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Here is a fired-from-the-hip top 10 from each decade from me for some reason. NB: is is largely milquetoast and boring and wrong but whatever. Purely based on how I feel about it today, could change tomorrow blah blah blah.

1920s:
1. THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (Dreyer)
2. METROPOLIS (Lang)
3. NAPOLEON (Gance)
4. THE LAST COMMAND (von Sternberg)
5. SUNRISE (Murnau)
6. THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED (Reiniger)
7. SAFETY LAST! (Newmeyer/Taylor)
8. BEN-HUR: A TALE OF THE CHRIST (Niblo)
9. THE LODGER (Hitchcock)
10. WINGS (Wellman)

1930s:
1. GONE WITH THE WIND (Fleming)
2. MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (Capra)
3. THE RULES OF THE GAME (Renoir)
4. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (Milestone)
5. THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (Curtiz/Keighley)
6. M (Lang)
7. THE THIN MAN (Van Dyke)
8. ALEXANDER NEVSKY (Eisenstein/Vasilyev)
9. A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (Wood)
10. MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW (McCarey)

1940s:
1. CHILDREN OF PARADISE (Carne)
2. CASABLANCA (Curtiz)
3. CITIZEN KANE (Welles)
4. HIS GIRL FRIDAY (Hawks)
5. FANTASIA (various)
6. A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH (Powell/Pressburger)
7. THE MALTESE FALCON (Huston)
8. BRIEF ENCOUNTER (Lean)
9. HAMLET (Olivier)
10. A LETTER TO THREE WIVES (Mankiewicz)

1950s:
1. ALL ABOUT EVE (Mankiewicz)
2. 12 ANGRY MEN (Lumet)
3. UMBERTO D. (De Sica)
4. SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (Mackendrick)
5. VERTIGO (Hitchcock)
6. ORDET (Dreyer)
7. THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (Lean)
8. ON THE WATERFRONT (Kazan)
9. THE FLOWERS OF ST. FRANCIS (Rosselini)
10. SUNSET BOULEVARD (Wilder)

1960s:
1. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (Lean)
2. HARA-KIRI (Kobayashi)
3. ANDREI RUBLEV (Tartakovsky)
4. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (Kubrick)
5. THE LION IN WINTER (Harvey)
6. ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (Leone)
7. A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS (Zinnemann)
8. SPARTACUS (Kubrick)
9. SANJURO (Kurosawa)
10. MARY POPPINS (Stevenson)

1970s:
1. STAR WARS (Lucas)
2. THE GODFATHER PART II (Coppola)
3. NETWORK (Lumet)
4. THE GODFATHER (Coppola)
5. THE THREE MUSKETEERS (Lester)
6. TAXI DRIVER (Scorsese)
7. THE FRENCH CONNECTION (Friedkin)
8. AUTUMN SONATA (Bergman)
9. PAT GARRETT & BILLY THE KID (Peckinpah)
10. THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (Wilder)

1980s:
1. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (Kershner)
2. HENRY V (Branagh)
3. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (Spielberg)
4. DO THE RIGHT THING (Lee)
5. THE THIN BLUE LINE (Morris)
6. RAN (Kurosawa)
7. TIME OF THE GYPSIES (Kusturica)
8. A FISH CALELD WANDA (Crichton)
9. AMADEUS (Forman)
10. STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (Meyer)

1990s:
1. UNFORGIVEN (Eastwood)
2. NIXON (Stone)
3. GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS (Foley)
4. SE7EN (Fincher)
5. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (Spielberg)
6. FUNNY GAMES (Haneke)
7. THE REMAINS OF THE DAY (Ivory)
8. ALADDIN (Musker/Clements)
9. GROUNDHOG DAY (Ramis)
10. TOY STORY 2 (Lasseter)

