Pick Your Favorite Movie from the Year You Were Born

In the interests of full disclosure, before Irv takes over, I’ll provide my answer: Night of the Living Dead.

Of course, I didn’t say whether or not it was the black-and-white George A. Romero 1968 original or the Tom Savini-directed 1990 remake. You can safely eliminate the 2006 3-D re-imagining (although yes, my 6-year-old self emerges from time to time), and just use any of my past posts to make your estimation of which film my particular tastes would elevate to a “favorite of” status, and thus discern my actual age.

The oddest thing about Irv’s pick was that it coincided with big news concerning the film’s star on the day of our shoot. Let’s end the suspense now:

Your turn. Have at it and let us know your favorite film from the year you were born.

  • Frankiedc

     My birth year was 1942, and most people would choose “Casablanca” as their favorite movie from that year. There were also some other outstanding films released then, including “The Magnificent Ambersons” by Orson Welles, the classic woman’s film, “Now Voyager” with Bette Davis at her best, The delightful ” To Be or Not to Be” with Jack Benny and Carole Lombard, and everybody’s favorite Walt Disney tear-jerker, “Bambi”.  But my favorite is Val Lewton’s “The Cat People”. It is a wonderful horror story about a repressed shape shifter who turns into a killer panther when her basic instincts are aroused. Of course, there are heavy psychological implications behind her murderous instincts, and the movie works on both those levels.  What is fascinating is that the film is most frightening  in subtle manners, especially the eerie walk home of the “heroine’s” rival where shadows and mood create an atmosphere of sheer horror. Evidently, the movie was made on a very low budget so the director was forced to be economical in his filming. Consequently, we are scared because of implication rather than explicit gore.  The later remake of this film favored the gore, in color, no less and was a terrible disaster.

    • Wayne P.

      1942 was a fine year for great pictures…This Gun for Hire, All Through the Night, and the wonderful Mrs. Miniver are a few more to wet our whistles for blowing the dust off the movie shelf-case.  It just boggles my mind how really golden the 30’s & 40’s were in the Studio age!

      • Wayne P.

        I forgot to mention Random Harvest; it’s another good Greer Garson picture in 1942.

  • sue2012

    Born in 1958, and that was a GOOD YEAR for movies; however, I would say my favorite is “THE BIG COUNTRY”….great movie, cast and  picture. I love it!

  • sue2012

    Born in 1958, and that was a GOOD YEAR for movies; however, I would say my favorite is “THE BIG COUNTRY”….great movie, cast and  picture. I love it!

  • Dan

    1977 – Star Wars.

  • Joe

    1941 – Citizen Kane

  • Trisha

    1951 – An American in Paris

  • Alex

    1947……………………..ANGEL AND THE BADMAN

  • Lperiu

    Lorenzo A.

    Mrs. Miniver.


    • Frankiedc

       I think Mrs Miniver was released in 1942.

  • mrshowscan

    The Razor’s Edge. I liked it for it’s spirituality. Little did I know it would be my life’s karma.

  • Brygolf

    born  in 1950  my favourite movie is  greatest show on earth

  • Movie Fan

    1955…I’ll give a round of applause to Rebel Without A Cause. I’m not a big fan of teen angst or weepy flicks but it seems all my favorite films were made in every year but 1955!

  • Larryboy

    1957- I’m leaning toward ” The Bridge on the River Kwai”, but the ending of “Witness for the Prosecution” blew me away.

  • Wayne P.

    Good picks, all…mine is 1956’s “The Killing”  directed by Stanley Kubrick, who also happens to be one of my fave directors of all time.  This was his noirish turn, early for him, but in the last noir cycle…hes right up there with Henry Hathaway, Howard Hawks, Michael Curtiz and Victor Fleming in pure variety of cinema storytelling.  Now, I’m just wondering when a possible Kubrick retrospective (;) is coming out on MU fanfare and what the choice will be.  The Killing or Paths to Glory are two of the lesser known ones but great movies, just the same as most of his other films!

    Btw, if George is only around 22 then he shouldnt pick the wonderful ’68 version of NOTLD… I havent seen the remake but how can you top the ‘zombie barbecue’ scene at the gas pumps in the first one? 

  • Mike W.

    1969- The Wild Bunch

  • Tito Pannaggi

    I have three:

    “I bambini ci guardano” – Vittorio de Sica
    “Le ciel est à vous” – Jean Grèmillon
    “Lifeboat” – Alfred Hitchcock

    It’s hard to pick The One!!!

  • OZ ROB

    1961…El Cid ..Anthony Mann`s epic about the 11th  century Spanish hero,,Probably the best  known movie from this year is sadly, The Misfits being the last movie appearance for Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe…. 

  • Steve in Sacramento

    1968 – guess I’m going with 2001. Hm, that could get kind of confusing. (“2001:  A Space Oddity” is my pick.)

  • Robtimmor

    Wow!  It’s too tough to select just one.  I was born in 1966.  My favorite films from that year are Adam West and Burt Ward in Batman, Paul Newman in Harper, Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon in The Fortune Cookie, and Roddy McDowall in Lord Love a Duck. 

  • Val

    1933 Lady for a Day…as far as I know the original & the one I like best of the two I’ve seen.  Warren William & May Robson shine in this.   

  • http://twitter.com/natti_streep Natasha Lund

    1995 – The Bridges of Madison County.

  • Boudicea13

    1950- All About Eve….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NE33HYIKGPZXXNN7BUBOZHLVGA TellTruth

    1948  Treasure of the Sierra Madre    

  • Erny325

    1964 – Goldfinger

  • Patrick Long

    I was born in 1942 & my favorite movie from that was Casablanca

  • Mbrinson

    !948’s Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House

  • Ellenbadders

    1964-My Fair Lady (with Marnie and Mary Poppins in a tie for second place)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_X6YIZGJTPS4VRJI3MQEHPFN34I Pamela B

    1961-West Side Story!

    • Tim

      Yep, another 61ner here.  I just replied to TL Miller as well, who also like WEST SIDE STORY.  Also really enjoyed BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S. 

  • Tracy

    1980 – Watcher in the Woods

  • Dce6644

    1949 – ON THE TOWN!!

  • Tbyland

    1957 – this is easy – An Affair to Remember.  

  • Mmorris809

    1951 — The Day the Earth Stood Still

  • Jonsintx

    1955 – Marty

  • kdgrabe

    In the Heat of the Night 1967.  Absolutely love that movie!  Also the Academy Award winner.

  • rwelniak

    1952-Singin’ In The Rain!

  • Motman

    1960-Without a doubt: Psycho!

  • Rainman53

    Stalag 17, 1953.  Funny, sad, disturbing, and a great ending. 

    • T L Miller

       One of my all time, ALL TIME favorites!

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  • Azborn

    Miracle on 34th Street, one of the three best Christmas movies ever…

  • Josep23006

    1946 wasn’t such a bad year since that was when I was born!  Several come to mind, all are favorites for different reasons:
        Best Years of Our Lives, without saying.
        Notorious, need an Afred Hitchcock.
        Duel in the Sun, big, brawling from D. O. Selznick.
        It’s a Wonderful Life, Capracorn.
        Harvey Girls, Judy, Judy, Judy.
        Ziegfeld Folies, just love the opening.

    • T L Miller

       1946 WAS a pretty good year — I like that list!

  • Crbarclift

    1952 – Viva Zapata

  • Sandra D.

    1946 – It’s A Wonderful Life” – no doubt….

    • Dante Tomasini

      I still cry in the ending and watch every Christmas – I have the colorized version which I love

  • wigtwizzle

    1965 – The Nanny

    • T L Miller

       Oooo! Ms Bette was wonderfully creepy in that! 😀

  • Noel Bjorndahl

    Leave Her to Heaven. Gene Tierney’s most demanding role, stunning technicolor, firm direction by underrated John M Stahl.



  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lee-B-Strickland/100001374173555 Lee B. Strickland


  • Jimbo

    1949 – The Sands of Iwo Jima – Sgt. John M. Stryker

  • Dave

    I was born December 1940 (virtually in a snowdrift, Fargo, ND).

    Therefore, without any hesitation, since it would be my all-time choice as well, my favorite 1940 film is the MGM “New Moon” with Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald.  Fortunately, it is just being shipped now as a WB Archive issue (presumably DVD-R), after many years of waiting, wishing, and wearing out our two VHS copies.

  • Lee

    1956- Catered Affair with Bette Davis who was the greatest Actress ever.

  • Keith

    1941 The Maltese Falcon

  • Parkerr71

    1953……from here to eternity…..no doubt!

  • Julie in NY

    1963 was a pretty bad year for movies, apart from Cleopatra, I Could Go On Singing, and The Prize.  Cleopatra gets my vote.

    • Dante Tomasini

      Wow – the Prize was  awesome and with a  great cast;  Newman, Sommer, Baker, Edward G Robinson, Kevin McCarthy – I just recently was able to add to my collection through TCM – not available across the counter anywhere

    • K72848

      Are you nuts?  Charade and Irma La Douce are my favorites from 1963 (my year) but there was also The Pink Panther, How the West Was Won, The Birds, Dr No, Tom Jones, and many more.

  • T L Miller

    From the class of ’61: WEST SIDE STORY!

    • Tim

      Me too!  Also BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S.

  • Dante Tomasini

    I’m not sure of what was a great movie during 1946 as the industry was just getting back on it’s feet after the war years – however, I have seen various sources that say that “Captain from Castile” was either ’46 or ’47 – I had read the book several times during my high school years and was dying to see the movie with Tyrone Power – the movie has not held up well over the years as it is a bit overacted and overblown – the dialogue (especially Caesar Romero} seems very dated now – but the essance of the story remained intact – Family betrayed by foes are turned into the Inquisition and their son (Tyrone) is forced to flee to the new world where he hooks up with Romero who plays Hernando Cortez and participates in the conquest of the Aztecs – some spectacular scenes but a bit hammy

  • spitfire1938

    “The Adventures of Robin Hood”, 1938. Staring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland.

  • Joe

    1940. “The Shop Around the Corner” directed by Ernst Lubitsch.

    • steve chalke

      A lovely film from one of the all time greatest directors.  Nice pick. -steve

  • Joe

    “The Shop Around the Corner” by Ernst Lubitsch

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CGRLUPNLT6P3VWL42P2VG2I22I hockeyguy 08

    1951 A couple of good ones but I will add The African Queen.

  • Danny_myers64

    1954 them jame whirmore was great as a state trooper

  • KarenG_958

    Gigi!  1958

  • Chris

    1971- French Connection, Clockwork Orange & W.W. & the Chocolate Factory
    (hmm. What a creepy combination).

  • Seaquest2

    From Here to Eternity 1953

  • A8c9_a

    Pollyanna – 1960

  • Rddeaton1

    1947 – The Bishop’s Wife – with Cary Grant, David Niven and the beautiful Loretta Young!

  • Tomscats

    “Casablanca” would win easily for 1943.  There don’t seem to a lot of quality films for that year, although “The Oxbow Incident,” a particularly grim western and “Shadow of a Doubt,” a Hitchcock noir are very good.  I’m sure there were any number of “B” westerns I loved when I saw them in the early days of TV.

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  • Jmcchap67

    “In The Heat Of The Night” (1967)

  • Gary Smiler

    gaslight 1944

  • Belinda

    Elvis Viva Las Vegas 1964

  • Jack


  • Dennis

    It Happened One Night – 1934

  • Josephparra7

    The War of the Worlds (1953)

  • Terradaloo

    1955 – THE best year for movies!

    The Seven Year Itch
    The Man with the Golden Arm
    Bad Day at Black Rock
    I’ll Cry Tomorrow
    Rebel without a Cause
    East of Eden

    I could keep going but there isn’t enough time in the day and I couldn’t pick just one.

  • Designprose

    Roman Holiday (1953)

  • Jfkat

    I don’t have many memories of that year. While I believe “The Yearling” was probably one of the best I’m too sensitive about animals to watch it. I like “It’s A Wonderful Life” but it is a bit sentimental.
    There were many on the list I believe I would enjoy, but I guess my favorite would be “Notorious”. 

  • Jef2

    1955 : #5 “Mister Roberts” – lighthearted portrayal of middle officer in the Navy – perhaps translates with middle positions in life. #4 “Marty” – for all of us who ever thought ourselves unworthy. Godspeed Ernie.  #3 “The Lady Killers” – No one as good as Alec Guinness when he is “bad”. (see also “Kind Hearts and Coronets”. #2 “To Catch a Thief” – something about Grace Kelly purring, “John (my name), even in this light I can see where your looking.” #1 “Guys and Dolls” – I met all Runyon’s characters on the streets of my home, New Orleans. “I take the Fifth Commandment” is enough by itself .

  • Cheryl

    The Apartment (1960)

  • Jppike71

    The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946)

  • Guest

    THE HEAD (1959)

    Great atmospheric low-budget German horror flick, with sets by Hermann Warm, who did the sets for THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI. Available everywhere in crappy public domain prints, but a gorgeous restoration exists on German dvd. There’s even fansubbed versions floating around the underground.

  • BobW

    1956:  it has to be between “The Searchers” and “The Man Who Knew Too Much.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=713983697 Gordon S. Jackson

    1939 – a toss-up between “The Wizard of Oz” and “Gone With the Wind.”

  • Tonyjmiller

    Night of the Demon (UK) (1957) Dana Andrews, Niall MacGinnis.

  • steve chalke

    Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)
    Amazing performances from Hepburn and (especially) Liz Taylor.  Terrific script. 

  • Jfrankow

    I was born in 1939 which had to be one of the best years – if not The Best – for extraordinary movies! Here’s a few: Gone With The Wind, Stagecoach, Mr Smith Goes to Washington, Goodbye Mr. Chips, The Wizard of Oz, Destry Rides Again  and The Hunchback of Notre Dame – and I like them all. Having to pick a favorite, though, it’s Gone With The Wind.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DebTinsley Deborah Tinsley

    All About Eve – Betty Davis, Gary Merrill, Celeste Holme, Anne Baster, George Sanders
    In a Lonely Place – Humphrey Bogart, Lizabeth Scott

    • jackjones

      The gal with Bogart was Gloria Grahame.

