If you've spent the last several months bingeing every episode of "Gilmore Girls" for the umpteenth time, chances are you're beyond prepped for the revival's premiere November 25. (And as a side note, if you aren't, check out our how-to guide on getting caught up!)
Now that you've had your fill of the past seven seasons, though, how about pre-gaming for the revival in true Gilmore style with a Rory and Lorelai-inspired movie marathon? You know that's precisely how the beloved mom/daughter duo would ring in a major pop culture event such as this. And from classic Old Hollywood films to impossibly obscure flicks, they sure do have some inimitable taste.
Get your takeout menus at the ready, kids — here are 21 Gilmore-endorsed movies for your next Friday night marathon.
In what was never not going to be an awkward double date pairing, Lorelai, Luke, Rory, and Dean watched "Pippi" at Kirk's movie theater. For that Season 5 episode, "We Got Us A Pippi Virgin," Luke was naturally the virgin, as the utterly spineless-sack-of-flesh known as Dean had already watched it at Rory and Lorelai's behest "at least three times."
"The Boy In the Plastic Bubble"
In Season 1, Episode 16, Rory tells Lorelai that the only justifiable excuse for missing Friday Night Dinner is if she's been relocated to the inside of a plastic bubble a la John Travolta's character in this 1970s made-for-TV drama. (Spoiler alert: Lorelai went to dinner.)
"Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"
As Lorelai so expertly puts it, "You can't watch 'Willy Wonka' without massive amounts of junk food." That's exactly what she and Rory set out to do in Season 1, Episode 7, "Kiss and Tell," when who should be the one to bag their massive amounts of junk food but Dean? He'd just given Rory her very first kiss, and Lorelai memorably extended him a movie night invite without lil' Gilmore's knowledge. Smooth.
"Kill Bill: Volume 1"
Ah, the Quentin Tarantino Halloween party (seen in the episode "Pulp Friction"). Given the bounty of Tarantino characters Rory had to choose from, the fact she went as "Kill Bill's" Gogo Yubari must speak to her preference for that film, right? Doubtlessly, she and Lorelai will be all caught up on their post-2007 Tarantino references for the revival.
Luke (rightly) accused Lorelai of watching him watch "Casablanca" in this Season 4 episode, "The Fundamental Things Apply," before the following exchange takes place:
Lorelai: "You're fast-forwarding!"
Luke: "Well we're not going to get through this thing. I just want to get to the good parts."
Lorelai: "There are no bad parts of 'Casablanca!'"
Heard, Lorelai. Despite their OTP status, there's no denying these two make a pretty frightfully mismatched movie-going pair.
"A Beautiful Mind"
Lorelai and Rory must love this movie (featuring Russell Crowe at his very best) a whole lot, considering its referenced multiple times beginning in Season 2 and continued through Season 7. Clearly, it's a tried-and-true classic in their book!
"Thelma and Louise"
Paris corrected Rory for wrongly thinking they "had some deep Thelma and Louise thing going here" in Season 2, Episode 2, and that's okay. As much as we love Paris, Rory's Louise clearly has her built-in Thelma in Lorelai. (Duh, Geller.) As a classic feminist tale of sisterhood and not-so-subtle social criticism, "Thelma and Louise" was always destined to be a repeat favorite on the Gilmore lineup.
"Fiddler On the Roof"
Sure, it's a stage production of "Fiddler On the Roof" that's featured in Season 5, Episode 15, "Jews and Chinese Food." But one can very reasonably assume Lorelai and Rory watched the 1971 film rendition more than a couple times, and well before Kirk ever starred as Tevye.
Of course Lorelai and Rory are fans. It's a cinematic rock opera from a British Invasion-era band about a psychosomatically deaf, dumb, and blind boy (The Who's Roger Daltrey) who becomes a master pinball player with a literal cult-following. We know the Gilmores to be up on their musical pop culture references, of course, and Lorelai alludes to the film to Lane in "The Festival of Living Art" episode.
"Welcome to the Dollhouse"
Not only does this cult 1995 film have a "Gilmore Girls" episode named after it (Season 6, Episode 6), it's possibly the bleakest black comedy ever made about the seventh grade. Naturally, it's well-suited to the dark humor of Lorelai, especially.
"Tuesdays With Morrie"
The Gilmores sure do love a good critically acclaimed made-for-TV drama, especially one starring a comedic legend like Jack Lemmon (who, incidentally, won an Emmy for this role). Plus, Rory is a fan of the book, too.
"The Fellowship of the Ring"
Lorelai and Rory love "Panic Room" for Jodie Foster's exemplary acting, and for its proof that Kristin Stewart has and will always sport the exact same facial expression. They also love it because it served as a perfect springboard for jokes at Emily's offense. Remember that time she acquired her own real-life panic room in Season 5?
"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf"
In Season 1's "The Breakup, Part 2," Rory tried to coax a sleepy Lorelai out of bed by saying, "We could stuff our purses full of sour patch kids and milk duds and go see the Stars Hollow elementary school production of ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'" As pop culture fiends, of course they've seen this 1966 play-turned-film starring one of history's most talked about celebrity couples, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
Based off a Stephen King novel, "Misery" showcases Kathy Bates at her full, creepy potential. Thanks to Season 1, Episode 16, we know Rory couldn't sleep alone for a week after watching it — will you fare any better?
This 1975 B-movie now has a cult following but fell into relative obscurity for a while, until who else but Quentin Tarantino revived it by re-releasing it through his company, Rolling Thunder Pictures. It earned a reference from Lorelai in "A House is Not a Home," and it's not entirely difficult to see why – the movie is about a super campy, all-female gang called "The Dagger Debs." This has Lorelai and Rory written all over it.
Finally, a movie whose characters appreciate pizza as much as the Gilmores do!
Well, the three teenaged girls at the center of this coming-of-age story don't *really* love pizza. They just served it to the good people of Mystic, Connecticut. Still, a movie with "pizza" in its title scored a reference or two from Rory and Lorelai.
Ah, the movie that almost made us wish Lorelai and Christopher stayed together for good. Almost. In "'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous," Christopher memorably picked up Lorelai for a surprise date in an old-school red convertible and arranged to have "Funny Face" — one of Lorelai's favorite movies — projected onto an old barn. Not bad, Hayden. Not bad.
In the above scene from "Red Light on a Wedding Night," Max questioned Lorelai and Rory during a movie night how many times they've seen "Billy Jack." Their response?
Lorelai: "No amount of digits."
Rory: "You can't see a 'Billy Jack' movie too many times."
There you have it. Clearly, in the Gilmore estimation, this Western about a wild horse and "freedom school" protector is worth a gander. Or several.