If you are a Hollywood Fan, no matter the genre, there are few must watch classic movies that you cannot afford to miss out on because life is too short. Movies which you will bear in your hearts until the very end, these old classic movies might leave you with either questions, smile, tears, shock or love. But there always will be something to remember.
Here we discuss about a handful of those must watch classic movies which have made it to the list of best classic movies of all time. Make sure to add these to your bucket list if not seen yet.
#1 King Kong (1933)
King Kong is a 1933 American Pre-Code monster adventure film directed and produced by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. The film narrates the tale of an Ape, called Kong, who dies in an attempt to possess a beautiful young woman. It is one of the classic movies everyone should see and over the years Kong has had 11 incarnations up till now.
#2 It Happened One Night (1934)
The 1934 American Pre-Code romantic comedy classic film, It Happened One Night, is directed and co-produced by Frank Capra. This must watch classic movie showcases the adventures of a spoiled heiress who runs away from her family and falls in love with a report who himself is in need of a story.
It Happened One Night was the first movie to win all five major Academy Awards (Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, and Screenplay), a feat that was not matched until 1975.
#3 The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Metro Goldwyn Mayer’s The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy comedy-drama film which is a successful adaptation of the 1900 novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. The film tells the tale of the magical land Oz and people’s quest to return to their homes. The film is often ranked on best classic movies lists in critics’ and public polls.
#4 Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is a 1939 political comedy-drama film based on Lewis R. Foster’s unpublished story “The Gentleman from Montana”. The story is about a newly appointed US Senator who raises his voice against the corrupt political system.
Considered to be one of the best movies of all time, the Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1989, deeming it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
#5 Gone With The Wind (1939)
Gone With The Wind (1939) is often considered the most beloved, enduring and popular film of all time. Sidney Howard’s script was derived from Margaret Mitchell’s first and only published, best-selling Civil War and Reconstruction Period novel of 1,037 pages that first appeared in 1936.
In total, it has been re-released eight times, has been shown many times on television since the 1970s, and remains a best-seller on home video (all versions).
#6 Casablanca (1942)
This romantic melodrama film, Casablanca (1942), is always found on top-ten lists of classic films. It is a masterful tale of two men vying for the same woman’s love in a love triangle. The story of political and romantic espionage is set against the backdrop of the wartime conflict between democracy and totalitarianism.
The film is based on Murray Burnett and Joan Alison’s un-produced stage play Everybody Comes to Rick’s and is one of my most recommended must watch classic movies.
#7 Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Directed by Billy Wilder, Sunset Boulevard showcases the story of an unsuccessful screenwriter and a faded silent film star. This film gives the viewers a sneak peek into the world of fame and glory.
Sunset Boulevard was nominated for eleven Academy Awards and was also deemed as a “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” classic film by the U.S. Library of Congress.
#8 The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
This is an 1951 black and whit sci-fi film based on the 1940 science fiction short story “Farewell to the master” by Harry Bates. In this old classic movie, an alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets.
The remake of this film was released in 2008.
#9 Rebel Without A Cause (1955)
Rebel Without A Cause (1955) is a film that sympathetically views rebellious, American, restless, misunderstood, middle-class youth. The tale of youthful defiance provides a rich look at the world of the conformist from the perspective of the main adolescent male character – a troubled teen with ineffectual parents, who faces a new school environment.
#10 Vertigo (1958)
Alfred Hitchcock’s this psycho thriller film is said to top the list of must watch classic movies as it is considered as one of the best films ever made. It has appeared repeatedly in polls of the best films by the American Film Institute, including a 2007 ranking as the ninth-greatest American movie of all time. Vertigo discusses the journey of a former police detective who was forced into early retirement and is later hired as a private investigator.
#11 Ben Hur (1959)
Ben-Hur is a 1959 American epic historical drama film and a remake of the 1925 silent film with the same name. Initially the plot of the film took off as a revenge story but it later changed it’s course and turned out to be a story of forgiveness and compassion. This film has till date had 5 adaptations, the latest one released in 2016.
#12 Some Like It Hot (1959)
Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American romantic comedy set in 1929, starring Marilyn Monroe. This film is considered as one of the greatest comedy films of all time and also voted as one of the best classic movies. The film is notable for featuring cross dressing, and for playing with the idea of homosexuality in an era where these ideas were considered a taboo.
#13 Psycho (1960)
Alfred Hitchcock’s powerful, complex psychological thriller, Psycho (1960) is the “mother” of all modern horror suspense films – it single-handedly ushered in an era of inferior screen ‘slashers’ with blood-letting and graphic, shocking killings with another transvestite killer and shower scene.
#14 To Kill A Mocking Bird (1962)
Bases on Harper Lee’s 1960 Pulitzer prize winning novel, To Kill A Mocking Bird is a must to enter into this list of must watch classic movies. It received positive reviews from everyone and was a box office success, earning 10 times its’ budget. The film was a fight against prejudice, an issue very much prevalent in America those days.
#15 Dr. Strange Love (1964)
Last but not the least, Dr. Strange Love is a must enter into the list of best classic movies as it is a political satire black comedy which speaks about the fear of a nuclear conflict between the Soviet Union and United States.