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Host a Classic Movie Night

Updated on January 3, 2015

Classic Movies for a Fun Party Night

Do you think that the old movies are the best? Do you really enjoy watching people like Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, or Jack Lemmon? If so, a classic movie night may be just the type of party for you.

We have a group of friends who really enjoy Classic Movies so we decided to have a classic movie night several times a year.

A classic movie night is a fun and easy party to host. All that is needed is a great classic movie or two and some snacks or perhaps a light meal for the group.

This lens will give you the outline of how we host our parties and show you the movies we have watched over the years.

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How to Host a Classic Movie Night

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Our classic movie night is attended by three couples who really enjoy classic movies. Each couple takes turns hosting a classic movie night. At first we tried to do this once a month, but schedules got hectic so we now try for about 6 time a year.

There are three main ingredients needed for a good classic movie night.

1. A Good Classic Movie Good classic movies are easy to come by. If you are a real movie buff you may already have a collection, but if not you can rent them or buy them. We have found that our local library also has a wide selection of movies that you can borrow.

We have the hosting couple select the movie for the night. At first we tried to see two movies in a night, but for us this didn't work because we liked having more time to discuss the movies. We try to pick out different types of movies each time and we keep a list of all of the movies that we have seen.

In the future this lens will be where we keep our list. The movies below are the ones we have seen on our movie nights.

2. Some friends who enjoy a good classic movie. It is important for the movie night to have a group of people who enjoy the classic movies and enjoy getting together for a fun night. For us this was the easy part. We limit our movie night to three couples so we have plenty of room for everyone to easily see the movies on our televisions.

3. Good Food This part can be very simple. Popcorn and drinks always make a great movie snack, and if you want to make it real simple you could stick to that. We enjoy combining movie night with a light meal so there is a little more work.

We start off the evening at about 6:30 with a light meal. A typical winter menu may include a nice salad and some homemade soup. In the summer it may be sandwiches on croissants or some grilled burgers and brats. We have also done things like pulled pork, chicken salad, and pizza.

After the meal, and some conversation, we settle in to watch our movie. We try to hold down conversation during the movie so everyone can enjoy the movie.

Dessert comes after the movie so that we can enjoy some discussion on the movie and a good dessert. Sometimes it is simple like ice cream sundaes and sometimes we go with a bit fancier desserts like a special cheesecake or pie.

Our First Classic Movie Night


The first movie that we watched was Casablanca starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Everyone in our group enjoyed this classic.


Breakfast at Tiffany's

The first night we watched two movies. The second movie we watched was Breakfast at Tiffany's with Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard.

Although we enjoyed both movies we decided that one movie a night was sufficient. We also wanted time left for discussion and refreshments.

African Queen

This is a wonderful classic directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart and Katarine Hepburn.



Our group enjoyed the western classic Stagecoach with John Wayne and Clair Trevor.

High Noon

This classic western from 1952 starred Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly. It is the story of a town marshal who is forced to face a gang of killers by himself.


12 Angry Men

This classic courtroom drama was a favorite with our group. The 1957 version that we watched was full of stars including: Henry Fonda, E.G. Marshall, Lee J. Cobb and Jack Klugman.

It is the story of twelve men on a jury debating the innocence of a defendant based on reasonable doubt.

Manchurian Candidate

This 1962 classic is one of my husbands favorites. It is starring Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury and Laurance Harvey. It was a favorite with our movie group.

East of Eden

This 1955 classic starring James Dean is made from a screenplay adaption of John Steinbeck's 1952 novel. It is the story of two rival brothers based on the Cain and Abel story from the Bible.


Pride of the Yankees

This 1942 baseball classic stars Gary Cooper. It is a biographical film on the life of Lou Gehrig


The Odd Couple

This delightful comedy stars Jack Lemmon and Walther Matthau. The crazy antics of these two always keep you laughing.


Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

A lighthearted musical, this 1954 classic was requested by one of our movie group. It stars Howard Keel and Jane Powell


The Train - Burt Lancaster

I really enjoyed this movie about a train during WWII that is filled with famous French paintings. The mission in the film is to keep the paintings out of the hands of the Germans.

Do you have a favorite classic movie? - stop by and leave a comment

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    • Steve Martaindale profile image

      Steve Martaindale 

      6 years ago

      Hands down, "Casablanca," lines from which can fit into some conversation just about any day. Another classic on my 10-star IMDb list is "Citizen Kane," but it's not one I've watched over and over like "Casablanca."

