Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Pizza, Jul 19, 2021.
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Lots of people picking the same decades with different movies. I'll take the 60s:
1960 Magnificent 7
1962 Lawrence of Arabia
1968 The Producers
The Parallax View
Oh, the 1970's - hands down. Even the big studio pictures were daring and adventurous. Today, Star Wars and Jaws are judged on what they became - templates for the modern summer blockbuster - but back then both were enormous risks for the studios. My Top 5 - a hard list to narrow down, I tell ya - reflects this unique era where corporate and creative audacity unified to make some truly magnificent movies...
1. The Godfather
3. The Exorcist
4. Annie Hall
5. Star Wars
...and what did I have to leave out? Apocalypse Now. The French Connection. Network. The Sting. Young Frankenstein. Alien. Harold and Maude. Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Superfly. Taxi Driver. All The President's Men. The In-Laws. The Killing of a Chinese Bookie. Animal House...the list is incredibly long!!
Indeed, the 70’s remain the greatest decade for films.
The Empire Strikes Back
Raiders Of The Lost Ark
A Christmas Story
Back To The Future
Rose Red (tv/2002)
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
The Incredibles (2004)
Madea's Witness Protection (2012)
Honorable mention (fell outside of 10 year range):
The Angry Birds Movie (2016)
The 60’s or maybe 50’s. Too many great international films for the 70’s to compete. Loads and loads of them. This was partially due to artistic and intellectual explorations following the Second World War. The Italian neorealist movement was, at least partially, a reaction to the war. That movement, in turn, influenced film globally, including the French New Wave.
1. Three Colours Red
2. The Double Life Of Veronique
3. Sweetheart (Toutes Peines Confondues)
4. The Fifth Element
5. 12 Monkeys
Morocco - in a classic dream-approximation of a location, Dietrich's opening night at the cabaret presents a Hollywood icon created right before our eyes. Gary Cooper seems at his understated best, with von Sternberg's handling of scenes subtler than in The Blue Angel, and more relaxed than in some of his later films (1930).
City Lights - Chaplin rings down the curtain on the silent era: perfectly balanced and vivid filmmaking, with one of the most powerful endings in film. I think he set out to make a great work of art, and succeeded (1931).
The Rich Are Always With Us - great movie, it's a definitive sophisticated pre-Code drama, with dashes of humor. Ruth Chatterton dominates; George Brent seems self-confident, and Bette Davis spirited in a supporting role (1932).
Christopher Strong - Hepburn at her most radiant, Colin Clive good-natured and intense: I love this movie, especially some poignant scenes toward the end. Selznick produced; Dorothy Arzner directed (1933)
Dangerous Corner - I love this as well, and find it ingenious, a kind of drawing room mystery with a serious twist (1934).
Surely the 40s were the best?
It's a Wonderful Life
Best Years of Our Lives
This is one of those movies I've seen dozens of times and will watch another dozen times. Great one.
I came of age in the 80s (plus, it's the king of schlocky horror flicks), so it's my favorite decade. Five random faves:
This is Spinal Tap
Slumber Party Massacre
Certainly up there:
The Red House
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
It's a Wonderful Life
Electra Glide in Blue
The Spook Who Sat by the Door
The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh
Orphans Of the Storm
Damn, nobody has picked the 1950s ? So I'll have to :
On the Waterfront
Bridge on the River Kwai
Singin' in the Rain
Some Like it Hot
North by Northwest
And too many others.... but a taste: The Searchers, Vetigo , 12 Angry Men, Bad Day at Black Rock, Some Came Running, Giant, Roman Holiday, High Noon, Shane, The Defiant Ones, A Streetcar named Desire, East of Eden, A Face in the Crowd, Strangers on a Train, Rear Window, Sabrina, Witness for the Prosecution, A Place in the Sun, The band Wagon, Anatomy of a Murder, Les Gals, Funny Face, baby Doll, A Hatful of Rain, From Here to Eternity, The Quiet Man, Friendly Persuasion, La Strada, Rashomon, Seven Samaurai, Smiles of a Summer Night, Nights of Cabiria, The 400 Blows, La Ronde....
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Grand Illusion
Frankenstein/Bride of Frankenstein
The Godfather/Godfather II
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
The Godfather Pt. 2
I can't decide because there are great movies I love from every decade.
Since I didn't notice (or overlooked) movies from the 1950s listed by anyone, I will list my 5 favorites from that decade.
The Ten Commandments
The Bridge On The River Kwai
The Rear Window
Some Like It Hot
There are many others I could list from the '50s... Some great classic Sci-Fi movies, More Hitchcock and/or Jimmy Stewart movies, Marlon Brando classics, James Dean classics, more biblical epics, Classic Disney Cartoon Movies, Classic Westerns, more classic thrillers, classic monster movies, more classic WWII movies, film noir crime dramas, classic Japanese movies from Kurosawa, etc.
I just watched some like it hot on PBS
Marilyn Monroe dead four year later
Not in order.
Outlaw Josey Wales.
Picnic At Hanging Rock
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