Top 10 Easter Movies About Christ

Sunday is Palm Sunday and starts Holy Week. It’s a good time to pull out your Easter movies.

10. Demetrius and the Gladiators

1954 Director: Delmer Daves Starring Victor Mature and Susan Hayward Cheesy sequel to “The Robe” but fun to watch.

9. King of Kings

1961 Director: Nicholas Ray Starring Jeffrey Hunter If you can get past Jeffrey Hunter’s blue eyes and blond hair, it’s a good movie.

8. The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John

2003 Director Phillip Saville Starring Christopher Plummer and Henry Ian Cusick It follows the words in the Bible. Good, but not as good as Matthew.

7. The Greatest Story Ever Told

1965 Director: George Stevens Starring Max Von Sydow Great movie about Christ’s life.

6. Jesus of Nazareth

1977 Director: Franco Zeffirelli Starring Robert Powell Miniseries on the life of Jesus.

5. The Robe

1953 Director: Henry Koster Starring Richard Burton and Jean Simmons This movie takes some liberties with the story, but it’s a great movie to watch and doesn’t change the essence. It’s also a touching love story. The line I remember most was when Richard Burton with his wide eyes glaring said. “Were you there?” It gave me the creeps.

4. Ben Hur

1959 Director: William Wyler Starring Charlton Heston Also one of my favorites. Who can forget Charlton Heston in the chariot race?

3. The Visual Bible: The Gospel of Matthew

1993 Director: Regardt Von Den Bergh Starring Richard Kiley, Bruce Marchiano, and Gerrit Schoonhoven This is my all time favorite portrayal of Jesus.

2. Son of God

2014 Director: Christopher Spencer Starring Dioga Morgada, Amber Rose Ravah, Sebastian Knapp Read my review of this movie at this link.

1. The Passion of the Christ

2004 Director: Mel Gibson Starring James Caviezel When I watch this movie, I feel like I’m watching the real event. It chokes me up every time.

Top Ten “A Christmas Carol” Movie Adaptations


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Every year, new remakes of movies based on “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens are created. Here are my top ten favorites.

10. Scrooged

Released 1988

Starring Bill Murray

9. The Muppet Christmas Carol

Released 1992

Starring Micheal Caine

8. Ms. Scrooge

Released 1997

Starring Cicely Tyson

7. 12 Days of Christmas Eve

Released 2004

Starring Steven Weber and Molly Shannon

6. Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol

Released 1962 (animated)

Starring Mr. Magoo

5. A Christmas Carol

Released 1951

Starring Alistar Sims

4. An American Christmas Carol

Released 1979

Starring Henry Winkler

3. A Christmas Carol

Released 1984

Starring George C. Scott

2. A Christmas Carol

Released 1999

Starring Patrick Stewart

1. Disney’s A Christmas Carol 3D

Released 2009

Starring Jim Carey

Top 10 Classic Christmas Movies of All Time

These are 10 classic must watch every year Christmas movies. Since everyone has their favorite version of A Christmas Carol, I didn’t include those movies. To see my favorite 10 renditions of A Christmas Carol, check next Wednesday’s blog.

10. Remember the Night

Released 1940

Directed by Mitchell Leisen

Starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwick

A prosecuting attorney asks for a pretty thief to be let out on bail for Christmas. When the thief is placed in his custody, interesting things occur.

9. The Homecoming: A Christmas Story

Released 1971

Directed by Fielder Cook

Starring Patricia Neil and Richard Thomas

This movie became the pilot of the TV series, The Waltons, and tells of a family during the depression.

8. Santa Claus, The Movie

Released 1985

Director: Jeannot Szwork

Starring David Huddleston and Dudley Moore

The best film that tells the story of Santa Claus.

7. 3 Godfathers

Released 1948

Director: John Ford

Starring John Wayne

A Christmas western where three outlaws must get a baby safely to the cow town of Bethlehem while running from a posse. This is my personal favorite John Wayne movie.

6. Home Alone

Released 1990

Director: Chris Columbus

Starring Macauley Culkin

First of many movies about a boy accidentally left home alone at Christmas time.

5. White Christmas

Released 1954

Director: Micheal Curtiz

Starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye

Best Christmas musical ever made with great singing and dancing features the song, “White Christmas”.

