Seven Classic Films Every Movie Lover Should See

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With thousands of films being released every year, there are so many options to divulge for your next movie marathon. However, there’s nothing like treating yourself to the classic films that have influenced not only the world of cinema but pop culture as we know it. 

If you’re looking to take a step back and enjoy some vintage entertainment, here are some classic Hollywood recommendations you should add to your movie list:

It Happened One Night (1934)

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Only three movies in Hollywood history have won the ‘Big Five’ categories of the Academy Awards, and this romantic comedy starring the ‘king of Hollywood’ Clark Gable was the first one to ever do it. Nearly 90 years later, this charming movie still has the power to make audiences laugh, and believe that opposites attract. 

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

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There’s no place like home, right? A lot of remakes and spinoffs may have been made over the years, but there’s nothing like the OG. This beloved family flick has left such as powerful imprint on the hearts of many, and Judy Garland singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” so resplendently is just the icing on the cake. 

Gone with the Wind (1939)

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While some aspects of this classic may be perceived as problematic to the modern audience, this film is still one of the highest-grossing movies of all time. It is also quite long (3 hours and 37 minutes to be exact), but it is a work of art that’s worth every minute glued to the screen. 

Citizen Kane (1941)

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Widely regarded as the greatest movie ever made, Citizen Kane is a monumental film about the investigation of reporters behind the last word of publishing tycoon Charles Foster Kane. Until the end of the movie, you probably won’t guess what ‘Rosebud’ means.  

Casablanca (1942)

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“Here’s looking at you, kid.” Probably the most popular Hollywood film ever made, this classic romantic drama is a tale of love and loss. Whether or not you like the ending, one cannot deny the cultural impact of this Humphrey Bogart flick. 

Rebel Without A Cause (1955)

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Although he’s only made a few films before his untimely death at 24 years old, James Dean has cemented his status as the poster child of bad boys in pop culture. This teenage drama will make you understand why.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

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And who could ever forget that iconic black dress? This Audrey Hepburn flick is a visual feast for fashion lovers and has made a tremendous impact in pop culture to this very day. 

These seven classics are only a few gems old Hollywood has to offer. They’re definitely a good jump-off point if you’re looking to explore the cinematic greatness of yesteryears. After watching these films, you’ll understand why they’ve remained in the hearts and minds of cinemaphiles to this day and age. 


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