Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Movies That Keep You Up At Night!

I admit it. There are certain movies I can't resist watching over and over.

You know them. It's late. You need to be in bed. You're working the next day. You do a little channel surfing before turning off the tv and there it is. The movie you can never click past. It's caught you one more time.

Whether it's the plot, the music, the scenery, the dialogue, the cast or a combination of all five – there's just something about it that pushes all your "I love this movie" buttons.

I was caught by four of my favorites this past week. Note to self: after 9 pm skip TNT and AMC channels.

These are the ones that I love to watch again and again – my top ten, stay up late, and quote the lines movies.

1. The Hunt for Red October
2. Jaws
3. The Undefeated
4. True Grit
5. Steel Magnolias
6. While You Were Sleeping
7. BAT 21
8. The Client
9. The Rookie
10. Independence Day
Honorable mentions – Medicine Man, Shenandoah, Dances with Wolves, Die Hard, Stand by Me.

One thing all of the movies listed above have in common are well developed characters that you can care about. You want the heroes and heroines to succeed in their quest. You cry. You laugh out loud. You cheer when the alien ship is destroyed, when the shark is turned into sushi, when the question is popped, when the couple rides off into the sunset or a snowstorm one step ahead of those chasing them. These are movies that make you feel something – the love of country, the fear of the unknown, the melancholy pangs of loss, the unrelenting hunger for justice, the comforting endurance of good friends, the pain of loneliness, the power of trust, the fun of outwitting an opponent, the joy of achieving a dream, and the exhilaration of overcoming all odds.

These are great movies that will stand the test of time. A check of my list shows most already have.

How about you? What are the movies you'll watch over and over? And hey, if it's a movie you can't sit through twice in a row, you don't love it enough to put it on this list!

Evelyn David


  1. Mine:

    Some Like it Hot
    The Thin Man
    Holiday (1938)
    His Girl Friday
    Adam's Rib
    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
    The Haunting
    In a Quiet Place
    The Maltese Falcon

    OK, now from a time before the dinosaurs still roamed about:

    Joe vs. the Volcano
    Gone, Baby, Gone
    The Birdcage
    Driving Miss Daisy
    Apollo 13
    About a Boy
    Love Actually
    Paris, je t'aime
    Night on Earth
    Little Miss Sunshine

    There are so many, too many to list here. Sometimes I don't realize how many good ones I've seen because it often seems like movies that come out are so bad (and I work a bit in the industry that produces them, which I think is jading me)! But, there are some wonderful films to be had.

  2. Little Miss Sunshine was so funny! Driving Miss Daisy and Apollo 13 would be on my re-watchable list too.

    aka The Southern Half of Evelyn David

  3. Any of the Harry Potter movies, "National Treasure," any of the Tom Clancy or "Raiders" flicks with Harrison Ford, "Pirates of the Caribbean," and, at Christmas, "It's a Wonderful Life." Hmmm, "The Sixth Sense," the Jackie Chan-Chris Tucker "Rush Hour" movies, "Gone With the Wind," and so many more!

  4. Oh, my gosh, how can I forget to name so many of the GREAT Paul Newman movies: Absence of Malice, The Verdict, even the over the top The Long, Hot Summer! And, a personal favorite because they were adapted from great Richard Russo novels (and he's my favorite novelist and has a new one coming out on 8/4, "That Old Cape Magic"!): Nobody's Fool and Empire Falls (an HBO two-part).

    There ARE just too many to count.

  5. For me it's all of the musicals, and then I feel like singing and dancing so I'm too wound up to sleep!

    Also about a month ago an old Lucy and Desi movie came on that I had never seen before, and I got so involved in it that I stayed up till 3 AM to watch the whole thing!