15 of the movies in my Top 100 Favorites (no particular order)

The French Connection

Year: 1971
Cast: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony LoBianco, Eddie Egan, Sonny Grosso, Marcel Bozzuffi
Directed By: William Friedkin

Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman) and his partner Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider) are a couple of hard-nosed NYC narcotics detectives who stumble onto what turns out to be one of the biggest narcotics rings of all time, involving French mastermind Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey).  Contains one of the most exciting chase scenes ever filmed.  Followed in 1975 by “French Connection 2.”
How many times have I seen it: about 8

The Tingler

Year: 1959
Cast: Vincent Price, Darryl Hickman, Judith Evelyn, Philip Coolidge, Patricia Cutts, Pamela Lincoln
Directed By: William Castle
Coroner Price discovers that a creepy creature is capable of growing on the human spine and increasing in size through fear. The only way to get rid of it is through constant screaming. Price takes what is probably the screen’s first LSD trip. Castle used the “Percepto” gimmick, which consisted of installing electric buzzers under the seats for that true tingling sensation.
How many times have I seen it: about 200

Quiz Show

Year: 1994
Cast: John Turturro, Rob Morrow, Ralph Fiennes, Paul Scofield, David Paymer, Hank Azaria, Christopher McDonald, Johann Carlo, Elizabeth Wilson, Mira Sorvino, Griffin Dunne, Martin Scorsese, Barry Levinson
Directed By: Robert Redford

At the center of the film is Charles Van Doren (Fiennes), an intellectual, golden boy who dethrones Herbert Stempel (Turturro), the reigning champion of the rigged “Twenty-One.” The program’s sponsor felt Stempel, a nerdy Jewish grad’s everyman qualities were wearing thin and wanted a more polished image, which they found in handsome, sophisticated Van Doren. Federal investigator Goodwin (Morrow) suspects Van Doren’s reign is a sham and sets out to expose him as a fraud. Based on the book “Remembering America: A Voice From the Sixties” by Richard N. Goodwin.
How many times have I seen it: about 15

Meet Me in St. Louis

Year: 1944
Cast: Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer, Tom Drake, June Lockhart, Harry Davenport
Directed By: Vincente Minnelli

Wonderful music in this charming tale of a St. Louis family during the 1903 World’s Fair. One of Garland’s better musical performances.
How many times have I seen it: about 400

Now, Voyager

Year: 1942
Cast: Bette Davis, Gladys Cooper, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid, Bonita Granville
Directed By: Irving Rapper
Davis plays a lonely spinster who is transformed into a vibrant young woman by therapy. She comes out of her shell to have a romantic affair with a suave European (who turns out to be married) but still utters the famous phrase “Oh, Jerry, we have the stars. Let’s not ask for the moon.” Definitely melodramatic, but an involving story nonetheless. Based on a novel by Olive Higgins Prouty.
How many times have I seen it: about 100

Dark Victory

Year: 1939
Cast: Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ronald Reagan
Directed By: Edmund Goulding

Judith Traherne is at the height of young society when Dr. Frederick Steele diagnoses a brain tumor. After surgery she falls in love with Steele. The doctor tells her secretary that the tumor will come back and eventually kill her. Learning this, Judith becomes manic and depressive. Her horse trainer Michael, who loves her, tells her to get as much out of life as she can. She marries Steele who intends to find a cure for her illness. As he goes off to a conference in New York failing eyesight indicates to Judith that she is dying.
How many times have I seen it: about 200

The Poseidon Adventure

Year: 1972
Cast: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons, Jack Albertson, Carol Lynley, Roddy McDowall
Directed By: Ronald Neame

The cruise ship Poseidon is on its last voyage from New York to Athens on New Year’s Eve when it is capsized by a tidal wave. The ten survivors struggle to escape the water-logged tomb. Created an entirely new genre of film making–the big cast disaster flick.
How many times have I seen it: about 250

Night of the Living Dead

AKA: “Night of the Flesh Eaters”
Year: 1968
Cast: Judith O’Dea, Duane Jones, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman, Keith Wayne, Judith Ridley, Russell Streiner, Bill “Chilly Billy” Cardille, John A. Russo, Kyra Schon, Bill Hinzman, George A. Romero
Directed By: George A. Romero
Cult favorite is low budget but powerfully frightening. Space experiments set off a high level of radiation that makes the newly dead return to life, with a taste for human flesh. Handful of holdouts find shelter in a farmhouse. Followed by “Dawn of the Dead” (1979) and “Day of the Dead” (1985). Romero’s directorial debut. Available in a colorized version.
How many times have I seen it: about 500

Here is another poster from Night of the Living Dead. It’s probably the most famous one. Anyway, for some odd reason they stuck Judy’s head on Mrs. Cooper’s body. Judy is the frightened girl on the left. However, that dress that she is wearing is the dress that Mrs. Cooper wore in the movie. Judy never wore that dress.

