The Queue: Classic Movies

If the long wait for the next season of your favorite show is becoming unbearable, looking to the past instead of the future might help kill time. Netflix’s array of movies dates back to the ’60s, and there’s much to discover simply by clicking on that random old movie that nobody’s ever heard of. It might have actually been the hottest flick back in its day. Here are a few classic movies that provide a blast from the past and maybe a fresh twist for someone that’s looking for a new favorite.

 

“Charade” – 5/5

Audrey Hepburn is known for her famous role in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” but Audrey fans get their fix from the lesser-known “Charade” as well. The film falls under the categories of romantic comedy and mystery thriller, including aspects of love and dangerous secrets. Three World War II survivors suspect the husband of Reggie Lampert, played by Hepburn, to have stolen a fortune before he was murdered.

They track her down, convinced that she must know where the money is. The hunt for the money leads Reggie and the men in all different directions, as Reggie tries to figure out not only who killed her husband, but where the money actually is. The film is suspenseful and attention-grabbing, making it a great unknown classic.

 

The Great Gatsby- 4/5

Nowadays it’s hard to think of “The Great Gatsby” without picturing Leonardo DiCaprio saying “old sport” and standing in front of the Gatsby mansion. But back in 1974 the film starred Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby and Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan, two prominent actors of the time. For those who haven’t read the novel or seen the movie, “The Great Gatsby” is set in the ’20s and follows the story of the upper class in the Hamptons. Filled with extravagant parties, sparkly outfits, illegal underground drinking and lots of flappers, the story is a staple time-piece of the Roaring ’20s, and this version of the movie better represents the novel than the 2013 version. After experiencing the newer version, however, the absence of Leonardo DiCaprio can’t help but be noticed.

 

Grease- 5/5

If you haven’t seen, you’ve heard. This classic film is defined by the accompanied musical soundtrack. Sandy, an innocent blonde teenager, meets Danny Zuko over the summer at the beach. The two of them quickly fall in love, until the summer lovin’ comes to an end and school starts again. After Sandy unexpectedly moves to Danny’s town, chaos ensues as she tries to fit into his world, leading both to sing their way through their star-crossed love. It’s difficult to imagine “Grease” without all of the trademark songs that play in the background of key scenes. The film is an adaptation of the musical, making anyone feel like they’re watching a live-stage production. “Grease” has been and always will be one of the best go-to teen musical dramas.