Classic Movies Sitemap - Page 2 2016-09-26
Classic Movies Being Released on Blu-ray in February 2015
This month's releases sees two great biopics, a reissue of a classic musical, and a fine performance by Sidney Poitier.
4 Great Vietnam War Movies
A difficult time in America's history, the Vietnam War actually inspired some great films in the 1970s and 1980s. Here are four great Vietnam movies.
4 Early Donald Sutherland Classics
Known for playing hippie oddball types early in his career, Donald Sutherland crafted some of the most memorable characters seen on screen.
Great Actor-Director Collaborations: Clint Eastwood and Don Siegel
Not quite Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, the collaboration between Clint Eastwood and Don Siegel produced some excellent movies.
5 Classic Don Siegel Movies
A great action director who helped propel Clint Eastwood to super stardom, Don Siegel was a consummate pro whose influence is still felt today.
5 Classic Films Directed By Sydney Pollack
A formidable actor trained by the legendary Sanford Meisner, Sydney Pollack also directed some of Hollywood's biggest hits. Here are five of his best movies.
7 Classic Jane Fonda Movies
A list of great performances by two-time Academy Award winning actress Jane Fonda.
Nine Romantic Classics for Valentine's Day
With a long history of making romantic films, Hollywood is more than capable of setting the mood for those who don’t want to go out to a crowded restaurant and pay for an overpriced meal, but still want to spend some quality time with their significant other. Some here are fun and light, while others require a box of tissues to be on hand. But all are classic movies that have stood the test of time.
Luise Rainer Movies - A Filmography of Luise Rainer
A list of great performances by Luise Rainer, the first actor to win consecutive Academy Awards.
In Memoriam 2014
A list of classic movie stars we lost this year.
Classic Movies Being Released on Blu-ray in January 2015
A list of classic movies being released on Blur-ray in January 2015.
6 Great Performances By Gene Hackman
Six great films starring the highly prolific and versatile actor Gene Hackman.
4 Classics Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Four seminal masterpieces directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
6 Best Classic Western Showdowns of All Time
Great showdowns from classic Westerns like Shane, The Wild Bunch, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
Great Actor-Director Collaborations: Stanley Kramer and Spencer Tracy
Four great films made in the collaboration between message movie director Stanley Kramer and iconic actor Spencer Tracy.
Classics on Blu-ray for December 2014
A list of classic movies available on Blu-ray just in time for the holidays.
6 Classic Myrna Loy Movies
A list of classic movies starring popular starlet, Myrna Loy, star of 'The Thin Man' who frequently appeared with William Powell and Clark Gable.
Classic Sequels That Are Better Than the Original
While most sequels pale in comparison to their original, ever now and then one surpasses its predecessor. Here is a list of five such movies from 'Goldfinger' to 'Mad Max.'
5 Great Films Directed by Roman Polanski
Though plagued by tragedy and scandal, Roman Polanski is one of Hollywood's great directors, despite not being able to step foot in the U.S. since the 1970s.
4 Great Films Starring Faye Dunaway
One of New Hollywood's greatest actresses, Faye Dunaway starred in seminal films like 'Bonnie and Clyde' (1967), 'Chinatown' (1974) and 'Network' (1976).
4 Great Movies Featuring Virginia Mayo
A luminous actress often paired with Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo shined in such classics as The Best Years of Our Lives and White Heat.
6 Classic Movies Starring Jack Nicholson
From a square ACLU lawyer to a struggling writer suffering visions of blood, here are six great performances by the always unpredictable Jack Nicholson.
Steve McQueen - Steve McQueen Movies - Films Starring Steve McQueen
A cool customer and a man of few words, Steve McQueen became something of a pioneer for playing alienated loners while becoming the biggest box office start of his generation. Building off the work of Marlon Brando and James Dean, McQueen's onscreen persona was that of an anti-establishment rebel prone to violence and solving problems on his own terms. He became a star in the early 1960s, was nominated for his only Oscar in the middle of the decade, and was propelled to international stardom at the end of it. In 1974, McQueen was the highest paid actor working in Hollywood, though he slowed down his output by the end of the ‘70s, no doubt due to the cancer that claimed his life in 1980 when he was just 50 years old. While his career laid unfinished, McQueen’s legacy was certain as he emerged as one of the most influential actors from any era.
New Classics Out on Blu-ray in November
A list of classic movies making their debut on Blu-ray.
4 Classic Anne Bancroft Movies
Anne Bancroft turned in many fine performances throughout her career, but none were as iconic as playing Mrs. Robinson in 1967's The Graduate.
4 Great Movies Starring Jon Voight
A major star in the 1970s, Jon Voight starred in some of the era's best films and earned an Academy Award for his performance in 1978's Coming Home.
5 Great Movies Starring Dustin Hoffman
A list of great films from the New Hollywood era starring two-time Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman.
5 Classic Bela Lugosi Movies
Bela Lugosi was both a star and eternally typecast thanks to playing Dracula in 1931. But his performance defined the role and made horror a mainstream genre.
A Closer Look at 'Where Eagles Dare'
Everything you need to know about the classic World War II thriller starring Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton.
4 Classic Performances by Al Pacino
Al Pacino is one of the greatest actors of any generation. Nominated five times for Best Actor, Pacino has turned in some of Hollywood's most iconic performances.
New Classics on Blu-ray for October 2014
A list of classic movies being released on Blu-ray, including a Western classic from John Ford and a lavish musical starring Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr.
5 Great Films Starring the Always Alluring Sophia Loren
Italy's most famous actress, Sophia Loren won an Oscar in 1960 and hit her peak in the middle of the decade, starring with some of Hollywood's top leading men.
