I remember when I was dating and men would ask me, “what’s your favorite movie?!” It was a truly stressful question!!! I mean, how do you possibly choose!? You have classic films (I’ll have another AFI update for you soon) and modern films and horror films and Nancy Meyers and there are just so many great films out there! I am a total movie addict. I tend to go for thrillers or classic films (or documentaries which I completely left off here!), but I love a horror film if I’m with other people (cannot do scary films alone), and if I am sick I will binge all of the cheesy romances.
My all-time favorite films
So anyway, here are my top 5, in no particular order. If you’re compelled, would love to hear yours in the comments.
Romancing the Stone (1984)
I mean, this is just the ultimate. From my youth. It’s action-y but also a romance. Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglass are so good together. And it’s just a bookish girl’s fantasy. Kathleen Turner’s character writes romance novels but leads a pretty boring, dowdy, romance-free life. When she finds herself on a real-life adventure in the Colombian jungle in order to save her sister (who will be killed if a treasure map is not delivered to her captors), all bets are off. Adventure! Romance! It’s the best.
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
I watched this with a friend a few months ago, so it is an older movie but a newer favorite for me but it stuck with me. I loved it. This could quite possibly be the original twisty thriller. I feel like I’ll spoil it if I say too much so… Leonard Vole is being tried for the murder of a wealthy woman. His lawyer is the legendary Sir Wilfrid Robarts (played by Charles Laughton). The problem is really Leonard’s wife, Christine (played by Marlene Dietrich) who decides to testify against him. The whole thing is very shocking and twisty. It’s ahead of its time and (I think) has inspired countless thrillers since.
High Society (1956)
This one just makes me SO happy. Any time I am feeling sad, I find myself putting it on. I love it. And I am not even really a big musical person. It’s a remake of Philadelphia Story, but (hopefully this is not a sacrilege) I prefer this to the original. It’s just WONDERFUL. When else do you get Louis Armstrong, Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra in a film together!? The music. The sets. The outfits. I could watch this again and again. My boyfriend is a movie buff and I got him to watch this to me and we both agreed: it is pure magic.
The Shining (1980)
I had to include a horror movie here. I love scary movies (but not by myself) and this is definitely my favorite scary movie. Jack Nicholson is my fav, I love the set design, it’s beautifully filmed, it’s terrifying. Just… a classic. It’s just so scary (and so beautiful – cinematography + colors wise), I love it.
Something’s Gotta Give (2003)
Jack Nicholson, again… just different. This time he plays Harry (an adorable but kind of gross) older bachelor/womanizer in his sixties who only dates women in their twenties. When he crosses paths with Diane Keaton (the mother of his latest girlfriend!), all bets are off. The two fall in and out of love, Diane Keaton gets a taste of dating someone younger with Keanu Reeves (who plays a maybe too-understanding but very sexy doctor)… I just love this one. This is also one of my comfort films as well.
Tell me yours!