Classic films that I've seenby Nickl83 | created - 26 Jun 2013 | updated - 04 Nov 2013 | Public
A list of all the pre-1970 movies I've ever watched
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1. A Trip to the Moon (1902)
TV-G | 13 min | Short, Adventure, Fantasy
A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon.
lnteresting for its historical importance only. lf it was made today, l would give it a definite zero, if even that....Btw, the moon at the end is really creepy.
2. The Great Train Robbery (1903)
TV-G | 11 min | Short, Action, Western
A group of bandits stage a brazen train hold-up, only to find a determined posse hot on their heels.
Another super old film. This one (the first western of all time) had a more elaborate plot, in comparison. But still, movies from this era were very primitive and l can't overlook that.
3. M (1931)
Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.
Votes: 111,601 | Gross: $0.03M
What can you expect from a movie with the shortest title ever? A child murderer (Lorre) is being chased down by cops, criminals and homeless people. Some scenes might have taken a bit too long, but as a whole, you can expect to see a great film!
4. Freaks (1932)
Unrated | 64 min | Drama, Horror
A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.
The plot is okey, but the execution could've been done better. lt's about a circus containing lots of disfigured people as well as "normal" people. One of the characters, a vertically challenged dude, falls in love with a normal sized woman, and he gets the impression that the feelings are returned. l think too much focus was made on random scenes, just to show these odd looking people like Schlitze. The message of the movie is a good one, though, and l admire Tod for doing a daring film like this, in 1932.
5. Man's Castle (1933)
75 min | Drama, Romance
Bill takes Trina into his depression camp cabin. Later, just as he finds showgirl LaRue who will support him, Trina becomes pregnant.
"Oh look, this movie has Spencer Tracy AND Loretta Young, l'm sure it's awesome"......Well, l was wrong. The movie is forgettable, l don't even rememeber the plot. Some dude decides to take this poor girl home and..... stuff happens(?)......l don't know...
6. Zero for Conduct (1933)
Not Rated | 44 min | Short, Comedy, Drama
In a repressive boarding school with rigid rules of behavior, four boys decide to rebel against the direction on a celebration day.
A French movie that l watched only because of a book that demands me to see it before l die. lt's about a bunch of kids in a boarding school, and the director is clearly trying to do something "artful" but l didn't get it. Je suis désolé, mais ca filme sont très bizarre....
7. Girl O' My Dreams (1934)
Not Rated | 65 min | Comedy, Drama
A conceited college track star, used to being "big man on campus", gets a jolt when he loses an election to see who is the most popular man in the school.
A boring film about college teens and popularity...l didn't know these types of films existed back then.
8. Peck's Bad Boy (1934)
Not Rated | 70 min | Drama
Young boy Bill Peck adores his father and tries to be good, but the arrival of Bill's cousin Horace upsets Bill's plans. Horace's brattish ways result in Bill rather than Horace getting in ... See full summary »
Jackie Cooper gets into trouble when his cousin comes for visit. An insignificant kid's film.
9. Kiss and Make-Up (1934)
Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
Dr. Maurice Lamar is a noted plastic-surgeon who makes his rich clients beautiful, and also makes them. He makes Eve Caron, the wife of Marcel Caron, so satisfied with his skilled hands ... See full summary »
Cary Grant works as a plastic surgeon. His job is to make average women look beautiful. l should get a job like that! The movie was a bit funny at times, so...yeah...
10. Born to Be Bad (1934)
Approved | 62 min | Drama, Romance
Letty, a young woman who ended up pregnant, unmarried and on the streets at fifteen is bitter and determined that her child will not grow up to be taken advantage of. Letty teaches her ... See full summary »
A short and bland movie, about an annyoing little kid, his questionable mother Loretta Young and a gentleman (Cary Grant). Not much to say here.
11. Imitation of Life (1934)
Approved | 111 min | Drama, Romance
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.
An awesome movie about a black housekeeper and her light skinned daughter.The daughter can't accept the fact that she's black and wants to distance herself from her mother. Some scenes evoke strong emotions and reactions. It's one of the best films of the 30's so far. There's also this plot about Colbert starting a business with the housekeeper.
