24. City Lights (1931)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
Writer: Charlie Chaplin
Stars: Charlie Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee, Harry Myers
Quotable: "Be careful how you're driving." "Am I driving?"
Fun Fact: Albert Einstein attended an opening day screening alongside Charlie Chaplin.
Sound films had already been around for 2 years, but Chaplin's 1931 silent romantic comedy, City Lights, became one of his most critically acclaimed works and his personal favorite production. The film recounts the slapstick love story between the Tramp, Chaplin's iconic character, and a beautiful blind girl. The acting in the film is spot-on and manages to still give us, in 2013, serious gut laughs. Released during the Depression, Chaplin provided an escape from the struggle, while making very insightful commentary on the economic devastation that clung to the American public.