The Muser's Top Ten List

A few more than ten of the greatest films of all time

The Top Ten:

African Queen, The Huston, John , 1951
Airplane! Abrahams, Jim , 1980
Annie Hall Allen, Woody , 1977
Arthur Gordon, Steve , 1981
Babette's Feast Axel, Gabriel , 1987
Black Stallion Ballard, Carroll , 1979
Blazing Saddles Brooks, Mel , 1974
Bullets Over Broadway Allen, Woody , 1994
Cabaret Fosse, Bob , 1972
Casablanca Curtiz, Michael , 1942
Cat Ballou Silverstien, Elliot , 1965
Chariots of Fire Hudson, Hugh , 1981
Chinatown Polanski, Roman , 1974
Citizen Kane Welles, Orson , 1941
Color Purple, The Spielberg, Steven , 1985
Cool Hand Luke Rosenberg, Stuart , 1967
Diary of Anne Frank Stevens, George , 1959
Dr. Strangelove Kubrick, Stanley , 1964
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Spielberg, Steven , 1982
Easy Rider Hopper, Dennis , 1969
Field of Dreams Robinson, Phil Alden , 1989
Forrest Gump Zemeckis, Robert , 1994
General, The (silent) Keaton, Buster , 1927
Glory Zwick, Edward , 1989
Gone With the Wind Fleming, Victor , 1939
Graduate, The Nichols, Mike , 1967
Harold and Maude Ashby, Hal , 1972
In the Heat of the Night Jewison, Norman , 1967
Lilies of the Field Nelson, Ralph , 1963
Man Who Knew Too Much, The Hitchcock, Alfred , 1956
Manhattan Allen, Woody , 1979
Mask Bogdanovich, Peter , 1985
Midnight Cowboy Schlesinger, John , 1969
My Fair Lady Cukor, George , 1964
North by Northwest Hitchcock, Alfred , 1959
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Forman, Milos , 1975
Our Town Wood, Sam , 1940
Paper Moon Bogdanovich, Peter , 1973
Personal Best Towne, Robert , 1982
Psycho Hitchcock, Alfred , 1960
Pygmalion Asquith, Anthony/Howard, Leslie , 1938
Rain Man Levinson, Barry , 1988
Rear Window Hitchcock, Alfred , 1954
Romeo and Juliet Zeffirelli, Franco , 1968
Scent of a Woman Brest, Martin , 1992
Schindler's List Spielberg, Steven , 1993
Serpico Lumet, Sidney , 1973
Star Wars Lucas, George , 1977
Summer of '42 Mulligan, Robert , 1971
The Sting Hill, George Roy , 1973
Thousand Clowns, A Coe, Fred , 1965
To Kill a Mockingbird Mulligan, Robert , 1962
To Sir With Love Clavell, James , 1967
Tom Jones Richardson, Tony , 1963
Tootsie Pollack, Sydney , 1982
Wait Until Dark Young, Terence , 1967
West Side Story Wise, Robert , 1961
Wizard of Oz Fleming, Victor , 1939

 


I sat down a number of years ago to list my ten favorite movies. In moments, and with little deliberation, I had a list of over twenty. And while I could more or less rank them in order, I couldn't omit any of them from my list of favorites. So my top ten list started out with a weight problem. Over the years, it's just gotten heavier.

I've deliberately not put these in the order of my esteem for them. I will say that when I saw Schindler's List, I came directly home, and put it on top of the list. There it remains. In my view it is the most powerful statement ever put on film.


Yes, I know that Airplane! and Blazing Saddles are on this list. I love 'em. Maybe you had to be there.

And it's not an error that I list the 1956 version of The Man Who Knew Too Much in preference to the 1934 version. I'm in good company; Hitchcock was of the same opinion.

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J. C. Adamson, 1996