Lists by Max_in_Vienna

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a list of 12 titles
My 12 favorite sci-fi and fantasy films
 
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My 12 favorite comedies.
 
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My 12 favorite films on war and conflict.
 
a list of 24 titles
My 12 favorite film noirs (oh alright, I know, there's two dozen but just can't manage to cut the list down to twelve)
 
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My 12 favorite films for the baby-boomers generation
 
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My 12 favorite films on sports and games
 
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My 12 favorite films concerned with discrimination and racism
 
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My 12 favorite Harvey Keitel films
 
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My 12 favorite Cary Grant films
 
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My 10 favorite Neil Simon films
 
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My 12 favorite music and dance films
 
a list of 12 titles
Very personal all-time favorite dozen
 
a list of 40 titles
Personal film library (disk III of VI)
 
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Personal film library (disk IV of VI)
 
a list of 11 titles
Here's a list of films with the telephone at the centre of the story. The rule for being included in this list is simple: the film could not have been made without the concept of the telephone (or similar technology).

Yes, I know, the rule is a bit wishy-washy, but the question to ask yourself: would the film have to be changed significantly if we didn't have phones? Could it have been made at all?

What am I missing? Suggestions very welcome :-).

Note: I've ignored those films with such poor ratings that we would be grateful if they hadn't invented the phone just to make sure these films wouldn't have been shot.
 
a list of 100 titles
These are in no special order, any objective way of grouping these masterpieces in order of quality seems impossible.
 
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The Hollywood blacklist was the mid-20th-century practice of denying employment to screenwriters, actors, directors, musicians, and other U.S. entertainment professionals because of their suspected political beliefs or associations.

Artists were barred from work on the basis of their alleged membership in or sympathy with the Communist Party, involvement in progressive political causes that enforcers of the blacklist associated with communism, and refusal to assist investigations into Communist Party activities.

The first systematic Hollywood blacklist was instituted on November 25, 1947, the day after ten writers and directors were cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to testify to the House Committee on Un-American Activities. A group of studio executives, acting under the aegis of the Motion Picture Association of America, fired the artists—the so-called Hollywood Ten—and made what has become known as the Waldorf Statement.

Many screenwriters of the time who were denied work for this reason resorted to the use of pseudonyms or having other authors submit their work under their own names; these were the so-called "fronts".

The Hollywood 10:

- Dalton Trumbo, screenwriter
- Ring Lardner Jr., screenwriter
- Albert Maltz, screenwriter
- Lester Cole, screenwriter
- Herbert J. Biberman, screenwriter and director
- Alvah Bessie, screenwriter
- John Howard Lawson, screenwriter
- Samuel Ornitz, screenwriter
- Adrian Scott, producer and screenwriter
- Edward Dmytryk, director

Quoted from Wikipedia: http://goo.gl/uPKWIr

Related lists:
- Hollywood and the Reds: Post-WW II, 1950ies, 1960ies, 1970ies, 1980ies, 1990ies, 2000 to Today, The Hollywood Ten, HUAC & McCarthyism

Other lists:
- Cold War Movies by b-avcilar
- The 20 best films on cold war by g-tyaneus
- Cold War in films by ferreiracarlos1504

Sources:
- Wikipedia: http://goo.gl/XAoM9m
- Harvard Film Archive - "Cold War Paranoia": http://goo.gl/uACQSw
- Illinois.edu - "The Hollywood Blacklist": http://goo.gl/XNU3Ph
- Washington.edu - "The All-Powers Project" : http://goo.gl/fDkGFW

On YouTube:
- "Victims of Hollywood's Blacklist": http://goo.gl/mPME2b
- "The Hollywood Ten" (1950): http://goo.gl/7Ls0uL
- "The Hollywood Blacklist: 1947-1960": http://goo.gl/WieTa3
- "Committee On Un-American Activities": http://goo.gl/an3DSw
(see also YouTube list "Popular Hollywood blacklist Videos" (107 videos): http://goo.gl/xHMBiK)
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a list of 7 titles
This list is part of a series (see below), work in progress.

