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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Top 10 entertaining movies

My darlings, the fall weather is getting cooler, and it's time to cuddle up and watch movies! Just for fun, here are my top ten just-for-fun movies, those movies you watch when you just want to chill. What are yours?

Royal Tenenbaums
Annie Hall
Rosemary's Baby
When Harry Met Sally
Emma
Ghost World
Clueless
Harold & Maude
The Graduate
Bridget Jones Diary

(I also secretly like Knocked Up, which always seems to be on TV; how can you resist deep-voiced Seth Rogen?)
P.S. Mindy Kaling's funny article about romantic comedies, and more fun round-ups.

127 comments:

Rachel said...

When Harry Met Sally!!! That's one of my all time favorites. Along with "Sleepless in Seattle" and "You've Got Mail." I always end up watching them when they come on tv even though I own them... Silly, I know!

I love old movies too- I could watch "An Affair to Remember" or "Breakfast at Tiffany's" or "Sabrina" a million times and never tire of them!

Jennifer Hepler said...

I love Practical Magic!

Fancy Pants said...

Ah Love it. I also include Love Actually. I just went as Margot and Richie for Halloween with my husband. Photos here: www.cookslikeshetalks.blogspot.com

Jessie said...

Say Anything; LOVE LOVE!

I could watch John Cusak with that boombox up over his head playing Peter Gabriel a million times. My go-to flick!

Brent, Franci, and G said...

My vote is for "When Harry Met Sally" too. I would always watch it with my brother and sister when we were home from college. By the way, I have a twin sister too. :) I have almost every line memorized. Remember when she hair sprays her hair in the car before they go in the restaurant...so hilarious.

Alexa said...

"The Graduate" is my pick :)

courtney - larking. said...

You and I have such the same aesthetic. But you definitely need "Charade" on your list -- I totally adore that movie. Audrey Hepburn? Mancini soundtrack? Yes, please.

Lauren Kent said...

I always want to watch Notting Hill!

Jaime Lee said...

sweet home Alabama or The notebook for romance.
Caddyshack, Meet the parents or the hangover for a laugh.

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amy anne said...

When Harry Met Sally and Legally Blonde are my go-to movies on lazy days. I need to see Rosemary's Baby, maybe tonight when the cold front hits!

Becca said...

I love it! One of my dearest friends and I have set our life goal to be to make it through the AFI top 100 list. We get together every few months on a sunday and pick out a classic to watch. I'm going to suggest some of these! One of our favorites was "Some Like it Hot."

Becca

Laura B. said...

Excellent choices Joanna! Mine are Annie Hall, The Royal Tennenbaums, Bridget Jones, Amelie, The Science of Sleep, and Love Actually.

Trina said...

Notting Hill. Amélie. Elizabeth. Volver. You've Got Mail. Eat Drink Man Woman. Love Actually. Amadeus. Anne of Green Gables. Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Sarah said...

Shag! "We're going to Myrtle Beach to meet boys what are you doing?" The best.

Just saw Bridesmaids and nearly passed out - so good.

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Holly said...

Love all these movies. I've always thought Rosemary's Baby was the scariest movie ever, especially that last scene!

allthingssplendid said...

I love the film version of Emma!! In fact all of Jane Austen's classics are movies I can watch over & over...including Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility and Persuasion!

thistle handmade said...

My two favorites both star Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks... I love You've Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle!

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Laura said...

Legally Blonde and Romy and Michele's High School Reunion are my favorite just-for-fun movies. They're light-hearted and make it easier to relax after a stressful day.

Mills (héron + hibou) said...

Fun picks! I love the Royal Tenenbaums, really any Wes Anderson film for that matter. Rushmore is perfect for fall movie-watching, I think.

Julia said...

I just cuddled up with a friend and watched Amélie the other day... Favorite of mine!

Emily said...

Clueless, Sense and Sensibility and Kill Bill do it for me :)

Aya said...

These are so good everyone. I need to bookmark this for when I need a bit of inspiration.
I agree with many others in that I can watch (and re-watch) Love Actually and The Notebook indefinitely.

