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Tuesday, July 13, 2010:
My Top 10 Movies of All Time + a Cool Contest!

Movies. Just one of my favorite things :) And there's nothing more fun that discussing favorite movies, unless it's books! Or, okay, the hotties ;) But today is all about the movies.

Some cool friends of mine - Beth, Julie, and Lea - all thought it would be cool to have a blog-hopping contest between our 4 blogs where we talk about our favorite movies. But to make it even more fun, all 4 of us are going to have a contest at our own blogs encouraging y'all to talk about some of your favorite movies. (Shout-out to Lea for making this awesome banner!)

My list consists of films I could watch over and over and never get tired of them. At first I thought it would be difficult to come up with such a list, but after some consideration, I realized that I already knew which movies belonged on this list.

1. East of Eden (1955)- I remember seeing this movie on PBS a long time ago, and one of the scenes that immediately caught my attention was the one with James Dean & Julie Harris up on the top of the ferris wheel. I knew then and there I just had to watch the whole thing, and when I finally did, I loved it even more. What really speaks to me in this film is that Cal (Dean) is the son that no one expects much from, the goof-off, the one who's always getting into trouble and coming up with schemes. But in the end, Cal is the son that you can count on, the one who sticks it out when things bet bad. And while the movie is only a small portion of the book, it was a very significant piece of this piece of literature. It never fails to get me to react, and I fall in love with Cal all over again...

2. BBC Pride & Prejudice (1995) - I shamefully admit it, I had not read Pride & Prejudice - at least not the entire book - until I watched this particular movie. And it immediately grabbed me. Not only was Colin Firth the epitome of the quintessential Mr. Darcy, but Jennifer Ehle had the bold and unwavering intelligence and humor to go head to head with him time and again (I believe the two were involved during the filming of this mini-series). This rendition of the beloved romance is by far my favorite, though others have turned my eye as well, but because we get a more drawn out telling of the story here, it is at the top of my list. Not to mention the scene where a dripping Mr. Darcy encounters a rather embarrassed yet intrigued Miss Bennett at Pemberly. It's a much more sensual telling of the story, and one I could watch over and over...

3.French Kiss (1995) - This came out during a time when Meg Ryan was still America's sweetheart (I still adore her) and this is her in a role that probably doesn't immediately come to mind when they think of their favorite Meg Ryan film, but it always tops mine. I think because in the beginning we see the neurotic character she plays (who is terrified of flying) evolve into a woman who learns to not take everything so seriously, and that maybe the things you thought were so important end up changing once you really get to know someone. One of my favorite scenes is where Meg is drinking from a glass of wine and Kevin Kline asks her to describe the wine. But there are so many moments I could quote because this movie is endearing and sweet yet also earthy. The kiss at the end in the vineyard - whoa, mama! Verra sexy ;)

4.Emma (1996)- Just a fun film! Emma is SUCH a brat, but she means well. She just needs to be taken down a peg or two by Mr. Knightley, the older, sophisticated gentleman who reluctantly indulges Emma's schemes for the most part, until her behavior becomes spiteful and a bit mean. But eventually the flighty, sometimes whimsical Emma puts away her daydreams and starts to realize it's time to grow up, and that the match she's really been wishing for - the one for herself - has been there all the time, just waiting for her to open her eyes and discover it. Though Jeremy Northam isn't my idea of the romantic leading man, he sure stole my heart in this film, and made me wish for a few moments that I was Emma, accepting his marriage proposal.

5.Clueless (1995) - The modern day version of Emma, Clueless is set in 20th century California, with lots of blonde, tan girls and surfer dudes. Despite the amateurish telling, it's incredibly infectious, and Alicia Silverstone is gorgeous and manipulative in this film, however it's all for good. Despite being a spoiled brat with daddy's credit card, Cher is immediately likable even when you try to hate her. (Still had my girl crush on her from the video "Cryin'). She suffered through her own heartbreak when her plans start to backfire on her, but Cher is not one to sit back and wallow for long, and in the end, she gets the guy (who is much cuter than Mr. Knightley!) The characters were funny, silly, and it's a movie I always stop to watch because it's a bit mindless, and the soundtrack rocks.

