Essential Character Actors

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During the studio era character actors were common (and respected) much more so than today. Whether it was MGM Warner Bros. or you name it each company had some stock players that were excellent supporting players whether they were typecast or not. Sometimes it was directors (e.g. like John Ford later copied by Clint Eastwood) who chose to employ the same personnel in picture after picture of their movie portfolios. In any case there are some faces that every film fan should recognize because they were prolific or otherwise unforgettable (in no particular order) great character actors:

  • Ward Bond – one of Ford’s regulars appeared in more John Wayne films than any other too
  • Walter Brennan – the granddaddy of character actors actually won three Best Supporting Actor Academy Awards out of his three Oscar nominations in that category.
  • Edward Brophy – not always credited bald grinning sometimes flustered
  • Joseph Calleia – played gangsters and other ethnic types
  • Leo G. Carroll – who appeared in more Hitchcock films (six) than any other actor (of course the director appeared in more;-)
  • Charles Coburn – a likeable father figure excelled in comedies with Jean Arthur (one Academy Award out of three Supporting Actor nominations)
  • Jimmy Conlin – smallish older distinguished by his glasses and hat lots of roles (frequently uncredited)
  • Jerome Cowan – a lawyer a friend not the one the woman chooses (much like Ralph Bellamy?)
  • Donald Crisp – perhaps it’s not really fair to include him here but I did include Walter Brennan
  • Harry Davenport – this veteran unlike Walter Brennan (and some of these others) never received any recognition; played a lot of wise older relative in a big wealthy family roles
  • Edward Gargan – did not receive a lot of screen credits appeared as police detective in comedies like The Falcon Series
  • James Gleason – older gentleman thin usually wisecracking what a character!
  • Paul Guilfoyle – frequently played ethnic ‘hoods’ not always credited for his work
  • Alan Hale – big affable laughing and loud besides being the Skipper’s (from TV’s Gilligan’s Island) father he’s best known as Errol Flynn’s sidekick
  • Charles Halton – wears glasses the person I was thinking of when I wrote about Foulger below
  • Edward Everett Horton – appeared in a lot of comedies (e.g. with Fred Astaire and others) oftentimes a theater producer (or a would-be one)
  • Allen Jenkins – often played street smart New Yorkers with a gift for jargon and slang
  • Tom Kennedy – big faced comedic sometimes serious actor who wasn’t credited as often as he appeared
  • Guy Kibbee – his puffy smiling face contributed to the affable roles he usually played
  • John Litel – tall dependable lawyer or those type of roles
  • Gene Lockhart – usually played a slippery not to be trusted fellow; goofy at times cunning at others
  • Donald MacBride – usually appeared in comedies "king" of the double-take
  • Barton MacLane – played figures of authority police detectives not always on the up and up
  • Mike Mazurki – big tall unique face dozens of movies played comedic foils and tough guys mostly
  • Frank McHugh – one of the Irish mafia (in movies with Pat O’Brien & James Cagney) with a wisenheimer laugh that was perfect for providing comic relief
  • Thomas Mitchell – did play meatier roles at time won a Supporting Oscar for Stagecoach (1939)
  • Alan Mowbray – sometimes suave sometimes serious somewhat effeminate British actor that played a wide range of roles specialized in the double take
  • Henry O’Neill – grey haired father figure who appeared in so many films
  • Eugene Pallette – frog voiced barrel chested height challenged actor who was a staple in comedies
  • Franklin Pangborn – specialized in playing befuddled hotel concierges
  • Nat Pendleton – played big dim-witted characters (ex-football players in the mob?) like bouncers exceptionally well
  • S. Z. Sakall – the man with the squeezable cheeks a cuddly immigrant with a unique take on the English language
  • C. Aubrey Smith – renowned distinguished British actor father or authoritarian (trusted) figure
  • Ned Sparks – cigar chomping sometimes wry and/or sarcastic scene stealing everytime!
  • Lewis Stone – think Henry O’Neill with a mustache;-) Actually seems to have appeared in as many films as Charles Lane because Stone’s career begun in the silent era; played Andy Hardy’s dad
  • George Tobias – Brooklyn New Yorker type humorous friendly likeable; played a number of different ethnic urban roles
  • John Williams – dependable distinguished British actor perhaps best known for his role in Dial M for Murder (1954)
  • Rhys Williams – large bald not always trustworthy
  • Eddie Albert – though he was the leading man on TV’s Green Acres in movies he was frequently a piano playing sidekick (received two Supporting Actor Oscar nominations)
  • Edward Arnold – serious gruff father or other (frequently flawed) man in charge business owner etc.
  • Mischa Auer – often played eccentric foreign actors those able to use their "foreign-ness" to scam Americans
  • Irving Bacon – tall almost lanky service industry personnel (e.g. behind the counter or manservant)
  • Willie Best – a face (and dated characteristics) that everyone should recognize
  • Eric Blore – a dependable manservant easily confused by his employers; goes off does what he’d told only to return and find out that circumstances have changed and unfortunately he then has to expend more effort doing just the opposite
  • Felix Bressart – often used a funny accent to go with his eccentric (and often ethnic) characters in comedies
  • Al Bridge – appeared in Westerns and most Preston Sturges films
  • Leo Carrillo – has a California state park named after him; played roles in gangster and western movies alike
  • Hobart Cavanaugh – can easily be confused for Byron Foulger
  • Eduardo Ciannelli – often confused with Joseph Calleia (above) played ethnic tough guys
  • Cliff Clark – almost always a beefy police officer
  • Fred Clark – mustache bald sometimes an official who’s been proved to be wrong
  • Elisha Cook Jr. – played quirky characters with an edge opened his mouth in surprise
  • Henry Daniell – a good villain not always trustworthy British cultured educated characters
  • William Demarest – started out as one of director Preston Sturges’s group
  • Charles Dingle – another who can be confused with Kibbee
  • Byron Foulger – think of the guy who sweeps up after Rocky and Bullwinkle at the end of their show the mustached sanitation worker; played administrators accountants bureaucrats etc. who twisted their facial hair between their fingers
  • William Frawley – went on to fame on TV
  • Porter Hall – quirky sometimes with a twitch played funny or evil characters equally well
  • John Hamilton – not only played Perry White in the Superman TV series but he appeared (often uncredited) in countless B&W films
  • Harry Hayden – a father a priest or other authority figure; often trustworthy
  • Selmer Jackson – tall grey haired frequently uncredited background actor in a position of authority within a company or the government
  • Roscoe Karns – the reporter that needs a story?
  • Cecil Kellaway – similar in appearance to Guy Kibbee and J.M. Kerrigan Irish affable kind sometimes comic relief
  • J. M. Kerrigan – can be confused for Kibbee he’s kind of the Irish version of him;-)
  • Otto Kruger – memorable in "bad guy" roles filling the bill as a German in some war pictures
  • Charles Lane – perhaps the most prolific of all character actors. Is there a movie he’s not in?
  • Donald Meek – appropriate surname for the parts this bald short older gentlemen played
  • Grant Mitchell – another dependable father-like figure often in comedies
  • J. Carrol Naish – very prolific received two supporting actor Academy Award nominations including one for his role in Sahara (1943)
  • Reginald Owen – British in some biopics oftentimes humorous distinctive voice
  • John Qualen – played virtually every kind of foreign immigrant part there was
  • Joseph Schildkraut – inhabited his roles appearing differently in each one much like lead Paul Muni in The Life of Emile Zola (1937) for which he received a supporting actor Oscar
  • Henry Stephenson – tall old grey haired gentleman with impeccable manners making him ideal for wise wealthy father roles
  • Guinn Big Boy Williams – probably not an essential but he did appear in a lot of films as a laborer prisoner big strong not too sharp mug
  • Ian Wolfe – so very recognizable and prolific bald headed with a large nose; played butlers domestically or abroad and/or other officials etc.
  • Will Wright – veteran older actor that appeared in lots of different genres

