What Movies Are You Thankful For?

This week’s movie poll on MovieFanFare asks you to pick what your favorite Thanksgiving movie scene is. But while we are on the subject of the holiday, I thought I would give you the reader a chance to sound off about what films you feel thankful for.

So here’s what I’d like you to do: in the comments section of this post, let me know what movie you feel gratitude for and why.

These don’t have to be holiday-specific films (like the pictured Planes, Trains and Automobiles). Mainly I’m looking for you to tell me about movies that you cherish all year round and the various reasons why you love them so.

Whether you are grateful for the warmth that watching a classic like Casablanca gives you or just thankful that J.J. Abrams didn’t screw up the Star Trek franchise, I can’t wait to hear what you have to say.

Happy Thanksgiving!

  • JIM RICK

    BEING73, I HAVE SEEN LOTS OF HOLIDAY MOVIES, BUT HAVE TO SAY “MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS” IS STILL NUMBER 1 FOR ME…WHAT WARMTH ALL THE ACTORS REPRESENT, AND OF COURSE THIS STILL IS GARLAND AT HER BEST…..

  • jim k

    the best years of my life bar none. i was in my late twentys the first time i saw this classic and i fell in love with it, mainly because of my dad, he was a tailgunner in a b-17, and was shot down over bremen germany in june 1943 and was, as he used to say, a guest of nazi germany for 9 months. i was in my late teens when my mom convinced him to talk about his experiences. when i saw this movie a light went on and i understood just some of the things that the men experience after coming home from war.

  • Clint

    Errol Flynn’s Robin Hood is my all-time favorite film. The helpless and oppressed underdogs are organized in a revolt against tyrannical leaders “drunk on human blood” to borrow a phrase from the movie. Good triumphs in the end. I can believe that enduring the difficult may lead to freedom!! A great message and delivered with such style!! The music, the pageantry, the villians, the good guys–all are great in their roles!! It’s my feel-good movie choice!!

  • Larry Cole

    Fantasia is my movie. It was the first movie I ever saw and it set me into my love of movies and loving music at the same time. The Wizard of Oz would be my second movie. Both of these showed what a good positive imagination can do.

  • Trystan

    The English Patient; Some Like It Hot; Brokeback Mountain; A Room with a View; Lawrence of Arabia; Sense and Sensibility; The Last Emperor……..7 films to be VERY thankful!

  • Ron Howe

    “Dances With Wolves”
    “To Kill A Mockingbird”
    “The Ten Commandments”
    “Ben-Hur”
    “The Sound of Music”

  • Ross B

    I am thankful for true historic movies,
    that have an uplifting ending. So I say ‘Apollo 13′. I was 12 when the real Apollo 13 mission happened. Living through the situation where we brought back our astronauts alive was so triumphant. But soon this ‘failed mission’ wanted to be forgotten, even by NASA. And for people younger than me it was unknown. So Thank You direcor Ron Howard and every one involved for bring this thankful true story to the screen.

  • John

    Having just gone through cancer treatment, I am thankful for “Ikiru”. This film shows what good can come from relentlessly pursuing your dreams, no matter how bad the situation may be.

  • Judy

    Ben Hur
    The Princess Bride
    The Man From and Return to Snowy River
    The Thin Man Series

  • chevybob

    I can watch “A Christmas Carol” any time of year and I can’t think of a version I don’t like. From Reginald Owen, Alastair Sim, George C. Scott, even Henry Winkler and the Disney animated versio, I like them all, some more than others. I figure it must be the story that makes it so good.

  • Vickie

    White Christmas.

  • JDC

    Actually “Planes Trains and Automobiles” is a great chioce – and a justifiable Thansgiving classic. Few movies work as well as remarkably funny social commentary yet poignant and touching on a human level. Martin and Candy demonstrate great range in merging happenstance and two very different characters into a crazy but ultimately warm dependency which ends up making us all thankful. One of John Hughes’ best.

  • Trippy Trellis

    THE HEIRESS
    The Women
    Breakfast at Tiffany’s
    Sabrina
    Gone With the Wind
    White Christmas
    A Place in the Sun
    An Affair to Remember
    The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
    Maurice
    From the Terrace

  • DIRK

    I apologize to repeat my response from the other thread, but PENNY SERENADE for a Holiday viewing is right up there with Charlie Brown Christmas and Grinch! Can’t go wrong with Cary Grant and Irene Dunn and their trials of timelapse — thru meeting, newlyweds, adoption, holidays, and unrest; all explained to us by listening to their record collection!! A tremendous device to tell a story and wonder why it hasn’t been used again & again to date!

