Temporal Top Ten – 1964

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Number of movies seen from this year – 50
Number of movies reviewed –  56 (including 6 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.

UPDATE 1 Jan 2021 – The Oscars: Moments of Greatness is now #2 bumping all the rest down one notch.

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

7. Topkapi

6. The Best Man

5. Zulu
4. Goldfinger
3. Four Days in November

2. The Oscars: Moments of Greatness
1. Seven Days in May

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

  1. 36 Hours   Encore Review
  2. 633 Squadron
  3. 7th Dawn, The (coming soon)
  4. The Americanization of Emily
  5. Band of Outsiders
  6. Becket
  7. The Best Man       Encore Review
  8. Bullet For A Badman
  9. The Chalk Garden
  10. Circus World
  11. Dead Ringer
  12. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  13. Ensign Pulver
  14. Fail Safe
  15. Fate is the Hunter
  16. Father Goose
  17. A Fistful of Dollars
  18. Four Days in November
  19. Goldfinger  Encore Review  Encore Review 2
  20. Guns at Batasi
  21. Hush.. Hush Sweet Caroline
  22. Invitation to a Gunfighter
  23. Kiss Me, Stupid
  24. Kisses For My President
  25. Marnie
  26. Marriage Italian Style
  27. Mary Poppins
  28. Misadventures of Merlin Jones, The
  29. My Fair Lady
  30. The Night of the Iguana
  31. The Oscars: Moments of Greatness
  32. The Outrage
  33. The Pawnbroker
  34. Pumpkin Eater, The
  35. Robin and the 7 Hoods
  36. Sallah Shabati
  37. Seance on a Wet Afternoon
  38. The Secret Invasion
  39. Send Me No Flowers
  40. Seven Days in May  Encore Review  Encore Review 2
  41. Seven Up!
  42. Sex and the Single Girl
  43. A Shot in the Dark
  44. Topkapi
  45. The Train
  46. The Unsinkable Molly Brown
  47. Woman in the Dunes
  48. The Yellow Rolls-Royce
  49. Zorba the Greek
  50. 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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