Social Network

The Facebook Movie was the big man on campus this year, part of an all-American top-five with Darren Aronofsky and Christopher Nolan’s respective mind-fornications, Debra Granik’s Ozarkodrama, and the Coens’ Old West tale of tween revenge. Readers bought into Banksy big-time (#11), embraced Southie accents for The Fighter (#18) and The Town (#22), and agreed with Oscar pundits that it’s good to be The King’s Speech (#9). Last issue’s critics’ poll winner, Carlos, was demoted to #6, but that’s still impressive for a five-and-a-half-hour epic—likewise for an ultra-late December steamy-depressive release Blue Valentine (#19). For each ballot, a first place choice was allotted 20 points, 19 for second, and so on. Click here for readers’ thoughts on their picks.

1. The Social Network David Fincher, U.S.

2. Winter’s Bone Debra Granik, U.S.

3. Black Swan Darren Aronofsky, U.S.

4. Inception Christopher Nolan, U.S.

5. True Grit Joel & Ethan Coen, U.S.

6. Carlos Olivier Assayas, France/Germany

7. The Ghost Writer Roman Polanski, France/Germany/U.K.

8. Toy Story 3 Lee Unkrich, U.S.

9. The King’s Speech Tom Hooper, U.K.

10. Shutter Island Martin Scorsese, U.S.

11. Exit Through the Gift Shop Banksy, U.K.

12. A Prophet Jacques Audiard, France/Italy

13. White Material Claire Denis, France

14. The Kids Are All Right Lisa Cholodenko, U.S.

15. Greenberg Noah Baumbach, U.S.

16. Dogtooth Yorgos Lanthimos, Greece

17. Another Year Mike Leigh, U.K.

18. The Fighter David O. Russell, U.S.

19. Blue Valentine Derek Cianfrance, U.S.

20. I Am Love Luca Guadagnino, Italy

21. Wild Grass Alain Resnais, France/Italy

22. The Town Ben Affleck, U.S.

23. Everyone Else Maren Ade, Germany

24. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Edgar Wright, U.S.

25. 127 Hours Danny Boyle, U.S.

26. Animal Kingdom David Michôd, Australia

27. Enter the Void Gaspar Noé, France

28. Fish Tank Andrea Arnold, U.K.

29. Please Give Nicole Holofcener, U.S.

30. Mother Bong Joon-ho, South Korea

31. Somewhere Sofia Coppola, U.S.

32. The American Anton Corbijn, U.S.

33. Inside Job Charles Ferguson, U.S.

34. Vincere Marco Bellocchio, Italy/France

35. The Illusionist Sylvain Chomet, U.K./France

36. The Strange Case of Angelica Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal/Spain/France/Brazil

37. Alamar Pedro González-Rubio, Mexico

38. Red Riding Trilogy Julian Jarrold, James Marsh & Anand Tucker, U.K.

39. Never Let Me Go Mark Romanek, U.K.

40. The Father of My Children Mia Hansen-Løve, France

41. Secret Sunshine Lee Chang-dong, South Korea

42. The Secret in Their Eyes Juan José Campanella, Spain/Argentina

43. Restrepo Tim Hetherington & Sebastian Junger, U.S.

44. Bluebeard Catherine Breillat, France

45. Trash Humpers Harmony Korine, U.S./U.K.

46. Let Me In Matt Reeves, U.S./U.K.

47. Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work Ricki Stern & Anne Sundberg, U.S.

48. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Niels Arden Oplev, Sweden

49. Cyrus Jay & Mark Duplass, U.S.

50. Sweetgrass Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Ilisa Barbash, U.S.