The Best Real Estate Movies Ever

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs 475.122155

Keeping with the real estate theme here on the blog, I've been thinking about some favorite movies in which property plays a role.

My husband and I started talking about this when we stopped productive behavior one day to sit in front of the TV to watch, for the zillionth time, the Tom Hanks/Shelley Long vehicle, "The Money Pit."  I suppose that movie never gets old for us because it came out in the mid-80s about the same time we were buying our first house. No matter what painful repair we were dealing with in our mid-century ranch, it was far worse at The Money Pit.

So grab some popcorn, check out my list and weigh in with your own favorite real estate flicks in the comments section:

The Money Pit -- Who hasn't had a listing like this and roofers who looked like the Shirk Brothers?

Poltergeist -- Scary things happen when a subdivision is built over a cemetery.

The Shining -- Even scarier things can happen in abandoned commercial real estate.

Blazing Saddles -- The town of Rock Ridge is in jeopardy from the evil railroad developer.

Field of Dreams -- "If you build it, they will come." But remember, not everyone will appreciate a ballpark in their cornfield. It's murder on your yield.

Shrek -- The loveable ogre fights to save his swamp from cartoon eminent domain.

Glengarry Glen Ross -- "Put that coffee down. Coffee's for closers only." And, "We're adding a little something to this month's sales contest. As you all know, first prize is a Cadillac Eldorado. Anybody want to see second prize? Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is you're fired."

Ferris Bueller's Day Off -- Ferris' mom is a real estate agent. Not much of a connection, but I love the movie.

The Brady Bunch Movie -- The Evil broker next door needs the innocent Bradys to sign away their beloved home.

Animal House -- OK, it's a stretch, but this is what can heppen when you have bad renters.

Pacific Heights -- Another lousy tenant.

The War of the Roses -- Worst divorce fight over property ever.

Gone with the Wind -- "Do you mean to tell me, Katie Scarlett O'Hara, that Tara, that land doesn't mean anything to you? Why, land is the only thing in the world worth workin' for, worth fightin' for, worth dyin' for, because it's the only thing that lasts."

We'll let feisty Mr. O'Hara have the last word on this topic. See you at the movies!

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Comments (13)

Charles McDonald®
Charlottesville Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner

The Money Pit is certainly at the top!

your friend in Charlottesville Virginia!

Nov 22, 2009 06:12 AM
Jean Hanley
Coldwell Banker Kivett Teeters - Hemet, CA
Specializing in Folks Who Want To Buy/Sell Homes

LOL....good list.  My partner always threatens to make me watch Glengarry GlenRoss again and again whenever he thinks I am not working my business to its full potential.  Of course, I argue that I am working to my full potential, but so far, I haven't had to watch the movie too many times.  And, ya gotta love the War of the Roses.

Nov 22, 2009 06:15 AM
Mark Watterson
Salt Lake City, UT
Utah Real Estate

Haven't watched all those.  War of the Rose is one of my favorite movie.

Nov 22, 2009 06:22 AM
Nancy Milton Holtzscher
RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs - Edwardsville, IL
Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR

Hi, Charles and Jean:  Thanks for stopping by with your thoughts. I agree with both of you. That final scene in War of the Roses where Kathleen Turner's hand creeps slowly toward Michael Douglas' hand in what looks like a final, loving gesture...HAH!  I won't spoil it for those who haven't seen it.

Nov 22, 2009 06:25 AM
Nancy Milton Holtzscher
RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs - Edwardsville, IL
Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR

Hi, Mark and Rick!  Absolutely Erin Brockovich is an impressive addition to the list. Good job!

Nov 22, 2009 06:26 AM
Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass

Nancy:

You left out my favorite - "American Beauty" with Annette Bening and Kevin Spacey and Peter Gallagher as the "Real Estate King."

It's a must see!

 

Nov 22, 2009 07:14 AM
Nancy Milton Holtzscher
RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs - Edwardsville, IL
Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR

Hey, Rick -- you got me.  "Coffee is for closers" is exactly right. Had my evil men mixied up. I'll edit accordingly.

Claudette: Great addition to the list with American Beauty. Thanks!

Nov 22, 2009 08:15 AM
Nancy Milton Holtzscher
RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs - Edwardsville, IL
Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR

Great one, Rick! Ooooh and the very bad Mr. Potter could be played by the giant wall street badboys in a modern remake.

Nov 23, 2009 03:52 AM
Kristina Pratt
St. Louis' Illinois Suburbs - RE/MAX Preferred Partners - Edwardsville, IL
REALTOR - SFR - GoshenRealtyGroup.com

I'm gonna throw in a couple horror flicks - "A Haunting In Connecticut", when you find a big, old, beautiful house for rent cheap run the other way.  There are bodies in the walls. 

Also, "Amityville Horror".  Now that's stigmatized property at it's best.

Nov 24, 2009 11:19 AM
Bob & Leilani Souza
Souza Realty 916.408.5500 - Roseville, CA
Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments

Gone With The Wind...that's my favorite one of the bunch, Nancy! :)

Leilani

Nov 24, 2009 04:41 PM
Nancy Milton Holtzscher
RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs - Edwardsville, IL
Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR

Good ones, Kristina. Thanks for the additions.

Hi, Leilani:  Couldn't agree more. And I think this is a great time of year to kick back and re-watch GWTW just for kicks. Have a great Thanksgiving and thank you for stopping by the blog!

Nov 25, 2009 02:08 AM
Nancy Milton Holtzscher
RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs - Edwardsville, IL
Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR

TBS is running "Are We Done Yet?" this morning. It's an Ice Cube/Nia Long vehicle I hadn't noticed before about an urban family who moves to the suburbs into a Money Pit-style dream home. I don't know that it qualifies for "best" of anything, but it fits the category.

Nov 29, 2009 03:29 AM
Richard Ives
Chicago, IL

Great post.  Thanks for sharing.

Dec 24, 2009 04:45 AM