My Favorite 100 Movies

by waldenpond88 | created - 09 May 2012 | updated - 09 May 2012 | Public

I like film noir best, also the suspenseful British CFF movies for kids which have been filmed in the fifties and sixties.

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1. The Reckless Moment (1949)

Approved | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

After discovering the dead body of her teenage daughter's lover, a housewife takes desperate measures to protect her family from scandal.

Director: Max Ophüls | Stars: James Mason, Joan Bennett, Geraldine Brooks, Henry O'Neill

Votes: 3,318

By far the best film noir that I ever watched. Joan Bennett and James mason in an unforgettable thriller based on Elizabeth Sanxay Holding's novel. Filmed on Balboa Island, CA.

2. Woman in Hiding (1950)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

After her father is killed in an accident, mill heiress Deborah Chandler marries the plant manager, Selden Clark, but his motives are suspicious.

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Ida Lupino, Stephen McNally, Howard Duff, Peggy Dow

Votes: 481

Rather unknown Ida Lupino & Stephen McNally film noir with an unpredictable plot.

3. My Name Is Julia Ross (1945)

Approved | 65 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Julia Ross secures employment, through a rather nosy employment agency, with a wealthy widow, Mrs. Hughes, and goes to live at her house. 2 days later, she awakens - in a different house, ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: Nina Foch, May Whitty, George Macready, Roland Varno

Votes: 1,456

Based on Anthony Gilbert's novel "The Woman in Red". It takes place in Cornwall, but has been filmed somewhere on the coast of California. Nina Foch in her best role!

4. 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.

Director: John M. Stahl | Stars: Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price

Votes: 9,009

Gene Tierney and Cornel Wilde in their best movie based on Ben Ames Williams novel. Great soundtrack!

5. Conflict (1945)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

An engineer trapped in an unhappy marriage murders his wife in the hope of marrying her younger sister.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Alexis Smith, Sydney Greenstreet, Rose Hobart

Votes: 2,411

Under-estimated Humphrey Bogart thriller with Alexis Smith and Sidney Greenstreet. I enjoyed it much more than "The Big Sleep" or "The Maltese Falcon" (which I both like).

6. Dark Passage (1947)

Not Rated | 106 min | Film-Noir, Thriller

A man convicted of murdering his wife escapes from prison and works with a woman to try and prove his innocence.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Bruce Bennett, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 14,641

Almost as thrilling as "Conflict". Wonderful movie locations in San Francisco and next to San Quentin.

7. Now, Voyager (1942)

Approved | 117 min | Drama, Romance

A frumpy spinster blossoms under therapy and becomes an elegant, independent woman.

Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper

Votes: 12,753

Interesting drama based on one of the five novels by Olive Higgins Prouty on the Bostonian Vale family. Bette Davis plays a rich heiress, an ugly duckling who turns into a beautiful swan, with a dominant mother. While she escapes her home, she falls in love with Paul Henreid ("Casablanca"). The White Fawn (1931), Lisa Vale (1938), Now, Voyager (1941), Home Port (1947), and Fabia (1951), all focusing on the same fictional family (Olive Higgins Prouty).

8. The Man in the Net (1959)

Unrated | 98 min | Crime, Mystery

A struggling artist in a small town becomes the prime suspect when his wife mysteriously disappears.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Alan Ladd, Carolyn Jones, Diane Brewster, John Lupton

Votes: 454

My favorite Alan Ladd movie based on the thriller by Patrick Quentin. He plays an artist who moved from the big city to the Connecticut countryside and is accused of killing his wife. Beautiful outdoor locations filmed in Connecticut.

9. The Great Gatsby (1949)

91 min | Drama

A Jazz Age bootlegger learns the hard way about the wages of sin.

Director: Elliott Nugent | Stars: Alan Ladd, Betty Field, Macdonald Carey, Ruth Hussey

Votes: 549

Almost nobody knows that long before the Robert Redford version there was already a version with Alan Ladd. I wish it would become available on DVD.

