I have several favorite movies that I can watch time and again, even though I have practically memorized the dialogue. While I clean house or cook dinner, I can listen to them while I work and run back to the television to watch my favorite parts. I don’t need to watch each minute. After all, I know most of them by heart.
Here is a list of my top favorite movies:
- The Two Towers (Lord of the Rings) – This is my favorite of the three Lord of the Rings movies. The story is moving along, we know the characters and adventure happens. What’s not to love?
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – Harrison Ford and Sean Connery. Need I say more?
- Juno – This witty movie has so many cute lines I have trouble not just sitting down and watching it start to finish. Who needs a clean house?
- Little Miss Sunshine – A dark comedy that I know not everyone appreciates, but I love how the family grows together through their mishaps.
- The Birdcage – I know. Cage Aux Folles was the inspiration for this movie and many like the original better. But I enjoy the story line of the American version. Besides, Robin Williams and Nathan Lane are perfect together.
- Top Gun – This is Tom Cruise in his prime, in my opinion. High action, fast jets, good looking actors all combine to make me forget to cook.
- Independence Day – Will Smith’s jump from television to movies works for me. I am a fan of science fiction, inspirational speeches and I like happy endings. This movie has it all.
- True Lies – The interactions between Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jaime Lee Curtis and Tom Arnold are priceless. I think it is the only movie Tom Arnold did that I like! (I believe I am not alone in this opinion.)
- Scent of a Woman – Chris O’Donnell and Al Pacino are amazing. The line “I’m in the dark here” comes in handy almost every night.
- The Princess Bride – The best lines are “As you wish” and “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
There are few Dave and I always agree on and watch together:
- The Hunt for Red October – I watched it so much, my daughter gave a copy of it to me as a joke. The truth is I still watch it as often as possible. She rolls her eyes.
- Blind Side –Such a good movie. Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw make a great combination for this inspiring story.
- The Shawshank Redemption – I think this one is almost universally loved. (Is love too strong a word? I think not.)
- My Cousin Vinny – Joe Pesci cracks us up. But I think Dave’s favorite is actually Marisa Tomei. Just sayin.
- Blazing Saddles – So politically incorrect yet so funny. It is shocking how much they got away with when they made this movie.
- Young Frankenstein – A ridiculous movie that makes me laugh every time I see it.
- Trading Places – A cast of stars from the 80’s all together to play a Robin Hood story.
- Oh Brother Where Art Thou– A clever remake of Homer’s Odyssey and George Clooney. What a combination.
Dave has his own list of favorite movies:
1. Outlaw Josey Wales
2. Saving Private Ryan
3. Band of Brothers
4. Super Bad
I do not have kind comments for any of these movies so I will refrain. He watches these when I am out of town or otherwise out of the house. (I have romantic comedy ones that I watch when he is gone. I think that’s fair. Don’t you?)
As I look over the list, I realize most of my favorite movies were made decades ago. I have found that most of us prefer the music we listened to when we were in high school. I wonder if my favorite movies are the ones I watched when I was younger. With DVD’s and the internet, I can keep watching the familiar ones. I enjoy new movies but still retreat the old favorites more often than not.
Maybe you want to play the game. Are your favorites on my list? I would love to see your list!
“The difference between life and the movies is that a script has to make sense, and life doesn’t.” – Joseph L. Mankiewicz