Classic Movies that I own

These are the films that I hold on DVD from the period 1930-1960s. Most of them are special and a few real classics.
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1.
Captain Blood (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After being wrongly convicted as a traitor, Peter Blood, an English physician, is sent to exile in the British colonies of the Caribbean, where he becomes a pirate. (119 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ The incomparable swashbuckler Flynn and the lovely Olivia de Havilland paired together for the first time in WBs classic tale from Rafael Sabatini. Great direction, fine swordplay, buccaneering and villainy by Basil Rathbone and who can forget that great music by Erich Wofgang Korngold. ” - krishkmenon
 
2.
Casablanca (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ The greatest movie to come out of Hollywood. Everything is right in this 1942 classic with an all-star cast. Has something new to offer with every viewing.
Play it Again Sam ” - krishkmenon
 
3.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A manipulative Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner during the American Civil War. (238 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ Margaret Meads epic novel brought to the screen with all majesty colour and spectacle by David O selznick. Great casting, memorable score gives for continued viewing.
Also can be considered as one of the greatest movies to come out of Hollywood ” - krishkmenon
 
4.
The Sea Hawk (1940)
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Geoffrey Thorpe, a buccaneer, is hired by Queen Elizabeth I to nag the Spanish Armada. The Armada is waiting for the attack on England and Thorpe surprises them with attacks on their galleons where he shows his skills on the sword. (127 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ Errol Flynns greatest swashbuckler. Story is loosely based on Sir Francis Drake with plenty of adventure on the high seas and a period morale booster for Britain at the wake of attempted invasion by Hitler in 1940.
Fantastic score by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. The only shortcoming to the film is Olivia de Havilland whose absence can be felt throughout the movie. ” - krishkmenon
 
5.
Gunga Din (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
“ The Hollywood action movie based on Rudyard Kiplings poem. The three buddies Cary Grant, Victor Mclaglen & Douglas Fairbanks Jr are simply superb.
Forget the undertones of racism and imperialism and sit back and enjoy Hollywoods picturisation of a India only found in books of fiction but who cares. ” - krishkmenon
 
6.
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself. (112 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
“ Highbrow comedy and satirical depiction of the class system that existed in the first half of the 20th century.
Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant & James Stewart are delightful to watch.
A classy comedy par excellence ” - krishkmenon
 
7.
Penny Serenade (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A couple's big dreams give way to a life full of unexpected sadness and unexpected joy. (119 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
“ Who said that Cary Grant could not emote and act only in debonair roles. This is the film that proved his critics wrong. No one can deny that watching this film does not bring a lump to their throats.
Cary and Irene are superb but hold on - there is another gem of an episode - the nappy changing scene which every parent will reminisce about.
The prime tear-jerker. ” - krishkmenon
 
8.
Devil and the Deep (1932)
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Naval commander Charles Sturm has made life miserable for his wife Diana due to his insane jealousy over every man she speaks to... (78 mins.)
Director: Marion Gering
 
9.
The Talk of the Town (1942)
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An escaped prisoner and a stuffy law professor vie for the hand of a spirited schoolteacher. (118 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
“ The clash of values and the human approach to law is never better depicted than in this classic. With a cast of Ronald Colman as the vacationing Judge, Cary Grant as the victim on the run who questions justice without a human touch and the inimitable Jean Arthur - just priceless ” - krishkmenon
 
10.
The Amazing Adventure (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A bored millionaire wagers his doctor that he can support himself at a working class job for year without touching his inheritance. (80 mins.)
Director: Alfred Zeisler
“ One of the rare instances to watch Cary Grant on his home turf playing the transatlantic millionaire who is bored with life and fids it all over again. ” - krishkmenon
 
11.
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)
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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
“ Any one who has suffered the trauma of having had to build a house will empathise with Cary Grant and suffer with Myrna Loy. Hilarious yet heart warming. ” - krishkmenon
 
12.
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)
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A high school girl falls for a playboy artist with screwball results. (95 mins.)
Director: Irving Reis
“ The debonair Cary who has an infatuated teenager chasing him. enter the teenagers sister who wants to break it up but ends up being attracted to the playboy herself. Can the comedy of errors get any better. ” - krishkmenon
 
