Design

Which Classic Movies Have You Not Seen?

back-to-the-future-one

After Alex and I had been married for years, I found out something about him…

He had never seen Back to the Future.

Record scratch… um, what?! It was only a movie I had watched a million times growing up. Part of it is that Alex is a solid 13 years old than I am, and the movie had come out while he was in high school and “too cool,” but part of it was that sometimes you just miss watching a classic movie.

One movie I’ve somehow never seen?

dirty-dancing

Dirty Dancing. Which is especially odd because the recessional song we played after our wedding ceremony was “Be My Baby.”

Fun fact: Jennifer Grey was 10 years older than her character and had five minutes in her audition to prove that she could play a 17-year-old.

godfather-brando-1

We talked about it at the office, and editor Megan has never seen The Godfather. “Isn’t there a horse-in-the-bed part?” she says. “I never know what anyone’s talking about. I want to watch it just to see all the famous quotes.”

Fun fact: “Family dinners helped everyone get in character. Coppola held improvisational rehearsal sessions that simply consisted of the main cast sitting down in character for a family meal. The actors couldn’t break character, which Coppola saw as a way for the cast to organically establish the family roles seen in the final film.”

graduate

Lexi has never seen The Graduate, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won for Best Director.

Fun fact: “Robert Redford screen-tested for the main role of Benjamin Braddock but was finally rejected by director Mike Nichols because Nichols did not believe Redford could persuasively project the underdog qualities necessary to the role. When he told this to Redford, the actor asked Nichols what he meant. ‘Well, let’s put it this way,’ said Nichols, ‘Have you ever struck out with a girl?’ ‘What do you mean?’ asked Redford. ‘That’s precisely my point,’ said Nichols.”

marlon-brando-streetcar-named-desire

Stella has never seen A Streetcar Named Desire, “Every time I meet someone, they’ll yell ‘Stelllla!!!!’ It’s referenced in a Seinfeld episode, there’s a New Yorker cartoon… I have to watch it.”

Fun fact: “Fitted T-shirts could not easily be bought at the time, so Marlon Brando’s apparel had to be washed several times and then the back stitched up, to appear tightly over the actor’s chest.”

Which popular movies have you not seen? Shawshank Redemption? Clueless? West Side Story? When Harry Met Sally?

P.S. My sister’s friends made a Graduate-inspired save the date for their wedding. How amazing is that? And the 101 best written TV series of all time.

  1. I’ve never seen Citizen Kane, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and To Kill a Mockingbird. There are a lot of other classic movies that I have seen, but in sporadic bits and pieces, not so much all the way through. I’ve seen a lot of them, and I love classic movies, but I still have a long way to go!

  2. I’m 29 and I think of these, I have not watched back to the future, just because it doesn’t seem like something i would enjoy now… I’m not sure I’ve watched the graduate either, but I believe I have.
    Now a movie most people my age have watched and I haven’t is Armageddon! Somehow, I’m never in the mood to watch it, and I’ve grown to like the idea of not having watched it, now. :p

  3. I love classic movies! I’ve seen most of these but it’s been quite some time. I think it’s time to rewatch soon!

  4. Wizard of Oz! Ugh, seems terrifying!

  5. Monica says...

    I have never seen Moulin Rouge! the thing about never having seen a classic is that at the end you always prefer to watch other movies ! (the paradox of the not-seen-classics haha)

  6. This reminds me of that episode of “How I Met Your Mother” where they discussed what each of their knowledge gaps were, such as Robin thinking the North Pole was a fictional place. That show was put together so well, it could have made that list of TV shows. But of course they can’t all make it :)

  7. I am afraid I haven’t seen a lot of movies that are considered ‘classic’ by the American point of view. I have never seen The Graduate, A Streetcar Named Desire, When Harry Met Sally (which in Dutch opinions is a classic as well), and probably a dozen more of these movies. But I am catching up! My husband showed me some movies and since my twenties (so over 12 years now, yikes!) I have a greater interest in the more intellectual movies and real classics. I even bought ‘The way we were’ because of the Sex and the City referrals in one episode. I just HAD to find out what they were talking about! Back then, this movie wasn’t a big hit in The Netherlands I guess, so a lot of Dutch people never heard of it.

    Each year when the Oscars are approaching, I am writing down the names of the films that are nominated and hope that in theaters around me, there is a possibility to watch some of those.

    • Molly Sarah says...

      When Harry Met Sally is totally a classic and worth watching. It gives enough character development and back story to make the viewer understand how and why the characters might fall in love; a strong departure from the usual rom-com formula.

  8. Linda says...

    I’m just cracking up at all the Star Wars comments! To me, Star Wars is America’s modern fairy tale. I think it’s as enduring as Cinderella, and I think it’s so amazing that people of all ages and backgrounds are drawn to it. I saw the original in ’77 and loved it, and now it’s so fun to enjoy it with my own kids. I also think John Williams’ score is pure genius!

    A couple movies I put off forever were Ghost and It’s a Wonderful Life. They were both so different than I thought they’d be, and I really enjoyed them. My husband loves all the Rocky movies, but I haven’t seen one.

  9. eg says...

    Dirty Dancing was the first video tape my sister and I owned. My dad had some option to get a free video and he picked it out for us, which is very surprising, but I guess he knew we’d like it. I still have the VHS but at this point it doesn’t play so well! Second to Dirty Dancing, the other classics we owned early on were Charade and Mermaids – all highly recommended!!

    I too have only seen the first Star Wars, and the Jar Jar Binks Star Wars (oof). I doubt I will choose to watch them on my own, but I guess I’ll agree to it if someone else wants to watch.

    I think I’ve only seen the first Godfather as well.

    Finally saw Do the Right Thing a few years ago – would definitely call that a classic for sure! (And still really relevant…)

  10. Elese says...

    How timely! My boyfriend grew up in Pakistan and just last week I realized that he hadn’t seen a lot of our “pop culture classics”. We were having dinner at an outdoor luncheonette by the water when a vintage red convertible pulled up. Someone standing near us made chit chat by stating that it reminded him of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. My boyfriend politely nodded his head in agreement but confessed that he had no idea what he was talking about. We watched it that night and began a little running list of “classics” that he needs to see!

  11. Mary Beth says...

    Sigh…some of these comments are causing me to feel older than dirt! I have seen every one of the movies you mentioned in the article and I loved them all for various reasons. Don’t cheat yourself out of a potentially fun experience by being too much of a movie snob, even Back to the Future, probably my least favorite movie from above, was funny and lighthearted.

