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My Top Ten Films of 1937 (70 seen)

1.  Grand Illusion

2.  The Prisoner of Zenda

3.  Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

4.  Captains Courageous

5.  The Awful Truth

6.  Stage Door

7.  Dead End

8.  The Life of Emile Zola

9.  Lost Horizon

10. Knight Without Armour

Runner Ups:

Pepe Le Moko, The Emperor's Candlesticks, Tovarich, King Solomon's Mines, The Good Earth, Elephant Boy, The Late Mathias Pascal, Easy Living, The Edge of the World, The Hurricane, Topper, A Day at the Races, Heidi, Way Out West

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1937 favorites:

Nothing Sacred
Stage Door
Topper
Easy Living
Confession
Shall We Dance
The Awful Truth
A Star is Born
Personal Property
That Certain Woman
A Day at the Races
Double Wedding
Stella Dallas
True Confession

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Top Ten Favorite Movies of 1938    (84 titles seen)

  1. The Adventures of Robin Hood
  2. Pygmalion
  3. Bringing Up Baby
  4. Angels with Dirty Faces
  5. You Can't Take It with You
  6. La Bete Humaine
  7. Three Comrades
  8. Jezebel
  9. Four Daughters
  10. Holiday

Runner-ups: OlympiaThe Mad Miss MantonBluebeard's Eighth Wife

Ten Worst Movies of 1938

  1. Sex Madness
  2. The Terror of Tiny Town
  3. Assassin of Youth
  4. Tarzan's Revenge
  5. Paroled - To Die!
  6. Letter of Introduction
  7. Swing It, Sailor!
  8. Rollin' Plains
  9. International Crime
  10. Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus

Top Ten Box Office of 1938

  1. Alexander's Ragtime Band
  2. Test Pilot
  3. Boys Town
  4. The Adventures of Robin Hood
  5. You Can't Take It with You
  6. Sweethearts
  7. Marie Antoinette
  8. Happy Landing
  9. Angels with Dirty Faces
  10. Out West with the Hardys

 

Not much has changed from previous list. Test Pilot is the only one I dropped (I ranked it a 7/10 this time). Unfortunately, nothing new that I watched cracked my top ten, although one made the runner-ups.

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1938

1. Bringing Up Baby

2. Jezebel

3. You Can't Take It With You

4. The Adventures of Robin Hood

5. Pygmalion

6. Holiday

7. The Citadel

8. A Slight Case of Murder

9. Carefree

10. The Young in Heart

Honorary Mentions: The Sisters, Having Wonderful Time, The Mad Miss Manton, Three Comrades, Marie Antoinette, Boys Town, The Great Waltz, Alexander's Ragtime Band

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My Top ten Films of 1938 (61 seen):

1.  The Adventures of Robin Hood

2.  Angels With Dirty Faces

3.  Pygmalion

4.  The Lady Vanishes

5.  You Can't Take It With You

6.  Aleksander Nevsky

7.  The Citadel

8.  Algiers

9.  Bringing Up Baby

10.  Jezebel

Runner Ups: The Dawn Patrol, Marie Antoinette, Of Human Hearts, La Bete Humaine, Mollenard, The Challenge, Holiday

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My list for 1938 -

1.) The Adventures of Robin Hood

2.) Bringing up Baby

3.) Alexander Nevsky

4.) Volga-Volga

5.) La Femme de Boulanger

6.) You Can't Take it With You

7.) Jezebel

8.) Boy's Town

9.) Block-Heads

10.) Algiers

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What? no one's going to kick off 1939..one of the best ever?  Here were the top grossing:

1. Gone with the Wind MGM/Selznick $198,676,459 [5]
2. Jesse James 20th Century Fox $9,460,000 [6]
3. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Columbia $9,600,000 [6]
4. The Rains Came 20th Century Fox $9,400,000 [6]
5. Babes in Arms MGM $9,240,000 [6]
6. Dodge City Warner Bros. $6,750,000 [6]
7. Goodbye, Mr. Chips MGM/Denham $3,252,000
8. The Hunchback of Notre Dame RKO $3,155,000 [7]
9. The Wizard of Oz MGM $3,017,000 [8]
10. Gunga Din RKO

$2,807,000 [9]

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and here are my favorites of 1939:

Gone With the Wind
The Women
Dark Victory
Charlie Chan at Treasure Island
The Wizard of Oz
Bachelor Mother
5th Avenue Girl
Stagecoach
The Cat and the Canary
Midnight
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Goodbye Mr. Chips

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17 minutes ago, shutoo said:

What? no one's going to kick off 1939..one of the best ever?  Here were the top grossing:

