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  1. #1
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    Smile Favorite Movies!??!

    Okay, we all know the classics. Citizen Kane, Casablanca, etc.

    But I'm curious about this. When you're channel surfing late at night, what are the movies you've probably seen again and again, but....for some reason, even though you smile and say, I'll just watch a few minutes of this," you can't seem to turn off. Perhaps a notable good movie, perhaps a guilty pleasure.

    I can't to seem to resist any of the following:
    Shawshank Redemption
    Good Morning, Vietnam
    Some Like It Hot
    Bringing Up Baby
    Dirty Dancing
    All About Eve
    The Day the Earth Stood Still
    The Godfather
    Bull Durham
    Hoosiers
    ....and many more, but I'll stop there.

    I'd love to hear other thoughts. (Obviously I haven't been 'snobby' in my choices.

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    I'm sure some great ones will pop into my head later, but here goes (in no particular order):

    In Harm's Way
    Donovan's Reef
    It's a Wonderful Life (every XMAS it's a must)
    Rear Window
    The Longest Day
    Father Goose
    The Graduate
    Key Largo
    The African Queen
    A Streetcar Named Desire
    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
    Cool Hand Luke
    A Place in the Sun

    Bob Green
    Yokosuka, Japan

  3. #3
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    Thanks!!

    I LOVE all of your movies!! Just what I was hoping for with this post. Can we add "Boy on a Dolphin" with the amazing Sophia Loren??! Gosh, there are so many movies to adore.

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    American Graffitti
    Chariots of Fire
    An Officer and a Gentleman
    The Sting
    MASH
    Groundhog Day
    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
    The Goodbye Girl
    Field of Dreams
    Bull Durham
    Hoosiers

    Older is better, as I find myself constantly arguing to women.
    Last edited by dkbaseball; 06-14-2007 at 07:53 AM. Reason: can't forget Hoosiers

  5. #5
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    These are movies I can watch over and over. they are also ones I want on my DVR. One from each of my four mental catagoties.

    1)African Queen
    2)Bull Durham
    3)MASH
    4)North by Northwest

  6. #6
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    I'm not that much of a movie lover in that I don't have a list of movies (like previous posters) that I'm drawn to EXCEPT for "Chinatown". I love that movie...as much for the music as anything else. I saw it during its first run in 1974. My companion and I got there about 10 minutes late, so you might imagine how confused we were...it's hard enough to figure out if you see it from the beginning. I thought Jack Nicholson as Jake was the coolest thing I'd ever seen. Since then, I've lost count of how many times I've seen the whole thing plus bits & pieces here and there. I just about know the script by heart. I can't think of any other movie that pulls me in like that one. And now when I see Jack Nicholson....the thrill is gone!!!

  7. Hmm... I like a lot of movies, but for some reason, I always have a hard time coming up with a list. Here are some that come to mind:

    Miller's Crossing
    Monsoon Wedding
    Wings of Desire
    Once
    In the Mood for Love
    Out of the Past
    Spirited Away

    What a horrible list. It sounds like I'm purposefully trying to be a hipster who likes obscure or artsy movies. But those are all really good movies, I swear!

  8. #8
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    Washington, DC
    You all are dating yourselves with these movies As a fairly recent graduate and avid channel surfer, I find that I usually stop at comedies and newer ones at that. A lot of the movies that you all have listed are terrific movies to be sure but many of them pack emotional punches that I, personally, need to be in the right frame of mind for. So without further ado...

    Dumb and Dumber
    Old School
    Zoolander
    Animal House
    The Matrix


    Two GREAT movies that I have seen in the past year that people need to see...

    Pan's Labryinth
    The Lives of Others

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    Quote Originally Posted by dukemomLA View Post
    I LOVE all of your movies!! Just what I was hoping for with this post. Can we add "Boy on a Dolphin" with the amazing Sophia Loren??! Gosh, there are so many movies to adore.
    Why not "Houseboat"?
    I like anything with Cary Grant. "Philadelphia Story" "Bringing Up Baby" "Mr. Blandings""Arsenic and Old Lace" on and on.

    All Jimmy Stewart flicks.

    "You Can't Take it with You"

    But Cary Grant was the coolest actor ever.