  • Lynn

    The Ghost and Mrs Muir, Nightmare Alley, Captain from Castile, The Bishop’s Wife, Lady and the lake, and The Egg and I all from 1947.


  • Robert0320

    1957 Man of a Thousand Faces

  • Vjamato

    1946 – Best Years of Our Lives

  • Shemp

    1956 – “Lust for Life”, “Earth vs. the Flying Saucers”,” La Strada”,”Invasion of the Body Snatchers”

  • WhyteRaven

    1965-The Sons of Katie Elder-Western
    The Sound of Music-Musical
    The Family Jewels-Comedy

  • florencemf

    1950 — “Born Yesterday” is my favourite film from the year I was born.  Judy Holiday is brilliant, as are William Holden and Broderick Crawford.
    “All About Eve” is an excellent film as well, with superb characterizations by Bette Davis, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill.

  • Steve in Renton

    1964 – Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte

  • Sarahmarie Harwood

    1954 — A tie between Brigadoon with Gene Kelley & Rear Window with James Stewart in one of his more memorable performances. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1741790404 John Ewan

    7 year itch  Classic Marilyn
    the trouble with harry  morbidly hilarious movie
    mister roberts   great cast, superb movie
    kiss me deadly – fun Spillane movie.  Great ending.
    tarantula – first movie I saw at a theater!  It was a Saturday matinee and I was 6.  Scared the hell out of me!  LOL  

  • Pacerdad

    1973 –  The Sting.  I know there was some other good movies that year, but I think that one is the best of them!  How can you go wrong with Paul Newman and Robert Redford?!  And what a supporting cast!!  I just bought it on Blu-ray recently.  I need to sit down and watch it!

  • Jblv619

    The Day the Earth Stood Still

  • JohnH

    1952:  The Quiet Man with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara.  Singin’ in the Rain was a close second.

  • Judy

    I was born in 1939.  Too many good ones to name them all, but Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz were good ones.

    • TrippyTrellis

      And don’t forget “The Women”, Judy. The best comedy of all time.

  • Qazadoo

    1951…The Day the Earth Stood Still

  • LindaBeth727

    1965—-the Sound of Music

  • Lainie

    Alfred Hitchcock’s “Notorious” — absolutely love this one!!

    • TrippyTrellis

      You’re so lucky, Lainie, “Notorious” is the best. I had to be satisfied with the inferior “Shadow of a Doubt”.

      • hypatiab7

         Why do people keep knocking “Shadow of A Doubt” (which I think of as “The Merry Widow Killer”)? It was a terrific movie with a good cast. I even saw someone knock “Dial M For Murder”. Why?

  • Joe

    Leave It To Beaver

  • EldersburgRick

    1954: On  the Waterfront. I coulda been a contender.

  • Avt45

    1945-the lost weekend

  • Hbangelicat

    1951 – The Day The Earth Stood Still

  • Shad31

    1931-Frankenstein, Public Enemy and Little Caesar

  • JMS

    1969… Bambi Meets Godzilla (short film).

  • Jay Polerstock

    Imitation Of Life – is my favorite movie from 1959 – the year I was born.

  • Jim1066

    1946- Ford’s “My Darling Clementine”

  • Caribbmichael

    1932 – A Bill of Divorcement… Katharine Hepburn’s first film and she does it opposite John Barrymore! A complex father/daughter relationship.

  • feedie

    The African Queen with Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn

  • Bare1

    1942 – Flying Tigers, I saw that movie when I as 5 or 6 and it had scenes that always stuck in my mind. They were slightly distorted, but I’ve watched the movie may times since then and did find the scenes that were in the back of my mind. It is still one of my favorites despite its historical inaccuracies. The Flying Tigers (AVG) was always my favorite wartime group.
    Another one that ranks right up there, though, is “Captains of the Clouds”. In reality, a far better movie, but it just doesn’t carry the nostalgia that Flying Tigers does.

  • Rsacchi001

    Godzilla  – 1954

  • MuseDevotee

    1937 — “The Awful Truth” starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne, a great screwball comedy which won an Oscar for director Leo McCarey.   1937 also introduced Disney’s first feature-length animated film, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.”

  • Blackr423

    1952: “Singing In The Rain”.

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  • Brighttyger

    1944: Double Indemnity and Gaslight

  • Mite4him

    1960- My FAVORITE movie of the year would be “Swiss Family Robinson”.  The best movie of the year would be “Sparticus” “Psycho” “Magnificent Seven” “Butterfield 8” or maybe “Exodus”.None of those are my kinds of movies, but I know they were very well made and played well by very accomplished actors/actresses.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brescio1 Mario Brescio

    A Night To Remember
    Auntie Mame
    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
    The Big Country

    • TrippyTrellis

      You were born in my favorite movie year, Mario. “Auntie Mame”, “Gigi”, “I Want to Live!”, “Separate Tables”, “Vertigo” and “Damn Yankees!” are all in my top 50 movies of all time.

  • Carroll

    Gone with the Wind //1939

  • Kp22kc

    1966 was not a very good year for movies in my opinion.  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is my favorite from the year I was born.  The Adam West Batman movie was that year too, as well as Dracula Prince of Darkness.  Most I have never even bothered watching.


    My faverite movie is the one my father made the day I was borne (July 8,1943) My family was so happy
    their wasn’t a dry eye(tears of joy) in the house

  • Groberts50

    Out of the Past with Robert Mitchum, Kirk Douglas and Jane Greer. Definitely in the top 5 of the film noir genre, maybe even #1.

  • Bengleson

    1947…a bumper crop of noir…Boomerang, Out of the Past and Dark Passage all capture that year for me.

  • TheJefferson

    1951, The Day The Earth Stood Still, my favorite Science Fiction movie.
    the effects, the writing, the actors it was quality.

  • Wolverine

    Probably the Santa Clause(1994) though i have a few other favorites of the year. 

  • Monymoni71

    1971— the only one I know I have seen is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory but it’s definitely a favorite of mine regardless

  • Flimfilmman

    Miracle on 34th Street – the classic fantasy with Edmund Gwenn as perfectly cast as Santa Claus with magnificent performances by favortie actors Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, and Natalie Wood.  What a wonderful film which I view over and over again as a Christmas tradition. 

  • TrippyTrellis

    1943, the year of “Casablanca”. My favorite movie of that year, however, is Hitchcock’s “Shadow of a Doubt”, very good Hitchcock (not the best) with an unforgettable performance by Patricia Collinge.

  • Danstar4

    1964 – Two very different films: For Adventure/Action – Zulu; For Pop Culture – A  Hard Day’s Night!

  • GaryKoca

    1947 – technically it was 1946, but it is my favorite movie, and it won best picture at the Oscars in 1947. The Best Years of Our Lives. Still relevant today. Bette Davis once called it the greatest American movie ever made. 

  • Jay Kindervater

    1950 – “All About Eve” and “Orphée.”

  • Cyfairbob

    I was born in 1946. My favorite film of that year is “The Best Years of Our lives” Simply said, it is one of the best films not only of WWII, but for all time. I never saw it until I was an adult and saw it in an art museum summer film series. Everything rings true, especially the score by Hugo Friedhoffer, and the insights offered into post war America.

  • Lionel

    I was born in 1943 and my favorite film from that year is a no-brainer: “Casablanca”!!!

    • Sigerson

      Apologies to you, Lionel, and to TrippyTrellis below, but I claim “Casablanca” for my year, 1942. It premiered in New York 26 November of that year (exactly nine months after my birth). And according to imdb it was released in Brazil and Argentina in December 1942, 7 and 9, resepectively. (I also take pleasure in the fact that two of the characters in it are Norwegians, like me. Berger, of course, played by John Qualen, and – did you know? – Ilsa (who “was a little girl in Oslo”).)

  • RD Cochran

    1958-“Gigi”….of course I’m a sucker for musicals. I liked “Bell, Book & Candle” too.

  • JRNoblin

    From 1959, I have to go with Ben Hur.

  • Graynavarre

    From 1948, I like equally Fort Apache and The Three Godfathers

  • Dick Lillard

    If I must limit it to one, then it has to be Errol Flynn’s “The Adventures Of Robin Hood” (1938) , however  “Bringing Up Baby”,”Dawn Patrol” and “the Lady Vanishes” are all honorable mentions!

  • dwm

    1963 Hud all the way. Great Paul Newman movie. Didn’t get nominated for best picture. Another big Academy blunder.

  • Wtab7

    From 1959, Otto  Preminger’s Anatomy of a Murder, starring Jimmy Stewart, Lee Remick and Ben Gazarra.

  • Goldfinder5030

    That’s easy: “Georgy Girl”

  • Geko1908

    1945.  Either The Lost Weekend or Detour.  Call it a tie.  A seminal year for noir.

  • Paulbatscha

    2 movies from 1940– The Grapes of Wrath and Philadelphia Story.1940 was part of the Golden Age of Hollywood movies.

  • FalmouthBill

    1943 was a banner year for movies !
    1 – Shadow of a doubt [ Joseph Cotton, dir Hitchcock ]2 – Phantom of the Opera [ Claude Rains]3 – The Ox Bow Incident [ Henry Fonda, and a marvelous cast ]4 – A lady takes a chance [ Jean Arthur,John Wayne ]5 – The Human Comedy [ Mickey Rooney ]6 – Sahara [ Humphrey Bogart and a marvelous cast ]7 – The More the Merrier [ Jean Arthur, Joel Macrae, and the scene stealing Charles Coburn ]8 – This Land is Mine [ Charles Laughton ]9 – Gung Ho [ Randolph Scott ]10 – Mr lucky [ Cary Grant ]

  • PHIL728

    From 1961…the year of West Side Story, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Hustler…I still go with 101 Dalmations. 

  • harryfaversham

    Cry of the City…Sitting Pretty…Key Largo…A Foreign Affair…Treasue of the Sierra Madre…1948 A.D.

  • Grace

    1939 – Gone With the Wind

  • Sammi

    I was born in 1982 & I have to go with E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. The movie still brings tears to your eyes!

  • Bill

    1948, “Treasure of the Sierra Madre”, Red River,  3 Godfathers, The Paleface (only because of Jane Russell) and Key Largo.  But my very favorite from 48 has to be Fort Apache.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sally-Stark/100000380617204 Sally Stark

    ROMAN HOLIDAY, with Audrey Hepburn.  A rare and beautiful Lady, who taught us that “Class”comes from within.

    • mamacancook!

      I wholeheartedly agree!  It’s so very sad that we don’t have stars like that today: Audrey Hepburn and the lovely and elegant Grace Kelly.

  • Rogdod

    1961- “The Hustler”- another Paul Newman great

  • BCarl

    1949 – Not a lot of my personal favs here; “Twelve O’Clock High” would top my list.

  • Snowbunnie

    I was born in 1943 and my favorite movie is Casablanca

    • http://www.facebook.com/plawler Paul Lawler

      Casablanca was 1942

  • Erobbert

    1938 – For me it has to be, “You Can’t Take It With You,” a brilliant Frank Capra film with a stunning ensemble cast.  Surely, it must rank near the top of anyone’s all-time great film list.

    • Wayne P.

      Great film and Capracorn at its best and thats no disrespect to use that term for him…what a fine patriot and cinematic storyteller he was and also documentarian of our war effort in WW2.
      Love that great banter between Lionel Barrymore and the IRS guy, Charles Lane about taxes and the wonderful soliloquy by LB in the jail when he really dressed down Edward Arnold, who played Jimmy Stewarts dad in the film…thanks for reminding me of a fine movie

  • Carl

    1943 & Casablanca

  • Terry Peters

    My absolute favorite would be “The Best Years of Our Lives” (1946)!

  • Joe Kocimski

    Ditto Carl’s reply – Casablanca from 1943

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WQ2BSTMDEES4RIKGT4ECSVRE5I Whirlpooloff

    1956 – Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

  • Ivan Edelman

    1939 – Stagecoach

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daisy-Brambletoes/846520385 Daisy Brambletoes

    1947 – Miracle on 34th Street.

  • Gary Vidmar

    1954 – SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS – An original Hollywood musical that epitomized peak creativity at the MGM musical factory, and also helped initiate the CinemaScope and Stererophonic sound era for baby boomers.

    Other notable releases that year were:
    The Judy Garland version of A STAR IS BORN

    Some great guilty pleasures:

  • Retiredjim5@comcast.net

    I was born in 1938. I have two favorite movies–the epic Gone With the Wind and The Adventures of Robin Hood.

    • ranchorenal

      Sorry to break your bubble, Jim, but GWTW was released in 1939.  1938 was no 1939, but it was still a pretty good movie year.  You’re right about the Great Flynn in Tights, although I might have chosen Alexander Nevsky, Jezebel, Angels with Dirty Faces, Bringing Up Baby, Holiday, The Lady Vanishes, or Pygmalion.

  • Rob in L.A.

    #1 – L”Avventura
    #2 – The Apartment
    #3 – La Dolce Vita

    Honorable mention: Breathless, The Bad Sleep Well, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Cruel Stories of Youth, When a Woman Ascends the Stairs, Comanche Station, Tarzan the Magnificent.  Guilty pleasure: The World of Suzie Wong.

  • Istvan Taleki

    A 3-way tie between Mr. Hulot’s Holiday, The War of the Worlds, and The Robe

  • Yuk Foo

    Oh, me rike a Tokyo Stolly, and Ugetsu. Oh ys, velly, velly good.

    • Rob in L.A.

      Oh, for Pete’s sake. Join the 21st century and give the racial humor a rest already.

