Good Movies to Watch

If you’re looking for some good movies to watch, be sure to check out the selections below. I spend a lot of time viewing everything from the classics to the latest theatrical releases, and I’m confident that you’ll enjoy these movies as much (or more) than I did.

Harvey (1950) – James Stewart plays Elwood P. Dowd, a likable fellow who enjoys a bit of drink every now and again. His best pal is Harvey, an invisible rabbit (also known as a pooka) who Elwood claims is over six feet tall. His sister worries that he’s crazy, and she enlists a psychiatrist to assist him. But as time goes on and Elwood shares his philosophy of life, those who know him begin to catch glimpses of Harvey as well. A charming fantasy based on the stage play by Mary Chase.

Groundhog Day (1993) – Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is a Pittsburgh weatherman who also happens to be a real jerk. Sent to cover the annual Groundhog Day celebration in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, he soon finds himself living the same day over and over. Years go by, and slowly Phil begins to change for the better, vowing to win the love of lovely TV producer Rita (Andie MacDowell). Murray is in top form as he masters the art of ice sculpting, repeatedly commits suicide, and even learns to play the piano like a pro.

Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) – A fictional account of the Nuremberg Trials that took place after the conclusion of World War II. Four judges stand trial for their action during the Nazi regime, and a military tribunal is assembled to hear their case. An outstanding courtroom drama starring Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Judy Garland, Marlene Dietrich, Maximilian Schell (in an Oscar-winning performance), and Montgomery Clift.

L.A. Confidential (1997) – Based on the crime novel by James Ellroy, this modern classic is set in a 1950s Los Angeles brimming with corruption and violence. Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, and Guy Pearce star as three L.A. cops caught up in the middle of all the seediness, each working on their own agenda. Kim Basinger won an Oscar and revived her career by playing a prostitute who resembles Veronica Lake, and other key performances are provided by James Cromwell, Danny DeVito, and David Strathairn. A gritty look at cops and cons, with the line between the two often being blurred.

Wild Strawberries (1957) – Director Ingmar Bergman turned out this tale of optimism and self-discovery revolving around an elderly doctor (Victor Sjostrom) reflecting on his past. Considered one of his best films, Bergman wrote the screenplay while hospitalized.

Network (1976) – A scathing satire of mass media, Network is still all-too-relevant in this modern age of tabloid journalism and confession culture. A television network struggled with falling ratings, but they get a boost when a normally sedate newsman (Peter Finch) has an on-air nervous breakdown and begins ranting like a madman. The network takes advantage of the chaos, and soon this modern-day prophet has people sticking their heads out the window and shouting “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” Meanwhile, a slimy producer (Faye Dunaway) tries to develop a network show about terrorism, eventually creating The Mao Tse-Tung Hour. Also starring William Holden, Ned Beatty, and Robert Duvall. Nominated for 10 Oscars, Network would win for Best Screenplay (Paddy Chayefsky), Best Supporting Actress (Beatrice Straight), Best Actress (Faye Dunaway), and Best Actor (Peter Finch).

Those searching for good movies to watch should have more than enough material to keep them busy for a while. Once you’re done with these cinematic classics, try checking back for more articles on the subject.