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Top 20 Old Movies To Watch

Updated on January 27, 2017
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My love for old movies inspired me to write this hub! Along with old movies I also love to read and write and hope to publish my own novel.

Classic Movies

I have always had a deep fascination with Old Movies! I have spent loads of hours watching some of the best classics I could get my hands on, which I view as an incredible feat considering how rare old movies are to find in our modern day!

I did an extensive search for movies that not only contained some of my favorite actors but also some of my favorite genres such as Suspense, Thrillers, Romance, and Crime Films.

These Top 20 Classic films are just a few out of the many I have watched and in my opinion are the best!

Hope you enjoy!!!!

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20. Key Largo

Key Largo Is a 1948 Action, Crime film with well known actor Humphrey Bogart and Actress Lauren Bacall. This movie takes place In a hotel in the Florida keys where a retired general visits a friend's hotel only to find it's being run by an infamous gang leader who doesn't want any interference. When the group gets trapped in the hotel during one of Florida's worst hurricanes, teeth are bared and sides are chosen.

E.T the extraterrestrial 1982 film
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19. E.t

E.T the extraterrestrial was released in 1982 as a Sci-Fi film that got a ton of mixed reviews from it's audience. E.T is a friendly Alien stranded on earth that befriends a troubled kid and seeks help to return to his planet. I for one liked the movie but it wasn't my absolute favorite, as a kid I loved the movie and even found it a little scary, but now I really find the plot line a little cliché. This movie will always be a cute movie linked to many good memories.

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18. Pollyanna

1960 family drama, Pollyanna, a girl who has to move to a small town with her strict aunt. Pollyanna puts love and happiness back into the town and its residents one-by-one, even the most bitter and spiteful.

I enjoyed this movie a lot and really enjoyed this movie even though the plot was a little jumpy and a bit of a tear jerker, overall it's a great movie to watch with the family.

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17. Casablanca

1942 Romantic Drama where an American expatriate (Humphrey Bogart) meets an old lover (Ingrid Bergman) and old sparks are ignited.

This movie is one of the Classics, it basically is the epitome of old movie. I genuinely liked the movie but found myself getting distracted in this slow paced drama, but I recommend it to anyone loving old slow moving romances.

To Kill A Mockingbird
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16. To Kill A Mockingbird

This 1962 Crime/Drama Where a renowned lawyer named Atticus (Gregory Peck) takes on a trial in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama that earns him a lot of trouble and disapproval.

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and found it to be one of my favorites of this time period. It has everything you would expect in an old movie about a lawyer, snoopy kids having fun, a non-partial lawyer ready to defend and honest man, and a man who opposes and will go to extreme lengths to stop the truth of the case from being revealed.

(1945) Brewster's Millions
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15. Brewster's Millions (1945)

In the1945 Comedy Brewster's Millions an ex soldier (Dennis O'Keefe) has to spend $1,000,000 in two months in order to inherit $7,000,000 which is harder than he had imagined. With certain rules and regulations set against him, he rises up to the challenging and stumbles over some comedic obstacles along the way.

This movie will always have a special place in my heart due to the overall personality of the movie itself, with the best cast they could've chosen and how funny the movie turned out to be. It had me rooting for Brewster's happy ending!

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14. Vertigo

1958 Romance/Mystery Thriller.

An ex detective still recovering from a mission gone bad takes on a low profile case for a friend, following his wife, and becomes obsessed with her and his life takes a dangerous spiral.

This movie is one of my favorite mystery movies, though it really isn't that action packed it is full of unexpected twists and turns that leave audiences on the edge of their seats in anticipation.

The Wizard Of Oz
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13. The Wizard Of Oz

1939 Fantasy

Dorothy and her friends embark on a quest for the Wizard in Emerald City to send her back to Kansas.

This movie is timeless, I watched this growing up almost everyday and absolutely love it, from the magic it holds in the munchkin land scene to the very melting of the wicked witch.

Gone With The Wind
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12. Gone With The Wind

1939 Drama/Romance

A movie about a Southern Belle confused about who she really loves and venturing between the rich Rhett Butler and her sisters fiancée.

