Miguel Marias: The Essential Melodramas

"Choosing the best melodramas is a difficult task, especially since I consider melodrama to be as one with film dramaturgy. Are The Wings of Eagles, Seven Women, Tabu, Sunrise, Akasen Chitai or Vertigo melodramas? I think they are without a doubt among my top 25 favorite films of all time. If I try to be hard and squeeze inside some sort of borders this genre, which for me means vision, way of life, form of expression and the most cinematic way of delivering with a touching way thoughts, emotions, characters and stories to the audience... I have to expel many of my favorite films and directors and some films which in my opinion DEFINE melodrama.

"Yes, there are melodramatic directors…

  • Broken Blossoms
  • Way Down East
  • Johan
  • The Kid
  • Merry-Go-Round
  • He Who Gets Slapped
  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
  • The Unknown
  • The Docks of New York
  • Street Angel
  • The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg
  • The Wedding March
  • The Wind
  • The River
  • City Lights
  • The Struggle
  • Tabu
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Blonde Venus
  • The Broken Lullaby
  • Shanghai Express
  • The Bitter Tea of General Yen
  • Queen Christina
  • L'Atalante
  • A Day in the Country
  • Green Light
  • Make Way for Tomorrow
  • Stage Door
  • A Star Is Born
  • Three Comrades
  • The Novel of Werther
  • Disputed Passage
  • Intermezzo: A Love Story
  • Dance, Girl, Dance
  • The Mortal Storm
  • How Green Was My Valley
  • Penny Serenade
  • Smilin' Through
  • A Woman's Face
  • Casablanca
  • The Magnificent Ambersons
  • The Woman Who Dared
  • Till We Meet Again
  • Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne
  • The Enchanted Cottage
  • Love Letters
  • Two People
  • The Best Years of Our Lives
  • I've Always Loved You
  • The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
  • Black Narcissus
  • Dead Reckoning
  • The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
  • Pursued
  • Letter from an Unknown Woman
  • Portrait of Jennie
  • The Walls of Jericho
  • The Fountainhead
  • Late Spring
  • The Reckless Moment
  • Whirlpool
  • Portrait of Madame Yuki
  • The Idiot
  • Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
  • Clash by Night
  • Casque d'Or
  • Limelight
  • Le Plaisir
  • Ruby Gentry
  • Way of a Gaucho
  • All I Desire
  • The Love of a Woman
  • Carmen Jones
  • The Earrings of Madame de...
  • Johnny Guitar
  • Sansho the Bailiff
  • Magnificent Obsession
  • A Star Is Born
  • The Crucified Lovers
  • The Long Gray Line
  • Floating Clouds
  • Street of Shame
  • There's Always Tomorrow
  • War and Peace
  • Written on the Wind
  • An Affair to Remember
  • Forty Guns
  • The Wings of Eagles
  • The Lovers of Montparnasse
  • Party Girl
  • Some Came Running
  • A Time to Love and a Time to Die
  • Vertigo
  • Beloved Infidel
  • Strangers When We Meet
  • Wild River
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • The Last Sunset
  • Sweet Bird of Youth
  • Contempt