My Favorite Movies

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You all know by now how much I love old movies; I’ve been recommending them in my books and calendars forever.  I know you love them too, so I thought I’d give you a list of my very favorite movies — wonderful stories guaranteed to make you laugh, cry, swoon, dream, yearn, or think.

Please forgive me if I’ve left your favorite out.  There’s no rhyme nor reason to this list; I didn’t include lots of really good movies, like Sound of Music for example, or An American in Paris, Mildred Pierce, Casablanca, Funny Face, or even My Fair Lady . . . and I’m sure there are plenty I’ve simply forgotten.  But this is still a really good start.  These are films I never tire of. 

Many of the movies I love best were made before I was born, and I saw almost all of them on the TV.  Wonderful, romantic, beautiful, magical, touching, funny and charming movies which, because they’re in black and white, lots of people have just never seen. They don’t know what they’ve been missing!  That’s why I’m doing this . . . a cozy afternoon on a freezing day, with a cup of hot chocolate and one of these movies is my idea of heaven.  They are soul soothers, inspiration-givers, joy spreaders.

I came by my love for these movies naturally, my mom started me very young.  She’s the same age as Shirley Temple; she fell in love with Shirley when she was a little girl.  By the time I was old enough to be propped in a chair, she made sure the Good Ship Lollypop was tap dancing its way into my heart.  She and I know the words to all of Shirley’s songs; we sang them while we did dishes.  I still love Shirley.  If there was ever anything cuter or more adorable than Shirley Temple in Baby Take a Bow, I don’t know what it is.  All my life, I could be having a bad day, turn on Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, hear Shirley sing “Come and Get Your Happiness,” see the darling curtains at Aunt Sarah’s house and the roses on Tony’s Porch, and cheer right up.

From Shirley Temple, it was natural for me to move up to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies; they were made about the same time.  I think they’re sort of the grownup version of Shirley Temple, sweet, innocent and charming; the fabulous genius-inspired dances they did (like this one in Swing Time); the creative visuals their early movies presented in the height of 1930’s fantasy fashion, elegant clothes, beautiful furniture and architecture, not to mention the music!  It was magic!  A world of inspiration; a feast for the senses!

By the time I was old enough to live out on my own, I was half-formed about what life was going to be like, and all of it, for better or for worse, was based on books like Pollyanna and Little Women and these wonderful old films, most of which I saw on the Million Dollar Movie on television.

I moved from my parents house into an apartment with my best friend Janet.  Her mom loved old movies too.  I’ll never forget us, lying on the floor, watching TV at two in the morning; A Farewell to Arms had just ended with Jennifer Jones dying, we were both sobbing hysterically. I had to get up and go into the other room.  Oh we loved it!  Janet called me Sue-Sue Applegate after the Ginger Rogers character in The Major and the Minor. (We called her Natasha after Boris’ wife.) We would get in her huge old car and go to the drive-in movies, wearing our jammies with big coats over them so we could go to the snack bar; we set our hair in big rollers while watching The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, in French with English subtitles, and sobbed all the way home.  We really loved to cry at movies!  Splendor in the Grass almost killed us. (You can tell by these photos, we were already legends in our own minds!)

Old movies shaped my dreams:  they showed me what I wanted my house to look like, how I wanted to dress, what kind of a person I wanted to be; those shipboard romances in An Affair to Remember, The Lady Eve, Sabrina, and Shall We Dance; the rose-covered cottages in Father of the Bride and Love Letters; houses with darling curtains and wallpaper like in Dear Ruth; the train rides in The Palm Beach Story, Some Like it Hot, North by Northwest, and Brief Encounter.  I dreamed of fields of bluebells as high as my knee, like the ones I saw in Howard’s End, and one day I went to England to see them and they were just as wonderful as I knew they’d be. 

You could go around the world, even from a one-bedroom apartment, with The Quiet Man, Roman Holiday, Mrs. Miniver, Ninotchka (prettiest dress in the movies is in Ninotchka), Out of Africa, Two for the Road, and A Room with a View.