1. Gone with the Wind MGM/Selznick $198,676,459 [5]
2. Jesse James 20th Century Fox $9,460,000 [6]
3. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Columbia $9,600,000 [6]
4. The Rains Came 20th Century Fox $9,400,000 [6]
5. Babes in Arms MGM $9,240,000 [6]
6. Dodge City Warner Bros. $6,750,000 [6]
7. Goodbye, Mr. Chips MGM/Denham $3,252,000
8. The Hunchback of Notre Dame RKO $3,155,000 [7]
9. The Wizard of Oz MGM $3,017,000 [8]
10. Gunga Din RKO

$2,807,000 [9]

Normally, I start off each year by posting my updated picks. That doesn't occur until after I've watched everything from each year that I have in my stacks of unwatched movies. I still have 9 more movies from 1939 to watch before I would post my lists with any changes brought about by my rewatching my previous picks and then watching all of the other titles that I hadn't seen. Which would have been in the next 3 or 4 days. The pace of this go-around of Top Ten lists is much slower since many of us have already done it once, twice, or even three times now. I also usually list the top ten box office at the end of my posts, but since you've done that, I won't need to.

But it really doesn't matter, and anyone is free to post whatever they wish, whenever they wish.

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Anyone else who wishes to post their 1939 picks, feel free to do so. In fact, if anyone else wants to "take over" the thread and continue on, please be my guest, as I most likely won't be continuing on with it.

Not to be too melodramatic, but a recent health scare has prompted me to postpone my rewatching of my previously chosen titles to if/when I get through all of the stuff I have backlogged to see for the first time.

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My top films of 1939 (87 seen):

1.  The Wizard of Oz

2.  Gone With the Wind

3.  Of Mice and Men

4.  Stagecoach

5.  Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

6.  Goodbye, Mr. Chips

7.  The Four Feathers

8.  Destry Rides Again

9.  Gunga Din

10. The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Runner Ups: The Stars Look Down, Ninotchka, Rules of the Game, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Only Angels Have Wings, Beau Geste, The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle, Another Thin Man, Son of Frankenstein, Wuthering Heights, At the Circus, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Stanley and Livingstone, You Can't Cheat an Honest Man

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Top Ten Favorite Movies of 1939  (108 titles seen)

  1. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  2. Gone with the Wind
  3. The Wizard of Oz
  4. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  5. The Roaring Twenties
  6. Stagecoach
  7. Gunga Din
  8. Only Angels Have Wings
  9. Destry Rides Again
  10. Le Jour se Leve

Runner-ups: The Rules of the GameThe Light That FailedWuthering Heights

Ten Worst Movies of 1939

  1. The Gorilla
  2. The Devil's Daughter
  3. Midnight Shadow
  4. Torture Ship
  5. The Invisible Killer
  6. Buried Alive
  7. Escape to Paradise
  8. Babes in Arms
  9. Daughter of the Tong
  10. Mandrake the Magician

 

As I stated earlier, this will be the last year that I'll revisit. Everyone and anyone is free to continue on. I could re-list my choices for 1940 on, but they wouldn't be any different from what I posted last time.

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My top favorites of 1939

1.) Gone With the Wind

2.) The Hunchback of Notre Dame

3.) Stagecoach

4.) Ninotchka

5.) Daybreak (Le Jour se Leve)

6.) Union Pacific

7.) Goodbye, Mr. Chips

8.) Wuthering Heights

9.) Tractor Drivers (Traktoristy)

10.) Young Mr. Lincoln 

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1939

1. Gone With the Wind

2. The Wizard of Oz

3. Goodbye Mr. Chips

4. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

5. Wuthering Heights

6. Intermezzo

7. Of Mice and Men

8. Dark Victory

9. The Old Maid

10. Midnight

Honorary Mentions:  Gunga Din, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle, Golden Boy, Stagecoach, Ninotchka, Drums Along the Mohawk, Love Affair, The Women, In Name Only, The Cat and the Canary

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1940 (What a Year!)

1. His Girl Friday

2. Rebecca

3. The Grapes of Wrath

4. Remember the Night

5. Pride and Prejudice

6. All This and Heaven Too

7. Dance Girl Dance

8. Waterloo Bridge

9. Kitty Foyle

10. The Letter

Honorary Mentions: Fantasia, Pinocchio,  My Little Chickadee, The Shop Around the Corner, The Great Dictator, Foreign Correspondent, Christmas in July, Our Town, Edison the Man, Boom Town, The Philadelphia Story, The Long Voyage Home, My Favorite Wife

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I'll continue on, but without the benefit of rewatching my old choices, I'll be mainly reposting my old lists. I'll add any new titles that I may have watched that rank an 8/10 or higher.

