My Favorite Movies

I love movies in the Romantic tradition of heroic characters engaged in the ingenious and passionate pursuit of important values. I love what Ayn Rand calls the “benevolent universe.” [—Added 5/2/10.] These are movies that I look forward to seeing again and again.

There are many movies I have not yet seen, so I may add to this list from time to time.

An Affair to Remember (1957)
Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, The (1947)
Ball of Fire (1941)
Battling Butler (1926)
Black Stallion, The (1979)
Cameraman, The (1928)
Christmas in July (1940)
Cluny Brown (1946)
College (1927)
Cover Girl (1944)
Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)
Day Will Dawn, The (aka The Avengers) (1942).
Dodsworth (1936)
Easter Parade (1948)
Escape (1940)
For Me and My Gal (1942)
Fountainhead, The (1949)
Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
Houseboat (1958)
In the Good Old Sumertime (1949)
It Happened One Night (1934)
It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
Lady in Question, The (1940)
Libeled Lady (1936)
Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, The (1943)
Lili (1953)
Love Letters (1945)
Madame Curie (1943)
Major and the Minor, The (1942)
Middle of the Night (1959)
Miracle Worker, The (1962)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
National Velvet (1944)
Navigator, The (1924)
Notorious (1946)
Now Voyager (1942)
On the Waterfront (1954) (added 5/16/10)
Palm Beach Story, The (1942)
Pride and Prejudice (1940)
Random Harvest (1942)
Sabrina (1954)
Scarlet Pimpernel, The (1934)
Shane (1953)
Sherlock Jr. (1924)
Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
So Proudly We Hail! (1943)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Sound of Music, The (1965)
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
Summer Stock (1950)
Sunrise (1927)
Swing Time (1936)
This Land is Mine (1943)
To Be Or Not To Be (1942)
Top Hat (1935)
Vacation from Marriage (aka Perfect Strangers) (1945)
We the Living (1986, edited from movies from 1942)
Wizard of Oz, The (1939)
Women, The (1939)

2 thoughts on “My Favorite Movies

  1. There is on movie missing on your favorite list: my all time favorite “Ruggles of Red Gap” with Charles Laughton and Mary Boland. It was also one of Ayn Rand’s favorite.

  2. Do you scorn modern movies? There is plenty of Romance out there today.

    The Pixar films Up and The Incredibles come forcefully to mind.

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