A Reader Shares His Thoughts on His Favorite Films

ADAMS THEATRE

My life has been influenced by movies (I know “film” sounds more avante-garde, but we called them movies then, and I still call them that!) since I was five years old in 1948, starting with the Adams Theatre in Dorchester Mass. I was the youngest, so when my sister Ellen (four years older) went to the movies, Mom saddled her with me. She would sit me in the back with her friends’ siblings that they had also been stuck with, and told me “don’t move!”

There in the dark, all things were possible once the movie started, you could be whisked away to Africa for the afternoon with Abbott and Costello, or to Utopia with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby (I always meant to look up exactly where that was). I should explain that I may have been watching a movie that was already 10 years old, because Saturdays at the Adams were the “kids” matinees, two movies, 20 cartoons, and at least one serial ! In the summer, after five hours in the Adams, you had to decompress in the lobby for a few minutes so you wouldn’t go blind in the sunlight. As a further joyful addition to these glorious days was the fact that my sister Barbara (10 years older) worked at the refreshment stand; I don’t think she made much money after paying for all my freebies. Life was good ! Speaking of the serials, my favorite was Don Winslow of the Navy, although Captain Marvel, and Buster Crabbe as Flash Gordon, offered unimaginable excitement as well.

Today, at 69, I still love movies, have a substantial film library, and still watch certain movies at certain times of the year. Besides the obvious Christmas movies, there’s New Year’s movies like Jack Benny in The Horn Blows at Midnight and John Garfield in Pride of the Marines  because I first saw it on New Year’s Eve in 1953, which was my first year to be able to stay up til midnight, so life was good.

ADVENTURES OF ICHABOD AND MR. TOADThen there are summer films, such as Summer of 42 (1971), Jaws from 1975, 1776 (’72), and George Washington Slept Here (1942). But the fall, that’s the best: Arsenic and Old Lace (1941), Peyton Place (1957) [see it just for the photography, New Hampshire n the fall is a joy], Halloween, The Lady in White, Hocus Pocus, and–as a throwback to my Adams Theatre days –Disneys’ The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (narrated by Bing Crosby) and The Wind in the Willows (narrated by Basil Rathbone) It’s elementary, Watson, life was good ! There are numerous movies I watch at certain other times of the year, or specific dates, simply because it means something only to me, Among them, I Never Sang for My Father (with Gene Hackman) on April 1st, my dad’s birthday, for very personal reasons; I cry, and remember, and miss him, and then I go to the Elks and toast him. Yes, movies have definitely had a strong impact on my life, and still do but probably more so from a reminiscence basis.

Well, I certainly didn’t start out to write a book, just impart some old fond memories from an old man who refuses to grow old, and life is still good, and it’s not over yet!

Bill Dunphy enjoys photography, cooking, reading, and, of course, movies–of which he has about 350 in his library.

  • Wayne P.

    NIce eclectic listing…nothing newer than the 70’s and a preponderance of Studio Age classics which sounds just about right to me too as a ‘young-at-heart’ -at 56- movie lover myself…I can name off the top of my head 3 great films with that term used in them: The Wizard of Oz (said in the intro), On Borrowed Time (ditto!) and The Young in Heart (for obvious reasons;).

  • Donna w.

    I agree with everything said here. I am a big movie fan of every genre. I have 4300 movies to date and still growing. Donna wiley

  • http://twitter.com/Bryankr Bryan Ruffin

    I loved this writing, it is, sorta, my story. For me it was because We were in the military, the movies were the only “friends” that I could keep! I guess that sounds sad, but I don’t feel sad because I have learned much about what an imagination is for! I have been all over the world, and never left the U S! Between movies and books, I have been everywhere and done everything. Life is good.

  • KarenG958

    I have seasonal movies too – the Burbs in summer, the Uninvited, Silver Bullet, and Arsenic and Old Lace (me too) in fall, around Halloween, White Christmas at Christmas, of course, but my favorite movies are mostly seasonless: All About Eve, The Great Escape,

  • Hank Jones

    It’s too bad young children can no longer enjoy the “Brer Rabbit” stories fom Song of The South

    • http://www.facebook.com/cherylkeim.jackson Cheryl Keim Jackson

      I agree – It is available for viewing on YouTube. I just saw it last week and enjoyed it all over again. I loved Uncle Remus, and he was the smartest person in the film. I can’t say the same for all the violent criminal roles today.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Angel-Luna/776469834 Angel Luna

    BEN-Hur, Women In Love, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Dog Day Afternoon, Norma Rae, Powder, The Man Without A Face, Sounder, Deliverance, Conrack, The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, State Of Siege…a dozen I watch all the time.

