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Monday, 31 August 2015

A new top 100 movies ! (1)

I am compiling, in odd moments,  a new top 100 favourite films - not 'best' films, but films I love and can re-see any time, 100 "essential favourites" then ? It will be more than 100 - 150 maybe, as I have already used up 50 for the 1930s and 1940s .... The list covers from the 1930s to the 1980s - I will have to do a separate one for from the 1990s to now !  So here are my 20 from the 1930s and 30 from the 1940s:

1930s: I have to have 2 Garbos, 2 Dietrich/Von Sternbergs, Hawks, Mae West, Bette, Erroll, Fred & Ginger, Cary, Katharine, Loretta, Irene Dunne, Margaret Sullavan, some Pre-Codes, and some screwball ...

KING KONG / MATA HARI / THE SCARLET EMPRESS / BLOND VENUS / GOLD-DIGGERS OF 1933 / THE GAY DIVORCEE / BRINGING UP BABY / THE AWFUL TRUTH / ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS / I'M NO ANGEL / SYLVIA SCARLETT / MIDNIGHT MARY / LADIES IN LOVE / CAPTAIN BLOOD / SHOWBOAT / SWINGTIME / THE MORTAL STORM / 
JEZEBEL / MARIE ANTOINETTE / THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD / THE PRIVATE LIVES OF ELIZABETH & ESSEX / NINOTCHKA / THE WOMEN. (ok, thats 22).

1940s: including 13 British classics (6 David Leans!) and some noir dames:


CITIZEN KANE / REBECCA / THE SEA HAWK / SON OF FURY / CASABLANCA / TO BE OR NOT TO BE  / TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT / MEET ME IN ST LOUIS / NOTORIOUS / NOW VOYAGER / THE GREAT LIE / OLD ACQUAINTANCE / TWO FACED WOMAN / DOUBLE INDEMNITY / LAURA / GILDA / MILDRED PIERCE / IN WHICH WE SERVE / THIS HAPPY BREED / BRIEF ENCOUNTER / GREAT EXPECTATIONS / OLIVER TWIST / THE PASSIONATE FRIENDS / I KNOW WHERE I'M GOING / BLACK NARCISSUS / A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH / THE RED SHOES / THE WAY TO THE STARS / ODD MAN OUT / WHISKEY GALORE / DESERT FURY / ROADHOUSE / THE HEIRESS / ADAM'S RIB / A LETTER TO 3 WIVES

Next: the 1950s and 1960s, then the 1970s and 1980s. 

1 comment:

  1. All great classics, I agree but lacking in 'foreign' films surely? And knowing you, Michael - your final 100 will probably have about 150 titles there at least! :)

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