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These feature films all scored in the top 30 and scored 8.0/10 (7.5 for 1910-1919) or higher in IMDB votes for decade and/or won significant awards. Ratings were as of October 29 2008. www.imdb.com

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The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
   starred   
Errol Flynn, Olivia De Havilland and Claude Rains
IMDB rating 8.1/10. Directors: Michael Curtiz and William Keighley. 3 Oscars. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 1995.
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
   starred   
Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres and John Wray
IMDB rating 8.1/10. Director: Lewis Milestone.
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
   starred   
Josephine Hull, Jean Adair, Cary Grant
IMDB rating 8.0/10. Director: Frank Capra; also with Raymond Massey
Beauty and the Beast (1947)
   starred   
Jean Marais, Josette Day & Marcel André
IMDB rating 8.2/10. Director: Jean Cocteau. 'La Belle et la bête'
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)
   starred   
Francis X. Bushman,Nigel De Brulier and May McAvoy
IMDB rating 8.2/10. Director: Fred Niblo. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 1997.
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
   starred   
Myrna Loy, Fredric March and Dana Andrews
IMDB rating 8.1/10. Director: William Wyler. Won 7 Oscars incl. Best Picture. BAFTA for Best Film from any Source. Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Drama. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 1989.
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
   starred   
Lamberto Maggiorani, Lianella Carell and Enzo Staiola
IMDB rating 8.4/10. Director: Vittorio De Sica. Voted by the Academy Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the U.S.A. during 1949. Won Bafta Award for Best Film from any Source. Won Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film.
The Big Parade (1925)
   starred   
John Gilbert, Hobart Bosworth and Claire Adams
IMDB rating 8.7/10. Director: King Vidor. Is the highest grossing silent film of all time, making $22 million during its worldwide release
The Big Sleep (1946)
   starred   
Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Dorothy Malone
IMDB rating 8.3/10. Director: Howard Hawks. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 1997.
Black Narcissus (1947)
   starred   
Deborah Kerr, Flora Robson and Jean Simmons
IMDB rating 8.1/10. Director: Michael Powel. Won 2 Oscars & a Golden Globe.
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
   starred   
Boris Karloff, Colin Clive and Valerie Hobson
IMDB rating 8.1/10. Director: James Whale. IMDB rating 8.1/10. 8.
Brief Encounter (1945)
   starred   
Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard and Stanely Holloway
IMDB rating 8.3/10. Director: David Lean. Winner Grand Prize of the Cannes Film Festival.
Broken Blossoms (1919)
   starred   
Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess and Donald Crisp
IMDB rating 7.6/10. Director: D.W.Griffith.
Brown of Harvard (1926)
   starred   
William Haines, Jack Pickford & Mary Brian
IMDB rating 8.8/10. Director: Jack Conway. John Wayne makes his first screen appearance here (uncredited) as a member of the Yale football team.
Casablanca (1942)
   starred   
Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid
IMDB rating 8.8/10. Director: Michael Curtiz. Won Oscar for Best Picture & 2 others. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 1989.
Citizen Kane (1941)
   starred   
Orson Welles, William Alland and Agnes Moorehead
IMDB rating 8.6/10. Directed by Orson Welles. 1 Oscar win & 2 nominations. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 1989.
City Lights (1931)
   starred   
Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee and Charlie Chaplin
IMDB rating 8.5/10. Director: Charlie Chaplin. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 1991.
Daddy-Long-Legs (1919
   starred   
Mary Pickford, Milla Davenport and Percy Haswell
IMDB rating 7.8/10. Director: Marshall Neilan.
Dodsworth (1936)
   starred   
Walter Houston, Ruth Chatterton and Paul Lukas
IMDB rating 8.3/10. Director: William Wyler. Oscar for Best Art Direction. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 1990.
Don't Change Your Husband (1919)
   starred   
Elliott Dexter, Gloria Swanson and Lew Cody
IMDB rating 7.9/10. Director: Cecil B. DeMille.
Double Indemnity (1944)
   starred   
Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck. Edward G. Robinson
IMDB rating 8.5/10. Director: Billy Wilder. 7 Oscar nominations. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 1992.
Downstairs (1932)
   starred   
John Gilbert, Virginia Bruce & Reginald Owen
IMDB rating 8.2/10. Director: Monta Bell
Duck Soup (1933)
   starred   
Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx and Chico Marx
IMDB rating 8.1/10. Director: Leo McCarey. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 1990
Five and Ten (1931)
   starred   
Marion Davies, Leslie Howard & Richard Bennett
IMDB rating 8.3/10. Director: Robert Z. Leonard
The Floradora Girl (1930)
   starred   
Marion Davies, Lawrence Gray and Walter Catlett
IMDB rating 8.1/10. Director: Harry Beaumont.
