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Filmy Favorites

Picking favorites when it comes to classic films and stars is beyond difficult (at least for me) because there’s just so much to love! With that in mind, I picked my favorites based on how enamored I am with their acting ability, IT quality, personal preference, and whether I would watch a film solely because they were in it. I picked my favorite films in much the same manner: personal preference + whether it’s a film I could and have watched over and over.

Aside from the first 3 in each section, these lists are in no particular order…

25 Favorite Classic Actresses

Katharine-Hepburn.jpg  Joan Blondell.jpg  Carole Lombard.jpg  bette davis

natalie-wood-02  Gene Tierney  Thelma Ritter   clara bow

paulette-goddard.jpg  Jean Harlow  Betty Grable  Judy_Garland_1943_publicity_photo

stanwyck.jpg  Screen Shot 2019-08-03 at 2.15.49 PM  220px-audrey_hepburn_1956.jpg  bergman-e1564856310807.jpg

screen-shot-2019-08-03-at-8.13.37-am.png  screen-shot-2019-08-03-at-8.14.24-am.png  hayley-mills.jpg  Screen Shot 2019-08-03 at 8.30.34 AM

screen-shot-2019-08-03-at-8.34.21-am.png  Screen Shot 2019-08-03 at 8.03.08 AM  screen-shot-2019-08-03-at-8.11.59-am.png  Elizabeth_Taylor_on_set_of_Giant_Frank_Worth_1956_1024x1024

Vivien Leigh

Row 1: Katharine Hepburn – Joan Blondell – Carole Lombard – Bette Davis
Row 2: Natalie Wood – Gene Tierney -Thelma Ritter – Clara Bow
Row 3: Paulette Goddard – Jean Harlow – Betty Grable – Judy Garland
Row 4: Barbara Stanwyck – Joan Fontaine – Audrey Hepburn – Ingrid Bergman
Row 5: Rita Hayworth – Ava Gardner – Hayley Mills – Doris Day
Row 6: Rosalind Russell – Hedy Lamarr – Gail Patrick – Elizabeth Taylor
Row 7: Vivien Leigh


25 Favorite Classic Actors

Vincent Price.jpg  Cary Grant  George Sanders.jpg  jack-lemmon.jpg

cagney-e1564857687909.jpg  Screen Shot 2019-08-03 at 2.48.06 PM  Jimmy Stewart  Screen Shot 2019-08-03 at 3.18.16 PM

 Laurence olivier  Screen Shot 2019-08-03 at 3.00.10 PM  Screen Shot 2019-08-03 at 3.03.56 PM  Errol Flynn

Screen Shot 2019-08-03 at 3.02.55 PM    charles-boyer  Lew Ayres  Roland Young.jpg

Gregory Peck  Screen Shot 2019-08-03 at 3.17.46 PM  MBDCORS EC003  Screen Shot 2019-08-03 at 3.13.40 PM.png

Sessue.jpg  walter matthau  Sidney Poitier    Charles Ruggles.jpg

Screen Shot 2019-08-05 at 11.22.34 PM

Row 1: Vincent Price – Cary Grant – George Sanders – Jack Lemmon
Row 2: Jimmy Cagney – Marlon Brando – James Stewart – Peter Lorre
Row 3: Laurence Olivier – Raymond Burr – Gene Kelly – Errol Flynn
Row 4: Dana Andrews – Charles Boyer – Lew Ayres – Roland Young
Row 5: Gregory Peck – Van Johnson – Chester Morris – Edward Everett Horton
Row 6: Sessue Hayakawa – Walter Matthau – Sidney Poitier – Charlie Ruggles
Row 7: Glenn Ford


Top 50 Favorite Classic Films (before 1970)

**If I have reviewed the film, the photo will also be a link to the post**

bringingupbaby.jpg desk-set.jpg  AllAboutEve  Dragonwyck

Laura  PhiladelphiaStory  AdventuresofRobinHood  RomanceOn the High Seas

TheDivorcee  3GuysNamedMike The Women  Sabrina

IntheGoodOldSummertime  Auntie Mame  The ApartmentHoliday

HowToMarryAMillionaire  Topper returns  ghostandmrsmuir  Gaslight_-_1944_-_Movie_Poster_small_grande

SunsetBlvd  charade  manwhoknewtoomuch  the-palm-beach-story-movie-poster-1942-1000777951

my-man-godfrey-md-web the great race  gentlemen prefer blondes.jpg  belle de jour.jpg

the-graduate-poster.jpg  key largo.jpg  night nurse.jpg  troublewithangels.jpg

pollyanna.jpg  insearchcastaways.jpg  Mary Poppins.jpg Stage Door

AfricanQueen.jpg   nowvoyager.jpg  Rebecca redheadedwoman

MeetMeinStLouis.jpg  WizardofOz.jpg  PocketfulofMiracles.jpg  ParentTrap.jpg

3 on a match.jpg manwhocametodinner.jpg  3faceseve.jpg  Bell, Book, Candle.jpg

Female  my-favorite-wife-movie-poster.jpg


Some Favorite Old Hollywood Links:

My Letterboxd account

History by Year at ThePeopleHistory.com

Silent films ranked by Movies Silently




2 thoughts on “Filmy Favorites

  1. Some of your 50 fav classic films are mine too! Several of your fav classic actors and actress are my favs too. 🙂

    I have a genealogical connection to a few that made your list:

    Katharine Hepburn is my Leonard 8th cousin and she shares the same distant Royal ancestors as you and me and Vincent Price. 🙂

    Carole Lombard and my Mother were direct 4th cousins! She is the closest relation that I share kinship with of all the classic film actors that I am related to. We share the same Meteer ancestors.

    Bette Davis is my Wells 10th cousin. She also has the same distant Royal ancestors.

    Joan Fontaine shares our same distant Royal ancestors.

    Vincent Price is my Spencer cousin and shares distant Royal ancestors as well.

    Marlon Brando is my Spencer cousin.

    James Stewart shares our distant Royal ancestors.


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