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What films do you never get tired of?


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On a different thread on this board, it is being discussed what makes a film a classic. Are there tried and true criteria that a film must meet in order to be considered a classic? Is it subjective as to what one would consider a classic?

 

One criteria that I brought up was the issue of rewatchability. In my opinion, if the film (regardless of its age) is one that you can watch over and over and never tire of it and it's as enjoyable the millionth time as it was the first time you saw it, then one could consider it a classic. Of course, a film that I can watch a zillion times might be one that another person watched once and hated it. It's all subjective.

 

Anyway, the point of this thread:

 

What films can you watch over and over again and never get sick of them?

 

Here are mine:

 

The Long, Long Trailer

The Adventures of Robin Hood

All About Eve

Sunset Boulevard

Sabrina

Casablanca

Clueless

North By Northwest

The Birdcage

The Karate Kid

Four's a Crowd

Gilda

Dirty Dancing

Singin' in the Rain

Picnic

First Wives Club

Cactus Flower

Grumpy and Grumpier Old Men

Smokey and the Bandit

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Among some I can watch over and over.....

 

PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE

BOMBSHELL

PLATINUM BLONDE

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT

THE THIN MAN movies

MY MAN GODFREY

LIBELED LADY

THE ROAD TO GLORY

PRISONER OF SHARK ISLAND

The TOPPER movies

The ASTAIRE/ROGERS movies

LLOYDS OF LONDON

LOVE IS NEWS

CAF? METROPOLE

SECOND HONEYMOON

EASY LIVING (1937)

THE AWFUL TRUTH

NOTHING SACRED

BRINGING UP BABY

HOLIDAY

IN OLD CHICAGO

ALEXANDERS RAGTIME BAND

SUEZ

FOUR MEN AND A PRAYER

JEZEBEL

JESSE JAMES

DAWN PATROL

IDIOTS DELIGHT

NINOTCHKA

KIDNAPPED

WUTHERING HEIGHTS

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES

WIFE HUSBAND AND FRIEND

DAYTIME WIFE

THE WOMEN

DODGE CITY

STAGECOACH

LOVE AFFAIR

DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK

JUAREZ

THE ROARING TWENTIES

THE RAINS CAME

GONE WITH THE WIND

THE STORY OF ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL

 

These are just some for the 30s......

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You know, I was thinking of this as a thread topic the other day. Shows the results of procrastination. For me, whether a movie is great, or classic, or not does not have anything to do with my liking to watch it. There are some movies that I know aren't so great that I watch from time to time because, well, I just like 'em. Angel and the Badman, and HIde-out are two examples. A partial list includes:

 

Trouble in Paradise

The Red Shoes

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Funny Face

The Lavender Hill Mob

The Wages of Fear

Treasure of the Sierra Madre

I Know Where I'm Going!

The Big House

Wild Strawberries

Light in the Piazza

Intruder in the Dust

Our Betters

After Office Hours

What Price Hollywood?

Sporting Blood

Top Hat

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I agree. I never said that all the films I love to watch over and over were "good" in the conventional sense. I could really embarrass myself by listing all the other ridiculous movies that I love watching. I love older films; but I also enjoy newer and new films as well. I just love movies. A lot of my more ridiculous movies like "Clueless" and "The Karate Kid" aren't movies that I'm claiming are esteemed or an amazing piece of cinema-- some I just love because they may bring back a memory or are nostalgia from childhood. Some films I love I know are dumb; but it doesn't take away from how much I enjoy watching them.

 

Probably one of my biggest "guilty" pleasures (albeit, I don't feel much "guilt" from watching them) are probably the cheesy 80s and 90s teen movies (i.e. "Sixteen Candles," "Pretty in Pink," "Valley Girl," "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "10 Things I Hate About You," "She's All That," and "Bring it On.").

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The only movies that wore me out from overwatching have been Casablanca and The Lady Eve, though it took about a dozen viewings in each case to do it. I still love them, but I now ration them to about once every 2 or 3 years.

