Greatest Movies Through 1960

Best Movies Compiled From Many Sources

Top 200 Movies List

Greatest Movies Thru 1960 (compiled using lists linked on the left column of this page) – click on a movie name for the summary page, click on the IMDB score for the full IMDB webpage.

We have reviewed 37 lists of the “greatest movies” and counted how many times each movie was in the TOP 10 and the TOP 3 (filtered for movies released up to 1960).  We gave 1 point if a movie was in the top 100, added 3 points if in the top 10 and another 5 points if it was in the top 3 (and to emphasize the lists ranked by viewers rather than by critics, we doubled the points from viewer lists) We thought this would be an interesting way to come up with our own  version of the greatest movies, since it takes into count the views from MANY sources! (a full chart of each movies ranking in each list will be posted soon) Each movie detail page will include a video window of the trailer and a very short excerpt from a couple reviews from good sources with a link to the full review, as well as links to Amazon, IMDB and MRQE which links to dozens of reviews for each of the movies.

But first … we posted a list of OUR favorite movies that we have watched here in our home recently that we consider GRADE A movies:

Now … on to the master chart:

Top3

Top10

lists

Movie Name year

imdb

Notes
1

20

28

33

Citizen Kane 1941

8.5

Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, 1 of 5 Oscars
2

17

24

32

Casablanca 1942

8.7

Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Peter Lorre, 3 of 8 Oscars
3

5

17

29

Gone With The Wind 1939

8.2

Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Victor Fleming, 8 of 13 Oscars
4

6

14

25

It’s A Wonderful Life 1946

8.7

James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, 0 of 5 Oscars
5

6

16

27

Wizard of Oz 1939

8.2

Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, 2 of 5 Oscars
6

5

15

27

Vertigo 1958

8.5

Alfred Hitchcock, James Stewart, Kim Novak, 0 of 2 Oscars
7

6

11

19

Rear Window 1954

8.7

Alfred Hitchcock, James Stewart, Grace Kelly
8

4

16

28

Psycho 1960

8.7

Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, 0 of 4 Oscars
9

4

16

28

Singin’ In The Rain 1952

8.4

Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Cyd Charisse, 0 of   2 Oscars
10

3

9

21

North by Northwest 1959

8.6

Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, 0 of 3 Oscars
11

1

11

19

Seven Samurai 1954

8.8

Japanese, Akira Kurosawa, Toshiro Mifune,0 of 2 Oscars
12

2

9

24

Some Like it Hot 1959

8.4

Billy Wilder, Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, 1 of 6   Oscars
13

1

7

23

Sunset Blvd 1950

8.7

Billy Wilder, William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von   Stroheim, 3 of 11 Oscars
14

1

5

10

12 Angry Men 1957

8.9

15

1

8

21

Searchers 1956

8.1

John Ford, John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Jeffrey Hunter, no Oscar
16

2

7

16

City Lights 1931

8.6

Charlie Chaplin
17

0

6

19

Third Man, The 1949

8.5

1 of 3 Oscars
18

0

6

23

All About Eve 1950

8.4

Bette Davis, 6 of 14 Oscars
19

4

5

11

Rules of the Game, The 1939

8.1

French, Jean Renoir, no Oscar
20

2

3

10

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937

7.8

Disney, 0 of 1 Oscar
21

1

5

15

Modern Times 1936

8.5

Charlie Chaplin, Silent film, 3 of 4 Oscars
22

1

3

19

On The Waterfront 1954

8.3

Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee Cobb, 8 of 12 Oscars
23

2

4

7

Pinocchio 1940

7.7

Disney, Mel Blanc, 2 Oscars
24

1

4

15

Bringing Up Baby 1942

8.1

Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Howard Hawks, no Oscar
25

1

4

12

Bicycle Thieves 1948

8.4

Italian, Vittorio De Sica, Lamberto Maggiorani, no Oscar
26

0

3

12

It Happened One Night 1934

8.3

27

1

3

10

Apartment, The 1960

8.4

Billy Wilder, Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, 5   Oscars
28

0

5

9

Ben Hur 1959

8.2

William Wyler, Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, 11 Oscars
29