The Life and Career of Deborah Kerr
Deborah Kerr was one of Hollywood's most esteemed actresses in the 1950s. She was nominated five times for Best Actress and is one of the greatest actresses to never win an Oscar.
A Closer Look at 'Bonnie and Clyde'
Everything you need to know about Arthur Penn's landmark New Hollywood film starring Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Gene Hackman.
A Closer Look at 'The Bridge on the River Kwai'
Everything you need to know about David Lean's great World War II epic, starring Alec Guinness, William Holden, and Sessue Hayakawa.
4 Great Films Directed by Arthur Penn
An artistic-minded director who cut his teeth on the stage and television, Arthur Penn helped usher in the New Hollywood era with the ultra-violent gangster movie ,'Bonnie and Clyde' (1967) and remained one of New Hollywood's top directors throughout the 1970s.
Lauren Bacall Movies - Classic Films Starring Lauren Bacall
A dynamic screen presence who was shot to stardom literally overnight, Lauren Bacall was best remembered for her work and her marriage to the classic era’s biggest star, Humphrey Bogart. Bacall was catapulted to leading status in only her first film, 'To Have and Have Not', and never looked back. Though her film career faltered in the 1960s, giving way to new life on stage and the small screen, Bacall remained one of the era’s most recognized actresses. Her are seven great films starring Lauren Bacall.
6 Movies Starring James Garner
Though remembered for TV's Maverick and The Rockford Files, James Garner was also a big screen star, particularly in the 1960s, and starred in a a number of classic films.
7 Classics Starring Peter Sellers
One of the greatest comedic actors of all time, Peter Sellers had an undeniable gift for portraying a wide array of characters, sometimes within the same film. He found international success as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther series and was one of the most gifted, but troubled performers of all time.
5 Movies Directed By Steven Spielberg
A list of early classic movies from the most commercially successful director of all time.
6 Classic Films Now on Blu-ray, Part I
Part 1 of 3. A list of classic movies making the transfer to Blu-ray, including Dracula, Frankenstein, Hangmen Also Die, and Young Frankenstein.
6 Classic Robert De Niro Movies
Considered one of the greatest actors of all time, Robert De Niro emerged in the 1970s with iconic performances in some of the greatest movies of the New Hollywood era. He made his best films with Marin Scorsese and won an Oscar for playing a young Vito Corleone, a role immortalized by fellow method actor, Marlon Brando. Though he became something of a parody later in his career, De Niro has remained a Hollywood icon.
4 Spectacular Movies Starring Omar Sharif
An Egyptian actor who came to America and became an overnight star, Omar Sharif has appeared in some of Hollywood's grandest films, including Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago.
6 Great Movies Now on Blu-ray, Part III
Part 3 of 3. Finishing up this month's Blu-ray releases are Elmer Gantry, Run Silent Run Deep, Once Upon a Time in America, and another version of Ben-Hur.
5 More Classic Films Out on Blu-ray, Part II
Part 2 of 3. Continuing with this month's Blu-ray releases with releases like The Party, Eraserhead, The Big Operator, and The Great Train Robbery.
4 Great Movies Starring Eva Marie Saint
Eva Marie Saint delivered great performances in On the Waterfront, Raintree Country and North by Northwest. Here are four great movies starring Eva Marie Saint.
Great Classic Films on Blu-ray July 2014, Part 3
Rounding out July's Blu-ray releases are a classic courtroom drama and a somewhat controversial take on Sherlock Holmes both directed by Billy Wilder; a romantic weepy starring Barbara Stanwyck; an underrated character drama that earned David Niven a Best Actor Academy Award; and one of the most defining movies of the early 1980s.
5 Peter Bogdanovich Movies
Once the high-flying golden boy of New Hollywood following a string of hits in the early 1970s, director Peter Bogdanovich took a mighty fall toward the end of the decade when he allowed his personal dalliances ruin his career. He had a great run in the early 1970s, but by the end of the decade he suffered a string of flops. Bogdanovich managed a brief comeback in the 1980s, only to fade away from view. Here are five great films directed by Peter Bogdanovich.
7 Classic Shirley MacLaine Movies
Though better known now for her belief in reincarnation and UFOs, actress Shirley MacLaine—older sister to actor-director Warren Beatty—was a talented, award-winning actress who starred in several classics. Whether working with Alfred Hitchcock or Billy Wilder, MacLaine always delivered high-quality performances, five of which were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Here seven classic movies starring Shirley MacLaine.
New Classics on Blu-ray for August 2014, Pt. 2
Rounding out this month's Blu-ray releases are a rather charming World War II comedy starring Anthony Quinn; one of the first significant doomsday movies ever made; Bob Fosse's semi-autobiographical musical from 1979; and a classic sex comedy starring Peter O'Toole and Woody Allen.
New Classics on Blu-ray for August 2014
This month sees the release of Elvis Presley's most commercially successful movie; a great Charles Bronson thriller from the mid-1970s; a tragic drama from director William Wyler starring Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine; a great Western from director John Huston; and a taut World War II thriller from noir master Fritz Lang.
4 Great Movies Directed By Blake Edwards
First an actor, then a writer, and finally a director, Blake Edwards had a long and storied Hollywood career. But it was as a director that he made his best films. Whether adapting a Truman Capote bestseller, plumbing the depths of alcoholism and marriage, or collaborating with the comic genius of Peter Sellers, Edwards directed some of the most important films of the late classic era. Here four classic movies directed by Blake Edwards.
