Perfect movie to rent

*February 2018 Update A lot has happened to watching movies since the original posting of this article. Brendan Hesse does a great job in his article for Digital Trends, comparing the top players in today’s movie streaming industry. 

That being said, our list of classic favorites are still great entertainment. Grab your popcorn …

It’s winter again and staying in to watch a movie seems very appealing. If you’re like us, you can never think of the perfect movie to see when you want one. Here is a list, divided by genre, that we hope will be helpful. If we’ve left your favorite movie out, please send us an email and we’ll add it.

Before we give you the list, we’ve provided some other useful movie renting information.

Check out this website for reviews and suggestions of movies. It’s called “Best Movies By Farr” and is hosted by John Farr, a very engaging, knowledgeable movie buff. He can be hired to speak at movie night events!

Netflix is fantastic for ordering movies on line and having them delivered through the mail very quickly. Choose a plan with 1 to 8 movies out at a time, keep them as long as you want, return them by mail, and Netflix sends you the next ones on your list. All of the plans now include the ability to watch movies or TV shows instantly on your computer.

Apple TV and Netflix ready devices: Apple TV is a digital media receiver device made and sold by Apple. Through the iTunes library, with the device connected to your TV, you can download movies and television shows to watch on your television rather than your computer. Cost is $99  Click here for more information.

Netflix ready devices accomplish the same goal of watching instantly downloaded movies and television shows on your television set rather than your computer.

 

Finally, if you decide to go out to see a current movie (including IMAX), let Fandango help you. This web site will tell you where a particular movie is showing near you,  let you buy tickets and read reviews.

Here are some of our favorites:

Comedy

Analyze This

Annie Hall

Bullets Over Broadway

Dave

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Steve Martin version)

Father of the Bride 1 & 2

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Four Weddings and a Funeral

Grumpy Old Men

Heaven Can Wait

Mostly Martha/Bella Martha

My Cousin Vinny

Notting Hill

Paper Moon

Parent Trap (original with Haley Mills)

Rebecca

Risky Business

Shakespeare in Love

Sleeper

Some Like It Hot

Something’s Gotta Give

The Triplets of Belleville

Tootsie

Trading Places

 

Suspense

All The President’s Men

Blood Diamond

Body Heat

Bourne Identity

Boys from Brazil

Cape Fear (Original version)

Charade

Day of the Jackal

Dial M for Murder

Extremities

Eye of the Needle

Fargo

Gaslight

House of Cards

Jaws

Manchurian Candidate

Midnight Lace

Misery

North by Northwest

Notorious

Pulp Fiction

Rear Window

Rosemary’s Baby

Silence of the Lambs

Sleuth

The Desperate Hours

The Hunt For Red October

The Lives of Others

The Sting

Titanic

To Catch a Thief

Usual Suspects

Wait Until Dark

Witness

Witness for the Prosecution

 

Epic/Romance/Drama/General

2001: A Space Odyssey

A Man and a Woman

A Man For All Seasons

A Passage to India

A Place in the Sun

A Room With a View

All About Eve

Amadeus

An Affair to Remember

Anne of the Thousand Days

Back to The Future

Best in Show

Bread and Tulips

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Broadcast News

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Casablanca

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Central Station

Charley

Cinema Paradiso

Citizen Kane

Destry Rides Again

Easy Rider

Empire of the Sun

From Here to Eternity

Gandhi

Gentleman’s Agreement

Gone with the Wind

Grand Illusion

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Italian for Beginners

Juno

King of Hearts

Lawrence of Arabia

Life is Beautiful

Love Actually

Love Story

MASH

Michael

Moonstruck

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Mrs. Henderson Presents

Mrs. Miniver

Now, Voyager

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

Out of Africa

Pan’s Labryinth

Pretty Woman

Quiz Show

Rosemary’s Baby

Ryan’s Daughter

Sabrina

Saturday Night Fever

Saving Private Ryan

Shawshank Redemption

Sophie’s Choice

Splendor in the Grass

Stagecoach

Stand and Deliver

Star Wars

The Big Chill

The Darjeeling Limited

The Graduate

The Great Escape

The Human Stain

The Lion in Winter

The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit

The Philadelphia Story

The Red Shoes

The Thomas Crown Affair

The Way We Were

To Kill a Mockingbird

When Harry Met Sally

Wuthering Heights

 

Musicals

Camelot

Gigi

High Society

Mary Poppins

Moulon Rouge

My Fair Lady

Oklahoma

Oliver

Once

Pal Joey

Singin’ in the Rain

Sound of Music

South Pacific

West Side Story

Wizard of Oz

 

Documentary

An Inconvenient Truth

Mad Hot Ballroom

Man on Wire

March of the Penguins

Shoah

 

Foreign

Amarcord

Au Revoir Les Enfants

Chocolat

Cinema Paradiso

Grand Illusion

Il Postino

Jules et Jim

Roshomon

Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Under the Same Moon

 

Children/Family

Akeelah and the Bee

Babe

ET

Fantasia

Miracle On 34th Street

Newsies

Shrek

Toy Story

Tangled

 

Sports

A League of Their Own

Bend It Like Beckham

Breaking Away

Chariots of Fire

Miracle

Remember The Titans

Rocky

Rudy

Slap Shot

The Express

The Hoosiers

The Natural

We’ve got a few more Rom-Coms that you might like.

Favorite and Classic Rom-Com Movies