Grab a drink and some popcorn! Although a visit to your local cinema may not be an option for the time being, you can bring the movie theater into your assisted living apartment and plan a movie night. Whether you enjoy sharing the fun with friends and family or are looking to enjoy a quiet evening with a good film, there's nothing quite like the nostalgia you feel when you watch a classic movie. Here are seven of the best old-school films you can watch for your next movie night.
Who ya gonna call? With its iconic theme song and 1980's antics, Ghostbusters is a favorite among vintage film-goers. Bill Murray stars alongside fellow funnymen Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis as the film follows a group of laid-off scientists who decide to become ghost hunters to turn a profit. This movie is full of supernatural fun and a great option for those who want a film that doesn't take itself too seriously—just don't be afraid of no ghosts!
Monty Python is a British comedy troupe known for its sketch television series, Flying Circus, which aired the year the group was founded in 1969. Since then, the comedy group has published several books, plays and even a few video games. However, Monty Python is best known for its theatrical films. Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a hilarious spoof on medieval tropes that's sure to have fun-loving seniors laughing—especially if they enjoy history or historic literature.
If you're still a kid at heart, The Goonies might be the film for you. This action-adventure centers on a group of fearless children who meet up for the last time upon learning that their parents' houses are facing foreclosure because someone wants to expand the local country club. The Goonies explore the depths of their small town (literally) to recover a long-lost treasure that could help save their homes from foreclosure. This film is perfect for a movie night with your grandchildren.
Red Dawn is an action film about a group of young high school students turned freedom fighters after Soviet intruders invade their small town in Colorado. Certain the invaders will attempt to take control of the country, the teens form a resistance to reclaim control of their hometown and stop the militia from further penetrating the United States. If you're a fan of action-filled thrillers with plenty of explosions, Red Dawn might be the film for you.
Bill Murray stars as weatherman Phil. He and his news station colleagues travel to Punxsutawney, PA, to cover the annual story the evening before Groundhog Day. However, Phil finds himself waking up and reliving the same events daily without much explanation as to why or how to stop it. Throughout the film, Phil attempts to stop the infinite loop of living the same day over again, but he appears destined to fail. Groundhog Day combines the mundaneness of everyday life with fantastic forces that attempt to teach Phil a lesson about his lack of appreciation for those in his life.
Starring actor Bruce Willis, Die Hard follows detective John McClane as he single handedly takes out a militia group holding his estranged wife and others at a company Christmas party hostage. While many people consider this their favorite Christmas movie, it's one that you can watch any time of year. If you're looking for a film with a great action hero and witty one-liners, Die Hard is one to consider for your next movie night.
Young teen Danny Noonan (Michael O'Keefe) works as a caddie at an exclusive country club to help fund his college tuition. In hopes of earning a scholarship, Danny enters a golf competition full of elite players willing to pay their way to the top. Caddyshack is a sports film that pokes fun at avid-golfers and the wealthy, but it's fun-loving and sure to be a hole-in-one at your next movie night!
Here at Bethesda Gardens in Fort Worth, TX, there are plenty of on-site amenities that can help make your movie night successful. If you have issues connecting to the internet (Wi-Fi is available to our residents) or trouble setting up films on your devices, feel free to contact the staff and ask for assistance.
Don't have a smart device or streaming services? No problem! You can also explore other options like purchasing movies through online stores such as Barnes & Noble or Best Buy. You can also plan a trip to your local library and see if they have any of these titles available to check out free with a library card.