  • Tamazon

    A Christmas Carol (Alistair Sim)
    Maytime & Naughty Marietta (Ah, sweet mystery of life, Jeanette and Nelson have found thee!)
    Casablanca
    The Brothers Bloom
    Night of the Hunter
    Pride and Predjudice (old AND new)
    Lagaan
    Babette’s Feast
    Three Godfathers
    White Christmas
    The Wizard of Oz and Meet Me In St. Louis
    Rear Window

  • Tamazon

    Oops, forgot: To Have and Have Not – Bogey and Bacall , Walter Brennan, AND Hoagy Charmichael all in perfect form!

  • Kai Ferano

    Right up front comes to mind: “A Christmas Carol” with Alistair Sim (may he rest in peace);
    “Mickey” with Lois Butler; “The Gift of Love” with Lee Remick; “Charlie Bubbles” with Albert Finney and “If” with Malcolm McDowell.

  • Kai Ferano

    How did I forget “Jesus of Nazareth” starring Robert Powell, among many other top-notch stars?

  • Daniel E. Coates

    I would have to say You Can’t Take It With You.Allthe fun characters from Ann Miller to Donald Meeks. I thought the way lionel Barrymore and Ed Arnold ended up at the end was terrific. Plus you get to throw in Jimmie Stewart and Jean Arthur also. Great movie. I must have seen it at least 7 or 8 times.

  • Linda Fitzgerald

    1. GIANT
    2. The Women (original)
    3. The Spiral road
    4. Seconds
    5. ALL of Fred Astaire’s Films (with or w/o Ginger)
    6. Almost all of Gene Kelly’s films
    7. Bus Stop
    8. Citizen Kane
    9. Schindler’s List
    10. Hereafter
    There are so many great films – classic and today – that belong on lists. E.T., Apollo 13, Gaslight, Indiscrete, most of James Stewart’d and Cary Grant’s film … and on and on we go.
    Personally, Gone With the Wind is overblown and over-rated (the burning of Atlanta does not a film make) as is Ben-Hur and the simply God-awful Ten Commandments …. BORING to SNORING!

  • Linda

    The Apartment. Best closing line EVER!

  • Jeff Beste

    I have to say

    White Christmas, Guess who’s coming to dinner( the original )Princess Bride, Hopscotch ( a great sleeper with Walter Matthau ) A Time to Kill , Mr. Holland’s Opus, Fireproof, Absence of Malice, The Titans, Big, Facing the Giants and wow I do love good movies but especially the ones that have a great message with them, stand up for what is right and just and treat others with respect etc..

  • Trisha Johnston

    Thanksgiving Day movie at our house is always “Trains, Planes and Automobiles”. I always cry when Del finally admits that his wife has passed.
    There are many, many movies that I am thankful for including: Dear Heart, Harvey, It’s A wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street.

  • mike

    I agree with Ron Howe, with one exception.
    His list: “Dances With Wolves”
    “To Kill A Mockingbird”
    “The Ten Commandments”
    “Ben-Hur”
    “The Sound of Music”

    “To Kill A Mockingbird is further down on my list. I’d substitute “The Godfather” & “The Godfather, Part 2″ , edited into chronological order.

  • Emy Atchley

    Oh, gosh, I don’t know. I have always been a romantic at heart. Anything, romance and music, like
    Singing in the Rain
    The Jolson Story
    The Sound of Music
    White Christmas
    The Christmas Cottage (Thomas Kinkade)
    The Christmas Shoes

  • Alex

    Chalk up another point for “Casablanca.” This movie has everything: suspense, stellar cast (including the best character actors on the Warner Bros. lot), a great Max Steiner score, evocative sets, and even comedy (I still laugh out loud every time Inspector Renaud declares that he is shocked that there is gambling going on at Rick’s). Ingrid Bergman never looked so good; and suave Paul Henreid was a perfect foil for gritty Humphrey Bogart. And I always tear up when Ernest Laslo leads the orchestra in a rousing “La Marseillaise.” I watch this film often and am thoroughly entertained each time.

  • reeves

    Random Harvest; The Wizard of OZ; Meet Me In St. Louis; Mrs. Miniver; A Christmas Carol; Rear Window; Warerloo Bridge; The Birds; The Searchers; The Quiet Man; Stagecoach; The Spirit of St. Louis; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; My Fair Lady; She Wore a Yellow Ribbon….for starters….

