When I was growing up my Mom constantly shared her childhood and young adult life with me through watching her favorite old movies. I probably watched old romantic movies more often than I watched any current ones and know pretty much every word in all of them. They made me who I am today and I honestly believe that they are unappreciated among a lot of younger people. Plots and characters were just so different from today’s movies. The humor was even a lot different and actually made you think unlike a joke about something grodie you would hear in just about every movie now.
One of the best things in life is to curl up on the couch in front of the fireplace with a cup of tea with your family or friends and play an old film. With the cold months creeping up upon us, it would be a great activity to add to your list of things to do this winter to keep you warm inside and out. Here is a list of my all-time favorite romantic old movies that make you feel some type of way.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
This popular film was released in 1961 and is one of the most iconic Audrey Hepburn movies. You may recognize her character in this from some cheap art with a quote written next to it. That’s right. Her character as an escort who is seeking a rich husband who finds herself falling for a writer was so classic that it lives on through cheap art that you can find in various people’s homes. You can’t help but fall in love with Holly Golightly and her playful spirit when you watch this film.
Splendor in the Grass
Who doesn’t love Warren Beatty? If you haven’t seen any of his films you are definitely missing out. He may be a lot older now and may have been the center of an Oscars fiasco earlier this year, but Warren Beatty was the Hollywood heartthrob of his day. Natalie Wood and Beatty made the perfect high school sweethearts in this 1961 film. However, they battle their parents’ oppressive expectations and the ending will really surprise you.
The Way We Were
Barbara Streisand is a classic beauty in this movie. She and the handsome Robert Redford meet in college but don’t connect until a chance encounter after college. Streisand is a strong-willed political advocate whereas Redford is a laid-back writer who moves them to California which ends up putting a strain on their relationship. The sweet and romantic song called “The Way We Were” sung by Streisand throughout the movie really brings out all the feels.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Have you ever wondered where the famous scene came from in which Marilyn Monroe dances in a pink ball gown in a room full of diamonds and gorgeous men in suits? This 1953 movie is the one. Jane Russell and Monroe are two best friends who happen to perform songs and dances together and are put on a cruise to do so until they get involved in a scandal after being followed by a detective hired by Monroe’s fiancee.
Barefoot in the Park
Another Robert Redford movie makes the list but this time he is alongside a young Jane Fonda. This 1967 movie is about young newlyweds who move into their first apartment. Fonda is the free spirit and Redford is the uptight lawyer who eventually considers divorce after a series of events with neighbors and mother in laws.
Now make your cup of tea and a bowl of popcorn. Grab a friend, a significant other or a pet and watch one of these old films. I guarantee afterward you will be glad you did.