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Memorable Films

Updated on July 10, 2017

My Most Memorable Films (In no particular order.)

The Blues Brothers (1980)—John Landis; Dan Akroyd, John Belushi (This movie has it all--comedy, music, pathos, car chases.)

Dr. Strangelove (1964)—Stanley Kubrick; Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Slim Pickens (Perhaps Kubrick’s greatest movie, a comedy about the threat of nuclear war between USSR and USA. Peter Sellers plays three roles. George C. Scott plays Air Force general, Buck Turgidson, a thinly disguised General Curtis LeMay, commander of the Strategic Air Command.)

Catch 22 (1970)—Mike Nichols; Alan Arkin, Bob Balaban, Art Garfunkel, Buck Henry (WW II comedy satire about the U.S. Army.)

Casablanca (1942)—Michael Curtiz; Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Claude Raines, Dooley Wilson, Paul Henreid, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre (Romance during World War II)

From Here to Eternity (1953)—Fred Zinneman; Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr (WW II movie set in Hawaii.)

Modern Times (1936) Charlie Chaplin; Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Godard (Social criticism; Chaplin attacks the industrial machine age.)

The Great Dictator (1940) Charlie Chaplin; Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Godard, Jack Oakie (Social commentary on Nazi Germany.)

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) Orson Welles; Tim Holt, Joseph Cotton, Anne Baxter, Agnes Moorehead (Social commentary on downfall of a rich family based on novel by Booth Tarkington.)

Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)—Robert Benton; Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman (Serious drama about marriage and divorce.)

Sophie’s Choice (1982)—Alan Pakula; Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline (Academy Award holocaust drama.)

Under the Volcano (1984) John Huston; Albert Finney, Jacqueline Bisset, Anthony Andrews, Katy Jurado. (Based on the acclaimed novel by Malcolm Lowrey about his alcoholism and troubled marriage. Set in Cuernavaca, Mexico. One of the best movies about an alcoholic. Finney nominated for Best Actor.)

Out of Africa (1985)—Sydney Pollack; Meryl Streep, Robert Redford (Romance between Streep and Redford.)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)—Milos Forman; Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Danny DeVito (Serious dramatic comedy about life in a mental hospital.)

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) Mike Nichols; Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton. (Black comedy based on Edward Albee play.)

Network (1976)—Sidney Lumet with Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Robert Duvall (Biting satire about television networks.)

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) Mike Nichols; Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton. (Black comedy based on Edward Albee play).

Apocalypse Now (1979)—Francis Ford Coppola; Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall (Powerful anti-war movie based in part on Joseph Conrad’s “Lord Jim” and “Heart of Darkness.”)

National Velvet (1944)—Clarence Brown; Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney (This movie initiated Elizabeth’s Taylor’s career at age 12.)

Fantasia (1940) Disney animated music movie. (The film consists of eight animated segments set to pieces of classical music conducted by Leopold Stokowski. Quite a memorable movie.)

South Pacific (1951)—Joshua Logan; Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor (Serious musical about racial prejudice.)

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (1967)—Stanley Kramer; Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Houghton (Drama—White girl brings black beau home for dinner.)

West Side Story (1961)—Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins; Natalie Wood, Richard Breymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno (Serious musical about NY City gangs.)

Guys and Dolls (1955)—Joseph L. Mankewicz; Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra (Musical comedy set in Chicago.)

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)—Elia Kazan; Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden (Serious drama about the mental disintegration of a Southern Belle in New Orleans.)

The Glass Menagerie (1950)—Irving Rapper; Jane Wyman, Kirk Douglas, Gertrude Lawrence (Coming of age drama.)

On the Waterfront (1954)—Elia Kazan; Marlon Brando, Karl Malden Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Eva Marie Saint (Drama about union corruption on the N.Y. docks.)

The Shining (1980)—Stanley Kubrick; Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers (Horror.)

The Oxbow Incident (1943)—William Wellman: Henry Fonda, Mary Beth Hughes, Anthony Quinn (Drama about a lynching in the 19th century West.)

The Seventh Seal (1957)—Ingmar Bergman; Max von Sydow, Bengt Ekerot (Philosophical drama.)

The Magician (1958)—Bergman; Max von Sydow, Ingrid Thulin (Philosophical drama.)

The Virgin Spring (1960)—Bergman; Max von Sydow, Birgitta Valberg (Drama.)

Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)—Bergman; Ulla Jacobson, Eva Dahlbeck, Harriet Andersson (Comedy drama.)

Ran (1985)—Akiro Kurosawa; Tatsuya Nakadai (Spectacularly colorful drama based on Shakespeare’s “A Winter’s Tale” set in 1800s Japan.)

Ikiru (1952)—Akiro Kurosawa; Takashi Shimura (Moving story about a mayor who is trying to do the right thing. Mandatory viewing by all politicians.)

Rashomon (1950)—Akiro Kurosawa; Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai (Drama about murder and revenge in Japan.)

Yojimbo (1961)—Akiro Kurosawa, Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai (Samurai gang wars in Japan.0

Pather Panchali (1955)—Satyajit Ray; Kanu Banerjee, Karuna Banerjee, Subir Banerjee, Runki Banerjee (Film depicts the childhood of the protagonist Apu (Subir Banerjee) and his elder sister Durga (Uma Dasgupta), and the harsh village life of their poor family.)

Aparajito (1956)—Satyajit Ray; Pinaki Sen Gupta, Smaran Ghosal, Kanu Banerjee, Karuna Banerjee (The film focuses on the life of Apu from childhood to college. The film won eleven international awards.)

The Wages of Fear (1953)—Henri-George Clouzot;, Yves Montand (Adventure drama set in Mexico. Guaranteed to keep you awake on the edge of your seat til the end.)

Sergeant York (1941)—Howard Hawks; Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan (Based on a true story of WW I army hero.)

The Gunfighter (1950)—Henry King; Gregory Peck, Helen Wescott, Karl Malden, Millard Mitchell (Serious drama about gunfighter, Jimmy Ringo’s effort’s to hang up his gun and retire. One of my all time favorite westerns.)

High Noon (1952)—Fred Zinneman; Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly (Shoot-em-out at noon drama.)

Red River (1948)—Howard Hawks; John Wayne, Montgomery Clift (Cattle drive drama.)

Blazing Saddles (1974)—Mel Brooks; Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little, Mel Brooks, Slim Pickens (Riotous comedy western.)

Annie Hall (1977)—Woody Allen; Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts (Romantic comedy.)

12 Angry Men (1957)--Sidney Lumet; Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, Ed Begley (Drama about jury deliberations in murder trial.)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)—John Huston; Humphrey Bogart, Tim Holt, Walter Huston (Adventure drama.)

Chinatown (1974)—Roman Polanski; Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston (Crime drama set in Los Angeles.)

Jaws (1975)—Stephen Spielberg; Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfus, Robert Shaw (Shark horror story.)

Citizen Kane (1941)—Orson Welles; Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton (Considered by many to be the greatest American film based on life of William Randolph Hearst.)

The Third Man (1949)—Carol Reed; Joseph Cotton, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard (Crime drama.)

Metropolis (1927) Fritz Lang; Gustav Frolich, Birgitte Helm. (Early science fiction film based on Lang's first impressions of New York City. Wikipedia: "Wealthy industrialists rule the vast city of Metropolis from high-rise tower complexes, while a lower class of underground-dwelling workers toil constantly to operate the machines that provide its power. The Master of Metropolis is the ruthless Joh Fredersen Alfred Abel, whose son Freder (Gustav Frohlich) idles away his time in a pleasure garden with the other children of the rich. Freder is interrupted by the arrival of a young woman named Maria (Birgitte Helm), who has brought a group of workers' children to see the privileged lifestyle led by the rich. Maria and the children are quickly ushered away, but Freder is fascinated by Maria and descends to the workers' city in an attempt to find her.")