I planted flowering trees because of the tree-lined road Anne Shirley (of Green Gable fame) drove through, the petals flying, in the buckboard with Matthew just after she arrived on the train.  Remember?

Miracle on 34th Street made me decide to never grow all the way up.  I could see the fairy-tale life was the life for me.  I knew we lived in a beautiful world full of magic and charm, I saw it in movies such as It’s a Wonderful Life, The Bishop’s Wife, Margie, and The Secret Garden.

When 9/11 happened I was glued to the TV like everyone else, but after a while, the intensity was too much, the grief, sorrow, anger, pain was unbearable; the real world was just too real.  I couldn’t sleep, thinking about man’s inhumanity to man; the TV news was unrelenting.  I felt like it wasn’t healthy to hear it anymore. I finally turned it off, and began feeding my soul with childhood favorites . . . at first it was all Shirley Temple movies. Then, watching Cary Grant, cutie-pie Walter Pigeon, gorgeous Gregory Peck, Jeanne Crain, Barbara Stanwyck, or Myrna Loy — the laughter, beauty, whimsy, and charm made my troubles float away.  It took a few weeks for me to find my equilibrium and remember that the overwhelming majority of people in this world are good; those movies really helped.  One big bad apple had upset the balance.

If you’re starting from scratch, trying to learn more about old movies, it’s hard to know where to start. So here is my list of favorites, many times tried and forever true.  I added links to some of the trailers for these movies — I didn’t put trailers on all of them, just want you to know that the ones without the links are just as good as the ones that have them!  You can get these movies sent to your house from Netflix or buy them at Amazon. You can find them at your public library!  You can look them up on Google to learn more about them; some of them are even free and run in full length on Youtube.  If you decide to go the Netflix route you can put this whole list in your Netflix Queue and they will send them to you one at a time, you’ll never even have to think about it!  So here we go!  Enjoy!  Here’s the list:

This is a list of newer movies that I love as much as the old . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

276 Responses to My Favorite Movies

  1. Ginger says:

    Just saw one you might like. It’s an old Cary Grant called Room for One More. It was delightful.

  2. Ginger Meador says:

    I thought my husband and I were the only ones who loved “Hobson’s Choice.”
    We watch it over and over, whenever we need a ‘feel good movie.’

  3. Kywa says:

    The other night we rented Harvey on my husband’s birthday gift (Amazon Fire). It’s the original black and white, and my 10 year old who was not feeling good was all doze-y at the beginning. Once they announced Harvey is a Pookah, she was all eyes and ears glued to the t.v. (She knows about Pookah’s, have read the Guardian’s series of books by William Joyce. E. Aster Bunnymund is a Pookah). It thrilled me to see her so enthralled with this oldie. It’s such a great feel good movie.

    • sbranch says:

      Such a great thing to introduce a child to — there’s so much history in old movies, in such a wonderfully enjoyable way to learn about a way of life that is pretty much gone for them. It is possible to make lives like that inside your own house, but you have to know about them first.

  4. Jade Michele says:

    Have you seen From Time to Time ? It’s on Netflix right now. It’s a lovely movie,based on a novel by Lucy M Boston, I think you will like it! :)
    Love your book A Fine Romance,it’s one of my all time favorites!

  5. Bridget says:

    Susan, Thank you so much for your great movie recommendations A lot of them are my favorites and can’t wait to make favorites out of the others. Have you ever seen SHINING THROUGH with Melanie Griffith and Michael Douglas? Great WWII romance. My very favorite: Jane Austen’s PERSUASION with Ciaran Hinds and Amanda Root…terrific performances!! I’m on my second reading of your FINE ROMANCE. Love it and bought a bunch for gifts!!

