My Favorite 100 Movies

by waldenpond88 | created - 09 May 2012 | updated - 09 May 2012 | Public

I like film noir best, also the suspenseful British CFF movies for kids which have been filmed in the fifties and sixties.

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1. The Reckless Moment (1949)

Not Rated | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

After discovering the dead body of her teenage daughter's lover, a housewife takes desperate measures to protect her family from scandal.

Director: Max Ophüls | Stars: James Mason, Joan Bennett, Geraldine Brooks, Henry O'Neill

Votes: 3,778

By far the best film noir that I ever watched. Joan Bennett and James mason in an unforgettable thriller based on Elizabeth Sanxay Holding's novel. Filmed on Balboa Island, CA.

2. Woman in Hiding (1950)

Passed | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

After her father is killed in an accident, mill heiress Deborah Chandler marries the plant manager, Selden Clark, but his motives are suspicious.

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Ida Lupino, Stephen McNally, Howard Duff, Peggy Dow

Votes: 581

Rather unknown Ida Lupino & Stephen McNally film noir with an unpredictable plot.

3. My Name Is Julia Ross (1945)

Not Rated | 65 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Julia Ross secures employment, through a rather nosy employment agency, with a wealthy widow, Mrs. Hughes, and goes to live at her house. 2 days later, she awakens - in a different house, ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: Nina Foch, May Whitty, George Macready, Roland Varno

Votes: 2,171

Based on Anthony Gilbert's novel "The Woman in Red". It takes place in Cornwall, but has been filmed somewhere on the coast of California. Nina Foch in her best role!

4. Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

A writer falls in love with a young socialite and they're soon married. But her obsessive love for him threatens to be the undoing of them both, and everyone else around them.

Director: John M. Stahl | Stars: Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price

Votes: 9,949

Gene Tierney and Cornel Wilde in their best movie based on Ben Ames Williams novel. Great soundtrack!

5. Conflict (1945)

Passed | 86 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

An engineer trapped in an unhappy marriage murders his wife in the hope of marrying her younger sister.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Alexis Smith, Sydney Greenstreet, Rose Hobart

Votes: 2,934

Under-estimated Humphrey Bogart thriller with Alexis Smith and Sidney Greenstreet. I enjoyed it much more than "The Big Sleep" or "The Maltese Falcon" (which I both like).

6. Dark Passage (1947)

Passed | 106 min | Film-Noir, Thriller

A man convicted of murdering his wife escapes from prison and works with a woman to try and prove his innocence.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Bruce Bennett, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 16,422

Almost as thrilling as "Conflict". Wonderful movie locations in San Francisco and next to San Quentin.

7. Now, Voyager (1942)

Approved | 117 min | Drama, Romance

A frumpy spinster blossoms under therapy and becomes an elegant, independent woman.

Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper

Votes: 13,911

Interesting drama based on one of the five novels by Olive Higgins Prouty on the Bostonian Vale family. Bette Davis plays a rich heiress, an ugly duckling who turns into a beautiful swan, with a dominant mother. While she escapes her home, she falls in love with Paul Henreid ("Casablanca"). The White Fawn (1931), Lisa Vale (1938), Now, Voyager (1941), Home Port (1947), and Fabia (1951), all focusing on the same fictional family (Olive Higgins Prouty).

8. The Man in the Net (1959)

Unrated | 98 min | Crime, Mystery

A struggling artist in a small town becomes the prime suspect when his wife mysteriously disappears.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Alan Ladd, Carolyn Jones, Diane Brewster, John Lupton

Votes: 493

My favorite Alan Ladd movie based on the thriller by Patrick Quentin. He plays an artist who moved from the big city to the Connecticut countryside and is accused of killing his wife. Beautiful outdoor locations filmed in Connecticut.

9. The Great Gatsby (1949)

91 min | Drama

A Jazz Age bootlegger learns the hard way about the wages of sin.

Director: Elliott Nugent | Stars: Alan Ladd, Betty Field, Macdonald Carey, Ruth Hussey

Votes: 610

Almost nobody knows that long before the Robert Redford version there was already a version with Alan Ladd. I wish it would become available on DVD.