For Better, For Worse (1919)
   starred   
Elliott Dexter, Tom Forman and Gloria Swanson
IMDB rating 7.6/10. Director: Cecil B. DeMille.
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
   starred   
Rudolph Valentino, Alice Terry and Pomeroy Cannon
IMDB rating 8.2/10. Director: Rex Ingram. Rudolph Valentino's first starring role in a film. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 2005.
Frankenstein (1931)
   starred   
Colin Clive, Mae Clarke and John Boles
IMDB rating 8.1/10. Director: James Whale. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 1991
The General (1927)
   starred   
Marion Mack, Buster Keaton and Glen Cavender
IMDB rating 8.3/10. Director: Clyde Bruckman & Buster Keaton.
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
   starred   
Warren William, Joan Blondell and Arline MacMahon
IMDB rating 8.1/10. Director: Mervyn LeRoy.
The Gold Rush (1925)
   starred   
Charlie Chaplin, Mack Swain and Tom Murray
IMDB rating 8.2/10. Director: Charlie Chaplin. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 1992.
Gone With The Wind (1939)
   starred   
Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable and Olivia De Havilland
IMDB rating 8.1/10. Director: Victor Fleming. Director: Gregory La Cava. Winner of 8 Oscars including best Picture. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 1989. Winner of numerous other awards.
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
   starred   
Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell and John Carradine
IMDB rating 8.2/10. Director: John Ford. Won Oscars for Best Director & Actress in a Supporting Role & 4 nominations. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 1989.
The Great Dictator (1940)
   starred   
Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard and Jack Oakie
IMDB rating 8.3/10. Director: Charles Chaplin. Nominated for 4 Oscars. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 1997.
Great Expectations (1946)
   starred   
John Mills, Tony Wager and Alec Guinness
IMDB rating 8.2/10. Director: David Lean. Winner of 2 Oscars incl. Best Cinematography.
Greed (1924)
   starred   
Zasu Pitts, Gibson Gowland and Jean Hersholt
IMDB rating 8.2/10. Director: Erich von Stroheim. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 1991.
Hamlet (1948)
   starred   
John Laurie, Esmond Knight and Anthony Quayle
IMDB rating 8.0/10. Director: Laurence Olivier. 4 Oscars incl. Best Picture. 2 Golden Globes. 2 Bafta Awards.
The Heiress (1949)
   starred   
Olivia De Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson
IMDB rating 8.1/10. Director: William Wyler. 4 Oscars, 1 Golden Glbe Award. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 1996.
His Girl Friday (1940)
   starred   
Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy
IMDB rating 8.1/10. Directed by Howard Hawks. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award'
I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang (1932)
   starred   
Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell and Helen Vinson
IMDB rating 8.1/10. Director: Mervyn LeRoy. Oscar nomination for Best Picture. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 1991.
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)
   starred   
Mae Marsh, Robert Harron and F.A.Turner
IMDB rating 8.1/10. Director: D.W.Griffith. National Film Registry Award 1989.
It Happened One Night (1934)
   starred   
Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert and Walter Connolly
IMDB rating 8.3/10. Director: Frank Capra. Won Oscar for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress and 2 other Oscars. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 1993. Winner of numerous other awards.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
   starred   
James Stewart, Donna Reed and Henry Travers
IMDB rating 8.6/10. Director: Frank Capra. 4 Oscar nominations. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 1990.
Judith of Bethulia (1914)
   starred   
Blanche Sweet, Henry B. Walthall and Mae Marsh
IMDB rating 7.5/10. Director: D.W.Griffith.
Key Largo (1948)
   starred   
Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson and Lauren Bacall
IMDB rating 8.0/10. Director: John Huston. 1 Oscar.
The Kid (1921)
   starred   
Carl Miller, Edna Purviance and Charlie Chaplin
IMDB rating 8.2/10. Director: Charlie Chaplin.
The Kid Brother (1927)
   starred   
Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston & Walter James
IMDB rating 8.2/10. Directors: Ted Wilde & J.A. Howe .
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
   starred   
Alec Guinness, Dennis Price and Valerie Hobson
IMDB rating 8.3/10. Director: Robert Hamer. Bafta nomination for Best British Picture.
King Kong (1933)
   starred   
Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong and Bruce Cabot
IMDB rating 8.1/10. Director: Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 1991.
The Lady Vanishes (1938)
   starred   
Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave and Paul Lukas
IMDB rating 8.1/10. Director: Alfred Hitchcock.
The Last Command (1928)
   starred   
Emil Jannings, Evelyn Brent and William Powell
IMDB rating 8.3/10. Director: Josef von Sternberg. Emil Jannings won the Oscar for best actor in a leading role for this picture. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 2006.
