Temporal Top Ten – 1964

top ten

Number of movies seen from this year – 20
Number of movies reviewed –  16 (including 0 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

10. The Best Man
9. The Pawnbroker
8. Father Goose
7. The Americanization of Emily
6. Becket
5. Mary Poppins
4. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
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. The Americanization of Emily
  3. Becket
  4. The Best Man
  5. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  6. Ensign Pulver
  7. Fail-Safe
  8. Father Goose
  9. A Fistful of Dollars
  10. Four Days in November
  11. Goldfinger
  12. Marnie
  13. Mary Poppins
  14. My Fair Lady
  15. The Pawnbroker
  16. Sallah Shabati
  17. Seven Days in May
  18. Sex and the Single Girl
  19. A Shot in the Dark
  20. Zorba the Greek



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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