2000s:
1. THE DARK KNIGHT (Nolan)
2. UNBREAKABLE (Shyamalan)
3. ROAD TO PERDITION (Mendes)
4. ZODIAC (Fincher)
5. DOGVILLE (von Trier)
6. THE INCREDIBLES (Bird)
7. TOKYO SONATA (Kurosawa)
8. FANTASTIC MR. FOX (Anderson)
9. UNITED 93 (Greengrass)
10. MONSTERS, INC. (Docter)

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Thanks to RDR2 I’m doing a western marathon, bought everything from Rio Bravo to Once Upon a Time in West, Wild Bunch, Jesse James and even Deadwood.🕷️

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ArmandFancypants wrote:
November 19th, 2018, 9:35 am
Here is a fired-from-the-hip top 10 from each decade from me for some reason. NB: is is largely milquetoast and boring and wrong but whatever. Purely based on how I feel about it today, could change tomorrow blah blah blah.

1920s:
1. THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (Dreyer)
2. METROPOLIS (Lang)
3. NAPOLEON (Gance)
4. THE LAST COMMAND (von Sternberg)
5. SUNRISE (Murnau)
6. THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED (Reiniger)
7. SAFETY LAST! (Newmeyer/Taylor)
8. BEN-HUR: A TALE OF THE CHRIST (Niblo)
9. THE LODGER (Hitchcock)
10. WINGS (Wellman)

1930s:
1. GONE WITH THE WIND (Fleming)
2. MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (Capra)
3. THE RULES OF THE GAME (Renoir)
4. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (Milestone)
5. THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (Curtiz/Keighley)
6. M (Lang)
7. THE THIN MAN (Van Dyke)
8. ALEXANDER NEVSKY (Eisenstein/Vasilyev)
9. A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (Wood)
10. MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW (McCarey)

1940s:
1. CHILDREN OF PARADISE (Carne)
2. CASABLANCA (Curtiz)
3. CITIZEN KANE (Welles)
4. HIS GIRL FRIDAY (Hawks)
5. FANTASIA (various)
6. A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH (Powell/Pressburger)
7. THE MALTESE FALCON (Huston)
8. BRIEF ENCOUNTER (Lean)
9. HAMLET (Olivier)
10. A LETTER TO THREE WIVES (Mankiewicz)

1950s:
1. ALL ABOUT EVE (Mankiewicz)
2. 12 ANGRY MEN (Lumet)
3. UMBERTO D. (De Sica)
4. SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (Mackendrick)
5. VERTIGO (Hitchcock)
6. ORDET (Dreyer)
7. THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (Lean)
8. ON THE WATERFRONT (Kazan)
9. THE FLOWERS OF ST. FRANCIS (Rosselini)
10. SUNSET BOULEVARD (Wilder)

1960s:
1. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (Lean)
2. HARA-KIRI (Kobayashi)
3. ANDREI RUBLEV (Tartakovsky)
4. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (Kubrick)
5. THE LION IN WINTER (Harvey)
6. ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (Leone)
7. A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS (Zinnemann)
8. SPARTACUS (Kubrick)
9. SANJURO (Kurosawa)
10. MARY POPPINS (Stevenson)

1970s:
1. STAR WARS (Lucas)
2. THE GODFATHER PART II (Coppola)
3. NETWORK (Lumet)
4. THE GODFATHER (Coppola)
5. THE THREE MUSKETEERS (Lester)
6. TAXI DRIVER (Scorsese)
7. THE FRENCH CONNECTION (Friedkin)
8. AUTUMN SONATA (Bergman)
9. PAT GARRETT & BILLY THE KID (Peckinpah)
10. THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (Wilder)

1980s:
1. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (Kershner)
2. HENRY V (Branagh)
3. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (Spielberg)
4. DO THE RIGHT THING (Lee)
5. THE THIN BLUE LINE (Morris)
6. RAN (Kurosawa)
7. TIME OF THE GYPSIES (Kusturica)
8. A FISH CALELD WANDA (Crichton)
9. AMADEUS (Forman)
10. STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (Meyer)

