Dan Sallitt’s Favorite Films, by International Release Date

Use the menu to navigate to film lists for the 2020s, 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:

1 Apr 2021 to 18 Apr 2021:

2018 – 14 APPLES added to runners-up
2007 – HOW TO BECOME MYSELF moved from ten-best list to runners-up
2000 – KIPPUR added to ten-best list
1930 – THE GHOST THAT DOES NOT RETURN moved from 1929 and added to ten-best list
1929 – THE RIVER moved to 1928; THE GHOST THAT DOES NOT RETURN moved to 1930
1928 – THE RIVER moved from 1929 and added to ten-best list
1927 – THE GENERAL moved to 1926; THE LODGER moved from 1926 and added to runners-up
1926 – THE GENERAL moved from 1927 and added to ten-best list; THE LODGER moved to 1927; TARTUFFE moved to 1925; UPSTAGE added to ten-best list
1921 – DREAMS OF A RAREBIT FIEND: THE PET moved up on ten-best list; DREAMS OF A RAREBIT FIEND: BUG VAUDEVILLE added to ten-best list
1919 – I DON’T WANT TO BE A MAN moved to 1918; THE GARAGE moved to 1920; MADAME DUBARRY and BUMPING INTO BROADWAY added to ten-best list
1918 – THE SINKING OF THE LUSITANIA added to ten-best list; I DON’T WANT TO BE A MAN moved from 1919 and added to ten-best list
1916 – HÄMNAREN moved to 1915; THE HALF-BREED added to ten-best list
1915 – HÄMNAREN moved from 1916 and added to ten-best list
1914 – GERTIE THE DINOSAUR moved down on six-best list

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