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More Surfer Stoppers: Movies that compel you to watch until the end

Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint in 'North By Northwest,' which was released in 1959. The gray suit worn by Grant throughout the movie was named as the best in movie history and the most influential on men's style.
Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint in 'North By Northwest,' which was released in 1959. The gray suit worn by Grant throughout the movie was named as the best in movie history and the most influential on men's style.

Godfather I and II. Ocean's Eleven. Shawshank.

Several years ago, I wrote about these and other movies that I call “Surfer Stoppers” – movies that compel you to stop surfing the television and watch them to the end.

Here are more movies on that list:

-- Goodfellas: “What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny?” Joe Pesci and Martin Scorcese in their prime. The third-best mafia movie ever made, behind Godfather I and II.

-- The Sting: Gritty and slick at the same time. Newman and Redford at their best. The twist at the end remains one of the greatest endings in movie history.

-- North by Northwest: Perfectly cast Cary Grant doesn’t know what he’s up against, thanks to director Alfred Hitchcock. Love the late-1950s automobiles, rail cars, clothes and furniture. (In 2006, GQ named the gray suit worn by Grant during the film as the best suit in movie history.)

-- The Apartment: Satire from 1960 about the corporate world and requisite romantic liaisons. Jack Lemmon was on point and Shirley MacLaine even better in portraying innocence and naivete as the mistress of a married executive.

-- Serendipity: Underrated chick flick with an interesting premise and sweet ending. Starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale with a solid supporting performance by Jeremy Piven.

-- Blazing Saddles: “Mongo only pawn in game of life.” Mel Brooks’ finest. Saw this on campus in college and several of us literally fell out of our chairs, laughing.

-- Groundhog Day: Sentimental yet not sappy. Bill Murray’s best performance – and yet he made it look easy. Someday, he will win an Oscar.

-- Caddyshack: Best-ever sports comedy. Bill Murray and Rodney Dangerfield in their respective comedic wheelhouses – and that includes plenty of ad-libbing. “So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.”

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