AB's Favorite Films of The Golden Age (1927-64):by abcj-2 | created - 02 Sep 2012 | updated - 3 months ago | Public
The Golden Age (1927-1964) - The studio system, the Hays Code (enforced beginning in 1934), the happy endings, the snappy dialogue, the incredible scripts, technicolor, fascinating cinematography, genius directors, triple threat performers, and glamorous movie stars are just a short list of all the many things that make this my favorite period in film history:)
These are in reverse order by year. I'll usually keep a top favorite at the beginning of list.
PS Sunrise (1927) is the oldest movie and only silent film that I love. I tacked it onto the end of this list because I didn't want to make a list with only one silent film;)
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1. The More the Merrier (1943)
Passed | 104 min | Comedy, Romance, War
During the World War II housing shortage in Washington, two men and a woman share a single apartment and the older man plays Cupid to the other two.
2. Ball of Fire (1941)
Passed | 111 min | Comedy, Romance
A group of professors working on a new encyclopedia encounter a mouthy nightclub singer who is wanted by the police to help bring down her mob boss lover.
3. 'I Know Where I'm Going!' (1945)
Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Romance
A young Englishwoman goes to the Hebrides to marry her older, wealthier fiancé. When the weather keeps them separated on different islands, she begins to have second thoughts.
4. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Romance
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.
7. The Awful Truth (1937)
Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Romance
Unfounded suspicions lead a married couple to begin divorce proceedings, whereupon they start undermining each other's attempts to find new romance.
This film is one I can watch over and over. It gets funnier every time. The little comic touches that pop out on each viewing make this one of my favorite films of all time. Also, Cary Grant and Irene Dunne made pure movie magic. I just love this film:)
8. Operation Petticoat (1959)
Approved | 124 min | Comedy, Romance, War
During World War II, a commander finds himself stuck with a decrepit (and pink) submarine, a con man executive officer, and a group of army nurses.
Votes: 10,275 | Gross: $23.30M
9. The Bishop's Wife (1947)
Not Rated | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
An angel in human form enters the life of a bishop in order to help him build a new cathedral and repair his fractured marriage.
11. Bachelor Mother (1939)
Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Romance
Polly Parrish, a clerk at Merlin's Department Store, is mistakenly presumed to be the mother of a foundling. Outraged at Polly's unmotherly conduct, David Merlin becomes determined to keep ... See full summary »
12. Lost Angel (1943)
Unrated | 91 min | Drama
Alpha's been raised along scientific principles, and will make Mike Regan a great human interest story for his paper. But when his interview prompts Alpha to run away from the institute and... See full summary »
13. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Not Rated | 129 min | Crime, Drama
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.
14. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Approved | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
In the year leading up to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.
Votes: 16,727 | Gross: $7.57M
15. Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Romance
A food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas.
18. Dear Heart (1964)
Unrated | 114 min | Comedy, Family
Single and alone, Evie arrives in New York for the annual Postmasters' convention. Staying at her hotel is a womanising salesman newly promoted to his marketing department and trying to ... See full summary »
19. Guys and Dolls (1955)
Approved | 150 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical
In New York, a gambler is challenged to take a cold female missionary to Havana, but they fall for each other, and the bet has a hidden motive to finance a crap game.
20. That Touch of Mink (1962)
Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Romance
A rich businessman and a young woman are attracted to each other, but he only wants an affair while she wants to save her virginity for marriage.
Votes: 7,166 | Gross: $14.63M
21. McLintock! (1963)
Approved | 127 min | Comedy, Romance, Western
Wealthy rancher G.W. McLintock uses his power and influence in the territory to keep the peace between farmers, ranchers, land-grabbers, Indians and corrupt government officials.
23. Sabrina (1954)
Not Rated | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A playboy becomes interested in the daughter of his family's chauffeur, but it's his more serious brother who would be the better man for her.
31. Captains Courageous (1937)
Passed | 117 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
A spoiled brat who falls overboard from a steamship gets picked up by a fishing boat, where he's made to earn his keep by joining the crew in their work.
33. Third Finger, Left Hand (1940)
Passed | 96 min | Comedy
A single magazine editor pretends to be married in order to avoid advances from male colleagues, but complications ensue when she meets a potential suitor.
36. Trouble in Paradise (1932)
Passed | 83 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance
A gentleman thief and a lady pickpocket join forces to con a beautiful perfume company owner. Romantic entanglements and jealousies confuse the scheme.
37. It Started with Eve (1941)
Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
In order to please his dying father, a man convinces a hat-check girl to impersonate his fiancée, but complications arise when the father's health suddenly improves.
