9 Great Comedy Classics

Whether sophisticated in manner or of the slapstick variety, there’s always a classic comedy for any taste. The counterpoint to drama, comedies have always been with us no matter what the medium and they always will be. Sometimes they’re absurd, other times bitingly satirical, but all are designed to make us laugh. Here are just a few of the very best classic comedies ever made.

John Ford and Maureen O'Hara Classic Movies

While John Ford had a far more prolific collaboration with John Wayne, the director also helmed five films with Maureen O’Hara, undoubtedly his favorite actress. Though it only lasted five movies – as compared to the 21 pictures Ford made with Wayne – their partnership produced a number of lasting classics. Unlike some actresses at the time, O’Hara was more than willing to tackling more physically challenging roles, making her a perfect fit in Westerns and other action-oriented movies. Here are all five films made between John Ford and Maureen O’Hara.

Brando Documentary Emerges After 50 Years

In another case of what’s old is new again, a documentary filmed in 1965 and featuring Marlon Brando has resurfaced after nearly 50 years. Shot by famed filmmakers Albert and David … Read Full Post

6 Spectacular Disaster Movies

As long as Hollywood has been making movies, the threat of impending doom has long been a plot device used by filmmakers to heighten drama. But the genre didn’t really flourish until the 1970s, when the studios churned out movies about looming disaster as frequently as they did screwball comedies in the 1930s, film noir in the 1940s, and sword-and-sandal epics in the 1950s. And just like those other popular money-making genres, the disaster movie reached its apex before dying out due to a string of flops. Here are six great disaster movies spanning five decades.

6 Classics Starring James Mason

An extraordinary British actor, James Mason made a name for himself on both sides of the Atlantic playing a wide range of villains, spies, assassins, and other dubious characters. Mason achieved stardom in his native England in the early 1940s and quickly became one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars. Though he never won an Academy Award (he was nominated three times and only once for Best Actor), he remained one of the finest actors ever to have graced the silver screen. Here are just six of many extraordinary performances by the great James Mason.

4 Great Films Featuring Angela Lansbury

A gifted actress best known for her Emmy-winning TV series ‘Murder, She Wrote’, Angela Lansbury first gained attention as a young actress in the mid-1940s. She made a big splash right out of the gate, earning an Oscar nomination in her debut film and following up with another nod just a year later. But after signing a contract with MGM, Lansbury was relegated to B-movie status and languished in a string of forgettable films that made the actress increasingly dissatisfied. Once she was free from the studio, however, Lansbury bounced back and delivered one of the most powerful performances of the 1960s, playing a manipulative mother and Communist agitator in the great political thriller, ‘The Manchurian Candidate’ (1962). Though international fame came much later in her career, Lansbury was long praised by critics and was a favorite supporting actress of many top directors. Here are four classic movies featuring British star Angela Lansbury.

7 Classic Movies in the Public Domain

While there are thousands of movies that have fallen into the public domain, most have been long forgotten or were never on the radar in the first place. But some classic movies that were released by major studios and are still well-known by even casual fans have inexplicably seen their copyrights lapse. For some reason, the copyright owners – whether the studios or some other entity – failed to renew the films’ copyrights after 28 years, making them common property and allowing just about anyone to freely distribute. There are many films that have slipped into the public domain throughout the decades, so here are just a few of the great ones.

6 Classic Vivien Leigh Movies

One of the greatest screen actresses of all time, Vivien Leigh became an overnight star after playing the coveted role of Scarlett O’Hara in ‘Gone With the Wind’ (1939), one of classic Hollywood’s most celebrated films of all-time. She won the Oscar for that iconic performance and another for ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ (1951), while forging one of the great Hollywood marriages with Laurence Olivier. Here are six great films starring Vivien Leigh.

Great Films Directed by John Ford

An influential director whose deeply idiosyncratic behavior drove his artistic genius, John Ford had one of Hollywood’s most prolific directing careers and became the only director (thus far) to win four Academy Awards. His career began in the early days of the silent era, where he amassed an impressive r

8 Great Films About Journalism

Whether newspapers or television, Hollywood has long had a fascination with the world of journalism. Sometimes films revolved around fictional journalists or newspapers, but sometimes they depicted real-life events that changed the course of history. Some are screwball comedies, others film noir, and still others are biting media satires. Regardless of one’s taste, there’s a classic film about journalism for everyone.