I would be remiss if I didn’t include mention of the "Oriental contingent" that appeared in so many classic films often uncredited (even in key roles) frequently portraying villains (in war movies) servants or as comic foils (negatively stereotyped):

  • Philip Ahn
  • Benson Fong
  • Willie Fung
  • Richard Loo
  • Keye Luke
  • Victor Sen Yung

Humphrey Bogart: The Essential Collection

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Petrified Forest (1936)

Black Legion (1937) – Robert Lord who’d won an Academy Award for his original story One Way Passage (1932) received his second and last Oscar nomination for this drama on which he was also an associate producer. Directed by Archie Mayo with a screenplay by Abem Finkel and William Wister Haines the story explores the root causes of hatred and xenophobia that can seduce (i.e. less educated) persons to join a KKK-like (e.g. the titled) organization and the corruption within it. It features Humphrey Bogart (in his first lead role) as a working class factory worker that’s passed over for a promotion to foreman which instead is given to an American immigrant. Radio ads and a bigoted co-worker (Joe Sawyer) help convince Bogart’s character to join the hooded group which wreaks havoc on anyone that gets in its way. While he initially ‘benefits’ financially and gains confidence with this newfound ‘power’ Bogie eventually sees what the evil has done to him through the collapse of his marriage (Erin O’Brien-Moore) and a tragedy that befalls his best friend and former co-worker (Dick Foran). Moralizing by a judge (Samuel Hinds) at his trial concludes the message in this picture. Ann Sheridan Paul Harvey Dickie Jones Eddie Acuff John Litel Charles Halton and Harry Hayden also appear.

