2003 Top Ten List

  • Dogville (Lars von Trier)
  • Cowards Bend the Knee (Guy Maddin)
  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring (Kim Ki-Duk)
  • Dallas 362 (Scott Caan)
  • Bad Santa (Terry Zwigoff)
  • The Forest for the Trees (Maren Ade)
  • Raja (Jacques Doillon)
  • Capturing the Friedmans (Andrew Jarecki)
  • Strong Shoulders (Ursula Meier)
  • All the Real Girls (David Gordon Green)
  • Additional 2003 Films By Rating

  • Shattered Glass (Billy Ray)
  • Bright Leaves (Ross McElwee)
  • Gift From Above (Dover Kosashvili)
  • The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (Takeshi Kitano)
  • My Flesh and Blood (Jonathan Karsh)
  • Stuck on You (Peter Farrelly & Bobby Farrelly)
  • Matchstick Men (Ridley Scott)
  • The Soul of a Man (Wim Wenders)
  • Coffee and Cigarettes (Jim Jarmusch)
  • Kill Bill Vol. 1 (Quentin Tarantino)
  • The Missing (Lee Kang Sheng)
  • The School of Rock (Richard Linklater)
  • Touching the Void (Kevin Macdonald)
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Peter Weir)
  • Down With Love (Peyton Reed)
  • The Magic Gloves (Martín Rejtman)
  • S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (Rithy Panh)
  • The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons From the Life of Robert S. McNamara (Errol Morris)
  • Crimson Gold (Jafar Panahi)
  • Holes (Andrew Davis)
  • The Corporation (Mark Achbar & Jennifer Abbott)
  • The Saddest Music in the World (Guy Maddin)
  • Zero Day (Ben Coccio)
  • The Living World (Eugène Green)
  • Koktebel (Boris Khlebnikov & Alexei Popogrebsky)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Gore Verbinski)
  • The Company (Robert Altman)
  • Not on the Lips (Alain Resnais)
  • Bukowski: Born Into This (John Dullaghan)
  • The Brown Bunny (Vincent Gallo)
  • Girl With a Pearl Earring (Peter Webber)
  • Far Side of the Moon (Robert Lepage)
  • American Splendor (Robert Pulcini & Shari Springer Berman)
  • Los Angeles Plays Itself (Thom Andersen)
  • Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton)
  • Twentynine Palms (Bruno Dumont)
  • Owning Mahowny (Richard Kwietniowski)
  • Open Range (Kevin Costner)
  • Lost Boys of Sudan (Megan Mylan & Jon Shenk)
  • Baadasssss! (Mario Van Peebles)
  • Ana and the Others (Celina Murga)
  • A Thousand Months (Faouzi Bensaïdi)
  • Strayed (André Téchiné)
  • Blind Shaft (Li Yang)
  • Big Fish (Tim Burton)
  • Memories of Murder (Bong Joon-ho)
  • The Friend (Elmar Fischer)
  • House of Sand and Fog (Vadim Perelman)
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (Jonathan Mostow)
  • Cold Mountain (Anthony Minghella)
  • The Station Agent (Tom McCarthy)
  • La petite Lili (Claude Miller)
  • The Core (Jon Amiel)
  • The Five Obstructions (Jørgen Leth & Lars von Trier)
  • Feathers in My Head (Thomas de Thier)
  • Good Morning, Night (Marco Bellocchio)
  • The Tulse Luper Suitcases: Episodes 1-3 (Peter Greenaway)
  • Osama (Siddiq Barmak)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Peter Jackson)
  • 8:17pm, Darling Street (Bernard Emond)
  • Fear and Trembling (Alain Corneau)
  • Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola)
  • Oldboy (Chanwook Park)
  • Ong-bak (Prachya Pinkaew)
  • The Barbarian Invasions (Denys Arcand)
  • Tarnation (Jonathan Caouette)
  • That Day (Raoul Ruiz)
  • Doppelgäanger (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
  • Hulk (Ang Lee)
  • Intolerable Cruelty (Joel Coen)
  • This So-Called Disaster: Sam Shepard Directs "The Late Henry Moss" (Michael Almereyda)
  • Freaky Friday (Mark Waters)
  • Good Bye Dragon Inn (Tsai Ming-liang)
  • Nathalie... (Anne Fontaine)
  • Time of the Wolf (Michael Haneke)
  • 2 Fast 2 Furious (John Singleton)
  • Gozu (Takashi Miike)
  • 21 Grams (Alejandro González Iñárritu)
  • The Cost of Living (Philippe Le Guay)
  • No Rest for the Brave (Alain Guiraudie)
  • Kitchen Stories (Bent Hamer)
  • Out of Time (Carl Franklin)
  • Festival Express (Bob Smeaton)
