Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the awesome people of The Broke and the Bookish
So today is a movie freebie so I decided to tell you my favorite classic movies. Classic as in 1940-1960. Yeah the GOOD stuff! But WAIT I couldn’t stop there so I decided to REALLY give you something and I am doing a second set of favorites from 1970-2016 just for the heck of it, ENJOY!
Singing in the Rain (1952)
Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor & Debbie Reynolds
I have always loved this movie, it’s a great pick-me-up type movie that is just fun all the way around. It’s an instant classic because of the music and stars in them. I’ve just always loved this film it just made me want to sing and dance.
The Sound of Music (1965)
Julie Andrews & Christopher Plummer
This is a family favorite, this is a movie we watch practically every sunday. I LOVE Julie Andrews and her voice, I love the story-now granted according to the real life version it…was very different BUT I prefer this version, it holds warm memories of my upbringing and I the music. My kids even enjoy it!
The Great Race (1965)
Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon & Natalie Wood
This movie is hilarious and I remember laughing out loud when I first watched it. It’s good fun clean humor and it’s got an amazing cast that just makes this a must see classic. I felt the idea was brilliant and I literally sing to my kids the one and only song in this film, I dunno I just love that little song!
Random Harvest (1942)
Ronald Colman & Greer Garson
Oh my heart strings! I love movies that you have to watch the whole thing to appreciate that ONE moment when it clicks and it all comes together. *sigh* this movie just tugs at my heart, I even read the book which is a bit long winded but the story itself which I felt the movie captured also captured my heart. I love this movie when I need a happy ending drama.
Cary Grant & Ingrid Bergman
THIS is my favorite Alfred Hitchcock film. I love the suspense, the guessing, the twists and turns, the romance and overall has to be one of his best (in my opinion). I love Ingrid Bergman in this film, she is brilliant!
White Christmas (1954)
Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney & Vera-Ellen
This is something that MUST BE watched every. single. year. Growing up in Florida this was the picture perfect christmas, white with old music and snow. Didn’t get the white or snow part but this still helped make it more Christmas-y and it will always be a classic.
Captain Blood (1935)
Errol Flynn & Oliva De Havilland
The swish-buckling buccaneer Errol Flynn. This is based off a book which I own and haven’t read. I know horrible. But I feel in love with the idea of the story and how good triumphs evil even after horrible circumstances. Which is one reason why I instantly fell in love with The Winner’s Curse!
Calamity Jane (1953)
Doris Day & Howard Keel
If I am depressed or in a funk, this is the book that immediately gets me happy again. This is super fun and I’ve loved it since I was a kid. I LOVE this movie, I love the contrast voices of Howard Keel and Doris Day. I love the silliness of Calamity Jane and the cute romance. I think I will watch this today, just because I love it so much.
This is another film we watch practically every Sunday growing up. It wasn’t until I was older that I grew to appreciate the story. It’s about revenge and redemption. I don’t know if I can see the newest version of it although I’ve been told it’s really good. There are amazing one-liners and lots of truth to be learned from this story.
An Affair to Remember (1957)
Cary Grant & Deborah Kerr
OH MY HEART! That LOOK! The look and pain he gets at the very end of the movie! *sigh* I think I may just cry thinking about it. Is it any wonder why Sleepless in Seattle is so popular and why this movie was used in the film. I love the music and I absolutely love the story. There was a remake done that will never be as good as the original. Oh my heart just aches just thinking about this movie. *sigh* Haven’t seen it? oh my word you MUST WATCH THIS NOW! Especially if you’re a romantic at heart. Where are the movies today that have this type of depth?
ALRIGHT so here are my favorites of 1970-Today! Enjoy!
Pride and Prejudice (1995)
Colin Firth & Jennifer Ehle
So far I have YET to see a Pride and Prejudice film that beats this. And I’m willing to watch them! If I don’t think of the version with Keira Knightly as Pride and Prejudice I can enjoy it…somewhat. There are things in there that I like but I really can’t stand Keira Knightly.
Slipper & The Rose (1976)
Richard Chamberlin & Gemma Craven
THE BEST Cinderella musical ever!!! OH the music is fantastic! This movie has humor (british) and it’s seriously the best. The humor, the romance, the story, the music is all that makes the movie and must see. Please tell me I am not the only one who loves this film.
Harrison Ford, Julia Ormond & Greg Kinnear
I love this version WAAAAAY better than it’s original. It’s kinda like a Cinderella story but it’s modernized and hold some real depth, plus the music is freaking amazing. I own the sheet music and that opening scene with the music is to die for. This is a perfect movie to watch on a cold night, alone. Romantic films are best watched alone. Don’t you agree? This movie is amazing because you don’t need sex scenes to reach down into the depth of a soul, or explicit content of any kind to reach down into the depth of the soul. This movie is simple and deep.
North & South (2004)
Daniela Denby-Ashe & Richard Armitage
Yeah no, I am not talking about the civil war movie, this is an adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s book North & South. This is almost like a Pride & Prejudice, rich vs poor, misunderstandings…a lot of misunderstandings, trials, help, romance I love it. The cast was casted perfectly and Richard Armitage is another perfect Darcy-like character.
Keri Russell, JJ Feild
Oh this movie and book are just freaking hilarious. I enjoyed the book and got interested in it after I saw the trailer for this movie. The movie is a bit different but they added humor in it that was just perfect, even my husband laughed…and never watched it again but still thought it was better comedy romance that some of the other ones I’ve made him watch with me.
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982)
Anthony Andrews, Jane Seymour & Ian McKellen
I so desperately want a remake of this movie just to see it in better action. This is a fantastic story and I’ve read Rook by Sharon Cameron which totally did this story justice and I have read the original book. The idea is just perfect! This is the perfect version too. The latest BBC version of this story is horrendous and I hated it. The original black and white I have not seen nor care to. Why when I have everything I need here! so good!
Three Men and a Baby (1987) + Three Men and a Little Lady (1990)
Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg & Ten Danson
Whoever came up with these stories must get an award. The first one is hilarious and the second is more of a romantic comedy. My husband even likes to watch these movies…that and it’s Tom Selleck. whatever. These are super funny and just all around GOOD!
Lily James, Richard Madden & Cate Blanchett
I love this movie, this is a beautiful rendition of this classic tale. Who doesn’t love a good Cinderella story. But this version beats all. This version I feel empowers women, it teaches to stand tall and be kind, it shows what a real man should be like and add in a little bit of fun and magic. Oh my word this is the best. I can’t wait to see how they’ve done Beauty & and the Beast.
While You Were Sleeping (1995)
Sandra Bullock & Bill Pullman
Where are the romantic comedies like this! They don’t make them like this anymore! Good clean fun! Again a great christmas movie or anytime really but I like to watch around Christmas time. This is one of her best and his best films. I love this movie oh my word I love this movie.
Anne of Green Gables (1985)
Megan Follows, Colleen Dewhurst, Richard Farnsworth & Jonathon Crombie
You need only to watch Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea because that third one that came out years later is horrible and stupid and I wish they never made it. But this version freaking is the best and I do want to see the new one that just came out but I don’t know where to find it, and if they are going to continue the story like this version did!
What’s Up Doc? (1972)
Barbra Streisand & Ryan O’Neal
Another just slap-happy, hilarious film with a little bit of romance. I love barbra streisand and I really like her early work such as this I think she is so beautiful and I love this movie. If you need something to lighten the mood and just try to follow totally check this out.
Have you seen any of these films? if so which ones and what did you think of them???