  6. Alice Lucas says:

    Dear Susan, Could you please tell me who stars in the movie Greenfingers. I have tried to find this movie, without any luck so far.
    If you ever update your movie list, you might want to add Life Of Pi and Silverlinings Playbook to that list.
    Your Friend, Alice

  7. Helen Nelson-Hougland says:

    Your list of favorite movies is perfect! May I also suggest In Name Only with Cary Grant and the beautiful Carole Lombard. Oh, the charming house in this one! And I love the house, the furnishings, the curtains in The Bachelor and The Bobby Soxer with Cary and Shirley Temple, as well as the wonderful Myrna Loy. Many thanks for being right on target with your movies list!

  8. PJ says:

    At the risk of sounding like everyone else here, your favorites are my favorite movies, too! Kindred spirits, indeed. In honor of your potential trip to Scotland, however, I’d like to offer a couple of favorite Scottish movies of mine to add to your “homework”. The first is Local Hero, with Peter Riegert, Peter Capaldi (the new Dr. Who), Denis Lawson (Ewan McGregor’s uncle) and, surprisingly, Burt Lancaster. It’s a quirky comedy along the lines of Waking Ned Devine. The second is Dear Frankie, a little-known but heart warming movie that made me fall for Gerard Butler. Emily Mortimer also stars. I would suggest using closed-captioning to watch these, especially the second one. The Glaswegian accent is the hardest Scottish accent to understand in my estimation. Hope you enjoy them!

  9. Linda Treap says:

    I have always liked your scrapbook items and I just ran across you while looking up Gladys Taber (who I have always loved) and you are fabulous.
    I also, love Beatrix Potter, most all of the same movies that you like, and I’m so glad that you have so many fans. Please count me in as a new and forever fan. Thank you so much!

  10. Not sure if I saw it on your list, but have you seen “I Know Where I’m Going” with Wendy Hiller? And how about “Local Hero”? Two excellent films.

  11. Christabelle says:

    Susan, hope you had a WONDERFUL train trip. I’ve been a fan of train travel for some 30 years now and have taken The City of New Orleans countless times. I loved your train travel guide. I’m always sharing “tips” with others who are contemplating riding the rails. Like make sure you bring a pair of easy off-on slipper type shoes (but with crepe sole bottoms) for when you need to use the restroom (the single sleepers don’t have their own toilet) but don’t want to put on shoes and socks in the middle of the night. Or tipping your porter at the beginning of the trip to ensure that he/she takes super good care of you — like taking your breakfast order the night before, and bringing it to you all “gift wrapped” early the next morning.

    Anyway, the reason I’m commenting about train travel after your movie-related post is that I didn’t see anything about the other Sullivan (Anne of Green Gables) Company DVDs. You can get these from the library and have a film fest while on board. Anyone who loves AOGG will love the entire Tales of Avonlea series, which includes many of the same characters. the Emily of New Moon series, and “Wind at My Back,” the completely unrelated but totally wonderful series about the Great Depression. The only down side is that you want these stories to go on forever.

    Oh, and there are two lighthearted movies I remember watching with my mom when she visited me post breast cancer surgery almost 20 years ago, and so they remain favorites, as well. “Only You” with Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey, Jr. (along with a perfectly wonderful Bonnie Hunt), and “IQ” with Meg Ryan and Tim Robbins.

    • sbranch says:

      So much good information here Christabelle ~ thank you!

      • Christabelle says:

        I’ve always loved that you have the regard that I do for rail travel. And that’s something coming from someone who was actually on a train that had a collision and derailment! Yes, I got “back on the horse” and took another train trip that same year. Perhaps with proper funding, such accidents (although uncommon) would be even less likely to occur, as we would have proper lights and other warning devices at ALL crossings throughout the U.S. Susan, one of the things I also loved reading (I can’t remember where you have it) is when you arrived back home in Martha’s Vineyard and had a get together with all of your gal pals. I also, of course, loved the post, years ago, about your cross country train travels with a friend of yours. Do you think — pretty please — you could somehow create a new sub-category under the “About Me” category, and put all of the train-related stuff there? Thank you!!!

