There are so many definitions of a ‘classic movie’. Some will say they are movies made in a specific era, mostly pre 1960 when everything is in black and white (the ones you watch on a rainy day or around Christmas time). Some could class their all time favorite movies as classics. Others see a specific actor cast in the movie, or a certain director, as what makes a movie a classic.
I think the classic movies are those that you cannot forget and that you never get bored of watching. They are the movies that you can (and will) watch again and again, gaining a new perspective each time. Classics are the movies other people hate watching with you because you know all of the lines in the movie and don’t hesitate to say them aloud as your favorite actors do.
To me, classic movies are those that tug on your heartstrings and pull on an emotional chord. The characters in a movie are what make the movie a classic; movies in which the characters are so relatable and familiar. Characters that you can see yourself in, or friends or family. I think it’s happened to all of us at some point- we become way too attached to fictional characters. We laugh with them, cry with them, and we mourn their deaths like they were close relatives! Even after their death, you still spend the remainder of the movie thinking about them, wishing they’d come back or wanting to plan a memorial service in honor of their memory.
Jack from ‘Titanic’, John Coffee in ‘The Green Mile’, Simba’s dad, and the most heart-breaking of all, Bambi’s mom. At their deaths we were mourning a great friend. The use of characters, their storylines, and their predicaments are what I remember most about classic movies. They give the heart and soul to the plot and are the people who carry you through right to the end of the film. We all have our own ideas of a classic movie depending on how they make you feel, or how they are directed or written.
Certain movies spark certain emotions and can speak to your heart- and that’s what makes them classic.