Young Mr. Lincoln
My Overall Thoughts:
1939 has one of the best classes of Oscar nominees. I’ve only seen half of the ten films, but based on what I’ve heard, the others are also great. (two are based on classic novels).
The eventual winner is still condisidered today to be such an iconic film so it’s hard to argue that any of the other amazing films are better despite them being so great.
(As of now, I have seen each and every Oscar nominated film from 1946 thru the present. Starting with 1945’s nominees, there are movies that I have yet to see, so I will only rank the films that I’ve seen so far and will update as I see the missing films.)
- 10.- Dark Victory
- 9.- Love Affair
- 8.- Ninotchka
- 7.- Of Mice and Men
- 6. – Wuthering Heights
- 5. – Stagecoach – One of Ford’s early westerns, but shows his brilliance as Director. Loved the mix of characters here which shows how diverse the West was in those days. Wayne is great here in a role totally different from what we are used to.
- 4. – The Wizard of Oz – Classic film that just about everyone knows about. Was quite innovative in its time and helped make a star of Garland. The message of the film and its themes remain poignant even now.
- 3. – Goodbye Mr. Chips – Donat is superb here and really deserved his Best Actor award for playing the title character. This film has inspired so many others ever since in the way they tell a life story in the right way. Still remains one of the best films about the life and rewards of teaching.
- 2. – Mr. Smith Goes to Washington – A true classic about how the American political system works (and doesn’t work). Capra really found a way to show the people how even the little people can enact change in the “system”. Very interesting how it seems that little has changed when dealing with congressional corruption in the 78 years since this came out. This is one of the movies that made me very interested in the US political system.
- 1. – Gone With the Wind – Brilliant but over-long film. Understandable why so many love this movie. Very deserving of its 8 Oscar wins. The fact remains, though, that they achieved the Epic love story that they set out to make, and for that this movie gets a lot of credit because in achieving that goal, it changed the face of movies forever. When this movie came out in 1939, no one had seen or even conceived of seeing something like this onscreen, and all you movie lovers like me out there can be thankful that it did because without this near masterpiece we would all be bored with no movies to watch.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely Yes! There is no denying that GWTW is one of the best films ever made and was deserving of the win this year, but it was a tough year since there were so many other amazing films nominated along with it.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!