Modern cinema-goers are usually quite reluctant to venture into the old black and white classics – basically anything before the ‘70s. Unless you’re a proper film buff, then chances are the oldies don’t really float your boat. They’re usually labeled excessively boring or dull and old-fashioned – but behold. They are so much more than that!
As a way of celebrating the old classics, here’s a list of our favorites. If you haven’t seen at least one of these absolute classics, then you’re seriously missing out on what cinema is about.
The Wizard of Oz
Watch if you’re looking for – a heart-warming family sing-along.
One of the first films to feature the vivid spectacle of technicolor is Wizard of Oz, and it follows Kansas-born Dorothy as she ventures into the dazzling land of Oz. The 1939 musical is a wonderful fantasy adventure that has become one of the most loved films of all time. It’s a colorful and extravagant dream-like story of hope, strength, and friendship that will always remain one of the most unforgettable films to grace the big screen. The legacy of Oz will last forever, and you’re invited to explore it.
Watch if you’re looking for – a classic movie with some beautifully illustrated moments of terror.
Everyone knows the screeching strings of Psycho’s shower scene when they hear them, but the film is mostly unknown outside of horror’s biggest fans. Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 masterpiece is the original movie that gripped audiences right from the start with a lingering sense of dread that has you not just on the edge of your seat, but on the floor covering your eyes. It’s a subtle progression of suspense that will scare you when you least expect it.
Watch if you’re looking for – some brutal gangster action and powerfully strong acting.
The Godfather in 1971 is generally considered by critics and audiences alike as the official best film of all time. The plot spans ten years of the corrupt ruthlessness from The Corleone family and their escapades as America’s top mafia family. The brilliance lies in The Godfather’s standout performances from stars Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, and the 3 and a half running time features some of the most iconic moments in film history. It thrillingly engrosses you from the start and throughout. An absolute must watch.
12 Angry Men
Watch if you’re looking for – a slow-burning drama that packs a real emotional punch.
The plot of 1957’s 12 Angry Men is pretty simple – a jury of twelve men must work together to deliberate on the verdict of a murder case – but this is where the genius of the film lies. It’s a powerful insight into the human mind and spirit, captivating you with the outstanding performances of its cast. It’s a proper thought-provoking drama that barely leaves the jury room, but instead it entertains you with its poignant social consciousness.
You have to appreciate old films for what they are upfront, and these particular films will always stand the test of time. Their excellence lies in their vintage status, ultimately inspiring the big Hollywood blockbusters we see today.