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:Elmer Gantry
(Brooks); The Entertainer (Richardson); House of Usher
(Corman); Jazz on a Summer's Day (Stern); La Dolce vita
(Fellini); Les Bonnes femmes (Chabrol); Never on
Sunday (Dassin); Pollyanna (Swift); Sergeant Rutledge
(Ford); Shoot the Piano Player (Truffaut); Swiss Family
Robinson (Annakin); Two Women (De Sica); Zazie dans le
As yet unseen:The Bad Sleep Well
(Kurosawa); Black Sunday (Bava); Comanche Station
(Boetticher); Le Trou (Becker); The Little Shop of Horrors
(Corman); The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (Lang); The Young