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Trivial Top 20 (Expanded to 50): Best One-Word-Title Films (Pre-1960)

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1. Vertigo Alfred Hitchcock, 1958
2. Ordet Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1955
3. Pickpocket Robert Bresson, 1959
4. M Fritz Lang, 1931 
5. Vampyr Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1932
6. Notorious Alfred Hitchcock, 1946
7. Paisan Roberto Rossellini, 1946 
8. Greed Erich von Stroheim, 1924
9. Ikiru Akira Kurosawa, 1952
10. Scarface Howard Hawks, 1932
11. Shadows John Cassavetes, 1959
12. Earth Alexander Dovzhenko, 1930
13. Freaks Tod Browning, 1932
14. Stagecoach John Ford, 1939 
15. Fury Fritz Lang, 1936
16. Nosferatu F. W. Murnau, 1922
17. Underworld Josef von Sternberg, 1927
18. Caught Max Ophuls, 1949
19. Strike Sergei Eisenstein, 1925
20. Holiday George Cukor, 1938
21. Moonfleet Fritz Lang, 1955
22. Rope Alfred Hitchcock, 1948
23. Saboteur Alfred Hitchcock, 1942
24. Sabotage Alfred Hitchcock, 1936
25. Spellbound Alfred Hitchcock, 1945
26. Suspicion Alfred Hitchcock, 1941
27. Mogambo John Ford, 1953
28. Tabu F.W. Murnau, 1931
29. Dishonored Josef Von Sternberg, 1931
30. Rashomon Akira Kurosawa, 1950
31. Desire Frank Borzage, 1936
32. Moonrise Frank Borzage, 1948
33. Ossessione Luchino Visconti, 1942
34. Flowing Mikio Naruse, 1956
35. Mother Mikio Naruse, 1952
36. Senso Luchino Visconti, 1954
37. Intolerance D.W. Griffith, 1916
38. Hallelujah King Vidor, 1929
39. D.O.A. Rudolph Maté, 1950
40. Gaslight George Cukor, 1944
41. El Luis Buñuel, 1953
42. Limelight Charlie Chaplin, 1953
43. Compulsion Richard Fleischer, 1959
44. Fantasia Various, 1942
45. Ecstasy Gustav Machatý, 1933
46. Bombshell Victor Fleming, 1933
47. Midnight Mitchell Leisen 1939
48. Mother Vsevolod Pudovkin, 1927
49. Boomerang! Elia Kazan 1947
50. Picnic Joshua Logan, 1955 
Participants: Geoff Andrew, Chris Chang, Richard Combs, David Ehrenstein, Larry Gross, Haden Guest, Kent Jones, Laura Kern, Nathan Lee, Todd McCarthy, Olaf Möller, Nicolas Rapold, Nicolas Saada, Gavin Smith, Dan Sullivan
Dear Gavin,
Your Obsession with this trivia, betrays the Maniac in you. But I will not get Caught in this, even if I were Desperate on a Lifeboat, Caged, or under Blackmail. Where did you get this Compulsion to make polls? We should tie you up on a chair with a Rope
I have no Desire to answer your poll, even if it leaves you Speechless. I will try nevertheless, with Speed, to let other friends of mine answer the poll without any Detour. Out of Greed, I would answer the poll for a few Dollars. But if I did so, that would leave me Dishonored. I have a friend who would be my Witness. I am in New York for a Holiday and would love to see you any day before Midnight. We could have a drink in a Diner or better at someone’s House. If there’s no Traffic, I will make it in a matter of Seconds, like these bikes in Tron
New York looks better than ever, to think that Once streets were lit only by Gaslight
Help! This is getting out of hand. I wrote you out of Despair
Take care,
Nicolas Saada