Roger Ebert's Favorite Movies: His Top Picks From 1967-2012

Roger Ebert has just been pronounced dead by family friends. Part of the infamous Siskel and Ebert at the Movies duo, Ebert was a life-long journalist and movie lover. Known for his sharp wit, eloquent writing and charming personality, Roger's smile and thumb will be deeply missed from the cinematic landscape.

An author, a journalist, and a teacher, Ebert was an enthusiastic film fan who passionately shared his curiosity and insight with audiences all over the world. Arguably the most prolific of critic's, Ebert had lived through Hollywood's most transformative years, and oversaw some of its most creative evolutions.

Ebert was famous for understanding each film's perspective audience, displaying an uncanny empathy in his review for their point of view, and still adding his own unique insight and interpretive weight. After suffering post surgical complications related to thyroid cancer, Ebert lost his ability to speak and left his show in 2006. But he re-appeared again to share his love of cinema with his final show in 2009 — Ebert Presents: At the Movies.

With the death of a great, comes a reflection on the industry he transformed. The post-Ebert world is one where critic's reviews are aggregated into communal marketing sites. A world where social networks make sharing your taste with friends instant and comprehensive. Before we all became self proclaimed movie lovers and fans, Roger was among the first to devote his whole life to the magic of cinema, and celebrate the joys and tragedies they inspired us to feel.

Over the decades, Ebert has compiled a list of what he believes to be each year's best film. To celebrate the man's good taste, here are his top choices:

1967: Bonnie and Clyde

1968: The Battle of Algiers

1969: Z

1970: Five Easy Pieces

1971: The Last Picture Show

1972: The Godfather

1973: Cries and Whispers

1974: Scenes from a Marriage

1975: Nashville

1976: Small Change

1977: 3 Women

1978: An Unmarried Woman

1979: Apocalypse Now

1980: The Black Stallion

1981: My Dinner with Andre

1982: Sophie's Choice

1983: The Right Stuff

1984: Amadeus

1985: The Color Purple

1986: Platoon

1987: House of Games

1988: Mississippi Burning

1989: Do the Right Thing

1990: Goodfellas

1991: JFK

1992: Malcolm X

1993: Schindler's List

1994: Hoop Dreams

1995: Leaving Las Vegas

1996: Fargo

1997: Eve's Bayou

1998: Dark City

1999: Being John Malkovich

2000: Almost Famous

2001: Monster's Ball

2002: Minority Report

2003: Monster

2004: Million Dollar Baby

2005: Crash

2006: Pan's Labyrinth

2007: Juno

2008: Synecdoche, New York

2009: The Hurt Locker

2010: The Social Network

2011: A Separation

2012: Argo