Marked Woman (1937)

Kid Galahad (1937)

San Quentin (1937) – directed by Lloyd Bacon with a screenplay by Peter Milne and Humphrey Cobb from the story by Robert Tasker and John Bright this average prison drama features Pat O’Brien as an army officer – Stephen Jameson – hired to improve the conditions at the titled prison. The inmates had been being treated badly by the acting captain hardnosed Lieutenant Druggin (Barton MacLane) whose quick trigger solution to every problem is lockup in solitary confinement. The warden (Joseph King) tries a new approach using Jameson who coincidentally is dating inmate Joe ‘Red’ Kennedy’s (Humphrey Bogart) sister May (Ann Sheridan). Red has a pretty quick temper himself until Jameson’s reforms – which include indentifying and separating the career criminals from those who’ve just had tough breaks – begin to soften his hard edge. Just when it seems that Red is content to serve out the rest of his time peacefully ‘Sailor Boy’ Hansen (Joseph Sawyer) turns his loyalties with help from the jealous Lieutenant Druggin. Veda Ann Borg plays Hansen’s girl on the outside; she helps Red and Sailor Boy escape. Marc Lawrence also appears as do Frank Faylen & Edward Gargan (both uncredited) among many others.

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The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938)

Dark Victory (1939)

The Roaring Twenties (1939)

Invisible Stripes (1939)

Virginia City (1940) – directed by Michael Curtiz and written by Robert Buckner this Warner Bros. drama features the unusual casting of Humphrey Bogart as a Mexican bandito named John Murrell who unintentionally heals the conflict between Errol Flynn’s Union Captain Kerry Bradford and Randolph Scott’s Confederate Captain Vance Irby after their Civil War moves west to Nevada’s wild (and movie titled) outpost. Miriam Hopkins plays the conflicted Julia Hayne. As a saloon singer in the Northern leaning town Julia conceals the fact that she’s the daughter of a deceased Confederate colonel. Indeed she’s just proposed a plan to have Irby transport $5 million in gold from Confederate sympathizers aka “Copperheads” in Nevada City to Jefferson Davis (Charles Middleton) and the nearly bankrupt Confederacy in the east. But after 21 days of riding back west in a stagecoach with Bradford a Union spy who suspects that such a plan is in the works and innocently falling in love with him she has second thoughts. Still she helps Irby capture Bradford who’s forced to ride on the very wagon train of gold he and his (comic relief) sidekicks (Alan Hale of course and Guinn ‘Big Boy’ Williams) were trying to stop. Murrell and his murdering gang of bandits intercept the convoy forcing North and South to join forces before the (cliché) cavalry shows up to save the day. Frank McHugh appears as another passenger on the westbound coach; John Litel Douglas Dumbrille Moroni Olsen Dickie Jones Russell Simpson and Victor Kilian (as the unmistakable voice of Abraham Lincoln no less) also appear among the credited cast while Ward Bond and Charles Halton are among the dozens of uncredited actors in the cast.

Brother Orchid (1940)

They Drive By Night (1940)

High Sierra (1941)

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

All Through the Night (1941)

Across the Pacific (1942)

Casablanca (1942)

Action in the North Atlantic (1943)

Passage to Marseille (1944)

To Have and Have Not (1944)

The Big Sleep (1946)

Dark Passage (1947)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Key Largo (1948)

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I don’t really remember the first movie I ever saw though I’m sure it was age appropriate and probably one made by Walt Disney. I do remember that the Mary Poppins (1964) soundtrack album was always sitting next to the big piece of furniture which encompassed the record player radio and TV console. However I’m not really trying to pinpoint the first movie I saw anyway merely the one that made the biggest impression earliest in my life.

