My Top 20 by Year - 1969by miran_kor | created - 07 Mar 2014 | updated - 23 Jun 2016 | Public
Under construction and always in progress.
The Best films from this year (according to IMDb) I've seen (so far).
Out of 191 films 'seen' (ie rated at IMDb). (Jun 2016)
- Features, shorts, docs and TV movies eligible ("A film is a film is a film.").
- TV mini-series are NOT (unless stated otherwise).
- My humble rates added (for films with the same rate just once or twice though).
- Films with the same rate are ordered arbitrarily. Feel free to re-order them at your will.
- When I saw more than 20 excellent films (9/10 or above in my book) from a certain year I'll try and list them ALL. That would make some lists much longer but all the excellentia deserves to be mentioned.
Cinema = cinema (big screen) viewing TV = TV viewing PC = download OL = online viewing VHS = VHS viewing
Yet to see (among many):
Le chagrin et la pitié (The Sorrow and the Pity, Mar. Ophüls, 1968, doc) L'amour fou (Mad Love, Rivette, 1969) Kyôsô jôshi-kô (Running in Madness, Dying in Love; Wakamatsu, 1969) Eika Katappa (Schroeter, 1969) Vsichni dobrí rodáci (All My Good Countrymen, Jasný, 1969) L'Inde fantôme (Phantom India, Malle, 1969, doc, TV mini) Don't Drink the Water (H. Morris, 1969) Goodbye, Columbus (Peerce, 1969) Hello, Dolly! (Kelly, 1969) The Sterile Cuckoo (Pakula, 1969) Age of Consent (M. Powell, 1969) Pirosmani (Shengelaya, 1969) Erosu purasu Gyakusatsu (Eros Plus Massacre, Yoshida, 1969) Al-ard (The Land, Chahine, 1969) Argila (Schroeter, 1969) Goto, l'île d'amour (Goto, Island of Love; Borowczyk, 1969) El chacal de Nahueltoro (Jackal of Nahueltoro, Littin, 1969) If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (Stuart, 1969) Law and Order (Wiseman, 1969, doc) Xia nu (A Touch of Zen, Hu, 1969) Yuke yuke nidome no shojo (Go, Go Second Time Virgin; Wakamatsu, 1969)
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1. The Color of Pomegranates (1969)
Not Rated | 79 min | Biography, Drama, History
A super-stylized, surreal biography of Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova, whose life is depicted through non-narrative amalgamations of poetic images.
2. The Milky Way (1969)
M/PG | 105 min | Comedy, Drama
Two drifters go on a pilgrimage from France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Along the way, they hitchhike, beg for food, and face the Christian dogmas and heresies from different Ages.
3. The Passion of Anna (1969)
R | 101 min | Drama
A recently divorced man meets an emotionally devastated widow and they begin a love affair.
4. The Damned (1969)
R | 156 min | Drama, War
The dramatic collapse of a wealthy, industrialist/Junker family during the reign of the Third Reich.
5. The Wild Bunch (1969)
R | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Western
An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them.
Votes: 73,418 | Gross: $12.06M
6. Women in Love (1969)
R | 131 min | Drama, Romance
Two best friends fall in love with a pair of women, but the relationships soon go in very different directions.
7. Z (1969)
M/PG | 127 min | Crime, Drama, History
Following the murder of a prominent leftist, an investigator tries to uncover the truth while government officials attempt to cover up their roles.
Votes: 21,847 | Gross: $0.08M
8. The Witness (1969)
105 min | Drama, Comedy
Banned for over a decade for its outspoken criticism of the post-WWII communist regime in Hungary, Péter Bacsó's 'The Witness' has since then achieved unparalleled cult status in its native... See full summary »
9. Cremator (1969)
95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Set in World War II, a demented cremator believes cremation relieves earthly suffering and sets out to save the world.
10. The Gladiators (1969)
Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
Some time in the future, East and West have stopped maintaining standing armies and nuclear weapons. Instead, to settle their differences they pit different teams of crack combat specialists against each other.
11. Early Works (1969)
87 min | Comedy, Drama
Inspired by Karl Marx's "Das Kapital", three men and a girl named Jugoslava decide to wake up the conscience within the working class and peasants. Faced with the primitivism and a lack of ... See full summary »
12. We (1969)
27 min | Documentary, Short
Monumental picture exploring the identity and fate of the Armenian nation.
Director: Artavazd Peleshian
13. The Ambush (1969)
80 min | Drama, Romance, War
Idealistic young man supports the party and the new Yugoslavia's communist regime, but soon gets involved in various political and criminal machinations becoming more and more confused about what's right and what's wrong.
15. Funeral Parade of Roses (1969)
Not Rated | 105 min | Drama
The trials and tribulations of Eddie and other transvestites in Japan.
