Lenny’s Top Fifty

Many of you know that I’m an ardent movie buff, and you’ve asked me over the years to compile a list of my favorites. So I thought this would be a fun way to kick off this blog. Here are my fifty favorite movies so far, the ones that cause me to smile every time I think of them. From the exquisite (“The Earrings of Madame de…”, of course) to the bizarre, the silly to the sublime, the tone-y to the trashy (“Fatal Attraction!”), they are all knockouts–richly layered works that offer a multitude of delights and reward repeated viewings. Thrillers, romances, westerns, musicals, often several things at once, there’s just about something for everyone. Most of them can be found on Netflix and can be enjoyed alone or with someone you love, and all go great with air conditioning. Hope this makes for some pleasurable discoveries and re-discoveries!

Anatomy of a Murder
Annie Hall
The Band Wagon
The Big Heat
Bonjour Tristesse
Citizen Kane
The Conformist
Do the Right Thing
The Earrings of Madame de…
Eyes Wide Shut (critics missed the boat on this one; it grows in mystery and meaning)
Fatal Attraction
The General (Buster Keaton)
The Godfather, Part 1
His Girl Friday
Husbands and Wives
It’s A Wonderful Life (a film noir posing as a family classic!)
Kiss Me Deadly
The Lady Eve
Letter From an Unknown Woman
Let the Right One In (the Swedish original)
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
The Long Goodbye
The Magnificent Ambersons
Meet Me In St. Louis
Mulholland Drive
North by Northwest
Red River
Rio Bravo
The Rules of the Game
Sansho the Bailiff
Silk Stockings
Singin’ In The Rain
The Social Network
Some Like it Hot
Summer (also called The Green Ray, directed by Erich Rohmer)
A Star is Born (George Cukor’s)
Taxi Driver
The Third Man
To Be or Not to Be (the Lubitsch original, although Mel Brooks’ is great too)
Tokyo Story
2001: A Space Odyssey

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