We went to the movies as a family and I can remember sitting in a very big auditorium the way it was before stadium seating. Curtains covered the walls at the front and sides and we’d enter from the back and then walk down the center aisle until Dad found a place for us to sit. The big curtain at the front would start to "magically" open only after a countdown sequence was projected on the screen "hidden" behind it. I believe it must have been a CinemaScope theatre though I think we called it "CineScope". I can vaguely remember seeing Oliver! (1968) in a place like this though it must have been during its re-release in late 1972 and can more vividly recall another epic that I saw was The Wind and the Lion (1975).

I remember that one of the first films I was "dropped off" with some friends to see (all by ourselves!) was Tarzan’s Deadly Silence (1970) which featured Ron Ely in the title role and Tarzan losing his hearing … totally forgettable otherwise. Then I remember being old enough to be trusted to walk to the Esquire Theatre and spend my own money (made mowing lawns) to see Bank Shot (1974) with George C. Scott. Seems my choice in movies was pretty awful.

For one of my friend’s birthdays we were taken by his Mom to see Mother Jugs & Speed (1976) which was the only movie I think I’ve ever walked out on. Later during that summer was the first time I ever paid to see a movie for the second time – The Bad News Bears (1976) – the phenomenon that today fuels the box office mentality that drives the major studios.

A few others I also still recall watching were Murder by Death (1976) which I think I would appreciate much more now that I’ve seen Bogart and the Thin Man films and the first R-movie I saw which was Semi-Tough (1977) only because it was the first movie released around the time of my 17th birthday. However I’ve digressed now from the reason why I started this post in the first place. Back on topic …

In the spring of 1977 (before I turned 17) we moved about 5 miles from where we had been living and I got my own room upstairs away from my folks room on the main level. I got a little 9-inch B&W Sears TV for Christmas that year (it still works I’ve got it in my home office) and so I was able to watch it late at night or on Saturday mornings surreptitiously. Of course I watched everything I could regardless developing a habit my wife now derides with "you’ll watch anything" (for proof read some of my obscure movie reviews). I remember watching a lot of Abbott & Costello and Bowery Boys movies on rainy weekend afternoons.

One Saturday however I saw King Solomon’s Mines (1950) starring Stewart Granger and Deborah Kerr. I remember mentioning it to my Mom and how she seemed to appreciate the moment with me that movies were GREAT.* It’s an adventure set in Africa which won Oscars for Cinematography (Color ironically) & Editing and was also nominated for Best Picture. I was so captivated by the story that I was able to watch it through all the commercials and call-in contests from which I was surely besieged. All these years later I believe I can honestly say that this film (and the fact that Star Wars (1977) was released in the same timeframe) was the seed from which my love for movies grew.

BTW they say you can’t go home again and now I know why. I watched this film again several weeks ago and was struck by what a chauvinistic (even mildly racist) point of view it had though it was still somewhat entertaining. The "special effects" are lame by any standards though maybe not at the time and I didn’t find the story particularly compelling either which wasn’t because I’d seen it before since I’d obviously forgotten it 25 years later.

Although this post is largely a personal reflection perhaps it will prompt some of you to make your own journey back to recall your movie roots. I found mine to be a pleasant one. I didn’t try to recall or include ALL the films I watched in my youth just the "firsts" and ones that immediately came to mind (for whatever reason).

* – This discussion led to my Mother to share a few stories with me about my Grandfather (her Dad) the fact that he had been a carpenter by trade who among other things helped to rebuild Pearl Harbor and much later worked on building the spectacular (Academy Award nominated) sets for the film Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) with James Mason.

America’s Most Heart-Pounding Movies

This is the American Film Institute’s list of the top 100 Most Heart-Pounding American Movies.

AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 THRILLS (2001)

1 – Psycho (1960)

2 – Jaws (1975)

3 – The Exorcist (1973)

4 – North By Northwest (1959)

5 – Silence of the Lambs (1991)

6 – Alien (1979)

7 – The Birds (1963)

8 – French Connection (1971)

9 – Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

10 – Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

11 – The Godfather (1972)

12 – King Kong (1933)

13 – Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

14 – Rear Window (1954)

15 – Deliverance (1972)

16 – Chinatown (1974)

17 – The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

18 – Vertigo (1958)

19 – The Great Escape (1963)

20 – High Noon (1952)

21 – A Clockwork Orange (1971)

22 – Taxi Driver (1976)

23 – Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

24 – Double Indemnity (1944)

25 – Titanic (1997)

26 – The Maltese Falcon (1941)

27 – Star Wars (1977)

28 – Fatal Attraction (1987)

29 – The Shining (1980)

30 – The Deer Hunter (1978)

