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Best Film of 1969 (ongoing survey)

Old 07-26-02, 04:32 AM
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Best Film of 1969 (ongoing survey)

A quick note:
  • Some people are now saying it's before their time, so they haven't seen enough to vote... If you've seen even one film that you really liked from the year, and thus you consider it the best you've seen (even if it's the only one you've seen), go ahead and vote. Heck, I was born in '82, so yeah, it's before my time too, but I've still got a favorite from most years back at least through the 70s, even if I've just seen 2 or 3 from the year.

I know we've got polls like this all the time around here, but I figure this one will be a little more comprehensive and perhaps even informative.

This thread will be for your pick for best film released during 1969 (think Oscar considerations for what's eligible). I'm not making it a poll because whether you like it or not, that would influence some people's choice.

Results will be posted in this thread, and all subsequent threads for each year, and they will be ongoing... so you can still vote here even weeks after other year's polls have begun.

Please start your post with your #1 film from 1969 (try to limit it to one - after all, that's the point - two at the most (I'll split the vote)), and yes, discussions are more than welcome!

Current Leader -- Midnight Cowboy

All Years:
2001 -- (currently) Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
2000 -- Requiem For a Dream*
1999 -- Fight Club*
1998 -- Saving Private Ryan*
1997 -- L.A. Confidential*
1996 -- Fargo*
1995 -- (currently) Braveheart
1994 -- Pulp Fiction*
1993 -- Schindler's List*
1992 -- Unforgiven*
1991 -- Silence of the Lambs*
1990 -- Goodfellas*
1989 -- Do the Right Thing*
1988 -- Die Hard*
1987 -- Full Metal Jacket*
1986 -- (currently) Aliens
1985 -- Back to the Future*
1984 -- Ghostbusters*
1983 -- Return of the Jedi*
1982 -- (currently) E.T.
1981 -- Raiders of the Lost Ark*
1980 -- The Empire Strikes Back*
1979 -- Apocalypse Now*
1978 -- (currently) Halloween
1977 -- Star Wars*
1976 -- Taxi Driver*
1975 -- Jaws*
1974 -- The Godfather: Part II*
1973 -- (currently) The Exorcist
1972 -- The Godfather*
1971 -- A Clockwork Orange*
1970 -- Patton*
1969 -- (currently) Midnight Cowboy
1968 -- 2001: A Space Odyssey*
1967 -- The Graduate*
1966 -- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly*
1965 -- Dr. Zhivago*
1964 -- Dr. Strangelove*
1963 -- 8 1/2*
1962 -- Lawrence of Arabia*
1961 -- The Hustler*
1960 -- Psycho*
1959 -- North by Northwest*
1958 -- Vertigo*
1957

If you haven't voted on the previous years, feel free to go back and do so.

*Poll closed, winner declared.

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Old 07-26-02, 04:37 AM
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Tough call for me, but I gotta give the edge to the more widely praised film (though I do think it's a bit overrated).

EDIT: VOTE CHANGED TO Z

1) The Wild Bunch - 8/10
2) Salesman - 8/10
3) Midnight Cowboy - 8/10

(the only other film I've seen from the year is Easy Rider, which bored the crap out of me - 2/10... maybe I just had to see it in '69 to appreciate it)

There are plenty of "classics" I definitely need to see from this year though - the oddly short titles, Z and if... being the 2 I definitely need to see.

Siskel:
1) Z
2) Midnight Cowboy
3) Alice's Restaurant
4) Simon of the Desert
5) The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
6) Oh! What a Lovely War
7) The Wild Bunch
8) if...
9) Pretty Poison
10) Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

Ebert:
1) Z
2) Medium Cool
3) Weekend
4) if...
5) Last Summer
6) The Wild Bunch
7) Easy Rider
8) True Grit
9) Downhill Racer
10) War and Peace

Sadly, this is as far back as Siskel and Ebert's lists go, so if anyone knows of any at least recognizable critic with lists from prior years, please either post a link, or email me or something - Thanks!

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Old 07-26-02, 08:50 AM
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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

I didn't like Easy Rider either.
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I agree with Siskel on this one: Z

I just got it and it was a lot better than anticipated.
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Old 07-26-02, 10:00 AM
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1. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
2. The Wild Bunch
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Old 07-26-02, 11:55 AM
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Some tough choices but I'll go with The Wild Bunch.
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Old 07-26-02, 01:29 PM
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Old 07-26-02, 01:45 PM
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This one has an easy top two for me, better films than Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Midnight Cowboy.

1.) They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

One of the best depressing (and Depression) movies ever made.

2.) The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Maggie Smith's Oscar winning performance is perhaps my favorite of all time. In any other year, Jane Fonda should have won for TSHDT?.

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The Wild Bunch
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This is not my favorite year for movies to say the least......However, here's my top 10 in order:

01. Wild Bunch, The

02. True Grit

03. Colossus: The Forbin Project

04. Z

05. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

06. Undefeated, The

07. Anne of the Thousand Days

08. Night Gallery (TV)

09. Bridge at Remagen, The

10. Valley of Gwangi, The



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Old 07-26-02, 03:28 PM
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I'll go with Midnight Cowboy, which I loved... although I have to admit I haven't see The Wild Bunch yet.
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Good year for westerns. My vote is for Once Upon A Time In The West .
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Good year for Westerns - although I've always felt Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a bit over-rated. And I have to admit that I havent seen Midnight Cowboy yet.

1. The Wild Bunch
2. Once Upon a Time in the West
3. True Grit
4. Easy Rider
5. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
6. Support Your Local Sheriff!
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Man, those kind of posting coincidences really freak me out!
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Old 07-26-02, 04:08 PM
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Originally posted by jcaparula
Man, those kind of posting coincidences really freak me out!
I did the exact same thing in the 1970 thread. I was typing, "Good year for war movies", and somebody else said the same thing that showed up 1 minute before my post did. Gotta stop doing that.
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Old 07-26-02, 05:04 PM
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Originally posted by ToddSm66
Good year for Westerns - although I've always felt Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a bit over-rated. And I have to admit that I havent seen Midnight Cowboy yet.

1. The Wild Bunch
2. Once Upon a Time in the West
3. True Grit
4. Easy Rider
5. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
6. Support Your Local Sheriff!
I believe that Butch Cassidy .... is more than just a little over-rated. It's a fun movie though.

Your top 2 choices are my top 2 choices, and I have seen Midnight Cowboy.
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Old 07-26-02, 06:12 PM
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'Best' film - Midnight Cowboy

'Favourite' film - The Italian Job
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This is a very close vote for me. I'll have to give the nod to Midnight Cowboy barely edging out Easy Rider
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Originally posted by movielib
1.) They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

One of the best depressing (and Depression) movies ever made.
I agree, and am glad to have this fine film in my collection.

But my vote goes to Easy Rider.

But I do want to recommend everyone to see Last Summer. It is a little film, but packs a punch at the end. The blonde chick was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress...when back then...most people actually deserved the nod, IMO.
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