As a Liverpool hotel that pays homage to some of the great classic films of our time, we thought we’d put a list together of a few other movie greats you simply must watch at least once in your lifetime.
Our selection includes thrillers, horrors, musicals and iconic Hollywood productions that have helped shape today’s cinematic landscape.
See which of our selection you’ve already seen and which ones you still need to watch.
Director: Michael Curtiz
The classic movie of old Hollywood glamour, Casablanca tells the story of a love triangle between, Rick, (Humphrey Bogart) Lisa, (Ingrid Bergman) and Victor (Paul Henried).
As Rick discovers Lisa is back in town, he comes to the aide of her and her new husband helping them avoid the Germans who are in hot pursuit of the couple.
Remembered for: that line.
“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.”
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Known as one of the most extravagant and expensive movies of all time, Cleopatra was an obvious choice for our list of the most classic films.
In a time when big-budget movies just didn’t exist, Elizabeth Taylor starred as an Egyptian princess who ruled the ancient world, and wasn’t afraid to spend a buck or two whilst doing it.
Remembered for: The blown budget. Costing $44 million to make, the movie only grossed to date $29.75 million.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Director: Blake Edwards
Everybody’s favourite on-screen stunner, Audrey Hepburn, made so many things famous in this movie.
The little black dress, the bouffant hairstyle, not to mention the huge sunglasses, Holly Golightly is Hepburn’s most memorable role, one she has been optimised for ever since.
Remembered for: This moment.
Director: Randal Kleiser
Who hasn’t watched Grease? If the answer to that question is me, have you been living under a rock?
This classic film is the original high school musical movie depicting the tumultuous romance of two “teenagers” who meet in the summer and fall in love. What follows is a literal rollercoaster of good girl goes bad and bad boy goes good.
Remembered for: Greased Lightning
Director: James Cameron
This classic film epic had to make the list for so many reasons. James Cameron really pulled out all the stops when he recreated one of the biggest shipping disasters of all time.
Weaving a class-crossing love story into the tragedy made Titanic a must watch movie that will go down in history as one of the greatest classic films of all time.
Remembered for: Rose letting go after she swore she wouldn’t.
Gone with the Wind
Director: Victor Flemming
Still the highest-grossing film of all time, Gone with the Wind is probably the most classic film to have ever been made.
Starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable, the movie was destined for greatness and tells the story of a wealthy southern belle and her love life struggles set throughout the American civil war.
Remembered for: that line.
Director: Orson Welles
Transcending every Hollywood genre, except Western, Citizen Kane enters the list of classic films because it is inarguably the most important American film ever made.
The mystery movie starts with Kane on his deathbed, uttering a seemingly random word “Rosebud” and the rest involves an investigative journalist trying to understand the meaning behind the word.
Remembered for: being a big deal.
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Notably one of the most iconic classic films in history, Psycho has served as the benchmark for thrillers since it debuted in 1960. The master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock certainly worked his magic on this one.
Starring one of his icy blonds, Janet Leigh as Marion Crane who flees her job after stealing cash and winds up in a motel run by the very creepy Norman Bates and his mother, or at least that’s what Marion thinks.
Remembered for: the shower scene.
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
The don of all gangster movies (pardon the pun) The Godfather is undoubtedly a classic film not to be missed.
The Godfather is easily the most influential gangster film ever made. Telling the tale of Michael Corleone, played by Al Pacino, and his rise to becoming the head of a mafioso family after initially shunning the business.
Remembered for: Marlon Brando’s portrayal of Vito Corleone
Director: Steven Spielberg
An oldie but a goodie, after the movie Jaws was published people were genuinely terrified to go swimming in the sea.
Jaws is a gripping thriller which sees a monster shark arrive in the shallows of the sleepy tourist town, Amity Island and go on a killing spree at peak holiday season.
Remembered for: the huge and terrifying, mechanical shark (which, because of all its faults Spielberg nicknamed “The Great White Turd”)
The Wizard of Oz
Director: Victor Flemming
A fantasy film masterpiece that depicts a fantasy land adapted from L. Frank Baum’s novel, The Wizard of Oz tells the tale of young Dorothy, played by Judy Garland, and her journey to the land of Oz via a tornado.
This must-see movie has everything from songs and dancing, to witches, munchkins and flying monkeys – what’s not to love?
Remembered for: the use of technicolour and large-scale production.
Director: Steven Speilberg
From technicolour wonders to a moving black and white period war film, Schindler’s List is among the greatest, most heart-wrenching movies of our time.
Portraying one of the most horrific crimes against humanity in our history, the Holocaust, Spielberg tells the story of a man that saved the lives of Jewish people in WWII by employing them in his factory and saving them from Auschwitz.
Remembered for: the little girl in the red coat.
It’s a Wonderful Life
Director: Frank Capra
A favourite classic film and the ultimate Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life was the very first of its kind.
