July 15, 2014

The Good Ol' Days

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new topic/top ten list and invite everyone to share their own answers. I'm so obsessed with lists - so it makes perfect sense that I'd love this feature!

I've technically done this topic before. If you're interested, here are my 14 favorite TV shows (both no longer airing and currently on air). The only one that's changed is New Girl - I'd take it off now and replace it with The Mindy Project. I want Mindy Kaling to be my friend in real life! I also like So You Think You Can Dance, Shark Tank, The Originals... but listen, I had to stop somewhere.

I've also talked a little bit about movies before when I shared my love for costume dramas. This probably goes hand-in-hand with my love of things like historical fiction, but I seriously cannot resist a gorgeous period piece. And it's even better if it involves British accents!

So, I went with another type of movie that I love: ones from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Movies from this time period have a special place in my heart, and there are so many more I could have listed! The final movie on my list is actually right outside this "Golden Age" window, but I included it because I'm in charge.

Top Twelve Favorite Old Hollywood Movies 

All movie titles link to IMDB, and the IMDB summary is listed underneath each movie on my list.


1. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) starring Audrey Hepburn & George Peppard
A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building.

2. Roman Holiday (1953) starring Audrey Hepburn & Gregory Peck
A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.


3. The Philadelphia Story (1940) starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn & Jimmy Stewart
When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself.

4. Sabrina (1954) starring Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn & William Holden
A playboy becomes interested in the daughter of his family's chauffeur. But it's his more serious brother who would be the better man for her.


5. Pillow Talk (1959) starring Doris Day & Rock Hudson
A man and woman share a telephone line and despise each other, but then he has fun by romancing her with his voice disguised.

6. Charade (1963) starring Cary Grant & Audrey Hepburn
Romance and suspense in Paris, as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Who can she trust?


7. To Catch a Thief (1955) starring Cary Grant & Grace Kelly
When a reformed jewel thief is suspected of returning to his former occupation, he must ferret out the real thief in order to prove his innocence.

8. Rear Window (1954) starring Grace Kelly & Jimmy Stewart
A wheelchair bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.


9. How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) starring Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable & Marilyn Monroe 
Three women set out to find eligible millionaires to marry, but find true love in the process.

10. Gone With the Wind (1939) starring Clark Gable & Vivien Leigh
A manipulative Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner during the Civil War.


11. Kitty Foyle (1940) starring Dennis Morgan & Ginger Rogers
Kitty Foyle, a hard-working white-collar girl from a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania low, middle-class family, meets and falls in love with young socialite Wyn Strafford but his family is against her.

12. Bonnie and Clyde (1967) starring Warren Beatty & Faye Dunaway
A romanticized account of the career of the notoriously violent bank robbing couple and their gang.

9 comments:

  1. OH GOD. I used to watch all of these my my grandmother. MEMORIES. I actually own How to Marry a Millionaire. There is this really old black and white called Westwart the Women. Have you seen it? Love your choices. Very original! ~Kristina

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  2. I love, love, love old movies! I'm bound and determined to make my future children love them too. And while you made fabulous picks, Gone with the Wind is above and beyond my favorite of the bunch. Still trying to convince my fiance to watch it - I made the mistake of telling him how long it was first lol

    I really need to rewatch some of these now. So, so fun! :)

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  3. Love your twist on the topic! I grew up on classic Hollywood, and Audrey and Cary are my favorites from the era so obviously I'm a huge fan of a whole bunch of the movies you listed. (I also love Cary opposite Ingrid Bergman in Notorious and Audrey opposite Peter O'Toole in How to Steal a Million. So good.) Gone with the Wind, Rear Window; and everything Rock and Doris did was perfect. I haven't seen a few of the others, but they're on my list! (I actually haven't seen many of Marilyn's movies at all, which is a huge oversight.)

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  4. I love Audrey Hepburn movies! Great list!

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  5. I am obsessed with this post, and want to watch all the movies in it! I've only seen Bonnie and Clyde (which is fantastic), so I'm definitely rolling up my sleeves and getting to work on all these others too ;)

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  6. What a wonderful take on this week's topic, Hannah!! I've always loved classic Hollywood, and this post is just perfect.

    Have you ever seen Arsenic & Old Lace, with Cary Grant? It's a little darker, but absolutely hilarious. His physical comedy in that film is pretty great. Oh, and then there's North by Northwest, an Alfred Hitchcock film starring (again) Cary Grant. (He was and is still my favorite<3)

    Here's my Top Ten Movies, if you'd like to check them out!

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  7. I already flailed over this post but DAMMIT I'M GOING TO DO IT AGAIN. I love this, Hannah. Seriously, love. L-o-v-e.

    I've been wanting to add a Classic Movie feature after stumbling upon Movie Monday at Making Nice in the Midwest. She's featured well-known titles (Sunset Boulevard, Murder on the Orient Express, The Seven Year Itch) as well as ones I've never heard of (Desk Set - Hepburn/Tracy!, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, etc).

    I love Audrey, I love Gregory Peck (obsessed, more like. I specifically chose my current frames because they're the same as the ones he wore in To Kill a Mockingbird). I love Audrey & Peck together. Roman Holiday = ♥ and Charade has been in my netflix queue for months now!

    Grace Kelly is hands down one of the most amazingly beautiful people to ever walk the Earth. I only just recently watched Dial M for Murder - coincidentally my first Hitchcock film I KNOW. I thought it was great and now I definitely need to get my butt in gear and watch the rest of his films. The recent Hitchcock movie with Anthony Hopkins was good! I loved all the references to Hitchcock's other films.

    I'm a total sucker for romances where there's a difference in social status/class. Kitty Foyle sounds like it'd be right up my alley! So yesterday when I was first reading this post, I was watching another Ginger Rogers movie: The First Traveling Saleslady. Ginger's character teamed up with Carol Channing (!) and they attempt to sell corsets but it doesn't go exactly as planned.

    The Apartment, How to Murder Your Wife, An Affair to Remember, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, anything Gene Kelly...I'm tempted to call off and have a movie day!

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  8. I'm so bad at watching films in general. I usually spend my time watching tv shows or reading or doing something else. And as for older Hollywood films? Yeah, almost never happens. Which is a shame, because I think I really would like them! Of those you list I've seen Rear Window, part of Gone with the Wind, and part of Breakfast at Tiffany's. One of these days I'll have to keep this list in mind when I'm searching Netflix for a movie to watch. :)

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