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:

3 Jul 2020 to 22 Sep 2020:

2017 – THE SEEN AND UNSEEN moved down on ten-best list
2006 – WOMAN ON THE BEACH moved down on ten-best list
2003 – ANA AND THE OTHERS moved up on ten-best list
2002 – JEALOUSY IS MY MIDDLE NAME changes color
1995 – CARRINGTON added to runners-up
1992 – ROSES FOR AFRICA added to runners-up
1987 – CHANGELING added to ten-best list
1984 – LES CAPRICIEUX and THE WILLOW TREE added to ten-best list
1983 – UTOPIA moved from 1982 and added to ten-best list
1982 – UTOPIA moved to 1983
1977 – L’APPRENTI SALAUD added to runners-up; ONE WILD MOMENT dropped from runners-up
1976 – REIFEZEIT added to ten-best list
1974 – LE BANC DE LA DESOLATION moved up on ten-best list; STREET OF JOY and BITTERNESS OF YOUTH added to runners-up; LOVE AT THE TOP dropped down among runners-up
1973 – SUNSHINE added to runners-up
1965 – THE SKY OF OUR CHILDHOOD added to runners-up

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