Next to reading my favorite activity is watching a good movie. I have fond childhood memories of the theaters in Plainfield, New Jersey. I saw Ship of Fools with my mother at the Strand Theater. The Paramount Theater featured Saturday afternoon stage shows. The Liberty Theater lacked the charm and beauty of the Strand and the Paramount, but when the lights dimmed the ambiance didn’t matter.
I’m a list maker from way back and so I’ve come up with my top ten favorite movies. Maybe some of yours show up here.
Annie Hall (1977)
Best in Show (2000)
Dead Again (1991)
Double Indemnity* (1944)
Ship of Fools (1965)
Turning Point (1977)
Two for the Road (1967)
* Favorite of favorites. I posted about Double Indemnity back in February on the Mystery Fanfare blog, recommending it as a must-see film for crime writers.
With the exception of Dead Again and Best in Show I favor movies made before 1980. Not that I don’t enjoy those from the post-1980 era—there’s Against All Odds, Crash, Fargo, Full Monty, The Jagged Edge, anything by Woody Allen, and countless others—but there’s something special about the older films.
Or am I dating myself?
What are your favorite movies?
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