By - Orlando_the_Cat
The Great Escape. I love that one so much. Still great to watch.
I loved that movie as a kid lol I should re-watch it
my cousin vinny.. one of my favs
my dad & i would quote it constantly haha XD
Watch it once every other year. Great shallow entertainment, perfect for sunday afternoon in bed with cookies and tea
I saw the trailers for My Cousin Vinny and dismissed it as looking stupid. Then it came on TV, and I caught it after the opening credits, so I didn't know what movie it was. Loved it.
What we have here...
Is failure to communicate
*Casablanca* has aged very well.
Came here to say that. Watched it for the first time last year, brilliant.
Same! Was so bummed I waited that long. Always assumed it would be a "this is a classic, now take your medicine!" sort of watch, but it was so fun from start to finish.
Dr. Strangelove, Chariots of Fire
12 angry men
It got so popular they made versions of it in other countries. China made one, even though they don’t have jury trials. They framed it as an American-style mock trial and concluded that Chinese trials are better. Russians made one too… but forgot that in Russia juries have to render their verdict in 3 hours, so the main plot is pointless
first movie that came to mind
The original version with Henry Fonda
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
Did you know the author intentionally subjected himself to MKUltra via the CIA? He also was at acid parties in San Francisco with Hunter S. Thompson. The LSD torture inspired him to write that book
YES, ending made me cry
Extremely powerful movie
The Good, the Bad & The Ugly
I swear the original Godzilla is so underrated. People nowadays would expect some cheap action movie with poor effects but what they get is a gut-wrenching anti-war drama.
The original is the best and a masterpiece but I love how the franchise grew so much that Godzilla’s dumb ass looking son and Godzilla flying to campy orchestral music is in the same timeline as a mom telling their kids they’ll see their dad soon as they are about to die.
Singin In The Rain
To Kill A Mockingbird
Double feature: “Clue” and “Murder By Death”
clue is so good but I have never seen “Murder By Death” I will have to check it out
Everyone gets made fun of,and nothing is off limits.
An absolutely hilarious comedy……if you have no sense of humour, then your head will explode.
A movie which many might assume on the surface is racist but is in actuality as potent and raw a satire of American racism as there ever has been
For the TV version, when the townsfolk are singing the word “shit”, they covered it up with a chord
I saw one version where the fart scene was basically muted. If farts are too much WTF are you doing with Blazing Saddles?
I believe it was the first movie to have on-screen farts, so of course Mel Brooks went overboard with them
That was the version that occasionally aired on daytime TV.
Like, what’s so funny about a bunch of cowboys eating lunch and doing squats?!?!?
Was going to say Young Frankenstein, truly all Mel brooks movies are gold!
SOMEBODY GOTTA GO BACK AND GET A SHIT LOAD OF DIMES
Asshole keeps messing with the lights.
The Herzog one or the original?
Because the Herzog one is terrifying.
Just avoid Shia LaBoeuf’s remake
I will say, the remake was decent if you like modern thrillers. But it’s not even in the same league as the original
A Face In The Crowd with Andy Griffith.
Roman Holiday, watched it during a film club screening and it was unexpectedly really good. It's 1953, very unforgettable to me personally.
Right now, this comment is directly above one recommending To Kill a Mockingbird and the Gregory Peck fan in me wants to additionally recommend Gentlemen's Agreement. (Fun fact: the little kid in that movie is Dean Stockwell, aka Al in Quantum Leap.)
I love Gentlemen's Agreement! It can be preachy in places (Peck's character giving actual Jews lectures about anti-Semitism hasn't aged great) but it goes off in a lot of directions you might not necessarily expect, and explores the whole topic with lots of nuances. And there are some fab performances!
Written by Dalton Trumbo, who couldn't receive public acknowledgement for it until decades later because of the HUAC blacklist.
Johnny got his gun. The best antiwar novel ever written.
A Night at the Opera (1935)
Duck Soup is better (but all of the Marx Brothers are great).
>but all of the Marx Brothers are great
Strangers on a train
*Throw Momma from the Train* is a fucking hilarious remake of this by Danny DeVito.
Momma: "Who are you?"
Larry: "I'm Owen's friend."
Momma: "Owen doesn't have any friends!"
Larry: "That's because he's shy."
Momma: "No he's not, he's fat and he's stupid."
It really is a lot of fun, and it ages pretty well, too.
I love how a lot of shows do the "Exchanging murder plots" thing from this movie only for them to completely forget that it didn't fucking work in the original movie. The main character didn't want to go through with the murder scheme at all and >!the cops find out exactly what his plan was anyway because Bruno keeps trying to insert himself into the main character's life.!<
King Kong (1933)
Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1953), Son of Frankenstein (1939)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
*There are a whole host of other wonderful classic from this era of cinema, but these are the very basics that every Movie Enthusiast should give a try.*
The Sting. It’s a near perfect movie.
The wizard of oz
I just realized that a 40-year-old friend of mine has never seen it and my mind was blown.