13.
Father Goose (1964)
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During WW2, a man persuaded to live on an isolated island and spot aircraft finds himself responsible for a teacher and several students, all female. (118 mins.)
Director: Ralph Nelson
“ Cary plays a middle aged Yank drifter caught in the beginning of the Jap offensive in New Guinea. He is tricked into becoming an observer for the Royal Navy on a deserted isle. The fun begins when a group of schoolgirls with their French mistress land and he is forced to play guardian.
Cary is magnificent. Forget his age and watch him play "Father Goose" ” - krishkmenon
 
14.
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A major countermands orders and attacks to revenge a previous massacre of men, women and children. (115 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ The great offensive by the British in the Crimes is fictionalised by WB.
Errol Flynn plays the lead as the Pucca Sahib for King and Country. He leads the ill-fated charge. Not authentic history but who cares. There's thundering action, romance and chivalry which was the order of the era.
The only flaw - Errol does not win the hand of the lovely Olivia but sacrifices his true love in favour of his brother. ” - krishkmenon
 
15.
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A chronicle of events that led to the British involvement in the Crimean War against Russia and which... (139 mins.)
Director: Tony Richardson
“ Authentic in its historical facts as narrated by Lord Alfred Tennyson in his immortal poem but slightly heavy at times. Yet it is worth its watch as a narrative in time. ” - krishkmenon
 
16.
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A depiction of the love/hate relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Devereux, the Earl of Essex. (106 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ Bette Davis plays the Great Queen of England with a panache and understanding of the role as none other. Errol Flynn plays the Earl of Essex who was her lover but craved for power and fame.
Sumptuous production values in colour and magnificent cinematography which was later used by WB in its future films.
It is rumoured that Bette and Errol were not on speaking terms but their screen chemistry is excellent. Later in the 1970s Bette supposedly viewed the film and commented on Errol's handsome demeanour. The lovely Olivia plays a handmaiden at court.
AAH not to forget - That wonderful score from none othr than the legendary Korngold. ” - krishkmenon
 
17.
The Prince and the Pauper (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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.)
“ The Mark Twain classic lovingly brought to screen by WB. Errol Flynn does not make it to the movie for well over 45 minutes but you will not care. The storyline takes the viewer into the fictionalised Henry the Eight's rein when Prince Edward is born and a waif is born at the same time in the slums of London. They meet, change places and match wits with Claude Rains' villainy. Couldn't be better.
Do you know that there were no trick photography as the boys were played by identical twins - Billy & Bobby Mauch ” - krishkmenon
 
18.
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army. (102 mins.)
“ The classic featuring Errol Flynn & Olivia de Havilland captured in glorious Technicolor.
Errol plays Robin of Locksley, Olivia The Maid Marian, Claude Rains - Prince John, Basil Rathbone - Sir Guy and Ian Hunter - Richard the Lion Heart. Definitely one of Errol's best and at his most handsome and does not age a bit.
The background score by Korngold is nothing short of a masterpiece and almost operatic in nature.
Michae Curtiz's direction is a as usual terrific.
Dont miss the chance to see this one! ” - krishkmenon
 
19.
They Died with Their Boots On (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A highly fictionalized account of the life of George Armstrong Custer from his arrival at West Point... (140 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
“ Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland were paired together in this film for the last time. Excellent rendition of the life of General George Armstrong Custer in WB fiction style but nonetheless exciting.
The scene where Custer takes leave of his wife to his almost certain death proved to most cynics that Errol Flynn was an under rated actor who was showcased mainly in tongue-and-cheek roles.
One of my personal favourites. ” - krishkmenon
 
20.
Objective, Burma! (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A platoon of special ops are tasked to parachute into the remote Burmese jungle and destroy a strategic Japanese radar station, but getting out isn't as easy. (142 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
“ Though critics may disagree by stating that the US Army played a limited role in the Chindits operations of Burma this movie stands out.
The film relates to the planning an \d operation of a Chindit type mission into the Burmese jungles during the end of WW2 from India. Told in documentary style with most cliches avoided and good acting. ” - krishkmenon
 
21.
Desperate Journey (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
When the crew of a downed British bomber escape from their Nazi captors with Top Secret intelligence, they make a desperate journey to get out of Germany alive. (107 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
“ Errol Flynn & Ronald Reagen star in this pleasant and enjoyable hokum about a RAF Bomber with a Commonwealth crew crashing in occupied Europe. The superlative and unbelievable travails of the crew isn escaping back was reportedly laughed and sneered at by the actual RAF pilots and crew of that day. However it is enjoyable as fiction and nothing more. ” - krishkmenon
 
