Yearly Best Pictures

If there’s something I love more than anything, it’s compartmentalizing and organizing the world into snazzy lists.  Lists have the power to bring much needed order and meaning to a chaotic universe.  OK, maybe that’s overstated, but I still love lists and since movies are my passion best-of lists are an only natural project.  And, yes, there are endless numbers of similar lists on other blogs, but something few of them do is tell us why they love the movie.  We are treated to an uninformative list of top ten movies that don’t explain why they are so great or why others are left off.  So here are my lists with links to reviews of each picture.  (I wrote the early lists in one post, so there is only one link.)

Of course, these are my opinions, but there is something attractive about proclaiming them definitive.  But these choices are purely subjective.  They will change as I see movies I missed, add them, and knock others off.  This is a process of love and passion, not the scientific method.

1930

1. All Quiet on the Western Front

2. The Blue Angel

3. The Big House

4. Morocco

5. Animal Crackers

6. Blood of a Poet

7. Earth

8. Hell’s Angels

1931

1. M

2. City Lights

3. Mӓdchen in Uniform

4. Frankenstein

5. The Public Enemy

6. Little Caesar

7. Tabu

8. Five Star Final

9. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

10. The Champ

1932

1. Trouble in Paradise

2. Grand Hotel

3. Vampyr

4. Boudu Saved from Drowning

5. Scarface: Shame of a Nation

6. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

7. Freaks

8. Shanghai Express

9. The Old Dark House

10. Red Dust

1933

1. Zéro de Conduit

2. The Private Life of Henry VIII

3. The Invisible Man

4. Duck Soup

5. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

6. 42nd Street

7. Queen Christina

8. Gold Diggers of 1933

9. Dinner at Eight

10. Footlight Parade

1934

1. A Story of Floating Weeds

2. L’Atalante

3. Les Misérables

4. The Goddess

5. Twentieth Century

6. The Scarlet Empress

7. It’s a Gift

8. Chapaev

9. The Thin Man

10. Happiness

1935

1. The Bride of Frankenstein

2. Ruggles of Red Gap

3. The Informer

4. The 39 Steps

5. Wife, Be Like a Rose!

6. Alice Adams

7. A Night at the Opera

8. Poppies

9. The Man on the Flying Trapeze

10. The Good Fairy

1936

1. My Man Godfrey

2. Osaka Elegy

3. Sisters of the Gion

4. Modern Times

5. Mr. Thank You

6. The Only Son

7. Mayerling

8. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

9. The Crime of M. Lange

10. The Charge of the Light Brigade

1937

1. Make Way for Tomorrow

2. The Awful Truth

3. Grand Illusion

4. Stage Door

5. Humanity and Paper Balloons

6. Pépé le Moko

7. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

8. They Won’t Forget

9. Easy Living

10. Way Out West

1938

1. Bringing Up Baby

2. The Lady Vanishes

3. Quai des brumes (Port of Shadows)

4. The Childhood of Maxim Gorky

5. Holiday

6. Jezebel

7. The Young in Heart

8. Angels with Dirty Faces

9. La Marseillaise

10. The Adventures of Robin Hood

1939

1. La regle du jeu

2. The Wizard of Oz

3. The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums

4. The Stars Look Down

5. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

6. Only Angels Have Wings

7. Midnight

8. Destry Rides Again

9. Tevye

10. The Spy in Black

1940

1. His Girl Friday

2. The Grapes of Wrath

3. The Shop Around the Corner

4. Rebecca

5. Pride and Prejudice

6. Night Train the Munich

7. The Mortal Storm

8. The Bank Dick

9. Gaslight

10. Pinocchio

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