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It Happened One Night

Casablanca

Odd Man Out

The Third Man

Gilda (ok, the ending isn't up to film noir standards, but...)

Paths of Glory

Kind Hearts and Coronets

The Seventh Veil

The Man Between

Every Western that John Ford ever made

Bringing Up Baby

Notorious

A Touch of Larceny

Blade Runner

Gone With The Wind (what's not to love here?)

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While it's not my favorite, I feel like THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER is one I can easily recommend to others-- especially folks new to classic film. It's a gateway to the classics, as I call it. It just resonates on so many levels and has a lot of universal across-the-board appeal. Again, it's not my favorite and it's not perfect, but it is a wonderful appealing movie.

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It Happened One Night

Casablanca

Odd Man Out

The Third Man

Gilda (ok, the ending isn't up to film noir standards, but...)

Paths of Glory

Kind Hearts and Coronets

The Seventh Veil

The Man Between

Every Western that John Ford ever made

Bringing Up Baby

Notorious

A Touch of Larceny

Blade Runner

Gone With The Wind (what's not to love here?)

Manderstoke, it makes me happy that you listed KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS because that's one of mine too! Also gotta second IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT--that one might be my favorite movie of all time, but ask me again tomorrow. And who doesn't love BRINGING UP BABY?

 

Many of my unabashed favorites are ones I watch on different holidays every year, like:

White Christmas

It's a Wonderful Life

Yankee Doodle Dandy

Arsenic and Old Lace

1776

Best Years of Our Lives

Remember the Night

 

Others I melt into a puddle of joy whenever I think about them:

Meet Me in St Louis

The Apartment

Stalag 17

Twelve Angry Men

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Some Like It Hot

Adam's Rib

Singin' in the Rain

American in Paris

 

......and many others

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Manderstoke, it makes me happy that you listed KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS because that's one of mine too! Also gotta second IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT--that one might be my favorite movie of all time, but ask me again tomorrow. And who doesn't love BRINGING UP BABY?

 

Many of my unabashed favorites are ones I watch on different holidays every year, like:

White Christmas

It's a Wonderful Life

Yankee Doodle Dandy

Arsenic and Old Lace

1776

Best Years of Our Lives

Remember the Night

 

Others I melt into a puddle of joy whenever I think about them:

Meet Me in St Louis

The Apartment

Stalag 17

Twelve Angry Men

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Some Like It Hot

Adam's Rib

Singin' in the Rain

American in Paris

 

......and many others

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

 

That's what I love about this place. :D

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I could list hundreds movies that fit that description, but I assume you mean movies that pull every corn string in the book and still get away with it Big Time.  So I'll stick to the first two that come to mind:

 

It's a Wonderful Life -- Although historians might note a certain correlation between the movie's initial lack of popularity and the fact that old man Potter's party won a smashing victory in the mid-year election. 

 

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg - If there's any film I would have thought I would have hated, it would have been a foreign language movie where everyone just sings to each other.  But it's one of my favorite movies ever.

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I love IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE also, but ,here comes the heresy, I think George's story is quite sad.  Instead of traveling the world and living a richly creative, and different life, he ends up where he started - no dreams realized.  (I  did issue a warning that my view is iconoclastic.)  Anyone can stay home, and most of us probably do, but a few fortunate ones have the courage to leave home and engage the wider world.  Guess I'd better stop while I'm behind.  

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Yeah, some have some sentimental value, and some I just think were GREAT, although many others might not.

 

But for some reason, I never tire of seeing them....over and over and over.....

 

From a wide lattitude of time....

 

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL

 

THE WIZARD OF OZ

 

DEAD END

 

RIO BRAVO

 

CITIZEN KANE

 

MIRACLE ON 34th STREET

 

SCROOGE( A Christmas Carol) 1951

 

CASABLANCA

 

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES

 

ON THE WATERFRONT

 

THE WILD ONE

 

DR. STRANGELOVE

 

A FACE IN THE CROWD

 

THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE

 

COOL HAND LUKE

 

HUD

 

KISS OF DEATH

 

HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY

 

KING KONG

 

FRANKENSTEIN

 

WOODSTOCK

 

THE GODFATHER

 

EASY RIDER

 

THE ODD COUPLE

 

GOOD NEIGHBOR SAM

 

Newer ones would be:

 

IMMORTAL BELOVED

 

THAT THING YOU DO

 

AMADEUS

 

There are several more, but I'm running out of time and you're probably out of patience!

