My Favourite Movie of the Year (one movie each year)

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1.
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in postapocalyptic Australia in search for her home-land with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max. (120 mins.)
Director: George Miller
“ Amazing action film that easily replaces Avengers as my fav of this year so far! My only 9/10 so far for 2015 ” - svenning123
 
2.
Whiplash (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential. (107 mins.)
Director: Damien Chazelle
“ I knew it would have to take something really great to know The Raid 2 off of this list. Whiplash is that great movie. I have several 9s for 2014, but Whiplash is my only 10 of the year. ” - svenning123
 
3.
American Hustle (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia. (138 mins.)
“ I didnt expect anything to bump Gravity off of this list, but American Hustle did so easily. Top notch performances, script, music, style...it has it all. I'll have to see how this film is upon repeat viewings. As of now it edges out Gravity for the top spot, but Gravity has remained great after 3 viewings. Update...I've now watched American Hustle a 2nd time and it holds up nicely. ” - svenning123
 
4.
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them. (94 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ This was good enough to replace the Avengers for my fav film of 2012. One of only 10 movies I've rated 10/10 ever on IMDB. ” - svenning123
 
5.
The Raid: Redemption (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs. (101 mins.)
“ Lots of good movies to choose from in 2011, but this is my fav. Best action movie ever. ” - svenning123
 
6.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart. (112 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
“ Really hard to decide between Scott Pilgrim and Black Swan, but this one has better rewatchability for me. ” - svenning123
 
7.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A journalist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing -- or dead -- for forty years by a young female hacker. (152 mins.)
“ It was between this and the Hangover for me. Both are great, but I think this wins out for me. ” - svenning123
 
8.
Zift (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Moth is freed on parole after spending time in prison on wrongful conviction of murder. Jailed shortly before the Bulgarian communist coup of 1944... (92 mins.)
Director: Javor Gardev
“ Several 9/10s for me to choose from in 2008. Zach and Miri, Gran Torino and Zift are pretty much interchangeable for fav of 2008. ” - svenning123
 
9.
Son of Rambow (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
During a long English summer in the early 1980s, two schoolboys from differing backgrounds set out to make a film inspired by First Blood. (96 mins.)
Director: Garth Jennings
“ This is the only movie I gave a 9/10 to from 2007, so it earns the top spot. No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood and Superbad are hard to pass up though. ” - svenning123
 
10.
Clerks II (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A calamity at Dante and Randal's shops sends them looking for new horizons - but they ultimately settle at the fast food empire Mooby's. (97 mins.)
Director: Kevin Smith
“ I'm creating this list from newest to oldest and I'm thinking there will be alot of Kevin Smith movies making the list for me. Doesnt mean it was the best movie of the year, but definitely my fav. ” - svenning123
 
11.
Tsotsi (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Six days in the violent life of a young Johannesburg gang leader. (94 mins.)
Director: Gavin Hood
“ Great touching movie that everyone should see. Also my favourite Foreign Language film. Others have better rewatchability than this one, but its a nearly perfect movie. ” - svenning123
 
12.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Ron Burgundy is San Diego's top-rated newsman in the male-dominated broadcasting of the 1970s, but that's all about to change for Ron and his cronies when an ambitious woman is hired as a new anchor. (94 mins.)
Director: Adam McKay
“ I guess 2004 was a great year for comedies. At the top of my list are Anchorman, Shaun of the Dead, Napoleon Dynamite and Eurotrip. ” - svenning123
 
13.
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her - a team she was once part of. (111 mins.)
“ Kill Bill, barely edging out Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Oldboy ” - svenning123
 
14.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard. (179 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ I prefer Return of the King, but in 2002 there was nothing better than Two Towers ” - svenning123
 
15.
Spirited Away (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ Tough to decide between Spirited Away, Fellowship of the Ring, Monsters Inc and Amelie. Definitely have to give an honourable mention to Visitor Q ” - svenning123
 
16.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep. (102 mins.)
“ Probably my favourite movie of all time, so this one was easy. Still need to mention Memento though. ” - svenning123
 
