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
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!