22.
Juarez (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Louis Napoleon III takes advantage of the American Civil War to circumvent the Monroe Doctrine and expand his power by helping Emperor Maximillian Hapsburg to add Mexico to his empire. of Mexico. (125 mins.)
“ Historical retelling of the Mexican Empire albeit not too accurate on its facts. Enjoyable version with fine performances by Bette Davis & Paul Muni. Excellent score by the legendary Korngold. If only it had been in colour.... ” - krishkmenon
 
23.
Dangerous (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An alcoholic actress who is considered a dangerous jinx is rehabilitated, but she then shows that she's as dangerous as ever. (79 mins.)
Director: Alfred E. Green
“ A tour-de-force by Bette Davis who plays the washed out superstar with the handsome Franchot Tone in tow. Won Bette her first Oscar but according to some she did not relish the role and also did not consider the film as amongst her best. Her acting is great but the film dates a bit. For The Bette fans. ” - krishkmenon
 
24.
All About Eve (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends. (138 mins.)
“ Hollywood lifestyles with all its dark sides and the jungle laws brought to the screen in truly one of the greatest films made.
Great cast headed by Bette Davis and support by Anne Baxter. But do not forget to watch George Sanders as the cynical critic introducing Marilyn Monroe to the screen with his answer to her question "Now thats something that you need not be worried about" ” - krishkmenon
 
25.
Watch on the Rhine (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A German-born engineer, his American wife and their children travel from Mexico to the United States to visit his brother but their plans are complicated by a Romanian count. (114 mins.)
Director: Herman Shumlin
“ Lilian Hellmans play brought to screen with memorable performance by Paul Lukas as the refugee from Germany still in touch with the underground. Bette Davis is overshadowed by Lukas. Geraldine Fitzgerald is adequate.
The final sequence where the young refugee son plans to to back to Germany is touching (maybe oozed with patriotism during the period).
The film cleverly avoids cliches and also takes care not to pinpoint prejudices overtly.
A winner. ” - krishkmenon
 
26.
Deception (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A piano teacher believes that her fiancé was killed on the battlefield. When he miraculously returns, they decide to marry, but are threatened by a wealthy, egotistical composer the piano teacher started dating on the rebound after she became convinced her love had died. (115 mins.)
Director: Irving Rapper
“ Fine tale about the lives (or should it be the dark lives) of musicians and their affairs. Claude Rains is a standout as the maestro who has to give away his mistress to her ex-lover. His gait and sarcastic dialogues are mature. Bette Davis is at her scheming best in a thankless role and Paul Henried is adequate as the poor sap.
The greatest point of the film is Erich Wolfgang Korngold and his Cello Symphony. It is a fact that in the film the hands that play the Cello are not that of Henried but another. ” - krishkmenon
 
27.
Dark Victory (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young socialite is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, and must decide whether she'll meet her final days with dignity. (104 mins.)
Director: Edmund Goulding
“ The definitive Bette soaper of a wealthy socialite who realises that she is dying. Her husband and friend try to mitigate her mental suffering but she will have none of it and prepares to meet her end. The final scene where she loses her eyesight and knows that the end is near and is set to attain her Dark victory may jar viewers today but probably was the order of the day then when it was considered the thing to bring out the hankies. This scene has been spoofed by WB itself in its Bugs Bunny cartoons.
However one cant but accept the acting of Bette Davis. ” - krishkmenon
 
28.
David Copperfield (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
When David's father dies, his mother remarries. His new stepfather Murdstone has a mean and cruel view on how to raise a child... (130 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
“ MGM classic all the way. Dickens' novel lovingly brought to screen with a cast that he would have approved of. As with all such movies by MGM in the 1930s this one also gets superlative treatment and production values.
Who can forget WC Fields as Micawber ....
Wonderful film. ” - krishkmenon
 
29.
A Tale of Two Cities (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A pair of lookalikes, one a former French aristocrat and the other an alcoholic English lawyer, fall in love with the same woman amongst the turmoil of the French Revolution. (128 mins.)
Director: Jack Conway
“ Ah the MGM magic again. Even Dickens would have approved of this film.
Ronald Coleman has never been better than as Sidney Carton. He is the film. With his dialogues and gait we fail to see that the others are very good but...
Its a far far better place to where I go... Only Ronald Coleman could say it the way Sidney Carton would have said it. ” - krishkmenon
 