12. It Happened One Night (1934)
Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Romance
A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story.
Very overrated, in my opinion. lt doesn't really stand out from all the other romantic comedies. It follows the exact formula for how to make a movie of this genre. In fact, Colbert and Gable were surprised themselves. Also, why is it called "It Happened One Night" when it clearly happened over the past few weeks?
13. Thirty Day Princess (1934)
74 min | Comedy, Romance
A European princess arrives in New York City to secure a much-needed loan for her country. She contracts the mumps, and an actress who looks exactly like her is hired to impersonate her.
A princess falls ill, and they find a regular woman who looks exactly like the princess. Generic movie with Cary Grant.
14. It's a Gift (1934)
Passed | 68 min | Comedy
A henpecked New Jersey grocer makes plans to move to California to grow oranges, despite the resistance of his overbearing wife.
This is the kind of humour that we see all the time nowadays. The ones with the unlucky man, the annoying wife and those constant physical comedy sequences. l'm sure it was great back then, but now it just seems so...predictable. But still has its fun moments.
15. Waterfront Lady (1935)
Passed | 70 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
When a young man is befriended by a gambling ship operator and made a partner in the business, he becomes involved in a police manhunt after he covers up a murder committed by his new ... See full summary »
The movie is about a man who escapes from the police and ends up at her and her father's place. lt was okey, not too bad.
16. The Gilded Lily (1935)
Approved | 80 min | Comedy, Romance
A stenographer becomes a famed entertainer, courted by an English nobleman and an informal American reporter.
Watching Fred MacMurray eat popcorn and hearing Claudette Colbert singing horribly is NOT entertaining. l'm sorry, but it really isn't.
17. Pennies from Heaven (1936)
Passed | 81 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
Larry Poole, in prison on a false charge, promise an inmate that when he gets out he will look up and help out a family. The family turns out to be a young girl, Patsy Smith, and her ... See full summary »
Bing Crosby helps a little girl and her father getting a better house. But there's an orphanage lady who wants to see Edith Fellows there...or something like that, l don't remember all of it :l
18. Things to Come (1936)
Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, War
The story of a century: a decades-long second World War leaves plague and anarchy, then a rational state rebuilds civilization and attempts space travel.
A British science fiction that depicts the coming 100 years in a dystopian manner. lt was pretty cool, until the last third part, then it got a bit too weird. lnterestingly enough, a war did occur 3 years later....
20. Nothing Sacred (1937)
Approved | 77 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An eccentric woman learns she is not dying of radium poisoning as earlier assumed, but when she meets a reporter looking for a story, she feigns sickness again for her own profit.
There are 2 cool things about the film: 1: A young Billy Barty kicks Freddie March in the legs! 2: lt's one of few color movies from the decade. But if you wanna know what the plot is about, it's basically about a woman (Lombard) who gets mistaken for being terminally ill, so she gets a lot of media attention.
21. Assassin of Youth (1937)
80 min | Drama
A high-school girl gets involved with a ring of teenage marijuana smokers and starts down the road to ruin. A reporter poses as a soda jerk to infiltrate the gang of teen dope fiends.
An okey anti-drugs movie. Maybe a bit preachy, but both Arthur Gardner and Fay McKenzie are still alive. See, kids? Don't do drugs and you will live a looooong time. Yep :p
22. Hoosier Schoolboy (1937)
Approved | 62 min | Drama
A schoolteacher comes to a new town and finds herself caught up in the town's problems and disputes.
Please don't ask me what the movie is about...l don't remember, it was so boring.
23. Religious Racketeers (1938)
Approved | 90 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama
A wealthy young woman, racked with guilt because she wasn't there when her mother died, is so desperate to contact her that she gets involved with a phony mystic who promises to put her in ... See full summary »
Oh boy, where to begin? lt's about..umm...someone trying to contact the dead, and some spritiual guy?....or something...sorry, l can't quite remember the plot. That always happens with lousy movies. l'm a terrible reviewer, lol.
