Family Movie Night

Now that my sons are 12 and 13, I’ve started introducing them to my favorite movies. There are so many amazing old movies that just aren’t on their radar—from films I watched with my own parents like Charade and Rear Window, to box office hits from when I was their age like The Lost Boys and Rocky. Movie night gives me an excuse to revisit favorites that I haven’t seen in forever, and getting their take is priceless. With a classic movie, delicious takeout, and homemade popcorn, I look forward to family movie night every week.

The Outsiders

Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s 1960s coming-of-age novel, features an incredible teen cast that includes Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe & Matt Dillon.

The Goonies

A fun movie for the pre-teen set, Goonies follows a group of kids on their hunt to find buried treasure after discovering a pirate treasure map.

The Lost Boys

Way before Twilight, teen vampires were all the rage in this 1987 movie.

King Kong 

While there have been a ton of remakes, none compare to the campy 1933 original about a giant gorilla who falls for a blonde starlet.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

A 1960s musical comedy, starring Dick Van Dyke, as an eccentric inventor who creates a magical flying car for his children. The script was co-written by Roald Dahl and based on the novel by James Bond creator. Ian Fleming

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

The quintessential buddy movie, Robert Redford and Paul Newman star in this true tale of two bank robbers who flee to Bolivia to escape capture.

American Graffiti

Set in the 1950s, American Graffiti follows a group of teens headed for college, trying to make their last night at home a night to remember.

Tootsie

Dustin Hoffman is hysterical as an unemployed actor so desperate for work he disguises himself as a woman to land a role on a soap.

Rocky

Just like his down-on-his-luck hero, Rocky Balboa, Sylvestor Stallone was an unknown, struggling actor who wrote and sold Rocky with the catch that he be the film’s star. Beating the odds,  Stallone’s boxing movie ended up a hit, making him a star, and earning three Oscars including Best Picture in 1976.

Splash

Tom Hanks stars as a New Yorker trying to cope with the fact that his dream girl happens to be a mermaid.

The Thin Man Series

Former detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora, make a clever and funny crime solving team as they investigate a murder.

The Swiss Family Robinson

There are a few film versions of this classic tale, but the 1960s Disney retelling of the Robinson family’s adventures as castaways on a deserted tropical island, is definitely the best.

Charade

Often mistaken for a Hitchcock film, this clever thriller set in Paris is the only film to ever pair screen icons Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant.

The Great Train Robbery

Sean Connery & Donald Sutherland star in this reimagining of a famous 19th century British crime about a plot to steal gold from a moving train.

Rear Window

This classic voyeuristic suspense thriller, from Alfred Hitchcock, features Jimmy Stewart as a wheelchair-bound man who is convinced his neighbor has committed a murder.

James Bond Ultimate Collector’s Set

Includes 21 Bond films including my favorites From Russia with Love and Dr. No