Laura (1944)
   starred   
Clifton Webb, Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney
IMDB rating 8.1/10. Director: Otto Preminger; also with Vincent Price. Oscar for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 1999.
Les Misérables (1935)
   starred   
Fredric March, Charles Laughton and Cedric Hardwicke
IMDB rating 8.2/10. Director: Richard Boleslawski. Runtime USA:305 min.
La Grande Illusion (1937)
   starred   
Jean Gabin, Dita Parlo & Pierre Fresnay
IMDB rating 8.1/10. Director: Jean Renoir. Nominated for Oscar for Best Picture.
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
   starred   
James McKenzie, Neville Mapp and Vincent Holman
IMDB rating 8.2/10. Director: Michael Powell / Emeric Pressburger.
The Little Foxes (1941)
   starred   
Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall and Teresa Wright
IMDB rating 8.1/10. Director: William Wyler. Nominated for 9 Oscars
Little Old New York (1923)
   starred   
Marion Davies, Stephen Carr, Harrison Ford I
IMDB rating 8.4/10. Director: Sidney Olcott
The Lost Weekend (1945)
   starred   
Ray Milland, Jane Wyman and Phillip Terry
IMDB rating 8.2/10. Directed by Billy Wilder
The Love of Sunya (1927)
   starred   
Gloria Swanson, John Boles & Pauline Garon
IMDB rating 8.2/10. Director: Albert Parker
M (1931)
   starred   
Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann and Inge Landgut
IMDB rating 8.5/10. Director: Fritz Lang.
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
   starred   
Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor and Gladys George
IMDB rating 8.4/10. Director: John Huston. 3 Oscar nominations. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 1989.
Manhandled (1924)
   starred   
Gloria Swanson, Tom Moore and Liliynn Tashman
IMDB rating 8.3/10. Director: Allan Dwan.
Metropolis (1927)
   starred   
Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich and Rudolf Klein-Rogge
IMDB rating 8.4/10. Director: Fritz Lang. The first film ever to be registered in the "Memory of the World-Register" of the UNESCO in 2001.
Mickey (1918)
   starred   
Mabel Normand, George Nichols and Wheeler Oakman
IMDB rating 8.0/10. Directors: F. Richard Jones & James Young.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
   starred   
Maureen O'Hara, John Payne and Edmund Gwenn
IMDB rating 8.0/10. Director: George Seaton. 3 Oscars & a Golden Globe Award. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award'
Modern Times (1936)
   starred   
Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard and Henry Bergman
IMDB rating 8.4/10. Director: Charlie Chaplin.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
   starred   
James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains and Thomas Mitchell
IMDB rating 8.3/10. Director Frank Capra. Numerous Oscar nominations. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 1989.
Music in the Air (1934)
   starred   
Gloria Swanson, John Boles and Douglass Montgomery
IMDB rating 8.3/10. Director: Joe May.
My Man Godfrey (1936)
   starred   
William Powell, Carole Lombard and Alice Brady
IMDB rating 8.1/10. Director: Gregory La Cava. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 1999
Notorious (1946)
   starred   
Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains
IMDB rating 8.3/10. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. 2 Oscar nominations. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 2006.
Oliver Twist (1948)
   starred   
Robert Newton, Alec Guinness and Kay Walsh
IMDB rating 8.0/10. Director: David Lean
One Way Passage (1932)
   starred   
William Powell, Kay Francis and Aline MacMahon
IMDB rating 8.2/10. Director: Tay Garnett. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 1991.
Orphans of the Storm (1921)
   starred   
Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish and Joseph Schildkraut
IMDB rating 8.2/10. Director: D. W. Griffith.
Out of the Past (1947)
   starred   
Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer and Kirk Douglas
IMDB rating 8.1/10. Director: Jacques Tourneur. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 1991.
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
   starred   
Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Anthony Quinn
IMDB rating 8.3/10. Director: William A. Wellman. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 1998.
The Patsy (1928)
   starred   
Marion Davies, Marie Dressler & Orville Caldwell
IMDB rating 8.3/10. Director: King Vidor.
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
   starred   
Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart
IMDB rating 8.1/10. Director: George Cukor. 2 Oscars. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award'
Rebecca (1940)
   starred   
Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine and George Sanders
IMDB rating 8.4/10. Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Won 2 Oscars including Best Picture.
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917)
   starred   
Mary Pickford, Eugene O'Brien and Helen Jerome Eddy
IMDB rating 7.5/10. Director: Marshall Neilan.
The Red Mill (1927)
   starred   
Marion Davies, Owen Moore & Louise Fazenda
IMDB rating 8.2/10. Director: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle.