17.
Magnolia (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley. (188 mins.)
“ Magnolia is another slam dunk for me, but Fight Club was next best that year. ” - svenning123
 
18.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. (117 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ I don't feel right not including Buffalo 66 on this list, but The Big Lebowski was better. ” - svenning123
 
19.
Boogie Nights (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The story of a young man's adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s. (155 mins.)
“ Another Paul Thomas Anderson masterpiece. Easily the best of the year. Yes, better than Titanic, and I enjoy it more than Life is Beautiful, despite that being an almost perfect movie as well. ” - svenning123
 
20.
Trainspotting (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends. (94 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ Tough decision between Trainspotting and Fargo, but I'll give the edge to Trainspotting. ” - svenning123
 
21.
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet. (129 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
“ One of the best time travel films and easily the best Gilliam film. ” - svenning123
 
22.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (154 mins.)
“ I would have though there was no chance of Clerks missing this list, but being in the same year as Pulp Fiction made it happen. Crazy to see Shawshank Redemption and The Usual Suspects not make the list either. ” - svenning123
 
23.
Schindler's List (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans. (195 mins.)
“ Depressing, but great. Funny that when sorting my 1993 movies by rating, the next one on my list is Cannibal the Musical. ” - svenning123
 
24.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant. (99 mins.)
“ Can't beat a Tarantino scripted heist...not in 1992 anyway. ” - svenning123
 
25.
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Belle, whose father is imprisoned by the Beast, offers herself instead, unaware her captor to be an enchanted prince. (84 mins.)
“ I guess it shows the state of Disney animation these days that it took me this many years to get to Disney. ” - svenning123
 
26.
Misery (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse. (107 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ One of the best movies based on a Stephen King book, mostly thanks to 2 brilliant performances by Kathy Bates and James Caan. ” - svenning123
 
27.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
When Dr. Henry Jones Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Indiana Jones must follow in his father's footsteps and stop the Nazis. (127 mins.)
“ My fav of the Indiana Jones movies edges out a couple others I loved that year (Uncle Buck and Kiki's Delivery Service). ” - svenning123
 
28.
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wonderous forest spirits who live nearby. (86 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ My favourite studio Ghibli movie. ” - svenning123
 
29.
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue. (116 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Kubrick will likely be making some more appearances on this list. This time its with my favourite war movie. ” - svenning123
 
30.
Aliens (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The moon from Alien has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough? (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Beats out Ferris Bueller as my only 9 of the year. ” - svenning123
 
31.
Back to the Future (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown. (116 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ narrowly beats out the other quintessential 80s movie The Breakfast Club ” - svenning123
 
32.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A skirmish in Shanghai puts archaeologist Indiana Jones, his partner Short Round and singer Willie Scott crossing paths with an Indian village desperate to reclaim a rock stolen by a secret cult beneath the catacombs of an ancient palace. (118 mins.)
“ As great as it is, I was surprised to be adding this one. Nothing was better for me from that year though ” - svenning123
 
33.
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the rebels attempt to destroy the second Death Star, while Luke struggles to make Vader return from the dark side of the Force. (131 mins.)
“ Another one I didnt really expect to make the list, but the next best on my list were Zelig and A Christmas Story and this is better than that. ” - svenning123
 
34.
Pink Floyd The Wall (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A confined but troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone. (95 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
“ Not sure it would have made the list thanks to the weird themes and imagery, but I love the music, which made me love the movie. ” - svenning123
 
35.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. (115 mins.)
“ All 3 of the original Indiana Jones movies made it... ” - svenning123
 
36.
The Shining (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (146 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ As much of a Star Wars fan as I am, The Shining still edges out Empire Strikes Back ” - svenning123
 
37.
Alien (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as distress call, their landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform. Continuing their journey back to Earth with the attacked crew having recovered and the critter deceased, they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Rewatched this recently and it was definitely ahead of its time. China Syndrome and The Jerk are close behind for this year. ” - svenning123
 
38.
Grease (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance? (110 mins.)
Director: Randal Kleiser
“ I guess I need to watch more movies for 1978. I really wouldnt expect Grease to make this list. ” - svenning123
 
