Directors top ten by decade

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  1. Adam_S

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    What are your top ten films by decade?


    To make this easy for everyone, we'll consider a decade consisting of all ten years from say 1960-1969 instead of the other confusing way.

    For my list, bolding signifies having seen the film in 35mm or in an auditorium with an audience (projected video)

    1920-9
    1. Sunrise
    2. Greed
    3. Steamboat Bill Jr.
    4. The General
    5. Potemkin (video)
    6. Nanook of the North
    7. Sherlock Jr.
    8. The Big Parade
    9. Napoleon
    10. The Gold Rush
    runnersup
    Nosteratu
    Metropolis



    1930-9
    1. Grand Illusion
    2. City Lights
    3. The Thin Man
    4. I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
    5. King Kong
    6. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
    7. Stagedoor
    8. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
    9. Bringing up Baby
    10. The Lady Vanishes
    runnerups
    Golddiggers of 1933
    Adventures of Robin Hood




    1940-9
    1. How Green was my Valley
    2. It's a Wonderful Life
    3. Shadow of a Doubt
    4. Fantasia
    5. Casablanca
    6. Citizen Kane
    7. Sergeant York
    8. Miracle of Morgan's Creek
    9. A Matter of Life and Death (Stairway to Heaven)
    10.
    tie: Best Years of Our Lives
    tie: Double Indemnity
    tie: Red River

    1950-9
    1. Seven Samurai
    2. Paths of Glory
    3. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
    4. The 400 Blows
    5. Vertigo
    6. Some Like it Hot
    7. Rear Window
    8. Bridge on the River Kwai
    9. The Naked Spur
    10.
    tie: Sunset Blvd
    tie: All About Eve
    runnersup
    Ugetsu
    La Strada

    Ordet
    Searchers
    Anatomy of a Murder

    1960-9
    1. Lawrence of Arabia
    2. The Apartment
    3. Dr. Strangelove or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
    4. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence
    5. To Kill a Mockingbird
    6. Psycho
    7. Lord of the Flies
    8. The Great Escape
    9. The Sound of Music
    10. Once Upon a Time in the West
    runnersup
    Parent Trap
    Pollyanna
    Cool Hand Luke
    Doctor Zhivago
    Persona
    Spartacus


    1970-9
    1. The Godfather
    2. The Godfather Part II
    3. Star Wars
    4. Jaws
    5. Taxi Driver
    5. The Tin Drum
    6. Walkabout
    7. Harold and Maude
    8. Deliverance
    9. The Exorcist
    10. Rocky

    1980-9
    1. Empire of the Sun
    2. The Empire Strikes Back
    3. Raiders of the Lost Ark
    4. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
    5. Grave of the Fireflies
    6. Stand By Me
    7. The Princess Bride
    8. Raging Bull
    9. A Christmas Story
    10. Raising Arizona

    bumped by Grave of the Fireflies
    tie: Die Hard
    tie: When Harry met Sally
    Runnersup
    Christmas Vacation
    The Great Outdoors
    Broadcast News
    Bull Durham
    Chariots of Fire
    Once Upon a Time in America
    Kiki's Delivery Service
    Fanny and Alexander


    1990-9
    1. The Shawshank Redemption
    2. Braveheart
    3. Fight Club
    4. Magnolia
    5. The Sixth Sense
    6. Jurassic Park
    7. Forrest Gump
    8. Unforgiven
    9. Chasing Amy
    10. Dazed and Confused

    Runners up
    Terminator 2
    Silence of the Lambs
    LA Confidential
    Groundhog Day
    Miller's Crossing
    Big Lebowski
    Dogma
    Dances with Wolves
    Tommy Boy
    Beauty and the Beast
    Se7en
    Mononoke Hime


    2000-5
    1. A.I. Artificial Intelligence
    2. Almost Famous
    3. Battle Royale
    4. O Brother, Where art Thou?
    5. In America
    6. Spirited Away
    7. City of God
    8. Lord of the Rings
    9. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    10. The Passion of the Christ
    runners up
    The Incredibles
    Finding Neverland

    In Good Company
    800 Balas
    Gangs of New York
    Monsters Inc.
     
