My Cinematic Pantheon

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Everyone who loves movies must surely have a pantheon. I don’t just mean movies that you like, or movies that are good. I mean that rarefied circle of films that have found a long-term home in your heart, the ones you can watch a dozen times and still love.

I took a stab at writing down mine. I may be missing some – it’s hard to think of all of them. Conversely, some of these I’ve seen only once (so far), so they might not hold up if I watched them again. But I think this is the list, approximately.

(I did not include documentaries.)

  • Aladdin
  • Aviator, The
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Bicentennial Man
  • Catch Me If You Can
  • Closer (2004)
  • Contact
  • Dark Knight, The
  • Dead Poets Society
  • Donnie Darko
  • Ex Machina
  • Galaxy Quest
  • Gran Torino
  • Groundhog Day
  • Inception
  • Incredibles, The
  • Independence Day
  • Inside Out
  • Iron Giant, The
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Jurassic Park
  • Last Night (1998)
  • Lion King, The
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Love Actually
  • Man Who Knew Too Little, The
  • Matrix, The
  • Moneyball
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Mr. Holland’s Opus
  • Napoleon Dynamite
  • Nightmare Before Christmas, The
  • Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
  • Office Space
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Princess Bride, The
  • Safety Not Guaranteed
  • Shrek 2
  • Social Network, The
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
  • Star Trek: First Contact
  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  • Stepford Wives, The (1975)
  • Superbad
  • Tropic Thunder
  • Truman Show, The
  • What About Bob?
  • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
  • Wizard of Oz, The
  • Wreck-It Ralph

How about you?

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2 responses to “My Cinematic Pantheon

  1. I would have to include The Mask and Dune.
    Surprised you listed Shrek 2 but not the original Shrek.

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