 

But I still can't get enough of these movies, which I've already seen at least 3 times and can't wait to see again:

 

The Battle of Algiers (seen at least a dozen times)

Reefer Madness (seen close to 100 times, though mostly for profit)

Angi Vera (stuck on about 10 viewings because of lack of availability)

Kapo

The Killers

Out of the Past

Goodfellas

A Bronx Tale

Mean Streets

It's a Wonderful Life

Breaking Away

Short Cuts

Boyfriends and Girlfriends

42nd Street

A Star Is Born (Garland version)

Nightmare Alley

Bombshell

Libeled Lady

Sons of the Desert

The Fields segment in If I Had a Million

The Sheep Has Five Legs

All About Eve

Baby Face

Mildred Pierce

Sudden Fear

The Search

The Asphalt Jungle

Thieves' Highway

Laura

Bringing Up Baby

So Big (Stanwyck version)

Hard Times

The Hard Way

Gilda

Bringing Up Baby

Every Kurosawa / Mifune non-Samurai collaboration

Every Jean Gabin movie TCM showed in August of 2012

The Crowd

The Unholy Three (either sound or silent version)

The Penalty (Chaney)

Greed (the 4 hour version)

Time Limit

Pandora's Box

M (Lorre version)

 

 

And probably at least 100 more, not counting films I've only seen once or twice and want to see again.

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A few I left out from the 30s::

 

TROUBLE IN PARADISE

RED.DUST

RAIN

DINNER AT.EIGHT

ANNA KARENINA

CHINA SEAS

MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN

CAMILLE

DODSWORTH

SAN FRANCISCO

YOU CAN'T HAVE EVERYTHING

STELLA DALLAS

YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU

BLUEBEARD'S EIGHTH WIFE

MIDNIGHT

THE WIZARD.OF OZ

DARK VICTORY

HOLLYWOOD CAVALCADE

 

Edited by: Arturo on Jan 25, 2014 11:46 AM

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I limited my list to ten titles. I've seen some of these movies at least 50 times over the years. I own copies on VHS, Laser Disc, DVD and Blu Ray and I still tune in whenever one of them is being shown on TCM. I can recite whole chunks of dialog from each of them (much to the embarrassment of my kids).

They are:

Arsenic and Old Lace

The Four Feathers

A Night to Remember

The Magnificent Seven

The Great Escape

The Wild Bunch

The Searchers

The Alamo (1960)

Lawrence of Arabia

The Adventures of Robin Hood

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OY! Arturo started listing them by DECADE!

 

Yeah, there's some I can never get tired of seeing over and over. Many were already listed by others here, so I will try not to repeat.

 

Some that I don't think made the lists:

 

THE GODFATHER (just the first one, for some reason)

CITIZEN KANE

SHANE

RIO BRAVO

NORTH BY NORTHWEST ;)

OCEAN'S 11 (2001)

THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO ( both 1934 and 2002)

IMMORTAL BELOVED

THE OUTLAW JOSIE WALES

ON THE WATERFRONT

TORA! TORA! TORA!

PAYBACK

THE GREEN MILE

THAT THING YOU DO

LILLIES OF THE FIELD

THE FRENCH CONNECTION

THE ODD COUPLE

A FACE IN THE CROWD

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951)

LITTLE BIG MAN

THE DEFIANT ONES

 

As I said, many others were already listed.

 

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I don't think so. At least, not in my case. On my list was THE GODFATHER and in parenthesis I stated just the first one. Even though GODFATHER II is among my favorite movies, I, for some reason, can't watch it with the FREQUENCY of the first one. And I have many other "favorites" that I don't always feel like seeing as often as the ones I listed.

 

If that makes any sense...

 

Sepiatone

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Are films that "one never gets tired of" synonymous with one's favorite films?

 

Not always. In a lot of cases the only reason I'm not yet tired of them is that I haven't seen them enough times to give them a true test. I had Casablanca on my Top 10 list for many years, but now after seeing it for about the 13th time it doesn't even make my top 50, and maybe not even my top 100. It's not that I think any less of it, but now doesn't grab me the way it did the first 10 or 12 times. Same with The Lady Eve, though that one's only slipped from my 2nd favorite comedy to about my 4th or 5th. It may be just that I've never been a big fan of Henry Fonda, even though in this case he's perfectly cast as Stanwyck's foil.

