“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 34 comedy films in this list.

  • Amélie
  • Lady Bird
  • La La Land
  • The Young Girls of Rochefort
  • Carefree
  • The Band Wagon
  • On the Town
  • Top Hat
  • Red-Headed Woman
  • Spy
  • Ninotchka
  • À Nous la Liberté
  • Lars and the Real Girl
  • Harvey
  • A Matter of Life and Death
  • This Happy Breed
  • August: Osage County
  • Metropolitan
  • The Reluctant Debutante
  • 2 Days in New York
  • Barefoot in the Park
  • Crazy, Stupid, Love.
  • The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
  • Two for the Road
  • To Be or Not to Be
  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • Funny Face
  • Monsieur Verdoux
  • Cléo from 5 to 7
  • Bridget Jones's Diary
  • My Man Godfrey
  • Bringing Up Baby
  • Game Night
  • The Thin Man