Rupert Pupkin Speaks: My 100 Most Favorite Films(by Decade)

Friday, February 5, 2010

My 100 Most Favorite Films(by Decade)

Inspired by Dennis Cozzalio's fantastic list over at his blog, I decided to try my hand at a decade by decade account of my favorite films. It was a very very difficult task and my list ended up being nowhere near as balanced as Dennis'. I tried, as he did, not to favor too many of the same directors too much, but sometimes it's hard for me not to show my true colors too brightly when assembling a list of favorites. Please keep in mind that these are just the films that I enjoy the most and I'm not trying to make any statement about them being the best films ever made by humankind. Some of them are far from the best (from a pure film making standpoint), but they are the ones that I hold most dear. Anyway, here goes:


1920s(1)
Sherlock Jr.(1924; Buster Keaton)


1930s(13)
Animal Crackers(1930; Victor Heerman)
Horse Feathers(1932; Norman Z. McLeod)
Trouble in Paradise(1932; Ernst Lubitsch)
Red Dust(1932; Victor Fleming)
One Way Passage(1932; Tay Garnett)
Island of Lost Souls(1932; Erle C. Kenton)
Duck Soup(1933; Leo McCarey)

Design for Living(1933, Ernst Lubitsch)
It's a Gift(1934; Norman Z. McLeod)
Top Hat(1935; Mark Sandrich)
Swing Time(1936; George Stevens)
The Awful Truth(1937; Leo McCarey)
Bringing Up Baby(1938; Howard Hawks)



1940s(12)
The Lady Eve(1941; Preston Sturges)
The Maltese Falcon(1942; John Huston)
Casablanca(1942; Michael Curtiz)
The Leopard Man(1943; Jacques Tour
neur)
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp(1943; Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
Laura(1944; Otto Preminger)
Detour(1945; Edgar G. Ulmer)

The Verdict(1946; Don Siegel)
Ride the Pink Horse(1947; Robert Montgomery)

Out of the Past(1947; Jacques Tourneur)
Treasure of the Sierra Madre(1948; John Huston)

Late Spring(1949; Yasujiro Ozu)

1950s(17)
Gun Crazy(1950; Joseph H. Lewis)
Rashomon(1950; Akira Kurosawa)

A Place in the Sun(1951;George Stevens)
His Kind of Woman(1951; John Farrow)

Angel Face(1952; Otto Preminger)
Pickup on South Street(1953; Samuel Fuller)
Rear Window(1954; Alfred Hitchcock)
Them!(1954; Gordon Douglas)

The Night of the Hunter(1955; Charles Laughton)
All That Heaven Allows(1955; Douglas Sirk)
The Killing(1956; Stanley Kubrick)
Forbidden Planet(1956; Fred M. Wilcox)
The Tall T(1957; Budd Boetticher)
Nights of Cabiria(1957; Federico Fellini)

Curse of the Demon(1957; Jacques Tourneur)
Rio Bravo(1959; Howard Hawks)
North By Northwest(1959; Alfred Hitchcock)

1960s(9)
The Apartment(1960; Billy Wilder)
The Nutty Professor(1963; Jerry Lewis)
The Birds(1963; Alfred Hitchcock)
Dr. Strangelove(1964; Stanley Kubrick)
For a Few Dollars More(1965; Sergio Leone)

Seconds(1966; John Frankenheimer)

The Swimmer(1968; Frank Perry)

Targets(1968; Peter Bogdanovich)
They Shoot Horses Don't They?(1969; Syndey Pollack)



1970s(27)
A New Leaf(1971; Elaine May)
Duel(1971; Steven Spielberg)
Two-Lane Blacktop(1971; Monte Hellman)
The King of Marvin Gardens(1972; Bob Rafelson)
The Heartbreak Kid(1972; Elaine May)
The Long Goodbye(1973; Robert Altman)

Payday(1973; Daryl Duke)
The Last Detail(1973; Hal Ashby)
The Conversation(1974; Francis Ford Coppola)
California Split(1974; Robert Altman)
Chinatown(1974; Roman Polanski)
The Towering Inferno(1974; John Guillermin/Irwin Allen)
Jaws(1975; Steven Spielberg)

Night Moves(1975; Arthur Penn)
Taxi Driver(1976; Martin Scorsese)Sorcerer(1977; William Friedkin)
The Late Show(1977; Robert Benton)
Rollercoaster(1977; James Goldstone)
Halloween(1978; John Carpenter)
Straight Time(1978; Ulu Grosbard)

Escape From Alcatraz(1979; Don Siegel)
Breaking Away(1979; Peter Yates)

Chilly Scenes of Winter(1979; Joan Micklin Silver)
The Brood(1979; David Cronenberg)
Manhattan(1979; Woody Allen)
Rock 'n' Roll High School(1979; Allan Arkush)
Going in Style(1979; Martin Brest)



1980s(18)
Midnight Madness(1980; Michael Nankin/David Wechter)
Used Cars(1980; Robert Zemeckis)
My Bodyguard(1980;Tony BIll)
Modern Romance(1981; Albert Brooks)
Cutter's Way(1981; Ivan Passer)
Friday the 13th Part 2(1981; Steve Miner)
The Thing(1982; John Carpenter)
The King of Comedy(1983; Martin Scorsese)

