Top 10 Best Years for Movies

The Top Ten
1 1994

Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump and The Shawshank Redemption! No more needs to be said. But in addition to those there were more amazing films released that year such as Natural Born Killers, The Mask, Leon: The Professional, Speed, True Lies and of course, The Lion King. This was an amazing year for movies.

The Shawshank Redemption, Forrest Gump, Dumb and Dumber, Pulp Fiction! And especially the biggest masterpiece of 1994: The Lion King.

Shawshank Redemption, Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction, The Mask, True Lies, Dumb and Dumber, Speed - all in 1 year! My favorite year for movies

Forrest Gump, The Shawshank Redemption, Pulp Fiction, The Lion King, Leon: The Professional, Dumb and Dumber

2 1999

Fight Club, The Matrix, American Beauty, and The Green Mile are some of the movies made this year.

Fight club, matrix, American beauty, the green mile, the sixth sense good year for movies

The Green Mile

The Matrix

Fight Club

The Mummy

Notting Hill

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

The Sixth Sense

American Pie

Sleepy Hollow


Big Daddy

Girl, Interrupted

The Cider House Rules

Double Jeopardy

The Haunting

The Blair Witch Project

Bicentennial Man


The General's Daughter

Why is everything from the 90's so good?

3 1982

Barbarosa (Excellent, Excellent), Blade Runner, My Favorite Year, Fanny & Alexander and Moonlighting all have 100% approval ratings on Rotten Tomatoes which is very rare for most older movies. Since current ones are at the time popular and then after time lose that rating. Not very important, but interesting. Seen all five of these 1982 Masterpieces and I approve. You must view all five of them sometime in your life. Along with Diner, The Verdict and Victor/Victoria all of which just missed the 100% score. Oh yes I forgot Richard Pryor Live On The Sunset Strip which also scored 100% and is still the best Stand up comedy film of all time and for good reason. Now that's quality!

I Thinks this year is best known for such classics as Blade Runner, Poltergeist, The Thing (best remake), E.T., Mad Max Road Warrior, Star Trek The Wrath of Khan (best of the trek movies), Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Cat People (good remake), Tron (the original), Pink Floyd The Wall, Rocky 3 (best Rocky Sequel), Officer And A Gentleman, Conan the Barbarian, My Favorite Year, Tootsie, 48 hours, Victor/ Victoria, Gandhi, Sophie's Choice, First Blood, Night Shift, Last American Virgin, The Dark Crystal, The Verdict, Creepshow, Annie, The Beastmaster, Dinner. I don't think I need to go any further, Though I could.

You gotta love the 80's kid adventure films, back when they were so not kid friendly, unlike this day and age where PG and even PG-13 movies have just become way too PC

Let us not forget "The Year of Living Dangerously" this is any bit as good as Shawshank. Yes 1994 had some excellent quality films but 1982 had much more than 1994. It was shear amazing that a year had such films that were of higher quality and were either excellent or very good. Never may we see such a year where it seemed that Hollywood was on top of it's game. I have to say The Beastmaster being an exception to that list but it was a low budget spoof on Conan type films and was entertaining and just silly. Last American Virgin was also funny but no Fast Times which still stands as the high school teen movie and is an excellent/quality comedy. I don't believe Rocky 3 is the best Rocky sequel (IMPO) but still good and entertaining. "Best Little Whorehouse In Texas", "Missing" and "Fanny and Alexander" were smaller films, but guess what, they to are actually very good or excellent. It just seemed that so many films from 1982 where just excellent or good. And what can we say about ...more

4 1939

The height of the Golden Age: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Stagecoach, Ninotchka, Gone with the Wind, Destry Rides Again, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Midnight, The Women, Wuthering Heights etc. Unfortunately, too many people don't want to watch these because most of them are B&W. I used to have this prejudice, but after a few films I got over it.

Considering the quality of acting alone, no other decade comes within coooee of this era...Great special effects make modern movies, but the original stars were actors not support staff like modern era! The movies had a real story/plot. They relied on the quality of their actors and not the quality of their digital add ons...the music was the way the mood was set, not to mask the inadequacy of modern props(actors). After the war interrupted this era movies were lost and looking for a new birth...this has happened twice...1960s and 1980s...Oh well...we have a great catalogue to sustain us...

