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Det Jim McLeod

My Favorite Films A to Z

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Here's mine, what are yours?

Arsenic And Old Lace (1944)

Bride Of Frankenstein (1935)

Clock, The (1945)

Detective Story (1951)

Ed Wood (1994)

From Here To Eternity (1953)

Gunga Din (1939)

Hoosiers (1986)

Imagine John Lennon (1988)

Jaws (1975)

King Of Comedy, The (1983)

Little Mermaid, The (1989)

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

Night Of The Hunter, The (1955)

On The Waterfront (1954)

Patch Of Blue, A (1965)

Quiz Show (1994)

Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Shadow Of A Doubt (1943)

Taxi Driver (1976)

Untouchables, The (1987)

Vertigo (1958)

What Ever Happened To Baby Jane (1962)

X-The Man With The X ray Eyes (1963)

Young Mr Lincoln (1939)

Zodiac (2007)

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This is interesting.  I'll be spending the day with paper and pen going through what I can recollect.  ;) 

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Yeah, seems like too overwhelming a task for me to even consider, but you never know. Just don't expect a list from me by tomorrow.

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13 minutes ago, Sepiatone said:

This is interesting.  I'll be spending the day with paper and pen going through what I can recollect.  ;) 

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I'm looking forward to the "Q" and "X" choices.

If you can't come up with ones you can leave those letters out.

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  • Apocalypse Now
  • Blade Runner
  • Chinatown
  • Dr. Strangelove
  • The Exorcist
  • Frankenstein
  • The Godfather
  • Halloween
  • Ikiru
  • Jaws
  • Kwaidan
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • Quatermass and the Pit
  • Raging Bull
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Taxi Driver
  • Unforgiven
  • Videodrome
  • The Wild Bunch
  • X2: X-Men United
  • Yojimbo
  • Zelig
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ABOUT MRS. LESLIE (1954)

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BLACK NARCISSUS (1947)

CROSSFIRE (1947)

DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK (1939)

EVIL UNDER THE SUN (1982)

FAT CITY (1972)

THE GUNFIGHTER (1950)

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HELL'S HALF ACRE (1954)

IF YOU COULD ONLY COOK (1935)

JOHNNY GUITAR (1954)

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KIND LADY (1951)

LADYBUG LADYBUG (1963)

MR. AND MRS. BRIDGE (1990)

NORA PRENTISS (1947)

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OF MICE AND MEN (1939)

PARASITE (2019)

THE QUIET MAN (1952)

REMEMBER THE NIGHT (1940)

A SIMPLE PLAN (1998)
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THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY (1955)

UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE (1967)

THE VIKINGS (1958)

WHITE HEAT (1949)

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XIU XIU: THE SENT-DOWN GIRL (1998)

YOUNG AT HEART (1954)

ZODIAC (2007)

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I should note that these are not all my favorite films from A to Z. 

These are just favorite films that start with those specific letters. 

Also, I wanted to include 99 RIVER STREET, but wasn't sure if it should go under 'N' which I gave to NORA PRENTISS.

So it can be an honorable mention. A lot of film titles start with numbers or symbols.

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Making a list and narrowing down each letter to a few noms. Some letters like D or M have all the licks and others like J, let alone Q, have so little for me. Very few clear cut winners, but it's fun.

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The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975)
The Bed Sitting Room (1969)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Daisies (1966)
Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970)


Formula of Love (1984)
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
The Hidden Fortress (1958)
Irma Vep (1996)
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)


Kuroneko (1968)
Life Tastes Good (1999)
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
The Nude Vampire (1970)
Onibaba (1964)


The Pillow Book (1996)
Queen Christina (1933)
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)
The Sword in the Stone (1963)
Tales of Manhattan (1942)


The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
Viy (1967)
When the Cat Comes (1963)
X the Unknown (1956)
Yojimbo (1961)
Zardoz (1974)

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ALL ABOUT EVE

BRINGING UP BABY

CASABLANCA

DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1941)

THE ENTERTAINER

FATHER OF THE BRIDE (1950)

GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT

HOLIDAY

IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD

JEZEBEL

KEY LARGO

THE LITTLE FOXES

MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE

NATIONAL VELVET

OUT OF THE PAST

THE PUBLIC ENEMY

THE QUIET MAN

THE ROARING TWENTIES

THE SEARCHERS

TWELVE ANGRY MEN (1957)

UNFORGIVEN

VERTIGO

WHITE HEAT

YANKEE DOODLE DANDY

Can't think of any with X or Z.

