“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 30 crime films in this list.

  • Madeleine
  • Mildred Pierce
  • Ocean's Eleven
  • Rififi
  • The Asphalt Jungle
  • The Narrow Margin
  • Angel Face
  • Sicario
  • Border Incident
  • Spy
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Le Trou
  • Brute Force
  • White Heat
  • Shadow of a Doubt
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Gun Crazy
  • You Only Live Once
  • They Live by Night
  • The Girl on the Train
  • The Set-Up
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • The Man with the Golden Arm
  • American Psycho
  • Monsieur Verdoux
  • A Most Violent Year
  • Pickup on South Street
  • Criss Cross
  • Game Night
  • The Thin Man