Movie Marathon Ideas

I do not know of anyone who doesn’t like to watch movies, be it a local movie or foreign one, we all love to just sit back, eat a popcorn, letting it take us anywhere or to a different dimension, amaze us, inspire us and some make us cry.  Every once in a while we don’t just watch one movie at a time but a couple of movies, every once in a while we want to do a movie marathon.  And sometimes we do not just watch random movies, we choose which movies you watch for the day based on theme, genre or another.  Today we list down some movie marathon ideas you can consider the next time you sit on the couch.  But this list would not include any movie franchises like Star Wars or Lord of the Rings or any trilogies like Godfather or Back to the Future because these movies would surely occupy all the top ten, we want to consider some movies, separate movies for everybody’s pleasure and entertainment. 

1.  1994 Movie Masterpieces

Forrest Gump, Shawshank Redemption and Pulp Fiction

1994 Best Movies1994 was the year when three of the best movies of all time came out to theaters, and we thanked heaven for that.  From Robert Zemeckis’ Forrest Gump, a story of a simple man with a low I.Q. who accomplished great things in life, to Frank Darabont’s prison drama about two prisoners who bonded over the years of their incarceration in the Shawshank Redemption, to Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction about different stories of crime that are interrelated, three different genre of movies which came out of the same year.  The Academy Awards gave its highest accolade to Forrest Gump, but fans of the other two films protested.  Watch these three movies and choose your own best movie, and I can assure you, you will have a hard time choosing.

2.  Romantic Comedy Movies

50 First Dates, The Proposal and The Wedding Singer

Rom-Com MoviesHaving a bad day?  Try watching these three movies to help you get through the rest of the day.  These are all laugh-out-loud comedies with the touch of romance that would make you feel good.  I would’ve put Blended instead of The Proposal, to make it all Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore’s movies, but I honestly thought the latter was much more superior than the former in terms of story and comedic scenes.

3.  Christopher Nolan’s Movies

The Prestige, Memento and Inception

Christopher Nolan's MoviesIf you haven’t watched any films of Christopher Nolan, (seriously, not even the Dark Knight movies?) you are missing half of your movie-experience life.  Nolan is the Man, the genius behind some of the greatest, thought-provoking, smartest movies of all time .  Please, do yourself a favor, turn on that blu-ray and watch these movies, and thank me later.

4.  Russell Crowe Movies Marathon

The Insider, A Beautiful Mind and Gladiator

Russel Crowe's MoviesRussell Crowe is one seasoned actor capable of portraying different roles.  Whether he is playing John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician in A Beautiful Mind or Maximus Decimus Meridias, a powerful Roman general who was betrayed by the son of the deceased Roman Emperor and came back as a gladiator in Gladiator or as a former research biologist and chemist Jeffrey Wigand in The Insider, he always made sure to perfect the role.  You watch each movie one after the other and you will realize that Russell Crowe is indeed phenomenal.

5.  World War II Movies

Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List and The Pianist

World War II MoviesIf there are movies that would surely make you reach for that kleenex, these definitely are World War II movies.  It doesn’t matter whether you experience living in the time of war or you just simply read about it, it shoots you right in the feels.  These three movies about World War II showed different facets of war, its atrocities and repercussions.

6.  Martin Scorsese’s Gangster Movies

The Goodfellas, Casino and The Departed

Scorsese's Gangster MoviesI remember the speech given by Leonardo DiCaprio to pay tribute to Martin Scorsese when he, Scorsese, received the Cecil B. DeMille Award in Golden Globes back in 2010, DiCaprio said that in the future the name Scorsese would be synonymous to film making as Picasso, Da Vinci, Shakespeare and Bethoven are synonymous to their respective fields.  These three movies are only some of Scorsese’s greatest masterpieces but enough to merit him as one of the greatest film-makers of all time.

7.  High School Movies

Dazed and Confuse, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and The Breakfast Club

High School MoviesIf you are feeling a little bit nostalgic or you simply love movies about teens or youth, then these are the movies suitable for you.  These movies, although the theme is about teens and their pains and troubles, solidified their rank on list of the top movies ever made.