Touch of Evil (1958)—Orson Welles; Orson Welles, Charlton Heston (Crime drama.)

Wait Until Dark (1967)—Terence Young; Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Richard Crenna (Crime, terror drama.)

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)—Blake Edwards, Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard (Comedy.)

Rear Window (1954) Alfred Hitchcock; Jimmy Stewart, Grace Kelly (Mystery crime drama.)

Jean de Florette (1986)—Claude Berri; Yves Montand, Gerard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil, Elisabeth Depardieu (Drama.)

Manon of the Spring (1986)—Claude Berri; Yves Montand, Emanuelle Beart, Daniel Auteuil (Drama.)

Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)—Michael Gordon; Jose Ferrer, Mala Powers, William Prince (Romantic drama based on Rostand play.)

Cyrano de Bergerac(1990)—Jean-Paul Rappeneau; Gerard Depardieu, Anne Brochet, Vincent Perez

Dr. Zhivago (1965) David Lean; Omar Sharif and Julie Christie (Epic film based on Boris Pasternack's long novel of revolution, romance, etc, in the great Russian tradition of Tolstoy's "War and Peace.")

Petulia (1968) Richard Lester; Julie Christie, George C. Scott, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Grateful Dead. (Fascinating 1960s drama based in San Francisco.)

The Godfather I, II, III (1972)—Francis Ford Coppola; Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall , Diane Keaton, James Caan, John Cazale (Drama about a powerful Mafia family.)

Moby Dick (1956) John Huston; Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, Leo Genn (Serious philosophical whaling drama.)

Atlantic City (1980)—Louis Malle; Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon (Crime comedy.)

The Battle of Algiers (1966)—Gillo Pontecorvo; ordinary non-actor Algerians (Anti-colonialist guerilla warfare.)

Last Year at Marienbad—Alain Resnais; Giorgio Albertazzi, Delphine Seyrig; Sacha Pitoeff (Surrealist New Wave film.)

Zorba the Greek—Michael Cacoyannis; Anthony Quinn, Alan Bates, Lila Kedrova, Irene Papas (Drama.)ce

Bitter Rice (Riso Amaro) (1949) Giuseppi di Santis; Silvana Mangano, Raf Vallone, Vitorio Gassman (Drama.)

La Strada (1954)—Federico Fellini; Anthony Quinn, Giuletta Massina, Richard Basehart (Drama.)

La Dolce Vita (1960)—Federico Fellini; Marcello Mastroiani, Anita Ekberg, Anoukh Aimee (Comedy, social criticism.)

The Rose Tattoo (1955)—Daniel Mann; Burt Lancaster, Anna Magnani, Marisa Pavane, Jo Van Fleet (Romance drama.)

Blade Runner (1982) Ridley Scott; Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos. (Dystopian science fiction film based on Philip K. Dick novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?")

Eraserhead (1977)—David Lynch; Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart (Surrealist horror film.)

Hairspray (1988)—John Waters; Riki Lake, Divine, Sonny Bono, Jerry Stiller (Romantic musical comedy about racial segregation in Baltimore.)

Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog) (1929) —Luis Bunuel; Salvador Dali. (Surrealist silent film.)

Volver (2006) Pedro Almodovar; Penelope Cruz, Carmen Maura.(A.O. Scott in NYTimes: "To relate the details of the narrative—death, cancer, betrayal, parental abandonment, more death—would create an impression of dreariness and woe. But nothing could be further from the spirit of Volver which is buoyant without being flip, and consoling without ever becoming maudlin. Mr. Almodóvar acknowledges misfortune—and takes it seriously—from a perspective that is essentially comic. Very few filmmakers have managed to smile so convincingly in the face of misery and fatality: Jean Renoir and Billy Wilder come immediately to mind, and Mr. Almodóvar, if he is not yet their equal, surely belongs in their company.")

Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (1976) Bruno Barreto; Sonia Braga, Jose Wilker (Brazilian comedy based on book by Jorge Amado.)

The Savages (2007)—Tamara Jenkins; Philip Seymour Hoffman, Laura Linney (Serious drama about caring for demented parent.)