  • RichardFan

    The novel of THE OX-BOW INCIDENT was penned at my alma mater, and my namesake co-starred in PRESENTING LAURA MARS, but I’ll have to go with my (obvious?) favorite for 1943, CASABLANCA

  • teddy

    imitation of life

    • BP

      For me it was the searchers with John Wanye and Jeffery Hunter.

  • LuLu

    It’s probably not really my favorite film…..but I was either the baby or one of the babies in Three Is A Family…1944  I have never seen it…but I still have the agreement with the agency…Mother was asked that I be signed for a contract afterward, which she declined, so I must have been an extremely talented 2 month old or so. Ha Ha!  July 1944. LOL!  I just scrolled down to see what films might have come out just that year….and it appears that I am the only on born in 1944! ’43 & ’45 but no ’44!  So don’t know what to claim.  I do reallly love You Can’t Take It With You…though!

    • Wayne P.

      Great picture, YCTIWY…but it came out in 1938 as is noted earlier in the comment stream 🙂

  • Emily

    The Bells of St. Mary’s, Mildred Pierce, The Clock

  • Holger

    French, born 1965. So, Alphaville, Godard AND Eddie Constantine AND ANNA KARENINE! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/plawler Paul Lawler

    The popular choice from 1954 would, of course, be “On the Waterfront” but my favorite is probably “Rear Window” with the beautiful Grace Kelly, the lovable Jimmy Stewart and the young Raymond Burr.

  • Holger

    So Sorry, ANNA KARINA! Hi, Holger

  • Mklmjdrake

    Wow, that’s a tough one.  Lawrence of Arabia, To kill a Mockingbird and Dr. No are all at the top of the list!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DWIOR7QWV5K44TJDKTK7WQJ34M Eric

    1940 — Grapes of Wrath — never gets old, always Fonda’s and Ford’s best. Seen it 100 times and the “I’ll be there” speech still makes me cry.

  • Swayland7

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)!!!!

  • Jbejami321

    Although I missed the premier, it would have to be Twelve O’Clock High, with She Wore a Yellow Ribbon as my second choice…which I also missed!  (1949)

  • SlyPig32

    The Best Years Of Our Lives

    • c3cubed

      1946?  You have Excellent taste. This film is what I consider to be one of the All-time best ever made. Certainly on my personal top ten list. It’s flawless perfection.

    • http://profiles.google.com/eirehawk Jim H

       yup, 1946, and a terrific movie, which resonates with every veteran, from every war since and including WW II

  • Frederick

    The Time Machine and not those crumby re-makes but the 1960 version with Rod Taylor and Alan Young.  It has it all !  Action Adventure, and Time Travel (my favorite subject and study)  And oddly enough no computer effects.

  • Shawnaguilera88

    1965-For a Few Dollars More

  • Rpenros

    1938–Grand Illusion, followed by The Lady Vanishes, Holiday, Bringing Up Baby, and Pygmalion.

  • mamacancook!

    An American in Paris!  Didn’t like it too much at first, but watched because I’m a huge fan of Gene Kelly.  Leslie Caron endears herself to the viewer over time.  Great dancing and beautiful sets!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-M-Boos/100001322742331 Paul M. Boos

    1942 (today, no less)….Casablanca……questions?

    • hypatiab7

       Nope. Happy birthday!

  • Banned

    Monkey Business….Carey Grant…Ginger Rogers …..Fantastic Movie

  • Ganesha375

    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. 1948.

  • Jlordsith

    She wore a yellow ribbon with John Wayne  jlordsith@comcast.net

  • VyvyanHP

    I was born in 1938 and it’s a toss-up between “The Lady Vanishes” and “Pygmalion”.

  • Wayne

    1944 – Going My Way  

  • Ransom Love

    1952- Either “The Bad and The Beautiful” or “Monkey Business” depending on my mood.

  • Leprechaun6-4

    1949-A Letter to Three Wives

  • http://www.facebook.com/plawler Paul Lawler

    Umm… Casablanca was 1942.

  • Ralph Avard

    In 1952,  THE movie was “The Quiet Man” with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Then, “Hans Christian Anderson” with Danny Kaye and “Against All Flags” with Errol Flynn. Never thought much of the Oscar-winner for that year; lots of stars in it, but a hokey story. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/plawler Paul Lawler

    You also forgot to mention, “Casablanca.” Arguably the most famous picture from 1942.

  • Tom

    1949 – so either “Adam’s Rib” or the “Heiress!”
    Although, had I been born in 1957, I totally agree with everything said about “A Face in the Crowd!”  WHAT am amazing and powerful film!  Andy Griffith in a whole different light.  See it!

    • Bruce Reber

      “A Face In The Crowd” is somewhat prophetic – in the movie Andy Griffith has his own TV variety show, and in real life just three years later he’d star in “The Andy Griffith Show”, one of the classic sitcoms of all time, which ran on CBS from 1960-1968.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=585923947 Patricia Parker

    In 1958, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was a big hit and years later when I had a huge crush on Paul Newman I found this wonderful film.

  • Dick Landsman

    The Gold Rush 1925 !! It still is a classic . I can hardly wait to see the new re-master

  • Looseleafhead

    1975- Nashville!!! It does not get any better. Altman and the greatest cast ever! You can’t go wrong with Ronee Blakley and Keith Carradine.


  • Bruce

    1949 – Only choice is She Wore A Yellow Ribbon!

  • Rspnov

    1944.  Hrad to beat Double Indemnity.  Second place: The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek.

  • Karen

    1941…obviously, “Citizen Kane”.  But it also means:  “Ball of Fire”, “Dumbo”, “The Maltese Falcon” and (maybe) the first time you heard ‘The Last Time I Saw Paris’ from “Lady Be Good”.  Pretty good stuff.

  • ranchorenal

    1940: So many to choose from: The Grapes of Wrath, The Philadelphia Story, Rebecca, The Thief of Bagdhad, The Shop Around the Corner, Fantasia, The Letter, The Great Dictator, The Bank Dick — I love them all; but, of course, my favorite has to be…PINOCCHIO!

  • BOB


  • Film Fan

    1941 – Citizen Kane

  • Chas in kc

    1954 — Can I have five? Depends on my mood, and what I feel like watching.
    1. On the Waterfront — won every major award that year, including Marlon Brando as best actor.
    2. The Caine Mutiny — Humphrey Bogart and Jose Ferrer were magnificent
    3. Rear Window — Jimmy Stewart, Grace Kelly, Hitchcock, need I say more.
    4. Seven Samurai — Best foreign movie ever, and particularly best foreign movie ever turned into a classic western with Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen.
    5. Them! — The first and the best of the giant bugs movie. Every cliche Hollywood ever threw into a monster movie came from this flick — the doddering scientist, the stalwart heroes, the radioactive mutants, and the gorgeous love interest, of course. Couldn’t ask for more.

  • Patricialehman128

    1939 was my birth year and a great year for movies.  But no matter – the greatest movie of all time, (for me), was Gone With The Wind.

  • Mathcat345

    Singing in the Rain from 1952. Hands down!

  • gsnappy

    Planet of the Apes, 2001 A Space Odessy, Night Of The Living Dead, how can I pick just one!

  • hupto

    With the understanding that favorite isn’t the same as best: THE FLAME AND THE ARROW (1950).

  • Rocky

    1950 – All About Eve.

  • Kayjay


  • http://www.facebook.com/carol.jevrem Carol Jevrem

    1948 – The Red Shoes

  • http://www.facebook.com/carol.jevrem Carol Jevrem

    1948 – The Red Shoes

  • Helen

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs–1937.

  • Danpupo10151

    1947—-Miracle on 34th Street.

  • CalamityJean

    1958 – White Christmas!

    • TrippyTrellis

      Right movie (my favorite musical of all time) but wrong year, CalamityJean. How about: “Gigi”, “South Pacific”, “Damn Yankees!” or “Merry Andrew”- they are all ’58 musicals.

      • CalamityJean

        Thanks for your reply… I knew I goofed after I posted it. I searched for 1958 movies and it’s hard to pick a favorite one. I’ll go with ‘Desire Under the Elms’ or ‘The Long, Hot Summer’.

  • Joeccosta

    1959–Anatomy of a Murder

  • Dnarockincafe

    1972 – Butterflies Are Free

  • Dnarockincafe

    Butterflies Are Free

  • ann

    It has to be “Gun Crazy” from 1949

  • UncleAlbert

    1951– The Day the Earth Stood Still and The Steel Helmet

    • c3cubed

      “Day the earth stood still” – What was considered then a “B” movie is still a masterpiece of the genre. One of my favourites too, but I wasn’t born that year. Excellent but simple F/X, it is a magnificent story, and of course, laden with the best of iconic sci-fi imagery. Bernard Herrmann’s score is perfect with his novel use of the Theremin; it perhaps created a cliche for the inferior sci-fi and horror films afterward. And to think all this directed by a young Robert Wise…

      • hypatiab7

         My favorite movie of all time is “The Day the Earth Stood Still”. Michael Rennie was marvelous as the alien ambassador Klaatu (I named my cat after him). What a class actor Rennie was. And Herrman’s music was was new, strange and incredible. The
        use of real newspeople gave it just the right touch of reality. And, it is still politically timely in spite of being 61 years old.

        The remake is an abomination.

  • Arnie Dinnelli

    I don’t remember. I was just a baby.

  • Bjmommycat

    1952 – Singin In the Rain! – Great Film

  • Garykevinware

    1959 Ben Hur

  • Thbulkeley


  • David Alan

    I also have a hard time with only one pick.  My favorite ghost story (The Uninvited) and my favorite mystery (Laura) were both from 1944, along with some other faves – Gaslight, Double Indemnity and Since You Went Away.

    • Roscoe

      I wish I had been born in 1944.  The Uninvited is my favorite, too.  Great movies that year.

  • Cvg726

    I must give my answer for my mother first, as she often told me it was her all time favorite, not just for the year I was born – “Gone With the Wind”.  However, since it was the year of my birth, and I was obviously much younger and saw it in a re-release, my favorite would be “The Wizard Of Oz”.

    • c3cubed

      If you are 1939 – consider yourself to have been born in the greatest year in number of what became motion picture classics. Almost impossible to choose a favourite from that year, as it seems so many of the films released by the major studios were of the highest of vintage quality.

  • Cindy

    1955 Marty

  • C3cubed

    1958 Vincente Minelli’s masterpiece Gigi. It took all the major Oscars that year, deservedly so. The absolute last of the golden age of musical entertainment. They don’t make ’em like that anymore.

  • Sandpiper

    From 1943—-“Casablanca,”

  • RALincoln

    From 1954:  Rear Window with James Stewart and Grace Kelly; all time favorite!

    • c3cubed

      Good choice of Hitchcock – I think Rear Window’s my favourite of his films too.  I’ve heard that it was Hitch’s favourite as well.

  • c3cubed

    I’ve noticed that a high percentage of posts here have great taste in the classic film. This is very reassuring to me, knowing that all is not lost to the majority of uninspired & inferior remakes today.
    This is a good group of people. Very nice to see.

  • dnaks

    Song of the South from 1946

  • Jim

    Well, as usual, picking just one film (or actor, or director, etc.) is almost impossible. I got it down to two. From 1953 (yes, ancient times!): “Wages of Fear”, still an overwhelming experience today, is my runner-up; Sam Fuller’s “Pickup On South Street”, with great performances by Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, and Thelma Ritter, is a delightful nose-thumbing at the repressed conformity of the era, and it’s my pick(up)!

  • Denisdjfsf

    Holiday Inn and Reap The Wild Wind 1942

    • hypatiab7

       I love  Reao the Wild Wind. What a marvelous cast, great characters and wonderful story.

  • Wade

    Barbara stanwyck made some incredible movies from comedy to drama in 1944 she made Double Indemnity one of my favourites of hers

  • http://twitter.com/Lainer Lainer

    1961 Breakfast at Tiffany’s

  • Carol

    The Best Years of Our Lives.  I’m watching it right now.

  • hypatiab7

    1947:It’s a tough choice. I love Angel and the Badman, Gentleman’s Agreement, Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Miracle on 34th Street and Nightmare Alley.  I’ll go with Ghost and Mrs. Muir, though tomorrow, it will probably be Miracle on 34th Street (as long as the lady stays an atheist.)

    • Wayne P.

      In that case I will want to pray for her, or is it your, salvation?  😉

      • hypatiab7

         Define ‘salvation” and what it leads to. Then, provide evidence that either exists. Otherwise,
        let’s just stick to movies.

        • Wayne P.

          Well, this is off topic, youre right about that but its worth it!  Salvation is of the Lord God and is best defined in the Holy Bible New Testament book of Romans 10:9.  Gods word also says in the Old Testament Isaiah 53 that Gods only son Jesus coming to save mankind of its sin was foretold.  All prophecies in the Bible came true 100% of the time as would have to be the case to prove the veracity of any religious claim.  The only one left to happen now is the return of Christ the second time to set up his eternal kingdom and new Heaven on Earth.  That’s predicted in Revelation, the last book of the Bible.

          But, if that’s not enough confirmation, there’s also extra-Biblical resources.  All the archaeological discoveries, including the recent finds excavated from the second Jewish temple in Jerusalem, and the ossuary of James, the brother of Jesus, was also unearthed a few years ago.  Even the gold plated chariot wheels of Pharaohs army were found on the floor of the Red Sea where the road-bed the Israelites used to flee Egypt was placed at the best point for a crossing ordained by God.  King Solomon marked the spot for all time on the other side with giant stone pillars so no one could question the accuracy of this historical event.

