Inspired by you all this weekend. I won't say, in all cases: best/favorite/good. But a movie that's important to me for each year. Pack a lunch . . .
  1. 1975: Barry Lyndon
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    A lot of classics came out in '75. Jaws, Dog Day Afternoon, Nashville, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest were all nominated for best picture along with Barry Lyndon. But Barry Lyndon made me work for it.
  2. 1976: Taxi Driver
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  3. 1977: Saint Jack
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    Eraserhead, Slap Shot, you were thisclose . . .
  4. 1978: Halloween
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    Didn't see you there.
  5. 1979: Real Life
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    Ever see a movie that wasn't funny the first time, but by the 6th was the best comedy produced during your life?
  6. 1980: The Shining
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  7. 1981: Raiders of the Lost Ark
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    My first movie.
  8. 1982: The King of Comedy
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  9. 1983: Trading Places
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    One of my old trivia teams was called Feeling Good Louis.
  10. 1984: Blood Simple
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    Still my favorite Coen Bros.
  11. 1985: After Hours
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  12. 1986: Blue Velvet
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  13. 1987: Robocop
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  14. 1988: Married to the Mob
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  15. 1989: Lethal Weapon 2
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    This was a GREAT movie summer. Tim Burton's BATMAN, INDIANA JONES & THE LAST CRUSADE, WHEN HARY MET SALLY, FRIDAY THE 13th VIII: JASON TAKES MANHATTAN, I saw them all. My friend and I would ride our bikes to the movie theater and sneak into the R-rated ones. It's not that great a movie in retrospect, but I was sitting in LW2 when I had a vivid realization that I loved movies, and wanted to be part of making them somehow.
  16. 1990: Goodfellas
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  17. 1991: The Doors
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    I'd love to put SILENCE OF THE LAMBS or JFK here, but if I'm being real, to me and my high school friends, THE DOORS was THE movie at the time. Today it seems deeply silly despite stunning Robert Richardson photography and an uncanny Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison.
  18. 1992: Reservoir Dogs
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    More than any other time/movie pairing - even childhood and STAR WARS - Quentin Tarantino and the end of high school into college are essentially linked. I can't imagine this period of my life without Quentin Tarantino's movies.
  19. 1993: True Romance
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  20. 1994: Pulp Fiction
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  21. 1995: Se7en
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    Honorable mention: To Die For, Usual Suspects
  22. 1996: Bottle Rocket
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    "Exactly."
  23. 1997: Boogie Nights
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  24. 1998: Out of Sight
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    Apologies to Thin Red Line, Saving Private Ryan, Rushmore . . . I tried.
  25. 1999: Being John Malkovich
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    A brutal pick, beating out The Limey, Magnolia, Election, Notting Hill, Three Kings, and Fight Club.
  26. 2000: In the Mood for Love
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  27. 2001: Royal Tenenbaums
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    "It's just a bunch of kids in animal costumes."
  28. 2002: CQ
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    My co-favorite movie. (The other is 1966's BLOW-UP.)
  29. 2003: Kill Bill Vol. 1
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  30. 2004: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
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  31. 2005: Me and You and Everyone We Know
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  32. 2006: Crank
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    The best action movie between Robocop and Mad Max: Fury Road, Crank embodies and mocks the 20-year-old core male audience for action films.
  33. 2007: Zodiac
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    Another tough call in another top movie year. It's not a serial killer movie. It's a movie about obsession and acceptance.
  34. 2008: In Bruges
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  35. 2009: The Social Network
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  36. 2010: Greenberg
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    Roger Greenberg is more like me than any other movie character.
  37. 2011: Moneyball
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  38. 2012: Beyond the Black Rainbo
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    Words fail me. If you had a nightmare that was an 80s horror movie. There. Leavin' it.
  39. 2013: Her
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  40. 2014: The Grand Budapest Hotel
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  41. 2015: Mistress America
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  42. 2016: Hail, Caesar
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