Top 10 Classic movies paired with old fashioned food

Whether they’re black and white, colourized or full technicolor, there’s something warm and fuzzy about classic films. That’s not to say they’re empty and lacking in good old fashioned soul. A lot of the time, they’re actually way better written than a lot of modern movies.

When I talk about classic films, I mean those from the 1920s and into the 1960s, not the 1990s, people! I’m thinking Audrey Hepburn, Carey Grant, silent movies, caper comedies and the like. I know it’s a big space of time to cover in my top 10, but these are my favourites (that I’ve actually seen, I really have to see some more!). Feel free to share yours…

Top 10 Classic movies

10. All About Eve (1950)

An ageing actress (Bette Davis) loses the plot after her biggest fan, Eve (Anne Baxter) becomes a bit of a star herself. There’s nasty female vs female stuff here that every woman can relate to… jealousy, selfishness and endless ambition. It’s drama at its finest. The story is so well written/acted it won the Oscar for Best Picture. Here’s my full review of this amazing film here… All About Eve movie matched with Bette’s Favourite Bites. Check it out!

9. Grand Hotel (1932)

Another oldie but a goodie. I really enjoyed this film. It has a top notch cast full of memorable characters who move in and out of this famous hotel in Berlin (end of WWI). There are so many little stories going on in this film that will keep you glued to the screen as well as amazing stars like Greta Garbo and John Barrymore. Another impressive Oscar winning movie from the 1930s – here’s my review of it in full: Grand Hotel movie matched with tasty German dishes.

 

8. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

Now don’t be put off by this super-old movie, it’s such an incredible film, you simply must see it. It’s set in WWI in Germany from the perspective of a bunch of German soldiers! Pretty cool, huh?! These young dudes start to question the reasons behind this terrible war as they witness more and more death and suffering. Then, in one of most powerful war scenes ever, they encounter an Allied soldier “just like me”. Check out my review here: All Quiet on the Western Front film matched with more German food.

Entree:

This is one of my all-time favourite party snacks from back in the day. Not sure if it’s just an Aussie thing or if it started in the US of A or Britain but it’s pretty tasty. Give it a go! It’s Spinach Dip in a Bread Bowl  from Live Better America.

7. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

This is a wonderful film and not just for Christmas time. The incredible James Stewart stars as family man George Bailey in a kind of Sliding Doors kinda movie. What would happen if there was no George. The answer? His town goes to crappola that’s what! Though it starts off sad and depressing, it has such an uplifting ending. You’ll love it, I certainly did. Here’s my review in full … It’s a Wonderful Life movie paired with a Home Cooked Meal.

6. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Small town Alabama, 1930s. Jean Louise ‘Scout’ Finch is a kid who lives with her brother, Jem and father Atticus (Gregory Peck) who is a lawyer. The kids love playing games, spying on town weirdo, ‘Boo’ Radley (Robert Duvall) – a loner. Atticus is appointed to defend a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. The town goes crazy and Scout and her family shocked at the treatment of this innocent man by a racist community. This is a classic movie based on a classic novel by Harper Lee. Check them both out!

5. Roman Holiday (1953)

Oh Audrey! Can you tell how much I love her? Princess Ann (Hepburn) is in Rome and runs into a journalist Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck) who helps her escape the clutches of her minders to check out the city all by herself. Initially, Joe doesn’t recognise the princess but then he does, and there’s love, a few chuckles and a famous ride on a scooter. Light and fluffy with an Italian twist. A true classic.

4. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Two words: Audrey Hepburn (AGAIN!). This is one of her best films. Hepburn plays Holly Golightly – a society girl in New York City with a cast of colourful characters who simply adore her including Paul, her new neighbour who is a ‘writer’ and/or gigolo. Holly’s mysterious life is slowly unravelled by Paul who becomes obsessed with her, falling madly in love with the quirky gal. This is a funny, lovely, witty film – you will love it! Here’s the trailer:

Main meal:

In the old days, in the yester-year times when men opened doors for women and women dressed up for men as they cooked them dinner, in puffy dresses and perfect hair, food was simple and cheapish! And our main reflects this time perfectly. It’s Sausage and Bean Casserole recipe from Delicious Magazine.

3. Rear Window (1954)

When you think ‘classic’ Hitchcock has to come to mind. There are so many amazing Hitchcockian films to choose from but this is one of my all-time favourites. L.B (Jimmy Stewart) has broken his leg poor fella and is stuck in his little apartment. One night he thinks he witnesses a murder in the apartments across the way. Did he or didn’t he? It’s tense and exciting and so well made. If you haven’t seen a Hitchcock film (where have you been?) start with this one. Here’s another Film and Food review: Rear Window film paired with a Delicious Comforting Menu.

2. Charade (1963)

How I miss the humour and romance of these classic old movies. This one is the best caper, comedy film of all time. Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn make a cute and witty couple, add CIA operatives, murder and twists galore. Yup, they don’t make them like they used to!  The fabulous fashion of the 60s is fun to see as is the chemistry between our two stars. You must see it!

1. Rebecca (1940)

Oooo creepy is this film’s middle name. It’s a psychological Hitchcock thriller complete with a deadly fire, a psychotic house manager/maid/lady, Mrs Danvers with a scary expression on her face. When her master remarries, Danvers gets real jealous and tries to destroy the new Mrs de Winter, all while the truth about Rebecca’s death remains a mystery. How/why did she die? Very cool stuff. Here’s my review: Rebecca movie matched with food fit for Manderley.

Dessert:

I love finding unusual recipes to try like this one. I’ve never heard of this cake. Apparently it came from the Amish community which is as old-fashioned as they come. This dessert is called Funny Cake from The Real Thing with the Coake Family.

 

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