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MY TOP 10 HOLLYWOOD MOVIES OF EVERY YEAR 1940-1999

Unread postby RetroRobot » 09 Mar 2014, 02:03

Recently finished this mammoth task of a list that I started working on in the 90's!!! Jeebuz... well, it's been revised and updated through the years, but now I think it's as close to complete as it will ever be. I will obviously continue to watch movies from all decades so I guess it could change at any time, but right now, these are my faves. No blurbs this time.... it's just too damn time consuming.


MY TOP 10 HOLLYWOOD MOVIES OF EVERY YEAR 1940-1999


(in alphabetical order within the year)


1940

CITY FOR CONQUEST
FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT
GO WEST
HIS GIRL FRIDAY
LETTER, THE
MUMMY’S HAND, THE
PHILADELPHIA STORY, THE
SEAHAWK, THE
THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT
TORRID ZONE


1941

ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT
DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE
HIGH SIERRA
HOT SPOT
MALTESE FALCON, THE
MAN HUNT
SEA WOLF, THE
SHANGHAI GESTURE
SUSPICION
WOLF MAN, THE


1942

ACROSS THE PACIFIC
CASABLANCA
DESPERATE JOURNEY
GLASS KEY, THE
GRAND CENTRAL MURDER
MUMMY’S TOMB, THE
SABOTEUR
STREET OF CHANCE
TARZAN’S NEW YORK ADVENTURE
THIS GUN FOR HIRE


1943

ACTION IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC
AIR FORCE
BATAAN
CROSS OF LORRAINE
DESTINATION TOKYO
FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN
SAHARA
SON OF DRACULA
TARZAN’S DESERT MYSTERY
TARZAN TRIUMPHS


1944

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
DOUBLE INDEMNITY
LAURA
MASK OF DIMITRIOS, THE
MINISTRY OF FEAR
MURDER, MY SWEET
PASSAGE TO MARSEILLE
THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO
TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT
WOMAN IN THE WINDOW, THE


1945

BACK TO BATAAN
BLOOD ON THE SUN
CONFLICT
FALLEN ANGEL
HOUSE ON 92nd STREET, THE
OBJECTIVE BURMA
SCARLET STREET
SPELLBOUND
TARZAN AND THE AMAZONS
THEY WERE EXPENDABLE


1946

BIG SLEEP, THE
BLUE DAHLIA, THE
DARK CORNER, THE
KILLERS, THE
NOBODY LIVES FOREVER
NOTORIOUS
POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE, THE
SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT
STRANGER, THE
THREE STRANGERS


1947

13 RUE MADELEINE
BOOMERANG
BORN TO KILL
DARK PASSAGE
DEAD RECKONING
DESPARATE
KISS OF DEATH
OUT OF THE PAST
T-MEN
WEB, THE


1948

ACT OF VIOLENCE
BODYGUARD
CALL NORTHSIDE 777
CRY OF THE CITY
KEY LARGO
KISS THE BLOOD OFF MY HANDS
PITFALL
ROAD HOUSE
STREET WITH NO NAME, THE
TREASURE OF SIERRA MADRE, THE


1949

BIG STEAL, THE
CRISS CROSS
FOLLOW ME QUIETLY
FOUNTAINHEAD, THE
KNOCK ON ANY DOOR
RECKLESS MOMENT, THE
TOKYO JOE
TWELVE O’ CLOCK HIGH
WHIRLPOOL
WHITE HEAT


1950

ARMORED CAR ROBBERY
ASPHALT JUNGLE, THE
D.O.A.
HALLS OF MONTEZUMA
IN A LONELY PLACE
KISS TOMORROW GOODBYE
MYSTERY STREET
SIDE STREET
UNION STATION
WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS


1951

DAY THE EARTH STOOD STIIL, THE
DESERT FOX, THE
DETECTIVE STORY
ENFORCER, THE
GO FOR BROKE
HOUSE ON TELEGRAPH HILL, THE
QUO VADIS
STRANGERS ON A TRAIN
THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD


1952

5 FINGERS
AGAINST ALL FLAGS
ANGEL FACE
CAPTIVE CITY, THE
DEADLINE U.S.A.
IVANHOE
MACAO
NARROW MARGIN, THE
SNIPER, THE
SUDDEN FEAR


1953

BIG HEAT, THE
BLUE GARDENIA, THE
DESERT RATS, THE
INVADERS FROM MARS
JULIUS CAESAR
KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE
PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET
ROBE, THE
SALOME
WAR OF THE WORLDS