  • Jerseyjoe

    When I’m down, I mean really down, I watch Mr. Holland’s Opus. As a musician I know the film has flaws but I don’t care. It’s the film that pulls me back up and helps me stay together.

  • Lorri

    There are so many movies that I love and am thankful for, but I can’t list them all, so here are a very few:

    Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
    A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott)
    The Bishop’s Wife (Loretta Young)
    From The Tarrace
    Now, Voyager
    The Idolmaker
    The Sound of Music
    Steel Magnolias
    Titanic
    Days of Wine and Roses
    Thelma and Louise

  • doug

    All the great lines from Casablanca, “Here’s looking at you kid” “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship” “Play it, Sam. Play “As time goes by” “Round up the usual suspects” “We’ll always have Paris” and so many more. GREAT.

  • JeffryDVD

    I am thankful that so many classic films still exist for us to watch, and I am particularly thankful that there are still silent films around, considering that 80-90% are lost forever.

    Specific films: SUNRISE, THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER, SEVEN SAMURAI, SCHINDLER’S LIST, the TOY STORY trilogy, Abel Gance’s NAPOLEON, CHILDREN OF PARADISE, anything from Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd and Laurel & Hardy’s silent period, any talkie with W. C. Fields, FANTASIA, the WB cartoons from 1930-1966 and the occasional one since then, A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE RIGHT STUFF, MANHATTAN and for a Thanksgiving scene-MIRACLE ON 34th STREET (1947).

  • jerry tunnell

    To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite. It had so much to say.

  • ed

    how anybody who can call ‘the 10 commandments’ completey boring with the greatest and still the greates special effect scene’ parting of the red sea’. story telling at it’s greatest leavel. same as ben hur gone with the wind el cid. to many kid critics now whose idea of greatest movies was made about an hour ago and kids your cartoon movies already show their over blown and can’t remember one from another. i was bored with avatar in 15 minutes.

  • Bob Passaro

    Surprisingly, XANADU. We were coming of of the hard-rock era of the 60’s and 70’s -a time when musicals were scorned, and this film, using the old MGM technique, blended the rock sounds of the 70’s with the swing sounds of the 40’s, and showed their marked similarity. I wept when I fist saw XANADU, because I knew the long-absent musical was not dead! It was Gene Kelly’s last dance on film, and who better to co-star with – the lovely and wonderful Olivia Newton-John!

  • Blair Kramer.

    I’m just thankful for all movies in general, even the questionable ones. Without the bad movies, we wouldn’t be able to recognize the good ones.

  • Jack

    Being the same vintage I am (70 yrs young) The Maltese Falcon, a true classic with wonderful actors delivering their lines with crisp, snappy and unaffected mannerisms. John Huston proved himself a master storyteller with this film, being his first at the helm.
    The Godfather I and II. These films cannot be separated. They are true masterpieces.

  • Jack Stano

    There are lots , but my favorite is We Were Soldiers. I was there and I can relate!

  • Susan W.

    Gone With the Wind

    The movie is just one big emotional drama that I simply adore. Any problem can be solved with a line from Gone With the Wind…after all tomorrow is another day! Who could resist Rhett Butler played by Clark Gable leering from the bottom of the grand staircase even if he’s not received by the best families in Charleston? Ahhhh

  • Roger Lindberg

    Any MGM musical–especially with Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire–makes me feel great and who can forget Casablanca, Rear Window, Gone with the WInd, The Godfather, The Philadelphia Story, Auntie Mame, Wizard of Oz, and countless others too many to mention–lots to be thankful for!!

  • Publius

    All of these lists are great! here are my films that I’m thankful for, with comments; and I wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving.

