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Winter Movie Watching

I started a list of must-see movies several weeks ago.  As the weather has gotten very cold, here’s the entire list.  It’s a mix of classics that everyone needs to see at least once; as well as some of my favorite movies.  What do you think?  What have I forgotten?  What should I save for another year?  I have reasons for every movie on the list.

Great Movies:

  • Almost Famous
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • Field of Dreams
  • The Godfather Part I
  • The Godfather Part II
  • Goodfellas
  • Jaws
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Shawshank Redemption
  • Silence of the Lambs
  • The Sting
  • The Untouchables

Comedies:

  • Airplane
  • Anchorman
  • Animal House
  • Back to the Future
  • Beetlejuice
  • Big
  • Big Lebowski
  • Blazing Saddles
  • Blues Brothers
  • Caddyshack
  • Elf
  • Ferris Buehler’s Day Off
  • Galaxy Quest
  • Goonies
  • Ghostbusters
  • Grosse Point Blank
  • Groundhog Day
  • Harold and Maude
  • The Jerk
  • Kingpin
  • Mars Attacks
  • Mash
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Mystery Men
  • Office Space
  • Old School
  • Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
  • Princess Bride
  • Real Genius
  • Return of the Pink Panther
  • School of Rock
  • Spies Like Us
  • Step Brothers
  • Stripes
  • This Is Spinal Tap
  • Throw Mama from the Train
  • Young Frankenstein
  • Zoolander

Sci Fi / Comic Book Movies / Animation:

  • Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
  • Alien and Aliens
  • Batman Beyond
  • Blade Runner
  • Brazil
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Dark Knight
  • Dead Zone
  • Dune
  • Escape from New York
  • Flash Gordon
  • Gremlins
  • Hellboy
  • Jurassic Park
  • The Last Starfighter
  • The Matrix
  • Men in Black
  • Minority Report
  • Lord of the Rings (Trilogy)
  • Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Robocop (1987)
  • Stargate
  • Star Trek (2009)
  • Star Trek II – Wrath of Khan
  • Star Wars Episodes 1-6
  • Terminator and Terminator 2
  • Time Bandits
  • Toy Story
  • Tron
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • Wizard of Oz

Action / Thrillers:

  • All the President’s Men
  • Apollo 13
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Bridge on the River Kwai
  • Chinatown
  • Dead Again
  • Die Hard
  • Django Unchained
  • Double Indemnity
  • Donnie Brasco
  • Enemy at the Gates
  • Fargo
  • Final Countdown
  • Gladiator
  • Great Escape
  • The Illusionist
  • Inglorious Basterds
  • Jumanji
  • Once Upon a Time in the West
  • Poltergeist
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Rear Window
  • Rocky
  • Scarface
  • Se7en
  • The Shining
  • Sixth Sense
  • Usual Suspects
  • War Games

Classics:

  • Casablanca
  • Citizen Kane
  • City Lights
  • The General
  • Gone with the Wind
  • Maltese Falcon
  • Schindler’s List
  • Singin’ in the Rain

Hard to Classify:

  • 8 Men Out
  • Dazed and Confused
  • Forest Gump
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Lost in Translation
  • Pleasantville
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show
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My favorite albums from 1983 are coming soon, but I got distracted by a different project

As it is starting to get cold outside and the days are getting shorter, I was thinking what are all of the movies I want to watch and re-watch this winter.  I was thinking, what’s my top 10 list, then it became my top 25, then 50 and so on.  I then started to think what are the best comedies or action movies that I want to watch; and my list quickly has grown to over 130 movies.  I was also thinking, for my teenage kids, what movies must they see (and this is probably why my list is very short on hard “R” movies).

I’ll publish this entire list over the next week.  I have grouped the movies into five categories: Great Movies, Comedies, Sci-Fi/Comic Book, Action/Thrillers, and Others (really a mix of Animation, Kids’ Movies, Musicals, Silent Films, Some Classics that you need to see but aren’t my favorites and some I just didn’t know how to categorize).  I am starting with Comedies.

Let me know what you think though it’s hard without seeing the entire list.  I have not ranked these, I’ve just put them in alphabetical order.  Feel free to tell my on Twitter @astein94 or comment here.

  • Airplane
  • Anchorman
  • Animal House
  • Back to the Future
  • Beetlejuice
  • Big
  • Big Lebowski
  • Blazing Saddles
  • Blues Brothers
  • Caddyshack
  • Elf
  • Ferris Buehler’s Day Off
  • Galaxy Quest
  • Goonies
  • Ghostbusters
  • Grosse Point Blank
  • Groundhog Day
  • Harold and Maude
  • The Jerk
  • Kingpin
  • Life of Brian
  • Mars Attacks
  • Mash
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Mystery Men
  • Office Space
  • Old School
  • Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
  • Princess Bride
  • Real Genius
  • Return of the Pink Panther
  • School of Rock
  • Spies Like Us
  • Step Brothers
  • Stripes
  • This Is Spinal Tap
  • Throw Mama from the Train
  • Waterboy
  • Young Frankenstein
  • Zoolander