Favourable First Viewings of 2011

Movies seen for the first time this past year which I would rewatch and recommend. Listed in order seen.
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1.
Mississippi (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Crosby plays a Philadelpia Quaker engaged to a Southern belle. He becomes a social outcast when he refuses to fight a duel... (73 mins.)
 
2.
Boys' Night Out (1962)
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Fred, George, Doug and Howie are quickly reaching middle-age. Three of them are married, only Fred is still a bachelor... (115 mins.)
Director: Michael Gordon
 
3.
Blackout (1940)
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Early in World War II, Danish sea captain Andersen, delayed in a British port, tangles with German spies. (92 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
4.
Despicable Me (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better. (95 mins.)
 
5.
The Tell-Tale Heart (1941 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In this classic Edgar Allan Poe story, a man commits a murder, but afterward the victim's beating heart torments the murderer's mind. (20 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
 
6.
Patterns (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
When Fred Staples is recruited onto the board of a high-powered New York corporation, he finds his ethics and ambition at odds. (83 mins.)
Director: Fielder Cook
 
7.
Cockeyed Cavaliers (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Two yokels try to crash royal society by posing as the King's physicians. (72 mins.)
Director: Mark Sandrich
 
8.
99 River Street (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A former boxer turned cab driver has to hide from the police when his badgering wife is murdered by the jewel thief she was having an affair with. (83 mins.)
Director: Phil Karlson
 
9.
The Crooked Way (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
War hero recovers from amnesia & is confronted by his criminal past. (90 mins.)
Director: Robert Florey
 
10.
Conflict (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An engineer trapped in an unhappy marriage murders his wife in the hope of marrying her younger sister. (86 mins.)
 
11.
Good-bye, My Lady (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An old man and a young boy who live in the southeastern Mississippi swamps are brought together by the love of a dog. (94 mins.)
 
12.
Sahara (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After the fall of Tobruk in 1942, during the Allied retreat in the Libyan desert, an American tank picks-up a motley group of survivors but they face advancing Germans and a lack of water. (97 mins.)
Director: Zoltan Korda
 
13.
Black Orpheus (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set during the time of the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. (100 mins.)
Director: Marcel Camus
 
14.
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
 
15.
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed. (98 mins.)
 
16.
City Streets (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Man joins a gang to free his girlfriend from prison. (83 mins.)
 
17.
Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece. (104 mins.)
Director: Don Chaffey
 
18.
Scaramouche (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
18th century France. A man sets out to avenge the death of his friend at the hands of a master swordsman. (115 mins.)
Director: George Sidney
 
19.
Phantom Lady (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A beautiful secretary risks her life to try to find the elusive woman who may prove her boss didn't murder his selfish wife. (87 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
 
20.
Pandora's Box (1929)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The rise and inevitable fall of an amoral but naive young woman whose insouciant eroticism inspires lust and violence in those around her. (109 mins.)
 
21.
Here Comes the Navy (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A cocky guy joins the Navy for the wrong reason but finds romance and twice is cited for heroism. (87 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
 
22.
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
 
23.
Tangled (2010)
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The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is. (100 mins.)
 
24.
Mother Wore Tights (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In this chronicle of a vaudeville family, Myrtle McKinley (class of 1900) goes to San Francisco to attend business school... (107 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
25.
Two Arabian Knights (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Two American soldiers are captured by the Germans on the Western Front during World War One and escape a POW camp only to stumble into further life-threatening adventures when they come across an Arabian king's daughter while on the lam. (92 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
 
26.
Skippy (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Skippy, the mischievous son of a wealthy doctor, meets Sooky in poverty-ridden Shantytown, and together they try to save Sooky's pet from a cruel dogcatcher. (85 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
 
27.
The Red Balloon (1956 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A red balloon with a life of its own follows a little boy around the streets of Paris. (34 mins.)
 
28.
Ikiru (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer. (143 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
29.
Megamind (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The supervillain Megamind finally defeats his nemesis, the superhero Metro Man. But without a hero, he loses all purpose and must find new meaning to his life. (95 mins.)
Director: Tom McGrath
 
30.
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
To treat his friend's cocaine induced delusions, Watson lures Sherlock Holmes to Sigmund Freud. (113 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
 
31.
Allegheny Uprising (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In 1759, in Pennsylvania's Allegheny Valley, local settlers and Indian fighters try to persuade the British authorities to ban the trading of alcohol and arms with the marauding Indians. (81 mins.)
 
