Dan Sallitt’s Favorite Films of the 1980s, by International Release Date

1989

  1. DO THE RIGHT THING (Spike Lee, USA)
  2. ELEPHANT (Alan Clarke, UK)
  3. THE UNBELIEVABLE TRUTH (Hal Hartley, USA)
  4. HOMEWORK (Abbas Kiarostami, Iran)
  5. LA TAREA (EL APRENDIZ DE PORNOGRAFO) (video version) (Jaime Hermosillo, Mexico)
  6. SAY ANYTHING… (Cameron Crowe, USA)
  7. THE FIRM (Alan Clarke, UK)
  8. THE LAST STOP (Serik Aprimov, Kazakhstan)
  9. LA FILLE DE 15 ANS (Jacques Doillon, France)
  10. CAT CHASER (120-minute version) (Abel Ferrara, USA)
  11. PALOMBELLA ROSSA (Nanni Moretti, Italy)
  12. PARENTS (Bob Balaban, USA)
  13. GETTING IT RIGHT (Randal Kleiser, UK)
  14. MIRACLE MILE (Steve De Jarnatt, USA)

SPEAKING PARTS (Atom Egoyan, Canada)
STRAPLESS (David Hare, UK)

1988

  1. THE VENUS TRAP (Robert van Ackeren, West Germany)
  2. LA LECTRICE (Michel Deville, France)
  3. DISTANT VOICES, STILL LIVES (Terence Davies, UK)
  4. 36 FILLETTE (Catherine Breillat, France)
  5. THE SUMMER OF MISS FORBES (Jaime Hermosillo, Mexico/Cuba)
  6. CROSSING DELANCEY (Joan Micklin Silver, USA)
  7. WINNIE (John Korty, USA)
  8. DAYS OF ECLIPSE (Aleksandr Sokurov, USSR)
  9. ZERO CITY (Karen Shakhnazarov, USSR)
  10. WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN (Pedro Almodovar, Spain)
  11. HIGH HOPES (Mike Leigh, UK)
  12. C.A.T SQUAD: PYTHON WOLF (William Friedkin, USA)
  13. POLICE STORY 2 (Jackie Chan, Hong Kong)
  14. MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (Hayao Miyazaki, Japan)
  15. THE THIN BLUE LINE (Errol Morris, USA)
  16. IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO LEARN TO PLOW BY READING BOOKS (Richard Linklater, USA)
  17. JULY (Darezhan Omirbaev, Kazakhstan)
  18. JACOB (Mircha Daneliuc, Romania)

THE MODERNS (Alan Rudolph, USA)

1987

  1. CHRISTINE (Alan Clarke, UK)
  2. THE CRY OF THE OWL (Claude Chabrol, France)
  3. HOUSEKEEPING (Bill Forsyth, USA)
  4. CHANGE OF FORTUNE (Kira Muratova, USSR)
  5. THE FOUR ADVENTURES OF REINETTE AND MIRABELLE (Eric Rohmer, France)
  6. A TAXING WOMAN (Juzo Itami, Japan)
  7. THE BIG EASY (Jim McBride, USA)
  8. CHINA GIRL (Abel Ferrara, USA)
  9. UNDER THE SUN OF SATAN (Maurice Pialat, France)
  10. THE TROUBLE WITH DICK (Gary Walkow, USA)
  11. ROAD (Alan Clarke, UK)
  12. THE SHORT AND CURLIES (Mike Leigh, UK)
  13. LAW OF DESIRE (Pedro Almodovar, Spain)
  14. DAUGHTER OF THE NILE (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Taiwan)
  15. LUMINOUS WOMAN (Shinji Somai, Japan)
  16. BILLY THE KID AND THE GREEN BAIZE VAMPIRE (Alan Clarke, UK)
  17. FALSCH (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Belgium)
  18. THE CARTOGRAPHER’S GIRLFRIEND (Hal Hartley, USA)
  19. PERSONAL SERVICES (Terry Jones, UK)
  20. MAKING WAVES (Ann Wingate, UK)

1986

  1. LE RAYON VERT (Eric Rohmer, France)
  2. RITA, SUE AND BOB TOO (Alan Clarke, UK)
  3. ROSA LA ROSE, FILLE PUBLIQUE (Paul Vecchiali, France)
  4. THE SIDEWALKS OF SATURN (Hugo Santiago, France/Argentina)
  5. SONG OF EXPERIENCE (Stephen Frears, UK)
  6. NOIR ET BLANC (Claire Devers, France)
  7. THE TERRORIZER (Edward Yang, Taiwan)
  8. MAUVAIS SANG (Leos Carax, France)
  9. THE CUP AND THE LIP (Warren Sonbert, USA)
  10. CRIME STORY (Abel Ferrara, USA)
  11. RIVER’S EDGE (Tim Hunter, USA)
  12. DOGS IN SPACE (Richard Lowenstein, Australia)
  13. A DEADLY BUSINESS (John Korty, USA)
  14. ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS: ENOUGH ROPE FOR TWO (David Chase, USA)
  15. A ROOM WITH A VIEW (James Ivory, UK)
  16. MODERN GIRLS (Jerry Kramer, USA)
  17. EIGHT MILLION WAYS TO DIE (Hal Ashby, USA)

1985

  1. LA VIE DE FAMILLE (Jacques Doillon, France)
  2. CONTACT (Alan Clarke, UK)
  3. THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD (Dan O’Bannon, USA)
  4. POLICE (Maurice Pialat, France)
  5. MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE (Stephen Frears, UK)
  6. UFORIA (John Binder, USA)
  7. BAD MEDICINE (Harvey Miller, USA)
  8. MY LIFE AS A DOG (Lasse Hallstrom, Sweden)
  9. WETHERBY (David Hare, UK)
  10. INTO THE NIGHT (John Landis, USA)
  11. WUTHERING HEIGHTS (Jacques Rivette, France)
  12. COME AND SEE (Elem Klimov, USSR)
  13. FOUR DAYS IN JULY (Mike Leigh, UK)
  14. ADELA (Mircea Veroiu, Romania)
  15. LITTLE TREASURE (Alan Sharp, USA)
  16. DAY OF THE DEAD (George Romero, USA)
  17. COMPROMISING POSITIONS (Frank Perry, USA)
  18. TAIPEI STORY (Edward Yang, Taiwan)
  19. LOST CHAPTER OF SNOW: PASSION (Shinji Sômai, Japan)
  20. A PRIVATE FUNCTION (Malcolm Mowbray, UK)

1984

  1. CHOOSE ME (Alan Rudolph, USA)
  2. FULL MOON IN PARIS (Eric Rohmer, France)
  3. ANOTHER COUNTRY (Marek Kanievska, UK)
  4. TARANG (Kumar Shahani, India)
  5. THE TERENCE DAVIES TRILOGY (Terence Davies, UK)
  6. KAOS (Taviani Bros., Italy)
  7. WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? (Pedro Almodovar, Spain)
  8. VENGEANCE IS MINE (HAUNTED) (Michael Roemer, USA)
  9. THE HIT (Stephen Frears, UK)
  10. NEXT OF KIN (Atom Egoyan, Canada)
  11. THIS IS SPINAL TAP (Rob Reiner, USA)
  12. STRANGER THAN PARADISE (Jim Jarmusch, USA)
  13. THE FLAMINGO KID (Garry Marshall, USA)
  14. SUMMER AT GRANDPA’S (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Taiwan)
  15. MEMORIES OF PRISON (Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Brazil)
  16. FIRSTBORN (Michael Apted, USA)
  17. BOY MEETS GIRL (Leos Carax, France)
  18. A GIRL’S OWN STORY (Jane Campion, Australia)
  19. THE DAY IS LONGER THAN THE NIGHT (Lana Gogoberidze, Georgia/USSR)
  20. TIME OF DESIRE (Yuli Raizman, USSR)
  21. PASO DOBLE (Lothar Lambert, West Germany)
  22. NAUGHTY BOYS (Eric de Kuyper, Belgium)

1983

  1. A NOS AMOURS (Maurice Pialat, France)
  2. RISKY BUSINESS (Paul Brickman, USA)
  3. MEANTIME (Mike Leigh, UK)
  4. BREATHLESS (Jim McBride, USA)
  5. BETRAYAL (David Jones, UK)
  6. L’ARGENT (Robert Bresson, France)
  7. GOOD GRIEF (Susan Rogers, USA)
  8. CATCH THE GOLDEN RING (Elizabeth Stoner, USA)
  9. THE REVOLT OF JOB (Imre Gyongyossy and Barna Kabay, Hungary)
  10. HARD MAN (Alan Barker, USA)
  11. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Nils Malmros, Denmark)
  12. LOVESICK (Marshall Brickman, USA)
  13. TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE: “NIGHTMARE AT 20.000 FEET” (George Miller, USA)
  14. DREAMLAND COURT (Dale Herd and Barry Hall, USA)
  15. CAREFUL, HE MIGHT HEAR YOU (Carl Schultz, Australia)
  16. KHANDHAR (THE RUINS) (Mrinal Sen, India)
  17. PAULINE AT THE BEACH (Eric Rohmer, France)
  18. APPROACHING OMEGA (John Dorr, USA)
  19. LOVING WALTER (Stephen Frears, UK)

AMITYVILLE 3-D (Richard Fleischer, USA)

1982

  1. THE BALLAD OF NARAYAMA (Shohei Imamura, Japan)
  2. LA TRUITE (Joseph Losey, France)
  3. THE STATE OF THINGS (Wim Wenders, West Germany)
  4. DANGEROUS COMPANY (Lamont Johnson, USA)
  5. LOOKIN’ TO GET OUT (director’s cut only) (Hal Ashby, USA)
  6. UTOPIA (Sohrab Shahid Saless, West Germany)
  7. THE MARATHON FAMILY (Slobodan Sijan, Yugoslavia)
  8. THE NIGHT OF THE SHOOTING STARS (Taviani Bros., Italy)
  9. HOME SWEET HOME (Mike Leigh, UK)
  10. TEX (Tim Hunter, USA)
  11. LES FANTOMES DU CHAPELIER (Claude Chabrol, France)
  12. STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (Nicholas Meyer, USA)
  13. AMERICAN TABOO (Steve Lustgarden, USA)
  14. THE HUNGER ARTIST (John Strysik, USA)
  15. THE EYES, THE MOUTH (Marco Bellocchio, Italy)
  16. CHAN IS MISSING (Wayne Wang, USA)
  17. MADE IN BRITAIN (Alan Clarke, UK)
  18. STRAIGHT TO THE HEART (Gianni Amelio, Italy)
  19. THE WORTHLESS (Mika Kaurismaki, Finland)
  20. BLIND CHANCE (Krzysztof Kieslowski, Poland)
  21. LEÇONS D’UNE UNIVERSITÉ VOLANTE: LEÇON 4 (Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne, Belgium)
  22. BLADE RUNNER (Ridley Scott, USA)
  23. PILGRIM, FAREWELL (Michael Roemer, USA)
  24. IDENTIFICATION OF A WOMAN (Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy/France)
  25. CASTA DIVA (Eric de Kuyper, Belgium)

LE BEAU MARIAGE (Eric Rohmer, France)

1981

  1. THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE (Nils Malmros, Denmark)
  2. RICH AND FAMOUS (George Cukor, USA)
  3. DRAGONSLAYER (Matthew Robbins, USA)
  4. LOLA (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany)
  5. THE MELODY HAUNTS MY REVERIE (Rajko Grlic, Yugoslavia)
  6. SMASH PALACE (Roger Donaldson, New Zealand)
  7. LA FILLE PRODIGUE (Jacques Doillon, France)
  8. EAUX PROFONDES (Michel Deville, France)
  9. A THOUSAND LITTLE KISSES (Mira Recanati, Israel)
  10. KNIGHTRIDERS (George Romero, USA)
  11. BELOVED ENEMY (Alan Clarke, UK)
  12. MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR (George Miller, Australia)
  13. MEMOIRS OF A SURVIVOR (David Gladwell, UK)
  14. MURDER IN TEXAS (William Hale, USA)
  15. EIJANAIKA (Shohei Imamura, Japan)
  16. ALL NIGHT LONG (Jean-Claude Tramont, USA)
  17. MS. 45 (Abel Ferrara, USA)
  18. MONTENEGRO (Dusan Makavejev, UK)
  19. EYE OF THE NEEDLE (Richard Marquand, UK)
  20. ORDERLY OR UNORDERLY (Abbas Kiarostami, Iran)

1980

  1. THE AVIATOR’S WIFE (Eric Rohmer, France)
  2. GROWN-UPS (Mike Leigh, UK)
  3. THE FIANCEE (Gunter Reisch and Gunther Rucker, East Germany)
  4. CRUISING (William Friedkin, USA)
  5. BERLIN-ALEXANDERPLATZ (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany)
  6. ORDINARY PEOPLE (Robert Redford, USA)
  7. PLEIN SUD (Luc Beraud, France)
  8. AMERICAN GIGOLO (Paul Schrader, USA)
  9. LES BONS DEBARRAS (Francis Mankiewicz, Canada)
  10. LAND AND SONS (Ágúst Guđmundsson, Iceland)
  11. LOULOU (Maurice Pialat, France)
  12. AMBER WAVES (Joseph Sargent, USA)
  13. ASPHALT NIGHT (Peter Fratzscher, West Germany)
  14. A CHANGE OF SEASONS (Richard Lang, USA)
  15. THE COMPETITION (Joel Oliansky, USA)
  16. ALTERED STATES (Ken Russell, USA)
  17. EXTERIEUR, NUIT (Jacques Bral, France)
  18. SING BEAST SING (Marv Newland, USA)
  19. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GEMINI (Richard Benner, USA)
  20. LA FEMME ENFANT (Raphaele Billetdoux, France)
  21. KUNG-FU (Janusz Kijowski, Poland)
  22. WHO’S SINGIN’ OVER THERE? (Slobodan Sijan, Yugoslavia)
  23. SNAPSHOT AROUND THE FAMILY TABLE (Ada Pistiner, Romania)

BAD TIMING/A SENSUAL OBSESSION (Nicolas Roeg, UK)

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