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Can you recommend an older movie or two for me to watch? Please see details.

Asked by evegrimm (3707points) November 18th, 2009

Dear Fluther,

Next week, I will be headed home to family. Before I moved away, I would visit my grandma on Saturdays and we would eat dinner and watch a movie. I’d like to watch another movie with her (and possibly my mom), but have no idea what to choose. I have Netflix, so the problem is more that there is too much to pick from. I’d prefer an older movie to a newer.

We all like mysteries (like Agatha Christie, not creepy “thrillers”), and my mom prefers movies that aren’t too intense (the first Transformers was almost too much for her).

Here are some older movies that I liked: Charade, North by Northwest, To Catch a Thief, Sabrina, Arsenic and Old Lace, Some Like it Hot and Murder on the Orient Express.

Can you recommend some older movies that we might enjoy?

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gailcalled's avatar

Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Bells of St. Trinian’s, any of the Alec Guiness movies…

derekfnord's avatar

Double Indemnity is a great film noir classic. I’d definitely recommend that one. Another great older film is 12 Angry Men. That’s one of those movies that everyone should see at least once in their life. :-)

virtualist's avatar

Rear Window
Anatomy of a Murder

sarahclif's avatar

Philadelphia Story and Auntie Mame are my favorite older movies. His Girl Friday, Holiday, and I Was a Male War Bride are also great Cary Grant classics. Netflix also has an AMAZING Ms. Marple and Hercules Peroit collection that my husband and I have worked our way through over the years.

Dog's avatar

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (Original one)

faye's avatar

I bet your grandma remembers when Gone With the Wind came out. Would they like that? And Affair to Remember’ is probably my favorite movie. mmm, Carey Grant!

nzigler's avatar

The Maltese Falcon
The 39 Steps

virtualist's avatar

The Philadelphia Story

wildpotato's avatar

The Sting. Casablanca. Rashomon. Orson Welles’ Othello. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence. Rear Window.

faye's avatar

@Dog loved that movie-great dark, booding, handsome man.

gailcalled's avatar

The movies that starred Spencer Tracy and Kate Hepburn (Adam’s Rib comes to mind.)
The African Queen is one of my favorites.

filmfann's avatar

The Big Sleep with Bogart
O Brother Where Art Thou

sjmc1989's avatar

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Doctor Zhivago, Gone with the Wind,Pillow Talk, Waterloo Bridge. I know I will think of more and add to it! Lurve for Arsenic and Old Lace and Some Like it Hot!

sjmc1989's avatar

Oh another one To Kill A Mockingbird

sarahclif's avatar

Second The Big Sleep!

nxknxk's avatar

Anything by Akira Kurosawa, although there would be the subtitle problem. She might have trouble reading them if her eyes aren’t so great.

I also second Sunset Blvd. If anyone’s said Paper Moon then I also second that.

The old James Whale Frankenstein films are good. They’re more humorous than horrifying.

augustlan's avatar

The Quiet Man. Not your typical John Wayne movie at all. :)

Buttonstc's avatar

I second African Queen. An absolute classic.

An American in Paris. Gene Kelly’s dancing is fantastic as usual but the set design and colors are breathtaking.

Harold and Maude. A bit quirky and offbeat but another don’t-miss classic with a wonderful soundtrack by Cat Stevens. Remember what a great singer and musician he was in his day?

The Sound of Music.

The Producers. One of Mel Brooks greatest. “Springtime for Hitler”. Need I say more?

shego's avatar

The Harvey Girls (Judy Garland, and Angela Lansbury) Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Houseboat, Showboat, the Phildelphia Story, Africa Screams

filmfann's avatar

@Buttonstc nice collection!

DarlingRhadamanthus's avatar

“Reds” a movie that deserved the Oscar and didn’t get it. Warren Beatty/Diane Keaton.

I second “Adam’s Rib”...just delicious!
“Bringing Up Baby” with Cary Grant….and Hepburn…a hoot!
“Bells Are Ringing” with Judy!

lebasting's avatar

back to the future? it’s one of my favourites!

shego's avatar

I forgot one Singing in the Rain

IBERnineD's avatar

“All About Eve”
All my other favorites have been mentioned!

ekans's avatar

I saw kind hearts and coronets for the first time this past summer. If you want a black comedy, then definitely go with this one.

Strauss's avatar

For laughs and some period humor, you might want to consider any or the Ma and Pa Kettle series.

fundevogel's avatar

Wait Until Dark suspense Audrey Hepburn
Rebecca suspense
Steamboat Bill Jr silent comedy Buster Keaton
The 5000 Fingers of Dr T musical comedy written by Dr. Suess (amazing)

Foolaholic's avatar

Harold and Maude

galileogirl's avatar

From the movies you listed, Grandma sounds like my contemporary (born in the late 1940’s) the biggest blockbuster for us was Dr. Zhivago. If you are looking for the ultimate Miss Marple it is the series with Joan Hickson and they are very true to the books.

Movies from her youth
A Shot in the Dark
In the Heay of the Night

Greatest Christie movie
Murder on the Orient Express

And the ultimate

pinkparaluies's avatar

BBC’s Pride and Prejudice? :)

wilma's avatar

Some of my favorites…
Rear Window
The Women (very funny)
The African Queen
The Quiet Man
Arsenic and Old Lace
Tarzan The Ape Man

aprilsimnel's avatar

Auntie Mame
Life is a banquet… and most poor suckers are starving to death!

gailcalled's avatar

Gone with the Wind came out in 1939 along with The Wizard of Oz and The Rules of the Game (Les r├Ęgles du jeu, directed by Jean Renoir). A good year.

Fanny and Alexander (Ingemar Bergman) (Swedish)
The Bicycle Thief (Italian)
Tight Little Island
The Pink Panther Series (Peter Sellers at his funniest)
Early Woody Allen comedies (Annie Hall; Manhattan, Sleeper, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Hannah and her Sisters).
The Odd Couple

Austinlad's avatar

Check my movie blog at I promise you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for.

Buttonstc's avatar

I just clicked on that link and got a “not found” page.

Kraigmo's avatar

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf is good, but somewhat intense
Death of a Salesman is good

And as for non-classics, The Cube (the 1960’s version) is great… but very nontraditional and somewhat psychedelic. A nice, not-too-intense philosophical type story, if you can call it a story. (It’s here, by the way:)

Gene Autry – The Phantom Kingdom is great… but somewhat maybe too action-oriented… and it’s long (cuz it was a serial).

Les Miserables is an amazing story and a great movie, whether you watch the 1935 or 1978 versions. The 1990’s version had an Americanized ending that was far different than the book-endings of the 1978 and 1935 versions. So skip the phony 90’s version, or see it last. The 1935 and 1978 versions are really great.

Failsafe, from 1964, is a great true-to-life type political drama, a great story with great acting.

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