517 Movies I Could Have Watched Instead of Waiting on Hold With PayPal

By Andrew Tarantola on at

During my lunch break yesterday, I decided to do a little multitasking and give the kind folks at PayPal a call regarding an ongoing issue I was having with my account. I figured, stupidly, that a company as big as PayPal would have more than three people working the whole of their customer service wing. As the call disconnected two hours and 15 minutes of hold time later—likely because even the automated system got bored talking to me—I realised how very wrong I was. Here's a quick recap.

Turns out I could have spent my time much more wisely than listening to a disinterested robot explain the basics of PayPal's claims system. Here are more than 500 movies, some veritable classic cinema, any of which I could have watched instead of listening to PayPal's hold music.

 

The Spiral Staircase
People on Sunday
Reservoir Dogs
WALL·E
Toy Story
The Lion King
Shrek
Up
Fargo
Trainspotting
Juno
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Monsters, Inc.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Shaun of the Dead
Taken
12 Angry Men
Cloverfield
Toy Story 2
Men in Black
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Zombieland
The Princess Bride
American Pie
Hancock
The Simpsons Movie
(500) Days of Summer
Shrek 2
Life of Brian
Ice Age
Stand by Me
Kung Fu Panda
127 Hours
Beauty and the Beast
Clerks.
The Blair Witch Project
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Jumper
Horrible Bosses
A History of Violence
The Fountain
Moon
Office Space
Aladdin
Eastern Promises
Crank
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
The Breakfast Club
Liar Liar
Run Lola Run
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut
Mean Girls
Madagascar
Scary Movie
Hero
Napoleon Dynamite
Zoolander
Despicable Me
Paranormal Activity
Midnight in Paris
Austin Powers in Goldmember
Shrek the Third
Jurassic Park III
A Bug's Life
Annie Hall
Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Beetlejuice
Rush Hour
Final Destination
Identity
Halloween
First Blood
Charlie's Angels
Bridget Jones's Diary
The Descent
Drag Me to Hell
Airplane!
Ice Age: The Meltdown
Pi
Rush Hour 2
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
American Wedding
Cube
Big Daddy
When Harry Met Sally...
Army of Darkness
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Chicken Run
Kung Fu Panda 2
Rushmore
Flightplan
The Virgin Suicides
Before Sunset
This Is Spinal Tap
Bad Teacher
The Evil Dead
A Christmas Story
Elf
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
The Little Mermaid
Resident Evil: Afterlife
Shark Tale
What Happens in Vegas
Punch-Drunk Love
Bad Santa
Megamind
[Rec]
The Ugly Truth
Event Horizon
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Paths of Glory
Rocky IV
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Raising Arizona
Bolt
Evil Dead II
Mulan
Over the Hedge
Antz
The Iron Giant
Mad Max
Kung Fu Hustle
Good Night, and Good Luck.
Rambo: First Blood Part II
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
Carrie
Blazing Saddles
The Fly
Idiocracy
A Fistful of Dollars
Manhattan
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Commando
The Seventh Seal
The Man from Earth
Rio
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
Modern Times
My Neighbor Totoro
Clueless
Rashomon
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Grave of the Fireflies
The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
An Education
Night of the Living Dead
Land of the Dead
TRON
Babe
The Full Monty
Horton Hears a Who!
The Strangers
Monsters vs Aliens
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
Big Trouble in Little China
The Lost Boys
Bee Movie
Christmas Vacation
Once
The Jungle Book
Tarzan
Escape from New York
Irreversible
The Nutty Professor
Rope
Robots
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Space Jam
Caddyshack
Elephant
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
The Emperor's New Groove
High Noon
Pocahontas
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
Easy Rider
Hercules
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
City Lights
Mr. Bean's Holiday
Tremors
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Touch of Evil
Tucker and Dale vs Evil
Lilo & Stitch
Wrong Turn
Anaconda
La Haine
Bicycle Thieves
The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Blood Simple.
Bean
Nosferatu
Delicatessen
Little Fockers
Mary and Max
Friday the 13th
Stuart Little
Bambi
Enter the Dragon
The Prince of Egypt
Persepolis
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Alice in Wonderland
Doctor Dolittle
Cabin Fever
Look Who's Talking
Sleeping Beauty
The Flintstones
Scooby-Doo
Stir of Echoes
The Warriors
Monsters
Eraserhead
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Slither
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Cinderella
Ghost in the Shell
A Single Man
House of 1000 Corpses
Hellraiser
101 Dalmatians
Bedtime Stories
In the Mood for Love
Pinocchio
The Princess and the Frog
The Night of the Hunter
Pink Floyd The Wall
Puss in Boots
Harold and Maude
