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Out of the dozens, here are 10, in no particular order, that I'd watch over and over and over...


Mr. Blandings Builds His Dreamhouse


Enchanted April - the remake




Inn of the Sixth Happiness




The Fifth Element




Little Buddha


Black Narcissus


Key Largo

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I'm sure I've answered this before, in some long-ago thread, but my fairly consistent choices would be:


The Sound of Music

The Birds

The Trouble With Angels

Blow Out

The Music Man

The Miracle Worker

Dial M For Murder

Mary Poppins

The Snake Pit

The Mummy (1999)

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Great question, I find everyone's answers interesting.


*The Women*, I watch this every time I come across it

*All About Eve*, ditto

*The Valley of Decision*

*The Big Country*

*Yankee Doodle Dandy*

*Christmas in Connecticut*


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Love "S&S" as we call it.


Here are movies I can never "put down":


Meet Me In St Louis

Singing in the Rain

The Bandwagon

American in Paris (yes I like musicals)


Yankee Doodle Dandy

White Christmas


enough musicals...


12 Angry Men

To Kill a Mockingbird

Roman Holiday

Best Years of Our Lives

Adam's RIb

It Happened One Night

Mr Smith Goes to Washington


....I think I'll need a bigger Island...

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It's a standard question, to be sure, but I wonder..have your choices varied radically over your lists of years past, or is your list consistent?


If your desert island retreat was extensive, say 20 years, could you watch these same 10 films, and only these films, nothing else but these films, for the next 20 years? If not, which ones would you wish to replace?

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That's quite a list.


I'm glad to see 1776 on your list. During the John Adams event on HBO (is it ok to mention a competitive site?) I dug out my 1776 CD and forced my friends (not musical fans) to watch it. They all found it very entertaining, including the music performances, and hopefully it will become a ritual viewing whenever we have the chance to gather for a 4th of July celebration.

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I never get tired of these questions! :D I will try only to list those titles that I HAVE watched consistently with greater pleasure over some time, as well as a few that have in recent years become new "eternal" favorites:


Gone with the Wind

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance


The Misfits


3 Bad Men


The Ghost and Mrs Muir

Out of Africa (the music!)

The Detective (favorite Sinatra)

My Man Godfrey


The Last of Mrs Cheyney (Powell-Montgomery-Crawford version)

The Thin Man

His Kind of Woman

Holiday Affair

Rio Grande

The Searchers


Some Coop:

Ten North Frederick

High Noon

The Hanging Tree


Some Will Rogers:

Doctor Bull

Judge Priest

Steamboat Round the Bend

Jubilo (talkie remake)

David Harum


I'd find it hard to live without most of the above. Truly.


P.S. I also need to include some Hitch:



To Catch a Thief

Rear Window


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Oh, my gosh! How could there be no Hitch on our lists? I forgot...



The Lady Vanishes

Dial M for Murder

Foreign Correspondent

The Man Who Knew Too Much (both versions)

The 39 Steps


Shadow of a Doubt (my fave of faves)


just to mention a very few...plus (thank you) the ones on MoonGoddess' list


I don't love all of Hitch's films, but I do love most of them.

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I always enjoy lists. Unfortunately, mine change every day!! Here's what I would take to a desert island today:


"Paper Moon" (I could watch Tate's face all the time)

"12 Angry Men" (great faces, incredible acting)

"Children of Men" (best movie of my lifetime)

"Ah? est? el detalle" (ubiquitous comedy)

"Whatever Happened to Baby Jane" (again, great faces)

"The Searchers" (because I've never seen it)

"Lilies of the Field" (ubiquitous interest)

"Nosotros los Pobres" (good drama)

"Solaris" (because I've never seen it)

"Gilagan Gets Rescued" (so I'd figure out how to get home)

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I gotta take the following films...


classics: Notorious, Indiscreet, Random Harvest, Top Hat, Swing Time, The Thin Man Series, Libeled Lady, Yellow Sky, The Best Years of Our Lives, My Darling Clementine, Repulsion, Moon Over Miami, Laura, High Sierra, Dark Victory, Bringing Up Baby, Gaslight (1944), His Girl Friday, Room at the Top, Ship of Fools, Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back, Pride & Prejudice (1940), The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Public Enemy, Gloria (1980), In The Heat of the Night, Stormy Weather, A Star is Born (30s), Paleface, Mildred Pierce, A Place in the Sun, Cat On A Hot Tin Roo, The Shining & Baby Boom.


contemporary: 8 Femmes, Underworld I & II, Australia, Shoot'em Up, Speed, The Lake House, Runaway Bride, Pretty Woman, The American President, The Wood, Batman: The Animated Series, Spiderman: The Animated Series, Van Helsing, Love & Basketball, Pirates of the Caribbean Series, Transformers, 300, Sicko, V For Vendetta, Being John Malkovich, Somethings Gotta Give, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown & Desperado.

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Ok how about these? Old and new (ish)


Some Like it Hot

The Lion in Winter

The Thin Man

Libeled Lady

All About Eve

The Letter

A Foreign Affair

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The Fellowship of the Ring (but not the other two)

The Empire Strikes Back

The Lost Boys

Singin in the Rain

Fiddler on the Roof

The Maltese Falcon (1941)



My Favorite Wife

Red Dust

The African Queen

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Ciao, Pujeba. Welcome to the board! And "Moon Goddess" is right.




I need to take my favorite gals:


In a Lonely Place (Gloria Grahame)

Human Desire (Gloria Grahame)

Leave Her to Heaven (Gene Tierney)

Laura (Gene Tierney)

Fallen Angel (Linda Darnell)

Unfaithfully Yours (Linda Darnell)

To Catch a Thief (Grace Kelly)

Rear Window (Grace Kelly)

Mogambo (Grace Kelly and Ava Gardner)

The 39 Steps (Madeleine Carroll)

My Favorite Blonde (Madeleine Carroll)

Vertigo (Kim Novak)

Bell, Book and Candle (Kim Novak)

Scarlet Street (Joan Bennett)

Secret Beyond the Door (Joan Bennett)

The Quiet Man (Maureen O'Hara)

The Night of the Iguana (Ava Gardner and Deborah Kerr)

Notorious (Ingrid Bergman)

Once Upon a Time in the West (Claudia Cardinale)

Morocco (Marlene Dietrich)

Cat People (Simone Simon)

Peter Ibbetson (Mary Cooper)


Three Stooges shorts




Top Secret!

Better Off Dead

One Crazy Summer

Let The Right One In

No Country for Old Men

Donnie Darko

Punch-Drunk Love


Star Wars

The Empire Strikes Back


And I'd be looking for Zooty's island to watch some Batman: The Animated.

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