I watched 69 classic movies in 2015 - dramatically fewer than in past years. On the other hand the overall standard was so high that picking my ten favourites was a real challenge. Here’s my top ten, in order of release date (I can’t pick an overall favourite).
White Woman (Stuart Walker, 1933) - a gloriously over-ripe tropical melodrama with bravura performances by Charles Laughton and Carole Lombard.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Alfred L. Werker, 1939) - one of the two 20th Century-Fox Basil Rathbone-Nigel Bruce movies made before the move to Universal.
Singapore (John Brahm, 1947) - fine tropical noir with Fred MacMurray and Ava Gardner
Morning Departure (Roy Ward Baker, 1950) - the best submarine movie ever although it’s not a war movie.
Murder Without Crime (J. Lee Thompson, 1950) - top-notch British mystery B-movie.
No Highway in the Sky (Henry Koster, 1951) - one of the great aviation movies.
Mr Denning Drives North (Anthony Kimmins, 1952) - brilliantly twisted inverted murder mystery with a superb lead performance by John Mills.
The League of Gentlemen (Basil Dearden, 1960) - the first of the great British caper movies.
Ocean’s Eleven (Lewis Milestone, 1960) - the first of the great American caper movies.
A Dandy in Aspic (Anthony Mann, Laurence Harvey, 1968) - an underrated and very dark spy tale.