A few weeks ago, I was ready for season 6 of my favorite series on Netflix. Oh the deception, when I realized I had to wait at least 11 months for the last season, which was apparently not on Netflix. I was not ready for another series (yet), so I browsed to the movie section. Then I wondered: how many golden oldies would be available on Netflix? Well, surprisingly there were more than I thought!
Here are 10 golden oldies for your Netflix watchlist. If you’re a newbie in Classic Hollywood land, these movies are definitely worth watching. If you’re not a newbie: when is the last time that you’ve watched these classics?
1. It happened one night (1934)
A spoiled daughter of a well-known millionaire runs away. On the way to New York, she bumps into a journalist who just lost his job and looking for the perfect story to come back. The scene where they try to hitchhike is a classic. This is actually the first movie that won “the Big Five” Oscars.
Starring: Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert
2. Singin’ in the rain (1952)
This musical is about a turning point in history: the transition from silent movies to talkies (that we are used to nowadays). A movie idol hopes to get his big break, but that’s hard because his co-star has a voice that will break all the windows in your house. This movie didn’t win any prize, but it’s seen as one of the best musical comedies of all time and it’s always included in “Best movie” lists.
Starring: Gene Kelly, Debby Reynolds & Donald O’Connor
3. All about Eve (1950)
A broadway diva meets who has it all, meets one of her biggest female fans. She hires the fan as her assistant. Slowly it becomes clear that her assistant tries to take her place. ย All about Eve won several Oscars, including the one for Best Film.
Starring: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter & George Sanders
4. Some Like it Hot (1959)
Two musicians witness a gangster shooting and have to run. To avoid being killed, they escape by dressing up as ladies to join a ladies orchestra. This movie was a huge success and nominated for several Oscars. Marilyn received the Golden Globe for best Actress for her role. It’s seen as one of the best comedies of the 20th century.
Starring: Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe
5. To kill a Mockingbird (1962)
A lawyer defends an innocent black man and in the process, he has to deal with the hate, prejudices and judgemental people around him. This movie was produced in the early 1960s and had a high “real life” factor, if you look at the racial issues that took place in that time period. Gregory Peck won an Oscar for Best Actor for his role.
Starring: Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Philip Alford and Robert Duvall
6. Roman Holiday (1953)
A princess is tired of her daily duties and escapes to get a glimpse of the life of the “normal” people. She bumps into a journalist who is looking for a good story. Audrey Hepburn won an Oscar for Best Actress for her role.
Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck and Eddie Albert
7. Mary Poppins (1964)
Disney Classic about a nanny who joins a family with quite some issues. She has a totally different approach about raising children than other nannies. This movie won an Oscar for visual effects (real life meets animation).
Starring: Julie Andrews, Dick van Dyke and David Tomlinson
8. Rosemary’s baby (1968)
A Hitchcock Classic about a woman who becomes pregnant under mysterious circumstances. As her pregnancy evolves, she is more and more convinced that she and her baby are in great danger. This classic is considered as one of the best horror movies of all time.
Starring: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes and Ruth Gordon
9. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Well, we have have one animation movie in here, right! A jealous queen, her beautiful stepdaughter, seven dwarfs, a handsome prince…and the rest is history.
Starring: Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell and Lucille La Verne
10. The Great Gatsby (1974)
The mysterious millionaire Gatsby is known for his famous parties in the roaring twenties. He adores a lady who is already married. She falls in love with Gatsby, but doesn’t want to leave her husband. This version of the Great Gatsby won two Oscars: Best Costume Design and Best Music.
Starring: Robert Redford, Mia Farrow and Bruce Dern.
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