My Cinematic Alphabet – Favorite Movies by the Letter

This is an idea I’ve seen going around the classic movie blogosphere, and I absolutely love doing these types of things so I thought I’d join in. Following is a list of some of my favorite movies, one for each letter of the alphabet. Most of them are from the time period that I typically blog about, the 1930’s through 1950’s, but a few of them are slightly newer movies that I just couldn’t leave off my list.

A is for All This and Heaven Too

B is for Back to the Future

C is for Casablanca

Barbara Stanwyck & Fred MacMurray Double Indemnity

D is for Double Indemnity

E is for Evelyn Prentice

F is for Foreign Correspondent

G is for (The) Ghost and Mrs. Muir

H is for His Girl Friday

I is for It Happened One Night

J is for Jezebel

K is for Kitty Foyle

L is for Libeled Lady

M is for My Man Godfrey

N is for North by Northwest

O is for On the Town

P is for Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Q is for (All) Quiet on the Western Front

R is for Rear Window

S is for (The) Shop Around the Corner

T is for (The) Thin Man

U is for (The) Uninvited

V is for Vertigo

W is for While You Were Sleeping

X is for Xanadu (I have to admit that I didn’t really care for this movie, but it’s the only one I’ve ever watched that starts with X. But I love the title song sung by Olivia Newton John, and Gene Kelly (who I also love!) is in the movie so it’s not all bad) :-)

Y is for You Were Never Lovelier

Z is for Ziegfeld Girl

If you’ve done a list of your own, please let me know in the comments section below. I’d love to check out your list!

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  1. Tom says:

    Good selections! Nice to see a couple of 80s in the mix.

  2. Ginny says:

    Thanks Tom! It would be fun to do another list with nothing but 80’s and early 90’s movies. That’s when I was in high school and college and watched the most movies in a theater. There are many that bring back good memories.

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  4. John says:

    It was hard only doing one film per letter. So I narrowed it down to three per letter and it was still tough. Here goes nothing.

    A- Angels With Dirty Faces, Arsenic And Old Lace, All My Sons

    B- The Bishop’s Wife, The Bells Of St. Marys, Boys Town

    C- Cape Fear (Peck/Mitchum), City For Conquest, The Cincinnati Kid

    D- Double Indemnity, The Desperate Hours, Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet

    E- Edison The Man, The Enchanted Cottage, The Enemy Below

    F- For Whom The Bell Tolls, The Fighting 69th, Father Of The Bride

    G-The Graduate, Going My Way, Goodbye Mr. Chips(Donat/Garson)

    H- Here Comes Mr. Jordan, House Of Strangers, Harvey

    I-Inherit The Wind, Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers(McCarthy), It’s A Wonderful Life

    J-Jim Thorpe All-American, Johnny Belinda, John Loves Mary

    K- The Keys Of The Kingdom, Kings Row, Key Largo

    L- Larceny Inc., The Lost Horizon, The Life Of Emile Zola

    M-The Man Who Came To Dinner, Mutiny On The Bounty(Laughton), Mildred Pierce

    N-Notorious, Northwest Passage, Ninotchka

    O- On The Waterfront, Out Of The Past, Orchestra Wives

    P- The Postman Always Rings Twice, Pride Of The Marines, The Pied Piper(Woolley)

    Q- The Quiet Man, Quo Vadis, Queen Christina

    R- Rocky, Random Harvest, Running Brave

    S- The Strawberry Blonde, Shane, The Sea Wolf

    T-Tomorrow Is Forever, To Have And Have Not, The Time Machine

    U- The Uninvited, Uncertain Glory, Unholy Partners

    V- The Valley Of Decision, Vertigo, Vacation

    W- Waterloo Bridge, Wuthering Heights, Witness For The Prosecution

    X- None

    Y- Yankee Doodle Dandy, Young At Heart, The Yearling

    Z- Ziegfeld Girl, Zorba The Greek, Zenobia

    #- 12 Angry Men, 13 Rue Madeleine, 36 Hours

    It was very tough narrowing favorites down to three in many letters. My hardest omissions on this list were Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, High Noon, West Side Story, Brother Orchid, Since You Went Away, The Best Years Of Our Lives,The Ghost And Mrs. Muir, Guys and Dolls and Knute Rockne All-American. I am sure there are others but just can’t think of them now. It was fun to do…..

  5. John says:

    I loved Planes, Trains and Automobiles. I really think John Candy was a fun guy and good actor. Candy died way too young. John Candy did a modern movie with Maureen O’Hara. I think the name was Only The Lonely, it was really a fun film to see.

    Plains,Trains and Automobiles is a great comedy along with a cool and warm hearted story. I love films like this even if they do happen to be in color.

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