A big romantic melodrama among army guys and ladies on Hawaii, with the impending doom of Pearl Harbor hanging over everything.
A rediscovered silent classic featuring an iconic central performance by Louise Brooks as its doomed heroine
This sweeping story of a huge Texas cattle ranch over several decades lives up to its name, but I think falls short of its clear ambition to be “Gone With the Wind, but as a Western.”
A classic Japanese film where every frame looks like a classical painting. From a plot perspective, the weepiest of weepies.
A very early drama about the effects of poverty from the first famous female director.
This over-the-top melodrama about mothers and daughters from director Douglas Sirk was considered populist trash at the time and is today seen as high art.
A mid-century melodrama in which Frank Sinatra plays a soldier returning to a small town. It has some interesting shots but never really rises above its potboiler status.
There are several great performances in this Southern Gothic adaptation of a famous stage play, but the whole thing is really not for me.
The ultimate weepy romance, but it’s for dudes because the two leads are football players.
The most Hollywood version of Emily Brontë’s weird, gothic masterpiece, which is still pretty weird and gothic if that’s what you’re into.