1. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
You’re going to host at least one dinner party, so here’s what you shouldn’t do.
2. The Apartment (1960)
Because you want to shift from a bachelor lifestyle to a more professional one.
3. Frances Ha (2012)
It’s HBO’s Girls, only more realistic.
4. Mildred Pierce (1945)
The perfect parenting guide of do’s and don’ts.
5. Some Like It Hot (1959)
Proof that you’ll do anything for love, which includes cross-dressing.
6. It Happened One Night (1934)
Because you need to learn how to hail a taxi with your bare leg.
7. Double Indemnity (1944)
It shows you how to make a quick buck, but in the darkest way possible.
8. His Girl Friday (1940)
Because you’re going to get stuck in at least one love triangle.
9. On the Waterfront (1954)
It’ll help you distinguish between your friends and your enemies, all while staying loyal to yourself.
10. City Lights (1931)
A much-needed reminder that love is not determined by money.
11. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
The perfect example of how to be a father and a better person.
12. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
Because you’ll sometimes feel like the world is ending.
13. Harvey (1950)
Because some people are going to think you’re crazy.
14. Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
The protagonist is still searching for his place in society, just like you.
15. 12 Angry Men (1957)
Everyone needs to be reminded that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.
16. High Noon (1952)
Because you’ll need to be someone’s hero.
17. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
If you ever feel down about your financial troubles, just look at this film in retrospect.
18. Ace in the Hole (1951)
A reminder of what’s truly important in life.
19. Casablanca (1942)
Because, kid, you need to learn about love and sacrifice.
20. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
A guide to finding a relationship — and, inadvertently, yourself too.
21. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Because you want a friend who will do anything for you.
22. Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Because you have to learn how to say “no.”
23. Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)
Because no one is better than you, but you’re certainly not better than anyone else, either.
24. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
Proof that life changes, and you have to adapt.
25. Manhattan (1979)
It inspires you to find faith in everyone, even if you struggle with commitment.
26. Grand Hotel (1932)
Because sometimes you’ll want to be alone.
27. Psycho (1960)
Because you don’t want to let go of your final piece of innocence… or your mother.
28. The Third Man (1949)
Because your moral judgment will always be in question.
29. Roman Holiday (1953)
It suggests that you need to take a break from your hectic life.
30. All About Eve (1950)
A love story of friendship and betrayal that reminds you that growing up is not optional.