    • Christabelle… am responding to your comment here as I absolutely LOVED LOVED LOVED Wind at My Back (I think on Hallmark?) and watched the entire series at least twice! I wish I could get a set of DVD’s of the whole series. I first discovered it right after both of my parents died (within 3 weeks of each other) and for some reason, that series brought me much comfort… the era, the people, the “old days” and how hard they had it and yet somehow lifted themselves up out of very dire circumstances. And like you, I hated to see if end! I wanted it to go on and on and one forever.

  12. Christabelle says:

    Will do, Susan. Thanks!!!

  13. suzanne says:

    My favorite to watch at Christmastime is “Since you went Away”, with Claudette Colbert, Shirley Temple and Jennifer Jones. Women on the homefront during WWII ending on a tearfully beautiful Christmas.

  14. Catherine Wheeler says:

    Love, love all of your choices – especially I Married a Witch – great movie. One not on your list is a favorite of mine: Violets Are Blue with Kevin Kline, Sissy Spacek and Bonnie Bedelia. The song at the end “One Day” is sung by Laura Branigan and sadly, she never recorded it on a CD. Hope you find it and enjoy.

  15. Bobbette Cockrell says:

    I have loved old movies my whole life! My mother taught me to love them and I taught my son to love them! Last year, my wonderful husband started a tradition of sending us to the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood for our birthdays <3. It's amazing to see the films on the big screen as they were meant to be seen…and to hear the stars introduce the film…SIGH <3. Margret O'Brien introduced Meet Me In St Louis, 92 year old Maureen O'Hara introduced How Green Was My Valley, Kim Novac introduced Bell, Book and Candle, Mel Brooks introduced Blazing Saddles. We sat poolside at the historic Roosevelt Hotel with our feet dangling in the pool watching American Graffiti. Bobby will be 21 this year, so Hubby bought tickets to the cocktail party =). It's like a Star Wars convention for Trekkie's, only for Movie Nerds!

    • sbranch says:

      How absolutely wonderful Bobbette! Margaret O’Brien was so wonderful in Meet Me in St. Louis! And the Canterville Ghost . . . and the Secret Garden . . . what a treat to see her in person. All of them! In 2015 the TCM Festival is March 26-29 and it looks like passes are still available. I’m going to have to go one of these days! Thank you for telling us about it!

  16. Kate Wyllie says:

    You have listed a lot of my favorites……..especially Teahouse of the August Moon…..but, the movie (a musical ) “1776”……. I think is worth mentioning……I feel so good after that movie, if you haven’t seen it……try watching it. Just FYI…..
    Warmest regards,
    Katie

  17. Laura says:

    Thank you for this list, Susan! I have seen and enjoyed so many of these, but not all . . . which makes me happy because now I have a list!! I would also like to recommend About Time. It came out last year and Bill Nighy is in it, always a good thing, in my opinion. Anyway, I watched this movie with my son, now 20, and we both loved, loved, loved it!!! He went and bought a copy because he wants to watch it once a year he said, to remind him of what is important in life. Me too!

    • sbranch says:

      I keep hearing great things about this one . . . where did you see it . . . I can’t find it on Netflix. But it’s by the same director who did Love Actually which just may be my favorite movie EVER!

  18. anne engelhardt says:

    Just read your list of favorite movies…still smiling!
    Let’s not forget “I Remember Mama”, “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”, and just for fun…”The Trouble with Angels”

  19. Julie says:

    Can’t wait to see the movies you’ve recommended. I am making my list now. Anything that Nora Ephron has touched in any way, I love. I am curious if you’ve seen Her with Joaquin Phoenix? His performance is nothing short of amazing. It certainly isn’t your average love story but it is touching, and the music she plays to capture their relationship is haunting. I think you may like it.

    • sbranch says:

      I haven’t seen it . . . was steering clear because I heard he was in love with his computer? Is that right? But you can make a movie about anything if you put enough heart in it.