Frozen River (2008) Courtney Hunt; Melissa Leo, Misty Upham (Crime drama)

Capote (2005) Bennett Miller; Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Bob Balaban (Bio pic)

The Coca Cola Kid (1985) Dusan Makajev; starring Greta Scaatchi and Eric Roberts. (Austrialian romantic comedy. Eric Roberts is sent to Australia to help Coke's Australian subsidiary promote the product. The locals assign Greta Scaatchi to "help" i.e., distract him. Corporations with subsidiaries should watch this movie to remind their executives of the skepticism of "help" from headquarters. "We're from central office and we're here to help you."


Fargo (1996) Coen Brothers; Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buschemi (Black comedy, crime thriller)

You Can Count on Me (2000) Kenneth Lonergan; Laura Linney, Mark Ruffalo, Matthew Broderick. ( A serious drama tells the story of Sammy, a single mother living in a small town, and her complicated relationships with family and friends. I became a Laura Linney fan after seeing this movie.)

Doubt (2008) John Patrick Shanley; Philip Seymour Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Viola Davis (Serious drama.)

Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007) Sidney Lumet; Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Marisa Tomei, Albert Finney (In my opinion, this film should have won the best picture Academy Award for 2007.)

Blue Jasmine (2013) Woody Allen, Cate Blanchett (best actress Oscar), Sally Hawkins, Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K., Bobby Canavale, Andrew Dice Clay, Peter Sarsgaard. [ Wikipedia; “Early reviews suggested the film would be rated very highly among Allen's recent offerings, and praised Blanchett's performance as one of her strongest, if not the best of her career: David Denby of The New Yorker stated that "in all, this is the strongest, most resonant movie Woody Allen has made in years". Mick LaSalle, writing for the San Francisco Chronicle, wrote that "Blanchett in Blue Jasmine is beyond brilliant, beyond analysis. This is jaw-dropping work, what we go to the movies hoping to see, and we do. Every few years."Andrew Dice Clay's performance was also critically praised in the film." Wikipedia]

Inside Job (2010) Charles Ferguson (Academy Award documentary which dissects the causes of the 2008 financial crisis and meltdown. Starring Milton Friedman, Ronald Reagan, Alan Greenspan, Ben Bernanke, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Robert Rubin, Lawrence Summers, Lehman Brothers, et al.)

Margin Call (2011) J.C. Chandor; Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Demi Moore, Paul Bettany, Stanley Tucci (Dramatic film based on the demise of Wall Street investment bank Lehman Brothers. "The New Yorker film critic David Denby said it was 'easily the best Wall Street movie ever made'".[Wikipedia.]

The Queen of Versailles (2012) Lauren Greenfield; starring Jackie Siegel and David Siegel as they were building their $100 million “Versailles” mansion in Florida. A.O. Scott of the NY Times called the movie a “trenchant piece of social criticism.” David Siegel claims to be the “king of time shares, and is one of the biggest contributors to the Republican Party. The Siegels are the antithesis of New England Puritans.

Silver Linings Playbook (2012) David O. Russell; Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro (Romantic drama-comedy.)

Sicko (2007) Roger Moore documentary on health care in the United States.

The Art of the Steal (2013) Don Argott documentary about the “theft” of the Barnes collection of impressionist art.

Carnage (2011) Roman Polanski; John C. Reilly, Cate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christopher Waltz. (Black comedy-drama about meeting of parents to resolve bullying incident involving their children. Depicts conflict equal to that in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.)

Casino Jack (2010) George Hickenlooper; Kevin Spacey (A semi-documentary about the Washington, D.C. scandal involving Jack Abramoff. Wikipedia: “The film focuses on the career of Washington, D.C. lobbyist and businessman Jack Abramoff, who was involved in a massive corruption scandal that led to his conviction as well as the conviction of two White House officials, Rep. Bob Ney, and nine other lobbyists and congressional staffers. Abramoff was convicted of fraud, conspiracy and tax evasion in 2006,[2] and of trading expensive gifts, meals and sports trips in exchange for political favors.[3][4]

Bernie (2011) Richard Linklater; Jack Black, Shirley McClain, Matthew McConaughy. Black comedy based on the true story about the conviction of Berhhardt “Bernie” Tiede for the murder of his companion, 81-year-old millionaire Marjorie Nugent.

Borat (2008) Larry Charles; Sacha Baron Cohen. a.k.a “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

(Very funny social commentary on America and Kazhakstan.)

Winter’s Bone (2010) Debra Granik; Jennifer Lawrence (Nominated for Best Actress Academy Award) Independent dramatic film set in the Ozarks launched Jennifer Lawrence’s acting career.

Win Win (2011) Thomas McCarthy; Paul Giamatti, Alex Shaffer, Amy Ryan, Bobby Carnavale, Jeffrey Tambor, Burt Young, Melanie Lynskey. (Comedy-drama, morality themed film.)

No (2012) Pablo Larrain, Gael Garcia Bernal, Alfredo Castro. (Drama/Documentary about 1988 plebiscite in Chile on whether General Augusto Pinochet should extend his rule. Nominated for Academy Award Best Picture.)

Transsiberian (2008) Brad Anderson; Emily Mortimer, Woody Harrelson, Ben Kingsley (Nightmarish journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway.)

Somewhere (2010) Sophia Coppola; Stephen Dorrf, Elle Fanning, (Poignant drama about a Hollywood star and his neglected 12-year-old daughter.)

Being Flynn (2012) Paul Weitz; Robert DeNiro, Julianne More, Paul Dano (Being Flynn is a downer, a hard movie to watch. It's based on an autobiographical memoir entitled Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn about the relationship between himself and his alcoholic, grandiose father.)

The Sessions (2012) Ben Lewin; Helen Hunt, John Hawkes, William H. Macy [Helen Hunt (nominated for Best Supporting Actress) as sex surrogate for John Hawkes a reporter confined to an iron lung.]

Certified Copy (2010)Abbas Kiarostami; Juliette Binoche (Best Actress, Cannes), William Shimell (Curious little romantic film. Juliette Binoche is superb in the leading role. If you are a fan of new wave French movies you probably will like Certified Copy. If not you may find it slow paced and puzzling.)

There Will Be Blood (2007) Paul Thomas Anderson; Daniel Day Lewis, Paul Dano. (American epic drama film based on Upton Sinclair’s “Oil.”

42 (2013) Brian Helgeland; Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson, Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, Andre Holland as Wendell Smith, Christopher Meloni as Leo Durocher, John C. McGinley as Red Barber, Lucas Black as Pee Wee Reece and Nicole Beharie as Rachel Robinson.

The Last Station (2009) Michael Hoffman; Christopher Plummer as Tolstoy and Helen Mirren as his wife, Sofya Tolstaya. (Drama about the final months of Tolstoy’s life.)

Hugo (2011) Martin Scorsese; Asa Butterfield as Hugo, Chloe Grace Moretz as Isabelle, Ben Kinglsey as George Melies, Sacha Baron Cohen as Inspector Gustave Daste, Jude Law as Hugo’s father. Martin Scorsese's Hugo is a magical little fairy tale movie which offers drama, humor, mystery, pathos, romance, and a bit of cinema history.. The sets and special effects are perfect. It's one of those rare movies that has universal appeal.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011) Lasse Halstrom; Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor, Kristin Scott Thomas, Amr Waked. (British romantic comedy set in London and Yemen).

To Rome with Love (2012) Woody Allen; Woody Allen, Fabio Amiliato, Alec Baldwin, Greta Gerwig, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Lino Guanciale plus several non-actors picked off the street by Woody (A magical romantic comedy set in Rome.)

Potiche (“trophy wife”) (2010) Francois Ozon; Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu. (“The story of a submissive wife who gets to run her husband's umbrella factory, after the employees rebel against their tyrannical manager.”

