Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
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I'd say this movie must have had an influence on The Wages of Fear. Definitely different movies but they share a nihilistic view of white folk working rough jobs in South America.
Another thing I was really impressed by was the aerial photography during MacPherson's flight. I wasn't aware there was anything that good until the post-WWII period, when directors like William Wyler and John Sturges came back from serving as Air Force filmmakers with a ton of experience under their belts.
Howard Hawks really was a directorial genius. This is a really different and fascinating film. Brilliantly played with a great deal of humanity by all involved.
You can't go wrong with Cary Grant and plane crashes.
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This movie ranks #34 in iCheckMovies's 1930s Top 100
This movie ranks #127 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #136 in BFI's 360 Classic Feature Films Project
This movie ranks #139 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #181 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #191 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #224 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #631 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #766 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
This movie ranks #963 in The Criterion Collection