List o’ the Week: Movies I’ve Never Seen, Part 2

A few years ago, I posted a list of the week that focused on famous classic movies that I hadn’t yet seen. I thought I’d revisit that idea today and serve up 20 more films that fall into this category. Some, like Make Way for Tomorrow and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, are movies that I definitely plan to see. Others, like Going My Way and High Society, not so much. (I’m still irritated that Going My Way grabbed so many Oscars that should have gone to Double Indemnity, and I just can’t with High Society. I cannot.)

The Bridge On the River Kwai (1957)

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

City Lights (1931)

Metropolis (1927)

Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

The Invisible Man (1933)

For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)

Going My Way (1944)

Roman Holiday (1953)

Spellbound (1945)

An American in Paris (1951)

The Quiet Man (1952)

Guys and Dolls (1955)

High Society (1956)

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932)

Cleopatra (1934)

The Rains Came (1939)

What do you think of the films on this list? Can you make a case for any that I absolutely should check out? And what are some of the well-known features that you haven’t yet gotten around to seeing?

~ by shadowsandsatin on March 12, 2021.

20 Responses to “List o’ the Week: Movies I’ve Never Seen, Part 2”

  1. You must watch “The Invisible Man” it it sheer fun and funny. It is so ridiculous it is fun. The same can be said of ” Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The Dr. really struggles with himself as most of us do, just not as severe as the Dr.

  2. Arsenic and Old Lace is a lot of fun. Spellbound is a lot of blah.

    • Your Spellbound assessment made me laugh out loud. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to watch Arsenic and Old Lace, including just this past Saturday. I don’t know what it is that I can’t abide! I will try again, though! I really feel like I’m missing out on something.

  3. I like the idea behind this list! I’m slowly trying to watch those “must-see” classics, but I can’t get interested enough to make the attempt for some of them.

    I still haven’t seen several on your list, Lawrence of Arabia, Metropolis, All Quiet on the Western Front, For Whom the Bells Toll, etc.

    Since I choose movies based on my mood, I keep putting many of these off, because I just don’t feel like watching them, despite all the praise they receive. However, there have been times I’ve made the effort and been pleasantly surprised. On the Waterfront, comes to mind.

    • I know the feeling about needing to be in the mood. That’s kind of how I feel about Arsenic and Old Lace — like, if I was only in the right frame of mind, I could watch the whole thing…

  4. Metropolis. The granddaddy of sci-fi art direction. Visually, Metropolis did it first, and everyone has lifted from it. The story and the acting are creaky, but that art direction is still alive and kicking.

  5. The Rains Came is a wonderful intimate melodrama combined with breathtaking action. Clarence Brown directing should draw you to it.

    All Quiet on the Western Front has filmed in both silent for international release and the talkie version. Both are fine but I found I preferred the “international” version.

    Kind Hearts and Coronets is the dryest of dark comedies. It is heaven!

    Watch Cleopatra to see Warren William as Caesar, and you will wish he had a bigger role in the movie.

  6. Bridge on the River Kwai is fantastic, but don’t watch it without a stiff drink. You’ll need it.

    I love Claudette Colbert as Cleopatra. Much better than that overblown spectacle with Liz. The milk bath!

    If you’re in a sentimental mood, Going My Way is very good, but obviously a bit on the mushy side.

    Roman Holiday is just charming.

  7. I only recently got around to watching Bridge on the River Kwai (quite heavy viewing so you have to be in the right mindset to watch it, but it’s worth it) and Roman Holiday.

    I absolutely loved Roman Holiday and it’s up there with my all-time favourite films- just a really enjoyable and lovely film! I would definitely recommend it.

    • Thank you for these tips, Rhiannon — Roman Holiday, especially, is one that I’ve always thought I would like, just because I’m so fond of Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. It’s actually been in my collection forever, but you’ve made me want to dust it off and check it out!

  8. I agree with the previous commenter who said Spellbound is blah. Great casting, and it could be a terrific film, but it falls flat in my opinion.

    Terrific list here, Karen! Some great viewing ahead.

  9. Tbh I found the more frothy of those often disappointing. Grant shouting his way through Arsenic and Old Lace, for example; the formulaic Guys and Dolls; Chaplin only demonstrating he’s nowhere near Buster Keaton’s league in City Lights, where his final expression is probably the most misunderstood in the history of film.

    Not on the frothy end, but Bergman almost carries Peck in Spellbound. Almost, but it never really gets close to the genius of Notorious.

    Prepare for a mixed bag, in short. My own tastes run towards lesser known noir. I can heartily recommend The Narrow Margin, The Killers (1946, of course), 99 River Street, Act of Violence, The Big Combo, Thieves’ Highway, Detour, Pickup On South Street, Woman on the Run, Shield for Murder, Timetable, They Won’t Believe Me, Railroaded!, Armored Car Robbery, Johnny O’Clock, Cry Vengeance, Cry Danger, The Burglar, The Garment Jungle, The Crooked Way.

    In the lattermost, an otherwise modest entry, John Alton lights like peak Rembrandt in Night Watch. Unforgettable final act.

  10. There is a newly restored version of Kind Hearts and Coronets that was issued for I think, the 75th Anniversary. Being English, this is standard “Classic British Standard” film fayre and one film I revisit quite often. I find it ingenious, amusing, stereotypically British and somewhat misogynistic. It is well worth a watch and I would love to have an alternative opinion on its merits.

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