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 Apr 2021 to 11 Jun 2021:

(ratings changes)

2020 – SHORT VACATION added to ten-best list
2019 – THREE SUMMERS and THE FEVER added to runners-up
2018 – 14 APPLES added to runners-up
2016 – AYITI MON AMOUR moved down among runners-up
2008 – ACNE added to runners-up
2007 – HOW TO BECOME MYSELF moved from ten-best list to runners-up
2000 – KIPPUR added to ten-best list
1994 – AUX PETITS BONHEURS added to ten-best list
1983 – THE CATCH added to ten-best list
1982 – PRIVATE LIFE added to runners-up
1981 – THE IDEAL LANDSCAPE added to runners-up
1974 – APPLE IN THE RIVER added to runners-up
1969 – THE BEAUTY added to runners-up
1965 – THE MAN WHO HAD HIS HAIR CUT SHORT moved from ten-best list to runners-up
1962 – BUT WHAT IF THIS IS LOVE? added to ten-best list
1958 – AN AMERICAN added to runners-up
1955 – IT HAPPENED ON JULY 20TH added to runners-up
1953 – ANGEL FACE changes color
1947 – OUT OF THE PAST dropped from runners-up
1942 – MASHENKA added to ten-best list
1921 – DREAMS OF A RAREBIT FIEND: THE PET moved up on ten-best list; DREAMS OF A RAREBIT FIEND: BUG VAUDEVILLE added to ten-best list
1918 – THE SINKING OF THE LUSITANIA added to ten-best list
1914 – GERTIE THE DINOSAUR moved down on six-best list

(corrections)

