YES! i am such a closet classical-MGM fan. (though clearly not JUST MGM)
-Sunset Boulevard (gloria swanson is my inner[vain] child) -Auntie Mame -The Women -On the Town (gene kelly, frank Sinatra...AWESOME music!!) -Zigfeild Girl (judy garland, hedy lamar, awesome movie) -Lady of Burlesque (barbara stanwick- someone gets killed with a pair of pantyhose! *gasp*)
Casablanca, Citizen Kane, Dr. Strangelove, To Kill A Mockingbird, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Rear Window, The Sound of Music, The Lion in Winter, Rashamon, Wild Strawberries, Bridge Over the River Kwai, are some of my favourites before 1980.
Suddenly Last Summer Whatever Happened to Baby Jane Psycho Casablanca The Women Imitation of Life Cleopatra Cat on a Hot Tin Roof A Place in The Sun Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf Butterfield 8 The Manchurian Candidate From Here to Eternity Mommy Dearest
Sunset Boulevard is a great movie. I watched it in one of my cinema classes. It's a weird one because it uses real, out-dated actors and calls them out on it which at the time was unheard of at time. Also Gloria Swanson was quoted as saying something along the lines of, "I'm as pure as the driven slush." I can't complain about a woman who is quoted for saying something like that.
Bringing Up Baby is a fun screwball romance. I get a little agitated when I watch it, though. The antics Hepburn does throughout the film would drive me insane if it were to happen to me.
Psycho and The Birds. Just some classy horror films. Nothing really says Noir like cross-dressing and murdering a woman while she's showering.
Wow! I can't believe someone mentioned Who Killed Teddy Bear? Just slightly less surprised that Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill was mentioned.
So many great movies have been mentioned. I'll repost some I posted in the DVD recommendations thread and add a few more.
The Apartment Black Narcissus The Thief of Baghdad It's a Gift The Man on the Flying Trapeze Spartacus The Night of the Iguana Smile (1975) The Lady Eve The Serpent's Egg Smiles of a Summer Night Barry Lyndon The Ten Commandments The Birds Sabotage Shadow of a Doubt Radio Days Imitation of Life (1959) Umberto D Flower Drum Song The Killing Atlantic City Ordet Monsieur Verdoux