Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
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"It would make a stone cry"
This is one of my all-time favorites, easily in my Top 10 if somebody can even quantify such a thing. It's a testament to how much Leo McCarey cared about people that you're able to understand the viewpoint of every character in the film, even if you don't always sympathize with them. Even though it's an incredibly sad film, it's also a thing of beauty, something with a lot of love to give. The final act, when Bark and Lucy decide to "pretend there aren't any facts to face" and spend what might be their last few hours together revisiting their old honeymoon spots, is absolutely beautiful and, strange as it may seem, cements this as one of the greatest love stories in all of cinema.
I watched this film, Ozu's "Tokyo Story", and 2008's "Cherry Blossoms" within a short period of time - all of them are related in subject matter and story and all of them are phenomenal. These films are required viewing for anyone who will grow old or anyone who has parents.
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This movie ranks #4 in 1930s
This movie ranks #6 in Top 100 Spiritually Significant Films
This movie ranks #18 in Romance
This movie ranks #24 in Comedy
This movie ranks #106 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #129 in iCheckMovies - Most Favorite
This movie ranks #149 in Masters Of Cinema
This movie ranks #179 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
This movie ranks #185 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
This movie ranks #327 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
This movie ranks #343 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
This movie ranks #364 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
This movie ranks #529 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
This movie ranks #553 in National Film Registry
This movie ranks #559 in The Criterion Collection