LawrenceA

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On ‎12‎/‎11‎/‎2015 at 2:47 PM, LawrenceA said:

In this thread I would like to share and compare lists of your personal top ten movies, going year by year. I will start with 1930, and add a new year every day or so. Please feel free to share your own, and any comments, suggestions and complaints about each other's choices are expected and encouraged. I like to read other's lists as sources of titles to look for in the future, and seeing other people's idiosyncratic choices can be amusing. My only request is if you personally don't like top ten lists, think they are stupid, a waste of time, been done to death, etc., please just move along to some other thread.

 

I will start by stating the year, how many titles from that year I've seen (yes, I have a list), and then the top ten. If I have any comments, I'll add them at the end. I start at 1930 simply for the reason that I haven't seen enough titles from the 20's or earlier to merit a list. Also, I know to expect some inconsistencies with what year to ascribe each film to. I try to use the imdb listed year, but everyone has they're own methodology. So, without further ado...

 

1930 - 37 films seen

 

1. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT

2. L'AGE D'OR

3. ANIMAL CRACKERS

4. THE BLUE ANGEL

5. UP THE RIVER

6. UNDER THE ROOFS OF PARIS

7. THE DIVORCEE

8. MOROCCO

9. EARTH

10. THE BIG HOUSE

Man, a lot of motion pictures

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1944 favorites: (good year...went over 10..)

Double Indemnity

Gaslight

Mr. Skeffington

The Spider Woman

The Uninvited

The Woman in the Window

Lifeboat

Arsenic and Old Lace

Phantom Lady

This Happy Breed

Hail the Conquering Hero

Meet Me in St. Louis

Laura

Between Two Worlds

The Suspect

 

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1944

1. Laura

2. Since You Went Away

3. Double Indemnity

4. Arsenic and Old Lace

5. Mr. Skeffington

6. Lifeboat

7. I'll Be Seeing You

8. Murder, My Sweet

9. The White Cliffs of Dover

10. Going My Way

Runners-Up: Hail the Conquering Hero, National Velvet, The Doughgirls, Wilson, Mrs. Parkington, Gaslight, To Have and Have Not, Cover Girl, It Happened Tomorrow, The Princess and the Pirate

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My top films of 1944 (74 seen):

1.  The Miracle of Morgan's Creek

2.  Arsenic and Old Lace

3.  Gaslight

4.  Henry V

5.  Double Indemnity

6.  Hail the Conquering Hero

7.  Lifeboat

8.  Laura

9.  This Happy Breed

10. None But the Lonely Heart

Runner Ups: National Velvet, To Have and Have Not, Ministry of Fear, Murder My Sweet, The Children Are Watching Us, Going My Way, The Woman In the Window, The Canterville Ghost, Suspect, The Way Ahead, Torment, The Seventh Cross

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My top 10 of 1944-

1.) Laura

2.) Lifeboat

3.) Six P.M.

4.) Gaslight

5.) Meet Me in St. Louis

6.) The Children are Watching Us

7.) Double Indemnity

8.) The Big Noise

9.) To Have and Have Not

10.) Henry V

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2 hours ago, Gershwin fan said:

My top 10 of 1944-

1.) Laura

2.) Lifeboat

3.) Six P.M.

4.) Gaslight

5.) Meet Me in St. Louis

6.) The Children are Watching Us

7.) Double Indemnity

8.) The Big Noise

9.) To Have and Have Not

10.) Henry V

What about the brilliant screwball comedy with Cary Grant "Arsenic & Old Lace"  actually shot in '41 & he didn't want to do it, saying Jack Benny woulda' been better for his role

 

& no *"Going My Way?"

 

& also there was an epic bio "Wilson" that won 5 *Oscars-(technical) I've yet to see it myself?   It's considered a $financial failure though$

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1 hour ago, spence said:

What about the brilliant screwball comedy with Cary Grant "Arsenic & Old Lace"  actually shot in '41 & he didn't want to do it, saying Jack Benny woulda' been better for his role

 

& no *"Going My Way?"

 

& also there was an epic bio "Wilson" that won 5 *Oscars-(technical) I've yet to see it myself?   It's considered a $financial failure though$

Going my Way is good but not one of my favorites. I don't think it deserved the Oscar that year. I prefer Laura.

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Top Ten Favorite Movies of 1945    (99 titles seen)

  1. Brief Encounter
  2. The Lost Weekend
  3. Mildred Pierce
  4. Rome Open City
  5. And Then There Were None
  6. Spellbound
  7. They Were Expendable
  8. Dead of Night
  9. Leave Her to Heaven
  10. Detour

Runner-ups: Pride of the Marines

 

Ten Worst Movies of 1945

  1. White Pongo
  2. The White Gorilla
  3. Hollywood and Vine
  4. The Phantom of 42nd Street
  5. Fog Island
  6. Go Down, Death!
  7. Adventure
  8. The Jade Mask
  9. Strange Illusion
  10. Wildfire

 