    1.) The Films of Laurel & Hardy; Hollywood would never have been the same without them–and their wonderful slapstick comedies. They were an inspiration to me as a child, and they still are!
    2.) Breaking Away. A film that, at last, trained the camera on American life. The whole cast is excellent, and there isn’t a dull moment in this wonderful film.
    3.) Citizen Kane. A film that started so many careers and had so many good camera angles in it. Unusually creative, and is still interesting to see after all these years. Bernard Herrmann’s first film score.
    4.) The Sound of Music. When Julie Andrews starts singing and the camera sweeps over those wonderful Austrian hills, my heart leaps with her and her adventures. I knew a girl that dressed herself like Julie does when she first meets the children. She was a folk dancer, and I always saw her when the group got together.
    5.) The Wizard of Oz. A perfect film! We always see it during Thanksgiving.
    6.) Ben-Hur. The greatest of all epics.
    7.) Jesus of Nazareth. This huge film has always been my favorite of the Gospel narratives. Not only does it present Christ’s life from a historical point of view, but a spiritual one as well. Zefferelli’s masterpiece.
    8.) Romoe and Juliet. The film that made me fall in love with Shakespeare’s words for the first time.
    9.) Fantasia. The first time that classical music was wedded to visual art without a seam showing.
    10.) It’s A Wonderful Life. Frank Capra’s masterpiecel and, let’s face it, it IS a wonderful life!!
    There are many others on my list, but these are the ones that I revere, with runners-up being SUNRISE, the greatest silent film ever made, and PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Chaney’s characterization is his finest. NOt only in the art of make-up, but in the art of acting.

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYBODY!!!

  • SimbasGuard

    I am grateful for The Lion King, it showed me that even as an Adult I can still enjoy an animated move. Especially since Lion King woks on such an adult level (E.G. Loss, Accepting your responsibility, and doing what is right. Even if that is not the easiest thing to do).

  • sugarpussoshea

    I am grateful for any movies with Wm Powell and Myrna Loy, Cary Grant and Irene Dunne, Cary and Katherine, Katherine and Spence, Bogie and Bacall, Harlow and Gable, Kay Francis and George Brent and Merle Oberon, Larry and Viv,~~~~~and that they are being taken care of so I can enjoy them for now and (hopefully) years to come.
    I’m grateful I got to know Constance Bennett, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Carole Lombard when they were young and at their best on screen. There, of course, is more; but I’m sure you know the ones I mean.

  • Bill

    Well my all time favorite sound movie is.”It Happened One Night”…and my all time silent movieis “The Big Parade”….”It Happened One Night”was the first movie to win all 5 Oscars…And it is just a great movie that i never get tired of watching…and the same goes for “The Big Parade”…Which was M.G.M’s big blockbuster movie at the time and for several years after…Now the more modern movies movies are “Pretty Woman”..and “Moonstruck”…And of the the first two “Godfather” movies….

  • Edward Scott

    Most of those listed above are on my list, and some I now know I need to find. On my list is Once Upon A Time In America, long version, Arthur (original), The Great Escape, Oceans 11 (original), Brigadoon, Rome Adventure, Say Anything, Chinatown…

  • Dmitri

    The Grapes of Wrath
    Auntie Mame
    The Red Shoes
    She Done Him Wrong
    I’m No Angel
    Duck Soup
    A Night at the Opera

  • jlwsmurf

    My favorite is “We’re No Angels” with Humphrey Bogart, Aldo Ray, and Peter Ustinov (and Adolph). The three actors played off each other so beautifully with Joan Bennett, Leo G. Carroll and Basil Rathbone as a marvelous supporting cast.

    Honorable mention goes to Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast, To Kill a Mockingbird, 12 Angry Men, Dodsworth, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Singin in the Rain, and I’m stopping here because I could go on too long.

  • Daver

    there have been alot of great movies,but i remember moma is one of the best

  • Patricia

    I can’t pin it down to one or two movies. I’m grateful that all these wonderful classic films are still available, some nearly 100 years later, to us in the 21st Century.

  • D Murray

    The tear-jerkers get me everytime. “The Enchanted Cottage” with Robert Young, Dorothy McGuire and Mildred Natwick; and Bette Davis’ “Now Voyager” and “Dark Victory”….suspension of disbelief, yes, but Oh! those boxes of paper tissues!

  • Gord Jackson

    In Canada, our thanksgiving comes the second Monday in October, but that isn’t going to stop me from listing films for which I will be eternally thankful.

    “Auntie Mame” (1958) – It’s not only because of the comedy and Rosiland Russell’s bravaura performance, but it’s those punctuating moments of poignancy and drama that set this one apart from all others for me.

    “Hot Millions” (1968) – It’s not thigh-slapping, rolling-in-the-ailles funny, but like “Auntie Mame” it’s moments of poignancy make this very sophisticated comedy a true gem. Headlined by Peter Ustinov and Maggie Smith it co-stars Karl Malden and Bob Newhart. Brilliant!

    “The Pleasure of His Company” (1960) – a Fred Astaire non-musical, this sophisticated comedy, like “Hot Milllions” is ‘subtle’ comedy with Fred the magnificent villain in a piece that co-stars Tab Hunter, Debbie Reymolds, Lili Plamer, Gary Merrill and Charles Ruggles. Another Paramount pic we need on DVD.

