You’re a Film Buff If…

Do you love classic movies? Of course you do, that’s why you’re here! But in case you are still uncertain, today’s guest post by Rick 29 will help you make up your mind once and for all:

Let’s dispense with any formal definition of “film buff.” I suggest that you’re a film buff if any of the following criteria apply to you:

1. While channel surfing, you join a good movie in progress, and watch the rest of the movie (even though it may require you to adjust your plans for the rest of the day).

2. After you watch a movie, you go look up its cast and crew to learn more about them.

3. While reading about the cast and crew, you see they were in another interesting movie, and start reading about that one. Then, while reading about that movie, you’re diverted to another and so on. (This happens to me far too frequently…I sometimes forget what film I was reading about in the first place.)

4. You browse through the TV schedule as soon as it’s published and set your video recording device to ensure you don’t miss any desired movies.

5. You’re willing to give a famous movie a second chance even though you didn’t like it the first time around. (I was proud of my wife for giving Shane another try; she still didn’t like it…though I do!)

6. You keep a list of movies you want to see, but haven’t. (These may not even be famous films. Joseph Losey’s Finger of Guilt with Richard Basehart is on my list of want-to-see movies.)

7. You provide family members and friends with a list of DVDs as gift ideas for you.

8. You make family and friends watch classic movies with you…at least the ones you feel are required viewing.

9. You play movie games with family and friends on long trips. My wife and I play a variation of 20 Questions with movies and then challenge each other to list a specified number of movies starring a particular actor or about a particular subject (e.g., name 20 dog movies, 15 films with Cary Grant, all the James Bond films–bonus if in chronological order, etc.).

10. You read movie blogs–like you’re doing now!

Do you consider yourself to be a film buff? If so, let us know why in the comments!

Rick29 is a film reference book author and a regular contributor at the Classic Film & TV Café , on Facebook and Twitter. He’s a big fan of MovieFanFare, too, of course!

  • Gordon Stevens

    the MGM classic musicals are my favs……ON THE TOWN,MEET ME IN ST LOUIS are on top of my list

  • Gordon Stevens

    oh and Judys STAR IS BORN,I once told Judy I had seen it 33 times .She said “My aren’t you a glutton for punishment”

  • Sandyclarke47

    i love old movies, shane,rebecca.our grapes have tender leaves,a summer placce and the quiet man
    love movies period!~!

  • Jerseyjoe

    I guess I am. A few years ago I decided to start collecting films, almost all of them are ones that I want, it’s my collection, but a few I added because I thought my wife would like it too. Well, I was usually wrong, but right a few times. You would think I’d know after being together 42 years!!

  • Bit Part Blogger

    Perfect, Rick! Also, if you write a blog about movies, you don’t need to check any of the other items on your list, because we all know they are true.

    When I met my wife, she couldn’t understand why I had so many video tapes of old movies. Now she buys DVD collections of Garbo, Bette Davis, Busby Berkeley, etc.

  • Wayne P.

    You have IMDB on your favorites computer drop-down list even if you cant buy any more classics because youve run out of storage space…at least you can watch them on antenna TV, which reminds me of another thing am trying to do without (cable/satellite)…but, at least, when were in the retirement home, they can just prop us up and let the good times roll…:)

    • Rick29

      This one is a most worthy addition, Wayne!

      • Wayne P.

        Thanks, Rick29…you and Blair Kramer have become some of our most regular posters for the MU fanfare blog…its usually enjoyable stuff and almost always entertaining…”now, swing it!” (as the great Lionel Barrymore said in the finale of You Cant Take it With You before his harmonica duet with Edward Arnold)…or, if you dont like a comment…say, as Bette Davis did in Dangerous:  “…go ahead, crash it” before she literally drove into a tree…we can only guess that she didnt ‘watch out for that tree’ ;)

  • Cap’n Marvel

    I have always been a fan of all the old  B&W movies from 1930 on. Very few good films were made after 1960, and now… ooowie fey…. most have tried to out cuss, out sex, out fight each other to the point that nothing is left to the imagination…. oH for the good ol’ days…

    • KenR

      ….What imagination Cap’n? they dont use much these days — they are too busy packing in ‘color and movement’ to the extreme — hopeing you won’t notice theres almost no intelligent writing! ~ Give ‘em lots’a CGI action with no time to think, so ‘they’ don’t notice how dumb and irresponsible we film makers have become. Good one Marvel!  I can see what you mean….

