WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954)

Great Irving Berlin songs, great performances, and a plot you shouldn’t think about too hard.

BEN-HUR (1959)

The biggest hit of its day has a supreme technical achievement slung over a story that feels to me like middling Bible fanfic.

OUR 100th MOVIE: SEVEN SAMURAI (1954)

Akira Kurosawa invented many of the tropes of the modern action movie in this great Japanese epic.

ALL ABOUT EVE (1950)

Showbiz is an eternal, elemental struggle in one of the greatest of all satires.

THE SEARCHERS (1956)

John Wayne drags a handsome guy around the American West because he is so racist. It’s kind of like the Odyssey.

LES QUATRE CENTS COUPS (1959)

Francois Truffaut’s debut about his own wayward childhood still feels fresh today.

BORN YESTERDAY (1950)

The only movie I’ve ever seen where the guy likes the girl more after she puts on glasses.

HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1959)

B-Movie Horror may have reached its zenith with this collaboration of William Castle and Vincent Price.