30.
Oliver Twist (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Based on the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist is about an orphan boy who runs away from a workhouse and meets a pickpocket on the streets of London... (116 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ The British version of the Dickens novel is definitively superior to other versions but lacks the opulence of Hollywood. ” - krishkmenon
 
31.
Great Expectations (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor. (118 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ The best adaptation of the Dickens classic with a standout starting scene in the graveyard. Undoubtedly only the low budget British studios could bring such realism without too much fanfare. ” - krishkmenon
 
32.
Jane Eyre (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After a harsh childhood, orphan Jane Eyre is hired by Edward Rochester, the brooding lord of a mysterious manor house to care for his young daughter. (97 mins.)
“ The best version of the Bronte novel which has been made into movies many times. Joan Fontaine makes the best Jane and certainly Orson Welles must have been the Bronte choice for Mr Rochester.
Great filmisation and direction by Robert Stevenson who incidentally being English and having lived on the moors was able to realise the mood to screen.
Not necessarily a classic but good cinema. ” - krishkmenon
 
33.
Captains Courageous (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Harvey Cheyne is a spoiled brat used to having his own way. When a prank goes wrong onboard an ocean liner Harvey ends up overboard and nearly drowns... (117 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ The Rudyard Kipling book brought to screen by MGM. Freddy Bartholomew is the spoilt brat, Lionel Barrymore the crusty captain and Spencer Tracy is the good natured Portugese sailor who takes the boy under his wing. The story of how the brat transforms into a sprightly sailor after being picked up by a fishing trawler off Cape Cod provides top-notch entertainment a la MGM.
Catch this one! ” - krishkmenon
 
34.
The Seventh Cross (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In Nazi Germany in 1936 seven men escape from a concentration camp. The camp commander puts up seven crosses and... (112 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
“ Spencer Tracy plays a concentration camp prisoner who escapes from Pre-war Germany with 7 others. The Nazi commander orders 7 crosses to be erected to place the escapees on capture.
The embittered Tracy learns that there is still some good left in mankind during his trek thru Germany and lives for the next day.
This was Fred Zinnemans early greats. Watch it. ” - krishkmenon
 
35.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Dr. Jekyll allows his dark side to run wild when he drinks a potion that turns him into the evil Mr. Hyde. (113 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
36.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
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Dr. Jekyll faces horrible consequences when he lets his dark side run wild with a potion that transforms him into the animalistic Mr. Hyde. (98 mins.)
 
37.
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate. (75 mins.)
Director: James Whale
 
38.
The Girl Was Young (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Man on the run from a murder charge enlists a beautiful stranger who must put herself at risk for his cause. (80 mins.)
 
39.
The 39 Steps (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent. But when the agent is killed and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to both save himself and also stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information. (86 mins.)
 
40.
The Lady Vanishes (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
While traveling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train. (96 mins.)
 
41.
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man and his wife receive a clue to an imminent assassination attempt, only to learn that their daughter has been kidnapped to keep them quiet. (75 mins.)
 
42.
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family. (118 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
43.
Stagecoach (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process. (96 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ The master director John Ford changed the concept of hoe Westerns were made with Stagecoach.
My candidate for the best Western ever made.
What disparate characters does Ford give us. What situations.
How an ordinary coach travel becomes a legend only can be understood by watching the film. It improves with every viewing. ” - krishkmenon
 
44.
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A poor Midwest family is forced off of their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression. (129 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ The SJohn Steinbeck novel lovingly brought to film by none other than John Ford. One of the greatest films ever made.
John Ford creates his Americana of the Depression era with Oakies migrating to California.
The film never ceases to amaze in its simplicity but powerful portrayal. understandably it was not permitted to be screened in certain parts of California when it was released.
Henry Fonda gives one of his greatest portrayals as Tom Joad and an Oscar went to Jane Darwell as Ma Joad. Even Steinbeck himself was supposedly impressed with this film. ” - krishkmenon
 
45.
How Green Was My Valley (1941)
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At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans, he stern, she gentle, raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life. (118 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ Life in a Wales coal mining village brought once again lovingly to screen by the great John Ford.
The trials and tribulations of a simple Welsh family headed by Donald Crisp show over a period of time. The harsh conditions of mining in England at the turn of the 20th century is beautifully photographed.
A timeless classic. ” - krishkmenon
 
46.
My Darling Clementine (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A Western retelling the tale of the Shoot-out at the OK Corral. (97 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday take on the Clayton gang in Tombstone Arizona leading up to the gunfight at the OK Corrall.
Not authentic in its historical depiction but with John Ford at the helm can it go wrong.
A classic Western will all the ingredients and Ford vignettes. ” - krishkmenon
 