Top Ten Favorite Movies of 1940  (120 titles seen)

  1. The Grapes of Wrath
  2. The Philadelphia Story
  3. The Mark of Zorro
  4. The Westerner
  5. The Great Dictator
  6. The Letter
  7. His Girl Friday
  8. Rebecca
  9. Foreign Correspondent
  10. The Bank Dick

Runner-Ups: I Love You Again

Ten Worst Movies of 1940

  1. Son of Ingagi
  2. The Ape
  3. Half a Sinner
  4. The Carson City Kid
  5. Phantom Rancher
  6. Tom Brown's School Days
  7. Young Bill Hickock
  8. Mad Youth
  9. Li'L Abner
  10. Up in the Air

Top Ten Box Office of 1940

  1. Rebecca
  2. Boom Town
  3. The Great Dictator
  4. Strike Up the Band
  5. The Philadelphia Story
  6. Northwest Passage
  7. Andy Hardy Meets Debutante
  8. The Grapes of Wrath
  9. Kitty Foyle
  10. Comrade x

 

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1940 favorites:

Foreign Correspondent
His Girl Friday
The Grapes of Wrath
My Favorite Wife
The Shop Around the Corner
Rebecca
The Ghost Breakers
I Love You Again
Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum
The Great McGinty

 

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My list of favorite films of 1940-

1.) His Girl Friday

2.) The Philadelphia Story

3.) The Great Dictator

4.) Tanya

5.) The Shop Around the Corner

6.) Foreign Correspondent

7.) Rebecca

8.) Go West

9.) Saps at Sea

10.) The Letter

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Like Larry, my top films from these years are unlikely to have changed much but you would have to go back 100 pages or so to find out.

My top films of 1940 (79 seen):

1. The Grapes of Wrath

2.  The Long Voyage Home

3.  His Girl Friday

4.  The Philadelphia Story

5.  The Great Dictator

6.  Pinocchio

7.  Rebecca

8.  Gaslight

9.  The Shop Around the Corner

10.  Foreign Correspondent

Runner ups: The Bank Dick, The Westerner, Pride and Prejudice, The Letter, Fantasia, The Great McGinty, Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet, The Biscuit Eater, The Mark of Zorro, Abe Lincoln In Illinois, I Love You Again

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I know I'm going ahead, but here is 1941.

 

1. Citizen Kane

2. Sullivan's Travels

3. The Lady Eve

4. Ball of Fire

5. High Sierra

6. How Green Was My Valley

7. Suspicion

8. The Devil and Miss Jones

9. 49th Parallel

10. The Great Lie

Runners-Up: The Little Foxes, A Woman's Face, When Ladies Meet, Blossoms in the Dust, The Maltese Falcon, One Foot in Heaven, Dumbo, Penny Serenade, Meet John Doe, Love Crazy

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On ‎1‎/‎26‎/‎2018 at 4:15 AM, Bogie56 said:

My Top Ten Films of 1937 (70 seen)

1.  Grand Illusion

2.  The Prisoner of Zenda

3.  Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

4.  Captains Courageous

5.  The Awful Truth

6.  Stage Door

7.  Dead End

8.  The Life of Emile Zola

9.  Lost Horizon

10. Knight Without Armour

Runner Ups:

Pepe Le Moko, The Emperor's Candlesticks, Tovarich, King Solomon's Mines, The Good Earth, Elephant Boy, The Late Mathias Pascal, Easy Living, The Edge of the World, The Hurricane, Topper, A Day at the Races, Heidi, Way Out West

The *Academy makes things confusing about "Snow White..." though by awarding it for '38

 

My own choice "CAPTAINS CURAGEOUS" & once again his peers snubbed Cary Grant for "The Awful Truth" of even a nod

 

Saw *"Zola" a couple times, but is slow & dated compared to some others now

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On ‎3‎/‎1‎/‎2018 at 10:11 PM, Gershwin fan said:

My list of favorite films of 1940-

1.) His Girl Friday

2.) The Philadelphia Story

3.) The Great Dictator

4.) Tanya

5.) The Shop Around the Corner

6.) Foreign Correspondent

7.) Rebecca

8.) Go West

9.) Saps at Sea

10.) The Letter

How about "THE GRAPES OF WRATH?"

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On ‎3‎/‎10‎/‎2018 at 3:16 AM, CinemaInternational said:

I know I'm going ahead, but here is 1941.

 

1. Citizen Kane

2. Sullivan's Travels

3. The Lady Eve

4. Ball of Fire

5. High Sierra

6. How Green Was My Valley

7. Suspicion

8. The Devil and Miss Jones

9. 49th Parallel

10. The Great Lie

Runners-Up: The Little Foxes, A Woman's Face, When Ladies Meet, Blossoms in the Dust, The Maltese Falcon, One Foot in Heaven, Dumbo, Penny Serenade, Meet John Doe, Love Crazy

I know this is old, but "KANE" truly is the greatest film I've ever seen!  Not especially my personal favorite though

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the superb "Sullivan's Travels" is another many cite as a 1942 release?

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