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List Of Top 15 English Movies - Oldies You Must See


Most people find watching movies one of the most fulfilling and satisfying experiences, a great way to relieve stress. If you are one of those people, you will love the compiled list below of some all-time favorite Oldies - English movies that you must see. 

1. The Sound of Music

Category: Family
Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer
Co Starring:
Peggy Wood, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn
Produced and Directed: Rodgers & Hammerstein's

The Sound of Music is truly one such timeless classic that should be passed down from generation to generation -  a true classic masterpiece. Julie Andrews plays the role of Maria while Christopher Plummer of Captain Von Trapp. The movie, a true life story, brilliantly depicts how fate brings two completely different people together - Maria a young woman who leaves the Convent to become a Governess, and the seven children of Captain Von Trapp's family, a widowed autocrat.

Set in the beautiful and picturesque Salzburg, Austria, the movie is best known and remembered for some of the most loved songs such as Maria Makes Me Laugh, Edelweiss, I Have Confidence In Me, Do re Me, Sound of Music etc.

Awards & Recognition : 5 Academy Awards

2. Roman Holiday

Category: Romance
Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck
William Wyler's Production

Set in the awe-inspiring city of Rome, Roman Holiday is a romantic movie that presents Audrey Hepburn in her first starring role as a modern day princess. Gregory Peck plays the role of an American newspaper reporter who slowly realizes that he has fallen in love with this beautiful princess who is hiding her true identity. Roman Holiday is a heart warming romantic movie that captures the heart.

Awards & Recognition : The movie was nominated for 10 Academy Awards. Audrey Hepburn bagged the Best Actress Award.

3. Houseboat

Category: Family, Comedy
Sophia Loren, Cary Grant
Co Starring: Martha Hyer, Harry Guardino, Eduardo Ciannelli
Produced By: Jack Ross Directed By: Melville Shavelson

Houseboat is a lovable urban comedy about Cary Grant, a widowed government attorney and father of three unruly children. He hires Sophia Loren to take care of his houseboat and his kids. This light and entertaining movie reassures the belief in happy endings.

Awards & Recognition : Oscar Nominated film

4. Send Me No Flowers

Category: Comedy, Romance
Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall, Edward Andrews
Directed & Produced By: Norman Jewison (1964)

This is a hilarious, romantic comedy starring the imitable Rock Hudson and Doris Day. The equation between Rock and Tony Randall, two friends and neighbours is truly worth a watch. Rock Hudson plays the role of George, a hypochondriac who thinks that he is dying. The rest of the movie is about the misunderstandings that take place next leading to hilarious consequences. 

Awards & Recognition : Has won 2 awards.

5. Gone With The Wind

Category:  War, Drama, Romance
Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil, Ann Rutherford, George Reeves, Brent Tarleton
Directed By: Victor Fleming (1941)

Based on the book "Gone With The Wind" by Margaret Mitchell, Gone With The Wind is a romantic classic based during the times of the American Civil War and Reconstruction. The movie traces the life of Scarlett O'Hara, who is the daughter of an Irish immigrant.

Awards & Recognition : Won 8 Academy (Oscars) awards as well as 6 other awards & 5 nominations.

6. Ben-Hur

Category: Epic, Historical, Mythology
Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd, Hugh Griffith
William Wyler's production

Being an Epic film, Ben-Hur is a must-see for all those who value the past. The movie brilliantly portrays the power of faith and belief in God. It traces the story of Judaah Beh-Hur played by Charlton Heston - his trials and tribulations as well as the the insensitivities and torturous behaviour of the Roman empire on the Jewish people in Jerusalem. The highpoint of the movie is the Chariot Race as well as the scene where Judaah meets Jesus Christ.

Awards & Recognition : Won 11 Academy Awards including 17 other awards and 5 nominations

7. Lawrence of Arabia

Category: Adventure, War, Biography
Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Omar Sharif
Directed By: David Lean (1962)

Based on the life of T.E. Lawrence played by Peter O'Toole, Lawrence of Arabia can be easily called a British epic film and a definite must-watch. The movie traces the experiences and life of Lawrence while in Arabia during World War 1.

Awards & Recognition : Won 7 Academy Awards and 12 nominations

8.The Bridge On The River Kwai

Category: War, Adventure
William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins
Produced By: Sam Spiegel Directed By: David Lean

This is one of the best war time movies set in the period of the British World War II.

