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Recommended Films

I like films, and at one time in my life was fairly obsessive about it. Because of this, I am often asked for movie recommendations, and I usually draw a blank aside from a few obvious choices.

In this post I present the films that I would recommend to people, but I with a few notes:

  • First, it’s entirely possible that there are quite a few more films that I would recommend but I’m not remembering right now.
  • Second, there are many more films that I enjoyed, but not enough to add them to this list.
  • Finally, as new films come along that I love, I’ll come back to this with edits.

Cute, simple fun

First — let’s start with a selection of cute, simple films that were rewatchably fun. I realize there are people who might roll their eyes at me for loving these films, but love them I do, and I rewatch them often:

  • 50 First Dates
  • America’s Sweethearts
  • Blast From the Past
  • Clueless
  • Legally Blonde
  • Notting Hill
  • You’ve Got Mail


The real list

Here’s the list, presented alphabetically, of films that I think are excellent for one reason or another. I considered sorting these by genre, but there are too many that are too difficult to sort. I will forever be editing this list…

  • About a Boy
  • Amelie
  • American Beauty
  • Bunraku
  • Cast Away
  • Chicago
  • Constantine
  • Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (can we call this a film?)
  • The Fall
  • Fight Club
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Galaxy Quest
  • Groundhog Day
  • Joe vs. the Volcano
  • Kill Bill 1 & 2
  • Love, Actually
  • Lucky Number Slevin
  • Magnolia
  • Matrix (only the first one!)
  • Men In Black trilogy
  • Pleasantville
  • Princess Bride
  • Pup Fiction
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • Shawshank Redemption
  • Signs
  • The Sixth Sense
  • So I Married an Axe Murderer
  • Spirited Away
  • Stranger Than Fiction
  • There’s Something About Mary
  • The Truman Show
  • Unbreakable
  • Usual Suspects