6. The Black Swan (1942) - The first time I had seen this, I was immediately infatuated with Tyrone Power as the swaggering pirate Jamie who cannot get the fiery redhead out of his mind. This swashbuckling film is my top pick from the genre, because it's fun and sexy and exciting. Not only is Jamie the kind of pirate I'd surrender my bootie to (ahem), but Maureen O'Hara is stunningly vibrant and kicks ass as a sassy and ornery lady of worth who determinedly fights her attraction to a man she thinks is an outlaw, only to discover that he's not so bad after all. Nope, our Jamie boy is quite irresistible ;)

7. Gilda (1946) - To me, current plastic surgery and Botox treatments nonwithstanding, I find Rita Hayworth to be the most incredibly beautiful woman, and I so harbor a mad girl crush on her. You just don't see women like that today, and it's a sad thing. This film showcased Rita as a woman who lived life on the edge. She hooked up with rich, powerful men who didn't make her happy, all the while pining for her former boyfriend Johnny (played by Glenn Ford) who didn't hae the dough, but they loved each other madly. As luck would have it, Gilda and Johnny cross paths again, and it's not without it's drama, especially considering Gilda is a married woman, and Johnny hates Gilda with a deep passion, yet is forced to keep an eye on her as she parties the nights away. Intense, dark, full of lust and murder, I can never pass this one by .

8. Anne of Green Gables/Anne of Avonlea (1985/1987) - I pulled an all-nighter watching these movies when I was babysitting with a friend. We pulled out the VHS and immediately fell in love with Anne and Gilbert. I wanted Megan Follows to be my best friend! I wanted to marry Gilbert! Recently I bought the collector's edition, which contains the 3rd movie, but I don't include it here because it doesn't capture the magic, or spirit, of Anne like these 2 movies do. Anne was one of those fearless people who always seemed to do the wrong thing, for the right reason, but eventually she won everyone over with her determination to be different and follow her own path. She had to live a little to realize that what she really needed was what she's always known. No other version of this film could do the series justice.

9. The Wedding Singer (1998) - I am not going to embarrass myself and tell you how many times I went to the theatre to see this movie, but it was more than once. I completely fell for Adam Sandler as Robbie Hart, and Drew Barrymore is adorable as Julia, the engaged girl he ends up meeting when his band plays at a wedding and she's with the caterers. Right from the start their chemistry is palpable, and it's so easy to see these two as a couple. Set in the 80's (my time), the music brought me back to simpler times, and though there were a few (eww!) moments, overall I fell for this film, and the scene on the plane when Robbie sings to Julia is so sweet.

10.My Man Godfrey (1936) - What can I say, this movie was pure magic. Carole Lombard is luminous as an airhead socialite who falls in love with Godfrey, a homeless man she brings home to be the butler. But Godfrey keeps his distance, not willing to upset his stable position within the household to get involved with Irene, though we find out that Godfrey is not exactly who he says he is. This film is magical, and funny, but also telling of times during the Great Depression, how easy it was to make one bad investment and the significant impact this time had on a nation. Still does, considering current times. Though this film has been recreated in color, I was always partial to the original black and white version. I think it highlights the happy, carefree moments and blends them with the darker, more desperate times much more effectively. Mostly, this is a lovely film, charming and lighthearted, romantic and funny, with overtones of a difficult time in the country's economy. Still a favorite.

Honorable mentions:

~ Lili (1953) (with Leslie Caron & Mel Ferrer)

~ Sabrina (1954)(with Audrey Hepburn & Humphrey Bogart)

~ Spaceballs (1987)
~ King Arthur (2004) (with Clive Owen)

~ Tammy and the Bachelor (1957) (with Debbie Reynolds)

~ Ghostbusters (1984)

Now, it's YOUR turn!

I'd love to know what your favorite movies are. Please include a minimum of 3 choices, with a maximum of 10 selections, for your chance to win a tres cool prize. The winner will receive a $10 giftcard to the bookstore of choice PLUS a copy of a book from either Beth Kery or Julie James.

