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The Most Watched Movies of All Time

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I love movies. Next to a good book there is nothing that can capture your attention and fuel your emotions like a well written and superbly directed movie. In this article I have listed my personal pick of movies that are so well done and leave you feeling so good about yourself and life that you watch them over and over again.

I have taken liberties with the title since no one really knows which movies are the most watched movies of all time. Gone are the days when you could just look at how much a film took in at the box office and even if you add the sales from DVD's and downloads and international sales, there are still many ways a movie can be watched. In addition to television, cable and internet places like Hulu, there are also movies which are resold, rented, downloaded, borrowed or traded.

But the thing that throws the biggest monkey wrench into the statistics is this: Many people tend to rewatch certain movies--some an incredible number of times and these titles, in my humble opinion, eclipse the traditional box office hits by an enormous amount. Some online polls have readers saying they have personally watched eclectic movies like The Big Lebowski (not on my list by the way) countless times. My daughter and her best friend in grade school watched Princess Bride (on my list) over a hundred times.

Some of the most watched movies are often ones you may even struggle with the first time through and then find yourself watching again and again. John Cusak in the movie "Must Love Dogs" is fresh from a divorce and is seen watching "Dr Zhivago." one of his favorite movies over and over. Ever stared at your DVD collection vainly looking for a movie that you could tolerate seeing again? Have you picked up a movie and wondered why you ever let yourself see it even once?

Well wonder no longer. Since no one can prove otherwise, I submit my own list as "the most watched movies of all time. " Again, let me warn you--although Citizen Kane has topped the "greatest movies of all time" for years, it will not be on the list. Sorry Orson, I don't see myself watching your movie more than once a decade.

On the other hand, here are some movies you could be stranded on an island with and as long as you have enough solar power to run your dvd player, you will never be bored--and to make sure I don't push you over the edge to a "Lord of the Flies" experience while you are stranded, Predator and Mad Max will have to wait for another time as I have chosen the titles that actually leave you feeling kindly toward life and those around you.

...rewatchable movies...speak to us in some way--usually just because they are familiar from some impressionable time in our life, but also because they sometimes deliver something emotionally resonant in surprising ways. ~ Dino, AV Club

Grosse Pointe Blank is a tour-de-force, labor of love by writer and actor John Cusak. He and long time friend Steve Pink collaborated in what could be the funniest dark humor movie ever made. Cusak's character is having angst about his career as a professional killer and decides, with the advice of his reluctant shrink played by Alan Arkin, to attend his ten year high school reunion where he reunites with the girl he left on prom night, played by Minnie Driver. Rival hit men (Dan Akroyd) and inept FBI agents liven the mix, but the flawless execution, the quotable wit, and the chemistry between Cusak and Driver make this an enormously satisfying film.

This movie is listed first because there is nothing in it to keep me from rewatching it. Every single minute of the film is flawless. I think I rewatch this movie to let me know that life, no matter how painful, cannot be taken seriously if you want to survive and to reassure me that in matters of love and happiness, all of us deserve a second chance.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off, directed and written by John Hughes is the consummate rewatchable movie. From the opening fake sickness scene with his family, to the kicking Cameron in the rear to get him going, to the "Bueller, Bueller" classroom and getting Sloane out of class, to the outsmarting Ed Rooney, to the snooty restaurant and the narrow escapes, to the singing in the parade, to the sister Jeanie with Charlie Sheen, to the race home and all the way to the credits when he walks out in his bathrobe saying "Are you still here?...Go home!" this movie is an absolutely perfect production. I don't think any of the production crew and cast ever thought this movie would occupy the place it does in movie history. No it's not Titanic, but how many times have you rewatched Titanic compared to how many times you have or could rewatch Ferris Bueller?

I rewatch Ferris to remind myself that "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you're going to miss it."

John Hughes, who died in 2009, did a few other movies that could easily be on the highly rewatchable list: The Breakfast Club, Home Alone, Some Kind of Wonderful and Mr. Mom.

The Holiday, written and directed by Nancy Meyers (It's Complicated, Father of the Bride) is a movie that brings out a surprising depth in four of my favorite actors. Cameron Diaz shows us her best obsessive and driven, yet vulnerable performance as Amanda, a movie trailer producer who cannot cry. When her boyfriend cheats on her she decides to house swap with English writer Iris, played by Kate Winslet who also wants to escape her two-timing coworker boyfriend. Amanda, too wound up for the picturesque Surrey cottage, meets Iris' brother and book editor Graham (Jude Law) and they fall in love. In LA, Iris meets her next door neighbor, the ninety year old screenplay writer Arthur (Eli Wallach), who together with a film composer Miles played by Jack Black, helps her regain her confidence.

I rewatch this movie for how the ever funny Jack Black helps in the marvelous transformation of Iris, the chemistry of Graham and Amanda and the irrepressible force of Cameron Diaz.

Runaway Bride, directed by Garry Marshall (Happy Days, Pretty Woman, The Princess Diaries) is a transformation story of a chauvinistic cynical columnist (Richard Gere) who goes from being clobbered with a newspaper by every woman who recognizes him on the street to a sensitive empathatic listener when he meets the runaway bride Maggie (Julia Roberts.)

