Here’s a question should you ever find yourself, say, trapped at home with nowhere to go and a lot of unexpected free time on your hands: what’s the greatest year in the history of film?

For many people the gold standard is 1939, the pinnacle of classic Hollywood, with Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Stagecoach, The Women, Mr Smith Goes to Washington, Wuthering Heights and Goodbye Mr Chips.

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