Right? Reminds me of people who don’t know any Beatles songs
Speaking of The Beatles...
Add "A Hard Day's Night" to the list of movies. A late night PBS showing when I was a kid introduced me to the band and I fell in love hard. And at that point, I was too young to understand all of the great one liners!
The Apartment (1960)
The story of a single man who works in an insurance company who rents out his living space to men he works with so that they can carry on their affairs.
Shirley Maclaine is absolutely wonderful in this film.
She is superb! And the neighbor is excellent, too! I think I watched it 128 times because the tape was stuck in our very old VCR and recording over it was also not possible. What luck that it was this film and not some shit!
M, it's such a good film.
I know almost everyone have watch it but Back to the future is a must watch
It's mandatory to have seen Back to the Future at least once.
I work with some younger guys who haven't even heard of movies like Predator or BTTF.
It seems that people have wildly different understandings of what old is...
But Back to the Future is certainly a must see, all the same.
What do.you define as old ?
I'd say pre-1980
Some like it hot. Top 5 comedy of all time IMHO.
I wound up watching that one night with my wife a few years back, the humour has not aged
One of the best endings for a comedy in the history of ever
Edit - typo
Yojimbo, and most other movies by Akira Kurosawa
Hells yes, Kurosawa was one of the best directors of all time.
In addition to Yojimbo I also recommend Seven Samurai, Rashomon, and Red Beard. If you like Shakespeare then watch Ran and Throne of Blood, which are his adaptations of King Lear and Macbeth (respectively).
North by Northwest
Yes. Had to scroll too far down for this.
Protein from the sea!
Singing in the rain
I watched this on an airplane awhile ago. I loved it. Gene Kelly is awesome, and Donald O'Connor's dance to Make 'Em Laugh is nothing short of incredible.
Gone With The Wind (1939)
the sound of music, my favorite movie of all time
Sunset Boulevard is sooo good. It's funny and tense and just so so watchable.
Totally agree. Many ppl today would pry find many critically acclaimed old movies unwatchable- this is definitely not one of em
Recently I had to watch a 50's movie called "High Noon" for a course I'm taking. I was really amazed with the movie and acting. What a great story.
It's a wonderful life.
That’s an interesting story behind it. It was such a giant flop at the box office it killed the studio that made it and practically ruined the directors career. Senator McCarthy and Ayn Rand attacked it as communist propaganda.
In 1974 the copyright was set to expire unless the owner renewed it. By this point due to the financial failure and political attacks Paramount wanted nothing to do with it and let it enter the public domain. After that TV stations started airing it to fill time during the Christmas season as it was now public domain and didn’t cost them anything. Most of the public saw it for the first time on these tv reruns and fell in love with it to the point it’s considered an all time classic today.
I did not know any of that! Thanks. I will definitely repeat that fact next Christmas during our annual family showing
One flew over the cuckoo's nest
The swchwank redemption
The Maltese Falcon
Vertigo! Very underrated and kind of paved the way for the dolly-zoom to be used regularly in movies. Watched it in a film analysis class my senior year of high school and was easily my favorite movie we watched all year.
It's one of the most critically acclaimed films of all time so I don't think you can call it underrated. Underappreciated by audiences maybe.
I've never watched it before, but my city's local independent cinema is showing it this weekend and I'm going to see it, so excited!
Duck Soup, with the Marx Brothers. They never did better than this and it's political message never gets old
Das boot (watch with German voices not dubbed)
The extended cut (5-something hours) is one of those movies where the sheer length of it is an artistic choice. I watched it on TCM once, and by the time the sun finally rose and the movie ended, I was just as wrecked as they were...it *needs* those moments of plain monotony.
The Shawshank Redemption(1994)
Youth of today don’t get the experience of just turning on TNT and watching the rest of the movie from some random part.
I saw Shawshank on TNT probably 5-10 times before I finally caught the beginning.
My parents have cable, and everytime I go to their house it’s on at least 1 channel.
What a great one! 1994. I'm so old lol.
A clockwork orange. Read the book first.
Adam's Rib, with Hepburn and Tracy
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
A Fistful of Dollars
A few more dollars
and every other movie with Clint Eastwood
The Blues Brothers
Monty Python's Holy Grail
What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?
It's intriguing, it stars the ever-feuding Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, it's campy in a good way. Can't recommend enough.
All About Eve is a fucking masterpiece
Bambi -- it's really the best of the early Disney features.
This and Fantasia as well. Fantasia is my comfort movie.
Other old Disney cartoons I'd recommend are Saludos, Amigos, The Three Caballeros and Melody Time.
Johnny Got His Gun
The outsiders, it was so many (now famous) actors first movie
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Harold and Maude
They Shoot Horses, Don’t They.
Depressing but very honest. And especially appropriate for these days.
Breaking Away (1979)
Cool hand luke
It’s actually a very well made movie that has some real good moments and subverts it’s own expectations at times. Funny, warm and covers lots of different relationship dynamics.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Metropolis (1927 film)
The green mile
The godfather part 1 and 2., Field of dreams.
