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Old 05-11-08, 10:31 AM
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Single greatest year for movies?

So I am kind of using this as a refresher to remember what came out when and how many really great movies came out in a particular year.

I had originally thought 1993 was a good one, but looking back it seems only "Jurassic Park" and "Schnidler's List" stand out at least for me.

So what one particular year had a slew of really great movies come out all within the same 365 day period??
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Old 05-11-08, 10:53 AM
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1999:
Fight CLub
Magnolia
Audition
Eyes Wide SHut
Three Kings
Amer. Beauty
Summer of Sam
South PArk
The Insider
Dogma

(and many others)
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Old 05-11-08, 12:48 PM
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1939:

Gone With The Wind
Stagecoach
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Goodbye Mr. Chips
The Wizard of Oz
Wuthering Heights
The Roaring Twenties
Young Mr. Lincoln
Dark Victory
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington
Ninotchka
Drums Along The Mohawk

To me, 1939 was the greatest year of all for movies.
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1999 and 1939 huh?...



hmmm....
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Old 05-11-08, 01:23 PM
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I gotta agree with chris sc77. 1999 is the only year since I started going where my Top 10 had more than 4 masterpieces on it.
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Old 05-11-08, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Rad14
1939:

Gone With The Wind
Stagecoach
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Goodbye Mr. Chips
The Wizard of Oz
Wuthering Heights
The Roaring Twenties
Young Mr. Lincoln
Dark Victory
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington
Ninotchka
Drums Along The Mohawk

To me, 1939 was the greatest year of all for movies.
Glad someone got to it early, so we don't have a silly multi-page thread. '39 is widely agreed upon by most students of cinema as the greatest year for film. It's doubtful that in today's market we'd see that many "classics" emerge again in one year. Heck, most years we can't find five worthy films for Best Picture.
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Old 05-11-08, 01:37 PM
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2007

There Will Be Blood
No Country for Old Men
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Gone Baby Gone
Into the Wild
Zodiac
Across the Universe
Ratatouille
Atonement
Eastern Promises
Darjeeling Limited
Lust, Caution
Juno
Michael Clayton
3:10 to Yuma
Elizabeth The Golden Age
Superbad
Knocked Up
Sunshine
The Lookout
Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix

Also, 1994 had:

Leon: The Professional
Pulp Fiction
Ed Wood
The Crow
The Lion King
Red
The Shawshank Redemption
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2013, easily.
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Old 05-11-08, 01:42 PM
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I agree with PopcornTreeCt, 2007 had a pretty impressive slate of movies.
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1939 also had The Rains Came (I always remember is as When The Rains Came), which was based on a Louis Bromfield novel and premiered in Mansfield, OH. It beat The Wizard of Oz and won the Oscar for Best Special Effects for the flooding scenes.
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haha, 2007 was a good year but including "across the universe" is like including pete best in your top 4 list of favorite beatles.

im gonna agree with 1939 but werent citizen kane and casablanca released in less than a 365 day period?
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Originally Posted by scott1598
So what one particular year had a slew of really great movies come out all within the same 365 day period??
Aside from The Flintstones and a few Van Damme movies, I loved and respected every movie that I saw in 1994.

Originally Posted by PopcornTreeCt
Also, 1994 had:

Leon: The Professional
Pulp Fiction
Ed Wood
The Crow
The Lion King
Red
The Shawshank Redemption
Along with a ton of other personal favorites:

Crumb
True Lies
Quiz Show
Natural Born Killers
Jason's Lyric
Once Were Warriors
The Hudsucker Proxy
Fist of Legend
Death and The Maiden
Fresh
Il Postino
Speed
Nobody's Fool
The Endless Summer II
The Last Seduction
Dellamorte Dellamore (Cemetary Man)
Clerks
Maverick
Interview with the Vampire
Spanking the monkey
Legends of the Fall
Dumb and Dumber
Bandit Queen
Crooklyn
Drunken Master II
Hoop Dreams
Immortal Beloved
Killing Zoe

