Many younger people today haven’t seen movies that are older than them, and it’s seriously a shame. The ‘60s, ’70s, and ‘80s have some great films that deserved to be watched by everyone. After all, you seriously can’t forget the original Star Wars trilogy or Ghostbusters. Plus, there was 2001: A Space Odyssey and Rosemary’s Baby in the ‘60s. Honestly, it’s hard to narrow down the number of good movies someone has to see in their lifetime.
Citizen Kane (1941)
Often regarded as the greatest film of all time, Citizen Kane is Orson Welles’ masterpiece. He not only starred in the movie but also co-wrote the script for, produced, and directed this mystery drama. If you’re a fan of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Citizen Kane is a can’t miss!
At a time when movie censors were beginning to loosen their standards, producer and director Alfred Hitchcock took the opportunity to push the envelope with this film. If you enjoy movies like It Follows, give the horror classic, Psycho a try.
Schindler’s List (1993)
Only black and white film can capture the story of Oskar Schindler, a businessman who saved Jews during World War II by employing them. Watching Schindler’s List is not necessarily an enjoyable experience, but it is a valuable one. If gaining historical perspective and knowledge is important to you, put Schindler’s List down for your next movie night.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
This critically acclaimed, feel-good movie achieved greater success decades after it was released when television made it a holiday classic. Jimmy Stewart plays a man examining his life in a panic on Christmas Eve. If you enjoyed The Tree of Life, It’s a Wonderful Life is the obvious choice for you.
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Detective Sam Spade gets mixed up in the pursuit of a priceless falcon statue made by Templar Knights and has to outwit the bad guys. It’s a great choice if you like The Da Vinci Code and The Bourne Identity.
High Noon (1952)
High Noon, one of the greatest westerns of all time, stars Gary Cooper as Marshal Will Kane, a retiring marshal who searches for help to fight off outlaws seeking revenge. It also stars the young and beautiful Grace Kelly in her first big movie role. If you like The Revenant, you’re sure to find this black and white film enjoyable.
Raging Bull (1980)
Many critics think Raging Bull, a biography of boxer Jake LaMotta, is the best movie of the 1980s and the best movie Martin Scorsese ever directed. To add to its credits, Robert De Niro won a Oscar for Best Actor in the role of LaMotta. If you enjoyed Creed, take a look at Raging Bull.
On the Waterfront (1954)
Marlon Brando stars in the this crime drama about dock workers dealing with their local mob boss. The film earned eight Academy Awards. Fans of The Departed will enjoy this one!
If you love a psychological thriller, Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca is a great choice! It’s the only Best Picture Oscar winner among the famous director’s movies, and it features a woman driven crazy by the legacy of her husband’s dead first wife. If Gone Girl is your go-to flick, try swapping it out for Rebecca next movie night.
The pinnacle of romantic drama, Casablanca manages to be a guy’s film as well as a chick flick. The love triangle, which includes Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, is set during World War II in Morocco with flashbacks to Paris. If you love The Notebook, you’ll be head-over-heels for Casablanca.