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 2020 to 2 Jul 2020:

2020 – POUR ELSA added to ten-best list
2019 – JEANNE added to ten-best list; ABOUT ENDLESSNESS added to runners-up
2018 – ALICE T. added to ten-best list
2016 – YOURSELF AND YOURS moved up on ten-best list
2009 – LA DONATION moved up on ten-best list; TOURISTS added to ten-best list
2008 – INLAND moved from runners-up to ten-best list
2007 – THE UNPOLISHED added to runners-up
2001 – BRÈVE TRAVERSÉE moved up among runners-up; CLÉMENT added to runners-up
1997 – EYE OF GOD moved down among runners-up
1992 – A TALE OF WINTER moved up on ten-best list
1987 – CHANGE OF FORTUNE moved down on ten-best list
1985 – HANS, A YOUTH IN GERMANY added to runners-up
1983 – THE STORY OF PIERA added to runners-up
1982 – CONTES MODERNES: À PROPOS DE TRAVAIL: “OFFRE D’EMPLOI” added to ten-best list; LE BEAU MARIAGE added to runners-up
1980 – C’EST LA VIE! and ORDER added to runners-up; LA FEMME-ENFANT dropped from runners-up
1979 – DRUGSTORE ROMANCE (CORPS À COEUR) moved from 1978 and added to ten-best list
1978 – DRUGSTORE ROMANCE (CORPS À COEUR) moved to 1979
1975 – THE RED APPLE added to runners-up
1974 – CALIFORNIA SPLIT moved up among runners-up
1970 – DAS KAFFEEHAUS added to runners-up
1966 – MARTIN SOLDAT added to runners-up
1962 – ALYONKA moved from 1961 and added to ten-best list; ANIMA NERA added to runners-up
1961 – ALYONKA moved to 1962
1948 – THE TRIAL added to ten-best list
1937 – MANNEQUIN dropped from runners-up
1934 – LE GRAND JEU added to ten-best list; AMOK added to runners-up
1932 – WEDDING REHEARSAL added to runners-up
1931 – THE MURDERER DMITRI KARAMAZOV added to ten-best list

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