Related lists:
- Hollywood and the Reds: Post-WW II, 1950ies, 1960ies, 1970ies, 1980ies, 1990ies, 2000 to Today, The Hollywood Ten, HUAC & McCarthyism

Other lists:
- Cold War Movies by b-avcilar
- The 20 best films on cold war by g-tyaneus
- Cold War in films by ferreiracarlos1504

Sources:
- Wikipedia: http://goo.gl/XAoM9m
- Harvard Film Archive - "Cold War Paranoia": http://goo.gl/uACQSw
- Illinois.edu - "The Hollywood Blacklist": http://goo.gl/XNU3Ph
- Washington.edu - "The All-Powers Project" : http://goo.gl/fDkGFW

On YouTube:
- "Victims of Hollywood's Blacklist": http://goo.gl/mPME2b
- "The Hollywood Ten" (1950): http://goo.gl/7Ls0uL
- "The Hollywood Blacklist: 1947-1960": http://goo.gl/WieTa3
- "Committee On Un-American Activities": http://goo.gl/an3DSw
(see also YouTube list "Popular Hollywood blacklist Videos" (107 videos): http://goo.gl/xHMBiK)
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a list of 35 titles
This list is part of a series (see below), work in progress.

Related lists:
- Hollywood and the Reds: Post-WW II, 1950ies, 1960ies, 1970ies, 1980ies, 1990ies, 2000 to Today, The Hollywood Ten, HUAC & McCarthyism

Other lists:
- Cold War Movies by b-avcilar
- The 20 best films on cold war by g-tyaneus
- Cold War in films by ferreiracarlos1504

Sources:
- Wikipedia: http://goo.gl/XAoM9m
- Harvard Film Archive - "Cold War Paranoia": http://goo.gl/uACQSw
- Illinois.edu - "The Hollywood Blacklist": http://goo.gl/XNU3Ph
- Washington.edu - "The All-Powers Project" : http://goo.gl/fDkGFW

On YouTube:
- "Victims of Hollywood's Blacklist": http://goo.gl/mPME2b
- "The Hollywood Ten" (1950): http://goo.gl/7Ls0uL
- "The Hollywood Blacklist: 1947-1960": http://goo.gl/WieTa3
- "Committee On Un-American Activities": http://goo.gl/an3DSw
(see also YouTube list "Popular Hollywood blacklist Videos" (107 videos): http://goo.gl/xHMBiK)
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a list of 23 titles
This list is part of a series (see below), work in progress.

Related lists:
- Hollywood and the Reds: Post-WW II, 1950ies, 1960ies, 1970ies, 1980ies, 1990ies, 2000 to Today, The Hollywood Ten, HUAC & McCarthyism

Other lists:
- Cold War Movies by b-avcilar
- The 20 best films on cold war by g-tyaneus
- Cold War in films by ferreiracarlos1504

Sources:
- Wikipedia: http://goo.gl/XAoM9m
- Harvard Film Archive - "Cold War Paranoia": http://goo.gl/uACQSw
- Illinois.edu - "The Hollywood Blacklist": http://goo.gl/XNU3Ph
- Washington.edu - "The All-Powers Project" : http://goo.gl/fDkGFW

On YouTube:
- "Victims of Hollywood's Blacklist": http://goo.gl/mPME2b
- "The Hollywood Ten" (1950): http://goo.gl/7Ls0uL
- "The Hollywood Blacklist: 1947-1960": http://goo.gl/WieTa3
- "Committee On Un-American Activities": http://goo.gl/an3DSw
(see also YouTube list "Popular Hollywood blacklist Videos" (107 videos): http://goo.gl/xHMBiK)
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a list of 12 titles
This list is part of a series (see below), work in progress.

Related lists:
- Hollywood and the Reds: Post-WW II, 1950ies, 1960ies, 1970ies, 1980ies, 1990ies, 2000 to Today, The Hollywood Ten, HUAC & McCarthyism

Other lists:
- Cold War Movies by b-avcilar
- The 20 best films on cold war by g-tyaneus
- Cold War in films by ferreiracarlos1504

Sources:
- Wikipedia: http://goo.gl/XAoM9m
- Harvard Film Archive - "Cold War Paranoia": http://goo.gl/uACQSw
- Illinois.edu - "The Hollywood Blacklist": http://goo.gl/XNU3Ph
- Washington.edu - "The All-Powers Project" : http://goo.gl/fDkGFW

On YouTube:
- "Victims of Hollywood's Blacklist": http://goo.gl/mPME2b
- "The Hollywood Ten" (1950): http://goo.gl/7Ls0uL
- "The Hollywood Blacklist: 1947-1960": http://goo.gl/WieTa3
- "Committee On Un-American Activities": http://goo.gl/an3DSw
(see also YouTube list "Popular Hollywood blacklist Videos" (107 videos): http://goo.gl/xHMBiK)
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a list of 25 titles
This list is part of a series (see below), work in progress.

