I know - that title "The top movies you can't not watch" isn't exactly good grammar, but I just feel there's no better way to describe this post. We've all been there. You're surfing the tube one (possibly snowy) afternoon or evening and you see a movie, which you've seen a hundred times already, but you just can't not watch it! It draws you in like a black hole and before you know it, it's two hours later and you have no idea how it happened. So, in light of the impending snowstorm here on the East Coast, we thought it would be fun to create a list of our top movies that suck you in. And of course, feel free to add your own! Danielle Any John Hughes movie from the 80s. I'm a child of the 80s and these films just defined me and my generation. To put it another way, they just don't make 'em like this anymore. Whether Pretty in Pink, 16 Candles, The Breakfast Club or Some Kind of Wonderful, there is no way for me to not watch these Brat Pack classics. The man was a genius. Check out his top 10 films.
The Princess Bride. Truth be told, this is one of my all-time favorite movies. So, of course, whenever it's on, I watch. There is so much genius here and the whole film is quotable. It would be inconceivable not to watch this classic.
Fletch. Chevy Chase in his prime. This movie is so smart and so funny. Again, the quotes from this one are endless. Make sure to watch this one the next time your car hits a water buffalo. You won't be sorry.
The Goonies. Yes, it could be deemed a kid's movie. But since this kid grew up on this film, I'm hooked. Pirates. Treasure. Mafia. David vs. Goliath storyline. The "truffle shuffle." The Goonies, a Steven Spielberg film, is a movie for any age. And I had a huge crush on Josh Brolin. So sue me.
Back to the Future. If the line "You built a time machine...out of a DeLorean," means nothing to you, you'd better add this film to your Netflix queue immediately! Michael J. Fox was in his prime, in one of the most clever time travel movies ever made. Who knew that's how Chuck Berry got his famous guitar riff?
9 to 5. Arguably the best female buddy revenge movie ever. Not only does it still apply today, but it's a story anyone can relate to. Who hasn't fantasized about offing their boss at some point in their lives? Uproariously funny, clever and relevant, I dare you to look at the office box of sweetener the same way.
Brian Die Hard Series. This pentalogy of films has progressed from an 80's action thriller to a true place among the top of the modern day action-comedy franchises and has featured players including Alan Rickman, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons and Timothy Olyphant to name but a few. With Bruce Willis' cocky, but endearing tough-cop persona, his penchant for finding the wrong place at the right time and some classic (though, not always safe for print) good guy catch-phrases, each of the movies in this series deliver an entertaining experience. While Die Hard, Die Hard 2 and Die Hard 3: With a Vengeance appear most often playing on cable, you can rest assured that the remaining two films will soon find their way into cable circulation and onto your list of reasons the hours in front of the TV just sail by.
The Jerk. There's little I can say about this movie without either laughing or simply recommending you just watch it yourself. Starring Steve Martin and featuring the likes of Bernadette Peters and Jackie Mason, this Carl Reiner-directed comedy follows the bizarre rise and fall of an somewhat idiotic but charming fellow. If that description doesn't quite do it for you, the next time it's on give it a try. Between the slapstick screenplay and performance of Martin and a list of cameos about a mile long, you won't be disappointed.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off. (See Danielle's first section on John Hughes which summarizes any reasons needed to watch this frequently airing classic...as if you need an excuse!)
The Fugitive. I'll be honest, IMDB's synopsis of this flick pretty much summarizes it all: "Dr. Richard Kimble, unjustly accused of murdering his wife, must find the real killer while being the target of a nationwide manhunt." However, what it fails to convey is the fact that the cat-and-mouse game between Harrison Ford (Kimble) and Tommy Lee Jones (the Federal Marshall tracking him) is one from which you can't look away. If you see this pop-up on TV, just put the remote down and clear your calendar for the next two hours.
Which movies can you not NOT watch?
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