The List

A somewhat arbitrary selection of top-grossing, award-winning, National Film Registry listed films (limited by what is available on DVD).

* denotes a personal favorite

1927

The Jazz Singer
Seventh Heaven

1928

The Cameraman*

1929

Broadway Melody

1930

All Quiet on the Western Front
L’Age d’Or

1931

Cimarron
City Lights*
Frankenstein
Dracula
M*
Public Enemy

1932

Scarface
Love Me Tonight*
Trouble in Paradise
Freaks
Horse Feathers
Grand Hotel
Boudou Saved from Drowning

1933

She Done Him Wrong
I’m No Angel
King Kong
The Invisible Man
42nd Street
Duck Soup
Dinner at Eight
Design for Living*

1934

It Happened One Night
Cleopatra
Imitation of Life
The Thin Man
Tarzan and His Mate
The Scarlet Empress

1935

Mutiny on the Bounty
Top Hat
A Night at the Opera*
The 39 Steps
Triumph of the Will
Bride of Frankenstein

1936

San Francisco
The Great Ziegfeld
My Man Godfrey
Dodsworth
Things to Come
Modern Times*
Swing Time
Show Boat*
Libeled Lady

1937

The Life of Emile Zola
The Awful Truth
Grand Illusion
Way Out West
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

1938

You Can’t Take It With You
The Adventures of Robin Hood
Jezebel
Alexander’s Ragtime Band
Pygmalion*
Alexander Nevsky
Bringing Up Baby*

1939

Gone with the Wind
Ninotchka*
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Stagecoach
The Women
The Rules of the Game
The Wizard of Oz
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Midnight
Gunga Din

1940

The Thief of Bagdad
The Philadelphia Story
The Sea Hawk
The Grapes of Wrath
Fantasia
Pinocchio
Rebecca
The Great Dictator*
The Shop Around the Corner
My Little Chickadee
The Bank Dick
Dance, Girl, Dance

1941

The Wolf Man
Suspicion
Sullivan’s Travels
Citizen Kane
The Maltese Falcon
Sergeant York
How Green Was My Valley

1942

Yankee Doodle Dandy
To Be or Not to Be
Casablanca
Roxie Hart
Pride of the Yankees
Cat People
The Magnificent Ambersons
Mrs. Miniver
For Me and My Gal*
This Gun for Hire

1943

Stormy Weather*
The Ox-Bow Incident
This is the Army
For Whom the Bells Tolls
Madame Curie
Cabin in the Sky
Day of Wrath
The More the Merrier
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

1944

The Seventh Cross
Double Indemnity
Gaslight
National Velvet*
Meet Me in St. Louis
Going My Way
Miracle of Morgan’s Creek*
Arsenic and Old Lace
Cover Girl
Henry V
Cobra Woman
Can’t Help Singing
Laura
To Have and Have Not

1945

Bells of St. Mary’s
Anchors Aweigh*
The Lost Weekend
Mildred Pierce
Lady on a Train
Don’t Fence Me In
Detour
Children of Paradise*
Open City
Blithe Spirit
I Know Where I’m Going!

1946

The Best Years of Our Lives
It’s a Wonderful Life
Notorious
Till the Clouds Roll By
Ziegfeld Follies
The Postman Always Rings Twice
The Big Sleep
Green for Danger*
My Darling Clementine
A Matter of Life and Death
No Regrets for Our Youth
Beauty and the Beast
Gilda
The Harvey Girls
The Killers

1947

The Gentleman’s Agreement
Miracle on 34th Street
Unconquered
Out of the Past*
Body and Soul
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Monsieur Verdoux
Black Narcissus

1948

Lady from Shanghai
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Red River
The Search*
The Red Shoes
The Three Musketeers
Easter Parade
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
Force of Evil
The Pirate
The Naked City
The Bicycle Thief
Unfaithfully Yours*
Key Largo

1949

The Third Man
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
A Run for Your Money
Samson and Delilah
All the King’s Men
Twelve O’Clock High
Inspector General
White Heat
Adam’s Rib
Gun Crazy
The Heiress

1950

Born Yesterday
In a Lonely Place
All About Eve
The Asphalt Jungle
Sunset Boulevard
Father of the Bride
Harvey

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