A few things I can't pass without a comment:
> And Heston, who arguably never gave a good performance,
Oh come on. I guess Will Penny is the movie I'd recommend to people who hate Heston.
Patton all the way down at 51? Pfft.
> Laurence Olivierís Shakespeare films generally lack personality, because the actor-directorís guiding interest is one of fidelity to the source texts. Case in point, Hamlet restricts action, blocking, and dialogue to conventional setups that allow the play itself to take center stage.
Uh, I like the Olivier Shakespeare movies but the cuts not only shorten the original texts (why they pretty much had to do) but severely narrow their scope to fit Olivier's priorities, and his Hamlet opens with a quotation explaining his reading of the play as if he distrusts either his direction or his audience (and I'm pretty sure it's the latter).
Gentleman's Agreement all the way up at 38? That movie is boring as sin. At least they acknowledge that Crossfire is better.