1950's Best Movies: 70 Years Later

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Rankings come from the overall list of the top 1,000 films at They Shoot Pictures, Don't They.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
ALL ABOUT EVE (Joseph L. Mankiewicz; USA) [#124] 6
IN A LONELY PLACE (Nicholas Ray; USA) [#265] 5
RASHOMON (Akira Kurosawa; Japan) [#21] 5
THE ASPHALT JUNGLE (John Huston; USA) [#583] 4
UN CHANT D'AMOUR (Jean Genet; France) [#624] 3
LA RONDE (Max Ophüls; France) [#1285] 2
GUN CRAZY (Joseph H. Lewis; USA) [#668] 2
WAGON MASTER (John Ford; USA) [#549] 2
RIO GRANDE (John Ford; USA) [#1590] 1
SUNSET BLVD. (Billy Wilder; USA) [#35] 1
ORPHEUS (Jean Cocteau; France) [#339] 1
LOS OLVIDADOS (Luis Buñuel; Mexico) [#130] 1
THE FLOWERS OF ST. FRANCIS (Roberto Rossellini; Italy) [#441] 1
STROMBOLI (Roberto Rossellini; Italy) [#356] 0
STARS IN MY CROWN (Jacques Tourneur; USA) [#1784] 0
OUTRAGE (Ida Lupino; USA) [#1910] 0
NIGHT AND THE CITY (Jules Dassin; USA-UK) [#1186] 0
WINCHESTER '73 (Anthony Mann; USA) [#1398] 0


coronoshebettadontvirus (Eric H.), Thursday, 19 March 2020 02:14 (two months ago) link

Gave this a longer lead time because now we all have time to catch up with blind spots.

coronoshebettadontvirus (Eric H.), Thursday, 19 March 2020 02:14 (two months ago) link

These 4 are all-timers:

ALL ABOUT EVE (Joseph L. Mankiewicz; USA) [#124]
UN CHANT D'AMOUR (Jean Genet; France) [#624]
IN A LONELY PLACE (Nicholas Ray; USA) [#265]
STROMBOLI (Roberto Rossellini; Italy) [#356]

coronoshebettadontvirus (Eric H.), Thursday, 19 March 2020 02:16 (two months ago) link

Ray and Rossellini and the auteur westerns and the two divas can battle it out; Asphalt Jungle for me (which I had never seen till a few years ago).

clemenza, Thursday, 19 March 2020 02:17 (two months ago) link

I appreciate Stromboli and the rest of the Ingrid-Rossellini Trilogy thanks to Criterion.

I'm tempted to vote for Los Olvidados .

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 19 March 2020 02:20 (two months ago) link

haven't seen that one. Sunset Blvd is one of my favorite films ever

Dan S, Thursday, 19 March 2020 02:22 (two months ago) link

1. In a Lonely Place
2. Rashomon
3. Sunset Blvd.
4. Night and the City
5. La Ronde

I like All About Eve just fine, but these other five are just a bit more my speed, I guess. I wasn't, er, crazy about Gun Crazy when I first saw it, but I probably owe it a rewatch (I remember the ending being really beautifully shot). I love Ford, but his two from this year aren't my faves. The most glaring omission from this list is definitely The Rabbit of Seville; if Un Chant d'Amour (which I like) is eligible, Bugs Bunny should be as well.

I have somehow still never seen The Asphalt Jungle.

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Thursday, 19 March 2020 02:36 (two months ago) link

xp battle of the divas seems right. those two films are iconic

Dan S, Thursday, 19 March 2020 03:00 (two months ago) link

it’s hard for me to pick a favorite Kurosawa film. Rashomon is great but I also really like Red Beard, Dersu Uzala, Seven Samurai, High and Low, Dreams

Dan S, Thursday, 19 March 2020 03:07 (two months ago) link

In a Lonely Place was interesting I thought, it expanded on his concept of an unconventional thriller in They Live by Night

my favorite Ray film is still Johnny Guitar

Dan S, Thursday, 19 March 2020 03:38 (two months ago) link

asphalt jungle over wagon master

flappy bird, Thursday, 19 March 2020 04:21 (two months ago) link

I'm tempted to vote for Los Olvidados .

