Day 7. One week down for the gratitude challenge! Today is something funny. And what is funnier than a good old fashioned romantic comedy? I thought Some Like it Hot, paired with wine and popcorn, would be perfect Saturday night in.
I’m a huge fan of old movies. There is something so simple and innocent about them. Because they are without all of the fancy special effects, the gratuitous sex and violence, and crass dialogue, the movies themselves are well made. Their plot lines are great, dialogue witty, and acting is top-notch.
Today, I am sharing with you 10 of my favorite old movies. I was inspired by Buzzfeed’s 31 Black-and-White Movies Every Twentysomething Needs to See. I agree with many on their list, but had a few of my own I wanted to add. They are in no particular order and this is purely my humble opinion. I do urge you to give them a chance. Then you can agree with me or debate me on them!
- To Kill a Mockingbird: Atticus Finch is my literary crush. TKAM is one of my favorite books of all time, and this movie is one of the few that does the book justice. The story of racial and class tensions in a small community told from a 6 year old’s point of view is moving and Gregory Peck is imPECKable (sorry I had to. I know *GROAN*) as Atticus. He is so perfectly cast, it is almost as if the role was made specifically for him. The fact that he is very handsome doesn’t hurt either.
- Casablanca: Love doesn’t conquer all. For some reason I like this theme. This is such a good love story, that it almost doesn’t matter that the ending isn’t what you would expect. The dry sarcasm from Rick and Louis makes the movie funny to balance out the heartbreak.
- Strangers on a Train: 2 men unhappy with certain people in their lives. One suggests they swap murders. Hitchcock was called the “Master of Suspense” for good reason. This is one of my favorites of his, along with…
- Psycho: Mommy issues at their finest. Suspenseful as hell. Hitch done good with this one. Anthony Perkins as a Norman Bates pretty much has you rooting for the bad-guy. If you haven’t seen this, watch it now.
- House of Wax: I love me some Vincent Price. The creepy, yet soothing voice gets me every time. When his wax museum is destroyed by an arsonist Professor Henry Jarrod descends into madness as he tries to rebuild his house of wax.
- It’s a Wonderful Life: I’m a sucker for Christmas movies. The feel-good, warm and fuzzy feelings always get me. I love this one, because even after all these years, I still think it is very relatable. Everyone feels like giving up at some point. A lot of people feel like maybe things would have been better if they were never around. But it’s not true. This movie reminds up of that. Plus, it teaches us what happens when a bell rings!
- The Bishop’s Wife: I told you, Christmas movies get me right in the feels. This one is no different. Many people have seen the Whitney Houston/Denzel Washington remake The Preacher’s Wife (which is good too), but the original is the superior version. The 3 main actors, David Niven, Loretta Young, and the ever charmingly debonair Cary Grant excel as the busy and neglectful bishop, his lonely wife, and the angel sent to help them both.
- 12 Angry Men: I first saw this a high school ELA class. I now show it in mine. Again, this is one of those films that transcends time. Henry Fonda as Juror 8, the one who refuses to send a young boy to the electric chair for murder without first discussing it, restores your faith in humanity. The acting in this movie is superior, considering the whole movie consists of 1 room with 12 chairs. This is the ultimate “don’t judge a book by its cover” lesson, and kind of makes you want to be selected for jury duty.
- It Happened One Night: The original romantic comedy. Claudette Colbert is wonderful as the snotty, spoiled Ellie Andrews who is running away from her rich father to be reunited with her new husband, to whom with she recently eloped. Along the way she meets Peter Warne (Clark Gable), a sarcastic full-of-himself journalist who was just fired from his job. True to romcom rituals, the two meet, fight, fall in love, love/hate each other, and eventually end up together. Gable is hilarious and Colbert does a wonderful job of teaching us how to flag down a ride without the use of a thumb.
- Some Like it Hot: 2 men, Joe and Jerry, who witness a mob hit decide to disguise themselves as women and hop on a train with an all female jazz band. It’s going well until Joe starts to fall in love with one of the girls, and an old playboy falls in love with Jerry. Hilarity ensues and Marilyn Monroe shines.
There are others I’d like to include (A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, etc.) but I wanted to keep the list on the shorter side. If you have any suggestions for some movies you think I should watch, let me know! I’d love to hear them. Until then, happy viewing!
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