My Family's List of Classics

Every family has them; those movies that we all watch over and over together. This is the list of the movies that my family, my mother, father, older sister and I will pop in whenever we feel so inclined. I'm not saying that all of these are what some would call "Family Friendly" but just specific to my family. We know these ones by heart and can come in at almost any moment and tell which one it is. If you like them, awesome. If not, you aren't part of my family, so who cares?
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1.
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
During the French Revolution, a mysterious English nobleman known only as The Scarlet Pimpernel (a humble wayside flower)... (142 mins.)
Director: Clive Donner
“ This is the movie that started it all. This was the first film that I noticed that all of us enjoyed to watch. (Well, more specifically, my father and I, but nonetheless) I love this movie. It will probably remain my favorite movie for a long time. ” - cadeau5
 
2.
Secondhand Lions (2003)
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A coming-of-age story about a shy, young boy sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric uncles in Texas. (111 mins.)
Director: Tim McCanlies
“ "Hey should we watch 'Used Lions?'" This is my dad's fun way of suggesting that we watch this movie. I swear I know every line by now. ” - cadeau5
 
3.
Down Periscope (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Lt. Cmdr. Tom Dodge is assigned as Captain to the USS Stingray, an old diesel driven submarine that has seen better days... (92 mins.)
Director: David S. Ward
“ Dad was in the Navy so naturally he likes war films. Especially if they take place on submarines. Because it's a comedy, we watch this one the most because the rest of us can actually stand it. ” - cadeau5
 
4.
Father Goose (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
During World War II, a man persuaded to live on an isolated island and spot aircraft finds himself responsible for a teacher and several students, all female. (118 mins.)
Director: Ralph Nelson
“ As I said, war movies are dad's favorite. This is another one we love to watch together. ” - cadeau5
 
5.
The Thin Man (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Former detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora investigate a murder case, mostly for the fun of it. (91 mins.)
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
“ This one is another one of my absolute favorites. "It isn't true. He didn't get anywhere near my tabloids." I'm not sure how well my sister likes this one, but I know mom and dad and I do. ” - cadeau5
 
6.
Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A spoof of Robin Hood in general and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves in particular. (104 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
“ Is it bad that I knew all the lyrics to the short songs from this movie at age seven? Hopefully not. Jackie and I love the "Men in Tights" dance bit. ” - cadeau5
 
7.
Seabiscuit (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation. (140 mins.)
Director: Gary Ross
“ Honestly, I find this movie really boring. But mom loves it. So we bear with it. Neigh. ” - cadeau5
 
8.
The Bucket List (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die. (97 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ Instant family classic. Nothing more must be said. ” - cadeau5
 
9.
Meet Joe Black (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Death, who takes the form of a young man, asks a media mogul to act as a guide to teach him about life on Earth and in the process he falls in love with his guide's daughter. (178 mins.)
Director: Martin Brest
“ We may not watch this one as much, but when we do, we all enjoy it. "I'm a peanut butter man now." ” - cadeau5
 
10.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ I believe we all like this one. We have the movie, but we don't put it in a lot because it's VHS. Luckily, it's on TV almost every weekend so we never forget it. ” - cadeau5
 
11.
Pretty Woman (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets... only to fall in love. (119 mins.)
Director: Garry Marshall
“ It was kind of funny, once I made my mom really stop and think about this movie. She'd said something about the whole "flossing your teeth" thing, and I was in a screenwriting class at the time. So I thought about it and replied "You know, I think they kind of used that as an opportunity to show us how she's different. We got to see that she didn't use drugs, that she was above that. It was a way of showing us her character without stating something in an obvious way." Mom liked that. ” - cadeau5
 
12.
Shall We Dance (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A romantic comedy where a bored, overworked Estate Lawyer, upon first sight of a beautiful instructor, signs up for ballroom dancing lessons. (106 mins.)
Director: Peter Chelsom
“ Now, this is only one my sister, mother and I watch when my father is not home. It's a very chick flicky kind of film. ” - cadeau5
 
13.
Broken Trail (2006 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A veteran cowboy and his nephew save five Chinese girls from prostitution while trekking from Oregon to Wyoming. (184 mins.)
“ Another film I feel I know by heart. You can guess who introduced this one to the family. But I've grown to really enjoy watching it. ” - cadeau5
 
14.
Meet Joe Black (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Death, who takes the form of a young man, asks a media mogul to act as a guide to teach him about life on Earth and in the process he falls in love with his guide's daughter. (178 mins.)
Director: Martin Brest
 
15.
Starman (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An alien takes the form of a young widow's husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them. (115 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
16.
Michael (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Two tabloid reporters checking out a report of the Archangel Michael living with an old woman find that it's true. But that's not the only surprise. (105 mins.)
Director: Nora Ephron
 
17.
The Pink Panther (1963)
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Inspector Clouseau travels to Rome to catch a notorious jewel thief known as "The Phantom" before he conducts his most daring heist yet--a princess' priceless diamond with one slight imperfection, known as "The Pink Panther." (115 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
 
18.
Scent of a Woman (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A prep school student needing money agrees to "babysit" a blind man, but the job is not at all what he anticipated. (156 mins.)
Director: Martin Brest
 
19.
A Knight's Tale (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
After his master dies, a peasant squire, fueled by his desire for food and glory, creates a new identity for himself as a knight. (132 mins.)
Director: Brian Helgeland
 
20.
While You Were Sleeping (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A hopeless romantic Chicago Transit Authority token collector is mistaken for the fiancée of a coma patient. (103 mins.)
Director: Jon Turteltaub
 
21.
Music and Lyrics (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A washed up singer is given a couple days to compose a chart-topping hit for an aspiring teen sensation. Though he's never written a decent lyric in his life, he sparks with an offbeat younger woman with a flair for words. (96 mins.)
Director: Marc Lawrence
 
22.
To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Three drag queens travel cross-country until their car breaks down, leaving them stranded in a small town. (109 mins.)
Director: Beeban Kidron
 
23.
The Quick and the Dead (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A female gunfighter returns to a frontier town where a dueling tournament is being held, which she enters in an effort to avenge her father's death. (107 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
 
24.
Benny & Joon (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A mentally ill young woman finds her love in an eccentric man who models himself after Buster Keaton. (98 mins.)
 
25.
Contact (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of extraterrestrial intelligence, sending plans for a mysterious machine. (150 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
26.
The Rainmaker (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An underdog lawyer takes on a fraudulent Insurance company. (135 mins.)
 
27.
The Fugitive (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Dr. Richard Kimble, unjustly accused of murdering his wife, must find the real killer while being the target of a nationwide manhunt lead by a seasoned US Marshall. (130 mins.)
Director: Andrew Davis
 
28.
Dave (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
To avoid a potentially explosive scandal when the U.S. President goes into a coma, an affable temp agency owner with an uncanny resemblance is put in his place. (110 mins.)
Director: Ivan Reitman
 
29.
The Jackal (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An imprisoned IRA fighter is freed to help stop a brutal, seemingly "faceless" assassin from completing his next job. (124 mins.)
 
30.
Demolition Man (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A police officer is brought out of suspended animation in prison to pursue an old ultra-violent nemesis who is loose in a non-violent future society. (115 mins.)
Director: Marco Brambilla
 
31.
The Natural (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An unknown comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent. (138 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
 
32.
Galaxy Quest (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. (102 mins.)
Director: Dean Parisot
 
33.
Sneakers (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A security pro finds his past coming back to haunt him, when he and his unique team are tasked with retrieving a particularly important item. (126 mins.)
 
34.
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette. (100 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
35.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life. (126 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant