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The Gold Rush

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Points: 36.5

Number of lists: 5

Year: 1925

Director: Charlie Chaplin

First place votes: 0

Top 5 (2-5): 0

Top 10 (6-10): 0

Average position: 49.4

 

Back to Hollywood but staying in the 20's, we get our first Chaplin movie on this list playing his iconic role as the Tramp. Despite releasing before the Oscars were a thing, it was still nominated for its score in a 1942 re-release.

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Harvey

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Points: 37

Number of lists: 2

Year: 1950

Director: Henry Koster

First place votes: 0

Top 5 (2-5): 1

Top 10 (6-10): 0

Average position: 22.5

 

Only two votes, but highly ranked on one list, allowing this film about an imaginary(?) rabbit to make it on the list. I'd give my own opinion but this thread is supposed to be positive...

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1 hour ago, Tower said:

 

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Harvey

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Points: 37

Number of lists: 2

Year: 1950

Director: Henry Koster

First place votes: 0

Top 5 (2-5): 1

Top 10 (6-10): 0

Average position: 22.5

 

Only two votes, but highly ranked on one list, allowing this film about an imaginary(?) rabbit to make it on the list. I'd give my own opinion but this thread is supposed to be positive...

 

I think even in a universe where I liked a single film involving James Stewart, I would still hate this film. :)

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On another note, only 1 of my top 20 list has appeared so far. I know 1 got disqualified, but either way with 18 still unaccounted for, this means I either have great taste, or awful taste in B+W films... 

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83

The Seventh Seal

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Points: 37.5

Number of lists: 5

Year: 1957

Director: Ingamar Bergman

First place votes: 0

Top 5 (2-5): 0

Top 10 (6-10): 0

Average position: 39.6

 

The second Bergman film on this list, this one with a particularly unusual description.

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29 minutes ago, chasmmi said:

On another note, only 1 of my top 20 list has appeared so far. I know 1 got disqualified, but either way with 18 still unaccounted for, this means I either have great taste, or awful taste in B+W films... 

I can only confirm that some will make it and others will not.

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35 minutes ago, chasmmi said:

 

I think even in a universe where I liked a single film involving James Stewart, I would still hate this film. :)

I don't like Harvey, but this is sacrilege when talking about the guy who was in Vertigo.

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82

One, Two, Three

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Points: 38

Number of lists: 3

Year: 1961

Director: Billy Wilder

First place votes: 0

Top 5 (2-5): 0

Top 10 (6-10): 1

Average position: 37

 

I watched a lot of Wilder films in preparation for this list, but the first one to make this list is the one I didn't get around to watching. In any case, expect plenty more Wilder to come.

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Seven Days In May

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Points: 38

Number of lists: 3

Year: 1964

Director: John Frankenheimer

First place votes: 0

Top 5 (2-5): 0

Top 10 (6-10): 0

Average position: 28.3

 

Another film to add to my to watch list, involving a bunch of people who will show up again on this list.

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Stalag 17

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Points: 28

Number of lists: 4

Year: 1953

Director: Billy Wilder

First place votes: 0

Top 5 (2-5): 0

Top 10 (6-10): 0

Average position: 43

 

I told you that we are getting more Wilder, and here we are already with the second one. Paramount wouldn't release it for a year because thinking it would fail, but the fears were unfounded as it ended up a success.

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Ace In The Hole

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Points: 39

Number of lists: 4

Year: 1951

Director: Billy Wilder

First place votes: 0

Top 5 (2-5): 0

Top 10 (6-10): 1

Average position: 51.3

 

The third Wilder in 4 entries, and we are not done yet. This film feels quite prophetic as what was true for newspapers and radio, has become far worse with the cable and the internet when it comes to media frenzies.

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Gaslight

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Points: 39

Number of lists: 4

Year: 1944

Director: George Cukor

First place votes: 0

Top 5 (2-5): 0

Top 10 (6-10): 0

Average position: 42.8

 

I mainly saw this so that I could see the origin of the word. I certainly got that, but I also got to see a great film with a wonderful Ingrid Bergman performance.

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2 hours ago, Tower said:

I told you that we are getting more Wilder, and here we are already with the second one.

Cause he's the best Director.

 

Speaking of Best Directors, @Water Bottle @grim22 what are you going to do about JCS's best Director List?  I also thought the way he was scoring it was really whacky.  But is someone else gonna do it?

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37 minutes ago, captainwondyful said:

Cause he's the best Director.

 

Speaking of Best Directors, @Water Bottle @grim22 what are you going to do about JCS's best Director List?  I also thought the way he was scoring it was really whacky.  But is someone else gonna do it?

One of the best writers as well. 

 

There have to be at least 3 other Wilder films on the list and they all better be higher up. ^_^

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77

La Grande Illusion

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Points: 40

Number of lists: 5

Year: 1937

Director: Jean Renoir

First place votes: 0

Top 5 (2-5): 0

Top 10 (6-10): 0

Average position: 51.6

 

The first French film to make the top 100, and second P.O.W escape film, though this time it's in the first world war.

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76

Shadow Of A Doubt

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Points: 40

Number of lists: 5

Year: 1943

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

First place votes: 0

Top 5 (2-5): 0

Top 10 (6-10): 0

Average position: 51.2

 

Our first showing for Hitchcock. Despite some of his best known work being in colour, there was still this film and more to come from Hitchcock to make this list.

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Points: 40

Number of lists: 7

Year: 1931

Director: Fritz Lang

First place votes: 0

Top 5 (2-5): 0

Top 10 (6-10): 0

Average position: 54.6

 

The first film on this list to get 7 votes, but they were all low enough to for it to end up in 75th spot despite being on more lists than most of the films above it.

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The Big Sleep

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Points: 40.5

Number of lists: 7

Year: 1946

Director: Howard Hawks

First place votes: 0

Top 5 (2-5): 0

Top 10 (6-10): 0

Average position: 56.1

 

Our second film with 7 votes in a row. interestingly the film was shot in 1944, but ended getting delayed because the war ending meant that the studio wanted release all of its war films quickly. by then the two lead actors were in a famous relationship, so the studio made changes in the film to fit that. It may have turned out for the best though as  at least Roger Ebert thought the new version was the better one.

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