 

 

Sepiatone

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I love IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE also, but ,here comes the heresy, I think George's story is quite sad.  Instead of traveling the world and living a richly creative, and different life, he ends up where he started - no dreams realized.  (I  did issue a warning that my view is iconoclastic.)  Anyone can stay home, and most of us probably do, but a few fortunate ones have the courage to leave home and engage the wider world.  Guess I'd better stop while I'm behind.  

Interesting viewpoint. Behind, why would you think you're behind. You make a very valid point.

 

And of course, the message of the movie was skewed because it was post WWII and home and hearth was all and one did not stray or think outside the box.

 

Oh, and notice how the ENtire town was projected as going to hades - UH OH - because George wasn't around, yeah right, or that Mary was destined to be a spinster because George wasn't around? What happened to whatshisname the rich guy who was sweet on Mary, was he not born because George wasn't around? Yeah right. And Violet, oh the horror, owed her entire morality to George. And George's brother absolutely positively wouldn't have been saved by another kid. Yeah right. The only thing that rang true was the poor sap of a druggist, because George was the only one to see him mix poison or whatever into the pills.

 

I call baloney. Baloney is okay here, right?

 

Obviously, this film would not make it were it released today. It was grand in its time, a naive, rah rah, we're so glad to be home amongst our families that the moguls are telling us we should believe are the best thing in the world, so you all better love this wonderful patriotic family values movie...........or else.

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I love IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE also, but ,here comes the heresy, I think George's story is quite sad.  Instead of traveling the world and living a richly creative, and different life, he ends up where he started - no dreams realized.  (I  did issue a warning that my view is iconoclastic.)  Anyone can stay home, and most of us probably do, but a few fortunate ones have the courage to leave home and engage the wider world.  Guess I'd better stop while I'm behind.  

 

I agree with you and that is one of the reasons I'm not a big fan of IAWF.   For this movie one has to buy into what is being 'sold'.  I will admit that if one does accept what is being pushed, without reservations,  the movie delivers,  big time.

 

Hey, since we are picking on classics (ha ha),  I saw your comment on Gone With the Wind.    Sorry, but I dont rate that movie so high.   Of course the movie is very well made,  great production values and there are many great scenes.  Olivia DeHavilland is my third favorite actress and she is just great in this film.   (funny but Leslie Howard is my favorite actor but GWTW isn't one of his best roles).   

 

I just find the junior high school romance part of the story really boring and silly and Scarlett is just too unlikeable of a character.  Since she is at the center of everything in the film,  it lowers the overall entertainment value for me.    Still a very good movie but not one I would rate in the top 25 films of all time.       

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Who says the Baileys never left home?  I always figured that Potter died soon after of sour grapes at being bested and his theft of the Bailey Company money was discovered.  With no heirs to run the Bank George took over and ran it right.  In their later years George and Mary got to see some of the places he'd dreamed about.  This would be poetic justice and a realistic answer to 'What happened next?" 

 

One person can make a difference or so a lot of folks seem to think today.  The question seems to be whether it is a positive or negative one.  Plenty of people make contributions to their communities that go unnoticed to anyone outside the area but are remembered long after they are gone because of the lingering impact those actions leave.  George and his real-life counterparts are not losers where it counts.   

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Who says the Baileys never left home?  I always figured that Potter died soon after of sour grapes at being bested and his theft of the Bailey Company money was discovered.  With no heirs to run the Bank George took over and ran it right.  In their later years George and Mary got to see some of the places he'd dreamed about.  This would be poetic justice and a realistic answer to 'What happened next?" 

 

One person can make a difference or so a lot of folks seem to think today.  The question seems to be whether it is a positive or negative one.  Plenty of people make contributions to their communities that go unnoticed to anyone outside the area but are remembered long after they are gone because of the lingering impact those actions leave.  George and his real-life counterparts are not losers where it counts.   

 

We are talking about a movie right?   ;)

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Who says the Baileys never left home?  I always figured that Potter died soon after of sour grapes at being bested and his theft of the Bailey Company money was discovered.  With no heirs to run the Bank George took over and ran it right.  In their later years George and Mary got to see some of the places he'd dreamed about.  This would be poetic justice and a realistic answer to 'What happened next?" 

 

One person can make a difference or so a lot of folks seem to think today.  The question seems to be whether it is a positive or negative one.  Plenty of people make contributions to their communities that go unnoticed to anyone outside the area but are remembered long after they are gone because of the lingering impact those actions leave.  George and his real-life counterparts are not losers where it counts.   

Nice. I like that. You're a glass half full person.

 

I'm not.