32.
Texas (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Two young men head west in search of fortune and adventure. (93 mins.)
Director: George Marshall
 
33.
My Best Girl (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A department store's stock girl falls in love with a co-worker, the son of the store's manager; the feeling is mutual though he is engaged to a debutante and focusing on becoming successful without the influence of his father. (80 mins.)
Director: Sam Taylor
 
34.
Summertime (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A lonely American woman unexpectedly finds romance in Venice, Italy. (99 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
35.
The Cross of Lorraine (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A group of French soldiers during WWII are captured by Nazis troops and sent to a military prison. There they will have to make use of his best resources to keep alive... and sane, while at the same time scheming a way out. (90 mins.)
Director: Tay Garnett
 
36.
Female (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Alison Drake, the tough-minded executive of an automobile factory, succeeds in the man's world of business until she meets an independent design engineer. (60 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
37.
Sanjuro (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A crafty samurai helps a young man and his fellow clansmen save his uncle, who has been framed and imprisoned by a corrupt superintendent. (96 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
38.
Monte Walsh (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An aging cowboy realizes that the West he knew and loved will soon be no more--and that there will be no room for him, either. (106 mins.)
 
39.
The Devil-Doll (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An escaped convict uses miniaturized humans to wreak vengeance on those that framed him. (78 mins.)
 
40.
They Gave Him a Gun (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Jimmy is drafted and ends up in Fred's troop on his way to Europe. Jimmy becomes vicious with his gun... (94 mins.)
 
41.
Caught (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
It was Leonora Eames' childhood dream come true. She had married Smith Ohlrig, a man worth millions... (88 mins.)
Director: Max Opuls
 
42.
The Cat and the Fiddle (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A romance between a struggling composer and an American singer. (88 mins.)
 
43.
Broadway Gondolier (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Dick Purcell is an American taxi driver who wants to become a singer promoting cheese products. Oddly he thinks the way to do it is to become a gondolier from Venice. Along the way he sings and woos a sassy secretary Alice. (99 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
 
44.
Tarzan Escapes (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An expedition seeking to bring Jane back to civilization, and Tarzan into captivity, gets more than it's bargained for. (89 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
 
45.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart. (112 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
 
46.
H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A man who lived his life as he was was told he should, not as he would have chosen to, is brought out of his shell by a beautiful young woman. (120 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
47.
Murder Most Foul (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
When Miss Marple joins a theatrical company after a blackmailer is murdered, several members of the troupe are also dispatched by this mysterious killer. (90 mins.)
Director: George Pollock
 
48.
Tarzan Triumphs (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Zandra, white princess of a lost civilization, comes to Tarzan for help when Nazis invade the jungle... (76 mins.)
Director: William Thiele
 
49.
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A fictionalized account of the early life of the American president as a young lawyer facing his greatest court case. (100 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
50.
The Unguarded Moment (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A beautiful teacher is protective of a high school boy who sexually harassed her, and later he becomes a murder suspect. (95 mins.)
Director: Harry Keller
 
51.
Bad Boy (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
THIS SUMMARY CONTAINS SPOILERS! Danny is a juvenile delinquent sentenced to Variety Club Ranch in lieu of jail... (86 mins.)
Director: Kurt Neumann
 
52.
Jacqueline (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Captivating drama of a lovable little Irish girl and how she helps her tippler father find work. (89 mins.)
Director: Roy Baker
 
53.
Waterloo Bridge (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A prostitute's self-loathing makes her reluctant to marry an idealistic soldier during World War One. (81 mins.)
Director: James Whale
 
54.
Tarzan and the Mermaids (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Boy is away at school in England. The high priest is trying to force a young girl to marry an evil pearl trader posing as the god Balu... (68 mins.)
Director: Robert Florey
 
55.
The Big Steal (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An army lieutenant accused of robbery pursues the real thief on a frantic chase through Mexico aided by the thief's fiancee. (71 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
 
56.
Two O'Clock Courage (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
After nearly running over him with her cab, Patty Mitchell picks up a fare who claims to have amnesia... (68 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
57.
Waterloo Bridge (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
During World War I, believing her fiancé to be dead, a young ballerina loses her job and is forced to turn to prostitution. (108 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
58.
The Magnetic Monster (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Working for O.S.I., the Office of Scientific Investigation, A-Man agent Jeffrey Stewart and his partner... (76 mins.)
Director: Curt Siodmak
 
59.
Five Million Years to Earth (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A mysterious artifact is unearthed in London, and famous scientist Bernard Quatermass is called into to divine its origins and explain its strange effects on people. (97 mins.)
Director: Roy Ward Baker
 
60.
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The Dragon Warrior has to clash against the savage Tai Lung as China's fate hangs in the balance: However, the Dragon Warrior mantle is supposedly mistaken to be bestowed upon an obese panda who is a tyro in martial arts. (92 mins.)
 
