Maaxwell wrote:In my experience, the vast majority of people my age (28) and younger have barely seen and have zero interest in watching "older" movies - as in anything before 1980 (Disney films and a handful of classics aside). When I ask, they tend to be worried most of all that it won't be engaging for them.
We had this joke in my undergraduate film studies: movies began in 1993.
There's not something wrong with you, of course, but IMO the more I get into "old" movies the more I find universal themes and ideas and characters that speak to me - because good stories are not time-bound. (But my wife often chides me when she comes home and I'm watching a silent film by myself, since this is my idea of a good time, now. I'm off in the other ditch for the most part.)
If you want to "ease in" to "old" movies to test the waters (and I know you didn't ask, but I feel the urge to proselytize), I recommend the approaches of some artists over individual films:
I first recommend Hitchcock. His approach is still (debatably) modern.
Lubitsch, already recommended by Bartbaard, proves sex was a thing in black and white.
Howard Hawks was behind some for classic comedies and westerns, and his pictures are often brisk.
The themes in Billy Wilder's films often help them feel like they were made yesterday.
Those are often my gateway drugs for friends of a similar inclination.