 

I didn't say he was a loser, I said the film was skewed. All those wonderful things that George did were a fact, but it wasn't a fact that NONE of them would have been done had George not been there. There's no way of knowing any of it, and the moguls wanted their happy ending, so they manufactured one and didn't give the audience a chance to say: yeah, but, what if............

 

And MOST of all, Mary NEVER ever EVER would have been a spinster.

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My list was rather long, so I began thinking of the "I love this film, but I'm not in the proper mood for it right now" reservation, and thus came up with a smaller list of films I can - and do - watch repeatedly, whatever mood I'm in.  In no particular order:

 

The Thin Man

After the Thin Man

Bringing Up Baby

9 to 5

Thelma & Louise*

Clue

Adam's Rib

Little Miss Sunshine

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

Libeled Lady

Little Miss Sunshine

Julie & Julia

 

*This one always puts me in a mixed mood afterward, yet that never keeps me from watching it; I can recite it verbatim.

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So here are 100 of my absolute favorite films. These are films that I have on disc but will find myself watching on YouTube or other channels and I can not avoid them. I can put a disc in and start watching a film at a certain point and then eject it only to put in another film at another point within the movie.

 

For example, I particularly enjoy the final climatic scene from Executive Suite. Can watch this over and over again. It is so powerful. See here: 

 

So here are my favorite 100 films:

 

    1.    The Adventures of Robin Hood 1938
    2.    Air Force One 1997
    3.    The Americanization of Emily 1964
    4.    Bad Day at Black Rock 1955
    5.    Batman Begins 2005
    6.    The Bedford Incident 1965
    7.    The Best Years of Our Lives 1946
    8.    The Big Country 1958
    9.    The Bishop’s Wife 1947
    10.    Bite the Bullet 1975
    11.    The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957
    12.    Brubaker 1980
    13.    Bullitt 1968
    14.    The Caine Mutiny 1954
    15.    Casino Royale 2006
    16.    Chisum 1970
    17.    The Core 2003
    18.    The Cruel Sea 1953
    19.    The Day the Earth Stood Still 1951
    20.    Dante’s Peak 1997
    21.    Dead Again 1991
    22.    Defending Your Life 1991
    23.    Destination Tokyo 1943
    24.    The Electric Horseman 1979
    25.    El Dorado 1967
    26.    The Enemy Below 1957
    27.    Executive Suite 1954
    28.    Fail-Safe 1964
    29.    Fargo 1996
    30.    Fort Apache 1947
    31.    Gardens of Stone 1987
    32.    Goldfinger 1964
    33.    The Great Escape 1963
    34.    Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner 1967
    35.    The Guns of Navarone 1961
    36.    Hatari! 1962
    37.    Heist 2001
    38.    Hoosiers 1986
    39.    Howards End 1992
    40.    The Hunt for Red October 1990
    41.    Ice Station Zebra 1968
    42.    In Harm’s Way 1965
    43.    Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956
    44.    It’s a Wonderful Life 1946
    45.    Judgement at Nuremberg 1961
    46.    Legal Eagles 1986
    47.    Local Hero 1983
    48.    Lonely Are the Brave 1962
    49.    The Longest Day 1962
    50.    Lost Horizon 1937
    51.    The Man From Laramie 1955
    52.    Man of Steel 2013
    53.    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 1962
    54.    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 2003
    55.    McLintock! 1963
    56.    My Darling Clementine 1946
    57.    My Favorite Wife 1940
    58.    The Natural 1984
    59.    North By Northwest 1959
    60.    Nothing in Common 1986
    61.    Open Range 2003
    62.    The Outlaw Josey Wales 1976
    63.    Patton 1970
    64.    The Presido 1988
    65.    The Professionals 1966
    66.    Random Harvest 1942
    67.    The Remains of the Day 1993
    68.    Ride the High Country 1962
    69.    The Right Stuff 1983
    70.    Rio Bravo 1959
    71.    Robin and Marion 1976
    72.    Roman Holiday 1953
    73.    Ronin 1998
    74.    The Sea Hawk 1940
    75.    The Searchers 1956
    76.    Seven Days in May 1964
    77.    1776 1972
    78.    Shadowlands 1993
    79.    She Wore a Yellow Ribbon 1949
    80.    Sink the Bismarck!
    81.    Stairway to Heaven 1946
    82.    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan 1982
    83.    Star Trek III: The Search for Spock 1984
    84.    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country 1991
    85.    The Stunt Man 1980
    86.    The Talk of the Town 1942
    87.    They Were Expendable
    88.    The Thing From Another World 1951
    89.    Thirteen Days 2000
    90.    Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo 1944
    91.    Tora! Tora! Tora! 1970
    92.    The Train Robbers 1973
    93.    True Grit 1969
    94.    Twelve O’Clock High 1949
    95.    Where Eagles Dare 1969
    96.    White Christmas 1954
    97.    Will Penny 1968
    98.    Winchester ‘73 1950
    99.    The Wind and the Lion 1975
    100.    The World’s Fastest Indian 2006

