The Bristas Essential Viewing 2014

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1. In This Our Life (1942)

Approved | 97 min | Drama

The day before her wedding, a pampered young woman absconds with her sister's husband; in retaliation, her sister begins seeing the woman's former fiancé.

Directors: John Huston, Raoul Walsh | Stars: Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, George Brent, Dennis Morgan

Votes: 3,736

Tim' s pick, JAN-TCM SUNDAY, AUGUST 2 @ 03:00 PM

2. A Place of One's Own (1945)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

An elderly couple move into an old, supposedly haunted abandoned house. A young girl comes to live with the pair as a companion for the wife. However, soon the girl is possessed by the ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Knowles | Stars: Margaret Lockwood, James Mason, Barbara Mullen, Dennis Price

Votes: 690

Susan's pick, JAN-Netflix Streaming

3. Rachel and the Stranger (1948)

Approved | 80 min | Adventure, Western

A widowed farmer takes an indentured servant as his new wife, but the arrival of his old friend threatens their burgeoning relationship.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Loretta Young, William Holden, Robert Mitchum, Gary Gray

Votes: 1,748

Tim's pick, FEB-TCM WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12 @ 08:45 AM

4. Miranda (1948)

Not Rated | 80 min | Fantasy, Comedy, Romance

A young married physician discovers a mermaid, and gives into her request to be taken to see London. Comedy and romantic entanglements ensue soon after.

Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: Glynis Johns, Googie Withers, Griffith Jones, John McCallum

Votes: 789

Susan's pick, FEB-Netflix Streaming

5. Twilight of the Ice Nymphs (1997)

91 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

65 Metascore

Peter Glahn is released after years of incarceration as a political prisoner and is now returning to his homeland, the mythical Mandragora where the sun never sets. On board the ship home, ... See full summary »

Director: Guy Maddin | Stars: Pascale Bussières, Shelley Duvall, Frank Gorshin, Alice Krige

Votes: 819

Tim's pick, MAR-Netflix Disc

6. Undertaking Betty (2002)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

A woman, whose husband is cheating on her, and an undertaker, who has been in love with her since their childhood, decide to fake her death so they can be together.

Director: Nick Hurran | Stars: Brenda Blethyn, Alfred Molina, Christopher Walken, Naomi Watts

Votes: 4,597

Susan's pick, MAR-Netflix Streaming

7. The Gazebo (1959)

Passed | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

TV writer Elliott Nash buries a blackmailer under the new gazebo in his suburban backyard. But the nervous man can't let the body rest there.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Glenn Ford, Debbie Reynolds, Carl Reiner, John McGiver

Votes: 1,532

Tim's pick, APR-TCM SUNDAY, AUGUST 23 @ 07:30 AM

8. Violette (2013)

Not Rated | 139 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

Violette Leduc, born a bastard at the beginning of last century, meets Simone de Beauvoir in the years after the war in St-Germain-des-Prés. Then begins an intense relationship between the ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Provost | Stars: Emmanuelle Devos, Sandrine Kiberlain, Olivier Gourmet, Catherine Hiegel

Votes: 1,832

Susan's pick, APR-Netflix Streaming

9. Flesh and the Devil (1926)

Passed | 112 min | Drama, Romance

Childhood friends are torn apart when one of them marries the woman the other once fiercely loved.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: John Gilbert, Greta Garbo, Lars Hanson, Barbara Kent

Votes: 3,753 | Gross: $0.60M

Tim's pick, MAY-TCM WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26 @ 05:00 AM

10. The House at the End of Time (2013)

Unrated | 101 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Dulce is a mother of two who experiences terrifying encounters with apparitions inside her old house, a place where a tragedy occurs. Thirty years later, an elderly Dulce returns home to decipher the mystery that has tormented her for so long.

Director: Alejandro Hidalgo | Stars: Miguel Angel Pacheco, Rosmel Bustamante, Adriana Calzadilla, Simona Chirinos

Votes: 6,253

Susan's pick, MAY-Netflix Streaming

11. Father Takes a Wife (1941)

Approved | 79 min | Comedy, Romance

Frederick Osborne, Junior is slightly agitated because his father, Senior, is acting more like a college student than the president of a huge merchantile fleet. Senior reveals that he is ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Hively | Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Gloria Swanson, John Howard, Desi Arnaz

Votes: 464

Tim's pick, JUN-TCM MONDAY, AUGUST 3 @ 05:00 PM X

12. The Passionate Friends (1949)

Approved | 95 min | Drama

The Passionate Friends were in love when young, but separated, and she married an older man. Then Mary Justin (Ann Todd) meets Steven Stratton (Trevor Howard) again and they have one last ... See full summary »

Director: David Lean | Stars: Ann Todd, Trevor Howard, Claude Rains, Betty Ann Davies

Votes: 1,988

Susan's pick, JUN-Netflix Streaming

13. The Clock (1945)

Passed | 90 min | Drama, Romance

In 1945, during a 48-hour leave, a soldier accidentally meets a girl at Pennsylvania Station and spends his leave with her, eventually falling in love with the lovely New Yorker.

