The Best Films of 2018

Written by Mike Lyon on April 16th, 2019

1. Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Bi Gan, China)

2. Touch Me Not (Adina Pintilie, Germany)

3. High Life (Claire Denis, France)

4. Manta Ray (Phuttiphong Aroonpheng, Thailand)

5. Hotel by the River (Hong Sang-soo, South Korea)

6. An Elephant Sitting Still (Hu Bo, China)

7. Shoplifters (Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan)

8. Burning (Lee Chang-dong, South Korea)

9. Cold War (Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland)

10. Holiday (Isabella Eklöf, Denmark)

The Best Films of 2017

Written by Mike Lyon on December 31st, 2017

1. Félicité (Alain Gomis, France / Senegal)

2. Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino, Italy)

3. On the Beach at Night Alone (Hong Sang-soo, South Korea)

4. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos, Greece)

5. Blade of the Immortal (Takashi Miike, Japan)

6. Loveless (Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia)

7. The Square – (Ruben Östlund, Sweden)

8. The Other Side of Hope (Aki Kaurismäki, Finland)

9. Dunkirk (Christopher Nolan, UK)

10. Double Lover (François Ozon, France)

The Best Films of 2016

Written by Mike Lyon on January 6th, 2017

1. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, Germany)

2. American Honey (Andrea Arnold, United Kingdom)

3. Aquarius (Kleber Mendonça Filho, Brazil)

4. After the Storm (Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan)

5. The Red Turtle (Michael Dudok de Wit, Netherlands)

6. Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt, United States)

7. The Handmaiden (Park Chan-wook, South Korea)

8. Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve, France)

9. We Are the Flesh (Emiliano Rocha Minter, Mexico)

10. Aloys (Tobias Nölle, Switzerland)

The Best Films of 2015

Written by Mike Lyon on December 29th, 2015

1. Cemetery of Splendour (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand)

2. Love (Gaspar Noé, France)

3. The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan)

4. Chi-Raq (Spike Lee, United States)

5. Mustang (Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Turkey)

6. Taxi (Jafar Panahi, Iran)

7. Office (Johnnie To, Hong Kong)

8. The Forbidden Room (Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson, Canada)

9. Yakuza Apocalypse (Takashi Miike, Japan)

10. Crumbs (Miguel Llansó, Ethiopia)

The Best Films of 2014

Written by Mike Lyon on January 4th, 2015

1. Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard, France)

2. Li’l Quinquin (Bruno Dumont, France)

3. Still the Water (Naomi Kawase, Japan)

4. Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey)

5. The Midnight After (Fruit Chan, Hong Kong)

6. Boyhood (Richard Linklater, United States)

7. The Babadook (Jennifer Kent, Australia)

8. Gone Girl (David Fincher, United States)

9. To Kill a Man (Alejandro Fernández Almendras, Chile)

10. Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg, Canada)

The Best Films of 2013

Written by Mike Lyon on December 31st, 2013

1. The Grandmaster (Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong)

2. Before Midnight (Richard Linklater, United States)

3. The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino, Italy)

4. Camille Claudel 1915 (Bruno Dumont, France)

5. Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn, Denmark)

6. Stranger by the Lake (Alain Guiraudie, France)

7. Paradise: Hope (Ulrich Seidl, Austria)

8. Bastards (Claire Denis, France)

9. Yokomichi Yonosuke (Shuichi Okita, Japan)

10. Side Effects (Steven Soderbergh, United States)

The Best Films of 2012

Written by Mike Lyon on November 30th, 2013

1. Wolf Children (Mamoru Hosoda, Japan)

2. Amour (Michael Haneke, Austria)

3. Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow, United States)

4. Barbara (Christian Petzold, Germany)

5. Vulgaria (Pang Ho-cheung, Hong Kong)

6. Tabu (Miguel Gomes, Portugal)

7. Killing Them Softly (Andrew Dominik, United States)

8. Holy Motors (Leos Carax, France)

9. Cosmopolis (David Cronenberg, Canada)

10. Eega (S.S. Rajamouli, India)

The Best Films of 2011

Written by Mike Lyon on January 2nd, 2012

1. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, United States)

2. A Separation (Asghar Farhadi, Iran)

3. Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen, United States)

4. We Need to Talk About Kevin (Lynne Ramsay, United Kingdom)

5. Wu Xia (Peter Chan, Hong Kong)

6. Guilty of Romance (Sion Sono, Japan)

7. The Turin Horse (Béla Tarr, Hungary)

8. Pina (Wim Wenders, Germany)

9. Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn, United States)

10. Melancholia (Lars von Trier, Denmark)

The Best Films of 2010

Written by Mike Lyon on January 1st, 2011

1. Enter the Void (Gaspar Noé, France)

2. I Am Love (Luca Guadagnino, Italy)

3. Carlos (Olivier Assayas, France)

4. White Material (Claire Denis, France)

5. The Social Network (David Fincher, United States)

6. Restrepo (Tim Hetherington & Sebastian Junger, United States)

7. Hahaha! (Hong Sang-soo, South Korea)

8. Outrage (Takeshi Kitano, Japan)

9. Winter’s Bone (Debra Granik, United States)

10. Alamar (Pedro González-Rubio, Mexico)

The Best Films of 2009

Written by Mike Lyon on January 22nd, 2010

1. Two Lovers (James Gray, United States)

2. Summer Wars (Mamoru Hosoda, Japan)

3. Vengeance (Johnnie To, Hong Kong)

4. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson, United States)

5. Antichrist (Lars von Trier, Denmark)

6. Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, United States)

7. Love Exposure (Sion Sono, Japan)

8. Mother (Bong Joon-ho, South Korea)

9. The Limits of Control (Jim Jarmusch, United States)

10. Like You Know It All (Hong Sang-soo, South Korea)

For the second year in a row my results have been tabulated along with a panel of my contemporaries courtesy of Michael Anderson at Ten Best Films; please check it out!