I rewatch this movie for the humor, the poignant look at what causes disfunction in a family, the redemption of the insensitive in all of us, and for the reminder that we will only be happy living our own lives.

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Groundhog Day, speaking of redemption of insensitivity, with Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, is a dream job for both director and actors. Because the prima donna weatherman Phil Connors, played by Bill Murray, is such a horrible human being, he is somehow forced to relive one day--Groundhog Day, over and over until he gets it right. First he experiments with the hedonistic possibilities, the reckless and illegal possibilities and finally with winning the approval of the beautiful and gracious manager Rita played by Andie MacDowell. Watching Bill Murray alternatively take advantage of and eventually come to love the characters of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania is both revelatory and hilarious.

Those of us males in the audience can rewatch this movie not only for the celebration of male chauvinism and debauchery, but to learn there are some very fine reasons not to be like that and maybe learn finally how to win the woman of your dreams. Women will enjoy the movie if for no other reason than to look conspiratorially at their guy afterward saying: "I told you so."

The Princess Bride, written by William Goldman (Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid) and directed by Rob Reiner is a tale of giants, swordplay, pirates, an evil prince and a beautiful princess with all the adventures and true love anyone could ever want. The near perfect transitions and humor and wit make for a truly satisfying movie watching experience.

I rewatch this movie to relive the humor of Billy Crystal and the trio of kidnappers, the witty reparte and the course of true love between Carey Elwes (farmboy) and Robin Wright (Princess Buttercup) and for the marvelous script by William Goldman under the inspired direction of Rob Reiner--and to say one more time: "My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die!"

Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the ultimate blend of British reserve and absolute silliness, is a low budget quest for the Holy Grail. Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle and Michael Palin are impossible to watch with a straight face. Consider the characters: King Arthur, the Voice of God, Hiccoughing and Swallow-Savvy Guards, Sir Lancelot the Brave, Taunting French Guard, Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir Launcelot, Roger the Shrubber, Gorrilla Hand, King of Swamp Castle and Leader of The Knights Who Say NI!

There is absolutely no redeeming value type reason to rewatch this movie and a thousand nonsensical reasons to do so. No one does tongue-in-cheek better than these lads and if it deserved a place on Broadway as "Spam-a-Lot," surely it deserves a place near your DVD player.

High Fidelity, written by Nick Hornby and directed by Stephen Frears is another John Cusak masterpiece of the frustration of dating and why romance does or doesn't work. This chronicle of his top five break-ups comes with a stellar musical playlist--punctuated by hilarious music store dialogue between Cusak, Jack Black and Todd Louiso. Originally set in London, Cusak talked them into shooting in Chicago where he knew the music scene.

Even if the ex's didn't include Catherine Zeta-Jones and Lisa Bonet, I would still rewatch this movie for the razor sharp dialogue and comfortable identification with Cusak's coming to terms with his own angst and why his relationships didn't work. Everyone who reads articles on "How to Date" should watch this movie a few times to get a clue as to what women (and men) value in a relationship.

Young Frankenstein, written by Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder is a no-holds-barred parody of the classic 1931 horror film Frankenstein--Brooks moved the film from Columbia to 20th Century Fox just to be able to shoot it in black and white and used the same lab equipment and props from the original Universal production. Gene Wilder as Dr. Frankenstein's grandson, initially embarrased by his heritage, finally takes up where his ancestor left off with hilarious results. Peter Boyle as the Monster and Marty Feldman as Igor are wonderful, Teri Garr is charming and Madeline Kahn almost steals the show. Supporting performances by Cloris Leachman, Kenneth Mars, and Gene Hackman make this 1930s atmosphere spoof a joy to watch.

I rewatch this fillm to see the "Puttin' On the Ritz" dance scene with Wilder and the Monster, the ravishing of Kahn, and for the overall joy evident in the performances. The cast had so much fun making this film that Brooks and Wilder postponed wrapping it and kept shooting scenes which were never used in the film. It is Brooks' favorite of all the movies he's made.

When Harry Met Sally is a Nora Ephron/Rob Reiner romance classic. Ephron's superb dialogue is interpreted lovingly by Reiner's direction and delivered masterfully by Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan as Harry and Sally who begin an ongoing dialogue about the question of whether a man and a woman can be friends without sex getting in the way. She initially gives him a ride to New York after they both graduate from the University of Chicago which ends with both being unimpressed with each other. Fast forward through their lives as they both fail in their search for love, but intersect each other time after time until they develop a close but platonic friendship. Throughout their misadventures with love, the common denominator is their ability to talk--and talk they do--about everything.

I rewatch this movie for the hilarious dialogue, the incredible fake orgasm scene, the lessons on what truly matters in a relationship, and for one of the most romantic finishes of any film.

The Philadelphia Story, with Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart, is a story within a story. It is an adaptation of a Phillip Barry play based on a socialite friend of Barry's and was written for Katherine Hepburn. Hepburn was as engaging off stage as she was playing a spoiled rich girl who thinks she wants the nouveau rich "man of the people" over her wealthy but flawed ex-husband Cary Grant. Complicating matters is the scandal reporter James Stewart.