Blu-ray Releases for July 2014, Part III
Part 3 of 3. Rounding out this month's Blu-ray releases are a classic courtroom drama and a somewhat controversial take on Sherlock Holmes both directed by Billy Wilder; a romantic weepy starring Barbara Stanwyck; an underrated character drama that earned David Niven a Best Actor Academy Award; and one of the most defining movies of the early 1980s.
Classic Movies on Blu-ray July 2014
Part 2 of 3. Continuing the Blu-ray releases for this month are a special effects-laden adaptation of H.G. Wells' most popular story; a classic fish out of water comedy that delivered Judy Holliday the Oscar for Best Actress; a simple, but extraordinary character drama that turned Ernest Borgnine into a star; the sci-fi horror flick that put David Cronenberg on the map; and a tale of crime and redemption from French New Wave master Robert Bresson.
4 Classic Movies Starring Norma Shearer
One of the great actresses of the early classic era, Norma Shearer was a pioneering talent who broke the mold during the carefree pre-Code days before settling into a string of prestige films that made her the Queen of MGM.
Blu-ray Releases for July 2014
Part 1 of 3. This month a ton of great classics will be released on Blu-ray, including a great World War II comedy starring Cary Grant; a small town comedy featuring Gary Cooper; a long forgotten fish out of water comedy starring radio humorist Harry Morgan; an unrelenting crime thriller starring Lee Marvin; and a romantic comedy featuring Anny Blyth as a mermaid.
Charade Movie Review - Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn
A witty and suspenseful outing set on the streets of Paris, 'Charade' is the only classic movie to pair its two great stars: Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. A clever plot, sparkling dialogue and elegant costumes make this a watchable favorite.
Errol Flynn Biography - Matinee Idol
A larger than life figure who burned bright both on and off screen, Errol Flynn engaged in an adventurous lifestyle behind the scenes that rivaled his dashing performances in some of classic Hollywood’s most iconic movies. Flynn was synonymous with swashbuckling adventure and was singularly identified with the role of Robin Hood. Though he met an ignominious end at a young age, Flynn lived on as one of classic Hollywood’s greatest matinee idols.
Clark Gable Biography - Classic Heartthrob Actor
An intense, masculine presence on screen with more than a hint of mischief in his famed dimples, Clark Gable's biography is the story of a true movie star. The 'King of Movies' was a leading man who started out playing villains, eventually starring with the greatest actresses of his day and rising to iconic status.
Mary Poppins Classic Children's Movie Review
'Mary Poppins' is the kind of classic children's tale that never grows old. One of Disney's most successful films, the story of a magical nanny, studded with catchy tunes and wonderful dance numbers, will keep children spellbound.
'She Done Him Wrong' Mae West Movie Review
Mae West utters her most famous - and most often misquoted line - in 'She Done Him Wrong,' a scandalous melodrama that shot Cary Grant to stardom in 1933. Sexual frankness and racy songs helped spur enduring censorship after the blue-nose backlash to 'She Done Him Wrong.'
Original King Kong 1933 Movie Review
The big ape who started it all in 1933 was 'King Kong,' in an early classic movie of great scope and ambition. Follow the adventures of the first 'King Kong' from Skull Island to the Empire State Building, and see how it all began.
Mickey Rooney Biography and Career
Few stars have had a career as long and successful as Mickey Rooney's, stretching from the silent movie era through contemporary film. Mickey Rooney's biography is the story of a star who grew up with Hollywood.
Tyrone Power Biography - Classic Actor
A profile of one of Hollywood’s great stars, Tyrone Power, who was not only handsome but also showed great acting range during his career.
North by Northwest Hitchcock Movie Review
Hitchcock's diverting suspense film sweeps from the sophisticated streets of New York in the '50s to the stone faces of South Dakota's Mount Rushmore. Fast-paced and clever, 'North By Northwest' is classic Hitchcock with star Cary Grant at his urbane best.
Original Alien Movie Review - Best of the Series
A spine-chilling horror movie and a top-notch science fiction adventure, 'Alien' is a master class from director Ridley Scott on how to build suspense and slowly reveal a terrifying creature. Sigourney Weaver stars in the first movie in the successful 'Alien' franchise.
The Searchers Starring John Wayne (Movie Review)
A dark look at the American frontier, the classic American western film 'The Searchers' is seen by many as John Wayne's finest acting role.
Some Like It Hot Movie Review - Classic Film
One of the funniest screwball comedies ever, 'Some Like it Hot' is sweet bit of comic fluff starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Marilyn Monroe.
Information About the Biography of Claudette Colbert
Claudette Colbert's biography is a history of old Hollywood glamor and the sophistication. The beautiful, elfin actress could charm from the silver screen or the Broadway stage, and she kept audiences enraptured for three decades. Here's a profile of an enchanting diva of early cinema, Claudette Colbert.
Best Actor Oscar Winners of the 1930s
The 1930s marked the first full decade for Oscar and with it established the beginning of the classic Hollywood era. Silent films were a thing of the past with the transition to talkies in the late 1920s, which gave rise to stars like Paul Muni, Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy. The decade saw some amazing performances, especially from the great Charles Laughton, and had the only tie for the award in Academy history.
Sergeant York (1941) - Movie Review
'Sergeant York' is a sharp-shooting pacifist from the backwoods of Tennessee becomes an unlikely war hero in the true story of Sergeant York and his courage in WWI. Gary Cooper stars in this great classic movie as Sergeant York, wrestling with duty to God and country.