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Bell, Book and Candle (1959)

Camelot (1967)

The Cranes Are Flying (1957)

Daisies (1967)

Death Takes a Holiday (1934)

The Devil's Disciple (1959)

Diabolique (1955)

The Divorce Of Lady X (1938)

Floating Weeds (1959)

Gambit (1966)

The Hidden Fortress (1958)

How to Steal a Million (1966)

If I Were King (1938)

Indiscreet (1958)

Jewel Robbery (1932)

The Lady Eve (1941)

Laura (1944)

Love In The Afternoon (1957)

The L-Shaped Room (1962)

My Neighbor Totoro (1993)

Nikita (1990)

The Penguin Pool Murder (1932)

The Princess Bride (1987)

The Prisoner Of Zenda (1937)

Raffles (1930)

Rebecca (1940)

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1990)

Sabrina (1954)

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1935)

Seven Samurai (1954)

The Seventh Seal (1957)

The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums (1939)

The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

Throne of Blood (1957)

Trouble In Paradise (1932)

Wall-E (2008)

Yojimbo (1961)

Young Frankenstein (1974
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We are talking about a movie right?

 

Yes, James, we are but one of the things I use to judge a movie is to wonder what happened later on.  Such as what Marty and Clara did if they married-did she get him to go to college at night so they'd both  have educations? Did he make a go of the butcher shop?   What happened when the survivors got back to Fort Bravo - was Carla shot as a spy or just sent to prison and did she end up with Roper afterwards?  If I can come up with a plausible scenario then the ending was a good one; if not it puts the whole movie in question.

 

My point was that what our culture defines as success and what that turns out to be for many folks are two different things.  IAWL showed that and I'd like to think our hero got some of his dreams to come true eventually.  Sometimes it seems that the screen is the only place where it does nowadays.       

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*This one always puts me in a mixed mood afterward, yet that never keeps me from watching it; I can recite it verbatim.

 

Bastet, I also like that movie.

 

That it speaks to you complexly is making me recommend a book to you that I believe you will find outstanding - it's 'The Women's Room' by Marilyn French.

 

I was impressed by it, to say the least.

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But, if our satisfaction with the movie depends upon what happens next, fantasy flies out the window.  A case in point would be, what happens next to Francesca and Nicholas?  Could anyone actually live with that guy?  Probably not.  In the real world, one would object to the overt sexism of  the ending; but, in the fantasy world, what woman would ever have turned down Mr. Mason in his prime?  No one I know.

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My list might be a little more low-brow than others, some may admit to liking some of these films as a "guilty pleasure" but I feel no guilt.  I just love movies and there are some I can watch over and over again and never tire of.  I will occasionally even watch the same movie that I watched the day before just because I love it and feel like watching it again.  Many of my favorites are lamented on the "Overplayed Hall of Fame" thread; but I love some of those films so much, they're never "overplayed" for me. 

 

Here's my list, in no particular order:

 

The Adventures of Robin Hood

The Sisters (1938)

Dodge City

...Pretty much any Errol Flynn movie. 

 

Gilda

Summer Stock

Singin' in the Rain

Meet Me in St. Louis

Auntie Mame

Funny Face

All About Eve

Sabrina (1954)

Arsenic and Old Lace

North By Northwest

Sunset Boulevard

Some Like it Hot

Picnic

Any of the Thin Man movies

Love Crazy

The Long Long Trailer

Libeled Lady

Casablanca

The Tender Trap

The Muppet Movie

Smokey and the Bandit

The Brady Bunch Movie & Sequel

Clue

Dirty Dancing

Footloose (1984)

The Karate Kid (1984)

Clueless

UHF

Mean Girls

10 Things I Hate About You

Beauty and the Beast (Disney)

Tangled (Disney)

The Lego Movie

Bridesmaids

The Birdcage

Sixteen Candles

Pretty in Pink

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Grumpy Old Men and Grumpier Old Men

 

-- There are so many films that I love.  My list could easily be 2x as long or maybe even 3x as long.  I love watching movies in general from all eras.  I'm so happy that I have my TCM back again =) Bring on Cary Grant month!!

 

 

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