  • Rufnek

    I too was born in 1943 and share some of Dunphy’s movie memories. I’ve tried to share them with my grandkids with mixed results. Once sent a copy of Disney’s wonderful The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to my two oldest grandsons when they were in their preteens. Got a call back from my daughter asking, “Dad, are you trying to scare my kids to death?” Years later I did get them to admit that the original B&W “The Haunting”–the most scarey movie ever made–was much, much better than the silly special-effects remake.

    However, I was in college (and older than some of the faculty after a hitch in the Army and a few years at odd jobs) before I ever saw what is still my favorite film–Citizen Kane. It’s my pick for the best movie ever; all the other films I like are just a random clump in its shadow, ranking in no particular order. Among them, however, are “Double Indemnity,” (likely in a very distant second place), “From Here to Eternity” (although a lousy soldier myself, I love to watch real soldiers at Scofield Barracks doing close-order drill so sharply in that film!), “Key Largo,” “Shane,” “Arsenic and Old Lace,” “The Asphalt Jungle,” “The Killing,” Joseph Wiseman stealing scenes in “Detective Story” and “The Unforgiven. Gary Cooper’s “Along Came Jones” is one of my favorite Westerns although “For Whom the Bell Tolls” is his best role. Other favorites, “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” was Bogart’s best but I also admire him and Cagney in “The Roaring Twenties” which has one of the best final scenes ever, as does “The Maltese Falcon.” Love Broderick Crawford’s Oscar-winning role in the original “All the King’s Men,” and he was also great in “Born Yesterday” (even though it was Judy Holiday’s film all the way) and as the deranged Army officer in “From Hell to Eternity” (not to be confused with the better Lancaster-Sinatra film). Other favorites–“Night of the Hunter,” and real-life war hero Eddie Albert’s performance as a coward in “Attack” (Albert also did a standout part in “Capt. Newman M.D” which earned Bobby Darin an Oscar nomination.) “The High and the Mighty” was one of Wayne’s best films, along with “The Quiet Man” and “Sands of Iwo Jima” (I like Wayne as an actor, although he stayed too long, but don’t think much of him as a person). Among “more modern” films, my taste runs to Turturro’s and Boyle’s performances in “Men of Respect” and Boyle’s comic side in “Young Frankenstein;” I like “My Favorite Year” and “Thief.” Those aren’t all my favorites but more than enough.

  • fbusch

    Watched “The African Queen” again last night. Captain Horatio Hornblower, The Quiet Man, Yankee Doodle Dandy, The 13th. Warrior, The Wild bunch, Mag. Seven, Seven Samauri, Mad,mad, mad, World,both of Coopers foreign legion movies, What a way to go!, Where’s Papa, Paint your Wagon, In Harms Way, Any Sabu movie, Oh so many more, Even Avatar.

  • GaryKoca

    The Flash Gordon serials with Buster Crabbe were indeed terrific. If I had to vote on my favorite movies, I would put Double Indemnity, The Best Years of Our Lives, Singin’ in the Rain, the original King Kong, and Reap the Wild Wind would certainly be up there.

  • Deanie_Loomis

    I have many, many favorites, but first and foremost is Elia Kazan’s “Splendor in the Grass” (1961). It has been my absolute favorite for more than 30 years, and I don’t expect anything to top it in the future. And, as you see above, I often use the name of Natalie Wood’s character as a screen name.

  • Genevap

    My favorites that I watch over and over…..I have many favorites but the one that I have watched the most is The Shawshank Redemption. Just watched it again last night.

