Dan Sallitt’s Favorite Films, by International Release Date

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:

1 Jan 2017 to 13 Mar 2017:

2016 – STAYING VERTICAL added to ten-best list; MA LOUTE added to runners-up
2015 – THE FITS added to runners-up
2014 – I WASN’T THERE moved up in ten-best list
2007 – HOHOKAM added to runners-up
1987 – THE CRY OF THE OWL moved up in ten-best list; DOGS IN SPACE moved to 1986
1986 – DOGS IN SPACE moved from 1987 and added to runners-up
1985 – WUTHERING HEIGHTS added to ten-best list
1984 – KAOS moved up in ten-best list
1979 – LONG DISTANCE INFORMATION added to runners-up
1977 – SKIP TRACER and REPÉRAGES added to runners-up
1975 – FAR FROM HOME added to runners-up
1973 – A SIMPLE EVENT added to ten-best list; DU CÔTÉ D’OROUËT moved to 1971
1971 – DU CÔTÉ D’OROUËT moved from 1973
1960 – THE SHADOW OF THE TYRANT added to runners-up
1948 – ROSENDA added to runners-up
1931 – MARIUS moved from ten-best list to runners-up

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