Is it just me, or are movies these days just not as good as they used to be?  We have rented more new releases from Netflix lately that we do not even finish watching.  I can’t decide if it is because the movies are truly awful, my patience is thinning, or … I am scared to say it … I am getting old.  If you are in the same boat as me, today’s post may help!

I asked some friends of mine to send me their favorite movies that never really made it big, but  are still worth the watch.  Whether they are B-list movies, straight-to-video movies, or simply oldies-but-goodies, we thought this list would give you some good movie night ideas this summer!

Julie’s Choices:

Dangerous Beauty – Catherine McCormack, Rufus Sewell
Dead Calm – Nicole Kidman, Billy Zane
Diner – Steve Guttenberg, Mickey Rourke
Satisfaction – Justine Bateman, Julia Roberts
Better Off Dead – John Cusack

Tracy’s Choices:

Hope Floats – Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick, Jr.

Rudy – Sean Astin
Never Been Kissed – Drew Barrymore
Four Brothers – Mark Wahlberg

Donnie Brasco – Al Pacino, Johnny Depp

Kristie’s Choices:

Serendipity – Kate Beckensdale, John Cusack
Fools Rush In – Salma Hayek, Matthew Perry
Cruel Intentions – Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Philippe
Fast Times at Ridgemont High – Sean Penn

Kathy’s Choices:

Pride and Prejudice – Natalie Portman
The Devil Wears Prada – Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep
Ever After – Drew Barrymore
The Sweetest Thing – Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate


Rachel’s Choices:

Antwone Fisher – Denzel Washington
Point of No Return – Bridget Fonda
Mystic Pizza – Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts
Shag – Bridget Fonda, Phoebe Cates
Big Fish – Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney
The Butterfly Effect – Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart

Amy’s Choices:

About Last Night – Rob Lowe, Demi Moore
Valley Girl – Nicholas Cage

Becky’s Choices:

Snatch – Brad Pitt;
Any Monty Python movie
Like Water for Chocolate – Lumi Cavasos
Staten Island, New York – Vincent D’ Onofrio, Ethan Hawke

Ashley’s Choices:

Sideways – Paul Giamati
Sliding Doors – Gwyneth Paltrow
Parenthood – Steve Martin
Cheaper by the Dozen – Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt
Princess Bride – Cary Elwes

And from the boys …

Kevin’s Choices:

Blazing Saddles – Gene Wilder
True Romance – Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette
Usual Suspects – Kevin Spacey, Stephen Baldwin
What Dreams May Come – Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding, Jr.

Frank’s Choices:

Caddyshack – Chevy Chase
Old School – Will Ferell
Dazed and Confused – Adam Goldberg
Four Christmases – Vince Vaugh, Reese Witherspoon

Jason’s Choices:

Sandlot – Mike Vitar
Swingers – Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau
Stand by Me – River Pheonix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O-Connell
Whitewater Summer –  Kevin Bacon, Sean Astin
Goonies – Sean Astin, Corey Feldman
Weird Science – Anthony Michael Hall

Tres’s Choices:

Real Genius – Val Kilmer
Stealing Home – Mark Harmon, Jodie Foster
The Money Pit – Tom Hanks, Shelley Long
The Cutting Edge – D.B. Sweeney, Moira Kelley
One Crazy Summer– John Cusack, Demi Moore
Hoosiers – Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper
So I Married an Axe Murderer – Mike Myers

Please add yours below and let us know other oldie-but-goodies we need to add to our list!  For some additional movie ideas, including classics that are great for the family, read my previous post here.