To Kill a Mockingbird
Gregory Peck won the Best Actor Oscar for his riveting portrayal of Atticus Finch, the lawyer who defends an innocent African American man on trial for his life. This searing portrait of racism in the American south premiered during the Civil Rights era and was a critical and box office success. It’s considered one of those movies that’s just as good as the book it’s based on, Harper Lee’s acclaimed novel. It lost the Best Picture Oscar to the sweeping epic Lawrence of Arabia. Tough break!
Singin’ in the Rain
Singin’ in the Rain is a musical masterpiece that looks like a Technicolor dream. Debbie Reynolds wows as a chorus girl with a movie star’s singing voice in this ode to the end of the silent film era. Gene Kelly’s umbrella soft-shoe in a studio downpour is legendary and Donald O’Conner’s “Make ’em Laugh” number stands the test of time for its humor and charm. This movie is still considered one of the best musicals of all time, but it wasn’t even nominated for Best Picture. Add these top romantic movies of all time to your list.