4. A Charlie Brown Christmas

Released 1965

Created by Charles M. Shultz

Animated

This animated classic helps Charlie Brown learn the true meaning of Christmas. The best part is where Linus tells the Christmas story word for word from the Bible and ends with “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”

3. Miracle on 34th Street

Released 1947

Directed by George Seaton

Starring Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gween, and a very young Natalie Wood

This is the best movie made about believing in Santa Clause. It also featured the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

2. A Holiday Affair

Released 1949

Directed by Don Hartman

Starring Janet Leigh and Robert Mitchum

This is the best Christmas love story ever filmed. It’s sad more people don’t know about it.

1. It’s a Wonderful Life

Released 1946

Directed by Frank Capra

Starring James Stewart and Donna Reed

This touching story of an ordinary man who sacrifices his own ambitions for others is my all time favorite Christmas movie.

Top 10 Cary Grant Movies

Cary Grant is one of my favorite actors of all times. Here’s my top 10 Cary Grant Movies.

10. Penny Serenade

Director: George Stevens

Year: 1941

Grant plays Roger Adams

Also starring Irene Dunne

This is an early Cary Grant movie that many don’t know about. It’s a touching story. But be warned. You’ll need plenty of tissues. It’s a real tear jerker.

9. North By Northwest

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Year: 1959

Bogart plays Roger O’Thornhill

Also starring Eva Marie Saint

Not my favorite Alfred Hitchcock movie, but still well worth seeing.

8. To Catch a Thief

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Year: 1955

Grant plays John Robie

Also starring Grace Kelly

You can’t go wrong when you put Alfred Hitchcock, Grace Kelly, and Cary Grant together.

7. That Touch of Mink

Director: Delbert Mann

Year: 1962

Grant plays Phillip Shayne

Also starring Doris Day

This classic Doris Day movie is even better because Cary Grant is in it.

6. Indiscreet

Director: Stanley Donen

Year: 1958

Grant plays Phillip Adams

Also starring Ingrid Bergman

Sparks fly when a man pretends to be married so his girlfriend won’t expect him to marry her.

5. I Was a Male War Bride

Director: Howard Hawks

Year: 1949

Grant plays Henri Rochard

Also starring Ann Sheridan

The funniest Cary Grant movie ever made.

4. People Will Talk

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Year: 1951

Grant plays Dr. Noah Praetorius

Also starring Jeanne Crain

Grant plays a professor who often does the unexpected especially when he marries a college student who is pregnant by her boyfriend who died in combat. This movie is funny and touching but also shows the hypocrisy in some societal conventions.

3. Notorious

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Year: 1946

Grant plays T.R. Devlin

Also starring Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains

Another Alfred Hitchcock thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

2. Suspicion

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Year: 1941

Grant plays Johnnie

Also starring Joan Fontaine and Nigel Bruce

This is Cary Grant’s first Alfred Hitchcock movie, and it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire movie.

1. An Affair To Remember

Director: Leo McCarey

Year: 1957

Grant plays Nicky Ferrante

Also starring Deborah Kerr

This is the best movie Cary Grant ever made. The way Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr played off each other was brilliant. There were two other versions of this story made with other actors, but they aren’t even in the ballpark with this one. It’s one of my top three romance movies as well.

There are many more Cary Grant movies I love that didn’t make the list. What is your favorite Cary Grant movie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 10 Father’s Day Movies Both Classic and Modern

Cheaper by the Dozen

It’s Father’s Day, so rent a movie to watch with your dad. Here’s my list of my 5 favorite classic and 5 favorite contemporary Father’s Day movies.

Top 5 Classic Father’s Day Movies:

1. Cheaper By the Dozen

Released 1950

Directed by Walter Lang

Starring: Clifton Webb, Myna Loy, Jeanne Crain, Betty Lynn

This is the best Father’s Day movie of them all. It’s touching, funny, sad, and nostalgic. If you haven’t watched this earlier version, you’re in for a treat.

2. The Courtship of Eddie’s Father

Released 1963

Directed by Vincente Minnelli

Starring: Glenn Ford, Shirley Jones, Ron Howard, Stella Stevens

After his mother dies, a young boy plays matchmaker for his father. This is a great movie, but don’t watch it unless you have tissues handy. It’s a real tearjerker.