1990s:
1. UNFORGIVEN (Eastwood)
2. NIXON (Stone)
3. GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS (Foley)
4. SE7EN (Fincher)
5. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (Spielberg)
6. FUNNY GAMES (Haneke)
7. THE REMAINS OF THE DAY (Ivory)
8. ALADDIN (Musker/Clements)
9. GROUNDHOG DAY (Ramis)
10. TOY STORY 2 (Lasseter)

2000s:
1. THE DARK KNIGHT (Nolan)
2. UNBREAKABLE (Shyamalan)
3. ROAD TO PERDITION (Mendes)
4. ZODIAC (Fincher)
5. DOGVILLE (von Trier)
6. THE INCREDIBLES (Bird)
7. TOKYO SONATA (Kurosawa)
8. FANTASTIC MR. FOX (Anderson)
9. UNITED 93 (Greengrass)
10. MONSTERS, INC. (Docter)
I extra approve of those bold ones and their inclusions in particular.£

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ArmandFancypants wrote:
November 19th, 2018, 9:35 am
Here is a fired-from-the-hip top 10 from each decade from me for some reason. NB: is is largely milquetoast and boring and wrong but whatever. Purely based on how I feel about it today, could change tomorrow blah blah blah.

1920s:
1. THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (Dreyer)
2. METROPOLIS (Lang)
3. NAPOLEON (Gance)
4. THE LAST COMMAND (von Sternberg)
5. SUNRISE (Murnau)
6. THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED (Reiniger)
7. SAFETY LAST! (Newmeyer/Taylor)
8. BEN-HUR: A TALE OF THE CHRIST (Niblo)
9. THE LODGER (Hitchcock)
10. WINGS (Wellman)

1930s:
1. GONE WITH THE WIND (Fleming)
2. MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (Capra)
3. THE RULES OF THE GAME (Renoir)
4. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (Milestone)
5. THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (Curtiz/Keighley)
6. M (Lang)
7. THE THIN MAN (Van Dyke)
8. ALEXANDER NEVSKY (Eisenstein/Vasilyev)
9. A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (Wood)
10. MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW (McCarey)

1940s:
1. CHILDREN OF PARADISE (Carne)
2. CASABLANCA (Curtiz)
3. CITIZEN KANE (Welles)
4. HIS GIRL FRIDAY (Hawks)
5. FANTASIA (various)
6. A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH (Powell/Pressburger)
7. THE MALTESE FALCON (Huston)
8. BRIEF ENCOUNTER (Lean)
9. HAMLET (Olivier)
10. A LETTER TO THREE WIVES (Mankiewicz)

1950s:
1. ALL ABOUT EVE (Mankiewicz)
2. 12 ANGRY MEN (Lumet)
3. UMBERTO D. (De Sica)
4. SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (Mackendrick)
5. VERTIGO (Hitchcock)
6. ORDET (Dreyer)
7. THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (Lean)
8. ON THE WATERFRONT (Kazan)
9. THE FLOWERS OF ST. FRANCIS (Rosselini)
10. SUNSET BOULEVARD (Wilder)

1960s:
1. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (Lean)
2. HARA-KIRI (Kobayashi)
3. ANDREI RUBLEV (Tartakovsky)
4. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (Kubrick)
5. THE LION IN WINTER (Harvey)
6. ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (Leone)
7. A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS (Zinnemann)
8. SPARTACUS (Kubrick)
9. SANJURO (Kurosawa)
10. MARY POPPINS (Stevenson)

1970s:
1. STAR WARS (Lucas)
2. THE GODFATHER PART II (Coppola)
3. NETWORK (Lumet)
4. THE GODFATHER (Coppola)
5. THE THREE MUSKETEERS (Lester)
6. TAXI DRIVER (Scorsese)
7. THE FRENCH CONNECTION (Friedkin)
8. AUTUMN SONATA (Bergman)
9. PAT GARRETT & BILLY THE KID (Peckinpah)
10. THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (Wilder)

