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Love or hate them, the movies I can’t turn off

Last week, my co-worker John and had I one of those random conversations best suited for an afternoon with a foot of snow on the ground.

We listed the movies that, whenever they're on TV, we keep watching. John brought up the over-the-top "Independence Day." Both of us have seen this movie way too many times. They're not necessarily our favorite films -- though sometimes they are. But they're always the movies that whether cheesy, dramatic, hilarious or ridiculously bad, we just can't turn them off.

Tonight, I stumbled upon "The Truman Show" on Showtime. Not one of my favorites, though I did indeed like it at the time. But for some reason, I keep watching it every single time.

Here are a few of the other movies I'll watch over and over again (and remember Talkbackers, I'm not passing judgment on why these are on my list or even if I really like them). This list is surely incomplete, as it's just what comes to mind plus a few selections from what the cable channel guide tells me is on this week. In alphabetical order:

  • "Airplane!"
  • "Billy Madison"
  • "Blazing Saddles"
  • "Boogie Nights"
  • "The Breakfast Club"
  • "Caddyshack"
  • "Castaway"
  • "Deep Impact"
  • "Fletch"
  • "Go"
  • "Idiocracy"
  • "Jackass" and "Jackass Number Two"
  • "Major League"
  • "Munich"
  • "Napoleon Dynamite"
  • "No Way Out"
  • "Office Space"
  • "Old School"
  • "Planet of the Apes"
  • "Pulp Fiction"
  • "Rushmore"
  • "Sixteen Candles"
  • "Spies Likes Us"
  • "Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny"
  • "The Big Lebowksi"
  • "The Blues Brothers"
  • "The Jerk"
  • "The Shawshank Redemption"
  • "The Tao of Steve"
  • "Three Kings"
  • "Vacation" and "European Vacation"
  • "Weird Science"
  • Any "Star Trek" movie

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LouManske | Feb. 13, 2008 at 1:34 p.m. (report)

34882 "Hot Dog: The Movie" and "The Seventh Seal"

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brunocarlson | Feb. 12, 2008 at 2:17 p.m. (report)

35104 Any Rambo, BaseKETBALL (it takes place in Mil-town), Star Wars, any Rocky, Van Wilder, etc.

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beentheredonethat | Feb. 12, 2008 at 12:09 p.m. (report)

Rudy, Under the Tuscan Sun, Steel Magnolias, Love and Basketball, The Green Mile, Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman.

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Kierk | Feb. 12, 2008 at 10:36 a.m. (report)

Animal House.

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Ryno77 | Feb. 12, 2008 at 10:05 a.m. (report)

Clue (the movie) and Waiting for Guffman.
I once had a friend so addicted to Dirty Dancing we had to physically remove the DVD from her home.

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