  • Larry

    What really made me interested in movies were the horror flicks that Dr. Shock used to run on Saturday afternoon and evening in the seventies. Of those, the Universal classics from the thirties were the best. So BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, the peak of the early horror cycle and an outstanding movie, is my favorite. After that, I’d go for THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, THE THIRD MAN, CASABLANCA, THE BLACK CAT(another horror gem with Karloff and Lugosi, directed by the great Edgar Ulmer), the Alistair Sim version of SCROOGE, SUNSET BOULEVARD…the list could go on and on.

  • Marty

    My top 5 – CABARET, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, DANCES WITH WOLVES, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLFE, and Zefirelli’s ROMEO AND JULIET.

    • http://www.facebook.com/micki555 Michaline ‘Micki’ Rezler-Morri

      Marty, I love you! Great list and my fave five, too!

  • Julie

    I love “Summer Place”, it is a romantic movie, not so much the teen love plot, but the adult relationship. Richard Egan is such a hunk with lines to his love interest (Dorothy McGuire) when he tells her “I love you too much to speak”, what woman wouldn’t want some guy to tell her this? I also love the funny lines by Arthur Kennedy, who takes a serious situation and adds some humor to it. Of course we wouldn’t want to forget Constance Ford as the villianous mother who you just loved to hate. It had a happy ending for most, but there was a lesson to be learned by young people watching it. When I was a young girl, Sandra Dee and Troy Donahue were my idols, so you can see why I loved this movie so much.

  • Hildegard

    My all time favourite movie is “Tomorrow is Too Late” [Domani e troppo tardi], directed by Leonide Moguy, starring Anna Maria Pierangeli [later Pier Angeli], 1949. Fortunately amazon fr. has it on DVD. My second favourite: “Le passage du Rhin” by Andre Cayatte, 1960, which had a short run here as “Tomorrow is my Turn”, and the third would be the British film “Interlude”, 1968 with Oskar Werner.

  • C.J. Gelfand

    My ten favorites (in no particular order): The Third Man, Topkapi, Rififi, Citizen Kane, Double Indemnity, Charade, Seven Days In May, The Apartment, Touch of Evil, Love in the Afternoon. There are others I love, but these ten are ones I watch over and over, and never tire of.

  • George Matusek

    My favorites are those that I never get tired of re-watching : these include “Citizen Kane” and “The Magnificent Ambersons” by Orson Welles, “Twentieth Century” (1934) a screwball comedy directed by Howard Hawks (starring a hilarious John Barrymore, Carole Lombard, and Walter Connolly), all the screwball comedies written and directed by the legendary Preston Sturges (especially “The Lady Eve” and “The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek”), “Swing Time” (1935, with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers), “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Sons of the Desert” (Laurel & Hardy), “Seven Chances” (a Buster Keaton silent comedy), “The Thin Man,” “The Firemen’s Ball” (a Czech film), “L’Avventura” (Italian), and if I may be permitted to add a British TV miniseries, “Pride and Prejudice” (1995, with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle — a great adaptation of the classic novel by Jane Austen). World War II was going on during my early childhood years, during which I saw many war movies, but to me the most memorable war movie was John Ford’s “They Were Expendable” — it has a great sense of comradeship and authenticity.

  • Sarah

    Top 5: It’s a Wonderful Life, Sunset Blvd, The Sting, The Sandlot, and City Lights.

  • arguellogomez

    My baker’s dozen, in order of preference: “The Heiress”, “The Women”, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, “Sabrina”, “Gone With the Wind”, “An Affair to Remember”, “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”, “A Place in the Sun”, “The Hours”, “White Christmas”, “Something for Everyone”, “Maurice” and “Evil Under the Sun”.
    And to round up to my top 50: “Camille”, “Jezebel”, “The Letter”, “Brief Encounter”, “Notorious”, “My Foolish Heart”, “All About Eve”, “A Streetcar Named Desire”, “The Great Caruso”, “How to Marry a Millionaire”, “Picnic”, “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing”, “The Eddy Duchin Story”, “Vertigo”, “Separate Tables”, “Gigi”, “Auntie Mame”, “Suddenly, Last Summer”, “The Unforgiven”, “North by Northwest”, “From the Terrace”, “Gypsy”, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, “My Fair Lady”, “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg”, “Ship of Fools”, “Darling”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “The Damned”, “Cabaret”, “Family Plot”, “The Turning Point”, Zeffirelli’s “La Traviata”, “La Femme d’a Cote”, “Careful, He Might Hear You”, “Brokeback Mountain”, “Doubt”.

  • Fred Weigel

    Favorites are: High Noon, To Kill A Mockingbird and the entire James Bond series

  • Tom

    Because I love a good comedy, Irene Dunne and Cary Grant in “The Awful Truth” – THAT is my all time favorite. Because I adore Audrey Hepburn “Sabrina” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” and then because of Kim Novak, perhaps “Bell, Book and Candle” And for sheer spectacle and glamour (I am being ironic!) “Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert!”

  • Fred B.

    Just a few of wonderful movies I grew up with:

    “The Seachers”- Don’t tell me John Wayne can’t act.

    “Shane”- A beautiful film

    “His Girl Friday”- Grant, Roz Russell and Hawks.,. what a trio.

    “She Wore A Yellow Ribbon”- Remington on film.

    “Beau Geste”- Gary Cooper and Brian Donlevy and the French Foreign Legion..WOW

    “Angles With Dirty Faces” / “Roaring Twenties”/ “White Heat”- 3 of the greatest gangster films ever made and James Cagney at the top of the world….

  • tony vega

    Favorite movie is TILL THE END OF TIME starring Guy Madison & Robert Mitchum.

  • Dave

    Spartacus is No. 1 without a doubt. Dances with Wolves is right up there. Sand Pebbles, The Great Escape, Titanic, Saving Private Ryan, Von Ryan’s Express, They Died With Their Boots On — all rate as movies I could watch over and over. On the comedy side, Night at the Opera and any of the Three Stooges or Laurel and Hardy movies rate as terrific.

  • graham bryant

    random harvest

  • http://www.facebook.com/gary.gaudio.1 Gary Gaudio

    White heat. Gunga din. Jason and the argonauts. Bonnie and Clyde.

  • Erin

    Here are some of my favorites in no particular order: Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Mary Poppins, Dr. Dolittle (Rex Harrison), Lost in A Harem (Abbott and Costello), The Three Godfathers (John Wayne version), The Phantom of the Opera (Claude Rains), All the Thin Man movies, The Hound of the Baskervilles ( Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee), Murder Ahoy (Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple), The Rocketeer ( I know it’s not a classic, but I love it), On Her Majesty’s Secrect Service, and The Slipper and the Rose

  • Daniel A

    My god, I could never possibly pick a reasonable number. But to name just a few, in absolutely no order at all: The Big Sleep, Casablanca, Animal Crackers, Moonrise Kingdom, Hatari, The Lodger, and Singin’ in the Rain.

  • rich

    Stalag 17, To Kill A Mocking Bird, Ben Hur, Some Like It Hot, Outlaw Josey Wales, The Searchers, Will Penny, The Natural, The Green Mile, Big, Stand By Me, Shawshank Redemption, Die Hard, Casablanca, North By Northwest, Bad Day At Black Rock, On Golden Pond, Mr Roberts, The Bishop’s Wife, Christmas Story, The Thing (1951), Song of The South, Memphis Belle, Twelve O’Clock High, Battle Cry, One Touch of Venus, Keys of the Kingdom, OnThe Beach, Dr. Strangelove, Being There, My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, The Harry Potter Series of Films, The Lord of the Rings Series, Chocolat, Oh Brother, Where Art Thou, Cool Hand Luke, The Magnificent 7, The Cowboys, Gladiator, Fried Green Tomatoes, Driving Miss Daisy, The Steel Magnolias, Blood Brother, The Color Purple, Terminator, Silent Night, Conagher, As Good As It Gets, Going My Way, Bells of St. Mary’s, High Society, Manchurian Candidate (1962), and I could probably name some more.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Susan-Woods/100000090516059 Susan Woods

    My fav’s – DANCES WITH WOLVES, THE POSTMAN, THE ALAMO, THE PATRIOT, and of course, AVATAR.

