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Classic Movie Checklists

Making lists of favorite flicks in various categories is a favorite pasttime of classic movie fans. Here are mine, ranging from my 200 favorite films overall to a long list of World War II movies.

200 Favorite Films Revisited
When I first began running a classic film site, I published a list of my 200 favorite classic films. Here it is again, expanded and updated, with a challenge to you to send me your own lists.

A to Z Listing
Hundreds of films from the 1920s to the 1990s, listed alphabetically, with links to a variety of places where they can be purchased on VHS or DVD.

The AFI 100 Films
A personal analysis of the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest Films, with links to other resources.

Back to School Movies
An updated list of very watchable films that will be of interest to students and scholars, including filmed versions of great novels, and movies about history and famous people. With links to purchase them at the best possible prices.

Before Star Wars: Early Sci-Fi Films
A list of some of the great early sci-fi flicks, plus related sites and commentary.

Classic American Political Movies
Favorite flicks about politics.

Classic Baseball Movies
From Joe E. Brown’s clowning around to the lyrical “Field of Dreams,” Hollywood has long had a love affair with baseball.

Classic Comedies
An updated listing of my favorite comedy films (sound only) of the last 70 years, with 20 new entries.

Classic Doomsday Movies
Is the world about to come to an end? They thought so in the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s, too!

Classic Football Movies
It may not be America’s favorite sport yet, but football is more popular than ever, and has been a factor in more than one Hollywood film, dating back to the silent era. Here are some of the best.

Dads on Film
Celebrating Father’s Day with a collection of films about your Dad, my Dad, and a few people who should never have been allowed to spawn. Plus a Top Five list.

A Dozen Silent Films for Silent Film Newbies
Based on a list put together by Classic Movies Forum regular R. Schauer. If you aren’t yet a fan of silent films, or you know somebody who isn’t, this list will serve as an excellent introduction. It consists of a dozen movies that should be “accessible” to folks who think silents are like sound films with the sound turned off!

Easter & Passover Movies
A rundown on some of the movies you’ll be coming across on TV during this Spring Holiday season. Updated with links so you can buy them if you want.

Your Favorite Movie Lists
I re-ran my 200 Favorite Movies feature and challenged you to come up with your own lists. Here are a bunch of them.

Foreign-Language Films
Not all classic films were made in Hollywood. Here’s an essential list and a collection of net links.

Holiday Movies
My annual list of favorite Christmas films includes a poll and links to help you buy them.

The Internet Movie Dbase Top 250 Movies List
Would you be surprised to hear that half the Top 250 Movies list from IMDb is composed of movies made in the last seven years? Here’s what it would look like if only classic movies fans had voted.

Irish Movies
Not movies made in Ireland, but movies with Irish themes or settings, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, from “The Informer” to “The Secret of Roan Inish.”

Living Legends of Classic Film
Saluting hundreds of actors and actresses over 65 who are still living and in many cases still working, including many who are all but forgotten.

Moms in the Movies
Our annual Mother’s Day article — a time to look at how classic Hollywood treated the subject of motherhood. It’s a mixed bag, it seems. For every “Stella Dallas,” there’s a “Mommie Dearest.”

Movies to Watch During the Winter Olympics
Whether or not you happen to be a fan of the Winter Olympics, you might still experience “Figure Skating Fatique” or “Luge Overload.” In which case you can always slip a tape into the VCR. Here are some humble suggestions in keeping with the theme.

Classic New Orleans Movies
The jury is still out on what’s going to become of New Orleans and the other Gulf Coast cities hit by Hurricane Katrina, but in the meantime here’s an extensive two-part listing of classic films set in New Orleans, and where to buy them if they’re available.

Romantic Films
Updated and expanded for Valentine’s Day, here’s a list of can’t-miss romantic movies that should appeal to people of all sexual persuasions.

Scary Movies!
Our annual Halloween list of the best and scariest classic movies, updated with sources of VHS and DVD copies.

Summer Movies
A list of classic films with the word “summer” in the title, or with summer themes, to help you find something appropriate for the season. Not just beach blanket bingo, either.

WW II Movies
No event in world history has inspired more movies than World War II. Here are the ones you can’t afford to miss, expanded to a four-part feature.

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