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It took me several years to release Fowley was in lots of movies that I was watching. The reason was Fowley appeared in 230 movies during his career of 60+ years. He also appeared in 60 TV series. Douglas was born in May of 1911 in the Bronx, New York. He served in the Navy during World War II. He died in May of 1998 at the Motion Picture and Television Woodland Country House & Hospital in California. Here are his top 10 movies based on IMDb database.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARLENE, God danced on this day when you were born in Schoenberg, Germany. You got involved in the theatre and films in Germany before migrating to the USA. Your first movie was Morocco released in 1930. Over your long career, you appeared in 92 feature films. Three of them were of the film noir genre. Your life ended in Paris, France on May 6th, 1992 because of kidney failure. You were one of a kind performer and actress. Here are her top 10 movies, not counting documentaries, in rank order.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DICK, God danced this day in 1914 when you were born in Sunrise Worship, Minnesota. He is one of my favorite actors and appeared in 68 feature films. My first top 10 list for Widmark was created on 12/15/12 with all movies being of the film noir genre. This top ten lists contains only westerns as Widmark appeared in 20 westerns during his career. They are listed from high to low in the IMDb.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY HUMPHREY, God danced this day because you were born in New York City. One of my favorite actors, if not the most favorite, I created my first Bogart list on 12/23/2011. Those top ten films included all film noir classics. Humphrey appeared in 83 feature films. Here is my 2nd TOP TEN list based on IMDb ratings.
HAPPY BIRTH DAY MICHAEL, God danced on this day when you were born in 1886 in Budapest, Hungary. His birth name was Mano Kaminer and he began directing in 1912 at the age of 26 in his native Hungary. He migrated the America in 1926 and immediately began directing in Hollywood. Over a career of 36 years, Michael directed 170 + films, some of them recognized as the best films ever made. Curtiz died of cancer in Hollywood, CA - April 10th, 1962. Here are his top 10 rated movies according to the IMDb datingbase.
Woody Haut has written a good book entitled NEON NOIR, contemporary American Crime Fiction. Woody discusses the origins of written crime fiction from the 40s then links it to mystery authors in the 60's and 70's. Woody also list neo noir movies that are instrumental in moving the noir genre into the last third of the 20th century. Here are the films listed in order of their appearance in Neon Noir.
I recently purchased this movie from TCM in dark crimes vol 2. I had never seen it before. It has a good cast and unique storyline. Here are the top 10 collaborators that brought this film noir to the screen.
Barton was born on Christmas day in 1902 in Columbia, SC. He was an outstanding athlete growing up and starred in football in college. He got his acting start in Brooklyn, NC and made his first film appearance in 1929.
He appeared in 145 feature films and is one of my favorite character actors who specialized in being the "bad guy" or villain in westerns. Barton died in January of 1969 in Santa Monica, CA from cancer. Below is listed his top 10 rated movies based on the IMDb dating.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AUDREY, God smiled today when you were born. My first top 10 list for Totter was created on 9/19/12. It contained ten film noir movies along with one western title. Here are Audrey's top ten movies, minus the 10 from the previous list.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JULES, God danced on this day when you were born. Born in Middletown, CT Jules studied acting in NYC and became involved in the USA Communist Party. He arrived in Hollywood in 1940 and began making movies immediately. Harassed by the HUAC Committee, Jules moved to France in 1953. He won BEST ACTOR at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival for Riffi. He died of flu complications in Greece at the age of 96. He directed 29 feature films and worked on 9 television series. Here are his top 10 movies based on IMDb ratings, five of which are film noir classics.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY YESTERDAY LEE, God danced on the day you were born in Quincy, MA in 1935. Lee got her break in Hollywood in 1957 while appearing in a Face in the Crowd directed by Elia Kazan. She appeared in 30 feature films and was nominated for academy award for her role in Days of Wine and Roses. She died tragically in 1991 from liver and kidney cancers, she was only 56 years old. Here are her top 10 movies as noted by the IMDb database.
HAPPY BIRTH DAY VAN!!!! God danced on this day when you were born in Waters, Oklahoma. My first top 10 for Van Heflin was created July of this year. The list included: 4 film noirs which is my favorite genre and 3 westerns which is my second favorite genre. Here are Van Heflin's top 10 films, minus the titles included in the original list.
Richard Lengeman has written an excellent US history book entitled Noir Forties. Beginning with VJ Day and ending with the Korean War in 1953, Lengeman gives the reader an indepth look at our society and culture between two wars. He uses movies and Hollywood to illustrate his point. Lots of the movies mentioned are of the film noir genre. Here is a list of movies that Lengeman used in his book.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Fritz, God Smiled on the day you were born!!! Lang was born on this date in Vienna, Austria in 1890. Fritz passed away on August 2nd, 19076 in Beverly Hills, CA. In September of 2013, I created a top ten list of Fritz Lang's film noir movies. It is an outstanding list of quality films. On the anniversary of his birth, this top ten list rank order his top 10 movies, excluding film noir movies. On two of the top ten was released after the 40's.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CORNELL, God smiled on the day you were born. Back on 9/20/13, I created a top 10 list of Woolrich's works that were created into films. Since he was so prolific, here is a 2nd top ten list of movies based on his stories. They are listed in IMDb rating order from high to low. The ten films have a 6.8 IMDb rating.
One of the best original TV series show is The Fugitive starring David Janssen. Here are the top tne male performances from the first season.
Woody Haut has written an excellent book entitled NEON NOIR. He traces the development of crime fiction from the mid-60s to the 1990s. He identifies many authors who have made the transition toward the NEON NOIR. Here is a list of seven authors who started this trend in the 60s.
This movie has a classic film noir plot involving loss memory. It receives a 6.8 rating from IMDb ratings. My personal rating was slightly higher - 7.0. Here are the top ten collaborators that brought this movie to the screen.
An average film noir with a good cast that does not quite pull off suspense and darker moods. It receives a 6.6 from the IMDb raters. Here are the top collaborators behind this production.
This is one of better film noirs that I have in my collection. It has a good cast and receives a 7.3 rating within the IMDb. Here are the top ten collaborators that brought this film to the big screen.
This is one of my favorite film noir movies with a very good cast and a great director. I always enjoy watching this movie, it receives a 7.4 IMDb rating. Here are the ten collaborators that created this classic film noir movie.
This is a good film noir with a good cast and directed by Robert Siodmak. Here are the ten major collaborators that brought this story to the silver screen. It is rate 7.3 in the IMDb.
This movie is a film noir genre vehicle set around a prison breakout. It has a very good cast and well developed storyline. Here are the ten collaborators that brought this movie to the public arena.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY GLORIA: God smiled today because Gloria Grahame was born on this day in 1923 in Los Angeles, CA. She is one of my favorite actresses. I created by first top ten list for Grahame on 12/28/11 with a list of her top 10 film noir classics. In celebration of her birthday, I will list her top 10 movies from the IMDb. These remarkable movies averaged 7.7 in the IMDb. Half of them were from the film noir genre.
This is another vehicle that highlight the talents of Cornel Wilde. Wilde not only stars in this film but also is the director. The movie receives a 6.5 rating from the IMDb raters. I rate it slightly higher at 7.0 IMDb. Here are the ten collaborators that brought this movie to the public.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Adele who was born this date in 1917 in Brooklyn, NY. She is a tall, blonde who made it in broadway in the 30s before breaking into Hollywood in the 40s. She starred in 56 feature films, lots of musicals. Adele appeared in 7 film noir movies including: Side Street, The Sound of Fury, Fallen Angel, Armored Car Robbery, Edge of Doom, The Cobweb and The Dark Past.
Here are her top ten films based on IMDb ratings, three of which are film noir.
Lisa Fisher has only four quizzes for film noir directors. I am surprised she did not include more noir directors. Here are her four noir directors as they appear in her book - alphabetical order.
It is pathetic that the IMDb has no pictures of these directors in their database.
Lara Fisher was written a cute film noir book entitled "NOIR IS MY BEAT." She has created a series of movie quizzes based on the film noir genre. This list highlights her belief who were the most influential writers for the film noir genre.
