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The 10 greatest Stephen King horror novels according to Goodreads

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The 10 greatest Stephen King horror novels according to Goodreads

Although dismissed by critics for much of his career—one New York Times review called him “a writer of fairly engaging and preposterous claptrap” — Stephen King is by any measure one of the greatest horror writers of all time. The author of fifty novels, nearly two hundred short stories and nine collections of short fiction, he is as productive as he is versatile. With so much fiction to choose from, it can be difficult to decide where to begin.

Happily, help is at hand thanks to the online book community Goodreads. As of July this book lovers’ heaven had an incredible 20 million members, the vast majority of whom spend huge amounts of time reading and reviewing. One author who understandably gets lots of attention is Stephen King. Here’s his ten greatest horror hits according to the Goodreads five star rating system.

1.  The Stand – score: 4.3

The Stand might not be the first novel you think of when you contemplate horror, but this post-apocalyptic horror/fantasy, an expansion of King’s earlier short story “Night Surf”, is Goodreads’s top choice. First published in 1978 and later re-released in 1990 as The Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition, it’s a genuine King masterpiece.

Goodreads top review says: “You know what’s really scary? Getting sick while you’re reading the first part of The Stand. Just try running a fever, going through a box of tissues and guzzling the better part of a bottle of Theraflu while Stephen King describes the grisly deaths of almost everyone on Earth from a superflu. On top of feeling like crap, you’ll be terrified. Bonus!”

2. It – score: 4.06

Published in 1986, It is a horror novel in every sense of the word. Moving back and forth between 1958 and 1985, the story tells of seven children in a small Maine town who discover the source of a series of horrifying murders. Having conquered the evil force once, they are summoned together 27 years later when the cycle begins again. The novel is famed for starring one of the scariest clowns in literature.

Goodreads top review says: “This is a brilliant novel, beautifully told in crisp, clear prose, with truly unforgettable characters and situations. It is the essence of good fiction; the truth inside the lie. King knows his way around the corners; and has that undefinable look in the eye, the dreamy look of a child.”

3. The Shining – score: 4.03

This 1977 classic follows Jack Torrance, a recovering alcoholic and writer, and his family, through a terrifying winter as they care for a deserted Colorado hotel whose history is anything but bucolic. The title was apparently inspired by the John Lennon song “Instant Karma!”, which contained the line “We all shine on…” Originally conceived as a five-act tragedy play, the story evolved into a five-act novel that also included many of King’s own personal demons. In 1980, Stanley Kubrick’s film version became an instant cult classic.

Goodreads top review says : “While reading “The Shining,” I revisited my kid fears– as if walking through a bell-bottomed-shaped portal into the shag carpet of the seventies. King evoked my vulnerability and reminded me of what it felt like to be a powerless child in a universe where everybody is stronger and more experienced than I.”

4. Misery – score. 3.99

Published in 1988, the novel focuses on Paul Sheldon, a writer famous for Victorian-era romance novels involving the character of Misery Chastain. After an automobile accident, Paul meets his biggest fan, Annie Wilkes. His nurse-and captor, she wants Paul to write his greatest work just for her, and she will do whatever it takes to make this happen. Of the inspiration behind Annie, King once said, “There was never any question. Annie was my drug problem, and she was my number-one fan. God, she never wanted to leave.”

Goodreads top review says: “I first read Misery when I was seventeen years old. I started it about eight o’clock that evening, and finished it about four in the morning. Heart pounding, bleary eyed and afraid to open my closet door lest Annie Wilkes was waiting there for me with an axe or chainsaw raised over her head.”

5. Salem’s Lot – score. 3.91

Published in 1975, Salem’s Lot follows a writer named Ben Mears as he returns to the town where he lived as a boy, Jerusalem’s Lot, or ‘Salem’s Lot for short. To his dismay he discovers that the residents are all becoming vampires. The title King originally chose for the book was Second Coming, but he later decided on Jerusalem’s Lot, because his wife, novelist Tabitha King, thought the original title sounded too much like a “bad sex story”. In 1987 he told Phil Konstantin in The Highway Patrolman magazine: “In a way it is my favorite story, mostly because of what it says about small towns. They are kind of a dying organism right now. The story seems sort of down home to me. I have a special cold spot in my heart for it!”

Goodreads top review says: “Vampire stories have been around for a long time – But leave it to Stephen King to turn the terror up a notch, add a whole new layer to it. How? In addition to showing us the monsters of the night, he also brings into the picture the monsters and the darkness that are already with us, that live in the deep dark recesses of everyone’s soul.”

