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Classic Movies - Dramas, Melodramas and Biographies

If you're in the mood for a classic movie that will make you cry, tell you the great stories from Shakespeare to Faulkner, or inspire you with Hollywood biopics of real-life heroes, sports legends, inventors and scientists, this is the place: drama and biography in classic old films.

5 Classic Football Movies
Whether an inspirational tale about a legendary figure or a cynical exploration of the seamy underbelly of professional sports, there’s a classic movie about football for just about everyone. Some are straightforward biopics about a player or coach, while others use football as a means for rebellious heroes to clash with authoritarian powers-that-be. But the elements are typically the same: a game is played and a win leads to cathartic release or a loss triggers deeper enlightenment that extends beyond the field.

A Biography of Pioneering Director Dorothy Arzner
A pioneering director who helmed films during a time when few opportunities existed for women, Dorothy Arzner prevailed against the odds to thrive in a profession dominated by men and became the first woman to join the Directors Guild of America. Though her body of work remains spotty, Arzner paved the way for future generations of female directors who continued to struggle in a male-dominated profession.

Lawrence of Arabia
A sweeping desert epic, 'Lawrence of Arabia' is based on the real-life story of British adventurer T.E. Lawrence. It made the careers of Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif, and won seven Oscars from best Picture to Best Cinematography.

It's a Wonderful Life
The beloved Christmas classic 'It's A Wonderful Life' is more than a holiday movie. It's an inspiring tale of one man's life and the lives he touches in his little town. A disappointment when it came out, it richly deserves its classic status.

'All About Eve'
Meow! The classic movie about an aging Broadway star (Bette Davis) and the scheming young wannabe (Anne Baxter) who wants to take over the star's career and her life. 'All About Eve' earned the 1950 Best Oscar.

George Lucas's 'American Graffiti'
'American Graffiti' is George Lucas's fond look back at his small-town California upbringing. A funny, touching coming of age story, it influenced dozens of films to come and launched the film careers of Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Charles Martin Smith and Paul LeMat.

'To Kill a Mockingbird'
In Depression-era Alabama, softspoken lawyer Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) takes on the case of a black man accused of assaulting a white woman. 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is the classic coming-of-age movie from Harper Lee's best-selling novel.

'Sergeant York'
A sharp-shooting pacifist from the backwoods of Tennessee becomes an unlikely war hero in the true story of 'Sergeant York' and his courage in WWI. A great classic movie starring Gary Cooper wrestling with duty to God and country.

'She Done Him Wrong' - Racy Mae West
Mae West utters her most famous - and most often misquoted line - in 'She Done Him Wrong,' a scandalous melodrama that shot Cary Grant to stardom in 1933. Sexual frankness and racy songs helped spur enduring censorship after the blue-nose backlash to 'She Done Him Wrong.'

'The Treasure of the Sierra Madre'
The best film ever made about the power of greed to corrupt men's souls. Humphrey Bogart and Walter Huston in a sweeping tale of fortunes made and lost in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico.

Biography of Guest Author Sandy Lucas
Biography of Guest Author Sandy Lucas

Biography of Guest Author Maria Ciaccia
Biography of Guest Author Maria Ciaccia

Biography of Guest Author Drew Courtney
Biography of Guest Author Drew Courtney - Classic Movies - Classic Films

Biography of Tim Plant
Biography of Tim Plant, guest author on classic movies and classic films

Citizen Kane
'Citizen Kane' was nearly strangled in the crib by its target, William Randolph Hearst, but Orson Welles' masterpiece of film noir survived. Over the years, 'Citizen Kane' has come to be seen as perhaps the finest classic movie ever made.

The Third Man
'The Third Man' takes place in post-war Vienna, a film noir classic set among the ravaged buildings, political squabbling and desperate lives of refugees. Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten and Trevor Howard star in the Graham Greene thriller.

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