Tuesday, 20 June 2017

The best 10 films of every decade from the 1940s to 2000s- new list

My choice. 
Why? Because I love lists. 

- The 40s:
The Great Dictator (1940)
Casablanca (1942)
Gaslight (1944)
Brief Encounter (1945)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
The Killers (1946)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
The Heiress (1949)

- The 50s:
All about Eve (1950)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
On the Waterfront (1954)
Witness for the Prosecution (1957) 
12 Angry Men (1957)
Nights of Cabiria (1957)
Wild Strawberries (1957)
The Seventh Seal (1957) 
Vertigo (1958)

- The 60s:
The Apartment (1960)
Psycho (1960)
Winter Light (1963) 
8 ½ (1963)
The Woman in the Dunes (1964) 
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
My Fair Lady (1964)
Persona (1966)
Blowup (1966)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

- The 70s:
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
Cries and Whispers (1972) 
The Godfather (1972)
Last Tango in Paris (1972)
The Godfather Part II (1974) 
The Conversation (1974)
Chinatown (1974) 
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Annie Hall (1977)

- The 80s:
Raging Bull (1980)
On Golden Pond (1981)
Sophie's Choice (1982) 
Ran (1985)
Rain Man (1988)
The Accused (1988)
My Left Foot (1989)
Monsieur Hire (1989)
Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
Dekalog (1989) 

- The 90s:
Goodfellas (1990)
The Double Life of Veronique (1991)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Raise the Red Lanterns (1991)
Three Colours: Blue (1993) 
To Live (1994)
Pulp Fiction (1994) 
The Shawshank Redemption (1994) 
Happy Together (1997)
Festen (1998) 

- The 2000s:
Memento (2000)
The Pianist (2002)
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)
2046 (2004)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Babel (2006) 
There Will Be Blood (2007)
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2007)


  1. I look forward to your eventual extension of the lists to the 1900s and 1910s. And also to your eventual encounter with the films of Abbas Kiarostami. No hurry on any of this.

    My ten best of the 1900s:
    A Trip to the Moon, Méliès, 1902
    Dream of a Rarebit Fiend, Porter, 1906
    Joyous Microbes, Cohl, 1909
    The Great Train Robbery, Porter, 1903
    The Man with the Rubber Head, Méliès, 1901
    Rescued by Rover, Hepworth, 1905
    The History of a Crime, Zecca, 1901
    And, um, three more probably also by Méliès.

    1. Nice.
      What about the other decades? :D
      I will, at some point. I haven't even watched that many films from the 1930s.
      And I've seen 1 film by Abbas Kiarostami. Certified Copy. Thought it was rather interesting, but now I've forgotten it.

    2. I realized that I have hardly seen anything from the 1910s. Films suddenly get much, much longer around 1910. It's easier to see a lot of movies when they're five minutes long.

      What the heck is Certified Copy? Ah, Kiarostami's French movie. You want his Iranian movies!

    3. Okay. I'll check out his Iranian films... some day.