30 Best Classic Movies of All Time — Classic Films to Watch Now
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The best classic movies of all time
Classic movies have a special place in our hearts. They’re trailblazers, of course—true originals that rank among the best movies of all time, have become cultural touchstones and set the bar for everything that follows. Whether they make you laugh, cry or want to sleep with the lights on, you’ll be thinking of them long after the credits roll. But the best thing about them is that you’ll happily watch them again and again (and again).
On this list, you’ll find time-honored dramas, comedies, romances, action movies and sci-fi movies, as well as a few classic family movies you probably watch every year around the holidays. There’s a good chance you haven’t seen some of them, but trust us when we say you should put them on your must-watch list ASAP.
How we chose the best classic movies
While people often toss around the phrase “instant classic,” true classics need to be around a while to see if they actually stand the test of time. And that’s exactly what you’ll find here: amazing films that were all made before 1970. (Sorry, ’80s and ’90s movies, though we love you too!) We based our choices on each film’s impact on cinematic history, its status as an award winner or cult classic, and its ability to transcend the decades since it was released.
So, settle in for a trip back in time as we explore the classic movies that really never get old.
The Sound of Music
Memorable quote: “Oh, no, sir. I’m sorry, sir. I could never answer to a whistle. Whistles are for dogs and cats and other animals, but not for children and definitely not for me. It would be too … humiliating.”
You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who isn’t a huge fan of The Sound of Music. With the incomparable Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer at the helm, it’s become a time-honored family film. When a naval officer (Plummer) loses his wife, a young governess (Andrews) is sent to help care for his seven children. Singing, dancing and making clothes out of curtains ensues. The film won five Oscars, including Best Picture, and it’s hands down one of the best movie musicals of all time.