Classics

by peter_holford | created - 06 Nov 2011 | updated - 21 Dec 2011 | Public

Fiction, Film and Other Texts (BOS) In addition to films that have been included in the annotated list, teachers may want to introduce students to some classic films from particular genres. "Metropolis", the Marx Brothers’ "A Night at the Opera", "Casablanca" and "The Maltese Falcon" are classic films that have a place in a film study unit. Students’ understanding of the Gothic thriller could be enhanced by a study of Hitchcock’s film "Rebecca", or of the contemporary Western by such classics as "Shane". A classic film musical such as "West Side Story" may provide a link with Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet" and with the Baz Luhrmann adaptation, "Romeo + Juliet" (M). An examination of such Australian classics as Charles Chauvel’s "Jedda" and Phil Noyces’ "Newsfront" could illustrate the significant contribution of Australian films to the medium. The relationship between literature and film is illuminated by David Lean’s film version of Charles Dickens’ classic novel "Great Expectations", or Robert Mulligan’s film of "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee.

 Refine See titles to watch instantly, titles you haven't rated, etc
  • Instant Watch Options
  • Genres
  • Movies or TV
  • IMDb Rating
  • In Theaters
  • On TV
  • Release Year
  • Keywords


IMDb user rating (average) to
Number of votes to »




Reset



Reset
Release year or range to »




































































































1. Jedda the Uncivilized (1955)

101 min | Adventure, Drama, History

6.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Set against the harsh natural surrounds of outback Northern Territory, Jedda captures a rare and honest glimpse into the heart and history of indigenous Australia. Young Jedda is caught ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chauvel | Stars: Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, Robert Tudawali, Betty Suttor, Paul Reynall

Votes: 210

2. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Not Rated | 100 min | Film-Noir, Mystery

8.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
96 Metascore

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre

Votes: 127,409

3. Metropolis (1927)

Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

8.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
98 Metascore

In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Votes: 128,177 | Gross: $0.03M

4. Newsfront (1978)

PG | 110 min | Drama, History

7.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In post war Australia the men and women of Cinetone struggle to produce the weekly news reels for the movie going public.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Bill Hunter, Gerard Kennedy, Wendy Hughes, Chris Haywood

Votes: 594

5. A Night at the Opera (1935)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

8.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A sly business manager and two wacky friends of two opera singers help them achieve success while humiliating their stuffy and snobbish enemies.

Directors: Sam Wood, Edmund Goulding | Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Kitty Carlisle

Votes: 27,009

6. Rebecca (1940)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

8.2
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson

Votes: 99,256

7. Shane (1953)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Western

7.7
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde

Votes: 31,224 | Gross: $20.00M

8. Romeo + Juliet (1996)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
60 Metascore

Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo, Harold Perrineau

Votes: 184,117 | Gross: $46.35M

9. Romeo and Juliet (1968)

PG | 138 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When two young members of feuding families meet, forbidden love ensues.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Leonard Whiting, Olivia Hussey, John McEnery, Milo O'Shea

Votes: 25,656 | Gross: $38.90M

10. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

8.5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
100 Metascore

A cynical nightclub owner protects an old flame and her husband from Nazis in Morocco.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Votes: 435,912 | Gross: $1.02M

11. West Side Story (1961)

Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

7.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
86 Metascore

Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.

Directors: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise | Stars: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn

Votes: 80,609 | Gross: $43.66M

12. Great Expectations (1946)

Not Rated | 118 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

8.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

Director: David Lean | Stars: John Mills, Valerie Hobson, Tony Wager, Jean Simmons

Votes: 19,158

13. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Not Rated | 129 min | Crime, Drama

8.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
87 Metascore

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy

Votes: 247,030