      I do like 1960′s  “Walk on the Wild Side”  ~  “To Kill a Mockingbird” ~  “The Last Angry Man”
      “As the Sea Rages”  ~  ” Lonely are the Brave”  ~  “The Angry Silence”  “Walk Like a Dragon” to name just a few of the ‘off-beat’ titles, but your fairly spot on. The numbers of intelligent scripts have become fewer.

  • mghartman

    While I don’t consider myself a “buff” I do fit several of the list items.. I’m currently going through the AFI100 at my pace, I’ve seen about 45 of them, but moving from top to bottom I’m at #21 – Chinatown..

  • Aaron

    11. You feel compelled to cast your 1-10 vote on IMDB for every film or TV series you’ve ever seen,or even better,have in your DVD collection!

  • Joel

    I’ll watch anything with Barbara Stanwyck, Susan Hayward. Olivia de Havilland, Ronald Colman, Greer Garson, Ingrid Bergman or Humphrey Bogart!

  • truthpro

    I like the topic. I disagree with your itemized proofs — not because they are wrong, but they are “you,” your way, your habits, your way of thinking. I replay movies in my mind. I recall and integrate great lines into writing and conversation. I seek movie metaphors to achieve deeper intimacy in a discussion, then play “what if that movie . . .?” I have a movie fantasy life; it changes, but it is always there. I read lots of books, classics and academic resource material often, but love old fashioned mystery, melodrama . . . and love to imagine a well cast movie of a good book. I read books before and after seeing movies based on them; if the subject matter is deep, I go digging in the library, archives, even internet, and especially in other books on the same subject and other movies on the same subject. It matters to me how Guiness, Hopkins, Carlyle and Ganz play Hitler: Hitler is one hell of a “role.” It matters to see actors show great promise, become popular, and then do something constructive with their careers. I know the Shakespearean canon by heart, so I can always imagine what “next Shakespearean” or classical role would really “grow” this actor. I truly feel sadness and joy as actors take on challenges which stretch their art. I do not judge them for the performance; I do form opinions about the film and performances. Especially with young male matinee idols, I plead for them to get real training as actors at a real school like R.A.D.A. I plead for them to get stage experience early and regularly. I plead for them to make someone like Paul Scofield their icon rather than “today’s leading actor” whoever that might be. I saw a meteoric career for Matt Damon, which did not happen. I see one potentially for Hartnett, Radcliffe, Pattinson, Jesse Spencer . . . and yet I saw potential for Christopher Jones and James Franco (yes, past tense) with the right training, education and life challenges, and . . .? Finally, I have standards. I do have opinions on who were great as Hamlet, Macbeth, Prospero, Volumnia, Cleopatra; who were great in commedia dell’arte (Keaton, Chaplin, Sellers, Gleason, Carney); who were great in drama (Laughton, Redgrave, Connery, McKellen, Hopkins) and in comedy (Edith Evans, Judi Dench, Nathan Lane, Alec Baldwin). We could go on to musicals and opera, back to Moliere and Webster; we should know why Duse was unparalleled even by Bernhardt.

    Do you see the point? Think and live art, great art of all kinds, in an active expanding imagination. Forget “remembering.” “Unforgettable” does not need remembering. I like the author of this fine idea could and will go on cheerfully all my life: and if Channing Tatum pulls a trick from a Barrymore silent like Moby Dick, I’ll know it and approve.

  • Bryan Ruffin

    I love this! It fits me to a tee! I am guilty of far too many of these. I probably shouldn’t subject family members to the same things I watch, I mean, not everybody thinks John Wayne is great. Not everyone considers a movie to be worth watching simply because it is Black and White and has Bogie in it. I have a hard time even thinking of a world without these things…..but, I will let these people be wrong if they want to. ;D

    • KenR

      Hey Bryan, not too sure what it is that you like,..?  but if your post was to Cap’n Marvel, it seems your possibly talking about lots of MA’s ‘n R’s?  I like ‘a few’ of your type things too. BUT, follow your conscience — The fact that you wrote;  “your guilty of too many of these”  and  “I probably shouldn’t subject familly members to the same things” — tells us that, even you, deep down,  know many of these soulless items can be unhealthy.

      Also….it’s not all about John Wayne, Bogie, or B/W, it’s more about, Paul Muni, Tyrone Power,
      Crawfords, Barrymores, Great Writers, Great D.O.P’s, Wylers, etc…etc.

      As it  takes all kinds…thanks for allowing some of us to be ‘wrong’ ~ but not everyone can be ‘right’ either.  Enjoy……….

  • OZ ROB

    1,,I do not watch TV but me and the wife do watch a movie every evening…
    2,,Always looking at film reference books cast and crew like to read critics opinions,collect old film annuals etc..
    3,,Have discovered many great films by following leads artists other films ,directors,genres..
    4,,In the past have collected some late night rare gems,,Roadblock,Ramrod,,etc
    5,,Well we re-visited Sweet Sweetback.. recently and thoroughly enjoyed it,
     after having turned of in horror during the opening scenes once before, we did have visitors at the time who were not film enthusiasts !
    6,,Have a list of movies for upcoming orders and a list of movies i would like too see but not yet on DVD eg..The Naked Dawn,,E Ulmer….always checking the new releases…
    7,,We treat ourselves to regular large orders from M.U throughout the year….
    8,,Our grown sons enjoy the movies we select when they visit,one in particular is very interested in the classics after growing up sharing movie nights with us…
    9,,Movie crosswords are fun and can be challenging …
    10,, Like to look at movie related sites this being my favorite,learn of new films and facts from articles and comments,like to know about up coming releases 
    Well I reckon I have ticked all the boxes,,what do you think Rick29 ?…

    • OZ ROB

      P.S.. Just arrived today my latest order,, Silents,,Western ,,Musical..British & American Film Noir,,Sandal Epic ,,40s&50s Dramas,, Foreign,Russian,,Czech,,Polish,,Blaxploitation ..
      …and a big Thankyou to M.U. for over 10 years of fast and reliable service to OZ….

  • Susan

    I have a list of instructions for my wake and funeral that include: I want to set aside at least two viewing rooms at the mortuary that will run some of my classic favorites, I want to be dressed as Scarlett O’Hara (minus the Bob Mackie curtain rod through the shoulders cause my brothers think they’re funny), there will a portable and activated DVD player placed in with me as company (I won’t be lonely), there will be pics of my favorite stars glued to the lid above me, and if Robert Osborne outlives me-it would be nice if he could provide a recorded message for my funeral guests……his presentation should introduce a movie….of course.

    • Sharon

      Love it.  I want one just like that!

      • Twoshoes4u

        ME TOO!

    • Cadesgrams

       You heard of the Jeff Foxworthy saying “You would be considered a redneck if..” Well yours would be ” you would be considered a Classic Movie Buff if…” LOL This is great!

    • Cadesgrams

       PS My 27 yr. old daughter would love the Scarlett O’Hara choice!

  • Susan

    I’m leaving my DVD collection to the mortuary in case I’ve started a trend.

  • Ellenbadders

    I watch at least one movie on TCM every day!! I cannot live without that station!!  I have long and sometimes heated discussions with friends and family about which movies, actors etc are the best and my top five changes constantly. 

    • Cadesgrams

       Whenever I sign up for cable I alway make sure there are certain channels I like that are included and TCM is always on top of list!

  • Eddie

    I am really annoyed that many tv channels have discontinued the practice of showing the credits after a movie or they have sped them up so one can’t read them

    • Cadesgrams

       This drives me crazy also. Thats why on a DVD I like that you can stop and see who played a certain part or what music was being used or even where it was filmed at. The credits are important because some times I do jump in the middle of a movie and liked it and have waited for the credits to get more info and they have sped it up and all ready started the next movie! So truly annoying!!!

