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Sharing Culture: Sunday Classic Movie Night


By Kelly Leonard – Executive Director, Insights and Applied Improvisation

A few years back, my wife started “Sunday Classic Movie Night.” Every Sunday, she and our son Nick would pick a film to watch together. Sometimes I would join in and sometimes our daughter would as well – but mostly it was her and Nick. While it started with true “classics,” the movie night developed its own tangents – especially as Nick got older. There was a Tom Hanks and Hugh Grant detour and Nick discovered that he was way more interested in strong narratives – which pushed a lot of our favorite dance films off the list and left him extremely wary of directors like Ingmar Bergman.

Sharing culture is so deeply affirming.

Films like “Harold and Maude” and “The Graduate” and “Being There” were not only important to me, they had a formative role in developing the person I was becoming.

At Second City Works, we see the unhealthy way that people seem to check their humanity at the door when they go to work. We, of course, have been incredibly lucky to work in a place that not only values artistic expression, but demands a knowledge of books, films, art, music, theatre and comedy so as to speak the language of the work that stands at the center of all our various business ventures.

People often talk about “work culture” – but I suspect that many don’t really think about “culture” in the fullest sense of the term. You may think that a casual conversation about music with a fellow employee is of no real importance, but you would be wrong. Sharing the art that moves us not only provides individuals with unexpected gifts, it also provides insight into what makes us tick. It provides another kind of road map for others to get the most out of us.

So here’s the list – created by Anne Libera and Nick Leonard.

Sunday Classic Movie Night

A Shot in the Dark

American Beauty

An American in Paris

Anatomy of a Murder

Annie Hall

Apocalypse Now

Arsenic and Old Lace

Being There

Blade Runner

Broadcast News



Citizen Kane

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Day of the Jackal

Dead Poet’s Society

Dial M for Murder

Double Indemnity

Dr. Strangelove

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Field of Dreams

Forrest Gump

Four Weddings and a Funeral

Get Shorty

Glengarry Glen Ross



Groundhog Day

Hail, the Conquering Hero

Harold and Maude

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows I (no Nick)



His Girl Friday

Howl’s Moving Castle

In Bruges

Inherit the Wind

It’s a Wonderful Life (no Nick)

Jurassic Park

Kind Hearts and Coronets

Lord of the Rings 1-3 (with Nora)

Love Actually

Manchurian Candidate


Monty Python and the Holy Grail (with Nora)

Moulin Rouge

My Fair Lady

My Favorite Year

North By Northwest

Ocean’s Eleven


Quiz Show

Romeo + Juliet


Saving Private Ryan

Say Anything

Sense and Sensibility

Sleepless in Seattle

Slings and Arrows

Some Like it Hot

Star Wars 1-3 (with Nora)


Sullivan’s Travels

The 39 Steps

The Best Years of Our Lives

The Big Lebowski

The Birdcage

The Breakfast Club

The Godfather

The Graduate

The Great Escape

The Last of Sheila

The Magnificent Seven

The Maltese Falcon

The Pink Panther

The Princess Bride

The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming

The Shop Around the Corner

The Sound of Music

The Sting

The Thin Man

The Third Man

The Trip

The Trip to Italy

The Usual Suspects

This is Spinal Tap

To Be or Not To Be

To Catch a Thief


Top Hat

Trading Places

Wait Until Dark

Waiting for Guffman

When Harry Met Sally

Wild Strawberries

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