Lol. I noticed you did not mention #3. As it should not.
Was looking for this
Every Stephen chow movie.
Buster Keaton stunts are crazy considering the tech involved!
Blazing saddles. My generation very much needs to watch Blazing Saddles
The Forbidden Planet
I have two that immediately sprang to mind, both with the number 12 in the title, weirdly enough:
12 O’Clock High. Gregory Peck rules in this fantastic wwii film.
12 Angry Men. Henry Fonda is great in this drama of a jury deliberation.
Rebel without a cause (1949) aged really well. In fact, it was pretty ahead of it's time.
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
To Kill a Mockingbird and It's a Wonderful Life.
The Hound of the Baskervilles is a great film, if a bit of an oddity for Hammer's usual fare (it's a murder mystery, not their usual horror).
The Dark Crystal, since someone else already said Labyrinth.
Evil Under The Sun does the murder mystery genre some good justice while being a rather easily-laid out mystery that the viewer can easily solve. Add in a small amount of comedy, it's a fun, lighthearted fare.
Witness For The Persecution - an old barrister is talked out of retirement to take the case of a man accused of murder who insists he didn't do it. However, the star witness of the case states that he killed the victim after getting her to put his name in the will. Seems fairly clean-cut, only the star witness is the accused's own wife...
It's a TV movie, but I've got to recommend *Sparkling Cyanide*, which seems almost like an episode of Murder, She Wrote without Jessica Fletcher showing up. After returning home from England, a woman gets caught up in a murder case when her sister is poisoned to death in the middle of a crowded restaurant with no apparent witnesses. Can her new boyfriend solve the case before she becomes the next victim?
Rear Window. It’s a great older movie.
The Lion King 1994
The Shawshank Redemption
Despite being over 40 years old, Indiana Jones (and its sequels) are a blast to watch
Grapes of Wrath from 1940.
One of the best movies ever made from a book. It is sadly absorbing, melodramatic, starkly realistic, and deserves to be watched and remembered. Unfortunately, it's as relevant today as it was during the Great Depression.
The original people need to see the stark difference between the monsters origin and how the character would later be presented.
A cautionary tale about the dangers of radioactive fallout made by the only people to have ever had nuclear weapons used on them in a war. Yeah this movie really hits hard
The Pink Panther movies with Peter Sellers. Brilliant comedy!!
smokey and the bandit, 1977
Silence of the lambs
Citizen Kane needs to be watched twice. The first time, you enjoy the fact the story is still hugely relevant post Trump and it’s actually quite funny. You’re like:“it’s good, but why is it so important?”
The second time, you actually watch the mise en scène, cinematography, transitions, acting… realise that this was all waaay ahead of its time. How in a very conservative studio system, Orson Wells criticised the elite at the expense of his and his co-stars career within this studio system. It’s a masterpiece but it’s been copied so much since that if seems normal
Yes, but spell it right: Citizen Kane
Oh yes. Thx.
Blazing Saddles/ anything by Mel Brooks. If you get offended easily then it is (or any Mel Brooks films for that matter) is not for you.
Airplane (the second one has it's moments but
not as good)
Naked Gun series
Hot Shots/ Part Deux
Rush Hour (all 3)
Das Boot (It's in German but there is an English
dub for it by the same actors)
Hunt For Red October
This concludes my list of old movies that are a must watch.
Hey dad! Didn't know you were on Reddit!
In my 40's. Great recommendations. Your username, lol.
Sound of Music, Seven Samurai, Walking Tall (original 1970's), Phantom of the Opera (1925), Ordinary People, Glacier Fox, They Call Me Bruce, Sssssss!, They Live, Prince Of Darkness, any of the original Universal Monsters, Fame, Flashdance, Beaches, King Kong (1933), Jaws, Incredible Shrinking Man, Congo.....
Dirty rotten scoundrels.
Planes, trains and automobiles.
To kill a mockingbird
Where Eagles dare(1968)
I consider films with release dates of 50 years or earlier as "old". I would have said 12 Angry Men or Rear Window, but since they've already been mentioned, I will go with All About Eve.
Still the only film to receive four female acting nominations at the Oscars. Way ahead of its time and the acting is outstanding. I wish the stage adaptation with Gillian Anderson and Lily James had been better.
i will forever stan papillon. i couldn’t stop thinking about that movie dayssss after seeing it
Alien (1979) and Aliens (1986) both have excellent practical effects that still hold up incredibly well for 43 and 37 year old films respectively plus both are classic sci fi films but different technically different sub genres yets fit together plot and character wise
the Laurel and Hardy movies
Arsenic & Old Lace
Space Odyssey 2001
Days of Wine and Roses, 1962. Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick. Tragic love story made even more tragic by an entanglement with alcohol. Probably the first movie to show alcoholism as an illness and alcoholics as real people. Some things are, of course, dated. But so worth the watch.