Tried and True Movie Suggestions
August 5, 2014 3:58 PM   Subscribe

I've got a TV that I can only watch DVDs on (no Netflix, no cable). I enjoy watching movies and would love some suggestions of movies that are always enjoyable to watch.

I have a handful of movies that I never tire of watching but would like to grow my collection of such movies.

My favorites to watch over and over:

Hope Floats
Star Trek (2009)
Bourne Identity, Supremacy, Ultimatum
The Holiday
First Knight
The Count of Monte Cristo (Jim Caviezel)

What are some other movies that are great to watch time and time again - that never get old?
posted by Sassyfras to Media & Arts (41 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
This is more based on my father's taste than mine, but he will watch braveheart every time it is on TV.
posted by phil at 4:05 PM on August 5, 2014

The Fugitive.
posted by fearnothing at 4:09 PM on August 5, 2014 [3 favorites]

maybe get hart of dixe tv show on dvd, sweet home alamaba
the internship, leo's romeo and juliet
posted by cheetahchick at 4:10 PM on August 5, 2014

I was just thinking today how it's weird that the movie(s) I default to wanting to watch most often is Harry Potter. They're entertaining movies.

Others that I've found myself watching over and over:

Wreck It Ralph
The Emperor's New Groove
Hunger Games series
National Treasure series
any Coen brothers but specifically O Brother Where Art Thou
9 to 5
Ocean's 11

I will also always watch Animal House and Blues Brothers any time the opportunity presents itself.
posted by phunniemee at 4:10 PM on August 5, 2014 [3 favorites]

also enter these titles in amazon and see what comes up :)
posted by cheetahchick at 4:10 PM on August 5, 2014

posted by cheetahchick at 4:11 PM on August 5, 2014

I'll always watch Top Gun and Dirty Dancing. 1987 was a good year, apparently. 27 years ago. Damn.
posted by cgg at 4:14 PM on August 5, 2014

She's Out of My League
Ocean's 11
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
posted by Verdandi at 4:19 PM on August 5, 2014

I'm a big rewatcher. I've seen these movies 5-10 times each and have yet to grow tired of them:

Die Hard
Blazing Saddles
History of the World Pt. 1
Best In Show
A Mighty Wind
Waiting for Guffman
The Big Lebowski
The Man Who Wasn't There
The Lord of the Rings
Dial M for Murder
Total Recall
Starship Troopers
posted by griphus at 4:22 PM on August 5, 2014 [5 favorites]

Here is a movie I forgot:

posted by phunniemee at 4:24 PM on August 5, 2014 [3 favorites]

Shaun of the Dead gets more and more brilliant each time. Every line of dialog pulls twice the weight.

Other DVDs I have worn out:

Casablanca (some people seem to think this one's brilliant, too)
Moulin Rouge
Imagine Me & You
Bridget Jones's Diary
Little Shop of Horrors
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Drop Dead Gorgeous
Pride & Prejudice
An Education (I love Rosamund Pike especially in this)
Raising Arizona
Ghost World
posted by mochapickle at 4:31 PM on August 5, 2014

Oh and North by Northwest. It never gets old.
posted by mochapickle at 4:34 PM on August 5, 2014 [1 favorite]

Princess Bride! Getting tired of this movie? Inconceivable!

(sorry, had to)
posted by bookgirl18 at 4:43 PM on August 5, 2014 [9 favorites]

Also, Clueless. I don't know if it's your speed exactly but it is BETTER now that I am older. It holds up incredibly well on every rewatch, IMO.
posted by bookgirl18 at 4:45 PM on August 5, 2014 [3 favorites]

Groundhog Day.
posted by MoonOrb at 4:52 PM on August 5, 2014 [3 favorites]

If you don't mind foreign movies:
Eat Drink Man Woman
Chunking Express
My Life as a Dog
Dobi Ghat
Castaway on the Moon
Spirited Away (animation)

Monsoon Wedding
The Milagro Beanfield War
Repo Man (the one made in the 80s with Stanton in it)
The Right Stuff
posted by I'm Brian and so's my wife! at 4:57 PM on August 5, 2014 [3 favorites]

The Fifth Element
BBC version of Pride and Prejudice
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Stand By Me
Singin' in the Rain
Back to the Future
The Red Violin
Edward Scissorhands
The Thin Man
posted by Diagonalize at 5:18 PM on August 5, 2014

Blade Runner
Buckaroo Banzai
Seconding The Princess Bride and Groundhog Day.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 5:39 PM on August 5, 2014 [1 favorite]

Boogie Nights
Tin Men
Groundhog Day
Fight Club
Primal Fear
Full Metal Jacket
posted by carmicha at 5:44 PM on August 5, 2014 [1 favorite]

Nthing Groundhog Day and seconding Clueless, and if we're in that realm, then Bring It On and Mean Girls.

