Chances are, if you ask ten different people what their favorite movie of all time is, you will get a different answer each time. However, if you ask them for a list of what is, in their opinion, top classic movies, chances are good they’ll choose some of the same.
These classic movies can be broken down into many different lists. They can be categorized by genre, by age, by ethnicity of director, even by blockbuster status. Below is a list of classic movies that span all of these.
Wizard of Oz, 1939, directed by Victor Fleming. This classic film won 2 Oscars. It is classic because it withstands the test of time, has deeper social meaning, and is well loved by adults and children alike even today.
It’s a Wonderful Life, 1946, directed by Frank Capra. This film was nominated for 5 Oscars. It stands as a classic today and is usually aired around Thanksgiving and holiday time. It is a touching story about finding the true meaning in your life.
Gone with the Wind, 1939, directed again, by Victor Fleming. This movie won 8 Oscars and is a timeless, beautiful story about the American Civil War era, one of the true top classic movies.
Citizen Kane, 1941, directed by Orson Welles. This film won the Oscar because it is a ground breaking directorial debut which has spawned much inspiration, even today.
Casablanca, 1942, directed by Michael Curtiz is a favorite among many. This film won 3 Oscars, and is quite often referred to as one of the greatest American films of all time. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, how could they be wrong?
The Godfather, 1972, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, won 3 Oscars. Starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, The Godfather was and always probably will be, one of the most highly respected films of our time.
The Graduate, 1967, directed by Mike Nichols. This film won the Oscar for the year, and was a rather saucy film for its time in that it dealt with a young man having an affair with an older woman.
Schindler’s List, 1993, directed by Steven Spielberg. Won 7 Oscars, and was a disturbing, eye opening movie about the plight of Jews in World War II, Spielberg added a gem to world’s list of top classic movies with this one.
Psycho, 1960, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. This film was nominated for 4 Oscars. Starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh this film ushered in the era of a new and improved terror film. It has been the inspiration for an incalculable number of Hitchcockian thrillers.
ET, 1982, directed by Steven Spielberg. This film won 4 Oscars and maneuvered its way into the hearts of everyone who viewed it. It took the “scary” out of what had been known before only to be large headed, bald, green extraterrestrials.
House on Haunted Hill, 1959, directed by William Castle. Throwing the contest party of a lifetime, Frederick Loren invites strangers to stay in a haunted house for the night, whoever makes it out alive wins $10,000.
This is just a minor taste of all of the top classic movies. There are dozens more to choose from each genre and decade.
Source by Wendy Pan