6. Duma Key – score. 3.87

The newest book on the list, Duma Key was published in 2008 and reached #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List. In the book, a construction site accident takes Edgar Freemantle’s right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him enraged as he begins his rehabilitation in a beach house on Duma Key in Florida.

Goodreads top review says: “Duma Key is not just a novel for the fans, but a cathartic response from King over his near-death accident in 1999; no doubt he relived his agonizing recovery while writing about Freemantle, and yet it is because of this firsthand experience, that Duma Key feels much more personal and empathetic.”

7. The Dead Zone – score. 3.83

Dedicated to his son Owen, the Dead Zone features Johnny Smith, a young boy who  is injured in an accident and enters a coma for nearly five years. When he emerges, he can see horrifying secrets but cannot identify all the details in his “dead zone”, an area of his brain that suffered permanent damage as the result of his accident.

Goodreads review says: “I have been really surprised, especially as I read The Dead Zone, this isn’t more of a popular read, especially with King readers. Johnny Smith’s character and his ability were done very well. I really liked all of the characters, especially Johnny and his parents.”

8. Carrie – score 3.82

King’s first published novel, released in 1974,  it revolves around “Carrie N. White”, a shy high school girl who uses her newly discovered telekinetic powers to exact revenge on those who tease her, causing one of the worst disasters in American history in the process. It is one of the most frequently banned books in US schools.

Goodreads review says: “This is one of those books where you’re just like, dude, how did you even come up with these thoughts? I mean, I think we take it all for granted now but honestly, this book is amazing. This novel was insane and fearless and obviously written by someone who had this story in him that needed to gush out like Carrie’s menstrual blood and crazy telekinetic angst. This is one of the books I think of when I get depressed about the idea of workshopped writing and the internal observing critic and all the rest of that limiting quality-control type stuff.”

9. Bag of Bones – score 3.79

Bag of Bones, published in 1998, focuses on an author who suffers severe writer’s block and delusions at an isolated lake house four years after the death of his wife. It’s a tale of grief and lost love’s enduring bonds, which went on to win the Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel.

Goodreads top review says “Don’t get me wrong, I love IT and The Stand and the Gunslinger septulogy, all the crazy outlandish horror and fantasy that is SK’s bread and butter. But I adore Bag of Bones and think it is one of his absolute best. It’s very intimate, very down to earth, with the supernatural downplayed.”

10. Pet Sematary – score – 3.77

Released in 1983, it was later made into a film of the same name. The original idea came in 1978 when King was teaching at the University of Maine at Orono, and his family rented a house on a busy road in Orrington. The road claimed the lives of a number of pets, and the neighborhood children created a pet cemetery in a field near the Kings’ home. King wrote the novel based on their experiences, but feeling he had gone too far with the subject matter of the book, it became the first novel he “put away”.

Goodreads top review says “The painful, hard thing about Stephen King’s writing is that so often, he takes something real, something that people can experience in the real world, and builds the supernatural stuff onto that. In The Shining, there’s Jack’s alcoholism; in The Talisman, there’s Jack/Jason’s mother’s cancer; The Stand plays on our fears of something, somewhere, in one of those labs, getting out of control; in Pet Sematary, it’s the death of a child. So much of the book is completely real and believable.”

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Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules for Writers

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Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules for Writers

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In one of my favorite Stephen King interviews, for The Atlantic, he talks at length about the vital importance of a good opening line. “There are all sorts of theories,” he says, “it’s a tricky thing.” “But there’s one thing” he’s sure about: “An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.” King’s discussion of opening lines is compelling because of his dual focus as an avid reader and a prodigious writer of fiction—he doesn’t lose sight of either perspective:

We’ve talked so much about the reader, but you can’t forget that the opening line is important to the writer, too. To the person who’s actually boots-on-the-ground. Because it’s not just the reader’s way in, it’s the writer’s way in also, and you’ve got to find a doorway that fits us both.

This is excellent advice. As you orient your reader, so you orient yourself, pointing your work in the direction it needs to go. Now King admits that he doesn’t think much about the opening line as he writes, in a first draft, at least. That perfectly crafted and inviting opening sentence is something that emerges in revision, which can be where the bulk of a writer’s work happens.

Revision in the second draft, “one of them, anyway,” may “necessitate some big changes” says King in his 2000 memoir slash writing guide On Writing. And yet, it is an essential process, and one that “hardly ever fails.” Below, we bring you King’s top twenty rules from On Writing. About half of these relate directly to revision. The other half cover the intangibles—attitude, discipline, work habits. A number of these suggestions reliably pop up in every writer’s guide. But quite a few of them were born of Stephen King’s many decades of trial and error and—writes the Barnes & Noble book blog—“over 350 million copies” sold, “like them or loathe them.”