1954

CAINE MUTINY, THE
DEMETRIUS AND THE GLADIATORS
DIAL M FOR MURDER
EGYPTIAN, THE
NIGHT PEOPLE
ON THE WATERFRONT
PRINCE VALIANT
REAR WINDOW
SECRET OF THE INCAS
SUDDENLY


1955

BIG COMBO, THE
DAM BUSTERS, THE
DESPARATE HOURS
ESCAPE TO BURMA
HOUSE OF BAMBOO
KISS ME DEADLY
LAND OF THE PHARAOHS
MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM, THE
REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE
TO CATCH A THIEF


1956

ALEXANDER THE GREAT
D-DAY: THE SIXTH OF JUNE
FORBIDDEN PLANET
HELEN OF TROY
INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS
KILLING, THE
KISS BEFORE DYING, A
MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, THE
WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS
WRONG MAN, THE


1957

12 ANGRY MEN
BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI
CRIMES OF PASSION
EDGE OF THE CITY
ENEMY BELOW, THE
MEN IN WAR
NIGHTFALL
SAYONARA
UNHOLY WIFE, THE
WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION


1958

BLOB, THE
FLY, THE
HUNTERS, THE
NAKED AND THE DEAD, THE
RUN SILENT, RUN DEEP
TORPEDO RUN
TOUCH OF EVIL
VERTIGO
VIKINGS, THE
YOUNG LIONS, THE


1959

ANATOMY OF A MURDER
BATTLE OF THE CORAL SEA
BEN HUR
CRIMSON KIMONO
FERRY TO HONG KONG
JOURNEY
NEVER SO FEW
NORTH BY NORTHWEST
SOLOMON AND SHEBA
SOME LIKE IT HOT


1960

APARTMENT, THE
ESTHER AND THE KING
EXODUS
GALLANT HOURS, THE
HELL TO ETERNITY
OCEANS ELEVEN
PSYCHO
SEVEN THIEVES
SPARTACUS
TIME MACHINE, THE


1961

BACHELOR IN PARADISE
BARABBAS
EL CID
GUNS OF NAVARONE, THE
JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG
LADIES MAN, THE
PARIS BLUES
PIT AND THE PENDULUM, THE
UNDERWORLD, U.S.A.
VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA



1962

300 SPARTANS, THE
BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ
CAPE FEAR
DAMON AND PYTHIAS
Dr. NO
HELL IS FOR HEROES
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
LONGEST DAY, THE
MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, THE
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD


1963

BIRDS, THE
CHARADE
CLEOPATRA
COME BLOW YOUR HORN
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
GREAT ESCAPE, THE
IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD
KINGS OF THE SUN
NUTTY PROFESSOR, THE
PINK PANTHER, THE


1964

633 SQUADRON
7th DAWN, THE
FAIL SAFE
GOLDFINGER
MORITURI
SEVEN DAYS IN MAY
SHOT IN THE DARK, THE
TOPKAPI
TRAIN, THE
ZULU


1965

BATTLE OF THE BULGE
BEDFORD INCIDENT, THE
BRAIN STORM
FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL!
FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX
HEROES OF THE TELEMARK, THE
IN HARM’S WAY
OPERATION CROSSBOW
THUNDERBALL
VON RYAN’S EXPRESS


1966

AMBUSH BAY
AROUND THE WORLD UNDER THE SEA
ASSAULT ON A QUEEN
BATMAN
BLOW-UP
FANTASTIC VOYAGE
GAMBIT
HOW TO STEAL A MILLION
KHARTOUM
QUILLER MEMORANDUM, THE


1967

BONNIE AND CLYDE
DIRTY DOZEN, THE
FATHOM
GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER
IN LIKE FLINT
IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT
NIGHT OF THE GENERALS, THE
TONY ROME
VENETIAN AFFAIR, THE
YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE


1968

BULLIT
COOGAN’S BLUFF
DETECTIVE, THE
HANG ‘EM HIGH
I LOVE YOU, ALICE B. TOKLAS
LADY IN CEMENT
PARTY, THE
SUBMARINE X-1
THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, THE
WHERE EAGLES DARE


1969

BRIDGE AT REMAGEN, THE
EASY RIDER
EYE OF THE CAT
FLAREUP
LOST MAN, THE
MARLOWE
MIDNIGHT COWBOY
ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE
ROYAL HUNT OF THE SUN, THE
WILD BUNCH, THE


1970

EXECUTIONER
FRAGMENT OF FEAR
HORNETS’ NEST
LITTLE BIG MAN
PATTON
THEY CALL ME MR. TIBBS
TICK… TICK… TICK…
TOO LATE THE HERO
TORA! TORA! TORA!
TWO MULES FOR SISTER SARA


