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 Apr 2018 to 19 May 2018:

2017 – DIM THE FLUORESCENTS added to ten-best list; RAY MEETS HELEN, MRS. HYDE and JOAQUIM added to runners-up
2016 – THE DREAMED PATH added to runners-up
2004 – TONY TAKITANI changes color
1991 – MORTAL THOUGHTS added to runners-up
1990 – LOVE AT LARGE moved from runners-up to ten-best list
1986 – ROSA LA ROSE, FILLE PUBLIQUE changes color
1966 – AU HASARD BALTHAZAR moves down on ten-best list; THE CHELSEA GIRLS dropped from runners-up
1962 – AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON moved up on ten-best list
1936 – MON PÈRE AVAIT RAISON moved up among runners-up

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