My Wife, Sarah, who is a classic movie fanatic, has provided the following list of movies that she thinks everybody should see to improve their movie literacy. The current lockdown might be a great time to order up some of these. She will suggest more as time goes by!
A Matter of Life and Death – intriguing wartime film that is hard to categorise: part romance, part supernatural, but inspirational. David Niven stars.
Some Like it Hot – iconic comedy starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe – unforgettable scenes and lines.
Strangers on a Train – Alfred Hitchcock directs this film about an unconventional pact – which only one party intends to stick to.
Kind Hearts and Coronets – British comedy about a young man’s attempts to kill off all the members of his family who lie between him and an inheritance – all played by Alec Guinness.
The Odd Couple – Written by Neil Simon - two friends (Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, again) attempt to live together, before finding out each other’s infuriating foibles. Hysterical and very true-to-life.
Lawrence of Arabia – story of TE Lawrence, filmed on an epic scale and with a beautiful score. Worth watching for Omar Sharif appearing out of the desert.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – the original, with Danny Kaye. Fabulous depiction of 1940s America, all in Technicolor.
Casablanca – wartime drama with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, with smart dialogue and truly moving moments.
Dr Strangelove – cold-war dark comedy about The Bomb, with Peter Sellers playing several roles equally brilliantly. V funny.
The Thin Man – detective story really just an excuse for snappy comic dialogue from William Powell and Myrna Loy – hugely stylish 1930s setting; was so popular they made around 5 more.