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List your TOP TEN classic films of all time!


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This is a thread to share our top ten classic films list of all time! It will be interesting to see others top ten!


My Top Ten:


1.) Portrait of Jennie (Jennifer Jones/Joseph Cotten)

2.) Escape Me Never (Errol Flynn/Ida Lupino)

3.) Duel in the Sun (Jennifer Jones/Gregory Peck)

4.) Young Bess (Jean Simmons/Stewart Granger)

5.) Red River (John Wayne/Montgomery Clift)

6.) Broken Arrow (James Stewart/Jeff Chandler)

7.) The Big Country (Gregory Peck/Jean Simmons)

8.) The Heiress (Olivia De-Havilland/Montgomery Clift)

9.) Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (Bette Davis/Errol Flynn)

10.) The Egyptian (Jean Simmons)

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Good thread DAP, hard though....mmmmm:


1. Portrait of Jennie

2. Dodsworth

3. Letter from an Unknown Woman

4. The Sea Hawk

5. The Constant Nymph

6. Love Me Tonight

7. Vertigo

8. Kiss Me Kate

9. Aguirre the Wrath of God.

10. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis.....but I'd need more space because there are more films in my top TEN ;)

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boy talk about a hard task, but here are my top ten.


1) The More The Merrier

2) Sunset Boulevard

3) Bridge On The River Kwai

4) The Divorcee

5) All About Eve

6) Born To Be Bad

7) Sabrina

8) Now Voyager

9) Sullivan's Travels

10) The Palm Beach Story

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01. Young Frankenstein(1974)Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn and Teri Garr.

02. The Godfather(1972)Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan and Diane Keaton.

03. The Godfather Part II(1974)Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro and Diane Keaton.

04. Paper Moon(1973)Ryan O'Neal, Madeline Kahn and Tatum O'Neal.

05. Kings Row(1942)Ann Sheridan and Ronald Reagan.

06. Sullivan's Travels(1942)Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake

07. The Color Purple(1985)Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover and Oprah Winfrey.

08. Goodfellas(1990)Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, Ray Liotta and Lorraine Bracco.

09. My Man Godfrey(1936)William Powell and Carole Lombard.

10. Torrid Zone(1940)James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, Pat O'Brien and Helen Vinson

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We've had these Top Ten lists a few times before on the boards (some threads may still be in the archives). Although its impossible to pick just 10 favorite films its always fun trying. Off the top of my head:


"The Grapes of Wrath"

"The Best Years of Our Lives"

"Double Indemnity"

"Gone With the Wind"

"Sunset Boulevard"

"What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?"

"The Last Picture Show"

"The Godfather: Part II"

"Driving Miss Daisy"

"The Good Earth"

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My 10 favorites (in no particular order)


1. Auntie Mame

2. Secret Garden (1949 version with Margaret O'Brien)

3. McLintock!

4. Bells of St. Mary's

5. Going My Way

6. Irving Berlin's White Christmas

7. The Parent Trap (1961 version with Hayley Mills and Maureen O'Hara)

8. Ziegfeld Follies

9. Victor/Victoria

10. The Adventures of Robin Hood

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Oooh, I love making lists like this! Okay, here's my top ten:


1. Seventh Heaven (the silent version, w/ Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell)

2. Rebecca (w/ Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier)

3. The Long, Hot Summer (w/ Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward)

4. You Can't Take It With You (w/ James Stewart and Jean Arthur)

5. IT (w/ Clara Bow)

6. Private Lives (w/ Norma Shearer and Robert Montgomery)

7. To Be Or Not To Be (w/ Carole Lombard and Jack Benny)

8. The Great Dictator (w/ Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard)

9. It Started With Eve (w/ Deanna Durbin)

10. Singin' In The Rain


And here are some honorable mentions:


Swing Time (w/ Fred and Ginger), Rebel Without A Cause (w/ Natalie Wood and James Dean), Belle de Jour (w/ Catherine Deneuve), Cape Fear (w/ Robert Mitchum), Red Dust (w/ Jean Harlow and Clark Gable)

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This was a little hard, since I only had to pick 10, but here is my list.


