Temporal Top Ten – 1966

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Number of movies seen from this year – 24
Number of movies reviewed –  16 (including 0 Encore Reviews)

Another great year for films. My #1 pick is a film I saw once 17 years ago and have been mesmerized by it ever since.  Some of the other films here come quite close to eclipsing it, but as great as they are, they fall a bit short.

Update 11 Jul 2017 – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Triple Cross have now been added to the list moving all subsequent entries down accordingly

Update 6 Mar 2018 – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Nevada Smith have now been added to the list moving all subsequent entries down accordingly.

Honorable Mention – Batman: The Movie
Honorable Mention – El Dorado
Honorable Mention – Assault on a Queen
Honorable Mention – The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!10. Triple Cross
9. The Professionals
8. How to Steal a Million

7. Nevada Smith

6. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

5. Cast A Giant Shadow
4. A Man For All Seasons

3. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
2. The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
1. The Sand Pebbles

Here’s a complete list of movies that I’ve seen from 1966


  1. Alfie
  2. Arabesque
  3. Assault on a Queen
  4. Batman: The Movie
  5. A Big Hand for the Little Lady
  6. Cast a Giant Shadow
  7. El Dorado
  8. Fantastic Voyage
  9. The Fortune Cookie
  10. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
  11. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  12. Grand Prix
  13. How To Steal a Million
  14. A Man for All Seasons
  15. Munster, Go Home!
  16. Nevada Smith
  17. Our Man Flint
  18. The Professionals
  19. The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming
  20. The Sand Pebbles
  21. Seconds
  22. Torn Curtain
  23. Triple Cross
  24. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

7 thoughts on “Temporal Top Ten – 1966

  1. this was an impressive year which begs the question: How the hell do #’s 8 through 10 make your list when Alfie, Forum, and Virginia Woolf don’t? Mind boggling. Sand pebbles was great with an ending that still leaves me devastated and asking the same question as Steve McQueen. Loved The Professionals which has one of my favorite final lines (“You bastard”. “In my case, an accident of birth – but you sir, are a self-made man”) and I was able to tell that to Richard Brooks when I met him when I live in LA. How To Steal A Million – even with Audrey and Peter – is still a bit of fluff. Man For All Seasons is epic costume drama – like Becket. Love it. But Virginia Woolf – early Mike Nichols – with titanic performances by Taylor and Burton – should be on the list. The same with Alfie – with a beautiful multi-layered performance by Michael Caine (see it if ONLY for the look on his face when he returns to his flat following an abortion being performed). Unseen by you: Georgy Girl, Blow Up (!!), Khartoum, fantastic Voyage. Noot saying any should nudge onto anyone’s Top 10 – but should be seen. And although Grand Prix was pretty much a soap opera on wheels – it has some superb racing sequences and won Oscars for sound mixing and editing – deservedly so. When the characters are talking – fast forward – but behind the wheel of their cars – an absolute thrill.

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