Genre: Romantic Comedy Description: In It Happened One Night spoiled heiress Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) has eloped with pilot and fortune-hunter King Westley (Jameson Thomas) against the wishes of her wealthy father. He wants to have the marriage annulled because he knows Westley is really only interested in her money.
Genre: Musical comedy Description: In Swing Time John ‘Lucky’ Garnett (Fred Astaire) is a gambler and a dancer who is set to marry Margaret (Betty Furness). But when he loses all of his money in a bet, Margaret’s father tells him he must earn 25.000 dollars to show his good intentions.
Genre: Comedy Description: In She Done Him Wrong Lady Lou (Mae West) is a singer in a Bowery barroom salon in New York in the 1890’s. She’s a bawdy, seductive woman with a lot of admirers.
Genre: Drama Description: In Grand Hotel a group of very different individuals stay at a luxurious hotel in Berlin of between-wars Germany. The story follows this intertwining cast of characters over the course of one tumultuous day.
Genre: Romance Description: In An Affair To Remember Nickie Ferrante (Cary Grant), a well-known playboy, and Terry McKay ( Deborah Kerr), a nightclub singer, meet on a ship crossing the ocean. They are both heading back from Europe to their intended fiancées. They develop a friendship that blossoms into love.
Genre: Drama Description: 12 Angry Men begins in a courthouse where an eighteen year old boy from a bad neighborhood is on trial for allegedly stabbing his father to death.
Genre: Drama Description: Giant is an epic that follows the family of a Texas cattle rancher over the course of 25 years. Bick Benedict Jr. (Rock Hudson) falls in love and marries socialite Leslie Lynton (Elizabeth Taylor) from Maryland.
Genre: Romantic comedy Description: In The Prince and the Showgirl Grand Duke Charles (Laurence Olivier), the prince-regent of Carpathia, a fictitious Balkan country, visits London for the coronation of the new British King in 1911. After spending an evening at the Coconut Girl Club, he invites clumsy, but charming understudy Elsie (Marilyn Monroe) over for …
Genre: Comedy/Drama Description: In Dinner at Eight Mrs. Oliver Jordan (Billie Burke) decides to throw an elaborate dinner party and invites some interesting members of New York’s social scene.
Genre: Romantic drama Description: In Jezebel Julie Marsden (Bette Davis) is engaged to banker Preston Dillard (Henry Fonda) in 1852 New Orleans.
Genre: Romantic mystery Description: In Charade Reggie Lampert (Audrey Hepburn) discovers that her husband has been murdered and she is consoled by her new friend Peter Joshua (Cary Grant).
Genre: Film-noir drama Description: In The Postman Always Rings Twice Cora Smith (Lana Turner) works in a diner with her older husband Nick (Cecil Kellaway). When drifter Frank (John Garfield) starts working in the diner, he falls in love with Cora and the two start an affair.
Genre: Historical drama Description: In Ben-Hur it is the time of Christ and Jewish prince Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) is betrayed by his Roman friend Messala (Stephen Boyd). He is sent into slavery, but when he regains his freedom he decides to take on the Roman Empire.
Genre: Drama Description: It’s the early nineteenth century and the owner of the Wuthering Heights estate brings home an orphan named Heathcliff (Laurence Olivier). His son despises the boy, but his daughter Catharine (Merle Oberon) forms a close bond with Heathcliff.
Genre: Crime/film noir Description: In The Maltese Falcon Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart), a private investigator, and his partner Miles Archer (Jerome Cowan) are approached by a Miss Wonderly (Mary Astor) who asks them to find her missing sister.
Genre: Drama Description: In A Streetcar Named Desire a faded Southern beauty named Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) comes to visit her sister Stella (Kim Hunter) in New Orleans after a nervous breakdown.
Genre: Drama/Musical Description: Norman Maine (James Mason), an alcoholic film star whose career is in decline, gives the unknown actress Esther Blodgett (Judy Garland) a big career boost.
Genre: Musical Description: It’s 1912 and London linguistic expert Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) meets cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) and is appalled by her thick accent and bad manners.
Genre: Musical Description: In Meet Me in St. Louis the family Smith is preparing for the exciting World Fair which will be held in their beloved St. Louis in 1903. But father Alonzo Smith (Leon Ames) shocks everyone by deciding to take a job offer in New York.
Genre: Musical/comedy Description: In Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Lorelei Lee (Marilyn Monroe) en Dorothy Shaw (Jane Russell) are two showgirls and best friends.