#PayClassicsForward: 12 Days of Movies

Aurora from Once Upon a Screen recently posed a fun challenge to spread some movie cheer this holiday season: following the “12 Days of Christmas” theme, pick movies you’d recommend to those who are new to classic films.

Join the challenge and #PayClassicsForward on your blog or share across social media. Feel free to share your own recommendations in the comments.

Here are my picks:

ONE DIRECTORIAL DEBUT*:

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Charlie Chaplin, The Kid (1921)

*Although Chaplin had directed numerous shorts, this was his first feature-length film.


TWO DUOS:

  1. Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy (9 films)
  2. Paul Newman and Robert Redford (2 films)

THREE FOREIGN FILMS:

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Bicycle Thieves (1948)

  1. The Rules of the Game (1939), France
  2. Bicycle Thieves (1948), Italy
  3. The 400 Blows (1959), France

    FOUR SOUNDTRACKS:

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A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

  1. White Christmas (1954)
  2. West Side Story (1961)
  3. A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
  4. The Sting (1973)

FIVE WESTERNS:

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The Searchers (1956)

  1. Stagecoach (1939)
  2. High Noon (1952)
  3. The Searchers (1956)
  4. The Magnificent Seven (1960)
  5. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

SIX FILMS NOIR:

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The Third Man (1949)

  1. Laura (1944)
  2. The Set-Up (1949)
  3. The Third Man (1949)
  4. Strangers on a Train (1951)
  5. Sunset Boulevard (1950)
  6. Chinatown (1974)

SEVEN DANCE ROUTINES:

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Gene Kelly, It’s Always Fair Weather (1955)

  1. “Pick Yourself Up”Swing Time (1936)
  2. “Jumpin’ Jive”Stormy Weather (1943)
  3. “Good Morning”Singing in the Rain (1953)
  4. Barn raising danceSeven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
  5. Tap dance on roller skatesIt’s Always Fair Weather (1955)
  6. “Shipoopi”The Music Man (1962)
  7. Maria and the Captain dance the LaendlerThe Sound of Music (1965)

EIGHT MOVIES FOR CHILDREN (non-animated):

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National Velvet (1944)

  1. The Circus (1928)
  2. National Velvet (1944)
  3. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
  4. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
  5. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
  6. Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
  7. The Parent Trap (1961)
  8. Mary Poppins (1964)

NINE INSPIRING MOVIES:

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

  1. City Lights (1931)
  2. Boys Town (1938)
  3. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
  4. Casablanca (1942)
  5. 12 Angry Men (1957)
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) 
  7. The Miracle Worker (1962)
  8. The Elephant Man (1980)
  9. Field of Dreams (1989)

TEN PERFORMANCES:

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Charles Laughton, Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

  1. Orson Welles, The Third Man (1949)
  2. Ernest Borgnine, Marty (1955)
  3. Charles Laughton, Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
  4. Cary Grant, North by Northwest (1959)
  5. Jack Lemmon, The Apartment (1960)
  6. Irene Dunne, Love Affair (1939)
  7. Greta Garbo, Ninotchka (1939)
  8. Vivien Leigh, A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
  9. Eva Marie Saint, On the Waterfront (1954)
  10. Kim Novak, Vertigo (1958)

ELEVEN COMEDIES:

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Duck Soup (1933)

  1. Duck Soup (1933)
  2. The 39 Steps (1935)
  3. Modern Times (1936)
  4. Holiday (1938)
  5. His Girl Friday (1940)
  6. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
  7. To Be or Not to Be (1942)
  8. The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944)
  9. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
  10. Some Like it Hot (1959)
  11. Tootsie (1982)

TWELVE HEROES:

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Deborah Kerr, The King and I (1956)

  1. Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
  2. George Bailey (James Stewart), It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
  3. Homer Parrish (Harold Russell) The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
  4. Leonardo (Michael Ray) The Brave One (1956)
  5. Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein (Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman), All the President’s Men (1976)
  6. John Keating (Robin Williams) Dead Poets Society (1989)
  7. Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland), The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  8. Amanda Bonner (Katharine Hepburn), Adam’s Rib (1949)
  9. Anna Leonowens (Deborah Kerr), The King and I (1956)
  10. Mame Dennis (Rosalind Russell) Auntie Mame (1958)
  11. Mattie Ross (Kim Darby), True Grit (1969)
  12. Jo March (June Allyson), Little Women (1949)*

*You can’t go wrong with the 1933 and 1994 versions, either.

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