  2. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    1920s
    1The Gold Rush
    2Metropolis
    3The Kid
    4Blackmail
    5Safety Last
    6The Circus
    7The Ring
    8The Lodger
    9The Boat
    10The General

    1930s
    1Duck Soup
    2Modern Times
    3The Wizard of Oz
    4Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
    5The Lady Vanishes
    6The 39 Steps
    7Bringing Up Baby
    8The Thin Man
    9Top Hat
    10My Man Godfrey

    1940s
    1Casablanca
    2Citizen Kane
    3It's a Wonderful Life
    4Double Indemnity
    5To Have & Have Not
    6Adam's Rib
    7The Big Sleep
    8The Maltese Falcon
    9The Postman Always Rings Twice
    10The Philadelphia Story

    1950s
    1Rear Window
    2North by Northwest
    3Some Like It Hot
    4Vertigo
    5The African Queen
    6Pillow Talk
    7Stalag 17
    8The Bridge on the River Kwai
    9Strangers on a Train
    10The Seven Year Itch

    1960s
    1The Apartment
    2Dr. Strangelove
    32001
    4Psycho
    5A Hard Day's Night
    6Charade
    7It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
    8From Russia With Love
    9The Magnificent Seven
    10The Graduate

    1970s
    1The Godfather
    2Star Wars
    3The Godfather, Part 2
    4Chinatown
    5Jaws
    6Young Frankenstein
    7Blazing Saddles
    8Monty Python & the Holy Grail
    9Animal House
    10MASH

    1980s
    1Raiders of the Lost Ark
    2Planes, Trains & Automobiles
    3The Empire Strikes Back
    4Back to the Future
    5E.T.
    6Hopscotch
    7The Princess Bride
    8Blade Runner
    9Return of the Jedi
    10Die Hard

    1990s
    1Toy Story
    2Toy Story 2
    3L.A. Confidential
    4Terminator 2
    5Groundhog Day
    6Beauty & the Beast
    7The Silence of the Lambs
    8Unforgiven
    9Goodfellas
    10Aladdin

    2000s
    1The Incredibles
    2Revernge of the Sith
    3The Fellowship of the Ring
    4The Two Towers
    5The Return of the King
    6Monsters, Inc.
    7 Minority Report
    8Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    9Memento
    10Finding Nemo
     
  3. Brook K

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    Subject to change. this is very hard to do. I always feel like I'm forgetting something.

    1920-9

    1. The Passion of Joan of Arc
    2. The Last Laugh
    3. Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror
    4. The Gold Rush
    5. The Wind
    6. A Page of Madness
    7. The Crowd
    8. Steamboat Bill, Jr.
    9. Blackmail
    10. Strike!


    1930-9

    1. Tabu
    2. The Blue Angel
    3. M
    4. The Bride of Frankenstein
    5. All Quiet on the Western Front
    6. It Happened One Night
    7. King Kong
    8. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
    9. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
    10. The Wizard of Oz


    1940-9

    1. It's A Wonderful Life
    2. The Maltese Falcon
    3. Sullivan's Travels
    4. The Red Shoes
    5. Germany Year Zero
    6. Citizen Kane
    7. Day of Wrath
    8. Stray Dog
    9. The Lady Eve
    10. The Bank Dick


    1950-9

    1. Ikiru
    2. Tokyo Story
    3. The Seventh Seal
    4. Singin' in the Rain
    5. Ordet
    6. Sunset Blvd.
    7. High Noon
    8. Rear Window
    9. Rashomon
    10. Paths of Glory


    1960-9

    1. 2001 A Space Odyssey
    2. Dr. Strangelove
    3. Winter Light
    4. Psycho
    5. 8 1/2
    6. My Life To Live
    7. The Shop on Main Street
    8. Woman in the Dunes
    9. The Apartment
    10. Shock Corridor


    1970-9

    1. Taxi Driver
    2. In A Year With 13 Moons
    3. A Clockwork Orange
    4. Love in the Afternoon
    5. Aguirre, The Wrath of God
    6. The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant
    7. A Woman Under the Influence
    8. Stalker
    9. Days of Heaven
    10. That Obscure Object of Desire