      • Julie says:

        Yes, true, very futuristic, but there is just something about the deep-soul connection between the two as experienced through Joaquin’s character – the amazing, deep, healing, joyful, restorative, kaleidoscope brilliance of love. It is definitely not for everyone, I definitely get that. But still, a great film.

  20. I love “Halfway House” ~ a little known British film, and “I Know Where I’m Going” ~~~

    Susan, you have provided a wonderful list to explore! Did you know {I saw Finding Nemo on your list} that they are making “Finding Dory”? One to watch out for, she was such a cracker!

    ~~~waving~~~ from Across the Pond ~~~ Debs in Wales ~~~

  21. M. says:

    Thank you for the list! I’ve seen quite a few of these, but now I have shedloads more to watch. Perfect holidays are made of old-movie marathons.

    PS – 1776 is definitely a fave at our house too, Kate. We have the soundtrack and sing along loudly on road trips.

  22. Elaine Koenig says:

    thank you for the great list. Just wanted to mention A Childs Christmas in Wales. Perfect holiday movie.

  23. Margret says:

    Hello!
    Thank you so much for this wonderful list.
    If you haven’t seen this endearing series I highly recommend these three films to you:
    Four Daughters, Four Wives, Four Mothers. (There is another related film called Daughters Courageous that includes the same cast but is not really part of the series). The films follow four sisters, their father, their aunt, and their love interests over the course of many years.

  24. Joan LaFever says:

    I’d like to add a movie I love – Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. Amy Adams sings “If I Didn’t Care” towards the end, and nails the song. Great movie. :)

  25. Dianne says:

    Love Actually is one of my all time favorites as well. Have you seen The Theory of Everything? It is so good.

  26. Anna Marie Robinson says:

    Love this list Susan. Watched Hobson’s Choice and Double Wedding. I am filling up my Netflix list based on you and our girlfriends suggestions. We have such wonderful taste in movies. I would love to add The Beiderbeck Affair, The Beiderbeck Tapes, and the Beiderbeck Connection by Alan Planter and also Oliver’s Travels written by the same man.

  27. I absolutely LOVE your list! I have seen some but many I have not seen and this is my new project… to make a list of what I want to see! There are so many wonderful old movies out there, and I’m sad that I’ve failed to revisit them. One of my ALL time favorites, which you have listed, is the Long Long Trailer with Lucy and Desi…. saw it when I was about 6 and never laughed so hard.. and probably saw it at least 10 more times! Also if you haven’t seen Seven Brides for Seven Brothers… with Jane Powell… oh swoon… what a wonderful musical. Another old movie from 1948, that I don’t think you had listed, was Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. This is with Cary Grant and Myrna Loy, and anyone who has wanted to build a house, or who HAS built a house, MUST see this one! It’s a true classic and I love watching it now and then! There was a remake of it in 1986 called the Money Pit, which was also absolutely hysterical! Your list reminds me of the wonderful old movies that I want to watch again. They truly are reminders of days gone boy, and our children need to see them also.

    I’m fairly new to your blog Susan, and want to take the time to soak up every little part of it and read ALL of your posts! I’ve been a fan of yours for years… your precious artwork and calendars.

  28. delightful list. i like yourself, love england. i am assuming you have seen bright star, but if not, you might love it. i did. the costumes alone are worth a look.
    my sil gave me your book a fine romance for xmas and i am in love. i don’t want it to end. b. potter and j. austen. oh my. heaven i tell you, heaven.

    • sbranch says:

      :-) Makes me happy to hear that! Thank you! Yes, Bright Star! I saw that a very long time ago, remember loving it, need to see it again!

  29. dorothy labbe says:

    A friend told me about you today and I had to look you up immediately. Checked out your favorite book and favorite movie lists—I found a kindred spirit. Can’t wait to go to library and read your books, which come highly recommended by my friend, June S.

