Best Film by Austin Film Critics Association

All winners of the 'Best Film' by the Austin Film Critics Association from 2005 through 2016.

Last updated: January 29th, 2017

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  1. Limited to ~10 years or less (-70)
  2. Yearly award (-25)

Films (12)

1. Moonlight

Directed by Barry Jenkins | 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.

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2. Mad Max: Fury Road

Directed by George Miller | 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.

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3. Boyhood

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

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

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4. Her

Directed by Spike Jonze | R | 126 min | 2013|

A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly-purchased operating system that's designed to meet his every need.

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5. Zero Dark Thirty

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow | R | 157 min | 2012|

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011.

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6. Hugo

Directed by Martin Scorsese | PG | 126 min | 2011|

Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

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7. Black Swan

Directed by Darren Aronofsky | R | 108 min | 2010|

A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity.

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8. The Dark Knight

Directed by Christopher Nolan | PG-13 | 152 min | 2008|

When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice.

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9. The Hurt Locker

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow | 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.

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10. There Will Be Blood

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson | 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.

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11. United 93

Directed by Paul Greengrass | R | 111 min | 2006|

A real-time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on September 11th, 2001 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.

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12. Crash

Directed by Paul Haggis | R | 112 min | 2004|

Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.

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