There is only one entry per person, and the contest is good through Friday, July 16th at 6pm CST!

And please be sure to stop by these amazing blogs for more chances to win!

Good luck!

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  1. I really love these posts and I agree about the P&P movie. Loved that one too. It will be so much fun to check out all the movies you girls love.

    Here's my list again. Can't come up with 10 new faves so I just copied what I wrote at Lea's place. Hope that is okay. LOL

    Lord of the Rings: all 3 and best in a row. ;) I adore how much lova and detail they put into those and they have Viggo Mortensen. *dreams*

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban: Not my favorite book but the movie was awesome. IMO they should have kept that director.

    Star Trek 10: I love Picard and the crew and this one broke my heart at the end.

    The new Star Trek movie: Mayor Hotness. I could swoon at those guys the whole day.

    Constantine: I love Keanu Reeves and the movie is hilarious.

    The Fifth Element: I could watch that movie every week. I love it. Fun, action...just the perfect mix

    Kill Bill 1 & 2: Just epic. I adore Quentin Tarantion.

    Pulp Fiction: I don't have the words to describe it's awesomeness.

    Star Wars: George Lucas rocks and the new 3 have Ewan McGregor. ;)

    Dogma: The movie I'll watch when I'm down Always cheers me up.

  2. Great movies Stacey, I loved Anne Of Green Gables too!

    A few of my favorites-

    The Wizard Of Oz- I grew up in Kansas! This was a movie we saw every single year usually around Thanksgiving.

    Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix- this is my favorite of all the Harry Potter Movies and I think it is because it is the first time we get to see places like the Ministry of Magic! :)

    Letters To Juliet- such a cute movie and I loved the message and the scenery of Italy was beautiful!

    Avatar- Wow, the special effects alone were amazing!

    The Quiet Man- John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara were amazing in this movie!

  3. How fun!

    I adore Airplane, Sixteen Candles, Pretty Woman, Princess Bride (which is a great book, too, if you haven't read it), Gone With the Wind, and Ice Age. OK, so I'm a bit juvenile.

    There's another movie that I love, but haven't seen in years called The Other Side of the Mountain (yes, this totally dates me). It's about Olympic hopeful Jill Kinmont and starred Beau Bridges. I remember seeing this in the theater in 1975 and being so struck. I've only seen it once since, but this movie stuck with me from my childhood.

  4. Hi Stacy
    Darn I forgot Anne Of Green Gables!

    These are ones I watch every time they're on.
    1. To Kill A Mockingbird- nuff said (I wannebe Scout)
    2. Lord Of The Rings – same
    3. Empire strike Back – same
    4. Princess Bride – “as you wish” sigh
    5. You’ve Got Mail – romance that include books LOL
    6. When Harry Met Sally – just cute & funny
    7. While your Were Sleeping – her church speech -sigh
    8. Bride & Prejudice – just to look at the 2 leads
    Two that are not HEA but so good
    9. Of Human Bondage – what we’ll do for love
    10. Back Street (Susan Hayward version)- wonder what would have happened if she got to the airport on time.
    Have to mention Legally Blonde because I’m a lawyer wannabe LOL (prosecuting not defending).

  5. Wow I actually haven't seen quite a few of those movies! I love me some James Dean though...sigh.

    Some of my favorites include:

    1. Last of the Mohicans (this is hands down my favorite movie of all time)

    2. Pride and Prejudice (2005) Yes, the one with the dreaded Keira Knightly. I actually like her and Matthew McFadden is no Colin Firth but the movie is way shorter than the BBC version.

    3. North and South (BBC Production, not the Civil War one with Patrick Swayze.) So thankful Kristie(J) brought this to my attention.

    4. The Goonies. Classic movie my youth.

    5. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Young Paul Newman and Robert Redford, 'nuff said.

    6.Princess Bride - Another Classic

    Umm that's all I'm coming up with at the moment!

