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:Alfie (Gilbert);
Cul-de-Sac (Polanski); Fahrenheit 451 (Truffaut); Georgy
Girl (Narizzano); King of Hearts (De Broca); La guerre est
finie (Resnais); A Man for All Seasons (Zinnemann); Modesty
Blaise (Losey); The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are
Coming (Jewison); Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
(Nichols); The Wrong Box (Forbes); You're a Big Boy Now
As yet unseen:Closely Watched Trains (Menzel); The Hawks and
the Sparrows (Pasolini); Kill, Baby, Kill (Bava); Lord Love
a Duck (Axelrod); Lupe (Warhol); Santa Claus Has Blue
Eyes (Eustache); 7 Women (Ford)