Sometimes, I don’t have any ideas for a movie to watch with Elisabeth on our movie night (each Friday, we watch a movie together), and I’m sure some of you have had similar problems, so I’ve compiled a short list of great films that I think any girl would love. They’re all old movies, because that’s pretty much all I watch these days, but if you’re a die-hard modern movie fan, I still suggest checking these out – the first one on the list convinced me that not all old movies were dry and boring.
Ah, Casablanca. This film should be a staple of your movie nights if you’re a teenage girl – or a girl of any age. There’s a dazzling, heartbreaking love triangle, political intrigue, more than a few nail-biting moments, and an ending that will leave you choked up and satisfied all at the same time. Casablanca is a one of the most classic of all classic films, so I’d recommend watching it just for that, if nothing else. Plus, allll of those iconic lines! You’re just dying to hear them in their proper context, right? (RIGHT?)
Roman Holiday is sort of a Cinderella story for girls who want a little more depth, emotion, and romance than what the fairy tale has to offer. (I’m not bashing Cinderella, though.) Audrey Hepburn is enchanting, as usual, and the fact that it was her first movie role + she won an Oscar for it, just goes to show how truly brilliant she was. And Gregory Peck is always a good idea. There are lots of charming little scenes as Princess Ann goes through her one magical day of freedom, scenes that culminates in a bittersweet ending that, again, will leave you choked up.
~Gone With The Wind
You knew I had to include this, didn’t you? The book is amazing (actually, it’s more than amazing) and while the movie isn’t quite as good, the filmmakers did a fantastic job with bringing everything to life. Clocking in at nearly four hours, Gone With The Wind is a movie I’d pop in for an all-nighter. (You know what the best thing about those are? Midnight snacks.) Even if you’re feeling drowsy by the end, it’s all worth it just to hear and see Rhett/Gable deliver The Line with a coolness that no-one else could quite convey. Really, my only quibble with the film is that WILL WASN’T INCLUDED. (Right now, Mom’s rolling her eyes because she’s heard me rant about that for quite a while.) Other than that, it’s as close to perfection as a book-to-movie adaption can be.
~To Catch A Thief
Hitchcock film alert! When I started coming up with titles for this list, I knew I’d have to include at least one of his, and I decided on To Catch A Thief because I think it’s a gentler introduction to Hitchcock than most of his other films. More a comedic romance than anything else, TCAT does include some intense action scenes coupled with Hitchcock’s flair for the dramatic, the ridiculous, and the mysterious. I’m not a big fan of Cary Grant, but I don’t mind him in this one, and Grace Kelly is wonderful. And if you don’t have serious clothing envy by the time you finish this one…well, it’s impossible not to.
I know this one is included in the Fox Film Noir collection, but if film noirs aren’t your thing, don’t let that deter you from seeing this exquisite piece of moviemaking, because it’s not really a film noir at all. Sure, there’s a murder and a ‘hard-boiled detective’ (really, Mark’s a dear underneath) and it’s in black-and-white, but it doesn’t have the mood/tone of a film noir. Laura is an elegant, interesting film starring a gorgeous Gene Tierney and an unbearably handsome Dana Andrews. Oh, and there’s a great villain, an intriguing story with a huge plot twist, and plenty of lovely costumes. Everyone should see Laura, guys and girls alike.
And now for the giveaway! I have a copy of Casablanca for one lucky winner – if you don’t have a copy/haven’t watched it yet, this would be the perfect opportunity to expand your DVD collection + your experience with classic film, and if you do have a copy, DVDs always make great gifts. 🙂 Giveaway ends on September 28th – I will randomly pick a winner and then email them for their address. If they don’t respond within three days, I’ll pick a new winner and email them accordingly. The giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the USA only (I apologize to all my international readers – Naomi, especially – but shipping rates are ridiculous these days).
And to enter, just answer this question in the comments – what is your go-to movie for a girls’ night in?