Another two: Persuasion (BBC version) and Sliding Doors. Every year or so I rewatch these.

Occupy Style said...

those are great choices! i also just adore forest gump, the original pride and prejudice, and the first hangover.

Notes from Holly St. said...

love these! Must add Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail. And An Affair to Remember always makes me feel good too.

Aly Debbas said...

Love the list! Annie Hall is my absolute fave ... And what about Hitchcock's REAR WINDOW! A must watch - thrilling and suspenseful - and truly enjoyable.

Jesse said...

all good ones! also to add: spaceballs, the godfather, hannah and her sisters, the philadelphia story, say anything, working girl. oh shoot, i have too many!

Lele said...

Love love love the Royal Tenenbaums!!! The BF and I dressed up as them for Halloween and I think we did okay!: http://lelelikey.blogspot.com/2011/10/lele-trying-to-like-halloween-weekend.html

Also, CLUELESS. The best! Great list, as always!

Bethany said...

You've got a good list there! Mine :

When Harry Met Sally
Annie Hall
Definitely Maybe
Wedding Crashers
French Kiss
Pride and Prejudice (Keira Knightley version)
500 Days of Summer
Julie and Julia
Sex and the City Movie (the first one)
The Family Stone

Diane Keaton and Meg Ryan are so good at putting me in a happy mood. :)

Jo, you should do a list of movies that are great for a good cry (if you do that sort of thing, because I do sometimes.)

Lindsay Marie said...

Love the Graduate. I can always watch You've Got Mail, anything with Bill Murray, old flicks with Audrey Hepburn or Cary Grant, Chocolat, Pride and Prejudice, Sound of Music....

Lindsay @ The Everything Project said...

Here is a totally eclectic mix of some of my favorites:

An Education
Home Alone
Serendipity
Amelie
Big Daddy
and Back to the Future!

I've always been the kind of person who would rather watch a movie I haven't seen before (even if it's not supposed to be great) than re-watch something. But I think that's changing and I'm starting to realize it's important to watch what makes me happy!

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Marissa said...

I agree, Clueless always cheers me up. Also, That Thing You Do is a go to for me!

fancyfunction said...

Lot's of great picks here! Sometimes I just want to watch a movie from my childhood so during last week's snowstorm it was Troop Beverly Hills. Next up - Teen Witch! :)

Laura J said...

Baby Boom tops them all. Diane Keaton is amazing. Of course I also love Love Actually, The Holiday and Family Stone :)

Jessica Wray said...

Great picks!

Patricia Villamil said...

nice round-up. i love bethany's picks as well. a good title to put me in the holiday mood is you've got mail

cats dreaming in keylime said...

The Breakfast Club!

Patricia Villamil said...

oh and jo you should do a holiday round-up topped by a wonderful life and lampoon's christmas, ha ha.

meet emily said...

pride and prejudice! marie antoinette!

Mandy Koster said...

Notting Hill. Definitely.

X Mandy

mia said...

There's more shame in liking Clueless than Knocked Up! At least that movie got loads of good critic and VF said it revived american comedy.

Tragic Sandwich said...

Great topic! Here are mine:

When Harry Met Sally
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Working Girl
Star Wars (the original)
The Sure Thing
Anne of Green Gables (Megan Follows, not Anne Shirley)
The Fugitive
A Few Good Men
The Godfather (the original, not II or III)
Clueless

Diana Mieczan said...

Ohh I love Bridget Jones Diary. It's one of those great movies you want to watch over and over again:) Have a great Wednesday, Joanna.

nichole (eat & be pretty) said...

oh wow I am LONG overdue for another viewing of Bridget Jone's Diary...and belting All By Myself in synchronization. that's not weird, right?

nicole said...

I watched Knocked Up just the other night - I chose it OVER Game 6 of the World Series, ha. Can't resist it when it's on TV. Other movies I love, in no particular order: Manhattan, Pride & Prejudice, Juno, Spider-Man, Shakespeare in Love! At Christmastime, I love watching Bad Santa, Love Actually and The Holiday! xo.

