Inspired by @americson (Sentimental picks, not necessarily the "best" film of each year)
  1. (1982) E.T. the extra-terrestrial
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    My parents took me to see this with them when I was 3 months old. It later became the movie that made me fall in love with movies.
  2. (1983) The Outsiders
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    Growing up poor white trash in rural Texas like I did, this book and movie meant so much.
  3. (1984) Ghostbusters
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    The most difficult year to choose from. Runners-up: Gremlins, This Is Spinal Tap, The Terminator, The Karate Kid, Sixteen Candles.
  4. (1985) The Breakfast Club
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    Most-watched movie of my life. Close runner-up: Back to the Future.
  5. (1986) Big Trouble In Little China
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    The Jack Burton guarantee.
  6. (1987) The Lost Boys
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    Remains my favorite vampire movie.
  7. (1988) Die Hard
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    "Come out to the coast, we'll get together, have a few laughs..."
  8. (1989) Christmas Vacation
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    "the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse."
  9. (1990) My Blue Heaven
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    I wish there were 50 more Steve Martin/Ric Moranis comedies.
  10. (1991) Terminator 2: Judgement Day
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    Surprisingly deep year, but my memory of this looms largest.
  11. (1992) A Few Good Men
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    To his day it still sucks me in every time I come across it on TV.
  12. (1993) Jurassic Park
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    Saw it three times on opening day. Saw it in 3D during 20th Anniversary re-release. Have seen it many times in between and loved it every time.
  13. (1994) Leon: The Professional
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  14. (1995) The American President
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    Second Aaron Sorkin/Rob Reiner collaboration on this list. Clueless is a close runner up.
  15. (1996) Scream
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    I tracked down Kevin Williamson's original screenplay on the Internet and studied it like crazy.
  16. (1997) Grosse Pointe Blank
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    Plays against sentimental comedy tropes with a dark and quirky sensibility.
  17. (1998) Out of Sight
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    Sexy, sophisticated, smart, and funny. Runner-up: Rushmore.
  18. (1999) Office Space
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    My favorite year for movies ever. This endlessly re-watchable comedy never hits a false note. Too many runners-up to list. Probably a separate list to come for that.
  19. (2000) Best In Show
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    The apex of Christopher Guest's "mocku-mentery" genre. The underlying sweetness and honesty elevates it beyond mocking.
  20. (2001) The Royal Tenenbaums
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    Again I find myself appreciating a brilliant mix cynicism, whimsy, and heart.
  21. (2002) Chicago
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    A flawless movie musical.
  22. (2003) Love Actually
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    I'm just a sucker for it. No shame.
  23. (2004) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
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    Hurts how relevant this movie is in my life currently.
  24. (2005) Serenity
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    I'm a biased Joss Whedon super fan but still love this movie so much.
  25. (2006) Casino Royale
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    The move is reboot crazy, but this defacto James Bond restart ranks very high in my esteem.
  26. (2007) The King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters
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    Love a good underdog story.
  27. (2008) In Bruges
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    Wickedly funny and profane.
  28. (2009) The Hangover
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    Forget about the sequels, I will never forget how much O laughed and laughed the first several times I watched this.
  29. (2010) Scott Pilgrim vs The World
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    A frenzy of glorious geekery.
  30. (2011) Captain America: The First Avenger
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    The best origin story in the MCU.
  31. (2012) Marvel's The Avengers
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    Like a kid in a Candy store.
  32. (2013) The Way Way Back
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    Funny and honest.
  33. (2014) Whiplash
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    A fascinating battle of wills.
  34. (2015) Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
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    Lived up to and went beyond all expectations.