6 Movies, 6 Decades Blogathon

It's National Classic Movie Day! Movies have always been such a huge part of my life, and today I'm participating in Classic Film & TV Café's 6 Films, 6 Decades blogathon to highlight six of my favourite movies. Make sure you click through to read all the entries! 

Let's dive in to six of my favourite movies, one per decade. It was not easy to narrow down, guys... 


It Happened One Night (1934)

I was introduced to It Happened One Night via a college class on narrative structures in film (this was the film representing screwball comedies and romances) and I fell in love with it immediately. 

One of the rare films to sweep the top Oscars (Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Screenplay), you'll love the tale of spoiled rich girl Ellen Andrews (Claudette Colbert) and out-of-work newspaperman Peter Warne (Clark Gable) and their madcap journey back to New York so that she can get to her new husband and he can get to a typewriter for the scoop of the century!


The Major and the Minor (1942)

The Major and the Minor is a charming comedy with great performances by Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland, and it's also Billy Wilder's directorial debut. The description may be off-putting (Ginger's character disguises herself as a tween so that she can get half-fare on a train and runs into Ray's officer character, who teaches at a juvenile military academy, and then winds up staying at the academy through the weekend), but it's a fun story that never gets uncomfortable. Plus, it has one of my favourite ending scenes of all time. 


Pillow Talk (1959)

Pillow Talk is a classic sex comedy, fun from the first moment until the last. I can't think of a single thing I hate about this movie. Doris Day is charming, Rock Hudson is suave... everything about this movie is bright and fun and funny. I can put this movie on and just keep rewinding it and will never get bored. 


How to Steal a Million (1966)

What happens when Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole break into a museum and try to steal a forged piece of art? You get How to Steal a Million, a fun and romantic caper comedy that's filled with charm. Audrey's always chic, but she gets to flex her comedic chops here (and sport yet another amazing Givenchy wardrobe); Peter O'Toole's the definition of charming; and you'll watch with bated breath to see if they can pull off the heist of heists! 


All That Jazz (1979)

I remember watching All That Jazz maybe a decade ago and being totally enthralled by the dance numbers ('Everything Old is New Again' and 'Bye Bye Life' in particular) that this quickly sky-rocketed to the top of my favourite movies list. Since then, I've explored more of Bob Fosse's films (as actor, choreographer and director), and many of them have also been added to the list. 


The Princess Bride (1987)

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This is the perfect fairy tale: swoon-worthy hero, charming heroine, bad guy gets his in the end, lovable side kicks, action, love, humour, adventure, and a happily ever after... The Princess Bride is a movie I can put on and, as soon as the credits roll, restart it immediately. It's an ultimate feel-good movie. 


  1. How to Steal a Million was new to me in the last couple of years and I fell immediately.

  2. Marvelous choices all! I adore Pillow Talk and always wish that Doris & Rock had made more movies together (Lover Come Back is probably my fave of theirs, with PT a close second). The Princess Brides seems to improve with age. And All That Jazz is still seriously underrated--easily the most innovative musical of the 1970s.

  3. Love your picks! Especially How to Steal a Million. My sister and I grew up with The Major and the Minor and I have to agree...that's one of the best endings of any film.

  4. Some of these films are my fave, too. The first time I saw The Major and the Minor, I was very skeptical about the story line, but Ginger Rogers pulls it off.

    I have yet to see All That Jazz, so thanks for putting it on my radar. :)

  5. Wow - love each and every one! Glad that you added How To Steal a Million. At a time when classic film making was sneered at, William Wyler showed them how entertainment is made.

  6. Some new films for me here. I haven't made it all the way through The Major and the Minor (I need to do that soon - no real excuses!) but I agree, it never feels icky. Great fun. And I've been putting off watching All that Jazz - your endorsement may get me to watch soon.

  7. With the exception of All That Jazz, I've seen and loved all of these! great choices.

  8. Fantastic choices! Most of these are my favorites, too. The only one I wouldn't count as a fave (and that's just because I've only seen it once many years ago) is All That Jazz, but I was definitely riveted the entire time I watched it.

  9. My favorite of your picks is the outlier, All That Jazz. It really is one of Fosse's very best but is so overshadowed by Cabaret - which is understandable, but still. Nice, diverse list!

  10. I love this list! Bob Fosse, The Princess Bride, Ginger Rogers--there's such good variety.


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