          Most convincing to me is what noted late theologian D. James Kennedy said:  “There is more evidence that Jesus Christ rose from the dead than that Napolean ever lived.”   He was seen risen by about 500 eyewitnesses!   What other head of a religion has done that?  Theyre all in the ground, dead and buried.  Only the resurrection makes Christianity truly believable to us all. If this apologetics statement took too long, you have my regrets, but I’m not ashamed of doing it since you brought this subject up with your statement about Maureen O’Hara’s character, which only showed she had learned to have faith in a fictional icon (Santa Claus), and not that she was an atheist for sure.  After all, anyone can have faith in anything but placing ones faith in something as verifiably real as the one true God has eternal, not symbolic, consequences; for good to those who believe & for bad to those who don’t.

          • Joeccosta

            Well, at least you had the courtesy to say that your comment was off topic.

          • hypatiab7

             More important to me is that this is a movie discussion site. You are taking advantage of a one sentence comment I made in one message to start proselytizing. please stop it or I’ll have to report you to the administrators of this site.

          • Wayne P.

            You can choose your choice but not your consequences…No, actually I answered your direct inquiry of me about Salvation, and there’s no so-called taking advantage of anything involved here, except possibly ignorance, in also rebutting a probable falsehood about a movie character with the truth (if you bothered to read and comprehend it, that is!).

          • hypatiab7

             Did you read the entire sentence where I said that it was a movie site at the end of the sentence? I doubt that you paid any attention to that. You just latched on to my comment about the character being an atheist and I hoped she stayed one. Instead of just letting this go as my opinion, you had to turn it into a religious debate. If that’s what you want, come to alt.atheism and I’ll gladly debate you there. Here, we discuss movies. If you want to discuss religion in “Miracle On 34th Street”, that’s a whole different story. Getting into a religious debate is not the purpose of this site. I’ll leave it to others here – do any of you want to go into each other’s personal religious beliefs and why we believe what we believe, discuss why some characters in the movie appear religious while the little girl’s mother didn’t appear to be religious or not discuss religion at all? Is there anything in the site charter that says we can or can’t discuss topics such as personal religious beliefs?

          • Wayne P.

            A word to the wise, try using IMHO (In My Humble Opinion) if thats what youre stating. Otherwise, folks might believe your statement, the way it was worded, and think Maureen O’Haras’ character might’ve really been an atheist at some point in that film, even if not at the end when she got faith, at least, in Kris Kringle!  The simple fact of the matter is there’s no evidence to support it being other than just that, your opinion; which is fine, but my point of drawing the distinction makes a difference. 

            Debating the merits of religion vs. atheism was never my intention.  I was just answering a question or contention, that’s all, and providing documentation to back it up on both subjects weve been discussing, and can agree to disagree as to the conclusion.

          • hypatiab7

            I don’t use expressions such as “in my humble opinion” because they sound pretentious. I said that I hoped that she remained an atheist (since that was what she appeared to be) and had not changed. Whether this deals only with Santa Claus or anything else is not made clear in the movie. So, I stated my opinion and hopes. That was all. You are the one who is dragging this out for no reason at all. So, I am ending this discussion here in this movie site. If you want to continue discussing religion in alt.atheism, fine. Please let me know if you are willing to do this. Otherwise, this discussion has ended.

          • Wayne P.

            Its not pretentious if you say what you mean or vice versa…in other words, if one is sincere.  Being humble is also a secular virtue, last time I checked.  Sounds like a bait & switch offer to me so will pass on the chance to debate you at that godless website and thanks, for not much that is, as have had reasoned arguments with the MU fanfare faithful several times on so-called religious movie-related issues since the administrators and/or contributors post those topics often enough.  Regarding your rush to have the last word, its still a free country; in fact, this constitutional republic was founded as a Christian Nation and I, for one, still hold to the values of free speech so I couldnt take you up either on your demand to end this discussion just yet but come back next time and we can reason together again, or so I would sincerely attempt at least.

      • Maxfabien

        She was an atheist???  The belief or disbelief in God was never mentioned in the film! It was all about believing is SANTA CLAUS!!

        • Wayne P.

          Yes, I agree with you…my reply was to hypatiab7…but more on that below!

  • Frankie

    I was born in 1943, and my favorite movie of all time was made in that year: “Lady Of Burlesque”, starring Barbara Stanwyck, Michael O’Shea, Iris Adrian, Pinky Lee, and every great character actor you’ve ever seen. Directed by William Wellman and based on Gypsy Rose Lee’s “The G-String Murders”,it was nominated for Best Score, and SHOULD have been nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Stephanie Bachelor as The Princess Nirvena). A true classic !

  • Kjsaab

    The Man Who Knew Too Much…. 1956

    • Dueben

      I’m with ya! Doris, Jimmy, and Alfred a great combo!

  • Jgjohnmiller

    I was born in 1982.  My favorite movie from 1982 is Firefox starring and directed by Clint Eastwood.  It’s an much better movie than Top Gun.



  • Oldmcdonald

    There were some good ones from 1947. My favorite, The Ghost and
    Mrs. Muir. 

  • Christiana19119

    The Maltese Falcon

  • felliniesque

    Dr Zhivago

  • edro3111

    I’m a western and sci-fi fan but the western wins out in my birth year of 1950. “Winchester 73” is my pick with Jimmy Stewart. Great movie and has been one of my all time favs!

  • Vlr1953

    I was born in 1953.   My favorite movie of 1953 was Calamity Jane.

  • pizzmoe


  • kc88

    Unfortunate I was born in 1988- not many good movies but one that sticks out is Who Framed Roger Rabbit!

  • Dugwindad

    1933 – King Kong


    THEM! 1955

  • Carol

    I was born in 1947.  My favorite movie from that year and one of my all time favorite movies is “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir”

  • Kcalbertina59

    1959….I give North by Northwest a narrow edge over Ben-Hur, Anatomy of a Murder, and Rio Bravo.

  • Guest

    Mickey’s Christmas Carol and Return of the Jedi.

  • jackjones

    Some of the great pictures (so they tell me) of my birth year were:
    West Of Zanzibar (Lon Chaney)
    The Singing Fool (Al Jolson)
    The Gaucho (Douglas Fairbanks)
    Speedy (Harold Lloyd)

  • Debbie

    Mine would be “White Christmas”. My husband’s would be “Them!”

  • Katmacadoo

    Double Indemnity

  • BarbRoscoe

    How lucky am I?  I was born in 1946 and it just so happens that The Stranger is from that year.  Now that’s a heart pounding movie. 

  • Magman1

    1946, World War II had ended, thousands of GI’s came home, found jobs, got married, and started having babies. Yes, I was an original Baby Boomer and my favorite movies from that year were “The Best Years of Our Lives”, “It’a A Wonderful Life”, and “The Yearling”. Coincidentally, all won Acdemy Awards in diffrent categories. Best Picture was “The Best Years of Our Lives”.

  • Jsherman2000

    Too many to choose from (1952): The Crimson Pirate, Singin’ In the Rain, High Noon, The Quiet Man.
    I’m just glad I didn’t have to pick from 1939.

    • Debbi52

      My year, too.  I’d add Pat & Mike, & the Importance of Being Ernest.  Loved the Quiet Man. 

  • Istrouma

    1945  Valley of Decision  Garson & Peck.  Great movie!

  • Alfie

    Gone With The Wind, arguably the best film of all time; a year [1939] which had so many greats – The Wizard of Oz; The Four Feathers, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Gunga Din, Stagecoach, Wuthering Heights, Of Mice and Men, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dark Victory, Drums Along the Mohawk, etc, etc, … an embarrassment of riches …. Almost any one of these would have received a best film Oscar in  other years.

  • Slftrek

    Thanks to Magman1, I think “It’s a Wonderful Life”, would be my favorite.  I’m also a 1946 Boomer, but would not have had any idea about the movies of that year, until he clued me in.

  • Charlesbogle

    My year would be 1953. So many great films to choose from, among them The Band Wagon, The Captain’s Paradise, The Cruel Sea, The Hitch Hiker, I Vitelloni, The Naked Spur, Pickup On South Street, Shane, Stalag 17, Ugetsu, and The Wages of Fear. But my favorite is a little-known Carol Reed film starring James Mason and Claire Bloom called The Man Between, a Cold War drama. Right up there with his other classics The Fallen Idol and The Third Man in my opinion, and having quite a bit in common with the latter film. Very hard to come by in this country but the DVD is available in England and sometimes TCM shows it here.


    the blob 1958 !!

  • mba

    The year was 1951. My most watched movie from that year would be The African Queen. Others that I should mention are The Thing From Another World and Ace In The Hole.

    • mba

      I got reading more of the comments & Yikes, I forgot about The Day The Earth Stood Still…..

  • Maxfabien

    For me it’s a no-brainer. 1950 “All About Eve”.

  • Voyttbots

    THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS 1953

  • Malibutom2

    Swiss Family Robinson, 1940 starring Thomas Mitchell

    • jackjones

      I tried to get a DVD of this one some years ago but it was so dark it was unwatchable. 

  • bella

    The Heiress, 1949

    • TrippyTrellis

      The best movie of all time!

  • Fabian

    “Changes” from 1968. This film epitomises the many changes that occurred during this year. A special mention for “Planet Of The Apes” also.

  • Barbara

    1947 had some great movies that I still enjoy watching. Miracle on 34th Street, The Egg & I, The Bishop’s Wife, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir and Life with Father to name a few.

  • Jimnet1739

    Vertigo, 1958

  • Skish59

    It’s hard to pick a favorite because there were so many wonderful movies but… Some like it Hot and Rio Bravo would be at the top of my list.  I have to put Sleeping Beauty and both North by Northwest/Operation Petticoat on the list because no year is complete without gorgeous Cary Grant!

  • Nickbarr

    1942…. Casablanca without question!

  • al

    Forbidden Planet 1956 with Walter Pigeon

  • Lynzy

    There are many that I count in my favorites from my birth year.  But my all time fav for 1947 is Dark Passage.  I fell in love with Bogie from that film on.

  • Mary

    Manos the Hands of Fate. 1966

  • Ixnay


  • Sharon

    Three Little Words  (musical 1950)  Fred Astaire, Vera Ellen and Red Skelton

  • Ss5867


  • Dragnfly13

    1970.. Aristocats… one of the first movies I saw as a kid… as a grown up.. Kelly’s Heros and M*A*S*H

  • golde

    i don’t know what movies were issued in 1932 my year of birth.

    • OZ ROB

      Was a great year for films ..Scarface,,Trouble in Paradise, Love me tonight,Shanghai Express,

    • entert8in

      Here are some suggestions to choose from:  Produced in 1932:

       * GRAND HOTEL  – Gteta Garbo and John Barrymore
      *  Scarface
      *  The Champ
      *  Shanghai Express

  • Rick A


  • Adam B

    Soylent Green

  • APHID9

    GIANT with the fabulous Elizabeth Taylor.  

  • Ken Candelori

    Goldfinger !!!

  • Stuart Mandel

    Sinbad (1946) in glorious Technicolor, starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Maureen O’Hara, with Cesar Romero and in particular Walter Slezak as an oriental villain.  I still hope that it will come back on video some day.

  • nick

    1957, I had to look it up, and then thought it would not be so difficult, but it was. Some of those films, 12 Angry Men for drama, The Tall T, action-western with Randolph Scott and Richard Boone. Horror Night of The Demon by Jaque Tournier, Science Fiction Quatermass II (Love Brian Donlevey in that film, I don’t care wha the orig screenwriter says). Foreign Language from USSR The Cranes Are Flying, A rather interesting and underated film of that year, Island In The Sun. I accually saw some influence I felt on Antonnioni’s La Aventura.  

  • victor

    Well turns out 1962 was a good year for movies! Lawrence of Arabia, The Music man. I have to go with To kill A Mockingbird!! I love that film and it Scared my pants off ,when I was little!!

  • 4xgramma

    1951 was a great year for movies. My top favorite is “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” A close second is “A Place in the Sun.”

  • mcbob

    From 1947 (U.S. release date), it would be David Lean’s “Great Expectations”, especially for Martita Hunt (Miss Havisham), Finlay Currie (Magwitch),Jean Simmons (Young Estella) and the scenes on the moors and in the mansion.

  • Guest

    12 Angry Men, 1957

  • Rachell

    miracle on 34th street

  • Tom

    Touch of Evil.

  • Jim

    If im right it would be Shane starring alan ladd.

  • C Frost58

    1973-My favorite film from that year is Payday starring Rip Torn.Why he,or even the film itself(particularly the screenplay),wasn’t nominated for an Oscar is a mystery to me.



  • Stephanie

    The Godfather II. Great movie

  • JohnnyM

    1960…….Psycho and Spartacus

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Delaney/509333712 Bob Delaney

    From 1964, “Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.”

  • showstopper48

    1948 – Key Largo

  • Hayes1760

    The Guns of Navarrone 1961

  • Grm0123

    as i remember…i love Pinocchio

  • ziaria

    Lot’s of great musicals that year; it’s hard to choose…Oklahoma, Guys & Dolls, Daddy Long Legs, Kismet.  Can’t leave out James Dean in Rebel without a Cause and East of Eden. And of course Ernest Borgnine in Marty

  • Kathleenenloe

    it has to be ”a letter to 3 wives” 1948. i just love this movie!

  • Beansarelli

    1951 – no doubt about it, “American In Paris” and the Oscar winner for Best Picture of the year! 

  • Dora Smith

    Duh, there were no movies the year I was born.  Movies had barely been invented.

    • Wayne P.

      What year might that be please?  We might be able to find one…Lon Chaney Sr. has a role in a silent western from 1914 and the first Wizard of Oz on film came out in 1913; plus, not to be outdone, the Titanics first celluloid take took place just a few months after the sinking in 1912 and the star actress actually survived the iceberg collision but wasnt Molly Brown!

  • thelaw2047

    1955…Ernest Borgnine best actor for “Marty”. Although I have still not seen this great classic by Chekov. I am told that he (Chekov) did a cameo int the film.

    • Bruce Reber

      “Marty” (the teleplay and movie) was written by Paddy Chayefsky, not Chekov.