  12. This is the best post. I have never related MORE – I am the weirdo who is constantly leaving others in awe over all the classic movies I haven’t seen. That same response, every time: Are you KIDDING me? Realllllyyy? How are you even living on this earth?!
    :)
    This is really motivating me to get after it, since frankly there’s never been a classic that I’ve seen and not loved for what it was.

  13. Samantha says...

    This is funny, because I watched Titanic for the first time last Sunday. The thing is, I was only 5 when it came out, and my father has always been super strict with movie ratings, so he was never gonna allow me to watch it, even years after it came out. I mean, there’s nudity, love scenes, it was not gonna happen. Out of all of the movies you mentioned, I’ve only seen the Godfather trilogy. It has been on my plans to watch more classic films since I was about 17. I didn’t watch Forrest Gump until like 4 years ago, but with work, college, gym, and chores I have so little free time, I’d rather watch a 50 min episode of something than a 100 min movie.

    • I’ve never seen Titanic or Jurassic Park. When Titanic came out, I actually said, “Why do I want to see it? I know what happens: the ship sinks.”

    • Mary Beth says...

      This sounds like excellent fun, however the opening sequence might make you want to jump out of bed and dance! I hope that you and your guy have a great time.

  14. Audra says...

    I’ve noticed a lot of “I haven’t watched it and I’m proud of that, ha” comments. Seems so middle school to me. Try it! What are you afraid of? Liking it?

  15. Tricia says...

    I watch all 6 Star Wars movies just a few months ago because I was tired of having not seen them. Still haven’t seen the new one though!

    I have never seen The Godfather. I’m constantly mentioning it to boys hoping they’ll insist on a movie marathon. I just don’t have it in me to dive in on those alone.

  16. Emily says...

    I’m almost 40 and have never seen Top Gun.

  17. I hadn’t seen Star Wars until recently. For some reason, I was apathetic, sometimes resistant about watching it. I was certain I wouldn’t like it.

    WRONG. My goodness, it used to make no sense to me why people might wear t-shirts about a movie, go to a place that looks like the movie, etc., but now I understand! We went to Hollywood studios recently and my husband was so tickled that I was upset I forgot to wear a Star Wars shirt and was slightly nervous when I met Kylo Ren (he was SO TALL with that scary voice ha). He says now that he mentally high fives his teenage self for marrying a hot girl who likes Star Wars. lol

  18. Sydni says...

    I didn’t know the Graduate was a classic; I’ve never seen it. Not the Godfather either. I think I’m pretty good on seeing the classics, but somehow i still haven’t seen Spaceballs. And I’m a huge Mel brooks fan. When my family found out my then boyfriend hadnt seen the Wizard of Oz, they freaked out- such a classic.

  19. Jess says...

    I’ve never seen a single James Bond movie. And I have zero desire to change that fact.

    • Audra says...

      Ok, I understand. The Daniel Craigs and Pierce Brosnan’s of the world have tainted the Bond series for you. But please, watch a cheesey 60s version starring legendary hunk-o-man Sean Connery and THEN decide how you feel. Really.

  20. I’ve never seen back to the future either or Dirty Dancing, I think its an age thing, when those movies came out I was at art school and mostly watching black and white arthouse movies and wishing I lived in Paris. Not much has changed….. And I’ve never seen Titanic which I’m quite proud of.

    • Audra says...

      No matter what you’re into, cheesy silly movies still rule. Dirty dancing is one of those!

  21. I read The Godfather two weeks ago and I watched the movie afterwards (Part 1). In my humble opinion, I Iike how the events/scenes were sequenced in the book better than in the movie. I’m 23 and I find the pace of the movie a little bit slow? I don’t know if it’s just me or what. Maybe I’m just used to watching fast-paced movies.

    Joining also the bandwagon of not seeing ANY of the Star Wars films! Haha :D

  22. Alice says...

    I was a kid in the 80’s. We’re talking John Hughes addict. But I have never seen Flashdance. Now I’m saving it, and I so don’t want to be disappointed but fear I will be.

    I studied film for a couple of years, and have seen so many, art house, low brow – I’ll give ’em all a go. So interesting what a film can represent to someone, especially when they’ve not even seen it!

    More movie posts please!

  23. This post is so refreshing! Loved it.

  24. I don’t think I am qualified to talk about classic movies, because my own definition of classic would be modern to most folks (cover face). But speaking of classic, I prefer to read the book, provided it’s an adaptation of book into movies. Take for instance, I have read almost all Mario Puzo’s book, a larger percentage of which were adapted into movies (They do qualify for classic movies).

  25. Though I intend to, I haven’t seen ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ because I always think it’s about those derby cars Boy Scouts make, haha.

    • That is so funny!!

    • Samantha says...

      I had never even heard of that one! lol

  26. Amy says...

    I didn’t grow up watching that many movies, and then in college my friends and I didn’t watch much together either. Now, as an adult, I forget to consider watching something on Netflix or the like, so I’ll go days without considering watching a tv series or a movie. It’s kind of a problem because I have trouble at dinner parties and other social events where people talk about tv and movies. I never know what people are talking about and feel really lost. Your blog has helped me though, because I’ve tried to watch some of your “Top 10 Netflix” suggestions and the like. I figure if Joanna likes it, I probably will too! :)

  27. I still can’t believe I have never watch Funny Face since I’m a huge fan of Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn.
    activehabitat.blogspot.com

    • Beth B. says...

      Oh my goodness, Funny Face is wonderful! I hope you get the chance to watch it! One of my favorite Audrey movies :)

  28. My husband an I had our first date at a Hitchcockdouble feature of vertigo and rear window. Neither one of us had seen either. Jimmy Stewart is one of my favorites so both movies were on “the list”. Ten years later we still talk about how cool those movies are and what a great night it was for us both. However, there are tons of “classics” I’ve not seen yet, but hope to some day.

  29. Ive never seen “Ghost”, and I’m a potter.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha you have to!

  30. What a timely post! My husband and I have just started working our way through the AFI Top 100 list. I’d already seen a number of them growing up, but we’ve been going through each of them together and last night we watched Psycho — it’ll be awhile before I shower without locking the door!

    • Noreen says...

      I am slowly doing this too….so fun to watch all the “classics”!

  31. Shira says...

    My husband has never seen The Sound of Music I still can’t believe it!

  32. I haven’t seen so many movies that “everyone” has. Terminator (all of them, scar face, godfather, rocky, most girl movies. At this point I just don’t care anymore!

  33. I’m a huge movie buff of movies from the 70s and beyond and a child of the 80s/young in the 90s so have seen most of these although not the older ones (I have to say even though I’ve never seen A Streetcar Named Desire I still get the STELLA reference, I guess due to my mum and dad).