This list was compiled by Lara Fisher, author of "NOIR IS MY BEAT," - a wonderful book that challenges the reader to answer quizzes about a variety of topics concerning film noir movies. This list is outlined the same as in the book.
Mike Nichols excelled at any career path that he chose in the entertainment field. He was a successful comedian, director, producer. He transcended by film and the live play format. Here are his top 10 IMDb films.
I strongly encourage any fan that is serious about film noir, complete the quizzes in Lara Fisher's NOIR IS MY BEAT. This book is quite entertaining and will seriously test your knowledge of the film noir genre. Here are the 39 film noirs she uses to create Q&A tests. The films are listed in chronological order(i.e. oldest to most current). Within the year, film noirs are listed in alphabetical order.
A very good film noir with an outstanding cast came to the big screen on August 15, 1947. I always enjoy watching this classic because of the stars (see listed below). Here are the top 10 collaborators.
I got this top 10 list idea from Lara Fisher's book entitled "Noir is My Beat" It is a cute little book, the trivia book for film noir lovers. I noticed in her appendix that there were 12 films listed with the word BIG in its title. I have only six of the 12 titles. These top 10 titles are listed in rack order from IMDb, high to low.
This is the 2nd film noir studio that Ronald Schwartz reviewed in his book "The House of Noir." These are the top 10 films as rated from high to low by the IMDb. If two films had the same rating, I went with the release date as the tie breaker.
This is the 6th in a series of top 10 lists that I will create around the major years and events of my life. Previous lists include: Father's birth, Mother's Birth, my birth, Sister's birth and Brother's birth. Here are my top 10 films from 1961.
I like the intend of this storyline, however, the script doesn't quite pull off the urgency of the main character. I like Jeff Chandler and he does a credible job. Here are the top 10 collaborators that brought this story to the screen.
This classic film noir stars John Garfield in one of his better noir performance. It has a great supporting cast including Shelly Winters, Wallace Ford and Selena Royle. It is one of my favorite Garfield vehicles. Here are the major forces behind this movie.
This little known film noir has a good cast and an intriguing storyline. I like both Sterling Hayden and Gloria Grahame in this film along with Gene Barry who plays a "heavy". Here are the top 10 collaborators in creating this film.
This documentary style film noir was directed by Phil Karlson. It has a very good cast and is based on a true story of crime and corruption in a small Alabama town. Here are the top ten collaborators who created this classic film.
This is one of the better "heist" movies made during the 50s. It has an ingenous storyline and ending that will surprise the viewer. Plunder Road has a solid "B" list of actors, here are the top 10 collaborators.
An underated film noir from director Max Nosseck starring Lawrence Tierney in the title role. Has a very good supporting cast including Edmund Lowe, Anne Jeffreys and Marc Lawrence. Here are the top 10 collaborators on this film.
Another good film noir starring Robert Mitchum. I this one, he is paired with Jane Russell set in Mexico. A very good cast and lots of action, here are the top 10 contributors that brought this film to the screen.
One of the very first film noir movies, this one has a very good cast. Although it is not one of my favorites, here are the top 10 contributors that created this movie.
One of my favorite film noir flicks, this one has an outstanding cast including Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan and William Talman. Here are the brains behind this successful movie.
This film noir movie was distributed by Universal Pictures on 1/29/55 in Japan. It has a very good cast and a high rating (7.3) from the IMDb. Here are the top 10 contributors in creating this film.
One of the last official film noir movies made. This one starred Robert Taylor, Lee J Cobb and Cyd Charisse, an actress who made here name by dancing. Directed by Nicholas Ray, it is not a bad film noir and has a very good cast.
One of my favorite film noir classics, this suspenseful tale stars Richard Basehart as truly a psychotic cop killer. Here are the contributors that brought this story to the screen.
Today is Edith Head's birthday. She had a tremendous career as a costume designer. Edith designed costumes for 550+ feature films. She won numerous Oscars and other awards. Here are the top 10 film noir movies that Head designed costumes.
In 2006, John T Irwin, a professor at John Hopkins University, wrote a treatise on hard-boiled fiction and film noir movies. The title is Unless The Threat of Death Is Behind Them: Hard-Boiled Fiction and Film Noir. These five classic films were analyzed by Irwin in detail. I have listed them in IMDb rating order, from high to low. These five movies have a 7.9 IMDb average.
I just watched Fallen Angel starring Dana Andrews who is an excellent character actor. I made my original top 10 for Andrews in May of 2012. Here is the second top 10 list, excluding films from the original list. Three of these are about world war II.
This film noir classic was released 10/25/45 by 20th Century Fox. I owe a copy of the DVD and watch it periodically. It has an excellent cast and director who are responsible for its success. Here are the top 10 contributors
J.P. Telotte has written an excellent book on the narrative patterns found in the film noir genre. He discusses in detail these four patterns: (1) a third-person oriented narrative; (2) voice over/ flashblack style; subjective point of view from the camera and (4) a documentary style of story. These are ten film noir movies that Telotte outlined in his book. These are ranked in IMDb rating order from high to low.
One of the better film noir movies that I own, this stars Barry Sullivan as a bank teller who gets in trouble when his till is short. Very good cast including Dorothy Malone and Charles McGraw. Here are the ten contributors that brought this movie to life.
A mediocre film noir directed by Robert Aldrich who is a very successful director. This international film noir has a very good cast. Here are the ten contributors that created this movie.
One of better boxing movies of all-time, this is also categorized as film noir. I also admire and respect John Garfield immensely. This movie also has an outstanding supporting cast. Here are the top 10 contributors for this classic film.
I recently purchased a copy of this film noir movie and previewed it last week. It is okay, adequate but not really exciting to talk about. Here are the top ten contributors to this noir movie.
This is an adequate film noir which I recently purchased from a friend of mine. Here are the top ten contributors that brought this film to the silver screen.
Author Jonathan Auerbach has written a very good book entitled Dark Borders: Film Noir and American Citizenship. He reviews 12 noir classic films with the underlining themes of: episonage, Nazism, communism, immigration, noir films set in Mexico and gangsters leaving for Cuba. Here are the top 10 rated films according to IMDb. If a movie was tied, I went with an earlier release year.
Polly Bergen, six decade actress and singer, died last Friday. She led a full life having been born in 1930 in Knoxville, TN. She got her start with Hal Wallis and the comedy team of Lewis & Martin. She appeared in 27 feature films and numerous TV series. Here are her top 10 films based on the IMDb viewers.
My brother Rik is the only immediate family member that was not born in Ohio, Rik has the distinction of being a native Californian. Here are MY top ten favorite movies from that year - 1953.
One of the better film noir movie was produced by the Walter Wanger Production company. It has an outstanding cast and I always enjoy watching this classic.
I just finished watching all 30 episodes from season one from The Fugitive. This is a list of my top 10 with some notes, my rating and the IMDb rating. If my rating was equal, then I placed the episodes in appearance order.
As I finish watching the first year of The Fugitive (i.e. 3 episodes), I will publish various top ten lists for each season. Here is my first based on the major re-occurring characters within the series.
Growing up, I constantly saw Andrew Duggan on television. He appeared in 117 TV series but only 29 feature films. Born in Franklin, Indiana, Duggan got involved in movies after being befriended by Melvyn Douglas during WW II. He was constantly working from 1953 to his death in Westwood, CA in 1988. Here are his top 10 IMDb rated movies
Born in Cleveland, OH in 1908, Baxter got involved in acting through his friendship with Elia Kazan. He started acting in 1936 and appeared in 59 feature films and 69 television series. He played in both A and B movies throughout his career. Baxter was especially effective as the villain in The Set-Up. Here are his top 10 IMDb rated movies.
One of my favorite character actors that I have admired for years. My first top 10 list for McGraw was created on 2/12/12 with a list of his top rated film noir movies. This list contains the best IMDb rated movies that McGraw appeared in.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Clark received degrees from Cornell University and St John's law school. In began acting under this name in 1943 when Humphrey Bogart suggested changing his name. Known for being "Joe Average" actor, he appeared in 45+ feature films. His top 10 movies illustrate his versatility with several different genres. Dane was close friends with Glenn Ford and Dick Powell.
