You Top 10 Most Watchable *CLASSIC* (as in Prior to 1953) Films (inspired by Cachoo)

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  1. Cyn

    Cyn Well-Known Member

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    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:
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  2. Alixana

    Alixana recovering Oly-holic

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    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
  3. falling_dance

    falling_dance Well-Known Member

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    Some are great, some are guilty pleasures, some are both.

    Casablanca
    Citizen Kane
    Curse of the Cat People
    Fantasia
    Gone with the Wind
    The Fountainhead
    The Heiress
    Shadow of a Doubt
    Strangers on a Train
    Under Capricorn
  4. centerstage01

    centerstage01 Well-Known Member

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    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)
  5. Grannyfan

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    Only ten??? In no particular order:

    Laura
    Palm Beach Story
    All About Eve
    The Women
    Double Indemnity
    Now, Voyager
    Suspicion
    The Spiral Staircase
    The Thin Man
    Rebecca
    The Heiress
  6. ChelleC

    ChelleC Well-Known Member

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    Casablanca
    Citizen Kane
    Gone With the Wind
    Bringing Up Baby
    His Girl Friday
    Notorious
    She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
    Rebecca
    Suspicion
  7. smurfy

    smurfy Well-Known Member

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    There are many movies that I love, and many I have not seen :( Of the ones I have seen, that I love:
    Casablanca
    Gone With The Wind
    The Third Man
    My Favorite Wife
    Suspicion
    Mrs Miniver
    Gaslight
    Mr Smith Goes to Washington
  8. Cyn

    Cyn Well-Known Member

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    I started this thread and forgot to include my own list :eek: :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))
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  9. Nell411

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    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
    Rope
    Casablanca
    Cheaper By The Dozen
    Roman Holiday
    Kiss Me Kate
  10. duane

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    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)
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  11. magicpixie

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

    Laura
    The Mating Season
    Casablanca
    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.
  12. Cachoo

    Cachoo Well-Known Member

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    It is hard to choose but here goes:

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

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    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.
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  14. paskatefan

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    Gone with the Wind
    The Wizard of Oz
    Casablanca
    Hans Christian Andersen (not exactly sure of the release year)
    Singin' in the Rain
    Fantasia
    The Three Caballeros
    Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
    Meet Me in St. Louis
    Pinnochio
  15. Jenny

    Jenny From the Bloc

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    I share many favourites with others here:

    Rebecca
    All About Eve
    Now, Voyager (and pretty much anything with Bette Davis)
    Meet Me in St Louis (and other Judy Garland classics)
    Gaslight
    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 - 1945 version - I actually took a vacation to the Iowa State Fair and drove the route the family takes because of this movie :)
    Macao - sizzling exotica with Robert Mitchum and Rosalind Russell
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    1. man hunt
    2. natl velvet
    3. christmas in connecticut
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    5. all about eve
    6. easter parade
    7. three smart girls
    8. bringing up baby
    9. the man who came to dinner
    10. caablanca
  17. Karina1974

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    Here's mine! Some of my 10 Most Watchables would be on here, but I didn't want to duplicate (also didn't include GWTW because that one is on so many lists already):

    - The Postman Always Rings Twice
    - The Snake Pit
    - Our Dancing Daughters
    - Our Blushing Brides
    - Cat People
    - Pandora's Box
    - Diary of a Lost Girl
    - Blackmail
    - Wintertime - had to throw a couple of Sonja Henie films on here, and Cesar Romero is hysterical in this one.
    - It's a Pleasure - Sonja's only film in color. Easily the best-dressed skater in the history of the sport.
  18. VALuvsMKwan

    VALuvsMKwan Wandering Goy

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    Gone with the Wind
    The Wizard of Oz
    The Women
    (All above are 1939)
    Now Voyager
    The African Queen
    Bringing Up Baby
    Meet Me in St. Louis
    Easter Parade
    All about Eve
    The Philadelphia Story

    3 with Judy Garland and Kate Hepburn
    2 with Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, Marjorie Main and Cary Grant
    1 each with Olivia de Havilland, Vivien Leigh, Ann Miller, Margaret Hamilton, Marilyn Monroe, Hattie McDaniel, Joan Crawford, Joan Fontaine, Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard, Clark Gable, Fred Astaire and (as Bette Davis called him) "Little Ronnie Reagan"
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  19. myhoneyhoney

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    I can't think of 10 right now but some of my all time faves are:

    Meet Me in St. Louis
    Gone With the Wind
    Marie Antoinette
  20. Rex

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    Baby Face
    History Is Made At Night
    Dark Victory
    Remember The Night
    Rebecca
    Double Indemnity
    Woman of The Year
    Now Voyager
    In This Our Life
    Johnny Belinda
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    The Wizard of Oz
    Singin' in the Rain
    On the Town
    A Day at the Races
    Casablanca
    Citizen Kane
    Strangers on a Train
    The Heiress
    It's a Wonderful Life
    Gone With The Wind
  22. DarrellH

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    All About Eve
    Sunset Blvd
    Portrait Of Jennie (I love this one)
    Rebecca
    Jezebel
    Mildred Pierce
    Singing In The Rain
    Wuthering Heights
    Stella Dallas
    The Great Zeigfeld
  23. orientalplane

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    Dodsworth (1936)
    Brief Encounter (1945)
    Double Indemnity (1944)
    The Third Man (1949)
    Bringing Up Baby (1938)
    The Philadelphia Story (1940)
    Hamlet (1948)
    La Regle du Jeu (1939)
    The Maltese Falcon (1941)
    The Letter (1940)
  24. gingercrush

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    Making it pre-1953 makes it rather hard as that for me means no "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", "Psycho", "Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte" or "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane" even though those for me are essentially classic films.


