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Sunny, 78˚F, 43% humidity. It was actually quite hot yesterday, almost 90˚F in Providence.

No writing yesterday.

Matt Ross' Captain Fantastic is really, truly a very fine film, possibly my favorite of 2016 thus far. We saw it yesterday at the Cable Car, which I wish showed more films that I want to see, because the place is remarkably comfortable (in sharp contrast with to torture devices that the Avon sadistically calls "seats").

I have the first bit of my movie list. Actually, a few days back, I reached 1970 and sort of stuck. I'm not sure yet whether or not I'll proceed. Regardless, here they are (behind the cut) some 233 films – unless I've miscounted – made between 1930 and 1970. This is intended as a list favorites, films I watch again. Take it in that spirit. And yes, few places is the 20th Century's chauvinism more readily on display than any survey of American and British films. Which these are, and American, for the most part. For the purposes of this list, I've included no foreign-language films (id est, non-English). I've limited myself to 5-7 films per year.





1930

Hell's Angels (Howard Hughes, et al.)
Animal Crackers (Victor Heerman)
Doughboys (Edward Sedgwick)
Anna Christie (Clarence Brown)
Morocco (Josef von Sternberg)
The Big Trail (Raoul Walsh)

1931

The Champ (King Vidor)
Little Caesar (Mervyn LeRoy)
City Lights (Charlie Chaplin)
Frankenstein (James Whale)
Cimarron (Wesley Ruggles)

1932

Grand Hotel (Edmund Goulding)
Flowers and Trees (Walt Disney)
Shanghai Express (Josef von Sternberg)
Island of Lost Souls (Erle C. Kenton)
Red Dust (Victor Fleming)

1933

King Kong (Merian C. Cooper, Ernst B. Shoedsack)
Little Women (George Cukor)
42nd Street (Lloyd Bacon, Busby Berkeley)
Duck Soup (Leo McCarey)
Queen Christina (Robert Mamoulian)

1934

It Happened One Night (Frank Capra)
The Thin Man (W.S Van Dyke)
Imitation of Life (John M. Stahl)
The Scarlet Pimpernel (Harold Young)
The Black Cat (Edgar G. Ulmer)

1935

Mutiny on the Bounty (Frank Lloyd)
Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale)
The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock)
Top Hat (Mark Sandrich)
The Informer (John Ford)

1936

The Petrified Forest (Archie Mayo)
Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin)
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (Frank Capra)
Things to Come (William Cameron Menzies)
Dracula's Daughter (Lambert Hillyer)
Showboat (James Whale)

1937

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (David Hand, et al.)
The Life of Emile Zola (William Dieterle)
Captains Courageous (Victor Fleming)
Topper (Norman C. McLeod)
The Hurricane (John Ford)

1938

Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (Michael Curtiz and William Keighley)
The Lady Vanishes (Alfred Hitchcock)
Angels With Dirty Faces (Michael Curtiz)
Jezebel (William Wyler)

1939

The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming)
The Four Feathers (Zoltan Korda)
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (Sam Wood)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Frank Capra)
Stagecoach (John Ford)
Wuthering Heights (William Wyler)
Gone With the Wind (Victor Fleming)

1940

Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock)
The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor)
The Great Dictator (Charlie Chaplin)
His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks)
Fantasia (Samuel Armstrong, et al.)
Pinocchio (Ben Sharpsteen, et al.)
The Grapes of Wrath (John Ford)

1941

Citizen Kane (Orson Wells)
The Maltese Falcon (John Huston)
How Green Was My Valley (John Ford)
Sergeant York (Howard Hawks)
Suspicion (Alfred Hitchcock)
Meet John Doe (Frank Capra)
Ball of Fire (Howard Hawks)

1942

Casablanca (Michael Curtiz)
The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Wells)
Cat People (Jacques Tourneur)
Mrs. Miniver (William Wyler)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (Michael Curtiz)

1943

I Walked With a Zombie (Jacques Tourneur)
For Whom the Bell Tolls (Sam Wood)
Stormy Weather (Andrew L. Stone)
The Ox-Bow Incident (William A. Wellman)
Phantom of the Opera (Arthur Lubin)