In real life, Hepburn had a few box office bombs and needed a hit to retrieve her career. Her old beau, Howard Hughes stepped in and bought the rights from Barry and gave it to her. She used her veto power over screenwriter and actors and picked two oscar winners in the process and catapulted herself to stardom. The movie was adapted into a musical, High Society with the soon-to-be Princess Grace Kelly pursued by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra accompanied by Louis Armstrong.

I rewatch Philadelphia Story for the dialogue between masters of the craft while the real story behind it plays in my head. In both the movie and the musical, art imitates life as two wealthy men are in the wings waiting for the leading lady--Howard Hughes for Katherine and Prince Rainier for Grace. (The ring she kept looking at in the movie was the enormous engagement diamond he gave her.) I recommend watching the musical at least once to remember the stunning Grace Kelly and to a lesser degree the Newport Jazz Festival and the comfortable style and musical class of Crosby, Sinatra and "Satchmo" Louis Armstrong.

Love Actually is a collection of love stories all connected and woven together to accomplish an extraordinary tribute to the premise from the opening as Hugh Grant speaking as Prime Minister says: When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around. If you watch this, fast forward through the two "downer stories"--Laura Linney's and Emma Thompson's martyr love episodes and what remains is a remarkable film you could enjoy every time you need a reaffirmation of the power of love. Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Keira Knightly and Hugh Grant are wonderful in their roles and the movie is almost stolen by the irrepressible Bill Nighy and the marvelous love-struck performance of Liam's son--Thomas Brodie Sangster.

I would rewatch this movie just for any one of these scenes: the opening wedding scene, Bill Nighy's tv interview, Colin Firth's stumbling Portuguese proposal, Hugh Grant's dance after becoming Prime Minister, the "caroler" at Keira's door, and for Sam saying to his father (Liam) "Let's go get the s--- kicked out of us by love."

So I Married an Axe Murderer, stars Mike Myers as Charlie, a San Francisco poet who fears commitment and finds something wrong with every girlfriend until he meets the delightful butcher Harriet (Nancy Travis.) With help from his Mom (played by Mike's real-life mother Brenda Fricker,) and her tabloids, Charlie begins to suspect Harriet is the infamous "Axe Murderer" who does her grooms in on their wedding night.

I rewatch this movie for humor of Mike Myers, the hilarious butcher shop scene, Myer's priceless dual role performance of Charlie and Stuart MacKenzie, the engaging courtship of Harriet and delightful cameos of Alan Arkin, "Kramer" from Seinfeld and Stephen Wright.

Romancing The Stone is arguably one of the most romantic and entertaining movies of all time. Kathleen Turner as the best selling romance writer Joan Wilder, never looked better as she goes off by herself to Columbia to rescue her sister from kidnappers (Danny De Vito) and is herself rescued by Jack Colton, played by Michael Douglas at his best "bad boy" charming self.

I rewatch this movie to enjoy Jack's romancing of the stone, a fabulous emerald, from Joan, who is pluckier than she looks, for the action and suspense and for the inspired antics of Danny De Vito who is both competing with and trying to avoid the sinister Colonel Zolo.

The Shawshank Redemption, neither a romance nor a comedy, is still imminently rewatchable. This film validates my theory about "Most Watched" movies. It barely made enough money to cover its budget at the box office and yet has achieved a phenomenal life in disc sales or rental, tv, cable and internet views and consistently is on any great movies list. Adapted from a Stephen King novella, the film is the story of Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins,) a banker who spends nearly two decades in Shawshank State Prison for the murder of his wife. Andy handles his time in prison with remarkable confidence and class, even though the warden forces him to help with a money laundering operation. He becomes friends with a fellow inmate, Ellis "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman,) and finds himself protected by the guards and other prisoners.

I rewatch this film to remind myself of the extraordinary resilience of the human spirit and for the outstanding performances of Robbins and Freeman. Triumph over adversity is a theme I can identify with at most stages of my life and this movie delivers with uncommon style.

BBC's Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, is not the first version of Jane Austen's masterpiece nor was it the last. It was just simply the best. The three main characters were just offered the roles while the casting director scoured the industry to find the rest of the cast who "not only had the wit and charisma to do the script justice, but also had the right period air." The performances and cinematography transport you back to a period where class and money ruled and women were to be charming and marry well. The pride and prejudices of both Elizabeth and Darcy undergo a tumultuous and yet satisfying transformation.

I rewatch this because of the solid platinum roles of Darcy and Elizabeth, the awesome cinematography which makes me feel as if I have taken a time travel vacation, and the authenically delivered dialogue--not the least of which is the droll humor of Lizzie's father played by Benjamin Whitrow.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith, with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt is a complete contrast to the Jane Austen style of romance. This fast moving action script follows two driven and secretive rival agents who are drawn to each other but cannot allow themselves the kind of trust that would make the marriage work. Once they have a breakthrough (I am stopping here to laugh at the "breakthrough" which involved breaking the house and themselves, but ending in one of the more passionate scenes in the movies,) their relationship finally has a chance.

