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Forgotten Films From the Classic Era

By: Acerk21

There are only a handful of Classic films that have been remembered throughout the decades by the general public. Films like Citizen Kane, Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz and It’s a Wonderful Life have made their way into popular culture and will most likely forever be immortalized. That’s great, but what about all the other brilliant classic films that didn’t have the good fortune of being remembered for whatever reason? The purpose of this list is to introduce or reintroduce the classic films that in my opinion have been unjustly forgotten.

Please note that this ranked list is limited to films from Hollywood and the UK during the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.

There’s still so many classics that I haven’t been privileged to see so this will be an expanding list.

Special thanks to TCM, without whom none of this would be possible!



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Trolley Freak


Very nice list with some great choices... :)

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can you please add Personal Property to this list? Jean Harlow's penultimate film and so so good.

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    Thx for the suggestion! Haven't seen 'Personal Property' yet, but I love Jean Harlow, so I'll definitely try to watch it. Pls feel free to leave other recommendations.

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There are some absolutely terrific films on this list, Holiday with it's rapid fire dialogue, The Sea Hawk and Captain Blood with it's stable of brilliant character actors. Sad to think that the general public is unaware of these and a host others, sadder still to think many people won't even consider watching them simply because they are in black and white. Great job, I love lists like this that afford me the opportunity to see if I've missed something.

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    Thanks Gojira, and yes, it is sad that the majority of people are turned off by classic films simply because they're in black and white. I was the same way once, so I'm not in a position to judge. Lucky for me, it was Hitchcock who drew me in w/ his masterpiece, "Notorious". I've been hooked on classic cinema ever since!