The Great Dictator Charlie Chaplin Movie Review
'The Great Dictator' was silent film star Charlie Chaplin's first
Review - Film of Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird'
In Depression-era Alabama, soft-spoken lawyer Atticus Finch takes on the case of a black man accused of assaulting a white woman. A classic coming-of-age movie from Harper Lee's best-selling novel, 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'
Worst Classic Best Picture Oscar Snubs
Every year during Oscar season, there are countless arguments over what film or actor has been snubbed by the Academy. While most complaints are dismissible, there have been a few omissions over the years that have been mystifying, and in some cases unforgivable. Here are nine classic movies that could easily have been nominated for Best Picture, but were ignored by the Academy instead.
5 More Classics on Blu-ray for June 2014
Part 2 of 2. Rounding out this month are several limited releases, including a dark Western starring James Stewart; a World War II-set romantic drama from director John Huston; and Charles Bronson's turn as a taciturn assassin. Also being released are another edition of a sci-fi classic starring Charlton Heston and one of the great rock and roll movies of all time.
John Ford Classic Movies - Great Films Directed By John Ford
An influential director whose deeply idiosyncratic behavior drove his artistic genius, John Ford had one of Hollywood’s most prolific directing careers and became the only director (thus far) to win four Academy Awards. His career began in the early days of the silent era, where he amassed an impressive résumé of films and excelled in numerous genres. But he came fully into his own during the sound era, when he became inextricably tied with the Western, a genre he favored throughout his six decades of making movies. Meanwhile, Ford had fruitful collaborations with the likes of Henry Fonda, Maureen O’Hara, and Victor McLaglen, but maintained his most productive partnership with John Wayne, making 21 films from 1928-1963. Though he was a tough-talking, hard-drinking Irish SOB in public, in private Ford was a quiet, sentimental man who protected his soft interior against cutthroat Hollywood at all costs. His place in cinema history remains without question, as Ford has remained one of Hollywood’s most im
Classic Movies on Blu-ray for September 2013 - Blu-ray Releases Classic Movies
Lots of great classic movies are being released on Blu-ray this September. Among those making the transfer are Hitchcock’s last film made before his noted decline; a classic paranoid thriller from Hollywood’s Second Golden Age; an excellent spy film starring Richard Burton; the horror classic that turned Boris Karloff into a star; and the first film to earn Joseph L. Mankiewicz the Oscar for Best Director.
Marlene Dietrich Movies - Classic Films Starring Marlene Dietrich
A German-born beauty whose bedroom eyes and beguiling eroticism captured millions, Marlene Dietrich was a multifaceted performer who at one time was cinema’s highest-paid star. She emerged from the silent era to become an international star in Germany, before coming to Hollywood in the early 1930s. She was once labeled box office poison, but revived her career by becoming a popular performer on stage and screen. Here are eight great classics starring the one and only Marlene Dietrich.
Olivia de Havilland and Michael Curtiz Class Movies - Great Actor Director Collaborations
Along with matinee idol Errol Flynn, actress Olivia de Havilland enjoyed a highly successful collaboration with workman-like director Michael Curtiz. In fact, the trio worked together on seven films that proved to be major box office hits in the 1930s. While the Curtiz-Flynn side of the equation is more well-known, de Havilland delivered quality leading performances that turned the young actress into a major Hollywood star. Here are five films made between Michael Curtiz and Olivia de Havilland.
Angela Lansbury Movies - Classic Films Starring Angela Lansbury
A gifted actress best known for her Emmy-winning TV series 'Murder, She Wrote', Angela Lansbury first gained attention as a young actress in the mid-1940s. She made a big splash right out of the gate, earning an Oscar nomination in her debut film and following up with another nod just a year later. But after signing a contract with MGM, Lansbury was relegated to B-movie status and languished in a string of forgettable films that made the actress increasingly dissatisfied. Once she was free from the studio, however, Lansbury bounced back and delivered one of the most powerful performances of the 1960s, playing a manipulative mother and Communist agitator in the great political thriller, 'The Manchurian Candidate' (1962). Though international fame came much later in her career, Lansbury was long praised by critics and was a favorite supporting actress of many top directors. Here are four classic movies featuring British star Angela Lansbury.
Rock Hudson and Douglas Sirk Movies - Great Actor Director Partnerships
While their collaboration lasted only six years, director Douglas Sirk and actor Rock Hudson made eight films together, a few of which have been revered by later generations as unsung classics. Sirk was a highly successful director of commercial films who was often dismissed by contemporary critics, while Hudson was nothing more than a supporting player until working with the director. Together, Sirk and Hudson made several great classics that were box office hits in their day and later seen by scholars as important additions to 1950s cinema.
Paranoid Thrillers - Great Conspiracy Thriller Movies
A direct descendant of the film noirs from the 1940s and 1950s, the paranoid thriller was a subgenre that first began to emerge in the 1960s amidst the fear of Communism during the the Cold War. But the paranoid thriller didn’t come into full bloom until the early 1970s when distrust in and fear of our own government was at an all-time high thanks to Watergate, Vietnam and the CIA. While such movies have waned in recent years, the paranoid thrillers made in the 1960s and 1970s remain popular.
Shakespeare Movies - A List of William Shakespeare Screen Adaptations
From its earliest days, Hollywood has long had a fascination with adapting the plays of William Shakespeare. But it wasn’t until the advent of sound, which brought his gift for language to life, that the Bard was adapted properly. While there have been many thinly guised adaptations of Shakespeare’s work, this list focuses on literal adaptations. Here are eight outstanding film interpretations of William Shakespeare.
Classic Movies on Blu-ray - Great Classic Films Released on Blu-ray August 2013
Another month, another new set of classic movies released on Blu-ray. This month includes the Best Picture winner of 1933; one of four great collaborations between Alfred Hitchcock and James Stewart; a classic Western starring Alan Ladd; the first of Cary Grant’s two Academy Award-nominated performances; and a lesser-known film noir starring James Cagney. Of course, all these films make for great gifts or additions to one’s own collection.
