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Kenneth Turan's Fifty-Four Favorites

This list is from the book "Not To Be Missed: Fifty-Four Favorites from a Lifetime of Film" by Kenneth Turan. After reading his book, I trust his opinion completely as each choice is well considered after having been settled in his mind over years of viewing countless films. He is eloquent, intentional, and creative with each choice. Here is his list of fifty four films in chronological order.
In the book, he reserves the "Orson Welles Double Feature" for the end of the book due to their prominence in his list. Welles is his favorite American director and these films hold a special reservation for him because of this. Alternatively, I decided to order Touch of Evil (1958) and Chimes at Midnight (1965) chronologically.
He also picked a "Fifty-Fifth Film," in which he split his choice between Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast (1946) and Samuel Fuller's Pickup on South Street (1953). This is why this list includes fifty-six, instead of the titular fifty-four.
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Fant├┤mas (1913)
Fantômas (1913)
2
Sherlock, Jr. (1924)
Sherlock, Jr. (1924)
3
Pass the Gravy (1928)
Pass the Gravy (1928)
4
I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932)
I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932)
5
Bombshell (1933)
Bombshell (1933)
6
The Dybbuk (1937)
The Dybbuk (1937)
7
Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
8
Love Affair (1939)
Love Affair (1939)
9
Pride and Prejudice (1940)
Pride and Prejudice (1940)
10
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
11
The Lady Eve (1941)
The Lady Eve (1941)
12
The Strawberry Blonde (1941)
The Strawberry Blonde (1941)
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13
To Be or Not to Be (1942)
To Be or Not to Be (1942)
14
Casablanca (1942)
Casablanca (1942)
15
Random Harvest (1942)
Random Harvest (1942)
16
Children of Paradise (1945)
Children of Paradise (1945)
17
Beauty and the Beast (1946)
Beauty and the Beast (1946)
18
Great Expectations (1946)
Great Expectations (1946)
19
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
20
The Third Man (1949)
The Third Man (1949)
21
All About Eve (1950)
All About Eve (1950)
22
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
23
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
24
Casque D'or (1952)
Casque D'or (1952)
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25
The Importance of Being Earnest (1952)
The Importance of Being Earnest (1952)
26
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
27
The Earrings of Madame De... (1953)
The Earrings of Madame De... (1953)
28
Pickup on South Street (1953)
Pickup on South Street (1953)
29
Seven Samurai (1954)
Seven Samurai (1954)
30
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
31
Seven Men From Now (1956)
Seven Men From Now (1956)
32
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
33
Vertigo (1958)
Vertigo (1958)
34
Touch of Evil (1958)
Touch of Evil (1958)
35
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
36
The Gospel According to Matthew (1964)
The Gospel According to Matthew (1964)
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37
Chimes at Midnight (1965)
Chimes at Midnight (1965)
38
Point Blank (1967)
Point Blank (1967)
39
Le Samouraï (1967)
Le Samouraï (1967)
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