  • DIRK

    Okay, I have done ALL these things!  And not to brag, but everyone wants to be on my team when we play movie games!! LOL

  • Crbarclift

    Oh yes, I’m a film buff and I have been since the early 70′s.  Practically everything on the list above applies to me.  I’ve been ordering a great many movies on DVD lately, classics that I either haven’t seen or only saw years ago in the pre-cable days when late night movies were chopped up and commerical laden.  Some of the titles, Sweet Smell of Success, They Live By Night, Gun Crazy, Raw Deal, Born to Kill, Criss Cross, The Prowler (yes I love film noir), Island of Lost Souls, The Old Dark House, The Steel Helmet, A Matter of Life and Death (Powell/Pressburger), Kwaidan, Harakiri, Kuroneko, Onibaba, The Leopard, Pierrot Le Fou, Le Samourai, (and yes I love foreign films).  My favorite film site is the Criterion Collection site.  I’m 60 years old and I can honestly say that, for me, films are a spice that make life much more tasty. 

  • Gryoung

    Love to play the game, “What movie does this line come from?”

  • Diane

    My family and I are always using classic movie lines as a sort of code to each other so that we can carry on conversations with each other without anyone else knowing what we are talking about.

  • Bigfoot

    You’re also a film buff if you have your home decorated with framed First Sheets from your favorite films and have a separate DVD film library and book library dealing with film history.

  • steve chalke

    You’re a true film buff if you’ve seen the Josef Von Sternberg silent films “Underworld” and “Docks of New York”.  Film, qua film.

  • Smurray

    Love classic movies.  My husband is great at picking good movies.  We’ve watched and enjoyed many movies that as teens we would never be caught dead watching.  We’ve discovered many good ones…Kings Row, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Forever Young, Casablanca, Shane, Red River  and more.  We’ve come to appreciate the young Betty Davis, Ginger Rogers (the actress as well as dancer), Franchot Tone, Errol Flynn, Ronald Regan even Hogie Carmichael.  My husband picks up his phone and googles actors during movies!  What fun!  A lot of the newer movies sadly have resorted to foul language to replace real drama. 

    • KenR

      …Yep, know what you mean Smurry, but too many new movie viewers are so used to getting less, they don’t recognise the lack of depth in writting and general production anymore. Sure there were many duds back in the past, but if you know what to look for, you can’t miss.

      You mention “Kings Row” what a true classic!  My wife and I, have just discovered some of those long lost early Joan Crawford films ~ what a professional this woman was…long before we knew!   “Strange Cargo”  and if your in a thoughtful, sophisticated mood “The Razors Edge”  are just two other Gems anoung so many.  I also fully agree with the post that slamed TV for dropping the end credits off movies, OK they are long these days, but still a part of the over-all production ~ often mucks up a good Music Score as well! (all they want is the god almighty $dollar) K.R.

  • Rob in L.A.

    So, if you don’t obsessively watch classic movies on TV but only obsessively watch classic movies on DVD, that automatically disqualifies you from being a film buff?  There goes my membership!

  • Gary Smiler

    People come to me to ask questions about a particular film, plot year stars studio etc and I have been a film buff since childhood and will spend man hours watching in the theatre or on tv my favorite films

  • Woody Chandler

    I def consider myself a movie buff and identify myself as such on my business card. I wrote a movie review column for the command newsletter from 1987 to 1989 and hold a Film Studies Certificate from Pitt. 

  • Debbie

    I have a collection of over 3000 vintage movies. 95% are classics threst are modern (post 1960).

  • Cyfairbob

    I do almost of these things and probably more. I also like to research movie shooting locations and have been to the Alabama Hills near Lone Pine California, and Monument Valley in Utah, for example. The first location I remember visiting was the Griffith Park Observatory, scene of the knife fight from “Rebel Without a Cause”. It took me a lon time, but I did it!

