Movies Over and Over

I can't handle doing a top ten movies list.

There are way too many that are way too good.

However, there are a set of movies distinguished by the fact that, whenever I see them on TV and decide to watch for a minute or two, I cannot stop watching, regardless that I've seen them a hundred times before.

Here's a few of them, I'm not saying they're brilliant and I'm not saying they're the best... I'm just saying I can't stop watching them:

Body Heat
As Good as it Gets
It's a Wonderful Life
Finding Neverland
Blade Runner
A Shot in the Dark
Dirty Harry
Blood Simple
GlenGarry Glen Ross

There's loads, I'll add a few more...

Jean De Florette
The Magnificent Seven
Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Perhaps you might suggest a few of your own - I bet some of them get added to my list too.

God, I hope none of them are on today, I've got things to do.


Dominic Rivron said...

Just read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and have a Blade Runner DVD sat here waiting to be watched.

I must confess to having a softspot for Dune and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It makes me sound as "nerdy" as Weird Al Yankovic, I know. :)

Rachel Fox said...

Has this post been on before? You're confusing me now...
'Shawshank Redemption' is on TV what...every fortnight... but if I start watching it I'll probably still be there at midnight!
And 'Goodfellas' - absolutely...seen it loads of times. 'Fargo' I keep meaning to try again because I couldn't see what the fuss was when I watched it years ago...

Ken Armstrong said...

Dominic: Blade Runner is Super - these days, it's got to be one of the myriad of Director's Cuts that you see. The original voice-over and namby-pamby ending just doesn't cut it any more. Holy Grail could easily be on my list - helped my the fact that my son and his friends (13) love it too.

Rachel: Confused? Darling!! :) This post was languishing back in feb 2008 when nobody came here, you probably had a look 'cos (as mentioned before somewhere, you are a 'Darling') :) I'm currently juggling a spate of earnest writing and DIY that means I have to duck and dive a little on the blog. New posts soon on the Twickenham Tramp, my acting experiences and some more 'Loving It So You don't Have To', it's a book up next and, no, it's not Westlife - a Biography. :)

Susan at Stony River said...

We share some of the top ones; I love As Good As It Gets and It's A Wonderful Life.

I'd need to add the Princess Bride and (forgive me, maybe it's the music) Repo Man. And on behalf of my entire family, Shrek the Third...although for some reason I feel I should be saying that with a paper bag over my head.

Ken Armstrong said...

Susan: Shrek the Third is my least favorite of the three, oddly enough. The first one blew me away when I say it with John - I brought Trish the next night. My fave bit is when the wolf is in the bed dressed as Granny and he says 'What?'

Princess Bride, Yesyes yes. I love William Goldman and all he writes. We watched Misery last night again - a masterclass in tense screenwriting.

I haven't seen Repo Man since it first came out - the car flew away didn't it? That threw me a bit. I must revisit.

Ken Armstrong said...

Rachel: Try Fargo again. go on go on on go on.

Shawshank gets me too - but how did he get the poster back on the wall??

Alan said...

I guess your really liked misery ???

what about
Pan's Labyrinth
Dances with wolves
Gone with the Wind

and Citizen Kane (never mind, that's for the worst movie of all time list)

Ken Armstrong said...

Alan: That's funny! You observant thing you. I actually watched Misery for the umpteenth time last night and it was that which prompted the post. I will leave the mistake in so that people can appreciate your comment.

I watched it last night with my thirteen year old son and I now look forward to all the great films I can enjoy again through his eyes.

I saw Citizen Kane in the cinema once (as well as all the bloddy TV viewings) and it was quite good in the darkened focused space. But, God, it *is* over-rated isn't it?

Matthew S. Urdan said...

Andromeda Strain
National Treasure
National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets
All the Harry Potters
All the Lord of the Rings
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Star Wars original 3
Ten Commandments
Any Star Trek
Any Superman
Any X-Men
ABBA: The Movie
Something for Joey
Brian's Song
Miracle (1980 USA Hockey Team Victory at Lake Placid)
Far and Away
Days of Thunder
Risky Business
Legal Eagles
Up Close and Personal
Grease name just a few...

Matthew S. Urdan said...

Agreed...Citizen Kane. It just doesn't stand up. It must have been something in its day for all the old theater people to still vote it #1, but it's not a movie that really lasts like the Wizard of Oz--which I don't automatically watch every time it's on tv.

