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Classic Movies — Your Favorites! (Contest)
Friday, January 27th, 2023

Update: The winner is…Savonna!

I was thinking the other day that my kids have been deprived of knowing about the great classic films. When I grew up, there weren’t many channels on the TV, and they played classics late at night or on Saturdays. It was a captive audience, but I grew up loving these films. Nowadays, kids have so many options for what they can watch, it’s mind-numbing. The 9-year-old is obsessed with YouTube and obnoxious cartoons like Uncle Grandpa and Chowder (I actually love Chowder), but getting her to watch a movie that isn’t a Disney cartoon is nearly impossible. The 14-year-old is obsessed with anime. The 18-year-old loves Rom-Coms, and we watch those together, but watch something in black and white? They look at me like I’m nuts when I suggest it, but I think it ought to be part of their education. Classic films, the really good ones, had tons of dialogue and lovely themes and lessons. The comedies are so much better than most produced today.

I have my particular favorites here…


I’m thinking about instituting a classic movie night, maybe once a month, because more than that would stoke insurrection in my house. I’d plan a movie, have snacks ready, and if they want to eat, they have to watch! What do you think of that idea? I want to broaden their horizons. Am I expecting too much thinking they might enjoy these films?

For a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card, I’d love your suggestions for movies to add to the list. And let me know what you think about my idea!

19 comments to “Classic Movies — Your Favorites! (Contest)”

  1. Mary McCoy
    · January 27th, 2023 at 9:52 am · Link

    Love your idea! I would add Duck Soup, Bringing Up Baby and It Happened One Night.

  2. Delilah
    · January 27th, 2023 at 9:58 am · Link

    I LOVED Bringing Up Baby and It Happened One Night. Never heard of Duck Soup, but I’ll go check it out!

  3. Anna Taylor Sweringen
    · January 27th, 2023 at 10:41 am · Link

    OMG! Too many to name. Like you with only seven TV channels I got my movies from the Million Dollar Movie on channel nine, the Late Show and Late Late Show on channel two when they weren’t talk shows.

    Favorites: Best Years of Our Lives,
    Top Hat (my favorite Fred & Ginger musical),
    A Raisin in the Sun,
    Lillies of the Field,
    A Day At the Races (Marx Brothers at their best. I like it even better than Horse Feathers & Duck Soup),
    Road To Utopia (Bob Hope & Bing Crosby laugh fest with commentary by Robert Benchley),
    Notorious (probably my all time favorite Cary Grant/Hitchcock pairing),
    Charlie Chaplin’s the Gold Rush.
    Let me stop or I’ll be here all day.

  4. Christine
    · January 27th, 2023 at 10:41 am · Link

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Original West Side Story and the Sound of Music.

  5. Pansy Petal
    · January 27th, 2023 at 10:55 am · Link

    Well, I would do movie night at your house! All three that you listed are also on my favorites list and in my personal library. Any Cary Grant movie is good. Topper, His Girl Friday, The Bishop’s Wife, To Catch a Thief, An Affair to Remember, North by Northwest, That Touch of Mink Father Goose – to name but a few. Jimmy Stewart has a good list too, with It’s a Wonderful Life on top of that list and Mr. Smith goes to Washington, The Shop around the Corner, and The Man who Shot Liberty Valance that also included John Wayne. Speaking of which – The Searchers, The Quiet man. Yep! You found another ‘classic movie’ fan here. I have as many of those in my personal library as I do sci-fi. Does that mean I also have eclectic taste?

  6. Colleen C.
    · January 27th, 2023 at 12:25 pm · Link

    My sister loves old movies… my personal favorite is Meet Me In St. Louis.

  7. Becky Byers
    · January 27th, 2023 at 2:31 pm · Link

    I love the old classics! My favorites are Imitation of Life with Lana Turner, Brigadoon with Gene Kelly, To Hell and Back with Audie Murphy (based on his actual life as a soldier, most decorated in history) and The Cowboy’s with John Wayne.

  8. Beckie
    · January 27th, 2023 at 3:12 pm · Link

    Robin hood w/Errol Flynn
    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
    Who Shot Liberty Valance

    Love the Dukes movies
    Love old Christmas movies

  9. Diane Sallans
    · January 27th, 2023 at 6:53 pm · Link

    I love old/older movies too – the kids should see them because some are referenced quite often.

    Favorite social commentary – To Kill a Mockingbird + Inherit the Wind
    Favorite Suspense – Rear Window + Midnight Lace
    Favorite musical – Seven Brides for Seven Brothers + Kiss Me Kate
    Favorite silly westerns – McClintock + Blazing Saddles
    Favorite American history – How the West Was Won
    Favorite Christmas – White Christmas + Christmas Vacation

  10. Mary Preston
    · January 27th, 2023 at 7:33 pm · Link


    FATHER GOOSE is a great favourite of mine. Starring Cary Grant and Leslie Caron.

    THE SEARCHERS with John Wayne is my all time favourite western movie.

  11. bn100
    · January 27th, 2023 at 9:07 pm · Link

    the sound of music

    fun idea

  12. Jennifer Beyer
    · January 27th, 2023 at 9:31 pm · Link

    Maybe Close Encounters Of The Third Kind? I always enjoy it when it’s on.

  13. Tamye Whitener
    · January 27th, 2023 at 10:21 pm · Link

    I think a classic movie night is a grand idea. I like the ones with Cary Grant, what’s her name, and what’s his name. Sorry, I can see their faces, but their names have escaped me.

  14. flchen1
    · January 27th, 2023 at 10:37 pm · Link

    I like the ones with dancing in them, LOL! So Silk Stockings with Cyd Charisse, and Singing in the Rain, and the like!

  15. Beth
    · January 29th, 2023 at 1:50 pm · Link

    I liked the old Shirley temple movies, some of the musicals, John Wayne movies, old westerns and some of the WWII movies. Didn’t really get into dramas much but I remember watching Three Coins in the Fountain a few times.

  16. Savonna
    · January 30th, 2023 at 9:38 am · Link

    Hey DD!
    I’m late replying to this. It’s more to support your cause than anything. Some of my best memories are of being a kid & watching old movies, mainly musicals, with my mom.

    I love Arsenic & Old Lace! Harvey is a hoot. My favorite musical is GiGi with Louis Jourdan & Leslie Caron. Ah hell, I can’t pick just one old movie! Here’s a list off the cuff:

    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
    Meet Me in St. Louis
    Daddy Long Legs
    Singing in the Rain
    Easter Parade
    Bringing Up Baby
    Sound of Music
    My Fair Lady
    Young Frankenstein
    History of the World
    *Any Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers movie

  17. Ellen Wulf
    · January 30th, 2023 at 3:21 pm · Link

    The Maltese Falcon, original Terminator, North by Northwest, Rear Window, Captain Blood, the Seahawk, the Tell tell Heart, the Pit and the Pendelum, The Blob, the Original Mummy with Karloff, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Day the Earth Stood Still (orig), And so many more

  18. Cindy Bartolotta
    · February 6th, 2023 at 1:16 pm · Link

    There are so many classic movies, perhaps it would be better to select a monthly movie THEME: suspense, spies, comedy, musicals, dramas, holidays, horror, male star, female star… What about classic TV night?
    I like To Kill a Mockingbird, old musicals, Katharine Hepburn’s movies, the Wizard of Oz…

  19. Jackie Wisherd
    · February 7th, 2023 at 12:03 am · Link

    Casablanca. Gone With The Wind, The Maltese Falcon, Lassie Come Home, National Velvet to name a few.

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