (Dee Rees), and The Other Side of Hope (Aki Kaurismäki)

2016

  1. O.J.: Made in America (Ezra Edelman)
  2. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)
  3. Happy Hour (Ryûsuke Hamaguchi)
  4. Elle (Paul Verhoeven)
  5. Moonlight (Barry Jenkins)
  6. Knight of Cups (Terrence Malick)
  7. Midnight Special (Jeff Nichols)
  8. Right Now, Wrong Then (Hong Sang-soo)
  9. Everybody Wants Some!! (Richard Linklater)
  10. Paterson (Jim Jarmusch)

Honorable Mentions: Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan), Little Men (Ira Sachs), The Treasure (Corneliu Porumboiu), Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (Werner Herzog), The Edge of Seventeen (Kelly Fremon Craig), Cemetery of Splendor (Apichatpong Weerasethakul), The Fits (Anna Rose Holmer), The Handmaiden (Park Chan-wook), Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve), and The Neon Demon (Nicolas Winding Refn)

2015

  1. Timbuktu (Abderrahamane Sissako)
  2. Creed (Ryan Coogler)
  3. About Elly (Asghar Farhadi)
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller)
  5. Clouds of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas)
  6. The Duke of Burgundy (Peter Strickland)
  7. Phoenix (Christian Petzold)
  8. Tangerine (Sean Baker)
  9. Queen of Earth (Alex Ross Perry)
  10. Taxi (Jafar Panahi)

Honorable Mentions: A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (Roy Andersson), Fort Tilden (Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers), Carol (Todd Haynes), Sicario (Denis Villeneuve), Chi-Raq (Spike Lee), Mistress America (Noah Baumbach), 45 Years (Andrew Haigh), Mustang (Deniz Gamze Ergüven), The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien), and Jauja (Lisandro Alonso)