3. Three Godfathers

Released 1948

Directed by John Ford

Starring: John Wayne, Harry Carey Jr., Pedro Armenderez

This is a wonderful classic John Wayne movie where Wayne is an outlaw running from the law. He comes across a baby in the desert and becomes the child’s adoptive father. He risks his life and his freedom to save the child.

4. Life With Father

Released 1947

Directed by Michael Curtiz

Starring: William Powell, Irene Dunne, Elizabeth Taylor

Funny movie about the exasperations of fatherhood at the turn of the century. William Powell is a hoot in this, and Irene Dunne should have been a blond.

5. The Champ

Released 1979

Directed by Franco Zeffirelli

Starring: Rick Schroder, Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway, Jack Warden

This version of the classic movie about a father of a boxer is better than the original 1938 version. Keep tissues handy. This is a tearjerker.

5 Favorite Contemporary Father’s Day Movies:

1. Courageous

Released 2011

Directed by Alex Kendrick

Starring: Alex Kendrick, Ken Bevel, Kevin Downs, Ben Davies, Robert Amaya, and Renee Jewel

When tragic loss hits, police officers learn what it means to be real men and real fathers to their children.

2. Pursuit of Happyness

Released 2006

Directed by Gabriele Muccino

Starring: Will Smith

The best movie about a father and son and about the perseverance of the human spirit ever made. This is based on the true story of Chris Gardner who went from rags to riches to make a life for his son.

3. Frequency

Released 2000

Directed by Gregory Holbilt

Starring: Dennis Quaid, James Caviezel

A great thriller movie about a father and son with a little sci-fi and time travel mixed in.

4. The Incredibles

Released 2004

Directed by Brad Bird

Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter

Great kid’s movie about the struggles of raising a family when you’re a superhero.

5. Daddy Day Care

Released 2003

Directed by Steve Carr

Starring: Eddie Murphy

Comedy about a father who starts a day care.

Bonus: The Hardy Family Movies

Another series of father/son movies not mentioned in the top ten list are The Hardy Family Movies made in the 1930’s and 1940’s. They star Mickey Rooney and are well worth seeing.

Starring:

Lewis Stone as Judge James K. Hardy

 Mickey Rooney as Andy Hardy

Cecilia Parker as Marian Hardy

 Fay Holden as Mrs. Emily Hardy

A couple of the movies also star Judy Garland as a family friend and love interest of Andy Hardy.

You’re Only Young Once (1937)

Judge Hardy’s Children (1938)

Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)

Out West with the Hardys (1938)

The Hardys Ride High (1939)

Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever (1939)

Judge Hardy and Son (1939)

Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940)

Andy Hardy’s Private Secretary (1940)

Life Begins for Andy Hardy (1941)

The Courtship of Andy Hardy (1942)

Andy Hardy’s Double Life (1942)

Andy Hardy’s Blonde Trouble (1944)

Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1946)

Andy Hardy Comes Home (1958)

 

Top 10 Classic Movie Musicals

Today I’m listing my top 10 Classic Movie Musicals in order. This is a hard one. I love every one of these, and there’s some of my favorites that didn’t make the list. But since I limited myself to ten, here they are.

10. Mary Poppins

Director: Robert Stevenson, Produced by Walt Disney

Music by Richard and Robert Sherman

Year: 1964

Favorite Song: A Spoon Full of Sugar

Stars Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke

The second best children’s movie ever

9. Shall We Dance

Director: Mark Sandrich

Music by George and Ira Gershwin

Year: 1937

Favorite Song: They Can’t Take That Away From Me

Stars Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

This is the best Fred Astaire movie of them all, and it doesn’t hurt that Ginger Rogers is in it too. Besides the fabulous dancing and great music, it’s a very funny movie.

8. My Fair Lady

Director: George Cukor

Music by Loewe and Lerner

Year: 1964

Favorite Song: I Could Have Danced All Night

Stars Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison

A musical based on Pygmalion.

7. South Pacific

Director: Joshua Logan

Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein

Year: 1958

Favorite Song: Tie between Some Enchanted Evening and I’m In Love With a Wonderful Guy

Stars Rosanno Brazzi, Mitzi Gainer

This movie confronted prejudice when it wasn’t politically correct to do so. When it came out, it was banned in many movie theaters in the South.

6. The Wizard of OZ

Director: Victor Fleming

Music by Arlan and Harburg

Year: 1939

Favorite Song: Over the Rainbow

Stars Judy Garland

Greatest children’s movie ever made.