10. Nightmare (1956)

Approved | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A New Orleans musician has a nightmare about killing a man in a strange house but he suspects that it really happened.

Director: Maxwell Shane | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Kevin McCarthy, Connie Russell, Virginia Christine

Votes: 604

The best movie that Kevin McCarthy has done. He plays a musician who dreams that he killed somebody. Edward G. Robinson plays his brother-in-law, a cop who tries to help him solve the mystery of his dream. Filmed in New Orleans.

11. Nightmare (1942)

Approved | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

An ex-gambler helps a beautiful widow, and becomes involved with a murder, secret agents, and saboteurs.

Director: Tim Whelan | Stars: Diana Barrymore, Brian Donlevy, Henry Daniell, Eustace Wyatt

Votes: 77

Lesser known film noir set in WW II England with Drew Barrymore's aunt Diana Barrymore and Brian Donlevy playing the major roles.

12. Five on a Treasure Island (1957)

122 min | Adventure, Family

An Enid Blyton adventure about four young cousins on an island off the Dorset coast in England where a shipwreck attracts the attention of greedy men who might put our heroes in danger.

Director: Gerald Landau | Stars: Rel Grainer, Richard Palmer, Gillian Harrison, John Bailey

Votes: 66

This movie is available at amazon dot co dot uk...if you are looking for a suspenseful movie for kids. It requires a multi-regional DVD player. For all Famous Five fans: this is based on the first Famous Five book by Enid Blyton. Also available at amazon dot co dot uk: "Five have a Mystery to solve".

13. Treasure at the Mill (1957)

60 min | Family

Fourteen-year-old John Adams lives alone with his mother, who works as a cleaning lady for a living. It's holiday time now. John shares his free time between two activities, helping Mr. ... See full summary »

Director: Max Anderson | Stars: Richard Palmer, John Ruddock, Hilda Fenemore, Harry Pettit Jr.

Votes: 15

This movie is available at amazon dot co dot uk...if you are looking for a suspenseful movie for kids. It requires a multi-regional DVD player. This is a story about an old mill (filmed outside of Colchester in Sussex, UK) and a treasure hunt.

Based on Vega Stewart's children's novel.

15. Five Clues to Fortune (1957)

129 min | Crime, Drama

A treasure has been hidden at Woburn Abbey at the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries. When the sale of the present-day estate is threatened three children find this treasure by ... See full synopsis »

Director: Joe Mendoza | Stars: John Rogers, Roberta Paterson, Peter Godsell, David Hemmings

Votes: 18

An exciting treasure hunt in a mansion somewhere in England.

A group of British kids spend their ski vacations close to a castle and solve a mystery.

17. The Young Jacobites (1960)

139 min | Adventure

Two children on holiday on The Isle of Skye, Scotland, go back in time and help Bonnie Prince Charlie escape from Scotland to France.

Director: John Reeve | Stars: Francesca Annis, Jeremy Bulloch, Frazer Hines, John Pike

Votes: 25

A historical CFF movie set in England.

18. Hunted in Holland (1961)

61 min | Adventure, Crime, Family

Tim (Sean Scully) comes over to Amsterdam to visit his penfriend Piet (Jacques Verbrugge). An Englishman operating as a tourist guide is a diamond-smuggler and the boys along with Piet's sister Annike (Sandra Spurr), foil his plans in a boat chase.

Director: Derek Williams | Stars: Sean Scully, Jacques Verbrugge, Sandra Spurr, Walter Randall

Votes: 30

Kids witness how thieves steal some jewels and take matters in their own hands...filmed in color in Holland.

One of the best CFF movies for kids, filmed on Alderney, Channel Islands.

20. The Secret of the Forest (1956)

61 min | Adventure, Family

A forester's two children, Knight and Day, become friends with two spoiled rich kids, Terrington and Cox, when the latter two come to the woods for a visit. The quartet gets involved with a... See full summary »

Director: Darcy Conyers | Stars: Kit Terrington, Jacqueline Cox, Barry Knight, Diana Day

Votes: 15

Another thrilling story for kids.

