Comfort Movies

I just found this list in my drafts and I’m lazy and it’s Friday so here, take it.

1. Godfather Parts I and II. I think I read a blog on here whose author said she had never seen The Godfather and was never going to see it. She said it was too violent. Wha???? Well yes it’s violent but it’s good old fashioned mob violence. Who doesn’t want Vito and Sonny and the gang to win? How can you not appreciate the idea of New York City back in the bad old days, before Bloomberg was monitoring how much soda you drink?Β  Sure I have to close my eyes when Sonny is biting Carlos’ hand trying to get him to release his grip on the railing but screw Carlos, he just beat the shit out of Connie! God, don’t piss off Sonny! My parents loved the end of The Godfather when everyone is getting killed interspersed with shots of the baptism of Connie’s baby. Take that Moe Green! And there’s something for you Philip Tataglia!

The Corleone boys before the shit hit the fan.

Sometimes USA Network combines The Godfather and The Godfather II into chronological order and when that’s on, I’m done for the next six hours. And I own the DVDs.

2. Parent Trap The Original with Hayley Mills (also love That Darn Cat with Hayley Mills.) These are definite comfort movies for me. Simpler times, lovely rich people with servants, I love the early 60s clothes and furnishings. In That Darn Cat, Hayley lives in a small town and is out and about investigating the lost cat andΒ  the found watch and the kidnapping. Very exciting. I wrote about this movie in a journal way back when. I longed to go to camp for the summer but then when I actually went away for a week before 3rd grade, I cried all week. Loser.

Who doesn’t love darling dresses and big underpants?

3. Philadelphia Story. Again lovely rich people, beautiful clothes and home. Charming men who wear hats and drink cocktails. The scene where Mike (Jimmy Stewart) shows up at C.K. Dexter Haven’s (Cary Grant) house drunk and they chat is one of the best drunk scenes ever. Jimmy Stewart is genius.

4. The Sound of Music. This movie is a given for chicks. I have also been to the Von Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont. And they had a beautiful home in the Austrian countryside and servants. Are we seeing a theme here? And my favorite song is “I Have Confidence”.

5. Fletch. Fletch is a beauty. Fletch is full of some of the best movie quotes ever. Chevy Chase is at his best in Fletch, before he became so bitterly crazy. The joy of Fletch is just finding it on, not popping in the dvd but a happy accident. Ack! Fletch is on! Nothing of a sexual nature, I assure you.

“Using the whole fist, doc?”
“Moon RIVER!”
“Two B’s, not right next to each other, I thought that’s you meant.”

6. Gone with the Wind. Love this movie and I’ve seen it on the big screen twice, the last time with my mom. I’m glad we got to do that together since we both adore the movie and have seen it countless times. More wealth and pretty clothes and servants. I used to get hysterical at the end when Melanie dies (if you don’t know that by now, that’s not my problem).Β  And because I was raised in such an emotionally-open atmosphere, my dad would come down the hall and snap at me “If you can’t handle watching the movie, turn it off and go to bed.” Ahhhh, warm and fuzzy.

7. You’ve Got Mail. Lovely New York’s Upper West Side, which I love in real life. I also love the apartments in this movie. Sure Tom Hanks (F-O-X) is wealthy so of course he has a beautiful place but Meg Ryan has the little bookstore and her apartment is beautiful, with a big full size bedroom and a fairly realistic kitchen, huge windows….ahh to be single and not rich in NYC in the movies.

Seriously? LOOK at that apartment!

8. Rear Window or To Catch a Thief – I love Hitchcock movies except for Psycho and The Birds. The sets are so intriguing. Rear Window is claustrophobic. I first saw this on the big screen and even then the crowded dark apartment and the view of the other buildings felt tight and threatening. The beauty of Monte Carlo in To Catch a Thief is captivating. And as you may have guessed I have a thing for Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly. She was so beautiful and kind of a slut so that’s cool.

Far more realistic NY apartment and a gorgeous dress on gorgeous Grace Kelly

9. To Kill a Mockingbird — I didn’t read this book until I was in my 20s. I have no idea why not. I was never assigned it in high school or college. TKAM is arguably the great American novel. The movie is perfect. Watch it, if you haven’t. Watch it again, if you have.

10. Tombstone — I’m coming and hell’s comin’ with me! There are times in my life that I should have had that as my rallying cry. There are still times I should have that as my rallying cry. And Val Kilmer before he went all Marlon Brando (at the end Marlon Brando, not in On the Waterfront)…. Hottay! Val Kilmer is the only man I know who could make TB look good. I. Am. Your. Huckleberry.

The reason I never tire of the movie Tombstone

Honorable Mentions:

It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, Vacation, Caddyshack, L.A. Confidential, The Odd Couple, The Grass is Greener, Saving Private Ryan, The Longest Day, Something’s Gotta Give, Baby Boom, On Golden Pond

I adore movies, any that I have missed?