Classic Movies on Blu-ray - November 2013 - Great Films Released on Blu-ray
Once again, there are a ton of great classic movies being released on the popular Blu-ray format that it requires two parts to cover. In part one, November will see the release of a celebrated 1980s classic about the early days of the space race; a heartrending drama about the lives of three servicemen after World War II; an all-time classic Christmas comedy; another yuletide favorite starring Cary Grant; and a box set of all three movies starring James Dean.
Sydney Pollack and Robert Redford Classic Movies
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Sidney Lumet and Sean Connery Movies
An unlikely pair, Sidney Lumet and Sean Connery made a handful of high quality films in the 1960s and 1970s. While Connery was world famous for playing James Bond, Lumet was a superior craftsman behind the camera who was already making a name for himself for his visually stylistic and socially conscious films. Here are four of the five total moves made between director Sidney Lumet and Sean Connery.
5 Classic Movies Starring Lana Turner
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Best Actress Oscar Winners - 1980s
The 1980s were something of a mixed bag in the Best Actress category. While the decade featured some of the finest performances in all of Oscar history – look no further than Meryl Streep in Sophie’s Choice – there were also a few genuine head-scratchers that looks circumspect in hindsight. Despite the film industry taking a decidedly commercial bent in the 1980s, the actor and actress categories were still populated with a diverse array of films that featured more than a few throwbacks to the classic era. Here are all 10 winners of the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Best Actor Oscar Winners - 1980s
In the 1980s, there was a good mixture of Best Actor winners representing the top actors of the day as well as some older performers from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Whether playing real-life people like Mozart and Christy Brown or fictional characters, the 1980s were filled with outstanding performances for Best Actor and may well be one of the best decades for the category. Here are all 10 winners for the Oscar in the years 1980-1989.
Roger Ebert's Favorite Classic Movies - Great Films Roger Ebert Loved
Over the years, Roger Ebert wrote thousands of reviews for his home newspaper, the Chicago Sun-Times. He has given thumbs up or thumbs down on countless movies during his five decades as a critic. While he mainly focused on contemporary movies, he also wrote reviews of many classics. Here is a list of classic movies loved by Roger Ebert and what he had to say about them.
Classic Courtroom Movies - Great Courtroom Dramas
One of the more popular and versatile sub-genres, courtroom dramas combine mystery, suspense and deeply compelling character despite often being limited to few locations. With most of the action taking place inside a courtroom, these films nonetheless deliver plenty of fireworks in the form of bombastic attorneys, rousing speeches and plenty of plot twists. Here are seven examples of classic courtroom dramas.
Vivien Leigh Movies - Classic Films Starring Vivien Leigh
One of the greatest screen actresses of all time, Vivien Leigh became an overnight star after playing the coveted role of Scarlett O’Hara in 'Gone With the Wind' (1939), one of classic Hollywood’s most celebrated films of all-time. She won the Oscar for that iconic performance and another for 'A Streetcar Named Desire' (1951), while forging one of the great Hollywood marriages with Laurence Olivier. Here are six great films starring Vivien Leigh.
Classic Movies on Blu-ray for January 2014
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6 Classics Starring Montgomery Clift
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7 Great Films Featuring Michael Caine
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Marlene Dietrich and Josef von Sternberg
Hailed as the next Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich was nothing short of a revelation when she made her debut in Hollywood in the 1930s. Arising from obscurity, Dietrich was transformed into an overnight international star thanks to her collaboration with German filmmaker Josef von Sternberg. Though their partnership was relatively brief, Dietrich and von Sternberg produced some of early Hollwood's most sultry films. Here are four of the best movies made between Marlene Dietrich and Josef von Sternberg.
Oscar Winning Actors 1960s - Best Actor Academy Awards
As they loosened its production code in the 1960s, Hollywood focused more on grittier character driven films that finally gave way to the New Hollywood era at the end of the decade. News names like Warren Betty and Jon Voight were breaking through, while Sidney Poitier smashed the color barrier in 1963 with his historic win. Of course, older stars like Burt Lancaster and John Wayne also received their due, making the 1960s one of the most interesting decades in Oscar history.
Best Actress Oscar 1960s - Academy Award Winning Actresses from the 1960s
The 1960s were certainly a good year for Best Actress thanks to a number of meaty roles delivered by the decade's top leading ladies. Both newcomers and old favorites won, as well as some that came from outside the United States, while in 1968 the Academy had its first-ever tie in the category. Whether playing prostitutes, unorthodox teachers or foul-mouthed drunks, the performances on display in the 1960s were unforgettable.
Classic Biopics - Great Biopic Movies - Biographical Movies
Hollywood has always been fascinated with larger-than-life figures from all walks of life, which makes it no surprise that biographical films - or biopics - have been an enduring staple of cinema. Whether the focus is on kings, presidents, sports figures or Broadway stars, biopics typically follow a classic rise, fall and redemption paradigm that seeks to capture the essence of their subjects without necessarily adhering to the facts of their lives.
Best Director Oscar Winners 1930s - Academy Award Winning Directors
Having emerged from the silent era, Hollywood entered into its first full decade of talkie films and with it came some extraordinary pictures made by some of the greatest directors of all time. Names like John Ford, Frank Capra, Victor Fleming and Leo McCarey all rose to prominence and won Oscars for films that have since become masterpieces. Here are all the Academy Award winners for Best Director in the 1930s.
