Movie List of Shame

Published on June 11, 2009

Way back when I signed up for Netflix, I added a bunch of movies I had never seen to my queue. Several of these movies fall into what I call my “list of shame” (I’m borrowing the term from Dan Trachtenberg of the The Totally Rad Show). These are movies that everyone but me had already seen, and are fairly seminal. Yesterday, Dustin and I were discussing what qualifies a movie for the “list of shame” and I’m not sure I have a steadfast rule. For the most part, it’s a movie that, if I told most anyone I hadn’t seen it, they would say incredulously, “You haven’t seen that?!?”

Anyways, I thought it would be fun to share a few movies from my list, along with the rating I ultimately gave it at Netflix (using their 5 star rating scheme):

  • Beverly Hills Cop (5)
  • Big Trouble in Little China (4)
  • Billy Madison (4)
  • The Birds (4)
  • The Blues Brothers (4)
  • Caddyshack (3)
  • The Dirty Dozen (4)
  • Doctor Strangelove (5)
  • The Godfather (5)
  • The Godfather: Part II (4)
  • The Goonies (4)
  • Groundhog Day (4)
  • Happy Gilmore (4)
  • It’s a Wonderful Life (4)
  • Jaws (4)
  • Saturday Night Fever (4)
  • Scarface (4)
  • Smokey and the Bandit (4)
  • Spaceballs (3)
  • Tron (4)

For the most part, I really enjoyed every movie on this list. And I can now say “yes, I’ve seen that” when asked by someone about these movies. There are still a few upcoming movies on my queue that fit this bill (including Citizen Kane, The Godfather: Part III, and Blazing Saddles). Do you have movies on your “list of shame?” If so, what are they?



Hmm.. there are probably a lot on my list, including nearly anything produced before the late 80’s. I’d propose two more list of shame categories: universally beloved movies that you didn’t like (and might be ashamed to tell someone you didn’t like), or terrible movies that you did like. I didn’t like Forrest Gump and Batman Begins, for example, and most people would tell me I’m crazy. And I really enjoyed Star Wars Episodes 2 and 3, despite the generally negative reactions they received. (I still agree that Episode 1 was nearly unwatchable, though.)

Those other two categories are interesting, though I’m not sure what I’d put in each. I absolutely hated “Fight Club” (so much so that I stopped watching about half-way through). But most movies I’ve seen are enjoyable to me. Maybe because I only watch stuff I’m interested in.

You didn’t like Forrest Gump? You are indeed a crazy person… 😉

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