This movie is my absolute favorite!! I really love the aura Scarlett O'Hara gives off with her striking beauty and vibrant clothing along with how innocent she feigns to be throughout the whole movie until realizing at the very end of the movie that she knows what she wants, but by then it's too late. The only thing that really frustrated me about this movie was the ending! Other than that I highly recommend it to any of you who love a good romantic drama that pulls the heart strings.

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11. Dial "M" For Murder

1954 Crime/Thriller

This movie is about a pro- tennis player who wants to murder his wife who is very beautiful and popular in the town, but his plan fails and as a result he is forced to go to his Plan "B" to murder his wife.

I enjoyed the suspense this movie held and how it always kept me scared but wanting to know more. It held the classic traits of any Alfred Hitchcock movie, Amazing and Suspenseful which I absolutely adore. This movie really keeps viewers on the edge of their seats and guessing until the very end.

The Big Sleep
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10. The Big Sleep

1946 Crime/Mystery

A detective (Humphrey Bogart) is assigned a job as a private investigator for a family that's being blackmailed, but soon detective Marlowe will see this job is bigger than he imagined. As the detective is pulled into a series of misleading events and staged murder attempts, Marlowe sets his mind on getting to the bottom of it!

This is another Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall movie and I absolutely loved it! It has it all, Mystery, thrills, and romance! It's no Alfred Hitchcock, but it is an IDEAL mystery movie and I very highly recommend it to you mystery lovers.

The Birds
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9. The Birds

1963 Drama/Horror

A wealthy woman takes interest in a man in Northern California, she moves to the town hoping to catch his eye, when odd things begin to happen. Flocks of birds are swarming into this small town and attacking the people for an unknown reason.

The graphics in this movie were a major breakthrough in their time, but with all the graphics and 3-D realism we have in our modern times this movie seems more of a comedy than a horror. Alfred Hitchcock can make any animal, no matter how seemingly innocent, a monstrous blood thirsty killer! This movie is fantastic and it's one you can watch and re-watch over and over again with the family, but you might be a little jumpier around birds than you were before!

The Invisible Man
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8. The Invisible Man

1933 Horror/Sci-fi

A scientist has turned himself invisible and has become insane and goes on a murder spree throughout the town wrecking havoc and inspiring fear everywhere he "isn't" seen!

H.G Wells brought to life The Invisible Man in his novel in such a way that you would think a movie could never cover the half of it, but this one did just that! This movie is one of my Top Favorite movies that I could watch every day and not get tired of! It moves fast and always has something climatic happening, even including the floating pants scene which was one of my favorite scenes of the whole movie. This movie as a whole tells a beautiful story of a great scientist driven to the point of madness by his studies, but an underlying love that still seems to be seen in this man who is so murderous and insane. Highly recommend this movie, I feel like everyone should at least watch this classic at least once in their life!!

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7. Rebecca

1940 Drama/Mystery

A new bride is tormented by thoughts about her husbands dead wife!

Rebecca is a must see movie! This movie has plenty of unexpected twists and turns that leave you gaping as the movie comes to a close! It's another of Hitchcock's greatest movie classics and really lives up to being considered a mystery. Although the many mysterious twists about the movie, it's also an adorable romance that leaves you jealously entranced! I rate this one a definite girls night movie classic!!!

Rear Window
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6. Rear Window

1954 Mystery/Thriller

A detective on bed rest because of an injury, takes up watching the neighbors from his apartment window. When he witnesses a murder he wasn't supposed to he will stop at nothing to prove the murderer guilty, putting himself in danger.

Another Alfred Hitchcock film!! This movie in particular is my second favorite movie that Hitchcock has directed, and is so suspenseful and edgy it makes you jitter with anticipation and excitement!! It's such a nail biter due to the fact that Hitchcock pretty much invented suspense! This movie is a 10/10 with it's suspense, thrills, and romances, it's one of the greatest of all the classics!

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5. Laura

1944 Crime/Drama

A detective (Dana Andrews) investigates the murder of a beautiful young woman (Gene Tierney) with whom he begins to fall in love with. When lies are told and truths revealed, the detective must find the killer before he strikes again!