..and gump
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Originally Posted by scott1598
I had originally thought 1993 was a good one, but looking back it seems only "Jurassic Park" and "Schnidler's List" stand out at least for me.[/SIZE]
No love for "The Fugitive?"
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Don't forget Rules of the Game, 1939.
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Old 05-11-08, 04:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Shannon Nutt
Glad someone got to it early, so we don't have a silly multi-page thread. '39 is widely agreed upon by most students of cinema as the greatest year for film. It's doubtful that in today's market we'd see that many "classics" emerge again in one year. Heck, most years we can't find five worthy films for Best Picture.
this thread wasn't exactly looking for what top scientists have called the greatest, but more to find out what everyone here thinks is the greatest. more iyo type thing...
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1974 is often considered one of the best single years for American film, along with 1939.
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Originally Posted by scott1598
this thread wasn't exactly looking for what top scientists have called the greatest, but more to find out what everyone here thinks is the greatest. more iyo type thing...
That's easy. Just find out what year everybody turned 12.
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Old 05-11-08, 04:47 PM
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1954 seemed to have a lot of good ones

Seven Samurai
Samurai I
Sansho the Bailiff
Rear Window
On The Waterfront
Dial M for Murder
Sabrina
Godzilla
La Strada
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Them!
Salt of the Earth
The Caine Mutiny
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Old 05-11-08, 04:58 PM
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Originally Posted by rehmus
haha, 2007 was a good year but including "across the universe" is like including pete best in your top 4 list of favorite beatles.

im gonna agree with 1939 but werent citizen kane and casablanca released in less than a 365 day period?
I thought about not including Across the Universe in the list. It's one of my favorites from last year but I understand it's not universally praised.
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It's hard to argue with 1939. That year was just amazing.

1954's not too shabby, either, though. And, truth be told, almost any year in the 40's was really, really good.
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Originally Posted by scott1598
this thread wasn't exactly looking for what top scientists have called the greatest, but more to find out what everyone here thinks is the greatest. more iyo type thing...
Okay.

I'll still vote for 1939.
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1974, a high point for cinema:
The Godfather Part II
Chinatown
Lenny
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Conversation
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
Phantom of the Paradise
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (Clint Eastwood's most underrated performance)
A Woman Under the Influence
Death Wish
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
California Split
Blazing Saddles
Young Frankenstein
Dirty Mary Crazy Larry

1986, great year for genre stuff:
Blue Velvet
Platoon
Aliens
Salvador
The Fly
Night of the Creeps
The Color of Money
Star Trek IV
The Hitcher
52 Pick Up
A Better Tomorrow
Cobra
Big Trouble in Little China

1991:
JFK
The Silence of the Lambs
Barton Fink
The Commitments
Night on Earth
The Doors
Boyz N the Hood
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
Naked Lunch
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
The Fisher King
The Last Boy Scout
Stone Cold
Cape Fear

1994, a year which was personally upsetting (father died) but great for film:
The Shawshank Redemption
Pulp Fiction
Forrest Gump
Clerks
Ed Wood
Leon: The Professional
The Ref
The Crow
Wes Craven's New Nightmare
True Lies
Chungking Express
Dumb and Dumber

1999:
American Beauty
Fight Club
Magnolia
Three Kings
South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut
Bringing Out the Dead
The Insider
Dogma
The Green Mile
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
The Matrix
Summer of Sam

2007, inarguably this decade's golden year:
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Once
Superbad
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Black Book
Sweeney Todd
The Bourne Ultimatum
Knocked Up
Black Snake Moan
Gone Baby Gone
Into the Wild
The Mist
Grindhouse
The Darjeeling Limited
Zodiac
3:10 to Yuma
Juno
American Gangster
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters
Shoot 'Em Up
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easily 2007.
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Originally Posted by PopcornTreeCt
2007

There Will Be Blood
No Country for Old Men
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Gone Baby Gone
Into the Wild
Zodiac
Across the Universe
Ratatouille
Atonement
Eastern Promises
Darjeeling Limited
Lust, Caution
Juno
Michael Clayton
3:10 to Yuma
Elizabeth The Golden Age
Superbad
Knocked Up
Sunshine
The Lookout
Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix

Also, 1994 had:

Leon: The Professional
Pulp Fiction
Ed Wood
The Crow
The Lion King
Red
The Shawshank Redemption
WOW!!! Just....WOW! Couldn't have singled out a list better for each year. Job well done PopcornTreeCt, you are my soulmate. For sure!
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On Borrowed Time
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