20. Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962)
> Directed by: Sidney Lumet
> Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Ralph Richardson, Jason Robards
> Genre: Drama
> Available on: Amazon Video, FandangoNOW
The motion picture based on Eugene O’Neill’s autobiographical Pulitzer-Prize play stars Katharine Hepburn, Ralph Richardson, Jason Robards, and Dean Stockwell. Wesley Lovell of Cinema Sight said the adaptation of O’Neill’s intense work “results in a stage-bound production lifted by grand performances, including the delightful Katharine Hepburn.” “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” has a 94% Freshness rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and 86% of audiences liked the film.
19. I Remember Mama (1948)
> Directed by: George Stevens
> Starring: Irene Dunne, Barbara Bel Geddes, Oskar Homolka
> Genre: Drama, Family
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Amazon Video, FandangoNOW, fuboTV, TCM, Microsoft Store
“I Remember Mama” is the much-loved film adaptation of Kathryn Forbes’ collection of short stories about a Norwegian family living in San Francisco in the early 20th century and the strong-willed woman (Irene Dunne) who holds them together. John J. Puccio of Movie Metropolis said the film was “…a sweet, tender, sentimental tale, richly alive with old-fashioned humor and charm.” The movie has a 100% Freshness rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and an 84% approval rating among audiences.
18. The Mortal Storm (1940)
> Directed by: Frank Borzage
> Starring: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Robert Young
> Genre: Drama
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, YouTube, DIRECTV, Crackle, Microsoft Store, FandangoNOW
“The Mortal Storm,” about how the Nazi rise to power divides a family in southern Germany, is one of the first anti-fascist Hollywood films made before the U.S. entered WWII. The stellar cast includes Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Robert Young, and Robert Stack. The movie has a 100% Freshness rating among Rotten Tomatoes critics, and an 85% approval rating among audiences.
17. Wake in Fright (1971)
> Directed by: Ted Kotcheff
> Starring: Donald Pleasence, Gary Bond, Chips Rafferty
> Genre: Drama, Thriller
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Shudder Amazon Channel, Microsoft Store, VUDU Free, Amazon Prime Video, Shudder, Hoopla
“Wake in Fright” is a little-known Australian film whose fans include Martin Scorsese. The movie stars Gary Bond as a school teacher who gets waylaid in a mining town and after losing a bet descends into self-destructive behavior. Users on IMDb gave the disturbing movie a score of 7.7 out of 10.
16. The Black Stallion (1979)
> Directed by: Carroll Ballard
> Starring: Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr
> Genre: Adventure, Family, Sport
> Available on: Vudu, Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Starz Play Amazon Channel, AMC on Demand, DIRECTV, Redbox, Hoopla, Microsoft Store, Amazon Prime Video, FandangoNOW
“The Black Stallion” is the story of a boy who befriends a mysterious black Arabian stallion after the two are shipwrecked. They return to the boy’s home in America, and with the help of a former horse trainer, he tries to turn the animal into a racehorse. Michael Blowen of the Boston Globe said, “The Black Stallion is a magical fable that basks in shimmering imagery, innocent wonder and the romantic longings that we thought Hollywood had left behind in the ’50s.” The movie has a 90% Freshness rating among Rotten Tomatoes critics, and 83% of audiences were enchanted by the movie.