Best Director Oscar Winners 1960s - Academy Award Winning Directors from the 1960s
In the 1960s, Hollywood began to loosen the Production Code that guided its content for over 30 years thanks to the threat of television and changing social mores. More and more, filmmakers were focusing on grittier character-driven films and by the end of the decade were catering to the youth counterculture that help given rise to the New Hollywood era of the 1970s. Occasionally old Hollywood pictures broke through, but there was little doubt that the times had changed.
Five Classic Films Directed by Victor Fleming
Fleming was a powerful force behind the camera, with two of the greatest films of all time, 'Gone With the Wind' and 'The Wizard of Oz.'
Classic Bond Villains - Great Villains from the James Bond Series
Nefarious, despicable and set on destroying the world, Bond villains have been as memorable as they have been nefarious. Aided by a motley crew of colorful henchmen, 007's arch foes harbor a deep-rooted hatred of mankind that leads to their obsessive drive to see its end. Standing in their way, of course, is James Bond himself, who uses both charm and skill to foil their plots.
In Memoriam 2012 - Classic Movie Star Deaths - Celebrities That Died in 2012
At the end of every year, Hollywood buzzes with predictions for who will win Oscars or which picture made the most money. But Hollywood also takes a more somber tone and looks back at the lives and careers of the stars we lost. Though we lost many more than can this list conveys, here are seven of the most notable celebrity deaths of 2012.
5 New Classic Movies Out On Blu-ray
Part one of two. This month's Blu-ray releases include one of Jerry Lewis' most memorable films; a popular small-town drama starring a who's who of future stars; a splashy musical directed by Vincente Minnelli; a little-known spy thriller starring Burt Lancaster; and a dark psychological thriller featuring Clint Eastwood.
Joseph L Mankiewicz Movies - Films by Joseph L Mankiewicz - Joseph L Mankiewicz Filmography
The brother of noted screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, director Joseph L. Mankiewicz followed his older sibling's footsteps into show business to become one of classic Hollywood's most literate directors. Mankiewicz had his start as a writer for Paramount Pictures and later served as a producer for MGM. In the mid-1940s he moved over to 20th Century Fox, which gave him his first shot to direct. Mankiewicz made a number of classic movies and covered most genres, but nowhere was he better than when he skewered show business itself.
Classic Movies on Blu-ray - Blu-Ray Releases - Classic Films Blu-Ray
Another month, another wave of classic movies making their way onto the Blu-ray format. Making the transfer this month are a Doris Day classic, two great film noirs, an early John Wayne Western, and arguably the greatest movie of all time. Of course, all are great additions to any classic movie collection and would make great gifts for any fan.
Gary Cooper Film - Gary Cooper Movies - Gary Cooper Filmography
Possessing a down-home persona that was quintessentially American, Gary Cooper spent five decades making dozens of classic movies. At his peak, he was a top box office draw who earned five Academy Award nominations and won twice. Cooper died relatively young and still in his prime, but left behind a staggering cinematic legacy filled with extraordinary performances. Here are eight classic movies starring laconic everyman Gary Cooper.
Marlon Brando Movies
Marlon Brando was the most celebrated and influential actor of the 20th century. Employing the famed Method style of acting, Brando was a powerful and mesmerizing presence on the screen, but combative and enigmatic behind the cameras. His career spanned across six decades, though his best work came in the 1950s and often in collaboration with director Elia Kazan. His career hit the skids the following decade, though he saw a brief resurgence in the 1970s. He was idolized by fans and copied by numerous actors throughout the decades, from James Dean to Robert De Niro to Leonardo DiCaprio.
In Memoriam - Celebrity Deaths 2011 - Classic Movies Stars
At the end of every year, Hollywood buzzes with predictions for who will win Oscars or crows about which movie made the most money. But Hollywood also takes a more somber tone and looks back at the lives and careers of the stars we lost. Though we lost many more this year than can this list conveys, here are seven of the most notable celebrity deaths of 2011.
Best Actor Oscar Winners 1970s - Academy Awards 1970s - Best Actor 1970s
Hollywood in the 1970s was markedly different than the one that existed in the previous three decades. The old studio system was gone thanks to financial struggles and a seismic cultural shift that saw the rise of the youth-oriented counterculture. Hollywood responded by opening the doors wider to more experimentation, resulting in a second golden age known as New Hollywood. Unlike the heroes of movies past, actors played a wide range of loners, iconoclasts and anti-heroes, a reflection of the new focus on gritty realism and the dark underbelly of the American experience.
Classic Movies on Blu-Ray - Blu-Ray Classic Movies - Classic Blu-Ray Movie Releases
More and more, the studios are mining their vaults to release classic movies on the Blu-ray format. This month features a number of great films that are must-haves for anyone's shelf. A few have been released on the format before, while others are making their Blu-ray debut. But all would be great additions to any classic movie collection.
Brian De Palma’s Carrie - Movie Review
'Carrie,' the classic that launched a bloody deluge of teen horror films, still packs plenty of suspense, humor, camp, and a few genuine chills.
A List of Classic Katharine Hepburn Movies
A luminous actress whose career spanned six decades, Katharine Hepburn started making classic films in the 1930s after starting on the New York stage. Her career had ups and downs, but she made classics throughout her career. Here is a list of must-see Katharine Hepburn movies.
Citizen Kane Review - an American Masterpiece
'Citizen Kane' was nearly strangled in the crib by its target, William Randolph Hearst, but Orson Welles' masterpiece of film noir survived. Over the years, 'Citizen Kane' has come to be seen as perhaps the finest classic movie ever made.
