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Your Favorite Year

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I actually have two favorite film years.


First, 1937:


*Stage Door

*Make Way for Tomorrow

*Grand Illusion


*Stella Dallas

*The Awful Truth

*A Damsel in Distress


*Nothing Sacred

*You Only Live Once

*The Good Earth

*A Star is Born


*Captains Courageous

*Way out West

*A Day at the Races

*Lost Horizon

*The Prisoner of Zenda

*The Life of Emile Zola

*Easy Living

*Marked Woman

*The Prince and the Pauper

*Night Must Fall


*They Won't Forget

*In Old Chicago

*100 Men and a Girl



*Quality Street

*They Won't Forget

*History is Made at Night

*Dead End

*Shall We Dance

*Young and Innocent


....and second, 1944.


*Double Indemnity


*Murder, My Sweet


*The Miracle of Morgan's Creek

*Going My Way


*Hail the Conquering Hero

*Arsenic and Old Lace

*To Have and Have Not

*Jane Eyre

*National Velvet

*Cover Girl

*Mr. Skeffington

*The Keys of the Kingdom

*A Canterbury Tale

*The Sullivans


*Phantom Lady

*Meet Me in St. Louis

*The Suspect

*Curse of the Cat People

*Ministry of Fear

*The Uninvited

*The Seventh Cross

*The White Cliffs of Dover

*The Mask of Dimitrios

*The Lodger

*Mrs. Parkington

*The Princess and the Pirate


I also like 1932, 1933 and 1962, all of which have already been mentioned.


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And I was all set to list 1944 as my second favorite year! Congrats Basil on an excellent list of films!


Two I would add from that year:


Since You Went Away

Christmas Holiday

(sweet Deanna Durbin being stalked by a maniacal Gene Kelly!)

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The year 1925 was quite remarkable so many exceptional films, and all of these that I'm about to mention are still with us today. None of them have been lost! I have listed these features in no particular order.


Battleship Potemptkien (Eisenstine)

The Phantom Of The Opera(Lon Chaney)

The Unholy Trio(Lon Chaney)

The Merry Widow (Eric Von Stroheim)with Gilbert,Murray

Ben Hurr (Navarro, Bushman)

The Big Parade (King Vidor) Gilbert, Adorae

The Gold Rush (Chaplin)

The Freshman (Lloyd) (discounting the on screen credits Lloyd was always the principle DIRECTOR of his films)

Seven Chances (Keaton, Perhaps Buster's funniest movie)

Go West (Keaton, a Lesser known underrated effort )

Tramp, Tramp, Tramp! (Edwards, Capra) Langdon,Crawford


Some other lesser known notables

Little Annie Rooney (Pickford,very underrated)

Don Q. Son Of Zorro (Fairbanks)

The Eagle (Clarence Brown) Valentino, Banky

Tumbleweeds (William S. Hart)

Riders of The Purple Sage (Tom Mix)


There are a few additional films I can't recall at the moment that could have also made this list.


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My favorite years are the years Godzilla movies were released. Here are a few:


Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1956)

Gigantis the Fire Monster (1959)


King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963)

Godzilla vs. Mothra (1964)

Ghidrah the Three Headed Monster (1964)

Godzilla vs. Monster Zero (1965)

Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966)

Son of Godzilla (1967)

Destroy All Monsters! (1968)

Godzilla's Revenge (1969)


Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster (1971)

Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)

Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)


Godzilla 1985 (1984)

Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)


Godzilla vs. King Ghidora (1991)

Godzilla vs. Mothra: The Battle for Earth (1992)

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)

Godzilla vs. Spacegodzilla (1994)

Godzilla vs. Destroyah (1995)

Godzilla (1998)


Godzilla 2000 (2000)


Interesting, isn't it?

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Oh my God! Can this be true? And all these years I've been hiding from what I thought was the one and only Godzilla movie made in 1956. Egads I have to head for the hills. Pronto!



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Fifteen Reasons Why 1942 Was The Best Year IMO:


#1 Casablanca

#2 Casablanca

#3 Casablanca

#4 Yankee Doodle Dandy

#5 Casablanca

#6 Across The Pacific

#7 King's Row

#8 Casablanca

#9 Gentleman Jim

#10 The Glass Key

#11 Tie: Casablanca & Casablanca

#12 Now, Voyager

#13 Casablanca

#14 Mrs. Miniver


#15 (I can't recall the name, but it was a Bogart picture that was penned primarily by the Epsteins and directed by that Hungarian cat Curtiz.)

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old thread but good one!


I still think it has to be 1939.....


Wuthering Heights

Union Pacific

Dark Victory

Gunga Din

The Oklahoma Kid

Each Dawn I Die

Mr. Smith Goes To Washington


The Private Lives Of Elizabeth And Essex

We Are Not Alone

Intermezzo: A Love Story

The Wizard Of Oz

Young Mr. Lincoln

Of Mice And Men




Goodbye Mr. Chips

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame

Destry Rides Again

The Women

The Roaring Twenties

Golden Boy


Only Angels Have Wings

Love Affair


The Old Maid

They Made Me A Criminal........


and I could go on and on.......



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1974 was a great year.


Blazing Saddles


The Conversation

The Towering Inferno

The Godfather Part II

Harry and Tonto


Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Murder on the Orient Express

Freebie and the Bean

The Three Musketeers

Young Frankenstein

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1934, for personal reasons even I don't understand.


But movie-wise, I'd have to say 1936.


Outstanding Production


Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (Columbia)

A Tale of Two Cities (MGM)


Best Actor:


Gary Cooper, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town




Frank Capra, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

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1948 gave us Sorry, Wrong Number, Johnny Belinda, June Bride, The Snake Pit, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Hamlet, The Red Shoes, Key Largo, The Search, I Remember Mama, Sitting Pretty, The Three Musketeers, Red River, The Pirate, Easter Parade, Joan of Arc, When My Baby Smiles At Me....not bad for one year!

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