One of my top 25 film noir movies of all-time, this is an excellent boxing movie within the film noir genre. It has an outstanding cast and wonderful director in Robert Wise. It has a 7.7 rating from IMDbers. Here are the ten contributors that brought this classic to life. The film is only 72 minutes long which mirrors the clock on the building at the beginning and ending of the film.
Considered a film noir although with a western setting, this is a good movie. Has an outstanding cast and director. Here are the top 10 contributors that brought this movie to the screen.
One of my favorite film noir classic (7.8 rating from IMDb) starring Charles McGraw. This is a tense and suspenseful film noir most of a train. If you have not seen, I highly recommend you watch it. Here are the top 10 contributors that brought this classic to the silver screen.
I enjoy watching this film noir because it is set in Boston and Harvard University. I lived in Boston for 20+ years and attended both Harvard hockey and football games. Here are the top 10 contributors that brought this film noir to the screen.
This film noir stars Charles McGraw, one of my favorite all-time great character actors. It is one of his few leading roles in a movie. Here are the top ten contributors that brought this movie to the screen.
A very good film noir done in a documentary style by Stanley Kramer Productions in concert with Columbia Pictures. Here are the ten contributors that brought this film to live.
This is one of my favorite TV series of all time. I have all 120 episodes on DVD and just begin watching them for the second time. Here are the ten creative forces that brought this show to reality.
One of my favorite character actors of all time, Walter extended his career by performing in lots of westerns. He appeared in 200+ feature films and also had a successful career in television with The Real McCoys series. He is the ONLY actor to win THREE OSCARS in the best supporting role. Here are his top 10 movies according to the IMDb.
Ronald Schwartz has written a wonderful book entitled: Houses of Noir - Dark Visions from 13 Film Studios. Schwartz highlights one movie as the best for different movies during the noir era. There are some of the best film noir movies made on this list. Here is Schwartz' list ranked from high to low. If there was a tie, I went with the earlier release date.
Born in Kankaee, Illinois, Fred was a song and dance man in his early career appearing in plays and community theatre. He got his star with Paramount in 1935. Over the years, MacMurray appeared in 80+ movies. He also made the transition to TV and had several "hit" weekly television series. Here are his top ten movies according to IMDb.
This is one of the last film noirs made, directed by Don Siegel and released by Filmakers Production Company. It has a wonderful cast and the storyline is above average. Here are the top 10 contributors that brought this story to the screen.
I owe this list to my fellow IMDber lora-31 who created a list of 39 actors in May, 2011. Here is my list but with a twist. My top 10 is rated by actors that I will like and admire. In addition, they are older and most of them are deceased except for Kirk Douglas.
One of my favorite actors of the 50s and 60s, I am a huge fan of Have Gun, Will Travel, one of best westerns ever to appear on television. Boone got his start in Hollywood in 1950 by signing a contract with 20th Century-Fox. Boone starred not only in movies but also a variety of television series. Here are his top 10 movies based on IMDb ratings.
Today is Barry Sullivan's birthday. He is one of the better film noir actors. He appeared in 80+ feature films. My initial top 10 list was created in November of 2012. It contained six film noir movies. This top ten list will list Sullivan's highest rated movies according to IMDb.
On this date in 1946, this classic film noir was released by Universal Pictures. It was nominated for 4 Oscars. It stars Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner in one of their initial starring roles. Here are the top 10 contributors behind this great movie.
This is another classic black & white film noir from MGM studios. This film has an outstanding cast including Van Heflin, Robert Ryan and Janet Leigh. Here are the top 10 contributors that are responsible for putting this classic film on the screen.
A classic black and white film noir directed by William Wyler. It had an outstanding cast headed by Kirk Douglas and Eleanor Parker. It is listed on multiple top ten lists that I have created. Here are its top ten contributors.
Jose was born in Puerto Rico in 1912 and got involved in the film industry. He appeared in 64 feature films and won one Oscar. He was noted as portraying unusual characters. Jose died in 1992 in Coral Gables, Florida. Here are his top 10 movies based on IMDb ratings.
Shelley Winters was born yesterday 8/18 in St Louis, MO. She has appeared in 125 feature films. My first top 10 list for Winters was published on April 1, 2012. Those top 10 films were: He Ran All the Way, The Night of the Hunter, The Diary of Anne Frank, Winchester '73, A Place in the Sun, A Patch of Blue, The Big Knife, Red River, Lolita and Executive Suite. In honor of her birthday, here is Shelley's second top 10 list.
A later day film noir from Allied Artists. He stars Frank Lovejoy, one of my favorite actors. Here are the top the contributors that brought this film to live.
Born on August 11th in San Francisco, Nolan got the acting bug early while attending Santa Clara College. Performed in Pasedina Playhouse. Nolan appeared in almost 100 movies (i.e. 98). He moved on to television I the 50s. Played lots of roles as either a cop or doctor. Here are his top 10 rated movies.
This movie has an unique feature, camera is always aimed at the actor on the screen. A little disconcerning but interesting. Here are the top 10 contributors that brought this film to the public. This movie had a very good supporting cast that saved the film.
This is an above average film noir movie from Universal Pictures. It receives a 7.1 IMDb and was directed by Joseph Pevney who was a good director. Here are the top 10 contributors that brought this film to the screen. This film appears on three of my top 10 lists: Howard Duff, Brian Donlevy, and Lawrence Tierney.
Ronald Schwartz has written a wonderful film noir book on movie studios and their impact on the film noir genre. It is entitled House of Noir. Schwartz documents the best film noir from 13 different studios. Here is a first studio he outlines: Allied Artists. Films are listed from high to low in the IMDb. If there is a tie, the earliest released film is listed first.
Eight months ago, I created my first Lauren Bacall top ten list of movies. Lauren died last Tuesday (8/12), she was 89 years old. Born and died in New York City, Bacall's first movie was in 1944 with Humphrey Bogart I "To Have or Have Not". She and Humphrey were married in May of 1945, Bacall was 21 years old. Lauren appeared in 60 feature films during her career, here is the 2nd top ten movies as listed in IMDb.
A western with film noir overtunes, this film takes advantage of a great cast: Dick Powell and Jane Greer to garner public interest and support. It is rated only 6.8 by IMDb users. I would rate it higher with an 8.0 IMDb rating. Here are the contributors that brought this movie to the screen.
Sunset Boulevard is a film noir classic created by Billy Wilder, one fine director. It has an outstanding cast and won three Oscars for its unflinching portrayal of Hollywood and its trappings. Here are the top ten contributors that created this masterpiece.
Robin was a comedic genius who used his talents in both television and movies. Williams was not only a funny actor but could play serious roles and also the villainous role such as in One Hour Photo. He reminded me of one of my favorite comedians growing up in the 50s - Jonathan Winters. Robin got his start in TV playing a character named Mork in a 1974 episode of Happy Days. That lead to his own comedy series "Mork and Mindy". Here are MY favorite top ten movies of Robin Williams' career.
This is an above average film noir produced by RKO Pictures with a very good cast. Mitchum is good but Faith Domergue is better and steals the movie from everyone. Here are the top 10 contributors.
One of my favorite actresses growing up, I remember here from television as the police woman. Angie was born on September 30th in Klum, South Dakota. She and her parents moved to California in 1942. She was one of 5 winners of a beauty contest sponsored by NBC. She got her star in the Millionaire program in 1955. She has appeared in 35+ feature films. Here are her top 10 movies from the the IMDb database.
Robert Aldrich was born this day in 1918 in Cranston, Rhode Island. He got into the film industry in 1941. He directed 37 films several that won minor festival awards. He died in December of 1983 in Los Angeles, California. He is one of my favorite directors. Here are his top 10 rated movies within the IMDb.
Siodmak was born this day in 1900 in Dresden, Germany. He has directed 60+ films. My initial top 10 list was created on 10/24/12. I wanted to create another list because of Siodmak's productivity as a director.
