Greatest Movies Through 1960

Best Movies Compiled From Many Sources

* Book: Jeffrey Lyons’ 101 Great Movies For Kids (1996)

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This book is not necessarily a book of the “greatest” movies – rather it is about the secondary movies!  Here is how the author puts it:

“The purpose of this book is to provide alternative choices. When parents search frantically for that one video to please their children, they can now turn to this guide to find forgotten, over-looked, or unknown movies for wholesome, challenging, and sometimes thrilling entertainment.”

I discovered this book after I created my list of Top 200 Movies based on 37 lists of the greatest movies, so it was not included in my review.  And since it is really not a book of the “greatest” movies, it probably should not be used if I revise my list in the future. Never-the-less, it does include an interesting selection of movies, so I am including them here as a reference.

Here are the movies released through 1960 in the book:

  • The Adventures of Robin Hood
  • Angels in the Outfield*
  • Around the World in Eighty Days
  • Bad Day at Black Rock*
  • The Big Country*
  • The Bishop’s Wife*
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • Brigadoon*
  • Captain Blood*
  • Captains Courageous*
  • Carousel*
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court*
  • The Court Jester
  • Damn Yankees*
  • The Devil’s Disciple*
  • Friendly Persuasion*
  • Hans Christian Anderson*
  • Harvey*
  • Heidi*
  • Inherit the Wind*
  • I Remember Mama*
  • It Happens Every Spring*
  • Ivanhoe*
  • The Jackie Robinson Story*
  • Jim Thorpe–All-American*
  • The King and I*
  • Lost Horizon
  • The Man Who Never Was*
  • Meet Me in St. Louis
  • Mister Roberts
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • Mutiny on the Bounty
  • National Velvet
  • A Night at the Opera
  • North by Northwest
  • Oklahoma!
  • Old Yeller
  • Pollyanna
  • The Prince and the Pauper*
  • The Red Balloon*
  • The Red Pony*
  • The Secret Life of Water Mitty*
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
  • The Shaggy Dog*
  • The Spirit of St. Louis*
  • Swiss Family Robinson
  • Three Godfathers*
  • Treasure Island*
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea*
  • Yankee Doodle Dandy
  • The Yearling*

* movies not in my Top 200 Movies list

The full list of movies is online.  The book is available from Amazon and as well as at the Madison Public Library.