Erica Herold said...
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Erica Herold said...

A Beautiful Mind, and the Princess Bride for some laughs. Ooh and Notting Hill. So good.

Katie said...

"You've Got Mail" with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan just embodies coziness to me - oversize sweaters, golden retrievers, corner book shop and autumn in New York! What could be better?

a displaced floridian said...

What a great list! You are right about the weather.

Also, thank you so much for re-mentioning Mindy Kaling's article "Flick Chicks"! It's so funny you mention the girl who works in the art gallery, because the book we are reading this month is a total guilty pleasure and the heroine works in an art gallery... shocker! hahaha

Joanna Goddard said...

i've never seen baby boom! i really want to rent all these suggestions now. xo

molliee said...

love Bridget Jones and Clueless!!

xoxo
molliee

Christine said...

I love this! Joanna, your list is great and made me start thinking of my go to movies. Here's my list:

You've got mail
sleepless in Seattle
When Harry met Sally
Wimbledon
Pride and Prejudice (Keira Knightly)
Knocked up
Amelie
Dirty Dancing
Some like it hot
Pretty Woman
Notting Hill
The Holiday
It's complicated
Love Actually
The Lakehouse


I know i'm forgetting so many, but those are my faves.

Kat said...

I am a sucker for disaster movies. I love the scenes where major cities are annihilated or the hero escapes death in some ridiculous way.

I could watch the scene from 2012 when John Cusack drives a limo through a crumbling LA over and over again.

Nicole* said...

Hitch and I Love You Man!!

julie said...

'love actually' and 'the family stone'.
these naturally lend themselves to more cozy winter/holiday type days.

Kimberly said...

Oh man, When Harry Met Sally FOR SURE. I have a special place in my heart for skinny young Billy Crystal :)

My list includes:
- the totally silly 'Mama Mia'
- Pride and Prejudice (both the A&E and recent remake)
- The Kings Speech
- Love Actually

......hilariously I did not realize that Colin Firth is in every single one of these movies until I typed it out. Now I don't know whether to be embarrassed or amazed at his acting abilities....

Jenny Westerhoff said...

REALITY BITES !

erin m. said...

You've got mail for sure!

M&C said...

Hahah! I was thinking the same thing about Knocked Up -- it's always on!! But I do love it!

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Florence said...

I love The Tennenbaum and Woody Allen too. I would add Out of Sight and The Limey by Steven Soderbergh. I would not call Rosemary's Baby a movie "just for fun", it's so intense !
Though, here are some movies I have watched several times and never got tired of (and that can be quite tough) :
French Connection, The Godfather, Rear Window (any Hitchcock), Dirty Harry, All About Eve...

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Sara Szatmary said...

I love that Clueless made your list. Around the holidays I always watch little women. Total guilty pleasure.

Jordan said...

Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Clueless
The Princess Bride
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
Home Alone
Vertigo
Love Actually
Oklahoma!
French Kiss
Steel Magnolias

I love that so many of us have "Clueless" in common. :)

Beth said...

I have to admit I love Dumb & Dumber ... makes me laugh out loud every. single. time.

Abigail Smith said...

Annie Hall, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Graduate... Superb choices!! =)

natalie said...

I was just thinkin the same thing, love me some cozy movie time. (Rosemary's Baby - best scary movie EVER)

Mabel and Zora said...

Royal Tenenbaums Is one our favorites too!

alejandra said...

Joanna, I know it's children movie but I can never resist to "the princess bride". Xoxo

Paula said...

Saving Grace and Mum's the Word are in my top ten!

Beth said...

Great list! I also like:

Wonder Boys
The World According to Garp
The Station Agent
Almost Famous

JennySue said...

Pretty Woman!! Who can resist the unlikely hook up of a call girl and a rich guy?!! And it actually working out in the end?? Julia Roberts was at her best in this movie and made me love polka dot dresses!!

Aproned Animal said...

for a dose of sappy romance: Kate and Leopold...I hear Dear John is another tear jerker..I have yet to see that one though.
Love the list!