61.
Gunman's Walk (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A powerful rancher always protects his wild adult son by paying for damages and bribing witnesses, until his crimes become too serious to rectify. (97 mins.)
Director: Phil Karlson
 
62.
This Island Earth (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Aliens come to Earth seeking scientists to help them in their war. (86 mins.)
Director: Joseph Newman
 
63.
Topkapi (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A conman gets mixed up with a group of thieves who plan to rob an Istanbul museum to retrieve a jeweled dagger. (120 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
 
64.
A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Steve is a shy quiet man who is an executive for a shipping firm. He meets Dot at the Opera where she... (90 mins.)
Director: Richard Wallace
 
65.
She's Back on Broadway (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
When her Hollywood career fails, an actress returns to Broadway and tries for a comeback in a stage show directed by her former lover. (95 mins.)
Director: Gordon Douglas
 
66.
Last Holiday (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When a lonely, unappreciated farm equipment salesman discovers he has only weeks to live, he withdraws his savings for a final holiday at a 'posh' resort. (88 mins.)
Director: Henry Cass
 
67.
Romance on the High Seas (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Romantic misunderstandings abound when spouses suspect each other of being unfaithful, and a nightclub singer takes a cruise under a false identity. (99 mins.)
 
68.
Beauty and the Boss (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The Baron is a banker, in Vienna, who works at at very fast pace. He appreciates beautiful women, but... (66 mins.)
Director: Roy Del Ruth
 
69.
Killer McCoy (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(104 mins.)
Director: Roy Rowland
 
70.
The 'High Sign' (1921 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A drifter at an amusement park finds himself both the bodyguard and hit man of a man targeted by a criminal gang. (20 mins.)
 
71.
One Week (1920 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A newly wedded couple attempts to build a house with a prefabricated kit, unaware that a rival sabotaged the kit's component numbering. (25 mins.)
 
72.
Don't Bother to Knock (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
After being dumped by his girlfriend, an airline pilot pursues a babysitter in his hotel and gradually realizes she's dangerous. (76 mins.)
Director: Roy Baker
 
73.
Employees' Entrance (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A working girl is menaced by her tyrannical employer. (75 mins.)
Director: Roy Del Ruth
 
74.
Between Two Women (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Allen Meighan, an intern, assures himself residency at 'General Hospital', when he saves the life of a man trapped in an explosion... (88 mins.)
Director: George B. Seitz
 
75.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Harry, Ron and Hermione search for Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts. (130 mins.)
Director: David Yates
 
76.
Love Me Tonight (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A Parisian tailor finds himself posing as a baron in order to collect a sizeable bill from an aristocrat, only to fall in love with an aloof young princess. (104 mins.)
 
77.
Back Street (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Pretty Rae Smith and handsome Walter Saxel meet, fall in love and make plans to marry. Unfortunately... (89 mins.)
 
78.
Colorado Territory (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In Colorado territory, outlaw Wes McQueen escapes jail to pull a railroad robbery but, upon meeting pretty settler Julie Ann, he wonders about going straight. (94 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
79.
The Big Caper (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A con man in debt and down on his luck comes up with what he thinks is the perfect caper--robbing a... (84 mins.)
Director: Robert Stevens
 
80.
The Invisible Man (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A scientist finds a way of becoming invisible, but in doing so, he becomes murderously insane. (71 mins.)
Director: James Whale
 
81.
Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Romantic antics abound among the guests at a luxury hotel, including a stage director, an eccentric millionaire, and the daughter of a financial backer. (95 mins.)
Director: Busby Berkeley
 
82.
The Bank Dick (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Henpecked Egbert Sousè has comic adventures as a substitute film director and unlikely bank guard. (72 mins.)
Director: Edward Cline
 
83.
The King's Vacation (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A king finds himself with no purpose in his reign, abdicates his throne to return to the wife and child he left many years ago when he was called to duty to be the king of his country. (61 mins.)
Director: John G. Adolfi
 
84.
Vigil in the Night (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Nurse Anne Lee blames herself for a fatal mistake of her sister Lucy, who also is a nurse. Anne loses her job... (96 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
85.
She Done Him Wrong (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In the Gay Nineties, a seductive nightclub singer contends with several suitors, including a jealous escaped convict and a handsome temperance league member. (66 mins.)
Director: Lowell Sherman
 
86.
Chase a Crooked Shadow (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
At Kimberley Prescott's villa, a stranger shows-up and claims he is her brother who supposedly died the previous year in a car accident. (88 mins.)
 
87.
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England. (128 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
 
88.
The Help (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis. (146 mins.)
Director: Tate Taylor
 
89.
Huckleberry Finn (1920)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Huckleberry Finn, a rambuctious boy adventurer chafing under the bonds of civilization, escapes his humdrum world and his selfish... (70 mins.)
 
90.
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Po and his friends fight to stop a peacock villain from conquering China with a deadly new weapon, but first the Dragon Warrior must come to terms with his past. (90 mins.)