31 – Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

32 – Strangers on a Train (1951)

33 – The Fugitive (1993)

34 – Night of the Hunter (1955)

35 – Jurassic Park (1933)

36 – Bullitt (1968)

37 – Casablanca (1942)

38 – Notorious (1946)

39 – Die Hard (1988)

40 – 2001 (1968)

41 – Dirty Harry (1971)

42 – The Terminator (1984)

43 – The Wizard of Oz (1939)

44 – E.T. (1982)

45 – Saving Private Ryan (1998)

46 – Carrie (1976)

47 – Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

48 – Dial M For Murder (1954)

49 – Ben-Hur (1959)

50 – Marathon Man (1976)

51 – Raging Bull (1980)

52 – Rocky (1976)

53 – Pulp Fiction (1994)

54 – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

55 – Wait Until Dark (1967)

56 – Frankenstein (1931)

57 – All the President’s Men (1976)

58 – The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

59 – Planet of the Apes (1968)

60 – The Sixth Sense (1999)

61 – Cape Fear (1962)

62 – Spartacus (1960)

63 – Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

64 – Touch of Evil (1958)

65 – The Dirty Dozen (1967)

66 – The Matrix (1999)

67 – The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

68 – Halloween (1978)

69 – The Wild Bunch (1969)

70 – Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

71 – Goldfinger (1964)

72 – Platoon (1986)

73 – Laura (1944)

74 – Blade Runner (1982)

75 – The Third Man (1949)

76 – Thelma and Louise (1991)

77 – Terminator 2 (1991)

78 – Gaslight (1944)

79 – The Magnificent Seven (1960)

80 – Rebecca (1940)

81 – The Omen (1976)

82 – The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

83 – The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

84 – Poltergeist (1982)

85 – Dracula (1931)

86 – The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)

87 – The Thing From Another World (1951)

88 – 12 Angry Men (1957)

89 – The Guns of Navarone (1961)

90 – The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

91 – Braveheart (1995)

92 – Body Heat (1981)

93 – Night of the Living Dead (1968)

94 – The China Syndrome (1979)

95 – Full Metal Jacket (1987)

96 – Blue Velvet (1986)

97 – Safety Last (1923)

98 – Blood Simple (1984)

99 – Speed (1994)

100 – The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

America’s Greatest Love Stories

AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 PASSIONS (2002)

  1. Casablanca (1942)
  2. Gone With the Wind (1939)
  3. West Side Story (1961)
  4. Roman Holiday (1953)
  5. An Affair To Remember (1957)
  6. The Way We Were (1973)
  7. Doctor Zhivago (1965)
  8. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
  9. Love Story (1970)
  10. City Lights (1931)
  11. Annie Hall (1977)
  12. My Fair Lady (1964)
  13. Out of Africa (1985)
  14. The African Queen (1951)
  15. Wuthering Heights (1939)
  16. Singin’ In the Rain (1952)
  17. Moonstruck (1987)
  18. Vertigo (1958)
  19. Ghost (1990)
  20. From Here To Eternity (1953)
  21. Pretty Woman (1990)
  22. On Golden Pond (1981)
  23. Now Voyager (1942)
  24. King Kong (1933)
  25. When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
  26. The Lady Eve (1941)
  27. The Sound of Music (1965)
  28. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
  29. An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
  30. Swing Time (1936)
  31. The King and I (1956)
  32. Dark Victory (1939)
  33. Camille (1936)
  34. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  35. Gigi (1958)
  36. Random Harvest (1942)
  37. Titanic (1997)
  38. It Happened One Night (1934)
  39. An American In Paris (1951)
  40. Ninotchka (1939)
  41. Funny Girl (1968)
  42. Anna Karenina (1935)
  43. A Star Is Born (1954)
  44. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
  45. Sleepless In Seattle (1993)
  46. To Catch a Thief (1955)
  47. Splendor In the Grass (1961)
  48. Last Tango In Paris (1972)
  49. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
  50. Shakespeare In Love (1998)
  51. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
  52. The Graduate (1967)
  53. A Place In the Sun (1951)
  54. Sabrina (1954)
  55. Reds (1981)
  56. The English Patient (1996)
  57. Two For the Road (1967)
  58. Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (1967)
  59. Picnic (1955)
  60. To Have and Have Not (1944)
  61. Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961)
  62. The Apartment (1960)
  63. Sunrise (1927)
  64. Marty (1955)
  65. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  66. Manhattan (1979)
  67. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
  68. What’s Up Doc? (1972)
  69. Harold and Maude (1971)
  70. Sense and Sensibility (1995)
  71. Way Down East (1920)
  72. Roxanne (1987)
  73. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
  74. Woman of the Year (1942)
  75. The American President (1995)
  76. The Quiet Man (1952)
  77. The Awful Truth (1937)
  78. Coming Home (1978)
  79. Jezebel (1938)
  80. The Sheik (1921)
  81. The Goodbye Girl (1977)
  82. Witness (1985)
  83. Morocco (1930)
  84. Double Indemnity (1944)
  85. Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)
  86. Notorious (1946)
  87. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
  88. The Princess Bride (1987)
  89. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
  90. The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
  91. Working Girl (1988)
  92. Porgy and Bess (1959)
  93. Dirty Dancing (1987)
  94. Body Heat (1981)
  95. Lady and the Tramp (1955)
  96. Barefoot In the Park (1967)
  97. Grease (1978)
  98. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
  99. Pillow Talk (1959)
  100. Jerry Maguire (1996)

