Growing up, my family instilled in me a love of old movies, especially the black and white classics. They may not have had the tech and special effects we have now but the stories stuck with you, even the silly ones. Some of them are among my favorite movies ever.
I tried to pick a single favorite and failed miserably. Heck, I can’t pick a single favorite ice cream flavor. I tend to have a range of favorites. So, here are just a few of my all-time favorite old movies (for the purpose of this article, we’ll “old” or “classic” as pre-1975):
Auntie Mame (1958)
Funny and touching. Plus, it has one of my favorite movie lines: “Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!”
Hitchcock. Enough said.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
Never mind the multiple episodes of ambiguous consent and all the slapping, what romantic didn’t get goosebumps when Rhett told Scarlett, “That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed. And often. And by someone who knows how.”
Harold and Maude (1971)
Funny, weird but mostly sweet. One of the best quirky, dark romantic comedies EVER.
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Dark Passage (1947)
Bogie and Bacall.
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
Nobody does crazy like Bette (or Joan).
Mary Poppins (1964)
Required viewing for every kid or kid-at-heart.
The King and I (1956)
Pretty sure I ran around singing “Getting to Know You” for months after.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Okay. This one might be cheating a bit, seeing as how it’s not exactly pre-1975. Still, it may be the greatest movie ever. Seven out of ten killer bunnies agree.
Are any of these on your old favorites list? What else is on the list?