George Clooney Lists His 100 Favorite Films Between 1964 and 1976

September 27, 2011
Source: Parade

George Clooney

Though he's only directed a handful of films like Leatherheads, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and a personal favorite of mine, Good Night and Good Luck, it's pretty much a guarantee that I'll always pay attention when George Clooney gets behind the camera. That's why I'm extremely excited for The Ides of March hitting theaters on October 7th, and now I'm pleased to present what might be the secret to Clooney's success as a filmmaker. Over at Parade magazine, Clooney listed his 100 favorite films between the years 1964 and 1976, a period which he believes is "the greatest era in filmmaking by far.” See the list below!

Clooney lists them in no particular order, but it's hard to argue with the greatness of these films in this extensive list which only covers 12 years of cinema's history. Here's the list (via SlashFilm):

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Alfie (1966)
Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974)
All The President’s Men (1976)
Alphaville (1965)
American Graffiti (1973)
The Bad News Bears (1976)
Badlands (1973)
Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Blow Up (1966)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Bound for Glory (1976)
Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid (1969)
Cabaret (1972)
The Candidate (1972)
Carnal Knowledge (1971)
Cat Ballou (1965)
Catch-22 (1970)
Chinatown (1974)
Clockwork Orange (1971)
The Conversation (1974)
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
The Day of the Jackal (1973)
Deliverance (1972)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Don’t Look Back (1967)
Don’t Look Now (1973)
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
Easy Rider (1969)
The Exorcist (1973)
Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex (1972)
Fail-Safe (1964)
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
The French Connection (1971)
The Front (1976)
The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather Part II (1974)
The Graduate (1967)
The Great Gatsby (1974)
A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
Harold and Maude (1971)
The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
High Plains Drifter (1973)
The Hot Rock (1972)
I Am Cuba (1964)
In Cold Blood (1967)
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Jaws (1975)
Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
The King of Marvin Gardens (1972)
Klute (1971)
The Ladykillers (1955)
The Last Detail (1973)
The Last Picture Show (1971)
The Last Tango in Paris (1972)
Lenny (1974)
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)
Little Murders (1971)
The Long Goodbye (1973)
The Longest Yard (1974)
A Man and a Woman (1966)
Marathon Man (1976)
MASH (1970)
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
Mean Streets (1973)
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
My Fair Lady (1964)
Nashville (1975)
Network (1976)
The Odd Couple (1968)
The Omen (1976)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
Paper Moon (1973)
The Parallax View (1974)
The Party (1968)
The Passenger (1975)
Patton (1970)
The Pawnbroker (1964)
The Producers (1968)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Serpico (1973)
Seven Days in May (1964)
Shampoo (1975)
Sleeper (1973)
Smile (1975)
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1975)
The Sting (1973)
Straw Dogs (1971)
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
Taxi Driver (1976)
The Way We Were (1973)
The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
Three Days of the Condor (1975)
Wait Until Dark (1967)
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1968)
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Z (1969)

Though the list is not ranked in any particular order, Clooney says his top five favorites are All the President’s Men, Network, Dr. Strangelove, Carnal Knowledge, and Harold and Maude. Here's what he says about the era itself and why he finds it to be such an amazing time for filmmaking:

"There were great filmmakers—Mike Nichols, Hal Ashby, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese—you go down the list of these insanely talented filmmakers all working at the top of their game and kind of competing with each other. Pakula, Sidney Lumet—I mean, you can just keep going down the list of these guys. And they were all doing really interesting films… That era [1964 to 1976] was a reflection of the antiwar movement, the civil rights movement, the women’s rights movement, the sexual revolution, the drug counterculture. All those things were exploding at the same time. And these films were reflections of it. Movies are really good when they do that. They give us a sense of what was going on in our psyche."

Looking at the above list, it's hard to think of a better period of time for cinema. I've seen a decent amount of the films listed, but there are some great hidden gems here that any aspiring filmmaker will likely add to their Netflix queue. As for Clooney's  top five films, they're pretty solid, and I can't say I disagree with his claim that All the President's Men is a "perfect" film. If you want to read the whole article about Clooney and these films, head on over to Parade magazine's website. What do you think of the list?

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Most impressive.

