1949'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.

PLUS, due to popular demand, the movies also featured in slots 1,001-2000.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
LATE SPRING (Yasujiro Ozu, Japan) [#75] 17
THE THIRD MAN (Carol Reed, UK) [#49] 16
KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS (Robert Hamer, UK) [#227] 9
WHITE HEAT (Raoul Walsh, USA) [#638] 7
THE HEIRESS (William Wyler, USA) [#1696] 3
SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON (John Ford, USA) [#814] 3
STRAY DOG (Akira Kurosawa, Japan) [#1147] 2
A LETTER TO THREE WIVES (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, USA) [#1717] 1
THE SET-UP (Robert Wise, USA) [#1649] 0
LE SANG DES BÊTES (Georges Franju, France) [#803] 0
SAMSON AND DELILAH (Cecil B. DeMille, USA) [#1519] 0
THE RECKLESS MOMENT (Max Ophüls, USA) [#943] 0
ON THE TOWN (Stanley Donen/Gene Kelly, USA) [#932] 0
THE FOUNTAINHEAD (King Vidor, USA) [#1075] 0
COLORADO TERRITORY (Raoul Walsh, USA) [#1541] 0


zama roma ding dong (Eric H.), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 13:34 (one month ago) link

This must be the easiest one of these there is. Even though I like several of these. But come on!

Frederik B, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 13:36 (one month ago) link

Definitely not the easiest for me, aside from immediately scratching The Third Man off the list.

zama roma ding dong (Eric H.), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 13:40 (one month ago) link

Also, would love to see which aggregated lists are responsible for fucking Samson and Delilah ranking higher than The Heiress.

zama roma ding dong (Eric H.), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 13:40 (one month ago) link

Late Spring, no question.

I am curious (george) (slight return) (WmC), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 13:42 (one month ago) link

i mean yeah late spring is better but i voted stray dog out of fondness

devvvine, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 13:46 (one month ago) link

I think I love A Letter to Three Wives more than All About Eve! All those leading ladies doing perfect stuff!

abcfsk, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 13:53 (one month ago) link

Ozu is just far too sedate and genteel for me tbh

Kind Hearts v The Third Man

. (Michael B), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 14:00 (one month ago) link

God, Late Spring is 70 years old.

jmm, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 14:07 (one month ago) link

White Heat

Herman Woke (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 14:10 (one month ago) link

In descending order:

The Third Man
The Heiress
The Reckless Moment
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
White Heat
Kind Hearts & Coronets
Late Spring
A Letter to Three Wives

I saw White Heat again a couple Fridays ago -- what a cracker.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 14:12 (one month ago) link

aside from immediately scratching The Third Man off the list.

^still evil

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 14:24 (one month ago) link

I also watched The Fountainhead again -- it's a scream, and sexy as hell.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 14:28 (one month ago) link

The Fountainhead is a great anomaly. Never not voting Ozu.

Oy McVey (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 15:17 (one month ago) link

it's a scream, and sexy as hell.

how tall is your building?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 15:26 (one month ago) link

is this building sexy or is it just tall

devvvine, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 15:32 (one month ago) link

if Gary Cooper were a skyscraper I'd jump off his roof.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 15:36 (one month ago) link

never did it for me, except maybe in the silent days when he wore lots of makeup

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 15:38 (one month ago) link

still evil

Everyone gets their allotment of insanely irrational dislikes.

Pauline Male (Eric H.), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 16:17 (one month ago) link

Nearly all of you hate The Searchers, iirc.

Pauline Male (Eric H.), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 16:17 (one month ago) link

they prefer Jodie Foster to Natalie Wood

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 16:23 (one month ago) link

never did it for me, except maybe in the silent days when he wore lots of makeup

Strange how fug Cooper became just as sound was coming in.

I say White Heat, but I love that human firecracker Cagney.

Anne Hedonia (j.lu), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 16:42 (one month ago) link

Stray Dog and The Reckless Moment are my biggest blindspots here. The Heiress and A Letter to Three Wives probably as well, but Wyler and Mankiewicz have yet to enter my own personal auteur canon (though I like several films by each of them).

Is The Third Man the obvious front runner here, or are we more of an Ozu crowd?

