Yup, it’s that time of the year again when social media bequeaths us to write lists about films. Last year it was the #1 film on your birthday every year you’ve been on this planet we call Earth – this year it’s your favourite film released in each year you’ve been here.
Thankfully, I love making lists. I have notebooks filled with lists of rubbish; potential compilation CDs, favourite books, comic book characters, action figures I want to be released – you name it, I’ve probably got a list for it (that’s quite an exaggeration though so don’t hold me to it.
This was a particularly difficult list to make and unfortunately many of my favourite films had to be omitted from the list as they were edged out by films I love, or loved at the time of making the list, a fraction more. (Apologies to the Truman Show, Her, Dead Man’s Shoes, Good Will Hunting, Boogie Nights, the Goonies, Toy Story, Die Hard, Out of Sight, Starship Troopers, and many, many more.)
Anyway, without further ado, here are my top films from 1981 through to 2016 (pointless doing choosing one for this year.)
1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark
1982 Blade Runner
1983 Star Wars Episode VI Return of the Jedi
1985 Back to the Future
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
1990 Total Recall
1991 Beauty & the Beast
1992 the Last of the Mohicans
1993 Jurassic Park
1994 Pulp Fiction
1996 the Frighteners
1997 LA Confidential
2000 O Brother Where Art Thou?
2001 Donnie Darko
2002 Road to Perdition
2004 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2005 a Bittersweet Life
2006 Pan’s Labyrinth
2007 There Will Be Blood
2009 Away We Go
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs the World
2011 Captain America: the First Avenger
2012 the Perks of Being a Wallflower
2013 the Way Way Back
2014 Captain America: the Winter Soldier
2015 Inside Out