Snuggling up together as a family, with a giant bowl of popcorn is undoubtedly one of the best ways to enjoy good quality time with family. However, deciding on a film that every family member wants to watch isn’t that easy. That is the reason why we have listed the top ten best classic movies of all time that all generations would love, which even includes plenty of throwbacks, especially from your childhood. Now all you need to do is to dim the room lights, take a bowl of popcorn and enjoy. Read on to know more about the best classic family movies of all time.
1. King Kong (1933)
The movie King Kong is probably one of the most iconic creations especially of contemporary pop culture. Furthermore, the movie even has its own cinematic universe also known as Monster Verse, which is also a great success so far. The King Kong movie released in 1933 is where it all started. CGI wasn’t anything back then and still, the filmmakers tried their best to make a movie about an ape rampaging all throughout New York City. The filmmakers even used clever techniques like nonstop animation etc. Overall the movie King Kong isn’t just a great film but it is also considered to be a landmark of filmmaking, especially serving as a great example of technological advancement in the making of films.
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Space evolution as a whole in movies has never been short of excitement. On top of that director Stanley Kubricks movie 2001: A Space Odyssey is undoubtedly one of the best sci-fi movies ever made. This movie mostly relies on music and imagery instead of dialogues especially to deliver Avant grade experience. Furthermore, it is also fascinating to see how people back in the ’60s envisioned what space technology would be looking like in the 2000s.
3. The Great Dictator (1940)
The movie great dictator is one of the most accessible comedy movies ever made by Charlie Chaplin. This film is a daring political satire where Charlie Chaplin pokes fun at the Nazis, Hitler, and every other controversial thing in between. Moreover, this is one of his first sound films where Chaplin played the key role of a protagonist, especially as an amnesiac barber. Here in the movie, the barber is a humorous man with a golden heart. And when Hynkelm and Chaplin are mistaken for being each other, hilarious chaos ensues all over.
4. Seven Samurai (1954)
Seven Samurai is one of the most acclaimed movies of all time. The film has even received 100 percent ratings on Rotten Tomatoes and it can be said without any doubt that it ranks among the best films of legendary director Akira Kurosawa. The plot of the movie was set in the Sengoku period in Japan, where it revolves around a group of seven different samurais who were hired by a village in order to protect themselves from a group of bandits.
5. E . T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
This classic science fiction story of Steven Spielberg about an extra-terrestrial thing stranded on Earth is undoubtedly pure movie magic. While watching the movie we are sure that you are going to love the nostalgia throwback and the little ones are going to fall in love with the extra adorable ET and his overall friendship with the earthling family. Also, keep in mind that there are going to be some sad and light swearing moments.
6. Stand By Me (1986)
The movie Stand By Me was released way back in 1986 and it is an American coming of age movie directed by Rob Reiner. The movie is based on Stephen King’s novel named The Body and its title is taken from Ben E. King’s song. The movie describes the story of four twelve-year-old boys of the 50’s having an incredible story of friendship, growing up, and doing the right sort of things. The movie also features some dark themes making it best for teens and grown-ups and it even strikes the right set of balance between grown-up drama, as well as childhood adventure.
7. Freaks (1932)
This horror classic of 1932 might not be politically correct by today’s standards, but it can surely make your blood run cold at the same time. The movie is all about a trapeze artist who married her circus leader, especially for inheritance. Initially, she got embraced by the disabled and deformed freaks of the sideshow, but after they learned the calculating truth, everybody came for her chanting. Moreover, the ending of the movie can surely make the hairs of your skin standstill.
8. Harold And Maude (1971)
The movie Harold and Maude can be easily considered as one of the most unconventional romantic comedy love stories about a young man falling in love with an older woman. The movie has surely embraced the counterculture of its age. Though the movie has aged very well it still tries to provoke its viewers with its ninety minutes of deadpan delivery.
9. Dances With Wolves (1990)
In case you are looking for a western classic movie, look no further than Dances with Wolves. This movie is a 1990 epic directed, starring, and even produced by Kevin Costner in his first feature directorial debut. This movie is a direct adaptation of a book released in 1988 of the same name written by Michael Blake which tells the story of an Army Lieutenant called John J. Dunbar who traveled all the way to the American Frontier especially to find a military post and of all his dealings with a group of Lakota. The movie earned several favorable reviews both from audiences and critics and it was even a box office hit, earning approximately around 424.2 million USD worldwide, and it even became the highest-earning film for the production house of Orion Pictures.
10. A Clockwork Orange (1975)
The movie A Clockwork Orange is based on Anthony Burgess’s novel having the same name. The movie depicts the England of the future, where a criminal named Alex undergoes several behavioral changes especially to earn freedom from jail. Stanley Kubrick’s haunting and dark adaptation earned him several nominations for the best picture and best director in the year 1972.