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Classic Film Collection

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PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO PREPARATION FOR THE NEW LIBRARY OF BIRMINGHAM. THIS COLLECTION IS PRESENTLY UNAVAILABLE FOR VIEWING. HOWEVER THERE ARE A NUMBER OF CLASSIC FILMS AVAILABLE FOR LOAN IN THE LENDING SECTION -FLOOR 1 OF THE CENTRAL LIBRARY.

The Arts section on Floor 3 now has a collection of Classic Films to view on DVD. These may be of interest to the film buff , film students or budding film makers.

They are all classics of their genre, or made by famous directors like Alfred Hitchcock or Frank Capra. Many are Oscar winners. The collection spans the decades of the twentieth century to present.They range from early silent classics like "BIrth Of A Nation" (1915) to "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008). Many come with added discs with additional footage and directors commentary.

These films cannot be borrowed but can be viewed on Floor 4 of the Central Library. This makes sure that any interested users can have ready access to them.

We do have some borrowable classic film DVDs in the Central Lending service area on floor 1 on the Central Library. All films are in English unless otherwise stated. (v) denotes a video format.


Film name Director Main actor (s) Year
Airplane Jim Abrahams, David & Jerry Zucker Robert Hayes, Julie Hegarty ,Leslie Neilsen 1980
Alien Ridley Scott John Hurt , Sigorney Weaver 1979
All About Eve Joseph L. Mankiewicz Bette Davis,George Sanders 1950
All About My Mother (Spanish) (v) Pedro Almodovar Cecilia Roth, Antonia San Juan, Penelope Cruz 1999
Alphaville (French) Jean-Luc Godard Eddie Constatine, Anna Karina , Akim Tamiroff 1965
Amelie (French) Jean-Pierre Jeunet Audrey Tautou,Dominique Pinon 2001
An American In Paris Vincente Minnelli Gene Kelly , Leslie Caron 1951
An Affair To Remember Leo McCarey Cary Grant ,Deborah Kerr 1957
The Apartment Billy Wilder Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine 1960
Apocalypse Now -redux version Francis Ford Coppola Marlon Brando,Robert Duvall ,Martin Sheen 1979
Back To The Future Robert Zemeckis Michael J Fox, Christopher LLoyd 1985
Badlands Terrence Malick Martin Sheen , Sissy Spacek 1973
The Battleship Potempkin (Russian) Sergei Eisenstein Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barsky, Grigori Aleksandrov 1925
Ben-Hur William Wyler Charlton Heston,Stephen Boyd 1959
The Best Year's Of Our Lives William Wyler Myrna Loy, Fredric March 1946
Bringing Up Baby Howard Hawks Cary Grant ,Katharine Hepburn 1938
Betty Blue (French) Jean Jacques Beineix Gerard Damon, Consuelo De Haviland 1986
The Bicycle Thieves (Italian) Vittorio de Sica Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell, Gino Salamerenda 1948
The Birth Of A Nation D.W. Griffith Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall 1915
Blade Runner Ridley Scott Harrison Ford , Rutger Hauer ,Sean Young 1982
Blazing Saddles Mel Brooks Clevedon Little, Gene Wilder 1974
Bridge Over The River Kwai David Lean William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa 1957
Brief Encounter David Lean Trevor Howard, Celia Johnson 1945
Caberet Bob Fosse Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey 1972
Carry On Up The Kyber Peter Rogers Sidney James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey 1968
Casablanca (v) Hal B. Wallis Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains 1942
Catch Me If You Can Stephen Speilberg Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen 2002
Chariots Of Fire Hugh Hudson Ben Cross, Ian Charleson 1981
Chicago Rob Marshall Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere 2002
Chinatown Roman Palanski Jack Nicolson, Faye Dunaway 1974
Citizen Kane (v) Orson Welles Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead, Everett Sloane 1941
City Of God (Brazil) Fernando Meirelles Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino Da Hora 2003
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind Stephen Speilberg Richard Dreyfuss,Teri Garr 1978
Clerks Kevin Smith Brian O' Halloran, Jeff Anderson 1994
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (Chinese) Ang Lee Chow Yun Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Chang Chen, Ziyi Zang 2000
Dark Star John Carpenter Brain Narelle, Dre Pahich 1974
The Day The Earth Stood Still Robert Wise Michael Rennie , Patricia Neal 1952
The Deer Hunter Michael Cimino Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep , John Cazale 1978
Deliverance John Boorman Jon Voight Burt Reynolds 1972
Dr Strangelove Stanley Kubrick George C. Scott, Peter Sellers,Sterling Hayden 1963
Double Indemnity Billy Wilder Fred Macmurray, Barbara Stanwyck 1944
Duck Soup Leo McCarey Grioucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx 1933
E.T. Steven Speilberg Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore 1982
Easy Rider (v) Dennis Hopper Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson 1969
Effi Briest (German) (v) Rainer Werner Fassbinder Hanna Schygulla, Wolfgang Schenck, Ulli Lommel 1974