38. Pride and Prejudice (1940)
Approved | 118 min | Drama, Romance
Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to ... See full summary »
40. My Man Godfrey (1957)
Unrated | 92 min | Comedy
The eccentric Bullock household again need a new butler. Daughter Irene encounters bedraggled Godfrey Godfrey at the docks and, fancying him and noticing his obviously good manners, gets ... See full summary »
44. The Nun's Story (1959)
Not Rated | 149 min | Drama
After leaving a wealthy Belgian family to become a nun, Sister Luke struggles with her devotion to her vows during crisis, disappointment, and World War II.
Votes: 7,786 | Gross: $12.80M
45. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
PG | 122 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 85,332 | Gross: $8.00M
46. The Doctor Takes a Wife (1940)
Approved | 88 min | Comedy, Romance
A best-selling author of women's issues and a medical academic find it is to their mutual advantage to falsely claim that they are married.
47. Random Harvest (1942)
Passed | 126 min | Drama, Romance
An amnesiac World War I veteran falls in love with a music hall star, only to suffer an accident which restores his original memories but erases his post-war life.
Votes: 5,750 | Gross: $10.14M
49. Casablanca (1942)
PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War
In Casablanca in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications.
Votes: 432,647 | Gross: $1.02M
50. Separate Tables (1958)
Unrated | 100 min | Drama, Romance
The stories of several people are told as they stay at a seaside hotel in Bournemouth which features dining at "Separate Tables."
Votes: 5,326 | Gross: $7.40M
52. Father's Little Dividend (1951)
Not Rated | 82 min | Comedy, Romance
In this sequel to Father of the Bride (1950), newly married Kay Dunstan announces that she and her husband are going to have a baby, leaving her father having to come to grips with the fact that he will soon be a granddad.
53. Lover Come Back (1961)
Approved | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A series of misunderstandings leaves an advertising executive with a campaign for a product which has not yet been invented, while he romances his rival in the guise of its inventor.
Votes: 5,469 | Gross: $16.94M
54. Splendor in the Grass (1961)
Unrated | 124 min | Drama, Romance
A fragile Kansas girl's love for a handsome young man from the town's most powerful family drives her to heartbreak and madness.
Votes: 14,822 | Gross: $8.72M
55. To Each His Own (1946)
Approved | 122 min | Drama, Romance
An unwed mother, forced to give up her child to avoid scandal, follows her son's life from afar even as she prospers in business.
56. The Swan (1956)
Approved | 104 min | Comedy, Romance, Drama
Princess Beatrice's days of enjoying the regal life are numbered unless her only daughter, Princess Alexandra, makes a good impression on a distant cousin when he pays a surprise visit to ... See full summary »
57. Rachel and the Stranger (1948)
Approved | 80 min | Adventure, Western
A widowed farmer takes an indentured servant as his new wife, but the arrival of his old friend threatens their burgeoning relationship.
58. Love in the Afternoon (1957)
Approved | 130 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A middle-aged playboy becomes fascinated by the daughter of a private detective who has been hired to entrap him with the wife of a client.
59. Journey for Margaret (1942)
Passed | 81 min | Drama, War
An American newspaperman and his wife, caught in the London blitz, lose their unborn child in an air raid. Outraged, they visit a shelter for homeless children where they fall in love with ... See full summary »
61. When Ladies Meet (1941)
Passed | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Mary, a writer working on a novel about a love triangle, is attracted to her publisher. Her suitor Jimmy is determined to break them up; he introduces Mary to the publisher's wife without ... See full summary »
62. The Model and the Marriage Broker (1951)
Approved | 103 min | Comedy, Romance
Marriage broker Mae Swasey, who somewhat cynically arranges her loser clients' affairs, meets model Kitty Bennett and can't resist meddling in her life, by disentangling her from a married ... See full summary »
64. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.
Votes: 34,233 | Gross: $2.65M
65. Father of the Bride (1950)
Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Romance
The father of a young woman deals with the emotional pain of her getting married, along with the financial and organizational trouble of arranging the wedding.
66. Little Women (1949)
Approved | 122 min | Drama, Family, Romance
The March sisters -- Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy -- struggle to make ends meet in their New England household while their father is away fighting in the Civil War. Despite harsh times, they cling... See full summary »
68. Gone with the Wind (1939)
G | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance
A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.
Votes: 240,170 | Gross: $198.68M
69. Love Affair (1939)
Approved | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A French playboy and an American former nightclub singer fall in love aboard a ship. They arrange to reunite six months later, after he has had a chance to earn a decent living.
