Empire's Top films of the past 30 years

My Boy Harry

Striker
Empire 30: Vote For Your Favourite Films Of The Last 30 Years

Pick your favourite film for each year. By all means put them in here too so we can all belittle your choices or praise you for being a film aficionado.

Don't feel like you have to put them all in but if you can nail down one per year you've don well.
So far I'm on...

1989 - Batman
1990 - Home Alone
1991 - The Silence of the Lambs
1992 - Batman Returns
1993 - Jurassic Park
1994 - The Lion King (tough year to pick from)
1995 - Seven (tough year to pick from)
1996 - Scream (tough year to pick from) - Purely for Wes Craven creating the "Teen Slasher" genre
1997 - LA Confidential - I couldn't vote for Titanic
1998 - Saving Private Ryan
1999 - The Matrix - Still an incredible film. I refuse to believe there are sequels.
2000 - Gladiator - Predictable shout, but still a great film.
2001 - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
2002 - 28 Days Later
2003 - Monster - It would be easy to pick Kill Bill Pt 1
2004 - SAW - I wouldn't usually pick a horror film, but the twist in SAW was very well done. It's just a shame they've ruined it by doing a ton more
2005 - Batman Begins
2006 - V for Vendetta (UK release 2006)
2007 - Stardust - Neil Gaiman does quality work. I thought No Country for Old Men was good, but I enjoyed that more.
2008 - The Dark Knight
2009 - Zombieland
2010 - The King's Speech
2011 - Captain America: The First Avenger
2012 - The Avengers
2013 - 12 Years A Slave (tough year to pick from)
2014 - The LEGO Movie (really tough year to pick from) - I make absolutely no apologies for this.
2015 - The Hateful Eight
2016 - Deadpool
2017 - Thor Ragnarok
2018 - Avengers: Infinity War
2019 - Joker - I have a good feeling about it. Not easy to pick as it's only July but there's my shouts!
Some canny films up until 2010. After that it seems to go tits up.

What’s the craic with all of these marvel comic ilk films?
 

TheBronzeBummer

Central Defender
Bear in mind, it says favourites;

1989; See No Evil, Hear No Evil
1990; Home Alone
1991; Terminator 2
1992; Home Alone 2
1993; Last Action Hero
1994; The Mask
1995; Toy Story
1996; Scream
1997; Titanic
1998; Mulan
1999; Toy Story 2
2000; Battle Royale
2001; Lord Of The Rings: FOTR
2002; Lord Of The Rings: Two Towers
2003; Lord Of The Rings: ROTK
2004; Harry Potter: Prisoner Of Azkaban
2005; Walk The Line
2006; Night at the Museum
2007; Hot Fuzz
2008; The Dark Knight
2009; The Hangover
2010; Toy Story 3
2011; Warrior
2012; Django Unchained
2013; The Wolf Of Wall Street
2014; Kingsman: Secret Service
2015; Mad Max: Fury Road
2016; The Nice Guys
2017; Blade Runner 2049
2018; Avengers: Infinity War
2019; Captain Marvel

No lies I’ve left some better films off because I’ve maybe only seen them once or I value other films’ watchability. Like The Mask over Pulp Fiction. For some, like Mad Max & Blade Runner, I’ve only seen them once but they made a great impression on me.

Looking through made me realise how little I’ve seen seen like, so many I’ve been meaning to watch for ages.
 
Class film. Probably preferred it to the one I chose. But it didn't come up on lists.
Went to see that at the pictures. Keaton was brilliant.

Hit the road jack....
I love it but I do wonder if it would get made today. Can't remember it being massively popular at the time apart from in my group of mates.

The spenks have taken over.
I usually find IMDB is a good guide as to how good a film is apart from it is heavily weighted towards Marvel type films. I think it is because franchises encourage fan boy behaviour.
 
