Wednesday, March 30, 2011


My taste in movies tends toward classics, wit, humor, romance, happy endings, World War II, good triumphing over evil and is obviously pretty eclectic. I don’t like silent films. I detest horror films. My favorite range is from the earliest talkies of the pre-code era up until about 1959. That’s not to say I don’t have contemporary favorites. The King’s Speech is a recent example. But I love the tremendous heart evident in older films.

Blogger allows us to list favorite movies in our profile. Whenever I think of it I will add one to the string. When I looked at it the other day I decided to add the year the film was released, in part because many movies share the same title. Here are some films I happily recommend. It is by no means an exhaustive list, but each one is worthy of your time and attention.

Adam's Rib (1949)
An Affair To Remember (1957)
Auntie Mame (1958)
Battleground (1949)
Born Yesterday (1950)
Casablanca (1942)
Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939)
Evelyn Prentice (1934)
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967)
I Know Where I'm Going! (1945)
It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
Libeled Lady (1936)
Love Actually (2003)
Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)
Moonstruck (1987)
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Notorious (1946)
Notting Hill (1999)
Pinky (1949)
Pride of the Marines (1945)
Random Harvest (1942)
Rear Window (1954)
Remember the Titans (2000)
Sahara (1943)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
Sleepless In Seattle (1993)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
The Bishop's Wife (1947)
The Blind Side (2009)
The Gilded Lily (1935)
The King's Speech (2010)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
The Search (1948)
The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956)
The Thin Man (1934)
What Every Woman Knows (1934)

You can learn more about each film over at IMDB, The Internet Movie DataBase and at TCM, Turner Classic Movies.


Kate said...

Wow...our movie lists couldn't read more differently!

I cannot even imagine where to start with a list. I would have to have categories..dramas, comedies, action etc.

Pink Granite said...

Hi Kate -
Keep in mind, I'm the one who found "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" too violent and I had to ask your sister if she thought I could watch "The Sixth Sense"! (She said yes. I did and I liked it!)

My complete list would be much longer - a daunting task to write up, let alone categorize.

If you haven't seen it yet, please rent "Auntie Mame" (1958) with Rosalind Russell in the title role. (NetFlix has it.) It's great fun and quite fitting in light of your new status!

Another terrific choice is "Born Yesterday" (1950). (NetFlix has that one too.) Judy Holliday was a wonderful actress and this film is one of her best - smart and funny.

Wendy said...

oh I love lists...
On your list are my most favourite movies of all time.. sleepless in seattle. seen about 25 times I would think and an affair to remember ( you see my theme)
love actually is also high up there.. and the lovely its a wonderful life

I too am ultra sensitive and that little shoe going into the hot oil in who framed roger rabbit almost finished me off

GAIL said...

Anything with Frances McDormand or Diane Keaton has my vote.

What about the guys?

Cary Grant
Russell Crowe (Iknow, I know, it's strictly for the muscles although he can act)
Hugh Grant
Colin Firth