42nd Street Lloyd Bacon Warner Baxter, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Ginger Rogers 1933
Fanny and Alexander (Swedish) Ingmar Bergman Pernilla Allwin,Bertil Guve 1982
Fargo (v) JoelCoen,Ethan Coen Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi,Peter Stormare 1996
Forbidden Planet Fred Wilcox Walter Pigeon,Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen 1956
Forrest Gump Robert Zemeckis Tom Hanks,Sally Field, Gary Sinise 1994
Four Lions Chris Morris 2010
Full Metal Jacket Stanley Kubrick Adam Baldwin, Matthew Modine 1987
Get Carter Mike Hodges Michael Caine ,Britt Eckland 1971
The Godfather parts 1 , 2 and 3 Francis Ford Coppola Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan,Robert De Niro 1972-74.1990
Gone With The Wind Victor Fleming,George Cukor, Sam Wood Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh 1939
The Graduate Mike Nichols Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft 1967
The Green Mile Frank Darabont Tom Hanks,Michael Clarke Duncan 2000
Hidden (French) Michael Haneke Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche 2005
High Society Charles Walters Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra 1956
Ikiru (Japanese) (v) Akira Kurosawa Takashi Shimura, Shinichi Himori, Haruo Tanaka 1952
In The Mood For Love (Chinese) Wong Kar -Wai Tony Leung Chin-Wai, Maggie Cheung Man-Yuk 2000
Indiana Jones & the Raiders Of The Lost Ark Steven Speilberg Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman 1981
It Happened One Night (in box set Directed by Frank Capra) Frank Capra Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert 1934
The Italian Job Peter Collinson Michael Caine, Noel Coward 1969
It's A Wonderful Life (in box set Directed by Frank Capra) Frank Capra James Stewart, Donna Reed 1946
Ivan The Terrible (Russian) Sergei Eisenstein Nikolai Cherkasov, Serafima Birman 1944
The Jazz Singer Alan Crosland Al Jolson, May McAvoy 1927
Jules And Jim (French) Francois Truffaut Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre 1962
Kind Hearts And Coronets Robert Hamer Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Arthur Lowe 1949
King Of Comedy Martin Scorsese Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis 1982
La Dolce Vita (Italian) Federico Fellini Anita Ekberg, Marcello Mastroianni 1960
The Ladykillers Alexander Mackendrick Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Alec Guiness 1955
Lawrence Of Arabia (v) David Lean Peter O'Toole, Claude Rains 1962
Les Enfants Du Paradis (French) Marcel Carne Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault 1945
Les Vacances De M.Hulot (French) Jacques Tati Jacques Tati , Nathalie Pascaud 1953
Logan's Run Michael Anderson Michael York, Jenny Agutter 1976
The Maltese Falcon John Huston Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor 1941
Manhattan Woody Allen Woody Allen, Diane Keaton 1979
Mash Robert Altman Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould 1969
Metropolis Fritz Lang Alfred Able, Gustav Frolich 1927
Midnight Cowboy John Schlesinger Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight 1969
Moliere (French) Laurent Tirard Romain Duris,Fabruce Luchini 2006
Monty Python And The Holy Grail Terry Gilliam,Terry Jones Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle,Michael Palin, Terry Jones 1974
Monty Python's Life Of Brian Terry Jones Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle,Michael Palin, Terry Jones 1979
Mr Smith Goes To Washington (in box set Directed by Frank Capra) Frank Capra Jean Arthur, James Stewart 1939
Mulholland Drive David Lynch Naomi Watts, Laura Harring 2001
My Name Is Khan (Indian - Hindi) Karan Johar Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol 2010
Naked Gun Trilogy Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley 1988 - 94
Night Of The Hunter Charles Laughton Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters 1955
North By North West Alfred Hitchcock Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason 1959
The Odd Couple Gene Saks Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau 1967
Paths Of Glory Stanley Kubrick Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker 1957
The Piano (v) Jane Campion Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill 1993
Planet Of The Apes Arthur P Jacobs Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowell 1968
The Producers Mel Brooks Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder 1968
Psycho Alfred Hitchcock Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh 1960
Pulp Fiction Quentin Tarantino John Travolta, Samuel L Jackson, Uma Thurman 1994
Raajneeti (India-Hindi) Prakash Jha Ranbir Kapoor ,Naseeruddin Shah 2010
Rashomon (Jap) Akira Kurosawa Toshiro Mifune, Masayuki Mori 1950
La Regle Du Jeu (French) Jean Renoir Marcel Dalio, Nora Gregor 1939
Rear Window Alfred Hitchcock James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Frank Cady 1954
Roman Holiday William Wyler Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn 1953
Schindler's List Stephen Speilberg Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes 1993
The Searchers (v) John Ford John Wayne,Natalie Wood 1956
Seven Samurai (Japanese)