Awards & Recognition : Winner of 7 Academy Awards in 1958. Some winners include Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor - Sir Alec Guinness.

9. Hatari

Category: Safari, Adventure
John Wayne, Hardy Kruger, Gerard Blain, Elsa Martinelli, Red Buttons
Directed & Produced By: Howard Hawkins

This is an all time favourite Safari Adventure Movie about a group of professional Game Hunters in Africa. "Hatari" in Swahili means danger. A must see for all adventure lovers!

10. The Omen

Category: Suspense, Horror
Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, Harvey Stephens
Directed By: Richard Donner (1976)

The Omen is a very interestingly made movie about Damien, the son on an American ambassador who is believed to be an Anti-Christ (demonic child). Following Omen, 5 more parts were made Omen I, II, III, IV, V which traced the horror of Damien as he grows up into a teenager and life after.

Awards & Recognition : Won an Academy (Oscar) award and has won 2 other awards and 8 nominations.

11. Evil Under The Sun

Category: Murder Mystery, Crime
David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran, Michael Higgs, Tamzin Malleson, Louise Delamere, Tim Meats, Marsha Fitzalan, Carolyn Pickles, David Mallinson.
Directed By: Brian Farnham

As with all Agatha Christie's Murder Mysteries, Evil Under The Sun is a very well made movie that sees private detective Hercule Poirot solving the mysterious death of guest and heiress Arlena Stewart at an island resort - "Burgh Island", in Devon. Arlena is found strangled to death on a secluded beach and the genius Poirot, one by one narrows down to the real murderer amongst the many guests at the resort.

12. The Birds

Category: Thriller, Mystery
Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette, Tippi Hedren, Veronica Cartwright, Ethel Griffies.
Story By: Daphne De Maurier, Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock (1963)

This is a nail-biting thriller, brilliantly directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Set in a small town of Northern California, the movie progresses to show how ordinary birds become dangerous as they start attacking the town folk including the aged and the children. The movie is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Awards & Recognition : Nominated for the Academy Award

13. Annie

Category: Children, Musical, Family
Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters, Aileen Quinn
Directed By:
John Huston (1982)

Annie is one of the most loved movies of all times about a little Orphan girl called Annie who awaits the return of her parents one day who will take her away from the Orphanage and live with her as a real family. How she escapes from the torturous life of the orphanage and meets Mr. Warbucks who later adopts her as her own daughter forms the rest of the plot. Being a musical, the movie has some very lovable songs including Tomorrow.

Awards & Recognition : Nominated for Academy Awards

14. Willie Wonka And The Chocolate Factory

Category: Children, Family
Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear, Julie Dawn Cole, Leonard Stone, Denise Nickerson
Directed & Produced By: Mel Stuart

Children as well as adults who like to watch movies about hope, adventure and fun will love this one. Based on the Book 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' by Roald Dahl, this is a 1971 movie about poor little Charlie Bucket who happens to win a Golden Tickets hidden inside one of the millions of Wonka Chocolate Bars. The movie progresses to trace the adventures thereafter once Charlie enters Willie Wonka's Chocolate factory.

Awards & Recognition : Nominated for the Academy Award.

15. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Category: Children, Musical, Family
Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Gert Fröbe, Anna Quayle, Benny Hill, James Robertson Justice
Based on the book by :
Ian Flemming, Directed By: Ken Hughes (1968)

When the eccentric professor invents a magical car, he creates not just a dream toy for his 2 kids but also becomes the talk of the town.

Awards & Recognition : Nominated for Academy Awards


The Pursuit of Happyness

Category:  Drama, Biography
Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Thandie Newton, James Karen, Brian Howe

Directed By: Gabriele Muccino (2006)

This is one of the most brilliantly made movies of these times that uncovers the story of Chris Gardner who is a struggling salesman. The movie traces his life, all the trials and tribulations that he faces due to extreme poverty. A definite inspiration to everyone who watches the movie, Will Smith shows just how one can fight averse situations by having the motivation to keep trying and moving forward. His own son plays the role of his reel son who acts as a constant support to his father who eventually makes it big in a life-changing professional endeavor.

Awards & Recognition : Nominated for Oscar and won 9 other awards as well as received 17 nominations.

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