Directors: Vincente Minnelli, Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Judy Garland, Robert Walker, James Gleason, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 2,790 | Gross: $2.78M

Tim's pick, JUL-TCM SUNDAY, AUGUST 9 @ 03:15 PM

14. In Secret (2013)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

47 Metascore

Thérèse grows up with her aunt and cousin. Around 1860 the aunt decides they move to Paris and that her son and Thérèse get married. The joy- and loveless life changes when her husband brings a friend home. The affair turns ugly for all.

Director: Charlie Stratton | Stars: Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Felton, Jessica Lange, Oscar Isaac

Votes: 7,173 | Gross: $0.42M

Susan's pick, JUL-Netflix Streaming

15. 5 Fingers (1952)

Approved | 108 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

During WWII the valet to the British Ambassador to Ankara sells British secrets to the Germans while trying to romance a refugee Polish countess.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: James Mason, Danielle Darrieux, Michael Rennie, Walter Hampden

Votes: 3,938

Tim's pick, AUG-FXM SATURDAY, AUGUST 29 @ 09:30 AM

16. Man Hunt (1941)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Thriller, War

British hunter Thorndike vacationing in Bavaria has Hitler in his gun sight. He is captured, beaten, left for dead, and escapes back to London where he is hounded by German agents and aided by a young woman.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Joan Bennett, George Sanders, John Carradine

Votes: 4,484

Susan's pick, AUG-Netflix Streaming

17. The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)

Approved | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

An Englishman on a Ruritarian holiday must impersonate the king when the rightful monarch, a distant cousin, is drugged and kidnapped.

Directors: John Cromwell, W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Ronald Colman, Madeleine Carroll, C. Aubrey Smith, Raymond Massey

Votes: 3,931

Tim's pick, SEP-TCM SATURDAY, AUGUST 15 @ 05:00 PM

18. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Horror

81 Metascore

In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.

Director: Ana Lily Amirpour | Stars: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnò

Votes: 27,612

Susan's pick, SEP-Netflix Streaming

19. Sidewalks of London (1938)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy

On the sidewalks of the London theater district the buskers (street performers) earn enough coins for a cheap room. Charles (Charles Laughton), who recites dramatic monologues, sees that a ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Whelan | Stars: Charles Laughton, Vivien Leigh, Rex Harrison, Larry Adler

Votes: 1,059

Tim's pick, OCT-TCM TUESDAY, AUGUST 18 @ 09:00 AM

20. The Awakening (I) (2011)

R | 102 min | Horror, Thriller

53 Metascore

In 1921, England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost. Everything she believes unravels as the 'missing' begin to show themselves.

Director: Nick Murphy | Stars: Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton, Lucy Cohu

Votes: 61,026

Susan's pick, OCT-Netflix Streaming

21. Holy Matrimony (1943)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

From Arnold Bennett's novel "Buried Alive". An artist returning from years abroad takes the identity of his dead valet to escape the attentions of the press.

Director: John M. Stahl | Stars: Monty Woolley, Gracie Fields, Laird Cregar, Una O'Connor

Votes: 566

Tim's pick, NOV-TCM THURSDAY, AUGUST 27 @ 05:00 PM

22. Molly and Me (1945)

Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy, Musical

A vivacious actress needing work becomes a housekeeper for a crusty retired politician, and gives his life the shaking-up that it needs.

Director: Lewis Seiler | Stars: Gracie Fields, Monty Woolley, Roddy McDowall, Reginald Gardiner

Votes: 365

Tim's pick, NOV-TCM THURSDAY, AUGUST 27 @ 06:45 PM also available on Amazon Prime

23. Morgiana (1972)

106 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Klara and Viktoria are sisters. Their father dies, leaving most of his property to Klara. When Klara becomes involved with a man that her sister loves, Viktoria begins to plot her murder.

Director: Juraj Herz | Stars: Iva Janzurová, Josef Abrhám, Nina Divísková, Petr Cepek

Votes: 829

Susan's pick, NOV YouTube

24. The Secret of Convict Lake (1951)

Approved | 83 min | Western

In 1871 a convict escapes, with other prisoners, to kill the man that framed him, but has second thoughts after meeting the man's beautiful future wife.

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Glenn Ford, Gene Tierney, Ethel Barrymore, Zachary Scott

Votes: 694

Tim's pick, DEC-FXM SATURDAY, AUGUST 1 @ 08:30 AM X

25. A Royal Affair (2012)

R | 137 min | Biography, Drama, History

73 Metascore

A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever.

Director: Nikolaj Arcel | Stars: Alicia Vikander, Mads Mikkelsen, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Trine Dyrholm

Votes: 41,626 | Gross: $1.55M

Susan's pick, DEC-Netflix Streaming



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