THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957)

A famous war drama that is actually about something more interesting, told on a grand scale by David Lean and bunch of great actors.

THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951)

I still think this enjoyable adventure story holds up, though the story of its shooting in the Congo (including possible accidental cannibalism) is now at least as famous as the movie itself.

GOJIRA (1954)

With “Godzilla vs. Kong” trying to lure viewers back to theaters, we re-visit the giant lizard monster’s first on-screen appearance.

DARBY O’GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE (1959)

A silly but more charming than you might expect live-action Disney movie involving leprechauns, banshees, and Sean Connery.

THE QUIET MAN (1952)

John Wayne romances Maureen O’Hara against a backdrop so stereotypically Irish, you might puke.

12 ANGRY MEN (1957)

Perhaps the greatest of all “talky dramas,” beloved despite (or because of?) taking place almost entirely in one room.

REAR WINDOW (1954)

Jimmy Stewart becomes obsessed with watching his neighbors live their lives through his window, and maybe we do too.

A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951)

A somewhat dated melodrama about people who are deeply unhappy despite being extremely pretty. One of them falls out of a rowboat.

ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953)

Audrey Hepburn is a princess slumming it with Gregory Peck’s American reporter in this high-class 1950s version of the same movie that Netflix has made like ten times already.