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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).


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on Apr 20, 2012

I would list many of the same ones from above.

However, my FAVORITE film (classic or otherwise) is: 

Some Like It Hot - 1959, Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon (directed by Billy Wilder).  When two musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.

also

Dead Ringer - 1964, Bette Davis, Peter Lawford, Karl Malden (directed by Paul Henreid).  The twin sister of a callous wealthy woman murders her out of revenge and assumes the identity of the dead woman.  Bette Davis plays both roles.  Fabulous.

Now, Voyager - 1942, Bette Davis, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid (directed by Irving Rapper).  Boston spinster blossoms under therapy and finds impossible romance.

To Catch A Thief - 1955, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis (directed by Alfred Hitchcock).  When a reformed jewel thief is suspected of returning to his former occupation, he must ferret out the real thief in order to prove his innocence.

The Birds - 1963, Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette (directed by Alfred Hitchcock).  A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people there in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness.

Pollyanna - 1960, Jane Wyman, Hayley Mills (directed by David Swift).  A young girl comes to an embittered town and confronts its attitude with her determination to see the best in life.

The Parent Trap - 1961 - Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara (directed by David Swift).  Hayley Mills plays twins who, unknown to their divorced parents, meet at a summer camp.

True Stories - 1986, David Byrne, John Goodman (directed by David Byrne).  A small but growing Texas town, filled with strange and musical characters, celebrates its sesquicentennial and converge on a local parade and talent show. (quirky and fun!)

 

 

on Apr 20, 2012

seanw3
This person died a year ago...

 

This thread* died a year ago.  Oops.

 

What a hilarious misunderstanding. But it could be true based on the level of necro that just happened.

on Apr 20, 2012

seanw3

Quoting seanw3, reply 28This person died a year ago...

 

This thread* died a year ago.  Oops.

 

Well, four months between the post before mine, and mine.  But what's another eight months between friends?

What a hilarious misunderstanding. But it could be true based on the level of necro that just happened.

 

A thread is only as moribund as the people who ignore it.  But when more people have it brought to their attention, the electricity crackles, and suddenly, "It's alive!"  Truly, it's sublime enough to make one weep for joy.

on May 02, 2012

Man listing these classic films, really tells so much about your age.

Personally my personal old classic, is probably gone with wind, or even Dirty Dancing, not the Havana Nights one.

However, Casablanca is a good one. Of course, my term classic film are more, say we say modern like A Few Good Men, or Toy Story.

on May 02, 2012

I'm into the sci-fi classics like Forbidden Planet, Day of the Triffids, original Body Snatchers, War of the Worlds and of course Metropolis.

on May 02, 2012

Glazunov1

 

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

He did not die.  He got married, and has been scarce since.

on May 03, 2012

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

My all-time favourite movie....

Though to be more accurate it's "A Clockwork Orange" .... Spell checker

on May 03, 2012

Only b&w movie that I've watched was the movie adaptation of The Longest Day, was pretty good though

on May 03, 2012

Dr Guy

He did not die.

Then I retract my condolences.

He got married

And... they're back.

on May 03, 2012

Classicvibe
Only b&w movie that I've watched was the movie adaptation of The Longest Day, was pretty good though

That is a 60s movie! (It is good).  Damn I am old.

on May 03, 2012

leeboy26
And... they're back.

I will pass them along.  If he ever gets off his Honeymoon, he promised we would go to a Nats-Mets game (he is Nats, I am Mets).

on May 04, 2012

Fistalis
Clock work orange..

 

just finished watching it this evening........ first saw it in Sydney in the early seventies at it's press preview night.... was just for it's time.... still have the vinyl of the soundtrack... love the music...

 

ummm.... sooo many.... but some that come to mind not doubling up too much on some of the great classics already mentioned, are....

 

Laurence of Arabia


Doctor Zhivago

 

Inn of the Sixth Happiness   1958

 

The 7th Dawn     1964

 

Harvey       (Jimmy Stewart one only)

 

To Kill a Mockingbird

 

Little Women                    (the original one, of course)  (well... the 1949 one not the 1933 )

Miracle on 34th Street...     (  "        "       "     "     "     not recoloured )   1947

Titantic                              (  "        "       "     "     "    b/w  with Barbara Stanwyck )

 

The Shiralee..... both the 1957 original with Peter Finch and the remake with Bryan Brown, 1987...

                           one of the few films where you can say the remake stands up well....

 

The Nun's Story      Audrey Hepburn / Peter Finch   1959

The Birds

Random Harvest    1942 (read the book first...lovely read-film stood up well)

Mrs Miniver            1942

War and Peace

Anna Karenina

Taras Bulba        1962

 

Cat Ballou   was about the best Saturday night film they played when I was at boarding school... cute movie... Blazing Saddles too...

 

and The Sound of Music seems to be an evergreen, with kids loving it still today....

in general.... love the Spencer Tracy/Katherine Hepburn films  eg Desk Set 1957.... The Marx Bros.... Cary Grant / Grace Kelly Hitchcock films.... etc etc etc..

 

   so many more...

 

 

 

 

 

on May 04, 2012

sydneysiders
just finished watching it this evening........ first saw it in Sydney in the early seventies at it's press preview night.... was just for it's time.... still have the vinyl of the soundtrack... love the music...

I was in London .....10,000 miles from home on just the occasion of its 'preview' showing there....it was never released in the UK at the time as they wanted to cut it...and Kubrick said 'no'.

But then.....even the book was 'cut' in the US....

on May 04, 2012

its like music there is just to many good one´s to list but two crossed my mind immediatly and that is "Condorman" and "Fire and Ice"

on Jul 30, 2012

my favorite classical movie is 

A Streetcar Named Desire

Godfather

King of Hearts

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