The Test of Time: 10 Classic Movies Everyone Should See

Grab some popcorn, find the most comfortable seat in your house, and start counting down—we’ve collected our list of the best classic movies of all time! We’re talking timeless classics that are as relevant today as they were when they first hit theaters decades ago. From love stories to action-packed adventures, these films span a variety of genres that will keep you entertained for hours on end. Whether you want to relive the golden era of film or simply take a trip down memory lane, transport yourself back into an age where storytelling was king!

1. Jurassic Park 

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The OP opened the topic with, “Jurassic Park only recently, and I think it still works. In fact, it touches more subjects and problems and patches a lot more plot holes than a lot of today’s blockbusters.”

Jurassic Park is Steven Spielberg’s massive blockbuster franchise that revolves around two paleontologists and mathematicians. They are among a select group chosen to tour an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. They later found out it wasn’t as safe as they thought when various ferocious predators break free and go on the hunt.

2. Inside Out

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One Redditor replied to the OP and shared, “F— This post makes me feel old.”

Another user responded, “Personally, I think those old Disney flicks like Inside Out are really timeless. Edited twice for grammar.”

Another agreed, “Same. And I’m not even what you’d consider ‘old.'”

3. Chinatown

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Chinatown…..oooooh, I love me some noir. Also, if the early 90’s is classic, then Glengarry Glen Ross. Edit: the first Dirty Harry movie, also Escape from Alcatraz. Remains of the Day…I still cry a bit when I watch that. The first Superman movie with Christopher Reeve…sure, it’s got ridiculously dated effects, but the joy of Williams’ score and Reeve just being perfect for Clark Kent and Superman is always uplifting to me,” one usershared. 

4. City Lights

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One user highlighted some movies, “Good list. I’d throw City Lights, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Kind Hearts and Coronets, Rebecca, Rear Window, The Wicker Man, and The Last Picture Show on there.”

Another user replied, “Thank you for that. When I think of classics, I think of that time period; maybe I’m getting old.”

One Redditor commented, “Period films should always hold up… it is in their design.”

5. Citizen Kane

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One user also shared another list, “When it comes to classic old movies that still hold up today, opinions may vary. However, here are a few examples that are often regarded as timeless:

Citizen Kane (1941)—Orson Welles’ masterpiece is widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made. Its storytelling, compelling characters, and exploration of power and identity continue to captivate viewers.

Casablanca (1942)—This romantic drama set during World War II is known for its memorable quotes, enduring performances, and timeless themes of love, sacrifice, and political intrigue.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)—Though not as old as some other classics, this film has achieved cult status and is considered one of the best movies ever made. Its gripping story, exceptional performances, and messages of hope and redemption have resonated with audiences worldwide.

Gone with the Wind (1939)—This epic historical romance is still highly regarded for its sweeping scale, memorable characters, and lush cinematography. It remains a classic example of old Hollywood filmmaking.

Psycho (1960)—Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological thriller continues to be praised for its suspenseful storytelling, iconic shower scene, and groundbreaking techniques. Its impact on the horror genre is still felt today.”

6. The Godfather

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One added, “The Godfather.”  

This mob drama, based on Mario Puzo’s novel, follows the Italian-American crime family of Don Vito Corleone. Michael, the son, joins the Mafia, leading to violence and betrayal, affecting Michael’s relationship with his wife, Kay.

7. It’s a Wonderful Life

Its a Wonderful Life, Donna Reed
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A user shared, “I’d say maybe most of Frank Capra’s films still hold up. Even if the world isn’t the same.”

Some of Frank Capra’s films are It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), It Happened One Night (1934), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Mr. Deeds Goes To Town (1936), and Lost Horizon (1937). 

8. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

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“Twin peaks fire walk with me. Still scarier than most of the so-called horror movies nowadays.”, posted by a Redditor. 

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me is a 1992 American psychological horror film directed by David Lynch and written by Lynch and Engels. It is a prequel to the television series Twin Peaks, which combines detective fiction, horror, supernatural, offbeat humor, and soap opera tropes. The film has a darker tone, with most television cast members reprising their roles, but some notable cast members, such as Lara Flynn Boyle and Richard Beymer, did not return for various reasons.

9. Pinocchio (1940)

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One user shared some movie names and posted, “Plenty still hold up in terms of artistic/entertainment value: Citizen Kane, 12 Angry Men, Strangers on a Train, Repulsion, Vertigo, Pinocchio (1940 version), The Great Escape, The 39 Steps, The Magnificent Seven, The Dirty Dozen, The Sting, Jaws, Romeo and Juliet (1968 version), All About Eve, The Grapes of Wrath, Cool Hand Luke, and Hud. Loads more too.”

10. White Heat

White Heat, James Cagney
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Another user commented, “Cagney in White Heat for sure, any of the original James Bond movies w SC of course, Taking of Pelham 123 (original version), 2001, Mr. Roberts, Far From the Madding Crowd, jeezz too many to mention, THAT is why TMC is so important to our continuation of literate culture… Movies are artwork and are the antidote to our mindless modern American culture. Hey, you kids out there, stop watching fascist corporate stuff, Captain Avenger-type stuff; it is destroying your minds!!” 

Have you seen the films listed here? Do you agree that they should be given more attention? Let us know your thoughts!

Source: Reddit.

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