#1 Edited by cky4890 (114 posts) -

I have recently been watching old movies from the 30's and 40's and wanted to see if anyone had good movie suggestions of that era

Movies I've seen so far

White heat



I'm using netflix and have added a bunch to my Q Thanx guys

#2 Posted by Dimi3je (361 posts) -
#3 Edited by mlarrabee (3026 posts) -
#5 Edited by cky4890 (114 posts) -

Thanks guys really appreciate it

#6 Posted by believer258 (12077 posts) -

How do you feel about the '50's? It's A Wonderful Life, On The Waterfront, 12 Angry Men, that sorta thing?

You could always go look up the original Scarface or The Fast and the Furious movies.

#7 Edited by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

Anything by Hitchcock or anything with Humphrey Bogart.

#8 Posted by Grissefar (2842 posts) -

Loved stuff like Lifeboat and Rear Window.

#9 Posted by Missacre (566 posts) -

You should watch Hell's Angels, it's pretty good. Also, The Jazz Singer, it's the first ever full-length "talkie," I don't know if you'd be interested in that. Metropolis, if you want some sci-fi. The Women is a pretty good one too. Anything by Charlie Chaplin, his stuff still holds up pretty well, and it'll make you laugh.

#10 Posted by OldGuy (1570 posts) -

Work your way thru these 250 films, that should keep you busy for a little while:

Sight & Sound top 250.

#11 Posted by shacuter (2 posts) -

Oh ! Nice thread about old movies .

#12 Posted by tumtumtum (7 posts) -

Gone with the wind is probably the greatest movie ever made, so that.

#13 Posted by spraynardtatum (3486 posts) -

Bicycle Thieves. It's one of my favorite movies of all time. Watch it and love it!

#14 Edited by Brodehouse (10105 posts) -

I think I've only seen three movies from the 30s and 40s; Citizen Kane, Animal Crackers, and The Big Sleep.

#15 Posted by cky4890 (114 posts) -

@oldguy: thanks that's an awesome list lots of foreign films still got intrigue

#16 Posted by I_Stay_Puft (3684 posts) -

If you're looking for some really good old flicks my suggestion is if you have Amazon Prime look at their top 100 imdb list and they have an assorted array of old classic films. If you have access to Hulu Plus just search Criterion Collection and they have a wide array of classic films from all over the world, including most of my favorite director Kurosawa.

#17 Edited by Miyuki (176 posts) -

@oldguy - Great list! I started to type mine, but realized that you had already listed my top picks.
I love old movies - the only thing I miss from having cable is TCM. I like to work my way through the careers of actors - recently I did Cary Grant (love him in everything) and right now I'm on to Rosalind Russell.

If you like Bogart, I recommend "The African Queen" with Katherine Hepburn - classic!

#18 Edited by EarlessShrimp (1670 posts) -

@thedudeofgaming said:

Anything by Hitchcock or anything with Humphrey Bogart.

Well, that pretty much sums up whatever else I was going to add to this. I've seen good Marx Bros and Cary Grant flicks suggested... Hell, even The Man Who Knew Too Much is there. But, I'll add specifics here:

The Maltese Falcon with Bogart (fuckin' classic and so closely done to the book. Also Peter Lorre is a genius.)

The Big Sleep (The Bogart version please, not quite as true to the book because it has much more nudity and allusions to the word fuck). Goddammit @brodehouse you beat me to it.

The Treasure of Sierra Madre (Badges? Badges?! We don't need no badges! We don't need no stinkin' badges! Also a classic Bogart flick)

Freaks was actually pretty good.

Anyway, if you don't mind things form the 60s I'll recommend some Joan Crawford flicks, because holy shit she's nuts and plays nuts really well:


Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

and for Bette Davis:

Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte

A good horror flick is the 50s version of the Haunting. Still one of my favorite horror movies to this day.

I will have to 2nd Arsenic and Old lace, it's an absolute classic. Plus, it's an interesting movie to add to Capra's body of work. I mean he did It's a Wonderful Life, and Arsenic and Old Lace, and a WWII propoganda movie for the Brits.

If you're at all into Jimmy Stewart Bell Book and Candle is pretty great.

On another comedy tip (also later on though) are the Original Pink Panther movies. Peter Sellers is a genius. On the Sellers related note: You could always go for The Mouse that Roared, or Dr. Strangelove or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

I could go on, but I think I should stop there.

EDIT: Waitaminute NO ONE HAS SUGGESTED REBECCA YET! Absolutely fucking watch Rebecca.

#19 Edited by TheManWithNoPlan (5897 posts) -

Here's a bunch I really like and wholeheartedly recommend. Some depend on whether you enjoy musicals. I do.

  • The Apartment
  • The original Ocean's Eleven
  • Robin and the seven hoods
  • The Manchurian Candidate
  • From here to Eternity
  • None but the Brave
  • Pal Joey
  • Suddenly
  • Vertigo
  • Guys and Dolls
  • The Man with the Golden Arm
  • The Philadelphia Story
  • High Society (It's actually The Philadelphia Story, but remade into a musical)
  • Von Ryan's Express
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • Dark Passage
  • North by Northwest
  • 12 Angry Men
  • The Man who knew too much
  • Rio Bravo
  • The Music Man
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • Rear Window
  • Guess who's coming to dinner