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Cahiers du cinéma is an influential French film magazine founded in 1951.

The magazine has picked its top ten films of the year, most years. Top ten films were not picked in the years 1952-1954, 1969-1980, and in the year 2003. Rankings can be viewed in my source list URL, or via the link provided in the comments section. In some cases, films tie for a certain spot in the yearly top 10; for example, 2012's #4 spot is tied between three films (consequently, there is no #5 or #6). Some directors definitely appear to be heavily preferred by those responsible for selecting the list.

This list does not include the special "best of 1990s" and "best of 2000s" decade lists, though most of those twenty films are included here. (The exceptions are David Lynch's TV show Twin Peaks on the 1990s list, and Gus Van Sant's Elephant, Abdellatif Kechiche's The Secret of the Grain, and Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds on the 2000s decade list.)

Other anomalies:
The TV show "24" tied for the #10 spot in 2002, along with Gus Van Sant's Gerry. Gerry also tied for #6 on the 2004 list.

A TV episode "Travolta et moi" (dir. Patricia Mazuy) from the show "Tous les garçons et les filles de leur âge..." was selected as #6 in 1994. Claire Denis' episode "US Go Home" from the same series rated #9 in 1994.

Raul Ruiz's Les trois couronnes du matelot (Three Crowns of the Sailor) tied for #7 in 1983 and tied for #8 in 1982.

1968's #4 spot for Histoires extraordinaires is specifically for Federico Fellini's segment "Toby Damnit."

1965's #4 spot for Paris vu par... is specifically for the Jean Rouch episode.

1959's #3 spot was claimed by Eisenstein's Ivan the Terrible. Since Part II was released in 1958, it is possible that the award was for Part II, but since my sources didn't specify a part and both parts may have been shown together, I have included Parts I & II in the list.

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  1. 1 -

    The River

    1951, in 9 top lists Check
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    Journal d'un curé de campagne

    1951 — a.k.a. Diary of a Country Priest, in 14 top lists Check
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    Miracolo a Milano

    1951 — a.k.a. Miracle in Milan, in 8 top lists Check
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    Los olvidados

    1950 — a.k.a. The Young and the Damned, in 25 top lists Check
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    All About Eve

    1950, in 25 top lists Check
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    Fröken Julie

    1951 — a.k.a. Miss Julie, in 8 top lists Check
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    Cronaca di un amore

    1950 — a.k.a. Story of a Love Affair, in 3 top lists Check
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    Sunset Blvd.

    1950 — a.k.a. Sunset Boulevard, in 35 top lists Check
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    Édouard et Caroline

    1951 — a.k.a. Edward and Caroline, in 3 top lists Check
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    Francesco, giullare di Dio

    1950 — a.k.a. The Flowers of St. Francis, in 10 top lists Check
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    Viaggio in Italia

    1954 — a.k.a. Journey to Italy, in 14 top lists Check
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    Ordet

    1955, in 21 top lists Check
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    The Big Knife

    1955, in 3 top lists Check
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    Lola Montès

    1955, in 12 top lists Check
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    Rear Window

    1954, in 31 top lists Check
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    Les mauvaises rencontres

    1955 — a.k.a. Bad Liaisons, in 2 top lists Check
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    La strada

    1954, in 21 top lists Check
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    The Barefoot Contessa

    1954, in 8 top lists Check
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    Johnny Guitar

    1954, in 21 top lists Check
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    Kiss Me Deadly

    1955, in 20 top lists Check
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    Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent...

    1956 — a.k.a. A Man Escaped, in 20 top lists Check
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    Elena et les hommes

    1956 — a.k.a. Elena and Her Men, in 4 top lists Check
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    Rebel Without a Cause

    1955, in 16 top lists Check
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    Mr. Arkadin

    1955 — a.k.a. Confidential Report, in 7 top lists Check
  25. 25 -

    Senso

    1954, in 12 top lists Check
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    Sommarnattens leende

    1955 — a.k.a. Smiles of a Summer Night, in 14 top lists Check
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    Il bidone

    1955 — a.k.a. The Swindle, in 4 top lists Check
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    L'amore

    1948, in 4 top lists Check
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    Picnic

    1955, in 6 top lists Check
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    Non credo più all'amore (La paura)

    1954 — a.k.a. Fear, in 2 top lists Check
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    A King in New York

    1957, in 4 top lists Check
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    Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

    1957, in 4 top lists Check
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    Le notti di Cabiria

    1957 — a.k.a. Nights of Cabiria, in 19 top lists Check
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    The Wrong Man

    1956, in 8 top lists Check
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    Ensayo de un crimen

    1955 — a.k.a. The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz, in 6 top lists Check
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    Gycklarnas afton

    1953 — a.k.a. Sawdust and Tinsel, in 8 top lists Check
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    Bigger Than Life

    1956, in 11 top lists Check
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    The Girl Can't Help It

    1956, in 7 top lists Check
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    Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

    1956, in 3 top lists Check
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    12 Angry Men

    1957, in 30 top lists Check
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    Touch of Evil

    1958, in 30 top lists Check
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    Det sjunde inseglet

    1957 — a.k.a. The Seventh Seal, in 25 top lists Check
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    Le notti bianche

    1957 — a.k.a. White Nights, in 5 top lists Check
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    Il grido

    1957 — a.k.a. The Cry, in 7 top lists Check
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    Bonjour tristesse

    1958, in 3 top lists Check
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    Kvinnodröm

    1955 — a.k.a. Dreams, in 1 top list Check
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    Une vie

    1958 — a.k.a. End of Desire, in 2 top lists Check
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    Mon oncle

    1958 — a.k.a. My Uncle, in 17 top lists Check
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    The Quiet American

    1958, in 1 top list Check
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    Sommarlek

    1951 — a.k.a. Summer Interlude, in 4 top lists Check