My Top 100, 80-71

It’s Friday again, which means it’s time to count down ten more of my favorite movies!  All I really have to say about this bunch of movies is that almost all of my favorite types of movies are represented here.  Silents, musicals, foreign, film noir, drama, comedy, they’re all there.  The only way this week’s bunch could be more ‘me’ is if I had worked in some offbeat B-movie in there somewhere.  Now, onto number 80…

80.  Topper (1937)

Constance Bennett and Cary Grant play Marion and George Kirby, who are essentially the Nick and Nora Charles of the afterlife.  They were a fun, glitzy, married couple who loved their alcohol and partying, until they suddenly die in a car crash.  But in order to get into Heaven, they have to perform some good deeds first, so they decide to add some spice to an uptight bank president’s (Topper’s) life.  This movie is simply hilarious, especially Roland Young as Topper.  He was brilliant at acting with invisible characters.  Being haunted has never looked more fun.

79.  Top Hat (1935)

If you ever wanted to know what made Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers one of the greatest on-screen couples of all time, all you have to do is watch the Cheek to Cheek scene from Top Hat.  Although there is one Astaire/Rogers movie I personally liked more than Top Hat, I think this is their most iconic movie.

78.  The Wind (1928)

Easily my favorite Lillian Gish silent film.  The movie is so poetic and is truly a silent masterpiece.  I can’t imagine anyone else but Lillian Gish starring in The Wind.  What I love about Lillian Gish is that she had such a quiet strength and beauty.  She was incredibly beautiful, but she wasn’t a Gloria Swanson type.  And even though she really didn’t look like a tough lady either, she could be very strong when she needed to be.  Because she didn’t look like the super tough type, she was also brilliant at playing vulnerable.  The Wind shows all those sides of Lillian Gish and I love it.

77.  The More the Merrier (1943)

For being a Best Picture nominee, I am astonished by how overlooked The More the Merrier seems to be.  The movie is hilarious and Jean Arthur, Charles Coburn, and Joel McCrea made a fantastic trio.  Jean Arthur already proved that she and Charles Coburn worked well together a few years earlier in The Devil and Miss Jones, but adding Joel McCrea to the mix was just magic.

76.  All The President’s Men (1976)

Proof that you don’t need a ton of computer generated special effects to make a great thriller.  If you know me well, then I’m sure you know that I can get seriously hung up about doing the right thing sometimes.  I guess it’s not all that surprising that a movie about two guys bent on doing the right thing and exposing a huge political scandal just speaks to me.

75.  Mr. Hulot’s Holiday (1953)

Watching Mr. Hulot’s Holiday is like taking a vacation from real life.  It’s lighthearted entertainment in its purest form.  You don’t have to think about it, it’s hilarious, it’s simply delightful.  Even if you’re not into foreign movies because you don’t like reading subtitles, this is one you’d probably like because there really isn’t very dialogue heavy at all.

74.  Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Another rare Western that I actually really like. Funny, exciting, and nobody ever made better outlaws than Robert Redford and Paul Newman.

73.  The Philadelphia Story (1940)

This is pretty much what every romantic comedy aspires to be: witty, refreshing, and chock full of outstanding acting performances.  With Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, and George Cukor, what could possibly go wrong with this movie?

72.  The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

One of the most quintessential film noirs ever made.   This is a movie that lets you know right off the bat how it’s going to be.  All Lana Turner had to do was drop her lipstick and you know she’s going to be one fabulously evil character.  And when John Garfield’s character gets his first glimpse of Lana Turner, you know the two of them are going to have one explosive relationship.  But even though you know pretty early on where this movie is headed, it’s still highly entertaining.

71.  The Heiress (1949)

I will forever love this movie for Olivia de Havilland’s performance alone.  Catherine Sloper is one woman who doesn’t take kindly to being stood up.  I just love watching a meek woman find the strength to stand up for herself and do something a lot of people only wish they had it in them to actually do.  And when that woman is played so magnificently by Olivia de Havilland, it’s divine.


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