Made in Dagenham (2010) Nigel Cole; Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins. (Made in Dagenham is a nice little independent movie about a 1968 strike for equal pay by 187 women sewing machine operators at Ford Motor Company's huge Dagenham, UK, automobile plant.)

The Artist (2011) Michel Hazanavicius; Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo (The Artist is a charming black and white mostly silent movie about George Valentin, a major silent film superstar who resembles Rudolph Valentino, and his difficulties making the transition from silent film to "talkies" in 1929.)

The Dictator (2012) Larry Charles; Sacha Baron Cohen (The Dictator" is an broad satire of a Middle East tyrant, Admiral General Ladeen dictator of Wadiya, an oil rich Arab country in North Africa. General Aladeen resembles Muammar Gaddafi with a touch of Saddam Hussein and Amadinejad.)

What Maisie Knew (2012) Scott McGehee and David Siegel; Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgaard, Onata Aprile, Joanna Vanderham and Steve Coogan (The movie is an adaptation of the Henry James novel of the same name (1897), about a sensitive daughter of a divorced couple, who are irresponsible parents. The story is updated to modern-day New York City.)

The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)Mira Nair; Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland (Mira Nair's latest film tells the story of Changez Khan, a young Pakistani man played by Riz Ahmed, who comes to Princeton, lands his dream job at a leading N.Y. investment bank that resembles Goldman Sachs or private equity firm Bain Capital and falls for a young American artist played by Kate Hudson. The film explores the conflicting motivations of the main character--success on Wall Street and support for anti-U.S. Muslim/Pakistan causes.)

City Island (2009) Raymond De Felitta; Andy Garcia, Juliana Margulies and Alan Arkin ("City Island" is almost as funny as "Little Miss Sunshine." Andy Garcia plays the father in a hilariously dysfunctional family.)

The Adjustment Bureau (2011) George Nolfi; Matt Damon and Emily Blunt (Philip K. Dick fans won't see much resemblance between the movie and Dick's 19-page story entitled Adjustment Team which amounts to little more than a sketch of one of Dick's paranoid fantasies about menacing forces or people controlling the world.)

Capitalism, a Love Story (2009) Written, directed and starring Roger Moore. (Moore's blade is still sharp, and he sticks it in the Wall Street banks and brokers, Countrywide Financial, WalMart, the pharmaceutical industry, and the Bush and Reagan administrations which marked the beginning of the decline of the American middle class.)

Fire, Earth, Water (1996-1998-2005) Deepa Mehta (Three powerful films set in India by Toronto director who is originally from India. Subjects: Fire-Lesbanism in India, Earth life in Lahore before and after the Pakistan-India partition, Water-the difficult life for Indian widows traditionally sent to residences for special residences.)

War Made Easy ( 2007 ) Norman Solomon (War Made Easy is a powerful documentary that explains and documents how and why the United States has repeatedly used war as an instrument of foreign policy and, with the complicity of the media, has used propaganda and outright lies to gain the support of a majority of the American people.)


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    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Great list, William. I remember many of them well, e.g., Guadalcanal Diary, Back to Bataan, Elmer Gantry, East of Eden, Key Largo, King Kong with Faye Ray, and several others that I probably should include.

      Thanks, all for your comments.

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      William F Torpey 

      5 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      We're on the same page with about a dozen of these movies, Ralph, but many on your list I haven't seen -- and I will never see them because movies nowadays are so badly directed (with psychedelic scenes, explosions, talk-overs, etc.) that I won't be going to any movie houses (unless they play the '30s and '40s movies.) These are my most memorable movies (you can delete this list if you like, of course.): unga Din 1939

