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1920s

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1. Nosferatu (1922)
Once upon a time I even managed to see a "live" performance of this film... complete with accompanying pianist/organist(?) providing the dramatic soundtrack.

Fantastic.
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1930s

People who added this item 267  Average listal rating (143 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
2. Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
I think I first saw this film during my teenage years. Rebelliously staying up late one night to watch the late night movie.

I remember being completely engrossed in the story and the closing scenes with James Cagney made some kind of impact to my young impressionable mind.
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People who added this item 591  Average listal rating (380 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.1 
3. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
I forget when I first saw this film. One of those that is shown on TV every now and then and you end up watching it.

I love this kind of fast-paced "wordy" comedy.
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1940s

People who added this item 120  Average listal rating (79 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.6 
4. The Bishop's Wife (1947)
I haven't seen this one in a long time.

It became a favourite as it was always shown over Christmas holidays when I was younger, and so became part of the routine.
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People who added this item 192  Average listal rating (112 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 7.9 
5. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
I just love the story in this one. Very charming.
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People who added this item 498  Average listal rating (306 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.1 
6. His Girl Friday (1940)
Another one of those fast-paced "war of words" comedies that I always enjoy watching.
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People who added this item 40  Average listal rating (23 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.2 
7. In the Good Old Summertime (1949)
For years I used to muddle this up with the earlier version "The Shop Around The Corner" (see further down the list). Believing for a while that Judy Garland acted alongside James Stewart in this story.

It wasn't until I finally saw them both again that I understood my mistake.

Both films are firmly entrenched into my memory now. For their own merits as well as my mix up. :)
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People who added this item 92  Average listal rating (52 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.3 
8. Little Women (1949)
My favourite of the "Little Women" films. I prefer June Allyson's version of Jo. I also prefer the pace of the story-telling with this version. Also the way most of the other characters get their fair share of screen time. E.g. Beth's character gets more room in this one, and we get to see her developing fondness for Laurie's grandfather.

It annoyed me how much of the story was left out of the later (Winona Ryder) version. Ah well.
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People who added this item 65  Average listal rating (29 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.3 
9. The Reckless Moment (1949)
James Mason got to make some really good films in his day. Although quite a dark story I thought this was quite charming.
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People who added this item 284  Average listal rating (175 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.1 
10. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
See comment above for "In The Good Old Summertime".
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People who added this item 316  Average listal rating (192 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.2 
11. White Heat (1949)
Another one that is stuck in the psyche.
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1950s

People who added this item 21  Average listal rating (13 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating
12. 23 Paces to Baker Street (1956)
This one is still shown fairly regularly on one of the TV channels here. Still enjoy watching it each time I managed to find it.
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People who added this item 19  Average listal rating (14 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 6.9 
13. By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953)
Perhaps a little cheesy but I grew up watching this and "On Moonlight Bay" pretty regularly. Usually shown during Christmas holidays.

Stuck in the psyche.
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People who added this item 102  Average listal rating (70 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.3 
14. Calamity Jane (1953)
This film has been part of my family's make up ever since I can remember. Usually a stalwart of the Christmas holiday television schedule that the whole family would sit down and watch. Good times.
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People who added this item 688  Average listal rating (404 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.9 
15. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
One of the first sci-fi films I saw on TV when I was younger and I fell in love with it.

Stuck in the psyche.
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People who added this item 158  Average listal rating (96 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.8 
16. The Defiant Ones (1958)
Such a classic. Fun story but with a point. Quite a combination.

Stuck in the psyche.
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People who added this item 367  Average listal rating (217 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.7 
17. Forbidden Planet (1956)
I used to find the "monster" pretty frightening when I was younger. Great film.

Stuck in the psyche.
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People who added this item 15  Average listal rating (8 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.7 
18. The Great Caruso (1951)
I can't remember when I first saw this film as a youngster. Loved the music, and if I'm honest I fell in love with Mario Lanza with this film.
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People who added this item 127  Average listal rating (78 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.7 
19. The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
Another one that was on TV regularly during my childhood. I loved the colourful drama, and all the animals. :)
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People who added this item 24  Average listal rating (17 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 6.9 
20. Hans Christian Andersen (1952)
Stuck in the psyche!!

I can't imagine my childhood without this film.
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People who added this item 409  Average listal rating (259 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.1 
21. Harvey (1950)
I remember enjoying this classic as a child because of the fun idea of a grown man talking to an invisible rabbit!

Then I saw it again after I grew up and Jimmy Stewart's acting grabbed my attention.

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People who added this item 67  Average listal rating (40 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 7.5 
22. Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)
Yep, another one regularly watched during childhood. I thought it charming and Deborah Kerr was wonderful in this.

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People who added this item 32  Average listal rating (15 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 6.9 
23. Houdini (1953)
Still enjoy this film today. Quite dark in its own way.
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People who added this item 28  Average listal rating (18 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating 7.9 
24. Ice-Cold in Alex (1958)
This is one that I don't see very regularly but again it is stuck in the psyche. I found the scenario of being stuck out in the desert like that intriguing.
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People who added this item 58  Average listal rating (37 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.3 
25. The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)
I vaguely remembering being taught about Grace Aylward during school and being shown this film as part of that. After forgetting all about it I saw the film again a few years ago and loved it all over again.
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People who added this item 53  Average listal rating (35 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.5 
26. Invaders from Mars (1953)
Another old sci-fi film I first saw quite young. I loved it even though I found it quite scary at the time.
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People who added this item 285  Average listal rating (168 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.5 
27. The King and I (1956)
Such a classic. Yep, stuck in the psyche.
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People who added this item 126  Average listal rating (78 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.6 
28. The Nun's Story (1959)
I loved this film the first time I saw it. An intelligent film and quite progressive in many ways, considering this was made in 1959.
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People who added this item 27  Average listal rating (21 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.1 
29. On Moonlight Bay (1951)
See comments for "By The Light of the Silvery Moon". Same.
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People who added this item 780  Average listal rating (482 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.3 
30. On the Waterfront (1954)
Stuck in the psyche.

It took me a while to appreciate this, but once I was old enough to appreciate the acting I was gripped.
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People who added this item 123  Average listal rating (75 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 6.7 
31. The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)
This one snuck up on me in becoming a "favourite". I had forgotten all about it for ages, then saw it again a few years ago. Fun story.
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32. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Yes well, I saw this for the first time as a young, impressionable teenager and as such fell in love with it. I still think it is brilliant.
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People who added this item 127  Average listal rating (79 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 6.7 
33. River of No Return (1954)
Another one that is "stuck in the psyche" from watching it every so often (usually part of an afternoon matinee on the TV).
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34. Roman Holiday (1953)
Because she sticks her hand in that face, then he does too and gets "bitten". :p

Fun film.
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35. Run for the Sun (1956)
Another one that often appeared during my teenage TV viewing. I just loved the darkness to this adventure story.

Haven't seen it for ages, now I really want to go watch it again.
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36. Some Like It Hot (1959)
So progressive really, considering it is 1959 (which seems to be the year for such things).

Fun film but smart too.
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People who added this item 355  Average listal rating (217 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.1 
37. The War of the Worlds (1953)
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1960s

People who added this item 166  Average listal rating (98 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.8 
38. Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
Part of the psyche. Haven't seen it in a long time, need to seek it out again.
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People who added this item 506  Average listal rating (319 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.5 
39. Bullitt (1968)
The car chase.
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People who added this item 1136  Average listal rating (707 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.2 
40. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Classic, classic script. The end! The jumping off the cliff into the river! The songs.

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People who added this item 785  Average listal rating (485 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.2 
41. Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Classic script, also fairly poignant story.
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People who added this item 48  Average listal rating (27 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.2 
42. Finian's Rainbow (1968)
I know this is cheesy. What's wrong with a little cheese now and then?
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People who added this item 125  Average listal rating (80 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.6 
43. The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
You are stuck in the desert with a broken plane or two. Enemy forces all around you. No food or water. So what do you do?

Build a new plane. Of course. (Remake wasn't too bad but this one is much better).
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44. The Great Escape (1963)
I love this film, but can't watch it too often. Too heartbreaking.
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People who added this item 6  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 9  IMDB Rating 6.5 
45. Half a Sixpence (1967)
More cheesy fun!
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People who added this item 484  Average listal rating (280 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.4 
46. The Italian Job (1969)
Stuck in the psyche. Classic lines, classic cars.
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People who added this item 271  Average listal rating (182 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.4 
47. Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
Two words.... Ray Harryhausen.
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People who added this item 2375  Average listal rating (1450 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.6 
48. The Jungle Book (1967)
My favourite of the Disney's I think. Great songs, plus singing Orang Utans, and bears... and panthers... etc.
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People who added this item 260  Average listal rating (156 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.5 
49. Oliver! (1968)
Used to find Fagin scary. And Bill Sykes.

Also there are songs to sing along to.
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50. Planet of the Apes (1968)
The best version (sorry remake fans).
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:: Favourite Films ::


Any movie I deem to be a favourite is generally given 5 stars as default.

These movies are favourites either because they made me think, or simply they made me laugh. The best films do both.

Some are films I grew up watching and as such became part of my psyche. Others are new favourites (they may not be new films, but new to me perhaps).

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:: My Rating Structure ::


| 5 stars = Brilliant. A favourite |
| 4 stars = Really good |
| 3 stars = It is ok |
| 2 stars = Meh! |
| 1 star = I did not like this one. |

I rate in stars not points.





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