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My Favourite Movies 1930-2015
March 30, 2015
Last night I couldn't sleep so I found a task so boring I couldn't fail to fall asleep. Unfortunately I ended up finding it really fun and spent almost 3 hours on it. And here it is as a blog post. Now, what I've done here isn't list my top 85 movies or the best movies from these years. I've just picked my favourite movie from each year, starting with 1930. I thought about going earlier but I may end up doing a whole other blog about the silent era (you lucky so-and-sos). If you're furious because I overlooked The Wizard of Oz or think Champions is a load of shit please let me know. I mean...I won't care but I'd like to know.
So without further ado, here is my list of my favourite film from each year from 1930 to today (2015's may well change, obviously).
1930L’Age d'or - check it out, it's a zany masterpiece.
1931City Lights - definitely Chaplin's best work.
1932Scarface - vastly superior to Pacino's Scarface.
1933Duck Soup - probably the best comedy of all time. Literally does not age. Razor sharp satire.
1934The Gay Divorcee - this really DOES age but it's a total scream.
1935A Night At The Opera - another dazzling Marx Brothers film, far more lavish and romantic than previous outings but the opera finale is pure anarchy.
1936Modern Times - just more awesome Chaplin.
1937Heidi - the only Shirley Temple I can really stomach, watched the shit out of it as a kid.
1938Block-Heads - my favourite Laurel & Hardy.
1939Mr Smith Goes To Washington - the only reason I know what a filibuster is.
1940The Great Dictator - Chaplin smooooothly moved in to talkies and it was glorious.
1941Citizen Kane - what a boring cow I am, picking Citizen Kane.
1942Casablanca - another dull choice I'm sure but having revisited it last year, Casablanca is still wonderful. And the exact plot was used for Barb Wire in the 90s, so that's fun.
1943Lassie Come Home - another film I watched the shit out of as a kid.
1944Double Indemnity - fucking brilliant, maybe my favourite noir.
1945Brief Encounter - I make fun of Brief Encounter a lot but it's still fantastic.
1946It’s A Wonderful Life - how to cry at Christmas: 1) watch It's A Wonderful Life. Done.
1947Brighton Rock - only saw this recently and it is BLEAK and brilliant.
1948Oliver Twist - I love the film of the musical but this straight version is awesome. Worth checking out for Alec Guinness' terrifying Fagin alone. Just...ignore the antisemitism (I did).
1949On The Town - joyous musical fun. And great to make fun of.
1950Rashomon - guys, I'm so fucking edgy, choosing Rashomon.
1951A Streetcar Named Desire - go for the hot Brando action, stay for the incredible movie.
1952Singin’ In The Rain - best movie musical? Maybe.
1953Peter Pan - not my favourite Disney by a country mile but I love the characterisation of Captain Hook.
1954On The Waterfront - Brando again, this time at his absolute best.
1955Marty - I'm pretty sure this movie is massively sexist but so is half this list and it still makes me cry big ol' oops-forgot-to-be-feminist-for-a-second tears.
1956The Court Jester - I only really saw it in the last couple of years and it eventually cracked me up big time. Danny Kaye is a hurricane.
195712 Angry Men - tension!
1958Vertigo - my favourite Hitchcock and my favourite Herrmann score.
1959Some Like It Hot - unoriginal choice but one of the smartest comedy scripts of all time.
1960La Dolce Vita - sexy gorgeous Fellini majesty. Phwooooaaaaarrrr.
1961West Side Story - forget Step Up, this is the ultimate dance movie.
1962Lolita - dark, hilarious and creepy adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's novel. Shits on the 1997 version.
19638½ - more sexy fit Italian Fellini phwoooaaarrrr sexy stuff.
1964Dr Strangelove - BAM! War! Taken down! Kubrick. Eat it.
1965Darling - so goddamn 60s. Julie Christie is luminous in this big ol' slice of misogyny (which I LOVE!)
1966A Man For All Seasons - Henry VIII? Thomas More? Cromwell? Sign me up!