 

As a general rule, if a "serious" movie can make it past a second viewing, it's likely to be one that I can watch at least once a year forever. OTOH an "entertainment" movie has an easier time making it through 3 or 4 viewings, but after that I get kind of wary of seeing it without a long lapse in time, for fear of the "Casablanca" effect.

 

Of course I'll never, *ever* get tired of Reefer Madness. ;) There are just too many great lines and scenes for it ever to wear thin.

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I limited my list to ten titles. I've seen some of these movies at least 50 times over the years.

 

That is truly amazing. The only movie I've watched more than a dozen times without getting tired of it is Reefer Madness, and that's probably because 99% of the time I was collecting a dollar from every college student I was showing it to.

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If the question here is what movie can one see over and over again, my choice would be The Big Sleep based on the criteria of; "There are just too many great lines and scenes for it ever to wear thin".

 

I view the movie as if I'm Bogie with the story line being secondary to the overall vibe of the film, the fine looking ladies in scene after scene (especially Martha Vickers), the style used in the action scenes all leading up to the hero getting even. Each time I see the movie on TCM I say to myself "I'm not really going to watch this again!', but I can't turn away.

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This definitely the thread for guilty pleasures...hmmm, movies I would watch anytime? Not all are classics, I'm afraid. :)

 

*The Lion in Winter*

*Casablanca*

*A Foreign Affair*

*The Lost Boys*

*Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban*

*To Have and Have Not*

*The Letter*

*The Last Starfighter*

*Aliens*

Indiana Jones 1 & 3

*The Princess Bride*

*The Empire Strikes Back*

*Aladdin*

*Beauty and the Beast*

*Raising Arizona*

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There are sooo many that i'll never get tired of, but the ones that

I can almost recite word for word because i've watch them so many

times are:

Psycho

Psycho 2

Rear Window

Vertigo

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

Abbott and Costello's Hold That Ghost!!

Arsenic and Old Lace

It Happened One Night

Safety Last (silent)

Murder On The Blackboard

Penguin Pool Murder

Ghost Breakers

Laurel and Hardy (their entire collection)

Whistling In Dixie

Whistling In The Dark

Having Wonderful Crime

and soooo soooo many more.

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Soooo many.

 

All About Eve

Casablanca

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

The Quiet Man

Notorious

All This and Heaven Too

Gaslight

The Miracle of Morgan's Creek

The Miracle Worker

The Little Foxes

Anastasia

Roman Holiday

North by Northwest

Philadelphia Story

Showboat (1951)

The Thin Man

Now Voyager

etc. etc. etc.

 

I do also have those "guilty pleasures" that I'm a little ashamed to own up to. My number one guilty pleasure is The Greatest Show on Earth. Heaven help me, I adore it.

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There are lots of films that I have seen 700 times and could watch 700 more. These are the ones that come to mind that no matter what, if they're on, I can't help getting sucked in:

Singin' in the Rain

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Rear Window

12 Angry Men

Manchurian Candidate

Ball of Fire

Palm Beach Story

The Apartment

Some Like It Hot

Philadelphia Story

Adam's Rib

....and so many others I can't even list them all!

 

ADDITIONAL: Ones I thought of since:

Lili

Remember the Night

It Happened One Night

Anatomy of a Murder

Laura

American in Paris

White Christmas

Court Jester

 

Edited by: LonesomePolecat on Jan 26, 2014 4:18 PM

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In no particular order:

 

Commando

Victor/Victoria

To Have and To Have Not

Casablanca

Baby Face

Pandora's Box

Any Hitchcock 50's film (Including NBNW )

Any Bogart gangster film

Any Fred and Ginger or Fred dancing film

Cabaret

Saturday Night Fever

Any Dietrich club singer film

Any Rat Pack film

 

Off of the top of my head.

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