    1980-9

    1. Ran
    2. Do The Right Thing
    3. The Shining
    4. My Girlfriend's Boyfriend
    5. Lola
    6. Full Metal Jacket
    7. My Neighbor Totoro
    8. The Sacrifice
    9. Raging Bull
    10. Raising Arizona


    1990-9

    1. Unforgiven
    2. Eyes Wide Shut
    3. Magnolia
    4. A Scene At the Sea
    5. Madadayo
    6. Safe
    7. Hoop Dreams
    8. Breaking the Waves
    9. Limbo
    10. Autumn Tale


    2000-

    1. AI: Artificial Intelligence
    2. Dogville
    3. Yi Yi
    4. 25th Hour
    5. Mulholland Dr.
    6. Spirited Away
    7. Talk to Her
    8. Dancer in the Dark
    9. Requiem for a Dream
    10. Punch-Drunk Love
     
  4. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    The funny thing is, that with a few deletions/additions, Brook's list (at least from the 70s on) could easily be made into my bottom ten by decade, and (probably) vice-versa. [​IMG]
     
  5. Lew Crippen

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    Not having access to my computer and therefore my various spreadsheets that I use to try to put some order into this kind of thing, I really don't know if I can get a very accurate list.

    But, I do note that (predictably) George has all English language films until Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, while Brook starts his list with The Passion of Joan of Arc.
     
  6. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    Not quite true. I do have Metropolis on my 20's list. Still, what you're implying is certainly accurate. However, if it were the top 20 per decade there'd be a hell of a lot more foreign language films on my lists.
     
  7. Walter Kittel

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    I'm sure I am overlooking some favorite films because it is really tough to pick a mere 10 per decade. Today's list...

    1920 - 29
    The General
    Metropolis
    The Passion of Joan of Arc
    Sherlock, Jr.
    Battleship Potemkin
    Steamboat Bill, Jr.
    Nosferatu
    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
    Sunrise
    The Gold Rush


    1930 - 39
    City Lights
    M
    Mr. Smith Goes To Washingon
    Grand Illusion
    My Man Godfrey
    All Quiet On The Western Front
    King Kong
    Wizard of Oz
    It Happened One Night
    A Night At The Opera


    1940-49
    Citizen Kane
    Out of the Past
    Casablanca
    It's A Wonderful Life
    The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
    The Maltese Falcon
    Mildred Pierce
    Force of Evil
    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
    Double Indemnity


    1950-59
    Some Like It Hot
    Harvey
    Singin' In The Rain
    In A Lonely Place
    The Bridge on the River Kwai
    Paths of Glory
    Rear Window
    Sweet Smell of Success
    Sunset Boulevard
    The Day The Earth Stood Still


    1960-69
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    Dr. Strangelove
    Once Upon A Time In The West
    Hud
    The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
    Lawrence of Arabia
    Cool Hand Luke
    In Cold Blood
    Goldfinger
    Bonnie and Clyde


    1970-79
    A Clockwork Orange
    The Godfather
    The Godfather, Pt. II
    Taxi Driver
    The Last Picture Show
    Chinatown
    Being There
    The Conversation
    Apocalypse Now
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail


    1980-89
    Chariots of Fire
    Raging Bull
    Ran
    Blade Runner
    Blue Velvet
    Tender Mercies
    Wings of Desire
    Empire of the Sun
    Angel Heart
    The Natural


    1990-99
    The English Patient
    The Sweet Hereafter
    Miller's Crossing
    Magnolia
    Lone Star
    Grand Canyon
    Pulp Fiction
    Grave of the Fireflies
    L.A. Confidential
    Last of the Mohicans


    2000-05
    City of God
    Almost Famous
    A.I. Artificial Intelligence
    Requiem for a Dream
    Mulholland Dr.
    Million Dollar Baby
    2046
    25th Hour
    Donnie Darko
    Spirited Away


    Edited the 2000s.

    - Walter.
     
  8. Jack Briggs

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    I knew I could depend on Walter Kittel. Nice lists there.
     