  • BernardS

    Like Bill Dunphy, I remember the good old days of the 50s, 60s and time spent in movie theaters
    which play double bills were the greatest entertainment ever ! Our minds were shaped by the movies we saw, for me, the musicals were the most impressive and enjoyable, I still watch these
    “childhood” favorites over and over again–such as “The Glass Slipper”, “7 Brides for 7 Brothers”
    “South Pacific”, “Pillow Talk” ” Funny Face” and of course “My Fair Lady” and “Sound of Music” !
    Then come the horror, sci-fi movies like “Horrors of Dracula”, ” The Incredible Shrinking Man”,
    “House of Wax” “Time Machine”, it wasn’t until the 80s that I ” discovered timeless sentimental
    melodramas like “Imitation of Life”, “Casablanca”, “An Affair to Remember” etc etc. Yeah,
    what a joy we live in a time where we can see all the movies/films of the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s !
    You can keep the movies of 70s, 80s, 90s few were able to charmed (?) me !!!

  • Black & White Critic in Color

    Consider if you will: Idlewild; Man on Fire; Devil in the Blue Dress; Open Range; Moby Dick; The Color Purple; The Apostle; Treasure of The Sierra Madre; Its a Mad, Mad, Mad World; Mutiny on the Bounty; Shawshank Redemption; JFK…………..

  • http://twitter.com/Bryankr Bryan Ruffin

    In no particular order, my favorites The Searchers, Shawshank Redemption, To Have and Have Not, White Heat, Ben Hur, Casablanca, A Day At the Races, Hondo, Das Boots, McClintock, Star Wars (all 6) Rocky III, Saving Private Ryan, Laura, Room For One More, A River Runs Through It, Gran Torino, The Last Castle, Rebel Without A Cause, Cool Hand Luke, The Great Escape.
    To be honest, I have many that I can watch over and over again, but these are several of the better ones, in my opinion.

  • Classic Film Lover

    My favorite movies are: THEM, Camille, I Am a Fugitive from a Chain-Gang, Now, Voyager and
    The Letter.

  • ROGER LYNN

    my all time fave are 1-TO KILL A MOCKINBIRD

    2-GONE WITH THE WIND

    3-THE TOWERING INFERNO

    4-TO SIR WITH LOVE

    5-THE GUNS OF NAVARONE

    6-THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE

    7-FORCE 10 FROM NAVARONE

    8-DON’T JUST STAND THERE

    9-FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD

    10-THE LION IN WINTER

    11-25JOHN WAYNE-1960-MCCLINTOCK,TRUE GRIT-1976 ALL OF HIS FILMS WERE JUST GREAT IN THIS PERIOD..
    26-40-CLINT EASTWOOD-1970TO MY ALL TIME FAVE FILM OF HIS——GRAN TORINO HIS BEST ACTED AND DIRECTED…………….HONORABLE MENTION
    TO BE OR NOT TO BE(MEL BROOKS)
    THE CAR
    THE PUPPET MASTER(DONALD SUTHERLAND)
    BOB HOPE -1966-172 I’LL TAKE SWEDEN-OH BOY DID I GET A WRONG NUMBER,,SGT O’FARRELL,CANCEL MY RESERVATION……………………

  • Sara

    Ball of Fire with Stanwyck & Cooper, To Have & Have Not, The Best Years of Our Lives, The More The Merrier, Night of the Hunter, anything with Mitchum, Tracy, Bogie or Gable!!!!!!!! Miracle in the Rain, Random Harvest, etc. etc. etc.

  • Dominic

    I started going to the movies as a young boy – A bachelor Uncle lived with us and every Sunday he would go to the Cemetery to visit the grave of his mother, my grandmother – snd he would take me with him. After the visit we would go to the movies. This would be , mostly, the DeWitt theater on Broadway in Bayonne , NJ. Once and a while we might go to the Strand. Of course , it was always a double feature.
    Every Sunday, 4 to 5 hours in the dark of the movies, taken out of my world as a kid, a teenager
    and I was hurled into the make believe worlds of pirates, crime lords, big business, lonely housewives, cowboys and Indians, and I was mezmerized. And then I saw my first musical, and I was litrally taken out of my body onto that movie screen and I became Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly and I fell in love with Doris Day and Esther Williams and June Allyson. For Four hours every Sunday this was my world, my reality,My favorite movies? – everyone of these double features that captured my life for over 6 years. Thanks, Dominic

