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Classic Unsung Movies

By Cecilia Cygnar

We've all seen, or at least heard of, Casablanca, right? And Gone with the Wind? And Citizen Kane? Well, here are some movies that should be considered classics even though you may not have seen them yet.

  • Dark Passage

    2005

    We all know about To Have and Have Not. In addition, we all know about The Big Sleep and Key Largo. Well, this is one of the lesser-known Bogart/Bacall pairings and it's just as good as the others, if not better. Bogart plays a fugitive who stumbles upon Bacall who helps him.

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  • The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

    2002

    Gene Tierney got a lot of attention for the lead role in the critically acclaimed 1944 movie Laura. Rex Harrison is famous for his turn as Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady. However, here they both star in a classic historical romantic drama with supernatural intrigue. After Tierney and her daughter move to a beach cottage, Harrison's ghost tries his best to scare her away. Instead, they fall in love.

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  • Green for Danger

    2007

    This British film set during WWII is crying out for the same attention as famed English films The Red Shoes and Brief Encounter. During the Blitz a mail carrier dies in a village hospital from seemingly natural causes, but an investigation uncovers there isn't anything natural about it.

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  • The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter

    2008

    Based on the book by Carson McCullers, this film seems to have suffered the same fate as its characters, but what a gem it is. When a hearing-impaired man moves to a small Southern town, his impact on some of the townspeople is life altering.

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  • Holiday

    2006

    There is Katharine Hepburn/Cary Grant in Bringing Up Baby. They also starred in The Philadelphia Story. What about this one which has all (if not more) of the zest and vigor as the other more famous Hepburn/Grant pairings? Hepburn shines as Linda, a wealthy but unhappy socialite. She cheers up after she meets Johnny (Grant). One problem: Johnny is engaged to Linda's sister!

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  • I Confess

    2004

    There are so many unsung Alfred Hitchcock movies: The Paradine Case, Stage Fright, The Wrong Man. Yet, this one, starring Montgomery Clift as a priest is one of the best of the little-seen Hitchcock gems. After Clift hears the confession of a murderer, he soon finds himself a suspect.

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  • All That Heaven Allows

    2001

    Director Douglas Sirk made a string of stylish melodramas in the 1950s: Magnificent Obsession, Written on the Wind, Imitation of Life. He was skilled at making a mundane drama shimmer with lushness and passion. This film, one of his best, stars Rock Hudson as a gardener and Jane Wyman as the older woman he falls for.

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  • I Married A Witch

    2013

    Veronica Lake was synonymous with the side peek-a-boo hairstyle of the 1940s. Nevertheless, most people have never seen any of her movies. This is one of her best. Lake plays a witch burned at the stake hundreds of years ago. She returns to haunt a descendant of her persecutors but instead she falls in love.

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  • Nothing but A Man

    2004

    One of the lesser-known films that came out during the Civil Rights Movement. In the Heat of the Night and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner might have gotten the attention, but that does not mean this film is any less powerful. Duff and Josie fall in love, determined to break the racial and class barriers facing them.

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  • Random Harvest

    2005

    Since Casablanca is a well-established classic, this lesser-known gem has everything Casablanca has: war, tragedy, passion, and more (amnesia!). Set before and after WWI, Ronald Colman stars as a war vet who cannot remember who he is. When he finally remembers, he remembers the wrong life, forgetting his new life with Greer Garson.

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