    “A Star Is Born” (1954) – Judy Garland was indeed great in “The Wizard of Oz”, “Meet Me in St. Louis” and “Easter Parade”, but never more so for me than in this emotion drenching retake on the unknown-makes-good-in- Hollywood-only-to-find-that-all-that-glitters-is-indeed- not-gold. And with eternal thanks to Warner Brothers, Ron Haver and Fay Kanin, we have a nearly complete reconstruction of the magnificent masterpiece that was originally released before being withdrawn and brutally bludgeoned by the mindless butchery of Harry Warner. Judy deserved an Oscar for this one and James Mason gives us his best turn as the alcoholic Norman Maine. Comic Jack Carson is a revelation in the thankless part of studio publicity huckster Libby, Charles Bickford cross-fertilizes crusty with heart, comic Tommy Noonan brings a little depth to small but pivotal part and George Cukor’s immaculate direction from Moss Hart’s incredible screen play is very appropriately cynical.

    “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” (1968) – Maggie Smith won a well deserved Oscar as the wilful, fatally flawed Jean Brodie in a film that is as riveting today as it was when first released.

    “The Last Hurrah” (1958) At times a little hokey and overly-sentimental, John Ford’s brilliant adaptation of Frank O’Connors delightful take on Irish American politics has to be my favourite Spencer Tracy film and performance, bar none. With Jeffrey Hunter, Pat O’Brien, Diane Foster, Basil Rathbone, John Carradine, James Gleason, Ed Brophy, Donald Crisp, Jane Darwell and Bob Sweeny, it’s a pure delight of which I never tire.

    “Peyton Place” (1957) – Controversial when first released, this one is really just a beautful ‘our town’ soap opera with some of the most goregous cinematography and music I can remember in a film. With Lana Turner at her Oscar nominated best, it co-stars Lloyd Nolan, Diane Varsi, Hope Lang, Russ Tamblyn, Arthur Kennedy, Betty Field, Mildred Dunnock, Leon Ames, Terry Moore, Barry Coe, David Nelson and Lorne Greene. Sumptuous viewing.

    “The Spirit of St. Louis” (1957) – This most un-Billy Wilder outing is my desert island movie. I will never forget the scene when Lindbergh (James Stewart) hollers in uncontrolled euphoria at the crews on the fishing boats below him as he reaches the outskirts of the Irish coast, or his look of total surprise, shock and amazement when he says, “It might be Dingle Bay. It is, it’s Ireland.” I was 17 when I first saw that film and trust me, I flew that plane. I now have the film on DVD, but I have never forgotten how I felt at my initial viewing and yes, how it still gets to me still, every time I watch it. What Lindbergh accomplished, his input into the design and construction of his monoplane, the courage of going in a single engine vehicle with no co-pilot, no radio, no…so many things. It was the ushering in of modern aviation and I thought Billy Wilder, Jimmy Stewart and Franz Waxman’s near-symphonic score captured the era and the event perfectly. It’s become a tradition on or around May 20/21, the overlapping dates of that historic flight, to re-watch “The Spirit of St. Louis” every year. But my love of that film goes beyond even the great feat of that flight, because I so identify with the independent loner that was Charles Lindbergh. And if stranded on a desert island on my own, this loner would look to the dramatization of that loner’s accomplishment for continued encouragement and inspiration. It’s a movie I will never forget and the one, above the many hundreds of others in my collection that I cherish the most. Indeed, my next stop is the Smithsonian in Washington to view the real Spirit of St. Louis.

  • Bob

    I love The Wizard of Oz. When i was a kid I watched it every year on tv and now I watch it every chance I get.

  • Beth

    In no particular order:

    *With Honors
    *White Christmas
    *Desk Set
    *Sleepless in Seattle
    *Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
    *Now, Voyager
    *To Kill a Mockingbird
    *Schindler’s List
    *The Wizard of Oz
    *You’ve Got Mail
    *Working Girl
    *Holiday Inn
    *Return to Me
    *While You Were Sleeping
    *9 to 5
    *Philadelphia
    *What’s Up, Doc?
    *Dances with Wolves
    *Meet Me in St. Louis
    *Boys Town
    *House of Wax (the one with Vincent Price!)

    And many more!

