Is there anything Rory and Lorelai Gilmore do better than talk at an uncomfortably fast speed, consume an alarming amount of coffee, and throw around pop culture references like it's their job? Nope. Not really. That's why over its 157 episodes and seven wonderful seasons, Gilmore Girls has alluded to an expansive amount of books, music — and of course — films. With tastes that range from low-brow to high-brow to somewhere in between, these two have seen — and re-seen — pretty much every film under the Stars Hollow sun. So many, in fact, that it's made me question at least once or twice if the two ever sleep. (But, then I remember Lorelai's infamous "I need coffee in an IV drip" line and feel shame for being so naïve. Of course they don't!)
Anyway, if you've already began your life long quest to watch all the movies Rory and Lorelai mention in the series, then kudos to you and your commitment. (Also, do you sleep?) But if you haven't, and if you'd like to start now in order to prepare yourself for the imminent Netflix series revival, then this list is for you. Here are 11 movies Lorelai and Rory Gilmore have mentioned and love that you can watch just in time for the Gilmore Girls revival.
1. Annie Hall
Clearly, Rory and Lorelai were fans of Woody Allen's quirky, off-beat, and smart comedy. As evidenced by Rory telling Lorelai "do not do Duane from Annie Hall!" in Season 3, the pair have watched the film over and over again. Either way, Annie Hall's intellectual wit and fast-paced cultural references will get you prepared for the notorious Gilmore Girls speech patterns.
Lorelai called Rory "Anthony Michael Hall in Breakfast Club-smart," so it's obvious she's a fan of the John Hughes classic. Watching The Breakfast Club will get you ready for the kind of honest and dynamic relationships that Gilmore Girls also explores.
3. Billy Jack
As Rory says, "You can't see a Billy Jack movie too many times." And really, isn't that reason enough?
In Season 4, Lorelai and Luke's first movie night consists of banter, pizza, and of course, the classic love story Casablanca. When Luke tries to fast forward to the "good parts" (blasphemy!) Lorelai explains, "there are no bad parts of Casablanca." Preach.
It's the movie Rory watches with Dean during her first "hang out session"/date with him, and it's also the movie that she periodically watches with Lorelai while they stuff their face with every junk food known to man. It's required viewing, basically.
As Lorelai gets significantly heated with her confusion surrounding the series, it's clear that she also thoroughly enjoyed the nonsensical ride. Get on her level by giving it a view.
7. Grey Gardens
Because, as Lorelai and Rory point out, the duo in Grey Gardens will basically be them in a few years. Has it happened yet?
A film that Luke has never seen, but that you should in order to get you excited for the impending return to Luke's Diner in the Gilmore Girls revival.
"How do you fell asleep during a classic like Hardbodies?" Rory asks Lorelai when she finds Luke asleep on their couch. "You can't account for taste," Lorelai says back. True.
10. His Girl Friday
Remembered as the fastest talkie ever made, His Girl Friday fits right in line with Gilmore Girls. The film just happens to be mentioned three times in Seasons 4, 6, and 7, so it's obviously a favorite of the Gilmores'.
If you're a Rory and Jess fan, you might remember one particular and important exchange. When Rory and Jess forgo studying to go get ice cream, Rory tells Jess to turn right, signaling that she wants to keep hanging out with him. Jess responds with this iconic line from The Princess Bride: "As you wish."
Get your candy, Chinese food, and pizza ready — it looks like it's time to have a Gilmore girls-approved movie night.