Every month, our contributors submit lists of ten films fitting certain topics. Each month, we feature an alphabetical list of films along with commentary explaining our selections. There will also be an itemized list at the end of each of our individual selections.
As we move into our third month of looking at the best per decade, we come across a decade where agreement is surprisingly limited. With some of the greatest filmmakers in history all working furiously to provide some of history’s greatest films, it’s really not all that surprising that we hardly agreed. Of the forty selections we made, only eight films showed up on multiple lists. That means a total of thirty-two different films made up our lists. Those eight films were All About Eve, All That Heaven Allows, North by Northwest, Rear Window, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Singin’ in the Rain, Sunset Boulevard, and Vertigo.
In terms of filmmakers, two directors had three films featured on our lists: Alfred Hitchcock was represented in North by Northwest, Rear Window, and Vertigo, three of the eight films with multiple mentions; and Billy Wilder with Some Like It Hot, Sunset Boulevard, and Witness for the Prosecution.
There were five directors with two films each on the list. Stanley Donen (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and co-director of Singin’ in the Rain); John Ford (The Last Hurrah and The Searchers); Elia Kazan (East of Eden and A Streetcar Named Desire); Akira Kurosawa (Ikiru and Seven Samurai); and Fred Zinnemann (High Noon and The Nun’s Story.
After the break, dig into our setups and follow that by reading about each film.