Classic Movies You’ve Never Seen Available to Stream at Home This Week

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

5. Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)
> Directed by: Max Ophüls
> Starring: Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan, Mady Christians
> Genre: Drama, Romance
> Available on: FlixFling

An early 20th century pianist receives a letter from a forgotten woman on the eve of a duel in this dramatic romance from director Max Ophüls. Although only 22 critics have reviewed it on Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a perfect 100% Freshness score. The site’s Critics Consensus states that “Golden Age Hollywood romance doesn’t get much better than ‘Letter From an Unknown Woman.'”

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

4. Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
> Directed by: Blake Edwards
> Starring: Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Charles Bickford
> Genre: Drama
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Amazon Video, Microsoft Store, FandangoNOW

Blake Edwards, known for lighter cinematic fare such as the Pink Panther movies, dealt with a more sober subject in “Days of Wine and Roses.” Jack Lemmon plays an alcoholic who marries a woman (Lee Remick) whom he gets addicted to alcohol. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards and won for Best Music, Original Song. The movie holds a 100% Freshness score from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

3. A Face in the Crowd (1957)
> Directed by: Elia Kazan
> Starring: Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa
> Genre: Drama, Music
> Available on: Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Amazon Video, DIRECTV, FandangoNOW

Elia Kazan’s “A Face in the Crowd” tells the story of a country music singer’s rise to fame and its corrupting influence. Andy Griffith, who was a genial sheriff on a successful 1960s sitcom, plays the boozy country music performer. The film was not a financial success when it first came out, but it was added to the National Film Registry in 2008.

Source: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

2. A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
> Directed by: Daniel Petrie
> Starring: Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee
> Genre: Drama
> Available on: Google Play Movies, Vudu, YouTube, Amazon Video, DIRECTV, Crackle, Microsoft Store, FandangoNOW

“A Raisin in the Sun,” based on a play by Lorraine Hansberry that debuted on Broadway in 1959, looks at the life of an African American family living on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s and its struggles with poverty and racism. Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, and Ruby Dee provided the star power for the character-driven movie that has a 94% Freshness score among Rotten Tomatoes critics. Audiences gave the film a rating of 87% on the site.

Source: Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

1. A Patch of Blue (1965)
> Directed by: Guy Green
> Starring: Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, Elizabeth Hartman
> Genre: Drama, Romance
> Available on: Vudu, Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, YouTube, FandangoNOW, Microsoft Store

“A Patch of Blue” is about a black man and a blind white teenage girl who fall in love. Shelley Winters won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar as the bitter mother of the blind teen. The film has an 89% Freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes — with only nine critic ratings — and a 91% rating among audiences.