I won’t pretend there are some older movies which aren’t just plain weird, badly written or dull af. Because there are plenty of those. Some are incredibly overrated and baffle me as to how they can be seen as popular classic films. But there are some that definitely deserve the praise and recognition whilst others deserve more. Here are ten (that was hard) of my favourites. I’ve also included a list of 100 movies you MUST watch (new and old!) when you subscribe!
GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1953)
A hilarious musical starring the talented and beautiful Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell. Dorothy and Lorelei head off across the Atlantic and get themselves into a little bit of trouble, financial and romantic.
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952)
Another musical! Can you tell I like them? Anyway, Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds star as actors (and musician) adjusting to the world of “talking pictures”. They must attempt to find their voices whilst dealing with studio politics.
FUNNY FACE (1957)
Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire dancing and singing their way through fashion, romance, jealousy and pride… What’s not to love? Dick Avery (Astaire) tries to convince a bookish Jo (Hepburn) to become a fashion model and manages to do so by mentioning a little city called Paris. A place Jo has longed to visit. However, she is torn between her new work commitments and her intellectual passions.
We’ve all seen the shower scene… Famous and kinda a spoiler to the movie. But that scene only shows a smidge of the horror within the Bates Motel. Marion (Janet Leigh) runs away from her troubles and winds up in the Motel owned by Norman and Norma Bates. Her sister and lover do their best to search for her. The music makes the movie so much more creepy and suspenseful.
THE KID (1921)
I never knew a silent film could make me cry until I saw The Kid. I sobbed. But I also cried with laughter. Charlie Chaplin had an incredible way of making you feel so many emotions in such a short period of time. The Tramp (Chaplin) adopts an abandoned child (Jackie Coogan) despite not being able to look after himself. He soon finds himself as the boy’s father and they get themselves in all sorts of mischief. Unfortunately, the authorities decide he is better living without his adoptive father.
SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)
Another Marilyn Monroe flick! Some Like It Hot also stars the hilarious Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis (in drag for the majority of the film). This was my first Marilyn Monroe movie and definitely one to start off with if you’re new to her films. Joe (Curtis) and Jerry (Lemmon) are witnesses to a gruesome murder and plan to escape with an all-girl band to Florida. However, Joe has other plans (and disguises) up his sleeve.
REAR WINDOW (1954)
Starring my two favourites, Grace Kelly and James Stewart and another one directed by Alfred Hitchcock. If you want suspense, this is the one for you. Man, I was on the edge of my seat when I first saw this… And every time afterwards. Photographer, Jeff (Stewart), is stuck in his apartment, bored stiff. So he spends his time observing his neighbours which is all fun and games until one of them goes missing. He implores his high-class girlfriend Lisa (Kelly) to help him investigate.
12 ANGRY MEN (1957)
The clue is in the name! Twelve men, in a jury, getting angry over a murder case. Being able to be set in a courthouse for the majority of the time, may feel as if the film could be slow and dull but this is so incredibly well written there is nothing slow about it. Each character has their own frustrating and interesting personality but all slowly break when faced with the conundrum of sending a man to death for a crime one juror doesn’t believe he committed.
ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953)
Audrey Hepburn plays Princess Anne who is sick of the same mundane routine. After becoming hysterical she is given something for her nerves which is when, in a dizzy haze, she decides to go on a little Roman Holiday. On her come down she meets Joe (Gregory Peck), a journalist, who takes her in for the night. Realising who she is, he decided to get the inside scoop on a Princess’ thoughts and feelings about life as a royal.
THE 39 STEPS (1935)
Yes, another Hitchock! #sorrynotsorry
One of Hitch’s earlier suspense films which perfectly combines British humour. Starring Robert Donat as Richard Hannay, a Canadian visiting London. Hanney becomes embroiled in a national crisis when he meets spy, Annabella Smith. He is assisted by (and is literally tied to) a Pamela (Madeleine Carroll) who believes he is guilty of murder. Now he must try to prove his innocence, as well as help, save the country.
Do you have any Classic Hollywood recommendations?
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