The Bristas Essential Viewing 2012

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1. A Woman's Face (1941)

Passed | 106 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

7.2
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A female blackmailer with a disfiguring facial scar meets a plastic surgeon who offers her the possibility of looking like a normal woman.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas, Conrad Veidt, Osa Massen

Votes: 1,972

JAN: Tim's pick

2. Children of Paradise (1945)

Not Rated | 189 min | Drama, Romance

8.3
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The theatrical life of a beautiful courtesan and the four men who love her.

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur, Pierre Renoir

Votes: 15,595

JAN: Susan's pick

3. The Two Worlds of Jennie Logan (1979 TV Movie)

94 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

7.1
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A young woman named Jennie Logan is trying to rebuild her shattered marriage. She and her husband move to an old Victorian style home, where she finds a beautiful dress in the attic, which ... See full summary »

Director: Frank De Felitta | Stars: Lindsay Wagner, Marc Singer, Alan Feinstein, Linda Gray

Votes: 595

FEB: Tim's pick

4. Old Acquaintance (1943)

Approved | 110 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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Old friends Kit Marlowe and Millie Drake adopt contrasting lifestyles: Kit is a single, critically acclaimed author while married Millie writes popular pulp novels.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Bette Davis, Miriam Hopkins, Gig Young, John Loder

Votes: 2,346

FEB: Susan's pick

5. My Cousin Rachel (1952)

Approved | 98 min | Mystery, Romance, Drama

7.2
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A young man plots revenge against the woman he believes murdered his cousin, but his plans are shaken when he comes face to face with the enigmatic beauty.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Richard Burton, Audrey Dalton, Ronald Squire

Votes: 1,795

MAR: Tim's pick

6. La belle et la bête (1946)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

8.0
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92 Metascore

A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her.

Directors: Jean Cocteau, René Clément | Stars: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély, Nane Germon

Votes: 20,692 | Gross: $0.30M

MAR: Susan's pick

7. Under Eighteen (1931)

80 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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A poor seamstress girl sours on her engagement to a grocery deliveryman after seeing her sister's abusive marriage. Trying to help her sister pay for a divorce lawyer, she turns to a rich playboy she met at work.

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Marian Marsh, Anita Page, Regis Toomey, Warren William

Votes: 309

APR: Tim's pick 1 of 2

8. Beauty and the Boss (1932)

Unrated | 66 min | Comedy, Romance

7.0
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The Baron is a banker, in Vienna, who works at at very fast pace. He appreciates beautiful women, but fires the beautiful Miss Frey as he considers her a diversion to work. Susie sneaks ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Marian Marsh, David Manners, Warren William, Charles Butterworth

Votes: 371

APR: Tim's pick 2 of 2

9. The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.6
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A corrupt young man somehow keeps his youthful beauty, but a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all.

Director: Albert Lewin | Stars: George Sanders, Hurd Hatfield, Donna Reed, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 9,858

APR: Susan's pick

10. Saratoga Trunk (1945)

135 min | Drama, Romance, Western

6.6
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An opportunistic Texas gambler and the exiled Creole daughter of an aristocratic family join forces to achieve justice from the society that has ostracized them.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Flora Robson, Jerry Austin

Votes: 989

MAY: Tim's pick

11. The Man Who Laughs (1928)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.8
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When a proud noble refuses to kiss the hand of the despotic King James in 1690, he is cruelly executed and his son surgically disfigured.

Director: Paul Leni | Stars: Mary Philbin, Conrad Veidt, Julius Molnar, Olga Baclanova

Votes: 4,193

MAY: Susan's pick

12. The Group (1966)

Approved | 150 min | Drama

6.6
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In June 1933, eight young women, who are close friends and members of the upper-class group at South Tower College, to graduate and start their adult lives. The film documents the years ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Candice Bergen, Joan Hackett, Elizabeth Hartman, Shirley Knight

Votes: 1,056

JUN: Tim's pick

13. The Man with a Cloak (1951)

Approved | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.7
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In 1848 NYC, a Frenchwoman visits exiled former French Marshal Thevenet to ask for his financial help in behalf of his French grandson but Thevenet's house staff schemes to kill him and take his fortune.

