Friday, May 4, 2012

My Top 5 Favorite Movies

My husband and I both love to watch movies. He loves anything super-depressing. I like quirky comedies the best! We're not the most movie-compatible people. Nevertheless, we usually agree more than disagree on whether a movie is good or not.

Because this is my blog, I have total freedom to list my favorite 5 movies. I have to be a bit honest, though. I left some amazing movies off my list. Yes, we all know that Titanic was great. I wanted to go with movies that might not be on everyone's radar right now.

Number 5:


I think this movie had one of the most original screenplays ever. It quirky, twisted, and funny. It was fun to watch Nicholas Cage and Meryl Streep play real people in fictional ways. It was even wilder that Nicholas Cage's fictional character, Donald Kaufman, was actually nominated for a best adapted screenplay Oscar. How in the hell did that happen?

Number 4:

When Harry Met Sally

I love, love, love this romantic comedy. Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal are amazing as they ponder the question "Can men and women truly be friends or will there always be an agenda?" The movie is sprinkled by wonderful, quirky stories about how other people met the loves of their lives. Think those stories are true? They're not. They're written for the movie. They do seem so real though!

Number 3:

The Big Easy

A super hot Dennis Quaid goes after an unconventionally attractive Ellen Barkin and quirky hilarity ensues. Okay, maybe not. But it's a great cop thriller set in the backdrop of New Orleans. This movie got me into Cajun and Zydeco music and dancing. It also has one scene in it that will leave you needing a cold shower. Or something else.

Number 2:

 Raising Arizona

My favorite Ethan and Joel Coen movie. It's also one of my favorite comedies ever. And yes, it is quirky. Nicholas Cage (how on earth did he end up in two of my top 5 favorite movies?) and Holly Hunter kidnap a baby because they can't have one of their own. Sounds hilarious, right? Well, it really is! It also has one of the funniest car chase scenes ever in it!

Number 1:

Almost Famous

Cameron Crowe wrote and directed this mostly autobiographical movie about how he toured with an up-and-coming band when he was only 15 years old. This movie is funny, touching, and endearing. It captures an era that I missed by about 5 years, but I love experiencing it in this movie. It introduces us to Zooey Deschanel in a great performance. Even more amazing is Kate Hudson. Cameron Crowe directed her in her only great performance to date.  Frances McDormand also gives an amazing performance as Cameron Crowe's mother.

At the time the movie was released, some people I know complained that Frances' character was unbelievably over the top. If you watch the commentary track, you'll quickly realize that the character was portrayed pretty realistically. You see, the commentary track is done by Cameron Crowe and his real-life mother. I never watch the commentary track, but with this movie, it should be required viewing--a day after you watch the movie on its own, of course.

What are your favorite movies?


  1. I was all primed to mock you for your choices, but you completely disarmed me when you listed "Almost Famous."
    I feel redeemed!

    P.S. And I wouldn't consider "Almost Famous" to be "super depressing."

  2. For favorite movies that are not on the radar:

    Pulp Fiction
    Dazed and Confused
    Dog Day Afternoon (am I dating myself?)
    Ruthless People
    Prelude to a Kiss (a sleeper to many, but for some reason I can watch it over and over)

    1. Cool list! I remember seeing a preview for Ruthless People at my college. I LMAO!

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  4. Although I don't like movies with "hopelessness" my favorite movie is Summertime with Katherine Hepburn.

    MY kind of hopelessness is those movies with Armageddon type themes. I just don't have the mettle.

    I love each of your picks; true classics.

  5. I haven't seen any of those...maybe I should! Stopping by from the SITS Girls Spring Fling. Following you!

  6. Hi! Stopping over from the SITS Spring Fling and following! I love Notting Hill, Dirty Dancing, Grease and the Shawshank Redemption.

    Stop by if you have a chance!

  7. Visiting from SITS Spring Fling!
    You've got some great movies here! I just wrote a post yesterday where I asked the same question. Mine is Reality Bites because it's the perfect combo of humor and the angst and confusion and freedom of being in your early twenties and trying to discover who you are.

  8. I always like the sports Rudy and the Hoosiers!

  9. Leave it to Cameron Crowe to throw a magnificent film out there with a dynamic cast. HFLifeMom, I agree with you on ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘Dazed and Confused’ both being two of my favorites. My all time favorite film is ‘Amadeus’, I have so much admiration for the composer, and his genius. Because of the great films listed here, both in the article, and in the comments, I will have more great films to watch during my frequent business travels for Dish. In order to assure myself that I can get some of the older films, I subscribe to Blockbuster @Home and receive my movies by mail prior to my trip. It’s perfect for me, I can relax to a film on my laptop while I wait on my flight, or decompress after a long day of work in my hotel. ‘Shawshank Redemption’ sounds like a perfect film for my next trip, thanks guys.