Classic Movie Date

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His Girl Friday (1940) / Public Domain

Have you ever wanted to travel back in time, even just for a little while? 

That's just what I love about classic movies. For a few hours, they transport you to another time and another place, giving you glimpses of past lives and perspectives. They fill you with nostalgia and regret. They are both entertaining and enlightening.

Last year Matthew and I began making our way though AFI's Top 100 American Movies. While it has taken us a while (we are not quite halfway through), watching old movies has been a joy ride. Rather than shrug off another blockbuster every week, we get to talk about what makes each movie withstand history. We read what the critics say and try to place each film in context. Then we put them in the context of now.  Some of the movies we like, some we dislike, some we disagree about, but after each one we have lots to talk about.

I don't expect you to make the kind of commitment 100 movies requires. But I am guessing that for most people watching a single classic film would spice up your entertainment consumption. Not to mention, it would definitely add variety to your dinner and a movie dating ritual. 

Whether you want to stay in or go out, we have some classy ideas for your Classic Movie Date. 


City Lights (1931) / Public Domain

What's for Dinner?

If you are going out to dinner, try choosing a restaurant that lives in an old movie theater, or one appropriate to theme, like a speakeasy. If you are staying in, choose a fitting recipe. How about watching Some Like it Hot and eating some sizzling hot fajitas? Finally, whether in or out, try our cocktail recipes in the free printables below, carefully crafted for each movie. Don't drink? Try making mocktails without the alcohol.

Which Movie to See?

We made a list below of classic movies that are perfect for a date night. Choose from any one of them and whip up the matching cocktail. Then, from your couch you can stream almost any movie from your smart TV. Otherwise you can try renting one of them for free from your local library. Wanting to go out? Find the closest classic movie theater, or look for a special screening at one of the cineplexes. Turner Classic Movies partners regularly with Fathom Events to bring classic movies to theaters all over the US.

Classics Movies for Date Night:

"I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." -- Casablanca

Classic Movie Date

Time: 2+ hours  |  Cost:  $-$$$  |  Location: At Home or On the Town  |  Level:  Easy

Change up dinner and a movie with a classic movie night at home or on the town. Plus try the cocktails we've chosen to perfectly accompany each of our suggested films. You will be feeling like a dapper gentleman and fancy lady in no time.

Materials Needed:

Printable Invite
Printable Cocktail Recipe
Printable Movie-Talk Questions

Recipe Ingredients
Movie of Choice
Snacks and Beverages


  1. Download the free printables below--including the invite and cocktail recipe--and print. Cut out the pieces (we recommend using a portable paper cutter). Optionally you can download them to your tablet instead and text the invite. Then, gather your materials.

  2. Deliver the invite to your date. You could leave it out on the counter one morning, send it via snail mail, pin it to your fridge, or come up with something else creative.

  3. If you are going out:

    1. Get "in the mood" with our Spotify playlist in the car on the way to the restaurant and movie theater.

    2. At the restaurant, order one of our choice cocktails (or mocktails). Don't you feel classy already?

    3. Enjoy watching the classic movie on the big screen (don't forget the snacks!).

    4. Chat about the movie-talk questions on your way home.

  4. If you are staying in:

    1. Play our Spotify playlist leading up to the movie.

    2. Create one of our delicious cocktails (or mocktails) and deliver it to your date. Sip together as you cook and eat dinner.

    3. Enjoy the classic movie from the comfort of your couch, noshing on snacks as necessary.

    4. After the movie, chat about it using our movie-talk question printables.

  5. Share your experience with us and get ready for more great date ideas!


Which dinner and a movie pairing did you pick? Share your favorite classic movie moment on Twitter @makeadateofit #changeupdinnerandamovie

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