1971

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
DIRTY HARRY
DUEL
FRENCH CONNECTION, THE
KLUTE
ORGANIZATION, THE
PANIC IN NEEDLE PARK
PLAY MISTY FOR ME
SHAFT
STRAW DOGS


1972

ACROSS 110th STREET
DELIVERANCE
GETAWAY, THE
GODFATHER, THE
JOE KIDD
MECHANIC, THE
RED SUN
SLAUGHTER
SUPERFLY
VALACI PAPERS, THE


1973

CHARLEY VARRICK
COFFY
DAY OF THE JACKAL, THE
HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER
LIVE AND LET DIE
MACK, THE
MAGNUM FORCE
SERPICO
SEVEN-UPS, THE
STING, THE


1974

BLACK BELT JONES
DEATH WISH
DIRTY MARY, CRAZY LARRY
EDUCATION OF SONNY CARSON, THE
FOXY BROWN
GODFATHER PART II, THE
MR. MAJESTYK
MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN, THE
TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE, THE
THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT


1975

3 DAYS OF THE CONDOR
BUCKTOWN
CLEOPATRA JONES AND THE CASINO OF GOLD
FRENCH CONNECTION II, THE
JAWS
NIGHT MOVES
RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER
SHEBA, BABY
WHITE-LINE FEVER
YAKUZA, THE


1976

ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN
ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13
CAR WASH
ENFORCER, THE
KING KONG
MARATHON MAN, THE
PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN, THE
ROCKY
SILVER STREAK, THE
TAXI DRIVER


1977

BRIDGE TO FAR, A
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
CROSS OF IRON
DEEP, THE
GAUNTLET, THE
ROLLING THUNDER
SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT
SPY WHO LOVED ME, THE
STAR WARS
TELEFON


1978

BLUE COLLAR
CONVOY
DEER HUNTER, THE
DRIVER, THE
F.I.S.T.
FURY, THE
HALLOWEEN
REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER
SUPERMAN THE MOVIE
WILD GEESE, THE


1979

“10”
ALIEN
APOCALYPSE NOW
BOULEVARD NIGHTS
CHINA SYNDROME, THE
ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ
MOONRAKER
OVER THE EDGE
ROCKY II
WARRIORS, THE


1980

ALLIGATOR
BORDERLINE
BRUBAKER
CRUISING
EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, THE
FLASH GORDON
FOG, THE
FRIDAY THE 13th
NIGHT OF THE JUGGLER
STIR CRAZY


1981

ARTHUR
BURNING, THE
FORT APACHE: THE BRONX
FOR YOUR EYES ONLY
FRIDAY THE 13th II
NIGHT HAWKS
OUTLAND
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
SOUTHERN COMFORT
TAPS


1982

48 Hrs.
CHALLENGE, THE
CLASS OF 1984
FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH
FIRST BLOOD
OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN, AN
POLTERGEIST
ROCKY III
STAR TREK II: WRATH OF KHAN
THING, THE


1983

10 TO MIDNIGHT
LONE WOLF MCQUADE
RETURN OF THE JEDI
SCARFACE
STAR CHAMBER, THE
TRADING PLACES
UNCOMMON VALOR
UNDER FIRE
VACATION
WARGAMES


1984

BEVERLY HILLS COP
BREAKIN’
FRIDAY THE 13th IV: THE FINAL CHAPTER
GHOSTBUSTERS
GREMLINS
INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM
KARATE KID, THE
RED DAWN
ROMANCING THE STONE
TERMINATOR, THE


1985

AMERICAN NINJA
COMMANDO
DEATH WISH III
GOONIES
INVASION U.S.A.
MISSING IN ACTION II: THE BEGINNING
RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II
ROCKY IV
TUFF TURF
YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES


1986

ALIENS
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA
COBRA
CROCODILE DUNDEE
DELTA FORCE
FRIDAY THE 13th VI: JASON LIVES
HEARTBREAK RIDGE
IRON EAGLE
MANHATTAN PROJECT, THE
THRASHIN’


1987

BEVERLY HILLS COP II
CAN’T BUY ME LOVE
EXTREME PREJUDICE
LESS THAN ZERO
LEHAL WEAPON
LIVING DAYLIGHTS, THE
LOST BOYS, THE
MONSTER SQUAD
PREDATOR
ROBOCOP


1988

ABOVE THE LAW
BEAST OF WAR, THE
BLOODSPORT
COMING TO AMERICA
COLORS
CROCODILE DUNDEE II
DIE HARD
MISSISSIPPI BURNING
OFF LIMITS
RAMBO III