16. Easy Rider (1969)
R | 95 min | Adventure, Drama
Through the open country and desert lands, two bikers head from L.A to New Orleans, and along the way, meet a man who bridges a counter-culture gap they are unaware of.
Votes: 92,496 | Gross: $41.73M
17. They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)
M/PG | 129 min | Drama
The lives of a disparate group of contestants intertwine in an inhumanely grueling dance marathon.
Votes: 15,060 | Gross: $12.60M
18. Kes (1969)
PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Family
A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon.
19. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
R | 113 min | Drama, Western
A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York City to seek personal fortune, finding a new friend in the process.
Votes: 93,122 | Gross: $44.79M
20. Adalen 31 (1969)
X | 110 min | Drama, History, Romance
During a strike strike-breakers are being transported to Lunde, where they are assaulted by the strikers. The military are sent in. On the 14th May 1931 there is a confrontation between ... See full summary »
21. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
PG | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Wyoming, early 1900s. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid are the leaders of a band of outlaws. After a train robbery goes wrong they find themselves on the run with a posse hard on their heels. Their solution - escape to Bolivia.
Votes: 191,134 | Gross: $102.31M
22. Birds, Orphans and Fools (1969)
78 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Three adolescent war orphans seclude themselves in an anarchic and playful existence of denial and juvenile joy.
23. The Cow (1969)
Not Rated | 104 min | Drama
An old villager deeply in love with his cow goes to the capital for a while. While he's there, the cow dies and now the villagers are afraid of his possible reaction to it when he returns.
24. Dillinger Is Dead (1969)
Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama
A man decides to cook for himself, but finds the revolver of John Dillinger hidden in his kitchen instead.
25. You're Lying! (1969)
107 min | Drama
About an alcohol-damaged young man, his life in and out of prison, his friend the art teacher and his difficulties reintegrating into society.
26. Castle Keep (1969)
R | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
During the Battle of the Bulge, an anachronistic count shelters a ragtag squad of Americans in his isolated castle hoping they will defend it against the advancing Germans.
27. An Event (1969)
88 min | Drama
A grandfather and his grandson go to a fair to sell a horse. A ranger and his vicious partner, Matijevic, follow them as they return home in order to rob them. The confrontation takes place in the forest.
28. Tichý týden v dome (1971)
20 min | Animation, Short
A man, apparently on the run, takes shelter in a dilapidated house. Every day, he drills a hole through a wall and looks into one of the rooms, each time seeing a different surreal vision...
29. 79 primaveras (1969)
Not Rated | 25 min | Short, Documentary
An agit-prop documentary marking the death of Vietnamese nationalist leader Ho Chí Minh, using found footage to link his work to worldwide political movements including the Cuban revolution and resistance within the USA to the Vietnam war.
Director: Santiago Álvarez
30. Spheres (1969)
7 min | Short, Animation
31. Palindrome (1969)
22 min | Short
A series of psychedelic, otherworldly visuals of all different colors and designs.
Director: Hollis Frampton
32. Opening Speech (1969)
7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
Norman McLaren attempts to give the opening speech for the first Montreal International Film Festival, but his microphone won't cooperate.
33. Passing Days (1969)
10 min | Animation, Short
Animated film about a man prevented from leading his own life. People impose social dogmas on him, and rob him of his rights.
Director: Nedeljko Dragic
34. Artificial Light (1969)
24 min | Short
A series of variations on a single minute-long sequence, including a negative reproduction, double-exposures, etc.
35. It's Tough to Be a Bird (1969)
G | 21 min | Comedy, Family, Documentary
Part cartoon and part documentary, this film offers a humorous look at birds and the ways people perceive them.
36. Maska crvene smrti (1969)
10 min | Animation, Short, Horror
37. For My Crushed Right Eye (1969)
13 min | Short
Two series of images, chaotically showcasing Japan in the '60s, showing images of student riots, ads and pop culture.
Director: Toshio Matsumoto
39. A Day with the Boys (1969)
18 min | Short, Drama
A group of boys spend their day outdoors exploring, wreaking havoc and letting their imaginations run wild.
40. Me, Natalie (1969)
M | 111 min | Comedy, Drama
A young woman struggles for independence.
Votes: 768 | Gross: $1.07M
41. Cactus Flower (1969)
PG | 103 min | Comedy, Romance
A dentist pretends to be married to avoid commitment, but when he falls for his girlfriend and proposes, he must recruit his lovelorn nurse to pose as his wife.
Votes: 8,640 | Gross: $25.89M
42. The Boys of Paul Street (1968)
G | 110 min | Drama
In Budapest, two rival gangs of young boys lay claim to a vacant lot. The hostilities escalate yet never quite boil over into actual violence. Just when things do get out of hand, however, ... See full summary »