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Depending on what I'm in the mood to watch. I could list more for each letter and  I've left out a lot of films that are also favorites LOL the list would go on and on if I listed them all

All About Eve, The Apartment,  Anthony Adverse, The Adventures of Robin Hood

Baby Face, The Bitter Tea of General Yen, The Birds

Casablanca

Dark Passage

Elmer Gantry, The Eddy Duchin Story

From Here To Eternity, 
The French Connection

The Godfather 1 and 2, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir,  Goodfellas, The Good Earth, Green Dolphin Street

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1950's)

The Joy Luck Club

Kind Hearts and Coronets

Laura , A Letter To Three Wives, The Long Gray Line, Lover Come Back

Marty, The Man Who Knew Too Much ( 1956), Miracle on 34th Street ( 1940's), The Magnificent Seven ( 1960's), Marnie, The Mark of Zorro ( 1940)

Nowhere To Go, Now and Then, Nightmare Alley

On Dangerous Ground, Out of The Past

Pillow Talk, Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Parent Trap(1960's)

The Quiet Man

The Razor's Edge, Raw Deal, The Roaring Twenties, The Rose Tattoo, Random Harvest

The Searchers,  Sitting Pretty, Shadow of A Doubt,  Some Like it Hot, Scaramouche

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre,  The Trouble With Angels,  To Each His Own, There's No Business Like Show Business, Two for the Road, Talk of The Town, The Thomas Crown Affair ( 1960's)

The Unsuspected

Vertigo, Village of the Damned

The World of Henry Orient, Witness For The Prosecution, White Heat

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8 hours ago, Bethluvsfilms said:

ALL ABOUT EVE

BRINGING UP BABY

CASABLANCA

DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1941)

THE ENTERTAINER

FATHER OF THE BRIDE (1950)

GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT

HOLIDAY

IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD

JEZEBEL

KEY LARGO

THE LITTLE FOXES

MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE

NATIONAL VELVET

OUT OF THE PAST

THE PUBLIC ENEMY

THE QUIET MAN

THE ROARING TWENTIES

THE SEARCHERS

TWELVE ANGRY MEN (1957)

UNFORGIVEN

VERTIGO

WHITE HEAT

YANKEE DOODLE DANDY

Can't think of any with X or Z.

That's OK, I was very pleased that this is the first time I saw someone's list of favorites and I saw every one of them!

I see we agree on Vertigo. Bringing Up Baby,The Roaring Twenties, The Searchers and White Heat are big favorites of mine as well.

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On 6/19/2020 at 4:58 PM, TopBilled said:

I should note that these are not all my favorite films from A to Z. 

These are just favorite films that start with those specific letters. 

Also, I wanted to include 99 RIVER STREET, but wasn't sure if it should go under 'N' which I gave to NORA PRENTISS.

So it can be an honorable mention. A lot of film titles start with numbers or symbols.

LOTS OF WORK BY ALL HERE!

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12 hours ago, spence said:

LOTS OF WORK BY ALL HERE!

Thanks Spence!

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This is a list of 26 favorite films. There could be at least ten lists I could make for 26 films each. This is just one off the top of my head and all of these are in my private film library...

The Adventures of Robin Hood 1938
The Best Years of Our Lives 1946
Chisum 1970
Defending Your Life 1991
The Enemy Below 1957
Fail-Safe 1964
Goldfinger 1964
Hatari! 1962
It’s a Wonderful Life 1946
Judgement at Nuremberg 1961
King Kong 1933
Local Hero 1983
A Matter of Life and Death 1946
The Natural 1984
Open Range 2003
The Professionals 1966
The Quiet Man 1952
Roman Holiday 1953
Seven Days in May 1964
They Were Expendable 1945
The Untouchables 1986
The Verdict 1982
Winchester ’73 1950
Xanadu 1980
Yankee Doodle Dandy 1942
Zulu 1964

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My second list of 26 favorite films by first letter, actually 25 films, since I have no other films starting with the letter X.