1980s:
1. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (Kershner)
2. HENRY V (Branagh)
3. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (Spielberg)
4. DO THE RIGHT THING (Lee)
5. THE THIN BLUE LINE (Morris)
6. RAN (Kurosawa)
7. TIME OF THE GYPSIES (Kusturica)
8. A FISH CALELD WANDA (Crichton)
9. AMADEUS (Forman)
10. STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (Meyer)

1990s:
1. UNFORGIVEN (Eastwood)
2. NIXON (Stone)
3. GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS (Foley)
4. SE7EN (Fincher)
5. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (Spielberg)
6. FUNNY GAMES (Haneke)
7. THE REMAINS OF THE DAY (Ivory)
8. ALADDIN (Musker/Clements)
9. GROUNDHOG DAY (Ramis)
10. TOY STORY 2 (Lasseter)

2000s:
1. THE DARK KNIGHT (Nolan)
2. UNBREAKABLE (Shyamalan)
3. ROAD TO PERDITION (Mendes)
4. ZODIAC (Fincher)
5. DOGVILLE (von Trier)
6. THE INCREDIBLES (Bird)
7. TOKYO SONATA (Kurosawa)
8. FANTASTIC MR. FOX (Anderson)
9. UNITED 93 (Greengrass)
10. MONSTERS, INC. (Docter)
That's impressive. I'd probably have to skip the first two decades that you posted because I haven't seen enough movies from that period to make an informed list. My filmweb (Polish imdb) account tells me I've seen only 11 films from the 1920's and an even 20 from the 1930's. I've probably seen more but that's still not enough to make a list. I'll try to see some of your entries, though.

As for your choices, I really love TDK, Unbreakable and Zodiac in 2000s; GGR, Se7en and Groundhog Day in 1990s; Empire, Raiders and Ran from the 1980's; Star Wars, Network, Musketeers from the 1970's; Lawrence, Spartacus, 2001 from 60's; 12 Angry Men, Sunset Blvd and Waterfront from the 50's and Casablanca, Fantasia and Falcon form the 40's.

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Master Virgo wrote:
November 19th, 2018, 2:06 pm
I extra approve of those bold ones and their inclusions in particular.£
The 50s and 60s were really tough to assemble; I could have gone with Black Narcissus or The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp from that extraordinary Powell and Pressburger run but kinda had to go with the most "perfect" one even if it isn't necessarily the richest.

Funny Games was a recent viewing that just blew me away. I kinda... don't want to see the remake though?
LelekPL wrote:
November 20th, 2018, 5:13 am
That's impressive. I'd probably have to skip the first two decades that you posted because I haven't seen enough movies from that period to make an informed list. My filmweb (Polish imdb) account tells me I've seen only 11 films from the 1920's and an even 20 from the 1930's. I've probably seen more but that's still not enough to make a list. I'll try to see some of your entries, though.

As for your choices, I really love TDK, Unbreakable and Zodiac in 2000s; GGR, Se7en and Groundhog Day in 1990s; Empire, Raiders and Ran from the 1980's; Star Wars, Network, Musketeers from the 1970's; Lawrence, Spartacus, 2001 from 60's; 12 Angry Men, Sunset Blvd and Waterfront from the 50's and Casablanca, Fantasia and Falcon form the 40's.
Silents require a sorta readjustment but I do think they're really healthy to watch and some of the innovation before having to deal with cumbersome sound apparatuses is exceptional, particularly in Napoleon.

I would of course highly recommend anything there - there aren't too many deep cuts although it feels wrong to miss out on some favourite filmmakers like Kiarostami, Aldrich, Wong Kar-wai, Fuller, Frankenheimer, etc.

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I fucking love Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, Napoleon and Sunrise. They're fantastic.