  • nicolas

    Even though I’m a guy, I do like these love stories if you want to call them that: BRIEF ENCOUNTER, iNDESCRETION OF AN AMERICAN WIFE (Also known as Terminal Station) HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR. My favorite Western ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST. ORSON WELLES FILMS Citizen Kane, Lady From Shanghai, Touch of Evil. I’m a Big Fan of “THE THIRD MAN ” and also like MASK OF DIMITRIOUS which I highly recommend and would make a great double bill with Third Man. Other CRIME THRILLERS, Out Of The Past, Kiss Me Deadly, Point Blank, 1972 version of The Mechanic. An unusual JAPANSESE film called Branded to Kill. Action film, the greatest though is THE ROAD WARRIOR (Also known as Mad Max II) with Mel GIbson from 1982. My favorite Horror Film of all time is NIGHT OF THE DEMON with Dana Andrews, and Science fiction, also British, black and White, QUATERMASS II with Brian Donlevy.

  • Richard

    In order of favorites:
    #1. GiGi, #2. Now, Voyager, #3. Executive Suite, #4. The Bishop’s Wife,
    and #5. The High and the Mighty…..
    But there are so many others that are worthy of being listed. So many really excellent films to choose from. They all deserve a view…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/michele.gordon.52 Michele Gordon

    Some of my favorite movies are Dark Victory, Hot Spell, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Pillow Talk, The Long, Long Trailer, Tombstone and The Monkey’s Uncle.

  • Mary

    Mama Mia, Pretty Woman, You’ve Got Mail, Singing in the Rain, and Boys Town.

  • Moviepete

    Like a lot of what was already listed. I would like to add, We’re no Angels (Bogie) which is one of my favorite Christmas movies; a classic comedy The Great Race (Curtis, Lemmon and Wood); Never Cry Wolf, a beautifuly scenic film with a sweet/sad story, and Starman for the scifi fans out there.

  • Zappaholic

    The Big Lebowski, Army of Darkness, Robin Hood w/Errol Flynn, & Highlander

  • oreo’s mom

    WOW!. HERE GOES, THE ROBE, ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, MIRACLE ON 34TH ST, (OLD ONE), ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE, HANG EM HIGH, HEARTBREAK RIDGE, BRINGING UP BABY, THE PHILEDELPHIA STORY, AGNES OF GOD, JAWS, KMITATION OF LIFE, (LANA TURNER). Mississippi Burning, A time to kill, The color Purple, The Well, Them! twelve angry men, singing in the rain, purple rain, little shop of horror, ( rick moranis). Guess whose coming to dinner, to sir with love, the defiant ones, shoot to kill, the jackal, the incredible shrinking man, wait until dark, the birds, rear window, the man who shot liberty valance.just a few.

  • simbasguard

    My Favorite Movies and Lion King, Balto, Ice Age (Franchise) and The Avengers (Franchise, Marvel).

  • Dawn

    Everybody has great lists. I love Harvey with James Stewart. It is Stewart at his best. I also love Wizard of Oz and any comedy with Bob Hope or Abbott and Costello. I’m a big Hitchcock fan as well.

  • Joe Gregorio

    I have so many favorites, not in any particular order or necessarily the most popular or well known. Off the top of my head: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, How Green Was My Valley, Angels With Dirty Faces, City for Conquest, Adventures of Robin Hood, They Died With Their Boots On, Gentleman Jim, Rear Window, Psycho, The Lady Vanishes, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Asphalt Jungle, Roman Holiday, Friendly Persuasion, On the Waterfront, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, North by Northwest, Miracle on 34th Street, The Apartment, My Favorite Year, Keys of the Kingdom, The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer, The Mark of Zorro,The Luck of the Irish, Caine Mutiny, Sabrina, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Designing Woman, My Favorite Year, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Ball of Fire, Pride of the Yankees, Call Northside 777, I Remember Mama, and many, many more.

