Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
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"It would make a stone cry"
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.
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.
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This movie ranks #6 in IMDb's 1930s Top 50
This movie ranks #22 in Arts & Faith's Top 100 Films
This movie ranks #24 in IMDb's Romance Top 50
This movie ranks #37 in IMDb's Comedy Top 50
This movie ranks #38 in Sight & Sound's 75 Hidden Gems
This movie ranks #106 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #134 in iCheckMovies's Most Favorited
This movie ranks #149 in Eureka!'s The Masters of Cinema Series
This movie ranks #179 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #189 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #297 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #343 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #365 in Roger Ebert's Great Movies
This movie ranks #518 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #553 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
This movie ranks #559 in The Criterion Collection