***This is not the opinion of the Nothing Uncut staff. Quite frankly, we think Michael is insane, but we here at Nothing Uncut believe in freedom of speech, so here you go.***
Everyone take a deep breath. This isn’t life and death. It’s just movie opinions. No need to have a stroke.
Okay, now that that’s out of the way, let’s get into it. Art is subjective and non-debatable. A song, a movie, a painting will all have different effects on different people. For example, I think Mark Rothko is one of the worst artists in the history of planet earth and if you Google his name and images you will see paintings that a three year old could do, in my opinion, but I digress. That’s an entirely differently article for a completely different website. So….anyway, we’re all wired differently. For whatever reason, I’m wired in a way that makes almost every movie made before 1970 a grueling exercise of boredom. I find the stories slow, the acting rarely believable and black and white distracting. I’m not trying to troll. This is my honest opinion. I’m sorry.
I do submit, however, that there are ten and only ten great-good-watchable movies made before that year. And quite frankly, it’s mostly before 1975, but there were a few great films in the ’70-75 period like Willy Wonka, The Towering Inferno and the Godfather, so I’ll stick with the 1970 cut off date.
(And quite frankly, there are really only five-six, but my senior editor said he won’t post article unless I came up with a few more to make it a Top Ten. So I googled “best movies made before 1970 and found a few more watchable ones. But know that a portion of this article was written under duress I’m happy to back this list of with concrete data if need be.)
Ok, so without further delay I give to you, in no particular order, the only ten movies anyone should watch made before 1970. Take another deep breath.
10. MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS (Gus Meins, 1934)
If you don’t know Laurel and Hardy, but want to, start here. Wonderfully entertaining. Villains, damsels in distress, monsters and Santa Claus. It will be a new family holiday classic. Park the kids in front of the TV for two hours and get wonked on egg-nog.
9. WIZARD OF OZ (Victor Fleming, 1939)
Please. Of course! I’m not entirely insane!
8. THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES (Sam Wood, 1942)
The story of the Yankees’ Iron Horse, Lou Gehrig, starring Gary Cooper. His rise and fall and of course included is the most famous speech by any athlete in history. You’ll consider yourself lucky to have seen this.
7. MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (George Seaton, 1947)
Santa. Miracles. Christmas. Young Natalie Wood. If you haven’t already, you should.
6. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Frank Capra, 1946)
As someone who doesn’t have a lot of money, I rely on the yearly reminder that it’s all about friends, not money!! “I have friends! That’s the most important thing!”
5. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (Cecil B. DeMille, 1956)
Charlton Heston, in his most iconic role as Moses, leading the Jewish slaves out of Egypt. Once you start watching this, you can’t stop. Amazing accomplishment, early ground breaking special effects, and a masterpiece by DeMille.
Key Dialogue: “Pharaoh, let my people go!”
4. PLANET OF THE APES (Franklin J. Schaffner, 1968)
Eh. Liked it more as a kid. Ending is cool.
3. BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (George Roy Hill, 1969)
Paul Newman. Robert Redford. “Raindrops keep Falling on My Head.” Sure, why not?
2. THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Robert Wise, 1965)
If I didn’t see this and enjoy it, I never would have understood and loved the great song “The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Griswald.” No remembrance of the plot here. But, I’m down with the Sound.
1. ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE MUMMY (Charles Lamont, 1955)
Madcap hilarity. Still holds up well. The best in the series of Abbot and Costello films where they take on famous monsters. The kids will love it. You’ll love it. If you’re the type of person who likes great things.
After reading this list, if you have some recommendations, I would love to hear them. Thank you..