Friday, February 11, 2011

Top Ten Favorite Movies

It's been a while since I did a top ten list.  Today, I thought I would share my top ten movies because I think it really tells you a lot about a person.

I will admit my taste in movies is not proud and not artsy.  It just is.  There are a lot more unseen movies on my "ones you are supposed to see" list than most people's, so maybe this list is tainted. But whatever. These are the movies I like. Some are super sappy. Some are inspirational.  Some make me feel like I'm walking on air for days. And others make me feel like I want to take up residence under the nearest boulder and not come out for a while.

Per the usual, don't pay much attention to the ranking.  I have such a hard time with ranking! 

10.  The Family Stone
I just love this family. The Stones make me want to have five children.  For real.  And then I see families in public with five small children and I get ahold of myself.  But this movie makes me laugh and laugh and also cry. I always get to the very end, having convinced myself that I will not cry this time, and then by the end I am balling.  But in a good way.  It also makes me feel so Christmas-y.  I really love it..

9. When Harry Met Sally/ Sleepless in Seattle
These two go together in my mind. I really like them both.  I especially love the soundtrack to Sleepless in Seattle. Have you ever heard it? It's great!  Thankfully, neither one makes me cry.  I love Billy Crystal's character in When Harry Met Sally.  And Rosie O'Donnell and Rita Wilson in Sleepless in Seattle seriously crack me up. 

8. Match Point
I don't know exactly what it is I like so much about this movie, but I do.  It is a story of love gone really wrong. It is one of those Woody Allen movies that I actually really get and really like.

7. The Graduate
Here's my story about The Graduate.  Last year, I wanted to buy it because I didn't own it. So I went to Target.  I couldn't find it anywhere, so I asked the (fifteen year old) guy in the film section if they had it.  His response: "The Graduate? Is that new?"
Umm... no. No it is not. 

6. Forrest Gump
Who doesn't love this movie? I mean, I guess there are some people.  I don't think there has ever been a more genuine character in the history of movies than Forrest Gump. 
But this is another one of those where I always think it won't make me cry. But then it does. Every. Single. Time. 

5. The Hours
I couldn't even pretend to think I wouldn't cry with this one.  This is hands-down one of the best movies I've ever seen.  It is also hands-down the most depressing movie I've ever seen.  But I still love it.  It has some sadly beautiful themes about life in it.  But it makes me feel sad for days after so I think I've only seen it like 3 times in my life.  I would describe it as a story about three women who are each trying desperately to make sense of life.  I highly recommend it if you've never seen it.

4. The Departed
This movie is fantastic.  The first time you see it, it keeps you guessing and completely entranced. And Jack Nicholson's performance in it is stellar.  All the performances are great, actually. But this role was like tailor-made for Jack Nicholson and he does it so well. 

3. Grey Gardens 
I'm referring to HBO's film version of this story.  The movie is based on a documentary from the 1970s.  The story follows a mother-daughter duo who were actually related to Jacqueline Bouvier.  She makes a brief appearance in the film, but the story is really about "Big Edie" and "Little Edie" Bouvier.  This is a heartbreaking story about a mother and a daughter and their co-dependent relationship with each other.  Something about it, and I cannot figure out what, gets to my sensitivities.  I really need to go ahead and buy this one. 

2. Almost Famous 
Is there anyone who has seen this movie and not fallen in love with Penny Lane? I love her character and I want to be her character.  This is one of the most quotable movies I've ever seen.  It is incredibly funny and something about it is just incredibly true.  And whenever I have a down in the dumps kind of day, I always dream of escaping to Morocco.  

"When we go to Morocco, I think we should have completely different names and be completely different people."

1. Steel Magnolias 
I love this movie for so many reasons.  Watching it just makes me miss and love Louisiana more than ever.  It reminds me so much of the women in my family and the women I grew up around.  And to say it is quotable is putting it mildly.  The quotes are completely hilarious and priceless.   This movie just has an attitude all its own.  And the cast is fabulous. 

So, did any of your movies make my list?  If not, what are some of your favorites? 


  1. Numbers 9 (both!), 7, 6 and 4 are all in my top 10 list too! Definitely some great choices. There's a few I need to see still, so I'm glad you put them to my attention. So glad you included The Graduate. I think its overlooked far too often. It's really a movie that has no need to be remade, I think any generation can enjoy it.

    Elaaaaaaaaaaaaine! Elaaaaaaaaaaaaine!



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