This is a mediocre film noir from RKO Pictures attempting to capitalize on popularity of Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell. Here are the top 10 contributors who brought this movie to the public. Macao is on five of my top 10 lists including Mitchum, Bendix, Gomez, Grahame and Dexter.
This talented director was born on this date. To celebrate his birthday, I am creating a 2nd top 10 list. The first list was created several months ago.
Today is Mitchum's birthday. He was one of my favorite actors and appeared in 125+ feature films. Thanks to John Jacoby and his list of Mitchum best films, I was able to completed this list. Thanks John for your research and assistance.
One of my favorite actors of all-time, Mitchum was quite versatile appearing in various genres of film. Born in Bridgeport, CT, Robert appeared on screen in 1945 in minor role of Story of GI Joe. As a father, he has produced two actor sons: James and Christopher. He appeared in 124 feature films and 39 television series. Here are Mitchum's top 10 movies based on IMDb ratings.
John Huston was born this day in 1906. I created a list of his top 10 rated films which he directed. This was created three weeks ago. This list contains the top 10 movies that Huston worked on as a writer. Huston was multi-creative appearing in movies as an actor, director and/or writer.
John Payne, one of my favorite film noir actors, stars in this "con-oriented" film also starring Dan Duryea, another great film noir actor. Here are the top 10 contributors that brought this movie to the screen.
This wonderful actor was born this day on the island of Malta in 1897. He left Malta in 1914 to pursue a theatrical career on the continent. His skills landed him a MGM contract in 1931. He appeared in 50+ feature films. Joseph usually played the "bad guy". Joseph appeared in film noirs, westerns and other types of dramas. He returned to his homeland in 1963 leaving Hollywood for good. In died 10/31/75 in Malta. Here are his top 10 movies as rated by the IMDb. Half of his top 10 were released in the 30's.
A controversial movie that was released in 1947 dealt with racism in the military in the form of bigotry toward Jewish soldiers. One of my favorite film noir movies, is listed on 7 of my top 10 lists in IMDb. This includes the director, screenwriter, and five actors(Mitchum, Ryan, Grahame, Kelly and Kelly).
One of my favorite film noir classics directed by one of my favorite directors - Anthony Mann. Find behind the top 10 contributors that brought this movie to the public.
What a wonderful take on the effective of media on an event. Billy Wilder was ahead of his time in documenting how the media can exploit an event and keep giving it legs. Here are the top ten people behind this masterpiece of a movie.
On November 21, 2011, I created a top 10 film noir actor list. Please look at the 2nd list in my list history. This list identifies my top 10 second tier of film noir actors. My criteria includes # of film noir appearances and my personal feelings toward a specific actor. Here is my 2nd top ten film noir actors.
This classic film noir was released this date back in 1948 by Warner Brothers. It had a dynamite cast and an outstanding director- John Huston. Here are the top 10 contributors that brought this film to the public.
One of my favorite actors growing up, Marvin was type casted as the villain but won an Oscar playing a humorous role in Cat Ballou (1965). Born in New York City in 1924, Marvin appeared in the Pacific during World War II and definitely projects a "tough guy" image. He appeared in 66 feature films and 70+ TV series. His first appearance in a movie was 1951. Here are the top 10 rated films of Marvin based on the IMDb.
One of my favorite character actors, Jack Palance has appeared in 90+ feature films and 55+ television series. Jack was good in westerns, film noirs and also war dramas. Here are the top 10 films as ranked by the IMDb raters.
This film is a classic documentary-style film noir directed by Henry Hathaway. Here are the major contributors that brought this film to life.
This film noir classic was released on July 13th, 1948 by RKO Pictures. It starred Rosalind Russell and Leo Genn. Here are the top 10 contributors that brought this story to the silver screen.
Based on the original film noir "High Sierra", this is not a bad remake. some good casting including Palance, Winters and Marvin. Here are the top 10 contributors responsible for this film. It averages a 6.5 IMDb rating.
One of the film noir highlighted in Ronald Schwartz's House of Noir book on the motion picture studios that produced numerous film noir movies. This film noir receives a 6.5 rating from the IMDb. I would rate it higher. Here are the top 10 contributors:
A mediocre film noir released in 1948, The Hunted centers around the relationship between a policeman (Preston Foster) and a criminal (Belita). Here are the major collaborators that brought this film to the public.
George was born July 3rd, 1906 in St Petersburg, Russia to English parents. He made his film debut in 1936. He appeared in 122 feature films and 32 television series. He got bored with life and completed suicide in 1972 in Spain. He is the brother of fellow actor Tom Conway. His top ten films average 7.8 in the IMDb.
Born on July 7th in Owensboro, KY, Powers is most noted for playing Stanwyck's husband in Double Idemnity. It was his big break in Hollywood after spending years on the stage. Powers appeared in 66 feature films and 19 television series. Tom appeared in 12 film noirs, five of which appear in his top 10 movies. His top ten movies average 7.4 in the IMDb. Powers died in Hollywood in 1955 of a heart attack.
One of my favorite, biggest villains of the 20th century. Born in Philadelphia in 1913, Laird came from a well-to-do family. Awarded a scholarship to the Pasadena Community Playhouse to study acting. Got his big break with Paul Muni in 1941. Cregar was a hug man(300+ pounds) subsequently played large, scary killers. His career was tragically cut short through a heart attack in 1944. He appeared in only 16 films but they were of the highest quality. His top 10 movies average 7.2 in the IMDb.
This is one of my top 100 film noirs with an outstanding cast. Here is a list of the top 10 contributors that created this film noir classic.
This is an above average film noir with a very good cast. Stars include Raymond Burr, George Raft, Virginia Mayo and Gene Lockhart. Here are the top 10 contributors to bring this movie to the screen. It is listed in five of my top 10 lists for: Raft, Mayo, Lockhart, Burr and Harry Morgan.
One of the more creative forces in Hollywood history, John was the son of Walter Huston, actor. John was born in Nevada, MO. He got his big break in 1941 when Warner Brothers asked him to direct The Maltese Falcon, a classic crime drama. It is one of the greatest films of all time. John is the father to Anjelica Huston and also Danny Husston, both actors. He was not only a director but an actor, writer and also producer. Here are his top 10 movies as a director by IMDb ratings.
One of the more creative and controversial directors, a Stone film always gets me thinking about the subject matter. And they are also entertaining. Here are Stone's top 10 movies as rated by IMDb ratings.
This film was released today in 1948 via Edward Small Productions. It is directed by Anthony Mann, one of my favorite directors of both film noir and westerns. It can be found in five of my top 10 lists including: Anthony Mann, Claire Trevor, John Ireland, Raymond Burr and my top 100 film noir movies. Here are the ten contributors to this classic.
William C. Cline has written a wonderful book about motion picture sound serials entitled IN THE NICK OF TIME. There were a total 29 film serials released during this decade. This is the top 10 film serials released during the 1950s with the highest IMDb rating. Five of the ten were westerns.
This is an adequate film noir but not an outstanding one. It has a good cast but lacks the intensity of other film noirs. It is noted in four of my top ten lists: Henry Fonda, Vincent Price, Elisha Cook Jr and Charles McGraw. Here are the top 10 collaborators that produced this film.
One of my favorite actors that I grew up watching him in Shane, a classic western. Born in 1910 in Walters, Oklahoma, Van got his big break when Katherine Hepburn recommended he try movie acting. For years, Heflin went between the live stage and making movies. He died at an early age, 60, in 1971 from a heart attack. He appeared in 57 feature films and 13 televisions series. Here are his top 10 rated movies by IMDb users.
Born in Lacrosse,Wisconsin, Losey got his start in Hollywood in 1948 with RKO Pictures. He quickly got in trouble with HUAC blacklisting/communist hunting effort in the 50s. Exiled to England where he spent the remaining of his life. Here are his top 10 movies rated by IMDb raters.
One of the more controversial film noir, it stars good guy actor Van Heflin as a "bad cop." A film definitely before its time. It is on four top 10 lists created by me: director, top 100 film noirs, Van Heflin and Evelyn Keyes. Here are the top ten contributors that created this film noir classic.