  • Claude

    When I was born, movies had only been talking for 2 years. I can’t hope to remember what was out at that time. 

    • entert8in

      Please tell us what year exactly; can thenl help you recall some of the pictures produced then

  • Jan

    1962 – TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD starring Gregory Peck. I was only two-years-old when this movie first appeared on screen. Fourteen years later, at the age of 16, my high school Literature teacher assigned the class a book report. We were asked to select a book from the library, read it, and write a report on what we thought of the story. The book I chose was…”To Kill A Mockingbird”. I really had not seen the movie, even then. But after reading the book, writing a stellar report, and receiving the highest score that could be given for a book report, I was more than ready to see the movie. It would be five years later, at the age of 21, before I actually saw the movie for the first time on TV. The book is fantastic, and being able to put faces to the characters….WOW, that was more than amazing! I love this movie, and especially Gregory Peck’s award winning performance. 

  • JoyP

    Rio Bravo or The Horse Soldiers…I also have soft spot for The Mouse That Roared.  1959

  • http://www.facebook.com/esmatt3 Sylvia Matthews

    There are several choices shrug I’m going with Dumbo.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003461851459 Mikaela Brink

    The Lion King-love the movie and the soundtrack and The Crow starring the late Brandon Lee R.I.P.-love that movie and the soundtrack also.  Those are my personal favorites but if I were to choose “best” picture of that year hands down Forrest Gump takes my vote.

  • Deanie Loomis

    I was born in 1950. As much as I love such great films from that year as SUNSET BLVD. and ALL ABOUT EVE, I have to go with THE FURIES, the perversely fascinating Western directed by Anthony Mann and starring Barbara Stanwyck. Significantly, THE FURIES also was Walter Huston’s last film. 

  • Jay C.

    My favorite movie from the year I was born (1976) is The Pink Panther Strikes Again.  Rocky would be a close second.  It was a hard decision, with great movies like The Outlaw Josey Wales, Taxi Driver, The Omen and Carrie in the mix.  While TPPSA may not be the “greatest” movie of the year, it is, indeed, my favorite. 

  • Chester

    1954    Without a doubt White Christmas with Crosby, Kaye, Clooney, Vera-Ellena and Jagger. On the other hand Secret of the Incas with Charlton Heston has got to be White’s running mate. Two fantastic films one is a fun adventure travelogue (and Heston’s cynical sarcasm makes this one of his best scripts) is a ball to watch, the other is nearly perfect holiday fare. I take that back, White Christmas is perfect.

  • essendondons

    1950 – All About Eve. Bette Davis, Celeste Holm, George Sanders, Anne Baxter, Gary Merrill,
    Hugh Marlowe, Marilyn Monroe.  Great Year, Great Movie, Essendon won the Premiership and my parents were naturally overjoyed at my arrival…

  • zm73

    Zulu (1964)

  • Florida Frankie

    I’m another 1950 Baby Boomer and there was no shortage of terrific movies that year.  The afore mentioned Sunset Boulevard and All About Eve as well as Asphalt Jungle, D.O.A., Summer Stock, Winchester ’73, Panic in the Streets, Father of the Bride, Cyrano de Bergerac, In a Lonely Place and several others but my two favorites are Born Yesterday with the magnificent Judy Holliday and the wonderfully whimsical Harvey with the great Jimmy Stewart.

  • Sabuckethead

    Beings that I have seen very few movies from 1978 (not a fan of many movies between 1963-1981 in general)…I would go with either Animal House or Grease.

  • John Thomas

    Red River 1948

  • Nora

    The Searchers (1956).

  • Norman Gillen

    Five Fingers (1952) with James Mason, Michael Rennie. 

  • Patpayne_99

    Casablanca (1943)

  • WDPjr

    1951 – has to be African Queen.  Second choice would be A Place in the Sun.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LXR2VGW3PC346QHFBFB3R46EYY Pinky

    An Affair to Remember -1957

  • Tony

    1961- tie between ‘Through A Glass Darkly’ and ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s.’  Two movies that couldn’t be more different.

  • Jobra818

    1976– The Shootist John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard, and Jimmy Stewart at their best!! Casablanca was 1942! You should trying picking again.

  • David Emo

    Singin’ in the Rain

  • vern

    1958 the bravados and the big country

  • T Balentine

    The Seven Year Itch, starring Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell

  • Pesmith

    A Christmas Carol 1951

  • Suz

    1953: Sawdust and Tinsel (followed closely by From Here to Eternity, Roman Holiday, and The Big Heat)

  • Rwjohns59

    No contest! ‘CASABLANCA’

  • Watt

    Lots of great favorites for me to pick from:
    Singin’ in the Rain
    The Quiet man
    The Greatest Show on Earth
    Five Fingers
    Son of Paleface
    Rancho Notorious
    But the winner is…   High Noon.  It sums up almost everything important to know about life in general for me.

  • burk1840

    1939 – No question about it – Gone With The Wind

  • Sandy G

    1957 – Funny Face and An Affair To Remember

  • Judy Schubert

    1956-Bus Stop

  • WW

    1965 – The Sound of Music

  • Dean_athans

    1952: “Ikiru” made by Akira Kurosawa; “Umberto D.” by Vittoria Da Sica; “Limelight” by Chaplin (with Buster Keaton).

  • Bquail

    Suddenly Last Summer with Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift and the great Katharine Hepburn

  • entert8in

    Favorites for 1942 are:

    – The Pride of the Yankees
    –  Random Harvest
    – The Talk of the Town    and of course,
    – Bambi

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/V26HPCWNYVZKVBOEY22UTFID6U William F.

    Singin’ in the Rain
    The Crimson Pirate
    The Quiet Man
    High Noon

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/V26HPCWNYVZKVBOEY22UTFID6U William F.

    Singin’ in the Rain
    The Crimson Pirate
    The Quiet Man
    High Noon

  • Paulval

    The Exorcist

  • Wjohnson

    Mighty Joe Young

  • http://www.facebook.com/max.fraley Max Duane Fraley

    (1935) Mutiny On The Bounty



  • William

    Bonnie And Clyde

  • MrMovieClassics

    Mary Poppins
    My Fair Lady

  • Timshelboy

    splendour in the grass

  • Wabba

    The Heiress, Little Women and All the Kings Men…….

    mmmm….that makes me really old!!!!!

  • MrCrashHappy

    Harvey (1950), one of the best comedies ever made.

  • http://www.moviefanfare.com/ Jason Marcewicz

    Some pretty atrocious choices for 1966.
    However, there is one that stands well above the rest.
    It also happens to be my favorite movie of all-time: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly.

    • Wayne P.

      Has anyone mentioned “Born Free” ( and ‘life is worth living’ from the song 😉 yet?  But TGTBATU is always a worthy choice as its support on the Best Movie Shoot-Outs blog will attest!

    • Doug

       Born Free is a really good film. I saw it in the theater when I was 12. But I was really disappointed to find out later that the actors were not the actual surrogates of Elsa. A very heart-warming film.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/G5PGSAP2WNJQLMOQJJMSFOE2M4 m.j.

    peter pan

  • Ross

    The Exorcist. I was 10 when this movie came out. I had the book and i threw it away because i thought  if i kept it something bad would happen to me..

  • bryankr

    The Great Escape
    From Russia With Love
    The Birds
    Those are my favorite from 1963!

  • http://www.facebook.com/carol.carlin.33 Carol Carlin

    I was born in 1956 and my favorite movie from that year is The Ten Commandments!
    Awesome movie.

  • Bespec79

    “Some Like it Hot,” which opened within the same week I was born. 

  • Rkjohnson1

    1939 – Stagecoach. And if you don’t like my choice, “Frankly, I don’t give a damn.”

  • Rob Crouse

    Unfortunately, 1947 was not the greatest year for movies but my choices would be “Odd Man Out,” “Gentleman’s Agreement,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” and an Edward G. Robinson movie I haven’t seen in years or heard anyone talk about called “The Red House.”

  • Saddletramp1963

    Ohhh that’d be a toss up between Donovan’s Reef and McClintock.

  • Phil

    Has to be Roy Rogers and Dale Evans in Don’t Fence Me In. the story of ‘wildcat Kelly’ 
    A great Roy Rogers pic! He also made another one in 1945 called ‘Along the Santa Fe Trail’

  • Doug

    1954 – On The Waterfront. My favorite sci=fi film from that year was Them!

    • Stldjen

      Oh, forgot Ma and Pa Kettle at home, with Majorie Main and Percy Kilbride lol…

  • N Debrabant

    The Robe, From Here to Eternity, Stalag 17, The Glenn Miller Story, Calamity Jane, Titanic, Shane these are my main favorite from the year I was born.

    • cindy

       I was born the same year,I love the movies you posted,don’t forget’ THE 5,000 Fingers of Dr.T.

  • Gonnaplotz

    I was born in 1937 — my favorite movie from that year (and my all-time, make popcorn, phone off the hook, disable the doorbell, shoes off, kick back and do not disturb until it’s over favorite film of all time) is the original “King Kong!”

    • Stldjen

      That film was made in 1933 I think.

      • Martylee13045x

         YESSS 1933!

  • Alan H

    All About Eve

  • Tomofbath

    Henry V with Lawrence Olivier or a Canterbury Tale with Eric Portman (although this is noe terribly dated).

  • Profparanormal

    I was born in 1956 — the same year as the first real big budget sci fi film (and arguably much inspiration for STAR TREK) …. FORBIDDEN PLANET.

    I love that film — and as a parapsychologist, constantly refer to it as one of the best poltergeist movies (albeit alien-machinery-enhanced) ever made.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000205757947 T Glenn Queen Jr.

    1962:  To Kill a Mockingbird. 

  • Joanbet

    1955…  Marty

    But I had a hard time choosing with East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause, Blackboard Jungle, The Desperate Hours and Man with the Golden Arm all in the running!

  • jrd

    There are a lot of 1950’s babies here. I have two favorite movies from my year, 1956 – Giant (set in my home state of Texas) and Forbidden Planet.

  • Juneaumac

    There where quite a few in 1963 but I guess I would have to go with The Nutty Professor but Going down the list of movies for 1963 there are over a dozen movies  that I love from Elvis to John Wayne even the Pink Panther came out that year and  From Russia with Love that was a tough one to decide and I’m still not sure if I chose right thats like asking me whats my favorite song or food. I’m a record collector and a hard core foodie. 

  • Lee Hemphill

    1944 had a slew of great movies but my favorites are “Meet Me In St. Louie” and “Laura.”  Such a variety – and from so many different genres.

  • feistygoat

    Gosh………… i was just a baby so I don’t remember much of anything let alone a movie

  • Ed

    Dr. Strangelove
    A Shot in the Dark

  • kham

    oh man, that is a serious tie between A Hard Day’s Night (Beatles) and the Bond movie Goldfinger, both of 1964. i’ve been a huge Beatles fan ever since i was a kid and i guess i’m an even bigger Bond fan since i still follow the movies, books and collect stuff. i’ve loved both all my life. and an honorable mention goes to A Shot in the Dark… always have loved Peter Sellers as Clouseau!

  • Elly May

    The Miracle Worker from 1962 – an outstanding movie!

  • Martylee13045x

    I was born in 1960…big transitional year in Hollywood…”Psycho”, “Elmer Gantry”, “The Apartment”, and “Butterfield 8” all pointed the way to a new maturity and permissiveness…but my pic for best film of that year would have to be Stanley Kubrik’s stunning “Spartacus”…(also demonstrating the new relaxation of old Hollywood mores…but still vibrantly classic in the old epic style (much more so for me than the for me over-rated “Ben Hur”…which Dominated 1959.

  • MB_moviebuff

    Born in 1960. Several good films, but I’m going with the US remake of the Kurasawa Classic Seven Samurai – The Magnificent Seven. A good story and blockbuster cast.

  • Liznytx26

    1953 – Born Yesterday – A Gem with William Holden; Judy Holiliday & Broderick Crawford.  B&W classic; funny, sarcastic and a great movie!

    • cindy

       wonderful movie,I love Judy Holiday

  • Fred B.

    So many great ones from 1941, but I’ll pick “The Maltese Falcon” and a follow up “The Lady Eve”..

  • cindy

    Disney’s Peter Pan, Niagra, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,House of Wax

    • cindy

       I forgot THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T.

      • Tsagiglalal

        -5,000 Fingers of Dr. T was so well done. Hans Conried was superb. Did you know it was the only feature film written by Theodore Geisel (Dr. Suess)?

  • MO

    1947 – Gotta love “Miracle on 34th St.” Also liked “Daisy Kenyon”

  • Bkm44

    1944 my fav is “Since You Went Away”.  And in reply to Feistygoat—-don’t you watch old movies on TV?  No one would remember a movie from their year of birth if it wasn’t for TV showing them!!

  • Aztrujillo

    I was born in 1948 and I believe The Canterville Ghost with Charles Laughton, Robert Young, and a very young Maureen OBrien were the stars….funny, good family movie.

  • JohnnyYen2986

    1960- “Elmer Gantry” is my favorite from that year. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/ben.summerhalder Ben Summerhalder

    1952 – “Singin’ in the Rain” and “High Noon”

  • BobinTX

    “It’s A Wonderful Life”… 1946

  • Niccapeach

    Young Frankenstein.- 1974 I watch this movie when I am sad and viola i feel better

  • Lolly828

    I think Marty was made the year i was born, or Sunset Boulevard. 1953?

    • Wayne P.

      Nope, Marty was from 1955 and Sunset Boulevard was made in 1950.  Some good picks to choose from 1953 might be:  From Here to Eternity, Roman Candle, The Big Heat and Stalag 17.

      • Wayne P.

