Favorite "old classics" films ... what's on your list?

Favorite "old classics" films ... what's on your list?

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    Favorite "old classics" films ... what's on your list?

    Got any wonderful old (or old-style) films from the heyday of film making, ones that you'd recommend to folks? Needn't necessarily be an oldie, but should be a goodie in the "classic" sense.


    • Captains Courageous -- 1937 film with Spencer Tracy.
    • Rebecca -- 1940 film with Laurence Olivier and Daphne DuMaurier
    • The Mission -- 1986 film with Robert DeNiro and Jeremy Irons. Not exactly a "classics" film, but one that's done in the classic tradition.
    • The Twelve Chairs -- 1970, with Dom DeLuise and a wonderful cast of characters. A classic by Mel Brooks, with a twist on the "Keystone Cops" chase theme.
    • The Spy Who Came In From The Cold -- 1965 film with Richard Burton
    • The Shoes Of The Fisherman -- 1968 film with Laurence Olivier
    • The Tenth Man -- 1988 film with Anthony Hopkins. Excellent rendition of Graham Greene's novel.
    • Great Expectations -- the 1946 version, with John Mills and Alec Guinness, written and directed by David Lean (from the Charles Dickens classic).
    • The Music Man -- 1962 film with Robert Preston. Sappy, but fabulous music and a good example of the genre.
    • Goodbye, Mister Chips -- 1939 film with Robert Donat
    • Giant -- 1956 film with Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean
    • The Bridge On The River Kwai -- 1957 film by David Lean, starring Alec Guinness and everyone else of note that year. Great ensemble cast, cinematography, plot.
    • A Passage To India -- another masterpiece by David Lean, 1984.
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    Thought not the most politically correct movies in this day and age... I'd recommend any of the Topper movies.

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    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb - 1964 satire of the cold war.

    Valley of Gwangi - 1969 Western with an Allosaurus - I like it because it's everything a B movie should be - lots of hype but underwhelming, but not disappointingly so.

    The Thing - John Carpenter's 1982 version. Great tension as trust erodes among the group.
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    Wall Street. It just happened to be on last night as well. I could list movies forever but rather not.

    ETA: Not exactly an "old classic" but it is an older movie...
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    Quote Originally Posted by PEF View Post
    Valley of Gwangi - 1969 Western with an Allosaurus - I like it because it's everything a B movie should be - lots of hype but underwhelming, but not disappointingly so.
    Ah, well! Had we been including the "great" B movies of the age ... Plenty of ones to choose from, including "Blobs" and "Tomaters" and "who ate what" and all. Plenty of the matinee "seconds" would qualify, back when, as well as many of the drive-in flicks. About the best I can do in this group would be the disaster flick, The Poseidon Adventure (1972), though it was certainly in the "summer blockbuster" category at the time, but relegated to "B" status these days.
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    Bambi (1942)- The first movie my parents took me to when I was a little girl.
    The African Queen (1951) - About the best of Bogart and Hepburn IMHO
    The King and I (1956) - What can I say? I was a teenager. Saw it 5 times.
    Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970) - Shocking for its time -- Notable mostly for the look on my neighbor's face as we walked out of the theater. Priceless!
    Dune (1984) - If you are a sci fi buff, the opening scene has something from about every notable sci fi book.
    Star Wars (1977) - Even Shooter Gramps loved that one and he hates sci fi - but loved the bar scene and the flying scenes (of course he would)
    Tin Cup (1996)- Not very old and not a "classic", but the funniest "sex" scene ever!

    There are more, but that's enuf for now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShooterGranny View Post
    Bambi (1942)- The first movie my parents took me to when I was a little girl.
    Saw it again a year or so back. Fantastic film, actually. Well done. Saw it as a child, too. And, yes, got a bit teary-eyed while he was lost and all alone.


    Dune (1984) - If you are a sci fi buff, the opening scene has something from about every notable sci fi book.
    Read the book, then saw the film on the big screen. Nice example of the genre, to be sure.


    Tin Cup (1996)- Not very old and not a "classic", but the funniest "sex" scene ever!
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    OH OH OH!! The Jungle Book.... the old black & white version, not the cartoon.
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    The Great Dictator -- 1940, Charlie Chaplain film.
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    The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
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    Dune? if you have not read the book you won't understand the movie.
    Old Jerry Lewis movie, I think it was called Visitor to a small planet? Very funny.
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    Any that John Wayne made, Or Clint Eastwood two many two list.
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    Being a former flyer “Flight of the Phoenix” with James Stewart is one of my all time favorites. Others are “Dr Strangelove” and “Airplane” don’t know how many times I have watched it but find something new each time. I really have too many ones to list but some of them are “Africa Queen”, “Green Berets”, “Blazin Saddles”, “The Shootist”, “Cool Hand Luke”, “True Grit”, “Forbidden Planet” and many other classics.
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