Cloak & Dagger(1984; Richard Franklin)
Back to the Future(1985; Robert Zemeckis)
Lost in America(1985; Albert Brooks)
After Hours(1985; Martin Scorsese)
Big Trouble in Little China(1986; John Carpenter)
Evil Dead 2(1987; Sam Raimi)
Three O'Clock High(1987; Phil Joanou)
Die Hard(1988; John McTiernan)
Miracle Mile(1988; Steve De Jarnatt)
The 'Burbs(1989; Joe Dante)


1990s(3)
Miller's Crossing(1990; Joel & Ethan Coen)
Dazed and Confused(1993; Richard Linklater)

Jackie Brown(1997; Quentin Tarantino)


***Movies that almost made the cut(so many!):
The Big Lebowski, Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back, Annie Hall, Caddyshack, Diner, An American Werewolf In London, The Sweet Smell of Success, Notorious, Double Indemnity, This is Spinal Tap, 3 Women, Nashville, L'avventura, Holiday(1938), Make Way for Tomorrow, Ordinary People, Baby Blue Marine, The Driver, The Bank Dick, Into the Night, Punch-Drunk Love, Big Wednesday, The Warriors, Rancho Deluxe, Prime Cut, Parallax View, Pretty Poison,The Graduate, Prince of the City, Omega Man, Truck Turner, The Gravy Train, Hickey & Boggs, Emperor of the North, Nightmare Alley, Blood and Black Lace, The War of the Gargantuas, Jason & the Argonauts, Brazil, The Fisher King, Ed Wood, Rushmore, Blow Out, Barry Lyndon,They Might Be Giants, The Beguiled, Five Came Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Earthquake, Kingdom of the Spiders, The Car, Night of the Comet, Midnight Run, Dial M for Murder, Singin' in the Rain, The Ladies Man(1961), Day of the Outlaw, Winchester '73, Kansas City Confidential, Cisco Pike, Saint Jack, Cat People(1943), I Walked with a Zombie, Some Came Running, Woman of the Year, Sunset Blvd, Badlands, Buster and Billie, Letter From an Unknown Woman, Written on the Wind, Magnificent Obsession, Tarnished Angels, Where Eagles Dare, Planet of the Apes, Night of the Creeps, Bottle Rocket, The Breakfast Club, Midnight(1939), Vertigo.....

12 comments:

Marti Rulli said...

This is an amazing list. I was surprised to not see any movies with Natalie Wood. The classics: like "Rebel Without a Cause" - "Spendour in the Grass" "Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice" -"Miracle of 34th Street" -- anyhow, your list is awesome--a lot I like, but I'm partial to Natalie, and not just because I wrote a book about her. I was just surprised she wouldn't make the list for anyone. Enjoy more movies. Thanks, Marti

Rupert Pupkin said...

Thank you! Shut yeah, I keep seeing things I missed when I look over the list. It was really tough to write and keep to 100 films. I like Natalie a lot. Was just watching Inside Daisy Clover on Netflix Instant the other day. Love Rebel Without a Cause and Splendor in the Grass! I should do an alternate list.

Mr. Paul Maul said...

So much great stuff here. I agree on many and, of course, on some, question your sanity even if they are not meant to be artistic masterpieces. But that is subjectivity in action--it's a beautiful thing. I would add the great King Vidor to your 20's list, and it was great to see Ozu and Nights of Cabiria on there.

Ultimately, seeing how much work you put into this list is inspiring, and makes me think you might want to join me in the field of motivational speaking. Except I am a fake motivational speaker, so I suppose the offer has a hollow ring.

Thanks, Rupert Pupkin Speaks, and thanks for letting me know that there is also a blog out there called Johnny LaRue's Crane shot. Good to know you and others are keeping the referencing alive.

Ned Merrill said...

Impressive list, bobfreelander er--Rupert Pupkin! That's a tall order I will have to think long and hard about. Knowing you personally for many years now, I love how some of your "oldies but goodies," that others might scorn, remain high in personal scorebook. Lists that only include films in the canon get boring fast--how many include things like MIDNIGHT MADNESS?

T.L Bugg said...

What a wonderful list. Been a fan of your insightful call to shows for ages, glad to see you entering the blog realm. Looks like you listed lots of my favorites on there as well. Glad to see there are actually other marx brothers fans out there in the world. I am surprised that my all time top movie, Vertigo, neither made your cut or the also rans. At least my number 2, Pickup on South Street, got some love.

Rupert Pupkin said...

You know I do like Vertigo quite a bit, need to rewatch. I used to count it among my rotating top 5 Hitchcock films. Just haven't seen it in a while. Certainly a great film. Really hoping Universal jumps on the Blu-Ray bandwagon soon with all their Hitch properties!

T.L Bugg said...

I hope so too. I'll have to spend a mint to replace all my copies, but it will be worth it. The North by Northwest blu ray was just stunning!

Rupert Pupkin said...

I agree, North By Northwest looked GORGEOUS! Yeah it will be quite a costly affair to replace all that Hitch. I may have to take it slowly..

Jennythenipper said...

Your list was sooooo much better than the other guy's. I mean two whole movies from the thirties!

Rupert Pupkin said...

Yeah I was surprised by how many 30s films came up on my list. When I thought about it, not really all that surprised, as so many good films were made during that decade! So much good stuff!

Matt-suzaka said...

way to show love for classic cinema, especially with The Marx Brothers! Amazing list and there are so many films that I could talk about, but I think you stole my heart by including My Bodyguard.

Rupert Pupkin said...

Thanks Matt! Yeah there is much love for the Marx Bros. around our house. My son loves them too. And as for MY BODYGUARD, I always forget how much I get into that last fight scene! Such a great and under-appreciated classic...

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