  30. Julie says:

    Another suggestion if you haven’t seen it: The Man in the Moon. A very young Reese Witherspoon, Sam Waterston, Jason London, great cast; a wonderful romantic, coming of age film that is one of my classics. It takes place in the south, I just love it. I think you will too.

  31. Sue LaMarche says:

    Boy, do we have similar taste!

  32. Darlene B says:

    Dear Susan, just stopping by to say hello and take a peek at your favorite movie list. Need a little get away and I remembered you said that these movies are magic so I’m hoping for a little magic to help get through a rough patch….Thank you for everything always xoxo

  33. Kathryn says:

    We share so many if the same favorites…Out of Africa; I’m teary-eyed as soon as the music starts and inconsolable when the camera shows the lion lying comfortably on Denys’ grave–every time. And William Powell, how handsome, debonair and perfectly matched to Carole Lombard and Mrs. Bullock, kindly providing her with pixie remover. There is a movie I’d like to suggest… Lion in Winter. Katharine Hepburn and Peter O’Toole as Elinor of Aquitaine and Henry II. The script is mesmerizing, the banter between the two is extraordinary and the history and politics of the time is so very interesting; plus it’s about England!
    Thank you so much for your blog with its peek into your life and wonderful kitties. As I write this I’m surrounded by my 3–Sumitra and Siddartha, my 2 Siamese, and Luigi, my large grey tiger cat with the soft meow. All 3 make me smile and make the world a better place…Happy New Year, 2016!

  34. Thank you very much for sharing your wonderful movie list, we have seen some of them and a lot of them are our favorites too, my daughter and I enjoy watching old movies and we can wait to watch some of your recommendations.

  35. Regina Carretta says:

    Susan – wonderful films all! Have you seen the UK 1952 film, “The Holly and the Ivy”? Glorious black and white, snowy British countryside, family of characters – just a lovely story – can’t get it in the US in DVD format, and it is not on YouTube, but I hear some tech-savy folks can transfer the UK DVD format on their computers to play it…..
    thanks for the list…..
    Regina

  36. Kathy Williams says:

    I am trying to find a movie that surrounds a newspaper business. Please forgive me for the lack of information.
    I watched this movie 30+ years ago and all I know is the newspaper was run in the basement of a building in a busy city. You could see in the windows from the sidewalk that ran along the building. I know, you’re probably thinking, “that’s it?” and unfortunately, that is all I remember. For years I have tried to remember this movie and I don’t know why but for some reason it has never left me. If I didn’t say, it is in black and white. I just thought I would give you a try, I’m sure there are some serious movie critics out there that could probably tell me the name and thought I would start with you. Thank you!

    • sbranch says:

      Was it Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell talking a thousand miles a minute? If so, then it was His Girl Friday. Does that sound familiar?

  37. sema says:

    Ha, okay, my Top 5 of all time is:
    1. Taxi Driver
    2. Pulp Fiction
    3. Persona
    4. The Deer Hunter
    5. 2001: A Space Odyssey

  38. Sue S says:

    Love, love your movie favorites as they closely resemble my choices. If you have not seen ’84 Charing Cross Road’ starring Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins and Judi Dench, please watch it :). It’s my absolute favorite movie. I loved her quote about reading biographies, about reading about people who have actually lived; my favorite genre. I love this quote too, “I don’t browse in bookshops, I browse in libraries, where you can take a book home and read it, and if you like it you go to a bookshop and buy it.” Another favorite is ‘Tea With Mussolini’ which seems to be an odd title but the movie is absolutely marvelous and it stars Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and Cher.

    • sbranch says:

      I love it too! Wonderful movie. I think there was a book too, and it was also good. I saw Tea with Mussolini too, lots of charm in that one! I just watched (about ten minutes ago) A Little Romance with 14-year old Diane Lane and Laurence Olivier ~ 1979 ~ SO darling.

