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Elizabeth's Favorite Movies & Musicals

Well, you asked for it and here it is -- a listing of my favorite movies and musicals (and remember, it doesn't have to be old to be a classic). I didn't have the heart to rank them numerically, so I've divided them into tiers. Originally I was going to limit them to the top 100 too, but I soon realized that doing so would be impossible -- not only did I go way over the first time around, but there are also soooo many movies I haven't seen yet! At any rate, the films below are not all the best ever made, but they're my favorites, and I can watch them over and over again -- and have. The different tiers don't mean some are better than others, as much as they mean I like them better than others. Enjoy.

The Cream of the Crop:

Second Only to a Few:

 

Third, and Still the Charm:

Fourth of the Favorites:

  • THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938)
  • AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (1957)
  • ANNIE (1982)
  • THE BIG COUNTRY (1958)
  • BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S (1961)
  • CHARADE (1963)
  • CHARIOTS OF FIRE (1981)
  • FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (1971)
  • HEAVEN KNOWS, MR. ALLISON (1957)
  • HIS GIRL FRIDAY (1940)
  • KITTY FOYLE (1940)
  • THE LADY EVE (1941)
  • THE LITTLE MERMAID (1989)
  • THE LITTLE PRINCESS (1939)
  • THE LONG, HOT SUMMER (1958)
  • MY FAIR LADY (1964)
  • THE PARENT TRAP (1961)
  • A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951)
  • POLLYANNA (1960)
  • PURSUED (1947)
  • REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955)
  • ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953)
  • SHALL WE DANCE (1937)
  • SLEEPING BEAUTY (1959)
  • SUNSET BLVD. (1950)
  • THE THIRD MAN (1949)
  • WATERLOO BRIDGE (1940)

Five Little Minutes from the Top:

  • 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (1954)
  • ALL THE KING'S MEN (1949)
  • AMADEUS (1984)
  • THE APARTMENT (1960)
  • THE AWFUL TRUTH (1937)
  • THE BELLS OF ST. MARY'S (1945)
  • BILL OF DIVORCEMENT (1932)
  • BLACK NARCISSUS (1946)
  • DARK VICTORY (1939)
  • DARLING LILI (1970)
  • DESTRY RIDES AGAIN (1939)
  • DUMBO (1941)
  • FOR ME AND MY GAL (1942)
  • FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953)
  • GASLIGHT (1944)
  • GLORY (1989)
  • THE GRAPES OF WRATH (1940)
  • THE GRASS IS GREENER (1960)
  • A GUY NAMED JOE (1943)
  • THE HARVEY GIRLS (1946)
  • HENRY V (1989)
  • HOLIDAY (1938)
  • I REMEMBER MAMA (1948)
  • THE INN OF THE SIXTH HAPPINESS (1958)
  • THE MAJOR AND THE MINOR (1942)
  • THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN'S CREEK (1943)
  • MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (1993)
  • THE MUSIC MAN (1962)
  • NATIONAL VELVET (1944)
  • NOTORIOUS (1946)
  • OKLAHOMA! (1955)
  • OLIVER! (1968)
  • THE PALM BEACH STORY (1942)
  • PENNY SERENADE (1941)
  • REAR WINDOW (1954)
  • RED RIVER (1948)
  • RIO BRAVO (1959)
  • ROBIN HOOD (1973)
  • SOUTH PACIFIC (1958)
  • SPARTACUS (1960)
  • THE SUNDOWNERS (1960)
  • THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956)
  • THE THIN MAN (1934)
  • TO EACH HIS OWN (1946)
  • WEST SIDE STORY (1961)
  • WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954)
  • YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU (1938)
  • THE YOUNG PHILADELPHIANS (1959)

 





Six -- a Minor Degree of Separation:

  • 101 DALMATIANS (1961)
  • THE ABSENT MINDED PROFESSOR (1961)
  • THE BAND WAGON (1953)
  • BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991)
  • BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS (1971)
  • BRIGADOON (1954)
  • CALAMITY JANE (1953)
  • CAMELOT (1967)
  • CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS (1937)
  • CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG (1968)
  • CINDERELLA (1950)
  • COME LIVE WITH ME (1941)
  • THE COURT JESTER (1956)
  • THE DESPERATE HOURS (1955)
  • DETECTIVE STORY (1951)
  • DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954)
  • DRIVING MISS DAISY (1989)
  • THE EGG AND I (1947)
  • FRENCHMAN'S CREEK (1944)
  • FRIED GREEN TOMATOES (1991)
  • FUNNY FACE (1957)
  • GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1953)
  • GIANT (1956)
  • GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM (1987)
  • GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS (1939) 
  • GREASE (1978)
  • THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH (1952)
  • HELLO, DOLLY! (1969)
  • HIGH NOON (1952)
  • HOUSE OF WAX (1953)
  • HOWARDS' END (1992)
  • JEZEBEL (1938)
  • THE JOURNEY OF NATTY GANN (1985)
  • KISS ME KATE (1953)
  • LADY AND THE TRAMP (1955)
  • THE LAST EMPEROR (1987)
  • THE LONG GRAY LINE (1955)
  • THE LONGEST DAY (1962)
  • THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE (1962)
  • MCLINTOCK! (1963)
  • MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (1944)
  • MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (1993)
  • MUSIC FOR MILLIONS (1944)
  • NOW, VOYAGER (1942)
  • OLD YELLER (1957)
  • ON GOLDEN POND (1981)
  • OUR MAN IN HAVANA (1960)
  • PETE'S DRAGON (1977)
  • THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987)
  • THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO (1985)
  • A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT (1992)
  • ROBIN AND MARIAN (1976)
  • SABRINA (1954)
  • SAVANNAH SMILES (1982)
  • SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (1995)
  • SHOW BOAT (1951)
  • SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952)
  • SKIRTS AHOY (1952)
  • SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937)
  • SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)
  • THE STING (1973)
  • SUMMER STOCK (1950)
  • SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON (1960)
  • THE SWORD IN THE STONE (1963)
  • THAT DARN CAT! (1965)
  • THE TENDER TRAP (1955)
  • THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY (1955)
  • VICTOR/ VICTORIA (1982)
  • WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971)

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