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My Favourite Movies of All Time ****

January 9, 2013

Every ten years (in a year ending in “2”), the British film magazine “Sight and Sound” publishes a result of its poll of international critics on the best movies of all time.  For my own tradition, I wait until the end of such years to compile my own such list.

Here are my favourite movies as of January 1, 2013.  Unless otherwise noted, the movies were produced in the U.S.A.

1.  Some Like it Hot (1959)

2.  Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

3.  Citizen Kane (1941)

4.  Rear Window (1954)

5.  The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964 – France)

6.  All About Eve (1950)

7.  High Noon (1952)

8.  The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

9.  On the Town (1949)

10.  Thelma and Louise (1991)

Honourable Mentions:   Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (1967 – France);  Pather Panchali (1955 – India);  Schindler’s List (1993);  The Heiress (1949)

My lists in previous decades:

January 1, 2003:

1.  The Wizard of Oz (1939)

2.  Casablanca (1943)

3.  Some Like it Hot

4.  Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

5.  Citizen Kane

6.  Bonnie and Clyde

7.  E.T. the Extraterrestrial (1982)

8.  Rear Window

9.  Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

10.  Psycho (1960)

August 1, 1993:

Number one was Citizen Kane.

To make up the top ten were nine others in no order of preference.  Listed chronologically, they were:

The Battleship Potemkin (1925 – U.S.S.R.);  The Wizard of Oz;  Gone With the Wind (1939);  The Bicycle Thief (1949 – Italy);  All About Eve;  Jules et Jim (1961 – France);  Lawrence of Arabia (1962 – U.K.);  Bonnie and Clyde;  The Godfather (1972).

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