“If you liked [insert post-1967 film], you should check out [insert pre-1967 film]”

(Read the notes or else none of these recommendations will make sense!)

A curated list of pre-1967 movie recommendations based on modern movie comparisons. A lot of these are not comparable plot-wise, but I included them if they elicit similar feelings, settings, genres, etc.

I mainly made this as a resource for people trying to step out of their comfort zones and are in need of specific recs. I obviously only included films I’ve personally watched (which is not that vast or diverse compared to some people!), but feel free to chime in with your own in the comments.

Really hope this is helpful!

DEC 19 EDIT: I added Notorious, Game Night + The Thin Man, To Be or Not…

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There are 29 films in this list released in the 1940s.

  • Cluny Brown
  • Rebecca
  • The Passionate Friends
  • Dragonwyck
  • Notorious
  • Mildred Pierce
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • On the Town
  • The Search
  • I Walked with a Zombie
  • Leave Her to Heaven
  • Border Incident
  • Brute Force
  • White Heat
  • Shadow of a Doubt
  • They Live by Night
  • The Lost Weekend
  • The Set-Up
  • A Matter of Life and Death
  • This Happy Breed
  • Lifeboat
  • The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
  • 49th Parallel
  • Edge of Darkness
  • To Be or Not to Be
  • Monsieur Verdoux
  • The Leopard Man
  • Criss Cross
  • Brief Encounter