Movies With An “N!” From “Notting Hill” To “Nashville!” Heading “North By Northwest”! GOSH! “Napoleon Dynamite” Too!

Time To Celebrate Iconic Movie Images!

If you love movies, you also love iconic movie moments – like this shot of Cary Grant being chased by a small airplane…or this shot of an Anchorman who’s “mad as hell and not going to take it anymore!”

Both of these images can be found in this edition of “Movies A – Z” as I share ten great movies starting with the letter “N” – and since we are all living in some form of a #quarantinelife, now is the time to put in a good movie and escape the world – with that said, let’s go!

10 – “No Country For Old Men”

In 2007, the Coen Brothers took home multiple Academy Awards for their dusty thriller that takes place along the Rio Grande river…when a hunter accidentally stumbles upon money left from a drug deal gone wrong…here is the trailer:

Javier Bardem won Best Supporting Actor, Joel and Ethan Coen won Best Adapted Screenplay and shared the Best Director Oscar – and the film took home the Academy Award as Best Picture Of The Year.

It’s a gritty, compelling look at evil, and Tommy Lee Jones is also terrific as the policeman who is old enough to have seen it all – and tired of what he’s seen. One of their many masterpieces.

You want to lighten the mood up a bit? Well, I’ve got the guy who can do just that:

9 – “Napoleon Dynamite”

Jon Heder created an iconic movie character the moment he struck this pose:

Napoleon Dynamite lives with his grandma and his 32-year-old brother in Idaho – the film documents his quirky life – and his attempt to help his friend Pedro win the Class President crown at school. Here is the trailer:

The movie is funny, offbeat and full of memorable lines like this:

Kid on Bus: What are you gonna do today, Napoleon?
Napoleon Dynamite: Whatever I feel like I wanna do. Gosh!

If your taste is for something more “EPIC” in tone, then you need to watch this Robert Altman masterpiece right now:

8 – “Nashville”

Here is the plot summary from IMDB:

“This movie tells the intersecting stories of various people connected to the music business in Nashville. Barbara Jean is the reigning queen of Nashville but is near collapse. Linnea and Delbert Reese have a shaky marriage and 2 deaf children. Opal is a British journalist touring the area. These and other stories come together in a dramatic climax.”

Check out the trailer:

“Nashville” was nominated for Best Picture and Director in 1975, as well as for Supporting Actresses Ronee Blakley and Lily Tomlin.

Actor Keith Carradine won the Oscar for Best Original Song for “I’m Easy” – and The Criterion Collection just released a special edition of this great film, so check it out!

Here’s another Best Picture nominee, this one from 1976:

7 – “Network”

One of the best and most incisive looks at the power of media – with one of the cinema’s most iconic lines:

“I’m Mad As Hell, And I’m Not Going To Take It Anymore!”

Peter Finch posthumously won the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of a network news Anchorman who has a breakdown live on TV – check out the trailer:

William Holden and Faye Dunaway were both nominated as well, and Dunaway won for her portrayal as a “tough as nails” Network Executive who has no boundaries when creating hits…here is the iconic photo of her the following morning at the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel:

A brilliant film that is so prescient – because TV News is now wildly out of control – take a look:

Another classic movie on the “N” list is from Director Alfred Hitchcock:

6 – “North By Northwest”

Cary Grant stars as a New York advertising executive who is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies – here is the trailer:

This film is filled with iconic images – Hitchcock was, of course, a master of suspense until he very end…

OK, time to relax and have a laugh – and who better than Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts?

Original Cinema Quad Poster – Movie Film Posters

5 – “Notting Hill”

This is a charming romantic comedy set in London’s Notting Hill neighborhood, where a local bookstore owner happens to meet – and fall in love with – the most famous Actress in the world…here is the trailer:

Two of the world’s biggest stars in 1999 working together in a charming, funny and romantic movie – and for those who have seen it, my review came straight from the pages of “Horse & Hound!”

Speaking of “news”, how about this intense look at freelance news photographers in LA:

4 – “Nightcrawler”

This is a devastating look at the predatory world of freelance news photographers, known as “Nightcrawlers”.

