By Alex Doria
The movies of today have all of the bells and whistles to make the movie-going experience quite magical. CGI does wonders for tales of far-off planets like Pandora, or wizarding duels in the Harry Potter series, or even costume dramas with ornate, period accurate settings like in Shakespeare in Love.
However, there is a special kind of magic reserved for the classic films of the past. Even though these movies don’t have much in the way of technology, they have a unique charm and originality since they are the foundation for the films of today. Without further ado, here are five classics that you can watch for your streaming pleasure:
1. To Kill A Mockingbird (1962): This is one of the rare occasions where the film is quite nearly as fantastic as the book it’s based on. The glorious Gregory Peck is the perfect Atticus Finch, and gives a truly moving performance that will give you shivers.
2. Laura (1944): Most of you probably haven’t heard of this one and I honestly hadn’t either until Netflix listed it in my recommendations. But it’s AWESOME. If you are looking for a classic film noir with murder, romance, and intrigue, this is a must!
3. To Catch A Thief (1955)I would be remiss if I didn’t list an Alfred Hitchcock film in a list of classic movies. While this film is heavier on the romance than the suspense, this tale of thievery in the French Riviera features a suave and funny Cary Grant alongside the poised and ever beautiful Grace Kelly.
4. Roman Holiday (1953)Gregory Peck strikes again! But the real star of the show is Audrey Hepburn, this being her first feature film. This movie is full of iconic moments, such as Audrey getting her famous pixie haircut and riding through the streets of Rome on a Vespa.
5. The Seven Year Itch (1955)Of course, the classic film world is nothing without Marilyn Monroe. Especially since this film features one of the most famous scenes of all time: Marilyn in her white halter dress standing over a subway grate.