  9. Walter Kittel

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    Thanks Jack. Surprised you didn't mention my omission of Zardoz. [​IMG] It just missed my top ten for the '70s. Due to the very subjective nature of these lists and their dependance upon mood, at least for me; it might have placed as high as 5 or 6 on my '70s list another day.

    Of course, Mr. Kubrick was, not surprisingly, well represented. [​IMG]

    - Walter.
     
  10. John Kilduff

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    1970s:

    -1.) "The Muppet Movie"
    -2.) "The Warriors"
    -3.) "Animal House"
    -4.) "Halloween"
    -5.) "Carrie"
    -6.) "The Exorcist"
    -7.) "The French Connection"
    -8.) "Jaws"
    -9.) "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind"
    -10.) "Dirty Harry"

    Runners-up:

    -"Network"
    -"Monty Python And The Holy Grail"

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    1980s:

    -1.) Tie: "Scarface"/"Back To The Future"
    -2.) "The Little Mermaid"
    -3.) "Lethal Weapon"
    -4.) "Beverly Hills Cop"
    -5.) "Do The Right Thing"
    -6.) "Aliens"
    -7.) "Spaceballs"
    -8.) "This Is Spinal Tap"
    -9.) "Field Of Dreams"
    -10.) "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"

    Runners-up for the 80s:

    -"16 Candles"
    -"Who Framed Roger Rabbit"
    -"Sudden Impact"
    -"Desperately Seeking Susan"
    -"The Blues Brothers"
    -"To Live And Die In L.A"
    -"Running Scared"
    -"S.O.B"
    -"Victor/Victoria"
    -"Crossing Delancey"
    -"Pee-Wee's Big Adventure"
    -"Blind Date"
    -"Pennies From Heaven"
    -"Chariots Of Fire"
    -"Night Shift"
    -"The Accused"
    -"The Untouchables"
    -"Ruthless People"
    -"Amazon Women On The Moon"
    -"Working Girl"
    -"Reform School Girls"
    -"Die Hard"
    -"Resurrection"
    -"Midnight Run"
    -"Highlander"
    -"Monty Python's The Meaning Of Life"
    -"The Muppets Take Manhattan"
    -"Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense"
    -"8 Million Ways To Die"
    -"Weird Science"
    -"UHF"
    -"Johnny Dangerously"
    -"The Naked Gun"
    -"Airplane!"
    -"48 HRS"

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    1990s:

    -1.) "Beauty And The Beast"
    -2.) "New Jack City"
    -3.) "Dick Tracy"
    -4.) "Aladdin"
    -5.) "Silence Of The Lambs"
    -6.) "Total Recall"
    -7.) "Casper"
    -8.) "The Lion King"
    -9.) "Wayne's World"
    -10.) "South Park: Bigger, Longer And Uncut"

    Runners-up:

    -"Home Alone"
    -"Freaked"

    Sincerely,

    John Kilduff...

    To use food metaphors, I prefer popcorn to caviar.

    EDIT: How could I have forgotten "Back To The Future"?
     
  11. Brook K

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    I like almost all the movies on your lists George and unless I'm mistaken, you haven't seen nearly half the films on mine, though I imagine that you wouldn't like them if you had so perhaps you're half right.

    I somehow left Tabu off my 30's list.
     
  12. george kaplan

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    I've seen all but 21/90 (23%).

    My comment was exaggerated, but I just noticed what seemed like so many of my least favorite films on your list (e.g., Do the Right Thing, Shock Corridor, Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark, Requiem for a Dream, Punch-Drunk Love, etc., etc.) and what I knew were some of your least favorite films on my list (e.g., Young Frankenstein).
     
  13. Haggai

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    Haven't been participating in these polls too much, but I do have a list of this sort filed away. I haven't seen quite enough silent movies to pick a top 10 with much confidence for the '20s, although The Big Parade and Sunrise would certainly rank very highly on any all-time favorites list for me.