24. Suez (1938)
Approved | 104 min | Drama, History, Romance
Ferdinand de Lesseps, disappointed in love, is sent as a junior diplomat to the Isthmus of Suez, and realizes it's just the place for a canal.
A relatively young Tyrone Power has plans to build the Suez Canal. Nothing out of the ordinary, really....
25. Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)
Passed | 85 min | Comedy, Romance
After learning her multi-millionaire fiancé has already been married and divorced seven times, the daughter of a penniless marquis decides to tame him.
This movie was a while ago, so l don't remember exactly what it was about. Something about a guy (Cooper) who's been married many times, and his eight wife wants to make sure she is his last.....But l do remember that l wasn't too impressed with it.
26. My Bill (1938)
Approved | 64 min | Drama, Romance
The town of Colbrook, Massachusetts was founded by the family of the same name, and as such they are its leading family. Widowed Mrs. Reginald Colbrook - Mary - has had to manage the family... See full summary »
One of the first black-and-white ones l saw. lt's about a family with financial problems. Dickie Moore's the real standout in this one.
27. Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
Passed | 91 min | Comedy, Romance
Andy's girlfriend Polly is planning to spend Christmas at her grandmother's, which puts a kink in his plans to take her to the country club Christmas party. He agrees (for a fee) to pretend... See full summary »
l only watch classics that l can access for free online. Several Andy Hardy pictures were online so l've watched a lot of them. In it, Rooney has to choose between three girls, Lana Turner, Ann Rutherford and Judy Garland. Cool fact: The little boy with the radio is Gene Reynolds. He's one of the producers/writers for the popular tv-show M.A.S.H.
28. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Family, Romance
While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard, Baby.
A screwball comedy. Even though Kat Hepburn was a bit annoying, it had many entertaining moments. l could see myself watching this again.
29. The Terror of Tiny Town (1938)
Approved | 62 min | Western
An evil gunslinging midget comes to terrorize the good little people of Tiny Town. The townspeople organize to defeat him, and zany antics ensue
A 1930's all midget cast cowboy b-movie...yeah, it IS as bad as it sounds....
30. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama
A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down.
Votes: 85,795 | Gross: $9.60M
Time to introduce Jimmy Stewart, who you'll be seeing alot from in these reviews. James Stewart is a regular guy who tries to make an impact in the White House. lt wasn't a bad movie at all, but l expected a lot more since l like courtroom dramas. Couldn't he have fought for a more worthy cause?
31. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home in Kansas and help her friends as well.
Votes: 320,743 | Gross: $22.20M
As a kid, l read all the books in the series. Also, l've seen this so many times that l can't look at it objectively anymore. lt's just a nostalgic experience regardless of the quality. Sorry, but l can't grade this one...
32. 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: 238,310 | Gross: $198.68M
33. Rebecca (1940)
Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife.
Wow. How this movie can be so acclaimed is a shock to me. Maybe it requires a second viewing? For a Hitchcock movie, I was expecting....no, l was requiring a greater film. lt's about this woman (Fontaine) who marries Olivier and moves in to his mansion. But in the house, there are creepy housekeepers and this makes her uncomfortable. l don't know....it just didn't keep me fascinated and l didn't feel any tension.
34. Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940)
Approved | 88 min | Comedy, Family, Romance
Judge Hardy takes his family to New York City, where Andy quickly falls in love with a socialite. He finds the high society life too expensive, and eventually decides that he liked it better back home.
Andy falls in love with a girl from a picture. Am l the only one who thinks that Mickey overacts in the AH movies ? He's like the direct opposite of Gregory Peck! But still. it's not a completely terrible movie...
35. Meet John Doe (1941)
Passed | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A man needing money agrees to impersonate a nonexistent person who said he'd be committing suicide as a protest, and a political movement begins.
Or as Homer would put it: "Meet John D'oh"! My second Capra film, which holds up pretty good. l'd even say it's better than Mr Smith Goes.....lt's about a woman (Stanwyck) who invents a story about a man, John Doe, who threatens to commit suicide as a protest against the *beeped* up" society. A man is hired to "become" John Doe, Gary Cooper.
