For archival purposes, I file everything by the year it had its world premiere. Many of these films will have been commercially released in the U.S. a year or two later, so my lists won’t always match up with other folks’ lists.
Films I haven’t yet rated on that scale are marked with if I currently think they belong in my top ten. These films are subject to being shifted around or yanked altogether at any moment, after I revisit them and they get a numeral. (Lists from prior to about 1988 are especially suspect, as I compiled them long ago from memories that were in many cases already pretty dusty.) If a film isn’t currently in my top ten, and I haven’t yet rated it, you’ll find it under Notable Omissions below or you won’t find it at all. There are a whole lot of the latter — if you’re wondering whether or not I’ve seen the masterpiece you can’t believe I omitted, check my master list.
Notable Omissions:After the Thin Man
(Van Dyke); Camille (Cukor); Dracula's Daughter (Hillyer);
Sabotage (Hitchcock); Secret Agent (Hitchcock); Show
Boat (Whale); These Three (Wyler)
As yet unseen:Come and Get It
(Hawks/Wyler); Libeled Lady (Conway); The Road to Glory
(Hawks); Story of a Cheat (Guitry); Sylvia Scarlett
Deemed a short (and a masterpiece): "A Day in the Country" (Renoir)