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Published on September 17, 2010 By terpfan1980 In Movies & TV & Books

Someone had suggested doing a Friday 5 type thing on classic films.  I've not done the Friday 5 thing before so can't tell if I'm doing it correctly or not, but regardless, I'm going to put up a chance for others to tell me what their favorite classic films are.  You can list 5, or 10, or 1 or 3, I don't really care what number you want to list.  The only real requirement I would place on things is that if you are going to label something a classic it needs to be more than 20 years old.  Newer films may eventually be worthy of being called classics, but for now I'm more interested in older classics, from earlier eras (like, for example, the Black & White era).

So, list some favorite classics films and perhaps comment on other people's choices.

I've already listed one of my own favorites (12 Angry Men) in a previous article.  I'll list a few other choices later, and will try not to take other people's choices (though for those that have good taste in classic films, that may be inevitable).


Comments (Page 2)
on Aug 09, 2011

hmm..tough

An American in Paris

Planet of the Apes

Hombre

Dr No

The Caine Mutiny 

or...

The Enemy Below

The Time Machine

Singing in the Rain

The French Connection

Play Misty for Me

either way--popcorn with real butter!

on Aug 09, 2011

The Emperor's New Groove - Amazing job, only Disney movie I like.

Princess Bride - Classic

What's Up Doc? - Hilarious, not much else to be said

 

I'm not really a TV person, so my choices are very limited

on Aug 10, 2011

myfist0
Cool Hand Luke

Papillon

Three Days of the Condor

Outlaw Josey Wales

Godfather

Yours are excellent as well (although I would not put Three Days in the top). Especially The Outlaw Josey Wales (I read the Godfather, so the movie was a let down, although still excellent).

on Aug 10, 2011

Dr Guy
although I would not put Three Days in the top

I was very young when I seen that and it was the light bulb over my head moment that maybe governments can't be trusted. My mistrust has gown leaps and bounds since.

The rest of my heroes are outlaws   .

on Aug 12, 2011

myfist0
I was very young when I seen that and it was the light bulb over my head moment that maybe governments can't be trusted. My mistrust has gown leaps and bounds since.

I can see the influence on you!

on Aug 12, 2011

I've always had a tremendous amount of affection for Murder By Death, a parody of murder&detective stories/films. It's a perfect mix of slapstick humor, almost stand-up comedy, and a deeper sort of "this doesn't make any sense whatsoever" type humor. For example, when everybody tries to guess who did it and why, one detective X accuses the murderer of being detective X, and himself only being hired to pretend like he was the detective X. But we find out that is not the case. The person then answers the question of if he really was who he said he wasn't, with the statement "That's right, baby. I was in disguise in disguise in disguise. You work hard for 50 bucks a day in this racket".

on Aug 12, 2011

I'm gonna go with Labyrinth for this one. It's a really fun movie that has a lot of interesting concepts to think about.

on Aug 25, 2011

Well. tbf, i am not much of a fan of older, i mean lets say pre-80s movies, as lot of them had some weird way of story-telling. One example for all, old James Bond movies with Connery, Dalton etc...i always found a story of them somehow chaotic, unlike the newer ones with Pierce Brosnan, which feel more structured, action packed etc... its hard to explain the difference, but there is one for me. But this is true not only  for James Bond, i felt this way in general, when watching old movies.

Anyway, i was always fond of Louis de Funes movies, they were lot on local TVs, when i was a kid and i still consider them brilliant, especially Fantomas, or the one,  where he is hibernated and then after years brought back to life... oh and the Grand Restaurant of Mr. Septimus and that scene with him speaking German

another great comedian was Paolo Villagio, his "Troubles of Mr. Accountant" is one of my fav comedies ever.

 

 

on Jan 26, 2012

This Is Spinal Tap

 

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Harold And Maude

Clerks

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

Evil Dead II

Plan 9 From Outer Space

The Shawshank Redemption

Freaks

The Big Lebowksi

 


on Jan 26, 2012

Gold Rush (Charlie Chaplin)

  - Buster Keaton, Fatty Arbuckle too

The Third Man (hence my avatar)

Duck Soup (Chico Marx is a great piano player and poor gambler)

The Trial (Orson Well's adaptation)

Most Ingmar Bergman movies

The Lady From Shanghai (Rita Hayworth, need I say more?)

On The Waterfront

A Streetcar Named Desire (Stelllllaaaaaa!!)

Elevator To The Gallows

Anything by François Truffaut

Shoot The Piano Player

Charlie Chan movies are a diversion

Le Circe Rouge

Woody Allen is a mixed bag but always something to like

oh, the list goes on and on

on Jan 26, 2012

Clock work orange.. such a commentary on violence  in society. It resonates more now than it did then IMHO.

on Apr 19, 2012

Favorite classic films?  These:

 

Children of Paradise (France, 1945)

Beauty and the Beast (France, 1946)

The Seven Samurai (Japan, 1954)

Ugetsu (Japan, 1953)

Ran (Japan, 1985)

My Man Godfrey (US, 1936)

The Seventh Seal (Sweden, 1957)

Trouble in Paradise (US, 1932)

The General (US, 1926)

Beauties of the Night (France, 1952)

Grand Illusion (France, 1937)

Duck Soup (US, 1933)

 

 

on Apr 19, 2012

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on Apr 20, 2012

i have so many favourite b&w movies..  but if i had to pick just a handful these would be my favourites.

You cant take it with you. (classic frank capra movie with jimmy stewart, lionel barrymore and of course Edward Arnold)

Sorry Wrong Number (barbara stanwyck is always so believable as a bitch)

Grand Hotel ( I guess its the fact that both barrymore brothers are in this that got me..)

Hands Across the Table ( Carole Lombard and Fred McMurray a movie that is not so well known, but a beautiful

love story)

Rear Window (jimmy stewart, grace kelly, raymond burr) this has to be my all time favourite hitchcock, i clean the house while listening to it,

I love it so much)

One way passage (Kay Francis and william Powell) a beautiful love story with two of my favourite stars...

My man Godfrey (a hilarious movie with carole lomard and william powell....this movie always makes me laugh.)

 

my list could go on forever...but those are my chosen gems xxxx

 

 

on Apr 20, 2012

seanw3
This person died a year ago...

 

My condolences.  Is there somewhere we can send our notices of consolation?

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