Emile was always the heavy, playing ruthless and nasty characters. Born in August of 1910 in New Orleans, LA, he lead a full life and died in 1987 in Covington, LA. Appeared in 62 feature films and 55+ television series. Here are his top 10 rated movies from the IMDb raters.
A film noir classic that attacks the gossip columnist and the impact of their stories on others. This film already has appeared in five of my top 10 lists: top 100 film noir, Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Sam Levene and Emile Meyer. Here are the major contributors to this film's success.
An adequate film noir effort from director Richard Rouse in 1955. Here are the top 10 contributors that was responsible for this film.
I remember Crawford from his days as Dan Mathews on Highway Patrol, 1955. I always enjoyed watching that series. Born in Philadelphia, Broderick got his start in Hollywood in 1937. He appeared in 89 feature films and won the Oscar for Best Actor in 1950 in All the King's Men. He died in April of 1986 in Rancho Mirage, CA from flu complications. Here are his top 10 film noir & crime movies.
One of my favorite film noir classics, this had a different slant, having a prison as the setting for the story. It already appears on 7 of my top 10 lists. These include: top ten 100 film noirs and six actors: Lancaster, Bickford, Raines, Levene, Corey and Flippen. Here are the top 10 contributors. It receives a respectable 7.7 from IMDb viewers.
One of my favorite character actors, Ireland had a very successful movie career, appearing in 116 feature films. John also was seen in 82 television series. Born in Vancouver, Canada, Ireland got his Hollywood start in A Walk in the Sun in 1945. His was nominated as Best Actor for All the King's Men in 1949. Here are his top 10 movies as rated by the IMDb database.
Although she did not appear in many films, the ones she did were outstanding & memorable. She was the Oscar for Best Actresses in 1962 for The Miracle Worker. Anne appeared in 57 feature films getting her start in 1952. Married to Mel Brooks, actor and director for 40+ years. She was born and died in New York City. Here are her top 10 IMDb rated movies.
This is one of the last films to be designated as part of the film noir genre. It is one of my favorite and has an outstanding cast. It already appears in 6 of my top 10 movies: director, top 100 film noirs and actors: Robert Ryan, Shelley Winters, Ed Begley and Gloria Grahame. Here are the most important contributors to this classic film.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY Richard, I have always admired your acting abilities. Your TV series Have Gun, Will Travel was the best half hour western in the 50s-60s. Boone served in WW II and used the GI bill to enroll in Actor's Studio in NYC. He made his film debut in 1950 and appeared in 47 movies. Boone died in 1981 in St Augustine, FL. Here are Boone' top ten movies according to IMDb ratings. I note that half were westerns.
One of the prolific actors of the 20th century, Fonda appeared in 100+ feature films and 50 television series. He has sired two actors - Jane and Peter Fonda who followed their father's footsteps. This top ten list receives a 8.1 IMDb average.
One of the higher rated film noir classics within the IMDb. This top ten list outlines the major contributors that created this classic. It was released by Columbia Pictures on June 6th, 1947.
One of the most prolific character actors from the 20th century, Lockhart appeared in 114 feature films and 32 television series. Born in Ontario, Canada, he spent time in London England learning the craft of acting. He got his Hollywood start in 1939. He is the father to June Lockhart, a popular American actress. Here are Lockhart's top 10 movies according to the IMDb. Gene died in 1957 in Santa Monica, CA
Born on June 16th in New Orleans, LA, she was an adopted child and her parents moved to California. She was discovered by Howard Hughes and made her film debut in 1946. She never quite obtained stardom like Jane Russell or Ava Gardner but she was an excellent actress in the limited # of films she made (# 28). She died in Santa Barbara, CA in April of 1999. Here are her top 10 movies according to IMDb ratings.
One of the my favorite film noirs, this classic was released in 1945. It has an outstanding cast and support staff. It is also in five different top 10 lists of my own: top 100 film noir, Fritz Lang, Edward G Robinson, Joan Bennett and Dan Duryea.
I recently purchased a copy of this forgotten film noir movie from 1949. It is an average film noir with some good future stars such as Scott Brady, Peggy Dow, John Russell and a young Rock Hudson. Here are the top 10 contributors for this film.
This film noir is orientated around the communist menace of the late 40s. Here are the top ten contributors that brought this mediocre movie to the screen. It is listed in four of top 10 with actors: Robert Ryan, Thomas Gomez, Richard Rober and William Talman. It receives a 5.9 IMDb rating.
Today, this film noir classic was released by MGM in 1950. It is the seminal film noir movie. It appears on ten of my top 10 lists in IMDb. These include: director, top 25 film noir, top 100 film noir, top 10 released in 1950, and six different actors. It is a tribute to its excellence. Here are the top ten collaborators behind this gem.
Born of Armenia parents in Goldfield, Nevada, Brad migrated to Hollywood and the Pasadena Playhouse. Got his first break by being casted in The Asphalt Jungle by John Huston. Excels at playing villains and bad guys. Dexter appeared in 41 feature films and 38 different television series. Here are his top ten movies rated by IMDb.
Born in Chicago, Barry was brought to Hollywood by Elia Kazan in 1947. He is a big, heavy-chested and outstanding at portraying villains. Appeared in 59 feature films and 80+ television series. I always enjoyed his performances in a film. Here are his top ten movies.
Born in Tenafly, New Jersey, Ed attended Columbia University and played football. Traveled to Oklahoma to be close his parents, enrolled in Oklahoma theater company. Big break came when Harris played John Glenn in The Right Stuff in 1983. Ed has appeared in 80+ feature films and 30+ television series. Here are his top 10 movies by IMDb, average is 7.8 for the ten.
One of the most prolific and honored directors of all time, Huston is one of my favorite directors. He either wrote, acted or directed in 114 films. Here are his top 10 movies based on IMDb ratings. These top 10 movies average 8.0 on the IMDb rating scale. Six of them are of the film noir genre.
Because Mitchum and Greer were so popular from Out of the Past, the studio decided to pair them up again for this film noir. It receives a 7.1 IMDb rating. The director and three leading actors all have their own top ten lists created by me.
One of the more innovative film noir, taking place during the holiday season - quite unusual. It receives a 6.7 movie rating from IMDb reviewers. Here are the ten most important collaborators in getting this movie made.
These ten contributors assisted in the production of this classic film noir movie. Decoy receives a 6.9 rating from IMDb raters.
A wonderful film noir from director Robert Siodmak, here is a list of the major contributors to the release of the this movie. This film can be found in five of my top 10 lists: director, Barbara Stanwyck, Wendell Corey, Paul Kelly and the top 100 film noir movies.
Charles was born in Cambridge, MA in 1891. His stage career began in 1929. Because of his gravely voice and his skills, he has been a very successful character actor. He has appeared in 87 feature films and 26 television series. He died in November of 1967 in Los Angeles. His top ten movies are listed below in IMDb rating order.
Happy Birthday Tony!!! Born in the Bronx, NY from immigrant Hungarians, Tony served in World War II in the Navy. Using his GI Bill, Curtis used it to enroll in acting school in 1947. His film debut was a minor role in Criss Cross with Burt Lancaster. Curtis was a voracious working actor - appearing in 115 feature films and 100 television series. I always enjoyed watching Tony work. He died in 2010 in Henderson, NV. Here are his top ten movies based on IMDb ratings.
From one of my favorite directors and writers - Sam Fuller. It is one of the few film noir stories set in a foreign land - Japan. This title is listed in three of my top 10 lists: Robert Ryan, Sam Fuller and my top 100 film noir titles. Here are the major contributors to putting this classic on the screen.
One of my favorite character actors, John appeared in 59 feature films and 77 television series. Born in May of 1915 in Osceola, NE , his family moved to Hollywood, CA when John was 5 years hold. He was one of the major stars of the radio and TV shows "The Shadow." Appeared in many westerns, here are his top 10 movies according to the IMDb.
