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01-21-2013, 02:23 AM
Cachoo, who started the thread asking to list "Your Top 10 Most Watchable Films," got me thinking about older movies, and as such, was my inspiration to start this one, focusing on classic movies from 1953 and prior......

With the Oscars fast approaching, Turner Classic Movies always cranks up their annual "Thirty Days of Oscar" in February and the first three days of March, and their broadcast schedule is almost always a Cinemapalooza™ of Awesome :respec:

With that in mind, I'm inspired to ask, "What would your list be of your Top 10 Most Watchable Films Made in or Prior to 1953?"

Inquiring minds want to know :sekret:

01-21-2013, 02:35 AM
Goodbye Mr. Chips (with Robert Donat)
Bringing Up Baby
Now Voyager
Stage Door
Mrs. Miniver
It Happened One Night
All the Thin Man movies with William Powell and Myrna Loy (ok, pretty much every movie Myrna was in!!)
African Queen
Laura (and almost every Gene Tierney movie every made)
Singing in the Rain

So difficult to pick only 10

01-21-2013, 02:37 AM
Some are great, some are guilty pleasures, some are both.

Citizen Kane
Curse of the Cat People
Gone with the Wind
The Fountainhead
The Heiress
Shadow of a Doubt
Strangers on a Train
Under Capricorn

01-21-2013, 02:43 AM
I can only pick ten? Crap, this is hard. :lol:

In no particular order:

Casablanca (1942)
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
Gone With The Wind (1939)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
National Velvet (1944)
The Thin Man (1934)
Swing Time (1936)
Ninotchka (1939)

01-21-2013, 02:57 AM
Only ten??? In no particular order:

Palm Beach Story
All About Eve
The Women
Double Indemnity
Now, Voyager
The Spiral Staircase
The Thin Man
The Heiress

01-21-2013, 03:11 AM
Citizen Kane
Gone With the Wind
Bringing Up Baby
His Girl Friday
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

01-21-2013, 03:24 AM
There are many movies that I love, and many I have not seen :( Of the ones I have seen, that I love:
Gone With The Wind
The Third Man
My Favorite Wife
Mrs Miniver
Mr Smith Goes to Washington

01-21-2013, 04:11 AM
I started this thread and forgot to include my own list :o :slinkaway ......

Again, it's difficult to choose only ten. At this moment and in the mood I'm currently in, here are my choices (in no particular order):

- Harvey (1950) starring Jimmy Stewart
- Anna Karenina (1935) starring Greta Garbo, Fredric March, Basil Rathbone, and Maureen O'Sullivan
- Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) starring Robert Donat and Greer Garson
- His Girl Friday (1940) starring Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, and Ralph Bellamy
- The Maltese Falcon (1940) starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor
- Mrs. Miniver (1942) starring Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, and Teresa Wright.
- Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939) starring Jimmy Stewart and Jean Arthur
- A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) starring Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Karl Malden, and Kim Hunter
- Gaslight (1944) starring Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotten, and Angela Lansbury
- Duck Soup (1933) starring The Marx Brothers (it was a tossup between this and another Marx Brothers classic, A Night At the Opera (1935))

01-21-2013, 05:27 AM
I have so many this is going to be hard to narrow down to ten. In no real order:

His Girl Friday
The Thin Man
The Philadelphia Story
The Quiet Man
Rio Grande
Cheaper By The Dozen
Roman Holiday
Kiss Me Kate

01-21-2013, 05:28 AM
I LOVE this topic. These are the 10 movies I watch most (in no particular order):

Leave Her To Heaven (1945)
The Heiress (1949)
Come And Get It (1936)
A Place In The Sun (1951)
Meet Me In St Louis (1944)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
All About Eve (1950)
Sunset Blvd (1950)
Caged (1950)
Son Of Fury (1942)

01-21-2013, 06:17 AM
Laura (and almost every Gene Tierney movie every made)

me too! Love Gene Tierney! The two I watch most are Laura and The Mating Season.

The Mating Season
The Kid (Chaplin)
Exit Smiling (1926)
The Lady Vanishes
A Place in the Sun
Shadow of A Doubt
Lady From Shanghai
All About Eve

Honorable mention to Rita Hayworth's movies with Astaire and Kelly. I'll watch those any time if they're on.

01-21-2013, 08:21 AM
It is hard to choose but here goes:

The Thin Man
Philadelphia Story
Mrs. Miniver
It's A Wonderful Life
The Red Shoes
I Remember Mama
High Noon
The Quiet Man
Room For One More

01-21-2013, 02:03 PM
I have the entire Fred and Ginger collection. I believe that is 10 right there.

In addition I have "Gaslight" 1943, my favorite version of "Pride and Prejudice" is the Greer Garson/Lawrence Olivier version. I enjoy "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" and "Anna and The King of Siam" with Rex Harrison to name a few.

01-21-2013, 02:30 PM
Gone with the Wind
The Wizard of Oz
Hans Christian Andersen (not exactly sure of the release year)
Singin' in the Rain
The Three Caballeros
Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
Meet Me in St. Louis

01-21-2013, 02:55 PM
I share many favourites with others here:

All About Eve
Now, Voyager (and pretty much anything with Bette Davis)
Meet Me in St Louis (and other Judy Garland classics)
The Thin Man (but only the first one as the rest are under the Production Code and quite watered down)

Two more I'd like to add to the list that I don't see mentioned:

State Fair (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038116/) - 1945 version - I actually took a vacation to the Iowa State Fair and drove the route the family takes because of this movie :)
Macao (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044863/) - sizzling exotica with Robert Mitchum and Rosalind Russell