If the saying “you’re as young as you feel” is true, movies may be the secret to stopping aging in its tracks. Have you ever re-watched a favorite movie and remembered the exact moment you first saw it? Movies seem to remove us from our current reality and transport us back in time. It’s easy to lose ourselves in their story, drama and passion.
Here are a few movies that just might make you feel young again:
Casablanca: Escape to World War II-era French Morocco, which was then essentially a purgatory for European refugees awaiting their ticket to freedom. The film follows jaded American expat Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), who owns a bar in Casablanca and is accompanied by his longtime companion and piano player, Sam. His life is changed when his Norwegian ex-lover Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) walks into his bar. This WWII-era love triangle makes for a timeless classic.
Gone With the Wind: This historical fiction movie made history as the first full-scale color movie ever made. It came out at a time when nothing else like it existed in the world, and it left its viewers stunned. In Atlanta during the Civil War, Scarlett O’Hara, brought to life by actress Vivian Lee, is a troublesome flirt who uses her good looks and sass to help her family save their beloved Tara plantation. The iconic classic has had a huge impact on American culture, and it has been spoofed countless times—think of the famous Carol Burnett Show comedy bit in which Scarlett wears a curtain for a dress.
The Bucket List: This is a contemporary film starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. The legendary actors play two best friends who set out to complete the items on their “bucket lists,” or list of things they want to do before they die. It’s a touching drama that tells us it is never too late to start living your life or accomplish new things. The movie is too new to be a classic, but it’s sure become one with time.
Young at Heart: Yet another classic, this film starring Doris Day and Frank Sinatra centers on three musical sisters and a twisted, cynical composer. The musical produced a few well-known songs, but Sinatra’s “Moonbeam” went on to sell over a million records and has been used in many movies since.
Something’s Gotta Give: Jack Nicholson (who essentially plays himself in this romantic comedy) plays Harry Sanborn, a womanizing record label owner. As Harry continues to get older, the young women he picks up just seem to stay the same age—that is, until he finally meets an age-appropriate older woman (Diane Keaton) who changes his outlook on love and life.