Audie was born in Kingston, Texas in June of 1925 to a poor sharecropping family. He received 30+ military honors in WW II for his heroic behavior. He started in movies in 1948 and struggled initially. He appeared in 48 movies, his favorite genre was the western. He tragically died in a plane crash in Roanake, VA in 1971.
One of the last film noir movie that was released by Warner Brothers. Three actors in this movie have their own top 10 lists: Edward G Robinson, Nina Foch and Hugh Marlowe. Here are the major contributors that brought this movie to the screen. It achieves a 7.0 rating in IMDb.
Happy Birthday Marilyn, you were born this day in Los Angeles, CA in 1926. One of the more tragic figures in Hollywood history, Monroe was nicknamed "Blond Bombshell". Signed her 1st movie contract in 1948 with Columbia Features. Here are her top ten movies based on IMDb ratings. I note three of these movies are classified as film noir.
Born in Cleveland, OH, Holbrook learned his craft on the TV soap operas. First performed a Mark Twain story in 1954. He has appeared in 57 feature films and 54 television series. Here are his top 10 movies rated by IMDb.
The remake of Hemingway's classic short story that was first released in 1946. Big difference between the remakes. I enjoy both of them. Here are the significant contributors who brought this neo-noir movie to the screen.
Born in December, 1916 in Amsterdam, New York, Douglas got his first break in 1946, appearing in The Strange Loves of Martha Ivers. He has been a movie star ever sense. He has appeared in 87 feature films and 85 television series. He is the father to movie star Michael Douglas. Here are his top 10 rated movies according to IMDb.
One of my favorite film noirs, Gene Tierney is the ultimate femme fatale in this movie. You have to watch it to see what she does to keep her man. This film has been listed in 8 of my top ten lists: top 100 film noir, top 10 film noir released in 1945 and six different actors. Here are the major collaborators behind this classic.
One of my favorite narrators of a movie and also an excellent actor. Appeared in multiple film serials during the 40s and 50s. Television star in the 50s with Racket Squad and Public Defender. Appeared in 109 feature films and 18 television series. Born in Petrolia, Texas, Reed passed away in Los Angeles, CA in 1974. Also a major contributor to mystery radio broadcasts in the 40s and 50s.
Best remembered as Lt Tragg on the Perry Mason television series, Collins appeared in 75+ movies during his career. He also appeared in 16 television series. Born in Sacramento, California in 1889, Ray also passed away in California, specifically Santa Monica. Adept in dramas, westerns and film noir genres.
Born in British Columbia, Candada, Dmytryk was raised in the San Francisco area. Became US citizen in 1931. One of the Hollywood Ten in the 50s, hounded and persecuted for his involvement in communism. He directed 79 feature films. Won one award Cannes Film Festival - Best Social Film for Crossfire in 1947. Here are Dmytryk's top ten movies.
Born in Arkansas in 1904, Dick Powell started in show business during the 30s during musical productions and vaudeville. Appeared in 70 feature films, eventually becoming a director and producer of various TV shows.
A film noir classic movie from the pen of Raymond Chandler. One of the higher rated film noir, garnishing a 7.7 IMDb rating. Found in four of my top 10 lists: Claire Trevor, top 10 film noir released in 1944, top 25 film noir and top 100 film noir classics. Here are the top 10 collaborators:
One of my favorite film noir classics, this is in my top 100 list and also a top 25 list. Other lists that this film makes is: top 10 film noir releases in 1947, Tyrone Powers, Colleen Gray, Helen Walker and also Joan Blondell.
One of my favorite character actresses going up, I always enjoyed watching her in either a comedy role or a serious drama. Just finished watching her in Nightmare Alley, one of my favorite film noirs. Joan brought into movies with James Cagney in 1930. She had a long and productive career - appearing in 73 feature films. Also prevalent on TV during the 50s and 60s. Sadly, Joan died on Christmas day - 1979 in Santa Monica, CA. Here are her top 10 IMDb rated movies.
This film noir classic was one of five released in Warner Brothers initial collection series. It receives a 8.1 rating from IMDb. Here are the top ten contributors to this classic film.
This classic film noir had a good cast for this story written by Jay Dratier. I always enjoy watching it and just did yesterday. Here are the top 10 collaborators that brought this film noir to the screen. It receives a 7.2 rating from IMdb and I have it listed in four of my other top ten lists: Andre De Toth, Dick Powell, Lizabeth Scott and Raymond Burr.
Having been born in 1925 in Hackensack, NJ, Carey served during two wars - WW II and the Korean War. His first appearance in a film was with John Wayne in 1951 - Operation Petticoat. His greatest impact was in the TV soap opera - One Life to Live. He appeared in 43 feature films and 220+ television episodes. Here are Carey's top 10 rated movies from IMDb. Philip died of lung cancer in New York City in 2009.
This film noir movie is classified as "documentary style" supported by the FBI. It was one of the first movies to film "in the streets." Here are the top ten collaborators that brought this movie to the screen. It received a 6.8 rating in the IMDb.
Considered a film noir western, this classic was directed by Fritz Lang back in 1940. It had an excellent cast and director. Here are the top ten contributors to the creation of this film.
A minor film noir movie, it is better than one expected. Ahead of its time with unusual visual effects. It receives a 6.5 IMDb rating, here are the ten contributors to the production of this movie.
Hugh Sanders was the quintessential character actor who appeared in 72 films and multiple TV series. He usually played a heavy or a policemen. He appeared in 12 film noir movies, none of which distinguished themselves. His top 10 movies averaged only 6.7 in IMDb. It took me years to recognize him and admire his added value to a movie.
Will always be remembered as "Archie Bunker" in All the Family, playing that role for 12 years. Won Golden Globe for that portrayal in 1972. Also starred in TV series "In the Heat of the Night." Developed his acting skills in Europe between 1951 and 1954. Appeared in only 22 films. Here is a list of his top 10 rated movies from IMDb.
One of my favorite film noir movies, this has an unusual plotline. Received a 6.9 IMDb and is on four of my top ten lists: director Otto Preminger, actors Gene Tierney, Richard Conte and top 10 film noirs released in 1949. Here are the top ten contributors to this film.
One of the very first film noir movies, this one was adapted from the pen of Dashiell Hammett. Here are the top ten collaborators that helped create this masterpiece of film noir history.
This classic film noir movie was released yesterday in 1956 by United Artists. This amazing film has been listed in 12 different top 10 lists by this IMDb user. This includes the director, 8 actors in the movie and three special lists: top film noir by actor, my top 25 film noir and top 10 film noir released in 1956.
One of the more innovative directors, Ray came out of the progressive & radical theatre of New York City in the 40s. Best friends with Elia Kazan, also studied with architect innovator Frank Lloyd Wright. Made his film debut in 1948 with the noir classic They Live by Night (# 7 on his top 10 list). Ray was also married to Gloria Grahame, another noir icon. He died of lung cancer in NYC in June of 1979. His ten movies averaged 7.7 in the IMDb.
One of my favorite actors growing up, James Garner was born in Norman, Oklahoma in April of 1928. After having served in the Korean war, Garner got his first acting break in 1954. His first smash TV hit was Maverick in 1956. James appeared in 60 feature films and 50+ television series. He was in three TV series hits: Maverick for 3 seasons; The Rockford Files in 6 seasons and 8 Simple Rules for 5 seasons. Here are his top 10 rated films from his career to date.
This classic film noir was released today back in 1950 by Columbia Pictures. It is part of my personal collection and one of my favorite film noirs. It is listed in 12 of my top 10 lists: (1) film noir actors, (2) directors with highest rated film, Columbia Pictures, (3) Hard-boiled Fiction, (4) Frank Lovejoy, (5) noirs released in 1950, (6) my top 100 film noirs, (7) Gloria Grahame, (8) Humphrey Bogart, (9) noir actresses, (10) noir actors, (11) top 25 noir pictures, (12) Humphrey Bogart. This film receives an 8.0 IMDb rating. Here are the major contributors that produced this classic.