      The Big Broadcast 1932

      The Most Dangerous Game 1932

      The Invisible Man 1933

      King Kong 1933

      The Lost Patrol 1934

      The Informer 1935

      The Lives of a Bengal Lancer 1935

      My Man Godfrey 1936

      Pennies From Heaven 1936

      Lost Horizon 1937

      Topper 1937

      The Adventures of Robin Hood 1938

      The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 1938

      Algiers 1938

      Angels With Dirty Faces 1938

      If I Were King 1938

      Drums Along the Mohawk 1939

      Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939

      The Wizard of Oz 1939

      Wuthering Heights 1939

      The Mark of Zorro 1940

      Ball of Fire 1941

      Citizen kane 1941

      Here Comes Mr. Jordan 1941

      Meet John Doe 1941

      Sergeant York 1941

      Sullivan's Travels 1941

      They Died With Their Boots On 1941

      Holiday Inn 1942

      Mrs. Miniver 1944

      Gaslight 1944

      Going My Way 1944

      Hail the Conquering Hero 1944

      Lifeboat 1944

      And Then There Were None 1945

      Back to Bataan 1945

      The Bells of St. Mary's 1945

      The Lost Weekend 1945

      Mildred Pierce 1945

      The Picture of Dorian Gray 1945

      A Tree Grows in Brooklyn 1945

      Angel on My Shoulder 1946

      It's a Wonderful Life 1946

      The Postman Always Rings Twice 1946

      The Razor's Edge 1946

      13 Rue Madeleine 1946

      Miracle on 34th Street 1946

      Sinbad the Sailor 1947

      Fort Apache 1948

      Joan of Arc 1948

      Key Largo 1948

      Mr. Blanding Builds His Dream House 1948

      Red River 1948

      She Wore a Yellow Ribbon 1949

      White Heat 1949

      Cyrano de Bergerac 1950

      Kim 1950

      The African Queen 1951

      The Desert Fox 1951

      The Red Badge of Courage 1951

      Strangers on a Train 1951

      High Noon 1952

      The Quiet Man 1952

      Singing in the Rain 1952

      The Desert Rats 1953

      From Here to Eternity 1953

      The Robe 1953

      Shane 1953

      The Caine Mutiny 1954

      The Country Girl 1954

      The Naked Jungle 1954

      White Christmas 1954

      Bad Day at Black Rock 1955

      Blackboard Jungle 1955

      East of Eden 1955

      Marty 1955

      The Snake Pit 1948

      Sorry, Wrong Number 1948

      The Three Musketeers 1948

      The Treasure of Sierra Madre 1948

      A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court 1949

      Double Indemnity 1944

      Five Graves to Cairo 1943

      The Four Feathers 1939

      Beau Geste 1939

      Advise and Consent 1963

      Adam's Rib 1949

      The Heiress 1949

      The Inspector General 1949

      Jolson Sings Again 1949

      Rope of Sand 1949

      Kim 1950

      Sahara 1943

      Casablanca 1942

      Holiday Inn 1942

      And Then There Were None 1945

      Lawrence of Arabia 1962

      The Bells of St. Mary’s 1945

      13 Rue Madeleine 1947

      Drums Along the Mohawk 1939

      Guadalcanal Diary 1943

      Back to Bataan 1945

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      Graham Lee 

      5 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Ralph by definition a most eclectic mix. I notice Orson Wells seems to be a favourite in your earlier films. One of my favourites is 'Gunfight at the OK Coral' Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas were superb. Another is 'Elmer Gantry' Burt Lancaster again I know but he was brilliant in the part. Well done for your research. Tip Top.


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      Jaye Denman 

      5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      You are a genuine movie buff, Ralph. That's quite a list. I've seen many of them and agree with you about their worth. Several I've enjoyed enough to view them more than once.

      Any time I want to try a new movie (or vintage, but new to me), I'll check out your list (which I'll bookmark) for those I've missed.

      Voted Up/Useful/Interesting/and shared with other movie lovers


    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      I'll get it. Tnx.

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      Chiorean Daniel 

      5 years ago from Romania

      It's her best movie and Bill Murray's best performance to date, I'd say.

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      No, I haven't. I take it you recommend it? I'll look for it at the library. Tnx for the comment.

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      Chiorean Daniel 

      5 years ago from Romania

      I see you picked Coppola's Somewhere. Have you watched Lost in Translation?


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