5. The King and I

Director: Walter Lang

Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein

Year: 1956

Favorite Song: Shall We Dance

Stars Yul Brynner, Deborah Kerr

Deserves to be a classic.

4. Gigi

Director: Vincent Minnelli

Music by Frederick Loewe

Year: 1958

Favorite Song: I Remember It Well

Stars Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan, Hermione Gingold

A wonderful love story with terrific music.

3. The Music Man

Director: Morgan DeCosta

Music by Meredith Wilson

Year: 1962

Favorite Song: Tie between 76 Trumbones and Til There Was You

Stars Robert Preston and Shirley Jones with a very young Ronnie Howard

Great story with love, redemption, and Americana.

2. West Side Story

Director: Jerome Robbins & Robert Wise

Music by Bernstein and Sondheim

Year: 1961

Favorite Song: Tie between Somewhere, Tonight, and I Feel Pretty

Stars Natalie Wood and Richard Beemer

Romeo and Juliet love story set in the gangs of New York City.

1. The Sound of Music

Director: Robert Wise

Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein

Year: 1965

Favorite Song: The Sound of Music

Stars Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer

This is not only my favorite musical, it is my favorite movie of all time.

So what’s your favorite movie musical?

10 Top Jimmy Stewart Movies

Jimmy Stewart is one of my favorite classic movie actors. Every one of these Jimmy Stewart movies is one of my favorite all time movies.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Director: Frank Capra

Year: 1938

Stewart plays Jefferson Smith

Also stars Jean Arthur and Claude Rains

This is my favorite Jimmy Stewart movie where Stewart plays a David who goes up against the Goliath of corrupt politics in Washington D.C.

It’s a Wonderful Life

Director: Frank Capra

Year: 1946

Stewart plays George Baily

Also stars Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore

This isn’t just a Christmas favorite. In this movie, Stewart shows that we have a great influence on others without knowing it.

Rope

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Year: 1948

Stewart plays Rupert Cadell

Also stars Brandon Shaw and Phillip Morgan

This is my favorite Alfred Hitchcock movie and the first Hitchcock movie that stars Jimmy Stewart. It is a chilling reminder of the philosophy that allowed Hitler to rise to power.

The Man Who Knew Too Much

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Year: 1956

Stewart plays Dr. Benjamin McKenna

Also stars Doris Day

This is my next to favorite Alfred Hitchcock movie. Stewart has the choice of saving his son by allowing another man to die or saving the man and risking his son’s life. Every time I watch this movie, I still am on the edge of my seat.

Rear Window

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Year: 1954

Stewart plays LB Jeffries

Also stars Grace Kelly

Another Alfred Hitchcock favorite that explores the question of what would you do if you witnessed a murder outside your window and nobody believed you.

Harvey

Director: Henry Koster

Year: 1950

Stewart plays Elwood P. Dodd

Also stars Josephine Hull

I love this movie about a giant invisible rabbit.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence

Director: John Ford

Year: 1962

Stewart plays Ransom Stoddard

Also stars John Wayne, Vera Mills, and Lee Marvin

This is one of the best westerns ever made and the best western Jimmy Stewart was in.

Vertigo

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Year: 1958

Stewart plays John “Scottie” Ferguson

Also stars Kim Novack

I love Alfred Hitchcock movies, and when Alfred Hitchcock and Jimmy Stewart get together, it’s always good. This isn’t my favorite because, at times, the pace is too slow, but it’s a good one.

Shenandoah

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen

Year: 1965

Stewart plays Charlie Anderson

Also stars Doug McClure

A great western. When Charlie Anderson tries to keep his family out of the Civil War, it comes to him.

Take Her, She’s Mine

Director: Henry Koster

Year: 1963

Stewart plays Frank Michaelson

Also stars Sandra Dee, Audrey Meadows

Jimmy Stewart is hilarious as a father raising a teenage daughter who is in over his head.

Top 10 Humphrey Bogart Movies

Here’s my top 10 favorite classic movies starring one of my favorite actors, Humphrey Bogart. Some of the results may surprise you.

1. To Have and Have Not

Director: Howard Hawks

Year: 1944

Bogart plays Harry “Steve” Morgan

Also starring Walter Brenan and Lauren Bacall

My all time favorite Humphrey Bogart movie and the first movie he made with his future wife. You can see the sparks between them jump off the screen especially when she tells him how to whistle.

