My Go-To Movies

There is a sense, one must admit, that when a person goes through any major time in life, that that person searches for inspiration or encouragement or any major emotion in the different seasons life offers. For me, I’m one to look to the movies. Movies is not my answer to problems, but I will say that movies certainly ease pain, distract, and act as an excellent escape from the demons in my mind at times.

Here’s a list of some of the movies I go to first when I need a laugh or a little inspiration.

Go-To Funny Flicks

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
The Hangover

Happy Gilmore
Jim Carrey anything
School of Rock
She’s the Man

Go-To Chickflicks

(500) Days of Summer
The Holiday
Never Been Kissed

Notting Hill
The Wedding Date

Go-To Inspirational Films

The Artist
Cast Away
Good Will Hunting
Jerry Maguire

Go-To Psychological Thrillers

Anything Christopher Nolan directed
The Matrix
Vanilla Sky

Go-To Action Flicks

Back to the Future 1 & 2
Lord of the Rings trilogy
Mission Impossible
 1, 3 & 4 


Out of all those movies listed, Elizabethtown is probably the movie I go to the most in all different times and seasons of my life. There are zillions of other movies that I love, but these are the ones that immediately came to mind for me when I need a “go-to” movie. Go-to movies are different for everyone–we all gain inspiration, get a good laugh, or find ourselves mesmerized by different films. These are mine.

What are your go-to movies? Which movie have you rewatched the most? Do you ever get more out of a movie the 10th, 18th, or 39th time watching?

36 thoughts on “My Go-To Movies

  1. Love this post! I just consider all movies my go-to thing. Very stressed at the moment and the only time I can forget about my worries is during a film! I constantly watch films to forget about things going on in real life! I barely ever watch films again though. I used to as a kid. I had hundreds of go-to movies then; Die Hard, Airplane, Ace Ventura, Titanic, Speed, Home Alone, Mallrats. Many of these are still up there as my favourites today.

    Love a lot of your selection; Back to the Future, LOTR, Matrix, 500 Days of Summer, School of Rock… SO many great films! I have a lot of films I get to watch over and over again every year as part of my job as a film studies teacher (including my all time top 3)… Fight Club, City of God, La Haine. So that’s pretty awesome! I get something new EVERY time I watch them!

    Have a great weekend!


    • Haha, very nice. They really are a convenient “go-to” thing, eh? I love that – I’m constantly watching movies to just not think about real life, too, haha. Nice with Home Alone – that was definitely a go-to for me as a kid too.

      I know you are a big Fight Club fan, Pete. Haha. That’s the beauty of rewatching. I absolutely LOVE rewatching films and getting something new out of them each time. So rewarding and fun to do.

      Thanks! You, too, buddy!


  2. Great post! You should make a ‘meme’ of sort with this one. I might ‘steal’ your idea and list my own ‘go-to’ movies 😀

    Glad to see you love Notting Hill AND Equilibrium, we’re kindred spirits, girl!


    • Thanks, Ruth! I was actually thinking of doing something like that. Originally, it was going to be called “The Break-Up Series,” but I felt like I was really limiting myself with only movies that one would watch when he/she is going through a hard time. Thanks for the thought – I think I will try to create an idea out of it all, maybe a regular type post.

      Oh yes! Those are both favorites. Aww, yes we are! So excited to see you soon.


  3. Great idea. Really got me thinking. Think I might copy you (and Ruth) and “steal” your idea and think of my own list. Its really got me thinking, especially inspirational?


    • Hi, Ben! Welcome to the site. Thanks for stopping by. Go for it – I’m happy others like the idea. I wasn’t sure how it would go over when I was writing the post originally. Glad to hear it! 🙂 Looking forward to checking out your site and seeing which movies inspire you.


  4. This is such a cool post. Really have me thinking and I’m amazed at how many movies come to mind. It’s also impressive that you’re able to break them down as you have. My scatter-brained mind is grabbing movies from all

    BTW, I didn’t see “Napolean Dynamite” on your list! Can you get any more uplifting that that emmotionally stimulating (and one of my favorites) film? 😀


    • Thanks, Keith! I know, right? Haha, those were the ones that came to mind first. I’ve been rewatching a lot of movies lately (hard times + being sick = me watching a lot of “go-to” movies). I totally get that. These were the first movies to come to mind, but after I published the post, more and more were starting to pop into my head. I knew there was no way I would remember all of them. Oh well, what’re you gonna do? 🙂

      HA! That’s funny. Really? One of your favorite films? That’s hilarious and awesome. Napolean Dynamite isn’t one of my favorite films, but I certainly thought it was funny. I made the mistake of watching the movie with a family from Idaho who laughed hysterically the entire time and compared everything to when they lived there and how the people were in the film.


  5. Hmmm…My go-to movies (you probably know most of these, hehe):
    Funny: Happy Gilmore, Forty-year-old Virgin, Yes Man, Bridget Jones Diary (both), A Knight’s Tale
    Chick flicks: Never Been Kissed, Pride and Prejudice (the long one with Colin Firth), A Walk to Remember, Sense and Sensibility (with Emma Thompson)
    Inspirational: Mr. Holland’s Opus, Jerry Maguire, Freedom Writers, The Help, Amadeus, Slum Dog Millionaire
    Psychological Thrillers: Inception, Secret Window, The Prestige, Silence of the Lambs, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Swedish version with Noomi Rapace)
    Action: The Bourne Trilogy, Lord of the Rings Trilogy


    • Very cool. You definitely mentioned a couple that I forgot about it. Mr. Holland’s Opus was so good. And Freedom Writers! And I can’t forget Secret Window. Great list, man!


  6. I don’t know if I really “go-to movies” although I do watch some of the same movies over and over again. Like Pete, simply putting any decent/good movie usually does the trick although last night, rewatching The Mask with friends brought back some good memories.


    • Haha, Castor, I could definitely see you going for a Rachel McAdams movie when you’re down . . . am I right? Haha. That’s cool – I love checking out movies I watched when I was younger. Definitely takes you down memory lane.


  7. Love these lists 😀 I definitely have go-to films too – historical/adventure – The Mummy, animated – The Lion King, Comic Book – Thor and Batman Begins/Dark Knight, action – Bad Boys, Hot Fuzz, 80s – Top Gun, Thriller – Bourne trilogy.

    i could go on and on! 😀


    • Thanks, Jaina! Right there with you with Batman Begins and Dark Knight. I could go on and on too! Aww, The Lion King – such great memories there. Love that Disney classic.


  8. “Elizabethtown is probably the movie I go to the most in all different times and seasons of my life.” True dat. “Elizabethtown” is my go-to movie when I’m gloomy with the state of the world or when I want to accentuate a high.

    “Lost in Translation” is my go-to movie when I’m sick or feeling alone.


    • Wow, thank you so much for the reblog! It definitely feels like I’m going back in time, seeing a post from 2012 in here! 😀 While some of those movies are definitely the same for me, I’m sure there are some I would take away and others I would add now. Great list you got there! Perks of Being a Wallflower would definitely make my list.

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                • Ya know, I haven’t seen Once, although from what I know of it, I’m not as intrigued with the story. I’ve listened to the soundtrack and I’m not a big fan of the music, aside from a couple of exceptional songs. I’d definitely like to see it at some point though!

                  For me, Begin Again just worked. I loved it! I will definitely have to check out your review! Thanks!


                  • See I felt the reverse. None of the songs seemed particularly great to me in Begin Again which was a big problem and the voice wasn’t very good. Certainly not good enough to stop a record executive in his tracks and sign her.

                    The whole idea of them recording in and around the city in single takes is fantasy at best. Once is much more grounded in reality and the characters are much more likable but that’s just me. It’s tough because I probably would have liked Begin Again more if I hadn’t seen Once but I have and what are you going to do. 😉

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                    • Compared to what’s gone big today, I think the song she sang in the bar was pretty deep, and could possibly have stopped the right person at the right time (in the movie’s case, Mark Ruffalo’s character). But hey, that’s the fictional world of movies for you!

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                    • Music is certainly subjective. I will definitely be curious what you think of Once because I have a friend who saw them in reverse and likes Begin Again better so I wonder if it is just which one you see first.
                      Thanks for commenting on my blog! Awesome.

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                    • You bet!

                      Oh, and I’m with you in that Falling Slowly is much more an Oscar contender (and obvious winner) than anything from Begin Again . . .

                      . . . although, I personally LOVED the song Lost Stars and thought it was more than good enough to get nominated for like a Golden Globe. Not that that was going to happen though.

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