Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Top Ten All-Time Favorite Movies

While I have lots of movies I enjoy, these are my "top ten." The ones I can (and do) watch over and over again. The ones I know the lines to. The ones that come back to me at random times. Movies are powerful mediums. They stay with us. They bring us to tears. They make us think. They make us laugh. These are the ones I come back to again and again. And yes, I cheated and grouped some because I group them in my mind. So, technically, this is more then ten. But you get the idea.

Family Man

Broadcast News

Bull Durham/Field of Dreams (both Kevin Costner baseball movies so they get grouped)

Princess Bride

John Hughes movies (Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink) of my teen years

The Notebook

Spiderman/Batman movies (love superhero movies-- looking forward to The Dark Knight coming out this summer!)

The Goodbye Girl

Jerry Maguire

Notting Hill

Raising Arizona

And a bonus:

Favorite Actors: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, Steve Martin

Favorite Actresses (do people even say that anymore or is that passe, like waitresses/waiters-- now they are all just servers?) Anyhoo: Julia Roberts, Clare Danes, Jennifer Aniston

So, what are your favorites? You can post a list on your blog and leave a comment with your link or you can just leave it in the comments section.

Note: As you can tell from the So-Called Life post and now this, I am not in a place of having a lot of rich spiritual things to say. My foot hurts. I am worried it won't be well in time for Disney. Several people I know have had houses for sale for one month and sold them while ours still sits for sale and it will be a year on May 1 since we first listed ours. And I am just the slightest bit stir crazy and ready to get back to life. So... movies it is!
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Billie said...

I feel your house pain. 3 years ago we built a home. We knew that we were supposed to build regardless of whether or not our other home sold. It sat on the market for a year...that was when the real estate market was at it's best too! We owned 2 homes for 4 months. I thought I would go into cardiac arrest.

Regardless, it did finally sell. I have no idea why God timed it the way he did, but it was an awesome experience when we look back on it now. We somehow finanically made it...have no idea how! And perhaps that was His game prove His provider capabilities.

Who knows what His reasons are for you...but in time you will look back and think,"hmm. That worked out kinda cool."

Enjoy the movies!

Michelle said...

I share several of your favorite movies. Some of my other favorites are Prelude to a Kiss, Sliding Doors, Stand By Me, and Practical Magic.

May this scripture bring you some comfort during your current struggles: "I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid." (John 14:27)

Jennifer said...


I love LA Story but haven't watched it in years!

Can I borrow it?

My favs include:

Emma Thompson in Sense and Sensibility and Much Ado About Nothing.

All the Star Wars movies. I love Natalie Portman as Queen Amidala.

Harrison Ford and Julia Ormond in Sabrina. I also loved the actor who played Sabrina's father, the chauffer, John Wood. He was in War Games, another of my favorites with Matthew Broderick, pre-Ferris Bueller.

I love Steve Martin also in Roxanne and Parent hood. Somehow I missed Shopgirl.

Wow! That was fun!


Alyce said...

Hey Marybeth..
Sorry your foot is still bothering you! I hope you aren't down and out too much longer.
I love The Notebook as well, book is even better! (Klove did a blip on movies yesterday morning, John and sherry hadn't heard of the Notebook)
I like Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, it is rated R, and we don't normally watch those, however, I like nonfiction stories and this is one, and its location is one of my favorite places, Savannah, also based on a book, and John Cusack is in it. Clint Eastwood directed it.
I love love love the Princess Diaries (one and two)
Game Plan is good
Meet the it!
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
There are probably more..but I've got a kid w/ strep throat and the other kid has dance pictures this afternoon, so we need to get dolled up!

Celly B said...

I feel your pain about your house. Our house has been on the market for about six months.
John Cusack is one of my favorites, too. Better Off Dead was my all-time favorite teen movie! Then again, I had many of the lines memorized from Raising Arizona (Nicholas Cage) and would whisper them back and forth with the person sitting behind me in AP English.
My two favorite classic movies are The African Queen with Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn and The Quiet Man with John Wayne.

Kelli said...

Hey... what a fun entry. I love pretty much anything with John Travolta...even though he is into all the scientology crud... his interviews always seem so genuine.

I like Sweet Home Alabama... love Reese Witherspoon.

Pretty woman is another one I could watch a bunch of times and I like the superhero ones too.

Loved both Fantastic 4 movies.

Marybeth... are you looking forward to Ironman? My husband and I can't wait for that one.


Kelly said...

I really like the classics like Casablanca, anything Bette Davis, Grand Hotel, anything Greta Garbo. Hard Day's Night and Help by the Beatles too, along with all the Pink Panther movies.
For more current ones: Enchanted, Beyond Borders, Music and Lyrics, the Tyler Perry movies like Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Madea's Family Reunion.

Joyful said...

This is fun! Great idea. My favourites include:(in no order)
Facing the Giants (LOVE that movie),
Sabrina (always enjoy Harrison Ford),
Pretty Woman (I'm a Julia Roberts fan),
It could happen to you (Nicholas Cage),
While you were sleeping (Sandra Bulloch),
August Rush,
The Janette Oke series,
Runaway Bride,
You've Got Mail (Meg Ryan)
Sleepless in Seattle
There...think that's 10!

Your "Home" post is beautiful. Memories to cherish. I can't drive by our old home - I want to remember it as my mind pictures it still. So worried the new owners haven't cared for it like we did. I know it's just a building, but it holds a castle of sweet dreams for me.

Praying your foot continues to heal.

tulip said...

I understand about your current house woes. Just after Sept. 11, 2001, my husband lost his job. After a year of no work, we put our house on the market...where it stayed...for 14 months....and our third baby...with no health insurance....and no job. At the end, we finally signed papers on our almost repoed home on the very first day of my husband's new job...the one with benefits making 1/2 of what we did before. We, of course, only made it with God's grace as we continue to do to this day with #5 on the way.

As for movies, here is my list in no particular order: (this is fun!)

Princess Bride
You've Got Mail (DH and I met this way!)
Ever After
The Matrix
That Thing You Do (Tom Hanks!)
BBC's Pride and Prejudice (hands-down favorite!!)
Any Agatha Christie's Poirot or Sherlock Holmes mystery (does this count?!?!)
National Treasure
Narnia's Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe
Any Jane Austen movie (Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion)

I'm sure there are more but most of them I would still probably put off til later....just not really into a lot of movies.

Praying for continued healing of your foot, my dear. Don't despair!

In His Grace,

Carol said...

I can't believe you left The Jerk w/Steve Martin out of your top ten!! I love that movie!