“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 61 romance films in this list.

  • Amélie
  • Cluny Brown
  • Phantom Thread
  • The Passionate Friends
  • Dragonwyck
  • Notorious
  • Stella Dallas
  • The Shape of Water
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • La La Land
  • The Young Girls of Rochefort
  • Carefree
  • On the Town
  • Top Hat
  • Loving
  • A Patch of Blue
  • Angel Face
  • Leave Her to Heaven
  • Red-Headed Woman
  • Carol
  • The Children's Hour
  • Young Man with a Horn
  • Queen Christina
  • Her
  • Marty
  • Ninotchka
  • You Only Live Once
  • Lars and the Real Girl
  • The Girl on the Train
  • Days of Wine and Roses
  • The Wrestler
  • The Man with the Golden Arm
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • A Matter of Life and Death
  • The Reluctant Debutante
  • Amour
  • Make Way for Tomorrow
  • 2 Days in New York
  • Barefoot in the Park
  • Crazy, Stupid, Love.
  • The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
  • Blue Valentine
  • Journey to Italy
  • Two for the Road
  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • Funny Face
  • Titanic
  • An Affair to Remember
  • Before Sunrise
  • Summertime
  • All That Heaven Allows
  • Imitation of Life
  • Magnificent Obsession
  • A Room with a View
  • A Day in the Country
  • In the Mood for Love
  • Brief Encounter
  • The Earrings of Madame de...
  • Bridget Jones's Diary
  • My Man Godfrey
  • Bringing Up Baby