36. Men of Boys Town (1941)
Not Rated | 106 min | Drama
Mickey Rooney and Spencer Tracy return in this sequel to the original Boys Town. This time the school faces financial trouble as Father Flannigan tries to help every little boy he meets. ... See full summary »
I've seen small parts of the first movie, Boys Town, when l was young and had the TCM channel. Maybe l should've watched the whole first movie, because l didn't find this sequel to be interesting.
37. Suspicion (1941)
Not Rated | 99 min | Mystery, Thriller
A shy young heiress marries a charming gentleman, and soon begins to suspect he is planning to murder her.
Votes: 26,286 | Gross: $4.50M
A lot better than Rebecca, but still not up to my taste. Fontaine suspects that Grant is out to kill her. I still don't see why she married him in the first place.
38. Life Begins for Andy Hardy (1941)
Passed | 101 min | Comedy, Romance
With his high school graduation behind him, Andy Hardy decides that as an adult, it's time to start living his life. Judge Hardy had hoped that his son would go to college and study law, ... See full summary »
Andy goes to New York to work. Not as light hearted as the previous AH films, which is a refreshing.
39. Sergeant York (1941)
Approved | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History
A marksman is drafted in World War I and ends up becoming one of the most celebrated war heroes.
Votes: 13,203 | Gross: $16.40M
Gary Cooper goes from being a no-good hillbilly with a good shooting ability, to a religious pacifist, and ends up a war hero. A fairly good biopic about Alvin York.
40. Citizen Kane (1941)
PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery
Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.
Votes: 328,863 | Gross: $1.59M
l CAN'T BELIEVE ROSEBUD WAS HIS......nah, not gonna spoil all the "fun" for all of you that haven't seen it. Watch it, and you'll realize what an overrated movie it really is. Innovative camera shots isn't enough. It's not a bad movie, but the top 10 of all time? You gotta be kidding me.
41. Orchestra Wives (1942)
Approved | 98 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
Connie Ward is in seventh heaven when Gene Morrison's band rolls into town. She is swept off her feet by trumpeter Bill Abbot. After marrying him, she joins the bands tour and learns about ... See full summary »
Many movies start off okey, but the longer they go on, the worse they get. This is one of them.
42. The Major and the Minor (1942)
Passed | 100 min | Comedy, Romance
A woman disguises herself as a child to save on a train fare and is taken in charge by an army man who doesn't notice the truth.
Votes: 4,981 | Gross: $6.38M
One of Wilder's first movies, l think. lt had a promising plot but the film lost too much pace and substance during the second half. Also, slightly disturbing that the man was attracted to someone who he thought was only 12....Lolita, anyone?
43. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Approved | 108 min | Thriller
A young woman discovers her visiting uncle may not be the man he seems to be.
I liked this one. The way that Teresa slowly starts realizing that her idolized uncle actually has a dark side,and the subsequent tension that builds up between them is great.
44. Thousands Cheer (1943)
Passed | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
Acrobat Eddie Marsh is in the army now. His first act is to become friendly with Kathryn Jones, the colonel's pretty daughter. Their romance hits a few snags, including disapproval from her... See full summary »
Wartime musical with various celebrities. The Gene Kelly/Kathryn Grayson storyline was uninteresting.
45. The Human Comedy (1943)
Unrated | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
Teenager Homer Macauley stays at home in small-town Ithaca to support his family, while his older brother Marcus prepares to go to war.
Human Comedy was far from comedy. lt had a serious mood to it, which reflected the ongoing war. Rooney is surprisingly good in a dramatic role . Who knew?
46. The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Western
When a posse captures three men suspected of killing a local farmer, they become strongly divided over whether or not to lynch the men.
ls it right to take matters into own hands? Risk the lives of potentially innocent people? This movie deals with this subject in a rather hasty way. It might have gotten a higher score if it had been longer.
47. Double Indemnity (1944)
Not Rated | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions.