  • Jim Morrella

    It is hard to know where to start. I am grateful for most films before ‘artists’ felt it necessary to parade smut & filth. When I was growing up in the 1950’s I was bedridden. I watched numerous films on television from the 1930’s & 1940’s. Ronald Coleman, Gary Cooper, Jimmy Stewart. John Wayne & many others made life a lot more enjoyable. A specifc film, no. But, many.

  • GAYLE

    A Season for Miracles:: a tv movie, but out of terrible circumstances, an aunt, her niece & nephew
    are encouraged and guided by a mystery angel. Love
    keeps them together, finds a loving husband & father
    and makes a family……..afterall, isn’t that worth
    being thankful for this time of year?

  • Ranny Nella

    I’m thankful for the film, IRON MAN (2008). I was in the hospital in May of that year for quadruple bypass heart surgery and came close to dying. During my post-operative recuperation the television in my hospital room was constantly on and at various times during the day a trailer for IRON MAN would play. My determination to see the film became one of several motivational factors in hastening my recovery. Upon my release (72 days in 3 hospitals), my first major activity back among the living was attending a showing of the film. It didn’t disappoint and was absolutely fantastic and will remain a big favorite of mine. A Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

  • richard finn

    The responders to this question have mentioned many of my favorites as well, but I will restrict my choice to my favorite Christmas movie. Again there are so many, but I believe the one that gives to the watcher the most sincere Chistmas message, the movie that says what Christmas is really supposed to be about, is the movie “The Bishop’s Wife” with Cary Grant, Loretta Young, and David Niven. Also Elsa Lanchester and Monte Wooley played good roles, as did the actor who played the cab driver. I know I love the “Chistmas Story” and “A Christmas Carol”, and all the rest, and I wouldn’t miss them, but “The Bishop’s Wife” is the best.

  • Jim Foster

    That’s an easy choice for me. Tied for first place on my all time list of favorites are the following movies:

    SO DEAR TO MY HEART
    THE WINDOW
    TREASURE ISLAND
    IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

    My favorite actor appears in three of them.

  • Jennie H

    My most favorite of all is Gone With the Wind. I first saw it 55 yrs. ago when I was nine and my love for movies was born. I couldn’t list all that I’m grateful for, but rather the many people and actors who brought them to life. I like many of the new films, but they seem to be made now for their shock value (blood, sex, special fx). I’m most grateful for the older ones when the goal was to entertain you, make you happy or grateful for your life. Even the sad ones leave me feeling good about my life. Give me Davis, Bogart, Stewart, Flynn, Wayne, McDonald & Eddy, Grant, Peck, Dunne, Stanwick, Gable, Tracy, Harlow. My list is endless and for that I am eternally grateful.

  • Ron

    SUNSET BLVD, no question.
    Second place probably goes to SHORT CUTS.
    My two favorite directors at the top of their game

  • Ginny

    I grew up in a small town. We had four movie theaters and I live within four blocks of them. At twelve cents for addmission I went at least three to five times a week. We live in an apartment right in the heart of the city within walking distance. I love all the mention movies.But a few stand out one was Reap the Wild Wind. It had adventure and romance and gaint octopus. another was Hitler’s Children with Tim Holt(a favorite) and Bonita Granville(Nancy Drew)He was trying to be strict Nazi soldier ,but his love for the girl that he grow with was stronger and he died for her. Wow that really blew my mind. I was only a young kid but I can still remember them marching her to the whipping stand.

  • John Field

    Forbidden Planet
    Day the Earth Stood Still (Original of course. In fact, I hate to even have to write “Original”. One of the countless films they should have never tried to re-make)
    It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World
    King Kong – Again, the original of 1933
    Most of the Marx Brothers Films
    Laurel & Hardy
    Abbott and Costello
    and many more too numerous to list.

  • Steve

    “Adventures of Robin Hood” of course! First saw it on TV as a kid on “Frazier Thomas Family Classics” in Chicago some 40+ years ago, went to see it on the screen in the 1980’s and still not tired of it on DVD now!

  • Susan

    I’m thankful for so many movies. My list would be huge if I mentioned them all.
    I’ll just mention a few for very personal reasons that I am very thankful for.

    ‘Little Women’ this movie was the first time as a child I connected a great piece of literature with film.

    ‘Best Years of Our Lives’ I was a teenager/young woman during the Vietnam war and I so identified with all the hurting young men returning home. I fell in love with Dana Andrews right along with Theresa Wright. I would also go out with my parents to the kind of place Butch’s was. The kind of place where if so and so had a few too many someone would safely see them home. If any one’s behaviour or language got out of hand they’d be dealt with kindly and swiftly, not much of that left in this world.

    ‘It Happened One Night’ Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, what more can I say, brilliant by every account !!

    ‘Strangers When We Meet’ I saw this as a young teen and when Kirk Douglas said to Kim Novak, “I want to make love to you” I just melted right there on the living room floor.

    “Boy Did I Get a Wrong Number” Saw this at the Drive In with my parents, never before or after did I hear my Daddy laugh so hard. Phyllis Diller on that motor bike had us all laughing so hard we cried.

    ‘Picnic’ Oh that dance, the most romantic dance ever put on film imho.

    ‘The Facts of Life’ That movie showed that Bob Hope and Lucille Ball were truly great at what they did. Yes it had many comedic moments, but there was real drama and romance there as well. Vastly underrated movie.

    I love all the Classic Christmas Movies, The Bishop’s Wife, White Christmas, Christmas in Connecticut, It’s A Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol, Susan Slept Here, and 2 from TV- The Homecoming and The House Without a Christmas Tree.

    Have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving Everyone !!

  • Chris Worsnop

    I had my Canadian Thanksgiving a month ago. To be thankful for a film, I need to feel rewarded with more than turkey:
    My two tops are:
    Cinema Paradiso – because it reminds me of my dad, the projectionist
    7 Brides for 7 Brothers – because I never tire of watching it.

  • ChuckD

    So many I don’t know where to begin.Anything John Wayne is in, specially IN HARM’S WAY,DONAVAN’S REEF, MCLINTOCK,THE ALAMO,THE SHOOTIST.So many others!

  • George Matusek

    I am thankful for the wonderful comedies written and directed by the legendary Preston Sturges, especially “The Lady Eve,” “The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek,” “Christmas in July,” and “The Palm Beach Story.” Also, I never get tired of re-watching Howard Hawks’s 1934 screwball comedy “Twentieth Century” in which Drew Barrymore’s grandfather John Barrymore is hysterically funny. Equally re-watchable are Orson Welles’s two masterpieces “Citizen Kane” and “The Magnificent Ambersons.”

  • Ron

    The Best Years of Our Lives

    Sergeant York

    Patton

    Kramer V Kramer

    Ordinary People

    Saving Private Ryan

    Meet John Doe

    Mr Smith Goes To Washington

    Its A Wonderful Life

    Judgement At Nuremberg

  • Bryan K

    The Shootist
    A Christmas In Connecticut
    It’s A Wonderful Life
    A Day At The Races
    Philadelphia Story
    To Kill A Mocking Bird
    While You Were Sleeping
    On Borrowed Time
    Caddy Shack
    The Sound of Music
    I can’t begin to name all of them! I am so very thankful for so many, not to mention the Actors and the Directors!

  • Craig Anthony

    Like so many of you – I love movies – but there are two movies I always watch when I’m not sure what I want to watch – THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN’S CREEK and THE MAJOR AND THE MINOR. My taste covers all types of films from ALIENS to THE SEARCHERS to THE WOMEN – but I always go back to my two favorites.

  • Jack Jones

    I grew up during the “Golden Age of the Movies” and I am grateful that thanks to video cassette and DVD they are still around for me to watch over and over.

  • Bill Dunphy

    Meet me in St Louis is great any time of the year, The Apartment, The Quiet Man, The shop around the Corner, Friendly Persuasion, Lovers & other Strangers, anything by Frank Capra, and of course Alfred Hitchcock.
    I enjoy museums, and art galleries, but for pure year round enjoyment movies are the artform I seek out the most.

  • Vince Briani

    An American in Paris
    An Affair to Remember
    Treasure of Sierra Madre
    The Red Shoes
    Wait Till the Sun Shines Nellie
    Moonstruck
    Rashomon
    Topkapi
    Notorius
    Citizen Kane
    Gone With the Wind
    Indiscreet
    Man Who Knew Too Much
    Sundowners

  • Geneva P

    I have so many, but here are a few.

    Godfather I and II
    The Sound of Music
    Titanic (Cliff Webb and Barbara Stanwyck)
    The Ten Commandments
    Mildred Pierce
    The Shawshank Redemption (film of a friendship)
    Ben-Hur
    The Proud Rebel (Alan Ladd)
    Red River
    Once Upon a Time in America
    The Color Purple
    Slumdog Millionaire
    Bird of Paradise (Jeff Chandler, Louis Jordan)
    Porgy and Bess (Dorothy Dandridge)

  • Jack Jones

    My niece who is 18 and interested in the “Golden Age” movies asked me which ones she might enjoy. I sent her a list of 100 (which I enjoyed) and told her when she got thru those I’d send 100 more.

