BEST FILMS OF 2003

Lost in Translation

1. Lost In Translation
Sofia Coppola, U.S.

Mystic River

2. Mystic River
Clint Eastwood, U.S.

Elephant

3. Elephant
Gus Van Sant, U.S.

Kill Bill Volume 1

4. Kill Bill Volume One
Quentin Tarantino, U.S.

American Splendor

5. American Splendor
Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini, U.S.

The Fog of War

6. The Fog of War
Errol Morris, U.S.

Lord of the Rings

7. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Peter Jackson, U.S.

Capturing the Friedmans

8. Capturing the Friedmans
Andrew Jarecki, U.S.

The Son

9. The Son
Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Belgium

The Man Without a Past

10. The Man Without a Past
Aki Kaurismäki, Finland

Demonlover

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Olivier Assayas, France

Unknown Pleasures

12. Unknown Pleasures
Jia Zhangke, China

Ten

13. Ten
Abbas Kiarostami, Iran

School of Rock

14. School of Rock
Richard Linklater, U.S.

Spider

15. Spider
David Cronenberg, Canada/U.K.

Finding Nemo

16. Finding Nemo
Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich, U.S.

Master and Commander

17. Master and Commander:
The Far Side of the World

Peter Weir, U.S.

Bus 174

18. Bus 174
José Padilha, Brazil

To Be and To Have

19. To Be and To Have
Nicolas Philibert, France

Platform

20. Platform
Jia Zhangke, China

Spellbound

21. Spellbound
Jeffrey Blitz, U.S.

City of God

22. City of God
Fernando Meirelles, Brazil

Dirty Pretty Things

23. Dirty Pretty Things
Stephen Frears, U.K.

21 Grams

24. 21 Grams
Alejandro González Inárritu, U.S.

Irreversible

25. Irreversible
Gaspar Noé, France

In America

26. In America
Jim Sheridan, Ireland/U.K.

La Commune Paris, 1871

27. La Commune Paris, 1871
Peter Watkins, France

Raising Victor Vargas

28. Raising Victor Vargas
Peter Sollett, U.S.

All the Real Girls

29. All the Real Girls
David Gordon Green, U.S.

The Triplets of Belleville

30. The Triplets of Belleville
Sylvain Chomet, France

Love and Diane

31. Love and Diane
Jennifer Dworkin, U.S.

Lilya-4-Ever

32. Lilya 4-Ever
Lukas Moodysson, Sweden

Sweet Sixteen

33. Sweet Sixteen
Ken Loach, U.K.

In this World

34. In This World
Michael Winterbottom, U.K.

28 days later

35. 28 Days Later
Danny Boyle, U.K.

Friday Night

36. Friday Night
Claire Denis, France

Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary

37. Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary
Guy Maddin, Canada

The Magdalene Sisters

38. The Magdalene Sisters
Peter Mullen, Ireland

Cold Mountain

39. Cold Mountain
Anthony Minghella, U.S.

The Secret Lives of Dentists

40. The Secret Lives of Dentists
Alan Rudolph, U.S.

The Weather Underground

41. The Weather Underground
Sam Green, Bill Siegel, U.S.

Pistol Opera

42. Pistol Opera
Seijun Suzuki, Japan

A Mighty Wind

43. A Mighty Wind
Christopher Guest, U.S.

The Man on the Train

44. The Man on the Train
Patrice Leconte, France

Japon

45. Japón
Carlos Reygadas, Mexico/Germany

Chi-hwa-seon

46. Chi-hwa-seon
Im Kwon-taek, South Korea

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47. The Good Thief
Neil Jordan, Ireland/U.K./France

Bad Santa

48. Bad Santa
Terry Zwigoff, U.S.

Divine Intervention

49. Divine Intervention
Elia Suleiman, Palestine

Whale Rider

50. Whale Rider
Niki Caro, New Zealand

BEST UNRELEASED FILMS OF 2003

1. Goodbye Dragon Inn
Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan

2. Crimson Gold
Jafar Panahi, Iran

3. Dogville
Lars von Trier, Denmark

4. Distant
Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey

5. Bright Leaves
Ross McElwee, U.S.

6. The Saddest Music in the World
Guy Maddin, Canada

7. Good Morning, Night
Marco Bellocchio, Italy

8. S21: Khmer Rouge Killing Machine
Rithy Panh, Cambodia/France

9. Since Otar Left
Julie Bertucelli, France/Georgia

10. The Story of Marie and Julien
Jacques Rivette, Japan

11. Coffee and Cigarettes
Jim Jarmusch, U.S.

12. The Best of Youth
Marco Tullio Giordana, Italy
(tieZatoichi
Takeshi Kitano, Japan

13. Los Angeles Plays Itself
Thom Anderson, U.S.

14. The Brown Bunny
Vincent Gallo, U.S.

15. Raja
Jacques Doillon, France

16. Springtime in a Small Town
Tian Zhuangzhuang, China

17. The Return
Andrei Zvyagintsev, Russia 

(tie) Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter & Spring
Ki-duk Kim, South Korea

18. Vibrator
Ryuichi Hiroki, Japan

19. Turning Gate
Hong Sang-soo, South Korea

20. Young Adam
David Mackenzie, U.K.

21. Funny Ha Ha
Andrew Bujalski, U.S.

22. Time of the Wolf
Michael Haneke, Austria

23. An Injury to One
Travis Wilkerson, U.S.

24. Blissfully Yours
Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand

25. The Five Obstructions
Jorgen Leth and Lars von Trier, Denmark

Participants: John Anderson, David Ansen, Nicole Armour, Paul Arthur, Mike Atkinson, Marjorie Baumgarten, John Caps, Michael Chaiken, Chris Chang, Godfrey Cheshire, Travis Crawford, Edward E. Crouse, Gary Crowdus, Mike D'Angelo, Manohla Dargis, Hazel-Dawn Dumpert, Justine Elias, FX Feeney, Scott Foundas, Chris Fujiwara, Graham Fuller, Susan Gerhard, Larry Gross, Tom Gunning, Ernest Hardy, Dennis Harvey, James Harvey, Elizabeth Helfgott, J. Hoberman, Robert Horton, Gary Indiana, Harlan Jacobson, Kent Jones, Kristin Jones, Dave Kehr, Lisa Kennedy, Glenn Kenny, Sarah Kerr, Stuart Klawans, Michael Koresky, Nathan Lee, Dennis Lim, Phillip Lopate, Alice Lovejoy, Tim Lucas, Cynthia Lucia, Guy Maddin, Greil Marcus, Todd McCarthy, Maitland McDonagh, Wesley Morris, Chris Norris, Geoffrey O'Brien, Mark Olsen, Gerald Peary, Richard Peña, Mark Peranson, Tony Pipolo, Richard Porton, Alissa Quart, Rachel Rosen, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Paul Schrader, Lisa Schwarzbaum, Gavin Smith, Roger Smith, Gregory Solman, Christine Spines, Chuck Stephens, David Sterritt, Bob Strauss, Erik Syngle, Amy Taubin, Anne Thompson, Desson Thomson, Joumane Trad, Kenneth Turan, Giulia D'agnolo Vallan, David Walsh, Armond White, Mike Wilmington, Tom Zummer.