Best of the First 25 Years: 1928-1952

Top 10 1928-1952

  1. The Maltese Falcon
  2. Ninotchka
  3. Casablanca
  4. Rebecca
  5. High Noon
  6. Sunset Boulevard
  7. The Grapes of Wrath
  8. The Great Dictator
  9. It Happened One Night
  10. A Streetcar Named Desire

Ranking the Winners 1928-1952

  1. Casablanca (1943)
  2. Rebecca (1940)
  3. It Happened One Night (1934)
  4. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
  5. All About Eve (1950)
  6. All Quiet on the Western Front (1929/30)
  7. You Can’t Take It With You (1938)
  8. Gone With the Wind (1939)
  9. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
  10. All the King’s Men (1949)
  11. The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
  12. The Lost Weekend (1945)
  13. Grand Hotel (1931/32)
  14. An American in Paris (1951)
  15. Mrs. Miniver (1942)
  16. Hamlet (1948)
  17. Wings (1927/28)
  18. Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)
  19. How Green Was My Valley (1941)
  20. The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
  21. The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
  22. Going My Way (1944)
  23. The Broadway Melody (1928/29)
  24. Cimarron (1930/31)
  25. Cavalcade (1932/33)

Ranking the Years

  1. 1940 (Rebecca, The Grapes of Wrath, The Great Dictator, The Philadelphia Story, Foreign Correspondent, All This, And Heaven Too, The Letter,The Long Voyage Home, Kitty Foyle, Our Town)
  2. 1941 (The Maltese Falcon, Citizen Kane, The Little Foxes, Suspicion, Here Comes Mr. Jordan, How Green Was My Valley, Blossoms in the Dust, Sergeant York, One Foot in Heaven, Hold Back the Dawn)
  3. 1939 (Ninotchka, The Wizard of Oz, Stagecoach, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Gone With the Wind, Of Mice and Men, Dark Victory, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Wuthering Heights, Love Affair)
  4. 1948 (The Red shoes, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Johnny Belinda, The Snake Pit, Hamlet)
  5. 1938 (Pygmalion, You Can’t Take It With You, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Grand Illusion, Four Daughters, Test Pilot, Jezebel, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Boys Town, The Citadel)
  6. 1943 (Casablanca, The Ox-Bow Incident, The More the Merrier, The Song of Bernadette, For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Human Comedy, Madame Curie, Watch on the Rhine, Heaven Can Wait, In Which We Serve)
  7. 1946 (It’s a Wonderful Life, The Best Years of Our Lives, Henry V, The Yearling, The Razor’s Edge)
  8. 1949 (All the King’s Men, The Heiress, Battleground, A Letter to Three Wives, Twelve O’Clock High)
  9. 1950 (Sunset Boulevard, All About Eve, Born Yesterday, Father of the Bride, King Solomon’s Mines)
  10. 1942 (Random Harvest, The Pied Piper, The Magnificent Ambersons, Kings Row, Mrs. Miniver, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Talk of the Town, 49th Parallel, Wake Island)
  11. 1952 (High Noon, The Quiet Man, Ivanhoe, Moulin Rouge, The Greatest Show on Earth)
  12. 1951 (A Streetcar Named Desire, An American in Paris, A Place in the Sun, Decision Before Dawn, Quo Vadis)
  13. 1931/32 (The Champ, The Smiling Lieutenant, Shanghai Express, Grand Hotel, Five Star Final, Bad Girl, One Hour With You, Arrowsmith)
  14. 1929/30 (All Quiet on the Western Front, The Divorcee, The Love Parade, Disraeli, The Big House)
  15. 1947 (Miracle on 34th Street, Great Expectations, The Bishop’s Wife, Gentleman’s Agreement, Crossfire)
  16. 1944 (Gaslight, Double Indemnity, Since You Went Away, Going My Way, Wilson)
  17. 1945 (Mildred Pierce, The Lost Weekend, Spellbound, Anchor’s Aweigh, The Bells of St. Mary’s)
  18. 1935 (Mutiny on the Bounty, Les Miserables, Captain Blood, Alice Adams, The Informer, Top Hat, Ruggles of Red Gap, David Copperfield, A Midsummer Night’s Dream Broadway Melody of 1936, Lives of a Bengal Lancer, Naughty Marietta)
  19. 1934 (It Happened One Night, The Thin Man, Imitation of Life, The Gay Divorcee, The Barretts of Wimpole Street, The House of Rothschild, One Night of Love, Cleopatra, Flirtation Walk, Here Comes the Navy, Viva Villa!, The White Parade)
  20. 1937 (The Life of Emile Zola, Captains Courageous, A Star is Born, Stage Door, The Good Earth, One Hundred Men and a Girl, The Awful Truth, In Old Chicago, Dead End, Lost Horizon)
  21. 1936 (Dodsworth, A Tale of Two Cities, Libeled Lady, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, The Great Ziegfeld, Three Smart Girls, The Story of Louis Pasteur, Romeo and Juliet, San Francisco, Anthony Adverse)
  22. 1927/28 (Wings, 7th Heaven, The Racket)
  23. 1932/33 (I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang, 42nd Street, Little Women, Lady for a Day, Smilin Through, The Private Life of Henry VIII, State Fair, A Farewell to Arms,She Done Him Wrong, Cavalcade)
  24. 1928/29 (The Broadway Melody, The Hollywood Revue of 1929, In Old Arizona, Alibi, The Patriot)
  25. 1930/31 (The Front Page, Cimarron, Trader Horn, Skippy, East Lynne)

Best Actor/Actress/Director

Actor: Charles Laughton (The Private Life of Henry VIII, The Barretts of Wimpole Street, Ruggles of Red Gap, Les Miserables, Mutiny on the Bounty); Runner-Up: Humphrey Bogart (Dead End, Dark Victory, The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre); 3rd Place: Jimmy Stewart (You Can’t Take It With You, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Philadelphia Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Greatest Show on Earth)

Actress: Bette Davis (Jezebel, Dark Victory, All This, and Heaven Too, The Letter, The Little Foxes, Watch on the Rhine, All About Eve); Runner-Up: Greer Garson (Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Blossoms in the Dust, Mrs. Miniver, Random Harvest, Madam Curie); 3rd Place: Katharine Hepburn (Little Women, Alice Adams, Stage Door, The Philadelphia Story)

Director: Michael Curtiz (Captain Blood, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Four Daughters, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Casablanca, Mildred Pierce); Runner-Up: Frank Capra (Lady for a Day, It Happened One Night, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Lost Horizon, You Can’t Take It With You, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, It’s a Wonderful Life); 3rd Place: George Cukor (Little Women, David Copperfield, Romeo and Juliet, The Philadelphia Story, Gaslight, Born Yesterday)

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