Wednesday, September 11, 2013

First Favorite Films of Each Year: Part 1

A favorite from the start.

It's interesting how my favorite films have changed over time. I've seen new films and rewatched old ones, which makes my first favorites very different from my current ones. Given those changes, I wanted to see what my original favorites looked like. Here's a look at my first favorites from the 1930s-1950s. (Some of them are favorites from childhood, while others are ones I saw in recent years.)

* = indicates a film that remains my favorite of that year

1930: All Quiet on the Western Front*

1931: City Lights*

1932: Grand Hotel*

1933: King Kong

1934: It Happened One Night*

1935: The Scarlet Pimpernel

1936: Modern Times*

1937: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

1938: The Adventures of Robin Hood

1939: The Wizard of Oz

1940: Pinocchio

1941: Sergeant York

1942: Yankee Doodle Dandy

1943: Casablanca*

1944: Meet Me in St. Louis

1945: The Lost Weekend

1946: It's a Wonderful Life

1947: The Egg and I

1948: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

1949: In the Good Old Summertime

1950: Treasure Island

1951: At War with the Army

1952: Singin' in the Rain*

1953: Peter Pan

1954: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

1955: Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier

1956: Davy Crockett and the River Pirates

1957: Johnny Tremain

1958: South Pacific

1959: Journey to the Center of the Earth

Check out all of my current favorites on the Top 10 lists page.


  1. Interesting idea for a list! Chaplin's best films just work, no matter what age you are.
    Nice that som of these childhood favorites such as the two "treasure" films are still in your top 10s, albeit not number 1 anymore. Will look out for part 2 :)

    1. Thanks! Yeah, I watched Chaplin's films within the last few years, though.

      I'm not sure if the "treasure" films will stay on there once I see more films from those years, but it's fun having them there at the moment.

  2. Nice list Josh! You saw soooo many films no wonder you could make a list like this. I haven't seen a lot of 'em but of the ones I have, those would make my faves as well, i.e. Casablanca, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs & Singin' in the Rain. I REALLY want to see It Happened One Night soon!

    1. Thanks Ruth! Well, several of these are Disney films I grew up with, so it's no wonder they were my first favorites. :)

  3. I had no idea such a thing had ever happened. It hardly seems plausible to "only" be nominated for Best Pic. Thanks for the education!

    1. Thanks for your comment. I think you accidentally posted the wrong one, though.