Dan Sallitt’s Favorite Films of the 1990s, by International Release Date

1999

  1. TOPSY-TURVY (Mike Leigh, UK)
  2. M/OTHER (Nobuhiro Suwa, Japan)
  3. LA PUCE (Emmanuelle Bercot, France)
  4. HAUT LES COEURS! (Solveig Anspach, France)
  5. RETURN OF THE IDIOT (Sasa Gedeon, Czech Republic)
  6. SILVIA PRIETO (Martin Rejtman, Argentina)
  7. IDLE RUNNING (Janez Burger, Slovenia)
  8. THE SOPRANOS pilot (David Chase, USA)
  9. FLOWERS FROM ANOTHER WORLD (Iciar Bollain, Spain)
  10. THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez, USA)
  11. L’HUMANITE (Bruno Dumont, France)
  12. THREE KINGS (David O. Russell, USA)
  13. ROMANCE (Catherine Breillat, France)
  14. WOJACZEK (Lech Majewski, Poland)
  15. LA MALADIE DE SACHS (Michel Deville, France)
  16. MINAZUKI (Mochizuki Rokuro, Japan)
  17. NORTHERN SKIRTS (Barbara Albert, Austria)
  18. PETITS FRERES (Jacques Doillon, France)
  19. PEPPERMINT CANDY (Lee Chang-Dong, South Korea)
  20. ELECTION (Alexander Payne, USA)
  21. OFFICE SPACE (Mike Judge, USA)
  22. COMPENSATION (Zeinabu irene Davis, USA)
  23. MOLOCH (Aleksandr Sokurov, Germany/Russia)
  24. BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS (Alan Rudolph, USA)
  25. RADIATION (Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley, USA)
  26. RATCATCHER (Lynne Ramsay, UK)
  27. SQUAT (Savin Yeatman-Eiffel, France)

1998

  1. THE HOLE (Tsai Ming-Liang, Taiwan)
  2. TROP (PEU) D’AMOUR (Jacques Doillon, France)
  3. PRAISE (John Curran, Australia)
  4. ABERDEEN (aka MINT JULEP) (Kathy Fehl and Ian Teal, USA)
  5. THE FLOWERS OF SHANGHAI (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Taiwan)
  6. ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE (Larry Clark, USA)
  7. WAIT AND SEE (Shinji Somai, Japan)
  8. THE SCHOOL OF FLESH (Benoit Jacquot, France)
  9. THE APPLE (Samira Makhmalbaf, Iran)
  10. SHOW ME LOVE (FUCKING AMAL) (Lukas Moodysson, Sweden)
  11. THE POWER OF KANGWON PROVINCE (Hong Sang-Soo, South Korea)
  12. THREE BUSINESSMEN (Alex Cox, USA)
  13. PLACES IN CITIES (Angela Schanelec, Germany)
  14. THE THIN RED LINE (Terrance Malick, USA)
  15. LAST NIGHT (Don McKellar, Canada)
  16. CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST (Hur Jin-ho, South Korea)
  17. OUTSKIRTS (Petr Lutsik, Russia)
  18. RUN LOLA RUN (Tom Tykwer, Germany)
  19. THE FLIGHT OF THE BEE (Jamshed Usmonov and Biong Hun Min, Tajikistan/South Korea)
  20. DR. AKAGI (Shohei Imamura, Japan)
  21. THE BOOK OF LIFE (Hal Hartley, USA)
  22. PHANTOM BEIRUT (Ghassan Salhab, Lebanon)
  23. ONE TRUE THING (Carl Franklin, USA)
  24. NÔ (Robert Lepage, Canada)

THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO (Whit Stillman, USA)