Herman Woke (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 17:07 (one month ago) link

It's not m favorite Ozu; he made stronger variants.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 17:13 (one month ago) link

My

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 17:13 (one month ago) link

Late Spring will run away with this tho I don't adore it
Third Man is good... nonstop dutch angles get sort of annoying
Yellow Ribbon is gorgeous but pales next to Fort Apache

flappy bird, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 17:14 (one month ago) link

Conversely, Late Spring actually IS probably my favorite Ozu variant.

Pauline Male (Eric H.), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 17:18 (one month ago) link

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon seemed like an odd inclusion to me as well (I agree that Fort Apache is better).

I like The Third Man plenty, but from this list, White Heat and Kind Hearts and Coronets are just such deliriously entertaining movies that I found it hard to pick between them.

Herman Woke (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 17:20 (one month ago) link

nonstop dutch angles get sort of annoying

More or less annoying than that interminable zither theme?

Anne Hedonia (j.lu), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 17:23 (one month ago) link

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon is pretty fab imho

Adam's Rib is a ludicrous omission

Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Silence de la Mer too (been on Criterion awhile)

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 17:34 (one month ago) link

haha I love the zither! xp

flappy bird, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 17:46 (one month ago) link

cmon j.lu and flappy, T3M is a stone classic. I've watched it more than i've needed to, it's addictive.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 17:50 (one month ago) link

God only knows why I'm hanging onto my Criterion BR of it, with the prices it's fetching on the aftermarket.

Pauline Male (Eric H.), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 17:53 (one month ago) link

a situation like that does tempt amateurs

difficult listening hour, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 17:59 (one month ago) link

Let it go, DLH, he's only another scribbler with too much drink in him

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 18:03 (one month ago) link

I'm not saying the total movie is bad; just the way that theme keeps coming back distracts me.

Anne Hedonia (j.lu), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 18:06 (one month ago) link

like themes do!

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 18:09 (one month ago) link

Close to a dead heat between White Heat and The Third Man, and I think Late Spring is the Ozu film I really love (more than Tokyo Story), although I get the titles confused. White Heat, I guess.

clemenza, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 18:10 (one month ago) link

all of the Ozu films with Setsuko Hara were pretty great I thought (Late Spring, Early Summer, Tokyo Story, Late Autumn, The End of Summer). hard to pick a favorite, maybe Late Spring

Dan S, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 18:46 (one month ago) link

went with The Third Man, though i was tempted by White Heat and Kind Hearts. those three films all really stick the landing, too.

omar little, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 18:52 (one month ago) link

The Third Man gets a lot of deserved props for the intrigue but it's also an extremely funny film, the entire mini-subplot with Holly getting roped into giving a lecture on literature has a great buildup and a great payoff.

omar little, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 18:53 (one month ago) link

I love how I just watched _The Third Man_ in full for the first time always breaks down into quoting marathons.

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 19:00 (one month ago) link

The Third Man gets a lot of deserved props for the intrigue but it's also an extremely funny film, the entire mini-subplot with Holly getting roped into giving a lecture on literature has a great buildup and a great payoff.

― omar little, W

"The stream of...?"

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 19:04 (one month ago) link

piss

Pauline Male (Eric H.), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 19:07 (one month ago) link

Enough about Welles' personal life...

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 19:11 (one month ago) link

Welles' wells run deep

Pauline Male (Eric H.), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 19:14 (one month ago) link

Smells sweet, doesn't it ?

omar little, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 19:22 (one month ago) link

also no other film came close to embodying Graham Greene's sensibility, tho there were some other good ones

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 19:36 (one month ago) link

Our Man in Havana is pretty close, methinks

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 19:43 (one month ago) link

I rewatched OMiH recently and it's very entertaining, but there's something a little off. Played for laughs a little more than intended, maybe.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 20:23 (one month ago) link

I've never read Graham Greene, but how does Lang's Ministry of Fear measure up?

Pauline Male (Eric H.), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 20:34 (one month ago) link

I suspect The End of the Affair, while good, is it's own unique thing.

Pauline Male (Eric H.), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 20:34 (one month ago) link

Greene is a fun read, but he's Maugham with religious pretensions. Brighton Rock's good.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 20:38 (one month ago) link

I tend to forget Greene's novels even tho i get the urge to read one every couple of years. He's mostly pretty po-faced is how i think of him.