0

1

19

Double Indemnity 1944

8.5

0 of 7 Oscars
30

0

2

17

Maltese Falcon, The 1941

8.3

1 of 3 Oscars
31

0

3

10

African Queen, The 1951

8.0

32

0

4

13

400 Blows, The 1959

8.2

33

0

3

12

Rashomon 1950

8.4

34

2

2

9

Adventures of Robin Hood, The 1938

8.0

Errol Flynn, 3 of 4 Oscars
35

1

1

15

General, The 1926

8.4

Buster Keaton
36

1

2

13

Battleship Potemkin 1925

8.1

Pre-Oscar
37

1

1

8

Lady Eve, The 1941

8.0

0 of 1 Oscar
38

1

2

4

Ten Commandments, The 1956

7.8

Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Cecil B DeMille, 1 of   8 Oscars
39

0

3

14

Gold Rush, The 1925

8.3

Charlie Chaplin (rereleased with sound 1942)
40

0

3

12

Philadelphia Story, The 1940

8.1

Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, 2 of 6 Oscars
41

0

3

13

Tokyo Story 1953

8.3

No Oscar
42

0

1

13

M 1931

8.6

Fritz Lang, Peter Lorre, no Oscar
43

0

2

12

Bridge On The River Kwai, The 1957

8.4

7 of 8 Oscars
44

1

1

12

La Dolce Vita (the Sweet Life) 1960

8.1

1 of 4 Oscars
45

1

2

6

Fantasia 1941

7.8

Disney, 6 of 7 Oscars
46

0

1

16

King Kong 1933

8.0

No Oscar
47

0

2

12

High Noon 1952

8.2

Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Fred Zinnemann, 4 of 7 Oscars
48

1

1

11

Duck Soup 1933

8.1

Marx Brothers, no Oscar
49

0

2

10

Grapes of Wrath, The 1940

8.2

2 of 7 Oscars
50

1

1

10

Best Years of Our Lives, The 1946

8.3

51

0

1

13

Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The 1948

8.5

52

1

2

4

Bambi 1942

7.5

Disney
53

1

2

7

Passion of Joan of Arc, The 1928

8.2

French (English subtitles)
54

0

2

7

Paths of Glory 1957

8.5

55

0

0

14

Seventh Seal 1957

8.3

56

0

2

9

Big Sleep, The 1946

8.2

Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Howard Hawks, no Oscar
57

1

2

6

Night at the Opera, A 1935

8.0

Marx Brothers, Kitty Carlisle, Allan Jones
58

0

1

12

Metropolis 1927

8.4

59

1

1

8

Grand Illusion 1937

8.2

60

0

1

12

Sunrise 1927

8.3

3 of 4 Oscars
61

0

1

10

Night of the Hunter 1955

8.2

62

0

1

10

Touch of Evil 1958

8.3

No Oscar
63

0

1

10

Top Hat 1935

7.8

Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, 0 of 4 Oscars
64

0

2

4

Matter of Life and Death    aka Stairway to Heaven 1946

8.1

65

0

1

9

Stagecoach 1939

8.0

66

0

1

8

Mr. Smith Goes To Washington 1939

8.4

1 of 10 Oscars
67

0

2

6

L’Atalante 1934

8.0

68

1

1

5

Open City (Rome) 1945

8.2

69

1

2

2

Holiday 1938

7.8

70

1

2

2

Court Jester 1956

7.7

71

0

1

8

Children of Paradise 1945

8.3

French, 0 of 1 Oscar
72

0

2

6

Sullivan’s Travels 1941

8.2

73

1

1

4

Ordet (1955) 1955

8.1

74

0

1

8

Rebel Without A Cause 1955

7.9

0 of 3 Oscars
75

0

1

7

Kind Hearts and Coronets 1949

8.2

76

1

1

3

Earrings of Madame De… , The 1953

8.0

77

0

1

3

Around the World in 80 Days 1956

6.8

78

0

0

9

Notorious 1946

8.2

0 of 2 Oscars, Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman
79

0

0

9

Streetcar Named Desire, A 1951

8.1

Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Karl Malden, Kim Hunter, Elia   Kazan, 4 of 12 Oscars
80

