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The gist is Empire are doing a top 30 favourite movies of the last 30 years.

So why is that interesting when we have our own beloved UKFF Top 50?

Well the kicker is you have to vote for one film per year. It's pretty tough and I had to do all sorts of mental gymnastics to bump flicks off.

My list...

 

1989
The Burbs
1990
Total Recall
1991
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
1992
Aladdin
1993
Hard Target
1994
Pulp Fiction
1995
Mallrats
1996
Scream
1997
Con Air
1998
The Truman Show
1999
Dogma
2000
Versus
2001
The Fast And The Furious
2002
Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers
2003
Kill Bill Volume 1
2004
Shaun Of The Dead
2005
Sin City
2006
Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead
2007
Hot Fuzz
2008
The Dark Knight
2009
Watchmen
2010
Piranha 3D
2011
Fast & Furious 5
2012
Avengers Assemble
2013
Pacific Rim
2014
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
2015
Straight Outta Compton
2016
Captain America: Civil War
2017
Wonder Woman
2018
Avengers: Infinity War
2019
Avengers: Endgame


 

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I've been having a ponder about this over the past couple of days. It's an interesting spin on what I'd normally do for a top films list, having to only pick one per year. What I've figured out so far are there are certain years where there are loads I'd pick (1999 and 2008) and others where I'm really struggling. Luckily the last few years I've posted my top films for each year on here so once I've trawled through the Films You've Watched thread and figured it out, I'll stick my list below for anyone who cares.

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I'm useless with dates. Googling 'complete list films (insert year here) imdb' links that years films in order of popularity, should anyone struggle. I've found that pretty useful to get a good overview of each year.

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Well this will be horrible despite the interesting 30 films / 30 years caveat because of it being Empire and all. The last 10 years will be especially appalling once the Marvel nerds have got their hands on it.

Here's what I'd go for anyway.

89 - Kiki's Delivery Service

90 - Miller's Crossing

91 - Terminator 2: Judgement Day

92 - Hard Boiled

93 - Three Colours: Blue

94 - Ed Wood

95 - Se7en

96 - Hard Eight

97 - Con Air

98 - The Big Lebowski

99 - Eyes Wide Shut

00 - Sexy Beast

01 - The Devil's Backbone

02 - 24 Hour Party People

03 - Lost in Translation

04 - Mysterious Skin

05 - Hidden (Cache)

06 - Bug

07 - No Country for Old Men

08 - The Hurt Locker

09 - Inglourious Basterds

10 - Confessions

11 - Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

12 - The Imposter

13 - Under the Skin

14 - Faults

15 - Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

16 - The Nice Guys

17 - Blade Runner 2049

18 - Mission: Impossible - Fallout

2015 and 2018 were absolute sods because I had to leave out Fury Road and Sicario, and then Into the Spider-Verse and Blindspotting.

Also, I don't think you're supposed to nominate 2019 as it's still in progress but I would go with John Wick: Chapter 3.

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The one thing I’ve learned from this list is that I really need to watch more films from 1997. 

 

89 - Back to the Future of 2

90 - Goodfellas

91 - The Silence of the Lambs

92 - Aladdin

93 - Groundhog Day

94 - The Lion King

95 - Toy Story

96 - Trainspotting

97 - Event Horizon

98 - The Truman Show

99 - The Matrix

00 - Memento

01 - Donnie Darko

02 - Spider-Man

03 - Kill Bill vol 1

04 - Million Dollar Baby

05 - Capote

06 - Casino Royale

07 - Son of Rambow

08 - The Dark Knight

09 - District 9

10 - Kick-Ass

11 - Rise of the Planet of the Apes

12 - Skyfall

13 - American Hustle

14 - Guardians of the Galaxy

15 - Mad Max: Fury Road

16 - Room

17 - Blade Runner 2049 (although on hindsight I should have voted for Thor Ragnarok, I completely forgot about that)

18 - Blackkklansman

19 - CanYou Ever Forgive Me?