The Americanization of Emily 1964
Bite the Bullet 1975
Casablanca 1942
Destination Tokyo 1943
El Dorado 1967
Foreign Correspondent 1940
The Ghost Writer 2010
Hoosiers 1986
Ice Station Zebra 1968
Jaws 1975
Knute Rockne, All-American 1940
Lost Horizon 1937
The Martian 2015
North By Northwest 1959
The Outlaw Josey Wales 1976
Patton 1970
Queen Christina 1933
Random Harvest 1942
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon 1949
The Thing From Another World 1951
Unknown 2011
Vertigo 1958
Will Penny 1968
X
You’ve Got Mail 1998
Zero Dark Thirty 2012

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Andrei Rublev

Brazil

The Confession

Duck Soup

The Earrings of Madame De

A Fish Called Wanda

The Godfather, Part II

Help!

Ivan the Terrible, Part 1

JFK

Kiss Kiss, Bang Band

The Leopard

Murder on the Orient Express

North by Northwest

Ordet

Pink  Floyd; the Wall

Quadrophenia

The Rules of the Game

Shoah

2001: A Space Odyssey

The Usual Suspects

Vertigo

The Wizard of Oz

Yellow Submarine

Z

I've seen movies beginning with X, but didn't like any enough to include here.

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A lot of deliberation, changed a few from what I had before but I'm pretty happy with the list. Some letters I could have gone any which way for (B, G, M, P, R) but others (L, N) were no contest. Q and X, so few choices. Almost went with xXx, the radical James Bond starring Vin Diesel.

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

The Big Clock (1948)

Captain Blood (1935)

Dark Passage (1947)

Expendables 2 (2012)

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)

The Great Escape (1963)

Happy Gilmore (1996)

In a Lonely Place (1950)

John Wick (2014)

Kingdom of Heaven - Director's Cut (2005)

Larceny Inc (1942)

The Matrix (1999)

North by Northwest (1959)

Ocean's Eleven (2001)

The Public Enemy (1931)

Quentin Durward (1955)

Redline (2009)

Some Like It Hot (1959)

Tropic Thunder (2008)

The Untouchables (1987)

Vanilla Sky (2001)

White Heat (1949)

X2 (2003)

Young Frankenstein (1974)

Zoolander (2001)

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Ashes and Diamonds

Black Narcissus

Citizen Kane

Duck Soup

The Earrings of Madame de . . .

Forbidden Games

Gone With the Wind

The Hunt for Red October

In Which We Serve

Jules & Jim

King Rat

Lawrence of Arabia

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

The Nun's Story

Out of the Past

The Passionate Thief

Quiz Show

Rebecca

Singin' in the Rain

The Treasure of Sierra Madre

The Uninvited

Vertigo

The Wages of Fear

Yojimbo

Zorba the Greek

For some letters there were many great choices. Fun fact: Zorba the Greek and Zulu are my favorite films from 1964. As for X, I think the only two I've seen are one of the X-Men films--I remember only that Halle Berry had silver hair and that Ian McKellen was in it and nothing else about the film, not a good sign--and X, Y, and Zee, which might turn up in another thread as the worst film Michael Caine ever made, but maybe not, because he made so many. This is a fun topic, Det. Jim.

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This is a good exercise in discipline, to try not to list films that one loves but which don't fit the challenge of one film per letter, for example, many of my favorite films begin with the same letters.  

Anthony Adverse (1936)
Black Orpheus (1959)
Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974)
The Dead (1987)
The Egyptian (1954)
Frankenstein (1931)
The Group (1966)
Harold and Maude (1971)
The Importance of Being Earnest (1952)
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
King of the Zombies (1941)
The Light that Failed (1939)
Maurice (1987)
Napoleon (1927)
Out of Africa (1985)
A Passage to India (1984)
The Quiet Man (1952)
Reds (1981)
A Summer’s Tale (1996)
Tom Jones (1963)
Ugetsu (1953)
Vampyr (1932)
Wilson (1944)
The Young Philadelphians (1959)
A Zed & Two Noughts (1985)
 
 
 

 

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