Classic Movies First Watched in 2020

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1. China Seas (1935)

Passed | 87 min | Action, Drama, Adventure

When earthy Dolly Portland is rejected by Captain Gaskell in favor of a socialite, she aids Jamesy McCardle, in league with Malay pirates, in his plot to seize his ship.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Wallace Beery, Lewis Stone

Votes: 2,237

2. Hollywood Cavalcade (1939)

Passed | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, History

Starting in 1913 movie director Connors discovers singer Molly Adair. As she becomes a star she marries an actor, so Connors fires them. She asks for him as director of her next film. Many silent stars shown making the transition to sound.

Directors: Irving Cummings, Buster Keaton, Malcolm St. Clair | Stars: Alice Faye, Don Ameche, J. Edward Bromberg, Alan Curtis

Votes: 351

3. Hello Frisco, Hello (1943)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

In turn-of-the-century San Francisco, an ambitious vaudevillian takes his quartet from a honky tonk to the big time, while spurning the love of his troupe's star singer for a selfish heiress.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Alice Faye, John Payne, Jack Oakie, Lynn Bari

Votes: 430 | Gross: $3.40M

4. The Painted Desert (1931)

Passed | 79 min | Western

Two men find an abandoned baby and fight over the ownership of the child resulting in lifelong rivalry.

Directors: Howard Higgin, Tom Buckingham | Stars: William Boyd, Helen Twelvetrees, William Farnum, J. Farrell MacDonald

Votes: 597

5. Coney Island (1943)

Passed | 96 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Set at the turn of the century, smooth talking con man Eddie Johnson weasels his way into a job at friend and rival Joe Rocco's Coney Island night spot. Eddie meets the club's star ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Betty Grable, George Montgomery, Cesar Romero, Charles Winninger

Votes: 390 | Gross: $3.50M

6. Another Face (1935)

Approved | 69 min | Drama, Comedy

On the run from the New York police on a murder charge, gangster Broken Nose Dawson undergoes plastic surgery to change his appearance, then goes to Hollywood. Posing as millionaire playboy... See full summary »

Director: Christy Cabanne | Stars: Wallace Ford, Brian Donlevy, Phyllis Brooks, Erik Rhodes

Votes: 204

7. House of Wax (1953)

GP | 88 min | Horror

An associate burns down a wax museum with the owner inside, but he survives only to become vengeful and murderous.

Director: André De Toth | Stars: Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk, Carolyn Jones

Votes: 15,807 | Gross: $23.75M

8. Rose of Washington Square (1939)

Approved | 86 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A singer becomes a star in the Ziegfeld Follies, but her marriage to a con man has a bad effect on her career.

Director: Gregory Ratoff | Stars: Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Al Jolson, William Frawley

Votes: 545

9. Down to Earth (1917)

Passed | 71 min | Comedy, Romance

A healthy outdoors-type follows the girl he loves to a resort for wealthy hypochondriacs. In order to prove to her and the other patients that their "illnesses" are all in their minds, he ... See full summary »

Director: John Emerson | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Eileen Percy, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Charles McHugh

Votes: 45

10. Four Jills in a Jeep (1944)

Passed | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Reenactments of actual USO experiences of its female stars entertaining troops overseas.

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Kay Francis, Carole Landis, Martha Raye, Mitzi Mayfair

Votes: 434

11. Foreign Correspondent (1940)

Passed | 120 min | Action, Romance, Thriller

On the eve of World War II, a young American reporter tries to expose enemy agents in London.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall, George Sanders

Votes: 17,984 | Gross: $3.48M

12. Orphans of the Storm (1921)

Not Rated | 150 min | Drama, History, Romance

Two orphaned sisters are caught up in the turmoil of the French Revolution, encountering misery and love along the way.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Joseph Schildkraut, Frank Losee

Votes: 4,695 | Gross: $0.79M

13. Gulliver's Travels (1939)

Passed | 76 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A doctor washes ashore on an island inhabited by little people.

Directors: Dave Fleischer, Willard Bowsky, Orestes Calpini, Roland Crandall, William Henning, Winfield Hoskins, Thomas Johnson, Frank Kelling, Seymour Kneitel, Robert G. Leffingwell, Grim Natwick, Tom Palmer | Stars: Jessica Dragonette, Lanny Ross, Pinto Colvig, Cal Howard

Votes: 3,784 | Gross: $7.13M

14. Curly Top (1935)

Approved | 75 min | Family, Musical, Romance

Wealthy Edward Morgan becomes charmed with a curly-haired orphan and her pretty older sister Mary and arranges to adopt both under the alias of "Mr. Jones." As he spends more time with them, he soon finds himself falling in love with Mary.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Shirley Temple, John Boles, Rochelle Hudson, Jane Darwell

Votes: 1,664

15. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Passed | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

98 Metascore

Two Americans searching for work in Mexico convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett

Votes: 111,880 | Gross: $5.01M

16. I Wake Up Screaming (1941)

Passed | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Why is Inspector Ed Cornell trying to railroad Frankie Christopher for the murder of model Vicky Lynn?

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Betty Grable, Victor Mature, Carole Landis, Laird Cregar

Votes: 3,924

17. Easter Parade (1948)

Approved | 103 min | Musical, Romance

A nightclub performer hires a naive chorus girl to become his new dance partner to make his former partner jealous and to prove he can make any partner a star.

Director: Charles Walters | Stars: Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford, Ann Miller

Votes: 8,409 | Gross: $9.03M

18. The Sea Hawk (1924)

Passed | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A wrongly convicted English gentleman goes from galley slave to pirate captain.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Milton Sills, Enid Bennett, Lloyd Hughes, Wallace Beery

Votes: 468 | Gross: $0.78M

19. Heaven Only Knows (1947)

Approved | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

An angel is sent to earth to help a saloon owner and gambler save his soul.

Director: Albert S. Rogell | Stars: Robert Cummings, Brian Donlevy, Marjorie Reynolds, Jorja Curtright

Votes: 403

20. That Uncertain Feeling (1941)

Passed | 84 min | Comedy

A psychoanalyst causes a woman to doubt her happy marriage.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Merle Oberon, Melvyn Douglas, Burgess Meredith, Alan Mowbray

Votes: 2,211

21. The Man Who Wouldn't Die (1942)

Passed | 65 min | Crime, Mystery

A man believed to be dead and buried escapes from his grave and returns to the scene of the crime seeking revenge.

Director: Herbert I. Leeds | Stars: Lloyd Nolan, Marjorie Weaver, Helene Reynolds, Henry Wilcoxon

Votes: 495

22. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

A couple who have been married for three years are shocked to learn that their marriage is not legally valid.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Carole Lombard, Robert Montgomery, Gene Raymond, Jack Carson

Votes: 9,131

23. Passport to Pimlico (1949)

Approved | 84 min | Comedy

Residents of a part of London declare independence when they discover an old treaty. This leads to the need for a "Passport to Pimlico".

Director: Henry Cornelius | Stars: Stanley Holloway, Betty Warren, Barbara Murray, Paul Dupuis

Votes: 3,949

24. Beat the Devil (1953)

Approved | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

On their way to Africa are a group of rogues who hope to get rich there, and a seemingly innocent British couple. They meet and things happen...

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida, Robert Morley

Votes: 8,008

25. Harvey (1950)

Approved | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Due to his insistence that he has an invisible six foot-tall rabbit for a best friend, a whimsical middle-aged man is thought by his family to be insane - but he may be wiser than anyone knows.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: James Stewart, Wallace Ford, William H. Lynn, Victoria Horne

Votes: 52,028

26. San Francisco (1936)

Passed | 115 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A Barbary Coast saloonkeeper and a Nob Hill impresario are rivals for the affections of a beautiful singer, both personally and professionally in 1906 San Francisco.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald, Spencer Tracy, Jack Holt

Votes: 4,798

27. Double Indemnity (1944)

Passed | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

95 Metascore

An insurance representative lets himself be talked by a seductive housewife into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses the suspicion of an insurance investigator.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Byron Barr

Votes: 140,082 | Gross: $5.72M

28. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

In 1900, a young widow finds her seaside cottage is haunted and forms a unique relationship with the ghost.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, George Sanders, Edna Best

Votes: 15,353

29. Scaramouche (1923)

Passed | 124 min | Drama, Romance

When a nobleman murders his best friend, a lawyer becomes a revolutionary with his heart set on vengeance.

