Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome(George Miller & George Ogilvie)
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters(Paul Schrader)
Prizzi's Honor(John Huston)
My Beautiful Laundrette(Stephen Frears)
Taipei Story(Edward Yang)
Police Story(Jackie Chan)
The Stuff(Larry Cohen)
The Return of the Living Dead(Dan O'Bannon)
Hail Mary(Jean-Luc Godard)
A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge(Jack Sholder)
The Practice of Love(Valie Export)
L'amour braque(Andrzej Zulawski)
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:Agnes of God
(Jewison); Better Off Dead... (Holland); Cocoon (Howard);
Into the Night (Landis); Kiss of the Spider Woman
(Babenco); Mask (Bogdanovich); No End (Kieslowski); Out
of Africa (Pollack); Runaway Train (Konchalovsky); The Time
to Live and the Time to Die (Hou); To Live and Die in L.A.
(Friedkin); Vagabond (Varda); Witness (Weir)
As yet unseen:Flesh + Blood
(Verhoeven); Fool for Love (Altman); O.C. & Stiggs
(Altman); The Quiet Earth (Murphy); Real Genius