Temporal Top Ten – 1964


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Number of movies seen from this year – 37
Number of movies reviewed –  37 (including 2 Encore Reviews)

Another great year for films. As you can see, there are four films on this list that involve US politics, so it’s clear what was on everyone’s mind following the Kennedy Assassination the previous year.

Updated 1 Jan 2019 – Topkapi is now #4, moving all subsequent films down one notch.

Updated 1 May 2019 – Zulu is now #4, moving all subsequent films down one notch.

Honorable Mention – The Best Man
Honorable Mention – The Pawnbroker
10. Father Goose
9. The Americanization of Emily
8. Becket
7. Mary Poppins
6. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

5. Topkapi

4. Zulu
3. Goldfinger
2. Four Days in November
1. Seven Days in May

Here’s a complete list of movies that I’ve seen from 1964

  1. 36 Hours
  2. 633 Squadron
  3. The Americanization of Emily
  4. Becket
  5. The Best Man
  6. Bullet For A Badman
  7. The Chalk Garden
  8. Circus World
  9. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  10. Ensign Pulver
  11. Fail-Safe
  12. Father Goose
  13. A Fistful of Dollars
  14. Four Days in November
  15. Goldfinger  Encore Review
  16. Hush.. Hush Sweet Caroline
  17. Invitation to a Gunfighter
  18. Kiss Me, Stupid
  19. Kisses For My President
  20. Marnie
  21. Mary Poppins
  22. My Fair Lady
  23. The Night of the Iguana
  24. The Pawnbroker
  25. Sallah Shabati
  26. The Secret Invasion
  27. Send Me No Flowers
  28. Seven Days in May  Encore Review
  29. Seven Up!
  30. Sex and the Single Girl
  31. A Shot in the Dark
  32. Topkapi
  33. The Train
  34. Woman in the Dunes
  35. The Yellow Rolls-Royce
  36. Zorba the Greek
  37. Zulu

 

2 thoughts on “Temporal Top Ten – 1964

  1. Well obviously I’m thrilled to see Father Goose on your list. Same with Goldfinger (after From Russia With Love didn’t make it previously), the Pawnbroker, Becket (superb), Americanization of Emily (criminally underlooked when it was released – people missed a terrific performance by the great James Garner). From your seen movies list that did NOT make the Final 10 – I would have Zorba prominent on mine (if ONLY for Anthony Quinn’s iconic lead role). Seven Days in May, with a screenplay by Rod Serling (“The Twilight Zone”) was eerie and scary and it’s always great to see Lancaster and Douglas go toe to toe. Don;t think it would be #1 on my list. that might be Becket for me. Another of my all time faves – a desert island movie for me – and maybe #2 – and you haven’t even seen it (?!) – would be “A Hard Day’s Night” – a frenetic showcase for the Beatles which probably set the tone for MTV videos years later – featured a great score and songs and an Oscar nominated screenplay by Alun Owen (losing to Peter Stone and Frank Tarloff for Father Goose). I could watc h this one once a week for forever. Also – you’ve never seen TOPKAPI – a classic heist film with a sneaky funny Oscar winning turn by Peter Ustinov? Hush Hush…Sweet Charlotte – Robert Aldrich’s follow up to Whatever Happened To Baby Jane – with Bette Davis (again) and Olivia DeHavilland (replacing Joan Crawford). fate is the hunter with Glenn Ford. The Unsinkable Molly Brown – featuring Debbie Reynolds in the only Oscar nommed performance of her illustrious career. What A Way To Go – not a great movie – but a lotta fun – with Shirley MacLaine as a bad luck bride whose husbands (Paul Newman, Dick Van Dyke, Gene Kelly, Robert Mitchum) all seem to come to premature ends.

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