1939's Best Movies: 80 Years Later

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Poll Closing Date: Friday, 2 August 2019 00:00 (in 1 week)

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.

I am surprised there aren't actually more movies in this year's batch.

GONE WITH THE WIND (Victor Fleming, USA) [#109]
GUNGA DIN (George Stevens, USA) [#1789]
LE JOUR SE LEVE (Marcel Carné, France) [#860]
MIDNIGHT (Mitchell Leisen, USA, 94m, BW) [#1314]
MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (Frank Capra, USA) [#665]
NINOTCHKA (Ernst Lubitsch, USA) [#565]
ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS (Howard Hawks, USA) [#224]
THE ROARING TWENTIES (Raoul Walsh, USA, 104m, BW) [#1646]
THE RULES OF THE GAME (Jean Renoir, France) [#4]
STAGECOACH (John Ford, USA) [#138]
THE STORY OF THE LAST CHRYSAMTHEMUMS (Mizoguchi Kenji, Japan) [#254]
THE WIZARD OF OZ (Victor Fleming, USA) [#105]
YOUNG MR. LINCOLN (John Ford, USA) [#629]


Pauline Male (Eric H.), Thursday, 11 July 2019 12:50 (one week ago) link

rules

american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 11 July 2019 12:51 (one week ago) link

This is most definitely Rules, but Only Angels Have Wings and Last Chrysanthemums are as strong as any movies I've not voted for in these polls.

Pauline Male (Eric H.), Thursday, 11 July 2019 12:53 (one week ago) link

Stagecoach - one of the best action movies of all time

. (Michael B), Thursday, 11 July 2019 12:59 (one week ago) link

The Rules of the Game would get my vote if Midnight weren't on the list.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 11 July 2019 13:00 (one week ago) link

The Wizard of Oz.

clemenza, Thursday, 11 July 2019 13:03 (one week ago) link

The Roaring Twenties is almost as great as Manny Farber makes it out to be, also.

Pauline Male (Eric H.), Thursday, 11 July 2019 13:24 (one week ago) link

The Rules of the Game
Midnight
Only Angels Have Wings
The Wizard of Oz
Stagecoach
Young Mr. Lincoln
Mr. Smith
The Roaring Twenties
Gunga Din
Ninotchka
Gone with the Wind
Le Jour se Leve

Haven't seen Last Chrysanthemums

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 11 July 2019 14:07 (one week ago) link

In a total cultural vacuum, I'd probably rank Gone with the Wind as a more significant storytelling achievement than The Wizard of Oz. But only in a vacuum would I make that claim.

Pauline Male (Eric H.), Thursday, 11 July 2019 16:00 (one week ago) link

In any case, we already have Only Angels Have Wings to clobber both of 'em to filth.

Pauline Male (Eric H.), Thursday, 11 July 2019 16:00 (one week ago) link

I really have to see Last Chrysanthemums. I've only seen a handful of Mizoguchis but feel like he might be the best director ever.

jmm, Thursday, 11 July 2019 16:06 (one week ago) link

when I saw Young Mr. Lincoln at a revival a couple months ago, the audience applauded at the end. it was awesome. throwing it a vote

flappy bird, Thursday, 11 July 2019 16:31 (one week ago) link

Stagecoach better than ever in this year's rewatch

it's with Rules and Only Angels at the top (wd have to see Mizoguchi again)

Lincoln is indeed an excellent work, but at times anticipates Perry Masonism

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 11 July 2019 17:48 (one week ago) link

I'd probably rank Gone with the Wind as a more significant storytelling achievement

Leaving all the, y'know, Stuff to the side, I think the last quarter in particular flags significantly until the final flourish. Saintly Melanie's death was done to slapstick perfection by Dinah Shore in Carol Burnett's parody.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 11 July 2019 17:51 (one week ago) link

Not half as funny as the death of Bonnie Blue Butler in the real movie.

Pauline Male (Eric H.), Thursday, 11 July 2019 18:05 (one week ago) link

In the much ballyhooed first TV broadcast in 1976, Bonnie's accident was followed by an aspirin ad.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 11 July 2019 18:12 (one week ago) link

saw The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums within the last year and it really made an impression on me. I'm voting for that

I was so frightened by The Wizard of Oz as a 5 year old that I hid behind the sofa with my 4 year old sister when the flying monkeys appeared

Dan S, Friday, 12 July 2019 00:12 (one week ago) link

There are so many excellent films here in so many genres that choosing among them must be reduced to a whimsically chosen basis for the winner's presumed superiority. Therefore, I'm voting for Wizard of Oz because I am a sucker for films with great and memorable songs and it has the best songs of any film on the list.

A is for (Aimless), Friday, 12 July 2019 04:58 (one week ago) link

this is an incredible list, yeah. i've seen 10 of these films and could imagine voting for at least 8 of them. but yeah, had to go with rules of the game.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Friday, 12 July 2019 05:17 (one week ago) link

Will do a 1929 poll and a 2009 poll and then, in the style of ILM, poll the winners from each decade.

Pauline Male (Eric H.), Wednesday, 17 July 2019 13:57 (four days ago) link


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