I am a heretic on the “old movies are awesome” question. I find old movies unwatchable.
(1) Plot twists are exceedingly rare. It’ll be a courtroom drama, and the defendant looks clearly guilty. Oh, you think, there’ll be some twist and he’ll turn out to be innocent! Nope. He’s guilty.
(2) The acting is wooden. I am supposed to like Humphrey Bogart, but did he ever utter a line the way a real human being in that situation would have?
(3) Turn off that racket while people are speaking! I don’t need violins playing through the whole movie.
OK, have at me in the comments.