Well ultimately that is up to you, but I always like to play into the crowd. If your guest list mostly consists of film buffs then I like to play the classics, but if your friends are more of a sci-fi crowd then pick something that they will enjoy. Here are a few movie suggestions to get you started.
I am a sucker for the classics so trying to pick my top five was a bust. How about my top seven favorite classics instead?
- The Godfather: Part 1 (1972) & II (1974)
- Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
- Casablanca (1942)
- Psycho (1960)
- Rear Window (1954)
- Citizen Kane (1941)
- The Wizard of Oz (1939)
I love Disney movies and my favorites for a movie night are The Lion King (classic), Wall-E, Finding Nemo (two of my favorite Pixar flicks) and one of the newer ones, Inside Out.
For a mystery movie it depends on what kind of tone you want to set for the night. If you want more fantasy go with Inception. If it feels like a sci-fi night then check out Interstellar. If you want your mystery to involve some drama then go for Gone Girl or for something more crime-based pop in The Secret in Their Eyes.
If you love drama films as much as I do, the list of options can be daunting. Aside from the go-to films (like There Will Be Blood or One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) there are a lot of choices. If you like biography I suggest The Wolf of Wall Street or Into the Wild. If your guests want a drama but you want a romance check out A Beautiful Mind. Looking for a night of action and adventure? Look into Saving Private Ryan, Apocalypse Now or The Grand Budapest Hotel. The Dark Knight, Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas, The Silence of the Lambs, Fargo and Memento are great if you are drawn to crime dramas. For more of a thrill check out The Revenant, The Dark Knight Rises, The Imitation Game, Scarface and Kill Bill: Vol. 1.
If fantasy and sci-fi are more your thing then check out dramas like Lord of the Rings or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Or if you want something lighter try Back to the Future. For a night packed with action I suggest Terminator, The Matrix and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Interested in a sci-fi crime film? Watch A Clockwork Orange.
For scary movies I suggest The Shining, The Sixth Sense, Shutter Island, Jaws and The Ring.
I hope this gives you guys a few ideas on what to show at your next movie night!