    Am surprised nobody’s mentioned Thelma & Louise though! It’s one of my favourite movies of all time :), and also The Lost Boys. And I always tell everyone who hasn’t seen it (why wouldn’t you?!) to watch Stand by Me – I’ve seen it I don’t know how many times and still love it.

    I watched Dirty Dancing a year ago or so after not having seen it for about 15 years and was genuinely surprised by the abortion scene. I understood it was when I saw it as a teenager but don’t remember it shocking me in the slightest. We were more laid back then I guess!

    And I loved Stranger Things so much because as a gen xer I got all the nostalgic references.

    • Babs says...

      @Emma – I re-watched Dirty Dancing two months ago with my sister and had the same experience. Both of us must have watched that movie 30 times as pre-teen/early teenagers and I don’t think it ever occurred to us that really, it’s a movie about a young girl getting her dad to pay for an illegal (at-the-time) abortion. All we cared about was the dancing! I don’t remember any hullabaloo either – no objections from parental groups, my parents certainly didn’t bring it up. How refreshing, actually, when I think about the media firestorms that occur with anything related to children/young adults.

    • Amy says...

      Ditto! When I was younger the whole abortion thing was lost on me. My girlfriends all agree.

  34. Scout says...

    I’ve yet to see Pretty Woman and have always meant to!

    • Carrie says...

      It’s SO good! Oddly enough, a favorite of mine since childhood.

    • Lexi says...

      I just watched it recently after having never seen it… Julia Roberts makes that movie.

    • YOU NEED TO!!!!! OMG do it do it do it

  35. liz says...

    I love classic movies – but I have never seen Titanic and I don’t plan on seeing it either. I am proud of having missed it.
    But people, go see as many classics as you can! They just don’t make em like they used to.

    • Audra says...

      But how will you ever weigh in on the “jack could’ve fit” debate?!

  36. Jane says...

    This is really funny, I think most of us have moments where a movie or reference comes up and we pretend to have seen it or just smile and nod. I’m guilty of it too! But these anecdotes and examples also shed light on the fact that what is “assumed” cultural knowledge is absolutely not universal! Paula tells a wonderful, sweet anecdote about learning about MacGyver and seeing Dirty Dancing from Eastern Europe. But even for those living in America, the list of “classic,” “must-see,” “quote at the dinner table with family” movies can be very different for non-white folks. For a lot of folks, the movies that are cultural touchstones of the 70s/80s/90s include: Roots (miniseries), The Wiz, The Color Purple, Do the Right Thing, and Boyz n the Hood. In my partner’s Mexican-American family, they are: La Bamba, Born in East LA, Stand and Deliver, Mi Vida Loca, and Selena. For the Chinese side of my family, they include Police Story and Farewell My Concubine. These are just a few examples, I’m sure there are lots more! Joanna, I know you’ve stated interest in increasing diversity here on the site (and solicited advice for how to be an advocate against broken, racist systems on Instagram). I’m confident this was meant to be a fun, lighthearted post and I’m sure no harm was meant. But a great, small way to begin as an advocate is to check unconscious biases and make sure that when we make a list of “classics” in culture, we’re not assuming that a portion of culture (white culture) is standing in for the whole. Let’s work to ensure that a broad spectrum of experiences are represented, rather than erased by omission. Thanks for listening!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      What a thoughtful, smart comment, Jane. Thank you so much for weighing in. I really appreciate it.

    • Jess says...

      Jane, I greatly appreciate your thoughts here. My Asian friends and I would add “The Joy Luck Club” to your list as well. I have to admit, despite growing up in a predominantly white region I missed most of Joanna’s list! I’ve seen “Back To The Future”, but not the other three. Culture and family play such a large role in our viewing habits. My father and I used to watch classic movies from his youth on TCM during summer breaks from school. He would offer a running commentary on the movies, events of the time, and observations on the trends and cars in the movies. My father would even confess which movies stars he crushed on as a teenager. So, by the time I was in high school I had seen more classics than popular current movies. It made me feel a little behind, but now these summer nights stand out before a lot of other memories because my father was so open. It was a rare gift.

    • Elle says...

      This wasn’t a list of “classics” in culture, but rather about their own personal experiences. For all we know, they HAVE seen the movies you mentioned. We commenters have the ability to share a broader spectrum of experiences!

    • tunie says...

      Even though I am white, I love classics from other culture’s because they provide me with so much insight and give me appreciation where I previously had nothing but a blank spot. They really expand awareness, even when I can not relate at all to the story or style. But I’m a huge reader and love all good stories, movies included!

    • Samantha says...

      Selena was definitely a classic in my household! (Dominican)

  37. Libbynan says...

    Forrest Gump, E.T., Saving Private Ryan….et.al. I’m just basically contrary. Movies that are basically manipulative to elicit certain emotions piss me off so I skip them.

    • liz says...

      my feelings about Titanic exactly!

    • Haha totally agree! I’ve seen all of those, but I definitely hate being manipulated by movies and those often tend to be the non-artistic Oscar-bait films, usually biopics or “based on a true story”. Steer clear of The English Patient (unless you just want to drool at the costume design and location scouting in Africa!)

    • Carolyn says...

      I will never get back those 7 hours of my life that I watched Titanic. I hated it.

    • June2 says...

      agree…!

  38. Donald says...

    A classic, by definition, should be a good film as well as have some years on it. Harry Potter, Dirty Dancing, Pretty Women, classics? No. The Third Man, The Searchers, The Big Sleep, The Lady Eve, Some Like It Hot, The Wizard of Oz, Singing in the Rain. The Awful Truth, Rebecca, Those are classic.

    • Subjective. I’d definitely consider Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman to be classics by now. TCM Classics? No. But generally classics nonetheless.

  39. I have seen all of the films you mentioned on this post but I have not seen a single Star Wars movie ever. I’ve been tempted to watch so many times but decided not to cave in just because :)

    Aizzing
    http://www.icingandwrite.com

  40. Kristian says...

    Between an 8 year age difference and very different backgrounds growing up (my family loves older films), my husband and I often have very mutually exclusive lists of films we have and have not seen. However, when we first started dating, he surprised me by setting up an outdoor movie party with Casablanca for my birthday. Its my favorite and one he hadn’t seen. It was romantic and thoughtful! In honor of that, we had Casablanca projected (silently) on a wall of our wedding reception and a poster of the film in our house.