Classic Movie Oscars - the Top Classic Movie Oscars From Hollywood's Golden Age
There are the Golden Globes, the Palme d'Or, the Independent Spirit Awards, the People's Choice - but let's face it, Oscar is the king of them all, and it all started with classic movies Oscars. Here are the Academy's top picks for Hollywood classics.
Best Actress Oscar Winners of the 1960s - Academy Awards - Best Actress Oscar Winners of the 1960s
The Best Actress Oscar winners of the 1960s were a mixed bunch - a fiery Italian, an elegant Englishwoman, a brash singing newcomer and several classic American actresses as the top of their games in serious dramatic roles. The Academy Awards recognized performances of great scope and breadth in the 1960s.
Gloria Stuart Movies - 65 Years of Gloria Stuart Movies
Very few stars can claim eight decades on the silver screen - Gloria Stuart is among them. From lovely starlet in the 1930s to a grand lady in one of the most successful movies of all time, she had a long and productive career. Here are six Gloria Stuart movies.
Audrey Hepburn Biography - A Profile of Audrey Hepburn
A legendary actress whose effortless charm and waifish beauty captured the viewing public, Audrey Hepburn transcended mere stardom to become a Hollywood icon. One of the most gifted and beautiful actresses of all time, Hepburn cemented her status as a legend by becoming one of the few performers ever to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy, and a Tony. Though her success lasted 15 years, Hepburn left an indelible mark and transcended generations as a true Hollywood icon.
James Dean Biography - James Dean Movies - James Dean Bio
The quintessential 1950s brooding teen full of angst and rebellion, James Dean was a promising young star whose tragic death before his career started propelled him into iconic status. Dean was the star of three features films in his short career, but only lived long enough to see one of them released. He received two posthumous Oscar nominations and lived on for generations as a Hollywood legend.
The Good, the Bad and The Ugly Review - Review for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
At a time when the Western had all but run its course, an Italian director named Sergio Leone came along and resurrected the genre. The stylistic film starred Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach as three desperados in search of a cash box full of money. Allegiances shift, double-crosses ensue and the three resolve their conflict with a violent finale punctuated by Ennio Morricone's classic score.
Young Frankenstein Movie Review - Gene Wilder Stars as Young Frankenstein
Few spoofs are as spot-on and funny as 'Young Frankenstein,' Mel Brooks' stylish tribute to the great old monster movies. If you can watch it without laughing out loud, you’re just not human.
A Profile of Veronica Lake - Veronica Lake Biography
A timeless beauty whose peek-a-boo blonde locks were the height of fashion, Veronica Lake was for a brief period one of Hollywood’s most popular actresses. She made several hits in the early 1940s and achieved legendary status alongside her most frequent co-star, Alan Ladd. Despite her popularity with audiences, Lake was decidedly unpopular with her fellow actors and co-workers thanks to increasingly irrational behind-the-scenes behavior exacerbated by mental illness and dependence on alcohol. By the early 1950s, her career was finished and she died alone in relative obscurity two decades later. But Lake forever remained a classic Hollywood icon who exuded a icy-hot sexuality unmatched by her contemporaries.
Doris Day Biography - Profile of Doris Day
Doris Day was a phenomenon both as an actress and as a singer. She was the all-American girl next door who behind the scenes had a rather dark private life. Often paired on screen with Cary Grant and close friend Rock Hudson, Day turned in one winning performance after another and earned an Academy Award nomination for one of the most successful romantic comedies of all time.
Lauren Bacall Biography - Bacall - Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart
At once a stunning beauty and an authoritative screen presence, Lauren Bacall graced the silver screen alongside her husband, Humphrey Bogart, to become one of the top actresses of Classic Hollywood. Though she delivered one memorable performance after another, Bacall was rarely showered with awards, and earned her first Academy Award nomination when she was in her 70s. Regardless of the lack of recognition, Bacall was a screen legend with an impressive body of work.
Jack Nicholson Profile - About Jack Nicholson - Who Is Jack Nicholson
One of the most manic actors of any era, Jack Nicholson essayed a number of iconic roles. He was a dogged private eye uncovering murder and corruption in 1930s Los Angeles, a patient at a mental institution who refuses to conform and most infamously a comic book villain who takes on the Caped Crusader. Nominated for 12 Oscars and winner of three, Nicholson was undeniably one of cinema's most accomplished performers.
Liza Minnelli - TCM Classic Movies Festival - Cabaret
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Eva Marie Saint - TCM Classic Movies Festival - Cabaret
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TCM Classic Movies Festival - Opening Night - Cabaret
On April 12, 2012, Turner Classic Movies commenced its third annual Classic Movies Festival with a bang when it premiered the 40th anniversary restoration of 'Cabaret,' starring Oscar winner Liza Minnelli. Here are some great images from the red carpet and more.
Robert Wagner - TCM Classic Movies Festival - Cabaret
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Humphrey Bogart Biography - Biography of Actor Humphrey Bogart - Leading Man
Humphrey Bogart was one of Hollywood's biggest stars in its golden age, a legend on and off screen. Here's a biography of Humphrey DeForest Bogart, star of
Six Great Humphrey Bogart Movies
Here's a list of some of Humphrey Bogart's best movies, from hard-boiled private detectives in classic film noir to a paranoid ship captain. See Humphrey Bogart;s full range, from 'Casablanca' to 'The Maltese Falcon,' from 'The Treasure of the Sierra Madre' to 'The Caine Mutiny.'
A Biography of Carole Lombard - Comedienne, Heroine, Beauty - Caroel Lombard Biography
Classic Star Carole Lombard's biography is a story of natural talent, incredible beauty, adversity and a tragic early death. A gifted comedian and one of the highest-paid actors of her day, Lombard will always be remembered as a great star.