    • Cadesgrams

      When Gone With the Wind was shown on TV the other nite Robert Osbourne mentioned that in Atlanta they have a “Gone With the Wind” trail that takes you through Atlanta showcasing important places etc. from movie. My 27 yr old daughter and I are planning on taking a vacation there when my granddaughter gets a little older. Some of places I like to visit are from old movies or books.

  • Del

    Guilty as charged. :)

  • Granny Mumantoog

    OMG! Whoever wrote this (Rick29) must be in my house watching me! Think I’ll send this to my family so they can have a chuckle. Not on the list but anytime I play Trivial Pursuit I always get 95% of the entertainment or movie related categories right. And Screen It games are kind of like cheating too.


    I just enjoy old movies. B/W even better

  • Gordon S. Jackson

    Just wrote a response to Rick29, posted it and got the message that it was being reviewed by a moderator.  Anyone else ever have this happen to them? It’s a new one on me, and we are not amused!

  • jkelleyjr

    Yes, especially film noir and mysteries

  • Rogerzotti

    I qualify. Do I win a prize? … In particular, i keep a movie list and occasionally come across the film, usually obscure, usually a film noir. I also keep an actors’ list; for example, “By golly, that’s a Charles McGraw, Marie Windsor,  or Ralph Meeker flick I haven’t seen and must…

  • Blackr423

    I do all of the above. My favorite web site during movies is IMDB and favorite channel is TCM. I check the line-up every morning so that I can see what I might need to record.

  • hockeyguy 08

    I watch classic movies almost exclusively.  I haven’t been to a theatre in probably 8 years because I just don’t find it to be enough of an experience that would stimulate me.  I can come in on a movie almost at any point and can name the main actors and their roles in the movie as well as many of the support actors.  My family finds this excessive but I enjoy the older movies when it took acting not CGI effects to make things interesting.
    I try to get them to watch along and often if they do they see the value but still can’t quite join in the the level that I am at.

  • Tony Caruana

    All ten applied to me.

  • Calif.Sunshine

    I thoroughly enjoy the classic movies THE BEST……..story lines, REAL actors doing their craft well,
    and the necessary escape factor…….your list of 10 really hit definition of FILM BUFF accurately, and
    I admit to being one !!  If not watching ON T.V.,  I’m acquiring DVD’s as they become available, so
    here’s to more enjoyable time well spent !!

  • MemphisChuck

    Agree with essentially all of the above- plus, can you identify the movie from the first five bars of the overture from the credits?

  • Spryor

    Ten out of ten!!  :-)

  • Watt

    I’d say I qualify, but, I don’t force it on everybody else.  The “pearls before swine” thing, you know.  Picking up Maltin’s book is always dangerous for me if I have anything else planned.

  • Finerdetailz

    I’m a movie buff cause I spend 90% of my tv viewing watching old movies. I’m a buff cause my DVR is constantly full of recorded movies from TCM. Most I haven’t seen snd some I have but want to see again. I’m a buff cause I listen to old radio podcasts if I’m not listening to sports. I’m a buff cause my reading material is either a biography of a classic star or a play now mag or a trivia book about the classics. I’m a buff cause old movies consume about 80% of my home life.

  • Christinekay

    Regarding No 6 of your article – did you know you can watch “Finger of Guilt” on YouTube (and I fancy watching it myself after reading your comments!).  As for me – it’s a lifelong addiction.  I have hundreds of books on film and love looking at them.  Even in my teens, I was into the Hollywood greats and knew about their lives and films.  I was (and still am) a big fan of the silent screen, and I feel really offended when I see people laughing and making fun of them – I take it very personally!  I still remember being very excited one day waiting for an episode of “Clapperboard” (a children’s guide to cinema on afternoon TV) because they were going to show a brief clip of a Mary Pickford film.  I think I was fifteen at the time, and seeing those few seconds of her made my day.  There was a magic about many of these films which is so hard to put into words, but I just felt they were special.  

