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It is often said that the year 1939 was the best year for movies with such classics as "Gone With the Wind", "The Wizard of Oz", "Wuthering Heights", "Stagecoach", "Of Mice and Men", "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" etc.

What year do you think produced the best movies and feel free to list your favorites.

 

I will go with the year 1950:

"All About Eve"

"Born Yesterday"

"Sunset Boulevard"

"Caged"

"The Asphalt Jungle"

"Mister 880"

"The Third Man"

"The Gunfighter"

"Annie Get Your Gun"

"Broken Arrow"

 

Mongo

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Good idea. I have ALWAYS been fascinated by the timing of the making of a certain movie or the release. I know a MILLION things go into those decisions. But movies aren't made in a vacuum. I think they reflect the times they are made in but also some attempt to express ideals of that time and at times even manipulate the publics thinking. Therefore it would be very interesting to see a whole years line up and think back about what was going on in society at the time too. I know most people do this anyway.

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To me, l915 was an incredible year for movies. The tragedy is that almost none of those films survive but the few I've seen have been phenomenal. "Regeneration" was made by Raoul Walsh and starred the incredible Rockliffe Fellowes as the boy of the slums. Even better was "The Cheat' by Cecil B. DeMille with the electrifying Fannie Ward. I watch these two nearly every week. Other shorts and movies from that year have not dissapointed. There must have been literally hundreds of similar gems made during that time that we'll never hear about and have been lost forever.

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Thank you Mongo, for such an interesing topic!

 

How about the year 1932, for such diverse movies as:

 

Grand Hotel (awesome movie)

Freaks (weird, experimental...)

Trouble in Paradise (Ah, Lubistch!)

Blonde Venus (Dietrich in the Gorilla suit)

Red Dust (Gable + Harlow)

One Way Passage (pass the kleenex box)

Letty Lynton (okay, so no one can see it today thanks to copyright problems--but it was a hit back in it's day and spawned endless copies of Joan's wardrobe!)

Jewel Robbery (sorry, one of my personal favorites!)

Farewell to Arms (A classic!)

Anything by Warren William--Three on a Match, Under Eighteen, Beauty & the Boss, Skyscraper Souls (What a great year for William!)

 

Okay, that is my pick.

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My favorite year is probably 1933:

 

42nd Street

The Bitter Tea Of General Yen

Dinner At Eight

Duck Soup

Flying Down To Rio (first pairing of Fred & Ginger)

Gold Diggers of 1933

The Invisible Man

The Little Giant

Little Women

Morning Glory

The Power And The Glory

Queen Christina

Rufus Jones For President (w/4 yr old Sammy Davis Jr.)

Three Little Pigs (Disney short)

 

and if that isn't enough...

 

King Kong AND Son Of Kong

 

when was the last time you heard of a sequel come

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I'll go with 1931. That gets me some L&H, CHAN and SHERLOCK HOLMES movies, as well as DRACULA, FRANKENSTEIN, CITY LIGHTS, LITTLE CAESAR, THE PUBLIC ENEMY, NIGHT NURSE and a whole bunch of pre-Code favourites.

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I've given this a lot of thought, and it's 1959:

 

Breathless - Godard

Anatomy of a Murder - Preminger

400 Blows - Truffaut

Some Like It Hot - Wilder

Compulsion - Fleischer

Hidden Fortress - Kurosawa

North by Northwest - Hitchcock

Cranes Are Flying - Kalatozishvili

Imitation of Life - Sirk

World of Apu - Ray

Floating Weeds - Ozu

Pickpocket - Bresson

Hiroshima - Resnais

Rio Bravo - Hawks

 

Can't beat that

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Alix, I was torn between 1932 and 1933--gotta love those Pre-Codes! Don't forget Scarface, Downstairs(ooh John Gilbert!), Rain, I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang, The Champ, Shanghai Express, and Red Headed Woman from '32--what a great year for movies!

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WOW! What a great assortment of films many of which are seldom mentioned on the boards. It sure would be nice to see some of these gems again and for the first time.

Take heed TCM and search deeper in those vaults.

 

Here are some more movies from 1950:

 

"Father of the Bride"

"King Solomon's Mines"

"Harvey"

"Panic in the Streets"

"The Men" early Brando

"The Furies"

"Samson and Delilah" Lamarr & Mature in lush plush color

"Cinderella" Disney enchantment. Great artwork & songs

"The Glass Menagerie" good effort but seldom seen

"Cheaper by the Dozen" Webb is priceless as the matriarch

"Young Man With a Horn"

"Three Came Home" Colbert never fails

"The Jackpot" underrated James Stewart comedy

 

Mongo

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Brad, 1940 was certainly a good year indeed and the films that you mention are priceless.