10. Nightmare (1956)

Approved | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A New Orleans musician has a nightmare about killing a man in a strange house but he suspects that it really happened.

Director: Maxwell Shane | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Kevin McCarthy, Connie Russell, Virginia Christine

Votes: 566

The best movie that Kevin McCarthy has done. He plays a musician who dreams that he killed somebody. Edward G. Robinson plays his brother-in-law, a cop who tries to help him solve the mystery of his dream. Filmed in New Orleans.

11. Nightmare (1942)

Approved | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

An ex-gambler helps a beautiful widow, and becomes involved with a murder, secret agents, and saboteurs.

Director: Tim Whelan | Stars: Diana Barrymore, Brian Donlevy, Henry Daniell, Eustace Wyatt

Votes: 72

Lesser known film noir set in WW II England with Drew Barrymore's aunt Diana Barrymore and Brian Donlevy playing the major roles.

This movie is available at amazon dot co dot uk...if you are looking for a suspenseful movie for kids. It requires a multi-regional DVD player. For all Famous Five fans: this is based on the first Famous Five book by Enid Blyton. Also available at amazon dot co dot uk: "Five have a Mystery to solve".

13. Treasure at the Mill (1957)

60 min | Family

Fourteen-year-old John Adams lives alone with his mother, who works as a cleaning lady for a living. It's holiday time now. John shares his free time between two activities, helping Mr. ... See full summary »

Director: Max Anderson | Stars: Richard Palmer, John Ruddock, Hilda Fenemore, Harry Pettit Jr.

Votes: 13

This movie is available at amazon dot co dot uk...if you are looking for a suspenseful movie for kids. It requires a multi-regional DVD player. This is a story about an old mill (filmed outside of Colchester in Sussex, UK) and a treasure hunt.

Based on Vega Stewart's children's novel.

15. Five Clues to Fortune (1957)

129 min | Crime, Drama

A treasure has been hidden at Woburn Abbey at the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries. When the sale of the present-day estate is threatened three children find this treasure by ... See full synopsis »

Director: Joe Mendoza | Stars: John Rogers, Roberta Paterson, Peter Godsell, David Hemmings

Votes: 11

An exciting treasure hunt in a mansion somewhere in England.

A group of British kids spend their ski vacations close to a castle and solve a mystery.

17. The Young Jacobites (1960)

139 min | Adventure

Two children on holiday on The Isle of Skye, Scotland, go back in time and help Bonnie Prince Charlie escape from Scotland to France.

Director: John Reeve | Stars: Francesca Annis, Jeremy Bulloch, Frazer Hines, John Pike

Votes: 22

A historical CFF movie set in England.

18. Hunted in Holland (1961)

61 min | Adventure, Crime, Family

Tim (Sean Scully) comes over to Amsterdam to visit his penfriend Piet (Jacques Verbrugge). An Englishman operating as a tourist guide is a diamond-smuggler and the boys along with Piet's sister Annike (Sandra Spurr), foil his plans in a boat chase.

Director: Derek Williams | Stars: Sean Scully, Jacques Verbrugge, Sandra Spurr, Walter Randall

Votes: 29

Kids witness how thieves steal some jewels and take matters in their own hands...filmed in color in Holland.

One of the best CFF movies for kids, filmed on Alderney, Channel Islands.

Another thrilling story for kids.

21. The Little Ballerina (1947)

61 min | Drama

A young girl has an ambition to dance with the famous Sadlers Wells troupe but first she must win a scholarship. Includes a performance of Les Sylphides by Margot Fonteyn.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Yvonne Marsh, Marian Chapman, Kay Henderson, Doreen Richards

Votes: 5

Margot Fonteyn has a small part in this CFF film about a little ballerina who wants to dance in front of her big idol, Margot Fonteyn.

"The Flood" from 1963 is also not listed in the imdb, another great CFF film.

