My Top Ten: Classic Movies

24 Feb

I. Love. Movies. My Dad was well-known for his breadth and depth of trivia knowledge; in particular, he was a history and film buff. As a six year old, I watched such “classics” as Frankenstein and Dracula, mocking the poor special effects instead of trembling with fear (much to my Dad’s chagrin). This upbringing recently led me to a lifelong undertaking, which began in the summer of 2008: to watch every Best Picture nominee and winner since the first Academy Awards. (Secretly, I’m glad that Netflix does not currently have Wings in stock.) Now that I’ve seen well over 100 movies on the list, I feel I am in the position to create my first draft of my top ten classic movies.

*Note: Who and what defines a classic movie? Welp, it’s my blog so I’m defining it as a movie that contains timeless qualities, that captivates people generation after generation. And while I recognize this list omits such classics as Gone with the Wind and Casablanca, frankly, my dear, they’re just not my favorites. (See what I did there? I used part of a famous quotation from Gone with the Wind. Meh.)

10. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

 

 

 

"Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!"

 

 

 

9. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

 

 

"It never occurred to me that I would fall in love with a Negro, but I have, and nothing's going to change that."

 

 

 

8. All About Eve

 

 

 

"Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night!"

 

 

 

7. It’s a Wonderful Life

 

 

"Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?"

 

 

 

6. Rear Window

"Nobody ever invented a polite word for a killin' yet."

5. E.T.

 

 

"Come..." "Stay..."

 

 

 

4. The Wizard of Oz

 

 

"Unusual weather we're having, ain't it?"

 

 

 

3. It Happened One Night

 

 

 

"I'll stop a car, and I won't use my thumb!"

 

 

 

2. The Godfather

 

 

 

"I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse."

 

 

 

1. Some Like It Hot

"Well, nobody's perfect."

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One Response to “My Top Ten: Classic Movies”

  1. Fave. February 26, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    Awwwww. The Wizard of Oz – “There’s no place like home” AND “Nobody’s perfect.” What a combination! I LOVE your intro about Dad and movies and you. THAT is perfect.

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