|Buster Keaton, John G. Blystone
|Inherit the Wind
|The 39 Steps
|Franklin J. Schaffner
|Bride of Frankenstein
|The Night of the Hunter
|Ace in the Hole
Still the most astonishing feature film debut of any director in the sound era.
Buster Keaton's feature film debut as writer, director and star is flawless in its design and execution.
Preston Sturges' dark masterpiece hasn't lost any of its edge in nearly 75 years.
Inherit the Wind
A near-perfect rendering of the great American play of the same title featuring masterful performances by Spencer Tracy, Fredric March and Gene Kelly.
The 39 Steps
Of all of Hitchcock's masterpieces, this one is first among equals.
Perhaps the greatest of all biographical films, with a career-defining performance by George C. Scott.
Bride of Frankenstein
The apex of the Universal horror cycle of the 1930s as rendered by its greatest director.
The last of the great Ealing Studios comedies with an inspired screenplay by William Rose.
The Night of the Hunter
Charles Laughton's divinely unsettling masterpiece, from a collaboration with James Agee.
Ace in the Hole
This quintessential Billy Wilder comedy is one of the most important American films of the 1950s.