1944

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (Mervyn LeRoy)
Arsenic and Old Lace (Frank Capra)
Gaslight (George Cukor)
Laura (Otto Preminger)
To Have or Have Not (Howard Hawks)
Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder)
Lifeboat (Alfred Hitchcock)

1945

The Lost Weekend (Billy Wilder)
Leave Her to Heaven (John M. Stahl)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Elia Kazan)
Mildred Pierce (Michael Curtiz)
Spellbound (Alfred Hitchcock)

1946

My Darling Clementine (John Ford)
The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks)
Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock)
The Yearling (Clarence Brown)
Gilda (Charles Vidor)
The Razor's Edge (Edmund Goulding)

1947

Green Dolphin Street (Victor Saville)
The Lady from Shanghai (Orson Welles)
Gentleman's Agreement (Elia Kazan)
Black Narcissus (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger)
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)

1948

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (John Huston)
The Naked City (Jules Dassin)
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream Home (H.C. Potter)
Key Largo (John Huston)
Rope (Alfred Hitchcock)
Portrait of Jennie (William Dieterle)

1949

Twelve O'Clock High (Henry King)
The Third Man (Carol Reed)
On the Town (Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen)
Adam's Rib (George Cukor)
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (John Ford)

1950

Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder)
All About Eve (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
Harvey (Henry Koster)
Winchester '73 (Anthony Mann)
Born Yesterday (George Cukor)


1951

A Streetcar Named Desire (Elia Kazan)
The African Queen (John Huston)
A Place in the Sun (George Stevens)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (Robert Wise)
No Highway in the Sky (Henry Koster)
An American in Paris (Vincente Minnelli)
When Worlds Collide (Rudolph Maté)

1952

Singin' in the Rain (Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen)
The Bad and the Beautiful (Vincente Minnelli)
The Quiet Man (John Ford)
Come Back, Little Sheba (Daniel Mann)
High Noon (Fred Zimmerman)
Pat and Mike (George Cukor)

1953

Stalag 17 (Billy Wilder)
Shane (George Stevens)
Roman Holiday (William Wyler)
From Here to Eternity (Fred Zinnermann)
Niagara (Henry Hathaway)
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (Eugène Lourié)

1954

On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan)
Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock)
Sabrina (Billy Wilder)
The Creature from the Black Lagoon (Jack Arnold)
A Star is Born (George Cukor)
The Caine Mutiny (Edward Dmytryk)

1955

Mister Roberts (John Ford, et al.)
Guys and Dolls (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton)
The Ladykillers (Alexander Mackendrick)
Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray)
The Rose Tattoo (Daniel Mann)

1956

The Searchers (John Ford)
Giant (George Stevens)
Lust for Life (Vincente Minnelli)
Forbidden Planet (Fred M. Wilcox)
Moby-Dick (John Huston)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel)

1957

12 Angry Men (Sidney Lumet)
The Bridge Over the River Kwai (David Lean)
Sayonara (Joshua Logan)
The Spirit of St. Louis (Billy Wilder)
Funny Face (Stanley Donen)

1958

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Richard Brooks)
Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock)
Gigi (Vincente Minnelli)
The Defiant Ones (Stanley Kramer)
Bell, Book, and Candle (Richard Quine)
Touch of Evil (Orson Wells)
No Time For Sergeants (Mervyn LeRoy)

1959

Suddenly, Last Summer (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
On the Beach (Stanley Kramer)
Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder)
North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock)
Imitation of Life (Douglas Sirk)
Porgy and Bess (Otto Preminger)
The Mouse That Roared (Jack Arnold)

1960

The Apartment (Billy Wilder)
Inherit the Wind (Stanley Kramer)
Butterfield 8 (Daniel Mann)
House of Usher (Roger Corman)
Elmer Gantry (Richard Brooks)
Ocean's 11 (Lewis Milestone

1961

The Misfits (John Huston)
Judgment at Nuremberg (Stanley Kramer)
Splendor in the Grass (Elia Kazan)
The Hustler (Robert Rossen)
West Side Story (Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins)
Breakfast at Tiffany's (Blake Edwards)

1962

To Kill a Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan)
Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford)
Lolita (Stanley Kubrick)
The Manchurian Candidate (John Frankenheimer)
The Day of the Triffids (Steve Sekley)

