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:Arthur (Gordon);
Chariots of Fire (Hudson); Coup de torchon (Tavernier);
Diva (Beineix); Dragonslayer (Robbins); Gallipoli
(Weir); The Great Muppet Caper (Henson); Lola (Fassbinder);
On Golden Pond (Rydell); Possession (Zulawski);
Ragtime (Forman); Thief (Mann)
As yet unseen:Beau-père
(Blier); Knightriders (Romero); Ladies and Gentlemen, The
Fabulous Stains (Adler); Ms. 45 (Ferrara); Polyester
(Waters); Rich and Famous (Cukor); Southern Comfort (Hill);
They All Laughed (Bogdanovich)