After talking about my favorite movies for years, I thought it was time to share an updated “Favorite Movies” list here on the blog. I will fully admit I have a unique taste in movies and have been the recipient of MUCH feedback regarding my choices over the years, but I stand behind the 5-star films I’m sharing on this list.
What can I say, I like what I like!
Cast Away – Honestly, it’s been a long time since I’ve watched this movie but I remember when I saw it being profoundly moved by Tom Hanks being the sole character in the vast majority of the movie. And the Wilson scene? I was a mess.
Titanic – Another long one like Cast Away, but one of the most iconic movies from my youth.
The Infiltrator – The drama of this movie had me on the edge of my seat! It involves drug content and stars one of my favorites, Bryan Cranston.
Whiplash – Not as many people are familiar with this movie but I’m telling you it is very intense to watch and there is a pretty crazy twist in it as well.
Adrift – This is one of those movies that goes a completely different direction than you imagined it would. It’s easy to watch, and great for a girls night in.
La La Land – I love Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling together and the musical nature of this movie made it fun and unique!
Lion – Deeply moving and emotional depiction of a man finding himself.
Only The Brave – I’m not sure a movie elicited a more emotional response from me than this one did.
Hotel Rwanda – It’s been a long time since I’ve watched this movie but I remember appreciating the fact that it was inspired by true events and I really love Paul Rusesabagina as an actor.
Good Will Hunting – “Do you like apples?” (watch this movie and you’ll get it)
The Count of Monte Cristo – This movie highlights so many emotions of a human caught betrayal and revenge.
Forrest Gump – To me, this is just a feel-good movie with characters who you remember for a lifetime.
Shutter Island – This is twisty and a bit of a thriller, and it went a direction that totally shocked me!
Catch Me If You Can – I loved the time period this was shot in and was blown away that this was based on a true story!
The Shawshank Redemption – This is my all-time favorite movie. From the acting to the writing to the overall story this is my big winner.
When Harry Met Sally – I will stop at this movie ANY time it’s on TV and it still makes me laugh, even though I’ve seen it a ton of times!
The Usual Suspects – I love a twisty psychological flick and this one really got me the first time I saw it.
The Princess Bride – Classic, smart, sweet, and timeless…tell me you’ve seen this one!?
Forrest Gump – I can’t believe I agree with Kate! Just kidding, we all know she’s got good taste. I remember being fascinated by this movie and its timeline. It was so fun to watch how the characters developed as the years went on.
The Hangover – This movie makes me giggle-happy and is wildly inappropriate…I love it! My favorite part will always be “Stu’s Tiger Song”.
The Breakfast Club – The characters and dialog in this film are just so well done. And the fact that it was filmed in such a limited location really impresses me. It also reminds me of all of the rest of the great movies of that time period (Sixteen Candles + Pretty in Pink to name a few).
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – For years every Christmas Eve my husband and I will put out Christmas presents, sit down and open a nice bottle of wine, and laugh hysterically at this crazy movie. Pure comedy gold!
Amelie – The music, imagery, colors, and the sweet story really stole my heart the first time I saw Amelie. It is a French movie with subtitles which only adds to the uniqueness of this flick.
Goodwill Hunting – I was so in love with all of these actors when this movie came out. Plus it made me want to visit Boston!
Love Actually – This is my guilty pleasure movie. It’s quite sweet and the way the story moves and intertwines all of the characters together is my kind of thing.
Rain Man – Confession: I actually didn’t watch this movie until I was in my 30s. Another confession: I’m not a huge fan of Tom Cruise (please don’t tell him) so I avoided watching Rain Man for a long time. But once I did I was so impressed! The toothpick scene is pretty cool.
Titanic – I guess epic is the word I’d use to describe Titanic. It may be cliche but I think it definitely belongs on my best-of list. I’ll never let go.
Scent of a Woman – Oh what can I say about Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman? His performance was stellar. I also grew up around blind people so it was great to see a pretty accurate portrayal of a blind man as the lead in a movie.
The Goonies – I may be aging myself but if you too were a kid in the ’80s then you know.
Thanks to Amanda’s list I have a few more movies that I need to add to my “Must Watch” note on my phone. Have you seen any of these that we suggested?