Posthuman on Sep 27, 2011



Xerxexx on Sep 27, 2011


Great list and I agree with him about the era. No remakes ,CGI ,reboots,just great writing,acting,directing and overall quality.....not that thats lacking today with people like Refn coming through. I would have included a Sergio Leone movie or two.Guess George is not a fan.

tir na nog on Sep 27, 2011


of course there isn't any remakes its 1964-1976....they had to make the first movies for them to be remade.

Croniccris on Sep 28, 2011


Wasen't Scarface in that time frame? There are also plenty of Novel adaptations...

Staatz on Sep 28, 2011


Isn't this "era" arbitrary in terms of the years chosen? Why not include '77? You got Annie Hall and Star Wars that year.

Jonah on Sep 27, 2011


Probably becasue of Star Wars...

Staatz on Sep 28, 2011


The Ladykillers from 1955 made the cut?  Impressive, since it's not in the date range.  Also, Bound for Glory was released in 1976, not 1967.

Farley Hayden on Sep 27, 2011


Yeah, I thought that seemed weird as well (also I've fixed the year for Bound for Glory).

Ethan Anderton on Sep 27, 2011


Jeremiah Johnson!!!

happy camper on Sep 27, 2011


Those films are listed in alphabetical order ... just sayin'. Not surprised that Clooney is a true cinephile, good list.

Anonymous on Sep 27, 2011


I'm delighted that he's such a cinephile. It's a rarity among actors these days.

Craig on Sep 27, 2011


50 year old actors still on the A-list is a rarity these days.

Anonymous on Sep 27, 2011


I think the problem is, is that in Clooney's directorial work he is clearly trying as hard as he can to evoke that classic new-hollywood style, but he does not have the chops. Good Night was wonderful, Confessions was fine but Leatherheads (his work most evocative of classic cinema) was a fucking trainwreck. It was great to see someone attempt to bring back the screwball comedy, but The Big Lebowski did it earlier, and far better. 

Lebowski on Sep 27, 2011


YAY considering there was only like 300 movies made between 64 and 76... and even I wasn't alive back then to give a s#*t. I've honestly only seen 26 of them, and I'm missing a few big ones. No joke, everyone who mentions "the greatest era" in cinema ALWAYS mentions the time when they were just discovering movies (early childhood to mid teens). I for one just remember great movies irregardless of what era, because every year had classics, greats, and pure shit. Even 86. Oh and it's not fair to compare movies from 15 years prior or more. It's like comparing athletes. It's called evolution people. In some cases... de-evolution. Like that de-evolution ray in Super Mario Brothers: The Movie.

Anonymous on Sep 27, 2011


Now this is a guy that's seen some movies.

Marcus on Sep 28, 2011


I hope this is not a list of films he's hinting at remaking & casting himself. Im joking.

Bazzmosis on Sep 28, 2011


Well, I appreciate Clooney and his work. However, to make a list like this leaves him open to all sorts of barbs. First of all, what about the year 1962? Films such as The Hustler, The Manchurian Canidate, Days of Wine and Rose, To Kill A Mockingbird. These are all great, great American films far better than 80% of the films Clooney lists. He makes many, many awful choices along with a few very good ones. His awful choices: American Graffiti, The Bad News Bears, Blazing Saddles, Bang The Drum Slowly, Bound For Glory, The Heartbreak Kid, High Plains Drifter, The Hot Rock, Jaws??, The Longest Yard, Murder On The Orient Express, My Fair Lady? (really?), The Odd Couple...What about Paul Newman's Hombre in 1967? Great, great film from Martin Ritt with a simply amazing cast from Richard Boone to Fredric March to the terrific actress Diane Cilento. I'm sure if I brought this up personally to Mr. Clooney he would admitt his error in omitting this great film. But, alas, such is the problem when putting out a list of one's favorite films. Still, all in all Clooney did include some really great films on his Cool Hand Luke, 2001, Chinatown, Clockwork Orange, Don't Look Now, Five Easy Pieces, In The Heat of the Night, Klute, Last Tango in Paris (of course) The Long Goodbye (surprised but excellent that he included this), McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Midnight Cowboy, Network, Cuckoo's Nest, The Passenger (good for Clooney), alas I tire now, but most of the rest thru Z. It's always fun to do this and Cooney is a smart guy. Have always enjoyed his sense of humor. 

Bo on Sep 28, 2011


Not enough foreign films on that list IMO.

Davide Coppola on Sep 28, 2011

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