Top 5 Old Movies

My daughter could write a Top 5 post in her sleep. She has very strong opinions on many things and has much more exposure to cultural and media variety than I do. But I wanted to do something fun and a Top 5 list felt right. So I asked my husband what in the world I had an opinion on, and he came up with old movie actors, which I tweaked.

I watched movies ALL THE TIME with my mom growing up. She told me all the gossip on the actors of old. I love old movies. So, here are my Top 5 favorite old movies. (don’t expect brilliant critiques, I just like these movies :D)

#5 – To Kill A Mockingbird

This movie is so good, and when I was a kid, so creepy! Gregory Peck was perfect as Atticus Finch; a man of character and inner strength and tremendous self-control. The atmosphere was always so tense for such a sleepy southern town. I loved the growth of the children’s hearts and minds as time went on and as they saw and experienced life in their town, as they saw their father for the great man he was.



#4 – Philadelphia Story

I just love this movie. I love Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and Ruth Hussey. The wise-cracking dialogue is absolutely great (and, unfortunately, often lost on the younger generation without several viewings).  If I could change anything I’d drop an idiotic conversation between Tracy and her dad just before Tracy’s real marriage at the end; 6 very stupid lines that almost ruined an otherwise perfect comedy.



#3 – Arsenic and Old Lace

One of the funniest and darkest screwball comedies with a cast of fantastic actors, this is a movie I can watch over and over. (of course, my family will say that doesn’t mean anything since I watch movies that I like over and over all the time) It is extremely fast paced (as all the screwball comedies were) and, again, younger generations seem to have a hard time following it.



#2 – Rear Window

I really do NOT like suspense movies, but this one HAD to go in my list. Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly are marvelous (and this is the ONLY movie in which Grace Kelly ever appeared in jeans!!) and a mention has to go to Thelma Ritter, one of  my very favorite supporting actresses. Hitchcock did a masterful job with this one!



#1 – Casablanca

The best movie of all time, in my mind. The acting, the dynamic and wonderful cast, the atmosphere, the humor, the dialogue, the patriotism. I cannot praise this movie enough. Some of the most quoted lines (even if they are often quoted wrong) next to Shakespeare – this is not a true stat, just something I made up! If you have never seen this movie … DO IT!



Honorable Mentions: Holiday Inn, My Man Godfrey

I LOVE Holiday Inn! Fun songs, great banter between Bing and Fred, wonderful dancing. I watch it every year. It didn’t make it into my Top 5 but it HAD to be mentioned.My Man Godfrey is another screwball comedy I love. Carol Lombard was terrific as the ditzy blond against William Powell’s stoic butler. Again, the dialogue is very fast but very funny.

This holiday week-end, if you want to watch a family movie, why don’t you try one of the old great ones. There are so many more than I could mention here. I had SUCH a hard time chopping my list down to only 5.

What’s your favorite old movie (filmed before 1955)?

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  1. I love Rear Window! 🙂

    • I know! It’s such a great movie.

  2. Super cool post. I’m going to have to think about my favorite movies from before 1955. I am a huge fan of movies from the 60s. I really like “Love is a Many Splendored Thing” though. And I love Rear Window too!

    • You know, I’ve NEVER seen Love is a “Many Splendored Thing”! 😀

  3. I think our families would get along for movie night! I also enjoy “Bringing Up Baby.” Thanks for posting

    • Kelly, “Bringing Up Baby” was a few movies down on my list!!! A movie I really love (and quote from OFTEN) but almost no one has seen is “The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer”…not a great movie, but a fun one. And Shirley Temple was so great as a teenager!

  4. Hmm, Kate, that’s a good question! I came over from Better Writer on FB.
    For me:
    1. Wizard of Oz
    2. Harvey
    3. Thin Man Ssries
    4. Casablanca
    5. Meet me in St. Louis

    they vary a bit but yeah, I think that’s it. I loved all of the Andy Hardy movies with Mickey Rooney, The Ma and Pa Kettle movies, most of the Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, Humphrey Bogart, and Jimmy Stewart movies. Anything Judy Garland was in. As you can tell… i watched a lot of movies when I was a kid.

  5. All great movies- I acted in Arsenic and Old Lace when I was in high school- I haven’t seen the movie, I should get it to watch it. The rest I’ve seen and love all them.

    • How fun!! If you get to see it, please let me know what you think. I’m really interested to hear your take on it after these years and after being in the production!

  6. Assuming you were talking about me – if I wrote a top 5 list in my sleep, I’m worried it would end up being “Top 5 Ways My Mother Tries To Kill Me.” 😛

    This is a good post, though. I might have to steal the idea for one of my blogs soon.

    • HAHAHA!!! Hannah, one day I’ll have to write about all of your Mother Horror Dreams!! Steal away, sweetie. 😉

  7. My husband loves some of those movies. Thank you for posting. Thank you for sharing this on Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you’ll be back this week.

    • Thanks, Mackenie!


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