1997

  1. THE RIVER (Tsai Ming-Liang, Taiwan)
  2. BROTHER (Alexei Balabanov, Russia)
  3. SAME OLD SONG (Alain Resnais, France)
  4. LA VIE DE JESUS (Bruno Dumont, France)
  5. HENRY FOOL (Hal Hartley, USA)
  6. CHAR ADHYAY (Kumar Shahani, India)
  7. CAREER GIRLS (Mike Leigh, UK)
  8. IN THE COMPANY OF MEN (Neil LaBute, USA)
  9. A TASTE OF CHERRY (Abbas Kiarostami, Iran)
  10. I AM KEIKO (Sion Sono, Japan)
  11. SUZAKU (Naomi Kawase, Japan)
  12. LIVE FLESH (Pedro Almodovar, Spain)
  13. HAPPY TOGETHER (Wong Kar-Wei, Hong Kong)
  14. PRONTO (Jim McBride, USA)
  15. JACKIE BROWN (Quentin Tarantino, USA)
  16. AFTERGLOW (Alan Rudolph, USA)
  17. THE PRINCE OF HOMBURG (Marco Bellocchio, Italy)
  18. THE ROCKING-HORSE WINNER (Michael Almereyda, USA)
  19. EYE OF GOD (Tim Blake Nelson, USA)
  20. FAST, CHEAP AND OUT OF CONTROL (Errol Morris, USA)
  21. GREEN FISH (Lee Chang-Dong, South Korea)
  22. LITTLE SHOTS OF HAPPINESS (Todd Verow, USA)
  23. BARBARA (Nils Malmros, Denmark)
  24. XIAO WU (Jia Zhang Ke, China)

1996

  1. PARFAIT AMOUR! (Catherine Breillat, France)
  2. LA PROMESSE (Dardenne Bros., Belgium)
  3. PONETTE (Jacques Doillon, France)
  4. HOW I STARTED AN ARGUMENT…(MY SEX LIFE) (Arnaud Desplechin, France)
  5. FLIRTING WITH DISASTER (David O. Russell, USA)
  6. THE DAY A PIG FELL INTO THE WELL (Hong Sang-Soo, South Korea)
  7. CONTE D’ÉTÉ (Eric Rohmer, France)
  8. FARGO (Joel Coen, USA)
  9. ELECTIVE AFFINITIES (Taviani Bros., Italy)
  10. THE DELTA (Ira Sachs, USA)
  11. BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD DO AMERICA (Mike Judge, USA)
  12. BREAKING THE WAVES (Lars von Trier, Denmark)
  13. HONEY AND ASHES (Nadia Fares, Tunisia)
  14. SECRETS AND LIES (Mike Leigh, UK)
  15. KANSAS CITY (Robert Altman, USA)
  16. BERENICE (Michael Gitlin, USA)
  17. THE FRUIT OF THY WOMB (Barbara Albert, Austria)

1995

  1. LA CEREMONIE (Claude Chabrol, France)
  2. SAFE (Todd Haynes, USA)
  3. MY SISTER’S GOOD FORTUNE (Angela Schanelec, Germany)
  4. KIDS (Larry Clark, USA)
  5. AN AWFULLY BIG ADVENTURE (Mike Newell, UK)
  6. EN AVOIR (OU PAS) (Laetitia Masson, France)
  7. DEAD MAN WALKING (Tim Robbins, USA)
  8. INDIAN SUMMER (Saša Gedeon, Czech Republic)
  9. DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS (Carl Franklin, USA)
  10. LE GARCU (Maurice Pialat, France)
  11. A SINGLE GIRL (Benoit Jacquot, France)
  12. CARRINGTON (Christopher Hampton, UK)
  13. LES RENDEZVOUS DE PARIS (Eric Rohmer, France)
  14. THE SNAILS’ SENATOR (Mircea Daneliuc, Romania)
  15. MEMORY OF THE WIND (Naomi Kawase, Japan)
  16. ON THE BEAT (Ning Ying, China)
  17. THE ARRIVAL OF A TRAIN: “TROFIM” (Alexei Balabanov, Russia)
  18. FLIRT (Hal Hartley, USA)

NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND (Gary Walkow, USA)