39.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader. (121 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ My favourite of the Star Wars series. ” - svenning123
 
40.
Murder by Death (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Five famous literary detective characters and their sidekicks are invited to a bizarre mansion to solve an even stranger mystery. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Moore
“ Hilarious murder mystery movie. ” - svenning123
 
41.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients. (133 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ There's a reason this won all the top awards at the oscars that year. One of Nicholson's best performances. ” - svenning123
 
42.
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on his crime syndicate stretching from Lake Tahoe, Nevada to pre-revolution 1958 Cuba. (202 mins.)
“ Widely considered one of the best sequels of all time. ” - svenning123
 
43.
Paper Moon (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
During the Great Depression, a con man finds himself saddled with a young girl who may or may not be his daughter, and the two forge an unlikely partnership. (102 mins.)
“ Great chemistry between the 2 leads...makes sense since they are father and daughter. ” - svenning123
 
44.
The Godfather (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
“ I wonder if anyone would have a different opinion of a better movie from 72. This seems to be so widely loved. ” - svenning123
 
45.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Charlie receives a golden ticket to a factory, his sweet tooth wants going into the lushing candy, it turns out there's an adventure in everything. (100 mins.)
Director: Mel Stuart
“ Gene Wilder is perfect in this role and I love the story and the music. So much better than the remake. ” - svenning123
 
46.
Love Story (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A boy and a girl from different backgrounds fall in love regardless of their upbringing - and then tragedy strikes. (99 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hiller
“ This is my only film from 1970 with an 8 or higher. ” - svenning123
 
47.
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York to seek personal fortune but, in the process, finds himself a new friend. (113 mins.)
“ Great, moving performances by Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman ” - svenning123
 
48.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest. (149 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Beautifully directed space film. ” - svenning123
 
49.
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A man refuses to conform to life in a rural prison. (126 mins.)
“ Newman's best role. Plenty of memorable moments that have been parodied and borrowed in modern movies and tv shows ” - svenning123
 
50.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery. (161 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ I've seen very few movies from 1966, but this is the best of the ones I've seen. ” - svenning123
 
51.
Thunderball (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
James Bond heads to The Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by SPECTRE agent Emilio Largo in an international extortion scheme. (130 mins.)
Director: Terence Young
“ Another year that I've not seen many movies from, but this is a great Bond film. Starting to hit more years where I have nothing rated 8 or higher. ” - svenning123
 
52.
Goldfinger (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve. (110 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
“ My fav bond movie ” - svenning123
 
53.
Charade (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Romance and suspense ensue in Paris as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Who can she trust? (113 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
“ I was recently thinking..."I wish there was a film with Audrey Hepburn (fav actress) and Cary Grant (fav actor)"...then I remembered Charade. ” - svenning123
 
54.
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion. (134 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
“ Probably Bette Davis's best film and Joan Crawford's best film. ” - svenning123
 
55.
The Children's Hour (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A troublemaking student at a girls' school accuses two teachers of being lesbians. (108 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ Good performance from Hepburn, and a story that seems ahead of its time and relevant to whats going on in the world now. ” - svenning123
 
56.
Psycho (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (109 mins.)
“ A few really good movies in 1960. Oceans Eleven and Spartacus are good but don't match up to Psycho. ” - svenning123
 
57.
The 400 Blows (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Moving story of a young boy who, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime. (99 mins.)
“ The story of a delinquint child. Its much better than it sounds. ” - svenning123
 
58.
Vertigo (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her. (128 mins.)
“ This was recently named the top movie on Sight and Sound magazines list. Its a really good movie, but its not even Hitchcocks best let alone the best overall.. ” - svenning123
 
59.
12 Angry Men (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence. (96 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ I'm sure this is the inspiration for countless movies that came after. Probably the best courtroom movie ever, even though it mostly takes place outside of the courtroom. ” - svenning123
 
60.
Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A Victorian Englishman bets that with the new steamships and railways he can do what the title says. (175 mins.)
“ Great race to the finish type film, with good humour throughout. ” - svenning123
 
61.
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery. (92 mins.)
“ Robert Mitchum makes a very convincing antagonist. Too bad the kids werent so convincing. ” - svenning123
 
