Temporal Top Ten – 1966


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Number of movies seen from this year – 39
Number of movies reviewed –  40 (including 1 Encore Review)

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.

Update 3 Sep 2018 – The Battle of Algiers and A Man and A Woman have now been added to the list moving all subsequent entries down accordingly.

Update 2 Dec 2018 – The Blue Max has now been added to the list moving all subsequent entries down accordingly.

Update 1 Jan 2019 – The Fortune Cookie has now been added to the list moving all subsequent entries down accordingly.

Update 3 Mar 2019 – Incident at Phantom Hill has now been added to the list at #8, moving all subsequent entries down one notch.

 

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!Honorable Mention – Triple Cross
Honorable Mention – The Professionals
Honorable mention – How to Steal a Million

Honorable mention – Nevada Smith

Honorable Mention – The Blue Max

10. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?


9. Cast A Giant Shadow

8. Incident at Phantom Hill

7. The Fortune Cookie

6. A Man and A Woman
5. The Battle of Algiers


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. Alvarez Kelly
  3. Ambush Bay
  4. Arabesque
  5. Assault on a Queen
  6. Batman: The Movie
  7. Battle of Algiers, The
  8. A Big Hand for the Little Lady
  9. Blowup
  10. Blue Max, The
  11. Cast a Giant Shadow
  12. El Dorado
  13. Fantastic Voyage
  14. The Fortune Cookie
  15. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
  16. Georgy Girl
  17. The Glass Bottom Boat
  18. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly   Encore Review
  19. Grand Prix
  20. Harper
  21. Hawaii
  22. How To Steal a Million
  23. Incident at Phantom Hill
  24. A Man and A Woman
  25. A Man for All Seasons
  26. Morgan!
  27. Munster, Go Home!
  28. Nevada Smith
  29. The Oscar
  30. Our Man Flint
  31. The Professionals
  32. The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming
  33. The Sand Pebbles
  34. Seconds
  35. This Property is Condemned
  36. Torn Curtain
  37. Triple Cross
  38. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  39. You’re A Big Boy Now

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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