Also Office Space and Napoleon Dynamite.
posted by danabanana at 5:57 PM on August 5, 2014 [1 favorite]

While You Were Sleeping
10 Things I Hate About You
posted by MariJo at 6:30 PM on August 5, 2014 [1 favorite]

Liam Nesson's recent crop of action films are very solid fare that is similar to the Bourne movies.
posted by srboisvert at 6:35 PM on August 5, 2014

The Bridge Over the River Kwai
Time Bandits
Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
posted by H21 at 6:37 PM on August 5, 2014 [1 favorite]

Only You, with Robert Downey Jr. and Marisa Tomei. One of my favorite could-watch-it-a-million-times flicks. Cute story (explores the concept of destiny), beautiful setting (all over Italy).
posted by lovableiago at 6:42 PM on August 5, 2014

Every scene in True Romance is perfect. Its a bit tough at times but so then is Shawshank and you mentioned that.
posted by ftm at 7:15 PM on August 5, 2014 [2 favorites]

Many of my favorites are already listed, but I wanted to add (in no particular order, and including some guilty pleasures):

Galaxy Quest
The Matchmaker
Definitely, Maybe
Wild Strawberries
The Seven Samurai
Das Boot
The Middleman (tv series)
Truly Madly Deeply
The Thirteenth Floor
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Ella Enchanted
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
French Kiss
Sweet Land
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
All The President's Men
The Sure Thing
Inside Moves
The Warriors
Red River
Apollo 13
MASH (the movie)
posted by gudrun at 7:19 PM on August 5, 2014 [1 favorite]

I've seen Love Actually way too many times. My Big Fat Greek Wedding too.

The movies that I like watching over and over are generally easy pleasant ones.
posted by dithmer at 7:20 PM on August 5, 2014

The Karate Kid (the original).
Seconding Blade Runner and Braveheart.

And I've gotten quite a kick lately as a grown man wanting to watch Tangled and Frozen more than a few times. I was actually knock-down amazed at how much I enjoyed Tangled and how re-watchable it is.
posted by SpacemanStix at 7:56 PM on August 5, 2014

Kama Sutra (love story where pretty much everyone dies)

Emperor's New Grove

After Earth (no joke, it's pretty awesome if you like sci fi and are into movies where rejecting militarized masculinity makes you a hero. Also: there's a really cool giant bird)

Legally Blonde: The Musical
posted by spunweb at 8:16 PM on August 5, 2014

posted by SisterHavana at 8:32 PM on August 5, 2014 [1 favorite]

Some Like It Hot
Emperor's New Groove
everything, yes everything, in the Alien/Predator/AvP franchise
posted by elizardbits at 10:27 PM on August 5, 2014 [1 favorite]

3:10 to Yuma
Master and Commander
LA Confidential

And two that don't have Russell Crowe in them:

Lawrence of Arabia
Bridge Over the River Kauai

And one not directed by David Lean:

No Country for Old Men

And two more Coen Bros products:

Raising Arizona
Blood Simple

And another Nick Cage watcher:

Con Air

And another airplane movie:


And one my college roommate watched 24/7 for almost a year until the tape wore out (with occasional breaks for porn (compilations, usually)):

Apocalypse Now
posted by notyou at 10:44 PM on August 5, 2014

Bull Durham
posted by drlith at 11:08 PM on August 5, 2014

We (mom & 16 year old daughter) repeatedly watch:
When Harry Met Sally
You've Got Mail
Mystic Pizza
The Proposal
Easy A
500 Days of Summer
We love our rom-coms! We recently discovered About Time and plan to add it to our heavy rotation list.

We've also picked up a few box sets of our favorite TV shows while yard sailing. We found Season 1 of ER and The Big Bang Theory and we're on the lookout for Gilmore Girls.
posted by kbar1 at 11:16 PM on August 5, 2014 [1 favorite]

LA Story
Lilo and Stitch
Spirited Away
Chungking Express
The Hunt for Red October
Die Hard
posted by McCoy Pauley at 5:13 AM on August 6, 2014

The Rock (Best James Bond movie!)
The Incredibles
posted by VTX at 6:20 AM on August 6, 2014

I had to read all the way down to find someone else recommending my embarrassing pleasure: My Cousin Vinnie; I second that one.

I also like to watch some French films over and over: Amelie, Jean de Fluerette and its sequel Manon of the Spring.

I would also like to suggest that you look at your public library for movies to borrow. My public library has mostly documentary/educational stuff and also a lot of old classic movies. But in my area, I can get library cards for all the little suburban libraries nearby or use a TexShare card to access them, and one of them has tons of popular movies that I can check out any time. Also, look at Goodwill/thrift stores/dollar stores for cheap movies to own.

Have fun.
posted by CathyG at 7:02 AM on August 6, 2014

Of movies that are both on my most-rewatched list and haven't been mentioned above, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz are funny, weird, packed with little things I failed to notice on the second (or fifth) watch.
posted by rhooke at 8:19 AM on August 6, 2014

I've watched over and over, sometimes several days in a row, and in many cases to the point where I can recite the dialogue along with the movie:

The Avengers
Back to the Future
Blade Runner
The Breakfast Club
City of Lost Children
Die Hard
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
Ferris Beuller's Day Off
The Fifth Element
Fight Club
The Frighteners
The Incredibles
The Iron Giant
León (The Professional)
The Mist
Pulp Fiction
The Quick and the Dead (1995)
Raising Arizona
The Silence of the Lambs
Silent Hill
Sleuth (1972)
Time Bandits
Until the End of the World
The Usual Suspects
posted by Mister Moofoo at 8:59 AM on August 6, 2014

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