1963

Lilies of the Field (Ralph Nelson)
Hud (Martin Ritt)
The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock)
The Haunting (Robert Wise)
How the West Was Won (Henry Hathaway, et al.)
From Russia with Love (Terence Young)

1964

Marnie (Alfred Hitchcock)
My Fair Lady (George Cukor)
Fail-Safe (Sidney Lumet)
Zorba the Greek (Michael Cacoyannis)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Stanley Kubrick)

1965

Dr. Zhivago (David Lean)
A Patch of Blue (Guy Green)
Cat Ballou (Elliot Silverstein)
The Great Race (Blake Edwards)
The Sons of Katie Elder (Henry Hathaway)
The Flight of the Phoenix (Robert Aldrich)

1966

The Sand Pebbles (Robert Wise)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Mike Nichols)
Fahrenheit 451 (François Truffaut)
One Million Years B.C. (Don Chaffey)
This Property is Condemned (Sydney Pollack)

1967

Cool Hand Luke (Stuart Rosenberg)
In the Heat of the Night (Norman Jewison)
Wait Until Dark (Terence Young)
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (Stanley Kramer)
Bonnie and Clyde (Arthur Penn)
In Cold Blood (Richard Brooks)

1968

The Lion in Winter (Anthony Harvey)
The Odd Couple (Gene Saks)
2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick)
Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone)
Night of the Living Dead (George Romero)
Bullitt (Peter Yates)
Romeo and Juliet (Franco Zeffirelli)

1969

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (Sydney Pollack)
True Grit (Henry Hathaway)
Midnight Cowboy (John Schlesinger)
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Ronald Neame)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (George Roy Hill)
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (Herbert Ross)

1970

MASH (Robert Altman)
Little Big Man (Arthur Penn)
Patton (Franklin J. Schaffner)
Catch-22 (Mike Nichols)
Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson)

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Comments

( 10 comments — Have your say! )
setsuled
Aug. 8th, 2016 05:37 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen a lot of these, I look forward to watching them.

Actually, a few days back, I reached 1970 and sort of stuck. I'm not sure yet whether or not I'll proceed.

Many people say the 70s are the great era of film but I have a lot of holes in my film viewing experience for that decade. I have a lot to see yet but so far, while I love the sense of freedom filmmakers seem to have had in the 70s, I still feel most of the best movies were made before 1965.

And yes, few places is the 20th Century's chauvinism more readily on display than any survey of American and British films.

I get the feeling lately, particularly at school, a lot of readers and audiences expect dead writers and filmmakers are able to rise from the dead, reform and apologise, and each minute they don't exacerbates their crimes.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 8th, 2016 07:05 pm (UTC)


I get the feeling lately, particularly at school, a lot of readers and audiences expect dead writers and filmmakers are able to rise from the dead, reform and apologise, and each minute they don't exacerbates their crimes.


Yes.
setsuled
Aug. 9th, 2016 12:00 am (UTC)
I forgot to mention: nice list. I agree on quite a few of these.
morgaine_x
Aug. 8th, 2016 07:42 pm (UTC)
This is so close to mine were I to write it down. Makes me think I might do just that, to see where the differences would be.
jack_ryder
Aug. 8th, 2016 08:21 pm (UTC)
That's a fantastic list - quite a few of my favourite films on there.

So I should catch up on the many ones I haven't seen (though it's now a lot harder to watch pre-1970 films without access to something like Turner Classic Movies.)
greygirlbeast
Aug. 8th, 2016 10:53 pm (UTC)

You can find almost anything via Netflix and Amazon rental. I miss TCM, but we haven't have cable since 2008.
jack_ryder
Aug. 8th, 2016 11:28 pm (UTC)
I live in Australia but have access to US Netflix - I can probably access Amazon rental, but I'd have to set up a US account.
Kiki Lang
Aug. 8th, 2016 08:30 pm (UTC)
There and back again.
Weekend afternoons, and late nights is where I seen most of these movies. Reading your list was like a flashback of my childhood. You should have list of all the horrible movies you loved, but would never admit to.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 8th, 2016 10:54 pm (UTC)
Re: There and back again.

You should have list of all the horrible movies you loved, but would never admit to.

That could be interesting....
sovay
Aug. 9th, 2016 02:55 am (UTC)
I have the first bit of my movie list.

It's great. Some of the ones I haven't seen, I clearly should.
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