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Somebody really loves Wilder's Sherlock. But in top 10 of 70s....

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spade wrote:
November 22nd, 2018, 6:16 am
Somebody really loves Wilder's Sherlock. But in top 10 of 70s....
As a few other selections on the list will indicate, I'm a sucker for heroes confronted by the decline of an era as a comment on and examination of genre. See also The Three Musketeers, Sanjuro, Unforgiven, Star Trek II, etc.

Wilder was also such a genius that he uses the trappings of a bloated 60s studio roadshow picture to house a deeply melancholic and bitter narrative more reflective of the decade to come. John Huston is the only other guy who could have pulled that off.

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Like I said, no 20's or 30's for me. But starting with the 40's I had a lot of films to choose from and I'm pretty happy with my lists:
1940’s:
1. Rope (Hitchcock)
2. It’s a Wonderful Life (Capra)
3. The Third Man (Reed)
4. Fantasia (various)
5. Double Indemnity (Wilder)
6. Casablanca (Curtiz)
7. Lifeboat (Hitchcock)
8. The Maltese Falcon (Huston)
9. Dead of Night (various)
10. Act of Violence (Zinnemann)

1950’s:
1. 12 Angry Men (Lumet)
2. Strangers on a Train (Hitchcock)
3. Dial M for Murder (Hitchcock)
4. Throne of Blood (Kurosawa)
5. On the Waterfront (Kazan)
6. Witness for the Prosecution (Wilder)
7. Rashomon (Kurosawa)
8. A Streetcar Named Desire (Kazan)
9. Rebel Without a Cause (Ray)
10. Rear Window (Hitchcock)

1960’s:
1. Lawrence of Arabia (Lean)
2. Psycho (Hitchcock)
3. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Leone)
4. In the Heat of the Night (Jewison)
5. The Hill (Lumet)
6. Doctor Zhivago (Lean)
7. The Graduate (Nichols)
8. Planet of the Apes (Schaffner)
9. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick)
10. The Guns of Navarone (Thompson)

1970’s:
1. Alien (Scott)
2. Rocky (Avildsen)
3. Network (Lumet)
4. Kramer vs Kramer (Benton)
5. Star Wars (Lucas)
6. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Spielberg)
7. A Clockwork Orange (Kubrick)
8. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Forman)
9. Taxi Driver (Scorsese)
10. Apocalypse Now (Coppola)

1980’s:
1. The Empire Strikes Back (Kershner)
2. Back to the Future (Zemeckis)
3. Blade Runner (Scott)
4. The Thing (Carpenter)
5. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Spielberg)
6. Blow Out (De Palma)
7. Predator (McTiernan)
8. A Nightmare on Elm Street (Craven)
9. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (Miller)
10. The Shining (Kubrick)

1990’s:
1. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Cameron)
2. The Matrix (Wachowskis)
3. Pulp Fiction (Tarantino)
4. Schindler’s List (Spielberg)
5. Se7en (Fincher)
6. The Shawshank Redemption (Darabont)
7. Fight Club (Fincher)
8. The Silence of the Lambs (Demme)
9. Good Will Hunting (Van Sant)
10. Scream (Craven)

2000’s:
1. The Dark Knight (Nolan)
2. Inglourious Basterds (Tarantino)
3. Memento (Nolan)
4. Zodiac (Fincher)
5. Gone Baby Gone (Affleck)
6. There Will Be Blood (Anderson)
7. The Departed (Scorsese)
8. Wall-E (Stanton)
9. Oldboy (Chan-wook)
10. The Prestige (Nolan)

2010’s:
1. Interstellar (Nolan)
2. The Dark Knight Rises (Nolan)
3. Django Unchained (Tarantino)
4. The Social Network (Fincher)
5. I Saw the Devil (Jee-woon)
6. Gone Girl (Fincher)
7. Logan (Mangold)
8. The Raid 2 (Evans)
9. Drive (Refn)
10. Inside Out (Docter)

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