2018 – POSSIBLE FACES moved to 2017
2017 – POSSIBLE FACES moved from 2018 and added to runners-up
1980 – BYE BYE BRAZIL moved from 1979 and added to runners-up
1979 – BYE BYE BRAZIL moved to 1980; GRADUATE FIRST and HULLABALOO OVER GEORGIE AND BONNIE’S PICTURES moved to 1978
1978 – BLOOD RELATIVES moved from 1977 and added to ten-best list; GRADUATE FIRST moved from 1979 and added to ten-best list; SEVERAL INTERVIEWS ON PERSONAL MATTERS moved from 1977 and added to runners-up; HULLABALOO OVER GEORGIE AND BONNIE’S PICTURES moved from 1979 and added to runners-up
1977 – DIARY OF A LOVER moved from 1976 and added to runners-up; GOD TOLD ME TO and THREE YEARS WITHOUT GOD moved to 1976; BLOOD RELATIVES and SEVERAL INTERVIEWS ON PERSONAL MATTERS moved to 1978
1976 – GOD TOLD ME TO and THREE YEARS WITHOUT GOD moved from 1977 and added to runners-up; CANOA moved from 1975 and added to runners-up; DIARY OF A LOVER moved to 1977; THE DIVINE NYMPH moved to 1975
1975 – THE DOG’S BIRTHDAY moved from 1974 and added to ten-best list; THE DIVINE NYMPH moved from 1976 and added to runners-up; CANOA moved to 1976
1974 – DEATHDREAM moved from 1972 and added to runners-up; NORA HELMER, THE GREAT ECSTASY OF THE WOODCARVER STEINER and ALLONSANFAN moved from 1973 and added to runners-up; THE DOG’S BIRTHDAY moved to 1975; TSUGARU FOLKSONG moved to 1973
1973 – GO ASK ALICE and SCORE moved from 1972 and added to runners-up; TSUGARU FOLKSONG moved from 1974 and added to runners-up; NORA HELMER, THE GREAT ECSTASY OF THE WOODCARVER STEINER and ALLONSANFAN moved to 1974
1972 – SILENT RUNNING moved from 1971 and added to runners-up; CISCO PIKE moved to 1971; GO ASK ALICE and SCORE moved to 1973; DEATHDREAM moved to 1974
1971 – THE GO-BETWEEN moved from 1970 and added to ten-best list; CHAVAL moved from 1970 and added to runners-up; CISCO PIKE moved from 1972 and added to runners-up; SILENT RUNNING moved to 1972
1970 – TWO MULES FOR SISTER SARA moved from 1969 and added to ten-best list; COLOSSUS: THE FORBIN PROJECT moved from 1969 and added to runners-up; THE GO-BETWEEN and CHAVAL moved to 1971
1969 – LA ROSIÈRE DE PESSAC moved from 1968 and added to runners-up; TWO MULES FOR SISTER SARA and COLOSSUS: THE FORBIN PROJECT moved to 1970; THE AUTHENTIC TRIAL OF CARL-EMMANUEL JUNG moved to 1967; ANDREI ROUBLEV moved to 1966
1968 – LA ROSIÈRE DE PESSAC moved to 1969
1967 – THE AUTHENTIC TRIAL OF CARL-EMMANUEL JUNG moved from 1966 and added to runners-up; EL DORADO and THE SHOOTING moved to 1966
1966 – EL DORADO and THE SHOOTING moved from 1967 and added to ten-best list; ANDREI ROUBLEV moved from 1969 and added to ten-best list; THE BIRDS, THE BEES AND THE ITALIANS and THE SKY OF OUR CHILDHOOD moved from 1965 and added to runners-up; THE AUTHENTIC TRIAL OF CARL-EMMANUEL JUNG moved to 1967
1965 – CHRONICLE OF A LONELY CHILD moved from 1964 and added to ten-best list; GAMPERALIYA (CHANGES IN THE VILLAGE) moved to 1963; THE BIRDS, THE BEES AND THE ITALIANS and THE SKY OF OUR CHILDHOOD moved to 1966
1964 – THE APE WOMAN moved from 1963 and added to ten-best list; LES MAUVAISES FRÉQUENTATIONS moved from 1963 and added to runners-up; L’APPARTEMENT DES FILLES moved to 1963; CHRONICLE OF A LONELY CHILD moved to 1965
1963 – L’APPARTEMENT DES FILLES moved from 1964 and added to runners-up; GAMPERALIYA (CHANGES IN THE VILLAGE) moved from 1965 and added to runners-up; EVA and ADIEU PHILIPPINE moved to 1962; THE APE WOMAN and LES MAUVAISES FRÉQUENTATIONS moved to 1964
1962 – EVA moved from 1963 and added to ten-best list; ADIEU PHILIPPINE moved from 1963 and added to runners-up; AS A WIFE, AS A WOMAN moved to 1961
1961 – BANDITS OF ORGOSOLO and CE SOIR OU JAMAIS moved from 1960 and added to runners-up; AS A WIFE, AS A WOMAN moved from 1962 and added to runners-up
1960 – THE SAVAGE INNOCENTS moved from 1959 and added to runners-up; BANDITS OF ORGOSOLO and CE SOIR OU JAMAIS moved to 1961
1959 – NAZARIN moved from 1958 and added to ten-best list; THE SAVAGE INNOCENTS moved to 1960
1958 – NIGHT OF THE DEMON moved to 1957; NAZARIN moved to 1959
1957 – NIGHT OF THE DEMON moved from 1958 and added to runners- up; SHITAMACHI title corrected
1956 – NIGHT AND FOG and CELA S’APPELLE L’AURORE moved from 1955 and added to runners-up; THERE’S ALWAYS TOMORROW moved to 1955
1955 – THERE’S ALWAYS TOMORROW moved from 1956 and added to runners-up; TIEFLAND moved to 1954; NIGHT AND FOG and CELA S’APPELLE L’AURORE moved to 1956
1954 – TIEFLAND moved from 1955 and added to ten-best list; THE BEACH moved from 1953 and added to runners-up; CRIME WAVE moved to 1953
1953 – ANGEL FACE moved from 1952 and added to ten-best list; EL BRUTO and EL moved from 1952 and added to runners-up; CRIME WAVE moved from 1954 and added to runners-up; THE BEACH moved to 1954
1952 – ANGEL FACE, EL BRUTO and EL moved to 1953; CRY, THE BELOVED COUNTRY moved to 1951
1951 – DIARY OF A COUNTRY PRIEST moved from 1950 and added to ten-best list; ÉDOUARD ET CAROLINE moved from 1950 and added to runners-up; CRY, THE BELOVED COUNTRY moved from 1952 and added to runners-up
1950 – DIARY OF A COUNTRY PRIEST and ÉDOUARD ET CAROLINE moved to 1951; A LADY WITHOUT PASSPORT title corrected
1949 – THEY LIVE BY NIGHT moved to 1948
1948 – LES DERNIÈRES VACANCES moved from 1947 and added to ten-best list; THEY LIVE BY NIGHT moved from 1949 and added to ten-best list
1947 – LES DERNIÈRES VACANCES moved to 1948
1946 – ROME, OPEN CITY moved to 1945
1945 – ROME, OPEN CITY moved from 1944 and added to runners-up
1944 – THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN’S CREEK moved to 1943
1943 – THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN’S CREEK moved from 1944 and added to ten-best list
1942 – SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS moved to 1941
1941 – THE OLD JOCKEY moved from 1940 and added to ten-best list; SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS moved from 1942 and added to ten-best list
1940 – THE OLD JOCKEY moved to 1941
1937 – FAISONS UN REVE moved to 1936
1936 – CEILING ZERO moved from 1935 and added to ten-best list; FAISONS UN REVE moved from 1937 and added to runners-up
1935 – CEILING ZERO moved to 1936; THE HIGHWAY and A SEVERE YOUNG MAN moved from 1934 and added to runners-up
1934 – THE HIGHWAY and A SEVERE YOUNG MAN moved to 1935
1931 – LITTLE CAESAR moved from 1930 and added to runners-up
1930 – THE GHOST THAT DOES NOT RETURN moved from 1929 and added to ten-best list; LITTLE CAESAR moved to 1931; HELL’S HEROES moved to 1929
1929 – THE RIVER moved to 1928; THE GHOST THAT DOES NOT RETURN moved to 1930; HELL’S HEROES moved from 1930 and added to runners-up
1928 – THE RIVER moved from 1929 and added to ten-best list
1927 – THE GENERAL moved to 1926; THE LODGER moved from 1926 and added to runners-up
1926 – THE GENERAL moved from 1927 and added to ten-best list; THE LODGER moved to 1927; TARTUFFE moved to 1925; UPSTAGE added to ten-best list
1919 – I DON’T WANT TO BE A MAN moved to 1918; THE GARAGE moved to 1920; MADAME DUBARRY and BUMPING INTO BROADWAY added to ten-best list
1918 – I DON’T WANT TO BE A MAN moved from 1919 and added to ten-best list
1916 – FRONTSTAIRS-BACKSTAIRS moved from 1915 and added to ten-best list; HÄMNAREN moved to 1915
1915 – HÄMNAREN moved from 1916 and added to ten-best list; FRONTSTAIRS-BACKSTAIRS moved to 1916

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