Temporal Top Ten – 1964

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Number of movies seen from this year – 42
Number of movies reviewed –  43 (including 3 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.

Updated 1 May 2020 – The Best Man is now #5, moving all subsequent films down one notch.

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

6. Topkapi

5. The Best Man

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       Encore Review
  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. Fate is the Hunter
  13. Father Goose
  14. A Fistful of Dollars
  15. Four Days in November
  16. Goldfinger  Encore Review
  17. Hush.. Hush Sweet Caroline
  18. Invitation to a Gunfighter
  19. Kiss Me, Stupid
  20. Kisses For My President
  21. Marnie
  22. Marriage Italian Style
  23. Mary Poppins
  24. My Fair Lady
  25. The Night of the Iguana
  26. The Pawnbroker
  27. Pumpkin Eater, The
  28. Sallah Shabati
  29. Seance on a Wet Afternoon
  30. The Secret Invasion
  31. Send Me No Flowers
  32. Seven Days in May  Encore Review
  33. Seven Up!
  34. Sex and the Single Girl
  35. A Shot in the Dark
  36. Topkapi
  37. The Train
  38. The Unsinkable Molly Brown
  39. Woman in the Dunes
  40. The Yellow Rolls-Royce
  41. Zorba the Greek
  42. 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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