8 Classic Films I am Thankful For



Have you ever thought about what films you could never do without? Think for a moment about the films that influenced you, taught you, and inspired you. Truthfully my list would be a mile long but for now I put together a short list of eight films that I am currently thankful for.

Gone with the Wind (1939) was my first classic film. I watched it with my grandma around the age of eleven. After that I was hooked. Even to this day I love epic well-written films that flesh out all their characters. Gone with the Wind is prime example of masterpiece story-telling.

The Women (1939) and Barbarella (1968) came to mind because of how the female characters were portrayed. In The Women we have a cast only of female actresses while in Barbarella we have our first female comic superhero come to life in all her glory. In both these films the woman are strong and feisty and I found their portrayals refreshing.

Two of Hitchcock's greatest films; Rebecca (1940) and Rear Window (1954) showed me how much suspense and mystery can be created without a hundred clues or visual affects thrown in your face. And then you have Manderley and the building across the street from where L.B. Jefferies resides. Both structures loom over the films and create a character of their own. That set that Hitchcock had built as the building is one of the most intricate and brilliant set pieces I have ever seen in a film. 

The Seven Year Itch (1955) showed me that a woman can be nameless and beautiful and still be the funniest person in the room. West Side Story (1961) was the first time I saw Puerto Rican's depicted on screen and according to my father it really was like that back in the 1960's. This film sets gangs and racism in a backdrop of incredible music and dance. To me it is a quintessential New York film. And last but never least is To Sir, with Love (1968). Sidney brought to life the true struggles of an educator amidst trying odds set in a backdrop of the sixties London. As a former teacher this film always moves me and inspires me.

What classic films are you grateful for? Have you seen any of the films I listed? What did you think of them?


 Gone with the Wind (1939)


The Women (1939)


Rebecca (1940)


Rear Window (1954)


Seven Year Itch (1955)


West Side Story (1961)


To Sir, with Love (1967)


 Barbarella (1968)




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