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Louis Bloom, a con man desperate for work, who muscles his way into the world of L.A. crime journalism.

Here is the trailer:

Rene Russo also stars as Nina, a veteran of LA’s TV news scene, who hires Lou to get her the scoops before anyone else – before long, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.

A really perceptive film!

Here’s another movie shocker, from a great Director who sadly passed away:

3 – “Night Of The Living Dead”

This ultra-low budget film changed horror movies forever – here is the original trailer:

Director George Romero risked everything when he made the ultra low budget “Night Of The Living Dead”, and the list of filmmakers who have referenced its influence is large…sadly, Romero passed away, but he left us with some enduring classics – here is a homage to his life:

Ron Howard went from acting to Directing such great films as “Apollo 13” and “A Beautiful Mind”, but this was his first major studio effort:

2 – “Night Shift”

Howard’s “Happy Days” co-star Henry Winkler plays a timid Morgue Supervisor whose life is turned upside down when a new co-worker arrives….here is the trailer to this 1982 comedy:

Of course, Keaton decides to turn the morgue into a brothel!

Chuck Lumley: As we sit here and idly chat, there are woman, female human beings, rolling around in strange beds with strange men, and we are making money from that.
Bill Blazejowski: Is this a great country, or what?

“Night Shift” is a funny movie that made Michael Keaton a star…always fun to watch.

Finally, I love “film noir”, and I love Gene Hackman, so naturally this 1975 film would end up on my list:

1 – “Night Moves”

Gene Hackman stars as a Private Investigator sent to find an aging movie star’s granddaughter. Here is the trailer:

Melanie Griffith had her first major film role, and “Night Moves” was directed by Arthur Penn, who also made “Bonnie & Clyde” among many other great films…I love Gene Hackman as an Actor, and you can read about his ten greatest roles here:

There you go, a list of ten great films with the letter “N”!

If you want to see what showed up on earlier lists, there’s this classic poster from the letter “A”:

that’s just one of the films I covered in the alphabet – here’s a look at all of the movies from “A-F”:

As the alphabet progressed, I tried to include some offbeat films as well as foreign films like this one:

John Woo’s action classic showed up on the “H” list, and here are all of the films from “G” to “L”:

Finally, the great character Actor Dennis Farina was in my list of “M” films, for his great comedic turn as Mobster Jimmy Serrano in “Midnight Run”:

You can see all of my movies that begin with an “M” here:

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23 replies

  1. What a great list of movies I should re-see. Thanks a bunch. HAve a great a week.


  2. I’ve only ever seen Notting Hill from this list and just happened to have re-watched it last week.


  3. Napoleon is one of my all time fav movies!

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  4. Enjoyed reading this! Atlhough Notting Hill is the only film I’ve seen among the roster. Napoleon Dynamite and Nightcrawler tops my curiosity. Thank you for the weekend coffee share.

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  5. I actually saw Notting Hill and liked it very much. Bought the DVD. think I will look for it, this weekend. Thank you!

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  6. I had forgotten about Night Shift. I love that movie! And, North By Northwest is a favorite. What a classic. Thanks, John!

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  7. Really good list. I remember “Night Shift” as one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen. Michael Keaton is great for sure but I also think Henry Winkler is amazing. I loved him in “Holes” too. I just got my daughter to watch “Rear Window” with my this week and I told her that our next Hitchcock film would be “North By Northwest.” She is having trouble understanding how someone would not be able to escape from a crop duster (“Couldn’t he just go inside, Mom?”) but I told her she had to see the film to understand! 🙂

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  8. Nice choice, John. A couple I have yet to see.

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  9. Great choices John. My favs are: Network, North by Northwest, and Nightcrawler.

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  10. This is a lot of N movies, John. I loved Notting Hill although Hugh Grant’s subsequent behaviour put me off hi a bit. I think Julia Robert’s has the most amazing smile.

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  11. A real mix of genres with some great selections, John. I was very impressed by ‘Nightcrawler’ when I watched it earlier this year.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  12. I have enjoyed Notting Hill a few times – and Night Shift once.

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