27 movies I would bring to an island ...

When you ask a cineast for his choice of favorite movies, you will always hear something like 2001 - A Space Odyssey, The English Patient or maybe something from Woody Allen. All good stuff ... but I am sure that if we were asked to name a couple of movies we were allowed to bring to an island (or on a long trip into outer space), we would pick our personal favorites. Those are the movies you can see over and over again. The main characters become part of your family. You can quote most of the scenes etc.. Chances are, the critics did not like those movies and they hardly won any awards. Here is my own personal choice ... and my awards go to:
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1.
The Birdcage (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée's right-wing moralistic parents. (117 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ The cast (Williams, Lane, Hackman, Wiest) is great, the timing of the jokes is perfect and Nathan Lane has never been better. When I am down, this will cheer me up. ” - md119
 
2.
Die Hard (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles. (131 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ This is my ultimate Christmas movie. It has become a tradition of mine to watch it at least once a year, normally before Christmas. It's still as cool and gripping as it was upon its release in 1988. And we have to thank this film for giving us Alan Rickman. Welcome to the party, pal! ” - md119
 
3.
The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock's ancestor. (107 mins.)
“ Having been a fan of the Tintin comics since my childhood, it was hard to accept the freedom Jackson / Spielberg took with the story. But the film looks so amazing that you quickly forget about it. ” - md119
 
4.
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
“ The ultimate feel good movie. Whenever The Shawshank Redemption is on TV, I am glued to the screen. I have the DVD in my collection, I have seen it a hundred times ... but once the story of Andy Dufresne is on, I sit and listen. ” - md119
 
5.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
When Dr. Henry Jones Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Indiana Jones must follow in his father's footsteps and stop the Nazis. (127 mins.)
“ The first Indiana Jones movie i ever saw at the movies. It has Sean Connery and River Phoenix. I just love it. ” - md119
 
6.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world's most unusual candy maker. (115 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ Tim Burton, Johnny Depp and weird story ... this formula always works. But of all the cooperations, this is my favorite one. It is weird, wicked and entertaining. Can I download the Oompa Loompa songs on iTunes? ” - md119
 
7.
North by Northwest (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. (136 mins.)
“ Going back in history ...There has to be at least one Hitchcock movie in my collection. If I had to pick one, it would be this roller-coaster ride with Cary Grant at his best. ” - md119
 
8.
Roman Holiday (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome. (118 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in Rome. This movie is just sweet and funny and sad. It has all the elements of a classic feel good movie. My favorite choice for a lazy, rainy Sunday afternoon. ” - md119
 
9.
Goldfinger (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve. (110 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
“ I have to bring a Hitchcock ... and there has to be a Bond. Casino Royale was very cool and I grew up with the later Moore-Bonds. But this is probably the ultimate one. Sean Connery and Gerd Fröbe. Do you expect me to talk? No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die. ” - md119
 
10.
The Odd Couple (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Two friends try sharing an apartment, but their ideas of housekeeping and lifestyles are as different as night and day. (105 mins.)
Director: Gene Saks
“ No, Billy Wilder did not direct it. The ultimate Lemmon / Matthau flic. They had such a good chemistry ... ” - md119
 
11.
Sin City (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption. (124 mins.)
“ How did this one get on the list? Well, it's different, it is entertaining, it has a unique look and what a cast ... Rourke, Hauer, Willis, Wood, Del Toro, ... ” - md119
 
12.
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A housewife who is unhappy with her life befriends an old lady in a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know. (130 mins.)
Director: Jon Avnet
“ The little sister of the Shawshank Redemption ... or the female version of the Friendship Epic. Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy are wonderful. ” - md119
 
13.
Stand by Me (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy. (89 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ One of those quiet masterpieces. And why is it that the best Stephen King-Adaptions are not Horror movies ... add: Dolores Claiborne. The ending is even more sad today as we know that River Phoenix died age 23. ” - md119
 
14.
Harold and Maude (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral. (91 mins.)
Director: Hal Ashby
“ 40 years on, this is still strange and anarchistic ... and embraces life. Ruth Gordon is adorable and I like the music by Cat Stevens. ” - md119
 
15.
Love Actually (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England. (135 mins.)
Director: Richard Curtis
“ The no.1 challenger to replace Die Hard as my favorite Christmas movie. The mix of drama and comedy is so well balanced that you forget that it is rather cheesy at times. Bill Nighy and Alan Rickman are my favorite characters. ” - md119
 
16.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader. (121 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ No need to comment this one. ” - md119
 
17.
Best in Show (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A colorful array of characters compete at a national dog show. (90 mins.)
“ My favorite mockumentary ... and probably an inspiration for Modern Family. Hilarious! ” - md119
 
18.
The Party (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A clerical mistake results in a bumbling Indian film star being invited to an exclusive Hollywood party instead of being fired. (99 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
“ This is not Peter Sellers best movie but they showed it on New Year's Eve since my childhood. Once in a while, I like to see it. ” - md119
 
19.
Charade (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Romance and suspense ensue in Paris as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Who can she trust? (113 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
“ Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Walter Matthau, Paris. Four strong reasons to bring it along. ” - md119
 
20.
Oscar (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Neurotic businessman must find the right man for his pregnant daughter. In fact, it is little bit complicated. (85 mins.)
“ Non! Oui! Awww! Thank God for subtitles but Louis De Funes sounds so much funnier in French. ” - md119
 
21.
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad. (175 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ Let's hope that I am going to have a large flat screen TV on that island or spaceship. Because Sergio Leone made this classic Italo western for the big screen. And there has never been are more artistic film composer than Ennio Morricone. ” - md119
 
22.
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot. (108 mins.)
“ British meets American humor. Still as good now as it was in 1988. Just how could the Academy see Kevin Kline as supporting actor. He is in almost every scene. ” - md119
 
23.
Groundhog Day (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again. (101 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
“ Thanks to this movie, I even went to Punxatawney, PA. Nothing much to see there but when Bill Murray relives the worst day of his life again and again, it's a riot. Too bad they have to turn him into a nice guy in the end (just like in Scrooged). Bill Murray is much more interesting as a cynical, grumpy grouch. ” - md119
 
24.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. (100 mins.)
Director: Jim Sharman
“ There has to be a sing-along movie as well. And this is my choice. ” - md119
 
25.
Theatre of Blood (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A Shakespearean actor takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition. (104 mins.)
Director: Douglas Hickox
“ Younger people would know Vincent Price best for his supporting role in Edward Scissorhands or as the narrator in Michael Jackson's thriller. But he was once a great horror actor and in his later years would make some black humor comedy / horror movies like this one. It looks outdated but is still a lot of fun to watch. ” - md119
 
26.
Murder at the Gallop (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When a wealthy old man appears to have been "frightened to death" by a cat, Miss Marple suspects one of his four relatives, all heirs to his estate, of his murder. (81 mins.)
Director: George Pollock
“ The four Miss Marple films with Margret Rutherford are a must have. If have have to pick one, it has to be Murder at the Gallop. It has all the elements that made these movies so pleasant to watch. ” - md119
 
27.
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A smart but sensible new graduate lands a job as an assistant to Miranda Priestly, the demanding editor-in-chief of a high fashion magazine. (109 mins.)
Director: David Frankel
“ It's all about Meryl Streep, isn't it? Although Stanley Tucci's is also brilliant. ” - md119