1994

  1. SPANKING THE MONKEY (David O. Russell, USA)
  2. UNCOVERED (Jim McBride, UK/Spain)
  3. PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG GIRL AT THE END OF THE 1960s IN BRUSSELS (Chantal Akerman, France)
  4. AN UNFORGETTABLE SUMMER (Lucian Pintilie, Romania/France)
  5. AUX PETITS BONHEURS (Michel Deville, France)
  6. JOAN THE MAID (Jacques Rivette, France)
  7. TOUT DROIT JUSQU’AU MATIN (Alain Guiraudie, France)
  8. BEING HUMAN (Bill Forsyth, UK)
  9. THE FRIENDS (Shinji Sômai, Japan)
  10. ERIC ROHMER: PREUVES À L’APPUI (André S. Labarthe and Jean Douchet, France)
  11. CROOKLYN (Spike Lee, USA)
  12. NADJA (Michael Almereyda, USA)
  13. SIRENS (John Duigan, Australia)
  14. PULP FICTION (Quentin Tarantino, USA)
  15. EXOTICA (Atom Egoyan, Canada)
  16. L’ENFER (Claude Chabrol, France)
  17. PASSIONS (Kira Muratova, Russia)
  18. I LIKE IT LIKE THAT (Darnell Martin, USA)
  19. RHYTHM THIEF (Matthew Harrison, USA)
  20. VIVE L’AMOUR (Tsai Ming-Liang, Taiwan)
  21. LITTLE ODESSA (James Gray, USA)
  22. NYC 3/94 (Hal Hartley, USA)

1993

  1. NAKED (Mike Leigh, UK)
  2. THE TREE, THE MAYOR, AND THE MEDIATHEQUE (Eric Rohmer, France)
  3. MOVING (Shinji Somai, Japan)
  4. THE YOUNG WERTHER (Jacques Doillon, France)
  5. DOTTIE GETS SPANKED (Todd Haynes, USA)
  6. LES HISTOIRES D’AMOUR FINISSENT MAL EN GENERAL (Anne Fontaine, France)
  7. THE DAYS (Wang Xiaoshuai, China)
  8. DAZED AND CONFUSED (Richard Linklater, USA)
  9. DIARY OF A MANIAC (Marco Ferreri, Italy)
  10. A TOUCH OF FEVER (Ryosuke Hashiguchi, Japan)
  11. THE WRONG MAN (Jim McBride, USA)
  12. CLEAN, SHAVEN (Lodge Kerrigan, USA)
  13. MENACE II SOCIETY (Albert and Allen Hughes, USA)
  14. D’EST (Chantal Akerman, Belgium)
  15. DYING AT A HOSPITAL (Jun Ichikawa, Japan)
  16. LOSS IS TO BE EXPECTED (Ulrich Seidl, Austria)
  17. THE PUPPETMASTER (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Taiwan)
  18. STRANGE WEATHER (Peggy Ahwesh, USA)
  19. GROSS MISCONDUCT: THE LIFE OF BRIAN SPENCER (Atom Egoyan, Canada)

THE PIANO (Jane Campion, New Zealand)

1992

  1. SURVIVING DESIRE (Hal Hartley, USA)
  2. AMOUREUSE (Jacques Doillon, France)
  3. AND LIFE GOES ON…. (Abbas Kiarostami, Iran)
  4. A TALE OF WINTER (Eric Rohmer, France)
  5. PAIN OF LOVE (Nils Malmros, Denmark)
  6. BAD LIEUTENANT (Abel Ferrara, USA)
  7. EQUINOX (Alan Rudolph, USA)
  8. ANOTHER GIRL, ANOTHER PLANET (Michael Almereyda, USA)
  9. BETTY (Claude Chabrol, France)
  10. HOWARDS END (James Ivory, UK)
  11. STOLEN CHILDREN (Gianni Amelio, Italy)
  12. THE LONG DAY CLOSES (Terence Davies, UK)
  13. SAVAGE NIGHTS (Cyril Collard, France)
  14. THE MYSTERY OF FERNS (Rachid Malikov, Uzbekistan)
  15. LORENZO’S OIL (George Miller, USA)
  16. EMBRACING (Naomi Kawase, Japan)
  17. UN COEUR EN HIVER (Claude Sautet, France)
  18. THE ANTIGONE OF SOPHOCLES… (Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Huillet, Germany)
  19. ROSES FOR AFRICA (Sohrab Shahid Saless, Germany)
  20. RESERVOIR DOGS (Quentin Tarantino, USA)
  21. THE BOYS OF ST. VINCENT’S (Parts I and II) (John N. Smith, Canada)
  22. PASSAGES (Yilmaz Arslan, Germany)
  23. THE SENTIMENTAL POLICEMAN (Kira Muratova, Russia)
  24. SIMPLE MEN (Hal Hartley, USA)

THE OAK (Lucian Pintilie, Romania)
LA SENTINELLE (Arnaud Desplechin, France)

1991

  1. LA VIE DES MORTS (Arnaud Desplechin, France)
  2. AMBITION (Hal Hartley, USA)
  3. KASBA (Kumar Shahani, India)
  4. HIGHWAY PATROLMAN (Alex Cox, Mexico)
  5. NAKED LUNCH (David Cronenberg, Canada)
  6. THEORY OF ACHIEVEMENT (Hal Hartley, USA)
  7. FLIRTING (John Duigan, Australia)
  8. SALE COMME UNE ANGE (Catherine Breillat, France)
  9. DROP DEAD FRED (Ate de Jong, UK/USA)
  10. LES AMANTS DU PONT-NEUF (Leos Carax, France)
  11. HAPPY DAYS (Alexei Balabanov, Russia)
  12. YOUNGSTERS (Tsai Ming-Liang, Taiwan)
  13. PARIS TROUT (Stephen Gyllenhaal, USA)
  14. CHEB (Rachid Bouchereb, Algeria/France)
  15. BLOOD TIES (Jim McBride, USA)
  16. MORTAL THOUGHTS (Alan Rudolph, USA)
  17. VAN GOGH (Maurice Pialat, France)
  18. NIGHT AND DAY (Chantal Akerman, Belgium)
  19. THREE DAYS (Sharunas Bartas, Lithuania)
  20. BEAUTIFUL YELLOW COLOR (Angela Schanelec, Germany)

1990

  1. TRUST (Hal Hartley, USA)
  2. MIAMI BLUES (George Armitage, USA)
  3. METROPOLITAN (Whit Stillman, USA)
  4. LA DISCRETE (Christian Vincent, France)
  5. LE PETIT CRIMINEL (Jacques Doillon, France)
  6. THE SHELTERING SKY (Bernardo Bertolucci, UK/Italy)
  7. LIFE IS SWEET (Mike Leigh, UK)
  8. MR. AND MRS. BRIDGE (James Ivory, UK/USA)
  9. MILLER’S CROSSING (Joel Coen, USA)
  10. THE LAST STOP (Serik Aprimov, Kazakhstan)
  11. CLOSE-UP (Abbas Kiarostami, Iran)
  12. BRIGHT ANGEL (Michael Fields, USA)
  13. LOVE AT LARGE (Alan Rudolph, USA)
  14. LE MARIAGE BLANC (Christine Carriere, France)
  15. HOUSE PARTY (Reginald Hudlin, USA)
  16. MEN DON’T LEAVE (Paul Brickman, USA)
  17. SONG OF THE EXILE (Ann Hui, Hong Kong)
  18. C’EST VRAI (ONE HOUR) (Robert Frank, USA/France)

GOOD NEWS: NEWSPAPER SALESMEN, DEAD DOGS, AND OTHER PEOPLE FROM VIENNA (Ulrich Seidl, Austria)
QUIET DAYS IN CLICHY (French version) (Claude Chabrol, France)