  • Casa de los babys (John Sayles)
  • Games of Love and Chance (Abdellatif Kechiche)
  • Tokyo Godfathers (Satoshi Kon)
  • Not For, or Against (Quite the Contrary) (Cédric Klapisch)
  • Green Tea (Zhang Yuan)
  • The Agronomist (Jonathan Demme)
  • I Love Your Work (Adam Goldberg)
  • Love Actually (Richard Curtis)
  • Feel Like Going Home (Martin Scorsese)
  • A Good Lawyer's Wife (Im Sang-soo)
  • All Tomorrow's Parties (Yu Lik Wai)
  • PTU (Johnnie To)
  • Wheel of Time (Werner Herzog)
  • A Mighty Wind (Christopher Guest)
  • In the Cut (Jane Campion)
  • Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (McG)
  • The Flower of Evil (Claude Chabrol)
  • The Best of Youth (Marco Tullio Giordana)
  • The Mother (Roger Michell)
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Kim Bartley & Donnacha O Briain)
  • The Singing Detective (Keith Gordon)
  • Playing "In the Company of Men" (Arnaud Desplechin)
  • Robot Stories (Greg Pak)
  • Open Water (Chris Kentis)
  • Dreamcatcher (Lawrence Kasdan)
  • Struggle (Ruth Mader)
  • Filles uniques (Pierre Jolivet)
  • Ghosts of the Abyss (James Cameron)
  • Free Radicals (Barbara Albert)
  • The Hunted (William Friedkin)
  • Shara (Naomi Kawase)
  • The Return (Andrey Zvyagintsev)
  • One Missed Call (Takashi Miike)
  • The Matrix Reloaded (The Wachowski Brothers)
  • Pornography (Jan Jakub Kolski)
  • interMission (John Crowley)
  • Le Divorce (James Ivory)
  • Bruce Almighty (Tom Shadyac)
  • Good Bye Lenin! (Wolfgang Becker)
  • X2 (Bryan Singer)
  • The Triplets of Belleville (Sylvain Chomet)
  • Since Otar Left (Julie Bertuccelli)
  • High Tension (Alexandre Aja)
  • Five: 5 Long Takes Dedicated to Yasujiro Ozu (Abbas Kiarostami)
  • Peter Pan (P.J. Hogan)
  • The Shape of Things (Neil LaBute)
  • Father and Son (Alexander Sokurov)
  • Thirteen (Catherine Hardwicke)
  • Undead (The Spierig Brothers)
  • Last Life in the Universe (Pen-ek Ratanaruang)
  • Sylvia (Christine Jeffs)
  • A Tale of Two Sisters (Kim Jee-woon)
  • Confidence (James Foley)
  • Camp (Todd Graff)
  • The Reckoning (Paul McGuigan)
  • Swimming Pool (François Ozon)
  • Alex & Emma (Rob Reiner)
  • I'm Not Scared (Gabriele Salvatores)
  • Shanghai Knights (David Dobkin)
  • Bright Future (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
  • The Southern Cross (Pablo Reyero)
  • Mystic River (Clint Eastwood)
  • Son frère (Patrice Chéreau)
  • Mayor of the Sunset Strip (George Hickenlooper)
  • Die Mommie Die! (Mark Rucker)
  • Purple Butterfly (Lou Ye)
  • The Cooler (Wayne Kramer)
  • Incantato (Enchanted) (Pupi Avati)
  • Cheeky (David Thewlis)
  • Runaway Jury (Gary Fleder)
  • Saraband (Ingmar Bergman)
  • Code 46 (Michael Winterbottom)
  • Anything Else (Woody Allen)
  • Monster (Patty Jenkins)
  • Ju-on (Takashi Shimizu)
  • The Human Stain (Robert Benton)
  • New Guy (Bilge Ebiri)
  • Hollywood Homicide (Ron Shelton)
  • The Story of Marie and Julien (Jacques Rivette)
  • Paycheck (John Woo)
  • Young Adam (David Mackenzie)
  • Seabiscuit (Gary Ross)
  • Hell's Highway: The True Story of Highway Safety Films (Bret Wood)
  • A Talking Picture (Manoel de Oliveira)
  • The Matrix Revolutions (The Wachowski Brothers)
  • The Dreamers (Bernardo Bertolucci)
  • Omen (Thammarak Kamuttamanoch)
  • At Five in the Afternoon (Samira Makhmalbaf)
  • I Capture the Castle (Tim Fywell)
  • The Tesseract (Oxide Pang)
  • The Last Samurai (Edward Zwick)
  • Café Lumière (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  • Carandiru (Hector Babenco)
  • Rick (Curtiss Clayton)
  • Who Killed Bambi? (Gilles Marchand)
  • Les Côtelettes (Bertrand Blier)
  • Cold Creek Manor (Mike Figgis)
  • It's All About Love (Thomas Vinterberg)
  • Identity (James Mangold)
  • Japanese Story (Sue Brooks)
  • Rhinoceros Eyes (Aaron Woodley)
  • Tears of the Sun (Antoine Fuqua)
  • Tiresia (Bertrand Bonello)
  • Jesus, You Know (Ulrich Seidl)
  • Kangaroo Jack (David McNally)
  • Fear X (Nicolas Winding Refn)
  • Elephant (Gus Van Sant)