Temporal Top Ten – 1964

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Number of movies seen from this year – 48
Number of movies reviewed –  52 (including 4 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
  2. 633 Squadron
  3. The Americanization of Emily
  4. Band of Outsiders
  5. Becket
  6. The Best Man       Encore Review
  7. Bullet For A Badman
  8. The Chalk Garden
  9. Circus World
  10. Dead Ringer
  11. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  12. Ensign Pulver
  13. Fail Safe
  14. Fate is the Hunter
  15. Father Goose
  16. A Fistful of Dollars
  17. Four Days in November
  18. Goldfinger  Encore Review
  19. Guns at Batasi
  20. Hush.. Hush Sweet Caroline
  21. Invitation to a Gunfighter
  22. Kiss Me, Stupid
  23. Kisses For My President
  24. Marnie
  25. Marriage Italian Style
  26. Mary Poppins
  27. My Fair Lady
  28. The Night of the Iguana
  29. The Oscars: Moments of Greatness
  30. The Outrage
  31. The Pawnbroker
  32. Pumpkin Eater, The
  33. Robin and the 7 Hoods
  34. Sallah Shabati
  35. Seance on a Wet Afternoon
  36. The Secret Invasion
  37. Send Me No Flowers
  38. Seven Days in May  Encore Review  Encore Review 2
  39. Seven Up!
  40. Sex and the Single Girl
  41. A Shot in the Dark
  42. Topkapi
  43. The Train
  44. The Unsinkable Molly Brown
  45. Woman in the Dunes
  46. The Yellow Rolls-Royce
  47. Zorba the Greek
  48. 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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