Votes: 110,663 | Gross: $5.72M
A film noir about a man who decides to help Stanwyck in her evil plan. As usual, something goes wrong. A good movie.
48. Once Upon a Time (1944)
Approved | 89 min | Comedy, Fantasy
A cash-strapped theater producer promotes a nine-year-old boy's dancing caterpillar.
One of the biggest movie stars of the 40's decided to do a movie about a dancing caterpilar...Who? Cary Grant! This is one of his most unknown films, and I think kids might enjoy it.
49. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
PG | 129 min | Drama, Romance
Encouraged by her idealistic if luckless father, a bright and imaginative young woman comes of age in a Brooklyn tenement during the early 1900s.
I don't quite remember this one, unfortunately.
50. The Affairs of Susan (1945)
110 min | Comedy
Susan is about to be married, but the wedding may get called off after her fiancee summons three former beaus. Each reveals a different portrait of Susan: one describes her as a naive ... See full summary »
A guy is about to marry Fontaine, and her ex-husbands all give different versions of her. Which one is the true one? More importantly, do we really care? Lol.
51. Spellbound (1945)
Unrated | 111 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Romance
A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory.
Votes: 36,053 | Gross: $7.00M
lngrid Bergman is sweet as always, and Gregory Peck is as wooden as always. The movie doesn't manage to make me interested. The whole psychoanalysis thing seemed contrived or oversimplified.
52. Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance
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.
Gene Tierney meets a man that reminds her of someone special. Soon, they get married and her irrational behavior starts to show. The lake scene with Darryl Hickman is memorable. Gene is hot, even when she's evil :p
53. Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1946)
Passed | 93 min | Comedy, Romance
Andy Hardy goes to college after returning from World War II. He is in love with Kay Wilson this time.
Really? They continued to do another Andy Hardy after the war? It's just not the same thing anymore, he was 26 in this. Let it go and move on, Mickey......
54. The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
Unrated | 116 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance
Once three childhood friends. Now, a ruthless, domineering woman is married to an alcoholic D.A., and a returning companion who may have been the only witness to her murder of her rich aunt seventeen years earlier.
Kirk Douglas makes his debut in this film noir. lt was neither really bad nor really good. An average film.
55. The Killers (1946)
Not Rated | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Hit men kill an unresisting victim, and investigator Reardon uncovers his past involvement with beautiful, deadly Kitty Collins.
Maybe it's because l was too busy staring at Ava Gardner? Or maybe it's because I didn't have any subtitles? (Film Noir langauge can be difficult for me to understand sometimes). That's why l'm giving it a low grade...I couldn't grasp the plot.
56. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
PG | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.
Votes: 312,111 | Gross: $7.27M
l thought l would hate this movie due to Capra's ability to be over-sentimental and also the fact that it's a christmas movie. But it's actually really good. We get to know George Bailey alot closer, sort of like an biopic/biography...The ending was a bit over the top, though.
58. The Dark Mirror (1946)
Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A man is found murdered, with witnesses convinced about the woman they saw leaving his apartment. However, it becomes apparent that the woman has a twin, and finding out which one is the killer seems impossible.
An interesting psychological thriller type film where the leading roles are played by Olivia DeHavilland and...eh Olivia DeHavilland, lol. lt deals with sibling rivalry in a fascinating way. l wonder what Joan thinks of this movie.....
59. Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
Approved | 118 min | Drama, Romance
A reporter pretends to be Jewish in order to cover a story on anti-Semitism, and personally discovers the true depths of bigotry and hatred.
A movie about anti-semitism. Journalist Gregory Peck pretends to be a jew, to see how he is viewed by others. This came out just 2 years after the holocaust ended, so it was interesting to watch.
60. I Walk Alone (1947)
Approved | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Frankie Madison leaves prison expecting a share from his ex-partner. But Prohibition bootlegging didn't prepare Frankie for Big Business.
I kept thinking that I was watching The Stranger Love of Martha Ivers - Part 2. It was okey, I guess.
61. Rope (1948)
Approved | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime.
