Top Ten Tuesday: Movie Madness

Recently Sluiter Nation joined the rest of the world in the 21st century and subscribed to NetFlix.  The service is available through our Wii, and so we decided it was just too easy not to get it.  No mailing things or dropping anything off.  Just a click of the wii-mote and we have TV series and movies and documentaries right there in our living room.

Friday and/or Saturday nights are now popular popcorn and movie nights at our house.  I can’t say we’ve chosen the best things (Cort is a little famous for watching boring documentaries or stupid obscure movies just because an actor he likes is in it.  Never mind the two stars it received.), but we have watched some new things.

But this post isn’t really about new things.  It’s more about old favorites.  The movies that are on my TOP TEN list of favorites.  Movies that if I catch them on TV?  It’s all over.  I will watch them until they are done–even if that is 2:00am on a random Wednesday night.

10. When Harry Met Sally

I am not usually a big “chick flick” fan, but this movie is funny and sweet and did I mention funny?  I love Meg Ryan.

9. The Breakfast Club-

Shut up.  John Hughes is a genius.  I could really just list his movies here and be done, but this is by FAR my favorite of all of them.

8. Apollo 13 –

I can’t NOT watch this movie when it’s on.  For some reason I am totally addicted to it.  I like the Grandma the best.  You know, the lady who plays Tom Hank’s mom.  “Are you afraid?  Don’t be.  My Jimmy could land a washing machine on the moon if it could fly.”  Love it.

7. The Godfather movies (1 & 2 specifically)-

I could watch mafia movies all day and all night, but these are my favorite.  The first one is clearly a classic (“Leave the gun, take the cannoli.” and “Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Wednesday…”) but I LOVE the flashbacks of the second one…the way we get the story of Don Corleone and of course how different Michael is now that he is the Don (“I don’t feel like I have to wipe out everybody, Tom.  Just my enemies.”) .

6. The Big Lebowski –

This movie comes in second as the movie I could watch on repeat for the rest of my life.  I love it that much.  Pretty much anything in life can be responded to with a quote from The Dude, however most are not for my mom’s eyes, so I can’t quote them here.

5. Anchorman –

This movie is hilarious.  Totally dumb, but hilarious.  Again, the quotes from this one are endless, but probably not appropriate for my mother…or Cort’s grandmother…to read.  When I am sad or down or just feeling blah, The Legend of Ron Burgundy will make me smile.

4. Pulp Fiction-

Of all the Tarantino flicks, this one is by far my favorite.  I first saw it when it came out on video when I was in high school. Everything about it was interesting to me.  The non-linear structure, the various stories all going on at once, the swearing.  Oh the swearing.  I felt like this movie made me realize that there was more out there than just Disney and Tom Hanks.

3. Dazed and Confused-

The last summer that I lived at home when I was in college, I watched this movie EVERY DAY.  My parents didn’t have cable and the TV reception in my bedroom was terrible, so every day that I got home from work, I would collapse into bed and watch the coolest version of the 1970’s that I knew.

2. Forrest Gump-

Do I really need to say why this is awesome?  I mean, does anyone (other than Cort) pass this up when it’s on TV?  No, I didn’t think so.

1. The Back to The Future Trilogy-

Choosing one is impossible.  They are one fantastic adventure.  I don’t know how else to prove to you my love of all things B to the F other than with this short story:

My parents took my brothers, Cort, and me to Detroit to see a Tigers ball game.  My dad rented a van so we could all ride together for the 3 hour ride there and back.  As we were pulling out of the driveway, Cort notices the van has a DVD player.  He immediately regretted pointing out that fact.

My brothers and I yelled, “B to the F!” (Why yes, we are all adults.  Why do you ask?)

We watched Part I and half of Part II on our way to the game and the end of Part II and all of Part III on our way home.  Reciting every. single. line. verbatim.

My dad chuckled.  My mom read her book.  Cort died a little.

So what are YOUR favorite movies of all time?  What could you loaf out on the couch and watch hours and hours of?

**Please note that due to the demands on my time with work and my leadership involvement at The Red Dress Club, after next week, my Top Ten Tuesday meme will put on hiatus until summer–when I get my life back a better handle on my schedule.**

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About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Love Love Love “When Harry Met Sally”. That would be on my list, along with “American President”, “Princess Diaries” (don’t judge!), “Pollyanna” and “Titanic”. I’m a freak, I know. I need to look into that Netflix thing through the Wii.

  2. We just recently watched the Back to the Future trilogy with our daughter (it was her first time). I have to say that the third one is my favorite.

  3. Katie… I can’t help but notice, that despite the frequent convergence of our top ten lists… there’s a glaring omission in yours.

    I worry for you that it’s not there.