  39. Barbara Irvine (Connecticut) says:

    Love, love, love old (and some newer) movies! Here are some I’d like to add:
    -Summertime with Katherine Hepburn and Rosano Brazzi
    -Love Affair (1939) with Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne … remake was An Affair to Remember with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, and then Sleepless in Seattle
    -Back Street (1941) with Charles Boyer and Margaret Sullavan, and remake in 1961 with Susan Hayward and John Gavin (I liked the original best)
    More recent:
    -The Lake House with Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves (and I still can’t figure it out!)
    -Under the Tuscan Sun with Diane Lane
    -Nights in Rodanthe with Diane Lane and Richard Gere
    -Cast Away with Tom Hanks
    And, at Christmastime, all the movies you mentioned, as well as The Polar Express and the Home Alone movies.
    OK, I’ve given more than my two cents’ worth, but movies and books are the best! We are so blessed !!

    • Barbara Irvine (Connecticut) says:

      Oh, I forgot …
      -High Society, the 1956 remake of Philadelphia Story, starring Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly — musical and fun, and in color!

      • Barbara Irvine (Connecticut) says:

        Oh, and did anybody say “Gaslight” ?? Charles Boyer, a young and beautiful Ingrid Bergman, and I believe Angela Lansbury’s first film (or was it The Portrait of Dorian Grey?). Anyway, a fabulous film … and now I’ll stop.

        Barb

    • sbranch says:

      Love it Barbara! Thank you!

  40. Cheryl says:

    Susan,
    I love your list of films!!!

    I have to add one- which I’m sure you’ve seen. “Christmas in Connecticut” with Barbara Stanwyck….one of my all time favorite films. She’s brilliant.

    Love your blog and your books. “Autumn” relieves my broken heart each fall…. while I’m trapped in Southern California. I miss the crisp fall air and rustling leaves of the East Coast and reading your book eases the heartache.
    Cheers,
    Cheryl

  41. melanie says:

    right now, here in april, in PA, it is snowing,,,,,i will be home soon and would like to watch a movie that has snow in it or even snow themed. Any recommendations from your list?

  42. Stephanie Murray says:

    Thank you for publishing this great list of films. I haven’t read them all yet so I do apologize if this one is already mentioned. I am searching for the name of an old black and white suspense movie. A woman was being terrorized by a stalker who rang repeatedly but as no one else ever heard the messages her story was in doubt. She convinces her friend to lie to her husband and say that she had heard the messages but the phone was out of order so the lie was discovered. She almost fell in front of a train but believed she was pushed. It is such a long time since I saw this movie but would love to see it again. Thanks for your help.

    • sbranch says:

      It sounds sort of like Sorry, Wrong Number with Barbara Stanwyck. Is this it?

      • Stephanie Murray says:

        Thanks for your reply.
        It does sound like a similar plot but no, that’s not it. It ends that the woman’s husband was trying to drive her crazy, similar to Gaslight.

        • sbranch says:

          Who saves her? I just feel like it was Barbara Stanwyck. I know I’ve seen it. Google her and see if any of her suspense movies ring a bell. Also, I kind of felt like it might be Ray Milland too . . .

          • Stephanie Murray says:

            I think the police save her. It is soooo long ago but I do remember her friend was named Peggy. Barbara Stanwyck did make such a lot of movies. Looks like some great potentials to watch in that list. Thank you. I’ll keep searching.

        • marty from New York City says:

          I think that you might be thinking of “Midnight Lace” with Doris Day and Rex Harrison among many other terrific actors.

  43. Melanie says:

    Would you ever consider creatinf a pdf list (by year) of all your favorite movies and uploadng it all of us here ?

    • sbranch says:

      Not sure how I would do that . . . but there are links to youtube for many of the movies on my favorites list.

  44. Heidi Witter says:

    I love your taste in movies! If you haven’t seen it yet, “About Time” is a wonderful movie directed by the same one who did “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Love, Actually.” It is my absolute favorite movie with a wonderful message of loving every day, good or bad, living a genuine life. I’ve just finished reading “Isle of Dreams,” so THANK YOU for my summer gift!

