It’s Perfect!

Handsome and I love to watch movies. Over Memorial weekend, we traveled to our favorite spot for some quiet time. TCM and a few other channels were showing lots of war movies. I watched some I had never seen before.

Not long before that, TCM hosted a series about courtroom dramas. One, Handsome had never seen, and I admitted I’d only watched part-Judgement at Nuremberg.

Handsome and I discuss our likes and dislikes after we watch the movie. After Judgement at Nuremberg, he said, “That’s a perfect movie.”

Now, we watch movies, and one of us might say, “That’s a perfect movie.”

Which got me thinking…

What are some movies I consider perfect? We all have different opinions.

Here’s my sampling:

When Harry Met Sally/romantic comedy

You’ve Got Mail/romantic comedy

Bridget Jones’s Diary/romantic comedy

Emma/romantic comedy

Pride and Prejudice/romantic comedy

Stalag 17/WW2 drama

The Great Escape/WW2 drama

Casablanca/WW2 drama

The Oxbow Incident/Western drama

Who Shot Liberty Valance/Western drama

The Quiet Man/romantic comedy

White Christmas/holiday musical

Rear Window/drama

To Kill a Mockingbird/drama

Raiders of the Lost Ark/drama

The Thin Man/mystery

Millions/comedy drama

So what makes a perfect movie?

It’s engaging. My eyes never leave the screen. I can watch it again and again (see Raiders!). Unique characters. Emotions draw me to the conflict. No wasted dialogue. Great balance of comedy or drama or sarcasm.

I searched online for articles about perfect movies. Here’s one I found on Looper: https://www.looper.com/290456/there-are-only-eight-perfect-movies-according-to-metacritic-ratings/

From Insider: https://www.insider.com/good-movie-recommendations-2017-7#25-beginners-2010-24

From BuzzFeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurengarafano/perfect-movies

I reviewed these lists…

and found several I’d seen and thought about as not being perfect at the time I watched them, but maybe they are.  I also found several repeaters—Casablanca, Rear Window.

So, let’s grab some popcorn and add…

to the list. What are the movies you think are perfect? What about it makes you think perfect?

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Hey, Vicki. What a “perfect” post. LOL I agree with some on your list. I haven’t seen them all. High on my list is When Harry Met Sally. The dialogue is superb. And it’s got an HEA! All the Thin Man movies for sure. I’d add The Sound of Music to your list and 42nd Street. To really enjoy a movie, I want a Happily Ever After. That’s just me, though. Thanks for this thought provoking post. Love all your PR graphics. I’ve shared.

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  2. Vicki Batman says:

    Hi, Marsha! My list is super long and Sound of Music would be on it. I haven’t watched 42nd Street in forever! Thanks for the share. vb

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  3. Pat Amsden says:

    I love this and have watched almost all of them except for Who Shot Liberty Valance and the two following. It’s a perfect way to spend an afternoon or even weekend. With or without a romantic partner.

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  4. Vicki Batman says:

    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, directed by John Ford, starring John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart. Such a great film about truth and myth. And the acting. Oh boy.

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  5. Here are some of mine in no particular order. Age of Adaline. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Timeline, The Last of the Mohicans, Tombstone, The Natural, Ghost, and Always. I know there are others, but these are some that come to mind that I can watch over and over.

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  6. rumrumm says:

    I have seen all but one of the movies on your list and many I consider perfect as well, especially Casablanca, my all-time favorite. I never get tired of watching it and any other Bogart movie. Something about that guy…

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  7. Vicki Batman says:

    The Natural and To Kill Mockingbird are indeed perfect movies. Thx for sharing those.

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  8. Vicki Batman says:

    Oh Casablanca! It is perfect.

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  9. reggiall says:

    Vicki, so good to read your blog! I’m a movie buff too and have seen and enjoyed those films. There are so many wonderful movies, but for me, the perfect one that expresses the human condition is The Best Years of Our Lives, 1946. The scene with Harold Russell and Cathy O’Donnell has to be the most moving one I have ever seen!

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  10. Vicki Batman says:

    Ah Reggi, the scene when Frederic March first sees his wife played by Myrna Loy always makes me sobby. Thanks for the suggestion.

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