Classic Films I Love

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1.
Rebecca (1940)
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A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife. (130 mins.)
“ Joan Fontaine was robbed of the Best Actress Oscar for her marvelous portrayal of the shy and mousy Mrs. De Winter, haunted by her husband's memories of his first wife, who died under mysterious circumstances. Judith Anderson is a campy delight as the spooky housekeeper Mrs. Danvers. ” - ObieReturns
 
2.
Darling (1965)
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A beautiful but amoral model sleeps her way to the top of the London fashion scene at the height of the Swinging Sixties. (128 mins.)
 
3.
North by Northwest (1959)
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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. (136 mins.)
 
4.
Summertime (1955)
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A lonely American woman unexpectedly finds romance in Venice, Italy. (99 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ Heartwarming, grown-up love story about a lonely spinster (Hepburn) who finds love with a married man while on vacation in gorgeous Venice. One of Kate's best performances and the vulnerable, repressed American secretary who manages to let her hair down in spite of herself. ” - ObieReturns
 
5.
The Lady Eve (1941)
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A trio of classy card sharps targets the socially awkward heir to brewery millions for his money, till one of them falls in love with him. (94 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
“ One of the finest screwball comedies ever made. It's a pity that Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda made but three films together. They perform with the precision of a Swiss watch under Preston Sturges fast-paced, slightly racy direction. ” - ObieReturns
 
6.
Woman of the Year (1942)
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Rival reporters Sam and Tess fall in love and get married, only to find their relationship strained when Sam comes to resent Tess' hectic lifestyle. (114 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
“ The first (and maybe the best) pairing of Hepburn and Tracy as polar opposites who fall in love. The film is let down by a patronizing (if somewhat funny) ending, but the chemistry between the two leads is spot on. Anyone who had doubts about Hepburn's beauty should watch this film. ” - ObieReturns
 
7.
Johnny Belinda (1948)
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In post-war Cape Breton, a doctor's efforts to tutor a deaf/mute woman are undermined when she is raped, and the resulting pregnancy causes scandal to swirl. (102 mins.)
Director: Jean Negulesco
 
8.
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)
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Writer Harry Street reflects on his life as he lies dying from an infection while on safari in the shadow of Mount Kilamanjaro. (114 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
9.
Remember the Night (1940)
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Just before Christmas, Lee Leander is caught shoplifting. It is her third offense. She is prosecuted by John Sargent... (94 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Leisen
“ Underrated holiday gem about the power of redemptive love. ” - ObieReturns
 
10.
Humoresque (1946)
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A classical musician from the slums is sidetracked by his love for a wealthy, neurotic socialite. (125 mins.)
Director: Jean Negulesco
“ Perhaps even better here than she was in Mildred Pierce, Joan Crawford is the boozy, neurotic socialite who falls in love with John Garfield's ambitious violinist. ” - ObieReturns
 
11.
History Is Made at Night (1937)
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Divorcee Irene Vail falls for a charming Parisian, but her insanely jealous ex-husband will do anything to get her back... (97 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
“ I wonder if James Cameron watched this film before he made his Titanic...there are a few similarities between the characters, plus a great shipwreck sequence where a large ocean liner crashes into an iceberg. ” - ObieReturns
 
12.
The Nun's Story (1959)
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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. (149 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
“ Audrey Hepburn has never been better as a Catholic nun who struggles with her pride and self-will within the rigid structure of religious life. Beautifully directed by Fred Zinnemann. ” - ObieReturns
 
13.
The Letter (1940)
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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
“ Prewar thriller based on a Somerset Maugham story, with perhaps one of the best opening sequences of any film made. ” - ObieReturns
 
14.
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
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The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during the First World War and then the October Revolution. (197 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ Julie Christie and Omar Sharif make a striking couple in this sweeping romantic epic. A favorite of many, and deservedly so. ” - ObieReturns
 
15.
The Ten Commandments (1956)
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The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people. (220 mins.)
 