    Of course, there’s a lot of films I haven’t seen yet too. I’m slowly working my way through AFI’s top 100 list. Its some times strange to see all these pop references and phrases that have grown beyond the films they started in and then see where they originated…..

  41. Stephanie says...

    Beauty and the Beast! I grew up watching Disney movies, but haven’t seen this Disney classic. I have no idea how or why I’ve never seen it. I miss trivia questions, quotes, and songs that everyone knows. Now that the remake is coming out with Emma Watson, I have to check the classic off my ‘must-watch’ list ASAP!

    • Jacquelyn says...

      This almost makes me sad D:
      Watch it!!!

  42. Nicole Brant says...

    People would always freak out when I said I hadn’t seen Grease that I finally had to watch it. :-)

  43. I’ve also never seen a Streetcar Named Desire! And while I did see Back to the Future, I was so young, I hardly remember any of it. My husband and I started The Godfather a while ago (because neither of us had seen it) and ended up not finishing it (I forget why) and never came back to it. Man, I am sucking at this game! Haha. Largely, I know it’s because I grew up in an extremely conservative evangelical home and wasn’t allowed to watch anything. I’ve tried to make it my mission to “catch up”- my husband and I have compiled several “classic movies” lists and try to work our way through it.
    Isn’t it funny though? Sometimes you don’t realize until too late that something is becoming a modern day classic and you missed out on the moment. Then you look back and recognize how much of an impact that book or movie had on what’s come since.

    • Samantha says...

      What happened to you with Back to the future, happened to me with so many movies! I remember watching them but I was too young and can’t even remember what they were about.

  44. Jen says...

    This is hilarious! I had the same experience with my aunt a few years ago. She is a very successful visual artist and had submitted a proposal to do work at the Smithsonian and had titled it ‘Back to the Future.’ She didn’t realize until talking with us afterwards that it was a movie! What?!? Similarly she was in college and I think ‘too cool’ also but I mean, it’s on constant reruns, they always play it during outdoor movies, etc. She was so embarrassed. We watched it that Christmas and she laughed hysterically throughout. And luckily she did get to do her work at the Smithsonian :)

  45. Gabrielle says...

    The Princess Bride! It feels like such a gap in my movie references but now it’s like…do I want to see it? What if it doesn’t live up to the hype?!

    Maybe it’s better this way ;).

    • Nicole Brant says...

      No, you must watch it. It’s wonderful! I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like the Princess Bride. :-)

    • Diana says...

      As you wish.

    • Katherine says...

      And read the book. The book is excellent even if you know the film.

    • Ellen says...

      inconceivable!

    • Inconceivable! You must definitely watch it! It’s even better that what they say! ;)

    • Gabrielle says...

      Ah, alright! I gave in and downloaded it last night to watch on a flight later this week. :)

  46. Youitu says...

    Ghostbusters – the original, nor the remake.

  47. Victoria says...

    Alright….I’ll admit. I haven’t seen most classic movies. Star Wars, Back To The Future, The Godfather, Ferris Butler’s Day Off…You name it, I probably haven’t seen it. I guess I didn’t have the patience for movies growing up and now I feel like I need to do a crash course, haha.

  48. Lisa says...

    All the Star Wars movies. My knowledge of them comes from a combination of mad magazines and spaceballs, so actually I don’t feel like I’ve missed out on much. Same for Gone with the Wind – I know the storyline because of mad magazine

    My husband hasn’t seen a lot of the really commercial movies that are famous, as his parents have / had very refined taste in movies (they attend Cannes every year), so I got to introduce him to the Karate Kid and Back to the Future. His favourite movie as a kid (he first saw it when he was 10) was the Graduate, so yeah, not your normal movie watching childhood. His father also suggested he say Basic Instinct when he was about 11, not knowing the content, just that it had received very good reviews.

    • Laura says...

      Your husband sound like Tom Hansen from 500 Days of Summer haha.

  49. Blues Brothers. The Graduate. Anything by the Marx Brothers.

  50. margaux says...

    lord of the friggin’ rings. no, thank you!

    • I actually really like Lord of the Rings, but this made me laugh out loud. :)

  51. My newborn niece is named Stella (love the name!) so of course my husband and I are making sophisticated Tennessee Williams references to her parents….(mainly just STELLA!!!!) and they’re giving us blank stares. So you’re not alone, Stella! But I still think you should watch it. :)

  52. Carrie says...

    I’ve never seen Annie Hall, or any Woody Allen films for that matter!

    • Samantha says...

      Oh I love Woody Allen’s work. Annie Hall was not a favorite, but there are other more recent ones that I really liked (Matchpoint, Vicky Christina Barcelona, Midnight in Paris)

  53. Tracy says...

    Never seen “The Outsiders” in its entirety. A classic from 1983!

  54. Casablanca, A streetcar Named Desire, The Godfather series and the Rocky series!

  55. Clara says...

    As a kid who grew up in the 80’s and was a teen in the 90’s, it was a priority of mine to watch all the movies my friends were watching. And I think i’ve seen almost all of the big ones – except The Goonies! My husband’s mind was blown when I told him that. I tried watching it as an adult and I did not enjoy it. I definitely could see how 7 year old me would have LOVED it, but I missed the boat :(

    • Megan Cahn says...

      I’ve never seen Goonies, either! People are always shocked!

    • Roxana says...

      Ooooh, I LOVED Goonies!!!! Loved it! I can see why you’d think it’s ridiculous as an adult, but to my 7-year-old mind it was THE BEST. Classic Spielberg!

      “Rocky Road??”

    • Sydni says...

      Oh yeah!!! That’s mine.

  56. My mom loves classic movies and let me watch a lot of them as a kid. I haven’t seen Taxi Driver, Sunset Boulevard or Some Like it Hot. But I think I’ve seen almost everything else.

  57. Cath says...

    I’m going slightly off piste here but I’ve never seen The Simpsons. I’m 44. Also, sat down to watch Star Wars with my 6 year old son and fell asleep after 5 mins. It’s meant to be! Great post x

    • Carrie says...

      Same here, not one episode!

    • Samantha says...

      I definitely fell asleep watching the latest Star Wars movie at the movie theater with my boyfriend. It was just so not interesting to me.

  58. Katie says...

    There’s one thing I’m saving for my future husband… Star Wars! Either way it’s a win-win. If he’s a fan, then it will be good that I saved myself for a marathon. If he’s not a fan, then I’ll never have to watch it!

    • Sil says...

      Good idea!

  59. Jane says...

    My nerd husband teases me about my never having seen any of the Star Wars. I really do need to remedy that one of these days…

  60. Alyssa says...

    I didn’t see Dirty Dancing until this year – and now I finally understand why everyone loves it. And now I love Patrick Swayze even more! You definitely should give it a shot before summer comes to a close.

