Saturday, March 10, 2012

Top 10 Films of the 10/20's, 30's and 40's

Earlier this year I posted my Top 10 films from the 50's, 60's and 70's and last November, my Top 10 Films from the 80's, 90's and 00's. I have decided to continue on and take a look at the 1910/20's, 30's and 40's. As I have seen far less films created over these decades, coming up with just ten films was much easier than in previous lists.

Here we go:


Honourable Mentions: Red River (1948), Rome, Open City (1945), Ivan the Terrible: Part 1 (1944), The Big Sleep (1946), Pinnochio (1940)

10. The Lost Weekend (1945)
9. Double Indemnity (1944)
8. The Red Shoes (1948)
7. The Third Man (1949)
6. Notorious (1946)
5. It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
4. Black Narcissus (1946)
3. The Bicycle Thief (1948)
2. Citizen Kane (1941)
1. Casablanca (1942)


10. The Blue Angel (1930)
9. Gone With the Wind (1939)
8. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
7. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
6. La Grande Illusion (1937)
5. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
4. City Lights (1931)
3. Vampyr (1932)
2. M (1931)
1. Modern Times (1936)


10. Pandora's Box (1929)
9. The Birth of a Nation (1915)
8. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919)
7. Metropolis (1927)
6. The Battleship Potemkin (1925)
5. Strike (1924)
4. The General (1927)
3. Nosferatu, A Symphony of Terror (1922)
2. The Man With a Movie Camera (1929)
1. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)


  1. These seem like the typical titles one would pick. The few that I've seen are great ... good stuff Andy.

    1. Yeah, they don't have many titles that are out of the ordinary, but I haven't seen many films from this period at all. Luckily, I have seen a lot of the biggies.

  2. Great lists man. The Battleship Potemkin is my favourite of the 10/20s, All Quiet on the Western Front is a brilliant 30s film and Citizen Kane is my unrivalled fav of the 40s. I can't believe how few films from the 30s and 40s I've seen. Need to catch up.

    1. Yeah, I am pretty behind too. I love Kane, but I re-watch Casablanca more and it is a film I enjoy immensely. As much as I love Battleship, I just prefer Strike. The ending. My god.

  3. Great list Andy, I already put down some titles on my To See list!

    1. Thanks Diana. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

  4. Wow, great choices here. M or City Lights would nab my top spot of the ‘30s, and the ‘40s… damn. Such a good decade. Probably go Lost Weekend. Great lists!

    1. Lost Weekend is incredible isn't it? A really underrated Wilder picture. So many more to see, but I'm making headway every month. Murnau's Sunrise is such a highly-regarded film - it is a biggie I need to see.

    2. Yeah I haven't seen Sunrise either. We gotta get to work!