SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS (1941)

One of the best remembered comedies of the great Preston Sturges, about a director who is tired of making comedies.

DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)

Perhaps the ultimate Film Noir, about two murderers who are not nearly as smart as they think they are.

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (1947)

A holiday classic about whether a crazy guy who thinks he’s Santa is actually Santa, made a time when studios insisted Christmas movies wouldn’t sell.

MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939)

If Frank Capra’s particular brand of idealistic American mythmaking feels dated today, that may be more our problem than his.