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      David Stone 

      7 years ago from New York City

      Definitely some of my favorites, although I tend to favor the musicals and I also have a thing about the more offbeat classics, like "You Can't Take With You," with Lionel Barrymore, a very young Jimmy Stewart, Spring Byington, and Ann Miller when she seemed barely out of childhood.

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      rewards4life info 

      7 years ago

      What a fantastic collection of classic movies I think I have seen most as we are fanatical film buffs. Some great actors and directors, it's hard to pick a favourite but "The odd couple" is good and I do like a good classic western. Great collection of "must see" movies.

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      8 years ago

      That's a great list. Your number one is mine also - Casablanca.

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      8 years ago

      What a great idea to watch old classic movies with a few friends, love it! You had so many great movies listed, it is hard to pick just one, I liked mosted of them. It's true, they just don't make movies like they used to, even when they copy the originals. - Kathy

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      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      Casablanca, Gone With the Wind... oh it's hard to choose. I do love a classic movie and also classic musicals. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is very cleverly done and that dancing...!

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      8 years ago

      What a delightful lens sounds like a lot of fun. They just don't make movies like they used to.

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      JenOfChicago LM 

      9 years ago

      I think my favorites are the Christmas classics - White Christmas and Holiday Inn.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      9 years ago from Canada

      How about An American in Paris? That's one of my favorites. Great selection of movies; I'll come to movie night at your place anytime.

      Blessed & lensrolled to An American in Paris.

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      9 years ago

      Wow, those are great ideas on a classic movie night. I am going to try it out!

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      Laraine Sims 

      9 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      What a great idea for a party and what a wonderful lens! There are so many good movies cited here it is impossible for me to pick one favorite. of course, anything with Maureen O'Hara in it is bound to be wonderful. I have lensrolled this lens to my 3 movie lenses. Thank you for lensrolling it to my Oscar lens. 5*

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      Joan Hall 

      9 years ago from Los Angeles

      A lot of these I haven't seen but The Manchurian Candidate is my favorite! Also love Casablanca.

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      Alisha Vargas 

      9 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      I never thought about having a movie night, sounds like it would be tons of fun!

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      9 years ago

      Classic Movie Night sounds fun - and I love Julie's idea about costumes too! You picked some super classics!

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      9 years ago

      You know, this is a great idea for a home 'party' to invite enough people to fill the viewing room and then have an old classic movie! How about if people dressed up to suit the movie theme -- perhaps had assigned 'parts' too? Party favors geared towards the selected movie and then have one of the guests host the next one like a round robin?

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      Rhonda Albom 

      9 years ago from New Zealand

      Great selection of movies here. My favorite classic isn't here - Singing in the Rain. We also have family movie night each week.

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      9 years ago

      Y'all have watched some really great movies! Love your whole party plan -- especially the dessert and discussion. :)

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      9 years ago

      Classic Movie night sounds like fun! My husband would love that John Wayne series. Excellect lens!

    • puzzlerpaige profile image


      9 years ago

      Oh, I LOVE Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. And it's safe for kids. NOBODY dances like that anymore. Your movie night sound wonderful. Fellowship in all sorts of ways keeps us going - keep friends connected.

    • justholidays profile image


      9 years ago

      This is a great lens with lots of great movies! I'm a Jack Lemmon's fan so it was a pleasure to see few of his movies featured on your lens (liked Walter Matthau as well)!

      5***** from me on this lens!

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      9 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      What a fun movie night! We love movies! :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      9 years ago from United States

      I love classic movies and this is a great idea! 5 stars of course.

      Have you seen "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir"? I'm not sure what it says about my personality, but it is my all time favorite.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      9 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Love the lens! Classic movies I like to watch would be "Gone With the Wind" and "Sound of Music" (as well as most of the ones already mentioned!)

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      Heather Burns 

      9 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      This sounds like a lot of fun! I love movies.

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      9 years ago

      Mary Beth,

      I love Stagecoach!

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      9 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      [in reply to BevsPaper]

      Bev, thanks for the suggestions. I think I will put Key Largo on the list for our next movie night and you reminded me about "To Kill a Mockingbird" it is one we saw that I forgot to list.

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      9 years ago

      Oh Mary Beth this sounds like a lot of fun! My hubby and I love the classic old movies and we've seen the ones you have listed so far and then some! Bogart and Bacall in "Key Largo" might be a fun one to add to one of your nights! Hitchcock did some great ones, too. Well, and my all time favorite is "To Kill A Mockingbird".


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