  • cam

    you bet… 10/10. sometimes i look up movie info while the movie is in progress… i just can’t wait ’til the end! the moment you walk into my home, it’s obvious i’m a movie fan: film posters and movie soundtrack LP’s framed and displayed on the walls. my bookshelves are full of DVDs, some VHS tapes, and movie reference books. and i love it when a movie category comes up when I’m watching the Jeopardy! game show on tv. i ace nearly every question.

  • Patricialehman128

    I have loved movies ever since I was a kid. The oldies are the best. I think I answered yes to 9 out of your 10 revealtions if you’re a film buff. I don’t do lists. I collect old movies.  I look up bios of the actors even those in minor roles.  I sit with my laptop while I’m watching an old favorite and do lookups. I use the old film actors as my own acting study.  I do some theater now and then.  I look to the film actors. They are the real pros.

  • Anne Rouse Schulman

    This list really made me laugh, because it’s true.  And, yes, I am a film buff……

  • Gcagee1

    Love the list-can I add another one? You check out a cast list and see there are what I call interesting featured players or featured players that you like seeing on scree cause it just pleases you to see them in movies-Myron Healy Tris Coffin Edgar Buchanan  harry Lauter ..the list goes on….

  • Robin A. Kircher

    I have been a movie buff since I was a kid.  I just love movies!  According to the above description, I am definitely a movies buff!  I do all those things……………

  • Lorraine M.

    Yes! And I’d add do you go to TCM’s website for the weekly schedule to set reminders?

  • Ronald A. Wood

    Yes, and I also check out star actors and those great supporting actors on IMDB to find out if they are still alive and what movies they’ve made that I haven’t seen yet.

  • Dave

    I consider myself a movie buff because I do some of the things you mention and I’ll always watch a movie over TV programming and will always go to the big screen before watching on TV.  I own over two thousand movies as DVD and many of them I owned previously as VHS tapes.  I’ve been doing this since 1982.  I think my earliest movie is 1935  and the list goes up to the present.  My family and friends generally come to me with their questions and to borrow a disc of movies they havn’t seen in a long time but I don’t claim to be a know it all.  I’m still getting answers from people who know more then me.  It’s a never ending process that I love.  DAVE

  • Gcagee1

    Ron: you hit it right I also like watching the credits of “old” movies -you see names that later became famous in their own right but at the time where “up and comers”-

  • pocroc

    Your wife doesn’t like Shane?  And you’re still married to her?  Are you a masochist or what? Seriously,  I have to only think of the denouement scene between Shane and Joey to moisten up.  A truly genuine momemt in movie history.  What kind of troubled soul would not be moved?

  • Laura

    I’ve been a Classic movie fan since I was a little kid.  My father worked in Hollywood and always came home with some amazing juicy gossip about some star or another.  Daddy & I would watch movies on Saturday, Sunday and my mom & I would watch some old movie or another after I’d come home from school or at night.  I have had at one time or another (counting Beta, VHS or DVD) over 900 movies and proud of it!  Always win at Jeopardy or Trivial Pursuit in that category, hands down.  Robert Osborne is my personal god!



  • Johnny Sherman

    …..if you can name 10 actors in the movie ‘Winchester ’73′.
    Millard Mitchell, Paul Fix, Dan Duryea, Jimmy Stewart, Shelly Winters, John McIntire, Rock Hudson, James Best, Tony Curtis, Will Geer.
    I never can remember then name of the actor who played Stewart’s bad guy brother. 

  • Just in NC

    It’s mindnight and I’m reading this…what’d you think?

  • Maxfabien

    Regarding #1, I’ve often joined a movie “in progress” and get hooked watching the rest of it. This happens to me especially with three films, “Casablanca”, “All About Eve”, and “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane”.  I could add another sign to #9 that you’re a movie buff.  You can name all the winners of the Best Picture Oscar starting with “Wings”, all the way thru to “The Artist”,

  • Beansarelli

    Most definitely a film buff.  It started when I was a kid and the Million Dollar Movie played the same film all week long, then twice on Sat. and Sunday.  My first viewing of The High and the Mighty was through Million Dollar Movie.  I too own tons and tons of videos and dvd’s.  Both silent, b/w and color of as many movies as I can get my hands on.  My most favorite thing is to find a dvd with commentary.  I learn so much and come away appreciating the movie all the more.  I have a collection of autographs as diverse as Bette Davis, Vincent Price, Celeste Holm, Charlton Heston, Glenn Ford, Debbie Reynolds, Katharine Hepburn and Lillian Gish.  I always say that as long as there’s a movie on any subject found in a Trivial Pursuit game, I have a chance.  

