Let's be honest: At this point, Netflix Instant is one of the only things getting us through this winter. Less than two weeks after its release date, 2 percent of the streaming service's users had seen the entire second season of "House of Cards." I spent the better part of December and January re-watching "Frasier." (Don't hate, "Frasier" is amazing.) So when it was revealed this week that "Dirty Dancing" was a new addition to our queue options, my reaction was somewhere along the lines of "yessssssssss omehgerrrrrd."
"Dirty Dancing" is not the greatest movie ever made. It's a little date-rapey, the hairstyles are terrible and the scene where Baby and Penny dance palm-to-palm in Jazzercise gear while Johnny watches from the floor is both hilarious and uncomfortable. But damned if I'm not ALWAYS in the mood to watch it.
My favorite scene isn't the big lift, or even "How do you call your lover boy?" It's the part where Johnny and Baby awkwardly chat outside Penny's cabin after their first night of hot sexy passion. He starts to walk away and, in her most desperate gaspy '80s starlet voice, she goes "JOHNNY!" Killer.
"But Dana," you say. "Every woman in the Western world loves 'Dirty Dancing.' " To that I say, a) Shut up, you sexist pig and b) You're probably right. So allow me to present some other movies that fall into the all-important category of imminently watchable.
Confession: I have seen "Die Hard" only once, and it wasn't until Christmas 2013. It was at that point I learned my entire existence thus far had been wasted. "Die Hard" is a cinematic marvel, and I suspect Chris Tucker based his entire career on the character of Argyle the limo driver, whom he didn't even play.
My love of "Mrs. Doubtfire" probably is rooted in the fact that it was one of three movies my grandma owned that didn't star Paddington Bear. I also didn't get that Frank and Jack were gay, and thought they were roommates and business partners in the makeup and prosthetics industry. I was 9, so cut me some slack.
"The Sound of Music"
There's a point in your life where Captain Von Trapp goes from being stern and scary to stern and sexy. That's when you know you've become a woman.
"Remember the Titans"
I have a not-so-secret love for feel-good high-school sports movies, and "Remember the Titans" is king of them all. Singing in the locker room! Julius hug-lifting Bertier's mom! Hayden Panettiere as a tiny child! It's also Ryan Gosling's first movie that wasn't "Frankenstein and Me."
"The Thomas Crown Affair"
Catherine Banning in this movie is like the James Bond-lite of ladies. She's a freakin' jungle cat. She wears see-through gowns, specializes in international art intrigue and makes out with Thomas Crown on planes both public and private. She also has some moments of lust-fueled insanity that, let's face it, we can all identify with.
"I! Am! Your singing telegram!" "Blam!" This scene alone warrants rewinding at least eight times. "Clue" used to be my go-to flick when I was having trouble falling asleep, which means I've seen the first 15 minutes somewhere in the realm of 197 times, and the rest, about 40.
Dana Moran is the RedEye features editor. Her actual favorite movie is "Memento," and she would love if you tweeted her with some of your favorite always-watchable flicks.
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