I am 75 and have been a movie fan for years. This was the best year ever when one considers acting used to be the most important part of a good movie.

No other year compares in my mind. 70 years later a lot of these movies are still held up as the greatest classics of all time

5 1984

Beverly Hills Cop, Ghostbusters, Police Academy, Gremlins, Indiana Jones Temple of Doom, Karate Kid, Revenge of the Nerds, The Terminator, Nightmare on Elm Street.. All of those movies went on to have numerous sequels.. plus Sixteen Candles, The Neverending Story, 2010, Splash, Purple Rain, Romancing the Stone, Footloose, The Natural.. all classics in their own right... plus Children of the Corn, Top Secret, Amadeus, The Last Starfighter, to name a few others that stick out... 1984 was hands down the most memorable year of movies in my lifetime & I was born in 1978. The top movies of this year all hold up pretty well 30-something years later.

Best year for movies.

Ghostbusters, The Terminator, Indiana Jones and the last crusade, Nightmare on elm street, Beverly Hills cop, and Gremlins

Best one by far through the late 80s all of the 90s and most of the 2000 it was showing repeatedly on different Networks

6 1975

Also I better not forget Barry Lyndon, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Dog Day Afternoon.

7 2012

We had in 2012 Earth's mightiest heroes under one roof, the return of 007, the farewell of Batman and the welcome arrival of the Star Crossed Lovers from District 12.

The odds were definitely in the favour of Jennifer Lawrence in 2012.

Also had tdkr, avengers, linchon, silver lingings playbook Argo, life of pi, shanti unchained and everything else said

The Avengers, Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall and An Unexpected Journey

8 2019

Avengers endgame, spiderman far from home, captain marvel, toy story 4, how to train your dragon 3, lego movie 2,shazam! and some movies that will probably be good, frozen 2, rise of skywalker, maybe spies in disguise I don't know.

King of the mosters and alita came out this year

This was a improvement over the last few years, wouldn’t say it’s the best year though


9 2014

Birdman, Whiplash, Boyhood, Ex Machina, Grand Budapest Hotel, Gone Girl, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, Nightcrawler, Foxcatcher, Selma, Fury, and Interstellar for the cinema fans.

But action fans weren't left wanting either with Edge of Tomorrow, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America Winter Soldier, X Men Days of Future Past, and The Equalizer.

And on top of that it even delivered great animated films: Big Hero 6, Lego Movie, and How To Train Your Dragon 2. And it even had good romance and comedy movies.

This was a year that delivered near perfection in all aspects. Unquestionably the best year in film.

Greatest year in movie history in my opinion! 2 super films - hotel grand budapest and interstellar, and several great ones like whiplash, wild tales, edge of tomorrow, gone girl, what we do in the shadows, imitation game and others

Hard to have a better year than this one

3rd Best year at least

10 1993

Schindler's list, Jurassic park, True romance, A Bronx tale, Falling down, Groundhog day, The Fugitive, Carlito's way...

Jurassic Park was the best!

No other year can compare.

Jurassic park and schindlers list. This really was Spielbergs year.

The Contenders
11 1976

Taxi Driver, Rocky, Carrie, A Star Is Born, the list goes on.

12 2008

Dare Knight, Tropic thunder, You don't mess with the zohan, Wall E, Iron man

Why so serious?

Iron Man and Dark Knight

13 1980

Add Airplane! and Stir Crazy to that list.

Number 1 comedy,sports movie and sequel in same year

Empire Strikes Back
Raging Bull
The shining
Friday the 13th

14 2018 2018 (MMXVIII) is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2018th year of the Common Era (CE), the 9th year of the 2010s decade, the 18th year of the 21st century, and the 18th year of the 3rd millennium.

Ocean's 8, Christopher Robin, The Nutcracker & the Four Realms

One of the best yers for movies, Infinity war, spiderverse were very good movies

Incredibles 2 forever

Black Panther, Peter Rabbit, Avengers Infinity War, A Wrinkle in Time, Ready Player One

15 2007

At least 40 good to great movies that year, with a lot of variety in genres. Funny movies, action movies, incredible dramas. In Bruges is an excellent movie and is barely in the top 10 films of the year.

