My Top 20 by Year - 1969

by 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)

Notes:

  • 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.

Director: Sergei Parajanov | Stars: Sofiko Chiaureli, Melkon Alekyan, Vilen Galstyan, Gogi Gegechkori

Votes: 7,724

OL. 10/10.

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.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Paul Frankeur, Laurent Terzieff, Alain Cuny, Edith Scob

Votes: 6,269

Cinema.

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.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Liv Ullmann, Bibi Andersson, Max von Sydow, Erland Josephson

Votes: 7,578

Cinema.

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.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Ingrid Thulin, Helmut Griem, Helmut Berger

Votes: 6,860

Cinema.

5. The Wild Bunch (1969)

R | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Western

95 Metascore

An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien

Votes: 73,418 | Gross: $12.06M

TV.

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.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Alan Bates, Oliver Reed, Glenda Jackson, Jennie Linden

Votes: 6,492

Cinema.

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.

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Yves Montand, Irene Papas, Jean-Louis Trintignant, François Périer

Votes: 21,847 | Gross: $0.08M

Cinema.

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 »

Director: Péter Bacsó | Stars: Ferenc Kállai, Lajos Öze, Béla Both, Zoltán Fábri

Votes: 5,578

Cinema.

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.

Director: Juraj Herz | Stars: Rudolf Hrusínský, Vlasta Chramostová, Jana Stehnová, Milos Vognic

Votes: 6,174

OL.

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.

Director: Peter Watkins | Stars: Arthur Pentelow, Frederick Danner, Hans Bendrik, Daniel Harle

Votes: 423

PC.

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 »

Director: Zelimir Zilnik | Stars: Milja Vujanovic, Bogdan Tirnanic, Cedomir Radovic, Marko Nikolic

Votes: 327

Cinema.

12. We (1969)

27 min | Documentary, Short

Monumental picture exploring the identity and fate of the Armenian nation.

Director: Artavazd Peleshian

Votes: 340

OL.

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.

Director: Zivojin Pavlovic | Stars: Milena Dravic, Ivica Vidovic, Severin Bijelic, Slobodan Aligrudic

Votes: 239

Cinema.

14. Ego (1969)

11 min | Animation, Short

Add a Plot

Director: Bruno Bozzetto

Votes: 22

OL. 10/10.

15. Funeral Parade of Roses (1969)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

The trials and tribulations of Eddie and other transvestites in Japan.

Director: Toshio Matsumoto | Stars: Pîtâ, Osamu Ogasawara, Yoshimi Jô, Koichi Nakamura

Votes: 3,926

OL. 9.5/10.

16. Easy Rider (1969)

R | 95 min | Adventure, Drama

86 Metascore

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.

Director: Dennis Hopper | Stars: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Antonio Mendoza

Votes: 92,496 | Gross: $41.73M

Cinema. 9/10.

17. They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)

M/PG | 129 min | Drama

72 Metascore

The lives of a disparate group of contestants intertwine in an inhumanely grueling dance marathon.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, Susannah York, Gig Young

Votes: 15,060 | Gross: $12.60M

Cinema.

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.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: David Bradley, Brian Glover, Freddie Fletcher, Lynne Perrie

Votes: 16,964

Cinema.

19. Midnight Cowboy (1969)

R | 113 min | Drama, Western

79 Metascore

A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York City to seek personal fortune, finding a new friend in the process.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles, John McGiver

Votes: 93,122 | Gross: $44.79M

Cinema.

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 »

Director: Bo Widerberg | Stars: Peter Schildt, Kerstin Tidelius, Roland Hedlund, Stefan Feierbach

Votes: 1,289

Cinema.

21. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

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.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin

Votes: 191,134 | Gross: $102.31M

Cinema.

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.

Director: Juraj Jakubisko | Stars: Philippe Avron, Jirí Sýkora, Magda Vásáryová, Francoise Goldité

Votes: 662

PC.

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.

Director: Dariush Mehrjui | Stars: Ezzatolah Entezami, Mahin Shahabi, Ali Nassirian, Jamshid Mashayekhi

Votes: 5,349

PC.

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.

Director: Marco Ferreri | Stars: Michel Piccoli, Anita Pallenberg, Gino Lavagetto, Mario Jannilli

Votes: 1,976

Cinema.

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.

Director: Vilgot Sjöman | Stars: Börje Ahlstedt, Stig Engström, Sif Ruud, Anita Ekström

Votes: 53

Cinema.

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.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Patrick O'Neal, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Peter Falk

Votes: 2,434

Cinema.

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.

Director: Vatroslav Mimica | Stars: Pavle Vuisic, Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, Boris Dvornik, Fabijan Sovagovic

Votes: 147

TV.

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...

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Star: Václav Borovicka

Votes: 674

PC.

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

Votes: 389

OL.

30. Spheres (1969)

7 min | Short, Animation

Add a Plot

Directors: René Jodoin, Norman McLaren

Votes: 247

OL.

31. Palindrome (1969)

22 min | Short

A series of psychedelic, otherworldly visuals of all different colors and designs.

Director: Hollis Frampton

Votes: 65

OL.

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.

Director: Norman McLaren | Star: Norman McLaren

Votes: 161

OL.

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

Votes: 84

OL.

34. Artificial Light (1969)

24 min | Short

A series of variations on a single minute-long sequence, including a negative reproduction, double-exposures, etc.

Director: Hollis Frampton | Star: Lee Lozano

Votes: 55

OL.

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.

Director: Ward Kimball | Stars: Ruth Buzzi, Richard Bakalyan, John Emerson, Jim Swain

Votes: 327

PC.

36. Maska crvene smrti (1969)

10 min | Animation, Short, Horror

Add a Plot

Directors: Branko Ranitovic, Pavao Stalter

Votes: 74

OL.

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

Votes: 121

OL.

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.

Director: Clu Gulager | Stars: Mike Hertel, Jack Grindle, John McCaffrey, William Elliott

Votes: 368

OL.

40. Me, Natalie (1969)

M | 111 min | Comedy, Drama

A young woman struggles for independence.

Director: Fred Coe | Stars: Patty Duke, James Farentino, Martin Balsam, Elsa Lanchester

Votes: 768 | Gross: $1.07M

TV.

41. Cactus Flower (1969)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Romance

67 Metascore

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.

Director: Gene Saks | Stars: Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman, Goldie Hawn, Jack Weston

Votes: 8,640 | Gross: $25.89M

Cinema. 9/10.

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 »

Director: Zoltán Fábri | Stars: Mari Töröcsik, Sándor Pécsi, László Kozák, Anthony Kemp

Votes: 2,291

PC. 8.5/10.



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