Top Ten Classic Movies I Still Need to Watch

Posted November 15, 2016 by Carlisa in Top Ten Tuesday / 9 Comments

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Yaaaay, I’m here. I’m writing. I’m participating in the book blogging community again! Seriously the last time I posted was September something. It’s now Mid-November, so it’s time to return. It’s just been busy. I’m hoping to write a post about what I’ve been up to. But for now? Let’s talk classic movies.

Movies. They’re the best, right? I always try to discuss movies on here if I have enough to say. And sometimes . . . I have quite a lot to say. And I go to see movies fairly often. I love the movie theater and the experience of watching it on a screen taller than your house and, let’s be honest, the popcorn is pretty dang awesome too. But I also feel like I have so many movies that I need to watch.

My family was never a let’s-watch-all-the-classics family. My teenage years were filled with rom-coms. And now, at 21, I want to fill the big, gaping hole in my brain/heart where the classic movies should go. I’ve crossed some of my list in the last year or so. I’ve seen a bunch of Alfred Hitchcock. I just watched 10 Things I Hate About You earlier today. And Jurassic Park. And I feel like there were some others, but my brain is blanking. So let’s just move on, shall we?

[Sidenote: I just accidentally typed “Let’s just movie on, shall we?” And I almost left it because that’s a marvelous typo for this post.]

Today’s prompt for Top Ten Tuesday is very open-ended: Movie Freebie. And I think you know where I’m going with this, don’t you? I hope by now you do. Today I’m going to talk about 10 Classic Movies That I Still Need to Watch.


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Gone With the Wind

Gone With the Wind is one of those that I’d know I’d love . . . but that I need to read the book first. I just need to. Even though the book is 1,200+ pages long. I just need to. Need to. Need to. I’m hoping that I’ll get to it once I graduate in April and actually have time for anything.

West Side Story

I’m pretty sure I’d also love this one. Musicals are basically my jam, and a modernish-day Romeo and Juliet? Yes, please. It’ll also probably definitely make me want to reread Romeo and Juliet.

Singin’ in the Rain

Again, a musical that is cherised and loved by many, and that I’m sure I’ll cherish and love. It’s interesting with these musicals because they’ve become so iconic that I could probably recognize and sing most of the songs without actually having seen the movie.

LOTR: Return of the King

I know, I know. But listen. I’ve read the first two LOTR books. I’ve seen the Extended Edition of the Fellowship. And I’ve seen half of The Two Towers. And I’ve read the Hobbit and seen all three movies. Eep. I know. I’ve heard that The Return of the King is a favorite of many people, so I need to get to it soon probably.

Any of the Indiana Jones movies except the first one and the Shia LaBeouf one

So the Shia Labeouf Indiana Jones was my first experience with the series back in high school. And to be honest I watched it solely for Shia Labeouf. Because this was in his prime before he went crazy. But it just wasn’t good, lol. I watched the first Indiana Jones a few years ago, and I’ve seen that one twice now, but I think I need to continue on with the story!

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The Dead Poets’ Society

As an English major, I’m sure that I’d love this one too. I don’t know why I haven’t taken the time to sit down and watch it. I should do that—especially as a tribute to Robin Williams.

The BBC Pride and Prejudice

*Gasp* I know. I just grew up watching the Kiera Knightley version, and I love the Kiera Knightley version. I’m kind of weird in that I feel pretty loyal to things that I really have no reason to feel loyal to, and that movie is one of them. If I watch the BBC version, and if I like it better, I’m going to feel like I’m cheating on the movie that introduced me to Austen. But I’ll watch it. Someday.

My Neighbor Totoro (or any of the Miyazaki films)

I actually hadn’t heard of these films until I got to college. Especially because I work with the movies in my school’s library and these are frequently checked out. I’ve heard they’re all amazing, and I just need to get to them and watch them. I don’t think I’ve ever watched movies in these genres before, so maybe that’s why I’ve been a little hesitant. I don’t know. But soon!

The Princess Bride

This one is kind of cheating because I think I might have seen it when I was pretty young. Or at least parts of it. But I remember almost nothing, so I don’t really count myself as having seen it. And I need to watch it again. I also kind of want to read the book first though.

Groundhog Day

This is another one that I hadn’t really heard of until I got to college, but everyone is always shocked that I haven’t seen it. I know the basic premise of the movie, but I just need to get around to it and watch it.


Have you seen any of these movies? Any I should move up to the top of my To-Be-Watched list? What are some classic movies that you still need to watch? Let me know in the comments! And link me to your TTT!


  • Groundhog Day, Dead Poets Society, and My Neighbor Totoro are definitely favorites of mine! I haven’t seen most of the others either…whoooops. I did fall asleep during each LOTR movie, which is annoying because I think I’d like them haha.

  • “Singin’ in The Rain” is *really* cute. It’s been years since I saw it, but I do remember liking it. Also, BBC’s “Pride and Prejudice” is wonderful (it was my first intro to the story), but overall, I most adore the 2005 feature film. In my opinion (which I know many do not agree with), it’s the better version despite its shortened length. Though like everything, both have their pros and cons. 🙂

  • So many of these I have seen and loved! I also still need to watch Singing’ In The Rain and Gone With The Wind. But I have seen Dead Poets Society and it was SO GOOD – I definitely recommend it!

  • Jo Elliott

    I haven’t seen Singin In The Rain either! My flatmates were horrified 🙂
    My TTT; https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/15/top-ten-tuesday-83/

  • Jessica Mitchell

    Carli. You know I love you. We are family . But I must comment.
    Gone With the Wind. I adore the book. I read it over and over. But the movie. THE MOVIE. I say see the movie first and then read the book. I think it will help you to picture everything better. But do both for the love. Do both! Return of the King? The LOTR movies are essentially our modern-day equivalent of “the epic.” You must finish Two Towers and watch Return of the King. Singin In the Rain and West Side Story? I grew up on musicals but those two are pretty low on my list. Ask Lisa for recommendations. She is the queen. And watch The Music Man before you watch any other musical. It is PERFECTION. The BBC P&P is all we had for the longest time and it saw me through many a college breakup. It is six perfect hours to tell this wonderful story. It may appear dated to you in comparison to the Keira Knightley version but savor it for what it is. No Princess Bride? I blame Paul & Nancy! And read the book someday. It is A RIOT! Andrew couldn’t put it down. Love your posts and love you!

  • Lauren

    Singin in the Rain is amazing – I particularly like the Moses Suposes number! 🙂

  • So many amazing movies to catch up on!! Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is my favourite of all the Indiana Jones movie, Singing in the Rain is wonderful, and Return of the King absolutely is absolutely the best LOTR. You’d better get on watching these movies ASAP! 🙂

  • Yes, yes, and yes!! BBC’s Pride and Prejudice is my one true love! <3

  • Gone with the Wind and West Side Story didn’t thrill me, but yes, you NEED to watch Singin’ in the Rain, Return of the King, BBC Pride & Prejudice (the casting is near perfect), at least one Miyazaki film (I especially recommend Castle in the Sky, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle) and The Princess Bride. Set aside the time this winter break. You will not regret it. 🙂