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houst69

Striker
The only top movie by year guide you need

1984- Police Academy
1985- Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment
1986- Police Academy 3: Back In Training
1987- Police Academy 4: Citizens On Patrol
1988- Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach
1989- Police Academy 6: City Under Siege
1994- Police Academy : Mission To Mosco
 

silas80

Winger
1989 - Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
1990 - Home Alone
1991 - Terminator 2
1992 - Home Alone 2
1993 - Jurassic Park
1994 - Shawshank Redemption
1995 - Toy Story
1996 - Trainspotting
1997 - Titanic
1998 - Saving Private Ryan
1999 - The Matrix
2000 - Gladiator
2001 - Shrek
2002 - Bourne Identity
2003 - Pirates of the Caribbean
2004 - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2005 - None
2006 - The Departed
2007 - Bourne Ultimatum
2008 - Slumdog Millionaire
2009 - Inglorious Basterds
2010 - Shutter Island
2011 - None
2012 - Django Unchained
2013 - Hmm..The Conjuring
2014 - American Sniper
2015 - The Hateful Eight
2016 - None, Zootopia if I had to choose.
2017 - As above - Star Wars - Last Jedi
2018 - None
2019 - Toy Story 4
 
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What all these lists shows is that from 1989-2004 there were several great films a year and then 2005 onwards you get 1 or 2 films if you’re lucky. Original ideas of story telling get worse every year as companies cash in on commercial franchises, i.e Marvel.
I struggled for the last 3 or 4 years, I don't think it's that, I saw few of my top films at the cinema. I watched them at home, often years later.
 
1989 - The Abyss
1990 - Blind Fury
1991 - Terminator 2: Judgement Day
1992 - Freejack
1993 - Groundhog Day
1994 - The Shadow
1995 - Waterworld
1996 - Star Trek: First Contact
1997 - The Full Monty
1998 - Nick Fury: Agent Of Shield
1999 - Bicentennial Man
2000 - Battlefield Earth
2001 - Shrek
2002 - Reign Of Fire
2003 - The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen
2004 - Catwoman
2005 - Batman Begins
2006 - V for Vendetta
2007 - Ghost Rider
2008 - Iron Man
2009 - Zombieland
2010 - Kick-Ass
2011 - Captain America: The First Avenger
2012 - The Avengers
2013 - Iron Man 3
2014 - Captain America: The Winter Soldier
2015 - The Martian
2016 - Captain America: Civil War
2017 - Thor Ragnarok
2018 - Avengers: Infinity War
2019 - Avengers: EndGame
 

Albay3037

Winger
1989 - The Abyss
1990 - Blind Fury
1991 - Terminator 2: Judgement Day
1992 - Freejack
1993 - Groundhog Day
1994 - The Shadow
1995 - Waterworld
1996 - Star Trek: First Contact
1997 - The Full Monty
1998 - Nick Fury: Agent Of Shield
1999 - Bicentennial Man
2000 - Battlefield Earth
2001 - Shrek
2002 - Reign Of Fire
2003 - The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen
2004 - Catwoman
2005 - Batman Begins
2006 - V for Vendetta
2007 - Ghost Rider
2008 - Iron Man
2009 - Zombieland
2010 - Kick-Ass
2011 - Captain America: The First Avenger
2012 - The Avengers
2013 - Iron Man 3
2014 - Captain America: The Winter Soldier
2015 - The Martian
2016 - Captain America: Civil War
2017 - Thor Ragnarok
2018 - Avengers: Infinity War
2019 - Avengers: EndGame
 

AB22 Easy Tiger

Nocturnal Tourist
Staff member
Couldn’t be arsed to search IMDB so these are from Wiki

1989 - The Abyss
1990 - Ghost
1991 - The Commitments
1992 - Last of the Mohicans
1993 - Groundhog Day
1994 - Shawshank Redemption
1995 - Apollo 13
1996 - The English Patient
1997 - The Full Monty
1998 - You’ve got Mail - pretty poor year.
1999 - The Talented Mr Ripley
2000 - Cast Away
2001 - A Beautiful Mind
2002 - The Pianist
2003 - Master & Commander - The Far Side of the World
2004 - Hotel Rwanda
2005 - Capote
2006 - Casino Royale
2007 - The Bucket List
2008 - Cassandra’s Dream or In Bruges, I can’t decide
2009- The Soloist
2010 - The King’s Speech - a pretty barren year
2011 - The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
2012 - Searching For Sugarman
2013 - Saving Mr Banks
2014 - Imitation Game
2015 - The 33
2016 - Lion
2017 - Get Out, or The Post
2018 - BlackkKlansman
2019 - so far: Yesterday
 
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