Laura is such a beautiful movie, with the elegance of Laura and her outgoing personality, she befriends a wealthy man with whom she becomes close friends with. This romance gone wrong movie stirs the jealous and dark motives within close companions and push comes to shove when fighting for the same girl. It's a suspenseful movie but romantic all the same and I thoroughly enjoyed how diverse the movie genres were and were amazed at how they flowed so easily together.

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4. Jaws

1975 Adventure/Thriller

A rogue shark, off the coast of a popular vacationing spot, starts attacking swimmers with a vengeance. When a sheriff and a marine biologist set out to sea to find the killer and the shark sets his eyes on them as his next meal.

Jaws is another timeless movie that you can watch everywhere! It inspires a healthy fear of sharks in all ocean lovers. This movie was also a big turning point in the 70's for sharks too, due to the tremendous amount of shark hunting that was done afterward to rid any could be rogue sharks near beaches, leaving the shark population barely surviving! At least now, due to all the help and conservation areas, the sharks have began to start replenishing their population.

Murder On The Orient Express
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3. Murder On The Orient Express

1974 Crime/Mystery

A snowed in express train becomes the grounds of a murder, and everyone on the train is a suspect. With detective Poirot onboard the train the case is in good hands, but there is a pattern beginning to form between all the passengers and no one is who they seem.

Agatha Christie is one of my favorite mystery writers and I feel that this movie was a very good re-telling of her book. It really is one of the best of the Christie movies and I really enjoyed it! Anthony Perkins plays in this movie as well as other famous actors that really fit their parts to a "T" This movie grabs the viewers into a whodunit mystery they try to solve until the very end!!

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2. Street Car Named Desire

1951 Drama

A school teacher named Blanche moves in with her sister in New Orleans, where her brother-in-law torments her, and her breakdowns are more frequent.

This film tells a story within a story. A girl with a crumbling life and dead husband, trying to maintain a high class stature with meagre means of living. A young couple who frequently disagree and argue but love each other so much they can't bear to be without the other, although poor and without much they have everything when they have each other. This really is an amazing romance with heart wrenching scenes and touching moments that leave you wanting to watch it all over again. Marlon Brando was amazing in this movie and he is overall a fantastic actor and I found it to be an amazing movie to watch for girls night!!!

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1. Psycho

1960 Horror/Thriller

A woman steals $40,000 and is on the run when she stops at a secluded motel and meets the young man who owns it and his possessive and controlling mother. Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) is the owner of the Bates Motel, a secluded hotel on the edge of town, who meets a girl that checks in. He takes a liking to her immediately but his possessive mother opposes and will do everything possible to keep her son to herself.

The number 1 best classic movie to watch! This movie keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time! I absolutely loved this movie! It was the best Thriller Classic I had ever seen and I recommend it for any slumber party where you wanna scare the pants off your friends. I rate this movie 10/10!!! Warning- Might Inflict A Fear Of Showers

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    • KayleeMayy profile imageAUTHOR


      20 months ago

      I love those too! Black and White movies are my favorites!!! Happy to know others that do as well!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      20 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      These are indeed classic movies. My favorites are "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Gone With the Wind." I never tire of "Rebecca". I have a love for the black and whites.

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      Stella Rose 

      23 months ago

      I really enjoyed this article and loved all the wonderful summaries put with them! I too have a love for the classics!

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      23 months ago

      Thank you so much! I'm glad you found this helpful!!

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      Louise Powles 

      23 months ago from Norfolk, England

      I've recently watched Rebecca and really enjoyed it. E.T and The Wizard of Oz are my favourites too.

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      23 months ago

      I love this :)

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      Ronda Fontenot 

      24 months ago

      Wow! This is great! This makes me want to watch these movies.

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      Bailey Decker 

      24 months ago

      Kaylee! This is amazing! You did so well with composing this.

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      Heidi Hebert 

      24 months ago

      There is no comparison to the brilliance and passion this young lady perceives from the timeless, exquisite art of the masterpieces mentioned. Job well done little lady!

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      Hannah Henderson 

      24 months ago

      I love this article. I have always wanted to watch the classics but I never have. Thanks for breaking them down. I think "Laura" sounds great. You truly have a way with summarizing movies.


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