Beebs said...

the notebook, dumb and dumber, she's the man, steel magnolias, the proposal, sleepless in seattle, you've got mail, mean girls, life as a house, yours mine and ours...

too many!

Sara B. said...

It's snowing where I live and last night the mister and I snuggled up and watched HappyThankYouMorePlease and loved it!

Anonymous said...

One fine day (Clooney and Pfeiffer, so sweet), Chocolat, Amelie. For laugh and dance Mamma Mia. Eliška pro Czech Republic

Jenny said...

Royal Tennebaums for sure! Every scene is poignant or hilarious.
For a good giggle:
In Bruges
Withnail and I

Anonymous said...

I think a new favorite romantic comedy is Bridesmaids. Funny & romantic.

Molly @thewaffler said...

I've seen all of the ones you listed except Rosemary's Baby. Is it scary or just creepy??

Diana said...

A bunch of mine are on your list! When I want a comfort movie I usually go for a classic romantic comedy (like 'When Harry Met Sally') or an adaptation of a nineteenth-century novel (namely, Jane Austen novels onscreen).

mamabearuk said...

National lampoons christmas vacation and Vegas vacation!! But have remembered loads more from these comments. Knocked Up is ace

Kristen Solecki said...

I don't see anyone who has "While You Were Sleeping" it's an older Sandra Bullock movie, perfect for the holidays, so great, romantic and funny!

Daydream Believer said...

You've Got Mail, Say Anything, Clueless, Lost in Translation, Sixteen Candles, The First Wives Club, Notting Hill, Pretty Woman...the list goes on and on...

alejandra said...

What about the wedding planer, robin hood (of course the one with k. Costner), proud and prejudice, the notebook and a great surprise: English comedy named "relative values"

Hlazare said...

Love this selection! I'd add Princess Bride, Willow, and Big Fish. Each of those make me happy in different ways.

Catherine Masi said...

Thumbs up!

erica b. said...

you seriously must be my movie soul-sister. i think all of those are good lounge-around movies. BUT- i must add Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Amelie to the list!

Melissa Blake said...

SO glad that someone said Shag! That's been my all-time favorite movie for as long as I could remember. I used to watch it over and over.

Great list, Joanna!

Sweaters & Cider said...

I second Harold & Maude and The Graduate!

carly said...

Love your list! Annie Hall- favorite. And I somehow always find myself watching Knocked Up when it's on!

Rachel said...

These are some of my favorite movies to watch during cozy christmastime....Feverpitch, Family Stone, Chocolat, National Treasure, You've Got Mail, Harry Potter movies, The Holiday, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Marie Antoinette, Life Aquatic, Love Actually, OH and Midnight in Paris and Our Idiot Brother when they come out.

Anonymous said...

In our family we love watching Home for the Holidays (Holly Hunter, a manic Robert Downey, Jr. and other greats) on Thanksgiving. It is my very favorite movie. We quote bits of it throughout the year to each other.

kitten roar said...

You and I are like movie soulmates. I am in love with Royal Tenenbaums, Rosemary's Baby, Ghost World, and no one can deny the adorably hilarious Clueless! Great list!

Veronica said...

Good taste in films, Jo! Harold & Maude, Ghost World and the Royal Tenenbaums are my favourites.
An excellent documentary for autumn is 'It Might Get Loud', which features Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin, The Edge from U2 and Jack White from the White Stripes. It goes through their guitar styles, what inspires them and music they grew up on. Excellent excellent movie, even for people who don't particularly care about those bands. VERY entertaining!

Joy said...

Wonderful list!

Anonymous said...

The fun films of Jim Carrey, Johnny Depp, Denzel Washington, Adam Sandler, Vin Diesel
After all, there's more fun with something nice to look at.

goodnightstars said...

my faves:
Sabrina (the Harrison Ford version)
The Brothers Bloom
Penelope
While You Were Sleeping
The Fall
Mean Girls

wholelarderlove.com said...

I'm so blowing my Aussie bloke reputation here......Love Actually is one of my fav's in winter!

Stephanie said...

you have a great list. i love family man, the family stone, and love actually!