  61. Gayle says...

    My hubs had never seen Schindler’s List or Tombstone. (Val Kilmer’s Doc Holiday role Makes that movie) But I remember reading The Godfather while they were filming and it was the first ever movie I was just Waiting To See.

  62. Sheila says...

    Star Wars
    The Godfather
    Rocky
    Lord of the Rings
    A Streetcar Named Desire
    Clueless
    The Princess Bride
    To Kill A Mockingbird
    The Shining
    Silence of the Lambs
    It’s A Wonderful Life
    Breakfast at Tiffany’s
    Dead Poets Society

    Never seen any of those. And many more. We didn’t have cable when I was growing up, and my parents aren’t big movie people. Most of my friends wonder if I lived in a bubble because there are so many movies I haven’t seen! I only saw Back to the Future a few weeks ago. Some of these I’ll get around to seeing, and some I could care less about.

    • Megan Cahn says...

      I vote for Clueless :)

    • Alice says...

      I vote clueless and dead poets.

  63. Also, I finally saw the Godfather (Part I and Part II) two weeks ago. My mom of all people loved it – haha. Now we feel like we can appreciate Joe Fox’s comments in You’ve Got Mail even more than we did before.

  64. The Goonies was a big one that all my friends loved growing up, but I’d never seen. I watched it a few years ago, but didn’t care for it. I think it’s one of those movies that people love because it brings back memories of them watching it as a child.

  65. Keeley says...

    Dirty Dancing is one of my faves. Would love it if you all watched the movies and then wrote a post telling us what you thought!

  66. Meghan says...

    I’ve never seen Pretty Woman. My mom just found this out and pretty much fell off her chair…

  67. Melissa says...

    I’ve never seen The Princess Bride and it angers my coworker so much. “MELISSA, YOU HAVE TO WATCH IT. IT’S THE BEST EVER.”

    Ehh, I will, I will. Someday.

  68. Heather says...

    I was born in ’88, so I’ve not seen Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Dead Poets Society, The Goonies…. all those classic 80s favorites! I need to see them!

    • Samantha says...

      I was born in ’93 and saw Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles thanks to vh1 :)

  69. Lynn says...

    Star Wars. Any of them. Sequels. Prequels. Whatever. #SorryNotSorry hahaha

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hhahaha

    • Eliza says...

      Re: Star Wars: Here’s a thought from a mom who is a fairly new convert to the series. I had never watched Star Wars either, and never felt the need. A few years ago, my husband showed all the movies (except Episode III which IMO is super violent and sad) to our three young kids, and they got SUPER into them. They have now seen most of the episodes (minus III and VII) multiple times. Even my 7-yo daughter LOVES them and she was Darth Vader for Halloween last year.

      My husband and I took our oldest son to see “The Force Awakens” (ep VII) in the theater last year and it was SUPER fun to do that together. Even a little bit fun to cry together at the sad parts. :(

      Anywho, my point here for Star Wars skeptics is: there’s not really any need to watch Star Wars–UNLESS your kids are into it. In that case, it’s really such a fun way to connect with them and I promise if your kids love them, you’ll love them too. I’ve now seen all 7 episodes a few times and can even answer some Star Wars trivia questions. Also Harrison Ford, hottie alert! :)

    • Eliza says...

      I should add also that despite my deplorable ;) lack of exposure to Star Wars, as a young 80s child I was well versed in Back to the Future, every John Hughes movie, Indiana Jones… Adventures in Babysitting… Mannequin… You know–the real classics, haha

    • Talia says...

      Ditto to what Lynn says! (including the #sorrynotsorry!)

    • Kaitlin says...

      ME TOO. I finally watched the first one with a friend (also hadn’t seen it) and her husband (obsessed). We kept pausing to ask silly questions, but he loved it.

    • Yup! Same for Harry Potter & LotR: now there’s too many sequels that “ain’t nobody got time for that”!

  70. Monica says...

    I’ve seen a LOT of movies, and consider myself a pretty big movie buff, but I have never seen Citizen Kane, which is only supposed to be, like, the best movie of all time. It’s kind of hard to come by, so I guess I need to rent it from Amazon! ;)

    • Sil says...

      Citizen Kane is my yet-to-watch movie, too!

    • Shira says...

      Citizen Kaneis always on those lists of amazing movies. When I finally watched it, I was BORED TO TEARS.

  71. Sarah says...

    Neither ET nor Raiders of the Lost Ark. 80s kid fail.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha you have to see raiders of the lost ark! my parents used to let us watch it on the rare nights we had babysitters. i LOVED it. (although i wonder how it would seem now that i’m in my thirties:)

    • Roxana says...

      Never seen ET, either! I’ve decided that I never will. It’s just one of those things.

      You have to see Raiders, though! My dad (for some reason) was really into the Indiana Jones movies and we used to always go see them as a family. . . I have great memories of us doing that. They were fun movies! Also, Harrison Ford was pretty hot in the 80s (he still kind of is), so it might be fun to watch them as an adult :).

  72. Paula says...

    uh oh! I love this! I came here in the 90’s so I too am hazy about 80’s US pop culture, which my husband dutifully tries to fill up. Funnily enough, I GET a lot of the pop-culture remarks from just hearing about them, or I learn about them from 3rd party sources: for example there is a great SNL skit about MacGyver, so I had this general sense of this all-Americana hero just blowing shit up in the last minute to save the world. Well, just recently my husband made me watch a couple of the real MavGyver episodes and it was surreal-because it’s not as cheesy as I thought it would be, and the guy is actually kind of hot! lol

    I watched Dirty Dancing in Eastern Europe while stealing someone’s German cable (long story) so I LOVED the movie without actually being able to understand it-that’s the emotional impact the actual dancing and body language had on me, a young teenage girl. Having seen it in English, and being older-meh, it’s quite silly and strange (both actors are older?) but I STILL love all the dance scenes. However, my love for Patrick Swayze started with Dirty Dancing (even though I don’t think of him as my “type”) and I’ve watched all his movies, including Point Break, or Ghost, both great movies.

    I have seen all the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings but I cannot imagine sitting through a minute of Harry Potter.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s so interesting, paula!

  73. elenor says...