1989

ABYSS, THE
BLACK RAIN
BURBS’, THE
FRIDAY THE 13th VIII: JASON TAKES MANHATTAN
INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE
KICKBOXER
LICENSE TO KILL
LOVERBOY
ROAD HOUSE
TANGO AND CASH


1990

ARACHNOPHOBIA
DELTA FORCE II: THE COLOMBIAN CONNECTION
DIE HARD II: DIE HARDER
GOODFELLAS
HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, THE
MARKED FOR DEATH
NAVY SEALS
LIONHEART
TOTAL RECALL
TREMORS


1991

BUGSY
DOUBLE IMPACT
HARLEY DAVIDSON AND THE MARLBORO MAN
JFK
LAST BOYSCOUT, THE
OUT FOR JUSTICE
POINT BREAK
SHOWDOWN IN LITTLE TOKYO
STONE COLD
TOY SOLDIERS


1992

FIXING THE SHADOW
PASSENGER 57
PATRIOT GAMES
RAPID FIRE
SCHOOL TIES
SNEAKERS
TRESPASS
UNDER SIEGE
UNIVERSAL SOLDIER
WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP


1993

ASPEN EXTREME
BLOOD IN, BLOOD OUT
CARLITO’S WAY
CLIFFHANGER
DAZED AND CONFUSED
DEMOLITION MAN
FALLING DOWN
HARD TARGET
RISING SUN
SNIPER


1994

BLOWN AWAY
CHASERS
CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER
DROP ZONE
ON DEADLY GROUND
SHADOW, THE
STARGATE
SURVIVING THE GAME
TERMINAL VELOCITY
TIMECOP


1995

CASINO
CONGO
CRIMSON TIDE
CRYING FREEMAN
DEAD PRESIDENTS
GOLDENEYE
HEAT
JUDGE DREDD
JUST CAUSE
UNDER SIEGE II: DARK TERRITORY


1996

ARRIVAL, THE
BROKEN ARROW
CHAIN REACTION
ERASER
EXECUTIVE DECISION
HAPPY GILMORE
INDEPENDENCE DAY
LONG KISS GOODNIGHT, THE
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
QUEST, THE


1997

ALIEN RESSURECTION
ANACONDA
BOOGIE NIGHTS
CON AIR
DEVIL’S OWN, THE
DONNIE BRASCO
JACKAL, THE
L.A. CONFIDENTIAL
MEN IN BLACK
STARSHIP TROOPERS


1998

DISTURBING BEHAVIOR
ENEMY OF THE STATE
FIRESTORM
HARD RAIN
MAN IN THE IRON MASK, THE
REPLACEMENT KILLERS, THE
RONIN
SAVIOR
SPHERE
THIN RED LINE


1999

BONE COLLECTOR, THE
CORRUPTOR, THE
DEEP BLUE SEA
GENERAL’S DAUGHTER, THE
INSTINCT
LAKE PLACID
MATRIX, THE
MUMMY, THE
SUMMER OF SAM
THREE KINGS



So there it is for those that wanna take a peek.

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Unread postby Markgway » 09 Mar 2014, 05:49

The first 25 years reads like my Dad's DVD collection.

Have you seen Phantom Lady (1944)?
Saw that recently and liked it.

I might have a go at the 80s and 90s myself sometime...
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Unread postby RetroRobot » 09 Mar 2014, 11:41

Your dad has great taste :)

I have not seen Phantom Lady, but I am aware of it being a solid noir. Oh man, so many flicks, so little time.

Yeah, the 80's and 90's were both the easiest and the hardest for me. Tons of awesome films to pick from, but with that, also a lot of great ones that didn't make the cut. I would love to see your list.

It's funny, I use to think that the 50's were the least interesting period in Hollywood history, but actually, I think the 60's earns that distinction.

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Unread postby Markgway » 09 Mar 2014, 21:16

I've seen plenty of films made from the 30s to the 70s, but, crucially, not enough to do fair top ten lists. I've missed out on too many 'classics'. But for the record I'm a fan of Bogart and Cagney.

I've seen enough of the 80s and 90s to have a go at them. I'll start a shortlist tomorrow and see where I get. :)
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Unread postby RetroRobot » 09 Mar 2014, 21:28

Yeah, you can never go wrong with Bogey and Cagney.

Looking forward to seeing your picks.

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Unread postby saltysam » 09 Mar 2014, 21:46

What an era the 70's was..so many iconic classics in one decade
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Unread postby RetroRobot » 09 Mar 2014, 21:56

True, Sam.... even though the 80's is my fave decade of cinema, there's no denying the abundance of bonafide classics to come out of the 70's. One of the most influential periods in filmmaking for sure. And that goes for Hollywood as well as Europe and Asia.

