10 classic films to watch this week

If you haven't seen these you need to, if you have you need to see them again

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Catch up with some of the top 10 classics this week.

ADAM HUREAU, Evergreen columnist

If you’re finding yourself feeling down by the news recently, movies are just what you need. Sometimes you just need to sit down and immerse yourself in a great, classic film. Across all streaming platforms, there are a variety of culturally significant films that are considered some of the best ever made. Each one of these films is unique and has something different to offer, whether it is teaching you about the past or simply making you laugh. 

Here are 10 classics from all throughout American film history.

“Apocalypse Now” (1979), Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Filmed over 16 months (originally scheduled for six weeks), this portrait of the Vietnam War is legendary. When this film won the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival in 1979, Coppola said, “My film is not about Vietnam, it is Vietnam.” “Apocalypse Now” is raw, visceral and thought-provoking. There is no other film like it. With great performances from Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall and Marlon Brando, “Apocalypse Now” encapsulates the war and all its horror. 

Where to find it: HBO Go.

“Blazing Saddles” (1974), Directed by Mel Brooks

One of the great Mel Brooks films. Hilarious and a little crazy, this goofball comedy from Mel Brooks is a must-see. The humor is a little dated, but anyone can appreciate the zany antics of this spoof on Westerns. There are some great acting performances too, especially by the lead Cleavon Little and supporting man Gene Wilder. 

Where to find it: Hulu.

“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986), Directed by John Hughes

John Hughes owned the 80s. With movies like “The Breakfast Club,” “Sixteen Candles” and “Planes, Trains & Automobiles,” his movies are so representative of a very distinct time in American history. Ferris Bueller is among his best films. It is funny, well-acted and a good coming-of-age story that doesn’t get old. 

Where to find it: Netflix.

“Fight Club” (1999), Directed by David Fincher

One of the defining films of the 90s. Brad Pitt and Edward Norton make a great combo in this ‘90s thriller that never really goes where you think it will. The plot is a fast-paced, dizzying and sometimes strange ride through one man’s life and his quest to make it more interesting.  

Where to find it: HBO Go.

“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966), Directed by Sergio Leone

Arguably one of the best Westerns of all-time (and probably my personal favorite), “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” is an absolute classic featuring some great acting by its three leads: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach. Plus, Ennio Morricone’s unforgettable score makes this film all the more legendary. If you are daunted by long run-times, the finale makes watching this film absolutely worth it, trust me. 

Where to find it: Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

“The Graduate” (1967), Directed by Mike Nichols

What do you get when you cross Dustin Hoffman, Simon and Garfunkel and the 60s? The result is “The Graduate,” arguably one of the best coming-of-age films ever. Dustin Hoffman is great as Benjamin Braddock, a young adult who, like so many, is struggling to find himself and deciding what to do with his future. There are some great quotes you can pick up from this film as well.

Where to find it: Hulu.

“Groundhog Day” (1993), Directed by Harold Ramis

When you’re in the mood for a good old rom-com, look no further than “Groundhog Day.” Bill Murray is great as the ever-pessimistic Phil Connors who is forced to live his life over and over again. Sure, it’s a little cheesy, but as far rom-coms go it is nearly perfect and is not often topped. 

Where to find it: Netflix.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946), Directed by Frank Capra

I know it’s not Christmas, but it is never a bad time to watch Frank Capra’s beloved classic. This movie is timeless and has a message that has remained relevant. Jimmy Stewart stars as in one of his finest performances. Though a flop when initially released, this film is now considered an American classic. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this one. 

Where to find it: Amazon Prime Video.

“Taxi Driver” (1976), Directed by Martin Scorsese

“Taxi Driver” is arguably Scorsese at his very best. This classic about New York in the 1970s is a must-see. Robert DeNiro is at the top of his game as Travis Bickle, a man disillusioned with his city and decides to make a change. If you saw “Joker” this past year, you will notice a lot of similarities, as director Todd Phillips was inspired by this film and used a very similar plot.  

Where to find it: Netflix. 

“West Side Story” (1961), Directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise

If you’re a fan of movie musicals, this is one of the best. With some of the best music ever written for a musical, “West Side Story” is definitely worth your time. The acting is strong across the board, with a standout and career-defining performance from Rita Moreno. The acrobatic dancing is ice on the cake, making this film a true classic. 

Where to find it: Netflix.