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The Movies You Watch Every Single Time They're On

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    It’s Sunday afternoon. You just took laundry out of the dryer and have some folding to do, so you turn on the TV. You’re flipping through the channels when you see it: Mean Girls. “But there are so many new episodes of [insert basically anything that’s come out since that movie did in 2004] piling up in your DVR that you should watch,” the rational side of your subconscious argues. “I’ll just watch until the scene when the Plastics dance at the talent show,” the side that has this movie memorized counters.

    Soon, your laundry is folded and put away, and you’re on your couch with some wine and popcorn. You have no idea how they even got poured or popped. Now that you’re this far along, you at least have to see the part where Cady (Lindsay Lohan) basically turns into a Plastic while she’s supposed to be working with Janis (Lizzy Caplan) to destroy Regina George (Rachel McAdams). And once you’re in that deep, it behooves you to see Cady’s triumph at the Mathletes State Championship (“The limit does not exist!”) and homecoming dance (“It’s just plastic”).

    A short while later, the credits are rolling, and you realize the number of times you've seen it has just gone up again. Dammit, Mean Girls. How do you do this every time?

    While we’re on the subject — dammit, every single one of the following movies. How do you get us to watch you no matter what? They must have a fifth sense...it’s like they have ESPN or something. They know we can’t turn them off.


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    The Wizard of Oz (1939)

    The gist:
    A girl from Kansas (Judy Garland) learns that there’s no place like home when she’s transported to the magical land of Oz during a tornado.

    Why it’s so watchable: The songs, the characters, the extremely American moral that happiness is right in your own backyard, Toto...the list goes on and on.

    Watch it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes

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    The Godfather (1972)

    The gist: It’s hard to resist watching Marlon Brando in one of his finest performances, as Don Corleone, the patriarch of an organized-crime family trying to land on an agreeable successor (who also wants the job). Feel free to stay for Part II (1974) if it’s on immediately after.

    Why it’s so watchable: You dare to question me on this, the day my daughter is to be married?

    Watch it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes

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    Grease (1978)

    The gist: Boy (John Travolta) and girl (Olivia Newton-John) fall in love on summer vacation, thinking they’ll never see each other again. Nope! She shows up at his high school that fall, threatening his tough-guy reputation.

    Why it’s so watchable: The songs, the choreographed dancing, the hand jive.

    Watch it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix

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    The Breakfast Club (1985)

    The gist: Five students, each representing different high school archetypes, are stuck together in Saturday detention. As the day goes on, they realize they’re not as different as they might think.

    Why it’s so watchable: Really, every John Hughes movie deserves a spot on this list. His films perfectly capture what it’s like to be a teenager.

    Watch it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes

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    Dirty Dancing (1987)

    The gist: A hunky dance instructor (Patrick Swayze) helps a sheltered teen (Jennifer Grey) break out of her shell at a Catskills resort.

    Why it’s so watchable: You’ll have the time of your life watching everyone realize that nobody puts Baby in a corner.

    Watch it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes