Random Picksby ericromano | created - 26 Oct 2018 | updated - 26 Oct 2018 | Public
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1. Gone with the Wind (1939)
Passed | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance
A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.
Votes: 275,234 | Gross: $198.68M
A timeless masterpiece
2. Modern Times (1936)
G | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.
Votes: 203,643 | Gross: $0.16M
An absolutely timeless comedy featuring one of the most iconic characters in all of film.
3. City Lights (1931)
G | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically.
Votes: 156,760 | Gross: $0.02M
One of the most touching films of all time.
4. M (1931)
Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.
Votes: 134,935 | Gross: $0.03M
A landmark psychological thriller with arresting images, deep thoughts on modern society, and Peter Lorre in his finest performance.
5. Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
Passed | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A priest tries to stop a gangster from corrupting a group of street kids.
One of my favourite gangster movies with a wonderful morality story and a memorable performance by Cagney.
6. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Not Rated | 152 min | Drama, War
A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I.
Votes: 55,201 | Gross: $3.27M
A classic anti war film, harrowing and gruesome tale headlined by an unforgettable performance from Lew Ayres.
7. The Blue Angel (1930)
Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Music
An elderly professor's ordered life spins dangerously out of control when he falls for a nightclub singer.
Votes: 12,966 | Gross: $0.08M
A classic of German cinema, right up there with M and Metropolis.
8. The 39 Steps (1935)
Not Rated | 86 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller
A man in London tries to help a counter-espionage Agent. But when the Agent is killed, and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to save himself and stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.
Great combo of suspense and humor, full of twists and turns.
9. Grand Hotel (I) (1932)
Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Romance
A group of very different individuals staying at a luxurious hotel in Berlin deal with each of their respective dramas.
Votes: 16,429 | Gross: $2.69M
The first of it's kind in terms of multiple, interconnected, existential story lines and the first film to gather together an all-star cast....and works damn good. Each character offered a very intriguing story - making it a powerful drama.
10. Duck Soup (1933)
Not Rated | 69 min | Comedy, Musical, War
Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale.
The funniest of the Marx Brothers pictures and one of the best comedy Movies of all time.
11. It Happened One Night (1934)
Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Romance
A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story.
Votes: 88,610 | Gross: $4.36M
A funny and optimistic movie with a deliciously sharp dialogue and wonderful performances from Gable and Colbert.
12. Fury (1936)
Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
When a wrongly accused prisoner barely survives a lynch mob attack and is presumed dead, he vindictively decides to fake his death and frame the mob for his supposed murder.
A great study of injustice, revenge, mindless fury and dehumanization. Maybe Fritz Lang's best american movie.
13. King Kong (1933)
Passed | 100 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi
A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.
Votes: 76,081 | Gross: $10.00M
A benchmark in the evolution of cinema, especially in adventure-fantasy genre.
14. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
G | 83 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
Exiled into the dangerous forest by her wicked stepmother, a princess is rescued by seven dwarf miners who make her part of their household.
Votes: 172,731 | Gross: $184.93M
Classic animation with catchy songs and memorable characters.
15. Monkey Business (1931)
Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy, Musical
On a transatlantic crossing, The Marx Brothers get up to their usual antics and manage to annoy just about everyone on board the ship.
Not the best Marx Brothers picture, but plenty of fun with a memorable 'Maurice Chevalier' scene.
16. Top Hat (1935)
Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
An American dancer comes to Britain and falls for a model whom he initially annoyed, but she mistakes him for his goofy producer.
Votes: 16,405 | Gross: $3.88M
One of the best of the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musicals.
17. Jezebel (1938)
Approved | 104 min | Drama, Romance
In 1850s Louisiana, a free-spirited Southern belle loses her fiancé due to her stubborn vanity and pride, and vows to win him back.
Great Bette Davis performance and a good story, but far from the greatness of "Gone With The Wind".
18. The Public Enemy (1931)
Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Drama
A young hoodlum rises up through the ranks of the Chicago underworld, even as a gangster's accidental death threatens to spark a bloody mob war.
One of the first mob films that followed the rise and fall of a gangster, a pioneer for this genre.
19. A Christmas Carol (1938)
Not Rated | 69 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
On Christmas Eve, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the spirit of his former partner, Jacob Marley. The deceased partner was as mean and miserly as Scrooge is now and he warns him to change his ways or face the consequences in the afterlife.
Not my favorite adaptation of the classic tale, but worth seeking out 'round holiday time.
20. Animal Crackers (1930)
G | 97 min | Comedy, Musical
Mayhem and zaniness ensue when a valuable painting goes missing during a party in honor of famed African explorer Captain Spaulding.
A bit too long, but still a funny Marx Brothers experience.
21. L'Age d'Or (1930)
Not Rated | 63 min | Comedy, Drama
A surrealist tale of a man and a woman who are passionately in love with each other, but their attempts to consummate that passion are constantly thwarted by their families, the Church, and bourgeois society.
Votes: 12,066 | Gross: $0.03M
1h of symbolism and surrealism...ooook.
22. Scarface (1932)
PG | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An ambitious and nearly insane violent gangster climbs the ladder of success in the mob, but his weaknesses prove to be his downfall.
One of the defining gangster films, but very weak in comparison with later gangster movies like "The Godfather", "Scarface" or "Goodfellas".
23. Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)
Passed | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Romance
A trader and his daughter set off in search of the fabled graveyard of the elephants in deepest Africa, only to encounter a wild man raised by apes.
The original Tarzan has some historical appeal and watching it can be fun in a campy way, but it just didn't click with me.
24. Dracula (1931)
Passed | 75 min | Fantasy, Horror
The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina.
Lugosi's performance it's memorable, but the movie doesn't hold up well all these years later.
25. Frankenstein (1931)
Passed | 70 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.
Feels long even at 70 minutes...
26. The Rules of the Game (1939)
Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama
A bourgeois life in France at the onset of World War II, as the rich and their poor servants meet up at a French chateau.