imagine a world with no classic movies

And that, my friends, is apparently the world my husband lives in. 

*a moment of disbelieving silence*

Not sure how it came up. Actually I think he was reading The Wizard of Oz (Golden Book version) to the kids. And he said he'd never seen the movie. 

Or any 'old' movies. 

When pressed, turns out this means he hasn't seen Gone With The Wind either. Or Casablanca. Or Singing in the Rain. Or It's a Wonderful Life. Or My Fair Lady. 

He's just never chosen to watch an old film. (Also: how he got this far with me, without one, escapes me.)

So I have a plan, folks. (Because he's not adverse to the idea of classic film. He's just never seen one.

Yes I'm repeating myself. 

I'm still in shock.)

It's his birthday in three weeks and guess what I'm planning to give him. 

Shall we limit it to the top 10? 

So I need your help. What are they – the top 10 classic movies? Other than those listed – should we introduce Rodgers and Hammerstein (aka Oklahoma) or go easy on him? 

What are your favourites?


Come ON. Wizard of Oz? Who's never seen the Wizard of Oz?!?

So, your help. Please. I'll make the popcorn.


13 Comments on “imagine a world with no classic movies

March 1, 2010 at 10:04 pm

I have the wiZard of oz and it’s a wonderful life I will lend u…also does lost horizon (the non musical version) count? It’s in my top ten for sure..and not just of old movies…while we r here tho has he seen trainspotting? But I digress…he has seen Hitchcock right? Psycho and the birds right? Um… I will think of more

Alex Nolan
March 2, 2010 at 2:22 am

Breakfast at Tiffany’s
It’s a Wonderful Life

More recent ‘old’ classics would be:
Black Beauty
Mary Poppins
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Gene Wilder version)

I’ll get back to you on some others!


Tracee Dawn
March 2, 2010 at 2:24 am

I watched Mr. Smith goes to Washington for the first time last fall. What a great movie. Give it a try.

March 2, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Ohhhh, who hasn’t seen Wizard Of Oz?! What a tragic thing! I have a friend who moved here from France and had never seen it….come to think of it they still have my copy…..

Birds is a good one I agree. Drawing a blank on others….

March 2, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Given Ad is a bloke, I am going to try and provide some more blokey oriented choices Citizen Kane, The Great Escape, The Dirty Dozen, The Ten Commandments, Ben Hur OR Spartacus, anything at all with Orson Wells, On the Waterfront, Giant and anything with Paul Newman young or old, A couple of Marilyn’s and I like Cat on a hot tin Roof too.

And because I love the Wizard of Oz more than life itself, he should watch it WEARING ruby red slippers!

March 2, 2010 at 7:53 pm

I think my children know every word to The Wizard of Oz given the number of times they watched it when they were young. My favourites are:

Gone with the Wind
Wonderful Life
Pollyanna (First movie I saw, with my grandmother)
High Society
White Christmas.

Melissa Linardon
March 2, 2010 at 8:42 pm

I’m still getting over the shock. But what we need to define is what is a classic movie. Is there a decade cut off??
I love all the musicals with the one and only The Sound of music
being at the top of the list.
West side story is good too.
Vote 2 for Mary Poppins.
But it can be all about the actors
Clark and the list goes on.
Good luck narrowing it down to the top 10

March 2, 2010 at 9:14 pm

While I am totally behind the idea of getting him to watch classics an awful lot can be a bit girly so I’m with MM above and I think she has great suggestions.

To further complicate the votes, what about some Australian classics?? The Man From Snowy River, Coolangatta Gold, Gallipoli (Fi, we have all 3 if you want to borrow them)

Kimberly @ Raising Olives
March 3, 2010 at 8:39 am

I agree with Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but honestly I may have to go over these lists and write them down because there are many that I also haven’t seen.

Hope he has a great birthday and enjoys watching some of the classics.

March 3, 2010 at 10:07 pm

A couple of Dave’s favourites, not sure they count as classics- The Taking of Pelham 123, and Twelve Angry Men. Both the original versions.

March 4, 2010 at 5:32 pm

My favourite movie of all time is ‘The Philadelphia Story’ with Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart

March 5, 2010 at 8:59 am

I’m not sure what counts as ‘classic’…? Anyway, I would add ‘Mrs Minerva’ (Greer Garson, wartime Britain), ‘On the Beach’ (Cold War post-nuclear apocalypse Melbourne), ‘The Apartment’ (Shirley Maclaine, Mad Men style) and all the Raymond Chandler movies with Humphrey Bogart in them.

Wait – does this mean he hasn’t seen ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’? That should be top of the list.

March 6, 2010 at 8:02 pm

I love too many old movies. Can’t imagine whittling it down to a list of just ten, but I’d have to second some of the suggestions already made 🙂


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