  • Bryce_adams

    Not only do I look up cast and crew, I make it a point to buy movies with the ‘behind the scenes looks’ and the “making of’.

  • Rmordcav

    I am not! And you can’t make me!

  • Nefremov

    Classic movies are one of America’s best contributions to world culture. It’s shameful not to know at least something about what went before…

    • Frank

       Absolutely! Imagine an American literature beginning with, say, Stephen King….

  • Tango0

    Definitely a film buff. Have over 1600 dvd’s/blu rays. I will watch the same movie over and over again, even tho the wife says “You’ve seen this already”.  Love the old classics. Saw “The Longest Day” in movie theatre 2 weeks straight, every day, 4 times a day.

  • Frankie

    I just watched “Them !” and i was amazed by how many character actors I spotted: even one guy who had ONE LINE ! And I love seeing people like Iris Adrian in old movies !

  • cam

    Quoted:Ron: you hit it right I also like watching the credits of “old” movies -you see names that later became famous in their own right but at the time where “up and comers”-now there’s another point that belongs in the list: you know you’re a movie buff when you can name (many of) the people who worked on the movie besides the director, writer, producer and actors. like when i watch oldies, i always get a kick out of seeing fave or familiar composers’ names (like B. Hermann,), make-up artists (Jack B. Pierce), Vera West (gowns), etc. trivial but satisfying for a film nut. 

  • cam

    the oldest film in my collection is from 1919 (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) and i cover every decade pretty well right up to the 80′s… then my contributions to the 80′s, 90′s and 2000′s are smaller. the oldies are almost always better stories and have better acting. 

  • David E

    I have bought all the James Bond films on both VHS and DVD. I have as many Best Picture winners as I can find and lately I have buying A lot of silent films. So yes, I consider myself A film buff as I tend to buy based on themes and collections.

  • Johnny Sherman

    You provide movie trivia games for colleagues to play during boring meetings.
    Movies with ‘and the’ in the title. ex: Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer
    Movies with a color or a number in the title

    • Johnny Sherman

       I meant to write “You know you are a film buff when you provide….

    • Frank

       Like these?


      One-Eyed Jacks

      Two Evil Eyes

      Three Faces of Eve, The

      Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake

      Five Graves to Cairo

      Six Bridges to Cross

      Seven Sinners

      Eight Men Out

      8 1/2

      Nine Hours to Rama

      Ten Little Indians

      11 Harrowhouse

      12 Angry Men

      13 Ghosts

      Fourteen Hours

      15 Malden Lane

      Twenty Bucks

      25th Hour, The

      Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo

      Forty Pounds of Trouble

      42nd Street

      52nd Street

      55 Days at Peking

      Ninety Degrees in the Shade

      92 in the Shade

      99 Women

      One Hundred Men and a Girl

      One Hundred and One Dalmations

      1001 Arabian Nights

      2001:  A Space

      5000 Fingers of Dr. T., The

      Ten Thousand Bedrooms

      One Million Years B.C.

      • Brian

        Just got around to reading your post,
        How about-

        5 Weeks in a baloon
        The 7 faces of Dr. Lao

        • Frank

          At the risk of boring others (which, I’m afraid, we are), I did try to make little themes and jokes in the list, e.g., eyes-faces-skulls-graves-cross-sinners; rama-indians; women-men-dalmations — until I ran out of steam. Then the rush was on to 1001-2001-5000-ten thousand, then one million to come full circle to “one.”

          Perhaps you can come up with some better linkage of titles in the middle of the list?