Probably one of the best Hitchcock l've seen. The suspense, the dialogues, the innovative camera work, the technicolor....It's basically about these two dudes that commit the "perfect murder" and invites the victim's guests and also the man who inspired them to commit murder (Stewart).
62. Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Not Rated | 89 min | Drama
In post-war Italy, a working-class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it.
Votes: 108,658 | Gross: $0.33M
ltalian Neorealism. A man and his son go around the town, looking for their stolen bike. A basic story, but you really feel for the charachters.
63. My Dear Secretary (1948)
Approved | 94 min | Comedy, Romance
A romance novelist appoints a would-be writer as his secretary. Although she is initially dismayed by his work ethic and playboy attitude, they begin to fall in love.
Wait, Kirk Douglas in a romantic comedy? Yes, and since l don't like romantic comedies that much, l won't give it a higher grade.
64. The Heiress (1949)
Passed | 115 min | Drama, Romance
A young naive woman falls for a handsome young man who her emotionally abusive father suspects is a fortune hunter.
Olivia does a great performance here as a timid girl, who is seduced by a man (Monty Clift). Her father suspects he's only after his money.
65. The Big Cat (1949)
Approved | 75 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
1933. A city boy arrives in his late mother's birthplace to discover the locals have been pestered by drought, old fights and a cougar. He turns out to be pivotal in all of these.
The plot may be forgettable, but it's slightly compensated by the fact that some of the scenes have much suspense, so that's a plus.
66. Tension (1949)
Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A meek pharmacist creates an alternate identity under which he plans to murder the bullying liquor salesman who has become his wife's lover.
A man gets his girls stolen away by another dude, and wants his revenge. Audrey Totter is perfect for this role. A good movie.
67. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir
A screenwriter is hired to rework a faded silent film star's script only to find himself developing a dangerous relationship.
I remember liking this movie a lot when I saw it. But now, it feels as though I need a second viewing to really judge it. It's about a former silent movie star who got her career destroyed when "talkies" arrived. This has now made a huge impact on her mental health...
68. Quicksand (1950)
Approved | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
After borrowing $20 from his employer's cash register, an auto mechanic is plunged into a series of increasingly disastrous circumstances which rapidly spiral out of his control.
An enjoyable and underrated film noir with Mickey Rooney. Did you know that the girl in it is Jimmy Cagney's sister? See the resemblance?
69. The Glass Menagerie (1950)
Approved | 107 min | Drama
Merchant marine officer Tom Wingfield reminisces about his life in St. Louis where he had lived with his nagging mother Amanda and crippled shy sister Laura.
A story about Jane Wyman as a shy girl, Kirk Douglas as a charismatic man. an unbearable mother and a frustrated son.
70. Detective Story (1951)
Approved | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
On one day in the 21st Precinct squad room, assorted characters form a backdrop for the troubles of hard-nosed Detective Jim McLeod.
The police stations in the 50's sure were busy. I can't reveal the plot too much, but it was a nice film. Lee Grant is pretty funny in it.
71. You Never Can Tell (1951)
Unrated | 78 min | Comedy, Fantasy
An ex-police/army dog (German Shepherd), named Rex inherits a fortune from an eccentric millionaire. But someone poisons him for his fortune, and he gets to go back to earth as a human ... See full summary »
A dog comes back as a man (Dick Powell) to find out who killed him...l'm not joking, this is the plot...All l could think of during this movie was "whatever happened to Peggy Dow"?
73. Strangers on a Train (1951)
PG | 101 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder - a theory that he plans to implement.
Votes: 106,617 | Gross: $7.63M
The character Bruno is so interesting, that you almost want him to succeed! One of my favourite classic films, so far.
74. The Big Trees (1952)
Approved | 89 min | Action, Romance, Western
A Quaker colony tries to save the giant sequoias from a timber baron.
For every brilliant movie, there's an equally horrible one...Even Kirk Douglas himself hated this one. lt looked very amateurish, both the plot, the acting and the camera quality. Horrible....
75. Kansas City Confidential (1952)
Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
An ex-con trying to go straight is framed for a million dollar armored car robbery and must go to Mexico in order to unmask the real culprits.
