I just did this list for fun when I realized how high I could go, but it could be a movie game! Starting with the number 1 and going up, name a movie title containing each number and see how far you can get. To play, stop reading now!
I did this quickly so I’d welcome suggestions to improve the list. The aesthetic criteria I’ve tried to observe:
— films well-loved here at mubi, or films by directors well-loved here at mubi, are preferable to other films: Three Colors: Blue (1993) is better than The Three Musketeers (1993)
— titles that use a lot of numbers are preferable to titles that don’t: One, Two, Three is better than One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
— film titles typeset using numerals in the mubi database are preferable to those typeset using text: Ocean’s 11 (2001) is better than Ocean’s Eleven (1960)
— utterly obscure titles are best avoided if there are any well-known alternatives
A few of the titles get pretty dodgy in the 40s, and I’m stuck at 53 unless I add a title I’ve never heard of — but then there’s 54, 55 Days at Peking, 56 Up and Passenger 57 to keep the list going if I get through that impasse! And sadly 37º2 le matin has its English title Betty Blue in the mubi db, so it looks out of place.
And I am conferring an honorary award to Henry Hathaway for “Best Use of Numbers in Film Titles” for his directorial efforts in the following films:
5 Card Stud
Ten Gentlemen from West Point
13 Rue Madeleine
23 Paces to Baker Street
The House on 92nd Street
Call Northside 777