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What are your favorite classic movies?

Asked by trudacia (2513points) June 24th, 2008 from iPhone

I’m talking Audrey Hepburn, John Wayne, anything before the 70’s.

Anything with Cary Grant, #1 Arsenic and Old Lace
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Clockwork Orange
Psycho and all Hitchcock

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jlm11f's avatar

Godfather Trilogy, A Few Good Men

edit – though i don’t know if either is before 70s.

kevbo's avatar


whatthefluther's avatar

Besides Cary Grant, anything with Spencer Tracy, Gary Cooper, or Humphrey Bogart. And, if you want to get silly, the Marx Brothers.

SuperMouse's avatar

East of Eden
Rebel Without a Cause
The Philadelphia Story
Its a Wonderful Life

trudacia's avatar

Sorry PnL, Although a great movie A Few Good Men definitely doesn’t count. I’ll give you The Godfather regardless of the year..kick ass movies!

paulc's avatar

Citizen Kane
Night of the Living Dead
The Day the Earth Stood Still

trudacia's avatar

I forgot Rebel without a Cause..good one. Brings to mind West Side Story.

marinelife's avatar

Hitchcock, for sure, especially Rear Window.
All of the Spencer Tracy screwball comedies, especially Bringing Up Baby.
My favorite romance of all time is Sabrina.
Wizard of Oz
Most musicals.
There are just too many.

iwamoto's avatar

Psycho, and one i just recently got on dvd

The Great Dictator

richardhenry's avatar

The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951). I’m actually quite looking forward to the remake with Jon Hamm (Don Draper from the TV series Mad Men).

Knotmyday's avatar

This is a tough one for me. I grew up with classic movies, I love so many…If I listed them all, this post would be ridiculously long.
The Bing Crosby/Bob Hope Road series. Abbot and Costello vehicles, Mummy especially. Any flick with Sinatra. All Rodgers and Hammmerstein. White Christmas. All Harold Lloyd movies. Bathing Beauty. The East Side Kids shorts. The Topper series.High Society. New York, New York. Any Jimmy Stewart movie, especially Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. The Happiest Millionaire, actually all the old Disney movies. All the Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns, esp. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
There are more, but my heart is too full to keep typing. I love them all.

gailcalled's avatar

Marina: I loved Bringing Up Baby, but from memory, I think that it starred Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant as the bespectacled scientist, and Baby as herself. The Hepburn-Tracy series were wonderful, too.

beast's avatar

The Birds

Basically any Alfred Hitchcock.

gailcalled's avatar

Simone54 got many of the same selection but some other terrific choices when he asked this a while back;

Knotmyday's avatar

@Gail- Oh yeah…Adam’s Rib;”...vive la diffĂ©rence!”
sooo happy

gailcalled's avatar

@Knot: did you watch all those movies when they first came out (like Hope/Crosby; Abbott and Costello, White Christmas) like I did or are you another youngster here?. I am desperately seeking some flutherers over 60.

Knotmyday's avatar

Alas, my parents had great taste. Genetic, apparently. ;^)

marinelife's avatar

@richardhenry The Day the Earth Stood Still. Yes! Michael Rennie was one of my first crushes (I was in elementary school when I saw it.)

@gc Slap to forehead. Right you are. I was thinking about which Tracy & Hepburn movie was my favorite, which led to Hepburn, and thus Bringing Up Baby and oops.

I told you there too many. Thinking about Grant & Hepburn I love The Philadelphia Story.

Also White Christmas.

tinyfaery's avatar

Classic to me denotes movies my parents watched. I like the old musicals and Doris Day. I also liked the old Disney live action movies like The Nutty Professor or anything with Haley Mills. My father always watched the old mystery/crime movies, but I never really liked them. Maybe I’ll try them now, since, I’m like, all mature now.

gailcalled's avatar

Some Like it Hot; SRM reminded us elsewhere of the GREAT last scene; the dialog between Joe E Brown and Jack Lemmon.

Knotmyday's avatar

@tiny f; Try starting with the Maltese Falcon. I’ll be quiet now.

Bri_L's avatar

I agree with gailcalled (just watched it in fact), also trudacia love arcanic and old lace, the number one for me is It’s a wonderful life. Anything with Jimmy Stewert or Carry Grant.

gailcalled's avatar

All About Eve; Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, Celeste Holmes and a walk-on of Marilyn Monroe. (“Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.”

