“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 107 dramatic films in this list.

  • Cluny Brown
  • Phantom Thread
  • Rebecca
  • The Passionate Friends
  • Madeleine
  • Dragonwyck
  • Notorious
  • Lady Bird
  • Stella Dallas
  • Mildred Pierce
  • The Shape of Water
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Rififi
  • The Asphalt Jungle
  • La La Land
  • The Young Girls of Rochefort
  • Lion
  • The Search
  • Loving
  • A Patch of Blue
  • The Narrow Margin
  • I Walked with a Zombie
  • Gone Girl
  • Angel Face
  • All About Eve
  • Leave Her to Heaven
  • Diabolique
  • Border Incident
  • Carol
  • The Children's Hour
  • Johnny Guitar
  • Young Man with a Horn
  • Queen Christina
  • Her
  • Marty
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Le Trou
  • Brute Force
  • White Heat
  • The Great Escape
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • Grand Illusion
  • Stoker
  • Shadow of a Doubt
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Gun Crazy
  • You Only Live Once
  • They Live by Night
  • Lars and the Real Girl
  • Harvey
  • The Girl on the Train
  • Days of Wine and Roses
  • The Lost Weekend
  • The Phantom Carriage
  • The Fire Within
  • The Wrestler
  • The Champ
  • The Set-Up
  • Rocky
  • Somebody Up There Likes Me
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • Bigger Than Life
  • The Man with the Golden Arm
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Boyhood
  • This Happy Breed
  • All Is Lost
  • Lifeboat
  • August: Osage County
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Metropolitan
  • Amour
  • Make Way for Tomorrow
  • 2 Days in New York
  • Crazy, Stupid, Love.
  • Blue Valentine
  • Journey to Italy
  • Look Back in Anger
  • Two for the Road
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • 49th Parallel
  • Edge of Darkness
  • Fish Tank
  • This Sporting Life
  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • American Psycho
  • Monsieur Verdoux
  • Titanic
  • A Night to Remember
  • An Affair to Remember
  • Before Sunrise
  • Summertime
  • Cléo from 5 to 7
  • Far from Heaven
  • All That Heaven Allows
  • Imitation of Life
  • Magnificent Obsession
  • The Cobweb
  • A Most Violent Year
  • Pickup on South Street