  • greycrow50

    We play guess the year the movie we are watching was originally released. This is particularly fun when the stars quite a bit younger.
    My sons enjoy silent comedies, especially Chaplin and Keaton. They also like the Marx Brothers and some of the classic comedies with Cary Grant (Arsenic And Old Lace), Jimmy Stewart (Harvey) or Rosalind Russell (Auntie Mame).

  • Bwillis

    I do all of the 10 items you listed. No need to retype them. I have over 1000 movies,every genra and several you can’t get at this time. I still have 2 sheets (8 x 11) filled out on both sides of each, of movies I still want to
    add to my library. We quote lines from a movie and my wife or I have to guess the movie title. It helps with your memory. Snow Mountain Movies (

  • classicsforever

    I’m not even a real film fanatic (yet) and I still do these things. Yes, I also have my “Want” and “Maybe” lists. It’s very relaxing to enjoy a good classic movie.

  • Juanita123516

    I can definitely classify myself as a film buff or film tragic as some of my friends refer to me. The only thing I would add to the list is that if the movie was based on a book or play then I have to track that down . Often that is a very difficult task as they are frequently out of print. Friends and acquaintances will  contact me at all hours  to answer movie  questions when they are at trivia nights – perhaps I ought to start charging for my services!!!!

  • Loupaid

    I am definitly a film buff but do not have that much time to sit and watch whats on tv so I have collected over 2000 movies so I can watch my favorites anytime would also love to be a guest on tcm with Robert Osborn

  • Pacerdad

    Hello.  My name is Chad and I am a film buff.  :)

  • NSG

    Definitely am!  Do not do all of the things listed, but indeed do many of them.  Have thousands of movies, mostly on VHS, some on DVD.  My mom was interested in entertainment, the people ilabn the movies, and I guess that’s why I became interested.  I became more interested in seeing the movies made before I was around, those with the classic stars.  The more I watched, the more I wanted more.  I also like watching the credits to a point.  TCM is the best channel, made more favorable without those pesky commercials.  Just the other night TCM had a premiere of “Night Flight” (from the 1930s) which was not made available to anyone until recently. It had wonderful stars: Helen Hayes, Clark Gable, Robert Montgomery, Myrna Loy, and John and Lionel Barrymore!  It really tells of the beginning of night airplaine flying for commercial purposes, and should be considered something of a historical document.

  • Cbeledw

    I love to find out things about an actor who I enjoyed in an older film and trace their career path over the decades.  For instance, when I first saw Ninotchka, I found myself hankering after the suave Melvyn Douglas.  I started paying attention to his career and found myself greatly admiring a career arc that included Douglas as Hud’s stoic father and as James Garner’s decompensating admiral in The Americanization of Emily.  He made his last movie in 1981, the year that he died.  Now that’s a career.

    And how about that Fredric March!

    I’m also a credits addict, and I was fascinated to see Cedric Gibbons, long before he was Sir Cedric Gibbons, as the art director for MGM films from the thirties forward. 

    I especially like to study the cast rolls searching the secondary characters and bit players for names that who at some point become really big.

    I love it that David Niven spends two or so minutes on film as a scorned suitor to Jeanette Macdonald, and that Jimmy Stewart appears briefly as her murdering brother in Rose Marie.

    Actually, wasn’t Stewart the Murderer in the first or was it the second Thin Man?  Maybe I shouldn’t have written that since it’s a spoiler alert.

    What would we do without TCM?

    I finally found a DVD of The Glass Slipper and ordered it pronto.  I’m still looking for a DVD of Lili.

    Yeah, you could call me a movie buff.      

  • Wendy

    Yes, I checked ALL – one through ten! I have kept a very small address book – about 2″ x 4″ – that I wrote in when I was in the second grade listing all my favorite movies (they were only films from the 1930′s and 1940′s). That was in 1963. It’s a kick to look through it now and see that some of them are STILL my favorites, i.e., “Sentimental Journey” and “For Me and My Gal.” I got the ‘fever’ from my mother and have passed it on to two out of three of my daughters. When I was young, people would always comment that I looked like Bette Davis when she was young, so, naturally, she’s my favorite actress. Cary Grant is my favorite actor for obvious reasons!