Related lists:
- Hollywood and the Reds: Post-WW II, 1950ies, 1960ies, 1970ies, 1980ies, 1990ies, 2000 to Today, The Hollywood Ten, HUAC & McCarthyism

Other lists:
- Cold War Movies by b-avcilar
- The 20 best films on cold war by g-tyaneus
- Cold War in films by ferreiracarlos1504

Sources:
- Wikipedia: http://goo.gl/XAoM9m
- Harvard Film Archive - "Cold War Paranoia": http://goo.gl/uACQSw
- Illinois.edu - "The Hollywood Blacklist": http://goo.gl/XNU3Ph
- Washington.edu - "The All-Powers Project" : http://goo.gl/fDkGFW

On YouTube:
- "Victims of Hollywood's Blacklist": http://goo.gl/mPME2b
- "The Hollywood Ten" (1950): http://goo.gl/7Ls0uL
- "The Hollywood Blacklist: 1947-1960": http://goo.gl/WieTa3
- "Committee On Un-American Activities": http://goo.gl/an3DSw
(see also YouTube list "Popular Hollywood blacklist Videos" (107 videos): http://goo.gl/xHMBiK)
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a list of 35 titles
This list is part of a series (see below), work in progress.

Related lists:
- Hollywood and the Reds: Post-WW II, 1950ies, 1960ies, 1970ies, 1980ies, 1990ies, 2000 to Today, The Hollywood Ten, HUAC & McCarthyism

Other lists:
- Cold War Movies by b-avcilar
- The 20 best films on cold war by g-tyaneus
- Cold War in films by ferreiracarlos1504

Sources:
- Wikipedia: http://goo.gl/XAoM9m
- Harvard Film Archive - "Cold War Paranoia": http://goo.gl/uACQSw
- Illinois.edu - "The Hollywood Blacklist": http://goo.gl/XNU3Ph
- Washington.edu - "The All-Powers Project" : http://goo.gl/fDkGFW

On YouTube:
- "Victims of Hollywood's Blacklist": http://goo.gl/mPME2b
- "The Hollywood Ten" (1950): http://goo.gl/7Ls0uL
- "The Hollywood Blacklist: 1947-1960": http://goo.gl/WieTa3
- "Committee On Un-American Activities": http://goo.gl/an3DSw
(see also YouTube list "Popular Hollywood blacklist Videos" (107 videos): http://goo.gl/xHMBiK)
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The House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) was an investigative committee of the United States House of Representatives. It was originally created in 1938 to uncover citizens with Nazi ties within the United States. However, it has become better known for its role in investigating alleged disloyalty and subversive activities on the part of private citizens, public employees, and those organizations suspected of having ties to Communism.

(Quoted from Wikipedia http://goo.gl/CLQJZg, accents are mine)

Included in this list are films directly relating to the HUAC blacklists, those where this theme plays a meaningful role as well as those films that may be considered allegorical. The following titles are not part of the list but may be added:

- Silver Lode (1954)
- Rear Window (1954)
- Johnny Guitar (1954)
- Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
- Planet of the Apes (1968)
- Pleasantville (1998)

Note: this list is alphabetical.