America’s Funniest Movies

This is the American Film Institute’s list of America’s 100 Funniest Movies selected by AFI’s blue-ribbon panel of more than 1500 leaders of the American movie community.

AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 LAUGHS (2000)

1. Some Like It Hot (1959)

2. Tootsie (1982)

3. Dr. Strangelove (1964)

4. Annie Hall (1977)

5. Duck Soup (1933)

6. Blazing Saddles (1974)

7. M*A*S*H (1970)

8. It Happened One Night (1934)

9. The Graduate (1967)

10. Airplane! (1980)

11. The Producers (1968)

12. A Night At The Opera (1935)

13. Young Frankenstein (1974)

14. Bringing Up Baby (1938)

15. The Philadelphia Story (1940)

16. Singin’ In The Rain (1952)

17. The Odd Couple (1968)

18. The General (1927)

19. His Girl Friday (1940)

20. The Apartment (1960)

21. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

22. Adam’s Rib (1949)

23. When Harry Met Sally… (1989)

24. Born Yesterday (1950)

25. The Gold Rush (1925)

26. Being There (1979)

27. There’s Something About Mary (1998)

28. Ghostbusters (1984)

29. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

30. Arsenic And Old Lace (1944)

31. Raising Arizona (1987)

32. The Thin Man (1934)

33. Modern Times (1936)

34. Groundhog Day (1993)

35. Harvey (1950)

36. National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)

37. The Great Dictator (1940)

38. City Lights (1931)

39. Sullivan’s Travels (1941)

40. It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)

41. Moonstruck (1987)

42. Big (1988)

43. American Graffiti (1973)

44. My Man Godfrey (1936)

45. Harold And Maude (1972)

46. Manhattan (1979)

47. Shampoo (1975)

48. A Shot In The Dark (1964)

49. To Be Or Not To Be (1942)

50. Cat Ballou (1965)

51. The Seven Year Itch (1955)

52. Ninotchka (1939)

53. Arthur (1981)

54. The Miracle Of Morgan’s Creek (1944)

55. The Lady Eve (1941)

56. Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

57. Diner (1982)

58. It’s A Gift (1934)

59. A Day At The Races (1937)

60. Topper (1937)

61. What’s Up Doc? (1972)

62. Sherlock Jr. (1924)

63. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

64. Broadcast News (1987)

65. Horse Feathers (1932)

66. Take The Money And Run (1969)

67. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

68. The Awful Truth (1937)

69. Bananas (1971)

70. Mr. Deeds Goes To Town (1936)

71. Caddyshack (1980)

72. Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)

73. Monkey Business (1931)

74. 9 To 5 (1980)

75. She Done Him Wrong (1933)

76. Victor/Victoria (1982)

77. The Palm Beach Story (1942)

78. Road To Morocco (1942)

79. The Freshman (1925)

80. Sleeper (1973)

81. The Navigator (1924)

82. Private Benjamin (1980)

83. Father Of The Bride (1950)

84. Lost In America (1985)

85. Dinner At Eight (1933)

86. City Slickers (1991)

87. Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)

88. Beetlejuice (1988)

89. The Jerk (1979)

90. Woman Of The Year (1942)

91. The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

92. Ball Of Fire (1941)

93. Fargo (1996)

94. Auntie Mame (1958)

95. Silver Streak (1976)

96. Sons Of The Desert (1933)

97. Bull Durham (1988)

98. The Court Jester (1956)

99. The Nutty Professor (1963)

100. Good Morning Vietnam (1987)