Greatest Movies Through 1960

Best Movies Compiled From Many Sources

* Viewers: L.A. Daily News Readers’ Poll – 100 Greatest American Films

The December 3, 1997 issue of the Los Angeles Daily News presented the results of their poll of their readers who voted for their favorite movies from a list of 400 great movies (this list was prepared by the American Film Institute). Here is the list filtered for just movies released through 1960:

  1. Casablanca
  2. Citizen Kane
  3. It’s A Wonderful Life
  4. Gone With the Wind
  5. The Wizard of Oz
  6. The African Queen
  7. Singin’ in the Rain
  8. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  9. The Grapes of Wrath
  10. It Happened One Night

That was the TOP TEN of movies released through 1960. The rest of the list follows:

  1. Sunset Boulevard
  2. The Bridge on the River Kwai
  3. King Kong
  4. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  5. The Maltese Falcon
  6. All About Eve
  7. The Birth of a Nation
  8. All Quiet On The Western Front
  9. Stagecoach
  10. Fantasia
  11. High Noon
  12. Ben-Hur
  13. Psycho

The rest of the list all are marked (tie):

  1. The Best Years of Our Lives
  2. Oklahoma
  3. The treasure of the Sierra Madre
  4. Miracle on 34th Street
  5. Some Like It Hot
  6. An American in Paris
  7. From Here to Eternity
  8. Laura
  9. Mutiny on the Bounty
  10. On the Waterfront
  11. The Quiet Man
  12. Frankenstein
  13. North by Northwest
  14. A Streetcar Named Desire
  15. The Ten Commandments
  16. The Adventures of Robin Hood
  17. Double Indemnity
  18. Lost Horizon (1937)
  19. Giant
  20. The Jazz Singer (1927)
  21. Mrs. Miniver
  22. Rebecca
  23. Wings
  24. The Gold Rush
  25. 12 Angry Men
  26. Yankee Doodle Dandy
  27. Gunga Din
  28. Shane
  29. The Third Man
  30. Around the World in 80 Days
  31. The Caine Mutiny
  32. The Day the Earth Stood Still
  33. East of Eden
  34. 42nd Street
  35. The Lost Weekend
  36. Marty
  37. Mister Roberts
  38. The Ox-Box Incident
  39. The Philadelphia Story
  40. Rear Window
  41. Stalag 17
  42. Vertigo

The full list is online here: Greatest American Films – Daily News

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