1) Rear Window (1954)

2) Gaslight (1944)

3) The Godfather, Part 2 (1974)

4) Swing Time (1936)

5) The Picture of Dorian Grey (1945)

6) Bullitt (1968)

7) Auntie Mame (1958)

8) The Spiral Staircase (1946)

9) A Christmas Story (1983)

10) The Women (1939)

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I'm sure I have made lists in the past but here goes in no particular order:


West Side Story - Woods, Moreno, Tamblyn, etc

Holiday - Grant & Hepburn

More The Merrier - Arthur & McCrea

Vivacious Lady - Stewart & Rogers

I Remember Mama - Dunne

Remember the Night - Stanwyck & MacMurray

The Quiet Man - Wayne & O'Hara

Bachelor and the Bobby-soxer - Grant & Loy

The African Queen - Bogart & Hepburn

Bachelor Mother - Rogers - Nivens


I'm sure my previous lists were slightly different it too hard to pick just ten

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I know I'll change my mind in 15 minutes, but...


In chronological order:


The Penalty (1921)

Nosferatu (1922)

Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Ben Hur (1925)

The Great Dictator (1940)

The Third Man (1949)

Strangers on a Train (1951)

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Dr. Stragelove (1964)

Schindler's List (1993)


and the one that got away: Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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I love lists too!


My Top Ten at this moment in time:


1. A Hard Day's Night (The Beatles in an way underrated art film)

2. Rebecca (Hitchcockian twists at its best)

3. On the Waterfront (nothing better than a young brando)

4. Penny Seranade (get the kleenex ready for the bittersweet-- not too sappy)

5. Notorious (Suspense at its best)

6. Vertigo (One of the wierdest tales of obsession-- beautifully shot)

7. Midnight Cowboy (underrated! naive, sad, quarky.best Dustin Hoffman ever

8. Five Easy Pieces (hailed the first Sundance film-- made in the early 70s)

9. East of Eden (James Dean is compelling in this Steinbeck classic)

10. Breakfast at Tiffany's (Audrey as quarky, oblivious, fantastic, perfectly shallow 60s doll with hidden emotional depth)

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Impossible so I'll go by catagory.

Casablanca--Simply the best film ever made.

The Godfather--Best crime film by far.

Gigi--Best musical.

Shane--Best western.

Witness for the Prosecution--Best court room mystery.

Wuthering Heights----Best love story.

Annie Hall--Best comedy.

12 Angry Men--Best character study.

Paths of Glory--Best war movie.

Champion--Best sports movie.

A little debate? Sure many will disagree.


Not my top ten, but like I said, that is impossible.

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disclaimer: this list is subject to change without notice, and is in no particular order.


i remember momma

judgment at nuremberg

a letter to three wives

born yesterday

grand hotel

mr smith goes to washington

blue angel

the little foxes

the thin man

mildred pierce

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The key word here is "classic" and that means it's just as great the 20th time I watch it as the 1st. These are films I never tire of and I'm not listing them in any preferential order.


1. China Town

2. Casablanca

3. In the Heat of the Night

4. The Godfather

5. Vertigo

6. Double Indemnity

7. Roman Holiday

8. On Golden Pond

9. She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

10. Any movie with Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire.

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  • 3 weeks later...

In chronological order:

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

A Night at the Opera (1935) *

Modern Times (1936)

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

The Wolf Man (1940) *

Rear Window (1954)

The Longest Day (1962) *

Dr. Strangelove (1964)

Animal House (1978) *

Die Hard (1988) (yes, an action film can be a classic!) *


Any given day, any of those marked with an * might be replaced with any of these:

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919)

King Kong (1933)

Stella Dallas (1937)

A Night to Remember (1935)

Psycho (1960)

Fail-Safe (1964)


As you see, my list is a bit unconventional...I've seen most of the classics that some of you name (Gone With the Wind, Casablanca, etc), they just don't draw me in and MAKE me personally watch them, the way those I've listed do.

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1. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

2. Sunset Boulevard

3. The Women

4. Casablanca

5. Top Hat

6. Peyton Place

7. Mildred Peirce

8. Bringing Up Baby

9. Desk Set

10. White Christmas


This is my top 10 list for today...however, it is always different day to day....the more classics I see the more it switches. I change favorites more than I do underwear...oh, classic movies are amazing!

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