0

0

8

His Girl Friday 1940

8.1

81

0

1

7

Pather Panchali (Apu) 1955

8.1

82

0

1

6

L’Avventura 1960

7.9

83

1

1

2

Diary of a Country Priest 1951

7.9

French, Robert Bresson, no Oscar
84

0

0

9

Bride of Frankenstein, The 1935

8.0

0 of 1 Oscar
85

0

0

8

Breathless 1960

7.9

French, Jean-Luc Godard, no Oscar
86

0

0

7

Quiet Man, The 1952

7.9

87

1

1

1

Kid Brother, The 1927

7.9

88

1

1

1

Flowers of St. Francis 1950

7.5

89

1

1

1

Monsieur Vincent 1947

6.9

90

1

1

1

Life and Passion of Jesus Christ 1905

0.0

91

0

0

8

Intolerance 1916

8.0

Pre-Oscar
92

0

0

7

Birth of a Nation, The 1915

7.0

93

0

1

5

Spartacus 1960

8.0

94

0

1

5

My Darling Clementine 1946

7.8

95

0

1

4

Shane 1953

7.7

96

0

1

1

Affair to Remember, An 1957

7.3

97

0

1

1

Bells of St. Mary’s, The 1945

7.3

98

0

1

1

Robe, The 1953

6.7

99

0

0

7

Ugetsu Monogatari 1953

8.2

100

0

0

7

Greed 1924

8.1

101

0

0

6

Magnificent Ambersons, The 1942

8.0

102

0

1

4

Man With a Movie Camera, The 1929

8.3

103

0

1

3

Laura 1944

8.1

104

0

1

3

From Here to Eternity 1953

7.9

105

0

0

6

Sweet Smell of Success 1957

8.1

106

0

0

5

Frankenstein 1931

8.0

107

0

1

3

Shop Around the Corner, The 1940

8.1

108

0

1

2

Day the Earth Stood Still, The 1951

7.9

109

0

0

5

Red River 1948

7.9

110

0

0

4

Rebecca 1940

8.3

111

0

0

4

All Quiet on the Western Front 1930

8.1

112

0

0

4

Ikiru 1952

8.4

113

0

0

4

Letter from an Unknown Woman 1948

8.0

114

0

1

2

My Man Godfrey 1936

8.1

115

0

1

2

Now, Voyager 1942

7.9

116

0

1

2

Man Escaped, A 1956

8.2

117

0

1

2

Our Hospitality 1923

8.0

118

0

1

2

Thief of Bagdad, The 1924

7.7

119

0

1

2

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers 1954

7.2

120

0

0

4

Wild Strawberries 1957

8.3

121

0

0

4

Out of the Past 1947

8.1

Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas, no Oscar
122

0

0

4

Swing Time 1936

7.7

123

0

0

4

Los Olvidados (Young and the Damned) 1950

8.3

124

0

0

4

Trouble in Paradise 1932

8.2

125

0

0

4

Ninotchka 1939

7.9

126

0

0

4

Palm Beach Story, The 1942

7.9

127

0

0

4

Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The 1956

7.9

No Oscar
128

0

0

4

It’s A Gift 1934

7.5

129

0

0

3

Strangers on a Train 1951

8.2

130

0

0

3

Great Expectations 1946

8.1

131

0

0

3

American in Paris, An 1951

7.2

132

0

0

3

Black Narcissus, The 1947

8.0

133

0

0

3

Yankee Doodle Dandy 1942

7.7

134

0

0

3

42nd Street 1933

7.7

135

0

1

1

To Have and Have Not 1944

8.0

Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan, Howard Hawks, no   Oscar
136

