In honor of all the families stuck at home, enjoying SNOW DAYS, I thought it would be
fun to list my TOP 10 Favorite Classic Movies. I have lots of happy memories of coming inside from playing in the snow, all rosy-cheeks and runny nose, warming up with a cup of hot chocolate, and sitting down with my mom to watch an old movie. We loved watching old movies together!
I want our daughters to have similar memories of watching classic--well-made--movies together as a family. I have such wonderful memories of these movies. I bet I can tell you where I saw each one for the very first time!
So, as your kids come in from making snowmen this week, maybe you can sit down together, with steaming mugs of cocoa and bowls of popcorn, to watch a movie together. Many of these movies you can stream instantly from Netflix--or HELLO!--you can rent instantly from Amazon with Video on Demand!! That's a new one to me! Or, you could go old-school, and run to Blockbuster when the roads are clear. Either way, I sure hope you enjoy!
Oh--and please click on the titles below most of these to watch a preview!!
Gone with the Wind - I first saw this with my grandmother, in an old, not yet restored, Art Deco theatre. I'll never forget the red velvet curtains rising at the beginning of the movie to the sonorous melody of Tara's Theme. It was the perfect setting for me to meet Scarlett and her beautiful Tara. Oh Ashley, my foot. Too bad Scarlett can never hear me trying to help her out. I could save her so much heartbreak...
Ben Hur - Charlton Heston in another epic movie - what is not to love? The scene where he scoops up his sister and mother in his arms is almost too much for me to bear. I had no idea I would love this movie so much when I watched it for the first time!
Imitation of Life - Even though I know what is going to happen, this movie breaks my heart, and makes me cry buckets...even after it is over. But, oh how I love it! Lesson learned: Daughters--Love your mamas!! Love 'em now, and love 'em good!
That Touch of Mink - This is a nod to all the Doris Day movies I grew up loving! My close 2nd favorite is Pillow Talk.
National Velvet - Is there a prettier girl than young Elizabeth Taylor? As a young girl, oh, how I wanted this to be my story!
To Kill a Mockingbird - I didn't realize that my all-time favorite star is in this movie!! Why, Robert Duvall, of course! Who will ever forget Scout and Boo Radley after this movie? "If you shouldn't be defending him, then why are you doing it?"
Little Women - I know there is a newer version (starring Winona Ryder), which I do love. But, this 1949 version is the one I grew up loving! I loved June Allyson as Jo and even bratty Elizabeth Taylor's Amy. But, it was Margaret O'Brian as Beth, who every single time breaks my heart.
No Time for Sergeants - This one is in honor of my dad!! He introduced me to this hilarious movie. You cannot help but laugh at Andy Griffith's country bumpkin antics, and Don Knotts' hilarious cameo as the jittery aptitude tester.
Old Yeller - Please tell me you have seen this movie! "Jumper, you jug head!!"
An Affair to Remember - I know there is a remake, and I know the remake includes Katharine Hepburn. But, this version is the real deal. In the ending scene, you will not be able keep from yelling at Cary Grant on the screen--desperately trying to help him see the truth! Mark my words!
Because I cannot bear to keep my list at just 10, here are my Honorable Mentions...
Madame X (with Lana Turner) - I'm a sucker for great ending scenes!!!
The Little Princess (with Shirley Temple),
Lawrence of Arabia
Father of the Bride, 1950 version / Father's Little Dividend
The Parent Trap, 1961 Hayley Mills version
Rear Window -and other Alfred Hitchcock classics
There you have it - My TOP 10 Favorite Classic Movies (okay, and a couple more!)