I rewatch this film for the intellectual stimulation--ha ha--no for the raw intensity of the couple who find that the truth is more exciting than secrecy and for the fight scene/dance at WalMart accompanied by the wonderful Joe Strummer's Mondo Bongo.

Although they are each rewardingly rewatchable in their own way, Ghostbusters, Music and Lyrics, Notting Hill, O Brother Where Art Thou, Disney's Aladdin, Dave, Adventures in Babysitting, UHF, Sabrina (both versions,) Elizabethtown, Just Like Heaven and 50 First Dates will have to wait for a sequel.


Christina on June 29, 2014:

Boo! Seriously disappointed that you left out Dirty Dancing. That is MY most watched film of all time and almost every single female I know.

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on April 28, 2012:

Hey Unknown, A supplemental list would be handy--I'll work on it. =:)

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on November 19, 2011:

Well Christina you are not only on the list, but you are going to the top. Good for you. When I walk my walker past the retirement home I'll listen for your laughter. =:)

~Christina from Northern Virginia on November 19, 2011:

What a great list. And I love your reasons behind rewatching. Add me to the list of people who've seen Princess Bride more than 100 times. I think when I'm old and senile I'll watch it every single day and laugh like its new every time.

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on October 30, 2011:

I know, it is so choice--I think they should do a sequel called "Another Day Off" with Matthew Broderick as the dad and Mia as the mom and a daughter named Ferris starring I don't know who--somebody feisty.

Thank you for visiting. =:)

rai2722 on October 30, 2011:

It's nice that you include Ferris Bueller's Day Off on the list. The movie is one of my favorite classic of all time.

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on August 27, 2011:

Hi Collegatariat, you are very perceptive and kind--thank you. You might enjoy my recent hub "Why Women Love Mr. Darcy" where I go into the BBC version in more depth.

Thanks again for the visit. =:)

collegatariat on August 27, 2011:

You score big points for being a man who puts the "good", long version of Pride and Prejudice on his rewatch list, as well as The Philadelphia Story. It's a great list, and some of them I've never even heard of!

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on August 16, 2011:

Nice of you to say so J. I also love Katherine's movies. I you haven't seen "Holiday" with her and Grant, check it out. Here's the URL for one of the funny scenes:

Thanks for the read and great comment. =:)

jmartin1344 from Royal Oak, Michigan on August 16, 2011:

Great list. Philadelphia Story! I think Katherine Hepburn is unreal and I search out every movie she's ever been in whenever I can! So I married an axe murderer is also another little gem. Really enjoyed reading this!

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on May 21, 2011:

Do Itashimashite.

I think Jean was a great straight man for the precocious Natalie Portman in The Professional--her best role IMHO. =:)

Kristy Callan from Australia on May 21, 2011:

Jean Reno's great, isn't he. ;)

Nope, haven't seen Wasabi. Looks interesting though, I'll give it a try. Thanks for the tip!

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on May 21, 2011:

Hi DK, thanks for the Tais Toi tip. I was going to reply to your comment and say I enjoy French movies with English subtitles, especially anything with Jean Reno. Instead I went over to youtube and found he was the star and started laughing. Have you seen Wasabi? =:)

Kristy Callan from Australia on May 20, 2011:

All the ones on this list that I've seen I've enjoyed immensely, so some good taste you've got there ;)

You should try Tais Toi. (means shut up. It's in French, not in English, but don't let that discourage you). It's one of those movies people seem to either love or hate, but I reckon most love it- it's very funny.

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on May 07, 2011:

Hi Phoebe, thanks for the thoughtful comment. It's ok to take The Color Purple instead of Runaway Bride, but if your sister is stranded with you, sounds like you better bring a copy of RB along for her. =:)

Phoebe Pike on May 06, 2011:

The Color Purple is an awesome book and movie. I'd rather bring that one than Runaway Bride. It's not that it's a bad movie, it's just that my sister watched it over 100 times and now I know every line, so I could just play it in my head. I could even tell you the background sounds. My fiancé didn't believe me, so he had me write it down (background sounds and what they were wearing included) then we watched it and checked off each and every part. I only messed up at the ballgame.

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on April 02, 2011:

Wonderful picks RE, those two are favorites of mine also. Thank you for the nice comment--good to see you! =:)

RedElf from Canada on April 01, 2011:

Love Groundhog Day and Princess Bride. Some great choices here!

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on March 02, 2011:

Hi M, aren't they fun--when I visited my aunt in Oklahoma, we often had to go into the storm cellar and wait out a potential tornado. If I went there today I would take those movies with me. Thank you for visiting. =:)

meow48 from usa on March 02, 2011:

i love y our list. thanks for dropping by and checking out my story, take care.

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on February 20, 2011:

Thank you Genna, these films have stellar writers as well as exceptional depth of actors. I confess this is one adult who enjoys triumphant characters in social themes such as true love, personal freedom and pride and prejudice. As writers we owe a great deal to those who have given us such masterpieces to emulate. I appreciate your comment. =:)

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on February 20, 2011:

I was surprised to find “The Princess Bride” on your list. I thought I was the only adult, alive, who truly loves this film. “The Shawshank Redemption,” Kate’s “Philadelphia Story” (she always reminded me of my mother), and "Pride and Prejudice" are other favorites. Good hub!