    Cheers to Alex! I would never have pegged him for 13 years older than you. He looks great😊

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i know!! he has such a baby face, lucky him ;)

  74. Steph B says...

    My husband and I are heavy metal and punk rock fans mostly. Our first conversation 8 years ago was about our mutual love for heavy bands. I personally grew up on classic musicals though, like The King and I. I know almost every Rogers and Hammerstein song. Our three year old loves musicals now as well and prefers them over cartoons. My husband on the other hand had never even heard of The Sound of Music. So imagine my surprise after 8 years together, when he stars belting out the entire Music Man soundtrack! I was like, “this information now?!” Like, who are you?!!! Haha. Can’t wait to find out what else I don’t know about him! And please watch Dirty Dancing immediately! It changed me when I was 14.

  75. Allyn says...

    I finally watched Dirty Dancing in my mid 20s and was… not impressed. Also, it deals with some REALLY heavy stuff for a movie so beloved by tweens. I was surprised. I wonder how many parents sat down and talked to their kids about that stuff before or afterwards (not saying this from a moral viewpoint, but just really heavy stuff).
    My husband is always shocked but things I haven’t seen, but I grew up on older classic movies because that’s what my parents loved (Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant, yes please), and we only had one TV in our house and they paid that bill. Ha. On the other hand, my husband grew up mostly in SE Asia, so while he’s seen lots of 80s/90s classic films, he is really unfamiliar with most kids TV from that period. Nickelodeon references and the like go right over his head.
    Classic is a very relative term.

    • Amy says...

      I was in middle scholl when I saw Dirty Dancing approximately 100 times and I literally had no idea that Penny had an abortion until I was like, 20. I had a vague idea that she was kinda sick and that everyone thought it was Johnny’s fault. LOL.

  76. Stacie says...

    Haha, how funny – my husband just told me the other day he has never seen Back to the Future!! He’s 30, so there’s no excuse! (: I had never seen The Princess Bride until about 5 years ago, then my BIL married us and definitely incorporated the “mawwiage” scene into our ceremony which was perfect (my husband’s family are big fans). I’ve also never seen A Streetcar Named Desire… but did have to look up the Stella scene when I watched Seinfeld. (:

    • My boyfriend made me watch the Princess Bride just this past weekend! Funny you mentioned it. :)

  77. I haven’t seen Dirty Dancing either! Though I love Jennifer Grey in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off! I feel like I should watch it immediately.

    In the last ten years, I decided I needed to watch all the classics and started with AFI’s 100 Greatest Films (it updates every year and rearranges the order but usually they’re all still there): http://www.afi.com/100years/movies10.aspx

    I have yet to see the really long movies like Apocalypse Now and Gone with the Wind, but that’s because I have a feeling I won’t be that interested and then I’ll have wasted 4 hours of my life! I’d rather rewatch Stranger Things =)

    • Sil says...

      Hahaha I want to watch Gone with the wind but I also feel that it will be boring. And I’m rewatching Stranger Things!

  78. The only one I have seen of these is Dirty Dancing! I need to have a classic movie night STAT!

  79. Eliza says...

    It took me forever to watch The Shawshank Redemption because I inadvertently walked in on the one really violent scene in the movie once when my husband was watching it. He swore to me it was only one scene but it still took me a while. I am so glad I saw it. WHAT a movie!! Not sure if this counts as a classic, but I have yet to watch Schindler’s List. As good as I know it will be, it’s just the kind of movie I have to be in the right frame of mind for and never seem to quite be ready.

    • Colleen S says...

      I had to watch Schindler’s List in high school, and you definitely should be prepared. I was not, and it destroyed me.

  80. Kendra says...

    I’ve never seen Stand By Me. I saw Goonies, but not that one. And sometimes I mix them up.

    Also, I’m a huge John Hughes fan. One friend realized I’d never seen “Some Kind of Wonderful” and flipped out. I watched it and she made me live tweet it, sending all her followers my way. I obviously fell in love with the movie.

    • I’ve never seen The Goonies or Stand By Me (just little snippets) and I haven’t seen Sixteen Candles, despite having seen all the other John Hughes movies.
      I’ve also never seen The Exorcist or The Godfather movies (mob movies stress me out). Or Casablanca!

  81. I’ve seen every Thin Man film there is (William Powell and Myrna Loy are just magnetic and terribly funny) yet I’ve never watched Gone with the Wind or To Kill A Mockingbird. I’m Southern and it’s basically blasphemy down here, however every time I see a scene or read anything regarding Ms. O’Hara she sounds like a bitchy charicature and I can’t bear it. TKAM is just a totally over the head miss (book included!). I’d like to read it and see it.

    • Linda says...

      I absolutely love To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus Finch is such a great character! I was very disappointed in Gone with the Wind. Scarlett is so awful and I just thought at some point she would have to be decent.

  82. Lauren says...

    I’ve never seen dirty dancing or top gun. The top gun one has become a weird point of pride and now I refuse to watch it. I’ve seen random scenes here and there and I definitely don’t think I’m missing anything.

    • Miruska says...

      I think Top Gun is one of those movies that was great at that time. It is definitely a reflection of the 80’s more so than a lot of other movies done at that time. I just recently re-watched Back to the Future and it’s still great. Top Gun does not transfer well to today. Maybe that’s just because of Tom Cruise though. I don’t see him the same way as I did when the movie first came out.

    • Heather. says...

      I’ve never seen top gun either! And we live right by the house that appeared in it and there’s this big mural of Tom Cruise painted on the side. My husband tried to make me watch it recently, but I showed him and fell asleep almost immediately.

    • Linda says...

      The “classic” Tom Cruise movies that I’ve always loved are The Firm and A Few Good Men. So good!!

  83. “The Graduate” was totally mine! I finally thought to download it and watch it in bed a couple years ago and was so delighted by the ending because it felt so unexpected and I was surprised that it had never been spoiled for me! It felt like such a real moment of stark realization that was so perfect to close the film. I finished watching and thought “well no wonder that’s a classic”!

  84. Joanna, I’m actually a little jealous of you! Oh to watch Dirty Dancing for the very first time as an adult (I was ten I think and my parents definitely fast-forwarded through some scenes)!

    • Jody says...

      I agree. I still vote for her to watch it and write a post about it!

  85. I consider myself a movie buff in some aspects, and especially in the horror genre, but I still have a lot of classics to watch like Casablanca and for some reason still, To Kill a Mockingbird.

  86. So many…I have also never seen Back to the Future! I couldn’t make it halfway through the Graduate and have also never seen A Streetcar Named Desire or The Godfather. The Breakfast Club.

    It definitely depends on when you were born too. With the exception of BTTF, most of my classics were 80s and early 90s movies, anything Mel Brooks, Star Wars, the Princess Bride. I make anyone I meet who hasn’t seen the Princess Bride watch that.

