Favorite movies post

The Princess Bride:  I’m sure this one needs no description.  The book, of course, is even better.

Tales of Manhattan:  A wonderful b&w movie, sadly not on DVD.  It’s a bunch of little life-affirming mini-stories following a tailcoat as it changes of the life of everyone it touches.  You will laugh, you will cry, you will feel joyous.  My favorite is the Charles Laughton one.  Unfortunately the last one kind of sucks in its stereotypical 1940s Hollywood way; Paul Robeson is sorely used.

Captain Blood: A wonderful Errol Flynn piece, romance, sword fights, pirates, cunning, and a hilarious ending.  Ah, the book is better, but the movie is also wonderful.

When Harry Met Sally: Like flan.  (In a good way)

The Silence of the Lambs.  For someone who’s not into horror/suspense, I’ve watched this a surprising number of times.  Great movie.

Secretary: Amazing acting and psychological maneuvering from Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader.  I appreciate it even more now that I’ve watched the director’s commentary.

Say Anything’s pretty good, too.  Buckaroo Banzai.  Charade.  The Wedding Singer.  This is not a comprehensive list.

(Note:  #1 only likes the happy movies from the above, but does not include Say Anything which she found painfully boring, though she likes John Cusack more generally, especially when teamed up with John Hughes.)

What are your favorite movies?

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31 Responses to “Favorite movies post”

  1. Everyday Tips Says:

    I was not enthralled with Say Anything, but loved Better Off Dead.

    Here is a list of some of my faves:
    Shawshank Redemption
    Field of Dreams
    Forrest Gump
    Memento
    Rear Window
    Slingblade
    Naked Gun
    Airplane
    Election

  2. kh Says:

    Princess Bride – amen.
    Last of the Mohicans
    Shawshank Redemption
    Green Mile
    Philadelphia Story
    Gladiator
    Serenity
    While You Were Sleeping
    ….
    I’m drawing a blank now. There are a ton that are my “go to” movies when I need a relaxing no-stress movie night.

  3. Spanish Prof Says:

    Some like it hot
    His Girl Friday
    To have or have not
    The Night Hunter
    The 400 Blows, by Truffaut (I was once accused by an ignorant, religious roommate of keeping pornography in the apartment we shared because I had a copy of it in the living room. It was a bizarrre situation)
    Stolen Kisses, by Truffaut also
    Day of the Beast, by Alex de la Iglesia
    Wedding Crashers

    and 50 more….

  4. Linda Says:

    There are many good movies listed here already!

    I guess I love productions that come across as sweeping spectacles or mythic stories, because when I look at my small collection of DVDs I see things like Gone with the Wind and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. (In the latter, I love that scene where the girl defeats all those swordsmen in the teahouse and is shouting that she is a goddess! You go, girl!)

    I’ll also add a movie that was very prescient to my list: Network.

  5. Foscavista Says:

    Krzysztof Kieslowski’s “La double vie de Véronique” and “Trois coleurs”

  6. Foscavista Says:

    and “Raise the Red Lantern” (but the DVD screwed up the subtitles)

  7. hush Says:

    I have just a couple I’d like to mention:

    Beetlejuice, Delicatessen, Out of Africa, Dawn of the Dead (2004), Four Weddings and a Funeral, District 9, The Graduate, A Streetcar Named Desire, Hope and Glory, Apocalypse Now, The Fugitive, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Citizen Kane, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Dr. Strangelove, Major League, Dead Poets Society, The Red White & Blue Trilogy, Munich, In The Bedroom, The Firm, The Goonies, Zombieland, Inglourious Basterds, 12 Angry Men, My Blue Heaven, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek (2009), The Silence of the Lambs, Suddenly Last Summer, The Shining, The Conversation, The Skeleton Key, Elizabeth, Monsoon Wedding, Gone With the Wind, Cache, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, Fire Walk With Me, Rosemary’s Baby, Shag: The Movie, The Godfather Part II, Wimbledon, The City of Lost Children, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Before Sunrise, Clerks, Clerks 2, The Exorcist, Imitation of Life, Pulp Fiction, The Year Without a Santa Claus, Do The Right Thing, Dracula (1979), The Quick and the Dead, Raising Arizona, Scary Movie, To Kill A Mockingbird, Clue, Dangerous Liaisons, The Ring, American Psycho, Independence Day, Murder by Death, Lost in Translation, The Sixth Sense, Up, Amelie, The Big Chill, and The Talented Mr. Ripley.

  8. julier Says:

    I can’t believe no one has mentioned Joe vs. the Volcano or Stranger than Fiction.

    My other favorites are The Fisher King, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, When Harry Met Sally, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle.

  9. Dr. O Says:

    Princess Bride and When Harry Met Sally are classics. Also:
    Swingers
    Breakfast at Tiffany’s
    The American President
    The Big Chill
    Sideways
    Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood (yeah, I know, but I am from the South)
    Marley and Me (really, I’m a sucker for any good dog movie, and Owen Wilson)
    I’m sure there’s more…

  10. MutantSupermodel Says:

    Big Fish, Moulin Rouge, Across the Universe, 500 Days of Summer, Scott Pilgrim v the World, Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, Stranger than fiction, Half-baked, Monty Python & the Holy Grail, Nightmare before Christmas, Coraline, Edward Scissorhands, Hackers, Iron Man, X-Men, V for Vendetta, Monsters Inc., Princess Mononoke, Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Spirited Away, Devil wears Prada, Fast & the Furious, Gone in 60 seconds, Quills, Fantasia, Alice in Wonderland, The Hangover, Elf, Anchorman, Step Brothers, Wedding Crashers, Role Models, Superbad, Old School, Zoolander…
    ok i’m tired now. :P I don’t watch a lot of movies but I can watch the ones I love a million times.

  11. Frugal Forties Says:

    Every time someone else posts I think “Oh yeah, THAT one … and that one! And that one, too!”

    The Coen Bros. entire oeuvre, Eternal Sunshine, Moulin Rouge, The Empire Strikes Back. Any of the 1930s screwball comedies. A Christmas Story.

  12. Dr. O Says:

    Oh I forgot – Elf!!! I know it’s a Christmas movie, but I can watch it ANY time of year!!

  13. Comrade PhysioProf Says:

    STRIPES
    Caddyshack
    Animal House
    Spinal Tap
    Best In Show

  14. Cloud Says:

    Charade is my favorite move of all time. The original, with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. I think there was a remake recently, but I never saw that.

  15. Rumpus Says:

    With rare exceptions, I don’t rewatch movies. So over time I have mostly forgotten what I liked about these, but Grosse Pointe Blank, Gone in 60 Seconds, and Noises Off! all come to mind.

  16. Trish Says:

    Picnic, made in the mid 1950s, with William Holden and Kim Novak, always draws me in when it is on TCM. It is such a great depiction of life in that era, and also so delightfully cheesy!

    Enchanted April, Babette’s Feast, and The Insider are a few I love to watch.


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