70. Key to the City (1950)
Approved | 101 min | Comedy, Romance
At a mayors convention in San Francisco, ex-longshoreman Steve Fisk meets Clarissa Standish from New England. Fisk is mayor of "Puget City" and is proud of his rough and tumble background. ... See full summary »
72. Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)
Approved | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
"Cheaper By the Dozen", based on the real-life story of the Gilbreth family, follows them from Providence, Rhode Island to Montclair, New Jersey, and details the amusing anecdotes found in ... See full summary »
73. Notorious (1946)
Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance
A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them?
Votes: 79,884 | Gross: $10.46M
75. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building, but her past threatens to get in the way.
78. Sunday in New York (1963)
Approved | 105 min | Comedy, Romance
Eileen is 22 and is smarting from her breakup with Russ. She comes to New York to visit her brother, Adam, who is an airline pilot. Eileen confides to her brother that she thinks she may be... See full summary »
79. Just This Once (1952)
Passed | 90 min | Comedy
Mark MacLene owes the IRS, the banks and others a lot of money. The problem is that his trust makes $1,000,000 a year, but he spends $150,000 every month. His trustee, Sam, uses the power ... See full summary »
80. Kisses for Breakfast (1941)
Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Romance
Rodney has just married the often engaged Juliette and they are both ready to leave on their honeymoon. However, Clara showed up and Rodney sneaks out to talk to her. Clara is blackmailing ... See full summary »
81. Three Blind Mice (1938)
Approved | 75 min | Comedy
Three sisters take their small inheritance and move from Kansas to California in search of rich husbands. To start with Pamela poses as a socialite and Moira and Elizabeth pretend to be her... See full summary »
83. Little Miss Marker (1934)
Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
Little Martha Jane, aka Little Miss Marker (Temple) is left with the bookmaker Sorrowful Jones by her dad as part of a bet on a horserace. Sorrowful (Menjou) and his group of fellow bookies... See full summary »
84. The Sundowners (1960)
Unrated | 133 min | Drama, Adventure
In Australia's Outback during the early 20th century the impoverished Carmody family lives a nomadic life out of their wagon but the mom and son want to settle while the dad is against it.
86. The Secret Garden (1949)
Approved | 92 min | Drama, Family
A girl is sent to live with her uncle on his estate when her parents die. There she discovers much intrigue, family history and secrets and personal baggage. In particular, a screaming child and...a secret garden.
87. Gentleman Jim (1942)
Approved | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
As bareknuckled boxing enters the modern era, brash extrovert Jim Corbett uses new rules and dazzlingly innovative footwork to rise to the top of the top of the boxing world.
88. Merrily We Live (1938)
Passed | 95 min | Comedy, Romance
Dizzy society matron Emily Kilbourne has a habit of hiring ex-cons and hobos as servants. Her latest find is a handsome "tramp" who shows up at her doorstep and soon ends up in a ... See full summary »
89. A Woman of Distinction (1950)
85 min | Comedy
Ice-cold college dean Susan Middlecott feels there's no room in her life for romance. Enter Prof. Alec Stevenson, British lecturer on astronomy, touring North America and in possession of a... See full summary »
90. Hatari! (1962)
Approved | 157 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A group of men trap wild animals in Africa and sell them to zoos before the arrival of a female wildlife photographer threatens to change their ways.
Votes: 9,978 | Gross: $14.00M
91. Advance to the Rear (1964)
Approved | 100 min | Comedy, War, Western
A Union army outfit of misfits and rejects is sent to the Western territory. Southern spies try to figure out what they're up to.
95. Dreamboat (1952)
Approved | 83 min | Comedy
Thornton Sayre, a respected college professor, is plagued when his old movies are shown on TV and sets out with his daughter to stop it. However, his former co-star is the hostess of the TV show playing his films and she has other plans.
96. The Devil's Disciple (1959)
Approved | 83 min | Comedy, History, Romance
The black sheep of a family and the local minister discover their true vocations during the Revolutionary War.
97. The Divorce of Lady X (1938)
Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Divorce lawyer Everard Logan thinks the woman who spent the night in his hotel room is the erring wife of his new client.
99. My Sister Eileen (1942)
Approved | 96 min | Comedy
Sisters Ruth and Eileen Sherwood move from Ohio to New York in the hopes of building their careers. Ruth wants to get a job as a writer, while Eileen hopes to succeed on the stage. The two ... See full summary »
100. Red River (1948)
Not Rated | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Romance
Dunson leads a cattle drive, the culmination of over 14 years of work, to its destination in Missouri. But his tyrannical behavior along the way causes a mutiny, led by his adopted son.