No Country for Old Men

1. No Country for Old Men
Joel & Ethan Coen, U.S.

There Will be Blood

2. There Will Be Blood
P.T. Anderson, U.S.


3. Zodiac
David Fincher, U.S.

Syndromes and a Century

4. Syndromes and a Century
Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand/Austria/France

I'm Not There

5. I’m Not There
Todd Haynes, U.S./Germany

Killer of Sheep

6. Killer of Sheep
Charles Burnett, U.S.

Lady Chatterley

7. Lady Chatterley
Pascale Ferran, France/Belgium

Eastern Promises

8. Eastern Promises
David Cronenberg, U.K./Canada

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

9. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Cristian Mungiu, Romania

Colossal Youth

10.  Colossal Youth
Pedro Costa, France/Portugal/Switzerland

The Lives of Others

11. The Lives of Others
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Germany

Black Book

12. Black Book
Paul Verhoeven, Netherlands/Germany/Belgium

Michael Clayton

13. Michael Clayton
Tony Gilroy, U.S.

No End in Sight

14. No End in Sight
Charles Ferguson, U.S.

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

15. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
Sidney Lumet, U.S.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

16. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Julian Schnabel, France/U.S.

Away from Her

17. Away from Her
Sarah Polley, Canada


18. Offside
Jafar Panahi, Iran

I Don't Want to Sleep Alone

19. I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone
Tsai Ming-liang, Malaysia/China/Taiwan/France/Austria

Private Fears in Public Places

20. Private Fears in Public Places
Alain Resnais, France/Italy


1. Silent Light
Carlos Reygadas, Mexico/France/Netherlands

2. Flight of the Red Balloon
Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan/France

3. Paranoid Park
Gus Van Sant, France/U.S.*

4. Secret Sunshine
Lee Chang-dong, South Korea*

5. My Winnipeg
Guy Maddin, Canada

6. Useless
Jia Zhang-Ke, China/Hong Kong*

7. Still Life
Jia Zhang-Ke, China/Hong Kong*

8. In the City of Sylvia
José Luis Guerín, Spain*

9. The Last Mistress
Catherine Breillat, France/Italy

10. The Romance of Astrée and Céladon
Eric Rohmer, France/Italy/Spain*

11. The Duchess of Langeais
Jacques Rivette, France/Germany

12. Alexandra Alexander
Sokurov, France/Russia

13. The Unforeseen
Laura Dunn, U.S.

14. Go Go Tales
Abel Ferrara, Italy/U.S.

15. Battle for Haditha
Nick Broomfield, U.K.*

16. Mister Lonely
Harmony Korine, U.K./France/Ireland/U.S.

17. The Pool
Chris Smith, U.S.*

18. George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead
George A. Romero, U.S.

19. Chop Shop
Ramin Bahrani, U.S.

20. Encounters at the End of the World
Werner Herzog, U.S.

(tie) Profit motive and the whispering wind
John Gianvito, U.S.