Knotmyday's avatar

I can never get enough of Celeste Holm. The quintessential smart babe.

Bri_L's avatar

Cary Grant in Father Goose
Henry Fonda in Mr. Roberts. Amazing film

gailcalled's avatar

The Blue Angel with Marlene Dietrich.
The Red Balloon.
The Third Man

Bri_L's avatar

The Music Man with Robert Preston

Seesul's avatar

@gail. I guess you have to put up with me until I put a few more rings on the tree. Adding one in August, but I’m the last of the litter, so I relate to my older (and wiser) sib’s taste in flicks.

babygalll's avatar

The Sound of Music
Wizard of Oz
The Thorn Birds
Gone with the Wind
Rebel without a Cause

gailcalled's avatar

Twelve Angry Men -Henry Fonda
To Kill a Mockingbird – Gregory Peck
Twelve O’Clock High – also GP, I think.
The movie with the famous love scene of Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster snogging on a beach – it looked less romantic than uncomfortable to me, but it was considered shocking in its day.

@See; what’s to put up with? It is always a pleasure.

Bri_L: Too bad we can’t see you and your twin in that duet.

Adina1968's avatar

Auntie Mame with Rosalind Russell

judochop's avatar

the day the earth stood still
pale rider
The good the bad the ugly
airplane (70’s)
all quite on the western front

AstroChuck's avatar

If, by classics, you mean really old ones, I have to say It Happened One Night.

ljs22's avatar

His Girl Friday
Sullivan’s Travels
Desk Set

Seesul's avatar

The Quiet Man

thebeadholder's avatar

Wizard of Oz (holds a place in my heart because my grandfather worked on this film)
All About Eve
Peyton Place
Rear Window
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf
8 1/2

shrubbery's avatar

I too say The Wizard of Oz, it’s always been my favourite :)
A recent discovery of mine has been Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I do love Audrey Hepburn, though I’m not sure about Funny Face.

Kay's avatar

Double Indemnity
Holiday Inn
lillies of the Field
Strangers on a Train

SuperMouse's avatar

A couple more I thought of…

Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
A Patch of Blue
The Defiant Ones

mzgator's avatar

Gone With the Wind

Also… I am a sucker for all of the old Elvis movies,especially Blue Hawaii. My dear, sweet grandmother adored him. I was the only grandchild who would watch them with her.

Seesul's avatar

The Long, Long Trailer, anything Laurel and Hardy or Charlie Chaplin, and all of the Deanna Durbin flicks (sadly, Gail is probably the only one who knows who I am talking about).

Almost forgot: Harvey

gailcalled's avatar

@Seesul:I think that Deanna Durbin was in one of the first movies I was ever taken to.

ljs22's avatar

Out of the Past
Some Like it Hot

marinelife's avatar

@shrubbery Have you tried Sabrina? I am on the fence about Funny Face myself. William Holden one of my all-time crushes!

shrubbery's avatar

No I haven’t yet, my friend has a box set and we’ve done Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Funny Face, and still have Sabrina and Roman Holiday to go!

scamp's avatar

I get a kick out of WC Fields and Mae West movies.

delirium's avatar

I am really a Marx brothers fan. I did love singing in the rain and 12 angry men, too.

gatablanca's avatar

heidi ho- by cab calloway

tamkli3's avatar

The Sound of Music
Singing in the Rain

shpadoinkle_sue's avatar

The Apartment
The Women
The Pirate
Singing In The Rain
The Great Escape
Some Like It Hot
Diabolique – the original french
The Three Faces of Eve
The Bad Seed

Really anything with Jack Lemmon, Gene Kelly, Steve Mcqueen, or Billy Wilder


“Psycho” (1960)
“Tokyo Story” (1953)
“Rebel Without A Cause” (1955)
“The Day the Earth Stood Still” (1951)
Most movies from the suave early 1960s, like “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, “La Notte”.

mazingerz88's avatar

An Affair To Remember
It Happened One Night

sahID's avatar

Anything by Charlie Chaplin
Anything by the Marx Brothers (love Grocho’s humor, but I still wonder: did Harpo ever have a speaking part in a movie?)
You Can’t Take It With You
Gone With the Wind
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
An American in Paris
Brigadoon (I was a cast member in a 1975 junior college production of it, and I love everything Scottish (or Irish, for that matter))

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