  87. I’ve never seen the Godfather (any of them). Or Star Wars. The Godfather, I will see, I just haven’t really gotten around to it. Star Wars I can do without. ;-)

  88. I was just talking to my husband last night about this, because he is trying to convince me to watch “Stranger Things” on Netflix with him. I grew up in a really conservative home so I missed a lot of classics (and sneakily watched a lot of other ones at friends’ houses whenever possible). But most of the ones I haven’t seen by now, at 28yrs old, are scary ones. I’ve never been able to do horror films – The Shining, Silence of the Lambs, Chuckie, Amityville Horror, Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist, etc. And even some of the more mild ones – Signs, The Sixth Sense. So while some kids probably developed the mental/emotional tools at a younger age to laugh at stuff like that, I still get super scared and can’t sleep when I see stuff like that. Silly but true.

    • Samantha says...

      I’m like you, I just don’t watch scary movies because the few times I did I was too young and couldn’t sleep for weeks (The Ring scarred me for life), and I don’t feel like going through that again. I’m also not a science fiction fan (I just roll my eyes every time my bf wants to watch movies like Independence Day, ugh), but I LOVE Stranger Things! I definitely recommend that you give it a try. There are a couple of scenes that make your heart jump a bit, but no big deal, promise. It’s so good, you just wanna keep watching one episode after the other.

  89. Jessica says...

    I’ve seen ZERO star wars films and ZERO lord of the rings films. It seems like such an insurmountable task to see them at this point…

    • Linda says...

      Never too late!! They might just suck you in!! :)

  90. Christine says...

    I watch dirty dancing almost every time I see it on the TV guide.

    There are a lot of classics I haven’t seen. Time to Netflix and chill.

  91. Danielle says...

    I’ve never made it all the way through It’s a Wonderful Life. I try to watch it every few years but always fall asleep.

  92. Jamie says...

    It’s funny, I saw The Godfather really late in life (just a couple of years ago) .. and just wasn’t very impressed! I feel like a philistine for saying that, but after ALL the hype surrounding it, it didn’t blow my mind. I’d take Goodfellas over it any day. So it goes! As far as all the Star Wars answers go, I watched the movies constantly growing up, but am not sure that the originals would really hold up as an adult if you’d never seen them when you were younger (not just the special effects, etc., but also the not terribly nuanced storytelling – heavy dark vs. light symbolism, etc.)

  93. Lindsay Marie says...

    It was only a a few years ago that I saw caddy shack and I was amazed at how many bill Murray lines my dad would say growing up!

  94. claire says...

    Wow, Marlon Brando, I had no idea!

  95. May says...

    “The Shinning,” I have yet to watch with my eyes on the screen 100% of the time. Even with a remote to mute, and/or to click on and off, I’ll still peek through the holes in the afghan.

    • Carrie says...

      The Shining is one of the best movies of all time. Certainly best direction, oh man!!

  96. Fiona says...

    I grew up moving countries every couple of years, so I’ll have a really in-depth, detailed knowledge of a specific country’s pop-culture for a really specific period, but immediately before or after us living there is a complete blank, which throws people off – like pop-culture amnesia (how can you have never seen E.T. but know all about Tootsie??).

    When I moved to the U.S. my husband decided he should “edumacate” me, and sat me down to watch Star Wars (loved), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (did not love), and many, many others. The joke is that those are the questions I’ll get on my citizenship test :) I’ve updated my knowledge a lot, but there is still plenty to do!

    Funnily enough, as an anthropologist, when I moved back to Mexico after about 25 years abroad, one of my co-workers made a similar list of pop-culture references I “needed” to have under my belt in order to “get” Mexicans – ChapulĂ­n Colorado (I was up to date with Chavo del Ocho), Tin-Tan (I already loved Cantinflas), and of course, Timbiriche, which was a whole new world for me. If we ever move back to the UK, I’m sure I’ll be asking for a similar “education”.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s really cool, fiona!

    • I grew up in the US but was also totally raised on Chavo del Ocho! My parents would play it on TV and so it was also a part of my childhood. :)

    • I spent most of my childhood in Vancouver and have spent most of my adult life in Sweden. It’s the same for me. I have tons of 80s and 90s references from Canada but I’m a total blank for Sweden until the late 90s. It makes Trivial Pursuit and similar impossible!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s fascinating!

  97. Lindsay Marie says...

    Back to the future is quite nostalgic for me. I have seen most classics I think…but not that marlon Brando one. I never really watched anchorman all the way through?! Ha

  98. I haven’t seen any of these! Granted, we were limited in what movies we watched growing up, and I’m young for a mother of three. I am always appalled when someone hasn’t seen The Princess Bride, and Lord of the Rings (+read them!!).
    Some of our personal ‘classics’ are The Scarlet Pimpernel (one particular version, though I don’t remember which is which – it’s fabulous and quotable), The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob (a French film that’s admittedly not PC and SO ridiculous), and on the serious side, The Mission and Molokai.

  99. Giulia says...

    I have yet to see a Star Wars movie. Everyone makes fun of me for that.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      me too!!!

  100. Grace says...

    You have to watch Dirty Dancing TONIGHT!!! Such a great movie!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahaha that’s what everyone at work is now saying!

    • Diana says...

      You’ll have the time of your life!

  101. Colleen S says...

    Until earlier this year, I hadn’t seen The Godfather. I decided one night because I was bored to watch a reworked version of the first two, after doing an extensive amount of research on the violence. This was difficult to watch, because my great-grandfather came to America in 1901, escaping the Cosa Nostra (which I have since learned my ancestors were/are part of in Sicily).

  102. ADR says...

    I might be the only girl I know who HATES Dirty Dancing. Period pieces made in the 80’s are SUPER 80’s (hair, makeup, etc. It’s hard to put yourself in the 60’s when everyone looks like a glamour shot), and that drove me nuts. Also, the fact that Patrick Swayze looked like he was in his mid to late 30’s creeped me out. I don’t know, just wasn’t for me! Loved 16 Candles, didn’t like Pretty in Pink either. Maybe I’m not a fan of super melodramatic teen movies! But the Back to the Future miss is inexcusable! ;)

  103. I’m so out of the classic movies loop. Out of all the movies pictured in this post, I’ve only seen Dirty Dancing (and call me crazy but I didn’t think it was *that* great).

    • The timing for this post is so perfect too because after watching Stranger Things (MUST WATCH), I’ve been wanting more of that retro vibe. I’ve never seen Jaws or Poltergeist so I just checked out if my library had those.

