1962 Recap and Ten Favorite Films

I have now watched 116 films that were released in 1962.  A complete list can be found here.  It was a strong year and I had 19 films for my favorites list.   They could have been sliced and diced in any number of ways – I aimed for a balance between List and non-List films.  The  films I reluctantly left off my Top Ten were: An Autumn Afternoon; Advise and Consent; Sanjuro; Gypsy; The Music Man; Jules and Jim; The Longest Day; Cape Fear; and Vive le tour .  The list is no particular order though Harakiri would remain at the top no matter how I compiled the list.

10.  A Long Day’s Journey Into Night – directed by Sidney Lumet

9.  Whatever Happened to Baby Jane – directed by Robert Aldrich

8.  The Days of Wine and Roses – directed by Blake Edwards

7.  Cleo from 5 to 7 – directed by Agnes Varda

6.  The Manchurian Candidate – directed by John Frankenheimer

5.  The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner – directed by Tony Richardson

4.  To Kill a Mockingbird– directed by Robert Mulligan

3.  The Miracle Worker – directed by Arthur Penn

2.  Lawrence of Arabia – directed by David Lean

Harakiri – directed by Masaki Kobayashi


1961 Recap and Ten Favorites List

I have now watched 102 films that were released in 1961.  A complete list can be found here.  It was an average year and I had 12 films for my favorites list.   The two films I didn’t have room for are: Leon Morin, Priest and Judgement at Nuremberg.  The list is no particular order.  I had a hard time deciding whether to put The Hustler or Yojimbo in first place and used my usual tie-breaker – if I could rewatch only one of the films it would be Yojimbo.

10.  Il Posto – directed by Ermanno Olmi


9.  The Steamroller and the Violin – directed by Andrei Tarkovsky

8.  West Side Story – directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins

7.  The Innocents – directed by Jack Clayton

6.  A Raisin in the Sun – directed by Daniel Petrie

5.  The End of Summer – directed by Yasujiro Ozu

4.  Through a Glass Darkly – directed by Ingmar Bergman


3. Divorce Italian Style – directed by Pietro Germi

2.  The Hustler – directed by Robert Rossen

1. Yojimbo – directed by Akira Kurasawa


1960 Recap and Top 10 Favorites

I have now watched 100 films that were released in 1960.  A complete list can be found here.  It was a great year and I have 17 films for my favorites list.  This may be the first year that the Best Picture winner is also my very favorite film of the year.  Excellent films I didn’t have room for are: The Bad Sleep Well; Wild River; Shoot the Piano Player; The Virgin Spring; Inherit the Wind; Two Women; and Late Autumn.  The list is no particular order, though I can’t think of anything that would move The Apartment out of the top slot!

I am having a family medical emergency (not my own) so it may be awhile until I start 1961.

10.  The Naked Island – directed by Kineto Shindo

9.  Psycho – directed by Alfred Hitchcock

8.  Peeping Tom – directed by Michael Powell

7.  Purple Noon – directed by Rene Clement

6. Le Trou – directed by Jacques Becker

5.  Rocco and His Brothers – Luchino Visconti

4.  L’Avventura – directed by Michelangelo Antonioni

3.  When a Woman Ascends the Stairs – directed by Mikio Naruse

2.  La Dolce Vita – directed by Federico Fellini

  1.  The Apartment – directed by Billy Wilder

1959 Recap and 10 Favorites List

I watched 108 films released in 1959.  A complete list can be found here.  I consider this to be one of the great years in both US and foreign cinema,  This is true both at the very top end and for a number of films that straddled the border between very good and excellent. The bottom end was crammed with memorable bad movie classics!

The list is unranked.  The top four films were all rated 10/10 by me.  Films I rated 9/10 that did not make the cut were:  Compulsion; Odds Against Tomorrow; and Good Morning.  Le Trou is considered to be a 1960 release by IMDb.

10.  Ballad of a Soldier – directed by Girgoriy Chukhray

9.  Anatomy of a Murder – directed by Otto Preminger

8.  Suddenly, Last Summer – directed by Joseph L. Manciewicz

7.  Hiroshima Mon Amour – directed by Alain Resnais

6.  Room at the Top – directed by Jack Clayton

5.  Floating Weeds – directed by Yasujiro Ozu

4.  North by Northwest – directed by Alfred Hitchcock

3.  The World of Apu directed by Satyajit Ray

2.  The 400 Blows – directed by Francois Truffaut

  1.  Some Like It Hot – directed by Billy Wilder



2016 in Review + 10 New-to-Me Favorites

My viewing for 2016 spanned from 1954 to 1959.  I watched 489 films, a few of which were reviewed only here.  I have finished with the 1950s (1959 Recap coming soon).  I had thought about reaching back to the ’30s to catch up on some films I missed the first time around in January.  1960  looks to be such an outstanding year, however, that I think I’ll just keep on going.

I saw too many great films to count.  Since I’ve been seeking out classic movies for a long time many of the best were re-watches.  Still there were many gems that were new to me. Films that I rated 9/10 that did not make this list are:Twenty-Four Eyes (1954); Secrets of Life (1956); Le mystere Picasso (1956); Patterns (1956); Attack! (1956); Street of Shame (1956); and The Ballad of Narayama (1958).

Here’s 10 of the favorite films I saw for the first time in 2016.   They are not ranked but in chronological order.

