When I was a kid, Dad always put on classic movies. We groaned and hemmed and hawed, but then eventually learned to appreciate the proper tap-dancing or the real stunts or the expert storytelling.
So here I am to share 15 of my favorite classic movies with you. Pull out your notepad, I expect your to-watch list will be growing significantly. (Or, at least I hope so.) 😉
In no particular order:
You’ll soon learn from this list of recommendations that I have a weakness for the actor Danny Kaye. He’s brilliant and hilarious! He often wrote his own riddles and tongue twisters for his roles and this one has some of the best. You’ll be trying to say “The flagon with the dragon has the pellet with the poison, and the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true” five times fast. Just wait until they throw in the “vessel with the pestle.”
2. High Noon
It’s about a gang that is arriving on the train in town in one hour. And the sheriff is trying to wrangle some men to stand up and fight…but the clock’s a tickin’ and no one’s volunteering.
It’s you’re typical hero versus villain. White versus black. Clean versus grimy. Now just throw in a car race around the world, a ridiculous woman reporter, and the best acting of Jack Lemmon you’ve ever seen.
Did you know there’s an old Secret Life of Walter Mitty prior to the Ben Stiller one? It’s totally different–this one is old and it’s a huge comedy. I love it and can quote pretty much every line to you. Now you just need to watch it so you understand my quotes. 😉
Also, it’s about a daydreamer who works at a comic book company and mixes imaginary murders with real ones. That’s all.
5. 12 Angry Men
This is another one–like High Noon. The storytelling is brilliant. But, you have to go into this movie with the right mindset. It’s a movie based solely on dialogue. In fact, all but one scene are filmed in the same room. You have to be ready to enter the conversation, to sit and think and form your opinion and become a jury in the courtroom. It’s SO good. In fact, I might just go rewatch it right now. 😉
Musical, dancing, western-ish, comedy. How can you say no? This movie is best watched at Christmas when it’s snowing and you have tea/hot cocoa/coffee/eggnog.
I haven’t seen it in ages, but I can still sing the entire “Moses supposes his toeses are roses” sequence. 😉 Oh, and did I mention that I wanted to be Donald O’Connor when I grew up? The humor and singing and tap dancing and plot…just….*happy sigh*
Any western-lovers out there? Well then, let’s get all the big name actors of the 1960s and put them together in a save-the-town, fight-the-badguys story. This is NOT the recent remake with Denzel Washington or Chris Pratt (which I refuse to see because #loyaltyissues). THIS was made in the 60s and it’s brilliant. Tragic. Forever burned on your heart whether you want it to be or not. Also…Steve McQueen. Need I say more?
Adventure! Tree-houses! Battles! This is like Home Alone meets Robinson Crusoe. Only better. 😛 You’ll learn how to ride ostriches and catch lions and defend yourself from pirates and open coconuts. Even though it’s a story about a family of five (all sons), my sister and I watched it on repeat. Ironically enough, my parents had recorded it on VHS but the ending got cut off so I never knew how it ended until I was an adult! (Fun fact: if hubby were a movie, he would be this one.)
*singing* “TRADITIOOOOOOON!” *da dada da da da, da, da* “Tradition!”
Sorry. I couldn’t help myself. I could watch this movie a hundred times a year. (Okay, that might be an exaggeration. But, like, a lot.)
11. Modern Times
Raise your hand if you even know who Charlie Chaplin is. If not. Watch this. If so. Watch this. (You probably already have.) It’s a silent black-and-white film that’s a comedy. And the music is lovely–[insert humming here].
12. Roman Holiday
I think this was Audrey’s first movie. (*is too lazy to actually google it*) At least that’s what my sister said (and she knows all.) I know that she’s really young in this movie and it completely swept the movie-going world away. She captured our hearts and never let go. Oh Audrey….
Even though the ending of this movie was a little, well, let’s say too memorable for me as a kid, this is the movie that taught me what optimism was. It made me want to look on the bright side of everything (which, I guess, means the movie did its job.) I also adored Hayley Mills (though she looks kind of creepy on this cover. Just sayin’…)
14. The Quiet Man
Did you know that John Wayne played in a movie that wasn’t a Western? Here you have it…Irish John Wayne. I remember when I watched it as a kid I thought it was kind of weird. But when I watched it again as an adult (and actually knew what was going on) I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s so cheesy and weird and funny and random. I baked hubby a roasted chicken that very night because #wifeystuff. So you never know, this movie might result in an awesome dinner. Watch it and tell me what you think. 😛
15. Mary Poppins
Who doesn’t like Mary Poppins? Who hasn’t seen it? Anyone? Hubby hadn’t seen Mary Poppins until we were married!! Can you believe it? It’s the ultimate movie for imagination (even though the bank part always really scared me. Which is probably because they talked about math.)
This movie made me want to be a chimney sweep when I grew up. I’m also pretty sure it is the cause of all the times my big sis and I snuck out onto the roof of our house in search of smoke stairs. Yup.
So…how many of these have you seen?
And of the 15, which one (or twenty) have just made your to-watch list?