21. The Little Ballerina (1947)

61 min | Drama

A young girl has an ambition to dance with the famous Sadlers Wells troupe but first she must win a scholarship. Includes a performance of Les Sylphides by Margot Fonteyn.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Yvonne Marsh, Marian Chapman, Kay Henderson, Doreen Richards

Votes: 6

Margot Fonteyn has a small part in this CFF film about a little ballerina who wants to dance in front of her big idol, Margot Fonteyn.

"The Flood" from 1963 is also not listed in the imdb, another great CFF film.

One of the first CFF movies in color, four children get lost in their boat and strand on spooky Monk's Island. But is the monk a real monk?

24. Johnny on the Run (1953)

68 min | Adventure

A superb early work by illustrious British director Lewis Gilbert (Alfie, You Only Live Twice) which follows orphaned Polish refugee Janek, who runs into trouble in the shape of two ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Eugeniusz Chylek, Sydney Tafler, Michael Balfour, Edna Wynn

Votes: 41

Another very good CFF movie "The Carringford School Mystery" is unfortunately not listed in the imdb.

25. Caught in the Net (1960)

64 min | Family

Bob Ketley is a young boy whose older brother is a research scientist working with fish. He helps catch criminals who are poaching salmon by dropping dynamite into the river.

Director: John Haggerty | Stars: Jeremy Bulloch, Joanna Horlock, James Luck, Anthony Parker

The story of a girl and her brother who spend their holidays in Scotland with their uncle and witness a crime.

26. The Secret Tunnel (1948)

49 min | Family

Two boys thwart the efforts of antique smugglers at a British estate.

Director: William C. Hammond | Stars: Tony Wager, Ivor Bowyer, Murray Matheson, Gerald Pring

Votes: 6

Art thieves who work as servants in a mansion try to steal some valuable paintings, but two boys find out and take action.

27. The Kid from Canada (1957)

57 min | Family

A Canadian boy visits cousins in Scotland; his attitude first causes antagonism with Scottish youngsters, but disappears when the lad comes to the aid to an injured shepherd.

Director: Kay Mander | Stars: Christopher Braden, Bernard Braden, Bobby Stevenson, Elinor Laing

Votes: 24

Compelling CFF film about a boy from Canada who spends his vacation with relatives in Scotland.

28. The Flying Eye (1955)

53 min | Comedy, Family

Colonel Audacious is an inventor and with the help of his young assistant, Barnstuffer, he invents a model aeroplane with a TV camera attached that can then fly around revealing all sorts ... See full summary »

Director: William C. Hammond | Stars: David Hannaford, Julia Lockwood, Harcourt Williams, Ivan Craig

Votes: 22

An old inventor has to fight off thieves who want his formula.

This Childrens Film Foundation movie is one of the best and takes place during Napoleon's time, filmed in the Pyrenees.

Another suspenseful CFF movie.

31. A Summer Place (1959)

Approved | 130 min | Drama, Romance

A self-made businessman rekindles a romance with a former flame while their two teenage children begin a romance of their own with drastic consequences for both couples.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Richard Egan, Dorothy McGuire, Sandra Dee, Arthur Kennedy

Votes: 2,703

Based on Sloan Wilson's wonderful novel, with Sandra Dee, Troy Donahue, Dorothy Maguire and Richard Egan. Filmed close to Pebble Beach, CA.

32. Susan Slade (1961)

Not Rated | 116 min | Drama

Premarital sex, secrets, and society. At 17, shy Susan Slade is on her way to California after a ten-year stay at a remote Chilean mine where her father was chief engineer. Onboard ship, ... See full summary »

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Troy Donahue, Dorothy McGuire, Connie Stevens, Lloyd Nolan

Votes: 656

Connie Stevens and Troy Donahue in a very good drama.

