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:

11 Oct 2020 to 16 Nov 2020:

2020 – new list
2019 – GYOPO added to ten-best list
2003 – ZERO DAY moved to 2002
2002 – ZERO DAY moved from 2003 and added to ten-best list
1980 – GROWN-UPS moved up on ten-best list
1977 – ABIGAIL’S PARTY moved from ten-best list to runners-up
1972 – ST. MICHAEL HAD A ROOSTER added to runners-up
1957 – GUENDALINA added to runners-up
1952 – CARSON CITY moved down among runners-up
1951 – THE SINNER moved from ten-best list to runners-up
1947 – CALCUTTA moved to 1946
1946 – CALCUTTA moved from 1947 and added to runners-up
1925 – PLAIN AND FANCY GIRLS added to ten-best list
1920 – THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS moved down on ten-best list

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