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Top 5 favourites from each decade  ·  Posted by Tallulah

My friend, Kathryn, wanted me to share with her my favourite films going by decade (top 5 + honourable mention allowed), which I thought would be really fun to do. It also gave me an excuse to blog, hahaha!

These are the movies I would watch over and over again. If a certain decade is missing or if there aren’t 5 films listed, it’s because I don’t have any films to list. I didn’t list them in order of preference but by the year they were released.

While working on this list, I realized that it’s hard to really pick a favourite because sometimes I’d be like, “UGH, HOW CAN YOU BE SO PEDESTRIAN.”, but realized that was stupid of me to even judge myself or care about what others think. A lot of these films are ones I haven’t watched recently, so I wonder if I’ll still like some of my “favourites” if I rewatched them. For example, I adamantly disliked Hitchcock’s Notorious when I first watched it but after rewatching it a few days ago, now it’s one of my favourite Hitchcock films. It’s also possible that I might like other films more than the ones listed but I don’t remember them that well and need to rewatch them to jog my memory.

Some decades were incredibly hard to do because there were so many favourites, such as the 1920s-1950s. I even told Kathryn about how hard it was and she told me how she imagined herself on a deserted island and how she tended to lean towards happier films so that helped me a lot because I knew that that is what I would have done too. But as someone who is quite sentimental, I had to make sure that films by my favourite actors and directors had to be on this list because if I was on a deserted island, I will need my dose of those! I guess that sort of skewed how I chose films because I would think “Well, there is a Hitchcock film from this decade, so maybe I don’t need another Hitchcock film? What would be the one Hitchcock film I’d pick over all else?”

Here is the list! Can’t wait to see yours, Kathryn! (And I’d like to know what you think of my list, if you have the time to respond.)

1910s
-The Rink (1916)
-The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917)
-Stella Maris (1918)

1920s
-Die Bergkatze (1921)
-Die freudlose Gasse (1925)
-Faust (1926)
-La passion de Jeanne d’Arc (1928)
-Show People (1928)
Honorable mention: It (1927)

1930s
-Trouble in Paradise (1932)
-42nd Street (1933)
-Glückskinder (1936)
-Swing Time (1936)
-The Women (1939)
Honorable mention: Dodsworth (1936)

1940s
-His Girl Friday (1940)
-Suspicion (1940)
-The Maltese Falcon (1941)
-The Major and the Minor (1942)
-Old Acquaintance (1943)
Honorable mention: The Lady Eve (1941)

1950s
-All About Eve (1950)
-Sunset Blvd. (1950)
-Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
-Madame de… (1953)
-The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)
Honorable mention: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

1960s
-Lover Come Back (1961)
-The Parent Trap (1961)
-Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
-Send Me No Flowers (1964)
-Sedmikrásky (1966)
Honorable mention: Vivre sa vie : film en douze tableaux (1962)

1970s
-Il conformista (1970)
-Harold and Maude (1971)
-Cabaret (1972)
-What’s Up, Doc? (1972)
-Höstsonaten (1978)
Honorable mention: Vérités et mensonges (1973)

1980s
-Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss (1982)
-Victor/Victoria (1982)
-A Christmas Story (1983)
-Amadeus (1984)
-Dead Poets Society (1989)
Honorable mention: Valmont (1989)

1990s
-Reservoir Dogs (1992)
-Trois couleurs: Blanc (1994)
-Mimi wo sumaseba (1995)
-As Good as It Gets (1997)
-The Matrix (1999)
Honorable mention: My Own Private Idaho (1991)

2000s
-Harry Potter series (2001-2011)
-The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003)
-Down with Love (2003)
-Saved! (2004)
-Inglorious Basterds (2009)
Honorable mention: 8 femmes (2002)

2010s
-Toy Story 3 (2010)
-The Help (2011)
-American Hustle (2013)
-The Imitation Game (2014)

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