The Squid and the Whale
The Killing
The 400 Blows
Duck Soup
Say Anything...
An American Werewolf in London
Three Colors: Red
Heavenly Creatures
Three Colors: Blue
Dumbo
Driving Miss Daisy
They Live
Anastasia
Hachi: A Dog's Tale
Titan A.E.
High Tension
Risky Business
Wild Strawberries
Show Me Love
The Gold Rush
Best in Show
Robin Hood
The Station Agent
A Christmas Carol
Videodrome
Frankenstein
Lady and the Tramp
Clue
Ring
Addams Family Values
Alvin and the Chipmunks
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America
Bloodsport
Breathless
El mariachi
Bottle Rocket
Little Shop of Horrors
Duel
Child's Play
Bubba Ho-Tep
Peter Pan
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
Waking Life
The Wrong Trousers
Paranormal Activity 3
Chicken Little
Primer
Waltz with Bashir
His Girl Friday
The Land Before Time
The Wicker Man
The Triplets of Belleville
Sexy Beast
Love Me If You Dare
Four Lions
The 39 Steps
Persona
Pee-wee's Big Adventure
Candyman
Halloween II
House of the Dead
The Fog
Wristcutters: A Love Story
Darkman
The Producers
Suspiria
Dead Man's Shoes
Martyrs
The Human Centipede (First Sequence)
Brother Bear
Badlands
The Kid
Gulliver's Travels
Three Colors: White
Aguirre: The Wrath of God
Bad Taste
The Transformers: The Movie
Treasure Planet
Battleship Potemkin
The Fox and the Hound
The Chorus
In the Mouth of Madness
Soylent Green
Manos: The Hands of Fate
The Counterfeiters
Short Circuit
Chungking Express
Exit Through the Gift Shop
The Lady Vanishes
After Hours
3-Iron
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
THX 1138
James and the Giant Peach
Cannibal Holocaust
The Hitcher
History of the World: Part I
The Return of the Living Dead
The AristoCats
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Forbidden Planet
Dinosaur
Spider
Sleeper
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
A Close Shave
Airplane II: The Sequel
The Bride of Frankenstein
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
The Purple Rose of Cairo
A Hard Day's Night
Days of Heaven
The Cove
Re-Animator
Porco Rosso
Romper Stomper
Friday the 13th Part 2
Smokey and the Bandit
Man on Wire
Dead Calm
Freaks
Black Dynamite
Somewhere
Stagecoach
Dracula
Laura
Paprika
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Zelig
The Italian Job
The Limey
Assault on Precinct 13
The Party
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask
Hunger
The Barbarian Invasions
Kickboxer
Un Chien Andalou
Roger & Me
An American Tail
Miracle on 34th Street
A Night at the Opera
Man Bites Dog
G-Force
Brief Encounter
Welcome to the Dollhouse
Tsotsi
Paranoid Park
Halloween III: Season of the Witch
The Last House on the Left
Sunrise
The Eye
Dogtooth
Bananas
Friday the 13th Part III
Fido
The Muppet Movie
2 Days in Paris
The Rescuers
Adam's Apples
Love and Death
Hellbound: Hellraiser II
Troll 2
Repo Man
The War of the Worlds
Koyaanisqatsi
May
Shutter
Ninja Scroll
Near Dark
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Five Easy Pieces
The Dinner Game
Waking Ned Devine
Up in Smoke
Rumble Fish
Fantasia/2000
The Damned United
Wet Hot American Summer
Inside
Frozen River
The Trouble with Harry
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
The Double Life of Veronique
The Thin Man
Double Team
The Secret of NIMH
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Baraka
Radio Days
Barbarella
Love Story
Heavy Metal
Strictly Ballroom
Arthur
Babe: Pig in the City
Out of the Past
The Omega Man
The Great Mouse Detective
The Illusionist
The Ladykillers
Cujo
Westworld
Suspicion
Them
Paradise Now
Stranger Than Paradise
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
The Lorax
Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future
Outrageous Class
The Howling
Death Race 2000
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
The Man Without a Past
Last Days
Sherlock Jr.
Scarface
Phantasm
Killer Klowns from Outer Space
The Hills Have Eyes
Black Christmas
The Blob
Beauty and the Beast
Sweet Smell of Success
Yellow Submarine
Lifeboat
Vanishing Point
Dead End
The Shop Around the Corner
To Be or Not to Be
Zombie
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Storytelling
Sanjuro
Cries & Whispers
Children of Heaven
Sullivan's Travels
The Room
Perfect Blue
The Last Unicorn
The Thing from Another World
The Ox-Bow Incident
The Invisible Man
The Shootist
The Lady from Shanghai
The Magnificent Ambersons
The Exterminating Angel
Silent Running
The Virgin Spring
Broadway Danny Rose
Angels with Dirty Faces
Umberto D.
Dark Star
My Man Godfrey
Hairspray
My Darling Clementine
In July
Hiroshima, mon amour
The Quiet Earth
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Cronos
The Black Cauldron
Alphaville
Quick Change
Pink Flamingos
The Toxic Avenger
A Better Tomorrow
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
The Monster Squad
A Christmas Carol
Closely Watched Trains
Forbidden Games
The Mark of Zorro
Ruthless People
Gummo
Take the Money and Run
The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara
Gold Diggers of 1933
Detour
Mother and Son
Russian Ark

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