Supplemental Movies

Supplemental Movies

If you’ve viewed all the films on the Cinema Canon, and you’re still wanting some more advice about other movies to add to your watchlist, I’ve prepared some supplemental advice. This can also double as advice about how to start a film collection (I would hope that the Cinema Canon choices were all rewatchable, but feel no shame in tossing any of them for something else that you prefer for your own film library). In short, I would recommend that you only purchase films you will re-watch. It doesn’t make much sense to keep re-renting something that you alway watch every few months or every year (especially around holidays). With that in mind, I’ve made another list of 50 films that you can consider for your own collection or education:


Everybody pretty much has their own favorite seasonal films, especially for Christmas, but there are a few other holidays you might want to consider. I’ve allocated ten slots for “seasonal” films that I have in my own collection that I pretty much rewatch every year:

  • New Year’s Eve / Day: When Harry Met Sally (1989)
  • Valentine’s Day: Edward Scissorhands (1990)
  • Patriotic / Independence Day: Independence Day (1996)
  • Halloween: Beetlejuice (1988)
  • Halloween: Hocus Pocus (1993)
  • Halloween: The Craft (1996)
  • Thanksgiving: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)
  • Christmas: Home Alone (1990)
  • Christmas: Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)
  • Christmas: A Christmas Story (1983)

Family Movies

Animated films aren’t always “family movies”, and you definitely want some sort of acceptable fare that the whole family will enjoy – from the littlest ones to the oldest adults. You want a sort of mix between your standard Disney fare (both animated & non-animated) and some choices that are just a little bit darker/older than Disney’s age group. This is probably the hardest category for a standardized list, so feel free to swap these in and out for whatever your own family prefers. Again, I’ve dedicated ten slots to these films, and these are what I consider part of my list:

  • Mary Poppins (1964)
  • Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1983)
  • The Goonies (1985)
  • Jumanji (1995)
  • Toy Story (1995)
  • Alice in Wonderland (1951)
  • The Neverending Story (1984)
  • Matilda (1996)
  • The Lion King (1994)
  • The Muppet Movie (1979)

Classics (Pre-1980s)

As I’m a younger person, I tend to gravitate towards the newer films. The old films are classics for a reason. They’ve stood the test of time, and still entertain decades later. I’ve selected 1980 as the “cut-off”, since that’s pretty much when the “modern” films in my opinion truly started to get in the swing of things. I’ve also tried my best to select the best 10 films that weren’t already listed somehow, that still have rewatchability:

  • Seven Samurai (1954)
  • Some Like It Hot (1959)
  • Cinderella (1950)
  • All About Eve (1950)
  • One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
  • The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
  • The Gold Rush (1925)
  • Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Modern Cult Classics (1980 – present)

There’s always a need for pop culture. For some films that are just pure enjoyment. Obviously, some of those you may have already seen. Some you might not have. Some you saw and forgot about, but when you read the title, a smile comes onto your face. Pick your favorite ten “cult classics”, something not serious, something that you rewatch or always enjoy:

  • Caddyshack (1980)
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
  • Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
  • Thelma & Louise (1991)
  • Leon (1994)
  • Boogie Nights (1997)
  • Rushmore (1998)
  • Ten Things I Hate About You (1999)

Personal Favorites

The final ten films are as always, up in the air. Your own personal favorites. I don’t care what others say, I’ll take those to the grave with me. They’re probably the first ten films that I’d grab if the house was burning down and I needed my copies of those films:

  • American Pie (1999)
  • Heathers (1988)
  • Clueless (1995)
  • Son in Law (1993)
  • Toys (1992)
  • Tommy Boy (1995)
  • Starship Troopers (1997)
  • Labyrinth (1986)
  • Better off Dead (1985)
  • The Fifth Element (1997)

Hopefully this gives you a good push towards starting your own film collection. Some people have very few films, while others have carefully curated lists, and still others have vast collections. Whatever path you take, drop me a line!