Heya! It is a gloomy and cold Saturday in the Low Countries, which happens to be the perfect weather to stay at home, watch a movie and create some new content to the blog. It is so nice and cozy inside and I felt quite inspired to write. With that in mind, I have come up with a list of classic movies that, in my opinion, everyone who is a cinema lover should watch.
There’s something that fascinates me about old movies. I am not sure whether it is the kind of romance involved, the glamour, the style, the innocence, the classic lines or a combination of all. I also love how they take me back in time and make me imagine how would to be to live in the 40’s. 50’s and 60’s.
As a millennial who loves cinema and classics in particular, I thought I would share my favourites ones with you. Not sure whether you share this same passion of mine but even if you don’t, I recommend you to give these movies a chance 🙂
So, here is the list:
A perfect mixture of intrigue, adventure, passion, drama, exotic locations and fine character actors. This black and white American movie has it all. It is extremely captivating and it certainly deserves all the credit that it has.
“But what about us?”
“We’ll always have Paris”
Gone with the wind (1949)
This historical romance movie presents a love-hate story between a couple and takes place during the American Civil war and the reconstruction periods that follow. In my opinion, the storyline is epic and quite heart-touching and this movie shows us in a way a more emotional side of the Civil war, which I find interesting.
Favourite quote: “No, I don’t think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”
Roman Holiday (1953)
A romantic-comedy starring Peck and Audrey Hepburn. I love the romance, charm, sense of humour and sort of innocence going on between both characters. This is a fairytale kind of movie that tells a story of a princess wishing to be someone normal and capable of doing do whatever the heck she wants for a day. Hence, she escapes her royal life for a day and bumps into a reporter, with whom she falls in love with.
Favourite quote: “I have learned how to live. How to be in the world and of the world…
And I will never, never agin run away from life.”
Rear Window (1955)
This is a mystery thriller movie from Alfred Hitchcock. The storyline is compelling
This movie tells the story of a man (“James Stewart”) in a wheelchair with a broken leg. Despite having a wife (a character played by the great diva Grace Kelly), he is not really a happy person. He would rather look at the lives of strangers than actually live inside his own skin and commit himself. Hence, in order to entertain himself, he spies on his neighbours using a lens and ends up by getting very suspicious and super obsessed with the idea that a possible murder has taken place. I love how a certain suspense and mystery pervades during each scene.
Favourite quote: “Intelligence. Nothing has caused the human race so much trouble as intelligence.”
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
I love this movie so much! It is a rather unusual love story that takes place in the charming and high style city of New York. Audrey is as stunning, glamorous, sophisticated and witty as usual. She just dazzles! It is an enjoyable romantic comedy aaaand, as a side note, I feel like I really need to highlight the fact that only Audrey can look so gorgeous and classy wearing sunglasses indoors while drinking and smoking!
Favourite quote: “People do fall in love. People do belong to each other… because that’s the only chance anybody’s got for real happiness”.
The sound of music (1965)
I have only written the name of the movie and I have the song “Do Re mi” playing in my head already! I just can’t help it lol.
This Broadway musical is one of the most popular ones that has ever reached the screens and for all the good reasons. It is perhaps the most crowd-pleaser reaching out to every generation. The performance of not only “Maria” (Julie Andrews) and Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) but also of the children is simply amazing. Plus, this drama musical has such a moving and heartwarming story. The movie is all about confidence, hope, love and vitality. Besides that, the shooting locations in Salzburg, Austria, are breathtaking! It is actually based on a true story (“Trap family singers”) and it is the perfect movie to watch in family! Needless to say that the soundtrack album is absolutely marvellous and glorious!! I don’t think that even the grumpiest person can stay indifferent to it! 😉
Favourite quote: “You cry a little and then you wait for the sun to come out. It always does.”
Are you also a millennial who appreciates classics? If so, which ones are your favourite? There are many old movies which are just wonderful and pure gold and they should not be dismissed nor forgotten, as the time goes by.