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Film Comment’s End of Year Critics’ Poll 2005

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110 years after Employees Leaving the Lumière Factory, a ranking of 2005's best films

BEST FILMS OF 2005
(Released theatrically in the U.S.)

1. A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, U.S.) 775 points
2. 2046 (Wong Kar Wai, China/Hong Kong/France) 668
3. Kings and Queen (Arnaud Desplechin, France) 549
4. Caché/Hidden (Michael Haneke, France/Austria/Germany/Italy) 501
5. Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog, U.S./Canada) 490
6. The Squid and the Whale (Noah Baumbach, U.S.) 474
7. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, U.S.) 470
8. Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand) 458
9. The World (Jia Zhangke, China) 401
10. Capote (Bennett Miller, U.S.) 384
11. Good Night, And Good Luck. (George Clooney, U.S.) 330
12. The Holy Girl (Lucrecia Martel, Argentina) 314
13. Saraband (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden) 289
14. Land of the Dead (George Romero, U.S.) 276
15. Head-On (Fatih Akin, Germany/Turkey) 259
16. Last Days (Gus Van Sant, U.S.) 256
17. Munich (Steven Spielberg, U.S.) 251
18. The Intruder (Claire Denis, France) 223
19. Me and You and Everyone We Know (Miranda July, U.S.) 217
20. Syriana (Stephen Gaghan, U.S.) 208
21. Match Point (Woody Allen, U.K./U.S.) 203
22. Café Lumière (Hou Hsiao-hsien, Japan/Taiwan) 196
23. Kung Fu Hustle (Stephen Chow, China/Hong Kong) 195
24. Paradise Now (Abu-Assad, Netherlands/Israel/Germany/France) 195
25. The New World (Terrence Malick, U.S.) 190
26. Mysterious Skin (Gregg Araki, U.S.) 185
27. Howl's Moving Castle (Hayao Miyazaki, Japan) 170
28. Breakfast on Pluto (Neil Jordan, Ireland/U.K.) 164
29. Junebug (Phil Morrison, U.S.) 154
30. Keane (Lodge Kerrigan, U.S.) 146
31. The Beat That My Heart Skipped (Jacques Audiard, France) 139
32. The Constant Gardener (Fernando Meirelles, U.K./Germany) 138
33. Nobody Knows (Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan) 135
34. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Nick Park & Steve Box, U.K./U.S.) 129
35. Darwin's Nightmare (Hubert Sauper, France/Austria/Belgium) 129
36. Oldboy (Park Chan-wook, South Korea) 127
37. Batman Begins (Christopher Nolan, U.S.) 127
38. Turtles Can Fly (Bahman Ghobadi, Iraq/Iran) 127
39. Broken Flowers (Jim Jarmusch, U.S./France) 126
40. Downfall (Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany) 126
41. Sin City (Robert Rodriguez, U.S.) 123
42. Look at Me (Agnès Jaoui, France) 120
43. The Best of Youth (Marco Tullio Giordana, Italy) 116
44. Good Morning, Night (Marco Bellocchio, Italy) 115
45. My Summer of Love (Pawel Pawlikowski, U.K.) 114
46. Pride and Prejudice (Joe Wright, U.S./U.K.) 113
47. War of the Worlds (Steven Spielberg, U.S.) 111
48. King Kong (Peter Jackson, U.S.) 110
49. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (Tommy Lee Jones, U.S./France) 109
50. No Direction Home (Martin Scorsese, U.S.) 97

 

 

Participants: Sam Adams, John Anderson, Melissa Anderson, Steve Anker, David Ansen, Tim Appelo, Nicole Armour, Paul Arthur, Michael Atkinson, Marjorie Baumgarten, Michael Chaiken, Chris Chang, Tom Charity, Godfrey Cheshire, Gary Crowdus, Giulia D’Agnollo-Vallan, Mike D’Angelo, David Fear, F.X. Feeney, Scott Foundas, Chris Fujiwara, Graham Fuller, Roger Garcia, Larry Gross, Dennis Harvey, Molly Haskell, Grady Hendrix, Logan Hill, J. Hoberman, Robert Horton, Johnny Ray Huston, Harlan Jacobson, Kent Jones, Kristin M. Jones, Dave Kehr, Glenn Kenny, Laura Kern, Stuart Klawans, Robert Koehler, Michael Koresky, Nathan Lee, Dennis Lim, Phillip Lopate, Alice Lovejoy, Tim Lucas, Cynthia Lucia, Scott Macaulay, Guy Maddin, Greil Marcus, Todd McCarthy, Mark McElhatten, Wesley Morris, Rob Nelson, Chris Norris, Geoffrey O’Brien, Mark Olsen, Mark Peranson, Tony Pipolo, Richard Porton, John Powers, James Quandt, Alissa Quart, Nicolas Rapold, Bérénice Reynaud, Howard A. Rodman, Joshua Rothkopf, Andrew Sarris, Richard Schickel, Paul Schrader, Lisa Schwarzbaum, Gavin Smith, Roger Smith, Vivian Sobchack, Bob Strauss, Jim Supanick, Amy Taubin, Desson Thomson, Kenneth Turan, Michael Wilmington, Donald Wilson

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