Kirk Douglas Biography - Leading Man Kirk Douglas Biography
A handsome devil with a cleft chin and a great cinematic profile, Kirk Douglas' career has spanned decades, and his biography is littered with big names and big events from Hollywood. he's played heroes and villains, warriors and scoundrels, always projecting a strong, masculine presence. Read about his life and work.
Classic Movie Basics
Terrific old movies and classic films that set the standard in the Golden Age of Hollywood. Comedies and romances, film noir and hardboiled detective dramas. Action, sci-fi and horror. Sweeping epics, sprawling sagas. Wartime adventures and tales of the American West, these are the classic movies every beginner must see -- and every old fan should see again.
Cat Ballou Movie Review - Western Spoof Cat Ballou
A pretty school marm, a dastardly villain, a couple of rakish outlaws and a legendary gunslinger round out the western cliches in this great spoof, 'Cat Ballou.' Lee Marvin won an Oscar for his double role in this funny, classic movie.
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Whatever Happened to Baby Jane Movie Review - Bette Davis in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane
Bette Davis makes a spectacle of herself in 'Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?' transforming herself into a hideous harridan in an over-the-top role as a spoiled former child star, forced to play nursemaid to her crippled sister - played by the equally formidable Joan Crawford. The two divas play out their legendary rivalry in a campy, gothic horror movie.
The Seven Year Itch Movie Review - Marilyn Monroe in the Seven Year Itch
Marilyn Monroe was already a star when she stood on a New York subway grate in a white halter dress in the iconic scene from 'The Seven Year Itch.' Here's a review of the classic movie that gave us one of the most indelible images of the 20th Century.
Forbidden Planet Movie Review - Robby the Robot in the 1956 Forbidden Planet Science Fiction Classic
Inspired by Shakespeare's 'Tempest,' 'Forbidden Planet' is a seminal science fiction film with terrific special effects and a smart script. Featuring the debut of Robby the Robot, 'Forbidden Planet' also offers a young Leslie Nielsen as a space commander.
To Have and Have Not Movie Review - Bogart and Bacall in To Have and Have Not
The chemistry sizzles between Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, who met and fell in love on the set of 'To Have and Have Not.' A diverting wartime classic film by Howard Hawks, set on the French island fo Martinique in World War II.
It Happened One Night Movie Review - Clark Gable Stars in It Happened One Night
In the great grandmother of all screwball comedies, Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert tussle and tease their way through a witty script, and tempt the blue-noses of the day with double entendre. 'It Happened One Night' is a great classic movie and a sweet-natured romantic comedy.
The Shop Around the Corner Movie Review - 1940 Version of The Shop Around the Corner
A wry and gentle romantic comedy about two people who can't stand each other by day, but unknowingly write soul-stirring letters to each other by night. Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan in Ernst Lubitsch's charming 'Shop Around the Corner.'
All About Eve Movie Review - Bette Davis in All About Eve
Meow! The classic movie about an aging Broadway star (Bette Davis) and the scheming young wannabe (Anne Baxter) who wants to take over the star's career and her life. 'All About Eve' earned the 1950 Best Oscar.
American Graffiti Movie Review - Coming of Age Classic American Graffiti
'American Graffiti' is George Lucas's fond look back at his small-town California upbringing. A funny, touching coming of age story, it influenced dozens of films to come and launched the film careers of Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Charles Martin Smith and Paul LeMat.
To Catch a Thief Movie Review - Alfred Hitchcock Sets a Thief to Catch a Thief
A frothy, stylish romp on the French Riviera with two gorgeous stars and a great director, Alfred Hitchcock's 'To Catch a Thief' puts Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in the witty tale of a reformed jewel thief chasing a copycat burglar.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - 1971 - Movie Review
Gene Wilder was never better than in 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.' His off-kilter turn as a genius candy inventor who teaches a lesson to some very naughty children is a quirky classic children's movie.
Sabrina Movie Review - Audrey Hepburn Sparkles as Sabrina
A bubbly romantic comedy about a chauffeur's daughter in love with a rich playboy. Audrey Hepburn goes to Paris for polish and comes back to charm William Holden and Humphrey Bogart in 'Sabrina,' a classic movie directed by Billy Wilder.
The Bishop's Wife Movie Review - Cary Grant in The Bishop's Wife
Cary Grant plays an angel come to earth in 'The Bishop's Wife,' a Christmas movie classic. The angel is supposed to be answering the prayers of a beleaguered bishop who wants to build a cathedral, but finds himself a bit distracted by the bishop's beautiful wife.
Monty Python's Life of Brian Movie Review - The Immaculate Edition of Life of Brian
'Monty Python's Life of Brian' is a merry sendup of old-style Bibilical epics, and a biting satire on religion, politics and fanaticism. Rude, crude and side-splitting funny, it follows the life of Brian of Nazareth, an ordinary guy who is mistaken for the Messiah.
The Man Who Came to Dinner Movie Review - Monty Woolley Plays The Man Who Came to Dinner
The film version of a smash Broadway play, 'The Man Who Came to Dinner' is a bit stagy, but showcases a terrific cat fight between Bette Davis and Ann Sheridan, and offers a view of bygone Broadway glitterati.
His Girl Friday Movie Review - Classic Screwball Comedy His Girl Friday
My personal favorite of all the great screwball comedies, 'His Girl Friday' is a fast-paced, funny showcase for Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. Made in 1940, it's one of the first comedies to explore the conflicts of women in the work force, and skewers both politics and journalism with a merry cynicism.
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