We’ve avoided some obvious films here. No “Gone With The Wind”, no “Citizen Kane”, no “Wizard Of Oz”… We know you know these are worth seeing anyway.
“Bringing Up Baby” is the classic.
“It Happened One Night” is great.
Don’t neglect the films of W C Fields.
“The Thin Man”, based on a Dashiell Hammett story, is genuinely hilarious, especially Astor the dog:
The early 1940s brought us war films. High among them, though actually just after the end of the war, is “A Matter Of Life And Death”:
And let’s not forget “Brief Encounter” one of the earliest films of adultery told from a female point of view.