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on February 12, 2011:

RA thanks for the enthusiastic and much appreciated comment. I'll have to say you have some titles I've yet to enjoy--"Rabbit Proof Fench?" This is fun, I can't wait to check them out as you can see, I inordinately love movies. Good to see you and thanks again for the visit. =:)

RunAbstract from USA on February 11, 2011:

Awwww, a fellow Hubber after my own heart!

One summer when I was a kid, my brother worked at the local theater, and I saw Big Jake 13 times!!!

My more recent most watched movies are

Smoke Signals

Bagdad Cafe

Pi, (the title is actually the mathmactial symbol)



Rabbit Proof Fench

Enchanted, (gosh that movie makes me feel good!)

Wow... I guess I could go on and on...

This was a great article!

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 31, 2011:

Thank you Susan, I hope you enjoy the ones you haven't seen yet. =:)

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 31, 2011:

Me two Gr8, I never get tired of Bill Murray's antics and the idea of completely getting to know a town all within one repeating day. Thanks for stopping by. =:)

SUSANJK from Florida on January 31, 2011:

Great choice of movies.

gr82bme from USA on January 31, 2011:

I love Groundhog Day. I watch it every time it comes on

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 27, 2011:

Hi Donna, thank you for reading and I'm happy to meet another fan of quality, superior dialogue movies. I remembered an old b&w movie about a director who thought he would stop making these kind of movies and would make a serious one about the depression and the hard lives of the people (the serious film, btw was to be called: "O Brother Where Art Thou.") Joel McCrae and Veronica Lake starred in it and it was called "Sullivan's Travels." I won't ruin it for you because you might like to see it, but he does find the value of what he does well. Thank you for your comment. =:)

Donna Janelle from Oklahoma on January 27, 2011:

This is a great list! I have seen about half of the movies on the list, and I'll have to add the half I haven't seen to my "movies I need to watch" list! I totally agree with you on The Princess Bride...definitely one of the best movies ever made! I also love When Harry Met Sally and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Now I'm in the mood to watch a great movie! :)

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 26, 2011:

Hi Ryan, thanks for the thoughtful comment. I would like to dedicate a hub to my favorite directors--John Hughes, Rob Riener, Spielberg, Howard Hawks etc. It would be a lot of fun. I sort of agree with the Grandpa in Princess Bride, however--"When I was your age, television was called books." Thanks again for the visit. =:)

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 26, 2011:

Hi CoraJane, glad you noticed the thread and I couldn't agree with you more. I think you would enjoy The King's Speech with Colin Firth that is playing now. Thanks visiting and for the great comment. =:)

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 26, 2011:

Hi Esme, I appreciate your two cents and I'll raise you a nickel--ha ha. It's impressive you have seen almost all of them. If they're in your dvd drawer you'll always be able to make it through a tough night. =:)

ryanwmurray on January 26, 2011:

Some movies just have that magic formula that make them so addictive. Kinda like that one song that you play on repeat. Funny you should mention "Princess Bride." I too have watched that one close to 100 times. John Hughes' movies like Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Home Alone and Uncle Buck are others that I never get sick of.

corajane06 from Upstate NY on January 26, 2011:

Couldn't agree more about Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Holiday, and Love Actually. Some of my favorite movies! Nice to see a common thread of Jack Black and John Cusack in these- they not only pick great movies, they make movies great.

Cindy A Johnson from Sevierville, TN on January 26, 2011:

It is so hard to list favorites. I have seen most of the ones you have mentioned and totally agree. My two cents' worth includes "Overboard," "The Birdcage" and "Mousehunt." Thanks for helping me relive some memories!

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 25, 2011:

Hi Coach, thanks for visiting. I'm sure you'll like these. =:)

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 25, 2011:

Hi Kasi, thank you for the nice comment. I enjoyed Serendipity very much and Bridget Jones was almost on this list. =:)

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 25, 2011:

Thank you Kalpana, I'm glad you enjoyed them. =:)

Husky1970 on January 25, 2011:

Very interesting. Since I have only watched 50% of the movies on your list, I now have a few suggestions.

Kathy from New Jersey , USA on January 24, 2011:

Omg I Love those movies :) my favorite I love 80's movies. I have a few movies I love to watch over an over like Bridget Jones, and Twilight Serendipity is good too :)

Kalpana Iyer from India on January 24, 2011:

Just the list I was looking for! Thanks for recommending some awesome movies :)

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 24, 2011:

Hi Cashmere, you've seen five of them! That means you may enjoy the other ones here. The original book of Princess Bride never lets up on the claim that the "book" he is reading from is from someone called Morgenstern--the practical joke is very well done. Don't you like the New Years Eve party scene in HMS also--he almost kills himself running to get there before she leaves. Thank you for your comment. =:)

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 24, 2011:

Hi Leann, I almost put in It Happened One Night because I thought the chemistry between Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert was wonderful--maybe even better than Rhett and Scarlet. Thank you for the comment. =:)

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 24, 2011:

Ha ha that's the way I feel about the young Grace Kelly. I'm glad you like Groundhog Day Cari, guys need a little pruning before they can blossom. Footloose was a young Kevin Bacon and Flashdance was a sexy young Jennifer Beals--both had some great songs and dance scenes. Thanks for stopping by. =:)

Leann on January 24, 2011:

Philadelphia Story and It Happened One Night - I watch them over and over again.

