Today’s cinematic experiences involve incredible special effects and huge budgets. However, there was a time in Hollywood where movies didn’t cost the equivalent of a small nations GDP. A time when audiences relied on the experience and talent of actors to provide an enchanting tale, without the need for explosions, Million-Dollar CGI scenes, and cinematic technology.
The 20th century was the official birth of cinema. Upon the release of a film, there were no DVD players, Netflix streaming services, or VCR’s to watch it in the comfort of your home. Going to the movies was a cultural experience that captured the minds of millions of viewers around the world.
Here is a list of 20 classic movies you must watch. Our selection covers the most iconic and successful releases of the 20th century. Did we miss out on one of your favorites? Let us know what you think of our selection.
20. Gone with the Wind (1939)
This 1939 classic takes place during the reconstruction period of the American Civil War. Directed by Victor Fleming and George Cukor, “Gone with the Wind,” features Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, and Thomas Mitchell enacting the roles from Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. This movie lends more toward glamorizing this period in history and certainly doesn’t give an accurate depiction of the state of the nation in the civil war era.
However, “Gone with the Wind,” features an excellent character portrayal and a storyline that keeps everyone engaged throughout the film. The out-of-this-world costumes and glamorous sets make this movie a Hollywood purists dream.
Scarlett is a woman dealing with the remnants of a nation at war, with the Union Army looting every possession from the carpetbaggers arriving after the conflict settles. Scarlett dreams of marrying the man of her dreams – Ashley, but he’s engaged to marry his cousin, Melanie. A tale of a love triangle that ends in tragedy.