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Unread postby Masterofoneinchpunch » 10 Mar 2014, 20:46

The fun thing about these lists is that it gives me an idea of future watches. I should note which ones I have not seen yet (at least to myself.) Ha in 1976 I'm only missing KING KONG and TORRID ZONE for 1940. I'm almost done with MAN HUNT (started last night so I will have another check soon.)

Retro are you more interested in a top Hollywood per year from me or top 10 films per year from me?

Good to see such films as The Pink Panther Strikes Again (one of my favorite films of all-time) as well as DEMETRIUS AND THE GLADIATORS which does not always get much love (like with THE ARRIVAL which I think is underrated).

I feel Hollywood has good material from 20s on (now it does get a little fuzzy in the 20s what is independent and what is Hollywood; same goes for confusing some UK films with Hollywood later on.)

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Unread postby RetroRobot » 10 Mar 2014, 21:07

You haven't seen the '76 King Kong??? For shame :)

Aah yes, Torrid Zone.... a sweaty Cagney on the Warner backlot posing as the tropics. I guess if they actually had shot on location his white Irish ass would have burst into flames :rage: If you ever see the old Warner gag reels, there's a really fun one with Cagney flubbing his lines to the point of anger from that film.

Whatever list you wanna do is fine with me. Though if you could match mine with your own picks, it would be cool to compare and contrast. Im sure yours will have less schlock and cheese on it.... or will it?? :)

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Unread postby RetroRobot » 10 Mar 2014, 21:13

Masterofoneinchpunch wrote: same goes for confusing some UK films with Hollywood later on.)


For this version of the list I only picked Hollywood production or co-productions (Blow-up for instance). My old version of the list had Hammer films and the man with no name trilogy on it among others. But I wanted to do a straight HLWD list. Whether one or two independent productions slipped by me here, im not sure. But I think it's 99,9% tinsel town.

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Unread postby RetroRobot » 10 Mar 2014, 21:30

Oh and I bet a million dollars that Citizen Kane will be on your list :)

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Unread postby Masterofoneinchpunch » 10 Mar 2014, 21:52

RetroRobot wrote:Oh and I bet a million dollars that Citizen Kane will be on your list :)


Oh Yeah you would win that bet. The problem with some of the UK productions is that they tend to be coproductions and it gets a little confusing at some points. Plus I want to include Powell & Pressburger :D (I'll think about taking some of the more English ones off.) I am going to do a decade at a time (or year at a time :D.) I'll try to post one update today.

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Unread postby Masterofoneinchpunch » 10 Mar 2014, 22:19

I'm going to go five years at a time so I can add additional information like what I have not seen of yours. I will eventually put in all together in a master list, but I wanted to put it out now instead of waiting who knows when.

1940
The Bank Dick (1940: Edward F. Cline)
The Shop Around The Corner (1940: Ernst Lubitsch)
The Sea Hawk (1940: Michael Curtiz)
The Letter (1940: William Wyler)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940: John Ford)
The Great Dictator (1940: Charles Chaplin)
His Girl Friday (1940: Howard Hawks)
The Philadelphia Story (1940: George Cukor)
Rebecca (1940: Alfred Hitchcock)
The Thief of Bagdad (1940: Michael Powell)

Additional: The Long Voyage Home (1940: John Ford)
Not seen of yours: They Drive By Night, Torrid Zone

1941
Citizen Kane (1941: Orson Welles)
The Maltese Falcon (1941: John Huston)
Now Voyager (1941: Irving Rapper)
The Wolf Man (1941: George Waggner)
The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941: William Dieterle)
Sergeant York (1941: Howard Hawks)
Buck Privates (1941: Arthur Lubin)
How Green Was My Valley (1941: John Ford)
Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941: Edward F. Cline)
Sullivan’s Travels (1941: Preston Sturges)

Additional: High Sierra (1941: Raoul Walsh)
Not seen of yours: All Through the Night, Dr.Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde, Hot Spot aka I Wake Up Screaming, The Sea Wolf, Shanghai Gesture,

1942
Bambi (1941: Various)
Casablanca (1942: Michael Curtiz)
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942: Orson Welles)
Road to Morocco (1942: David Butler)
Cat People (1942: Jacques Tourneur)
The Palm Beach Story (1942: Preston Sturges)
Holiday Inn (1942: Mark Sandrich)
The Pride of the Yankees (1942: Sam Wood)
This Gun for Hire (1942: Frank Tuttle)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942: Michael Curtiz)

Additional: To Be or Not to Be (1942: Ernst Lubitsch)
Not Seen of Yours: Across the Pacific, Desperate Journey, The Glass Key, Grand Central Murder, Street of Chance, Tarzan's New York Adventure