Related lists:
- Hollywood and the Reds: Post-WW II, 1950ies, 1960ies, 1970ies, 1980ies, 1990ies, 2000 to Today, The Hollywood Ten, HUAC & McCarthyism

Other lists:
- Cold War Movies by b-avcilar
- The 20 best films on cold war by g-tyaneus
- Cold War in films by ferreiracarlos1504

Sources:
- Wikipedia: http://goo.gl/XAoM9m
- Harvard Film Archive - "Cold War Paranoia": http://goo.gl/uACQSw
- Illinois.edu - "The Hollywood Blacklist": http://goo.gl/XNU3Ph
- Washington.edu - "The All-Powers Project" : http://goo.gl/fDkGFW

On YouTube:
- "Victims of Hollywood's Blacklist": http://goo.gl/mPME2b
- "The Hollywood Ten" (1950): http://goo.gl/7Ls0uL
- "The Hollywood Blacklist: 1947-1960": http://goo.gl/WieTa3
- "Committee On Un-American Activities": http://goo.gl/an3DSw
(see also YouTube list "Popular Hollywood blacklist Videos" (107 videos): http://goo.gl/xHMBiK)
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a list of 43 titles
This list is part of a series (see below), work in progress.

Related lists:
- Hollywood and the Reds: Post-WW II, 1950ies, 1960ies, 1970ies, 1980ies, 1990ies, 2000 to Today, The Hollywood Ten, HUAC & McCarthyism

Other lists:
- Cold War Movies by b-avcilar
- The 20 best films on cold war by g-tyaneus
- Cold War in films by ferreiracarlos1504

Sources:
- Wikipedia: http://goo.gl/XAoM9m
- Harvard Film Archive - "Cold War Paranoia": http://goo.gl/uACQSw
- Illinois.edu - "The Hollywood Blacklist": http://goo.gl/XNU3Ph
- Washington.edu - "The All-Powers Project" : http://goo.gl/fDkGFW

On YouTube:
- "Victims of Hollywood's Blacklist": http://goo.gl/mPME2b
- "The Hollywood Ten" (1950): http://goo.gl/7Ls0uL
- "The Hollywood Blacklist: 1947-1960": http://goo.gl/WieTa3
- "Committee On Un-American Activities": http://goo.gl/an3DSw
(see also YouTube list "Popular Hollywood blacklist Videos" (107 videos): http://goo.gl/xHMBiK)
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The Hays Office, or more exactly the "The Motion Picture Production Code" and the "Production Code Administration (PCA)", established by the six major Hollywood Studios (Warner, Disney, Universal, Columbia, Fox and Paramount) in an effort to avoid the creation of state and federal censorship laws, ruled U.S. film making morals and ethics from 1934 to the mid 60ies.

This list is intended as a collection of commented censorship samples and not of course a complete directory which would contain thousands of titles reviewed over a period of 30 years.

An abbreviated list of Hays rules can be found below, in two sections: "Don'ts" and "Be Carefuls":

Don'ts

1. Pointed profanity, religious and sexual (Go, damn, hell, ...)
2. Nudity
3. Illegal drug traffic
4. Sex perversion
5. White slavery
6. Miscegenation (sex relationships between races)
7. Sex hygiene and venereal diseases;
8. Scenes of actual childbirth and children's sex organs
9. Ridicule of the clergy
10. Wilful offence to any nation, race or creed;

Be Carefuls

1. Use of the flag
2. International relations (avoiding picturizing in an unfavourable light another country's religion, history, institutions, prominent people, and citizenry)
3. Arson
4. Use of firearms
5. Theft, robbery, safe-cracking, and dynamiting of trains, mines, buildings, etc. (having in mind the effect which a too-detailed description of these may have upon the moron)
6. Brutality and possible gruesomeness
7. Committing murder by whatever method
8. Methods of smuggling
9. Third-degree methods
10. Hangings or electrocutions as punishment for crime
11. Sympathy for criminals
12. Attitude toward public characters and institutions
13. Sedition
14. Cruelty to children and animals
15. Branding of people or animals
16. Sale of women, or of a woman selling her virtue
17. Rape or attempted rape
18. First-night scenes
19. Man and woman in bed together
20. Deliberate seduction of girls
21. Denigrating the institution of marriage
22. Surgical operations
23. Use of drugs
24. scenes with law enforcement or law-enforcing officers
25. Excessive or lustful kissing

Note: Life Magazine attempted a single still showing all Hays "don'ts" in a single image: http://goo.gl/sHAbn0

Sources (Wikipedia):
- PCA: http://goo.gl/uMnVpT
- Rules: http://goo.gl/1FWcoF
- Banned films: http://goo.gl/rRZd8v
- Censorship in the U.S.: http://goo.gl/oCWUX0

Sources (TV-Tropes):
- Hays Code: http://goo.gl/1UqRXp
- Defying The Censors: http://goo.gl/6aZZ7T
 
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If you happen to have been born between 1946 and 1964 or thereabouts (and if not, you'll just have to pretend :-) ), then you should recall many if not all of these films.

