7 Great Classic Films You May Never Have Heard Of

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While many people have seen classics like Gone with the Wind, Casablanca, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and The Wizard of Oz, if you’re not an old-movie buff then you may not have heard of the classics on this list. If you’re in the mood for a good, well-written black-and-white movie — whether it be romance, horror, suspense, or comedy — turn to one of these little-known but well-worth watching films.

To Have and Have Not

To Have and Have Not is basically a sexed-up Casablanca starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in their first film, the movie that brought Bogie and Bacall together. She was just 19 at the time and delivers one of the sexiest lines in film history, “You know how to whistle, don’t you Steve? Just put your lips together — and blow.”

To Have and Have Not is loosely based on the novel of the same name by Ernest Hemingway, but aspects of the story were altered to make the film more similar to Bogey’s successful Casablanca. There’s World War II, an exotic French locale under the threat of Nazi Germany, and Bogey playing a guy who doesn’t want to help but ends up doing it anyway. Strong writing, a great supporting performance from Walter Brennen as the local drunk Eddie, and the palpable chemistry between Bogey and Bacall make this Casablanca rip-off worth watching.

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