The Night of the Shooting Stars(Paolo & Vittorio Taviani)
The Sender(Roger Christian)
Losing Ground(Kathleen Collins)
Identification of a Woman(Michelangelo Antonioni)
The Dark Crystal(Jim Henson & Frank Oz)
Conan the Barbarian(John Milius)
The Secret of NIMH(Don Bluth)
Eating Raoul(Paul Bartel)
Cat People(Paul Schrader)
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.
Bumped from Top 10:Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper
Notable Omissions:Fanny and Alexander
(Bergman); Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Heckerling);
48HRS. (W. Hill); Gandhi (Attenborough); Le Beau
mariage (Rohmer); An Officer and a Gentleman (Hackford);
Shoot the Moon (Parker); The World According to Garp (G.R.
As yet unseen:Creepshow (Romero);
On Top of the Whale (Ruiz); Passion (Godard); Star Trek
II: The Wrath of Khan (Meyer); The State of Things (Wenders);
Tenebrae (Argento); Tex (Hunter); Toute une nuit
(Akerman); The Trout (Losey); Victor/Victoria (Edwards)