1943
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943: Powell & Pressburger)
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943: William A. Wellman)
Heaven Can Wait (1943: Ernst Lubitsch)
I Walked with a Zombie (1943: Jacques Tourneur)
Jane Eyre (1943: Robert Stevenson)
Shadow of a Doubt (1943: Alfred Hitchcock)
The Leopard Man (1943: Jacques Tourneur)
Destination Tokyo (1943: Delmer Daves)
It Ain’t Hay (1943: Erle C.Kenton)
Hit the Ice (1943: Charles Lamont)

Additional: The Seventh Victim (1943: Mark Robson)
Not Seen of Yours: Action in North Atlantic, Cross of Lorraine, Sahara, Tarzan Desert Mystery, Tarzan's Triumphs

1944
Double Indemnity (1944: Billy Wilder)
The Lodger (1944: John Brahm)
To Have and Have Not (1944: Howard Hawks)
Laura (1944: Otto Preminger)
The Princess and the Pirate (1944: David Butler)
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944: Frank Capra)
Going My Way (1944: Leo McCarey)
It Happened Tomorrow (1944: Rene Clair)
Meet Me In Saint Louis (1944: Vincente Minnelli)
The Scarlet Claw (1944: Roy William Neill)

Additional: Curse of the Cat People (1944: Robert Wise, Gunther von Fritsch)
Not Seen of Yours: The Mask of Dimitrios, Ministry of Fear, Passage to Marseille, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, The Woman in the Window

* Years by IMDB; Not in order of preference
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Sweet!!! I'll hold my comments for now.

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Ok, clearly I will not hold my comments

Plenty I haven't seen of yours, but quite a few I have. So far, not as many in common as I would have guessed, but hey... that just makes it more interesting. Plenty of titles to check out.

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RetroRobot wrote:Ok, clearly I will not hold my comments

Plenty I haven't seen of yours, but quite a few I have. So far, not as many in common as I would have guessed, but hey... that just makes it more interesting.


I did not want you to hold your comments, because I do not know how busy I'll get before I can finish it :D.

Now clearly there are many of yours so far I want to see. Some I have, some I have on wish lists and some I have not even thought of. Picks like Sahara I will get to sooner than later. Picks like The Mask of Dimitrios I will eventually get the MOD. Ones like Ministry of Fear I should already have :D since it is on Criterion. I'm not that far along in the Tarzan films (since I only saw a few in the 30s) so it will a long time before I get to those.

But I am a fan of Bogart, Cagney, Hitchcock etc. so far I understand most of your picks. Heck I was close to picking some of the Hitchcocks, but I will have more Hitchcock later.

As you see for 40s horror I tend to prefer Val Lewton over the Universal horror. Now when you see my 30s list, you will see it dominated by Universal horror.

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I need to see more 30's flicks before I can include it on the list.... but i'll get there eventually.

I should have included Shadow of a Doubt for '43 instead of Son of Dracula.... that was a bit of a misstep. Maybe there will be more.

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When I get to Mark's dates I'll add him in an additional row of Mark not seen.

1945
The Body Snatcher (1945: Robert Wise)
Spellbound (1945: Alfred Hitchcock)
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945: Albert Lewin)
Hangover Square (1945: John Brahm)
Leave Her To Heaven (1945: John Stahl)
Mildred Pierce (1945: Michael Curtiz)
The Bells of Saint Marys (1945: Leo McCarey)
Scarlet Street (1945: Fritz Lang)
The Lost Weekend (1945: Billy Wilder)
Isle of the Dead (1945: Mark Robson)

Additional: I Know Where I’m Going (1945: Powell & Pressburger)
Not Seen of Retro: Conflict, Fallen Angel, The House on 92nd Street, Objective Burma, Tarzan and the Amazons

1946
Great Expectations (1946: David Lean)
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946: Frank Kapra)
Notorious (1946: Alfred Hitchcock)
The Big Sleep (1946: Howard Hawks)
My Darling Clementine (1946: John Ford)
Canyon Passage (1946: Jacques Tourneur)
Gilda (1946: Charles Vidor)
The Stranger (1946: Orson Welles)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946: William Wyler)
Green for Danger (1946: Sidney Gilliat)

Additional: Bedlam (1946: Mark Robson)
Not Seen of Retro: The Dark Corner, The Killers, Nobody Lives Forver, Postman Always Rings Twice, Somewhere in the Night, Three Strangers

