I could list dozens. Of course, my definition of “older” is pre-1960 (not that there aren’t dozens of movies from the 60s that i love). Here are a few:
Singin’ in the Rain
The Wizard of Oz
Miracle on 34th Street
The Maltese Falcon
The Big Sleep
The 39 Steps
The Bank Dick
The Thin Man
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
For some odd reason, many of my favorite movies are about chain gangs. Old movies are no exception – Sullivan’s Travels and I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang. I love how they show the prevailing values in the 30s-40s.
Compulsion with Orson Welles and Dean Stockwell is also a favorite, as are To Kill a Mockingbird and Hitchcock’s The Birds.
Almost all the movies my top20 list, last time I compiled it,* are “old” movies:
*The Passion of Joan of Arc *(1928)
*Europa '51 *(1952)
*Crowd, The *(1928)
*Tokyo Story *(1953)
*The Night of the Hunter *(1955)
*Sullivan’s Travels *(1942)
*Once Upon a Time in the West *(1968)
*The Searchers *(1956)
*Singing Detective, The *(1986)
*The General *(1927)
*Barry Lyndon *(1975)
*Distant Voices, Still Lives *(1988)
*Dancer in the Dark *(2000)
*City Lights *(1931)
*Rio Bravo *(1959)
*Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia *(1974)
*I think it’s due for a revision.
I like a lot of the movies listed above. Add to them (unless I accidentally repeat):
Born Yesterday (The original version with Judy Holiday, William Holden and Broderick Crawford)
The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre (one of my all time favorite Bogart movies, with the wonderful performance by Walter Houston)
Solid Gold Cadillac (with Judy Holiday . . . almost anything with Judy Holiday is great as far as I am concerned)
Moby Dick (the “old” version with Gregory Peck as Ahab . . . what a performance!)
The Music Man (not the Disney travesty, but the original film version with Robert Preston and Shirley Jones . . . This picture still is a great big smile from beginning to end. I have no idea how many times I’ve seen it, but I always enjoy it.)
Inherit The Wind (the first version with Spencer Tracy and Frederick March)
Current films may have better special effects, but it’s hard to top the acting in films like those mentioned above.
I love old dramas and westerns. Musicals and comedies, not so much.
The ones I can watch over and over:
The Third Man
A Face in the Crowd
The Vikings (especially love the music)
To Kill A Mockingbird
Duel in the Sun, aka Lust in the Dust
The Magnificent Ambersons
Pretty much anything with Bette Davis, Claude Rains, Joseph Cotten, and Fredric March.
Not to hijack, but how can you stand watching chopped up movies on AMC?
As for great older movies, lord, too many to name. Just about anything with Bette Davis, “Mildred Pierce,” “The Women,” many of the old Crawford pictures, all of the Thin Man films, and I love just tuning into TCM at random and catching something like a Torchy Blaine flick or an old 55 minute B movie that no one’s ever heard of.
Across the Pacific (The Japanese have an American Browning machine gun and Bogie shoots down their airplane with it, saving the Panama Canal)
Key Largo (Jay Silverheels!)
The Maltese Falcon (Wilmer is later in a Star Trek episode)
The Big Sleep (At the Arts Center, folks clapped when Bogie shot Canino in the gut)
The Sand Pebbles
You named two of them in your OP. My dad (a ‘mustang’ who served for 20 years in the Navy) preferred Operation Petticoat. He loved the motorcycle-off-the-pier gag. I preferred Father Goose.
Keeping with the Naval theme: Mister Roberts (1955).
Films mentioned so far in this thread that I own:
[ul][li]Casablanca[/li][li]The Maltese Falcon[/li][li]The Court Jester[/li][li]To Kill A Mockingbird[/ul][/li]
[ul][li]Fail Safe[/li][li]Doctor Strangelove; or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb[/li][li]12 O’Clock High[/li][li]12 Angry Men[/li][li]The Caine Mutiny[/li][li]The Battle Of Britain[/li][li]The First Of The Few[/li][li]The Scarlet Pimpernel[/li][li]The Dam Busters[/li][li]To Catch A Theif[/ul][/li]I’m sure there will be others as the thread progresses…