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Classic Movies - Family Movies - Made for TV Movies

July 14th, 2011 Books/Audio/Video

Best of the 1950's

Who can forget film classics from the 1950s like "Carousel" and "From Here to Eternity" or "Abbott and Costello Go To Mars"? The movies of the 1950s came in all different genres, and many of them like "Father of the Bride" and "Cheaper by the Dozen" have been remade in recent years. The stars of this decade were larger than life: Elizabeth Taylor, Rita Hayworth, and Jeff Chandler graced the silver screen with a presence that is rarely seen in movies today.

If you would like to bulk up your DVD collections or movies of the 50's, you can find plenty of films for sale online through major retailers and auction sites. Oftentimes you can find used copies of your favorite films from the 1950's, and these copies come with guarantees so you don't have to worry about the DVD not functioning correctly. If you're really lucky, you may be able to stumble across a 50's DVD or VHS tape online that is actually signed by one of the actors who starred in the movie, but you may want to skip these unless you're a diehard fan because these movies will cost much more than an unsigned version.

Best of the 1960's

Movies of the 1960's were a lot of fun. Although there were plenty of serious films released during this decade, some of the most memorable 60's movies include titles like "The Absent Minded Professor," "My Fair Lady," and "The Parent Trap." Frank Sinatra movies peppered this decade, as did some of the best Jerry Lewis films and Dean Martin movies.

Certain 1960's videos from various television shows of the decade are now considered classics, such as the various Dick Van Dyke DVDs from his popular TV show. You can find these titles and more at most of the online DVD retailers, and some of the classic films of the 1960's can be found in bundle packages that feature several different movies of the same genre or with the dame artist.

For example, it isn't difficult to find several Frank Sinatra films in one DVD pack, just like you can buy many of the now-infamous beach party movies of the 1960's as collections in one fell swoop instead of needing to buy each title individually. Some movies from the 1960's have been re-released after having been digitally re-mastered, so if you don't like the idea of editors toying with the original look of a film then look for versions of the original which have not been changed at all.

Best of the 1970's

Plenty of things changed with regards to movies in the 1970s. Groundbreaking 1970's movies such as "Star Wars," "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," and "Jaws" changed what moviegoers expected to see when they went to the movies. Some of the best movies of the 1970's featured actors like Jack Nicholson, Sylvester Stallone, and Diane Keaton as well as actors who had been around for a long time. Elizabeth Taylor, Gregory Peck, and Sir Laurence Olivier were among some of the most highly respected actors from the past who continued to star in films throughout the 1970's.

Since videos from the 1970's are as varied as the many films released during that decade, look closely when purchasing any type of compilation DVD that is labeled as a tribute the 1970's. Will it be a compilation of important war movies that explore the mental rigors of combat? Will it be a compilation of horror movies, sci-fi movies, or perhaps a series of films showcasing disco?

There was not one movie genre that reigned supreme during the 70's because so many films were metaphorically out of the box, and were much different from anything moviegoers had ever seen before.

Made for TV

Some of the best family movies are never released in theaters, just like many fantastic feel good movies never make it on to the silver screen. The Lifetime Movie Network offers films that are poignant, moving, engaging, and funny, and you don't even have to leave your home to watch them. If you have never indulged in Lifetime movies then you will be pleased to discover that these films have evolved exponentially from the after school specials you may have been exposed to years ago. The movies you will see on TV today feature recognizable stars involved in intriguing situations. Some of the top family movies of today are made for TV, and you will enjoy the fact that Lifetime does not put overtly racy elements into their films so everyone in your family can enjoy the movies with you.

That's Amore

What films come to mind when you think of classic romance movies? For many people, thoughts of "Casablanca," "Breakfast at Tiffany's," or "Gone With the Wind" are among the first romantic classic movies to come to mind because these films have stood the test of time as some of the best classic movies still sold on DVD today. Although these films, along with similar movies, will always be considered as some of the top classic romance films of all times, there are other films which are making their mark as mainstay romance films even though they lack the glamour of the aforementioned movies.

For example, some Tom Hanks movies such as "Sleepless in Seattle" and "You've Got Mail" are considered to be great romance films, just as Meg Ryan has fallen nicely into the romance genre with a good portion of her films. In present day, you don't necessarily have to head to the movie theater to see the latest romance films because made for television movies supply plenty of romantic tales to viewers. You can find all of your favorite romance films online for purchase, including most of the made for TV movies that make your heart swell.

The Best Classics

A movie does not necessarily have to make an important statement to be considered classic cinema, but instead is a movie that people just can't stop talking about, even decades after it was originally shown in the theater. Examples of the top classic movies include "Casablanca," "Sunset Boulevard," "Some Like it Hot," and "To Kill a Mockingbird." If you are looking to buy classic movies on DVD then you are in luck; oftentimes you can find these films in the bargain section of an online retailer's website, or you may even be able to purchase used copies through an online auction site.

Many of the best classic movies can be purchased in sets, so you can get several of your favorite movies in one complete set. The set you buy may even contain some classic Hollywood movies that you have never seen before, expanding your repertoire and introducing you to more great films. If you have old VHS tapes of classic films then you may be pleased to find that DVDs generally offer enhanced versions of the classics, with everything digitally re-mastered to offer a more crisp and clear look to it. All you need to add is some popcorn and you'll be ready for a classic movie marathon.