Now that I've given my bad movie list, it's time for the good ones! These are some of my favorites. I tried to put them in some sort of order, but after the first six, it gets really hard to decide. And, yes, it is a very long list, but I really couldn't whittle it down any more.
1. It's A Wonderful Life
I love this movie because of George Bailey, the main character. I love that he sacrifices his own dreams to do the right thing and to help other people. In this day and age, the message is usually, "Do what makes you happy." I think there is something to be said for making a personal sacrifice that will help make a difference in other people's lives. And, of course, in the nd, he sees that his sacrifices have affected the entire town he lives in, and even beyond.
2. The Princess Bride
I shouldn't even have to explain why this is a favorite. It has so many great and quotable lines, and is just a lot of fun.
3. Empire Records
I can't explain why I like this movie, I just do.
4. The Matrix
Aside from this just being a great movie, I love the parallels to the Christian life that are in it.
If anyone doesn't like this movie, I would say that either they're head is on backwards, or they're Amish. There just is no other reasonable explanation.
This is a family favorite. Whenever we all get together, we're quoting it left and right. Doc Holiday is probably the best movie character of all time.
7. Pride and Prejudice (the old version)
So many good things to say! Yes, the actors are not as beautiful as the new version, but that is totally made up for in other ways. This version has all the good parts in it, Colin Firth is an excellent Mr. Darcy, and Elizabeth isn't so...twitchy.
8. The Mirror Has Two Faces
This movie is a bit of a backward love story since the couple gets married first and then falls in love. I like it because of the process they go through. The husband is a man who has a problem with women. He dates women he is sexually attracted to, but has no other connection with them, even though connection is what he longs for. Meanwhile, the wife has gone through life overshadowed by the beauty of her mother and sister and only gets dates with men she's not really interested in. When the two finally meet, it's because the man has decided to marry someone he isn't physically attracted to, certain that is the only way he will find true companionship. What's wonderful is watching him fall in love with who she is, and how it makes her attractive to him in a way that goes beyond mere physical appearances.
9. Good Will Hunting
In spite of having A LOT of bad language, this is just a really good movie.
10. Oceans 11 & 12
These movies are just a lot of fun. I love all the different characters with all their own little quirks and specialties.
11. The Man Who Knew Too Little
I find the idea of a man doing secret agent stuff without knowing what he's doing to be hilarious. It's ridiculous, but great.
12. Rat Race
So funny! In this movie, twelve (?) people at a casino win coins which enter them in a race for a million dollars that can be found in a locker at a train station in Silver City, New Mexico. It seems fairly simple, but the actual getting there for all of them takes some pretty hilarious turns.
13. Much Ado About Nothing
This is a very wordy movie, but if you can follow along, it's very funny.
I just saw this movie, and it was great! Some people have said it was confusing, but if you pay attention and follow along, it is phenominal. I love the idea of the dream world and the layers of the dream. And then the ending...but I don't want to give anything away.
15. While You Were Sleeping
This is just an all around great movie. When it comes to romantic comedies, this is probably the best of them all. I first saw this movie in the theater with my mom when I was eleven. I wasn't thrilled about it because I was young enough that I wanted to see a kid movie, not a "mom" movie. Reluctantly, I agreed, and I am so glad! My mom and I both loved it and have watched it many times since. So this movie has more attached to it for me than just being a good movie. It is something I shared with my mom, and since we live in different states now, it just makes it more special.
16. Quigley Down Under
If you like westerns, this is a must see. Even if you don't really like westerns, you will probably like this one. It takes place in Australia, is very unique, and has some really great lines.
If you're looking for a typical alien movie, go rent something else. What I like about this is the story of a man who loses his faith, and then gets it back through very unusual circumstances. And I love the dry humor throughout the film.
18. Dan in Real Life
I've already written an entire blog about this movie, so I don't feel the need to say more.
This is a very random movie, but I really like it because of that. Not to mention, the music in it is really good.
20. Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Epic movie. What more can I say, except this: the extended version is actually way better than the theatrical version.
Just an all around good movie. You love the good guy, you hate the bad guy, and have a good time watching along the way.
22. 10 Things I Hate About You
When I was a teenager, my friends and I would watch this movie almost every time we spent the night at each others' houses. There is something about this movie that is just really great. My mom even likes it!
23. The Painted Veil
I love this movie. It is about a man and woman who get married for different reasons. He loves her, but she just wants to escape the life she had. Things take an unexpected turn when her doctor husband takes her to China with him. While there, she has an affair with another man, and as a result, her husband taskes her deep into China to a small village where he works in a hospital tryign to stem a cholera epidemic. Away from everything she has known and loved, she is forced to see things differently, including her husband, and she comes to fall in love with him. It's beautiful to see a marriage that was dead come to life.
24. Catch Me If You Can
This is just a great movie. Leonardo DiCaprio is so good in this.
25. Jerry Maguire
Are you seeing a pattern here? I like movies where married people fall in love! It is the saddest thing to me when a marriage falls apart. It truly grieves my heart. So I love to watch a movie where a marriage comes together instead, like this one. Also, I love Cuba Gooding Jr. in this movie! He adds a lot of life to it.
Well, if you have managed to stick with me all the way to the end of this list, I commend you! It was a long list, and I apologize. I honestly tried to shorten it, and I just couldn't. While I was writing this I thought of several other movies I also love, but I mercifully didn't add them:) Hopefully you enjoyed reading about some of my favorites.