16 Classic Movies for the Younger Generation

This is a list (though not definitive) of amazing movies from the 20th Century that should be seen by those of my generation (Under 30).
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1.
12 Angry Men (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence. (96 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Classic cinema at its finest!! ” - mmo-6
 
2.
The Quiet Man (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A retired American boxer returns to the village of his birth in Ireland, where he finds love. (129 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ Forget McLintock!, though it shares the two lead actors and several scenes. John Wayne claims that this was his favorite movie to shoot, and he had to agree to make two other films in order to get permission to shoot this film. ” - mmo-6
 
3.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down. (129 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ If you haven't already seen this film, shame on you. Black and white is easy to acclimate to. WATCH IT!!! ” - mmo-6
 
4.
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In a murder trial, the defendant says he suffered temporary insanity after the victim raped his wife. What is the truth, and will he win his case? (160 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
“ If you want to see one courtroom drama, make it this classic Stewart film. ” - mmo-6
 
5.
The Comancheros (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Texas Ranger Jake Cutter arrests gambler Paul Regret, but soon finds himself teamed with his prisoner in an undercover effort to defeat a band of renegade arms merchants and thieves known as Comancheros. (107 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ If I had to recommend one John Wayne western, it would be this film. ” - mmo-6
 
6.
Operation Petticoat (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
During World War II, a commander finds himself stuck with a decrepit (and pink) submarine, a con man executive officer, and a group of army nurses. (124 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
“ If you watch only one World War Two comedy, it should be this Tony Curtis, Cary Grant classic. ” - mmo-6
 
7.
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand each other, without realizing that they are falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal. (99 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
“ The chemistry between Sullivan and Stewart make this film spectacular. This film was the basis of You've Got Mail with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. ” - mmo-6
 
8.
The Great Escape (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II. (172 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
“ An all star cast makes this one of the best POW movies ever made. ” - mmo-6
 
9.
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A man and his wife decide they can afford to have a house in the country built to their specifications. It's a lot more trouble than they think. (94 mins.)
Director: H.C. Potter
“ Nominated for a WGA award in 1949, it lost to Sitting Pretty. Absolutely wonderful Cary Grant film with wonderful, and still relevant commentary on the cost of the "American Dream" ” - mmo-6
 
10.
Sleuth (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A man who loves games and theater invites his wife's lover to meet him, setting up a battle of wits with potentially deadly results. (138 mins.)
“ Laurence Olivier and Michael Cane should be enough to get your attention. My recommendation would be to learn nothing about the film before you see it. The remake was beyond substandard however. This is a difficult movie to find, but well worth the search. ” - mmo-6
 
11.
Winchester '73 (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The journey of a prized rifle from one ill-fated owner to another parallels a cowboy's search for a murderous fugitive. (92 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
“ One of Jimmy Stewart's great western roles, though not his greatest. Worth watching. ” - mmo-6
 
12.
The Ambassador's Daughter (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Joan Fisk, daughter of the American ambassador to France, is bored with entertaining the wives of visiting... (103 mins.)
Director: Norman Krasna
“ Highly under rated, Olivia De Havilland and John Forsythe make this film about a misguided bet a real great find, and Tommy Noonan's added comic relief is spectacular. ” - mmo-6
 
13.
The Glenn Miller Story (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Biography of bandleader Glenn Miller from his beginnings to his death over the English Channel in December 1944. (115 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
“ Jimmy plays that horn. Watch for a cameo by Satchmo himself. ” - mmo-6
 
14.
Stalag 17 (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When two escaping American World War II prisoners are killed, the German POW camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer. (120 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Intrigue and suspicion with great comic relief make this POW movie a must see. ” - mmo-6
 
15.
To Hell and Back (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The true WWII story of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in U.S. history. Based on the autobiography of Audie Murphy who stars as himself in the film. (106 mins.)
Director: Jesse Hibbs
“ A true story with Audie Murphy playing himself. ” - mmo-6
 
16.
To Sir, with Love (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End. (105 mins.)
Director: James Clavell
“ A movie about respect. Sydney Poitier earns it. ” - mmo-6
 
17.
The Great Dictator (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime. (125 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
“ Charlie Chaplin's first speaking role. The ending monologue is brilliant and timeless. ” - mmo-6