10 Best Best Old Movies

Friday, March 4 by Peter Matthews

When you want to watch a film that is valued more for its script than its cutting-edge CGI effects, our list of the 10 Best Best Old Movies is a good place to start. Even if you have viewed them all before, any one of these films is worth watching again with new eyes. You will smile at everything you have forgotten about these films, and you will be amazed at the things you never saw before.

  1. "Rear Window." One of two Hitchcock films on our 10 Best Best Old Movies list, "Rear Window" is a suspense masterpiece. Trapped in his apartment while recovering from a broken leg, Jimmy Stewart takes to watching his neighbors from his apartment window. When he sees what he believes to be a murder, however, Stewart must keep himself alive long enough to see the killer receive justice.
  2. "The Seventh Seal." Bergman's 1957 classic tale of a knight stalked by Death himself as he returns from the Crusades to a Europe ravaged by the plague is the only non-U.S. film to make our list of the 10 Best Best Old movies. Spoofed much later in "Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey," the film features a classic scene in which the knight challenges Death to a game of chess.
  3. "Twelve Angry Men." This story takes place in a single room. Henry Fonda stars as a juror unwilling to compromise his principles even as his fellow jurors simply want to come to a verdict and move on with their lives regardless of how they might affect a defendant on trial for murder. Taut and full of drama, this is a magnificent movie and a sometimes under-appreciated classic.
  4. "Psycho." In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock introduced the world to Norman Bates, the shy, awkward innkeeper who kept his mother's body with him in a lonely house behind the Bates Motel. Shocking in its time, the film helped define the modern horror genre and thrilled audiences around the world.
  5. "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" This chilling story of lost fame, isolation, sibling rivalry, and madness featured the talents of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford as sisters whose bitter lives rapidly spiral towards tragedy. 
  6. "To Kill a Mockingbird." Director Robert Mulligan brought this masterful adaptation of Harper Lee's novel of coming of age in the racist South to the screen in 1962. An excellent script and a compelling performance by Gregory Peck make this film unforgettable. This movie belongs on any list of the 10 Best Best Old Movies.
  7. "The Graduate." In 1967, Dustin Hoffman's portrayal of Benjamin Braddock, a recent college graduate with prospects for everything except a happy life, brought the angst of the burgeoning youth movement to national attention. Featuring an amazing soundtrack by Simon and Garfunkel, and a stellar performance by Anne Bancroft as Mrs. Robinson, the film is an American classic.
  8. "Easy Rider." Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda star in this 1969 classic about two hippies traveling across the United States in order to find themselves as the Vietnam-era counterculture slowly begins to come to an end.
  9. "MASH." Before it became one of America's best loved television series, "MASH" was a feature film starring Elliot Gould and Donald Southerland. The film follows the adventures of doctors Hawkeye Pierce, Trapper John McIntyre, and Duke Forrest on an episodic romp through the Korean War. Darker in tone than the series, the film is a an easy choice for our 10 Best Best Old Movies list. “MASH.”
  10. "The Godfather." Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 epic has become the defining Mafia movie. Marlon Brando gives a stellar performance as Don Corleone, the head of New York's most powerful organized crime family attempting to transfer his power to Michael, a son who wants a different life. This amazing film is the perfect ending to our list of 10 Best Best Old Movies.
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