  104. Natalie T. says...

    Also: I need to schedule a date to watch Dead Poet’s Society. Dirty Dancing is a must and once you watch, you’ll watch again and again. Make popcorn. :)

    • LOVE Dead Poets Society! Favorite Robin Williams flick.

  105. Natalie T. says...

    SO. MANY. Love this post! I think about this a lot, actually. Only a few years ago, I watched ET and The Princess Bride for the first time (I KNOW!). I haven’t seen a lot of the older classics like West Side Story, Casablanca and anything with Audrey Hepburn in it. More recently, I guess I should sit down and watch Harry Potter and Finding Nemo. I’m the worst! (An aside: how and where can we watch these movies? What’s the best downloading site or service to see them? And can Netflix get on board with showing these older classics?)

    • Kristian says...

      For older, classic films, it really depends on the film as to what streaming site has the rights to a particular movie, but I’ve found that Amazon Prime seems to have the largest classic film selection to stream. Netflix also has a good amount too, especially of Hepburn films.

  106. There are soooo many classics I’ve never seen (everything on this list except Back to the Future)… It makes it difficult when all of my coworkers reference a movie or tv show and I have no idea what is going on. I’m sure it doesn’t help I’m at least a decade younger than most of them so what I consider a classic is completely different than what they consider a classic.

  107. The Mask and Citizen Kane! And many many others I’m sure. But you have to watch Dirty Dancing, it’s so entertaining!

    • Colleen S says...

      Ooh … Citizen Kane was great! I had to watch it for a film class in college.

  108. Elizabeth says...

    What a perfectly timed piece! Went to dinner last night with friends and we discussed all the movies I watched for the first time while laid up with Rhabdo: The Godfather (was told the second one is even better), Rosemary’s Baby, Dr. Strangelove, Full Metal Jacket, 2001: A Space Odyssey (wtf??), Hunt for Red October, Clear & Present Danger, And Then There Were None, and The Shining (even though I’d seen it before). Still haven’t seen lots of other classic movies (though I’ve seen all the ones listed above except Streetcar Named Desire), but I’m slowly making my way through them!

  109. I come from a movie-loving family, and married a movie-loving man, so I get crap for not seeing a lot of movies that most people wouldn’t think are technically big name “classics.” Movies like LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S, and 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. They’re movies I *should* have seen by now, but haven’t.

    Though I did, just last week, see all of the LETHAL WEAPON movies for the first time, which I consider an accomplishment I should have made a long time ago.

  110. Love it!! This is why my husband and I came up with a movie list of 10 films we want each other to watch. We’ve slowly been crossing them off over the past year. Lots of mine are Nancy Meyers flicks like The Holiday and his are classics like Dead Poet’s Society he was shocked I haven’t seen. It’s great to consult “the list” on nights when we’re falling down the black hole of Netflix. :)

    • This is such a great idea!!

  111. i have a friend who hasn’t seen Top Gun, cus he was born after the movie. and it made me feel so old. and sad.

    i’ve never seen Gone with the Wind.

  112. Andrea says...

    Star wars, Princess Bride, and I just watched all the Lord of the Rings last year!

  113. Oh my goodness, out of all the movies you mentioned in this post the only one I’ve see is Clueless! My mother introduced me to a fair amount of older/classic movies growing up but somehow I’ve missed almost all of these! I have some serious catching up to do.

  114. Inbal says...

    Please Joanna, you gotta watch Dirty Dancing! It’s one of my all-time favorites. I’m sure you’ll love it (if you’ll just pretend that you’re a teenager and it’s the late 80’s…) And please let us know once you do ;)

    • when i hear any song from the soundtrack on the radio i know exactly where it was played in the film. it also makes me MISS patrick swayze so much. he wasn’t even my favorite actor but the world without johnny in it is greyer.

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      I feel the same way about those songs!

  115. There are so many classic movies I haven’t seen! Embarrassingly, one of them is The Shining, even though I work at the Stanley Kubrick archive – I never admit this to researchers, but I just CANNOT watch horror movies. Also haven’t seen The Godfather…or Dirty Dancing, so I guess I have some catching up to do.

  116. India says...

    I only watched the Truman show a year or two ago because I was sick of everyone referencing it and not knowing what they were talking about, I guess I was probably a bit young when it was released?? Who knows! Also, maybe not a classic but my favourite movie growing up was The Parent Trap! I used to borrow it from the video rental store every week until mum finally caved and bought the video for me haha. Apparently my face was priceless when a friend revealed she’d never seen it, I was so shocked!! And sad that she grew up without it! I recently introduced it to my goddaughters and was so proud of them when they told me they loved it haha, it will always be one of my favourites! And to anyone who hasn’t seen the Shawshank Redemption, stop what you’re doing and watch it now! That’s another that is high up on my favourites list! Thanks for the great post Jo :)

    • India says...

      And yes to Megan below, I’m with you there! Also I never got into Harry Potter so have only seen maybe 2 or 3 of the films :/

  117. I’ve never seen Back to the Future either!!! Oops!

    Does it hold up? I kind of feel like its too late and I just missed the boat on that one…

    • Miruska says...

      No, it holds up, at least to me, but only the first two. The last one, set in Wild West, was terrible to begin with. Don’t bother with it.

  118. BC says...

    Wow, I haven’t seen Dirty Dancing either, and my husband has never seen Back to the Future! These are the times I could really use a friendly neighborhood Blockbuster ;)

    sixmonthstosanity.com

  119. Sharon says...

    I have seen very little of certain films, “Pretty Women” (don’t get me started), “Apocalypse Now” (always fall asleep), “Spinal Tap”, (always fall asleep), “Last Tango in Paris”, (what was all the fuss?), “Avatar”, (just no).
    It took me awhile to see “Streetcar Named Desire”, up until then I didn’t get all the hype around Marlon Brando, then I saw him in a singlet and it all made sense!

  120. Lillie says...

    I have never seen a single Star Wars movie. I had also never seen a Back to the Future movie until this year when my husband sat me down for a marathon. I got through the first two!

    • Lillie says...

      Also Harry Potter.

  121. When I met my husband, he was always saying “Play it again, Sam.” Then I found out that he had never seen “Casablanca”!!! Of course I made him watch it (he liked it). How is this even possible? I know that movie by heart.

  122. megan says...

    Star Wars. meh ;)

    • Lauren E. says...

      ME TOO! None of them. My high school boyfriend used to get so angry when I’d talk about how much I loved Space Balls because I refused to watch Star Wars.

    • lc says...

      i haven’t seen star wars yet either…i may just wait for my kids to be big enough and watch it for the first time together.