Which title do you recall most fondly? Which film perhaps even influenced you in some way in a time when social values, political views, music taste, sexual prejudices, drug use, race relations, respect for state authority, women's rights and so many other entrenched views were being questioned without quite knowing what this would lead to.

Limiting the list: To keep this list faintly manageable, it ranges from the early sixties which saw the first boomers in their teens (so no Rebel Without a Cause or West Side Story), to the mid seventies before subject matter turned to mid-life crisis (Kramer vs. Kramer, The Big Chill, Field of Dreams) and post Vietnam coping (Apocalypse Now, Coming Home, The Deer Hunter).

(based loosely on Oliver Stone's list "Iconic Films for the Boomer Generation" http://goo.gl/G8OqjS)

Discuss here
 
a list of 17 titles
The sixties moon race and a optimistic belief in technical advancement and solutions, triggered a number of sci-fi series both in Britain and the U.S..

Which of these would you like to see a remake or continuation of? A number of these are currently in development so your wish will be granted :-). If you're not acquainted with many of the suggestions, try these YouTube links to catch the mood:

- UFO intro: http://goo.gl/VGdj1a
- Thunderbirds teaser: http://goo.gl/scZNPA

Limiting the list: A number of shows are not included:
- Night Gallery > rather horror mystery than sci-fi
- One Step Beyond > psychic phenomena
- 'Way Out > nominally "sci-fi", but actually horror/macabre
- Doctor Who > for obvious reasons as two series are ongoing: Doctor Who (2005 - ) and All American Doctor Who (2013 - )

Note: two Supermarionation (animated marionette puppetry) series are included: Thunderbirds (1965 - 1966) and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967 - 1968), others have been omitted (Space Patrol (1963 - 1968), Fireball XL5 (1962 - 1963), Stingray (1964 - 1965), ...)

Discuss here
 
a list of 26 titles
Again it is time to upgrade your home hardware (2 years go by so fast). Finally, you're financial health (and your unrealistically large cellar) will allow you to acquire your first mainframe. But what should you buy? Are you a gamer? Do you need some one to discuss the meaning of life? Are you looking to replace your therapist? Or perhaps you simply would like to be understood, or even loved? On the other hand, the destruction of civilization as we know it could also be high on your list. Choose:

Limiting the list: Films rated above 7.0 are listed, but with some notable exceptions.

Discuss here
 
a list of 35 titles
35 5op-rated Films with female first names as a title.

Looking for films with a woman's first names as titles. Suggestions very welcome! Any suggestion higher than the lowest rated title bumps latter off the list.

- Highest IMDb Rating 8.2 - Rebecca (1940)
- Lowest IMDb Rating 4.8 - Elektra (2005)

Restrictions: Feature films only, no documentaries, TV productions, shorts, cartoons or similar. No first and last names or double names unless they are hyphened, names should be vaguely common (i.e. not "Cinderella") and title must refer to a character in the film (i.e. not "Selma").
 
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Of the innumerable Easter Eggs and other assorted references, conspirational allusions, hidden motifs and messages, cameos, running gags and inside jokes, do you have a favourite?.

... which was the most surprising? ... innovative? ... cryptic? How did you find them? Are they recurring or unique? Why are they special? What do you believe they mean? Do you know of others not on this list?

Discuss here
 
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Nick Charles: What are you drinking?
Guest: Oh, nothing, thanks. Nothing.
Nick Charles: Oh, that's a mistake.

So listen to those in the know and choose carefully.

Discuss here

Runners-up: The Departini, The Starlet Cocktail, a Hot Toddy, Lecter's Chianti, Bridget's Chardonnay, The White Angel, The Great Balls of Fire, a Suntory Whisky, The Sidecar, a Gibson, a Duff beer, The Flaming Moe, a Benjamin's Age Reverser, The Rooster Cocktail, The Waikiki, Sweet Ben's Pink Lemonade,The Goblet of Fire, Cobb's Cognac Dream, The Malibu Sunshine, an Old Fashioned and a sweet Vermouth on the rocks with a twist.
 
