Top Ten 1936


Lots of good choices here, including Gary Cooper at his most delightful in Mr. Deeds Goes To Town, but the most impressive male performance of the year, and one of the best of the decade, is Walter Huston‘s towering work in one of William Wyler’s best films, Dodsworth. It’s a very grown-up drama that survives the ages, its style and morality not quite as dated as you would expect for a film made in 1936.

Honour Roll: Fred Astaire, Swing Time; Gary Cooper, Mr. Deeds Goes To Town; Jean Gabin, The Lower Depths; William Powell, My Man Godfrey


It’s not too surprising that screwball comedies of the 1930s were not appreciated enough in their…

There are no crime films in this list released in the 2020s.