My Recommendations for @nikkilounoel's Cinematic Experience

Dear @nikkilounoel, I was going to add these to the brilliant suggestions you've already received on your list but when I got past five suggestions, I figured it would just be easier to make a list. Hope you don't mind. 😬 (Btw, her list can be found here: Catching up on my cinematic experiences:))
  1. My Man Godfrey (1936)
    I'm convinced that had Carole Lombard not died in a plane crash in 1942, she would be as well known as Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett.
  2. Stage Door (1937)
    A tale about the rivalries- both personal and professional- in a boardinghouse of aspiring actresses that features Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, a pre- I Love Lucy Lucille Ball, Ann Miller, and a pre-Grease Eve Arden.
  3. Blithe Spirit (1945)
    I just really love this classic comedy about a seance gone very, very wrong.
  4. Gilda (1946)
    A roller coaster ride of love, hate, and betrayal that stars Rita Hayworth and Glen Ford.
  5. Dark Passage (1947)
    The third of four films that Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart made together, it was groundbreaking at the time in that it didn't show Bogart's face until 62 minutes into the film. (By the way, Jack L. Warner was livid about that but by then too much of the film had already been shot to start over.)
  6. Designing Woman (1957)
    How to Marry a Millionaire will always be my favorite Bacall comedy but this one about a fashion designer who hastily marries a sports writer (Gregory Peck) and the trials and complications that come their way is an underappreciated gem.
  7. Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960)
    Is it a comedy masterpiece? Well, no. But I still adore this film about an English professor turned theatre critic, his news columnist wife, their four rambunctious boys, and a move into a fixer-upper.
  8. Ocean's 11 (1960)
    I like the remake but you just can't top the Rat Pack and Angie Dickinson.
  9. Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (1963)
    A comedic anthology film that sees Sophia Loren take on the roles of a woman who has to choose between staying pregnant or going to jail, a woman who has to decide whether her love for her lover outweighs her love for her expensive car, and a prostitute who has to figure out how to set a man back on his path towards priesthood.
  10. Move Over, Darling (1963)
    A remake of the 1940 classic My Favorite Wife, it's Doris Day and James Garner at their comedic finest as a woman who's just returned home after being stranded on an island for five years to find that her husband has not only had her legally declared dead, but remarried too.
  11. The Pumpkin Eater (1964)
    A criminally underrated film that stars Anne Bancroft as an unusually fertile woman and Peter Finch as her philandering husband.
  12. Sex and the Single Girl (1964)
    Warner Brothers basically paid Helen Gurley Brown $200,000 for the rights to use her name and the name of her bestselling book for this mad romp starring Natalie Wood, Tony Curtis, Henry Fonda, Lauren Bacall, and Mel Ferrar.
  13. The Graduate (1967)
    This is Mike Nichols at his finest and features a flawless performance of Anne Bancroft as a woman who's both regretful and angry at herself for sacrificing the girl she was on a sword of comfort and security.
  14. The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
    Pierce Bronson and Rene Russo are good but Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway are better.
  15. Change of Habit (1969)
    Elvis's final film role as a doctor at a rough inner city clinic and a pre- The Mary Tyler Moore Show Mary Tyler Moore as an incognito nun sent to help him who must the. decide whether to take her final vows or follow her heart's desire. (This also features a pre-MTM Show Ed Asner as a policeman.)
  16. The Italian Job (1969)
    Michael Caine > Mark Wahlberg
  17. The Big Chill (1983)
    I have so much love for this tale about a group of friends who are brought together by their friend's suicide and forced to face their personal truths, sacrifices and betrayals as they deal with their unresolved issues with their late friend and one another. (Also, the soundtrack is 👌.)
  18. The Corpse Bride (2005)
    A near perfect example of Tim Burton doing what Tim Burton does best.
  19. The Debt (2010)
    In this remake of the 2007 Israeli film Ha-Hov, Helen Mirren stars as a celebrated former Mossad agent who's forced to face the deceptions and lies from the mission that made her and her teammates national heroes some thirty years before. (It also stars the brilliant Jessica Chastain.)
  20. Hello, My Name Is Doris (2015)
    I'd planned to see this one in theatres back when it was released but alas, none of my local ones were showing it. 😑 I did, however, watch it last night and found it to have the same heart and sweetness in it that I found in the equally quirky The Way, Way Back (2013).