0

1

1

Dark Victory 1939

7.5

137

0

1

1

Burmese Harp, The 1956

8.1

138

0

1

1

Gaslight 1944

7.8

139

0

1

1

Gunfighter, The 1950

7.8

140

0

1

1

National Velvet 1944

7.3

141

0

1

1

Old Yeller 1957

7.3

142

0

1

1

Mark of Zorro 1920

7.2

143

0

1

1

Don Q Son of Zorro 1925

7.1

144

0

1

1

Pollyanna 1960

7.1

145

0

1

1

Gigi 1958

6.9

146

0

1

1

Tom Thumb 1958

6.4

147

0

0

3

La Strada 1954

8.2

148

0

0

3

Beauty and the Beast (1946) 1946

8.1

149

0

0

3

Meet Me In St. Louis 1944

7.6

150

0

0

3

Sherlock, Jr. 1924

8.3

151

0

0

3

To Be or Not To Be 1942

8.1

152

0

0

3

Rio Bravo 1959

8.1

153

0

0

3

Crowd, The 1928

8.1

154

0

0

3

World of Apu (Apu) 1959

8.0

155

0

0

3

Pickpocket 1959

7.9

156

0

0

3

Ashes and Diamonds (Poland) 1958

7.9

157

0

0

2

Ox-Box Incident, The 1943

8.2

158

0

0

2

Mutiny on the Bounty 1935

7.9

159

0

0

2

Gunga Din 1939

7.5

160

0

0

2

Lost Weekend, The 1945

8.1

161

0

0

2

Mrs. Miniver 1942

7.7

162

0

0

2

Marty 1955

7.7

163

0

0

2

Giant 1956

7.7

164

0

0

2

Wings 1927

7.7

165

0

0

2

Greatest Show on Earth, The 1952

6.7

166

0

0

2

Wages of Fear, The 1953

8.4

167

0

0

2

White Heat 1949

8.2

168

0

0

2

Brief Encounter 1945

8.1

169

0

0

2

Shadow of a Doubt 1943

8.1

170

0

0

2

Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The 1920

8.1

171

0

0

2

Mildred Pierce 1945

8.0

172

0

0

2

Hamlet 1948

7.9

173

0

0

2

Napoleon 1927

7.9

174

0

0

2

Sansho the Bailiff (Sansho Dayu) 1954

8.4

175

0

0

2

Umberto D 1952

8.3

176

0

0

2

Dodsworth 1936

8.1

177

0

0

2

Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, The 1943

8.1

178

0

0

2

Mr. Deeds Goes To Town 1936

8.0

179

0

0

2

Pandora’s Box 1929

8.0

180

0

0

2

All That Heaven Allows 1955

7.6

181

0

0

2

Dumbo 1941

7.4

182

0

0

2

Henry V 1944

7.4

183

0

0

2

Les Vampires 1915

7.1

184

0

0

2

Funny Face 1957

6.9

185

0

0

1

Great Dictator, The 1940

8.5

186

0

0

1

Stalag 17 1953

8.1

187

0

0

1

Caine Mutiny, The 1954

7.9

188

0

0

1

Miracle on 34th Street 1947

7.9

189

0

0

1

Mister Roberts 1955

7.8

190

0

0

1

East of Eden 1955

8.0

191

0

0

1

Lost Horizon 1937

7.8

192

0

0

1

Sergeant York 1941

7.8

193

0

0

1

Lady and the Tramp 1955

7.4

194

0

0

1

Thing from Another World, The 1951

7.3

195

0

0

1

Oklahoma 1955

7.1

196

0

0

1

Duel in the Sun 1946

7.0

197

0

0

1

Swiss Family Robinson 1960

7.0

198

0

0

1

House of Wax 1953

7.0

199

0

0

1

Jazz Singer, The 1927

6.7

200

0

0

1

Aparajito (Apu) 1956

8.0

BONUS – here are some of OUR favorite old movies – all A+ movies:

  •          12 Angry Men (1957)
  •          All About Eve (1950)
  •          Apartment, The (1960)
  •          Bishop’s Wife, The (1947)
  •          Casablanca (1942)
  •          Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
  •          Father Goose (1964)
  •          Forbidden Planet (1956)
  •          Funny Face (1957)
  •          His Girl Friday (1940)
  •          It Happened One Night (1934)
  •          It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
  •          Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
  •          Metropolis (1927)
  •          Monkey Business (1952)
  •          Modern Times (1936)
  •          North by Northwest (1959)
  •          Rififi (1955)
  •          Road to Utopia (1946)
  •          Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)
  •          Singin’ In The Rain (1952)
  •          Strangers on a Train (1951)
  •          Talk of the Town (1942)
  •          Thirty Day Princess (1934)
  •          Vertigo (1958)
  •          Wizard of Oz, The (1939)

Other OLD movies we have watched:

Ratings, info and short summaries of movies on their detail page are taken from one of the following sources: Decent Films, MovieGuideBeliefNet Movie MomRotten TomatoesIMDB, Amazon, Zagat. Movie trailers are from YouTube. Movie Info is from IMDB, the many books referenced in the Top Lists page, and the many movie review sites linked on the right side of the page. Images are on the Amazon site and clicking them takes you there where you can buy the movie.

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