9 Must See Classic Movies For Every Cinephile
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1. Some Like It Hot
This 1959 classic reminds us how comedy was done back in the day. Some people will do anything for a job! "Some Like It Hot" was directed by Billy Wilder and starred Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. It's 1929, and Joe (Curtis) and Jerry (Lemmon) are two musicians looking for a new gig after their last one at a speakeasy was busted by the cops. They decide to go in drag for a well-paying all-girls band, which of course turns out fabulously well. With hijinks galore, you can only imagine what this trio gets up to. The only real question is, who's going home with Marilyn? (It was the '50s.)
2. The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz is one of the most well-known classic movies across the world. It is most notable for being filmed in both black and white as well as technicolor. Released in 1939, just as color film was making strides in film, this adaptation from L. Frank Baum's original novel was one of the most successful in cinema history. Nothing before it had ever achieved the kind of immersion through the use of storytelling, use of color film, as well as a classic original soundtrack. While the story itself has been parodied to the point of exhaustion, this was truly a wonder of filmmaking when it was released!
This is one of those movies you cannot unsee. Nor would you want to. An extraordinarily human tale, which was told at one of the most extraordinary periods of human history: Metropolis is a 1927 German expressionist epic science-fiction drama film directed by Fritz Lang. In the futuristic year of 2026, in the city of Metropolis, wealthy industrialists reign from high-rise tower complexes, while underground-dwelling workers toil to operate the underground machines that power the city. Regarded as a pioneering work of the science-fiction genre in movies, Metropolis was one of the first feature films in the genre.
4. North by Northwest
You've already seen this film and you don't even know it yet! North by Northwest is one of those classic movies that has been constantly referenced throughout pop culture. Released in 1959 and directed by the revered Alfred Hitchcock, the film stars Cary Grant as the main protagonist who is caught in THE classic case of mistaken identity. With aliases, undercover agents and espionage the likes of which only the Cold War could muster, you won't be disappointed. North By Northwest is considered one of the greatest mystery thrillers ever made.
5. 2001: A Space Odyssey
2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 science-fiction epic produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke. It is one of the most highly acclaimed movies in cinema history, and for good reason. Even just the visual effects are incredible for their time, beating out Star Wars, which wouldn't be released until nearly a decade later. The film follows a voyage to Jupiter with the sentient computer Hal after the discovery of a mysterious black monolith affecting human evolution. Themes like existentialism, artificial intelligence and extraterrestrial life are covered in ambiguous and thought-provoking ways, which truly illustrate just how small and little we are compared to the vastness of the universe.
6. Lawrence of Arabia
Lawrence of Arabia is a 1962 epic historical drama film based on the life of T. E. Lawrence. It was directed by David Lean and produced by Sam Spiegel through Horizon Pictures. T.E. Lawrence was a British army lieutenant who went "behind enemy lines" to sew rebellion and make things very difficult for the Ottoman Turks in the first world war. The film itself is one of the most critically acclaimed in all of cinema history, with Peter O' Toole in the eponymous role. Many see this film as the apex of the American Hollywood tradition during the 1950s, '60s and '70s.
7. Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane is a 1941 American mystery drama film by Orson Welles, its producer, co-screenwriter, director and star. This is yet another of those films you have seen constantly referenced by popular culture, the beginning of the film in particular. Such is its importance to cinema history. The quasi-biographical film examines the life and legacy of Charles Foster Kane, played by Welles, a character based in part upon the American newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, and Chicago tycoons Samuel Insull and Harold McCormick. It follows one reporter's mission to know the meaning behind Kane's last words: "Rosebud."
8. Gone With The Wind
Gone with the Wind is a 1939 American epic historical romance film adapted from Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel of the same name. On the eve of the American Civil War in 1861, Scarlett O'Hara lives at Tara, her family's cotton plantation in Georgia, with her parents and two sisters. Scarlett learns that Ashley Wilkes—whom she secretly loves—is to be married to his cousin, Melanie Hamilton, and the engagement is to be announced the next day at a barbecue at Ashley's home, the nearby plantation Twelve Oaks. The film stars Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh and is considered one of the greatest films of all time, despite claims of historical revisionism.
Casablanca is a 1942 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. It was based on Murray Burnett and Joan Alison's unproduced stage play "Everybody Comes to Rick's." During the second world war, American expatriate Rick Blaine is the proprietor of an upscale nightclub and gambling den in Casablanca. "Rick's Café Américain" attracts a varied clientele: Vichy French and German officials; refugees desperate to reach the still-neutral United States; and those who prey on them. Although Rick professes to be neutral in all matters, it is later revealed he ran guns to Ethiopia during its war with Italy and fought on the loyalist side in the Spanish Civil War. Casablanca won three Academy Awards, for Best Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay. When one thinks of classic movies, you can't help but think of Casablanca. Here's lookin' at you, kid.