curated movies

Classic movie night with popcorn.

An evening ‘in’ with the time to watch a movie is a luxury in our lives. With online streaming services from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and others, it is easy to source a film – but we often stumble when it comes to choosing the movie. Here are some curated lists of the best movies of all time to keep at hand for that perfect evening ‘in’.

Complete National Film Registry Listing

The Library of Congress has just admitted 25 new movies into its selective National Film Registry which they hope will contain the best, timeless movies showcasing the range and diversity of American film. Since 1988, they have chosen and preserved 25 films each year and their archives define ‘the classics’ in American Film. The 44 members of the board of the National Film Registry include people from throughout the American motion picture community – scholars, film makers, people in ‘the ‘industry’. They advise the Library of Congress on film preservation.

The 25 films chosen for preservation in 2018 include Cinderella from 1950 (thank you Walt Disney), My Fair Lady from 1964, The Shining from 1980 and Brokeback Mountain from 2005. Here is the full list of National Film Registry winners over the years.

Nancy created a list of all the best Rom-Coms last Valentine’s day.

Rotten Tomatoes offers the Best Movies of 2018, Top 100 movies by genre and the best 100 movies of all time – topped by The Wizard of Oz and Citizen Kane.

IMDB ranks movies based on their awards and nominations, their popularity and their cinematic greatness. The top two on the IMDB list are The Godfather and The Shawshank Redemption.

Ranker is a clever site which crowd sources votes, including a vote for the best movie of all time. With 4 million votes, The God Father and Shawshank Redemption came out on top.

Ranker offers the movies to watch again and again – Back to the Future, Forest Gump and Star Wars: Episode IV – A NEW Hope.

Ranker’s best rainy-day movies – Forrest Gump, The Lion King and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

The American Film Institute offers a list of the greatest American films of all time. Citizen Kane, Casablanca, Gone With The Wind, Lawrence of Arabia, The Wizard of Oz, The Graduate… and more.

Here is another list of ASE’s favorite movies and some good sources of movie ideas.

And the homemade popcorn to go with the movie? The Pioneer Woman has an easy stove-top recipe that uses avocado oil and lots of butter.

  • 1/2 cup Popcorn Kernels
  • 2 Tablespoons High-temperature Cooking Oil, Such as Avocado Oil
  • Butter and Salt, For Serving (optional, But Not Really)

In a thin and shallow 3 1/2-quart pot, heat the oil over high heat. Put 2 kernels of popcorn into the pan, cover, and wait to hear them both pop. Remove the pan from the heat, take out the 2 popped kernels, add in the remaining kernels, cover, and let sit for 1 minute.

Put the pot back over the stove on high heat. Within a few minutes, the popcorn should start popping. Give the pan a good shake every now and then to ensure even heating.

Once the popping slows down to nearly a stop, remove the pan from the heat and let it sit for 1 more minute to give any stubborn kernels a chance to pop. Pour into a large serving bowl.

Top with butter and salt if desired. Store any leftovers (ha!) in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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