Greatest Movies Through 1960

Best Movies Compiled From Many Sources

* Critics: Decent Films Guide – Movies Rated A with Superior Artistic-Entertainment Value

Decent Films Guide is a very good website.  It has quite a few reviews of the great old movies.  But best of all it has a Power Search feature that lets you create your own list of movies based on the year they were released, the Genre, the Overall Recommendability (rating), Moral/Spiritual Rating and more!  We created our list of their top rated movies using the criteria of movies released through 1960 with an Overall Recommendability (rating) of A and a Superior (the best) rating for Artistic-Entertainment value.  Here is the list, in order of Overall Recommendability rating (from A+ to A to A-):

Rated A+

  • Adventures of Robin Hood
  • Bambi
  • Bringing Up Baby
  • Casablanca
  • Citizen Kane
  • City Lights
  • Court Jester
  • Diary of a Country Priest
  • Duck Soup
  • Fantasia
  • Flowers of St. Francis
  • The General
  • Grand Illusion
  • Holiday
  • It’s A Wonderful Life
  • Kid Brother
  • Life and Passion of Jesus Christ
  • Monsieur Vincent
  • Night at the Opera
  • Open City
  • Ordet
  • Passion of Joan of Arc
  • Pinocchio
  • Singin’ in the Rain
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Wizard of Oz

Rated A

  • Ben-Hur
  • Bicycle Thief (Bicycle Thieves)
  • The Big Sleep
  • The Burmese Harp
  • Don Q Son of Zorro
  • Gold Rush
  • High Noon
  • A Man Escaped
  • Mark of Zorro (1920)
  • Metropolis
  • Modern Times
  • My Darling Clementine
  • My Man Godfrey
  • On the Waterfront
  • Our Hospitality
  • Philadelphia Story
  • The Searchers
  • Shane
  • Shop Around the Corner
  • Stagecoach
  • Sullivan’s Travels
  • The Ten Commandments
  • The Thief of Bagdad
  • Top Hat
  • Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Rated A-

  • Kind Hearts and Coronets
  • Napoleon
  • The Seventh Seal

The A+ movies we counted as a TOP TEN and the rest as a TOP 100. This is a link to the list that we got using Power Search: Best Rated and Superior through 1960