Anonymous said...

I have to add the Princess Bride as well, it's my all time favorite. But for some unknown reason I will always stop for "Blast from the Past" with Brendon Frasier. I love how quirky it is.

Jena Isle said...

That's quite a list. Here are mine for the moment, some are jaded, lol:

The Notebook
Sound of Music
The Godfather
The Ten Commandments
Where Eagles Dare
Star Wars

Rachel Fox said...

I like all the Shreks (with or without children present). Probably the second one least of all but even that has some great bits - the princesses are pretty funny.
Feb 08 - heck we are old friends by now then.

Ken Armstrong said...

Hi Matt, you have great films in your list, as always, but I struggle to find many that I would be tempted to stop and watch *every* time they are on. I did watch Titanic the last time it appeared and, God knows, I've seen it a few times. Have you seen an earlier version, with Kenneth More, called A Night To Remember - that's one I would watch if it was on.

Carlae: Is that the one with Christopher Walken as the dad and they send the son out into the world...? I think it is, I've never seen it all the way through, I will keep an eye out for it now.

Jena: This is sad but, on your list of fine movies, I think the one I would be most likely to watch over and over is... 'sound of music'... oh dear, I'm in trouble again. :)

Rachel: 'Old friends', I can use. :)

Reese said...

Good list. Misery makes me cringe every time I see it. At least Chronicles of Riddick didn't make your list. It's on my husband's and I've seen it more than I care to!

√ėyvind said...

I love Finding Neverland and Blade Runner too, can watch them over and over again. Favourite quote : "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in rain... Time to die. "

Other movies I can see over and over :

Groundhog day
What dreams may come
Bicentennial Man
Treasure Planet
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

K. said...

The Maltese Falcon
Stalag 17
Twelve Angry Men
Schindler's List
Double Indemnity
Holiday Inn
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
The Big Sleep
Cape Fear (1962 version)
Night of the Hunter
His Kind of Woman

K. said...

The hits keep coming:

Dr Stangelove
Anatomy of a Murder
High Fidelity
The Big Lebowski

Canucklehead said...

Its a solid list - I would submit for your consideration:

Resevoir Dogs
Princess Bride
The Empire Strikes Back
Animal House
ANY Buster Keaton movie
Forest Gump
Raiders of the Lost Ark
A Christmas Story
Pulp Fiction

Oh, I see I copied a few from previous posts. Well, I could go on ... but I think you get the idea.

Matthew S. Urdan said...


I really didn't like either of the two movies regarding the sinking of the Titanic prior to Titanic. Perhaps it's because I saw Titanic first. My mother saw A Night To Remember and loved it and had no interest in seeing Titanic. Eventually she saw it on television though and agreed it's a classic.

Titanic is a different film, kind of like 2 films in one--while the science and documentary part takes a backseat to the love story between Jack and Rose, A Night to Remember is more a Documentary, but Titanic succeeds in setting the stage, providing the science behind the sinking, and documenting the real historical stories better, I think, than A Night To Remember.

Cupcake said...

Funny post. I love your comment about things to do - isn't that the truth. My list:

The Breakfast Club
About Last Night
St. Elmo's Fire
(0kay so maybe I have a Rob Lowe thing)
Legends of the Fall
When Harry Met Sally
The Way We Were
Anything with Carey Grant
Pillow Talk
The Brady Bunch (I know it's not a movie but I get sucked into that dang show everytime it is on - even if it is always all about Marcia)

Debbie said...

that no one comments on Body Heat astounds me. I first saw this movie in an old style dramatic theater and fell in love with William Hurt. I channeled Kathleen Turner best I could. I LOVE that movie. Casablanca is another.

And I loathe to admit, Mary Poppins!

Titus said...

Why has no one mentioned anything with Bruce Willis in it? Surely they're the crack cocaine of movies?

Kat Mortensen said...

I swear to God, Ken. You're not going to believe this, BUT I only saw this post now! I got caught up in your Green Mile and then skipped away...twice.
Since I've begun a Friday Film (did you see "Happy Go Lucky") post...I just decided this week to do the movies you come across and can't help watching sort of thing. We are SO on the same page. Eerie.
If you read my reply to your comment, you'll even see how I make reference to smoking you out with a movie post.