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Is film censorship legitimate and, if it is, in which cases and how (and by whom) should it be handled?

Although many would probably tend to reject most types of censorship in a liberal society, some if not all might qualify this when considering cases such as excessive brutality or torture, racism, political propaganda, child pornography, explicit rape, promoting terrorism and any number of other. Does one draw a line? An if yes, where? ... and who should we entrust to do this?

The options below range from "1 = no censorship" to "4 = strict state censorship". The last option, "5 - None of the above" includes a link to a discussion thread if you would like to comment further.

Note: Although most countries have struggled with this issue, the main emphasis of this poll is Hollywood and the U.S. film industry. Film rating systems, as practised today in many countries, has been mostly ignored in this poll since it generally does not censor films for an entire audience but suggests target age groups.

Discuss Here.
 
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This is a tough one. Looking at the best sequels by box-office improvement ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_film_sequels_by_box-office_improvement ), one does get the nagging feeling that neither democracy nor capitalism work after all. In any case, here are my favourite sequels, based on the prerequisite that the films were at least up to par if not better than the originals (or the story was just too good or too unfinished to miss the follow-up). Special mention: Although "Silence of the Lambs" is certainly not a sequel in the classical definition of the word, "Manhunter" (1986) is the original Hannibal Lecter (see also the later "Red Dragon"), so there :-). And what about "Superman II", "X2", "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn", "Batman Returns", "Aliens", "Crank: High Voltage ", "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix", "Resident Evil" (sorry Mila), "Gremlins 2", "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" (as much as I like Julianne Moore, no Sam Neill, no chance), "Bad Boys II", "The Naked Gun 2 1/2", "Toy Story II" or "The Dark Night"? No way, José. Even "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" doesn't qualify (imho), if only "The Last Crusade" had been the follow-up to the original, it would be a different story. And what about "French Connection II"? Had the original not been so outstanding, it might have made the list. And why not "Day of the Dead" (George Romero, 1985)? Because I am no longer 16 :-). Close misses by "Mad Max II", "Spiderman II", "2046" and many more ...
 
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Although some novelists were excellent screen writers, adapting both their own work, as that of others to the big screen, top original screen play writers are mostly a breed of their own.

(s.a. "Favorite Dozen Bestseller-Authors adapted to Film"
and "Favorite Dozen Top-Playrights adapted to Film")

PS. Admittedly, these lists overlap somewhat as a number of authors should have been included in two or more but weren't simply because I needed the room :-).

Disclaimer: I purposefully named this listing a "Favorite" and not a "Top"-list. I know I have left out a number of top candidates (due to the fact that a dozen = 12, grr) and am afraid I've left out even more authors I never even thought of in the first place.
 
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Some authors seem predestined to having their novels adapted to the cinema, with others it seems almost impossible. This list is an early version of a "Top" list including those that I am able to add off the top of my head. More to follow.

(s.a. "Favorite Dozen Top-Playrights adapted to Film"
and "Favorite Dozen Original Screenplay Authors")

PS. Admittedly, these lists overlap somewhat as a number of authors should have been included in two or more but weren't simply because I needed the room :-).

Disclaimer: I purposefully named this listing a "Favorite" and not a "Top"-list. I know I have left out a number of top candidates (due to the fact that a dozen = 12, grr) and am afraid I've left out even more authors I never even thought of in the first place.
 
a list of 12 people
Some playrights seem predestined to having their works adapted to the cinema, with others it seems almost impossible. This list is an early version of a "Top" list including those that I am able to add off the top of my head. More to follow.

(s.a. "Favorite Dozen Bestseller-Authors adapted to Film"
and "Favorite Dozen Original Screenplay Authors")

PS. Admittedly, these lists overlap somewhat as a number of authors should have been included in two or more but weren't simply because I needed the room :-).

Disclaimer: I purposefully named this listing a "Favorite" and not a "Top"-list. I know I have left out a number of top candidates (due to the fact that a dozen = 12, grr) and am afraid I've left out even more authors I never even thought of in the first place.
 
a list of 12 people
Avoiding adjectives such as "best" or "top", this list simply includes those directors which managed to draw me to a movie alone by his or her name.
 
a list of 12 titles
My 12 favorite films on social themes