A Critical History Of Film By Letterboxd: 1874-2021

A companion list to my popular history, this list marks the film with the highest average rating in each year recorded on Letterboxd going from Janssen to beyond. Will be working on further annotations as I go along.

A quick comment on the presence of TV Series on this list: While I personally feel that Feature Films and TV Series are fundamentally different cinematic forms, one could say the same thing about Feature Films and the early shorts by Dickson and Méliès. If I include those on the list, I feel TV is fair game. If you don't agree, the Feature Film is listed in the notes on that year. With the exception of the Godfather Epic and The Human…

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  • Passage of Venus
  • Sallie Gardner at a Gallop
  • The Magic Rosette
  • Athlete Swinging a Pick
  • Buffalo Running
  • Human Figure in Motion
  • L'homme machine
  • Child Bringing Bouquet to Woman
  • The Kiss
  • Roundhay Garden Scene
  • Hyde Park Corner
  • Mosquinha
  • The Wave
  • Poor Pierrot
  • Blacksmith Scene
  • Caicedo (with Pole)
  • Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory
  • The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat
  • An Irritable Model
  • Something Good - Negro Kiss
  • Le conférencier distrait
  • A Trip Through Paris, France in The 1890s
  • The Man with the Rubber Head
  • A Trip to the Moon
  • The Kingdom of the Fairies
  • The Impossible Voyage
  • The Black Imp
  • The Consequences of Feminism
  • The House of Ghosts
  • The Execution of Dorrego
  • A Corner in Wheat
  • The Grand Duke's Tour
  • New York 1911
  • The Cameraman's Revenge
  • Fantômas
  • Gertie the Dinosaur
  • Les Vampires
  • Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages
  • A Man There Was
  • A Dog's Life
  • I Accuse
  • One Week
  • The Kid
  • Häxan
  • Safety Last!
  • Sherlock, Jr.
  • The Gold Rush
  • The General
  • Napoleon
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • Man with a Movie Camera
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • City Lights
  • Trouble in Paradise
  • The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
  • It Happened One Night
  • The Bride of Frankenstein
  • Modern Times
  • Make Way for Tomorrow
  • Bringing Up Baby
  • The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum
  • The Great Dictator
  • Citizen Kane
  • Casablanca
  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
  • Double Indemnity
  • Children of Paradise
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Out of the Past
  • The Red Shoes
  • Late Spring
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Early Summer
  • Ikiru
  • Tokyo Story
  • Seven Samurai
  • Pather Panchali
  • Night and Fog
  • 12 Angry Men
  • Vertigo
  • The Human Condition I: No Greater Love
  • Le Trou
  • The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer
  • Harakiri
  • High and Low
  • Woman in the Dunes
  • Red Beard
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • The Young Girls of Rochefort
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • The Beatles on the Rooftop
  • The Land
  • The House in the Woods
  • The Godfather
  • The World at War
  • The Godfather: Part II
  • Mirror
  • Harlan County U.S.A.
  • The Ascent
  • Autumn Sonata