My Favorite 100 Moviesby 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.
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.
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 »
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lesser known film noir set in WW II England with Drew Barrymore's aunt Diana Barrymore and Brian Donlevy playing the major roles.
12. Five on a Treasure Island (1957)
122 min | Adventure, Family
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 »
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.
14. Four Winds Island (1961)
113 min | Family
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 »
An exciting treasure hunt in a mansion somewhere in England.
16. Ambush at Devil's Gap (1966)
95 min | Drama, Family
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.
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.
Kids witness how thieves steal some jewels and take matters in their own hands...filmed in color in Holland.
19. Mystery on Bird Island (1954)
57 min | Family, Mystery
One of the best CFF movies for kids, filmed on Alderney, Channel Islands.
20. The Secret of the Forest (1956)
61 min | Adventure, Family
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.
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.
22. Dead End Creek (1965– )
94 min | Drama
"The Flood" from 1963 is also not listed in the imdb, another great CFF film.
23. The Ghost of Monk's Island (1966)
106 min | Adventure, Family, Mystery
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?
24. Johnny on the Run (1953)
68 min | Adventure
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.
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.
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.
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 »
An old inventor has to fight off thieves who want his formula.
29. The Piper's Tune (1962)
62 min | Family
This Childrens Film Foundation movie is one of the best and takes place during Napoleon's time, filmed in the Pyrenees.
30. The Secret Cave (1953)
62 min | Family
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.
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 »
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 »
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
Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.
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.
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.
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
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: 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
50. The Devil Makes Three (1952)
Approved | 96 min | Crime, Romance, Thriller