    I didn't rank within each decade, just alphabetical, for the most part:

    1930s
    The Adventures of Robin Hood
    Bringing Up Baby
    Gone With the Wind
    Grand Illusion
    It Happened One Night
    Love Me Tonight
    M
    Mutiny on the Bounty
    The Rules of the Game
    The Wizard of Oz

    1940s
    Bambi
    Casablanca
    Children of Paradise
    Citizen Kane
    Double Indemnity
    The Lady Eve
    Notorious
    The Third Man
    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
    White Heat

    1950s
    North by Northwest
    Rashomon
    Rear Window
    Rio Bravo
    The Searchers
    Singin' in the Rain
    Some Like it Hot
    Throne of Blood
    Vertigo
    Wild Strawberries

    1960s
    8 1/2
    2001
    The Apartment
    Bonnie and Clyde
    Dr. Strangelove
    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
    Jules and Jim
    Lawrence of Arabia
    The Manchurian Candidate
    Psycho

    1970s
    Annie Hall
    Blazing Saddles
    Chinatown
    The French Connection
    The Godfather I & II
    MASH
    Paper Moon
    Star Wars
    The Sting

    1980s
    Amadeus
    Atlantic City
    Bladerunner
    Das Boot
    Brazil
    Chariots of Fire
    The Empire Strikes Back
    Raging Bull
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    A Room With a View

    1990s
    All About My Mother
    Days of Being Wild
    Fargo
    Goodfellas
    L.A. Confidential
    Pulp Fiction
    Schindler's List
    The Shawshank Redemption
    Unforgiven
    The Usual Suspects

    2000s
    City of God
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    In the Mood for Love
    Kill Bill 1 & 2
    Lord of the Rings, Extended Editions (3 movies)
    Million Dollar Baby
    The Pianist
     
  14. Brook K

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    George, I was speaking specific to the 70's and up lists since you mentioned those specifically.

    Nice lists Haggai. I had Love Me Tonight on my initial 30's list but kept thinking of films and ended up bumping it off.
     
  15. george kaplan

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    Oh, in that case I've seen all but 14/40 (35%). So yes, this does include more films I haven't seen, but also more films I have seen and hate. [​IMG]
     
  16. Arman

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    my
    top
    ten
    by
    decade

    1920-9
    1. Nanook of the North
    2. The General
    3. Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror
    4. Metropolis
    5. The Passion of Joan of Arc
    6. Battleship Potemkin
    7. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
    8. Steamboat Bill Jr.
    9. The Last Laugh
    10. The Gold Rush
     
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    2000-5

    1. In the Mood for Love
    2. Before Sunset
    3. Yiyi
    4. 2046
    5. A.I Artificial Intelligence
    6. Spirited Away
    7. City of God
    8. Talk to Her
    9. Mulholland Dr.
    10. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

    Runners-up (maybe someday ...): Amelie, High Fidelity, Read My Lips, Raising Victor Vargas, Memento, Amores Perros, Bad Education
     
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    1960-9 (my most favorite - the hardest to rank decade so I'll just do it alphabetically with 22 in the list but if I really must list only 10 - look for the ones with * [​IMG])

    8 1/2 *
    2001: A Space Odyssey *
    Andrei Rublev
    Belle De Jour *
    Blow-up *
    Contempt
    Dr. Strangelove
    The Exterminating Angel
    Gertrud
    A Hard Day's Night *
    Jules and Jim *
    La Dolce Vita
    Lawrence of Arabia *
    L'Avventura *
    My Life to Live
    Persona
    Pierrot Le Fou
    Psycho *
    Rocco & His Brothers
    Rosemary's Baby
    Shoot the Piano Player
    Stolen Kisses *
     
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    1940-9

    1. Children of Paradise
    2. Citizen Kane
    3. The Magnificent Ambersons
    4. The Bicycle Thief
    5. Open City
    6. The Third Man
    7. Stray Dog
    8. The Great Dictator
    9. Brief Encounter
    10. To Be Or Not To Be
     
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    Arman Screenwriter

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    1990-9

    1. Three Colors Trilogy
    2. The Remains of the Day
    3. Chungking Express
    4. Before Sunrise
    5. Eyes Wide Shut
    6. Pulp Fiction
    7. Raise The Red Lantern
    8. Days of Being Wild
    9. Happy Together
    10. All About My Mother

    Honorable Mention: Madadayo, Live Flesh, To Live, Underground, The Ice Storm, Sweet Hereafter, Waking Ned Devine
     

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