33. La Vérité (1960)

Not Rated | 127 min | Drama

A liberated small-town girl and the family's black sheep moves to Paris with her sister, only to find herself standing trial for the shocking murder of her young lover. Was his killing premeditated or was this a crime of passion?

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Brigitte Bardot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel, Sami Frey

Votes: 2,512

Too bad that "En cas de malheur" with BB is not listed (has probably some weird English title). Those two movies really need to be released on DVD!!!

34. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Approved | 170 min | Drama, Romance, War

92 Metascore

Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Fredric March, Teresa Wright

Votes: 54,372 | Gross: $23.65M

No matter how often I watch this WW II drama, I never get tired of watching it!

35. Call Northside 777 (1948)

Approved | 112 min | Drama, Film-Noir

Chicago reporter P.J. McNeal re-opens a ten year old murder case.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: James Stewart, Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb, Helen Walker

Votes: 7,426

A rather unknown James Stewart film noir with a very compelling plot.

36. Vertigo (1958)

PG | 128 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

100 Metascore

A former police detective juggles wrestling with his personal demons and becoming obsessed with a hauntingly beautiful woman.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore

Votes: 331,946 | Gross: $3.20M

I went to all "Vertigo" movie locations in 1997. When I came to San Juan Bautista and visited the mission, I discovered in a small storage room a model of the mission with the tower that collapsed in an earth quake, before Hitchcock could realize "Vertigo". So he used that model and projected the tower onto the screen.

37. North by Northwest (1959)

Not Rated | 136 min | Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

98 Metascore

A New York City advertising executive goes on the run after being mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis

Votes: 279,417 | Gross: $13.28M

Great location around Mount Rushmore in Dakota. Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint as well as James Mason as the bad guy.

38. Marnie (1964)

PG | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Mark marries Marnie although she is a habitual thief and has serious psychological problems, and tries to help her confront and resolve them.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery, Martin Gabel, Louise Latham

Votes: 41,527 | Gross: $7.00M

Not as popular as the other Hitchcock movies, nevertheless a very thrilling film.

39. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

PG | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

78 Metascore

An American physician and his wife take matters into their own hands after assassins planning to execute a foreign Prime Minister kidnap their son.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda de Banzie, Bernard Miles

Votes: 53,340 | Gross: $10.25M

Doris Day and James Stewart play the couple on a trip to Morocco where their son gets kidnapped...

40. High Noon (1952)

PG | 85 min | Drama, Thriller, Western

89 Metascore

A town Marshal, despite the disagreements of his newlywed bride and the townspeople around him, must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon when the gang leader, an outlaw he sent up years ago, arrives on the noon train.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges

Votes: 92,265 | Gross: $9.45M

The best western of all times.

41. Shane (1953)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Western

80 Metascore

A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde

Votes: 34,378 | Gross: $20.00M

Another good western.

42. O'Rourke of the Royal Mounted (1954)

Approved | 87 min | Adventure, Western

In 1877 Western Canada, a police inspector revolts against his inept commander, taking a safer route to the U.S. border in order to stop invading hostile Indians.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Alan Ladd, Shelley Winters, J. Carrol Naish, Hugh O'Brian

Votes: 829

Alan Ladd and a slim Shelley Winters in a lovely colored western.

43. Mildred Pierce (1945)

Passed | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden

Votes: 20,878

Joan Crawford made many movies that I enjoyed, but this is her best.

44. Portrait in Black (1960)

Approved | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

After a married woman and her lover murder her cruel husband, they find themselves targeted by someone who is aware of their crime.

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Lana Turner, Anthony Quinn, Richard Basehart, Sandra Dee

Votes: 1,124

Everybody's favorite Lana Turner film seems to be "Imitation of Life", but actually I liked a few others better.

45. Another Time, Another Place (1958)

Approved | 91 min | Drama, Romance, War

An American war correspondent falls in love with a BBC reporter, but their relationship seems doomed from the start.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Lana Turner, Barry Sullivan, Glynis Johns, Sean Connery

Votes: 516

Beautifully filmed in Cornwall, UK.