5 Films From Each Year of the Past 90 Years I Want To See

I'll admit, it's not a snappy title for the list, but it's a bit "Ronseal". I've picked 5 films from each year since 1922 that I haven't seen yet but want to see.

It's basically an extended, categorised watchlist. Not so much a "challenge" list, more of a reminder of the films that came out in that year that I'd like to see at some point.

I'm happy to take recommendations as direct replacements if you think I've missed any important ones off; provided it isn't because I've seen them before, of course.

Edit 22/3/13 - Right, I've decided I am going to make this a challenge of sorts. I think it would be highly unrealistic for me to expect to watch them all within 12 months, but by the time the year is out, I plan to have seen at least one film from each year listed here with at least 5 completed lines (ie all 5 films for 5 separate years completed).

So far, I have seen 56 of the 455 films listed. Hopefully, this will be the push for me to actually crack on with a few more of these!

The years where I've not seen at least one of the films chosen are as follows:
1920's = 1923, 1924, 1926, 1927
1930's = 1932, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939
1940's = 1940, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1949
1950's = 1952, 1953, 1954, 1958
1960's = 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969
1970's = 1973, 1977, 1978, 1979
1980's = 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989
1990's = 1994, 1998, 1999
2000's = 2001, 2005, 2009
2010's = 2010, 2011

It appears I am failing MASSIVELY on the 1960's, but not doing too badly on the 1920's, 50's, 70's and especially 90's and 00's.

The number of films I've seen listed from each year so far works out as: 20's = 4; 30's = 3; 40's = 4; 50's = 7; 60's = 1; 70's = 12; 80's = 4; 90's = 10; 00's = 10; 10's = 1.

Doing well on the 70's, but particularly badly on the 60's. Oh well! Enough faffing around, I better get on with it.

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  • I hadn't considered doing that, Jandy. I was just going to leave it as is and cross the films off as and when. However, that does sound like a better use of this list, to keep it up to date with "replacements"... Hmmm. I'll have to have a think about it! It was a lot of work putting this together in the first place! Maybe I should open it up to getting suggestions for replacements in each year whenever I watch one of these.

  • Great list! You have some glorious films ahead of you.

  • Thanks. I hope so! I tried to pick films that sounded interesting but I imagine there'll be a few duffers in there too.

  • I have a similar list (although mine doesn't go back as far). I try to clear it out and then remake it. It has been a good system to see all the movies I want to see and not focus too heavily on one era.

  • Ok, guys. Since starting this list, I've watched 9 films on it.

    What I need now are some suggestions for replacements!

    1922 - 1 film to replace The Phantom Carriage

    1931 - 1 film to replace City Lights

    1945 - 1 film to replace Brief Encounter

    1948 - 1 film to replace The Red Shoes

    1955 - 1 film to replace Rebel Without A Cause

    1974 - 1 film to replace The Antichrist / L'anticristo

    1982 - 1 film to replace Halloween 3: Season of the Witch

    1996 - 1 film to replace The Rock

    2003 - 1 film to replace Big Fish

    Fire away!

  • Some ideas I have from my Watchlist:

    74 - Pastoral: To Die In The Country

    82 - The Sender or Q: The Winged Serpent

    96 - Cemetery Man or The Quest

    03 - In Hell

    Still need ideas for the other years (and other/better suggestions for those years too, I guess?)

  • OK, I've only picked one per year (except 1922, not seen enough 20s films to recommend), I've tried to mix up the genres for you and avoided the really obvious choices:
    31 - Monkey Business (Marx Bros)
    45 - Spellbound
    48 - Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein
    55 - This Island Earth
    74 - Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia
    82 - Android
    96 - Secrets & Lies
    03 - The Cooler

  • Brilliant! I've only seen one of those (Monkey Business) so definitely gives me some choices to pick from.

  • Quick update on this seeing as I haven't really said anything on it since 4 months ago. I'm up to 9% (43) films on this list. Not too bad, I don't think!

  • Update added:


    Right, I've decided I am going to make this a challenge of sorts. I think it would be highly unrealistic for me to expect to watch them all within 12 months, but by the time the year is out, I plan to have seen at least one film from each year listed here with at least 5 completed lines (ie all 5 films for 5 separate years completed).

    So far, I have seen 56 of the 455 films listed. Hopefully, this will be the push for me to actually crack on with a few more of these!

    The years where I've not seen at least one of the films chosen are as follows:
    1920's = 1923, 1924, 1926, 1927
    1930's = 1932, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939
    1940's = 1940, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1949
    1950's = 1952, 1953, 1954, 1958
    1960's = 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969
    1970's = 1973, 1977, 1978, 1979
    1980's = 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989
    1990's = 1994, 1998, 1999
    2000's = 2001, 2005, 2009
    2010's = 2010, 2011

    It appears I am failing MASSIVELY on the 1960's, but not doing too badly on the 1920's, 50's, 70's and especially 90's and 00's.

    The number of films I've seen listed from each year so far works out as: 20's = 4; 30's = 3; 40's = 4; 50's = 7; 60's = 1; 70's = 12; 80's = 4; 90's = 10; 00's = 10; 10's = 1.

    Doing well on the 70's, but particularly badly on the 60's. Oh well! Enough faffing around, I better get on with it.

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