Cari Jean from Bismarck, ND on January 24, 2011:

For sure Groundhog Day! Another one on my list would be Footloose. Which woman wouldn't tire of watching a very young, very good looking Kevin Bacon!

cashmere from India on January 24, 2011:

I've seen five of them and yes Princess Bride was a major hit when I was 12! I do love when Harry met Sally as well...specially that restaurant scene

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 24, 2011:

You're welcome Naim, thanks for the comment. =:)

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 24, 2011:

Hey AH, good to see you--Mr.Collins gives Uriah Heap a run for his money doesn't he--I have to agree about 'As Good As It Gets' Jack and crew are amazing in that. Thanks for giving the others a go and thanks for the read. =:)

Naim H from Dhaka on January 24, 2011:

Great list of movies, thanks.

attemptedhumour from Australia on January 24, 2011:

Hi Winsome some great movies on this list, but there are so many aren't there? Pride and Prejudice has incredibly rich characters. Mr Collins being one of my favourites. I'd have to add 'As Good As It Gets' 'Erin Brockovich' and 'Death at a funeral' a very funny British comedy. Millions more of course but i'll try and watch some of the ones on your list that i haven't seen. Cheers buddy.

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 23, 2011:

Thank you MoH, I have seen almost all of the ones you mentioned and I especially liked The Green Mile, Remember the Titans, Schindler's List, Braveheart, Gladiator and The Last Samurai for the inspiration they so ably delivered. Tron Legacy, Inception and K-Pax were excellent for different reasons. I am a romantic at heart and the movies I chose were ones in that vein. I love good relationships and dialogue and next to being a man of honor I aspire to being one who can form and enjoy relationships. Thank you for a well thought out comment. =:)

Man of Honour from Isle of Man on January 23, 2011:

Hey Winsome

I can see you are also a great movie fan. I myself love movies and I love Shawshank Redemption. You should check out movies such as K-Pax, The green Mile, Tron Legacy, Hurricane, Coach Carter, Without Limits, Remember the Titans, Men of Honor, Ali, Inception, Shutters Island, The Moon, Gladiator, Braveheart, Artificial Intelligence, Schindler's List, Geronimo, The last Samurai. Hope you enjoy them they really inspired me to become a Man of Honor.

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 23, 2011:

Hey Rusty, thanks for driving in--which of the vignettes did you like the best in L.A.? =:)

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 23, 2011:

Hey D, I almost included that one, you can't beat John Hughes' writing for and directing young people. I see a little of Ally Sheedy's character in Ferris' sister. Thanks for stopping by. =:)

Rusty C. Adore on January 22, 2011:

Good list! I agree with many of them. The Holiday and Love Actually especially.

DoItForHer on January 22, 2011:

The Breakfast Club is my most watched movie.

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 22, 2011:

Hi Twilight, thank you for your comment. =:)

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 22, 2011:

Hey Orlando, thanks for stopping by and glad you liked 40%, you may like more of my next list--"Very Important Movies You May Only Watch Once:" e.g. Citizen Kane, Wuthering Heights, Schindler's List, The Grapes of Wrath, Sunset Boulevard and Raging Bull. I have seen and liked them, but I wouldn't pack them for my bed and breakfast romantic trip--just saying. =:)

On another note, you might find this hub helpful for your right text question.

twilightnera on January 22, 2011:

The only one's I think are classics are Shawshank (which is the best movie ever!) and young Frankenstein. It is such a classic comedy. Even though I do not like those movies, I see that you have taken a lot of time in making this list great.

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 22, 2011:

Hi GG, thanks so much for you kind words. Just for you I will come up with a list of movies filmed over 10,000 feet. =:)

OrlandoC from Glen Ridge on January 22, 2011:

About 40% of this list makes a lot of sense to me. The rest I'm completely baffled. Great work nonetheless.

gypsumgirl from Vail Valley, Colorado on January 22, 2011:

What a wonderful list! Thanks for sharing!

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 21, 2011:

Malcolm--I know I know dude, but don't throw out the prime rib with the rib bones, there are some absolutely wonderful vignettes in Love Actually but you HAVE to skip the two or three loser stories in there (that would include the naïve porn stars as well as the cheating one and the martyr one and maybe even the silly one about the English guy scoring with all those American girls--although one of them is January Jones of Mad Men so maybe you watch that one with one eye.)What is left are some awesome and funny and romantic stories that's worth the editing. Thanks for the comment. =:)

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 21, 2011:

Hey Frieda, yes Joan would be the perfect sister or secretary--I think she plays one in every movie doesn't she? I think she is the sister in Raising Helen and she is hilarious. When you watch Grosse Pointe Blank (I kept spelling Grosse Pointe wrong and I have to check every time and sure enough there are two "e"s)see if you can spot the other Cusaks because there are at least two besides Joan. I could always tell what movies my kids were watching because they would go through whole dialogues at the dinner table perfectly memorized and each would answer at the right time with the exact lines. Monty Python (which is my #7 above btw) was one of the most quoted. I guess I don't need to ask if you have seen Must Love Dogs--there are some great lines in that one as well as some awesome poetry. =:)

Malcolm_Cox from Newcastle, England on January 21, 2011:

Wow, one of my favourite movies(Shawshank) and my least favourite(Love Actually) on the same list!!!

