10 Most Famous Old Movies

Thursday, March 17 by Shawn Lealos

The ten most famous old movies have endured the test of time. These movies feature the best actors in some of the best directed movies ever made. These movies include award winners and routinely make the top lists of the greatest movies by critics worldwide.

  1. “12 Angry Men” – Sydney Lumet directs this courtroom drama, one of the most famous old movies. The movie features an all-star cast including Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Jack Klugman and Ed Beagley. The movie follows a jury who has the fate of a young man accused of murder on their hands.
  2. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” – One of the most famous old movies ever made, this film is based on the novel by Ken Kesey. Jack Nicholson stars as a small time hood who agrees to check into a mental asylum instead of serving jail time. The movie shows the inner workings of the mental health system.
  3. “Casablanca” – This World War II drama is one of the most famous old movies of all time. Humphrey Bogart stars as Rick, the owner of a bar in Casablanca that sees members of French, German and Italian officials frequently. The movie follows Rick as he has to choose between patriotic duty and love.
  4. “Rear Window”Alfred Hitchcock directs James Stewart in one of the most famous old movies. Stewart plays a man confined to his wheelchair who believes he witnesses a murder in an apartment across the yard. He then does what he can, without being able to leave his apartment, as the murderer moves back in.
  5. “Psycho” – In one of the earliest slasher movies, Alfred Hitchcock created one of the most famous old movies in cinema history. Anthony Perkins stars as a motel owner with mommy issues who welcomes women into his motel, never to see them check back out.
  6. “It’s a Wonderful Life” – Frank Capra directs James Stewart in one of the most famous old movies about the holiday season. Stewart stars as a man who has forgone all his dreams until one day he chooses to end his life. He is shown what the world would be like if he was never born and is given the change to decide if he wants to live or not.
  7. “Citizen Kane”Orson Welles directed his masterpiece, one of the greatest films in cinema history and one of the most famous old movies of all time. The movie follows a newspaper mogul whose last word is ‘rosebud.’ The movie searches for the meaning of the word.
  8. “North by Northwest”Cary Grant stars as an everyman trapped in an extraordinary situation in one of the most famous old movies. The movie follows a case of mistaken identity as Grant’s businessman is believed to be a spy and is hunted by an illegal organization who wants him dead.
  9. “City Lights” – One of Charlie Chaplin’s greatest movies while portraying The Tramp, this remains one of the most famous old movies. The Tramp meets a blind girl on the street selling flowers and sets out to do what he can to make her happy. He works to pay for an operation to regain her sigh knowing she might reject him when she sees what he looks like.
  10. “To Kill a Mockingbird” – Based on the novel by Harper Lee, this remains one of the most famous old movies. Gregory Peck stars as an honest attorney who chooses to represent a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman. Peck’s character is widely considered one of cinema’s greatest heroes.