47.
What Price Glory (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The wartime romantic misadventures of Captain Flagg, commander of a company of US Marines in 1918 France. (111 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ Notable for John Fords direction but not as good as one would expect. ” - krishkmenon
 
48.
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I. (136 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
“ The anti-war classic novel brought to screen with many memorable scenes. Does not date a bit as the sentiments are relevant even today in terms of jingoistic propaganda to arouse youth to battle and their ultimate disdain facing reality.
Being an early talkie the production suffers a bit but, watch on.... ” - krishkmenon
 
49.
The Searchers (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from an Indian tribe. (119 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ One of Ford's greatest vehicles and also that of John Wayne.
The Duke plays Ethan - a Southern rebel who never surrendered and searches for his niece who was kidnapped by Commanches.
The search lasts 7 years but he brings his niece home. The implied racist innuendos are subtle but clear in its nature.
Do not miss the opening and closing sequence when John Wayne steps into and out of a silhouette.
Another John Ford masterpiece. ” - krishkmenon
 
50.
Cleopatra (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The man-hungry Queen of Egypt leads Julius Caesar and Marc Antony astray, amid scenes of DeMillean splendor. (100 mins.)
 
51.
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.)
 
52.
I'm No Angel (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Circus performer Tira seeks a better life pursuing the company of wealthy New York men with improbable comic complications along the way. (87 mins.)
Director: Wesley Ruggles
 
53.
Blonde Ice (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A society reporter keeps herself in the headlines by marrying a series of wealthy men, all of whom die under mysterious circumstances. (73 mins.)
Director: Jack Bernhard
 
54.
Suddenly (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In the city of Suddenly, three gangsters trap the Benson family in their own house, on the top of a hill nearby the railroad station, with the intention of killing the president of the USA. (75 mins.)
Director: Lewis Allen
 
55.
Citizen Kane (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
56.
Clouds Over Europe (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Lighthearted romp of a pre-war spy story: quirky British secret service man finds out who's using a secret weapon to steal experimental planes. (82 mins.)
Director: Tim Whelan
 
57.
49th Parallel (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A WW2 U-boat crew is stranded in northern Canada. To avoid internment, they must make their way to the border and get into the still-neutral USA. (123 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
58.
Suicide Squadron (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
During World War II, an American newswoman falls for a Polish piano virtuoso...who wants to go back and fight. (94 mins.)
 
59.
Ice Cold in Alex (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
During WW2 in North Africa, a medical field unit must cross the desert in their ambulance in order to reach the British lines in Alexandria. (130 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
 
60.
'I Know Where I'm Going!' (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Joan Webster is an ambitious and stubborn middle-class English woman determined to move forward since her childhood... (91 mins.)
 
61.
633 Squadron (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An RAF squadron is assigned to knock out a German rocket fuel factory in Norway. The factory supplies fuel for the Nazi effort to launch rockets on England during D-Day. (102 mins.)
 
62.
A Farewell to Arms (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An American ambulance driver and an English nurse fall in love in Italy during World War I. (80 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
 
63.
A Farewell to Arms (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
An English nurse and an American soldier on the Italian front during World War I fall in love, but the horrors surrounding them test their romance to the limit. (152 mins.)
Director: Charles Vidor
 
64.
A Kiss Before Dying (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A ruthless college student resorts to murder in a futile attempt to marry an heiress. (94 mins.)
Director: Gerd Oswald
 
65.
A Passage to India (1984)
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Cultural mistrust and false accusations doom a friendship in British colonial India between an Indian doctor, an Englishwoman engaged to marry a city magistrate, and an English educator. (164 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
66.
A Star Is Born (1954)
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A film star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career on a downward spiral. (154 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
67.
A Star Is Born (1937)
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A young woman comes to Hollywood with dreams of stardom, but achieves them only with the help of an alcoholic leading man whose best days are behind him. (111 mins.)
 
68.
Anna Karenina (1935)
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The married Anna Karenina falls in love with Count Vronsky despite her husband's refusal to grant a divorce, and both must contend with the social repercussions. (95 mins.)
Director: Clarence Brown
 
69.
Anna Karenina (1948)
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A married woman's affair with a dashing young officer has tragic results. (139 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
 
70.
Berlin Express (1948)
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A multinational group of train passengers become involved in a post-World War II Nazi assassination plot. (87 mins.)
 
