20th Century Fox already belongs to Disney, and chances are that things will never be the way they were before.
A few days ago we presented you with a list of representative and successful films and sagas from 20th Century Fox in its contemporary era. But since there are hundreds of memories and great moments in the armchair, now we offer you a list (of 20 too!) With the classic films of the era of gold, silver and more by this beloved distributor. Fox, we are going to miss you so much!
NOTE: The list is NOT in order of importance. A selection of films was sought that covers diverse tastes. Did we miss any? Give your opinion in the comments!
Dante’s Inferno (1935)
This is the first film made by 20th Century Fox (after the merger of Fox Film Corporation with Twentieth Century Pictures) It was loosely based on Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. It was starred by Rita Hayworth.
Winner for Best Picture in 1971, this war film was inspired by the warlike exploits of General George Patton. Jerry Goldsmith’s soundtrack is exquisite … and the movie was 170 minutes long!
Fantastic Voyage (1966)
A science fiction classic, curiously novelized AFTER Isaac Asimov of constant reference even today. Directed by Richard Fleischer and co-starred by the exuberant Raquel Welch. There was an animated series of this!
Something to Remember (1957)
An Affair to Remember was directed by Leo McCarey and was one of the first films to combine CinemaScope and DeLuxe Color technologies (Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr looked great!). It is a remake of Love Affair from 1939.
The Mark of Zorro (1940)
Nominated in its time for Best Soundtrack (by ALfred Newman) this version of the popular story of El Zorro was named a “historical legacy” by the National Film Registry in 2009. It was the first film based on this peculiar masked hero! the same one referenced in the Batman origin story!
Ron Howard surprised with Cocoon in the mid-80s, reaching very high results in the world tquilla. The idea of combining many veteran actors was great, and although its 1988 sequel was not that exciting, it remained in the public taste of those years.
The rebel novice (1965)
The Sound of Music accomplished what Zorba the Greek, Sons and Lovers, and The King and I hadn’t accomplished for Fox before: winning the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Picture. The beautiful voice and talent of Julie Andrews under the impeccable direction of Robert Wise fascinated thousands of moviegoers around the world, and stands as one of the greatest films of all time.
Zorba the Greek (1964)
Anthony Quinn made this Michael Cacoyannis comedy great. Based on the novel of the same name, it was a worldwide box office success and won three Oscars, though incredibly Quinn didn’t win the best actor award.
Doctor Dolittle (1967)
Nominated for Best Picture at the Golden Globes and Oscars, this musical comedy by Richard Fleischer was the first adaptation of Hugh Lofting’s novels … although in fact it fused 3 of his books into a single 152-minute plot. It won awards for visual effects and OST.
The Fly (1986)
Although Fox also distributed the original 1958 film (which was, in fact, a trilogy), we stuck with the ’80s versions starring Jeff Goldblum. These stories in turn were based on the short story by George Langelaan (1957) and won the Oscar for Best Makeup.
Butch Cassidy y Sundance Kid (1969)
This gem starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford inexplicably didn’t win the Oscar and Golden Globe for best picture in its time, but it is truly a jewel of the western. The music, the photography, the costumes, the performances … this movie is pure gold!
Classic saga Planet of the Apes (1968-1973)
The modern trilogy is a marvel – as we mentioned in our contemporary list – but the 5 films of the original saga started by Charlton Heston are truly among the great jewels of 20th Century Fox. What will the films of this saga be like, under the Disney cloak?
Donald Sutherland, Tom Skerritt and Elliott Gould made this dark comedy war comedy great, based on the novel by Richard Hooker. It is considered one of the most successful films of the 70s, winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes.
Let’s Talk About Eva (1950)
All about Eve also earned Fox an Oscar for Best Picture. Starring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter and Gary Merrill, it was featured in the 1910 short story The Wisdom of Eve. In its time it had 14 Oscar nominations, winning 6 of these.
Chariots of Fire (1981)
Chariots of Fire is a British cult classic, based on the story of 2 great athletes at the 1924 Olympics. It won the Oscar for Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Soundtrack … and how could it not win, if it is! the best job in Vangelis’s (Blade Runner) career!
Massacre in Chinatown (1986)
Although he is also known as one of the best directors in the horror genre, John Carpenter stood out for his work in this action film starring Kurt Russell (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2). The movie was a box office flop in its time … and then it became a cult classic! It was precisely this “failure” that made Carpenter return to independent cinema.
Hello, Dolly! (1969)
Back in the day, fans of Hello, Dolly! and Barbra Streisand lamented that the film did not win the top award at the Oscars and Golden Globes. The musical based on the Broadway production was directed by Gene Kelly and did win Best Art Direction, Best Score and Best Sound at the awards. of the Academy.
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
The Poseidon Arventure was directed by Ronald Neame and starred by the prolific Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, and Leslie Nielsen. It won awards for Best Song and Best Visual Effects at numerous festivals.
Contact in France (1971)
The French Connection won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1972, directed by William Friedkin and starring Gene Hackman (Lex Luthor in Superman). The car chase scene is said to be the largest ever filmed in movie history.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Directed by Jim Sharman and starring Tim Curry (Pennywise in It) as Dr. Frank-N-Furter. This cult musical continues to be held annually with themed screenings around the world.
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Classic and Legendary 20th Century Fox Movies