Akira Kurosawa

Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura 1954

Seventh Seal (Swedish)

Ingmar Bergman Max Von Sydow, Bibi Andersson 1957
Shall We Dance (with Top Hat) Mark Sandrich Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers 1937
Shawshank Redemption

Frank Darabont

Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman 1994

Siegfried (v)

Fritz Lang Paul Richter,Margarete Schon 1924
Singing In The Rain (with The Wizard Of Oz) Gene Kelly Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds 1952
Slumdog Millionaire Danny Boyle Dev Patel, Freida Pinto 2008
Solaris (Russian) Andrei Tarkovsky Natalya Bondarchuk , Donatas Banionas 1972
Some LIke It Hot Billy Wilder Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon 1959
Spirit Of The Beehive (Spanish)

Victor Erice

Fernando Fernán Gómez, Teresa Gimpera 1973
Spirited Away Hayao Miyazaki 2005
Stagecoach (v) John Ford John Wayne, Claire Trevor 1939

Star Wars 4,5,6

A New Hope

The Empire Strikes Back

Return Of the Jedi

George Lucas Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill 1977 - 1983

Strictly Ballroom

Baz Luhrmann Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice,BIll Hunter 1992
Summer Interlude (Swedish) Ingmar Bergman Maj-Britt Nilsson, Birger Malmsten 1950
Sunrise F.W. Murnau George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor 1927
2001 Stanley Kubrick Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood 1968
12 Angry Men (v) Sidney Lumet Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb 1957
A Taste Of Honey Tony Richardson Rita Tushingham, Dora Bryan , Murray Melvin 1962
Titanic James Cameron Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet 1998
The Third Man Carol Reed Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten 1949
This Is Spinal Tap Rob Reiner Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer 1984
Tokyo Story (Japan) Yasujiro Ozu Chishu Ryu, Setsuko Hara 1953
Top Hat (with Shall We Dance) Mark Sandrich Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers 1935
Touch Of Evil Orson Wells Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Wells 1958
Toy Story 1 & 2 John Lasseter Tom Hanks, Tim Allen 1995 ,1999
Les Vacances De M.Hulot (French) Jacques Tati Jacques Tati 1953
Vertigo Alfred Hitchcock James Stewart, Kim Novak 1958
Virgin Suicides Sofia Copplla Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett 2000
Wall-E Andrew Stanton 2009
The Wicker Man Robin Hardy Edward Woodward, Britt Eckland ,Christopher Lee 1973
Withnail & I Paul Heller Richard E Grant, Paul McGann 1986
Wizard Of Oz ( with Singing In The Rain box set) Victor Fleming,King Vidor Judy Garland,Pat Walshe,Ray Bolger, Frank Morgan 1939
Woman Of The Dunes (v) (Japanese)

Hiroshi Teshigahara

Eiji Okada, Kyoko Kishida 1964
The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (French) Jacques Demy Nino Castelnuovo , Catherine Deneuve 1963
Unforgiven Clint Eastwood Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris 1992
You Can't Take It With You (in box set Directed by Frank Capra) Frank Capra Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart 1938