I’m not usually one for participating in Ten on Tuesday, but since this week is 10 Movies I Can Watch Over and Over Again and Never Tire Of, I thought I’d chime in.
I love movies (I rarely watch TV, and then it’s usually to watch a series after-the-fact on Netflix). I couldn’t possibly choose only ten movies that I could watch over and over. But these are the ones I keep on my mobile devices, so that I can watch them when I travel, or any other time I find myself waiting around with nothing to do.
Of course, my list goes to 11. In no particular order:
- The Princess Bride “She doesn’t get eaten by the eels at this time.”
- Galaxy Quest “Those poor people.”
- Young Frankenstein “You take the blonde, I’ll take the one in the toiben.”
- Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home “Admiral, there be whales here!”
- Cat Ballou “I’ve never seen a man get through a day so fast.”
- Men in Black “No, Elvis is not dead. He just went home.”
- Start the Revolution Without Me “You can’t hunt, you can’t ride, you can’t shoot, you can’t fence! What kind of a marriage is this?”
- Demolition Man “He doesn’t know how to use the three seashells!”
- Big Trouble (the 2002 Tim Allen movie) “Okay, we gotta pick a road. Arrivals or departures? We’re arriving, but then we’re departing.”
- Groundhog Day “Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today.”
- Soapdish “How am I suppose to write for a guy who doesn’t have a head? He’s got no lips, no vocal cords.”
You’ll note that these are all comedies, or at least movies with a lot of humor. It’s not that I don’t have favorites in other genres, but for watching frequently, it might as well be something that makes me laugh or feel good. Plus, I often just watch a favorite scene or two when I don’t have time to watch the whole movie, and that’s easier to do with these kinds of movies.
But aside from the movies I keep digitally, there are many others that I watch over and over.
Some of my other favorites to watch frequently: Charade, Goldfinger (or almost any James Bond movie, especially Sean Connery’s), Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Hopscotch, In & Out, My Cousin Vinny, Overboard (admittedly a stupid movie, but Goldie Hawn slays me with “I’m still tacky.”), Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, Dave, The Wizard of Oz, The Music Man, “Silver Streak“, and almost any Star Trek movie, especially Star Trek II and III, and Star Trek (2009).
There are other movies that I would consider better, or that are more of my favorites than the ones above, but they aren’t necessarily ones I watch frequently. Sometimes it’s because they’re sad, more serious, or very intense – and sometimes it’s because they’re a series and I like to watch the entire set rather than a single one. But for something to just pick off the shelf when I need to be entertained, these will all do the job.