Known as the most inspirational American film ever made, It’s a Wonderful Life follows the alternative timeline of down-on-his-luck George Bailey through the help of a guardian angel. George sees a world without him in it and learns to love the life he has.
Remembered for: the wonderfully warm and fuzzy ending.
Director: Steven Spielberg
A touching story of friendship and life beyond our planet, E.T is known as one of the greatest science fiction, family-friendly films to see.
Following the friendship of Elliot and alien lifeform E.T, this feel-good film will make you laugh and cry, as well as make you want a little alien friend all of your own.
Remembered for: cycling across the moon.
Sound of Music
Director: Robert Wise
Staring the inimitable Julie Andrews as fraulein Maria, the movie is based on the real-life exploits of the Von Trapps, an Austrian naval officer’s family that escaped Nazi-occupied Austria in the 40s.
Remembered for: Do, Re, Mi
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Perhaps the most well-known film of all time, and a sure thing for our list of the top classic films ever, The Shining is definitely one to watch.
Set in the hills of Colorado, in the abandoned Overlook Hotel, Jack (played by Jack Nicholson) takes his family to overcome a writer’s block. What ensues is nothing short of terrifying.
Remembered for: “Here’s Johnny!”
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Starring Tom Hanks at his finest, Forrest Gump will go down in classic film history for its time-spanning, heart-breaking storyline.
From youth to fatherhood, this amazing movie portrays the feel-good life story of Forrest Gump, a boy born with a curved spine and learning difficulties, who went on to do great things despite all the obstacles.
Remembered for: the line.
“Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get!”
Some Like It Hot
Director: Billy Wilder
One of Marilyn Monroe’s most iconic movies, Some Like It Hot ranks high on every classic film list.
The story of two male band members who witness a mafia murder, escape by hiding in an all-female band dressed in drag. Monroe’s character, Sugar becomes the object of one of the guy’s affections and all kinds of hilarity roll out as a result.
Remembered for: that song.
Director: Frank Darabont
Falsely imprisoned Andy Dufrense goes through hell in Shawshank, a high-security prison for the most hardened of criminals, but along the way, he makes a friend, Red (played by Morgan Freeman).
Surviving on hope alone, Andy does have a happy ending, despite getting involved in money laundering for prison guards and spending months at a time in solitary confinement.
Remembered for: Andy’s escape celebration
Director: Martin Scorsese
“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.”
And cue the music!
This stylised crime drama is arguably the high point of not only Martin Scorsese’s glittering career, but also the high point of Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro and certainly Ray Liotta’s careers too.
Be it the wonderful soundtrack or gorgeous clothes that transport you back to the 1950s or the gripping drama that unfolds on screen, Goodfellas is, and always will be, a classic movie.
Remembered for: Tommy’s execution on the day he was to be made. Still hurts.
A Few Good Men
Director: Rob Reiner
Released in 1992, this military-themed legal drama is star-studded, to say the least. Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon and Cuba Gooding Jr. give this classic movie some impetuous and drama.
Based on an accusation of murder, Jack Nicholson delivers what can only be described as one of the most famous lines in movie history.
Remembered for: That famous line.
Director: Mel Gibson
It’s 1280, and William Wallace is leading the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence against King Edward I of England. Inspired by Blind Harry’s epic poem, Braveheart is Mel Gibson’s finest hour.
An instant success the moment it was released, Braveheart is a rebel-rousing classic film for the record books.
Remembered for: Wallace’s epic cry of “Freedom!”
Director: Ridley Scott
Russell Crow is Hispano-Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius in this period classic film. Taking award season by storm, Gladiator redefined the action movie genre and made Crow a household star.
However, it was Joaquin Phoneix’s incredible portrayal of Emperor Lucius Aurelius Commodus that ultimately stole the show.
Remembered for: Joaquin Phoneix’s epic tongue pulling and suspense inducing thumbs down gesture.
The Great Dictator
Director: Charlie Chaplin
The Great Dictator is a 1940 American political satire comedy-drama written, produced, directed and scored by Charlie Chaplin. Oh, he also starred in it as well.
A stirring condemnation of Hitler, Mussolini and fascism in general, The Great Dictator was extremely popular with cinema-goers – so much so that it was Chaplin’s most commercially successful film.
79 years old and still relevant, The Great Dictator is the epitome of a movie classic.
Remembered for: Charlie Chaplin’s tear-jerking speech at the end of the movie: “In the name of democracy, let us all unite!”
Saving Private Ryan
Director: Steven Spielberg
Saving Private Ryan was released in 1998 and has since been a tough act to follow when concerning epic war movies.
Starring Edward Burns, Tom Sizemore, Tom Hanks and a young Matt Damon, Saving Private Ryan was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2014.
Described as “culturally, historically and aesthetically important,” there’s no denying that Saving Private Ryan is one of the top classic films that simply has to be seen.
Remembered for: The 27-minute-long opening, which includes a depiction of the Omaha Beach assault during the Normandy Landings.
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