There's a whole lot to pick from in 1970, but for me this is one of the most memorable and culturally significant. This is the moment when Hammer horror and, in a way, modern horror came of age. This is the moment when horror got dirty ;)
1967 had some truly iconic films - The Graduate, Bonnie & Clyde, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?, The Dirty Dozen, In The Heat Of The Night - all of which deserve to be in this spot. But this, again, is the most fun of all of them. A London setting, a brooding sense of menace, and a suitably cataclysmic finale.
Forget the Scorsese remake, this one is proper creepy. I've never been much of a Robert Mitchum fan, but he owns this movie. I've seen very few other films where the sense of threat is so well crafted.
Was tempted by Guns Of Navarone, and wishing I'd seen Yojimbo ... I saw this film a long time ago and remember being struck that they never once backed away from it being a film about the end of the world. Possibly one of the first times I realised that 'old fashioned' sci-fi movies could also be pretty gritty.
Incredible year! Spartacus, The Magnificent Seven, The Apartment, Peeping Tom. Any other year one of those might have made it in, but you just can't put Psycho in second place. Except for that Clay guy, who did ...
I may have only seen this once, but I have never forgotten the experience. Incredible. I kinda wish this film had come out in a different year, so I could put Kiss Me Deadly here, but I guess you really can't have it all...
I would love to put Seven Samurai here - it's long, but it manages to be as gripping as any modern blockbuster for its massive running time. However, Rear Window is the film I'd choose to sit down and enjoy every other day of the week.
I was introduced to this (as with many films appearing on this list) while studying film at university. It didn't take me long to understand why people love it, and I've continued to love it since that first viewing.
Another fantastic year. I came very close to choosing Strangers on a Train - I'll never forget that fairground scene! - but this one had quite an impact on me when I finally got around to seeing it, so in it goes.
I went to a screening of All About Eve to promote its first release on DVD - they even had Barry Norman there to introduce it. I'd never seen it before and spent two hours enthralled by the dialogue, the performances, and the backstabbing. It instantly became one of my favourite films ever. If you've never seen it before, then treat yo'self.
Have not seen The Third Man (!), otherwise it would probably be here. When I was in school our teacher would, for some reason, always play us this film on the last day of term. It became this odd ritual (me and my friends would often sneak out the back of the hall and go and chill in the sports fields, before sneaking back in before the end of the film). Some years later I watched the film properly and thoroughly enjoyed - I didn't even sneak out the back once!
It was touch and go whether Rope was going to claim this spot, but The Bicycle Thieves is a remarkable piece of cinema. A seemingly simple tale of a man trying to track down his stolen bicycle, but my word does it smack you in the gut.
What a huge year! It's A Wonderful Life, Gilda, The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Killers, Duel In The Sun, Great Expectations. The Big Sleep is another movie I was introduced to in film studies. Legit classic.
I watched this anthology chiller again not that long ago. Sure, some of the stories hold up better than the others, but there's a persistent chill to the proceedings that makes you want to watch this one a cold night, but with a roaring fire and a thick blanket close to hand.
Both Arsenic and Old Lace and House of Frankenstein (yes, I love those old Universal monster movies) nearly made it here. But this is an unforgettable noir thriller ... which I really must queue up for a rewatch.
It's certainly not the best film of the year, but it's one I've loved for a long, long time. This it the movie where Bela Lugosi took on the role of Frankenstein's monster, but then had half of his performance chopped out. In this movie the monster is meant to be blind, which is why Lugosi plays it with his arms constantly outstretched. He was greatly ridiculed for this performance, even though it was in keeping with the character as written. However, I tend to feel that Lugosi got the last laugh, as it was this performance of the monster, with its iconic zombie shuffle, that's the one that kids ended up mimicking in the playgrounds.
Ok, Fantasia really isn't one of my favourite films, BUT out of the other films released in 1940 it's the one that's the most significant to me. I remember my mother taking me, at a very young age, to see it during one of its 1970s reissues. It was one of the most amazing things I'd seen at the time.
The original and still the best. I remember seeing this as a child (NOT during it's original release thank you very much) and being absolutely stunned by the ending - but then going to bed absolutely terrified that Kong was going to appear at my window.
Some great films this year, including Freaks, White Zombie, The Mummy. This, however, is one I saw when I was really young and have never forgotten it, especially the final scene when Paul Muni's face disappears into the shadows.