    The Wizard of Oz (I think I have seen it so so so so so many times)
    All About Eve
    Sunset Boulevard
    Jezebel
    I'm No Angel
    Key Largo
    Jeopardy (1953 so right on the cusp)
    Mildred Pierce
    National Velvet
    Cinderella

    That was hard and I actually had a nosey at what others wrote but I guess I could have included the animated movies such as Pinnochio, Bambi, Snow White etc which are probably more watchable than some of my top ten now that I think about it. I haven't seen nearly as many classic films as I would like and ewww my only time watching Casablanca was in colour.
  25. Grannyfan

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    I've already posted my list, but looking through the thread I see several others that I love. I think I'm the only one who listed Palm Beach Story so I'm going to put in a plug for it. Joel McCrea (great comic actor despite his association with westerns; also very sexy), Claudette Colbert, Rudy Vallee, Mary Astor. It's a Preston Sturges story and just a pure delight from beginning to end. If you love old movies and have never seen it, treat yourself sometime!
  26. PeterG

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    The Wizard of Oz
    Of Human Bondage
    Born Yesterday
    She Done Him Wrong
    High Noon
    Song of Bernadette
    San Francisco
    The Ox-Bow Incident
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    The Great Dictator (1940)
    Dinner at Eight (1933)
    Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
    The Awful Truth (1937)
    The Women (1939)
    All About Eve (1950)
    Algiers (1938)
    .... three more.... damn this is hard....
    Metropolis (1937)
    The Petrified Forest (1936)
    ... and end with a guilty pleasure - Old Acquaintance (1943) - a silly movie, but I love the scene where Bette comes back into the room, calmly walks across to her friend, grabs her by the shoulders and SHAKES her, then says "Sorry" and walks back out.
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    All About Eve - 1950
    Pinky - 1949
    Maltese Falcon - 1941
    Imitation of Life - 1934
    Casablanca - 1942
    Citizen Kane - 1941
    Wizard of Oz - 1939
    Gone With The Wind - 1939
    Strangers on a Train - 1952
    Notorious - 1946
  29. michiruwater

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    The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
    Rebecca
    Mr. Smith Goes To Washington
    To Kill A Mockingbird
    Gone With The Wind
    A Streetcar Named Desire
    Casablanca
    It's A Wonderful Life (always my Christmas staple!)
    Fantasia
    Singin' In The Rain

    Would have absolutely had Rear Window and Cat On A Hot Tin Roof in place of the last two if the dates had been included. For me those are both definitely classics :shuffle:
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    The General (1926)
    The Clock (1945)
    Lifeboat (1944)
    Laura (1944)
    The Lady Vanishes (1938)
    Sabotage (1936)
    The Lodger (Alfred Hitchcock, 1927)
    Strangers on a Train (1951)
    Body and Soul (1947)
    Cry, the Beloved Country (1951)


    Honorable mentions:
    Broken Blossoms (1919); Sunrise (1927); The Public Enemy (1931); Morning Glory (1933); It Happened One Night (1934); Top Hat (1935); Mutiny on the Bounty (1935); Shall We Dance (1937); Wuthering Heights (1939); Stagecoach (1939); The Grapes of Wrath (1940); Citizen Kane (1941); The Lady Eve (1941); The Little Foxes (1941); How Green Was My Valley (1941); Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942); The Magnificent Ambersons (1942); Shadow of a Doubt (1943); Stormy Weather (1943); Gaslight (1944); Meet Me in St. Louis (1944); Since You Went Away (1944); It’s a Wonderful Life (1946); The Yearling (1946); Notorious (1946); Gilda (1946); The Best Years of Our Lives (1946); The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946); Miracle on 34th Street (1947); Out of the Past (1947); Gentlemen’s Agreement (1947); Rope (1948); Red River (1948); The Heiress (1949); Lost Boundaries (1949); A Place in the Sun (1951); A Christmas Carol (1951); Ace in the Hole (1951)
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  31. Cyn

    Cyn Well-Known Member

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    To Kill A Mockingbird was made in 1962 :shuffle: (the novel was published in 1960).

    This is just a guess, but I suspect a lot of people think it's a much older movie because 1) the story takes place in the 1930s, and 2) it was filmed in black and white, giving it a much older "feel."

    It won an Oscar for "Academy Award for Best Art Direction - Set Decoration, Black-and-White" and was nominated for "Best Cinematography, Black-and-White." I'm not an expert when it comes to the history of the Academy Awards (far from it :slinkaway ), especially when it comes to the many changes, additions, and deletions of categories for awards, but if I had to wager a guess, with regard to the production categories for movies, at that time the Academy differentiated between movies made in black and white from those made in color and gave separate awards for them.

    With all of the film buffs here at FSU (especially members who are knowledgable about this), someone can confirm or refute this.
  32. michiruwater

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    Yeah, they did. They separated the categories in '39 and continued separating them until '66, according ot this.

    And TKAM is still a classic to me :shuffle: But I would include all the Godfathers and the original Star Wars as classics too if you'd asked me like a week ago before I realized this might offend some people :lol:

    One day someone will tell me Titanic is a classic, though.