16.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
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Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ A true bromance. ” - ObieReturns
 
17.
A Night to Remember (1958)
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An account of the ill-fated maiden voyage of RMS Titanic in 1912. (123 mins.)
Director: Roy Baker
“ From a story POV, still the definitive film on the famous RMS Titanic disaster. ” - ObieReturns
 
18.
The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)
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Charles returns to Paris to reminisce about the life he led in Paris after it was liberated. He worked... (116 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
“ Glossy, slightly weepy version of a story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Liz Taylor's beauty is almost criminal ” - ObieReturns
 
19.
On the Beach (1959)
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After a global nuclear war, the residents of Australia must come to terms with the fact that all life will be destroyed in a matter of months. (134 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
“ Glamorized version of the famed Nevil Shute novel is well-acted and thought provoking. ” - ObieReturns
 
20.
Nothing But a Man (1964)
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A proud black man and his school-teacher wife face discriminatory challenges in 1960s America. (95 mins.)
Director: Michael Roemer
“ Jazz singer turned actress Abbey Lincoln and Ivan Dixon are the leads in this amazing love story set in the Jim Crow South of the 60s. ” - ObieReturns
 
21.
Titanic (1953)
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An unhappy married couple deal with their problems on board the ill-fated ship. (98 mins.)
Director: Jean Negulesco
“ Heavily fictionalized, mostly inaccurate, but nonetheless entertaining version of the great maritime disaster. Barbara Stanwyck is superb as the socialite wife on the lam from her controlling husband, portrayed by Clifton Webb. ” - ObieReturns
 
22.
A Place in the Sun (1951)
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A poor boy gets a job working for his rich uncle and ends up falling in love with two women. (122 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
23.
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
“ Sometimes touted as "the best Hitchcock movie Hitchcock never made" has a great cast and lots of great chemistry between Hepburn and Grant. ” - ObieReturns
 
24.
Afterglow (1997)
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A handyman with marital problems meets a housewife with the same. (119 mins.)
Director: Alan Rudolph
“ Offbeat love story about a woman (Christie) who encourages her husband (Nolte) to have affairs, mainly because of something she did to him when they first got married. Christie is still gorgeous and gives a wonderful performance, and Montreal has seldom looked better onscreen. ” - ObieReturns
 
25.
Central Station (1998)
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An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew. (113 mins.)
Director: Walter Salles
“ Superbly acted import from Brazil. Deserved a Best Foreign Film award. ” - ObieReturns
 
26.
City of God (2002)
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Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. (130 mins.)
 
27.
Carmen Jones (1954)
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Contemporary version of the Bizet opera, with new lyrics and an African-American cast. (105 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
“ Celebrated all-black version of Bizet's famous opera. Dandridge is a neurotically sexy delight. ” - ObieReturns
 
28.
Black Orpheus (1959)
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A retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set during the time of the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. (100 mins.)
Director: Marcel Camus
 
29.
The Last Voyage (1960)
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After a boiler explosion aboard an aging ocean liner, a man struggles to free his injured wife from the wreckage of their cabin and ensure the safety of their four-year-old daughter as the ship begins to sink. (91 mins.)
Director: Andrew L. Stone
“ The cast is great, but the star of the show is the dowager liner Ile de France, which is pretty much wrecked onscreen in the name of cinematic realism. ” - ObieReturns
 
30.
Peyton Place (1957)
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A peaceful New England town hides secrets and scandals. (157 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
 
31.
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
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Three women set out to find eligible millionaires to marry, but find true love in the process. (95 mins.)
Director: Jean Negulesco
“ Superb, charmingly funny confection about three not-too-wise girls looking for love and money in The Big Apple. ” - ObieReturns
 
32.
Imitation of Life (1959)
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A struggling young actress with a six year-old daughter sets up housekeeping with a homeless black widow and her light-skinned eight year-old daughter who rejects her mother by trying to pass for white. (125 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
“ Incredibly soapy, compulsively watchable remake of the 1934 classic about two women, one black, one white, and the challenges they face raising their daughters. ” - ObieReturns
 
33.
All About Eve (1950)
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An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends. (138 mins.)
 
34.
The Towering Inferno (1974)
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At the opening party of a colossal, but poorly constructed, office building, a massive fire breaks out that threatens to destroy the tower and everyone in it. (165 mins.)
Director: John Guillermin
 
35.
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
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Jack Hall, paleoclimatologist, must make a daring trek across America to reach his son, trapped in the cross-hairs of a sudden international storm which plunges the planet into a new Ice Age. (124 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
“ Ok, so the science doesn't "work". But who can forget the scene of Manhattan being wiped out by that gigantic storm surge? ” - ObieReturns
 
36.
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
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A group of passengers struggle to survive and escape when their ocean liner completely capsizes at sea. (117 mins.)
Director: Ronald Neame
 
37.
Empire of the Sun (1987)
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A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II. (153 mins.)
“ Underrated Spielberg gem about a young British teen's coming of age in WW2 China under the Japanese occupation. ” - ObieReturns
 
38.
Independence Day (1996)
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The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive. (145 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich