servants

movies in which there is a clearly identifiable SERVANT ARCHETYPE; initially, MALE, BUTLER VALET MAN-SERVANT
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1.
Trading Places (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires. (116 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ Colman - efficient, discreet indispensable butler; neither quality of life nor achievements of his masters would be possible without him and his knowable faithful help. ” - bo-r44
 
2.
The Prince and the Pauper (1937)
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Two look-alike boys, one a poor street kid and the other a prince, exchange places to see what the other's life is like. (118 mins.)
“ soldier - but in the role of a servant to the prince, servant by choice ” - bo-r44
 
3.
My Man Godfrey (1936)
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A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler...but there's more to Godfrey than meets the eye. (94 mins.)
Director: Gregory La Cava
“ an impoverished destitute nobleman (after the Depresion) becomes a "butler" by accident when found on a garbage dump by two rich capricious spoilt lost by excess of money sisters. one of them marries him eventually, the younger one, after he saves the family from bankruptcy and destitution with a pearl necklace strategically placed in ill-will sabotage by the older sister who wanted him thrown in jail for criticising her flighty lifestyle. ” - bo-r44
 
4.
The Munsters (1964 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A family of friendly monsters have misadventures, never quite understanding why people react to them so strangely. (30 mins.)
“ faithful servant LURCH, fits well with the family, complements them well ” - bo-r44
 
5.
Chicken Run (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When a bird "flies" into a chicken farm, the fellow chickens see him as an opportunity to escape their evil owners. (84 mins.)
“ husband in the role of a servant ” - bo-r44
 
6.
Gunga Din (1939)
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In 19th century India, three British soldiers and a native waterbearer must stop a secret mass revival of the murderous Thuggee cult before it can rampage across the land. (117 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
“ a noble water carrier, a lowly servant who saves them all ” - bo-r44
 
7.
Eklavya: The Royal Guard (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
As the kingdom of Devigarh comes apart at the seams, an aging bodyguard attempts to protect the Royal Family, as well as keep its darkest secrets from ever coming to light. (105 mins.)
“ a faithful servant completely safe-efacing, self-denying, unto death! ” - bo-r44
 
8.
The Great Race (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
When a popular daredevil proposes an automobile race across three continents, his arch rival vows to beat him, while an ambitious female reporter has her own plans for victory. (160 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
“ professor Fate's faithful ill-treated servant Max; completely devoted to his master's evil aims. ” - bo-r44
 
9.
Ten Little Indians (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Ten people are invited to a luxury mountaintop mansion, only to find that an unseen person is killing them one by one. Could one of them be the killer? (91 mins.)
Director: George Pollock
“ hired servants with dirty conscience and criminal tendencies ” - bo-r44
 
10.
And Then There Were None (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Ten people are invited to an isolated island, only to find that an unseen person is killing them one by one. Could one of them be the killer? (97 mins.)
Director: Rene Clair
“ criminal tendencies in servants ” - bo-r44
 
11.
The Servant (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The aristocratic Tony moves to London and hires the servant Hugo Barrett for all services at home. Barrett seems to be a loyal and competent employee... (116 mins.)
Director: Joseph Losey
“ shadow servant profoundly destructive, eventually swapping places with his master ” - bo-r44
 
12.
Upstairs, Downstairs (1971 TV Series)
Episode: Your Obedient Servant (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Richard and Hudson realize the complicated fraternal relationship when their respective brothers visit London. (60 mins.)
“ the rules of co-existence between English aristocracy and their servants ” - bo-r44
 
13.
The Baroness and the Butler (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A Butler (Powell) gets elected to the Hungarian parliament where he opposes his master's government. (80 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
14.
What the Butler Saw (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A British nobleman who has spent the majority of his life running a tropical island returns to England... (61 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Grayson
 
15.
Arthur (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Arthur is a happy drunk with no pretensions at any ambition. He is also the heir to a vast fortune which... (97 mins.)
Director: Steve Gordon
“ faithul man-servant Hobson (Sir John Gielgud), like a father ” - bo-r44
 
16.
Ffizz (1987 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
British sitcom about what happens when hard-partying wine merchants Jack and Hugo lose all their money and are forced to work for a living. (30 mins.)
“ the English aristocracy's attitude to the servants, total disregard of their humanity, disrespect for their work, taking their privilege for granted; the English class system ” - bo-r44
 
17.
Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A New York gangster and his girlfriend attempt to turn street beggar Apple Annie into a society lady when the peddler learns her daughter is marrying royalty. (136 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ Edward Everett Horton as Hudgins, a noble great man-servant - butler with a sense of humour and justice, without whom the miracle Cinderella's mother's transformation could not possibly have succeeded! ” - bo-r44
 
18.
The Whipping Boy (1994 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The king of tiny Bratenberg hopes in vain his lazy, unruly heir Horace will behave for the sake of his whipping boy... (96 mins.)
“ servant boy swaps places, accidentally, with a king's son spoilt brat ” - bo-r44
 
19.
Planet of the Apes (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved. (112 mins.)
“ the principles of a class system, masters and servants are presented as intellectually and morally justifiable ” - bo-r44
 
20.
Ben-Hur (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge. (212 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ servant/slave redeems his soul from the sins of pride hubris and anger, learns his lessons at the edge of saving his life, to control his temper and feel compassion, becomes an adopted son of a senator, and after further work on his soul even gets back his house, his mother and sister are miraculously healed from leprosy, and he wakes up his heart for the servant/slave girl who loves him ” - bo-r44
 
21.
Fitzwilly (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When Miss Vicki's father dies, she becomes the world's greatest philanthropist. Unfortunately, she is flat broke... (102 mins.)
Director: Delbert Mann
“ Dick van Dyke as Claude R. Fitzwilliam, a morally flexible servant/butler takes care of the old penniless aristocratic lady whom he loves like his own mother ” - bo-r44
 
22.
Horror of Dracula (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Jonathan Harker begets the ire of Count Dracula after he accepts a job at the vampire's castle under false pretenses. (82 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
“ could not function without a faithful servant ” - bo-r44
 
23.
Zorro (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In the New World, a new Spanish governor finds the province of Nueva Aragón under the iron fist of the corrupt Colonel Huerta and vows to bring justice under the guise of a masked avenger. (124 mins.)
Director: Duccio Tessari
“ mute servant ” - bo-r44
 
24.
Don Quixote (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In Spain, in the sixteenth century, an elderly gentleman named Don Quixote has gone mad from reading too many books on chivalry... (73 mins.)
Director: G.W. Pabst
“ indispensable faithful servant ” - bo-r44
 
25.
You Can't Take It with You (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family. (126 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ a cheating servant of a cheating gambler ” - bo-r44
 
26.
Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A Victorian Englishman bets that with the new steamships and railways he can do what the title says. (175 mins.)
“ passpartout - faithful French servant to an excentric Englishman ” - bo-r44
 
27.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader. (121 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ androids as servants; Chubaka; Darth Veder's multitude of assistants in the psychological roles of servants or slaves ” - bo-r44
 
28.
Batman (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker. (126 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
29.
The Kite Runner (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble. (128 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
“ Ali, a faithful servant to the rich Afgani widower and his son a faithful friend to the master's son (an illegitimate secret son fathered on the servant's wife); devastating guilt and a sense of worthlessness is destructively projected onto the half-brother who loves him; ” - bo-r44
 
30.
Robinson Crusoe (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The classic story of Robinson Crusoe, a man who is dragged to a desert island after a shipwreck (90 mins.)
Director: Luis Bunuel
“ his faithful felper Friday ” - bo-r44