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What are your parents favorite classic movies


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Hi there follow TCM members!

This is my very first time joining tcm.com and am a HUGE fan of classic films and those not too far behind! ;-)


Today, I'll be sharing movies my parents have always liked.


My father:

To Have and Have Not (always liked Becall and Bograt together)

Joker is Wild, The (fan of Frank Sinatra as a movie star)

Houdini (adored Tony Curtis)

Lawrence of Arabia

Ben-Hur (the first film to win 11 Oscars)

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (highly respects Sidney Poitier)

Greatest Show on Earth, The

Tarzan (any film based on the book)

The Oh God! movies with George Burns

Godfather movies 


My mother:

Butterflies are Free (always liked Goldie Hawn)

The Great Escape (likes Steven McQueen)

Sound of Music, The

Easy Rider (anything Jack Nicholson) 

Wizard of Oz,The

Breakfast at Tiffany's

The original Star Wars films

It's a Wonderful Life

Dirty Dancing

Smokey and the Bandit (R.I.P. Burt!)

Home Alone


Films they both like:

Gone with the Wind

Casablanca (Bograt fan)

Giant (fans of Rock Hudson)

Butterflied 8 (they adore Elizabeth Taylor)

Ten Commandments, The (DeMille knew how to reenact the book of Exodus)

The Graduate (they love the soundtrack album more LOL)

E.T.: The Extraterrestrial 

Pretty Woman


James Bond films!

Anything with Paul Newman, Ali McGraw with her ex Steve McQueen, some Eddie Murphy movies and the Batman movies (that includes the one with George Clooney. :-p)



What are movies your parents like that you remember?

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Interesting topic and welcome to the boards.

My mother's favorite when I was growing up in the 80s, was CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD. I tried but couldn't really get into it. I still think it's a very contrived story.

My father's favorite movie is OF MICE AND MEN, since he'd directed the play a few times.

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My parents don't like old movies or really movies in general. My grandma was the one that introduced me to classic movies. Some of her favorites include: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), Gone With the Wind (1939), To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) Singin' In the Rain (1952) and the 1936 version of Showboat

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My parents were avid moviegoers, but now that I think of it, I can't think of any particular movie either one ever mentioned as a favorite. I don't think they liked seeing a movie more than once, and I can't remember either of them watching a movie on TV unless it was one they hadn't seen before.

I think their preferences were more in terms of the stars, rather than the films.  I remember my father mentioning that he liked Edward G. Robinson and Anne Baxter, and my mother liked John Hodiak and Bette Davis.  I'm sure they liked other stars in subsequent decades, but those are the ones I remember hearing them talk about.

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My Dad really liked Treasures of the Sierra Madre and I recall watching it with him a few times when I was around 13 or so.    The reason he liked it was because he was kind like the 'old man' in the film and I was clueless about a lot of things like the two younger men.    After I had seen the film with him and we would go hiking and I would wimp out,  he would laugh,   taunt me and do that little jig dance move to push me.    I didn't get mad about that since this 'act' of his came from the movie and therefore I understood why he was doing it.    (i.e. I needed to toughen up as well as wise up as it related to dealing with nature).

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 For my mother: anything with

Clark Gable (GWTW)

Elizabeth Taylor,

Elvis Presley,

Kay Francis, Jean Harlow, and Carole Lombard 



 For my father-- The Magnificent Seven and anything with

Judy Garland, Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire and Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy


And both my parents thought Bette Davis was the best actress in the movies.


*My grandmother who was born before the turn of the century adored Mae West.

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My mother seems to tolerate older movies. She will watch them occasionally if it'll make me happy haha. I've gotten her to watch How to Marry a Millionaire and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. She was born in 1968, so she missed the great era of Cary Grant, Olivia de Havilland, etc. 

My father introduced me to some of my favorite older films when I was younger: The Ten Commandments (1956), My Fair Lady (1964), Doctor Dolittle (1967). He seems to enjoy them a lot more than my mother does, although he was only born 2 years ahead of her (1966)... Recently, I've been hearing him rave about 12 Angry Men (1957). One of my dad's favorite current actresses is Jennifer Garner, however. ?

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For My Mother

Robert Taylor (mom thought he was the handsomest actor in films)

Clark Gable

Jack Lemmon

Vivien Leigh

Rita Hayworth

Elizabeth Taylor

Mom's preference was for musicals

Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy films

Jane Powell

Gene Kelly

Judy Garland 

Betty Grable

Carmen Miranda 

Marilyn Monroe


Mom's favorite films, A Date With Judy, National Velvet, Some Like It Hot, Waterloo Bridge, Singin In the Rain, GWTW, Gilda, How To Marry A Millionaire, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

For My Dad

His favorites were Anything with Jimmy Cagney

anything with Lana Turner (dad thought she was beautiful)

anything with EGR- dad loved gangster films

he thought Ingrid Bergman was beautiful in Notorious

Dad's Favorite films, Casablanca, From Here To Eternity, Notorious, White Heat, Gilda, The Godfather films

Mom loved musicals and comedies, dad loved gangster and war movies



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