1947
Miracle on 34 Street (1947: George Seaton)
Out of the Past (1947: Jacques Tourneur)
It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947: Roy Del Ruth)
The Bishop’s Wife (1947: Henry Koster)
Dark Passage (1947: Delmer Daves)
The Egg and I (1947: Chester Erskine)
The Ghost and Mrs.Muir (1947: Joseph L Mankiewicz)
The Lady from Shanghai (1947: Orson Welles)
Brute Force (1947: Jules Dassin)
Lady in the Lake (1947: Robert Montgomery)

Additional: Monsieur Verdoux (1947: Charles Chaplin)
Not Seen of Retro: 13 Rue Madeleine, Boomerang, Born to Kill, Dead Reckoning, Desperate, Kiss of Death, The Web

1948
Hamlet (1948: Laurence Olivier)
Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948: John Huston)
Oliver Twist (1948: David Lean)
Red River (1948: Howard Hawks)
Unfaithfully Yours (1948: Preston Sturges)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948: Charles Barton)
Fort Apache (1948: John Ford)
Key Largo (1948: John Huston)
The Paleface (1948: Norman Z. McLeod)
Rope (1948: Alfred Hitchcock)

Additional: Fallen Idol (1948: Carol Reed)
Not Seen of Retro: Bodyguard, Cry of the City, Kiss the Blood Off My Hands, Pitfall, Road House, The Street with No Name,

1949
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949: Robert Hamer)
The Third Man (1949: Carol Reed)
A Letter To Three Wives (1949: Joseph Mankiewicz)
The Heiress (1949: William Wyler)
The Big Steal (1949: Don Siegal)
In the Good Old Summertime (1949: Robert Z. Leonard)
On the Town (1949: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelley)
The Set-Up (1949: Robert Wise)
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949: John Ford)
White Heat (1949: Raoul Walsh)

Additional: Adam’s Rib (1949: George Cukor)
Not Seen of Retro: Criss Cross, Follow Me Quietly, Knock on any Door, The Reckless Moment, Tokyo Joe, Whirlpool
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I thought for sure you would have seen Postman Always Rings Twice, a noir classic if ever there was one (though it certainly has its detractors).

If I allowed UK productions on my list, Oliver Twist would most def be on there for '48.

Rope, as an excercise in filmmaking is interesting, as a piece of entertainment... I didn't like it.

And as you can probably tell from my list, im not a Western fan, which is where we differ the most in taste I guess. I like some Spaghetti Westerns and a few of the later Eastwood flicks but that's it.

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RetroRobot wrote:I thought for sure you would have seen Postman Always Rings Twice, a noir classic if ever there was one (though it certainly has its detractors).

If I allowed UK productions on my list, Oliver Twist would most def be on there for '48.

Rope, as an excercise in filmmaking is interesting, as a piece of entertainment... I didn't like it.


Yeah I need to see Postman Always Rings Twice it as soon as I can. If I had it I would watch it ASAP (though Kiss of Death I actually want to watch more.) I'm missing several film noirs on your list. I have several of the Flynn films you have mentioned so I can get to those sooner than later.

I finished Man Hunt last night. Fine film, and I generally like Fritz Lang so I was not surprised. Strong effective psychological beginning.

Rope has stuck with me. I like the idea and the technical aspects a lot. It's creepy and effective and the performances are well done. I do wonder how the film would have been with either Cary Grant or Montgomery Clift (though when Hitchcock did finally work with Clift in I Confess it was a clash of styles.)

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I was on a hard noir kick a few years back, where I bought like 50 or so titles within a few months. Many from the Fox Film Noir series of dvds, most of which had commentaries and some nice docs on them. I burnt out before I got through em' all, so there's undoubtedly more gold on the horizon within those stacks.

I should probably check out Rope again... it has been a while since I saw it.

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ow my brain ...

1950
Sunset Boulevard (1950: Billy Wilder)
Winchester '73 (1950: Anthony Mann)
All About Eve (1950: Joseph Mankiewicz)
The Asphalt Jungle (1950: John Huston)
Rio Grande (1950: John Ford)
Night and the City (1950: Jules Dassin)
The Gunfighter (1950: Henry King)
The Baron of Arizona (1950: Samuel Fuller)
In A Lonely Place (1950: Nicolas Ray)
Panic in the Streets (1950: Elia Kazan)

Additional: Last Holiday (1950: Henry Cass)
Not Seen of Retro: Armored Car Robbery, D.O.A., Halls of Montezuma, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, Union Station, Where the Sidewalk Ends

1951
Scrooge (1951: Brian Desmond Hurst)
Ace in the Hole (1951: Billy Wilder)
Strangers on a Train (1951: Alfred Hitchcock)
A Place in the Sun (1951: George Stevens)
The African Queen (1951: John Huston)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951: Robert Wise)
His Kind of Woman (1951: John Farrow)
The Lavender Hill Mob (1951: Charles Crichton)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951: Elia Kazan)
An American in Paris (1951: Vincente Minnelli)