Interesting choices here!

Frieda Babbley from Saint Louis, MO on January 21, 2011:

Seriously? I had no idea it was filmed here! Okay, now I'm going to have to go rent that. Gross Point Black was awesome. Of course I've seen it! Does it not have John Cusak?! I mean pah leez! (if you know what I mean!) I want Joan to be my sister. I think she would be hysterical to have as a sister, don't you? I've got to see that one again too. Oh, and I forget to mention Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Have seen that millions of times. Now see, I think that movies with awesome quotes that somehow or other find ways to fit into daily conversation are the ones that tend to be watched over and over again, don't you?

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 21, 2011:

Hello 6D, I agree about John Cusak. I have enjoyed every movie he's made plus he is not a bad romantic lead and that leads me to why I have not included the arguably brilliant Woody Allen's films because seeing him as a male romantic lead is just too much of a stretch for even my imaginative brain. Thanks so much for your comment. =:)

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 21, 2011:

Hello Sinea, it was hard not to include others but I was going for the ones I knew I could watch a hundred times if I needed to and would leave me feeling good. I loved every one of the Die Hards, Lethal Weapons, Under Siege and Con Air type films where a lone valiant person saves the day---another hub. Thank you for your comment and it is nice to meet you. =:)

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 21, 2011:

Hi Ana, those are all great films--I really liked the more recent Peter Pan...especially after I realized the same actor played Wendy's father and Captain Hook. I thought that was revealing on a lot of levels...and of course Grease is the word. =:)

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 21, 2011:

Hey Frieda, aren't they great. Thanks for stopping by and watch Grosse Pointe Blank if you haven't seen it. Did you know the very funny National Lampoon's Vacation was filmed in St. Louis? =:)

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 21, 2011:

Hi Pat, good to see you, I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who has seen Groundhog Day enough to quote it. I love the story of how Norman Cousins used Marx Brothers films in the hospital to cure with laughter his supposedly incurable illness. Thanks for the great comment. =:)

666divine from Toronto, Ontario on January 20, 2011:

Thanks for the list. I love John Cusak and am always searching for his movies. missed Woody Allen. But that's alright - you'll be forgiven, just once:)

Sinea Pies from Northeastern United States on January 20, 2011:

I love all of these movies. I think Romancing the Stone has to be one of my favorites. Gross Pointe Blank is a great one, too. What, no Die Hards? And how about a great family movie like "Hook"? I know, can't include everything! Great hub!

Ana Louis on January 20, 2011:

"Holy memory bank, Batman," I am experiencing movie brain freeze right now! I have been thinking of all the movies I love to watch, maybe not often, but one-in-awhile, and I never knew there were so many. A lot of them have already been mentioned, but if I may add: The Apartment with Jack Lemon, Orson Well's -Citizen Kane, Forrest Gump, Memoir Of A Geisha, Grease...I could go on.

As a child Disney's Peter Pan sent my imagination to the highest point I could find. Pear Harbor, gives me a feeling of de ja vu, Dirty Dancing, sends me back to my own teen years...again I could go on.

The only movies you will not find in my library are hard core horror films.

Frieda Babbley from Saint Louis, MO on January 20, 2011:

When Harry Met Sally, Young Frankenstein, and Ferris Buellers Day Off - Have watched these so many times I can't even counts how many! Every Thanksgiving at our house it's tradition to watch What About Bob; that movie just never gets old for me! Awesome hub, Winsome. OMG I keep forgetting that the guy who plays Frankenstein later went on to play one of my favourite television rolls, Ramond's dad, Frank, in Everybody Loves Raymond! I watch reruns of that all the time.

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 20, 2011:

Hey F'Lady, thank you for the great comment and suggestions. I like to experience new things but it's nice to have a few guaranteed feel good movies when it's raining outside. One of the newer ones not on there is Music and Lyrics. Perfect Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore connection. =:)

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on January 20, 2011:

Pat here: There was a time when "Ground Hog Day" was watched so often in my house that I think I could recite every line.

I loved the Shawshank Redeption, and I think the DVD is somewhere in the house, but I've only seen it once.

My guess is the films I have watched the most are "Casablanca" (because it is my favourite) and "Sleepless in Seatle" (Wonderful Husband's favourite). WHusband also likes "While you were Sleeping".

Overall, I think the films that have got the most airings in my house have been Marx Brothers classics - "A Day at the Races", "A Night at the Opera" and "A Night in Casablanca". My kids loved these when they were growing up, and I used to put them on for my dad.

