Movies I’m willing to buy to own

I stopped buying movies a while ago, partially because to buy every movie I want to see isn’t sustainable, but also because of the big bought between HD DVDs and Blu-ray technology. I used to buy all sorts of movies on DVD, mainly because I really wanted to own them. But since picking up the Netflix bug a couple of months ago, the desire to own a lot of movies has left me. Instead, I only really want to buy movies that I already really enjoy, and want to have for the purposes of a commentary or many repeated viewings.

In light of this realization, and the likelihood of my purchasing a Blu-ray player sometime this year, I’ve been compiling a list of my all time favorite movies. Thought I would share them here. Any of your favorites listed? Or any you think I should add?

So here they are. And just for fun, let’s try to split them up into genres, as given by Netflix’s categorizing (yeah, I trust them):

Dark Humor

  • Fight Club
  • Matchstick Men
  • 12 Monkeys

Psychological Thriller

  • Memento
  • Seven
  • Saw (the first is the only one that still blows me away)

Crime Thrillers

  • Pulp Fiction
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Crash
  • Ocean’s 11, 12, 13

Sci-Fi Thrillers

  • The Matrix
  • X-Men (first one)
  • The Terminator (the first three, at least)
  • Batman
  • Batman Begins and The Dark Knight


  • Ghostbusters (again, just the first one)
  • Back to the Future (the whole trilogy)
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • Groundhog Day
  • Snatch


  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • American History X
  • Donnie Darko
  • V for Vendetta

Action Thrillers

  • Casino Royale (not to mention the entire EON Bond series)
  • Die Hard (first one)
  • The Bourne Identity (and the other two)
  • Lethal Weapon (at least the first one)

This is the list I’ve compiled so far. Put together your own. The guiding rule I use is that in order for a movie to be on this list I have to want to suggest others see these movies. All time favorites only.

I’ll update this post as I think of more.

One thought on “Movies I’m willing to buy to own

  1. I love almost all these…two that i would add off the top of my head…Lost in Translation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I’ve tried to only buy movies that i know i love and/or that i know i can use for teaching purposes.

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