Debra was born this day in 1955 in Cleveland Heights, OH. At the age of 5, the family moved to California so Debra could begin an acting career. She acted mostly in TV series in the 70s before she got her first big break playing John Trevalota's wife in Urban Cowboy in 1980. She has appeared in 34 feature films and 21 different television series. Her top 10 films average 7.2 in the IMDb database.
In the May 9th issue of Entertainment Weekly, they published a list of the top 20 films that the EW team decided were the best summer blockbusters. Here is my list. I have listed EW's rating in the notes section.
One of the "psychological" focused film noir from director Robert Siodmak. Receives a solid 7.1 IMDb rating. Here are the major contributors to this successful film from 1946.
One of the earliest movies classified by some as film noir, it is not one of my favorite, having only received a 5.7 IMDb rating. These are the ten collaborators behind this movie.
One of the earliest film noir, this movie was released this day in 1942 by Paramount Pictures. Here are the major contributors to the success of this classic film noir. It rates 7.6 in the IMDb.
A classic film noir that has generated lots of interest over the years. Outstanding young cast in their first major roles. Here are the ten collaborators who created this classic. It is rated 7.6 by the IMDb.
A very good film noir from 1949, starring Richard Basehart and Audrey Totter. Good supporting cast. These are the top 10 collaborators that put Tension together. Tension is rated 7.2 in the IMDb database.
One of my favorite noir actors, Basehart was borned in Zanesville, OHIO in August of 1916. After studying on broadway, Richard made his way to Hollywood in 1947, immediately starring in He Walked by Night, a noir classic from 1948. He appeared in 51 feature films and 40 television series. He is known for his role of Admiral Nelson in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964). His top 10 movies average 7.7 in the IMDb. Basehart died of a stroke in 1984 at the age of 70 in Los Angeles.
An Adaptation of Raymond Chandler's High Window was released by 20th Century Fox in 1947. Here are the top 10 collaborators involved in bringing this material to the screen.
I became aware of Ennio Morricone through TCM and A Fistful Full of Dollars. Ennio was born in November, 1928 in Rome, Italy. He has composed music for 425+ feature films and 20 television series. His top 10 movies average 8.4 in the IMDb.
One of the icons of the motion picture industry, Wells was born yesterday 5/6 in 1915 in Kenosha, WI. He had made his theatre debut in 1934 on the New York stage. At the age of 27, Welles was the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay - Citizen Kane during the 1942 Oscars. He has appeared in 140 feature films and 68 television series. Orson died October 10th, in 1985 in Hollywood, CA. Here are his top 10 rated movie appearances. They average a solid 8.0 in the IMDb.
One of my favorite actors who is still alive, I became aware of Sean Connery when you starred in the James Bond movies. Born in 1930 in Edinborough, Scotland, Connery made his first movie at age 27 in 1957. His James Bond career started with Dr. No in 1962. He won a Golden Globe for supporting actor in The Untouchables in 1988. He has appeared in 80+ films. Here are his top 10 IMDb rated movies. These ten movies have an IMDb rating of 7.9
One of my favorite character actors, he was outstanding in Decision at Sundown. Born in July of 1906 in New Orleans, LA. Was the first actor, in 1956, to get paid a % of the film's grosses. Appeared in 53 feature films and 3 television series. Died in April of 1979, age 72 in Hollywood, CA. Here are his top 10 movies according to IMDb ratings.
Just watched Philadelphia again for the 2nd time after watching the original movie when it came out. It still resonates with me and our culture. It gets a 7.7 IMDb rating. Here are the ten collaborators that created this original message movie.
This film noir would be categorized as a psychological noir with excellent flashbacks and visual effects. Here are the ten collaborators behind this noir movie.
Directed by Anthony Mann, one of my favorite all-time directors, it is a mediocre film noir. This list includes the ten collaborators that brought this film to the screen. It has a 6.7 rating from IMDb participants.
I will always remember Mary Astor from the Maltese Falcon, one of the most iconic film noir movies. Today is her birthday, having been born in 1906 in Quincy, IL. Her father was a German immigrant who married an American woman from Illinois. Mary's father pushed into show business through a contest. Mary made her first movie at the age of 15 called The Scarecrow. Her career lasted 44 years, she appeared in 119 feature films and 34 TV series. Her last film was Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte released in 1964. She died in 1987 at the age of 81 at the Motion Pictures Home in Woodland Hills, CA. Here are her top rated films according to the IMDb. Her top 10 movies average 8.0 in the IMDb.
Born in 1964 in Long Beach, CA, Nicholas has a family history of cinema. He has appeared in 89 feature films and 60+ television series. He won the Oscar in 1996 as leading actor for his betrayal of a drunk in Leaving Las Vegas. Here are my favorite Cage flicks listed in IMDb order.
This classic film noir movie was released this date in 1946 by MGM pictures. It has been made into a feature film four times, 2 in English, once in French and once in Italian. Here are the ten collaborators that created this quintessential film noir.
Yesterday was Glenn Ford's birthday, having been born in 1916 in Quebec, Canada. I am celebrating his birthday by listing his top 10 films according to IMDb. Ford started with Columbia Pictures in 1939 and became a hit actor within years. He appeared in 100+ feature films and multiple TV series. He won the Golden Globe award in 1962 for Pocketful of Miracles. He passed away in August of 2006 in Beverly Hills, California. My previous top 10 list was created in November of 2011.
One of the classic film noir movies of the genre, it was released today in 1950 by Cardinal Pictures. It receives a 7.4 rating from IMDb raters. Here are the top ten collaborators that brought this movie to the screen.
Ms. Carolyn Jones was born today in 1930 in Amarillo, Texas. She always aspired to be in theatre and enrolled in Pasadena Playhouse in 1947 at age of 17. Her first movie was Turning Point in 1950. Her claim to fame was appearing on the Addams Family television series as the mother. Carolyn appeared in 80+ TV series and 34 feature films. Carolyn died at the age of 53 in West Hollywood, CA. Here are her top 10 films based on IMDb ratings.
Today is Pacino's birthday, born 74 years ago in New York City. In May of 2013, I created a list of my favorite Pacino films. Here is my second entrée, minus the ones from last year. HAPPY BIRTHDAY AL!!!!!
William Castle was born yesterday (4/24) in 1914 in New York City. He changes his name from William Schoss to William Castle when he got involved in the movie business. Castle was noted for B-budget movies and films that had a gimmick, something strange to attract his audiences. He died at the age of 49 in 1963 in Los Angeles, CA. Castle's top ten movies according to the IMDb are listed before.
This crime drama was released April 23, 1947 by Paramount Pictures. This list outlines the major contributors to the creation of this movie.
One of my favorite actresses going up, Nina was born yesterday (4/20) in 1924 in Netherlands. She migrated to the USA quickly and was in movies at the age 19 in 1944. Through her career, Nina appeared in 58 feature films and 110+ television series. She appeared in 7 film noir movies including My Name is Julia Ross, Dark Past and Johnny O'clock. She taught acting at USC for4 40+ years. She died in 2008 at the age of 84. Here are her top 10 rated movies based on the IMDb.
This film noir classic was released on March 15th,1946 by Columbia Pictures. It was a instant hit with two upcoming budding stars: Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth. Here are the major collaborators that created this noir classic.
This prolific music composer was born April 18, 1907 in Budapest,Hungary. He migrated to the United States in the late 30s and became a fixture in Hollywood films. Miklos created music for 180+ films and won three Oscars. Here are his top 10 film noir movies, ranked by IMDb ratings.
This classic film noir movie was released this date back in 1946 by Paramount Pictures. It was an instant hit with two bankable stars: Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake. Here are the top 10 collaborators responsible for creating this classic.
This film noir movie was released on April 7, 1948 by Allied Artists. It has received a 6.9 rating by IMDb users. Here are the top 10 collaborators that created this movie.
This minor film noir classic was released on April 13th, 1945 by RKO Radio Pictures. Anthony Mann was the director behind this film. Here are the top 10 collaborators that brought this film to the screen.
