Some of My Favorite Movies

My kids are always asking what my “favorite” movies are so I started this list for them.  These movies are not necessarily the best critically-reviewed movies out there but the ones I really enjoy and think are worth watching.  Drama, romcom, comedy and Academy Award caliber are all included as well as other categories.  This is not a complete list but is a start.  There’s no accounting for taste so YMMV!

  • 48 Hours
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • A Christmas Story
  • A Few Good Men
  • A Hard Day’s Night
  • About a Boy
  • Air Force One
  • Airplane
  • Alien
  • Aliens
  • American Graffiti
  • An Officer and a Gentleman
  • Animal House
  • Apollo 13
  • Avatar
  • Back to the Future
  • Bend It Like Beckham
  • Beverly Hills Cop
  • Big Lebowski, The
  • Blazing Saddles
  • Blood Simple
  • Blue Velvet
  • Body Heat
  • Boogie Nights
  • Boy Who Could Fly, The
  • Brazil
  • Breakfast Club, The
  • Breaking Away
  • Bridge on the River Kwai, The
  • Bull Durham
  • Camelot
  • Can’t Buy Me Love
  • Casablanca
  • Chasing Amy
  • Christmas Vacation
  • Clerks
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Clueless
  • Conversation, The
  • Count of Monte Cristo, The (New)
  • Crying Game, The
  • Cutting Edge, The
  • Dances with Wolves
  • Dead Calm
  • Deliverance
  • Departed, The
  • Dial M for Murder
  • Die Hard
  • Diner
  • Dirty Dozen, The
  • Dirty Harry
  • Dr. Strangelove
  • Driving Miss Daisy
  • E.T.
  • Eight Men Out
  • Empire of the Sun
  • Evil Dead
  • Exorcist, The
  • Fargo
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  • Fatal Attraction
  • Father of the Bride
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Field of Dreams
  • Fight Club
  • Fish Called Wanda
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Frequency
  • From Here to Eternity
  • Fugitive, The
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • Full Monty, The
  • Gardens of Stone
  • Ghost
  • Gladiator
  • Godfather, The
  • Gone with the Wind
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Goodfellas
  • Graduate, The
  • Grease
  • Great Escape, The
  • Gremlins
  • Grifters
  • Halloween
  • Hangover, The
  • Heathers
  • High Fidelity
  • Hustler, The
  • Il Postino
  • Incredibles, The
  • Independence Day
  • Inherit The Wind
  • Innerspace
  • Interview with the Vampire
  • Iron Man
  • It’s Complicated
  • Jaws
  • Jerry McGuire
  • Juno
  • Jurassic Park
  • Killing Fields, The
  • Kramer vs Kramer
  • LA Confidential
  • Lethal Weapon
  • Like Water for Chocolate
  • Local Hero
  • Longest Day, The
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Lost Boys
  • Love Actually
  • M
  • M*A*S*H
  • Maltese Falcon, The
  • Manhunter
  • Meet the Parents
  • Memento
  • Men in Black
  • Minority Report
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • Monsoon Wedding
  • Monsters, Inc.
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
  • Mr. Holland’s Opus
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • Network
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • Nightmare on Elm Street
  • North by Northwest
  • Omen, The
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Ordinary People
  • Outlaw Josey Wales, The
  • Paranormal Activity
  • Patton
  • People vs Larry Flynt, The
  • Pink Panther, The
  • Pitch Black
  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles
  • Platoon
  • Point Break
  • Poltergeist
  • Predator
  • Pretty in Pink
  • Pretty Woman
  • Princess Bride
  • Psycho
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Rain Man
  • Rear Window
  • Repo Man
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Right Stuff, The
  • Risky Business
  • Road Warrior
  • Robocop
  • Rock, The
  • Rosemary’s Baby
  • Rudy
  • Saturday Night Fever
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Say Anything
  • Schindler’s List
  • Searchers, The
  • Serenity
  • Sex, Lies and Videotape
  • Sgt. York
  • Shaft
  • Shakespeare in Love
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • Shawshank Redemption, The
  • Shining, The
  • Shrek
  • Sid and Nancy
  • Silence of the Lambs, The
  • Singin’ in the Rain
  • Sixteen Candles
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • Some Kind of Wonderful
  • Spaceballs
  • Spirited Away
  • Splash
  • St. Elmo’s Fire
  • Stand By Me
  • Star Trek (most)
  • Star Wars
  • Starman
  • Strangers on a Train
  • Swingers
  • Talk to Her
  • Taxi Driver
  • Terms of Endearment
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • The Third Man
  • The Untouchables
  • The Verdict
  • This is Spinal Tap
  • Three Days of the Condor
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Tootsie
  • Top Gun
  • Toy Story
  • Trading Places
  • Trainspotting
  • Trouble with Harry, The
  • True Grit
  • True Love
  • True Romance
  • Twelve Angry Men
  • Unforgiven
  • Urban Cowboy
  • Usual Suspects, The
  • Valley Girl
  • Videodrome
  • Wedding Crashers
  • West Side Story
  • Whale Rider
  • What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?
  • When Harry Met Sally
  • Wimbledon
  • Working Girl
  • Year of Living Dangerously
  • Young Frankenstein
  • Zombieland
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