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[Poll] Your favorite decade for films??


What is your favorite decade for films?  

36 members have voted

  1. 1. What is your favorite decade for films?!?

    • 1890s
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    • 1900s
      0
    • 1910s
      0
    • 1920s
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    • 1930s
    • 1940s
    • 1950s
    • 1960s
    • 1970s
    • 1980s
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    • 1990s
      0
    • 2000s
      0
    • 2010s
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    • None/I don't like films
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    • I like every decade just about equally


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We brunettes like to hear about brunettes getting good roles.  The 40s were wonderful for brunettes.

 

And we must not forget an important redhead:

 

My favourite film noir of all time: GILDA starring two faourites of mine Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth.

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I followed GregoryPeckfans/Paul 1992's idea of naming the decade you've seen the most films from as your favorite.  I thought I'd seen most from the 1940's; but I just went through Wiki's list of 50's films, and I've seen 23 more than in the 40's!   So, I changed my vote, LOL. 

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I believe I've seen an equal number of films from the 1940s through the 1980s.  However, the films I saw the most, in a theater, are from the 1960s, and most of my top 10 list of favorite films are from this decade, so that's the one that got my vote.

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I followed GregoryPeckfans/Paul 1992's idea of naming the decade you've seen the most films from as your favorite.  I thought I'd seen most from the 1940's; but I just went through Wiki's list of 50's films, and I've seen 23 more than in the 40's!   So, I changed my vote, LOL. 

 

I'm very impressed by those that even know what films they have seen the most.    I believe TCM shows more films from the 40s then any other decade.  Since most of the films I see are seen on TCM (well until MOVIES and GET-TV came on the scene),  I assume I have seen more 40s films than any other decade.   

 

Some folks here even keep records of the films they have seen (I only do this for film noir).   My wife says I'm a classic film nerd but I don't come close to those folks. 

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jamesjazzguitar--I have a handy book called "Guide For The Film Fanatic" by Danny Peary--he wrote about 1600 some films, and listed another 4000 in the back--with boxes by them to check when you'd seen the movie.  I check those Written about and those listed in back.  Of the films Listed, I've seen maybe 1500.  Book was published in 1987.

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jamesjazzguitar--I have a handy book called "Guide For The Film Fanatic" by Danny Peary--he wrote about 1600 some films, and listed another 4000 in the back--with boxes by them to check when you'd seen the movie.  I check those Written about and those listed in back.  Of the films Listed, I've seen maybe 1500.  Book was published in 1987.

 

Thanks for the tip.     Film Fanatic;  I like that better then Film nerd! 

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Objectively I want to agree with anyone who picks the 1950s; when you examine lists of titles-per-year its just crazy the scale and size of what was accomplished there. Historical spectacles, westerns, swashbucklers...plus the birth of noir and horror and SF.

But the 50s --though stellar in so many ways--were not yet Hollywood at its best precisely because the studios held such sway. There was too much a dearth of mavericks/independent filmmakers, too much lack of frankness about sexuality, just not enough true, psychologically-realistic storytelling.

The only flaw in the sweet, dark, 1940s is that just a tad too many films were "let's all pull together" wartime-style propaganda. Otherwise I might select them as #1.

In the end, I gotta go with the 1970s because despite lacking the outlandish scale and achievements of the 1950s, this decade yet has the most modern and socially relevant content to offer. Finally women get their freedom; finally ethnic races get their freedom; finally the human mind & human body are depicted; finally we get accurate politics and scathing criticism of the society around us (rather than just accepting that everything is 'hunky-dory'). In the 70s, Hollywood finally grows up.

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My favorite decade for filmmaking is the 1940s.  Noir and musicals, two of my favorite types of films, really came into their own.  I loved the women's fashions, especially their wild hats.  I especially like the wartime films (read: not war films).  The 1950s would come in a close second--as the production code was starting to break apart, so there are films with more progressive content. 

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I love all the decades except maybe the 1980's ( just happened to be the decade of my adolescence :angry:), I had to narrow it down to the 40's and the  50's

The 40's were definitely of their time. War, depression, fear, etc... And I believe its no accident that the decade follow 1939, one of the best years ever in film.

The 50's grand color and spectacle that make you want to go to the movies.

Ultimately, I couldn't decide.

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Is there any question that the 1940s is the best decade for beautiful brunettes?

If a thread starts on which decade had the most beautiful women, I can definitely decide .

 

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60's narrowly beats out the 50's for me. It was a very exciting time with all the restrictions of movies first coming down (sort of the case with the 50's as well to a lesser extent) and it just has a lot of my favorite movies.

Was wondering if we were going to get any troll votes for the 1890's. 

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Agree 100% on the 1940's the height of Hollywoods Golden Age & Studio-System (circa 1925-1960)

 

& tough not  my A #1 favorite, it's 4th by the way *Casablanca displays when everything during that era works to perfection

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On 8/28/2019 at 11:01 PM, LuvinTheClassics said:

I picked the ‘40s in this poll, but both the ‘30s and ‘50s were close seconds. Since these were the main decades my three all-time faves (Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, and Gene Kelly) made untimely unforgettable films, those are the decades I enjoy most 💜

pretty color by the way    never saw it before on here in 18yrs

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On 5/22/2019 at 11:18 PM, GGGGerald said:

I love all the decades except maybe the 1980's ( just happened to be the decade of my adolescence :angry:), I had to narrow it down to the 40's and the  50's

The 40's were definitely of their time. War, depression, fear, etc... And I believe its no accident that the decade follow 1939, one of the best years ever in film.

The 50's grand color and spectacle that make you want to go to the movies.

Ultimately, I couldn't decide.

If a thread starts on which decade had the most beautiful women, I can definitely decide .

 

GGGGerald, I posted ones on The All-Time Most Beautiful actresses a couple of times in the past, you should also start one pal

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  Despite me more then adoring old Hollywood the most, the meter showing each decade is weird, the 1960's had some tremendous films & it was during the '690's until the mid 1970's Hollywood had the guts to have these phenomenal open ended finales>Easy Rider, Last Detail, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, The Conversation, *French Connection, Scarecrow, Chinatown, Mean Streets,etc

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12 minutes ago, spence said:

Swithin, was it difficult to post this photo & how?  Not obviously just an Avatar either

Not difficult. When I post photos, I just do a search for a particular film or person, then click "images," then select the image I want. So, here are the steps I used for the photo you commented on:

1. I googled Anthony Adverse;

2. I clicked on images at the top of the google page, which gave me a selection of photos related to that film;

3. I clicked on the image I wanted;

4. When the image came up, I DID NOT click on it. I double clicked, which gave me the option: "Open image in new window;"

5. When the image opened in new window, I selected the web address at the very top;

6. I entered that web address into our TCM message board page, in which I wanted to paste it. Sometimes entering the link will automatically show the photo in your post; other time, you will need to click on "Insert other media," click on "insert image from URL," then enter the web address.

That sounds like a lot of steps, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes easy.

 

 

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The survey asked to pick one decade, so I picked the 40's, but I equally like the 50's. In the end, there are super great movies in all decades. I guess the spirit of the question is to come up with one decade which in your opinion contains the most enjoyable movies. 

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The 50s 

An Affair to Remember 

Rear Window 

Singin In the Rain 

The Bridge on the River Kwai

Sunset Boulevard 

All About Eve

Giant 

White Christmas 

From Here to Eternity 

The Searchers

It Takes a Thief

12 Angry Men

Harvey

In a Lonely Place 

A Raisin in the Sun

The African Queen 

 

The 50s were the best! 

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