Very boring Film Noir. Also, l had trouble figuring out what was going on...
76. Roman Holiday (1953)
Passed | 118 min | Comedy, Romance
A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.
Reminded me of "lt Happened One Night". This one is a little better, though.
77. Beat the Devil (1953)
Approved | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
On their way to Africa are a group of rogues who hope to get rich there, and a seemingly innocent British couple. They meet and things happen...
Confusing, very confusing. What was the movie about? The only Bogart movie l've seen, hopefully there are better ones out there.
78. Rear Window (1954)
PG | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.
Votes: 354,997 | Gross: $36.76M
I had tremendously high hopes for Rear Window. POSSIBLE SPOILER: l kept waiting for a twist. l didn't get any...But not just that, the whole plot could've been done alot better. It's too bad, l really wanted to like this one.
79. Dial M for Murder (1954)
PG | 105 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B.
Votes: 122,041 | Gross: $0.01M
80. Paths of Glory (1957)
Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, War
After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them.
A mix between "The Ox-bow lncident" and "12 Angry Men", as it deals with the theme of prosecuting potentially innocent people. The best Kubrick l've seen so far.
81. 12 Angry Men (1957)
Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.
12 middle aged men sitting around a table a whole movie...lt's probably boring, right? Wrong, this movie is incredibly well written and keeps you interested for every second. It has a good message, interesting characters, the overall flow of the scenes is good and the ending leaves you with a bit of ambiguity (in a good way). And also, l like courtroom dramas in general. The only thing missing was a cute female juror, but l guess you can't have everything. :(
82. Vertigo (1958)
PG | 128 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller
A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.
Votes: 282,446 | Gross: $3.20M
Hitchcock, can't you just make up your mind whether you wanna make good or bad films? Because you're giving me both.... Contrived plot, stupid scenes...this one should NOT be on any top 10 lists. Especially the second half was bad.
83. North by Northwest (1959)
Not Rated | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery
A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.
Votes: 243,358 | Gross: $13.28M
Oh? You actually listened to me, Hitchcock...thanks! This movie was a real upgrade from a certain movie that starts with a V.....Cary Grant gets mistaken for another man, and a real adventure begins...The airplane scene is a classic, and Eva Marie Saint is beautiful.
84. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Not Rated | 160 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
In a murder trial, the defendant says he suffered temporary insanity after the victim raped his wife. What is the truth, and will he win his case?
Votes: 50,202 | Gross: $11.90M
l like courtroom dramas if they are well written. This one is, and it's quite the debate going on between Stewart and the rest. I think this was one of the first movies in the Code era to use certain "controversial" words. Jimmy Stewart should be more known for this one than Mr Smith Goes to Washington, IMO.
85. Imitation of Life (1959)
Not Rated | 125 min | Drama
An aspiring actress befriends a black widow, but trouble arises when the latter is rejected by her daughter, who tries to pass for white.
Votes: 12,097 | Gross: $13.99M
I dislike the concept of remaking other movies...l think movies should be left alone, and directors should be creative enough to come up with something new. But l have to judge this film on its own, and l gotta say l wasn't as moved as in the 1934 version. l think too much focus was put on Lana Turner's character, and it felt like they tried to balance out 2 different plots.
86. Psycho (1960)
R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.
Votes: 476,013 | Gross: $32.00M
l like how Hitchcock started out with a storyline and then does something completely unpredictable with it. Even though l sorta knew what was gonna happen, it's one of the worst kept secrets in cinema history.... Perkins did a convincing job as Norman!
87. The Apartment (1960)
Not Rated | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.
Votes: 124,366 | Gross: $18.60M
"When life gives you lemon, you make lemonade. But when life gives you Lemmon, you borrow his apartment and make out with your girl in there". There, the best way to sum up the plot. lt's a solid comedy.
88. Peeping Tom (1960)
Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A young man murders women, using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror.
Votes: 24,308 | Gross: $0.08M
A British movie about a man who films women as he kills them. lt sounds like a scary film, but l didn't feel scared. lt's good but could've been better.
89. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Not Rated | 186 min | Drama, War
In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazi judges for war crimes.
A courtroom drama with lots of stars. Tracy is great, Montgomery Clift is great, Max Schell is great. Widmark is great. Heck, we even got Shatner, Garland and Dietrich in the lineup. l bet the title reveals what the movie is about.
90. Lonely Are the Brave (1962)
Approved | 107 min | Drama, Western
A fiercely independent cowboy arranges to have himself locked up in jail in order to then escape with an old friend who has been sentenced to the penitentiary.
A cowboy is on the hideout from the cops. With him, he has his beloved horse. Many scenes were too slow-paced, but the ending is superb. This is Kirk Douglas' own favourite Kirk Douglas movie.
91. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
PG | 216 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.
Votes: 215,425 | Gross: $44.82M
Speaking of slow-paced.......They should've made the movie alot shorter, then it would get higher grade from me. Admittedly, some films require longer time to tell a story, but l noticed some shots that were unnecessary long. Sometimes less is more. Still, it's a pretty good movie, to be fair.
92. 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.
93. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
Approved | 134 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion.
Well, whatever DID happen to Baby Jane? Well, she must've seen Sunset Boulevard and decided to become even creepier than Norma Desmond.
And to be honest, l think this one is alot better than SB (but as l said, l wanna watch that movie again for a better judgement). Especially as we know that Davis/Crawford were enemies in real life, l was prepared to see them actually kill each other off, lol.
94. Lolita (1962)
Approved | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A middle-aged college professor becomes infatuated with a fourteen-year-old nymphet.
Votes: 75,232 | Gross: $9.25M
Never read the book so this won't be a comparative review. So what did l think of it?
A great disappointment. Never once did it seem that Lolita was into James Mason. There were too many scenes that could've been edited better, if it wasn't for the censorship back in those days. And Peter Seller's character was pointless. Not a bad movie, but not great either.
95. It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
G | 205 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
The dying words of a thief spark a madcap cross-country rush to find some treasure.
Votes: 31,853 | Gross: $46.30M
Almost all the comedic geniuses were there! Several people look for money that's buried somwhere. Who can get there first? A funny movie which inspired the modern version Rat Race (2004).
96. The Birds (1963)
PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people.
Votes: 142,425 | Gross: $11.40M
After seeing the movie, l could never look at birds the same way as before...But seriously speaking, for an early 60's movie, the special effects are great and the idea's innovative. l also like the fact that the birds act like this without any logical reason.
97. Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
Approved | 112 min | Comedy, Musical
A rock singer travels to a small Ohio town to make his "farewell" television performance and kiss his biggest fan before he is drafted.
Votes: 6,196 | Gross: $13.13M
A silly musical with Dick van Dyke, Ann Margret and Janet Leigh. Not my type of film. l only watched it because l like the Dick van Dyke Show...
98. Marnie (1964)
Approved | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Mark marries Marnie although she is a habitual thief and has serious psychological problems, and tries to help her confront and resolve them.
Votes: 37,141 | Gross: $7.00M
This movie was strange, neither of the main characters were likeable and the story didn't hold my interest.
99. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
TV-14 | 83 min | Action, Comedy
Three go-go dancers holding a young girl hostage come across a crippled old man living with his two sons in the desert. After learning he's hiding a sum of cash around, the women start scheming on him.
Where do l begin with this one? l can appreciate the fact that this is an experimental/exploitation movie, made right after the Code era ended. l can also appreciate some of the hot girls in this movie (except Tura, she was just creepy in this). But let's face it, the movie doesn't have a very interesting story to tell.
100. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
Unrated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama
A couple's attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African American fiancé.
Votes: 32,087 | Gross: $56.70M
A white woman brings her fiance home to meet her parents (Tracy & Hepburn). The man, Poitier, is black. Since this is the 60's, some issues arise. This was Tracy's last movie before he died, so l understand if Katharine wasn't comfortable with watching this movie. What did l think of this film? lt was good, but it would be much more interesting if the character didn't have a perfect "resumé", if you know what l mean.