There's a whole load of Woody Allen films I could put in here, but this one has the right mix of slapstick and sentiment. A pretty much perfect comedy.
(1977) Starring:Janet Margolin, Colleen Dewhurst, Woody Allen Director:Woody Allen Certificate:
Woody Allen directs, co-writes and stars in this Oscar-winning romantic comedy. Neurotic comedian Alvy Singer (Allen) falls for the titular heroine (Diane Keaton), a budding singer, and the two of them attempt to build a solid relationship. They face problems, however, which include their opposing ..read more »
Pretty much every line is a great quote. Even now, more than 20 years on (ouch), it just gets better every time you watch it.
Withnail And I
(1986) Starring:Michael Elphick, Daragh O'Malley, Richard Griffiths Director:Bruce Robinson Certificate:
Bruce Robinson's celebrated cult comedy starring Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann. It's the end of the 1960s and two out-of-work actors, Withnail (Grant) and 'I' (McGann), subsist on a diet of booze, drugs and fags in their revolting Camden flat. In order to escape the depressing nexus of visits ..read more »
Who goes mad and throws himself at the fence? Who goes blind? Who gets claustrophobia in the tunnel? Who gets caught by being tricked into speaking English? It's only by watching over and over again you get to know this stuff off by heart.
The Great Escape
(1963) Starring:James Garner, Angus Lennie, James Donald Director:John Sturges Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
During World War Two, a collection of hardened Allied prisoners are kept in an 'escape-proof' German camp. Led by the 'Big X' (Richard Attenborough), the men formulate a plan for a mass breakout, digging three tunnels - Tom, Dick and Harry. The team behind the escape includes a near-blind forger of ..read more »
Not sure why this one became such a part of my life. Part of the fun is the way that they had to educate a cinema audience into the language of an organised crime. 'A hit is...'
(1951) Starring:Ted De Corsia, Everett Sloane, Zero Mostel Director:Raoul Wa, Bretaigne Windust Certificate:
Realistic crime drama with Humphrey Bogart as a crusading District Attorney out to crush the Mob. All his witnesses are being murdered before they can testify, until he interviews Teresa Davis, roommate of the latest victim. When Bogey realises that it was Teresa who witnessed the gangland murder, ..read more »
There's a load that should be on this list because of my children, who only really start to enjoy a film after they've watched it about 200 times. This one has never really stopped playing.
Toy Story 2
(1999) Starring:Wallace Shawn, Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer Director:Lee Unkrich, John Lasseter Certificate:
"Toy Story 2" is the exciting, all-new sequel to the landmark 1995 computer-animated blockbuster from Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios. This time around, the fun and adventure continue when Andy goes off to summer camp and the toys are left to their own devices. Things shift into ..read more »
No matter how many times you watch it, the bit when they play La Marseillaise still gets to you.
(1942) Starring:Marcel Dalio, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid Director:Michael Curtiz Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
Classic war-time drama which has been mis-quoted for decades. During World War II former lovers Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilse (Ingrid Bergman) are reunited by chance in Casablanca, where he runs a nightclub and she, with her husband (Paul Henreid), is working for the French Resistance. ..read more »