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    Movies that suck me in if I am channel surfing at night? This list could be VERY long but I'll list 20 of my favorites:

    The Natural
    Midnight Run
    The Shawshank Redemption
    The Silence of the Lambs
    The Verdict
    Caddyshack
    Fletch
    Bull Durham
    The Thomas Crown Affair
    Life is Beautiful
    Annie Hall
    The In-Laws (original)
    Bad News Bears
    Beverly Hills Cop
    48 Hours
    Stripes
    40 Year Old Virgin
    Anchorman
    Hoosiers
    Goodfellas

  11. #11
    Usual Suspects
    Road House
    Dr. Strangelove
    Resevoir Dogs
    A Bridge Too Far
    Grease
    Dazed & Confused
    Seven
    Exorcist
    Bigger, Longer and Uncut (South Park)
    12 Monkeys
    Papillon
    Taxi Driver

  12. #12
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    I Love These Responses. Thanks!!!!

    Damn, I'm stoked! This is just what I was hoping for when I started this thread. Thank you Dukies!! Most of you have listed movies that I would have included, if I didn't want my list to be endless. Then again, there are a few gems that I haven't considered for a while. Thank you all. Jeanne (i.e. dukemomLA)

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    Here's what I can think of with my post-meeting fried brain...
    Bulworth
    Civil Action, A
    Usual Suspects, The

    ... but these really suit me better
    Team America: World Police
    South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut
    My Sassy Girl

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    Seattle, WA

    Oh dear, a tough one...

    Let's see -- channel-flipping stoppers:

    (Generally, TBS/TNT/FX movies that when edited for TV don't lose too much):
    10 Things I Hate About You
    A Knight's Tale
    Tommy Boy
    Wedding Singer
    Dodgeball

    Other DVD/HBO favorites off the top of my head: (For that mindless rainy Saturday morning or somesuch)

    Bull Durham
    For Love of the Game (If you love Bull Durham and/or Field of Dreams and haven't seen this one, do!)
    Breakfast Club
    The Blues Brothers
    Blazing Saddles
    Fletch
    Spies Like Us
    Usual Suspects
    Death to Smoochy

  15. #15
    I too love Chinatown. Jack and Faye, they are awesome.

    Another great great movie with Faye Dunaway was Little Big Man. To me this is Dustin Hoffman's best movie.

    Both of these are classics!

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    Chinatown

    Quote Originally Posted by Raleighfan View Post
    I'm not that much of a movie lover in that I don't have a list of movies (like previous posters) that I'm drawn to EXCEPT for "Chinatown". I love that movie...as much for the music as anything else. I saw it during its first run in 1974. My companion and I got there about 10 minutes late, so you might imagine how confused we were...it's hard enough to figure out if you see it from the beginning. I thought Jack Nicholson as Jake was the coolest thing I'd ever seen. Since then, I've lost count of how many times I've seen the whole thing plus bits & pieces here and there. I just about know the script by heart. I can't think of any other movie that pulls me in like that one. And now when I see Jack Nicholson....the thrill is gone!!!
    Chinatown, written by Robert Townsend is considered the most perfect script ever penned. Yes, a GREAT movie!! Kudos, from L.A.

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    I too think Miller's Crossing is underrated.

    His Girl Friday
    Goodfellas
    Bull Durham
    The Princess Bride (My love for it I can't hide.)
    Casablanca

    Sadly, this is not something I get to do very often in my current lifestyle...
    The Gordog

  18. #18
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukemomLA View Post
    When you're channel surfing late at night, what are the movies you've probably seen again and again, but....for some reason, even though you smile and say, I'll just watch a few minutes of this," you can't seem to turn off.
    A Christmas Story is my biggest "seen a million times, can't turn off, end up watching the ads" movie.

    My list, minus movies other people already listed, in no particular order:

    A Christmas Story
    L.A. Confidential
    Galaxy Quest
    L.A. Story
    Lawrence of Arabia
    16 Candles
    Singles
    Outlaw Josey Wales
    Searching for Bobby Fischer
    Dirty Harry

    I'm leaving out just about every Sean Connery Bond movie.

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    The Deer Hunter
    Day for Night
    McCabe and Mrs. Miller
    One From the Heart
    The Moderns
    Choose Me
    Nashville
    A Man and a Woman
    The Commitments
    High Fidelity

  20. #20
    my favorite funny movie of all time is porkys. then how about kingdom of heaven,the outsiders..and braveheart

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