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 Jan 2023 to 2 Feb 2023:

2001 – MILLENNIUM MAMBO moved down among runners-up
1990 – MIAMI BLUES changes color
1978 – GERMANY IN AUTUMN (Fassbinder section) added to runners-up
1976 – CANOA moved down among runners-up
1946 – MY DARLING CLEMENTINE moved up on ten-best list
1942 – SHADOW OF A DOUBT dropped from ten-best list
1941 – SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS moved from ten-best list to runners-up
1940 – CHRISTMAS IN JULY moved up on ten-best list

Click for a history of changes.