5 Great Movies Made Before You Were Born

by Natalie Mootz
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In this particular case (not that there are, ahem, a lot of eavesdropping cases, mind you), two women were talking about how unmanageable their Netflix and Blockbuster On Demand queues were getting. Yeah, they went there: movie bloat. (In public!) I hardly had time to cover my delicate ears before one woman suggested a solution. “Delete any movies that were made before you were born,” she said. “I mean, if you haven’t seen them by now, you probably never will.”

Now, half of you reading this post probably nodded your heads and said something to yourself along the lines of, “Sheer genius!” The other half just passed out on the floor in pure shock.

Leave the ones on the floor for now. (Fine, get a pillow for their heads if you must but hurry back.) The rest of you? That’s right, those of you who thought the idea was awesome: It’s you I’m talking to, so listen up.

I realize it may be hard for you to believe, but there are actually tons of good films that were made before you were born.

There are so many good films, in fact, that I could bring you weekly recommendations for all kinds of movies that were most likely made before you were born—some of them are even in black and white! I could tell you about how they’re not very much different from the films you watch nowadays in the theater, and then you’ll add these classic movies to your Amazon Prime Watchlist or whatnot and you will actually like them!

That’s enough ado, so let’s get to the first set of films on your Movie Bucket List!

© The Best Years of Our Lives: REX USA

If You Liked… American Sniper

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The Best Years of Our Lives (1946): A realistic story about three men coming home from World War II and struggling to adjust to everyday life.

© Zero Hour: REX USA

If You Liked….Airplane!

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Zero Hour (1957): The script for Airplane was copied almost verbatim from this originally dramatic film.

© The Red Shoes: REX USA

If You Liked…Black Swan

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The Red Shoes (1948): An aspiring ballerina makes a tragic trade-off to further her career.

© The Pink Panther Strikes Again: REX USA

If You Liked…Mortdecai

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The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976): Peter Sellers is hilarious playing the inept detective Inspector Clouseau.

© Game of Thrones: HBO; The Lion in Winter: REX USA

If You Liked…Game of Thrones

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The Lion in Winter (1968): Two of Hollywood’s finest actors (Katharine Hepburn and Peter O’Toole) play a medieval king and queen with a complicated relationship.

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