Director: Fletcher Markle | Stars: Joseph Cotten, Barbara Stanwyck, Louis Calhern, Leslie Caron

Votes: 708

JUN: Susan's pick

14. Light in the Piazza (1962)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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Upper class Americans Noel and Meg Johnson have a twenty-six year old daughter named Clara Johnson. Clara suffered a head injury as a child which resulted in her being mentally disabled. ... See full summary »

Director: Guy Green | Stars: Olivia de Havilland, George Hamilton, Yvette Mimieux, Rossano Brazzi

Votes: 1,178

JUL: Tim's pick

15. Antonia's Line (1995)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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A Dutch matron establishes and, for several generations, oversees a close-knit, matriarchal community where feminism and liberalism thrive.

Director: Marleen Gorris | Stars: Willeke van Ammelrooy, Jan Decleir, Veerle van Overloop, Els Dottermans

Votes: 7,229 | Gross: $4.82M

JUL: Susan's pick

16. Hobson's Choice (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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Henry Hobson is a successful bootmaker, a widower and a tyrannical father of three daughters. The girls each want to leave their father by getting married, but Henry refuses because marriage traditions require him to pay out settlements.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Charles Laughton, John Mills, Brenda de Banzie, Daphne Anderson

Votes: 5,168

AUG: Tim's pick

17. The Big Sleep (1946)

Not Rated | 114 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

8.0
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Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers

Votes: 69,065

AUG: Susan's pick

18. Senso (1954)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.7
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A troubled and neurotic Italian Countess betrays her entire country for a self-destructive love affair with an Austrian Lieutenant.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Farley Granger, Alida Valli, Massimo Girotti, Heinz Moog

Votes: 4,764

SEP: Tim's pick

19. La Strada (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

8.1
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A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart, Aldo Silvani

Votes: 49,742

SEP: Susan's pick

20. The Innkeepers (2011)

R | 101 min | Horror

5.5
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64 Metascore

During the final days at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, two employees determined to reveal the hotel's haunted past begin to experience disturbing events as old guests check in for a stay.

Director: Ti West | Stars: Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis, Alison Bartlett

Votes: 29,327 | Gross: $0.08M

OCT: Tim's pick

21. On Approval (1944)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy

7.3
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Two wealthy Victorian widows are courted tentatively by two impoverished British aristocrats. When one of the dowagers suggests that her beau go away with her for a month to see if they are compatible, the fireworks begin.

Director: Clive Brook | Stars: Clive Brook, Beatrice Lillie, Googie Withers, Roland Culver

Votes: 486

OCT: Susan's pick

22. Ondine (2009)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

6.8
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65 Metascore

An Irish fisherman discovers a woman in his fishing net whom his precocious daughter believes to be a selkie.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Colin Farrell, Alicja Bachleda, Dervla Kirwan, Alison Barry

Votes: 18,052 | Gross: $0.55M

NOV: Tim's pick

23. Mayerling (1936)

Approved | 96 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria, is fettered on all sides. He's bored; his father, the emperor, is domineering; his politics are more liberal than his father's, but he knows his views carry... See full summary »

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Charles Boyer, Danielle Darrieux, Marthe Régnier, Yolande Laffon

Votes: 595 | Gross: $0.24M

NOV: Susan's pick

24. O. Henry's Full House (1952)

Approved | 117 min | Drama

7.3
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John Steinbeck introduces a quintet of five of O. Henry's most celebrated stories from his New York Period (1902-1910) in this anthology film.

Directors: Henry Hathaway, Howard Hawks, Henry King, Henry Koster, Jean Negulesco | Stars: Fred Allen, Anne Baxter, Jeanne Crain, Farley Granger

Votes: 1,657

DEC: Tim's pick

25. Dear Frankie (2004)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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63 Metascore

After having responded to her son's numerous letters in the guise of his father, a woman hires a stranger to pose as his dad when meeting him.

Director: Shona Auerbach | Stars: Emily Mortimer, Jack McElhone, Gerard Butler, Mary Riggans

Votes: 19,673 | Gross: $1.34M

DEC: Susan's pick