Old Hollywood Melodramas

Weepies, soapers, tear jerkers... Whatever you want to call them, these films always have lots of heightend emotion and are always fun! List is still in progress.
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1.
Imitation of Life (1934)
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A struggling widow and her daughter take in a black housekeeper and her fair-skinned daughter; the two women start a successful business, but face familial, identity, and racial issues along the way. (111 mins.)
Director: John M. Stahl
 
2.
Imitation of Life (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An aspiring actress befriends a black widow, but trouble arises when the latter is rejected by her daughter, who tries to pass for white. (125 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
“ Both the original and the remake are worth watching. ” - funnygurl
 
3.
Stella Dallas (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A working-class woman is willing to do whatever it takes to give her daughter a socially promising future. (106 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
4.
The Old Maid (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The arrival of an ex-lover on a young woman's wedding day sets in motion a chain of events which will alter her and her cousin's lives forever. (95 mins.)
Director: Edmund Goulding
 
5.
Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A writer falls in love with a young socialite and they are married soon after, but her obsessive love for him threatens to be the undoing of both them and everyone else around them. (110 mins.)
Director: John M. Stahl
 
6.
Old Acquaintance (1943)
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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. (110 mins.)
Director: Vincent Sherman
 
7.
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
 
8.
Random Harvest (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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. (126 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
9.
Mildred Pierce (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter. (111 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
10.
Magnificent Obsession (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A selfish playboy enamored by a woman he seems to hurt more than he intends begins to understand a deeper meaning to their relationship. (108 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
 
11.
All That Heaven Allows (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An upper-class widow falls in love with a much younger, down-to-earth nurseryman, much to the disapproval of her children and criticism of her country club peers. (89 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
 
12.
Written on the Wind (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Alcoholic playboy Kyle Hadley marries the woman secretly loved by his poor but hard-working best friend, who in turn is pursued by Kyle's nymphomaniac sister. (99 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
 
13.
The Best of Everything (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An expose of the lives and loves of Madison Avenue working girls and their higher ups. (121 mins.)
Director: Jean Negulesco
 
14.
Peyton Place (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A peaceful New England town hides secrets and scandals. (157 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
 
15.
A Summer Place (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A self-made businessman rekindles a romance with a former flame while their two teenage children begin a romance of their own with drastic consequences for both couples. (130 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
 
16.
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.)
 
17.
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
 
18.
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An unscrupulous movie producer uses an actress, a director and a writer to achieve success. (118 mins.)
 
19.
A Letter to Three Wives (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A letter is addressed to three wives from their "best friend" Addie Ross, announcing that she is running away with one of their husbands...but she does not say which one. (103 mins.)
 
20.
The Women (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A study of the lives and romantic entanglements of various interconnected women. (133 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
“ Avoid the remake of this one. ” - funnygurl
 
21.
Love Affair (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A French playboy and an American former nightclub singer fall in love aboard a ship. They arrange to reunite six months later... (88 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
 
22.
An Affair to Remember (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A couple falls in love and agrees to meet in six months at the Empire State Building - but will it happen? (115 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
“ Remake of "Love Affair". ” - funnygurl
 
23.
Love Affair (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Ex-football star Mike Gambril meets Terry McKay on a flight to Sydney, which is forced to land on a small atoll... (108 mins.)
“ Remake of "Love Affair" (1939) and "An Affair to Remember" (1957) ” - funnygurl
 
24.
A Star Is Born (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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.)
 
25.
A Star Is Born (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
“ Remake of the 1937 film ” - funnygurl
 
26.
A Star Is Born (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A has-been rock star falls in love with a young, up-and-coming songstress. (139 mins.)
Director: Frank Pierson
“ Remake of the 1937 and 1954 films. ” - funnygurl
 
27.
Now, Voyager (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A frumpy spinster blossoms under therapy and becomes an elegant, independent woman. (117 mins.)
Director: Irving Rapper
 
28.
The Letter (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The wife of a rubber plantation administrator shoots a man to death and claims it was self-defense, but a letter in her own hand may prove her undoing. (95 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
29.
Camille (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A Parisian courtesan must choose between the young man who loves her and the callous baron who wants her, even as her own health begins to fail. (109 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
30.
All This, and Heaven Too (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A duchess' irrational behavior toward the governess of her children triggers tragic events that will change her family's lives forever. (141 mins.)
Director: Anatole Litvak
 
31.
Love Story (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A boy and a girl from different backgrounds fall in love regardless of their upbringing - and then tragedy strikes. (99 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hiller
 
32.
Three on a Match (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Although Vivian Revere is seemingly the most successful of a trio of reunited schoolmates, she throws it away by descending into a life of debauchery and drugs. (63 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
33.
Diamond Head (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Rich Hawaiian pineapple grower and US Senatorial candidate Richard Howland tries to control everything and everyone around him... (107 mins.)
Director: Guy Green
 
34.
Madame X (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When her lover is killed, the wife of a wealthy man is convinced to fake her own death, which leads her into greater depths of depravity until fate reunites her with her long-lost son, who is unaware of her real identity. (100 mins.)
 
35.
From the Terrace (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An ambitious young executive chooses a loveless marriage and an unfulfilling personal life in exchange for a successful Wall Street career. (149 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
 
36.
Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Three American women working in Rome, Italy, share a spacious apartment and the desire to find love and marriage, each experiencing a few bumps in their journeys to romance. (102 mins.)
Director: Jean Negulesco
 
37.
Peyton Place (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A peaceful New England town hides secrets and scandals. (157 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
 
38.
Return to Peyton Place (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
The residents of Peyton Place, New Hampshire, are not happy when its most famous resident, Alison Mackenzie... (123 mins.)
Director: José Ferrer
 
39.
Where Love Has Gone (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A divorced couple's teen-age daughter stands trial for stabbing her mother's latest lover. (111 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
 
40.
In This Our Life (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The day before her wedding, a pampered young woman absconds with her sister's husband; in retaliation, her sister begins seeing the woman's former fiancé. (97 mins.)
Director: John Huston