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The Jazz Singer

The Jazz Singer

The Jazz Singer

IMDb: 6.7
1927
89min

A young Jewish man is torn between tradition and individuality when his old-fashioned family objects to his career as a jazz singer. This is the first full length feature film to use synchronized sound, and is the original film musical.

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The Cocoanuts

The Cocoanuts

The Cocoanuts

IMDb: 7.2
1929
96min

During the Florida land boom, the Marx Brothers run a hotel, auction off some land and thwart a jewel robbery.

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Animal Crackers

Animal Crackers

Animal Crackers

IMDb: 7.7
1930
97min

The famous Captain Spaulding returns from Africa and attends a gala party where a valuable painting is stolen.

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Monkey Business

Monkey Business

Monkey Business

IMDb: 7.6
1931
77min

Four stowaways get mixed up with gangsters while running riot on an ocean liner.

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Horse Feathers

Horse Feathers

Horse Feathers

IMDb: 7.7
1932
68min

Quincy Adams Wagstaff, the new president of Huxley U, hires bumblers Baravelli and Pinky to help his school win the big football game against rival Darwin U.

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Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

IMDb: 6.5
1933
76min

On a boring winter afternoon, Alice dreams, that she’s visiting the land behind the mirror. This turns out to be a surrealistic nightmare, with all sorts of strange things happening to her, like changing her size or playing croquet with flamingos.

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Duck Soup

Duck Soup

Duck Soup

IMDb: 8.0
1933
68min

Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale.

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Shall We Dance

Shall We Dance

Shall We Dance

IMDb: 7.6
1937
109min

Ballet star Pete “Petrov” Peters arranges to cross the Atlantic aboard the same ship as the dancer he’s fallen for but barely knows, musical star Linda Keene. By the time the ocean liner reaches New York, a little white lie has churned through the rumor mill and turned into a hot gossip item: that the two celebrities are secretly married.

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The Four Feathers

The Four Feathers

The Four Feathers

IMDb: 7.6
1939
129min

A disgraced officer risks his life to help his childhood friends in battle.

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The Little Princess

The Little Princess

The Little Princess

IMDb: 7.3
1939
93min

The classic Shirley Temple film in which a little girl goes in search of her father who is reported missing by the military during World War I.

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They Died with Their Boots On

They Died with Their Boots On

They Died with Their Boots On

IMDb: 7.3
1941
140min

The story follows General George Armstrong Custer’s adventures from his West Point days to his death. He defies orders during the Civil War, trains the 7th Cavalry, appeases Chief Crazy Horse and later engages in bloody battle with the Sioux nation.

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The Curse of the Cat People

The Curse of the Cat People

The Curse of the Cat People

IMDb: 6.9
1944
70min

The young, friendless daughter of Oliver and Alice Reed befriends her father’s dead first wife and an aging, reclusive actress.

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Spellbound

Spellbound

Spellbound

IMDb: 7.6
1945
111min

When Dr. Anthony Edwardes arrives at a Vermont mental hospital to replace the outgoing hospital director, Dr. Constance Peterson, a psychoanalyst, discovers Edwardes is actually an impostor. The man confesses that the real Dr. Edwardes is dead and fears he may have killed him, but cannot recall anything. Dr. Peterson, however is convinced his impostor is innocent of the man’s murder, and joins him on a quest to unravel his amnesia through psychoanalysis.

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

IMDb: 8.1
1945
128min

In Brooklyn circa 1900, the Nolans manage to enjoy life on pennies despite great poverty and Papa’s alcoholism. We come to know these people well through big and little troubles: Aunt Sissy’s scandalous succession of “husbands”; the removal of the one tree visible from their tenement; and young Francie’s desire to transfer to a better school…if irresponsible Papa can get his act together.

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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

IMDb: 8.0
1946
96min

The story of a gentle-hearted beast in love with a simple and beautiful girl. She is drawn to the repellent but strangely fascinating Beast, who tests her fidelity by giving her a key, telling her that if she doesn’t return it to him by a specific time, he will die of grief. She is unable to return the key on time, but it is revealed that the Beast is the genuinely handsome one. A simple tale of tragic love that turns into a surreal vision of death, desire, and beauty.

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Rope

Rope

Rope

IMDb: 8.0
1948
80min

Two young men strangle their “inferior” classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the “perfection” of their crime.

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The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

IMDb: 7.1
1949
68min

The Wind in the Willows: Concise version of Kenneth Grahame’s story of the same name. J. Thaddeus Toad, owner of Toad Hall, is prone to fads, such as the newfangled motor car. This desire for the very latest lands him in much trouble with the wrong crowd, and it is up to his friends, Mole, Rat and Badger to save him from himself. – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Retelling of Washington Irving’s story set in a tiny New England town. Ichabod Crane, the new schoolmaster, falls for the town beauty, Katrina Van Tassel, and the town Bully Brom Bones decides that he is a little too successful and needs “convincing” that Katrina is not for him.

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Angels in the Outfield

Angels in the Outfield

Angels in the Outfield

IMDb: 7.1
1951
99min

Paul Douglas, stars with Janet Leigh, as the hot-tempered Pittsburgh Pirates manager whose hard-luck team goes on a wining streak thanks to some heavenly intervention.

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Forbidden Games

Forbidden Games

Forbidden Games

IMDb: 8.0
1952
86min

Orphaned after a Nazi air raid, Paulette, a young Parisian girl, runs into Michel, an older peasant boy, and the two quickly become close. Together, they try to make sense of the chaotic and crumbling world around them, attempting to cope with death as they create a burial ground for Paulette’s deceased pet dog. Eventually, however, Paulette’s stay with Michel’s family is threatened by the harsh realities of wartime.

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Niagara

Niagara

Niagara

IMDb: 7.1
1953
92min

Rose Loomis and her older, gloomier husband, George, are vacationing at a cabin in Niagara Falls, N.Y. The couple befriend Polly and Ray Cutler, who are honeymooning in the area. Polly begins to suspect that something is amiss between Rose and George, and her suspicions grow when she sees Rose in the arms of another man. While Ray initially thinks Polly is overreacting, things between George and Rose soon take a shockingly dark turn.

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Godzilla

Godzilla

Godzilla

IMDb: 7.6
1954
96min

Japan is thrown into a panic after several ships explode and are sunk near Odo Island. An expedition to the island led by paleontologist Professor Kyohei Yemani soon discover something more devastating than imagined in the form of a 164 foot tall monster whom the natives call Gojira. Now the monster begins a rampage that threatens to destroy not only Japan, but the rest of the world as well.

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The Ladykillers

The Ladykillers

The Ladykillers

IMDb: 7.8
1955
91min

A gang of five diverse oddball criminal types rent a two-room apartment in an old house on a London cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow with three pet parrots. The group’s mastermind, Professor Marcus, tells her a cover story that they are members of an amateur string quintet and would like to use the rooms to hone their musical skills. In reality, they’re plotting to rob an armored bank van and plan to use Mrs. Wilberforce’s naiveté and her Victorian sensibilities to their advantage.

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

IMDb: 7.8
1956
80min

A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.

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Richard III

Richard III

Richard III

IMDb: 7.5
1955
161min

Shakespeare’s powerful tale of the wicked deformed king and his conquests, both on the battlefield and in the boudoir.

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Throne of Blood

Throne of Blood

Throne of Blood

IMDb: 8.1
1957
108min

Returning to their lord’s castle, samurai warriors Washizu and Miki are waylaid by a spirit who predicts their futures. When the first part of the spirit’s prophecy comes true, Washizu’s scheming wife, Asaji, presses him to speed up the rest of the spirit’s prophecy by murdering his lord and usurping his place. Director Akira Kurosawa’s resetting of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” in feudal Japan is one of his most acclaimed films.

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The Story of Mankind

The Story of Mankind

The Story of Mankind

IMDb: 4.9
1957
100min

The Spirit of Man (Ronald Colman) debates history with the devil (Vincent Price) before a court of fate, because of the hydrogen bomb.

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The Blob

The Blob

The Blob

IMDb: 6.4
1958
86min

A drive-in favorite, this sci-fi classic follows teenagers Steve and his best girl, Jane, as they try to protect their hometown from a gelatinous alien life form that engulfs everything it touches. The first to discover the substance and live to tell about it, Steve and Jane witness the blob destroying an elderly man and grow to a terrifying size. But no one else has seen the goo, and policeman Dave refuses to believe the kids without proof.

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Elmer Gantry

Elmer Gantry

Elmer Gantry

IMDb: 7.8
1960
146min

When hedonistic but charming con man Elmer Gantry (Burt Lancaster) meets the beautiful Sister Sharon Falconer (Jean Simmons), a roadside revivalist, he feigns piousness to join her act as a passionate preacher. The two make a successful onstage pair, and their chemistry extends to romance. Both the show and their relationship are threatened, however, when one of Gantry’s ex-lovers (Shirley Jones) decides that she has a score to settle with the charismatic performer.

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Exodus

Exodus

Exodus

IMDb: 6.8
1960
208min

The theme is the founding of the state of Israel. The action begins on a ship filled with Jewish immigrants bound for Israel who are being off loaded on Cyprus. An Intelligence officer succeeds in getting them back on board their ship only to have the harbor blocked by the British with whom they must negotiate. The second part deals with declaring independence and the resulting warring.

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Peeping Tom

Peeping Tom

Peeping Tom

IMDb: 7.7
1960
101min

Loner Mark Lewis works at a film studio during the day and, at night, takes racy photographs of women. Also he’s making a documentary on fear, which involves recording the reactions of victims as he murders them. He befriends Helen, the daughter of the family living in the apartment below his, and he tells her vaguely about the movie he is making. She sneaks into Mark’s apartment to watch it and is horrified by what she sees — especially when Mark catches her.

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The Hustler

The Hustler

The Hustler

IMDb: 8.0
1961
134min

Fast Eddie Felson is a small-time pool hustler with a lot of talent but a self-destructive attitude. His bravado causes him to challenge the legendary Minnesota Fats to a high-stakes match.

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Cape Fear

Cape Fear

Cape Fear

IMDb: 7.8
1962
105min

Sam Bowden witnesses a rape committed by Max Cady and testifies against him. When released after 8 years in prison, Cady begins stalking Bowden and his family but is always clever enough not to violate the law.

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The Manchurian Candidate

The Manchurian Candidate

The Manchurian Candidate

IMDb: 8.0
1962
126min

The Manchurian Candidate is a political thriller from American director John Frankenheimer. An American soldier is brainwashed into being a killer for the communist Russians during the Korean War.

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Mutiny on the Bounty

Mutiny on the Bounty

Mutiny on the Bounty

IMDb: 7.3
1962
178min

The Bounty leaves Portsmouth in 1787. Its destination: to sail to Tahiti and load bread-fruit. Captain Bligh will do anything to get there as fast as possible, using any means to keep up a strict discipline. When they arrive at Tahiti, it is like a paradise for the crew, something completely different than the living hell aboard the ship. On the way back to England, officer Fletcher Christian becomes the leader of a mutiny.

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Eight and a Half

Eight and a Half

Eight and a Half

IMDb: 8.1
1963
138min

With 8 ½ Frederico Fellini leaves a self-portrait where dreams and reality are a mix. With help from a most excellent cast and unique scenery this self reflecting film is one of his master works.

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Contempt

Contempt

Contempt

IMDb: 7.7
1963
103min

A philistine in the art film business, Jeremy Prokosch is a producer unhappy with the work of his director. Prokosch has hired Fritz Lang (as himself) to direct an adaptation of “The Odyssey,” but when it seems that the legendary filmmaker is making a picture destined to bomb at the box office, he brings in a screenwriter to energize the script. The professional intersects with the personal when a rift develops between the writer and his wife.

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Cinderella

Cinderella

Cinderella

IMDb: 7.8
1965
84min

TV-version of the classic fairy tale, set to a Rodgers and Hammerstein score.

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Il deserto rosso

Il deserto rosso

Il deserto rosso

IMDb: 7.7
1964
120min

Amid the modern wastelands and toxic factories of Italy, wife and mother Giuliana (Monica Vitti) desperately tries to conceal her tenuous grip on reality from those around her, especially her successful yet neglectful husband, Ugo (Carlo Chionetti). Ugo’s old pal, Corrado (Richard Harris), shows up in town on a business trip and is more sensitive to Giuliana’s anxieties. They begin an affair, but it does little to quell Giuliana’s existential fears, and her mental state rapidly deteriorates.

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The Ipcress File

The Ipcress File

The Ipcress File

IMDb: 7.3
1965
109min

This espionage thriller represents a landmark in spy movies introducing the sly, dry intelligence agent Harry Palmer. The story, centers on Palmer’s investigation into British Intelligence security. He’s soon enmeshed in a world of double-dealing, kidnap and murder and finds a traitor is operating at the heart of the secret service. Will the mysterious ‘Ipcress File’ reveal who the traitor is?

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Operation Crossbow

Operation Crossbow

Operation Crossbow

IMDb: 6.6
1965
115min

Allied agents infiltrate the Nazi rocket complex at Peenemunde in order to obtain their secrets and sabotage the plant.The film alternates between German developments of the V-1 missile and V-2 rocket (with a German cast speaking their own language) and discovery by British Intelligence of the weapon.

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