Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Movies You Can't Not Watch

A week or so ago I was flipping channels, but not really planning to watch TV for very long, but I came onto "The Matrix," not quite at the beginning but pretty close, and I ended up watching it to the end, even though I've seen it many times.  It's just one of those movies that draw me in and I can't not watch to the end no matter where I've dropped in.

It happened again the other day, this time with "Forrest Gump."  It was 20 minutes to the end, but I had to watch it.  Great movie.

So I got to thinking: what are the other movies that are so good that I have to watch if I happen to flip to them mid-way?

Here's my list, in no particular order:

1. Field of Dreams
2. Driving Miss Daisy
3. The Matrix
4. The Shawshank Redemption
5. Forrest Gump.
6. One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest
7. E.T.
8. Raider's of the Lost Ark
9. The Silence of the Lambs
10. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
11. A Few Good Men
12. Aliens
13. The Little Mermaid (I know, I know, but I probably watched this a million times when Angela and Austin were little, and it sucks me in every time.)
14. Dead Poets Society
15. Amadeus

There's probably more, but fifteen is a good, round number to stop with.

OK, I know you guys aren't big on posting comments, but I'm curious: what's your list look like?


  1. In no particular order either:

    1. Top Gun
    2. American President
    3. Any of the Harry Potter movies
    4. The Prestige
    5. Little Mermaid
    6. Field of Dreams
    7. The Sandlot
    8. Cars
    9. Back to the Future
    10. Napolean Dynamite
    11. Wedding Crashers

    Abc family or tbs is bad news if I need a productive sat or sun

  2. Many you guys have mentioned plus: Old School, The Dark Knight (on a premium channel), Mrs. Doubtfire, My Cousin Vinny, The Thomas Crown Affair (1999 version), Finding Forrester, Ocean's 11 & 13 (modern version of 11), Men in Black, School of Rock, There Will be Blood, and why haven't either of you said STAR WARS!!!

    (original trilogy)

  3. Ocean's 11 almost made my list, but I have a feeling that after seeing it a few times and knowing what's coming, I'll be able to turn the channel.

    Star Wars is a classic, one of the all-time greats. But I've seen it enough that I'm also able to turn the channel when I come in the middle. And that's the criterion for this list.