Top Ten Box Office of 1945

  1. The Bells of St. Mary's
  2. Spellbound
  3. Leave Her to Heaven
  4. Mildred Pierce
  5. Anchors Aweigh
  6. Week-End at the Waldorf
  7. Saratoga Trunk
  8. Thrill of a Romance
  9. The Valley of Decision
  10. Wonder Man

 

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1945

1. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

2. Mildred Pierce

3. The Clock

4. The Lost Weekend

5. The Enchanted Cottage

6. Rome, Open City

7. The Bells of St. Mary's

8. The Corn is Green

9. I Know Where I'm Going!

10. The Valley of Decision

Runners-Up: And Then There Were None, Love Letters, Brief Encounter, The Picture of Dorian Gray,  Leave Her to Heaven, State Fair, Spellbound, Blithe Spirit, Detour, Christmas in Connecticut, Anchors Aweigh, Scarlet Street, A Royal Scandal, My Name is Julia Ross, Vacation from Marriage

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My top films of 1945 (80 seen):

1.  Children of Paradise

2.  A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

3.  Rome, Open City

4.  Brief Encounter

5.  They Were Expendable

6.  The Lost Weekend

7.  Road to Utopia

8.  Anchors Aweigh

9.  Mildred Pierce

10. Scarlet Street

Runner Ups: i Know Where I'm Going, Dead of Night, Hangover Square, Spellbound, Confidential Agent, Blithe Spirit, The Thin Man Goes Home, And Then There Were None, Objective Burma, The Corn Is Green, Les Dames Du Bois De Boulogne, The Southerner, The House on 92nd Street, Vacation From Marriage, A Walk In the Sun

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Top Ten Favorite Movies of 1946    (97 titles seen)

  1. The Best Years of Our Lives
  2. Shoeshine
  3. Notorious
  4. The Big Sleep
  5. It's a Wonderful Life
  6. Paisan
  7. Beauty and the Beast
  8. My Darling Clementine
  9. A Matter of Life and Death
  10. The Killers

Runner-ups: The Postman Always Rings TwiceGates of the NightThe Blue Dahlia

Ten Worst Movies of 1946

  1. Devil Monster
  2. The Flying Serpent
  3. Genius at Work
  4. The Inner Circle
  5. My Pal Trigger
  6. Stagecoach to Denver
  7. Night and Day
  8. Easy to Wed
  9. Heartbeat
  10. Duel in the Sun

Top Ten Box Office of 1946

  1. Song of the South
  2. The Best Years of Our Lives
  3. Duel in the Sun
  4. The Postman Always Rings Twice
  5. Blue Skies
  6. The Yearling
  7. The Razor's Edge
  8. Notorious
  9. Till the Clouds Roll By
  10. Road to Utopia

 

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Do ya'll just keep records of movies seen with movie year? Or is there a site you use to organize?

I used to do netflix, but since they've changed their formatting and rating system, I've strayed away from it. But some type of catalogue is a good starting point for sorting these things out, and keeping yourself from too many head slapping (*d'oh!* I forgot.... type moments)

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1 hour ago, BrianBlake said:

Do ya'll just keep records of movies seen with movie year? Or is there a site you use to organize?

I used to do netflix, but since they've changed their formatting and rating system, I've strayed away from it. But some type of catalogue is a good starting point for sorting these things out, and keeping yourself from too many head slapping (*d'oh!* I forgot.... type moments)

Many of us keep film journals of some sort. I use physical paper notebooks to keep track of what I've seen, organized by year. I also rate each movie that I see on IMDb, which then keeps track of what I've seen, and can be adjusted to show films by year, decade, or many other parameters. 

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2 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

Many of us keep film journals of some sort. I use physical paper notebooks to keep track of what I've seen, organized by year. I also rate each movie that I see on IMDb, which then keeps track of what I've seen, and can be adjusted to show films by year, decade, or many other parameters. 

Thanks. It's probably my mental block with the 1-10 system for why I avoided IMDb. But that probably makes the most sense unless I bother making a digital document for journaling myself. 

I think I find a physical document, whether in addition to or instead of, a digital copy too intimidating at this stage. I have no doubt that it'd help me more readily recall and orient things in my mind vs. needing to re-reference particular things--writing things out long-land really pays off in that way--but it seems unwieldy for me anyway since I've seen so many movies.

 

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My top films of 1946 (78 seen):

1. Shoeshine

2.  Great Expectations

3.  The Best Years of Our Lives

4.  It's a Wonderful Life

5.  I See a Dark Stranger

6.  A Matter of Life and Death

7.  The Stranger

8.  Notorious

9.  The Yearling

10.  The Big Sleep

Runner Ups: Let There Be Light, My Darling Clementine, Green For Danger, Beauty and the Beast, Cluny Brown, Gilda, Humoresque, Monsieur Beaucaire, The Jolson Story, The Dark Corner, Paisan, Song of the South, The Razor's Edge, Anna and the King of Siam, Terror by Night, The Captive Heart, The Overlanders.

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10 hours ago, BrianBlake said:

Thanks. It's probably my mental block with the 1-10 system for why I avoided IMDb. But that probably makes the most sense unless I bother making a digital document for journaling myself. 

