5 Iconic Classic Films You Should Check Off Your List

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Rear Window

Hitchcock set the standards for suspense with Rear WIndow, his use of camera angles, point of view and manipulation of time is used today. Arguably considered his finest film- today it is generated almost a cult following with classic film enthusiasts (and James Stewart fans).

If that wasn’t reason enough to watch it- major eye candy for the fashion savvy viewer: Grace Kelly (ie the Princess of Monaco) wears swoon-worthy outfit after another – and makes us all wish hand gloves with cocktail dresses where still a thing.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

One of the more well known classic films- Audrey Hepburn with the help of stylist Givenchy created history- with a wardrobe that has since then become iconic- and can be seen everywhere nowadays from bridal shower themes to halloween costumes.. you may not know the film but you absoloutely know the dress. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is the ultimate girls movie night choice.

Philadelphia Story

Kathrine Hepburn almost single handedly changed the roles women play in film. At a time where women where defined by the male protagonist (love interest, Mother, Sister etc) Her fierce characters and outspokeness on the womens front won over the hearts of America and created a new frontier for women actors.

Philadelphia Story is iconic- I cannot tell you how many times its been redone. But the original is always best oui?

While watching, be sure to pay due admiration to Cary Grants chin dimple (iconic in its own right)

His Girl Friday

Known for its witty dialog, strong female character and hats- this is your go to for easy viewing and just may be responsible for having you quit your respective career path and pursuing journalism.

Gilda

To be honest- Gilda is probably my personal favorite- as films go- if His Girl Friday was a comforting meal- Gilda would be a decedent cake. Fabulous wardrobe, extravagant settings, passionate acting.. the whole film reads like rich, glittery, decadent gateau . Be forwarned-you’ve got to be in the right mood to watch Gilda. So if your looking for dramatic lighting, gunplay, and the most fabulous hair toss to rule the history of film.. Look no further. Gilda’s your girl.

Honorable Mentions-

Singing in the Rain, The General and Citizen Kane

Top 10 Rainy Day Movies

        Singing In The Rain

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqkQxTwEjH0

This is a film classic, and is also my go to movie when I’m sick, sad or just want to drool over Gene Kelly. With a fun, catchy soundtrack and gorgeous costumes, Every time I watch it I’m transported to that era, with the old fashioned Hollywood glitz and glamour, the tap dancing and fantastic hair.

2.       Beauty and the Beast

       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osU_T8HB-9U

Beauty and the beast was my favorite movie as a child, and nothing has changed. I associate a kind of- wholesomeness with the movie. Its deliciously cheesy  and was created at the pinnacle of the Disney renaissance. If you don’t know the words to the musical numbers- learn them. Your life will get just a little bit better, and think of how impressed your friends will be when you show off your new talents.

3.       His Girl Friday

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHVvnEWez1M

Words cannot correctly capture the love I have for Cary Grant, watch His Girl Friday, and you may understand. His Girl Friday is best known for its witty dialog, and captures the life of down to earth gritty news reporters. So when  watching- stay alert for perfectly delivered lines and tastefully timed jokes.

4.       Leon The Professional

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcsirofJrlM

 Not exactly a feel good movie, and But this movie made me laugh and sob uncontrollably- and for that reason deserves to be on this list. If your in the mood for some superb acting, unique character portrayals and sometimes heartbreaking plot developments then The Professional is the way to go.

5.       Garden state

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u82n0e1mgmQ

I like movies with characters that are realistic, the qualities the possess are neither extraordinary bravery nor wittiness, Zach Braff In my opinion captured the rawness of humanity in a unique way, and in a familiar setting.

6.       Pride and prejudice

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJA27Jujzq4

Because I am such a Austin fan I couldn’t resist sneaking this one in, There are several versions in pride and prejudice ( I’m looking at you BBC and Colin Firth) but my  favorite is the one starring Kiera Knightly  mainly because the acting and cinematography is staggering. Every time I watch  Pride and Prejudice I begin to mentally plan a trip to England, just after I finish my time machine.

7.       Gilda

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMRaqXpbrAI

Rita Hayworth is, in my opinion one of the most stunning classical film stars of all time, I genuinely think she was underrated and overshadowed by actresses such as Ingrid Bergman and Lauren Bacall, It’s easy to understand why when you see Gilda, The movie includes her famous strip tease  Put the blame on mame .  when pressed, Gilda may just be  my favorite classical film of all time .

8.       Rear Window

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kCcZCMYw38

Rear Window Finds Hitchcock at his finest, Jimmy Stewart is such a engaging actor, and when paired with the lovely Grace Kelley and Directed by the master of suspense- Alfred Hitchcock himself- Beautiful things happen. This film will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, soaking in all of Hitchcock’s genius.

9.       The Artist

         http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OK7pfLlsUQM

This film is unique, as it’s a silent movie- that was filmed in  2011 but was set in 1927, adhering to all of the classical film cinematography techniques, however with an added more modern twist. The acting is superb, as with the lack of lines, the actors really tap into their ability to express pure undiluted feeling, without uttering a word.

10.   The Pianist

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itR0-I9idXk

Adrian Brody plays a Jewish pianist, in the Second World War, I feel like that is enough right there. What makes this movie incredible, is how Brody was able to capture the gentleness of this timid pianist with the  human need to survive, to contrast between the disgusting conditions of the second world war and the soft beauty of the Piano music, creates something truly fantastic