Movie classics to watch or own

‘For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.’ Alfred Hitchcock

For those in the northern hemisphere are getting ready for the colder months and those of us in the southern hemisphere is warming up, but inevitably the rain comes. What do you do on a cool autumn evening or a wet spring day? Why not consider a movie?

One of the things we do at Reel Dialogue regularly is to talk about faith, life and film. Our team loves to consider how people can connect with God and others through film. The key to this opportunity comes down to watching a movie with others.

One day we were discussing films and a great question came up, ‘What classic films should I watch?’ 

Many may groan at the prospect of watching black & white films, films from a by-gone era or where all dialogue seemed to move in slow motion. But for those who love the idea of digging into cinematic history, seeing the films that influenced the current generation of movies and enjoying great cinema from the past 100 years. Our team put together a short list of where people can get started.

Be forewarned, some will appeal to modern audiences and some may not, but all of these films are worth a look. Also, please know that this list is far from exhaustive and our team would love to hear from you. What movies should we include on this list? There are so many great films to consider, but this list will help you to begin your cinematic journey into the past.

These are not in order of importance but do represent different genres. Some will contain mature content, and this should be considered before viewing. 

  • Citizen Kane
  • The Conversation
  • The French Connection
  • Gone with the Wind
  • Ben Hur
  • Seven Samurai (A nod to Ben McEachen)
  • Psycho
  • The Godfather
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • Alien (1979)
  • The Princess Bride
  • Blade Runner
  • The Magnificent Seven
  • The Great Escape
  • 12 Angry Men
  • Star Wars
  • The Ten Commandments
  • Dr Strangelove
  • Chinatown
  • Terminator
  • Casablanca

Some may be familiar to everyone, but many will be new options for consideration. 

Enjoy and send us your thoughts and potential suggestions.

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Russell Matthews

Russell loves film and enjoys engaging in discussions about the latest cinema offerings and then connecting this with the Gospel. He has worked for City Bible Forum for over 10 years, is a reviewer for Insights Magazine and Entertainment Fuse and has a blog called Russelling Reviews. He moderates events for Reel Dialogue which connect the film industry with the general public.