Thanks to the Father-in-Law for pitch hitting here… and thanks to IMDB for their film pics.

Here I am again dear reader.  Joanna seems a bit busy these days so she may not mind if I take up some of her cyber space for a while.  Today I’d like to take you for a stroll down movie memory lane.  Before ten million dollar special effects became the norm, it was the acting that carried the load in movies.  Most of the films I’m going to suggest are probably older than most of you that are reading this, so you may have missed them.

I’m assuming Netflix or your local library would have many of them.  Movies, like songs, tend to bring back pleasant memories of high school dates or weekends with friends.  I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve shed a tear or two at the movies.  Fourteen dollar tubs of popcorn and nine dollar sodas just do that to me.  So, in no particular order or category, here is my list of must see films:

Love Story

Love Story –  (1970) This is the ultimate chick flick starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neil.  “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”  Have several handkerchiefs handy.

The Graduate

The Graduate – (1967)  Hello Mrs. Robinson!  Anne Bancroft (the original cougar) and Dustin Hoffman create an awkward love triangle. The Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack is icing on this brilliant coming of age cake.

Midnight Cowboy

Midnight Cowboy –  (1969)  Another Dustin Hoffman hit.  This time he teams up with Jon Voight (you know, Angelina’s dad).  Their characters are compelling!

Midnight Express

Midnight Express – (1978)  OK, one midnight movie brings to mind this somewhat newer one.  It’s an early Oliver Stone film depicting the grim fate of a young man caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey.  You’ve wondered what life would be like in a Turkish prison, haven’t you?  Not for the faint of heart, this one.

Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead – (1968) – This indy black and white thriller was panned for being too violent and gory.  Zombies weren’t as popular back then.  You’ve wondered what a meal of intestines would look like haven’t you?  (A shout out to Ann from “Cooking Dangerously” here.)  Don’t miss one of the best endings in movie history!  Made with a budget of just over $100,000, it grossed over thirty million.  I helped that along by seeing it four times.  (Hey, I wanted all of my girlfriends to see it!)  I haven’t seen the new remake, I’m sticking with the original.

Animal House

Animal House –  (1978)  I know, you’ve seen this one many times but we have to include it on any list of movies to watch.  John Belushi’s “College” sweatshirt is as famous as the film!

Cool Hand Luke

Cool Hand Luke – (1967)  Strother Martin’s famous line of “what we have here is a failure to communicate” puts Paul Newman in a world of hurt in this southern prison farm movie.  Life on a chain gang at its finest.

In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood – (1967)  Based on a true story, the movie starred Robert Blake back when he only pretended to kill people.  This Truman Capote film tells the story of two drifters who hold a rural family hostage after a botched robbery attempt and try to decide what to do with them.

So this is my short list.  It looks like the gory and action flicks may have outnumbered the love stories but I feel each of them is worthy of your time.  As the late Roger Ebert used to say, “See you at the movies”!

– Father-in-Law

Question of the Day:  What’s Your Favorite Movie?  Have you seen any of these movies?  Which of these movies are you most likely to watch?


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  1. Great post! I’ve seen The Graduate, but not many of the others. Who knew that Night of the Living Dead was a foodie movie? (Thanks for the shout out!). Two other good classics I can think of are Sabrina (romantic) and 12 Angry Men (drama) but they’re older. I might just have to lock myself away and watch your suggestions for a weekend. Or two.

    • Hi Ann, In “Night of the Living Dead”, an auto accident which traps the occupants in the car (which catches fire), makes a delicious hot meal for the zombies. Watching them scoop big handfuls of guts and eat them is pure cinema delight. I know you’ll love it!

  2. Surprisingly there are a couple on here I’ve never seen….
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  3. Also, I’m a big fan of An Affair to Remember.
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    • I’ve heard of it but had to Google it to see who the stars were. Is this the one where Cary Grant is an intestine eating zombie?

  4. I have only seen part of The Graduate, and that’s it! I used to like watching some of the old movies (especially musicals) on TCM or AMC. I hardly ever make it to the movie theater (once or twice a year) so I rely on whatever movies my husband decides to put on the Netflix queue. Sometimes I’ll make requests, but in general I am good without seeing many of them. 🙂 It’s hard to find time to sit for a couple hours and watch a movie. I’d rather read a book.
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    • Hi Aly, I know that it’s hard to find time for movies but hopefully you’ll give some of these a try.