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In this family, each member has their favorite movies:

Daniel: Interstellar, Top Gun, True Grit
Deanna: The Fast and the Furious, Life of Pi, The Wizard of Oz
Louise: Babe, Excalibur, Legion
Michelle: The Grey, How to Train Your Dragon, The Parent Trap
Neal: Cast Away, Gulliver's Travels, Romeo Must Die
Piper: Flashdance, Madagascar, The Princess Bride
Taylor: Cars, Goodfellas, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Wayne: Dances with Wolves, Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone, Midnight in Paris

Who are these people and why do they like these movies?

Hint:

The 24 movies are liked for the following reasons:

* Types of characters (not always the main characters) (17)
* The main character (2)
* The actor/actress playing the main character (2)
* Things in the movie (2)
* The movie title (1)

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  • $\begingroup$ Technically the 2012 film Life of Pi does not have a leading 'The'. Does this affect the puzzle? $\endgroup$ – Stiv Sep 21 at 6:25
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    $\begingroup$ @stiv Fixed. It doesn't affect the puzzle. $\endgroup$ – JS1 Sep 21 at 6:42
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    $\begingroup$ ate you sure about riddle instead of pattern? if so, is the word tag applicable? $\endgroup$ – Omega Krypton Sep 21 at 8:39
  • $\begingroup$ @OmegaKrypton I based the tags on this puzzle which had only a riddle tag, but pattern does seem to fit better. $\endgroup$ – JS1 Sep 21 at 8:58
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I think that each person represents a

City in the US with the same first two letters

And the movies involve

Characters whose names derive from sports teams from that city

Daniel: Interstellar, Top Gun, True Grit

Dallas: Stars, Mavericks, Cowboys

Deanna: The Fast and the Furious, Life of Pi, The Wizard of Oz

Detroit: Pistons, Tigers, Lions

Louise: Babe, Excalibur, Legion

Los Angeles: Rams, Kings, Angels

Michelle: The Grey, How to Train Your Dragon, The Parent Trap

Minnesota: Timberwolves, Vikings, Twins

Neal: Cast Away, Gulliver's Travels, Romeo Must Die

New York: Islanders, Giants, Jets (Jet Li is the actor)

Piper: Flashdance, Madagascar, The Princess Bride

Pittsburgh: Steelers, Penguins, Pirates (thanks kayzeroshort and OP, although I still like Vengeance for this one)

Taylor: Cars, Goodfellas, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Tampa: Lightning (Lightning McCloud is a character in Cars), Rays (thanks kayzeroshort), Buccaneers

Wayne: Dances with Wolves, Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone, Midnight in Paris

Washington: Redskins (Native Americans), Wizards, Capitals (Paris is the capital of France)

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    $\begingroup$ Nice work! I'm thinking these are the intended answers: rot13(Cvengrf sbe Cevaprff Oevqr; Enlf sbe Tbbqsryynf (Enl Yvbggn)),; though your answers also work :) $\endgroup$ – kayzeroshort Sep 23 at 17:22
  • $\begingroup$ Kayzeroshort is right about those two. Think rot13(Qernq Cvengr Eboregf) for The Princess Bride. The others are all correct. BTW, the names have the first two letters in common! Oh and I just had a thought that I should have put Hellboy as the movie instead of Dances with Wolves. Too bad I didn't think of it. $\endgroup$ – JS1 Sep 23 at 23:33

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