Well, not exactly a historian, but a buff, for sure! My collection of more than 500 classic films was lost when our home was destroyed by fire just before Thanksgiving 2012. I am slowly rebuilding. Noir is my favorite genre, then thrillers, mysteries, and dramas. Action films and comedies are farther down the list.
Top 10 Films
1. Sound of Music – Nazis and children, directed by Robert Wise.
2. Casablanca – Humphrey Bogart at his best, with Ingrid Bergman, directed by Michael Curtiz.
3. Vertigo – Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece with James Stewart and Kim Novak.
4. Raiders of the Lost Ark (the franchise) – Spielberg’s winner with Harrison Ford.
5. The Man Who Knew Too Much – Another terrific Hitchcock with James Stewart and Doris Day.
6. Shindler’s List – Another Spielberg, with Liam Neeson.
7. The Bourne Identity (the franchise) – Matt Damon and director Doug Liman nailed the Ludlum novels.
8. Rear Window – Hitchcock delivers again with James Stewart and Grace Kelly.
9. Dr. Zhivago – A look at the Russian Revolution through the eyes of director David Lean.
10. Giant – West Texas with Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, and James Dean.
Bonus Film: The Quiet Man – John Wayne in a different role, “There’ll be no patty fingers.”
Top 10 Directors
1. Alfred Hitchcock – North by Northwest, Dial “M” for Murder
2. Steven Spielberg – The Indiana Jones films, Shindler’s List, Jaws, Close Encounters
3. David Lean – Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, and Doctor Zhivago
4. Martin Scorsese – Good Fellas, Casino, Gangs of New York, The Departed, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull
5. John Ford – The Quiet Man, The Searchers, Red River
Top Ten Actors
1. Humphrey Bogart – He is everyman.
2. Robert Di Nero
3. Al Pacino
4. Harrison Ford
5. Tommy Lee Jones
6. James Stewart
7. Charles Laughton
8. Steve McQueen
9. Philip Seymour Hoffman
10. John Wayne
Top Ten Actresses
1. Grace Kelly
2. Greer Garson
3. Helen Mirren
4. Rita Hayworth
ca. 1947 — Looking sensationally different is Rita Hayworth in her new short blonde hairstyle which was created for her to star in — Image by © Underwood & Underwood/CORBIS
5. Ava Gardner
6. Catherine Zeta-Jones
7. Bette Davis
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