2014 Recap: Ranking the 10 Blindspot Movies I saw in 2014

BlindSpotSeriesSidebarSince Blindspot posts are typically published on a Tuesday, I figure I’ll do the same with this recap. I’m glad I joined this series last year, which was spearheaded by Ryan McNeil at The Matinee, and continued by Dan Heaton at Public Transportation Snob. It’s truly a wonderful way to catch up on classic (or even newer films) that I’ve missed and see if they live up to the hype, as well as my own expectations.

Here’s my Blindspot Picks of 2014

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Unfortunately I couldn’t complete all 12, so I didn’t get to see How the West Was Won and Time Bandits last year. But hey, that makes for a perfect Top 10, right? 😉 So below is my ranking of the 10 films I saw. Click on each title to see the full review.

10. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
9. Purple Noon/Plein Soleil (1960)
8. Rebel Without A Cause (1955)
7. Rebecca (1940)
6. Mr Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

5. It Happened One Night (1934)
4. The Sting (1973)
3. All the President’s Men (1976)
2.
Double Indemnity (1944)
1. The Apartment (1960)

For the most part, all of the films range from good to excellent. I mean the *lowest* rating I gave was 3.5/5 to The Philadelphia Story, which equals to about B– so it’s far from being a bad film. I kind of knew The Apartment was going to be my favorite of the year even when I saw it back in May, it’s darn near perfect IMHO, and I really could’ve given it a 5/5 instead of 4.5. Oh and I just realized I have TWO Robert Redford films on here, and he’s part of duo in both films (with Paul Newman and Dustin Hoffman, respectively).

I’m very curious how this year’s list will pan out, check out which 12 films I picked to watch for 2015 Blindspot Series.


What do you think about these films? Which one(s) is your favorite?

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57 thoughts on “2014 Recap: Ranking the 10 Blindspot Movies I saw in 2014

  1. Not a bad movie among those, and most are very good indeed. I like The Philadelphia Story well enough but, despite not liking musicals in general, I think High Society is better.

    1. Hi Colin, welcome to FC! I’m fortunate that all 10 of the films I saw are pretty darn good. The Philadelphia Story is not a musical though, more of a rom-com. I enjoyed it but compared to others I think it’s just not as strong of a film, in my opinion anyways. I should look to your blog for recommendations about classic films! 😉

      1. Hi, Ruth. I should have made that clearer – High Society is a musical remake of The Philadelphia Story and is worth comparing to the original.
        You have a pretty strong set of films lined up for the 2015 challenge too.

  2. I only saw three from the list, Rebel Without A Cause, The Sting and All The President’s Men and I enjoyed all three. Maybe I should make an effort to watch more films from the 50s, 40s and 30s, somehow films from those decades just aren’t interesting enough for me.

  3. I’m sad that Philadelphia Story is in the last spot (especially when I love it SO much), but even last place, among that list, isn’t a bad thing since not one of those movies is a bad movie! You had a great year with Blind Spots!

    1. Oh no, don’t be sad Drew. It’s really NOT a bad movie by any means and I did enjoy it. I think based on a few rom-com I saw w/ Katharine Hepburn, maybe I’m just not as fond of her in that genre. I should watch more of her dramatic stuff. But yeah overall it’s been an awesome Blindspot year for me, can’t wait to watch my 2015 list!

  4. This was so fun to follow Ruth. I love the whole Blindspot idea. It’s funny “The Philadelphia Story” would top my list of favorites (of the ones I have seen). “Double Indemnity” would be a close second. I have a lot of love for Mr. Smith as well.

    As for your 2015 list, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Breathless, The Big Sleep, and Rear Window (my favorite Hitchcock)

    1. Thanks Keith! Are you gonna participate this year? For me it’s a great opportunity to catching up on classic films I’ve missed. Yeah I know “The Philadelphia Story” is a popular one and it’s not like I didn’t enjoy it, I just didn’t love it 😉 Oh Rear Window is favorite Hitchcock? Glad I put that on my Blindspot list then, I’m even more curious to check that out now.

  5. Brittani

    That’s awesome your lowest rated one still had a decent score. I hope that happens to me in 2015. Rebel Without a Cause kind of ruined my 2014 ones. It got a D, and that was generous lol.

    1. Ahah yeah I remember you didn’t care for Rebel Without a Cause and I totally get it. I’m not as in love w/ that film as others but still it was enjoyable for me. Thankfully, there no film that *ruined* it for me, but then again I still have 2 films I didn’t get to see from this year’s Blindspot.

    1. Hi Mark! Yeah I guess I picked some good ones didn’t I? Thanks to a bunch of people who have been recommending ’em to me over the years 🙂

    1. Yeah I’m excited to find out how my 2015 list will pan out, there are some iconic films on there that I’ve been wanting to check out.

  6. Nice top 10 and understand your number one choice 🙂 I don’t think I’ve seen your number 3 yet, so that might be on my Blindspot list next year 😉

  7. Glad you got to see all these movies, seriously in the movie world there are just too many out there and it is hard to have seen all of the great ones. I have to say my faves on your list are the Apartment and Rebecca and the one I need to see is The Sting. Good job Ruth!

  8. Hi Flixy, great to see the many excellent classics on your list. I’m sure having people tell you what movies to see gets really old at times, but one I would have liked to see on your list is Citizen Kane. 😉

    1. Ahah yeah I know, still need to get to that one. Well maybe next year’s Blindspot, or if I have time I’ll see it at some point this year 😉

        1. Yes you have mentioned that several times. But to me, I’d only check out the commentary if I actually like the film itself, but I believe you it was good 😉

  9. Whoa! I’ve been so busy, I missed this post of yours. Well, I remember most of your posts and I love concur with your number 1 and 2 spot. Looking forward to your blindspot posts of 2015. 🙂

        1. I was just about to make my way over there 😉 I posted another 2014 recap too, surely you’d have an opinion or two about such a list.

    1. Hey Josh! Y’know I’m actually surprised I’m not as enamored by The Philadelphia Story, but I didn’t really like another Grant/Hepburn combo Bringing Up Baby either so maybe I just don’t like Hepburn in rom-coms? [shrug]

  10. Of the list I’ve only seen Rebecca (which is the ONLY film I’ve seen from Hitchcock that I didn’t absolutely love), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and All the President’s Men. The last two are truly fantastic films. I was genuinely surprised by James Stewart in that he turned around a film that seemed to be a bit silly and outdated into a cinematic poem about ideals and political corruption in DC. All the President’s Men will likely remain as one of the best films focused on journalism that have been made. Both are important pieces that should be seen in classrooms around the US and overseas.
    Good luck on the blind spot series for 2015!

    1. Hi Niels! I really like those two political-leaning films, they’re very different in style and tone but both are very good. Agreed w/ what you said about Stewart and how All the President’s Men still holds up to this day. I think journalism classes probably do show that film, it’s entertaining and insightful.

  11. jackdeth72

    Very good choices, Ruth!

    You can’t beat Billy Wilder for your #1 and #2 spots. Your #s 4 through 7 are great tales well told and executed.

    Not a huge fan of ‘All The President’s Men’, which is exceptional entertainment. But had very little to do with the actual scandal and subsequent feeding frenzy,

    1. Hey Kevin! If you have more Billy Wilder recommendations, do let me know. I’m looking forward to watching Sunset Blvd (finally!) later this month.

      As for ‘All The President’s Men’, I take it you probably witnessed the real-life event. I figure people who did would have a different take on the film.

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