1. First write for yourself, and then worry about the audience. “When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story.”

2. Don’t use passive voice. “Timid writers like passive verbs for the same reason that timid lovers like passive partners. The passive voice is safe.”

3. Avoid adverbs. “The adverb is not your friend.”

4. Avoid adverbs, especially after “he said” and “she said.”

5. But don’t obsess over perfect grammar. “The object of fiction isn’t grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story.”

6. The magic is in you. “I’m convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing.”

7. Read, read, read. ”If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.”

8. Don’t worry about making other people happy. “If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered, anyway.”

9. Turn off the TV. “TV—while working out or anywhere else—really is about the last thing an aspiring writer needs.”

10. You have three months. “The first draft of a book—even a long one—should take no more than three months, the length of a season.”

 11. There are two secrets to success. “I stayed physical healthy, and I stayed married.”

12. Write one word at a time. “Whether it’s a vignette of a single page or an epic trilogy like ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ the work is always accomplished one word at a time.”

13. Eliminate distraction. “There’s should be no telephone in your writing room, certainly no TV or videogames for you to fool around with.”

14. Stick to your own style. “One cannot imitate a writer’s approach to a particular genre, no matter how simple what that writer is doing may seem.”

15. Dig. “Stories are relics, part of an undiscovered pre-existing world. The writer’s job is to use the tools in his or her toolbox to get as much of each one out of the ground intact as possible.”

16. Take a break. “You’ll find reading your book over after a six-week layoff to be a strange, often exhilarating experience.”

17. Leave out the boring parts and kill your darlings. “(kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.)”

18. The research shouldn’t overshadow the story. “Remember that word back. That’s where the research belongs: as far in the background and the back story as you can get it.”

19. You become a writer simply by reading and writing. “You learn best by reading a lot and writing a lot, and the most valuable lessons of all are the ones you teach yourself.”

20. Writing is about getting happy. “Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid or making friends. Writing is magic, as much as the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink.”

See a fuller exposition of King’s writing wisdom at Barnes & Noble’s blog.

best #movies of the #60’s

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best #movies of the #60’s

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  1. Lawrence of Arabia – (1962, David Lean) (Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness)
  2. Psycho – (1960, Alfred Hitchcock) (Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh)
  3. Dr. Strangelove… – (1964, Stanley Kubrick) (Peter Sellers, George C. Scott)
  4. 8 1/2 – (1963, Federico Fellini) (Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale)
  5. 2001: A Space Odyssey – (1968, Stanley Kubrick) (Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood)
  6. Once Upon a Time in the West – (1968, Sergio Leone) (Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson)
  7. To Kill a Mockingbird – (1962, Robert Mulligan) (Gregory Peck, Mary Badham)
  8. Midnight Cowboy – (1969, John Schlesinger) (Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight)
  9. Bonnie and Clyde – (1967, Arthur Penn) (Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway)
  10. La Dolce Vita – (1960, Federico Fellini) (Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimee)
  11. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – (1966, Sergio Leone) (Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach)
  12. The Graduate – (1967, Mike Nichols) (Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross)
  13. Breathless – (1960, Jean-Luc Godard) (Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg)
  14. The Yojimbo – (1961, Akira Kurosawa) (Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai)
  15. Wild Bunch – (1969, Sam Peckinpah) (William Holden, Ernest Borgnine)
  16. Persona – (1966, Ingmar Bergman) (Liv Ullmann, Bibi Andersson)
  17. The Leopard – (1963, Luchino Visconti) (Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale)
  18. L’Avventura – (1960, Michelangelo Antonioni) (Gabriele Ferzetti, Monica Vitti)
  19. The Apartment – (1960, Billy Wilder) (Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine)
  20. The Manchurian Candidate – (1962, John Frankenheimer) (Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey)
  21. Easy Rider – (1969, Dennis Hopper) (Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson)
  22. Last Years at Marienbad – (1961, Alain Resnais) (Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi)
  23. West Side Story – (1961, Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise) (Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer)
  24. Cool Hand Luke – (1967, Stuart Rosenberg) (Paul Newman, George Kennedy, Strother Martin)
  25. The Battle of Algiers – (1966, Gillo Pontecorvo) (Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin)
  26. Doctor Zhivago – (1965, David Lean) (Omar Sharif, Julie Christie)
  27. A Hard Day’s Night – (1964, Richard Lester) (The Beatles, Wilfrid Brambell, Norman Rossington)
  28. Alphaville – (1965, Jean-Luc Godard) (Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina)
  29. The Music Man – (1962, Morton DaCosta) (Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett)
  30. Spartacus – (1960, Stanley Kubrick) (Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons)
  31. Peeping Tom – (1960, Michael Powell) (Karlheinz Bühm, Moira Shearer)
  32. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg – (1964, Jacques Demy) (Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo)
  33. The Sound of Music – (1965, Robert Wise) (Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer)
  34. Medium Cool – (1969, Haskell Wexler) (Christine Bergstrom, Harold Blankenship)
  35. The Producers – (1968, Mel Brooks) (Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder)
  36. Planet of the Apes – (1968, Franklin J. Schaffner) (Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowell)
  37. In the Heat of the Night – (1967, Norman Jewison) (Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates)
  38. Marat/Sade – (1966, Peter Brook) (Patrick Magee, Ian Richardson, Glenda Jackson)
  39. Belle de jour – (1967, Luis Buñuel) (Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel)
  40. Andrei Rublev – (1966, Andrei Tarkovsky) (Anatoli Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov)
  41. Blow-Up – (1966, Michelangelo Antonioni) (David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles)
  42. The Birds – (1963, Alfred Hitchcock) (Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy)
  43. Tom Jones – (1963, Tony Richardson) (Albert Finney, Susannah York, Hugh Griffith)
  44. Night of the Living Dead – (1968, George A. Romero) (Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea)
  45. The Hustler – (1961, Robert Rossen) (Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, George C. Scott)
  46. My Fair Lady – (1964, George Cukor) (Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Wilfrid Hyde-White)
  47. Goldfinger – (1964, Guy Hamilton) (Sean Connery, Gert Fröbe, Honor Blackman)
  48. Woman in the Dunes – (1964, Hiroshi Teshigahara) (Eiji Okada, Kyôko Kishida)
  49. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance – (1962, John Ford) (John Wayne, James Stewart, Vera Miles)
  50. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – (1969, George Roy Hill) (Paul Newman, Robert Redford)
  51. Rosemary’s Baby – (1968, Roman Polanski) (Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon)