        Sorry, meant to say Roman Holiday above…a big woopsie doodle but The Big Heat must have had me thinking ‘hot’ to get to naming it Roman Candle instead…not that its not a good film title for some other movie!  😉

  • classicsforever

    Lots of great movies were released in 1952. My favorite? It would have to be “High Noon”. I really enjoy good westerns. Of course, “The Quiet Man” and “The Greatest Show on Earth” are both excellent.

  • Andree Talbot

    i have seen Seven Brides for seven Brothers at least 50 times

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PODTFFPVEUXYHXVGNS5G5FWKGI DIRK

    I believe WEST SIDE STORY

  • Kc80

    From 1949, A Letter to Three Wives. What a stellar cast…Jeanne Crain,  Linda Darnell, Ann Southern, Paul Douglas, Kirk Douglas, Thelma Ritter and Celeste Holm as the voice of the unseen Addie Ross.

  • JohnM43

    From 1943 – Guadalcanal Diary – one of the great ,support the war effort, movies.

  • Romanoscott

    north by northwest 1959
    hitchcock , grant, eva marie saint, jessie royce landis, james mason, martin landau all at their finest

  • Vernita2004

    OK, I’m going to pick  A Letter to three wives too because I was born in 1949, but if there was a list
    I may have pick something else.

  • Jared DiGi or(DiGirolamo)

    from 1976 there are 3 good ones i can recommend  One of course u got to mention rocky with sly  that was a big office big hit  no 2  has to be Network with william holden and faye dunaway and peter finch no 3 all the president’s men with dustin hoffman and robert redford those 3 are my fav 3 of the year 1976 i was born

  • Powellkenny1960@yahoo.com

    Psycho was the movie that was out the year I was born in 1960.

  • Jb

    Dr Strangelove

  • RogerZDodger

    So many to choose from 1951. Alphabetically I’d go with: The African Queen, Angels in the Outfield, Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N., and Royal Wedding. These are the ones I watch the most, with Royal Wedding probably topping the list – Sorry Gene Kelly but NOBODY dances like Fred Astaire!
    Other classics include Showboat, American in Paris, Flying Leathernecks, Strangers on a Train, Jim Thorpe-All American and Quo Vadis. 

    • Stitchingkat

       I agree that nobody dances like Fred Astaire! However, it’s OK to love Gene Kelly too; they are different. But Fred tops my list and Top Hat is my favorite!

  • Bjtbarbie

    I was born in a year of fabulous movies.  Other than 1939, I think it was one of Hollywood’s best.  It had great dramas: The Hasty Heart, The Heiress, Come to the Stable; great social dramas: Pinky, All the King’s Men, The Champion: great musicals: On the Town, Jupiter’s Daughter and Judy’s last great scene for MGM – Summer Stock; great comedies: such as the sophisticated A Letter to Three Wives; great war movies: Sands of Iwo Jima, 12 O’ Clock High; and my personal favorite romantic movie: My Foolish Heart.  I was born in 1949.  

  • john47

    no matter what year, “Night Of The Living Dead” would NOT be in the 100th slot !! there are much, much BETTER movies than That!!!!

    • Wayne P.

      I disagree;  NOTLD is possibly topped only by Kubrick’s masterwork 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968!

  • Sherry_A

    My favorite movie of 1946 is “It’s A Wonderful Life”.  I watch it at least once a year!

  • Scottramfan

    1957, The Bridge on the River Kwai

  • duke1029

    Comedies stand the test of time better than any other genre, and what comedy was more daring and ascebically funny than Preston Sturges’ “The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek?” It showcases the best career performances of all three of its stars,  Eddie Bracken, Betty Hutton, and William Demerast, plus the great Sturges stock compant of character comedians. “Going My Way” is a fine film. but sometimes its mawkish sentimentality gets in the way of the comic chemistry of Barry Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby. Sturges’ 1944 masterpiece remains a decidedly unsentimental and hilariously cynical take on the human condition.

  • Cyn

    1941 Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde with Spencer Tracy. The Wolf Man with Lon Chaney. 

  • Pitamom

    First, Would just like to say probably the funniest movie with Joe. E.Brown, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe was made in 1949–Some Like It Hot
    1953?  From Here to Eternity, War of the Worlds, Roman Holiday Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, House of Wax, and Stalag 17.  Couple here too good to try to pick first place!

    • Chett56

       Some Like It Hot was 1959, not 1949.

    • Hurricaneholt06

      Don’t you mean 1959?

  • Stitchingkat

    1956–So many good ones to choose from! 
    Some of my favorites are:
    Giant–Elizabeth Taylor
    Friendly Persuasion–Gary Cooper
    Bus Stop–Marilyn Monroe
    Carousel–Gordon MacRae
    High Society–Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra fighting over the beautiful Grace Kelly
    The Man Who Knew Too Much–James Stewart
    23 paces to Baker street–Van Johnson
    Autumn Leaves–Joan Crawford
    sorry, Joan, I love you, too, but….
    my favorite actress of all-time….
    Bette Davis in one of her lesser known roles, The Catered Affair.

  • Belleamie59

    born in 1939. the greatest year for fabulous movies. I love them all.

  • Ric0153

    1953 – STALAG 17

  • bonaparte3

    The Best Years of Our Lives

  • Randallhorn000

    A tie. 1951.- The Thing from Another World & The Day the Earth Stood Still. Both classics!

  • a1walter2

    I was born at an early age and it’s been so long now I can’t remember the movies or even the doctor’s name.  so there.

  • Kate

    I was born in 1947; my favorite movie from that year is “Gentlemen’s Agreement”.

  • Movie Buff

    The Sound of Music

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/C4KFLYMH5VO5O4MGU4QESEDZ24 capnralls

    Being a avid John Wayne fan, the films he released in my birth year of 1945 were not all that memorable. Back to Bataan, Dakota (awful w/Vera Hruba Ralston), Flame of the Barbary Coast, and They Were Expendable. They Were Expendable was probably the best of the lot. But I have to abandon the Duke in 1945. Mildred Pierce was excellent (probably Joan Crawford greatest performance) but my favorite has to The Long Weekend. Ray Milland was outstanding and brought the world of alcoholism to life and was very realistic. P.S. if you like the Duke come to my website at jwaynefan (dot-com).

  • Tes918

    Impossible I was born in 1939

    • Wayne P.

      By consensus of movie critics, 1939 was the year the most great films in movie history were made…check out the debate from MU’s fanfare post “Do They Make ‘Em Like They Used To?”!

  • Steve

    1970: Hercules in New York! LOL. Just kidding… As um, entertaining as it was, I guess I’d have to pick either KELLY’S HEROS, or MASH. But I think the film that defines the era might be WOODSTOCK.

  • Leedegrance54

    There are no favorite movies from 1949! But I will go with All the Kings Men as it was the best film of that year.

  • Jimt B

    Show me 1940 movies11

  • bosshog267

    I once looked in an old local newspaper to see what summer of ’46 movies were big at my birth, and in my town the 2 picture shows packing in the crowds were A Stolen Life (Bette Davis playing sisters) and Without Reservations (John Wayne and Claudette Colbert).     

  • Richard

    I wasborn in 1941 andto this day my favorite movie of all time id ” Maltese Falcon ” who can ever forget the chemistry between Bogart and Greenstreet aswell as Peter Lori and Mary Astor.**** Only the Best movie ever ****

  • Ladychilipepper

    1947 – 1.  The Bishop’s Wife
                2.  Miracle on 34th Street
    Love them both… 

  • Misterbee

    1950 – 1. Rio Grande
                2. The Asphalt Jungle

  • Ladychilipepper

    1947 – 1. The Bishop’s Wife
                2. Miracle on 34th Street

  • Boo Boo bear

    My favorite movie during the year I was born is “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?”.
    Of course I didn’t see this movie until a I was older. It was a complete shock to know that in 16 or 17 states it was against the law for mixed raced couples to marry! This was 1967 how could this possibly be; how could racism exist. Of course even growing up I didn’t know what racism was…to me every kid was well a kid. Each may of had brown, blond, black or red hair; straight or curly hair; different color eyes, etc; but we were ALL kids. One of my best friends was from the Carrebean and not once did it occur to me that she was a different color to me. She was a girl and my friend!!

  • Susanjohnston

    There were a number of great films from my birth year which is 1947.  A few of them are:

    The Bishop’s Wife
    Black Narcissus
    Dark Passage
    The Ghost & Mrs. Muir
    Gentleman’s Agreement
    Farmer’s Daughter
    Miracle on 34th Street

    I loved all of these films but The  Bishop’s Wife, Miracle on 34th Street and Gentleman’s Agreement are my favorites.  I cannot eliminate any of these as a top choice.

  • Joestalin

    The Razor’s Edge

  • Raven111cats

    She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

  • http://twitter.com/ClericalGal Cheryl Herin

    1958: My favorite film would be Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, followed closely by Some Came Running.

  • Doc_Ostrow

    Miracle on 34th Street- My absolute favorite.  I am never tired of this movie and watch it many times.
    The Ghost and Mrs. Muir- Great Bernard Herrmann score.
    The Bishop’s Wife

  • Cadesgrams

    Oh my gosh just looked up movies that were out in 1956 when I was born and what a yr!!!! So many greats. One of my all time faves was the Ten Commandments w/Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Around the World in 80 Days w/David Niven & Shirley McLaine, The King & I another great w/Yul Brynner, Bus Stop w/Marilyn Monroe, The Searchers w/John Wayne,The Girl Can’t Help It w/Jayne Mansfield, High Society w/Bing Crosby,Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra, Love Me Tender w/Elvis Presley, The Man Who Knew to Much w/Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day. The list goes on… Yep a great yr and not just because I was born, haha!

  • Chett56

    1956    The Ten Commandments, The King and I and Earth vs. The flying Saucers.

    • Chett56

       Forgot Forbidden planet and Carousel…..

  • Bazz

    1945 Conflict with Bogart and Alexis Smith. Bogart kills his wife and tries to entice her sister Alexis Smith
     Objective Burma with Errol Flynn. American forces raid against the Japanese in the Jungle of Burma

  • Steve

    The Apartment
    The Time Machine
    The Magnificent Seven
    Will do me for 1960,as a start.

  • Hurricaneholt06

    “seven brides for seven brothers”
    “white christmas”
    “river of no return”
    “dial M for murder”
    “a star is born”
    “casanova’s big night”

  • King Bushwick the 33rd

    From 1959:”Rio Bravo”
    “Anatomy of a Murder”
    “Operation Petticoat”
    “Last Train From Gun Hill”
    “The Hanging Tree”
    “The Horse Soldiers”

  • Warren Mott

    I’m trying to locate a movie starring Tyrone Power, Richard Egan & I believe Susan Hayward. Takes place in Australia. I don’t remember the name. I remember one scene where Tyrone Power & Egan have a bullwhip fight. Please if you know of it let me know. I’ll purchase it in a hurry. THANK YOU. Warren Mott.

    • GeorgeDAllen

      Looks like the movie you’re looking for is “Untamed” (1955), which is the one film where all three of them appear together. (I can’t vouch for the bullwhip scene, as I haven’t seen the picture) Unfortunately it doesn’t have an official DVD release at this time. The best we can do is get you the soundtrack, if you’d settle for just hearing the music once again: http://www.moviesunlimited.com/musite/product.asp?sku=S12405 (I see the score’s by Franz “The Bride of Frankenstein” Waxman, so it’s probably pretty good!)

  • comicbookal

    From 1954:
    Creature From The Black Lagoon
    The Caine Mutiny
    20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

    Them! turned out to be my favorite  ( with “Creature From The Black Lagoon” running a close second!) out of this list of the top four that really left an impression on me when i was able to see it and the rest on this very short list years later on television in the early 1960’s. I was 7 years old at the time ( in 1960) and remember reading an article about it in Famous Monsters Of Filmland  magazine and hoping it would eventually be re-released to theaters or television. I  vividly recall seeing it for the first time along with my mother and some friends when it premiered on the New York CBS television station on their nightly presentation program called ‘The Late Show” which was telecast every day at 11:30 pm after the local news. I was happy about the fact that it was on a Friday night and did not have to worry about going to bed early as there was no school the following day. The story started out with what seemed to be a murder mystery  investigation only to discover that the murderer (s) turned out to be giant mutated ants created by fallout from the first testing of the atomic bomb in 1945 at a government facility located at White Sands, New Mexico. A great movie with excellent acting by  James (of “Gunsmoke” fame) Arness, James Whitmore, Edmund ( Santa Claus in “Miracle On 34th Street) Gwenn, and  Joan Weldon. Leonard Nimoy ( Star Trek’s “Mr.Spock”) even had a small role in this too. Highly recommended…..

  • Walt

    I was born in the best year for movies, ever!  1939!!  So it’s a very tough choice, but I have to go with “Gone With the Wind.”  If you don’t believe me about ’39, look up the list of movies made that year.  Incredible.

  • Jimmarietta

    Where are the movies from 1940??

  • Lauradyoung

    The Man Who Never Was
    The Searchers
    Lust for Life
    Somebody Up There Likes Me

    • Wayne P.

      Same year, but my fave is Kubricks The Killing…strange for its noirish title but its got a fittingly funny ending!

  • Katherineferg

    From 1958:
    The Blob
    The Fly
    The Defiant Ones
    Teachers’s Pet
    But I would pick “Gigi” as my favorite from that year.

  • Tsschall

    1953 The Bandwagon – and in a year that gave us Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Stalag 17, From Here to Eternity, Roman Holiday, The Robe (where I fell in love with Jean Simmons), The Glen Miller Story, Lili and Houdini – that’s saying a lot.

  • frankie

    1943: “Lady Of Burlesque” with Barbara Stanwyck. Favorite of all time !

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004488580416 John Patterson

      1959:”Rio Bravo”ith John Wayne;”The Hanging Tree”with Gary Cooper;”Operation Petticoat”withCary Grant and Tony Curtis and”Anatomy of a Murder”with Jimmy Stewart.