Great hub - have voted it up.

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 20, 2011:

Hey RG, I have to agree--I almost included that one because the dialogue is so well done. I may have another list later that features outstanding girl/guy dialogue like that one, A Lion in Winter, Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe, Adam's Rib, etc. Thanks for the comment. =:)

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 20, 2011:

Hi Fiona, thanks for stopping by and for the kind words. I would like these to come back to the big screen once in awhile--they would probably outsell the ones coming out now. =:)

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 20, 2011:

Hi Blaz, thanks for the comment--your additions are excellent rewatchables as well. =:)

Kathi Mirto from Fennville on January 20, 2011:

Watched Young Frankenstein movie just the other day and laugh just as hard if not harder as the first time I saw it. Ground Hog Day is another amazing story and funny too! Have watched it over and over and never get tired of it. Ferris Bueler is another great one.Romancing the Stone, Michael Douglas is so handsome. Princess Bride was very unique and funny.Some you mention have not seen and now I want to. Thanks for compiling the list. I enjoyed the ride. PS Here's a few more watch over and over Braveheart,The Notebook and an oldy Little Bigman with Dustis Hoffman. What about Austin Powers. I'm on a roll now. So many good movies we've been blessed with.

rommergrot on January 20, 2011:

My all time favorite movie is "The African Queen" with Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn (1951)

fi fi from Niagara, Canada on January 20, 2011:

Great read! Your writing style flows so easily... And your choice in films is stellar ;)

Blaz on January 20, 2011:

A very good list with some very re-watchable movies. I also loved The Shawshank Redemption and watched it countless times. Not to mention Groundhog Day that I must have seen at least 30 times! I would add a few movies to the list: Pulp Fiction, Sin City, Wall Street and Fearless.

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 19, 2011:

Hi Charlise, thank you for the visit, I have enjoyed rewatching these and I really would pack them if I thought I would be marooned somewhere. =:)

Charlise from All Over the Place! on January 19, 2011:

Great hub - you reminded me of some great movies to check out this year. Or check out again I should say...

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 17, 2011:

Hi Shalini, I'm happy you enjoyed the list. Maybe your husband would prefer the original with James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan called "The Shop Around the Corner." Here is the url for the trailer.

Thank you for coming by and for the kind words. =:)

Shalini Kagal from India on January 16, 2011:

Great, great list Winsome! Some of our favourite movies are up there - my husband and I just love watching! Of course, he refuses to watch You Got Mail with me - my daughter and I watch it whenever we can :D

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 16, 2011:

Hi Tony, those are excellent choices--I don't know if you noticed in the tags I included a sequel of one of yours called Zorba the DeGreek. I haven't seen Some Like it Hot in a long time, I will have to revisit. I think you will like the ones on this list you haven't seen--most are acceptable for the grandkids too. Thanks for the nice comment. =:)

quicksand on January 16, 2011:

Well Winsome I quit "watching" movies after the fast-forward button was invented, and that happened after the Sound of Music was screened! In between I managed to watch Firefox too! Cheers!

Tony McGregor from South Africa on January 16, 2011:

"I'll have some of whatever she's having!" LOL! A fascinating list of which I've seen some, not being that great a movie watcher. I wold have to add three of my favourites - Lawrence of Arabia, Zorba the Greek and Dr Zhivago.

O yes, and Some like it hot, and The P:roducers!

Thanks for the entertaining read.

Love and peace


Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 16, 2011:

Hello my friend, Hello--thanks for stopping by, did you notice I had you in the tag list? =:)

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 16, 2011:

Hey Trish, good to see you and thank you for the great comment. I should have included Sleepless in Seattle because I have rewatched it about as much as any--Rob Reiner has the knack and I can enjoy anything he does, especially if Nora Ephron writes it. You have some great titles. Thanks for stopping by. =:)

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 16, 2011:

Hi Sarah, thanks for coming and the kind words. I noticed you have some interesting movie collections yourself. =:)

Winsome (author) from Southern California by way of Texas on January 16, 2011:

Hey QS, are you sure you are not FP's alter ego ha ha--and yes I am confused, does that mean you have seen everyone of these including SoM or that you have only watched SoM and none of these? I'm so confused, my brain feels like its in...wait a minute--quicksand! Did you do that on purpose? =:)

Hello, hello, from London, UK on January 16, 2011:

Very interesting list.

trish1048 on January 16, 2011:

I too loved Shawshank Redemption, and can watch it over and over. Others in my list include The Green Mile, Pretty Woman, The Bucket List, The Color Purple, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Forrest Gump, Grumpy Old Men, On Golden Pond, and Sleepless in Seattle. There are many more whose titles escape me. I can watch Bette Davis movies till the cows come home. Other actors I will watch no matter what are Jack Nicholson, Tom Hanks, John Travolta, Richard Gere, Hugh Cronin and Jessica Tandy, and Joan Crawford. Again, there are more but these are among my favorites.

Great list, Winsome. I think I'll go watch a movie now :)

Sarah from Melbourne, Australia on January 16, 2011:

Great list!!

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