Use the menu to navigate to film lists for the 2010s, 2000s, 1990s, 1980s, 1970s, 1960s, 1950s, 1940s, 1930s, or 1920s and 1910s.

I made these lists at the request of Theo Panayides for a project of his.  The authority for year of release is the Internet Movie Database, which tries to go by the film’s first public screening; I sometimes override its decisions when I have evidence of its errors, or when the first public screening comes too long after the film’s completion.  Color coding is used to give an idea of how much I like each film, and allows comparison between films in different years. Unranked, uncolored films at the end of some years are a reminder to myself of areas to explore, and may or may not indicate honorable-mention status.

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Recent changes:

5 Jul 2017 to 22 Sep 2017:

2016 – THE UNKNOWN GIRL moved from runners-up to ten-best list
2012 – RADIO MARY moved up on ten-best list
2010 – ANTON CHEKHOV’S THE DUEL moved from 2009 and added to ten-best list
2009 – ANTON CHEKHOV’S THE DUEL moved to 2010
2006 – TONNELAGE added to runners-up
1989 – THE FIRM moved from 1988 and added to ten-best list
1988 – THE FIRM moved to 1989; DAYS OF ECLIPSE added to ten-best list; THE MODERNS dropped from ten-best list
1987 – CHRISTINE changes color; ROAD added to runners-up
1985 – CONTACT moved up on ten-best list
1984 – A GIRL’S OWN STORY added to runners-up
1979 – THE BROOD moved up on ten-best list
1977 – THE DUELLISTS moved down on ten-best list
1975 – DIANE moved up among runners-up
1973 – THE CRAZIES moved up among runners-up
1970 – THEY CALL ME MISTER TIBBS! added to runners-up
1969 – CONSCIENCE added to ten-best list
1968 – PETULIA moved down on ten-best list
1960 – THE YOUNG ONE changes color; HOME FROM THE HILL moved up among runners-up
1958 – POEM OF THE SEA moved down among runners-up
1947 – LES DERNIÈRES VACANCES added to ten-best list
1945 – THE BODY SNATCHER changes color

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