POSITIF magazine (France)

Positif, the great rival to Cahiers du Cinema, doesn't actually compile "official" Top Tens. Instead, each issue has a "Bloc Notes" section written by one of the magazine's critics, and including - in the February issue of each year - that critic's favourites from the previous year.

Since 1981, all end-of-the-year lists have been compiled by Michel Ciment, the best-known of the Positif critics, except for 1982 when the "Bloc Notes" section - and therefore the annual list - was written by Isabelle Jordan. The older 1965 list is also by M. Ciment.

Thanks to the indefatigable Steve Erickson for tracking down and very kindly supplying most of the lists, as well as reader Cédric G. for the 1982, 1989 and 1993 lists (plus corrections to a couple of the others). The 2008 and 2010 lists were even more kindly supplied (upon request) by Positif itself, while the 2011-13 lists appeared in a blog post (Feb. 11, 2014) at the Toronto Film Review.

If anyone has any older lists, please get in touch.

Lists are in alphabetical order.


1965

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

(in pairs)

1986

(no list)

1987

1988

1989

BEST OF THE 80s

(one film per director)

1990

(no list)

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

  1. SARABAND (Ingmar Bergman)
  2. BIG FISH (Tim Burton)

then, alphabetically:

2005

and, "en bonus":

2006

2007

2008

2009

Best of the 00s

(actually "Les films les plus marquants de la décennie")

2010

2011

2012

(*): included again, for some reason

2013