Classic Film Challenge

I started this project to help track a large and growing list of films I plan to view and consider for their artistic merits, as well as their redeeming qualities.

Pre-1920s
1920s
1930s
1940s
1950s

Academy Awards

Rating System

This rating system is not intended to reduce these classic films to a mere number, but rather it is meant to provide a means of assessing the enduring quality of a great film.

★☆☆☆☆

A poor film that does not meet the criteria for being labeled a classic film. Sub par acting, unimpressive cinematography, or weak screen writing can all be examples of a film that falls in this category.

★★☆☆☆

A decent film that is certainly worth watching, but perhaps just for its historical significance and nothing else. For example, a film might fall in this category if it is the first film to achieve something, but its acting or directorship is lackluster, at best. This film is typically a novelty and nothing more.

★★★☆☆

A good film that comes with a recommendation to watch. It is typically well put together, but is without a quality of excellence that leaves it not entirely unforgettable, but also not as remarkable as a classic film worth watching again and again.

★★★★☆

A great film that is both enduring and highly remarkable. It is recommended that all lovers of classic films view this film at least once, if not multiple times.

★★★★★

sublime film that displays a quintessential quality of perfection. It is a film that is spectacular in its unique ability to capture a story and also a complete whole composed of parts. This film has an inspiring score (if applicable), mesmerizing acting, and a visionary director who knows no parallel. It is a rare brand of enduring craftsmanship that is purely timeless.

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