Adding iconic films to your movie list.
While many may be looking forward to new Hollywood releases in 2023, don’t forget about the classic movies that bring exhilarating doses of nostalgia. But with so many options, who knows where to start? Rather than looking on Google or Rotten Tomatoes, Jefferson City Magazine interviewed film fans of three different generations to get the scoop. Grab your comfy blankets and popcorn, it’s a classic movie night!
EDITOR’S PICKS: Movie Snacks
Popcorn, Milk Duds, Sour Patch Kids, Twizzlers, Soft Pretzels, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Peanut M&M’s, Kit Kats, Strawberries
Lowell & Joann Mohler
We are much more into history movies than we are fiction, so the movie “Patton” is one of our many favorites. This movie is well-directed, accurate, and has an exceptional cast who play out critical moments fought within WWII. Not only does the movie show the wartime activities and accomplishments of General George S. Patton, it also encompasses his brash actions and criticism that ultimately led to his removal from command.
“Gone with the Wind” is certainly another favorite classic of ours. While it has drama, color, and romance, actors Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh beautifully portray what it was like in the American South during the American Civil War and Reconstruction Era. Starring the daughter of a Georgia plantation owner Scarlett O’Hara, this movie is based on the book by Margaret Mitchell.
Lastly, there are several movies that illustrate the early days of the mafia, but there is none better than “The Godfather” trilogy. They are all very different movies, but together they follow the rise and trials of American organized crime through the fictional Corleone family. Portraying the mafia lifestyle of its head members while also showing death and destruction the mafia had in our major cities, this movie has the perfect balance between fact and fiction.
Lowell and JoAnn Mohler, retirees at Heisinger Bluffs
I still love to watch movies released over 50 years ago. “The Wizard of Oz” is an epic adventure that transcends generations. It was as intriguing as it was scary when I first watched it. The flying monkeys and green witch are still horrifying thoughts. It has encouraging messages about loving and being loved, having courage and believing in ourselves, realizing we have different ways of thinking, and understanding that there is “no place like home.” Watch it with the entire family for great music, costumes, and lovable characters.
I first read the book “To Kill a Mockingbird,” then saw the stage play when The Little Theatre produced it for middle school students several years ago. The movie is so well-done, I highly recommend it because it portrays the importance of telling the truth, the evils of prejudice as well as the final line, and that “most people are nice when you finally see them.” This movie provides great lessons for all ages.
“The Sound of Music” is an incredible movie because of the way it handles a complicated storyline with humor, song, dance, beautiful sets, and endearing characters. I also love that it is based on a real singing family — the von Trapps. The music in this show is captivating and, although I can’t sing well, it doesn’t stop me from joining in any time I hear a great song from this movie. I love everything about this film!
Janet Wear-Enloe, Director of Business Development and Marketing, SSM Health Mid-Missouri
If I were to pick my favorite movie, my go-to flick would be “The Holiday.” This movie is a simple, think-less romantic movie that will make you smile, laugh, and cry all at the same time. This movie also brings to life moments I wish that I was brave enough to take part in, like trading homes with a complete stranger for a week in a quaint, adorable house located in another country.
Another favorite of mine, which happens to also be a family favorite, is “Yes Day.” Although this movie isn’t yet considered a classic movie by age, my family and I will be watching this flick for many years to come. It brings my whole entire family to gather in one place, and we all watch it together. These moments with my kids are far and few between.
Lastly, I would go with something totally different from my previous favorites and pick “Rent.” I absolutely love musicals, so this 2005 classic is one I truly enjoy. The movie is based in New York and portrays the lives of young artists dealing with loss, friendships, and love. It has great music and an even better storyline.
Sarah Lindhart, Owner and Stylist,Magnify Salon
“Forrest Gump”; “Shawshank Redemption”; “Little Big Man”; “Titanic”; “Some Like It Hot”; “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”; “Out of Africa”; “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”