  • Hilary

    A few of my favorites are.
    1. Gone With The Wind
    2. Some Like It Hot
    3. The Women “1939”
    4. Rebecca
    5. The Thin Man

  • Pat

    The movie I am most thankful for is a fairly recent one. It’s “P.S. I Love You”. It was being shown on HBO right at the time of the death of my husband from cancer. I rushed right out after I saw it and purchased my own copy. It got me through a very tough time in my life.

  • Julian C. Lambert

    “A CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT” – heartwarming and funny and a great performance by Barbara Stanwyck.

  • Coleen

    Some of my favorite movies include:
    It’s a Wonderful Life; The King’s Speech;
    The Bells of St. Mary’s; Letters to Juliet;
    In This House of Brede; Victoria and Albert;
    When Harry Met Sally; Miracle on 34th Street;
    Shirley Temple Movies; Eleanor and Franklin;
    Julie and Julia; The Holiday; We Are Marshall;
    Mama Mia!; and too many others to mention!

  • Ellen Badders

    Any and all Bette Davis Movies
    It’s a wonderful life, A Christmas Carol (Alistair Sim), Casablanca, To Kill a Mockingbird,
    Rebecca, Gone With the Wind, Rear Window, the Outlaw Josey Wales. Just to name a few!! Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas all!!!

  • Louis

    Sugerpussoshea, When you say you got to know
    all of those people when they were young, do you
    mean in the movies or in person?
    You named the ones in most of the old movies that
    I love!

    Louis in SC.

  • Alfie

    (Grateful For) Gone With The Wind … Casablanca … A Man For All Seasons … Jane Eyre … Wuthering Heights … Lawrence of Arabia … Dr. Zhivago … Ben Hur … A Night to Remember … An Affair to Remember (the original and #2) … Giant … Random Harvest … The Godfather … Mrs. Miniver, et al. (Guilty Pleasures) Grease … Dirty Dancing … Sleepless in Seattle … Top Gun … Tombstone … Saturday Night Fever … While You Were Sleeping … Picnic … Avatar (solely for its breathtaking 3D effects) … Legends of the Fall … Seven, Chinatown, et al. Far too many in each category to list! Let all generations enjoy the qualilty and variety of such movies for many years to come.

  • Frank D.

    I’m very thankful for the old classics, many in black and white. What enormous talent! The superb script writing, directing and acting in these films are seldom matched in the modern era.

  • Ray Magyar

    I am thankful for “Roman Holiday”. It shows that along with love, there is duty and responsibility regardless of the sacrifice that is required.

  • sugarpussoshea

    Louis –
    I got to know those wonderful actors thru their magic on the screen when “they” were young – and sooo magnetic on the screen. Most of them I saw on the smaller screen of TV – and will go and watch them on the big screen any time I get a chance.
    I’m not so young myself – but I didn’t get to know them personally when they were around – sorry to say. But – I am so thankful we have them to keep us company on any ole cold rainy day – like today…..
    hope we both get the chance to see Christmas in Connecticut again soon…………
    Happy holidaz

  • George

    What a great list of films you’ve come up with! The movie I grew up with was “West Side Story” from 1st to 2nd grade I saw it about 20 times with various siblings and cousins. Wow! Another favorite is “Bombshell” with Jean Harlow — I have it on VHS and recently bought in on DVD. Great writing, great cast!
    Some other films I’m grateful for:
    I’m No Angel (Mae West)
    “A Foreign Affair” (Jeanne Arthur and Marlene Deitrich)
    “Gypsy” (Roz Russell is the best Mama Rose ever!)

  • Susan

    There are at least three people named Susan who respond to Movie Fanfare. I mention this to say that we aren’t overly indulgent in writing so much. In fact for three people we are probably conservative in the amount we contribute. We are obviously thankful for the films we so dearly love including Friendly Persuation.

  • Susan

    And I am much older than the others.

  • Paul Cammisa

    Top Movies for me. 1. Dr Shivago 2.Meet Me in St. Louis. 3.Wizard of Oz. 4.Shindler’s List. 5. Citizen Kane.

  • Mary

    It’s a Wonderful Life, You Can’t Take It With You, Holiday–I’m thankful for the way these movies give me joy.