One of the first CFF movies in color, four children get lost in their boat and strand on spooky Monk's Island. But is the monk a real monk?

Another very good CFF movie "The Carringford School Mystery" is unfortunately not listed in the imdb.

25. Caught in the Net (1960)

64 min | Family

Bob Ketley is a young boy whose older brother is a research scientist working with fish. He helps catch criminals who are poaching salmon by dropping dynamite into the river.

Director: John Haggerty | Stars: Jeremy Bulloch, Joanna Horlock, James Luck, Anthony Parker

The story of a girl and her brother who spend their holidays in Scotland with their uncle and witness a crime.

26. The Secret Tunnel (1948)

49 min | Family

Two boys thwart the efforts of antique smugglers at a British estate.

Director: William C. Hammond | Stars: Tony Wager, Ivor Bowyer, Murray Matheson, Gerald Pring

Art thieves who work as servants in a mansion try to steal some valuable paintings, but two boys find out and take action.

27. The Kid from Canada (1957)

57 min | Family

A Canadian boy visits cousins in Scotland; his attitude first causes antagonism with Scottish youngsters, but disappears when the lad comes to the aid to an injured shepherd.

Director: Kay Mander | Stars: Christopher Braden, Bernard Braden, Bobby Stevenson, Elinor Laing

Votes: 21

Compelling CFF film about a boy from Canada who spends his vacation with relatives in Scotland.

28. The Flying Eye (1955)

53 min | Comedy, Family

Colonel Audacious is an inventor and with the help of his young assistant, Barnstuffer, he invents a model aeroplane with a TV camera attached that can then fly around revealing all sorts ... See full summary »

Director: William C. Hammond | Stars: David Hannaford, Julia Lockwood, Harcourt Williams, Ivan Craig

Votes: 20

An old inventor has to fight off thieves who want his formula.

This Childrens Film Foundation movie is one of the best and takes place during Napoleon's time, filmed in the Pyrenees.

Another suspenseful CFF movie.

31. A Summer Place (1959)

Approved | 130 min | Drama, Romance

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.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Richard Egan, Dorothy McGuire, Sandra Dee, Arthur Kennedy

Votes: 2,376

Based on Sloan Wilson's wonderful novel, with Sandra Dee, Troy Donahue, Dorothy Maguire and Richard Egan. Filmed close to Pebble Beach, CA.

32. Susan Slade (1961)

Not Rated | 116 min | Drama

Premarital sex, secrets, and society. At 17, shy Susan Slade is on her way to California after a ten-year stay at a remote Chilean mine where her father was chief engineer. Onboard ship, ... See full summary »

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Troy Donahue, Dorothy McGuire, Connie Stevens, Lloyd Nolan

Votes: 570

Connie Stevens and Troy Donahue in a very good drama.

33. The Truth (1960)

127 min | Drama

Dominique Marceau is on trial for the murder of Gilbert Tellier. The counsels duel relentlessly, elaborating explanations for why the pretty, idle and fickle girl killed the talented and ... See full summary »

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Brigitte Bardot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel, Sami Frey

Votes: 1,971

Too bad that "En cas de malheur" with BB is not listed (has probably some weird English title). Those two movies really need to be released on DVD!!!

34. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Not Rated | 170 min | Drama, Romance, War

92 Metascore

Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Fredric March, Teresa Wright

Votes: 50,105 | Gross: $23.65M

No matter how often I watch this WW II drama, I never get tired of watching it!

35. Call Northside 777 (1948)

Approved | 112 min | Drama, Film-Noir

Chicago reporter P.J. McNeal re-opens a ten year old murder case.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: James Stewart, Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb, Helen Walker

Votes: 6,907

A rather unknown James Stewart film noir with a very compelling plot.

36. 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.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore

Votes: 297,445 | Gross: $3.20M

I went to all "Vertigo" movie locations in 1997. When I came to San Juan Bautista and visited the mission, I discovered in a small storage room a model of the mission with the tower that collapsed in an earth quake, before Hitchcock could realize "Vertigo". So he used that model and projected the tower onto the screen.

