I love watching old vintage films… there is nothing more relaxing to me than curling up with a cup of tea and a good Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe or Humphrey Bogart film.
My favourites include comedies, horrors, mystery films and of course, anything directed by Alfred Hitchcock. I have this amazing velvet covered box set with all Alfred’s best films in it. It’s one of those things I would definitely save in a fire on my way out of the house.
Whether the films are silent Charlie Chaplin films, black n’ white 1940’s film noir or 1950’s Technicolor I love them. Here are my top 15 vintage films (in no particular order) to get you addicted to watching old style cinema.
- Shadow of a Doubt (1943) – the fashion and storyline.
- The 7 Year Itch (1955) – Marilyn Monroe’s famous white dress scene where it blows up from the subway air.
- The Birds (1963) – a cult classic.
- Psycho (1960) – my favourite horror film of all time, I’ve always had a crush on Norman Bates.
- Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) – Dance scenes, and red sequin dresses that will have you swooning.
- Rope (1948) – so enthralling, the story will have you on the edge of your seat.
- Nosferatu (1922) – a highly influential silent horror film
- The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) – another classic, the creature’s costume and Julie Adams swimsuit are everything
- Some like it Hot (1959) – One of the funniest films ever!
- Rear Window (1954) – One of my partner Carl’s favourite films ever!
- Casablanca (1942) – Humphrey Bogart is the dapper gent in this film
- Funny Face (1957) – Audrey Hepburn is cuter than ever, plus there are dance scenes to can’t miss
- Roman Holiday (1953) – Audrey, Audrey Audrey! I can’t get enough of her.
- Modern Times (1936) – Charlie Chaplin’s films always make me giggle
- Dial M for Murder (1954) – another really good storyline that will leave you wanting more.
I would love to know what your favourite classic films are as I could go on forever but have whittled it down to my top favourites. These films will leave you wanting more with the amazing fashion, makeup and hairstyles of the times.
Another favourite of mine is a film called ‘The Artist’ (2011) – I haven’t popped it in my top 15 as it’s a recently made black and white, silent film which has clearly taken its inspiration from vintage films. It’s an amazing film, and the way they have captured the essence of a good silent movie is pure magic. I thoroughly recommend watching it if you haven’t seen it.
Even the way characters talked and looked at each other back then seemed so much more emotional to modern films. Particularly those infamous, passionate kissing scenes. It’s not just the films I enjoy, but I also adore the vintage movie posters that were used to market these films. I have a few reproductions up around my house, I love the style and artwork.
Have you seen any of these classics? They definitely don’t make them like they used to.
Let me know any recommendations in the comments below