  • azviewer

    1959 —This was a most excellent year for films, which makes it very difficult to choose only 1!
    “North-by-Northwest” with Cary Grant; “Pillow Talk” with Day & Hudson; “Rio Bravo” with John
    Wayne were some of the top grossing films. Disney released “Sleeping Beauty,” “ The Shaggy Dog,” “Darby O’Gill & the Little People.” “Suddenly, Last Summer,” “Operation Petticoat,” “ It Happened to Jane” and “Journey to the Center of the Earth” also came out. Most of the above mentioned movies have been viewed multiple times.
    However, the very best for that year has to be “Some Like It Hot.” This movie never gets old and is always brings a smile! The best!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joseph-Michael/100002391270413 Joseph Michael

    My favorite film is NORTH BY NORTHWEST by Alfred HITCHCOCK.

  • Tilson

    Dinner at Eight

  • http://twitter.com/shani_3 Shani

    1965 – Dr. Zhivago and The Sound of Music

  • DollyT

    1935 was a great year for films: Captain Blood, David Copperfield, Les Miserables, The Littlest Rebel, The Lives of a Bengal Lancer, Mutiny on the Bountyy, Naughty Marietta and Top Hat. Saw them all as a youngster and have most of them in my Classic Collection. Sorry, I cannot choose one over the other they and many more have formed the foundation of my beliefs. They are thoroughly enriching.

  • tracy

    1958 — The greatest film of all time – VERTIGO!

  • Monique LaCosta

    1953. From Here to Eternity. One of the sexiest loves scenes of all time!!! Burt Lancaster looking as delicious as ever with Debra Kerr on the beach with the water washing over passionately kissing. Ray Milland is my all time favorite Classic actor so I have to include a comedy with music called, Let’s Do It Again. I have never saw Jane Wyman look so attractive and sexy with her pretty gowns and comedic timing. They were The Lost Weekend Couple 9 years later doing a light hearted love story. The plot is very much like another one of my favorites: Divorce American Style in 1967. 1946. The year my late husband was born. The Best Years of Our Lives.

  • Rocky

    All About Eve—-1950.

  • sandyclarke47@yahoo.com

    gentlemen’s agreement i was born in 1947 and i do own that movie it was great!


    THE 1955 MOVIE THEM!

  • Carter Peterson

    The great noir OUT OF THE PAST (1947).

  • Scott L.

    1961; The Guns of Navarone

  • eduardo

    1948. The Paleface. Bob Hope and Jane Rusell

  • John M

    1941……”You’ll Never Get Rich”, a musical/screwball comedy with music supplied by Cole Porter, the dancing by Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth, and the comedy by Robert Benchley and others.

  • ken palmer

    1959 u can’t go past the winner of that years best picture ben hur

  • PrincessNorrain

    1962 was a great year for movies. It’s a toss up between “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane” and “Lawrence of Arabia”. “Lawrence” wins out because my mom took me to see it when it was re-released in 1971. I was so mesmerized, I sat through the whole thing in absolute silence, even though I was only 9. I fell in love with the Arab culture back then and 40 years after that, I became a Muslim.

    • Bruce Reber

      Some more great ones from ’62: “To Kill A Mockingbird”, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”, “Two For The Seesaw”, “Lolita”, “Gypsy” and “The Longest Day”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vincent.j.anello Vincent J. Anello

    The year, 1945′ the film”A tree grows in Brooklyn”

  • dorazio1941@gmail.com

    best movie of all time Casablanca without a doubt.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vincent.j.anello Vincent J. Anello

    Very easy for me, being born in Brooklyn N.Y. In 1945, “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” everyone in the cast was great in this movie during the depression , James Dunn won an Academy Award for his part as Johnny Nolan a singing waiter who was loved by everyone but his wife who forgot the man she married because of his drinking problem. A must see.

    • Tsagiglalal

      -Have you ever read the book by Betty Smith? There is no comparison…the book is so much better.

  • Cara

    1944. Meet me in St. Louis. Too few musicals win Academy awards, and MMSL is a gem, perfectly cast, with a perfect screenplay and a perfect score directed by a young Vincent Minelli who made every frame a work of art. Almost every song in it has become a classic, with of course Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas being the most widely known.

  • Andy

    1966. The Swimmer with Burt Lancaster.

    • Tsagiglalal

      -I loved The Swimmer.

  • Maggie

    1954. “On the Waterfront.” Though I’d always loved old movies–the Marx Brothers, James Cagney, Buster Keaton–OTW turned me into a film nut. I remember staying up for The Late Show, and when it came on–I was about 15 at the time–I thought, “Darn, I don’t want to watch a movie about UNIONS!” By the time it was over, I wanted to run through the house and wake everyone to share my religious conversion. Marlon Brando was so beautiful–just like Rod Steiger said in that famous scene in the car.

  • BernardS

    1946. “The Best Years of Our Lives”. That was the Best Picture Academy Award winner. A Great
    year for movies too because the perennial favorite , “Its a Wonderful Life” was also released
    in 1946. Come to think of it, America has just WON the war at that time and a new era of “peace(?)” and prosperity was just unfolding, I didn’t see “Best Years” until the early 70s,
    but, but what a experience that was! It was then that I realized William Wyler had made
    another GREAT movie way before the 1959 “Ben Hur”, I also started focusing on everything
    Wyler did–this lead to a most exciting movie going journey that includes Audrey Hepburn,
    Bette Davis, Greer Garson, Charlton Heston, Terence Stamp !

    • jonsilver

      Jezebel is a great movie.

  • Threentwo

    Forbidden planet 1954 great movie Anne Francis what a looker

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeff.miles.52 Jeff Miles

    Forbidden planet great movie way ahead of its time 1954

    • Bruce Reber

      “Forbidden Planet” came out in 1956, not 1954.

  • James O

    My favorite movie from the year I was born(1969) would have to be TRUE GRIT with John Wayne & Glen Campbell.

  • Ernesto

    My favorite movie of all time is from the year I was born…A STAR IS BORN with Judy Garland and James Mason. What a movie!…What performances!! I never tire of it!!

  • Ernesto

    To continue…I’m partial to that beautiful film LA STRADA, and ON THE WATERFRONT, REAR WINDOW, SABRINA and THE CAINE MUTINY…..back to STAR IS BORN, Garland was robbed of that Oscar!!

    • jonsilver

      Wrong…Mason stole the picture…

    • Bruce Reber

      You’re so right – Judy totally deserved the Best Actress Oscar in ’54 over (soon-to-be Princess) Grace Kelly! She WAS robbed! James Mason was great, but IMO he didn’t steal the picture.

  • Big Pauly

    The Thing From Another World

  • Isis

    Stalag 17

  • Bruce Reber

    “Touch Of Evil”, Orson Welles’ classic Film Noir from my birth year of 1958, although it was filmed in 1957 and released in ’58.

    • Bruce Reber

      I’ll add the Hitchcock classic “Vertigo” and “Some Came Running”.

    • Bruce Reber

      I’ll add a couple more: “God’s Little Acre” and “Party Girl”.

  • Kat

    1952 The Quiet Man….I liked it so much every time I watched it, that I flew to Ireland to see where it was made. To my amazement, the town of Cong, where it was filmed, is exactly as it is in the movie. The only thing that has changed is that it had to have electricity for John Ford to film it. Maureen O’Hara goes back there every year to visit because the entire town’s people were in the movie and they cherish it, and her! What a beautiful place…just gorgeous. Worth the trip to see all the memorabilia too.

    • jrd

      “I flew to Ireland to see where it was made”
      Very cool. I’ve been to Ireland, but it was with a tour so I was not able to visit the site.

      • Kat

        Jrd, if you can, go back and see Cong, its not far from Galway and I promise you it will be well worth it, especially if you are a Quiet Man fan. Besides, its just beautiful there.

    • Joyce Buckley

      Perfect plot, perfect casting…a winner!

  • Love the Sappies!

    1966, I just looked over the list of movies from my year, and I do not think I saw any except one, A Man for All Seasons. I think I saw this in high school, and I do remember liking it, so I guess it is my favorite from my year of birth. Boy, Hollywood did not seem to have a good year in 1966.

    • jonsilver

      The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming, The Sand Pebbles, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Alfie, THE FORTUNE COOKIE (in which we are introduced to “Whiplash” Willie Gingrich, and are infinitely better for it), Georgy Girl, Morgan!, The Professionals, Grand Prix, Fantastic Voyage

      • Bruce Reber

        Also, Truffaut’s “Farenheit 451” and Antonioni’s “Blow-Up”.

  • lovestorun

    1946 – It’s A Wonderful Life. I also like The Yearling, The Best Years Of Our Lives and The Big Sleep.

  • BillG in NYC

    1948! The Treasure of the Sierra Madre! Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein!

  • merrgaret .

    The Bells of St. Mary’s with Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman from 1945!

  • FalmouthBill

    1943, there were many good ones, The North Star, Mr. Lucky, Stage Door Canteen, Northern Pusuit, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Gentleman Jim[ Errol certainly worked in 43], Guadalcanal Diary, Destination Tokyo, to name a few. But my favorite of that year would have to be Humpreys’ Sahara, a great character study, a great cast, a great story, and a great ending !

  • Bubba1971

    1971—–The French Connection although there were others that were also brilliant…A Clockwork Orange, Fiddler On The Roof…

  • David Alan

    1944 – Laura, The Uninvited, Gaslight, Double Indemnity, Experiment Perilous.

  • Nanci

    1939- Gone with the wind

    • Joyce Buckley

      THE BEST!

  • Richard

    1949 is the year and number one has to be “The Third Man”, the second choice is “Home of the Brave”, and for total fun I have to say the movie serial “King of the Rocket Men”.

  • Louie Martinez

    1944…….Laura without a doubt

  • Ken Walker

    I was born 1934. Saw my first movie ,a western in 1941 Boots and Saddles with Gene Autry. Also,my first serial ,Adventures of Captain Marvel.

  • Elizabeth

    Forbidden Planet, The King & I, Around the World in Eighty Days, and because I have always been a Robert Wagner fan A Kiss Before Dying.

  • Brenda

    1944 Since You Went Away; love it; I have seen it more times than I can count!

  • Ken

    1947 – The Ghost and Mrs Muir . An almost perfect film!!! I’m not sure if Portrait of Jenny was that same year, but it was also great.

    • Joyce Buckley

      I had to watch Portrait of Jenny to figure out the plot. I thought it complicated, at first, but it wasn’t.

  • William Donovan

    the mummy with Christopher lee because I was born in 1959

  • peggy

    1956 but released in 1957 – Witness for the Prosecution – I’ve seen it so often, I have memorized nearly all the dialogue!

  • Mark Malak

    1954-Pushover.Not only my favorite of that year,but one of my all time favorites.The background music score is a stroke of genius,and of course the great Fred MacMurray at his best.A film noir masterpiece.

    • jrd

      I’m not familiar with this movie, but it sounds interesting. TCM is airing it this week, so I plan to check it out.

      • Mark Malak

        Do that,you’ll enjoy it.Note the background music and how it sets a unique mood over the entire picture.Outstanding cast,too.

  • David

    1951 – The Day the Earth Stood Still and Strangers on a Train. I’ll also add His Kind of Woman because I’m a fan of film noir.

  • Mike in Oz (down under)

    1959- BEN HUR (hands down). Second best- SOME LIKE IT HOT, 3rd place- THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK.

  • Louie

    1949- She Wore A Yellow Ribbon ,John Wayne, John Ford

  • Tom la Pare

    1939 “Dodge City” Errol; Flynn, and “Jesse James” Tyrone Power. What can I say, I love westerns, and I also love both of these guys!

  • FR3

    1970 – tie: M*A*S*H and Tora! Tora! Tora!

  • Sandeaux

    Snow White and the seven Dwarfs (Walt Disney 1937) King Kong ( Merian C Cooper 1933) and Tarzan the Ape Mann(Woody S Van Dyke. Johnny Weissmuller)

  • DeLores Wright

    I was born in 1937, and I think that would be “SNOW WHITE”….

  • Kenny K.

    On the Waterfront, 1954. It also won Best Picture.

  • NadaTall

    1954, and I think I have a three-way tie: “White Christmas” would probably be the winner if I could only name one; I was born in December of that year, so it pretty much made its appearance around the same time I did. 😉 But two others I really enjoy from 1954 include “Sabrina” and “Rear Window”. I think I’d also enjoy “Brigadoon”, because I’ve attended a couple of different stage presentations of that classic, but since I’ve never watched the film, I guess I can’t honestly include it in my list.

    • jonsilver

      The Caine Mutiny

  • Joe

    King Kong, 52nd Street, Any Frankenstein movie

  • jmc1964

    For 1964, it’s no contest: Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. I also choose two lesser-known films: The World of Henry Orient(also with Peter Sellers) and The Americanization of Emily

    • Joyce Buckley

      Never, ever, miss an offering of Dr. Strangelove!

  • Liz

    For the year 1946, my favorite movie was with my favorite actress, Joan Crawford (and I don’t care what anybody thinks about her). The movie is “Mildred Pierce” a real classic!

    • Joyce Buckley

      Never, ever, miss a view of Mildred Pierce on TCM.

  • Monique LaCosta

    1953. From Here To Eternity. The Very Best. Also a cute little musical with Ray Milland and Jane Wyman called Let’s Do It Again. They were The Lost Weekend couple 9 years later and very funny. William Holden in Stalag 17 who won an Oscar. Roman Holiday in which Audrey Hepburn won an Oscar Richard Burton in The Robe.

  • jbourne5181

    1953……… Stalag 17

  • maureengp

    1949: So sad, no favorite movies. Born in wrong year I guess….

    • Suzanne Scherrer

      The Third Man.

    • jonsilver

      Battleground, White Heat, Passport to Pimlico, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Heiress, All the King’s Men, The Fallen Idol, Twelve O’clock High

      • John

        So glad to see someone else who enjoyed the intense “Twelve O’clock High” and the likes of such a gem of a comedy, “Passport to Pimlico”.