8.  Sci-fi Movies

Interstellar, Gravity and 2001:  Space Odyssey

Sci-Fi MoviesSeldom do we hear sci-fi movies in the same breath of the classic and greatest movies ever, but these three movies have paved the way to have sci-fi films be recognized.  Great cinematography, flawless acting, impeccable writing and great storyline are all present on these films that made them memorable and classic in their own way.

9.  Classic Romantic Comedy Films

Sleepless in Seattle, While You Were Sleeping and Pretty Woman

Classic Rom-ComThese movies can be considered chick-flicks but even men can appreciate them.  Who wouldn’t fall in love with Meg Ryan or Sandra Bullock or Julia Roberts’ characters in their respective films?  And surely, they don’t make films like these anymore.  I miss the 90’s.

10.  Quentin Tarantino Movies

Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained

Quentin Tarantino'sQuentin Tarantino is the only one in this kind of movie genre.  He is one of the best film makers, along with Scorsese, Spielberg, Zemeckis, Scott, etc that are still active and still giving us the pleasure of watching quality movies.

So, what are you waiting for? Turn on that blu-ray, heat up the popcorn and watch a movie!

46 thoughts on “Movie Marathon Ideas

    1. Thank you for your suggestions! I’ve been wanting to watch Lawrence and Bridge for a long time now but still hasn’t gotten to watching it. But I’ll definitely check these out. 😀

  1. I’m a sucker for watching the Die Hard movies, Ghost Busters, Waynes World, Austin Powers, And known for watching 007 over a couple month period.

  2. Undecided between 1,3 and 8. BUT Switch Gravity with The Martian, and if you actually like Sci-Fi, I can throw in there Moon and / or The Europa Report.

    Nice lists.

  3. You paired the movies really well. I can never pin a marathon list down and stick with it. I’m always the one that keeps switching the last one or two out!

  4. These are all great ideas! I could have really used this post last week when I was laid up after some surgery. Instead, I ended up following your lead and binge-read a bunch of books! Next time we’ll have to coordinate this better, lol. 🙂

  5. I am fortunate to have a friend who collects films – he has around 4,000 and I some times ‘take out’ 8 to 10 a week because TV bores the life out of me. His wife used to be a librarian so guess who keeps control of the ‘loans’ to his friends? :-o)

  6. Good selection. Movies are my passion. My favourite and if you haven’t do try to get it….Come September…. I am named after the leading lady. Just something cheery to add to your nice countdown. Cheers.

  7. Great selections! Movie marathons are the perfect way to have an evening in with friends and family, but it can sometimes be so difficult to find two movies that compliment each other and work together well. My dad and I work really hard to find perfect movie pairings, and its nice to see other people forming their own as well. 😀

  8. So many perfect movies and marathon ideas on this list! It sparks so many marathon ideas of my own and reminds me of movies I haven’t watched in years!
    I’m currently working on a list of my all-time favorites (although it’s more of a novel than a list) I’m really excited to post it and see what others think and recommend to watch just as those have done for you here!
    Great writing! Great ideas! Great experiences!

  9. Agreed! Especially with the movie “The Pianist”. I cried almost throughout the entire movie the first time…still one of my favourites though!

  10. I love this post! I have always loved movies, and then I met my now-husband. He’s a huge movie buff. I can’t wait to show this to him, and then do my own list! Thanks!

    p.s., Thanks for the like on my Elevation Church post!

    Laura Beth
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    1. to say that that movie is your favorite is an understatement. haha😀 not surprised, though, it’s a brilliant film

  11. Yeah, I am a movie buff. I kind of like the classics but there are some swell more or less modern films that I really get into from time to time. I was especially taken with things like “E.T., The Extraterrestrial” at one time but of late I find “Gravity” to be absolutely outstanding. I do still love to re-watch “2001, A Space Oddesy” sometimes because for some reason it never quite seems to become dated … in a special way … Can’t explain it!

    1. I have a confession to make: the first time i watched 2001: A Space…I didn’t really like it. I didn’t get what the fuss was all about. Only on my second viewing that I seemed to like it! E.T. is one of favorites!😂

  12. Great marathon list. I’m traveling next week on a 6hr flight. I might just have to watch a couple of this. A confession: I haven’t seen Schindler’s List. I might just watch that on the plane and then I might have to end the flight with something happy to watch. 🙂

    Ron | Nearby Wanderer

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