FIT 728x90 Film Society of Lincoln Center

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

By Film Comment

print Print

Vertigo Alfred Hitchcock

1. Vertigo Alfred Hitchcock, 1958

Ordet

2. Ordet Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1955

Pickpocket

3. Pickpocket Robert Bresson, 1959

M

4. M Fritz Lang, 1931 

Vampyr

5. Vampyr Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1932

Notorious

6. Notorious Alfred Hitchcock, 1946

Paisan

7. Paisan Roberto Rossellini, 1946 

Greed

8. Greed Erich von Stroheim, 1924

Ikiru

9. Ikiru Akira Kurosawa, 1952

Scarface

10. Scarface Howard Hawks, 1932

Shadows

11. Shadows John Cassavetes, 1959

Earth

12. Earth Alexander Dovzhenko, 1930

Freaks

13. Freaks Tod Browning, 1932

Stagecoach

14. Stagecoach John Ford, 1939 

Fury

15. Fury Fritz Lang, 1936

Nosferatu

16. Nosferatu F. W. Murnau, 1922

Underworld

17. Underworld Josef von Sternberg, 1927

Caught

18. Caught Max Ophuls, 1949

Strike

19. Strike Sergei Eisenstein, 1925

Holiday

20. Holiday George Cukor, 1938

Moonfleet

21. Moonfleet Fritz Lang, 1955

Rope

22. Rope Alfred Hitchcock, 1948

Saboteur

23. Saboteur Alfred Hitchcock, 1942

Sabotage

24. Sabotage Alfred Hitchcock, 1936

Spellbound

25. Spellbound Alfred Hitchcock, 1945

Suspicion

26. Suspicion Alfred Hitchcock, 1941

Mogambo

27. Mogambo John Ford, 1953

Tabu

28. Tabu F.W. Murnau, 1931

Dishonored.png

29. Dishonored Josef Von Sternberg, 1931

Rashomon

30. Rashomon Akira Kurosawa, 1950

Desire

31. Desire Frank Borzage, 1936

Moonrise

32. Moonrise Frank Borzage, 1948

Ossessione

33. Ossessione Luchino Visconti, 1942

Flowing

34. Flowing Mikio Naruse, 1956

Mother

35. Mother Mikio Naruse, 1952

Senso

36. Senso Luchino Visconti, 1954

Intolerance

37. Intolerance D.W. Griffith, 1916

Hallelujah

38. Hallelujah King Vidor, 1929

D.O.A.

39. D.O.A. Rudolph Maté, 1950

Gaslight

40. Gaslight George Cukor, 1944

El

41. El Luis Buñuel, 1953

Limelight

42. Limelight Charlie Chaplin, 1953

Compulsion

43. Compulsion Richard Fleischer, 1959

Fantasia

44. Fantasia Various, 1942

Ecstacy

45. Ecstasy Gustav Machatý, 1933

Bombshell

46. Bombshell Victor Fleming, 1933

Midnight

47. Midnight Mitchell Leisen 1939

Mother

48. Mother Vsevolod Pudovkin, 1927

Boomerang

49. Boomerang! Elia Kazan 1947

Picnic

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

# Close