AND as a mom of two, who is now pushing 40, i can seriously relate to and appreciate the scene with the bouncer in "knocked up" =)

Stephanie said...

oh, and rear window, to catch a thief, and north by northwest. love hitchcock!

DEY said...

I just finished Bridesmaids...soon to be a classic I am sure.

Unfinished Impressions said...

you've just listed some of my all time favorite movies, to me When Harry Met Sally is the perfect romantic movie..i love it!

chelsea said...

I love all of these!! Strangely, I adore Judd Apatow movies (even though I am usually a prude and not a fan of 12 year old boy jokes). I LOVED Knocked Up! So, so good:)

Lucy said...

Harold and Maude is my absolute favorite! Total classic-- and I know there are people out there who love it too, but my friends and family are always horrified by it...so anyone who appreciates it's quirky adorableness gets major points in my book!

Erica said...

Royal Tenenbaums... hands down. good call!
I would add in
Factory Girl
Almost Famous
Garden State
Fight Club


Great post :)

daily costumes said...

OMG Clueless, what an awesome (and stupid) movie! My all time favourite for sure:)!

tribulate said...

WHen Harry met Sally
Almost famous
Love Actually
Crazy Stupid Love
Sex list
They are so many very good romantic movies ! Thanks the American movies for that !!

Wendy said...

Ahh... Harold and Maude - great flick! I'm also a fan of Bridget Jones and Annie Hall. Add to it The Commitments (the Barrytown Trilogy in general),Agatha Christie movies and pretty much anything by Guy Ritchie. Suddenly I'm craving popcorn. :)

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Rose said...

the Darjeeling Limited!

Andressa C. said...

love it!

Clair said...

Ooh, I have to say Sleepless in Seattle and While You Were Sleeping. Nothing like a *slightly* older rom com. I never ever get sick of those two.

adorninc said...

When Harry Met Sally is my favourite movie. And I have a not so secret crush on Seth Rogen. The deep voice is awesome. :)

Suse said...

Big Night

The Sweet Cupcaker said...

gonna watch annie hall tomorrow night with the boy for the first time ever. I'm so excited now!

Anonymous said...

Kudos to the person who loves Home for the Holidays. One of the best movies out there!!! LOVE IT!

Simon said...

How can "The Princess Bride" not be on your list? Inconceivable! :)

Anonymous said...

i love Emma and Clueless! Right now I am watching Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightly.

jamieofalltrades said...

Troop Beverly Hills, Sound of Music, Annie and Mary Poppins!

amynicole said...

Drop Dead Fred
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium
North Shore
You've Got Mail
Yes Man
A Lot Like Love
Finding Neverland
Dogtown And Z Boys
13 Going on 30

....lots to choose from! Love your list! Such classics :)

Leica said...

But why do you "secretly" like Knocked Up? Judd Apatow is brilliant.

QA Create said...

The Royal Tenenbaums and The Graduate both definitely falls into my list of top 10 favorite movies! Mrs. Robinson is basically the original cougar!

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emily said...

a great list! have you seen the tenenbaum house in hamilton heights? it's so beautiful in person.

reckless daughter said...

Wow. It seems you and I should have a movie night sometime! ha we have identical film taste where this post is concerned! I own and love every last one of those films :D

CLP said...

Such a great list. So many of my favorites!
Annie Hall is probably my all time favorite movie. Rosemary's Baby, The Royal Tennenbaums and Harold and Maude are all top contenders though!

jeremy said...

Looks like there is a movie marathon happening tonight.

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Anonymous said...

manhattan,ponette,tannerhall,angela(1995), Manhattan murder mystery,the graduate, black orpheus

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Amanda said...

I have far more than 10 movies I could watch over and over. But my top ten would probably be: The 5th Element, The Princess Bride, Jurassic Park, The Wedding Date, The Thomas Crown Affair, Pride & Prejudice, Sleeping Beauty, Ocean's 11, Quiqley Down Under, and Avatar (number 11 would be Amelie). I would also say any James Bond and Indiana Jones movie too.

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