5 Classic Movies to Watch After ‘Barbie’

Greta Gerwig has cited a number of Old Hollywood influences for the film

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Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie” is destined to be a classic in its own right, already garnering nearly half a billion dollars at the box office in under a week. The film, about a stereotypical Barbie (Margot Robbie) in the grips of an existential crisis that sees her going to the Real World, is all manner of fun and wacky, with a number of Old Hollywood influences.

Gerwig herself has cited a number of features that either directly or indirectly inspired “Barbie,” starting with the 1939 Technicolor classic, “The Wizard of Oz.” That film, with its now iconic transition between Kansas and the land of Oz, no doubt factored into how the feature approaches color. The idea of a character transitioning from one world to another draws comparisons to “The Truman Show” and “Heaven Can Wait.”

Among the more nuanced, less obvious films, Gerwig took inspiration from “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” Almodóvar’s 1988 masterpiece. Of that feature, she said, “The colors, the way he layers colors” influenced her. Gerwig has also mentioned how Cary Grant, of “The Philadelphia Story” and “His Girl Friday” fame, would have made the perfect Ken (if only time travel was available).

She’s also cited the 1964 Jacques Demy French musical, “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” as an influence, particularly with regards to Margot Robbie’s hair. These influences even extend to the Barbies’ individual houses. As production designer Sarah Greenwood told TheWrap, the exterior of Weird Barbie’s (Kate McKinnon) house is deliberately inspired by Norman Bates’ (Anthony Perkins) house in “Psycho.” Gerwig even went so far as to include living legend/costume designer Ann Roth in a pivotal scene in the film.

But outside of the influences that Gerwig and her team have cited, what other movies should you watch after seeing “Barbie?” We listed five other classic Old Hollywood movies you should seek out that give off similar “Barbie” vibes.