71.
Bitter Victory (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A commander receives a citation for an attack on Rommel's headquarters, which is actually undeserved as the commander is unfit for his job. On top of that, unbeknownst to him, his wife is having an affair with one of his officers. (102 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
72.
Blossoms in the Dust (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Edna marries Texan Sam Gladney, operator of a wheat mill. Edna discovers by chance how the law treats... (99 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
73.
Boom Town (1940)
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Two buddies who rise from fly-by-night wildcatters to oil tycoons over a twenty year period both love the same woman. (119 mins.)
Director: Jack Conway
 
74.
British Intelligence (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Although the home of cabinet minister Arthur Bennett is a hotbed of spies, moles, and double agents, no one knows the true identity of notorious German spymaster Strendler. (61 mins.)
Director: Terry Morse
 
75.
Call Northside 777 (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Chicago reporter P.J. McNeal re-opens a ten year old murder case. (112 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
76.
Captains of the Clouds (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Inspired by Churcill's Dunkirk speech, brash, undisciplined bush pilot Brian MacLean and three friends enlist in the RCAF but are deemed too old to be fliers. (114 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
77.
Charade (1963)
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Romance and suspense ensue in Paris as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Who can she trust? (113 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
 
78.
Charade (1954)
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A husband and wife discuss three incidents that occurred in various situations. (83 mins.)
Director: Roy Kellino
 
79.
Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Dedicated Midwestern teacher Ella Bishop is distressed when her fiancé runs off with her vixenish cousin Amy. After Amy dies in childbirth, Ella is left to care for Amy's daughter Hope. (95 mins.)
Director: Tay Garnett
 
80.
Come and Get It (1936)
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An ambitious lumberjack abandons his saloon girl lover so that he can marry into wealth, but years later becomes infatuated with the woman's daughter. (99 mins.)
 
81.
Detour (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Chance events trap hitch-hiker Al Roberts in a tightening net of film noir trouble. (67 mins.)
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
 
82.
Double Exposure (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A news magazine hires an out-of-town photographer and the antics begin. Some comic relief. (63 mins.)
Director: William Berke
 
83.
Wing and a Prayer (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An aircraft carrier is sent on a decoy mission around the Pacific, with orders to avoid combat, thus... (97 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
84.
Witness to Murder (1954)
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A woman's sanity comes into question, after she claims to have witnessed a murder from her apartment window. (83 mins.)
Director: Roy Rowland
 
85.
Beau Geste (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Three adopted English brothers join the French Foreign Legion in North Africa, after one of them steals their adoptive family's famous heirloom sapphire. (112 mins.)
 
86.
Anthony Adverse (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In 18th-century Italy, an orphan's debt to the man who raised him threatens to separate him forever from the woman he loves. (141 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
87.
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her. (122 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
88.
Adam's Rib (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Domestic and professional tensions mount when a husband and wife work as opposing lawyers in a case involving a woman who shot her husband. (101 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
89.
Captain from Castile (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The invasion of Mexico by Cortez, as seen by a young Spanish officer fleeing the Inquisition. (140 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
90.
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
 
91.
Northwest Passage (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Langdon Towne and Hunk Marriner join Major Rogers' Rangers as they wipe out an Indian village. They set out for Fort Wentworth, but when they arrive they find no soldiers and none of the supplies they expected. (126 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
92.
Ball of Fire (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A group of ivory-tower lexicographers realize they need to hear how real people talk, and end up helping a beautiful singer avoid police and escape from the Mob. (111 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
93.
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building. (115 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
 
94.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son. (108 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
 
95.
All Through the Night (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Runyonesque Broadway gamblers turn patriotic when they stumble onto a cell of Nazi saboteurs. (107 mins.)
Director: Vincent Sherman
 
96.
Across the Pacific (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Rick Leland makes no secret of the fact he has no loyalty to his home country after he is court-martialed... (97 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
97.
A Night to Remember (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An account of the ill-fated maiden voyage of RMS Titanic in 1912. (123 mins.)
Director: Roy Baker
 
98.
After the Thin Man (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Nick investigates the case of a missing man and later a murder that is connected to Nora's family. (112 mins.)
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
 
99.
Another Thin Man (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An explosives manufacturer suspects a young man is out to kill him. He calls in Nick and Nora (with new baby) to sort things out. (103 mins.)
 
100.
Bambi (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The story of a young deer growing up in the forest. (70 mins.)