From Year One On: Ranking 16 Movies Named After Years

As we trudge into the fourth week of 2012 -- one of those all-too-rare years that influenced a movie title -- a question arises: What's the best film named after a year? The worst? Because it went so well the last time we tried something like this, let's give it another shot:

16. Year One
15. 10,000 BC
14. 1492: Conquest of Paradise
13. One Million Years B.C.
12. One Million B.C.
11. 1969
10. 2010: The Year We Make Contact
9. 1941
8. 1911
7. 1776
6. Nineteen Eighty-Four
5. 1900
4. 1991: The Year Punk Broke
3. 2012
2. 2046
1. 2001: A Space Odyssey

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  • Jan Kubicki says:


  • Jan Kubicki says:

    Panic in Year Zero

  • I think you ramked "2012" way too high. It felt like nothing more than watching John Cusack survive two thousand and twelve cliff-hanger escapes -- many involving actual cliffs.

  • The Winchester says:

    Oh, and 2 things:

    10,000 BC needs to be directly below 2001, because that movie is amazing, full of ostrich fights and wooly mammoths.

    And Class of 1999 needs to be up there.

    • S.T. VanAirsdale says:

      Fair enough re 10,000 B.C. (I'll need to revisit!), but sorry about Class of 1999 -- that is a class, not a year, alas!

  • blizzard bound says:

    I loved 1900. I might even put it as my top pick because 1) DeNiro, and 2) I never knew Depardieu was such an amazing hunk in his youth. Rrrowwrrr!

  • Ekla says:

    The worst year based film is the parody of the best year based film.

    2001: A Space Travesty makes Year One seem like solid gold.

  • Artist-hating Charles says:

    I don't like the obvious #1 pick, so I'll have to go with 1900. But not for the same reason as Blizzard Bound.

    Where's Summer of 69, btw? Or is that a season/sex act rather than a year?

    • blizzard bound says:

      Well, I also like 1900's grand scope, beautiful cinematography and political subject matter. But I assumed that was obvious. Also, wasn't there an extended scene involving a cow's anus? (Or was it a horse?) Those Italians!

      • Artist-hating Charles says:

        In that case, I am picking it for many of the same reasons as you. And I don't remember any anus in the movie, but I do recall some penis.

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