68 replies to “Comfort Movies

  1. There’s something about You’ve Got Mail that just makes it one of those ultimate chick-flicks. If I’m sick at home, it’s one of those movies that I have to watch. It just has that joyful spark that’s completely unquantifiable.

    Also, I love Sound of Music. When N and I were in Austria, I definitely started spinning around on the side of a mountain. He gave me a lot of very deserved crap for that, but it was fun.

    1. You can’t NOT watch You’ve Got Mail, I don’t care where it is when I find it, I watch it. And I own that dvd.
      There is a Sound of Music tour in Salzburg. I need to do that someday. I am jealous you spun around on an Alp. I would totally do that and find some children to sing Do a Deer with me.

      1. There are about twelve Sound of Music tours in Salzburg. But it’s a cool town on its own, to be honest. There’s a beautiful fortress and some ancient catacombs, and we saw loads of really excellent cars. The trick is to look up where the Sound of Music tours go, and then go on your own, since Salzburg has this card thing that lets you get in places for less, and then you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for a tour.

  2. Maggie, excellent choices — love them all, except Sound of Music. I have never seen the entire movie and I must be the only person in the world that doesn’t like it — that whole bursting into song thing, but I do like Julie Andrews and I’ve been the the Von Trapp lodge. Some others I love: Devil’s Advocate, The Departed, Gone Baby Gone, Uncle Buck — classic, Baby Mama, Casino, Goodfellas, Terms of Endearment…there’s just so many. LOVED Rear Window and Gone with the Wind, well…you know.
    Great post and I love good movies.

    Oh and ARGO — it’s GREAT.

    1. Ack! B! I remember as a kid The Sound of Music was only on at Thanksgiving and I was glued to the TV for 4 hours πŸ™‚ Gone Baby Gone is an amazing movie, I haven’t seen Argo but Ben Affleck is a talented man. I couldn’t watch Gone Baby Gone again but I loved it. And I forgot Goodfellas! Another movie I have to watch if it’s on. Terms of Endearment…yah. When my mom was sick my sister would talk about “going Shirley MacLaine on their ass” when dealing with doctors πŸ™‚ I’m a huge movie lover. Of course we are πŸ™‚

    2. Yeaaaa Brigitte. I have never sat through the Sound of Music. My husband and kids LOVE that movie and watch it alot. I have never seen It’s A Wonderful Life either…just cannot do it. I do love Shop Around The Corner though

  3. Nice choices, Maggie! I preferred Godfather the book to the movies. Gone With The Wind, all time favorite in any form. Not crazy about You’ve Got Mail – the only thing I like about it is that it chronicles nicely the neighborhood my daughter grew up in, otherwise…not so much. Rear WIndow and To Catch A Thief are favorites in our household, as is To Kill A Mockingbird. I actually liked both versions of Parent Trap. Love Maureen O’Hara in the original and thought Natasha Richardson was wonderful in the remake. We’re fans of musicals and old movies, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, An American In Paris, Funny Face, all in our musical lexicon. Sound of Music is wonderful and we love My Fair Lady. Looks like we’ll be having lots of rain this weekend…maybe time to trot one, or more, of these babies out! xoxoM

    1. We have a rainy weekend, too and I am already plotting my cheesy casserole dinner and movie! Singing in the Rain is another great one. I actually did like the remake of the Parent Trap, love Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson and can still enjoy it while shaking my head at the Lindsay Lohan trainwreck. You know what other movie I love? Postcards from the Edge! Fab!

  4. I love that the Godfather is a comfort movie for you. My comfort movies are Auntie Mame (the original with Rosalind Russell), Young Frankenstein, All About Eve, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Beverly Hills Cop, and a silly movie that I just love, Murder by Death.

    1. Murder by Death. Duh. LOVE. I remember seeing that with my mom when it first came out. LOVE. Beverly Hills Cop, another one. I had a videotape of Beverly Hills Cop and Fletch together. To this day when Beverly Hills Cop ends, I expect to hear the them from Fletch πŸ™‚

  5. Something’s Gotta Give…LOVE IT. You’ve got Mail – or a Male stalker…interweb fun in real life ain’t so cute…Godfather is comforting. I used to keep a pic of the Sopranos on my cubicle at work, then I could pretend I could call my Uncle Tony to go break their legs if anyone pissed me off. Great list!!! When Harry Met Sally is a good one too…but I’m bitter now…so I’m goin with the Godfather!

  6. Good list Maggie. As you know I have seen thousands of films and although there are many I consider terrific on many levels, the ones I can watch time and time again are all over the map including Grand Illusion, Manhattan (which actually references GI — go figure), Bound (my guilty Sapphic pleasure courtesy of the Wachowskis before they became brother and sister), What’s Up Doc? and back to Woody Allen, Take the Money and Run. My pleasures seem to be set primarily in New York. Go figure. I am also a fan of Sir Alfred and I, too, enjoy Rear Window immensely. I have a very similar view outside the window of my cramped New York apartment. Another Hitchcock film starring your throb, Cary Grant, that I think is a lot of fun is North by Northwest. If you ever have a chance to see the zany stage version of The 39 Steps, do not miss it. When Milton and I saw it on Broadway five or six years ago, we were so convulsed with laughter he almost suffered a seizure. It’s a lot of fun if you’re a Hitchcock fan.