The Bird With the Crystal Plumage

AKA: “L’uccello dalle piume di cristallo”
Year: 1970
Cast: Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Eva Renzi, Enrico Maria Salerno, Mario Adorf, Renato Romano, Reggie Nalder, Werner Peters, Umberto Raho, Dario Argento
Directed By: Dario Argento

 An American writer living in Rome witnesses a murder. He becomes involved in the mystery when the alleged murderer is cleared because the woman believed to be his next victim is shown to be a psychopathic murderer.
How many times have I seen it: 4

Tombs of the Blind Dead

AKA: “The Blind Dead”
Year: 1972
Cast: Caesar Burner, Lone Fleming, Helen Harp, Joseph Thelman, Rufino Ingles, Maria Silva
Directed By: Armando de Ossorio
Blinded by crows for using human sacrifice in the 13th century, zombies rise from the grave to wreak havoc upon 20th-century Spaniards. Atmospheric chiller was extremely popular in Europe and spawned three sequels.
How many times have I seen it: 9 or 10

Earthquake

Year: 1974
Cast: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy, Lorne Greene, Genevieve Bujold, Richard Roundtree, Marjoe Gortner, Barry Sullivan, Victoria Principal, Lloyd Nolan, Walter Matthau, Scott Hylands
Directed By: Mark Robson
 Centers on a major earthquake in Los Angeles and its effect on the lives of an engineer, his spoiled wife, his mistress, his father-in-law, and a suspended policeman. Filmed in Sensurround–a technique intended to shake up the theatre a bit. Good special effects; mediocre script.
How many times have I seen it: about 200

Summer of ’42

Year: 1971
Cast: Jennifer O’Neill, Gary Grimes, Jerry Houser, Oliver Conant
Directed By: Robert Mulligan

Sentimental story about 15-year-old Hermie’s (Grimes) sexual coming of age during his summer vacation on an island off New England. While his friends are fumbling with girls their own age, he falls in love with a beautiful 22-year-old woman (O’Neill) whose husband is off fighting in the war.
How many times have I seen it: about 50

This Property is Condemned

Year: 1966
Cast: Robert Redford, Natalie Wood, Charles Bronson, Kate Reid, Mary Badham, Jon(athan) Provost, Robert (Bobby) Blake, John Harding
Directed By: Sydney Pollack

Adaptation of a Tennessee Williams play. Alva (Natalie Wood) is the overly flirtatious southern charmer who takes a shine to the latest tenant (Robert Redford) of her loathsome mama’s boardinghouse. Things steam up when he returns her interest but there’s trouble. Tennessee Williams was reportedly unhappy with the script and wanted his name removed from the film.
How many times have I seen it: about 15

The House of Wax

Year: 1953
Cast: Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Carolyn Jones, Phyllis Kirk, Paul Cavanagh, Charles Bronson, Paul Picerni, Angela Clarke
Directed By: Andre de Toth

A deranged sculptor (Vincent Price) builds a sinister wax museum which showcases creations that were once alive. A remake of the early horror flick “Mystery of the Wax Museum,” and one of the ’50s most popular 3-D films.
How many times have I seen it: about 20

Diamonds are Forever

Year: 1971
Cast: Sean Connery, Jill St. John, Charles Gray, Bruce Cabot, Jimmy Dean, Lana Wood, Bruce Glover, Putter Smith, Norman Burton, Joseph Furst, Bernard Lee, Desmond Llewelyn, Laurence Naismith, Leonard Barr, Lois Maxwell, Margaret Lacey, Joe Robinson, Donna Garrat, Trina Parks
Directed By: Guy Hamilton
007 once again battles his nemesis Blofeld, this time in Las Vegas. Bond must prevent the implementation of a plot to destroy Washington through the use of a space-orbiting laser. Fabulous stunts include Bond’s wild drive through the streets of Vegas in a ’71 Mach 1.
How many times have I seen it: about 400

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7 thoughts on “15 of the movies in my Top 100 Favorites (no particular order)

  1. Good choices, you like horror, for me the list is endless, good to see Vincent Price a pretty good actor outside of the horror genre..he was very good in “Laura” with Gene Tienery.

    Of course Bette Davis..so many to choose from “Now Voyager a personal favourite, not see the “This Property Is Condemed with Natalie Wood & Robert Redford I’ll have to look out for that, I didn’t think they were paired in a film.

      1. That’s why I post one a week, it takes a while to get the right photo’s etc, The Property Is Condemned seems like it should be a Shelly Winters Movie.

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