62.
Sabrina (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A playboy becomes interested in the daughter of his family's chauffeur, but it's his more serious brother who would be the better man for her. (113 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Sabrina is one of my favourite Audrey Hepurn movies. 54 also had 2 Hitchcock movies that were better than the previously mentioned Vertigo (Rear Window and Dial M For Murder). ” - svenning123
 
63.
Roman Holiday (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome. (118 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ This is my favourite Audrey Hepburn movie. I'm surprised this hasnt been remade with a modern cast. It would probably be a mistake, but the story really lends itself to being remade. ” - svenning123
 
64.
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. (103 mins.)
“ One of my favourite musicals. ” - svenning123
 
65.
The African Queen (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In Africa during WWI, a gin-swilling riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship. (105 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ I'm not a huge fan of Humphrey Bogart or Katherine Hepburn, but both are perfect in The African Queen. ” - svenning123
 
66.
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity. (110 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ I think this is my fav film noir. ” - svenning123
 
67.
I Was a Male War Bride (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Captain Henri Rochard is a French officer assigned to work with Lieut. Catherine Gates. Through a wacky series of misadventures... (105 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
“ Funny Grant and Hawks collaboration with several laugh out loud moments ” - svenning123
 
68.
The Snake Pit (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A detailed chronicle of a woman during her stay in a mental institution. (108 mins.)
Director: Anatole Litvak
“ An interesting sort of psychological thriller. ” - svenning123
 
69.
Dark Passage (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A man convicted of murdering his wife escapes from prison and works with a woman to try and prove his innocence. (106 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
“ Pretty much an essential noir for anyone who likes the genre. Creative in the way it was shot. Early cinema example of POV. ” - svenning123
 
70.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. (130 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ If you consider this a Christmas movie, then its probably the best Christmas movie. Certainly one of Capra's best, not to mention one of James Stewart's best ” - svenning123
 
71.
Scarlet Street (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
When a man in mid-life crisis befriends a young woman, her venal fiancé persuades her to con him out of some of the fortune she thinks he has. (103 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ I think I'll be seeing more Fritz Lang films making their way onto this list as I see them. Once again a film with great style, story and performances. ” - svenning123
 
72.
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family. (118 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ Frank Capra is one of my fav old time directors. This is another one of his best movies. ” - svenning123
 
73.
Destination Tokyo (1943)
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In order to provide information for the first air raid over Tokyo, a U.S. submarine sneaks into Tokyo Bay and places a spy team ashore. (135 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
“ Another good Cary Grant vehicle. He has been good in everything I've seen him in. This is far from his best film, but the best I've seen from 43. ” - svenning123
 
74.
I Married a Witch (1942)
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A beautiful 17th-century witch returns to life to plague politician Wallace Wooley, descendant of her persecutor. (77 mins.)
Director: Rene Clair
“ I've seen 3 Veronica Lake films from 1942 and given all of them a 7/10. This is my favourite of the 3. ” - svenning123
 
75.
Citizen Kane (1941)
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Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ I have to agree that this is one of the best movies of all time. ” - svenning123
 
76.
His Girl Friday (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying. (92 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
“ Can't believe this is from 1940. Quick dialogue and even quicker comedy help make this well ahead of its time. ” - svenning123
 
77.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home. (102 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ I previously had Mr Smith Goes to Washington in this spot, however I'd be ok with never seeing that film again. I could watch The Wizard of Oz several more times and still love it. ” - svenning123
 
78.
You Can't Take It with You (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family. (126 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ More great Capra-Stewart matchups. ” - svenning123
 
79.
You Only Live Once (1937)
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The public defender's secretary and an ex-convict get married and try to make a life together, but a series of disasters sends their lives spiraling out of control. (86 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ Fritz Lang style with an interesting story and great performances beats out Snow White ” - svenning123
 
80.
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Longfellow Deeds, a simple-hearted Vermont tuba player, inherits a fortune and has to contend with opportunist city slickers. (115 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ Frank Capra might just be the most represented director on this list. This a bit different than the Adam Sandler remake, but fairly close. ” - svenning123
 