I think I find a physical document, whether in addition to or instead of, a digital copy too intimidating at this stage. I have no doubt that it'd help me more readily recall and orient things in my mind vs. needing to re-reference particular things--writing things out long-land really pays off in that way--but it seems unwieldy for me anyway since I've seen so many movies.

I started my written notebooks sometime in the early 00's, when I began to notice that I wasn't recalling everything that I've seen. Some people here have been keeping journals since the 1960's, at least.

According to IMDb, which keeps track of the numbers so I don't have to, I recently passed the 15,000 movies watched mark. I'm at 15,074 movies as of last night.

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My Top 10 for 1946

1. Gilda

2. The Spiral Staircase

3. Never Say Goodbye

4. Tomorrow is Forever

5. Notorious

6. The Big Sleep

7. The Locket

8. The Harvey Girls

9. The Stranger

10. The Dark Corner

To answer another question posed in this thread, I don't keep records.  I watch movies and mentally rate them on the following scale: Loved it, I want my own copy; Liked it, but don't need to see it again; Okay, didn't hate it or love it, would watch again if it aired on TCM; and Disliked it, do not want to see again. 

I add every movie that I loved and want to own on my running list of movies to look for at used movie stores that I visit. 

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1946

1. The Best Years of Our Lives

2. It's a Wonderful Life

3. The Big Sleep

4. A Stolen Life

5. Green for Danger

6. Notorious

7. Great Expectations

8. The Postman Always Rings Twice

9. Sister Kenny

10. To Each His Own

Runners-Up: The Green Years, Undercurrent, A Matter of Life and Death, Cluny Brown, Gilda, The Yearling, Humoresque, Beauty and the Beast, The Killers, Black Angel, Without Reservations, Devotion, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, Song of the South

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favorites of 1946..

The Harvey Girls

The Blue Dahlia

The Dark Mirror

Notorious

A Stolen Life

Road to Utopia (my favorite 'road' pic) 

It's a Wonderful Life

Dressed to Kill

The Postman Always Rings Twice

The Locket

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Top Ten Favorite Movies of 1947    (95 titles seen)

  1. Black Narcissus
  2. Out of the Past
  3. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
  4. Kiss of Death
  5. Odd Man Out
  6. Crossfire
  7. Gentleman's Agreement
  8. Nightmare Alley
  9. A Double Life
  10. The Bishop's Wife

Runner-ups: T-Men

 

Ten Worst Movies of 1947

  1. Queen of the Amazons
  2. The Woman on the Beach
  3. Dangerous Years
  4. Scared to Death
  5. Mourning Becomes Electra
  6. Black Gold
  7. Bells of San Angelo
  8. Calendar Girl
  9. The Fabulous Dorseys
  10. The Chinese Ring

 

Top Ten Box Office of 1947

  1. Unconquered
  2. The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
  3. The Egg and I
  4. Mother Wore Tights
  5. Life with Father
  6. Green Dolphin Street
  7. Road to Rio
  8. Forever Amber
  9. Gentleman's Agreement
  10. Cass Timberlane

 

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My top films of 1947 (87 seen):

1.  Black Narcissus

2.  The Lady From Shanghai

3.  Body and Soul

4.  Odd Man Out

5.  Monsieur Verdoux

6.  Nightmare Alley

7.  Kiss of Death

8.  A Double Life

9.  Boomerang

10. Ride the Pink Horse

Runner Ups: Brighton Rock, The Senator Was Indiscreet, Life With Father, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Crossfire, Miracle on 34th Street, Monsieur Vincent, The Fugitive, The Farmer's Daughter, Gentleman's Agreement, Brute Force, Out of the Past, Forever Amber

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1947

1. Black Narcissus

2. Miracle on 34th Street

3. Deep Valley

4. Life with Father

5. Out of the Past

6. A Double Life

7. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

8. Cass Timberlane

9. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

10. Dark Passage

Runners-Up: The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, Good News, Dead Reckoning, it Had to Be You, The Farmer's Daughter, Mother Wore Tights, Gentleman's Agreement, Posessed, If Winter Comes

 

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My top 10 of 1947-

1.) Miracle on 34th Street

2.) Out of the Past

3.) Gentleman's Agreement

4.) Monsieur Verdoux

5.) Odd Man Out

6.) the Lady From Shanghai

7.) Secret Beyond the Door...

8.) Black Narcissus

9.) Ghost and Mrs. Muir

10.) Kiss of Death

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From your lists, I still haven't seen 

  • Brighton Rock*
  • The Senator Was Indiscreet
  • Monsieur Vincent
  • Forever Amber
  • Mother Wore Tights
  • Deep Valley
  • Good News
  • It Had to Be You

*I have Brighton Rock as a 1948 movie, per IMDb, and will hopefully be watching it soon.

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late to the game...1947:

Good News
Miracle on 34th Street
Holiday Camp
Life With Father
The Egg and I
The Unfaithful
Possessed
It Happened on Fifth Avenue
Lady in the Lake
Nora Prentiss
The Unsuspected

 

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