Every year we are treated with some wonderful films and future classics of all kinds, but there are some years that have bestowed upon us the most influential or memorable films in the history the talkie itself. These are years in which I believe film was at it’s best or at it’s most important.
The list also includes years that produced a plethora of films most fans and critics respect and enjoy. I know there will be years that I clearly missed so leave them in the comments and we can get a “redux list” of sorts in the future.
- 1977: 1977 was a landmark year for science fiction and experimental narrations shown through the Best-Picture winner at the time Annie Hall. I
- Star Wars: A New Hope, Annie Hall, Saturday Night Fever, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Eraserhead, The Hobbit (animated), & The Rescuers (animated)
- 1939: This is year that set the tone for our world without even knowing it. Giving us the first technicolor film and one of the grandest scale films of all time, 1939 should be on the list for only two films, but it boasts so much more importance beyond the obvious two which are:
- The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Goodbye, Mr. Chips
- 1976: Not only did this year give us some of the most iconic films through all genres, but it was a perfect midway mark into an era of change, inspiration, rebellion, and imaginative horror classics.
- Rocky, Carrie, The Omen, Network, Taxi Driver, Logan’s Run, Marathon Man
- 1999: This may be the most underrated year on our list, especially with those snobs out there who hate on animation, why? I don’t know. This list of films is endless when you compare it some of the years later on the list so it’s up to you all if you consider the “best” year in film or not, but it’s damn good either way.
- The Matrix, American Beauty, The Sixth Sense, Fight Club, The Green Mile, Being John Malkovich, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Sleepy Hollow, Magnolia, Tarzan, South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut, The Iron Giant, Toy Story 2, American Pie, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Boys Don’t Cry, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Hurricane, She’s All That, Dogma, Galaxy Quest and the list goes on folks.
- 1980: If there was a year that brought us pop-culture filled films, it was 1980. Giving arguably some of the best of now famed actors, directors, writers and so on, it also gave arguably one of the greatest follow ups to an already successful film along with a return to beautifully done black and white films proving they will be as classic as their cinematography and editing.
- Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Airplane, Raging Bull, The Shining, The Blues Brothers, The Elephant Man, Ordinary People, Caddyshack, Flash Gordon, Superman II
- 1994: This year is an important for more than just films, but it was actually when this writer was conceived and brought into this world. With the arrival of myself and my peers also came some of the best films in any registry of films arguably of all time. Films that motivated us and reminded us nothing is impossible were the themes as well as a trinity of Jim Carrey films that make us laugh til our sides are sore were also present.
- Forest Gump, Shawshank Redemption, Pulp Fiction, The Lion King, The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Speed, Ed Wood, Leon: The Professional, Interview with a Vampire, The Crow, Legends of the Fall, Angels in the Outfield
- 2012: This was a year blockbusters and superhero films went through the roof in the money they made and the quality they presented along the way, but it also unleashed other great adaptations from books and true events. It also bolstered one of the most original sci-fi films in the last few years while making most of us laugh with a vulgar teddy-bear.
- The Avengers, The Dark Knight, Django Unchained, The Hunger Games, Skyfall, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Argo, Looper, Ted, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty, Wreck-It Ralph, Moonrise Kingdom, 21 Jump Street, Prometheus, Les Miserables, John Carter, Brave, Chronicle, Hotel Transylvania, Magic Mike, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Sinister, Pitch Perfect, Life of Pi