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:

2 Apr 2019 to 1 Jul 2019:

2018 – GRASS moved up on ten-best list; DANIEL FAIT FACE, STORY OF A SUMMER LOVER and RED COW added to ten-best list
2017 – FAIL TO APPEAR and THE RULES FOR EVERYTHING added to ten-best list; MADEMOISELLE PARADIS added to runners-up
2012 – ETERNAL HOMECOMING added to runners-up
2001 – CE VIEUX RÊVE QUI BOUGE moved up on ten-best list; DU SOLEIL POUR LES GUEUX moved up among runners-up
1999 – COMPENSATION added to runners-up
1983 – AMONG GREY STONES added to ten-best list; APPROACHING OMEGA moved from runners-up to ten-best list
1976 – DEAR FATHERLAND BE AT PEACE added to runners-up
1965 – PEARLS OF THE DEEP: “AUTOMAT SVET” added to runners-up
1963 – SOMETHING DIFFERENT added to runners-up
1950 – RIO GRANDE added to runners-up

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