Submitted 2 weeks ago by VanHalbgott@lemmus.org to email@example.com
2nded 12 Angry Men
Good list. I would also add On the Waterfront (1954) and Raging Bull (1980).
Oh good I was hoping M would make an appearance.
How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb.
All of these recommendations are great. I’m always pleased to see so many cinemaphiles. I like lists, and have found many of my favorites from them.
Ebert’s Great Movies List is perfect.
The Criterion Closet Picks, see the greats talk about the greats.
The Janus Collection has a lifetime of stuff.
I’m a huge fan of the Marx Brothers. All their movies are in black and white. Their best movies (in my opinion) are:
Abbott and Costello had some good movies too. Here are my suggestions:
Bing Crosby and Bob Hope made a few “Road To…” movies together, but the one I like the most is Road to Morocco.
My suggestion: once you have your movie list, divide it by year so you can also see the development of film. Like you have the silent films, then there's a little spurt of musicals when sound becomes available, that kind of thing. You can also see how historical events are reflected in the movies, either by escaping or engaging in what's going on.
And even if no one recommends them here, throw in a few of the films that redefined film, genres or cinematography - if you watch a bunch of early movies first, you can really see how films like Metropolis or Citizen Cane affected the films that came after them, but you're only really going to notice it if you're watching your film list chronologically.
M by Friz Lang.
His first sound film. First film starring Peter Lorre.
Someone is murdering children, throwing the town upside down. The police begin cracking down on all criminal enterprises, and the criminals, working with the beggars, vow to catch the killer themselves.
If you like samurai films…any of the zatoichi adventures would be excellent.
Some like it hot.
The African Queen
Night of the Living Dead
The African Queen? The “Color by TECHNICOLOR” African Queen?
Huh, I could have sworn I saw it in black and white. Guess it just has that vibe. I'll leave it up here as a general recommendation.
Okay I'm going to recommend some highly watchable classics from different countries:
Seven Samurai (Kurusawa)
The Seventh Seal (Bergman)
The Third Man (Reed)
La Dolce Vita (Fellini)
The Exterminating Angel (Buñuel)
Whisky Galore (Mackendrick)
Les Enfants du Paradis (Carne)
The Circle (Panahi)
I tend to prefer Yojimbo and Sanjuro but you can’t go wrong with Kurosawa.
Yeah it was a toss-up for me between recommending Yojimbo and Seven Samurai as an introduction to Kurusawa.
The Maltese Falcon
It’s a Wonderful Life
“Of all the gin joints in all of the world…she walks into mine.” -Rick Blaine, Casablanca
Gaslight! You can learn the origin of the internet’s favorite passive aggressive accusation
Or maybe the other Gaslight.
B&W is everything before 1960ish and covers a hell of a lot.
Any genre would be good.
Thanks for the suggestion.
Though it was made in black and white as an artistic choice and not from the lack of availability of color film, I highly recommend Young Frankenstein.
Another good semi modern choice is Good Night and Good Luck.
The original Godzilla film is a good time, if flawed
Throw the original King Kong in with that.
“The Ghost and Mrs. Muir”
Romance & other stuff. One of my favorite movies of all time!
The 39 Steps - my very favorite Hitchcock movie. I know, others will say they prefer North by Northwest or Rear Windows or even The Birds, but I just find The 39 Steps completely captivating and charming at the same time. It’s an old war-time story of spycraft and adventure that still holds up, although the cultural reference are pretty stale at this point.
One of my favorites!
I think the 1951 adaptation of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol starring Alastair Sim is worth a watch during the holidays. Just be aware the original British release was titled “Scrooge” but it was released in the US as “A Christmas Carol”. Same movie, just different titles.