10 Movies I Stop Flipping Channels For

You might have guessed by now that we watch a lot of TV here at MWTVG.  Part of all this TV watching we do is endless hours flipping channels because nothing good is on.  We’ve all been there.  Every now and then though, when you are flipping channels unable to find something good to watch you come across one of those movies that no matter where in the movie you are, the start or near the end, you stop your channel flipping and settle in.  Here for me are 10 of those movies.  The 10 movies I stop flipping channels for.

Legends of the Fall (1995)

legends of the fallBrad Pitt young and with long, dreamy hair?  It’s really not even a contest.  Aside from the dreamy Pitt in this movie, it really is a fantastic movie.  Chick flick?  Yes.  Good for everyone to watch?  Yes.







Backdraft (1991)

backdraftYou go.  We go.  I love this movie.  Set in the great city of Chicago and starring Kurt Russell, Robert DeNiro, and one of the Baldwins, this is another movie that I don’t care where it is in the run, I’ll stop and watch.







Far and Away (1992)

far and awayThe second Ron Howard directed movie on my list (Backdraft is also Ron Howard).  I know that again this is a chick flick, but again, it’s an awesome movie. Tom Cruise is crazy yes but you know what that guy does?  He makes fantastic movies.  Far and Away is one of my favorites of his and whenever it’s on TV, I’ll be watching it.






Rudy (1993)

rudyLiving here in Chicago, there are only 2 opinions about Notre Dame.  Either you love Notre Dame or you hate them with every fiber of your soul.  I am in the first camp for some reason.  I don’t really know why but I do love Notre Dame.  In all fairness though, ND fans are some of the worst people in the world.  It’s like the fans of the White Sox here in Chicago.  I don’t hate the White Sox at all, I just hate White Sox fans.  The same is mostly true of ND fans.  I usually don’t tell people I’m an ND fan because I don’t want to deal with their response.  Anyway, Rudy is one of the best sports movies ever made and when it’s on TV, I stop and watch.  I just love this movie.

(I just got goosebumps again watching this clip)


The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

shawshank redemptionI am not a lawyer so don’t quote me on the law here but, I do believe that it is part of the Constitution that this movie be running continuously on TV.  Only 250 people ever saw this movie when it was out in theaters but then it became a cult hit and once that happened, Ted Turner decided that this movie had to be run 24/7.  That’s ok though because even though it’s played all the time, I will still stop to watch it when I see it in the TV listings.  Get busy living or get busy dying.  That’s damn right.


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7 Comments on 10 Movies I Stop Flipping Channels For

  1. I'mThatGuy // August 26, 2013 at 10:22 am //

    I used to stop to watch any of the Lord of the Rings movies whenever they were on but I can’t any more because I’m out of vacation time at work. You have to have a large block of free time in place if you want to watch any of the Lord of the Rings movies.

  2. For me anything with Drew Barrymore is a must stop and watch. Top 2 are Music and Lyrics and 30 First Dates. You just don’t have a heart if you flip the channel when these are on TV.

    The other, and I can’t believe it didn’t make your list – Galaxy Guest. You have a last name Guy. Do I? Do I?

  3. fromengland // August 25, 2013 at 8:35 pm //

    Being that I am a visitor from England, may I respectfully enter A Fish Called Wanda in this discussion?

  4. East Coast Bias // August 25, 2013 at 2:54 pm //

    Airplane, Gladiator, and Cast Away are a few that come to mind. I don’t really know many off the top of my head but I do know them when I see them. Do Cinemax movies count?

    • Midwest Mark // August 25, 2013 at 3:19 pm //

      As a bunch of MWTVG’s, I think we can all agree that we stop (at least for a little while) on any/all Cinemax movies.

      Aside from that, I make a point to watch Roadhouse each and every time.

      • Midwest Mike // August 25, 2013 at 6:39 pm //

        I do not have Cinemax and I would have a very hard time convincing my wife that it is a channel that we need.

        • Midwest Mark // August 25, 2013 at 6:51 pm //

          Banshee is a good show. Strike Back is allegedly good too. Blame it on the “original programming”…

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