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52.(1966, Jiri Menzel) (Václav Neckár, Josef Somr)
53. Rocco and His Brothers – (1960, Luchino Visconti) (Alain Delon, Renato Salvatori)
54. Weekend – (1967, Jean-Loc Godard) (Mireille Darc, Jean Yanne)
55. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – (1961, Blake Edwards) (Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal)
56. The Longest Day – (1962, Ken Annakin) (Richard Burton, Robert Ryan, Henry Fonda)
57. Point Blank – (1967, John Boorman) (Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, Keenan Wynn)
58. Oliver! – (1968, Carol Reed) (Mark Lester, Ron Moody, Jack Wild, Oliver Reed)
59. Judgment at Nuremberg – (1961, Stanley Kramer) (Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster)
60. The Dirty Dozen – (1967, Robert Aldrich) (Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson)
61. Dog Star Man – (1964, Stan Brakhage) (Jane Brakhage, Stan Brakhage)
62. Bullitt – (1968, Peter Yates) (Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Vaughn)
63. Pierrot Le Fou – (1965, Jean-Loc Godard) (Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina)
64. Mary Poppins – (1964, Robert Stevenson) (Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke)
65. A Raisin in the Sun – (1961, Daniel Petrie) (Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Louis Gossett Jr.)
66. Romeo and Juliet – (1968, Franco Zeffirelli) (Leonard Whiting, Olivia Hussey)
67. The Shop On Main Street – (1965, Jan Kadar, Elmar Klos) (Ida Kaminska, Jozef Króner)
68. Funny Girl – (1968, William Wyler) (Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif)
69. Hud – (1963, Martin Ritt) (Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, Patricia Neal)
70. In Cold Blood – (1967, Richard Brooks) (Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, John Forsythe)
71. Lolita – (1962, Stanley Kubrick) (Sue Lyon, Shelley Winters, Gary Cockrell)
72. The Pawnbroker – (1964, Sidney Lumet) (Rod Steiger, Geraldine Fitzgerald)
73. The Innocents – (1961, Jack Clayton) (Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Michael Redgrave)
74. My Night at Maud’s – (1969, Eric Rohmer) (Jean-Louis Trintignant, Françoise Fabian)
75. Jules and Jim – (1962, Francois Truffaut) (Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner)
76. The Great Escape – (1963, John Sturges) (Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough)
77. Yellow Submarine – (1968, George Dunning) (Animation)
78. Repulsion – (1965, Roman Polanski) (Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry)
79. From Russia With Love – (1963, Terence Young) (Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Daniela Bianchi)
80. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – (1966, Mike Nichols) (Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton)
81. One Hundred and One Dalmatians – (1961, Clyde Geronimi) (Animation)
82. Elmer Gantry – (1960, Richard Brooks) (Burt Lancaster, Jean Simmons, Arthur Kennedy)
83. The Exterminating Angel – (1962, Luis Buñuel) (Silvia Pinal, Enrique Rambal)
84. Lilies of the Field – (1963, Ralph Nelson) (Sidney Poitier, Lilia Skala, Lisa Mann)
85. A Man for All Seasons – (1966, Fred Zinnemann) (Paul Scofield, Leo McKern, Robert Shaw)
86. Long Day’s Journey into Night – (1962, Sidney Lumet) (Katharine Hepburn, Ralph Richardson)
87. Ride the High Country – (1962, Sam Peckinpah) (Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, Edgar Buchanan)
88. A Thousand Clowns – (1965, Fred Coe) (Jason Robards, Barbara Harris, Martin Balsam)
89. Le Trou – (1960, Jacques Becker) (Michel Constantin, Jean Keraudy)
90. Z – (1969, Costa-Gavras) (Yves Montand, Irene Papas, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jacques Perrin)