I probably forgot a few movies along the way, I was going by lists of films released each year as for the most part I just couldn’t remember what came out when.

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Right! Figured mine out, finally. 2008 was definitely one of the toughest years, so much came out that year I loved. Other years with lots of contenders for me were 1999, 2014 and 2015, whereas I struggled for 1994, 1998 and 2011.

Anyway, I've probably got my US and UK release dates confused in some cases, and I know for sure that I haven't tried to pick the 'best' films, but I've tried to go with the ones that provoked the strongest personal memories for me. (Apart from my 2019 choice, which isn't even out yet, but I'm going to assume I'll love.)

1989 – Ghostbusters II

1990 - Misery

1991 – Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey

1992 - Aladdin

1993 – Jurassic Park

1994 – The Mask

1995 - Jumanji

1996 – Toy Story

1997 – LA Confidential

1998 – Small Soldiers

1999 – Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

2000 – Almost Famous

2001 – Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

2002 – Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

2003 – Finding Nemo

2004 – Shaun Of The Dead

2005 - Serenity

2006 – The Prestige

2007 – Blades of Glory

2008 – The Dark Knight

2009 - Watchmen

2010 – Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

2011 – Arthur Christmas

2012 – Avengers Assemble

2013 – Les Miserables

2014 - Boyhood

2015 – Mad Max: Fury Road

2016 – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

2017 – Blade Runner 2049

2018 – Avengers: Infinity War

2019 – Blinded By The Light

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1 hour ago, Devon Malcolm said:

The last 10 years will be especially appalling once the Marvel nerds have got their hands on it.

Or maybe the blame should be placed nearer this forum by the looks of things!

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47 minutes ago, Devon Malcolm said:

Or maybe the blame should be placed nearer this forum by the looks of things!

Heck yes, Marvel is the best thing to happen to film since Arnold Schwarzenegger.

EDIT - hmm maybe Jason Statham is. I'll probably flip flop on that all night.

 

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1989 - When Harry Met Sally
1990 - Goodfellas
1991 - Boyz N The Hood
1992 - Reservoir Dogs
1993 - True Romance
1994 - The Shawshank Redemption
1995 - Heat
1996 - Trainspotting
1997 - Breakdown
1998 - Fallen
1999 - Magnolia
2000 - Almost Famous
2001 - Training Day
2002 - Changing Lanes
2003 - Elf
2004 - Collateral
2005 - Grizzly Man (if that doesn't count, War of the Worlds)
2006 - The Pursuit of Happyness
2007 - Into The Wild
2008 - In Bruges
2009 - Away We Go
2010 - <partridge shrug.gif>
2011 - Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
2012 - Silver Linings Playbook
2013 - Oblivion
201
4 - Gone Girl
2015 - Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
2016 - Paterson
2017 - 
Film Starts Don't Die in Liverpool
2018 - Mission: Impossible: Fallout
2019 - Maradona

Apart from the M:I series, this made me realise I've not seen enough films from the last decade. The Nineties absolutely spoilt us rotten, didn't it? So many alternatives for every single year.

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Like Harmie, these are my favourite choices. Not 'best'. I'm not doing 2019 either, what's the point? 

 

1989 Back to the Future II 

1990 Home Alone 

1991 Terminator 2

1992 Reservoir Dogs

1993 Groundhog Day

1994 Pulp Fiction 

1995 The Shawshank Redemption 

1996 Se7en

1997 Austin Powers

1998 Truman Show

1999 The Talented Mr Ripley

2000 Memento 

2001 Fellowship of the Ring

2002 Two Towers

2003 Return of the King

2004 Shaun of the Dead

2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

2006 The Holiday 

2007 Enchanted

2008 Cloverfield

2009 Zombieland

2010 Inception

2011 Source Code

2012 Looper

2013 Tim's Vermeer

2014 The Lego Movie 

2015 Inside Out

2016 Arrival

2017 Jumanji

2018 A Quiet Place

 

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