“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 32 films in this list released in the 1950s.

  • Madeleine
  • Rififi
  • The Asphalt Jungle
  • The Band Wagon
  • The Narrow Margin
  • Angel Face
  • All About Eve
  • Diabolique
  • Johnny Guitar
  • Young Man with a Horn
  • Marty
  • House on Haunted Hill
  • Stalag 17
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • Gun Crazy
  • Harvey
  • Somebody Up There Likes Me
  • Bigger Than Life
  • The Man with the Golden Arm
  • The Reluctant Debutante
  • Journey to Italy
  • Look Back in Anger
  • Funny Face
  • A Night to Remember
  • An Affair to Remember
  • Summertime
  • All That Heaven Allows
  • Imitation of Life
  • Magnificent Obsession
  • The Cobweb
  • Pickup on South Street
  • The Earrings of Madame de...