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 Jul 2021 to 12 Sep 2021:

2020 – ISABELLA moved up on ten-best list
2019 – A VOLUNTARY YEAR moved up on ten-best list
2012 – FILL THE VOID added to runners-up
2011 – UN MONDE SANS FEMMES moved down among runners-up
1997 – I AM KEIKO added to ten-best list
1996 – CONTE D’ÉTÉ moved up on ten-best list
1988 – ONCE MORE added to ten-best list
1986 – ALGER LA BLANCHE added to runners-up
1983 – ISLAND OF SWANS added to ten-best list
1982 – CHAN IS MISSING dropped from runners-up
1976 – DREAMSPEAKER added to runners-up
1964 – MARNIE moved down on ten-best list
1962 – MUSASHI MIYAMOTO II: DUEL AT HANNYA HILL added to runners-up
1961 – MUSASHI MIYAMOTO added to runners-up
1954 – SABRINA dropped from runners-up
1953 – THUNDER OVER THE PLAINS dropped from runners-up
1929 – MOTHER KRAUSE’S JOURNEY TO HAPPINESS added to runners-up
1928 – THE FIRST BORN added to runners-up

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