Do you ever wonder what life was like before you were born? Thankfully, we have plenty of cinematographic displays of how people dressed, talked or fell in love back in the day. Whether you consider yourself an “old soul” or simply enjoy transporting yourself into a different century, here is a list of 5 classic movies which I believe are worth watching:
1) Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
I think most of us have heard of this movie at least once in our lives. And for good reason! Played by the iconic Audrey Hepburn, the protagonist is a country girl who moved to NYC in hopes of a better life. As she struggles to maintain her opulent appearance and lifestyle, she meets a charismatic writer who becomes her neighbor. As love clashes with her free spirit, Holly must make a decision. Will she listen to her heart or follow her dreams of living in luxury?
2) Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Being James Dean’s most famous role, Jim Stark is an angsty teenager with no purpose in life. So, the movie portrays the L.A delinquent society and the everlasting conflict between generations: parents and their offsprings. Between fast cars, a new friend and falling in love, Jim tries to ride the waves of his youth, but the consequences won’t fail to appear. Natalie Wood is his co-star in this movie, their chemistry being another reason to watch it ASAP!
3) West Side Story (1961)
For the musical lovers out there, this is a Romeo and Juliet adaptation following the Broadway play with the same name. The battle between two ethnically different street gangs from the Upper West Side of NY is complicated even more by the love story of 2 members of each rival band. The movie embraces the cultural diversity of the time and the issues the youth faces for supremacy of the streets. While encompassing both music and dance, the plot remains a tragic reminder of the consequences hate and rivalry bring about.
4) A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) visits New Orleans to spend some time with her sister and her husband, Stanley Kowalski (Marlon Brando). With the women’s family home having been lost, Blanche’s dissatisfaction with her loveless life and the conflict with her brother-in-law, the movie has many impactful scenes. Blanche’s new lost romance finally sends her into a psychotic state, which makes the ending quite shocking. Not only that, but it leaves us wondering what really happened between Stan and Blanche…
5) Roman Holiday (1953)
A conservatory princess visits Rome with a diplomatic mission. As her tiresome schedule is keeping her from enjoying the city, she escapes her “tower” and meets an intriguing reporter. Together, they spend an authentic Roman Holiday, as the princess attempts to go undercover, visit all the famous tourist spots and taste some gelato on the way. Although romance blooms between the two, they are both restricted by their jobs: he must write an article on the arrival of Princess Ann in Rome, and she must return to her royal duties. Will the simple man and the crowned lady remain together?
If you were looking for something to watch during chilly nights indoors, I hope my reviews convinced you to watch some or maybe all of the classic movies listed above. Grab a bag of popcorn and enjoy!
For more non-classic movie recommendations, take a look here: Top 3 upcoming movies in 2020 and others worth checking out.