1967The Graduate - I misunderstood the ending as a happy one until I was 21. I get it now.
1968Rosemary’s Baby - incredibly creepy and the ending will ruin your evening.
1969Midnight Cowboy - never mind "I'm walkin' here!"....that ending. It'll slay you.
1970MASH - suck it, war.
1971The Last Picture Show - I was so close to going with A Clockwork Orange but I chose The Last Picture Show for its raw, quiet, slice-of-lifeness.
1972Cabaret - not only Liza Minelli at her very best but one of the great dark film musicals.
1973Last Tango In Paris - I'm not sure why I love this film. It could be seen as a 2-hour apology for rape but the final 15 minutes are breathtaking and the score is beautiful.
1974The Godfather Part II - I prefer Part II to the original, bite me.
1975Jaws - the original blockbuster and still the best.
1976Taxi Driver - Scorsese's finest.
1977 Saturday Night Fever - a reminder that Travolta wasn't always a joke.
1978The Deer Hunter - get ready to be devastated.
1979Alien - shits on the rest of the series. Best sci-fi ever made. Freaking terrifying.
1980Ordinary People/Raging Bull - really couldn't choose between these 2 so it's a dead heat.
1981Raiders of the Lost Ark - Karen Allen is the best thing about this brilliant adventure movie.
1982Tootsie - I think Tootsie is my favourite screenplay ever written and would make a delicious musical.
1983Champions - the true story of a Grand National win against the odds makes me BAWL.
1984Once Upon A Time In America - soooo loooong and opiumy.
1985Brazil - it's techincally 1984-meets-Python but it's fucking terrifying.
1986Hannah and Her Sisters - I don't always love Woody Allen's stuff but I sure love this.
1987Withnail & I - greatest British film of all time.
1988Who Framed Roger Rabbit? - I don't need to justify this.
1989The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover - beautiful, hideous and an amazing score.
1990Goodfellas - my favourite film of all time. Funny how?
1991The Commitments - hysterically funny, great performances and epic soundtrack.
1992Wayne’s World - I don't need to explain myself.
1993The Age of Innocence - weirdly this is my favourite Daniel Day Lewis performance.
1994Heavenly Creatures - this should also be a musical.
1995La Haine - really affecting and you can learn French watching it maybe.
1996Jerry Maguire - bite me, I love it.
1997As Good As It Gets - my favourite Jack Nicholson performance.
1998There’s Something About Mary - this is an exceptional comedy. You don't know shit.
1999South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut - Sondheim's favourite film musical. That's good enough for me.
2000Almost Famous - made me wish I'd been around in the 70s to have my life ruined by a band.
2001The Royal Tenenbaums - the scene where Gwyneth gets off the bus <3 <3 <3
2002Frida - you'll want to marry Salma Hayek.
2003A Mighty Wind/Kill Bill Vol 1 - they couldn't be more different but I couldn't choose between them. It's a tie.
2004Seabiscuit - fuck you if you can't get behind a racehorse biopic.
2005War Of The Worlds - Spielberg's best since Jurassic Park. I'm the only one who likes it.
2006The Departed - I don't even mind the rat at the end.
2007Little Miss Sunshine - real laughs, real tears.
2008Cloverfield - I don't get the hate for this film, I found it petrifying.
2009Inglourious Basterds - I couldn't get enough of this movie, it shits all over Django.
2010The Social Network - stranger than fiction.
2011The Artist - I resisted The Artist for ages but when I finally saw it I cried big tears.
2012A Royal Affair - it looks amazing and the story is well juicy. Get on board.
2013A Field In England - I promise I'm not just being a prentetious wanker. This bizarre little film got right under my skin.
2014The Grand Budapest Hotel - Ralph Fiennes has never been so funny.
2015Birdman - punched the air when it won Best Picture.
So there is a pointless list for you. Maybe you'll be tempted to check a few out yourself. Maybe you'll punch me in the face, I don't know.