Best Film by Village Voice Film Poll

All winners of the 'Best Film' by the Village Voice Film Poll from 1999 through 2020.

Last updated: May 8th, 2021


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Detractions

  1. Limited to ~25 years or less (-60)
  2. Yearly award (-25)

Films (22)

1. The Irishman

Directed by Martin Scorsese | Rated R | 209 min | 2019

A mob hitman recalls his friend Jimmy Hoffa.


2. First Cow

Directed by Kelly Reichardt | Rated PG-13 | 122 min | 2019

A skilled cook has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant also seeking his fortune. Soon the two collaborate on a successful business.


3. Phantom Thread

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson | Rated R | 130 min | 2017

Set in 1950's London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.


4. First Reformed

Directed by Paul Schrader | Rated R | 113 min | 2017

A minister of a small congregation in upstate New York grapples with mounting despair brought on by tragedy, worldly concerns and a tormented past.


5. Moonlight

Directed by Barry Jenkins | Rated R | 111 min | 2016

A timeless story of human self-discovery and connection, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.


6. Mad Max: Fury Road

Directed by George Miller | Rated R | 120 min | 2015

A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in postapocalyptic Australia in search for her home-land with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max.


7. Boyhood

Directed by Richard Linklater | Rated R | 165 min | 2014

The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.


8. Inside Llewyn Davis

Directed by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Rated R | 104 min | 2013

A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.


9. The Master

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson | Rated R | 144 min | 2012

A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.


10. The Tree of Life

Directed by Terrence Malick | Rated PG-13 | 139 min | 2011

The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings.


11. The Social Network

Directed by David Fincher | Rated PG-13 | 120 min | 2010

Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.


12. WALL·E

Directed by Andrew Stanton | Rated G | 98 min | 2008

In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.


13. The Hurt Locker

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow | Rated R | 131 min | 2008

During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.


14. There Will Be Blood

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson | Rated R | 158 min | 2007

A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.


15. A History of Violence

Directed by David Cronenberg | Rated R | 96 min | 2005

A mild-mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off repercussions that will shake his family to its very core.


16. Before Sunset

Directed by Richard Linklater | Rated R | 80 min | 2004

Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse's book tour.


17. Lost in Translation

Directed by Sofia Coppola | Rated R | 101 min | 2003

A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.


18. Far from Heaven

Directed by Todd Haynes | Rated PG-13 | 107 min | 2002

In 1950s Connecticut, a housewife faces a marital crisis and mounting racial tensions in the outside world.


19. Mulholland Drive

Directed by David Lynch | Rated R | 147 min | 2001

After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.


20. Being John Malkovich

Directed by Spike Jonze | Rated R | 112 min | 1999

A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.


21. Beau Travail

Directed by Claire Denis | 92 min | 1999

This film focuses on an ex-Foreign Legion officer as he recalls his once glorious life, leading troops in Africa.


22. The Army of Shadows

Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville | 145 min | 1969

An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France.