Additional: The Man in the White Suit (1951: Alexander Mackendrick)
Not Seen of Retro: The Desert Fox, Detective Story, The Enforcer, Go for Broke, The House of Telegraph Hill, Quo Vadis

1952
Singing in the Rain (1952: Stanley Donen)
High Noon (1952: Fred Zinnemann)
Bend of the River (1952: Anthony Mann)
Macao (1952: Josef von Sternberg)
On Dangerous Ground (1952: Nicolaus Ray) IMDB has this as 1951, but it is a 1952 release
The Quiet Man (1952: John Ford)
The Sniper (1952: Edward Dymtyrk)
The Importance of Being Earnest (1952: Anthony Asquith)
Moulin Rouge (1952: John Huston)
Lost in Alaska (1952: Jean Yarbrough)

Additional: Kansas City Confidential (1952: Phil Karlsons)
Not Seen of Retro: 5 Fingers, Against All Flags, The Captive City, Deadline U.S.A., Ivanhoe, Sudden Fear

1953
Stalag 17 (1953: Billy Wilder)
Pickup on South Street (1953: Samuel Fuller)
Shane (1953: George Stevens)
The Band Wagon (1953: Vincente Minnelli)
House of Wax (1953: André De Toth)
The Big Heat (1953: Fritz Lang)
From Here to Eternity (1953: Fred Zinnemann)
The Naked Spur (1953: Anthony Mann)
Roman Holiday (1953: William Wyler)
The War of the Worlds (1953: Byron Haskin)

Additional: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953: Howard Hawks)
Not Seen of Retro: The Desert Rats, Invaders From Mars, Knights of the Round Table, Salome

1954
Rear Window (1954: Alfred Hitchcock)
On The Waterfront (1954: Elia Kazan)
20000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954: Richard Fleischer)
The Caine Mutiny (1954: Edward Dymtyrk)
The Barefoot Contessa (1954: Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
The Naked Jungle (1954: Byron Haskin)
Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954: Jack Arnold)
Broken Lance (1954: Edward Dymtyrk)
Sabrina (1954: Billy Wilder)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954: Stanley Donen)

Additional: Crime Wave (1954: Andre de Toth)
Not Seen of Retro: The Egyptian, Night People, Prince Valiant, Secret of the Incas, Suddenly
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Wow, we had more in common in the first half of 50's than we did in the 40's, I think. Wouldn't have thought.

Lavender Hill Mob would probably have made my list if UK productions were allowed. Nice to see you also have The Sniper on. Very underrated flick.

The 60's were the hardest for me. Looking forward to see what you come up with there.

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Btw, if you ever see Secret of the Incas, you can really see where Indiana Jones came from, along with other inspirations of course. When I initially started researching the influences on the Indy flicks, I was quite surprised to find how little original material Spielberg and Lucas actually came up with. I knew it was an homage to the matineé serials and pastiche filmmaking overall, but not to that degree. We're talking Tarantino proportions, which I did not expect. Still love the movies though.

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Unread postby Masterofoneinchpunch » 12 Mar 2014, 17:49

RetroRobot wrote:Wow, we had more in common in the first half of 50's than we did in the 40's, I think. Wouldn't have thought.

Lavender Hill Mob would probably have made my list if UK productions were allowed. Nice to see you also have The Sniper on. Very underrated flick.

The 60's were the hardest for me. Looking forward to see what you come up with there.


Yeah I saw that as well. You'll notice a mix of westerns and musicals in both 40s and 50s. Both of those will peter out later on (especially musicals, my favorites tend to be from 40s and 50s.) I knew I would repeat some directors like Hitchcock, Ford, Huston, Mann but some others surprised me as well. But you will also notice some themes/collections/eras will dominate like Val Lewton horrors of the 40s, Abbott and Costello, Universal horror in the 30s (when I do this), Buster Keaton in the 20s and some surprises when I do the later lists.

I like psychological noir films like The Sniper with lots of Freudian imagery :). Saw that not too long ago so it is still fresh in my memory. Kind of a surprise ending (still under the Hays code so not a complete surprise, but I like when they take that route -- I'm being vague for others so I will not spoil anything.)

I am trying to limit the UK productions, but a few of those like Lavender Hill Mob I really like and since I might create some other lists with these movies I keep the year by the film if I want to modify my top 100 or top 300 I can just move then without having to add information (same with having the director mentioned).

I'll add Secret of the Incas to my wish list then. I'll work in some of the film noir over the next few months since I own several of them.


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