I Know Where I'm Going!(Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
Blithe Spirit(David Lean)
Detour(Edgar G. Ulmer)
They Were Expendable(John Ford)
And Then There Were None(Réné Clair)
The Southerner(Jean Renoir)
Two O'Clock Courage(Anthony Mann)
The House on 92nd Street(Henry Hathaway)
Days of Glory([various])
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:Dead of Night
(Cavalcanti/Crichton/Dearden/Hamer); Wonder Man (Humberstone)
As yet unseen:The Body Snatcher
(Wise); The Clock (Minnelli); The Story of G.I. Joe
(Wellman); A Walk in the Sun (Milestone)