      • Frank Guerrasio

        1943: Lady Of Burlesque

  • edro3111

    1950…”Harvey” with Jimmy Stewart and his 6 foot invisible rabbit is one of my favs and still one of the best comedies. Dang! There’s a lot of oldsters like me on here!

  • sherlock

    1948 Treasure of the Sierra Madre, “we don’t need no stinkin badges”!

    • Joyce Buckley

      Will never forget that memorable line which was repeated in Blazing Saddles..good one.

  • Suzanne Scherrer

    1965 – Help!

  • bumper61

    The Hustler 1961 Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason.

  • Frederick Burdsall

    Easy one. Born in 1960…Psycho.

  • Jim

    The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) My favorite from the year of my birth.

  • Joyce Buckley

    A Face in the Crowd is, and remains, revelant and perfect. Bridge on the River Kwai was an unspeakable bore to me and I didn’t give a fig about the premise.

  • Joyce Buckley

    I was born in the Year of Plenty…Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz…OMG!

    • Jeffrey B. Davidson

      Were I to choose a picture from 1939 or 1940,Grapes of Wrath would be it.

  • jonsilver

    1947: Great Expectations…Micawber: “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound nought and six, result misery.”

  • Jeanette Ross

    The Egg And I


    I was born in 1999… My favourite movie from that year is… Detroit Rock City 😀

  • Carolyn Ferrante

    “The Picture of Dorian Gray” — I was born in 1945. I believe George Sanders was the main actor.

    • Jeffrey B. Davidson

      Hurd Hatfield in title role.

  • Tsagiglalal

    -It’s hard to choose between these three from 1951…The Day the Earth Stood Still, African Queen and A Christmas Carol. They were all excellent.

  • badleg60

    I was born in1950. Its gotta be “Prehistoric Women” withe the Uber Sexy Laurrette Luez. The girl couldn’t act her way out a paper bag but, lordy, what a set of pins.

  • Ellen Christy Snyder

    I was born in 1962 and there are several favorites of mine – “The Miracle Worker”, “Cape Fear”, and “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane”.

  • ddr

    born 1950

  • williamsommerwerck

    1947 — “The Ghost and Mrs Muir” One of my favorites, regardless of year.

  • jim

    1953, War of The Worlds.

  • Guest

    1950. “Winchester ’73” with Jimmy Stewart!

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  • Bob Delaney

    1964 “Dr. Strangelove; Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb”

    • Jeffrey B. Davidson

      I will say without fear that ANY Kubrick post dating and including “The Killing” are master works,and “Dr.Strangelove” is by far the funniest of them all.

  • Sherlock

    1974 Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, also The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Godfather part 2

  • Bishy

    1985. “Static” by Mark Romanek. Otherwise, Re-Animator or Brazil.

    • GeorgeDAllen

      Wow, this just made my day! I loved Romanek’s “One Hour Photo” but didn’t know about “Static.” The poster art alone has me jonesing to see it big time, and I just read a pretty tantalizing review of it. I’d love to track that down. I never tire of “Re-Animator.”

  • Jerry C

    1952… My all time favorite, “The Quiet Man”.

  • Quiggy

    It’s a tossup: 1961 had The Guns of Navarone and Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo

  • Tim

    1961…West Side Story. No musical lovers here? *L*

  • SufferingFan

    1946 – The Best Years Of Our Lives

  • Frank Petrone

    This is a tough one, 1946 “Its A Wonderful Life” ‘The Best Years Of Our LIfe” and ‘The Postman Always Rings Twice” Sorry I couldn’t pick just one.

    • Jeffrey B. Davidson

      Excellent choices all.I lean towards “Postman” but that may be my secret cynic coming out….

      • Frank Petrone

        Yes, Lana Turner & John Garfield were an awesome pair in what I call movie history. I have my favorites form that era, among them Myrna Loy. I always thought she was the complete package Beauty& Brains.

  • Gina

    1958 – Vertigo, Some Came Running, Gigi

  • Peter

    1954,The Barefoot Contessa and Magnificent Obcession

  • Rickylivid

    Paths of Glory

  • davidalan

    Really tough…”The Uninvited” – “Laura” – “Double Indemnity” – “Gaslight” – “To Have and Have Not” – “Picture of Dorian Gray” – “Reap the Wild Wind” – “Since You Went Away”

  • Ryan Hance

    The year would be 1972. I would have to say “Deliverance” and “Avanti” with the edge going to the latter.

  • Jayalay

    West Side Story, from 1961

  • C.J.

    The Good Earth 1937

    • Jeffrey B. Davidson

      Yet another Paul Muny triumph.

  • Phyllis

    1947 Dark Passage

    • Jeffrey B. Davidson

      While I like everyone in this film,it never quite lives up to my expectations of a Bogart movie.A very workmanlike turnout from the director on through the cast….entertaining? Yes. Great movie? Misses the mark.

  • George

    My 1945 film is The Flame of the Barbary Coast. I like John Wayne.

  • sandman69

    Impossible to pick just one so here are my 5 favorites from 1951: 1) Billy Wilder’s “Ace in the Hole” w/Kirk Douglas. 2) Hitchcock’s “Strangers on a Train.” 3) Sam Fuller’s “Steel helmet”. 4) “A Christmas Carol” w/Alistair Sim as Scrooge and 5) Joseph Losey’s gritty film noir remake of Fritz Lang’s “M.” Shot on location in the long-gone neighborhood of LA’s Bunker Hill, David Wayne is brilliant in the Peter Lorre role. A real film noir gem that few people know even exists.

    • Jeffrey B. Davidson

      I really liked the spookiness of Langs original,and Peter Lorre is perfect as the creepy little pedophile/murderer.I don’t believe I am acquainted with the remake.It sounds interesting….is it called “M” too?

  • Agingcourt

    1943 wasn’t a vintage year as moral boosting war films were in abundance. However, I feel Girl Crazy, the best, in my view, of the Rooney/Garland films, was a delight from start to finish and in retrospect, is my favourite from that year. If never seen please check it out!

  • moo moo

    I was born in 1951 definitely the african queen

  • Richard

    The Third Man (1949)

    • nicolas

      Not born in 49, but probably my favorite film of all time.

    • Jeffrey B. Davidson

      One of my favorite films!

  • SufferinSuccotash,Babouvist

    Sunset Blvd. After that the movies got small.

    • Jeffrey B. Davidson

      Another great pic!


    Like the gentleman in the video, I as born in 57. However, mine would be Quatermass II, or also known as Enemy from Space. These would be followed by Night of the Demon, and 12 Angry Men. These are films I just can enjoy over and over again, and that is why they are my favorites. If I had been born in 41, of course it would have been Citizen Kane.

  • Tom La Pare

    1939-“The Man in the Iron Mask”! Louis Hayward was just, the best!

  • Alex Krajci

    Pulp Fiction (1994)

  • john houle

    EAST OF EDEN 1955 with james dean.

  • Jeffrey B. Davidson

    1956 : “Baby Doll”
    with Eli Wallach Karl Malden.

    • Bruce Reber

      What about Carroll Baker in the title role? I can’t remember if she got a Best Actress Oscar nomination or not, but if she didn’t she certainly should have.

  • Julie Davis

    1956-The Searchers is stunningly beautiful. Also, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is still scary. I use it for the Cold War era in my Film Study class for high school seniors. They love both films.

    • b nonymous

      The Searchers is one of the best Westerns ever made. It’s the one movie where John Wayne actually deserved a Oscar nomination.

      • Gene in L.A.

        I think he deserved one for The Shootist.

  • Linda Kelley

    1948 – Red River….one of John Wayne’s best!

  • androphiles

    1946 – Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast, the most beautiful fairy-tale movie ever made.

    • Tami Grover Hance

      A masterpiece!

  • Ronald Talbert

    1941 – How Green Was My Valley

    • chrijeff

      Better than the book, though the ending’s kind of vague…

  • jilliana

    1958- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

  • Tsagiglalal

    1951-The Day the Earth Stood Still. Need I say more?

    • Bruce Reber

      Klaatu Barata Nikto – LOL!

    • b nonymous

      Good one, one of my all time favorites.

  • Kevin

    1959-North by Northwest

  • Nicole

    1955- Rodgers and Hammersteins ‘Oklahoma’ and Disney’s best animated ‘Lady and The Tramp’

  • Maria

    What is the name of the movie that features several actors where there is this rich woman that is getting blamed for the death of her husband? I really can’t remember any of the actors that starred in it. Please help me! Thank you.

    • Gary Cahall

      Hi, Maria. It sounds like you might be thinking of the 1965 screwball comedy What a Way to Go!. Shirley MacLaine played a woman who kept getting richer as her husbands (Dick Van Dyke, Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum, Gene Kelly) became successful, only to die in offbeat ways. The film, which also stars Dean Martin, used to be out as a single DVD but is now only available in a Mitchum collection. If this is the one, you can purchase it at http://www.moviesunlimited.com/musite/product.asp?sku=D34383&altid=

  • Honeybrown1976

    Carrie 1976

  • fbusch

    1939; stagecoach, and that other movie, but, frankly, I don’t give a damn!

  • Thomas la Pare

    1939- Jesse James, Tyrone Power and Henry Fonda! And, oh yes, Randolph Scott.

  • fbusch

    Lost somewhere in the fog of my mind is a modernish ’30’s, ’40’s ’50’s treasure hunter film with a boat trip to some sandy place (Baja?) with burning dunes, romance and a song,(aweigh haul away…….) just can’t remember the title or actors. HELP!

  • fred

    After having looked at all the selections here,
    I found most of them on my movie shelves. Quite a surprise! Thinking about what makes a favorite for me, I feel like when you put on an old pair of slippers and feel the comfort oozing into your feet without thinking about it, that’s what makes a great film. Some actors do that in all their films. Some do it once in a while. Some never get that relaxed.

  • DollyT

    1935 Call Of The Wild, Clark Gable

  • Bryan Ruffin

    I guess I have to say I was born in one of the best movie years….ever! Donavan’s Reef, Hud, Mad, Mad World, Great Escape……How could anyone possibly choose ONE?? I love delimas like that!

  • Agingcourt

    So easy, no need to think twice………Casablanca; movie perfection!!

  • Marc Russell

    I am a 1951 model, and my fave from that year is THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD.

    • b nonymous

      Another great one from that year. That must’ve been the Sci Fi year for Hollywood.

  • WDPjr

    1951: torn between African Queen and A Place in the Sun. Both great movies, but Queen is better for re-watching. Also, honorable mention to Ace in the Hole.

  • wbausert

    1964 My Fair Lady (Mary Poppins a close second)

  • chrijeff

    John Ford’s “Wagon Master.” I can’t count how many times I’ve watched it. Runners-up: “Rio Grande” (also Ford) and “The Flame and the Arrow” (a Burt Lancaster twist on the William Tell legend).

  • irwin fried

    1952… “High Noon” is the quintessential American western movie with superb performances by
    Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly. Tex Ritter’s version of the theme song rounds this film out as one of my all time favorites

  • paul c.

    I was born in 1946. And there were a lot of great films released that year, including “The Best Years of Our Live,” “The Jolson Story,” “The Postman Always Rings Twice,” “Notorious,” “The Big Sleep,” and “Gilda.” What a year. But my favorite film from 1946 and of all time is “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

  • Jim Ward

    The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, It’s a Wonderful life, Miracle on 34th Street, How Green was my Valley, The Angle and the Bad Man and Heaven only knows. These are my most favorite 1947 films, the year I was born.

  • Alex Krajci

    Pulp Fiction (1994)

  • Steve Wethington

    1951….Day the earth Stood still……….still one of the best ever sci fi movies

    • b nonymous

      Not my year, but one of my favorites as well. GOOD PICK!

  • Alex Krajci

    Pulp Fiction (1994)

  • Tami Grover Hance

    Gotta go with the hokey but irresistible choice, The Music Man. I love musical theater and have appeared in a small town production of it (as Amaryllis). Had an absolute blast. Love the lyrics, timing, and especially the performances. That man was born to play Harold Hill.
    A VERY VERY close second has to be To Kill a Mockingbird. Great literature, moving and powerful, stellar performances, Gregory Peck’s greatest role, and one of the few movies I would actually call important.
    They’re two completely different genres. Apples and Oranges. Depends what mood I’m in.
    1962. I admit it.

  • dtamoria

    1935 Naughty Marietta. Of course I didn’t see it in the year I was born but a few years latter even into the present. I loved Musicals. but also Call of the Wild, Captain Blood and Curly Top

  • Jared J Digirolamo

    1976 Rocky Network are just two of my favs i can choose also the Omen all the president’s men and others that came out that year bad news bears the enforcer the gumball rally Marathon man

  • Suitsme

    Showboat 1951 there were so many hard to choose.

  • Alex Krajci

    Pulp Fiction (1994).

  • Alex Krajci

    Pulp Fiction (1994).

  • Steven Botwinick

    Richard B.

    “Young Man With a Horn” starring Kirk Douglas, Doris Day, Hogy Carmichael and Lauren Bacall.
    Great semi musical.
    Both Bacall and Kirk Douglas together “steam up the screen.”
    In real life they were the best of friends until the day Becall passed away.
    Check out the movie.
    Highly recommended!!!!

  • John

    “From Here to Eternity” (1953)

  • Alex Krajci

    Pulp Fiction (1994)

  • http://www.truthminers.com/ Truth Lady

    I found five faves from 1957 – The Incredible Shrinking Man, The Monolith Monsters, Man of a Thousand Faces, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? and Witness For the Prosecution for films. The single best Chuck Jones Looney Tunes, What’s Opera Doc? also came out that year.

  • Kevin J Cogan

    “The Guns of Navarone” 1962


    Casablanca, 1942

  • AbsolutGrndZer0

    Star Wars, 1977.