No Country For Old Men, There Will Be Blood, Juno, Atonement, La Vie en Rose, Zodiac, Superbad. I mean how can you go wrong with this list.

So many good movies with Adam Sandler and one of my favorite all time animated films ratatouille.

No Country and There Will Be Blood are the best movies this century. Zodiac is amazing as well

16 2004

Mean Girls, 13 Going on 30, Spider-Man 2, Incredibles, The Day After Tomorrow, Shrek 2, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Troy, The Notebook, Ocean's Twelve, Catwoman, Dawn of the Dead, Saw, The Butterfly Effect, Mindhunters, King Arthur, The Girl Next Door, The Aviator, Finding Neverland, Million Dollar Baby.

Incredibles, Spiderman 2, Shrek 2, and Spongebob movie

17 1962

The top rated year, 1994 has one of the voters listing "Santa Clause, Little Rascals and The Flinstones Movie"...what? In addition to Lawrence and To Kill a Mockingbird, two of the great movies of all time, 1962 gave us Days of Wine and Roses, Exterminating Angel, Jules and Jim, Long Days Journey Into Night, Cleo From 5 to 7, Billy Budd, Loneliness of a Long Distance Runner, Knife in the Water, and for pure entertainment, Cary Grant and Doris Day in That Touch of Mink, as well as two Elvis movies -- Kid Galahad and Girls! Girls!, GIrls! The Flintstones Movie isn't fit to sell popcorn to any of the above listed movies.

Lawrence of Arabia, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Longest Day, The Miracle Worker, Birdman of Alcatraz, Cape Fear, Dr. No, Gypsy, How the West Was Won, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and of course King Kong v. Godzilla...I mean, come on!

Alien, Apocalypse Now, Mad Max, Star Trek, The Jerk, Amityville, And Justice For All.Lawrence of Arabia, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Longest Day, The Miracle Worker, Birdman of Alcatraz, Cape Fear, Dr. No, Gypsy, How the West Was Won, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.

18 1979

Alien, Apocalypse Now, Mad Max, Star Trek, The Jerk, Amityville, And Justice For All.

19 1977

great year with movies like E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, First Blood, Gandhi, Blade Runner, Poltergeist

Star Wars, Sorcerer, Winnie the Pooh, Eraserhead, The Goodbye Girl

Saturday Night Fever, Star Wars, Smokey & The Bandit, Close Encounters of a Third Kind, Slap Shot, The Gauntlet, Black Sunday, Annie Hall, The Goodbye Girl, Airport '77, Semi-Tough, Pumping Iron, The Spy Who Loved Me, Winnie the Pooh

20 2011

On Stranger Tides, A Game of Shadows, Hangover part 2 and The Inbetweeners movie

Tree of Life, The Artist, Hugo, The Help

21 1967

This year is such overlooked you have In the heat of the night, guess who's coming to dinner, bonnie and clyde, The graduate, In cold blood, bull it, the dirty dozen, and one my personal all time favorites Cool hand luke. You got the last Sean Connery bond film with you only live twice the bond spoof of casino royale. This year was stacked.

Cool hand Luke, the graduate, heat of the night, Bonnie and Clyde, guess who is coming to dinner. My typing finger is getting tired.

Great excape, bull it,cat ballet,

The Dirty Dozen

22 2010

Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp's Alice in Wonderland was unleashed and gave way for a whole load of big budget fairytale movies since.

Inception, Shutter Island, The Social Network

Iron Man 2, The Expendables and Jackass 3D

23 1997

Nil By Mouth. End of discussion here really. But to bulk the claim...
Liar Liar
Could go on!

The titanic is the best movie of all time

Titanic is the best film of all time.

Titanic "BEST" movie of all time!

24 1986

Platoon, Big Trouble in Little China, Stand By Me, Aliens, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Lucas, The Fly, The Hitcher etc. Brilliant year, followed closely by 1962.

25 2006

The Departed, The Devil Wear Prada, Cars, Borat, Children Of Men, Superman Returns, The Holiday, Silent Hill, Final Destination 3, The Good Shepherd and a million more

Cars,final destation 3 and scary movie

Borat, Dead Man'd Chest and Casino Royale

The departed

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