My Favorite Robert Altman Films

* * * * (Out of * * * *)

1.   Nashville (1975)

2.   McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

3.   Short Cuts (1993)

4.   The Long Goodbye (1973)

5.   Tanner ’88 (1988)
(Miniseries)
(Cable/Television)

6.   3 Women (1977)

7.   Great Performances (1996)
7a. Episode: “Robert Altman’s Jazz ’34”
(Documentary)
(Television)

8.   The Player (1992)

9.   Secret Honor (1984)

10. California Split (1974)

11. Streamers (1983)

12. Gosford Park (2001)

13. Cookie’s Fortune (1999)

14. A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

15. Tanner on Tanner (2004)
(Miniseries)
(Cable/Television)

16. The Company (2003)

17. Vincent & Theo (1990)

18. A Wedding (1978)

19. Images (1972)

20. Brewster McCloud (1970)

21. MASH (1970)

22. That Cold Day in the Park (1969)

23. Kansas City (1996)

24. Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson (1976)

25. Thieves Like Us (1974)

26. Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)

27. Gun (1997)
27a. Episode: “All the President’s Women”
(Television)

28. Fool for Love (1985)

29. The Gingerbread Man (1998)

30. The Caine Mutiny Court Martial (1988)
(Television)

31. Health (1980)
(I watched it online)

32. A Perfect Couple (1979)

33. Ready to Wear (1994)
(a.k.a. Pret-a-Porter)

34. Dr. T & the Women (2000)

35. O.C. & Stiggs (1985)
(theatrically released in 1987)

36. Beyond Therapy (1987)

37. Popeye (1980)

38. Quintet (1979)

39. Countdown (1968)

40. Basements (1987)
40a. “The Dumb Waiter”
40b. “The Room”
(Cable/Television)
(I watched the former on an old VHS tape and the latter online)

41. Nightmare in Chicago (1964)
(Television)
(I watched it online)

42. The Delinquents (1957)

43. The James Dean Story (1957)
(Co-directed with George W. George)
(Documentary)

* * * * (Out of * * * *) (Short Cinema)

1.   Aria (1987)
(Segment: “Les Boreades”)

* * * * (Out of * * * *) (TV Episodes)

1.   Combat (1962-1967)
(Episodes from 1962: “Forgotten Front”, “Rear Echelon Commandos”, “Any Second Now”, “Escape to Nowhere”, “Cat and Mouse”, “I Swear by Apollo” and “The Prisoner”)
(Episodes from 1963: “The Volunteer”, “Off Limits” and “Survival”)

2.   The Gallant Men (1962-1963)
(Pilot Episode from 1962: “Battle Zone”)

3.   Route 66 (1960-1964)
(Episode from 1961: “Some of the People, Some of the Time”)   

4.   Peter Gunn (1958-1961)
(Episode from 1961: “The Murder Bond”)

5.   Lawman (1958-1962)
(Episode from 1961: “The Robbery”)

6.   Bonanza (1959-1973)
(Episodes from 1960: “Silent Thunder”)
(Episodes from 1961: “Bank Run”, “The Duke”, “The Rival”, “The Secret”, “The Dream Riders”, “Sam Hill” and “The Many Faces of Gideon Finch”)

7.   Maverick (1957-1962)
(Episode from 1960: “Bolt from the Blue”)

8.   Bronco (1958-1962)
(Episode from 1960: “The Mustangers”)

9.   Sugarfoot (1957-1961)
(Episode from 1959: “Apollo with a Gun”)
(Episode from 1960: “The Highbinder”)

10. M Squad (1957-1960)
(Episode from 1958: “Lover’s Lane Killing”)

11. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955-1965)
(Episode from 1957: “The Young One”)
(Episode from 1958: “Together”)

13 thoughts on “My Favorite Robert Altman Films

  1. Great blog. Love Robert Altman. You know our family has a screen credit in Kansas City, right?
    Lynne

  2. Yes, I did see your daughter Robin’s name in the credits and that was an awesome sight to behold 🙂 If I am correct, she was a set dresser for that film 🙂 Glad to see you guys are huge fans of Altman 🙂 Doubly fantastic that Robin worked for not only one of my many favorite directors of all-time, but one that I would rank in my top 5 category. Thanks for dropping by and you and your family are awesome as usual 🙂

  3. Yeah Come Back to the Five and Dime is certainly an underrated gem and it is most certainly one of Cher’s greatest acting roles. Thieves Like Us is a unique adaptation of Edward Anderson’s novel which was first adapted in 1949 by Nicholas Ray with They Live by Night. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  4. An extensive list John. My top five would be Thieves Like Us, MASH, The Long Goodbye, McCabe and Mrs. Miller and Nashville.

  5. As with Nashville, Altman effortlessly blended a series of multi-character multi-subplots all into one coherent whole. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

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