Remind me to tell you about the time I looked into the heart of an artichoke.

coronoshebettadontvirus (Eric H.), Thursday, 19 March 2020 12:58 (two months ago) link

"This year deserves more discussion" bump

Vegemite Is My Grrl (Eric H.), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 12:25 (one month ago) link

Hadn't seen the thread before. Yes it does need more discussion, the choice is impossible. Sunset Blvd. is almost the weakest on the list, which is crazy.

A rat done bit my sister Nell with Biden on the nom (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 12:29 (one month ago) link

Stars in My Crown is top 3 Tourneur for me

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 12:46 (one month ago) link

Was the American film industry already nervous about television, or does that come later?

clemenza, Wednesday, 1 April 2020 12:56 (one month ago) link

I know it's an old complaint now, but the last time I watched Sunset Blvd. the Nancy Olson scenes weren't just a letdown from the rest of the movie, they were downright boring.

Vegemite Is My Grrl (Eric H.), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 12:56 (one month ago) link

Parallel: Martin Milner in Sweet Smell of Success. (The character, anyway--luckily he's a foil for some great stuff from Tony Curtis.)

clemenza, Wednesday, 1 April 2020 13:01 (one month ago) link

My instinctive vote would be Kurosawa or Bunuel but All About Eve is perfect so

A rat done bit my sister Nell with Biden on the nom (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 13:04 (one month ago) link

Rashomon is definitely one of the Kurosawas I'd actually consider giving a vote in these polls.

Vegemite Is My Grrl (Eric H.), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 15:48 (one month ago) link

I know it's an old complaint now, but the last time I watched Sunset Blvd. the Nancy Olson scenes weren't just a letdown from the rest of the movie, they were downright boring.

― Vegemite Is My Grrl (Eric H.

I couldn't tell whether she's a bad actress or Wilder directed her badly. It's possible no one could say those lines.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 15:51 (one month ago) link

I mean, William Holden's dialogue takes a hit in those scenes too imo.

Vegemite Is My Grrl (Eric H.), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 16:14 (one month ago) link

Wagon Master is so great

flappy bird, Wednesday, 1 April 2020 17:00 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Saturday, 11 April 2020 00:01 (one month ago) link

I liked Nancy Olson as a counterpart to Gloria Swanson

Dan S, Saturday, 11 April 2020 00:17 (one month ago) link

or rather an opposite

Dan S, Saturday, 11 April 2020 00:21 (one month ago) link

I guess Orpheus is Cocteau’s masterpiece but I loved Beauty and the Beast more

Dan S, Saturday, 11 April 2020 00:30 (one month ago) link

want to see Stromboli, the only Rossellini film I’ve seen so far is Rome, Open City

Dan S, Saturday, 11 April 2020 02:17 (one month ago) link

Was the American film industry already nervous about television, or does that come later?

― clemenza, Wednesday, April 1, 2020 8:56 AM (one week ago) bookmarkflaglink

See 1935's Trapped by Television (or rather don't; those who know say all the creativity went into the title and poster).

Life is a banquet and my invitation was lost in the mail (j.lu), Saturday, 11 April 2020 02:21 (one month ago) link

many of these I haven’t seen, of those I have seen this seems like an amazing year.

Dan S, Saturday, 11 April 2020 02:41 (one month ago) link

still want to watch Gun Crazy, Night and the City, Los Olvidados, Un Chant D’Amour, Outrage, Stars in My Crown, Wagon Master, La Ronde

Dan S, Saturday, 11 April 2020 02:45 (one month ago) link

also the two Rossellini films

Dan S, Saturday, 11 April 2020 02:47 (one month ago) link

La Ronde and Night and the City both rock. You can catch the latter quite frequently TCM.

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Saturday, 11 April 2020 03:28 (one month ago) link

my guess is All About Eve will be the winner here

Dan S, Saturday, 11 April 2020 23:08 (one month ago) link

but Sunset Blvd is it

Dan S, Saturday, 11 April 2020 23:10 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Sunday, 12 April 2020 00:01 (one month ago) link

Quite surprised by Sunset Boulevard's solitary vote.

clemenza, Sunday, 12 April 2020 00:41 (one month ago) link

these polls need ranked-choice voting

well not really cuz idgaf

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 12 April 2020 01:23 (one month ago) link

Admirable winner. And the two runners up are also stellar. Good show, ILX.

Vegemite Is My Grrl (Eric H.), Sunday, 12 April 2020 14:28 (one month ago) link


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