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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

It's Movie Night!

By Rachel H

Ever since Redbox came along, movie nights have gotten to be a big deal around our house. Who can resist when it only costs $1.00, right? We have yet to give Netflix a try, but I would like to do so since there are so many older movies that we love, too!

Today I thought it would be fun for us to share recommendations with each other for some of our favorite movies of all time! I have divided my lists into three categories. The first list contains movies that are great for the family. Some are fit for all ages, while others may contain some parts that make them more appropriate for families with older children. It is tough to find films that amuse parents as well as the kids, but below are the ones that I actually enjoy watching, too! My second list contains movies that I would probably not torture my husband by making him watch, so I watch these on the evenings he is out-of-town or has another commitment. They are also great flicks to take along on a girls’ weekend! Then the third list has movies that I think are perfect for couples to watch together, or even a group of adults if you are on a beach or mountain trip. An advance warning … don’t make fun of me for my cheesiness on some of these!

I know as soon as I run this I will think of additional movies that I should have added, so that is where you come in! Add your favorites by commenting below. Then make tonight a movie night and try a new one!

My personal favorites include …

Family Movies
(Remember that some are not appropriate for little kids, and would be more for families with tweens and teens. I have put an asterisk next to ones that I know have a few curse words or inappropriate scenes for smaller kids.)

A Christmas Story*
Adventures in Babysitting*
The Little Mermaid
Kung Fu Panda
Christmas Vacation*
The Princess and the Frog
The Karate Kid (new and old versions)*
Mrs. Doubtfire*
The Muppets Take Manhattan
How to Train Your Dragon
Charlie& the Chocolate Factory (new and old)
Now and Then*
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off*
Finding Nemo
The Wizard of Oz
The Parent Trap (new and old)
Raiders of the Lost Ark*
Little Miss Sunshine*
Toy Story
Star Wars*
The Incredibles
The Lion King
Men in Black*
Singin in the Rain
Monsters, Inc.
Home Alone*
The Sandlot*
Mary Poppins
The Sound of Music
Bye Bye Birdie
Poltergeist (kidding, kidding … just wanted to make sure you were paying attention)

Chick Flicks
Dirty Dancing
Mystic Pizza
Sleepless in Seattle
Mean Girls
When Harry Met Sally
Pretty In Pink
Twilight Series
Charlie’s Angels
Bridget Jones’ Diary
Legally Blonde
How Stella Got Her Groove Back
Mama Mia
Moulin Rouge
Dear John
Steel Magnolias
White Oleander
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Date Night or Group movies
(Mix of adventure drama, and comedy … some are big time tear-jerkers!)

Big Fish
What Dreams May Come
Knocked Up
The Story of Us
Shutter Island
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
The Notebook
Happy Gilmore
The Shawshank Redemption
Silence of the Lambs
The Hangover
It’s Complicated
Wedding Crashers
The Usual Suspects
A Few Good Men
Pulp Fiction
Antoine Fisher
Slumdog Millionaire
Saving Private Ryan
Tommy Boy
40 Year Old Virgin
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Dumb and Dumber
An Affair to Remember

OK, your turn! List your faves below!


JessMess said...

I forgot all about the movie Big Fish. It was SUCH a good flick! I don't think my husband has ever seen it. We need to rent it soon.

One that our whole family likes is A League of the Own.

Ashleigh B. said...

The Proposal
Stella (one of my all time favorites)
And, one of the funniest movies I have seen in awhile... Date Night.

Karen said...

We just saw Despicable Me and it was fantastic. The whole family loved it. I know it is not out on DVD yet, but when it is - be sure to get this family movie!

Katie M said...

Nim's Island was on HBO On Demand and my kids (ages 6 and 3) loved it. We are big fans of HBO on Demand - playing now is ET (my all time fav and huge hit with my kids), and Fly Away Home (cute movie, but sad beginning). They can watch these over and over.

Anonymous said...

we love getting old reruns of shows like Cosby show, Growing Pains and Family Ties for my older kids.

april said...

I love Redbox! BTW, if you create an account online with them they send you a code once a month for a free rental. As if paying $1 wasn't awesome enough, you can even get a movie for free once in a while.

Mom of Boys said...

We have done Netflix over the Wii and it is the best investment we've made in a long time. Tons of old TV and movies right at our fingertips! You need to add Raising Arizona to the Group list - or any Coen Brothers flick. They are all laugh out loud funny.

maythi said...

i love movies. my all time faves are dumb & dumber, french kiss and sense & sensibility (this one can be hard to follow & i don't recommend to watch with guys, but i ADORE this movie).

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