King Kong (1933)
Dir- Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack
King Kong will always be remembered as the monster on the rampage, but even more, it is a classic in every sense and will be known as an FX triumph. Fay Wray plays the fair maiden who soothes the giant ape as he is taken from his island home to New York where he escapes and climbs the Empire State building where he meets his sad fate. Tragic and Endearing, Kong is so convincing that the viewer forgets he is not real and sees him as a tragic victim of circumstance. Another classic that would be followed by inferior sequels and a number of big-budget remakes that failed to live up to this Hollywood classic.