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  1. The Pink Panther – (1964, Blake Edwards) (Peter Sellers, David Niven, Robert Wagner)
  2. Inherit the Wind – (1960, Stanley Kramer) (Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Harry Morgan)
  3. The Haunting – (1963, Robert Wise) (Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson)
  4. Shoot the Piano Player – (1960, Francois Truffaut) (Charles Aznavour, Marie Dubois)
  5. Cape Fear – (1962, J. Lee Thompson) (Robert Mitchum, Gregory Peck, Polly Bergen)
  6. Contempt – (1963, Jean-Luc Godard) (Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli, Jack Palance)
  7. Red Desert – (1964, Michelangelo Antonioni) (Monica Vitti, Richard Harris)
  8. Georgy Girl – (1966, Silvio Narizzano) (James Mason, Lynn Redgrave, Alan Bates)
  9. Juliet of the Spirits – (1965, Federico Fellini) (Giulietta Masina, Sandra Milo)
  10. Darling – (1965, John Schlesinger) (Laurence Harvey, Julie Christie, Dirk Bogarde)

20 More Movies Worth Mentioning

  1. The Jungle Book – (1967, Wolfgang Reitherman) (Voices of: Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Louis Prima)
  2. Faces – (1968, John Cassavetes) (John Marley, Gena Rowlands, Lynn Carlin)
  3. Playtime – 1967, Jacques Tati) (Jacques Tati, Barbara Dennek, Rita Maiden)
  4. Viridiana – (1961, Luis Bunuel) (Silvia Pinal, Francisco Rabal, Fernando Rey)
  5. Le Samouraï – 1967, Jean-Pierre Melville) (Alain Delon, François Périer, Nathalie Delon)
  6. If – (1968, Lindsay Anderson) (Malcolm McDowell, David Wood, Richard Warwick)
  7. Shock Corridor – (1963, Samuel Fuller) (Peter Breck, Constance Towers, Gene Evans)
  8. Through a Glass Darkly – (1961, Ingmar Bergman) (Gunnar Björnstrand, Harriet Andersson)
  9. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? – (1962, Robert Aldrich) (Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono)
  10. My Life To Live – (1962, Jean-Luc Godard) (Anna Karina, Sady Rebbot, André S. Labarthe)
  11. Knife In The Water – (1962, Roman Polanski) (Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka)
  12. The Nutty Professor – (1963, Jerry Lewis) (Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens, Del Moore)
  13. The Miracle Worker – (1962, Arthur Penn) (Patty Duke, Anne Bancroft, Victor Jory)
  14. Dr. No – (1962, Terence Young) (Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Joseph Wiseman)
  15. War and Peace – (1968, Sergei Bondarchuk) (Lyudmila Savelyeva, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Gennadi Ivanov)
  16. They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? – (1969, Sydney Pollack) (Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, Susannah York)
  17. Memories of Underdevelopment – (1968, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea) (Sergio Corrieri, Daisy Granados)
  18. True Grit – (1969, Henry Hathaway) (John Wayne, Glen Campbell, Kim Darby)
  19. The Misfits – (1961, John Hutson) (Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift)
  20. High School – (1968, Frederick Wiseman) (Documentary)

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