10 Classic Films from the Internet Archive

Our hunt to find universally accessible Hitchcock films brought us back to the Internet Archive yesterday, and it now seems worth highlighting some of the other gems buried in this collection. This archive of feature films contains some important classics from the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s. We’ve featured ten good ones below, and don’t forget to see our collection of Free Movies Online.

  • The Kid (1921) – Here you have Charlie Chaplin’s first feature-length film that launched his important career.
  • Nosferatu (1922) -  A memorable adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. A masterpiece from the era of silent films.
  • The Phantom of the Opera (1925) – Another major classic (by Rupert Julian) from the silent film era.
  • His Girl Friday (1940) – One of the better known comedies from the 1940s directed by Howard Hawks and starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell.
  • Penny Serenade (1941) –  A touching romantic comedy starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne.
  • Scarlet Street (1945) – Directed by Fritz Lang, otherwise known for Metropolis (1927) and M (1931), during his Hollywood stint.
  • DOA (1950) – A film noir classic directed by Rudolph Maté.
  • Panic in the Streets (1950) – Directed by Elia Kazan and starring Jack Palance.
  • Beat the Devil (1953) – Directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart.
  • Suddenly (1954) – A thriller featuring Frank Sinatra and James Gleason.
  • Visit the Internet Archive for more feature films.



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      Penny Serenade is not, in my opinion, a “comedy”. It is a heart-warming and heart-wrenching film. I sobbed.

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