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:

6 Apr 2022 to 22 May 2022:

2021 – THE APARTMENT WITH TWO WOMEN added to ten-best list; ALBUM FOR THE YOUTH added to runners-up
1995 – A SINGLE GIRL moved from runners-up to ten-best list
1964 – NOTHING BUT A MAN moved from runners-up to ten-best list; L’INSOUMIS added to ten-best list
1962 – THE OLIVE TREES OF JUSTICE moved up among runners-up
1960 – SERGEANT RUTLEDGE moved down among runners-up
1951 – ON DANGEROUS GROUND moved from ten-best list to runners-up
1950 – THE FLOWERS OF ST. FRANCIS dropped from runners-up
1948 – LES DERNIÈRES VACANCES moved down on ten-best list
1944 – TORMENT dropped from ten-best list

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