The Red Shoes (1948)
   starred   
Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring, Moira Shearer
IMDB rating 8.1/10. Director: Michael Powell. 2 Oscars. BAFTA for best British Film. #8 0n the BFI list of Best British Films ever made.
Rome, Open City (1945)
   starred   
Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani & Marcello Pagliero
IMDB rating 8.2/10. Director: Roberto Rossellini. Cannes Film Festival - Grand Prize of the Festival 1946.
Sadie Thompson (1928)
   starred   
Lionel Barrymore, Blanche Friderici and Gloria Swanson
IMDB rating 8.5/10. Director: Raoul Walsh.
Safety Last! (1923)
   starred   
Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis and Bill Strother
IMDB rating 8.4/10. Director: Fred C. Newmeyer & Sam Taylor. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 1994.
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
   starred   
Joseph Cotten, Teresa Wright and Macdonald Carey
IMDB rating 8.2/10. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 1991.
Shifting Sands (1918)
   starred   
Gloria Swanson, Joe King and Harvey Clark
IMDB rating 7.5/10. Director: Albert Parker.
Show People (1928)
   starred   
Marion Davies, William Haines & Dell Henderson
IMDB rating 8.3/10. Director: King Vidor. Charlie Chaplin appeared (uncredited) as an autograph seeker. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 2003.
The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)
   starred   
Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert & Miriam Hopkins
IMDB rating 8.2/10. Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Speedway (1929)
   starred   
William Haines, Anita Page & Ernest Torrence
IMDB rating 8.2/10. Director: Harry Beaumont.
Stage Struck (1925)
   starred   
Gloria Swanson, Lawrence Gray & Gertrude Astor
IMDB rating 8.2/10. Director: Allan Dwan
Stella Maris (1918)
   starred   
Mary Pickford, Ida Waterman and Herbert Standing
IMDB rating 7.9/10. Paramount Pictures' biggest hit of 1919. Director: Marshall Neilan.
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
   starred   
George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor & Margaret Livingston
IMDB rating 8.2/10. Director: F.W. Murnau. Won Oscars for Best Picture, Unique and Artistic Production and Best Cinematography. Janet Gaynor won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 1989.
Tell It to the Marines (1926)
   starred   
Lon Chaney, William Haines and Eleanor Boardman
IMDB rating 8.2/10. Director: George W. Hill.
The Third Man (1949)
   starred   
Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles
IMDB rating 8.5/10. Directed by Carol Reed. Won Oscar for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White. Won Bafta Award for Best British Film.
Tol'able David (1921)
   starred   
Richard Barthelmass, Gladys Hulette and Walter P. Lewis
IMDB rating 8.2/10. Director: Henry King. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 2007. Photoplay Award Medal of Honor 1921.
Tom Brown's School Days (1940)
   starred   
Cedric Hardwicke, Freddie Bartholomew and Jimmy Lydon
IMDB rating 8.1/10. Director: Robert Stevenson.
Tonight or Never (1931)
   starred   
Gloria Swanson, Alison Skipworth & Ferdinand Gottschalk
IMDB rating 8.1/10. Directors: Mervyn LeRoy
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
   starred   
Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston and Tim Holt
IMDB rating 8.5/10. Director: John Huston. 3 Oscars including Best Director. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 1990.
The Trespasser (1929)
   starred   
Gloria Swanson, Robert Ames & Purnell Pratt
IMDB rating 8.2/10. Director: Edmund Goulding. Gloria Swanson's 'talkie' debut.
Way Down East (1920)
   starred   
Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess and Lowell Sherman
IMDB rating 8.2/10. Director: D. W. Griffith.
When Knighthood Was in Flower (1922)
   starred   
Marion Davies, Forrest Stanley & Lyn Harding
IMDB rating 8.5/10. Director: Robert G. Vignola. Was the biggest hit of the 1922-23 movie season, ahead of Robin Hood and Safety Last. At the time the most expensive movie ever made with cost an estimated at $1.8 million.
The Wind (1928)
   starred   
Lillian Gish, Lars Hanson and Montagu Love
IMDB rating 8.3/10. Director: Victor Sjöström. The film was a major bomb when it came out. It's now regarded as a classic. Selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1993.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
   starred   
Judy Garland, Frank Morgan & Ray Bolger
IMDB rating 8.2/10. Director: Victor Fleming. Wons Oscars for Best music for Original Score & Original Song. National Film Preservation Board, USA 'National Film Registry Award' 1989.
Zaza (1923)
   starred   
Gloria Swanson, H. B. Warner & Mary Thurman
IMDB rating 8.2/10. Director: Allan Dwan


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