  4. Good list! I tried not to read yours before I did mine so I wouldn’t take ideas. Otherwise, I would have totally said Dazed & Confused. I loved that movie! I remember watching it every day in High School. “that’s what I love about those high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age”.

    Totally agree with Breakfast Club and Anchorman. Great movies. I actually hated Anchorman when I first saw it, but then it grew on me…definitely one of those movies that gets better after repeat showings. Like Napoleon Dynamite – another that missed my list.

  5. Ah, that is a great list! The thing I love about these lists is how different they are for everyone – that’s what makes movies so great 🙂
    I wish I had a list to put up today – but I don’t – I’ll work on one for sure!
    Top Tens are my nemeses; I’m too indecisive

  6. I’m shamed to say that some of these classics I have not seen from front to back! Don’t disown me!

  7. I’m not a chick flick girl either but Step Mom ranks at the top of my list. Also Knocked Up, Shawshank Redemption, and a whole lot more that my brain cannot find at the moment.

  8. I actually had to cancel netflix because I just never got time to watch the stuff I wanted to watch (mainly t.v. series 🙂 However. Pretty Woman and Goonies will always be at the top of my list.

  9. We could totally hang and watch movies together. Except I might like too many chick flicks. But Dazed and Confused? Pretty much my high school existence. 🙂

  10. I am embarrassed by how many of those movies I haven’t seen – I obviously need to up my game!

  11. For me to really love a movie, means I buy it.

    I bought Forrest Gump.


  12. Love the selection but it’s missing one epic movie.. Pretty Woman.

  13. 10. Road House – Patrick Swayze & Sam Elliott beating people up & Ben Gazzara in one of the best heel roles ever.

    9. Point Break – Kate Bigelow should have won the Oscar for this not The Hurt Locker. Keanu & Pat Swayze surfing & there’s ex President mask wearing bank robbers. So many good quotes. So much great action.

    8. The John Hughes trifecta of Sixteen Candles (A Micheal Hall is brilliant), Breakfast Club (Judd Nelson rules in this) Weird Science (more A Mike Hall)

    7. Goodfellas – Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci are terrific. Better than Casino.

    6. Pulp Fiction – too many great lines, too many great performances for one flick. The way the movie is made is amazing.

    5. Bullitt – Steve Mcqueen, a Ford Mustang fastback, and gunplay. Perfect.

    4. Blade Runner – best science fiction movie ever, suck it Star Wars people. This movie was waaaaay ahead of its time. The 1992 directors cut is art.

    3. The Terminator – almost flawless action movie

    2. Casablanca – you chick flick people are clueless about what a romantic movie is – this is what romance is. Humpherey Bogart dominates this.

    1. Citizen Kane – it’s like reading the best book, listening to the best album, and viewing the finest painting all at the same time. Orson Welles genius over 3 hours. Perfect movie from beginning to end.

  14. Love it that Back to the Future is on your list!! It is my fav as well. Did you know that #2 is set in 2015?! Where’s our hover skate boards, etc. already?!

  15. I really like the movies on your list, and thinking of my own top ten was harder then I thought!
    1.Pride and Prejudice(The BBC one with Colin Firth)
    2.Scott Pilgrim vs The World
    3.Breakfast at Tiffany’s
    4.Batman Returns
    5.Love Actually
    6.Kill Bill
    7.Alice in Wonderland(The new Tim Burton one)
    8.The Princess Bride
    9.What Dreams may Come
    10. The Labyrinth
    (My husband says my list is dorky but his list doesn’t make me take that too seriously, lol.)

  16. Dude, how could you miss the Goonies! That is my all time favorite. PS-why did you bother to list a whole top 10….you know that Back to the Future really fills all the spots your list : )

  17. hmmm off the top of my head..

    1. The Hangover
    2. Anchorman
    3. Wedding Crashers
    4. Oceans 11
    5. Steel Magnolias
    6. To Kill a Mockingbird
    7. Sound of Music
    8. Shrek
    9. Love Actually
    10. Elf

  18. There are SO many good ones! One of my all time faves is First Knight with Sean Connery and Richard Gere.
    Here are a few more-
    You’ve got mail
    City of Angels (bawl my eyes out!)
    The Holiday
    PS I love you
    The Lake House
    While you were sleeping (have to watch this every Christmas season!)

    Moms need a timeout too!

  19. I will ALWAYS watch Dazed and Confused (fun to see all the local places they filmed it) and the first 2 Godfather movies! Also The Shawshank Redemption. Every time it’s on.

  20. Awesome list!! Love every single one.

    As a side note, can you believe Natalie (Mommy of a Monster) hasn’t seen “When Harry Met Sally”?! Shocking, I know! It’s sort of sacrilegious, isn’t it?

  21. I actually did this week’s! WOOT! 🙂