Rory end to the lowenbrow (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 20:39 (one month ago) link

I remember the Lang movie being more straightforward than I gen associate with the GG I've read. From the war years, Went the Day Well? is stranger and more violent.

Yes, Brighton Rock, also The Fallen Idol and the Caine-Fraser Quiet American.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 20:40 (one month ago) link

Never realised Went the Day Well? was a Greene story. Cavalcanti had surrealist affiliations iirc so not the obvious director to match Greene's vibe

Rory end to the lowenbrow (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 20:52 (one month ago) link

of the Greene novels I've read, Travels With My Aunt is the one that feels most unlike the others. haven't seen the film

Dan S, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 21:10 (one month ago) link

Voting Third man, which I love, but I gotta admit I've never been a fan of the zither, took me more than a few viewings to get over it. Its so goofy and incongruous, it seems like its being piped in from a romantic comedy being filmed next door.

One Eye Open, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 22:48 (one month ago) link

you guys know the theme was a huge hit in the US, right?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 20 June 2019 00:06 (one month ago) link

wiki:

Following its release in the US in 1950, "The Third Man Theme" spent 11 weeks at number one on Billboard's US Best Sellers in Stores chart, from April 29 to July 8. Its success led to a trend in releasing film theme music as singles. A guitar version by Guy Lombardo also sold strongly. Four other versions charted in the US during 1950. According to Faber and Faber, the different versions of the theme have collectively sold an estimated forty million copies.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 20 June 2019 00:13 (one month ago) link

You can see how an Elvis had to happen.

Pauline Male (Eric H.), Thursday, 20 June 2019 00:24 (one month ago) link

how does Lang's Ministry of Fear measure up?

The movie is excellent (haven't read the book).

Anne Hedonia (j.lu), Thursday, 20 June 2019 01:06 (one month ago) link

I do like the movie but it’s sort of compromised by the peppy lite wartime ending imo (don’t know if that’s in GG’s text). And I have a tough time with Ray Milland...

I like The Third Man a lot but I’m not gaga about it, probably due to revisit it

flappy bird, Thursday, 20 June 2019 01:11 (one month ago) link

Yeah there’s seemingly a version of the third man theme on every Salvation Army dollar bin record. It’s is fine as a tune or w/e, just feels like it’s from a different movie is all. I’ve made my peace with it over the years

One Eye Open, Thursday, 20 June 2019 01:31 (one month ago) link

It was a big deal. Has anyone mentioned the radio show yet?

TS The Students vs. The Regents (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 20 June 2019 01:38 (one month ago) link

Think I must have heard this version of the theme song before I saw the movie:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XfZizxzHrY

TS The Students vs. The Regents (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 20 June 2019 01:51 (one month ago) link

Yadda Yadda late spring

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 20 June 2019 07:45 (one month ago) link

Yeah, this is Late Spring, pretty easily.

Pauline Male (Eric H.), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 13:59 (two weeks ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:01 (one week ago) link

Do this too: 1939's Best Movies: 80 Years Later

Pauline Male (Eric H.), Thursday, 11 July 2019 12:56 (one week ago) link

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

System, Friday, 12 July 2019 00:01 (one week ago) link

that's what happens when i assume it's safe to throw yellow ribbon a vote

difficult listening hour, Friday, 12 July 2019 00:03 (one week ago) link

kind hearts and coronets is so boring btw, why isn't guinness also the murderer

difficult listening hour, Friday, 12 July 2019 00:05 (one week ago) link

Late Spring is the one about parents and adult children where Chishu Ryu goes "mmmmmm." right?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 12 July 2019 01:11 (one week ago) link

the multiple-adult-children film is Tokyo Story. in this film there is only one adult child.

I love the storyline that, as the widower Shukichi he agrees to marry Mrs. Miwa to make his daughter Noriko realize she has to let go, as much as she loves him and is comfortable staying at home, and as much as he wants her to stay. In the end so devoted to him that she is willing to marry to make him happy

Dan S, Friday, 12 July 2019 01:33 (one week ago) link

*she is so devoted...

Dan S, Friday, 12 July 2019 01:35 (one week ago) link

10/10

Pauline Male (Eric H.), Friday, 12 July 2019 02:32 (one week ago) link

the final moments when she actually does marry and he realizes he is alone forever is kind of heartbreaking

Dan S, Friday, 12 July 2019 02:58 (one week ago) link


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