The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (1955) – directed by Luis Buñuel

Baby Doll (1956) – directed by Elia Kazan

Bigger Than Life (1956) – Directed by Nicholas Ray

Kanal (1957) – directed by Andrzej Wajda

The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) – directed by Jack Arnold

The Music Room (1958) – directed by Sayajit Ray

Room at the Top (1959) – directed by Jack Clayton

Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) – directed by Robert Wise

Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) – directed by Alain Resnais

Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) – directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz


Montage of clips celebrating the career of Debbie Reynolds

1958 Recap and Ten Favorites


I have now seen 92 films that were released in 1958.  While the year had its definite pleasures in the mid-range, it was a bit weak at the top end.  I have only two films left over at 9/10 for the also-ran list.  They are The Ballad of Narayama and The Defiant Ones.  The ranking doesn’t mean much except for the top two.  This is the first year in which the majority of films on my list were in living color! A complete list of the films I watched can be found here.

10.  Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – directed by Elia Kazan


9.  Gigi – directed by Vincente Minnelli


8.  Equinox Flower – directed by Yasujiro Ozu


7.  The Music Room – directed by Satyajit Ray


6.  Ashes and Diamonds – directed by Andrzej Wajda


5.  Damn Yankees! – directed by George Abbott and Stanley Donen


4.  Elevator to the Gallows – directed by Louis Malle


3.  Vertigo – directed by Alfred Hitchcock


2.  Mon Oncle – directed by Jacques Tati


  1.  Touch of Evil – directed by Orson Welles



1957 Re-cap and 10 Favorites List


I have now watched 92 films that were released in 1957.  They can be found here.

1957 was a year full of riches.  The films proved to be impossible for me to rank so the numbers should be ignored.

Worthy favorites that did not make my list are:  Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison; The Lower Depths; The Pajama Game; Curse of the Demon; Le Notti Bianche; 3:10 to Yuma; Tokyo Twilight; and The Incredible Shrinking Man.

10.  Kanal – directed by Andrezej Wadja


9.  Throne of Blood – directed by Akira Kurosawa


8.  12 Angry Men – directed by Sidney Lumet


7.  The Bridge on the River Kwai – directed by David Lean


6.  A Face in the Crowd – directed by Elia Kazan


5.  Wild Strawberries – directed by Ingmar Bergman


4.  Paths of Glory – directed by Stanley Kubrick


3. Sweet Smell of Success – directed by Alexander MacKendrick


2.  Nights of Cabiria – directed by Federico Fellini

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  1. The Seventh Seal – directed by Ingmar Bergman

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1956 Recap and 10 Favorite Films

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I have now watched 102 films released in 1956.  The complete list is here. My new randomized viewing schedule worked in keeping me interested.  In fact, the random number generator saved some of the best films for last this time!

1956 is not noted as a “great” year in film history but I ended it with too many films I rated 9/10 or above to fit on my list of personal favorites.  I had a hard time selecting among them or ranking them. Also rans were:  AttackPatternsSomebody Up There Likes Me; Street of Shame; Le mystere Picasso; Early Spring; A Town Like Alice; and Secrets of Life.  Note:  I am saving my review of Moby Dick for the upcoming Animals in Film blogathon.  Totals include that film.  I will revise this post if necessary.

10.  Baby Doll – directed by Elia Kazan

BABY DOLL, Carroll Baker, Karl Malden, Eli Wallach, 1956

9.  The King and I – directed by Walter Lang


8.  Bigger Than Life – directed by Nicholas Ray


7.  The Killing – directed by Stanley Kubrick

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6. Invasion of the Body Snatchers – directed by Don Siegel

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5.  Aparajito – directed by Satyajit Ray

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4.  The Bad Seed – directed by Mervyn LeRoy

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3.  The Burmese Harp – directed by Kon Ichikawa

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2.  The Red Balloon – directed by Albert Lamorisse


  1.  The Searchers – directed by John Ford



Ten Favorite Films of 1955


I’ve now seen 80 films that were released in 1955.  A complete list of the films I have seen is here A few were reviewed only here.  It was quite a deep year with 59 available films rated 7/10 or higher by IMDb users.  Lately, I have thought that it would never end!  That’s not to say that I didn’t watch many fantastic films – too many to fit all the films I rated 9/10 or over in this favorites list.  Also rans were: Richard III; The Desperate Hours; Night and Fog; All That Heaven Allows; Oklahoma!; Marty; and Rebel Without a Cause.

I had a really hard time choosing among the top three films.  I based my decision on the one I would want to watch again first.

10.  Diabolique – directed by Georges-Henri Clouzot

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9.  The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz – directed by Luis Buñuel


8.  Rififi – directed by Jules Dassin


7.  Bad Day at Black Rock – directed by John Sturges


6.  The Big Combo – directed by Joseph Lewis


5.  Night of the Hunter – directed by Charles Laughton


4.  The Ladykillers – directed by Alexander Mackendrick


3. Pather Panchali – directed by Satyajit Ray

pp62.  Ordet – directed by Carl Th. Dreyer


  1.  Smiles of a Summer Night – directed by Ingmar Bergman

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1954 Recap and 10 Favorites List



I have now seen 55 films that were released in 1954.  The complete list can be found here.  The year is known as one of the best in film history and is very strong on the top end.  Oddly enough, however, I had to dip down into the films I rated 8/10 to complete my list of favorites and there were less films than usual available for me to view.  I could not find Becker’s Touche pas au Grisbi for a rewatch.  If I had it likely would have made my favorites list.  On to 1955!

10.  Sabrina – directed by Billy Wilder


9.,  The Caine Mutiny – directed by Edward Dmytryk

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8.  Twenty-Four Eyes – directed by Keisuke Kinoshita

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7.  Gojira – directed by Ishirô Honda


6. French Cancan – directed by Jean Renoir


5.  Hobson’s Choice – directed by David Lean

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4.  La Strada – directed by Federico Fellini

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3. Rear Window – directed by Alfred Hitchcock


2.  On the Waterfront – directed by Elia Kazan

ON THE WATERFRONT, Rod Steiger, Marlon Brando, 1954

  1.   Seven Samurai – directed by Akira Kurosawa