2. Casablanca

Director: Michael Curtiz

Year: 1942

Bogart plays Rick Blain

Also starring Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains

This is most people’s favorite Humphrey Bogart movie, and it’s my second favorite, but nothing beats the chemistry between Bogart and Bacall. Still this is one of my all time favorites and one of the most quoted movies of all time.

3. African Queen

Director: John Huston

Year: 1951

Bogart plays Charlie Allnut

Also starring Katherine Hepburn

John Huston direction and starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn? How can it not be good?

4. Key Largo

Director: John Huston

Year: 1948

Bogart plays Frank McCloud

Also starring Lauren Becall, Edward G. Robinson, and Lionel Barrymore

Another great John Huston movie with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. This is the last movie Bogart and Bacall made together.

5. Sabrina

Director: Billy Wilder

Year: 1955

Bogart plays Linus Larimore

Also starring Audrey Hepburn and William Holden

A great romantic story about a girl who believes she loves one man when she really loves another.

6. The Left Hand of God

Director: Edward Dmytryk

Year: 1955

Bogart plays Jim Carmody

Also starring Gene Tierney

A movie based on the novel by William Barrett. This movie isn’t that well known, but it’s one of my favorites about a priest who finds redemption in China.

7. The Maltese Falcon

Director: John Huston

Year: 1941

Bogart plays Sam Spade

Also starring Mary Astor

This is the original Sam Spade private eye movie that all the others copy. The beginning of a movie genre and a great flick.

8. Dark Passage

Director: Delmar Daves

Year: 1947

Bogart plays Vincent Parrey

Also starring Lauren Bacall

A man is convicted of the murder of his wife. He didn’t do it and on the way to prison to be executed, he escapes. This is the original Fugitive movie, only Bogart is lucky enough to have Lauren Bacall help him solve the mystery of who killed his wife.

9. Across the Pacific

Director: John Huston

Year: 1942

Bogart plays Rick Leland

Also starring Mary Astor

This movie was made during World War 2. Rick Leland is court martialed and hints that he’s for hire to the highest bidder.

10. High Sierra

Director: Raoul Walsh

Year: 1941

Bogart plays Roy Earle

Also starring Ida Lupino

This movie is when Humphrey Bogart became a star and started the genre of the bad guy as the sympathetic main character.

Top 10 Classic President Movies

Today is President’s Day, and what better way to celebrate then to watch a movie about a real or fictitious president. Here’s my 10 favorite. 

10. King’s Row

1942

Starring Ann Sheridan, Robert Cummings, and Ronald Reagan

No president’s list would be complete without a movie Ronald Reagan starred in. This was considered his best.

9. Dave

1993

Starring Kevin Kline

When the president has a stroke a goes into a coma, a regular guy is hired to impersonate him without anyone’s knowledge. The guy, Dave, becomes a better president than the real president because he puts the country ahead of himself.

8. A Man Called Peter

1955

Starring Richard Todd and Jean Peters

True Story of Peter Marshall who became pastor of  “the church of presidents” and Chaplin of the US Senate. Let’s just say he wasn’t politically correct.

7. Abe Lincoln In Illinois

1940

Starring Raymond Massey

A lot of movies have been made about Lincoln’s life. This is the best one.

6. The Crossing

2000

Starring Jeff Daniels

George Washington crosses the Delaware. This made for TV movie is the best George Washington movie around.

5. 1776

1772

Starring William Daniels

A musical about the founding of our nation. The main characters are John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson. Two of these men later become President which makes this a presidential movie. Most of it is funny, but be prepared to have a lump in your throat at the end.

4. Fail Safe

1964

Starring Henry Fonda and Walter Matthau

Chilling movie about the difficult choices a president would make if there were a nuclear attack.

3. The President’s Analyst

1967

Starring James Coburn

This is the funniest president movie ever made.

2. Independence Day

1996

Starring Will Smith, Will Pullman, Jeff Goldblum

A great classic even if it’s not that old. Who will ever forget the speech President Whitfield made before the battle?

1. Air Force One

1997

Starring Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, & Glen Close

All right. This movie isn’t that old. But it’s still a classic in my book and the best president movie ever made.