Inspired by everyone and by @gwcoffey. If that old guy can do it, I guess THIS old guy can do it too. (Note: I'm up to 1990 and it's taking forever!) (Another Note: Phew! Two hours later and I'm done!)
  1. 1962 - Lawrence of Arabia
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    The definition of epic.
  2. 1963 - The Birds
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    Bonus: Filmed near where I grew up so my older brother would always point out film locations when we drove out to Bodega Bay
  3. 1964 - Dr Strangelove
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    Mary Poppins and A Hard Day's Night a close second/third
  4. 1965 - For A Few Dollars More
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    Not a great year for films unless you love The Sound of Music or Dr Zhivago
  5. 1966 - Pass
    A worse year for movies.
  6. 1967 - The Jungle Book
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    The very first film I saw in a theater. I was five. Saw it twice with my brother. (The Graduate is my grown up favorite)
  7. 1968 - Planet of the Apes
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    I saw Oliver in theaters (my first live action film), but I watched Planet of the Apes bunches of time on TV.
  8. 1969 - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
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    One of my favorite films ever. Saw it in first release and saw it again a few months ago on the big screen. And dozens of times in-between.
  9. 1970 - Airport
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    Bring on the disaster movies!
  10. 1971 - Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
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    I was 9. I was the target audience. And I'd actually read the book first! And I was shocked to see Wonka candy in the candy case at the theater. Amazing!
  11. 1972 - The Godfather
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    I didn't see it until I got to college 10 years later... But it's a masterpiece.
  12. 1973 - American Grafitti
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    Kicked off the Happy Days frenzy... Pre Indy/Solo Harrison Ford, too!
  13. 1974 - Young Frankenstein
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    Blazing Saddles is a close second. Chinatown is also excellent.
  14. 1975 - Monty Python and the Holy Grail
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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Return of the Pink Panther I also like.
  15. 1976 - Silver Steak
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    Wilder and Pryor edge out Sellers in another Pink Panther movie.
  16. 1977 - Star Wars
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    Of course. Saw it in theaters in high school. But also: Annie Hall, Close Encounters, High Anxiety, Oh God!, Saturday Night Fever.
  17. 1978 - Heaven Can Wait
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    At the time, it was my favorite. Now maybe Revenge of the Pink Panther? Or Animal House?
  18. 1979 - Breaking Away
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    A bike racing movie! The Muppet Movie was also excellent. And Alien.
  19. 1980 - Airplane!
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    Just kidding, but a story: my buddies and I saw it several times in the theater, because when we saw The Gong Show Movie (yes! Really!) the preview for Airplane! made us laugh so hard. And it is (was?) very funny to high school me.
  20. 1980 - The Empire Strikes Back
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    For reals.
  21. 1981 - Raiders of the Lost Ark
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    It really was a different kind of movie. When we first saw it in theaters the non-stop action and humor were a new combination of fun. Chariots of Fire is also high on my list. And Stripes.
  22. 1982 - Fast Times at Ridgemont High
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    Duuuuude. The film closest to my actual high school experience in time and location and music.
  23. 1983 - Valley Girl
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    Impossible to choose over War Games. Mr. Mom. The Big Chill. Return of the Jedi. Vacation. Flashdance. Risky Business. But I did.
  24. 1984 - This Is Spinal Tap
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    It's one louder than Ghostbusters and Footloose.
  25. 1985 - Back to the Future
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    Again: barely over Breakfast Club and Pee-Wee's Big Adventure and Weird Science
  26. 1986 - Ferris Bueller's Day Off
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  27. 1987 - The Princess Bride
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    As you wish.
  28. 1988 - Beetlejuice
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    Or Big. Or A Fish Called Wanda.
  29. 1989 - Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
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    Field of Dreams a very close second.
  30. 1990 - Total Recall
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  31. 1991 - Thelma and Louise
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    Barton Fink would be second.
  32. 1992 - Wayne's World
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    Party on!
  33. 1993 - Groundhog Day
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    Harold Ramis was a genius.
  34. 1994 - Forest Gump
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    Sorry Pulp Fiction.
  35. 1995 - Toy Story
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    The computer graphics at the time were unbelievable. Apollo 13 is also excellent.
  36. 1996 - Fargo
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    Marge.
  37. 1997 - The Fifth Element
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  38. 1998 - Rushmore
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    I'd also watch Saving Private Ryan or The Truman Show.
  39. 1999 - Being John Malkovich
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    Notting Hill is also a favorite.
  40. 2000 - Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
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    Such a great film. I'd also watch High Fidelity and Cast Away. And The Emperor's New Groove.
  41. 2000 - O Brother, Where Art Thou
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    Yes I'm cheating and taking a mulligan. Because this may be the most perfect film ever.
  42. 2001 - Zoolander
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    Moulin Rouge! A Beautiful Mind. Saving Silverman! But I own Zoolander.
  43. 2002 - About A Boy
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    Bubba Ho-Tep is my cult favorite of the year.
  44. 2003 - Elf
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    Love Actually is a distant second.
  45. 2004 - Shaun of the Dead
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    Or Mean Girls. Or Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. Maybe The Incredibles.
  46. 2005 - King Kong
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    Again, for the year, the computer FX were amazing. Serenity would also be near the top.
  47. 2006 - Children of Men
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    Or The Prestige. Little Miss Sunshine would also be up there.
  48. 2007 - Juno
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    Or Hot Fuzz? Maybe No Country for Old Men? (My taste is all over the place, eh?). Definitely Juno.
  49. 2008 - Be Kind Rewind
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    Sleeper choice. I loved this film and need to watch it again to see if I like it more than Tropic Thunder or In Bruges.
  50. 2009 - Fantastic Mister Fox
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    District 9 was also very excellent. And 500 Days of Summer. And A Single Man. and A Serious Man. And Up. And Up In The Air. (THIS IS HARD PEOPLE!)
  51. 2010 - Scott Pilgrim vs The World
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    Another nearly perfect film.
  52. 2011 - The Artist
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    Love love love it. (Maybe Midnight in Paris some days?)
  53. 2012 - Moonrise Kingdom
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  54. 2013 - Her
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    Originally I had Inside Llewyn Davis. Also: The Way Way Back.
  55. 2014 - Grand Budapest Hotel
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    Big Hero 6? Citizenfour? Boyhood? Birdman?
  56. 2015 - Ex Machina
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    But I'm still catching up on a lot of the year-end films that are just getting to stream or DVD. I also loved the new Star Wars film.
  57. 2016 - Don't Think Twice
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    Replacing Hail, Caesar which was here when I first published. Hunt for the Wilderpeople would be close second.
  58. Thanks for reading this far. A bonus list...
    My 10 favorite films of all time from a few months ago (and they are all listed above! Win!): https://li.st/l/4lyM41DgFcAOuXBvypCnCT