    1. I just looked online for 39 steps but it has closed 😦 I have seen that movie. I don’t think I’ve seen N by NW. I love Vertigo, not having it but you know…Jimmy Stewart, Kim Novak, hi how beautiful are you? Have you seen Charade? Great fun movie with Cary Grant (Lady Boner) and Audrey Hepburn.

        1. Love me some Mancini. I’m not a big fan of remakes although True Grit was better than the original. 3:10 to Yuma was really good but I don’t think I ever saw the original.

  7. Great list. I love love love Baby Boom and Something’s Gotta Give. Those are both on my shelf for rainy day viewing. What about that house in Something’s Gotta Give? – like it’s almost a character in the movie it’s so perfect. Sometimes I watch it just for the house! haha! I adore Diane Keaton. She can do no wrong in my book.

    1. I want to add some of my comfort movies… About a Boy, Both Bridgett Jones movies, Baby Boom, In America (about an Irish family – watch it!) Good Will Hunting, Notting Hill, When Harry Met Sally – I love Meg Ryan and her sassy little haircuts, they soothe my soul. She’s a total cozy, oatmeal girl, ya know what I mean?

        1. You MUST see “In America.” It won’t make you sad. It’s in my top 5. I’m telling you, Mags, you’ll LOVE it. It has a great ending. It’s magical and the acting is AMAZING! (It’s a little sad in the middle, but not too much – it’s told through a child’s eyes.)

  8. What will this day be like… I wonder? What will my future be…. i wonder? It could be so exciting to be out in the world, to be free! My heart should be wildly rejoicing. O what’s the matter with me?

  9. Love this post and your list. What’s better than comfort movies? Nothing.

    We are a family of movie junkies and even though our children are long ago grown and gone, when we are all together we love gathering around and watching our favorites. The kids would vote their number one as Parent Trap (the original).

    I’ll see your list and raise you mine:
    1. Dinner at Eight (I could watch this in a continuous loop!)
    2. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
    3. Miracle on 34th Street (the original)
    4. Mildred Pierce
    5. Sleepless in Seattle (more than You’ve got Mail)
    6. The Holiday (with Cameron Diaz) not a great movie really, but one I love anyway.
    7. There’s Something About Mary
    8. Parenthood (the 1989 movie with Steve Martin)
    9. Mr. Mom
    10. A Place in the Sun***
    11. National Velvet
    12. The Heiress*** With Montgomery Clift
    and for psychological thrillers
    1. Crash
    2. Match Point
    3. Gaslight
    Bette Davis is my all-time favorite star in
    1. Now, Voyager

    1. That’s a really good list. I have to see Gaslight. Love LOVE Parenthood. I gotta a thing with Cameron Diaz except for My Best Friend’s Wedding (Love the shoes, love the purse, Love it all!), she and Darryl Hannah bug me. Mr. Mom!!!

    1. Shawshank Redemption is in my top 5, too. I didn’t put it down but it’s one that I can watch over and over again. Something about Morgan Freeman’s narration…. This movie is deep and soulful.

  10. Love Gone With The Wind. I also thought Godfather wasn’t my thing until my brother convinced me. I think they are fantastic “never mess with the family.” I would put A Few Good Men on my list and The Night We Never Met

  11. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Fletch! Holy crap I forgot that movie. Thanks for the reminder! I have tons of favorite movies…but I’m a sucker for any holiday movie…too many to name. πŸ™‚

    I love “That Thing You Do”…I used to have it on VHS but have yet to get it on DVD. My other fav CLASSIC is “Night of the Comet”.

  12. There’s a little comfort movie I really love – ‘Lars and the Real Girl’ – just sweet. I like your choices too, especially Rear Window, those clothes of Grace Kelly are to die for!

  13. That’s a pretty awesome list! Comfort movies for me fall into two categories: 1) historical dramas such as Little Women (the awesome 90’s version with Winona Ryder) or anything Jane Austen (feature film, BBC, Masterpiece theater, any and all versions are usually good or 2) classic musicals such as Singin’ in the Rain or anything Fred Astaire. For the most part I’m glad I don’t get cable because TV kind of sucks but I do wish I got Turner Classic Movies. That’s how I got into film, being sick in high school and keeping the tv on TCM and watching 4 or 5 classic films in a row.

          1. “It’s got a luggage rack”…”I wonder if these guys know the Commodores”…”The moose says you’re closed, I say you’re open!”

            Damn, don’t get me started, girl!!!

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