Top 30 Pre-1970by barbaricavatar | created - 6 months ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public
Best films of the era, in my opinion - Ranked
Incomplete list as there are many I haven't scored yet.
See also: Top 30 of the '70's Top 30 of the '80's Top 30 of the '90's Top 30 of the '00's Top 30 of the '10's
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1. Where Eagles Dare (1968)
PG | 158 min | Action, Adventure, War
Allied Agents stage a daring raid on a castle where the Nazis are holding American Brigadier General George Carnaby (Robert Beatty) prisoner, but that's not all that's really going on.
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer H.A.L. 9000.
Votes: 555,825 | Gross: $56.95M
3. To Catch a Thief (1955)
PG | 106 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller
A retired jewel thief sets out to prove his innocence after being suspected of returning to his former occupation.
Votes: 57,967 | Gross: $8.75M
4. Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
Not Rated | 132 min | Drama, War
A hard-as-nails general takes over a bomber unit suffering from low morale and whips them into fighting shape.
5. The Intelligence Men (1965)
103 min | Comedy, Mystery
A chance meeting with a Schlecht agent forces a humble coffee shop manager into the secret world of spies in Swinging London. With the help of his MI5 friend, he poses as the recently dead ... See full summary »
6. Mary Poppins (1964)
G | 139 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.
Votes: 146,451 | Gross: $102.27M
7. Mrs. Miniver (1942)
Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Romance, War
A British family struggles to survive the first months of World War II.
Votes: 14,543 | Gross: $13.50M
8. The Pink Panther (1963)
Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance
The bumbling Inspector Clouseau travels to Rome to catch a notorious jewel thief known as "The Phantom" before he conducts his most daring heist yet: a princess' priceless diamond with one slight imperfection, known as "The Pink Panther".
Votes: 45,254 | Gross: $10.88M
9. Spartacus (1960)
PG-13 | 197 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic.
Votes: 115,395 | Gross: $30.00M
10. 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: 16,019 | Gross: $3.88M
11. Quo Vadis (1951)
Not Rated | 171 min | Biography, Drama, History
Fierce Roman commander Marcus Vinicius becomes infatuated with beautiful Christian hostage Lygia and begins questioning the tyrannical leadership of the despot Emperor Nero.
Votes: 12,503 | Gross: $24.29M
12. Singin' in the Rain (1952)
G | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.
Votes: 201,875 | Gross: $8.82M
13. Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
G | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Family
The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece.
14. A Shot in the Dark (1964)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Mystery
Inspector Jacques Clouseau investigates the murder of Mr. Benjamin Ballon's driver at a country estate.
Votes: 23,833 | Gross: $12.37M
15. Arabesque (1966)
Unrated | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
Story of international intrigue involving a university professor, an Arab prime minister, a ruthless businessman, a beautiful spy, and hieroglyphics.
16. The Sand Pebbles (1966)
PG-13 | 182 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
In 1926, a U.S. Naval engineer gets assigned to a gunboat on a rescue mission in war-torn China.
17. Khartoum (1966)
Approved | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
In the Sudan, in 1884 to 1885, Egyptian forces led by British General Charles "Chinese" Gordon (Charlton Heston) defend Khartoum against an invading Muslim Army led by a religious fanatic, Mohammed Ahmed el Mahdi (Sir Laurence Olivier).
18. Carefree (1938)
Passed | 83 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
A psychiatrist agrees to hypnotize his friend's girlfriend in order to convince her to accept his proposals of marriage, but she ends up falling for the psychiatrist instead.
19. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War
After settling his differences with a Japanese P.O.W. camp commander, a British Colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors, while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.
Votes: 189,413 | Gross: $44.91M
20. Send Me No Flowers (1964)
Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A hypochondriac believes he is dying and makes plans for his wife which she discovers and misunderstands.
21. Barefoot in the Park (1967)
G | 106 min | Comedy, Romance
Paul, a conservative young lawyer, marries the vivacious Corie. Their highly passionate relationship descends into comical discord in a five-flight New York City walk-up apartment.
Votes: 15,185 | Gross: $19.99M
22. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
Approved | 82 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Victor Frankenstein builds a creature and brings it to life, but it behaves not as he intended.
Votes: 8,508 | Gross: $17.44M
23. Two Way Stretch (1960)
TV-PG | 78 min | Comedy, Crime
Dodger Lane (Peter Sellers) has planned the perfect robbery while in prison. He intends to break out of prison, steal a fortune in diamonds, and break back into prison before anyone notices... See full summary »