Top Ten Classic Films …

… from my childhood.

It’s cold, my feet are hurting, my brain won’t work, and I haven’t had my third Coffee yet. So here’s a lazy post for today;

The current Mrs. Welch has been on a tidying spree (spring cleaning before Xmas I guess – must be a girl thing); so I’ve been sifting through a ridiculously large DVD collection and pleasantly surprising myself with what we’ve got!

Anyway, it got me to thinking about films I thoroughly enjoyed as a kid.

So here are my Top Ten Classic Films from my childhood:

  1. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)  – It started it all for me, the thought of space travel and lightsabre’s captured my imagination! My favourite is still ‘Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back’ though.
  2. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – Indiana Jones was the coolest teacher ever, and Harrison Ford rocked it!
  3. The Love Bug (1968) – I loved all of the original ‘Herbie’ films but this was the first, and it stuck for me.
  4. Alien (1979) – Wow! What a film and will always be one of the best (I have a USCS Nostromo T-shirt even now) and it is totally responsible for my love of surrealist art and Hans Rudolf Giger‘s work.
  5. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) – Another film to capture my imagination, an epic effort by Richard Dreyfuss and masterfully directed by Steven Spielberg. Fantastic.
  6. The Italian Job (1969) – A brilliant caper from start to finish. Mini’s in a tunnel – genius!
  7. Back to the Future (1985) – To be honest, like the Star Wars films I love them all! But this was such a different story, brilliant work by Robert Zemeckis.
  8. Ghostbusters (1984) – The unusual idea for a story, the mix of Dan Ackroyd, Bill Murray, Rick Moranis, and Sigourney Weaver made the film. That, the 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance and the giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man!
  9. The Black Hole (1979) – This film had it all! Good vs Evil robots, a deserted ship off the event horizon of a black hole, a mad scientist and it had the late and loveable Ernest Borgnine (from Airwolf) in it.
  10. Fantastic Voyage (1966) – Starring the beautiful Raquel Welch, involving science, the CIA, and the classic race against time scenario this film captivated me as a kid.

Interestingly if we look at the poster art for each of these films, it also smacks of nostalgia;

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Raiders of the Lost Ark
The Love Bug
Richard Dreyfuss was ace, and the special effects were perfect!
The ‘original’ Italian Job
Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd
Who you gonna call?
The Black Hole
Tight white suits!

I aim to show these to my children (they have seen a few already) and I hope they inspire my children as much as they did me. So pray tell, what are your all time classics? Do share!

– Chris

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