Here are a few more from 1940 to add to that impressive group:

 

"Foreigh Correspondent"

"The Letter"

"The Philadelphia Story"

"Primrose Path"

Disney's "Pinocchio"

"The Great Dictator"

"One Million B.C."

 

Mongo

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If you're talking 1940, please, please, PLEASE don't leave out Walt Disney's masterpiece "Fantasia".

 

The movie remains fresh today as it did 63 years ago!

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Forgive us Captain for the oversight.

After 63 years Walt Disney's "Fantasia" rmains a marvel

of music and animation. ****

 

Mongo

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Many of the favorite years listed here are before the year 1960.

 

What year between 1960 and 2002 do you think produced the best movies and feel free to list your favorites.

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Restricting it to after 1960, the answer is 1966:

 

Persona - Bergman

Two or Three Things I Know About Her - Godard

Masculin-Feminin - Godard

Blow-Up - Antonioni

Rise of Louis XIV - Rossellini

Hold Me While I'm Naked - Kuchar

Au Hasard Balthazar - Bresson

Farenheit 451 - Truffaut

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - Nichols

Man For All Seasons - Zinneman

Torn Curtain - Hitchcock

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I'm very partial to the year 1977:

 

The American Friend

Annie Hall

A Bridge Too Far

The Goodbye Girl

The Gauntlet

Grand Theft Auto (Ron Howard's last drive-in movie)

Jabberwocky (Terry Gilliam's first directing gig)

Julia

Looking For Mr. Goodbar

Oh God!

Saturday Night Fever

Slap Shot

Star Wars

That Obscure Object Of Desire (Luis Bunuel's final film)

 

And then there's:

 

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind

 

(see "Destroy This Movie" in this forum for my opinion of this one!)

 

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1962 ain't so bad:

 

"Lawrence of Arabia"

"The Longest Day"

"The Music Man"

"To Kill a Mockingbird"

"Bird Man of Alcatraz"

"Days of Wine and Roses"

"The Miracle Worker"

"What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?"

"Sweet Bird of Youth"

"The Manchurian Candidate"

 

Mongo

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And for l940, please don't forget one of Bette Davis' jewels: "All This and Heaven, too." From that great, Max Steiner opening score to the final frame fade-out, Bette and Charles Boyer mesmerize.

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I forgot all about Lubitsch. Let me try this again...

 

My Top Ten 1940 :

1. THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER

2. WATERLOO BRIDGE

3. GRAPES OF WRATH

4. REBECCA

5. THE WESTERNER

6. REMEMBER THE NIGHT

7. KITTY FOYLE

8. FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT

9. CHRISTMAS IN JULY

10. THE GHOST BREAKERS

 

Yep, there's no HIS GIRL FRIDAY on the list and I know that's sacrilege. For me that over-lapping dialogue gimmick wears out it's welcome very quickly and ultimately the whole thing is just annoying - and this is not a knock on Ros Russell whom I love or any of the other actors for that matter. Hon. mention to FANTASIA for animation.

 

My Top Ten 1941:

1. THE MALTESE FALCON

2. THE LADY EVE

3. TOBACCO ROAD

4. LAURA

5. CITIZEN KANE

6. BALL OF FIRE

7. SUSPICION

8. MEET JOHN DOE

9. HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY

10. TOPPER RETURNS

 

Not a bad year.

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brad, its good to see 3 Stanwyck films on your list for 1941. She was something else!

 

Mongo

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Just realized that ***1946*** had some good stuff:

 

"The Best Years of Our Lives"

"It's a Wonderful Life"

"The Razor's Edge"

"The Yearling"

"The Jolson Story"

"To Each His Own"

"Duel in the Sun"

"Sister Kenny"

"Notorious"

"The Killers"

"The Strange Love of Martha Ivers"

"The Blue Dahlia"

"The Harvey Girls"

"My Darling Clementine"

"Gilda"

"The Postman Always Rings Twice"

"Margie"

"Song of the South"

"The Spiral Staircase"

 

Mongo

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Those are indeed some dandies, Mongo. STRANGE LOVE is a real gem. Did Stanwyck ever make a bad movie ?

 

NOTORIOUS has got to be my favourite Hitchcock movie, with Bergman and Rains picking up where they left off in CASABLANCA.

 

I just don't think there was ever a more beautiful creature than Lana Turner in THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE.

 

If I could add one more to the list, it would be a Trevor Howard romance called BRIEF ENCOUNTER.

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brad, you certainly may add "Brief Encounter" to the list especially since Celia Johnson earned an Oscar nomination and won the New York Film Critics award for her powerful performance in the romantic drama. Somehow I overlooked this gem from director David Lean.

 

Mongo

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