81.
A Night at the Opera (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A sly business manager and two wacky friends of two opera singers help them achieve success while humiliating their stuffy and snobbish enemies. (96 mins.)
Director: Sam Wood
“ Marx Bros comedy still holds up pretty well for being 80 years old ” - svenning123
 
82.
It Happened One Night (1934)
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A spoiled heiress, running away from her family, is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story. (105 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ Another Frank Capra. Its no wonder this one is one of only a few movies to win the oscars for Best Actor, Actress, Director, Screenplay and Best Film ” - svenning123
 
83.
Duck Soup (1933)
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Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale. (68 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
“ Marx Brothers are always funny, and this one is definitely a classic, although maybe only my 2nd favourite of theirs. ” - svenning123
 
84.
Scarface (1932)
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An ambitious and near insanely violent gangster climbs the ladder of success in the mob, but his weaknesses prove to be his downfall. (93 mins.)
“ Everyone talks about the remake of this film, but I prefer the original. ” - svenning123
 
85.
Monkey Business (1931)
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On a transatlantic crossing, the Marx brothers get up to their usual antics and manage to annoy just about everyone on board the ship. (77 mins.)
Director: Norman McLeod
“ This is my all time favourite Marx Bros movie. ” - svenning123
 
86.
Animal Crackers (1930)
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Mayhem and zaniness ensue when a valuable painting goes missing during a party in honor of famed African explorer Captain Spaulding. (97 mins.)
Director: Victor Heerman
“ Not the best Marx bros film, but the best film I've seen from 1930 ” - svenning123
 
87.
Un Chien Andalou (1929 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí present seventeen minutes of bizarre, surreal imagery. (16 mins.)
Director: Louis Bunuel
“ This short is very weird and in some ways very much ahead of its time. ” - svenning123
 
88.
The Cameraman (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Hopelessly in love with a woman working at MGM Studios, a clumsy man attempts to become a motion picture cameraman to be close to the object of his desire. (69 mins.)
Director: Edward Sedgwick
“ Keaton is funny in nearly everything he's made. ” - svenning123
 
89.
College (1927)
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To reconcile with his girlfriend, a bookish college student tries to become an athlete. (66 mins.)
Director: James W. Horne
“ Lots of funny physical gags from Keaton easily knock The Jazz Singer off this list. ” - svenning123
 
90.
The General (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When Union spies steal an engineer's beloved locomotive, he pursues it single-handedly and straight through enemy lines. (67 mins.)
“ Keaton's best. Everyone should see this film. Belongs on the list of best comedies ever, even though it is more than 80 years old. ” - svenning123
 
91.
The Gold Rush (1925)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A prospector goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more. (95 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
“ The best of the Chaplin films I've seen. This replaced Battleship Potemkin for 1925 on my list. ” - svenning123
 
92.
Sherlock Jr. (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A film projectionist longs to be a detective, and puts his meagre skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing his girlfriend's father's pocketwatch. (45 mins.)
Director: Buster Keaton
“ More funny Keaton antics. ” - svenning123
 
93.
Our Hospitality (1923)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A man returns to his Appalachian homestead. On the trip, he falls for a young woman. The only problem is her family has vowed to kill every member of his family. (65 mins.)
“ One of Keatons best films. Better than the likely more famous Safety Last from 1923 ” - svenning123
 
94.
Cops (1922 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A series of mishaps manages to make a young man get chased by a big city's entire police force. (18 mins.)
“ I've seen 7 Keaton short films from 1922. This is the best of the bunch. ” - svenning123
 
95.
The Kid (1921)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy. (68 mins.)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
“ I prefer Keaton to Chaplin, but The Kid is my fav Chaplin film and is better than any of the 6 Keaton shorts I've seen from 1921 ” - svenning123
 
96.
Neighbors (1920 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young couple who live next to each other in tenement apartments do everything they can to be together despite of their feuding families. (18 mins.)
“ The best of the 4 Keaton shorts I've seen from 1920

Since there is only a total of 4 films I've seen from before 1920, I suppose I should end the list here. ” - svenning123