Growing up in the 50s, I was a big fan of Dragnet, a police procedural that hit TV in 1951. Much later did I learn that Jack Webb was an actor in the late 40's and a successful producer. Webb was born on April 2nd, 1920 in Santa Monica, CA. He got his start in film in 1948 - small role in He Walked By Night that was the link to Dragnet's creations. Here are the top 10 films that Webb appeared in.
This classic film noir movie was released on April 9th, 1946. I owe a copy and it is one of my top 100 film noir movies. Here are the top 10 collaborators who created The Dark Corner.
Ang Lee has been quite proficient as a Director since getting his start with Spike Lee in 1983. His first film Wedding Banquet was released in 1993 and got rave reviews. This was the first of a trilogy of films. He has made a variety of films from straight comedies to action/adventure films and serious dramas. Here are his top 10 films according to IMDb ratings.
Born in Philadelphia in 1912, Brooks got his break in 1950 by director Gary Grant for MGM. He directed 41 films over his career which spanned for 40+ years. He died in March,1992 in Beverly Hills, CA. His movies received 6 Oscar nominations. Here are his top 10 IMDb rated films. I will compile another list later in the year.
One of the best and first film noir classics. Here are the top collaborators to bring this novel to life on the screen.
I watched this movie again this morning, it is one of the best crime dramas ever made. Here are the major collaborators to bring this story to the screen. This film received five Oscar nominations.
Born in 1928 in New York City, Kubrick began his film career in 1950 in New York City. Stanley was an extremely talented and creative director. He demanded absolute control over the film, scheduling, etc. He completed 32 feature films. He died in England in March of 1999. Here are his top 10 feature films based on IMDb ratings.
David Goodis, noted writer of crime fiction, was born this day in 1917 in Philadelphia, PA. While working in an advertising company, David wrote his first novel "Retreat from Oblivion" in 1939. He published under a variety of names. During the 40s he began working in Hollywood as a screenwriter. His big break came in 1946 when his novel Dark Passage was published. Goodis died tragically in 1967 at the age of 49. Many of his stories have been translated into movies. Here are his top 10 films based in rank order from IMDb.
One of the major influential people within the film noir genre is Samuel Fuller. Sam not only wrote stories but also directed a number of the movies. This script for Shockproof was written by Fuller. Here are the top 10 collaborators behind the 1949 film noir. I am disappointed that more pictures of the collaborators are not available in IMDb.
A wonderful film noir classic from the novel by Samuel Fuller "The Dark Page." Outstanding cast in film directed by Phil Karlson. Here are the top 10 collaborators in the creation of this movie.
Born in 1930 in New York City, Frankenheimer spent his formative years in the city. He began working at CBS in 1953. He directed only 36 films but many were outstanding. John produced more than 150+ live shows on television between 1954 and 1960. He died in 2002 in Los Angeles, CA. Here are his top 10 films based on IMDb ratings.
Born in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1915, Sinatra began his career as a singer and was quite successful. His first film was with Gene Kelly in 1945. Over the years, he appeared in 77 feature films and 81 television shows. Frank won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1953 in From Here to Eternity. He died in 1998 in Los Angeles, CA - his music is still popular and he has his own channel on Sirius radio. Here are his top 10 IMDb rated movies.
Born in 1928 in Lithuania, he migrated to England in the 40s serving in the armed services. His film debut was in 1948 - House of Darkness. Laurence appeared in 60 feature films and 30 different TV series. He died in 1973 in London, England. Here are his top 10 movies according to IMDb ratings.
One of the most prolific directors of the current era, Lumet had a smash hit with his directorial debut - 12 Angry Men. He made 63 feature films and worked on 32 TV series. He won the Golden Globe in 1977 for Network. Sidney passed away in 2011 in New York City. Here are his top 10 rated films - WHAT A LIST!!!!
One of the best political thrillers of all-time, I just recently watched it again. Here are the top 10 collaborators who came together to create this magnificent and captivating thriller.
I will always remember Marshall as the cool & collected Juror #4 on 12 Angry Men. He appeared in 48 feature films and 82 television series. He is noteworthy for being one of the leading lawyers on the TV hit The Defenders co-starring Robert Reed. Here are Marshall's top 10 films - many of major hit. He was a graduate of the first class of the Actors Studio in New York City.
Watched this classic film noir on February 17th as part of my collection. I always enjoy watching Lawrence Tierney and his acting performances. Here are the top 10 collaborators behind this film noir classic.
One of my favorite supporting actors, Balsam was born in the Bronx in 1919. Raised in the city, Martin fought in World War II and entered the Actors Studios in 1947. His big break was appearing in On the Waterfront in 1954. He appeared in 71 feature films and 65 different TV series. He won an Oscar for the best supporting actor - 1966 in A Thousand Clowns. He died in 1996 while in Italy filming movies.
One of the classic noir films from the 40s, this film originated from a story by Cornell Woolrich. This film was released on Monday, February 17th in 1944, one year after I was born. Here are the top collaborators that brought this classic to the screen. Its remarkable that IMDb has no pictures of the major contributors to this classic.
The # 1 movie on my top 10 lawyer movies, I just watched this classic again. What a film, it never gets old and I know the ending. Here are the top 10 collaborators behind the creation of this excellent film.
Released in 1950, this film noir is mediocre at best with a good cast. Its funny seeing a young Gordon MacRae in a film noir when he is more famous as a singer on television. Excellent supporting cast. Here are the top 10 collaborators behind Backfire!!
One of my favorite film noir classics, this one stars Charles McGraw and William Talman - two of better actors playing hard-nosed noir characters - one good and one evil. Here are the top collaborators that brought this movie to the screen.
One of my favorite directors of the film noir genre. Since he only directed eight film noir films, I have added 2 crime movies to make ten. Fleischer began directing at age 30 for RKO in 1946. He was a versatile director who did crime, war flicks. He directed 59 feature films with many hits including Tora, Tora, Tora!!! Here are the top 10 crime films
Shirley Temple died on Monday February 10th. She was 85 years old. Although I was never a big fan of hers, I did admire her life, especially what she accomplished after the movies. She appeared in 51 feature films and 21 television series. She was the first child movie star I remember from my youth. Here are her top 10 IMDb rating movies.
Directed by Don Siegel, this film noir attempted to cash in on the popularity of Rebel Without a Cause. It had an outstanding cast and writer. Here are the top 10 collaborators responsible for this classic.
Directed by Anthony Mann, this film noir classic had many collaborators that lead to its success. Here are the top 10 people responsible for this movie.
Today is John Farrow's birthday, born in 1904 in Sydney, Australia. John got his film start as a screenwriter in 1927 at age of 23. He became a versatile director in 76 feature films. Farrow directed all kinds of genres: film noir=5 and westerns=11. He was married to actress Maureen O'Sullivan for 25+ years and produced 7 children. Farrow won an Oscar in 1966 for screenplay(co-Oscar) of Around the World in 80 days. He died in January of 1963 in Beverly Hills, CA. Here are his top 10 movies based on IMDb ratings.
One of my favorite character actors, I always enjoyed watching him on the screen. Born in Fairport, NY in 1967, Hoffman graduated with BFA degree in 1989 and appeared in 60 feature films and 25 television series. He won an Oscar and Golden Globe for his portrayal of Capopte in the 2006 film by the same name. Here are the top 10 Hoffman movies based on IMDb ratings. He died tragically on February 2nd, 2014.
Today, Lana Turner was born in 1921, originally coming from Wallace, Idaho. She appeared in her fist film at the age of 17 in 1937. Lana appeared in 59 feature films and 21 television series. Most notable TV show was Peyton Place for which she won award. She appeared in 3 film noir movies - the best being The Postman Always Rings Twice. Ms Turner died in 1995 in Century City, CA. She lived until age 74.
One of my favorite film noir classics which I owe a copy of, this short (67 mins) movies carries a big punch. It has memorialized Tom Neal and Ann Savage as a classic film noir couple. Here are the top 10 collaborators who created this classic.
One of my favorite film noir classics, Hitch-Hiker is the quintessential short thriller directed by Ida Lupino. This was unheard of during the 50s. Here are the top 10 collaborators behind this classic. William Talman is awesome as Emmett Myers.