    • sbranch says:

      Yes, I have seen it and I agree, it’s wonderful, although it won’t take away Love Actually as my favorite movie of maybe all time, but it’s still WONDERFUL, just as you say! Thank YOU back Heidi!!!

      • Heidi Witter says:

        Oh my gosh! I feel like I just talked to a rock star! This third grade teacher/middle aged gal from Sacramento just had her BEST day of her summer. THANK YOU!!!!

        • sbranch says:

          OH Heidi, aren’t you sweet! Thank you right back . . . have a wonderful day, and thank you for being a teacher and imparting all the wonderful things of life to children who sop it up and need you so much!

  45. Carolyn Fitzgerald Rodgers says:

    And then there’s “All This, and Heaven Too.” (Book by Rachel Field.). Movie starred Charles Boyer and Bette Davis, about whose character, Field said “The purse that held her Courage was not as empty as the purse that held her money.”

  46. Pat Harmon says:

    Dear Susan, you are an oasis! I LOVE your work and your books! TCM is my fave channel. Many of my faves are on your list. Here are 3 I don’t see there, Now, Voyager with Bette and Paul, oh my!
    2 newer ones, Under the Tuscan Sun, Diane Lane, wonderful, and Chocolat with Binoche and Depp oooooooo! Where are the smelling salts! 💛💗💜💙💚😍 Pat

  47. Diana Brady says:

    Susan, Another movie you might enjoy is “Secondhand Lions” Starring Robert Duvall & Michael Caine with Haley Joel Osment. Such a sweet and funny movie. Hope you will enjoy it too. Warm Regards, Diana Brady

  48. Linda Carey says:

    Hi Susan: I share your love of movies, your list matches most of my favorites. If you haven’t seen these two, I think you’ll like them, “The Matchmaker” w/ Janeane Garofalo and David O’Hara & “Leapyear” w/Amy Adams.

    Thank you so much for your beautiful books. Happy Belated Birthday to Joe!

    • sbranch says:

      Love them both … something about Leap Year, have to keep watching it over and over even though it’s a little silly, I sure love the countryside (in both of them) and Matthew Goode! And of course, who doesn’t love a love story! Thank you Linda!

  49. Kathy DeCaria says:

    I’ve got two other movies for your list:
    “Miracle in the Rain” with Jane Wyman and Van Johnson
    “Come to the Stable” with Loretta Young and Celeste Holm

    Both are tear jerkers and great viewing on a cold winter day with a warm cup of tea and a kitty or two nearby!

  50. Jill says:

    My little family has a family movie night each Sunday. My husband and I pick movies we want our children to know for various reasons. Tonight I looked up your list and we started at the top with Hobson’s Choice. Winner!! We all loved it. My seven and nine year-old daughters were begging that each scene not be the end. :) My eleven-year old son and husband loved it too. Later we were talking about humor, education and kindness and we’re able to tie in some awesome lessons from the movie. Maggie is strong and smart but not selfish, though she cares for herself. She didn’t let fear win and she stood up for those she loved. Look what change can happen when you believe in someone, including yourself! What power education has. And more. Thank you for the list! We’re going to keep working on watching those we haven’t seen. All the high fives and hugs for a great resource.

    • sbranch says:

      Oh that’s so good for them. Too many people have forgotten the old black and white movies, and it’s a travesty! Yay for you! Thank you for letting me know. That makes my day!

  51. Susan Olds says:

    Great list of movies! Recently, I’ve been watching the Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce Sherlock Holmes series on YouTube. They are wonderful and re-mastered. My favorite is Terror by Night which is filmed entirely on a train. Of course The Hound of the Bakervilles is a favorite. The scene of the man being attacked by the dog is so realistic. Yikes. For a great holiday movie I recommend “Holiday” with Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black, and Cameron Diaz. Included is the cutest cottage covered in snow.

  52. Laurie I says:

    We love many of the same movies. Thanks for the great list.

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