Director: Rex Ingram | Stars: Lloyd Ingraham, Alice Terry, Ramon Novarro, Lewis Stone

Votes: 535 | Gross: $0.94M

30. Thirty Day Princess (1934)

Approved | 74 min | Comedy, Romance

A European princess arrives in New York City to secure a much-needed loan for her country. She contracts the mumps, and an actress who looks exactly like her is hired to impersonate her.

Director: Marion Gering | Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Cary Grant, Edward Arnold, Henry Stephenson

Votes: 791

31. Kiss and Make-Up (1934)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A handsome plastic surgeon has a beauty clinic, where many a beautiful client falls in love with him. His unnoticed secretary is in love with him, too.

Director: Harlan Thompson | Stars: Cary Grant, Helen Mack, Genevieve Tobin, Edward Everett Horton

Votes: 534

32. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Passed | 126 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

89 Metascore

The life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer, and singer George M. Cohan.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf

Votes: 13,893 | Gross: $11.80M

33. Wings in the Dark (1935)

Approved | 75 min | Adventure, Romance

In his dedicated pursuit of technology that will aid pilots to safely "fly blind" during adverse conditions, aerial innovator Ken Gordon is literally blinded in an accident, but this setback doesn't deter him from his goal.

Director: James Flood | Stars: Myrna Loy, Cary Grant, Roscoe Karns, Hobart Cavanaugh

Votes: 538

34. Prince of Foxes (1949)

Approved | 107 min | Adventure, Drama, History

An unscrupulous agent for the Borgias suffers a change of heart when asked to betray a noble count and his much younger, very beautiful wife.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Tyrone Power, Orson Welles, Wanda Hendrix, Marina Berti

Votes: 1,489 | Gross: $2.55M

35. Stowaway (1936)

Approved | 87 min | Adventure, Family, Musical

A young girl lost in Shanghai is taken in by an American playboy and his girlfriend.

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Shirley Temple, Robert Young, Alice Faye, Eugene Pallette

Votes: 1,194

36. Blood and Sand (1941)

Approved | 125 min | Drama, Sport

Illiterate peasant Juan Gallardo rises meteorically to fame and fortune in the bullfight arena only to sow the seeds of his own fall.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Rita Hayworth, Alla Nazimova

Votes: 2,303

37. I Love You Again (1940)

Passed | 99 min | Comedy, Romance

Boring businessman Larry Wilson recovers from amnesia and discovers he's really a con man...and loves his soon-to-be-ex wife.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Frank McHugh, Edmund Lowe

Votes: 2,926

38. The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama, Romance, Western

While building an irrigation system for a Southwestern desert community, an engineer vies with a local cowboy for the affections of a rancher's daughter.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Ronald Colman, Vilma Bánky, Gary Cooper, Charles Lane

Votes: 696

39. Raffles (1939)

Approved | 72 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Man about town and First Class cricketer A.J. Raffles keeps himself solvent with daring robberies. Meeting Gwen from his schooldays and falling in love all over again, he spends the weekend... See full summary »

Directors: Sam Wood, William Wyler | Stars: David Niven, Olivia de Havilland, May Whitty, Dudley Digges

Votes: 766 | Gross: $0.09M

40. Sun Valley Serenade (1941)

Passed | 86 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

When Phil Corey's band arrives at the Idaho ski resort its pianist Ted Scott is smitten with a Norwegian refugee he has sponsored, Karen Benson. When soloist Vivian Dawn quits, Karen stages an ice show as a substitute.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Sonja Henie, John Payne, Glenn Miller, Milton Berle

Votes: 1,366



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