37. North by Northwest (1959)

Not Rated | 136 min | Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

98 Metascore

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.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis

Votes: 255,218 | Gross: $13.28M

Great location around Mount Rushmore in Dakota. Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint as well as James Mason as the bad guy.

38. Marnie (1964)

PG | 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.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery, Martin Gabel, Louise Latham

Votes: 38,185 | Gross: $7.00M

Not as popular as the other Hitchcock movies, nevertheless a very thrilling film.

39. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

PG | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

A family vacationing in Morocco accidentally stumble on to an assassination plot and the conspirators are determined to prevent them from interfering.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda de Banzie, Bernard Miles

Votes: 48,526 | Gross: $10.25M

Doris Day and James Stewart play the couple on a trip to Morocco where their son gets kidnapped...

40. High Noon (1952)

PG | 85 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

89 Metascore

A town Marshal, despite the disagreements of his newlywed bride and the townspeople around him, must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon when the gang leader, an outlaw he sent up years ago, arrives on the noon train.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges

Votes: 86,730 | Gross: $9.45M

The best western of all times.

41. Shane (1953)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Western

A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde

Votes: 31,664 | Gross: $20.00M

Another good western.

42. Saskatchewan (1954)

Approved | 87 min | Adventure, Western

In 1877 Western Canada, a police inspector revolts against his inept commander, taking a safer route to the U.S. border in order to stop invading hostile Indians.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Alan Ladd, Shelley Winters, J. Carrol Naish, Hugh O'Brian

Votes: 737

Alan Ladd and a slim Shelley Winters in a lovely colored western.

43. Mildred Pierce (1945)

Not Rated | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden

Votes: 18,746

Joan Crawford made many movies that I enjoyed, but this is her best.

44. Portrait in Black (1960)

Approved | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

After a married woman and her lover murder her cruel husband, they find themselves targeted by someone who is aware of their crime.

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Lana Turner, Anthony Quinn, Richard Basehart, Sandra Dee

Votes: 1,000

Everybody's favorite Lana Turner film seems to be "Imitation of Life", but actually I liked a few others better.

45. Another Time, Another Place (1958)

Approved | 91 min | Drama, Romance, War

An American war correspondent falls in love with a BBC reporter, but their relationship seems doomed from the start.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Lana Turner, Barry Sullivan, Glynis Johns, Sean Connery

Votes: 488

Beautifully filmed in Cornwall, UK.

46. The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

An artist forms an attachment with a woman on holiday in the country. As the relationship develops, his behavior and information about his past cause her increasing concern.

Director: Peter Godfrey | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck, Alexis Smith, Nigel Bruce

Votes: 2,859

My favorite Barbara Stanwyck film noir.

47. Cover Girl (1944)

Approved | 107 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Rusty Parker wins a contest and becomes a celebrated cover girl; this endangers her romance with dancing mentor Danny.

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly, Lee Bowman, Phil Silvers

Votes: 3,922

Rita Hayworth was never more beautiful than in this movie.

48. Daddy Long Legs (1955)

Approved | 126 min | Musical, Romance

On a trip to France, millionaire Jervis Pendleton sees an 18 year old girl in an orphanage. Enchanted with her, but mindful of the difference in their ages, he sponsors her to college in ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron, Terry Moore, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 2,981

How could Leonard Maltin give this movie only 2 out of 4 stars???

49. Les Girls (1957)

Not Rated | 114 min | Comedy, Musical

After writing a tell-all book about her days in the dance troupe "Barry Nichols and Les Girls", Sybil Wren (Kay Kendall) is sued for libeling her fellow dancer Angele (Taina Elg). A Rash&... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Gene Kelly, Mitzi Gaynor, Kay Kendall, Taina Elg

Votes: 2,087

50. The Devil Makes Three (1952)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Romance, Thriller