  • spelbinds

    The Quiet Man, The Miracle (with Carroll Baker), The Bishop’s Wife, John Carpenter’s Halloween, The Original The Thing From Another World, Jaws, Disney’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Original Brief Encounter, Double Indemnity, Great Outdoors

  • dardavis01

    In no particular order – I watch these over and over: Random Harvest; Notorious; I Remember Mama; The White Cliffs of Dover; Captain Blood; The Sound of Music; Singin’ in the Rain; anything with Astaire and Rogers; The Awful Truth; Camille; Queen Christina; anything with William Powell and Myrna Loy. I could go on and on…

  • Twistie

    A random sampling of some of my favorite movies: Whiskey Galore, Kind Hearts and Coronets, Double Indemnity, The Princess Bride, This is Spinal Tap, The Private Life of Henry VIII, Heavenly Creatures, Damsel in Distress, Duck Soup, Public Enemy, All About Eve, Anatomy of a Murder, Inherit the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Ladykillers (Alec Guinness version), The Lion in Winter, The African Queen, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Fisher King, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Harold and Maude, Wilby Wonderful, Casablanca, One, Two, Three, Champagne for Ceasar, Help!, Elephant Parts, Bottle Shock, Galaxy Quest, and The Birds.

    Yes, my tastes are somewhat eclectic. Why do you ask?

  • Kent

    A small correction: I also love Peyton Place, but it was filmed in Camden, Maine, not New Hampshire. The local library provides a map of the shooting locations and it makes for a very interesting day for those who enjoy the movie.

  • psiegel

    There are so many movies to consider in picking my favorites. I would have to start with The Godfather 1 & 2. After that I would go to Gunga Din, Frankenstein, Dracula, Psycho, White Heat, Public Enemy, Yankee Doodle Dandy. The next batch would include Goldfinger, A Bronx Tale, Goodfellas, Captain Blood, The Sea hawk, Gladiator, Spartacus and Jesus christ Superstar. As an avid movie watcher I am afraid this list could go on forever. But the ones I mentioned seem to come into my mind the fastest. Honorable mention goes to 12 Angry Men (with Henry Fonda), All the Good Men, They Died with Their Boots on, and The Fighting 69th, There are also a few movies in last years academy award nominees such as Argo, Django Unchained, Zero Dark Thirty and Seven Psychopaths.

  • paul c.

    So many, but I list as my five favorites: “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “East of Eden” (the film with James Dean, not the very good mini-series with Jane Seymour), “One-Eyed Jacks,” “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” and “Resurrection” with Ellen Burstyn.

  • JIM DRISCOLL

    After reading Bill Dunphy’s account of his movie experiences, and the effect they had on him, I have to say that I understand exactly where he is coming from. As a youth, at the ripe old age of only 10 years old, I was going to my local theaters on the east side of Detroit alone, and seeing at times 3 features, along with those great Serial chapters, cartoons & previews. My favorites were many: the B-Westerns were at the top of the list, from Roy and Gene, to Tim Holt, Bill Elliott, Lash LaRue, Whip Wilson, Rocky Lane, and many more. Then, of course, there were The Bowery Boys, Abbott &Costello, Tarzan, Jungle Jim, and Bomba, the Jungle Boy. They all became my favorites.

    My top 5 A-Feature Films of all-time: “PICNIC”, “ON THE WATERFRONT”, “DR. ZHIVAGO”, “NORTH BY NORTHWEST” and “SHANE” . All classics, as I recall. Lately, sadly, such “classics” have been few and far between. They just “don’t make ‘em like they used to”….that’s for sure.

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  • Patrick

    I have so many also (many noted here) but I’ll make special mention to one that influenced my life but unfortunately is not well know “Changes” starring Kent Lane.

  • Suz

    Desk Set with Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy and a great supporting cast. This holds up over time. I still watch it every year or so.

  • http://www.facebook.com/don.nicastro.71 Don Nicastro

    THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON’T THEY? has taken the prize in my eyes. In spite of the depressing theme, it is the most memorizing film that I have ever seen. This is SIDNEY POLLACK’S masterpiece. Maybe one day, he’ll get the recognition.

  • Judy_J

    Gone With The Wind. Shawshank Redemption. My Man Godfrey. Best Years of Our Lives. Blazing Saddles. Kiss Me Kate. Going My Way. Oklahoma! The Producers. Dr. Zhivago. Sabrina (the original with Audrey Hepburn). Dr. Strangelove. Victor, Victoria. Those are just a few.