  6. Wow. I have got to get together and watch movies with you guys! Terrific taste, Stacy!

    I love the Emma/Clueless combo, because that particular version of Emma perfectly highlights the modern adaptation in Clueless.

    How cool that you put The Black Swan on there! Does he put his knife in the sail and ride down the ship in that one? :)

    Yay, someone who loves the P and P BBC version as much as me!

  7. I've never seen alot of your picks, time to get cracking on Netflix.

    Some of my faves:

    The Last of the Mohicans - Daniel Day-Lewis buff & in leggings! Great music, too.

    My Life As A Dog - a Swedish coming-of-age story, both whimsical & bittersweet, poignant and very moving.

    Moonstruck - Real love at its most passionate.

    Bridget Jones' Diary - very funny, every gal can relate with the 'Singleton'

    The Sound Of Music - just wonderful…

    Love Story - I know...sappy, predictable and dated but I still love it! It makes me cry EVERY single time. Still.

  8. I completely forgot about Sabrina,loved that movie. The remake was horrible.Ghostbusters was pretty awesome too.

    ok my top 10
    1.Goonies..Love this movie.
    2.Pretty Woman (well anything with Julia Roberts)
    3.Gulliver’s Travels(the cartoon version)
    4.Titanic (we all knew how it was gonna end but wow still sad)
    5.Beaches another -tear jerker
    6. Holiday Inn (Bing Crosby Fred Astaire) I watch this every year at xmas time.
    7.Princess Bride..hilarious
    8.City Slickers,this movie made me laugh so much,I love Billy Crystal
    9.Cujo..yep scared the bejesus out of me as a teenager,but loved it.
    10.Mary Poppins,love musicals and this one tops the list.

  9. oh wow, you all mentioned fantastic movies!! and it's so hard to pick my favorites... but here we go:

    1. Matrix with Keanu Reeves - I think I don't have to say more *gg*
    2. 50 first dates - I could watch it all day long and every time I would be laughing
    3. Pirates of the Carribean - Captain Jack Sparrow *dreaming* I love him and all his movies...
    4. Pretty Woman - hey, that's a classic, you have to love it!!!
    5. Save the Last Dance - one of the best film for me
    6. Back to the Future trilogy with Michael J. Fox - action, fun and humor

    greetings, Ina

  10. 1. BBC Pride and Prejudice
    2. Tron because of the graphics
    3. Star Wars because it's amazing and Harrison Ford

  11. Lol, over at Lea I mentioned my top 5, and then went over to Beth with 3, so I guess it I will mention some more here cos I LOVE movies

    LOTR, TT, ROTK - Fantasy as its finest, thank heavens for peter Jackson! I love the battle scene at Pelennor Fields, but then I like big battles.

    Pride and Prejudice 1995 - There is no other darcy than Colin Firth and this is truly a mini-series everyone shoudl watch.

    Persuasion 1996 - I used to love PP but then I found how wonderful Persuasion us. It is reather mellow, and sad, but such a great story about a love that never died.

    Matrix - ok so Keanu reeves can't act to save his life, but that doesn't mean that teh movie isn't cool

  12. 1. The Apartment
    2. Miracle in the Rain
    3. Notorious
    4. The Thrill of Romance (Esther Williams)
    5. The End of the Affair (Van Johnson version)
    6. From Here to Eternity
    7. Best Years of Our Lives
    8. Roman Holiday
    9. Kitty Foyle
    10. Mildred Pierce

  13. I love gattaca Jude law is so yummy and the science just freaks me out.

    The fifth element the whole premise is just odd but love the girl with orange hair.

    The emperors new grove David Spade as a llama to funny.

  14. Another vote for Clueless! You know what they say about great minds, Stacy... : )

    Great list! And I have to comment on one of your honorable mentions: Ghostbusters. I LOVE that movie and have seen it probably a hundred times. OMG, the scene with the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man? Classic. What's great about thE movie is that it truly is an ensemble cast--meaning everyone is hilarious. Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Rick Moranis, etc. This was just barely edged out of being in my top 10, and now I'm wondering if I should've slipped it in... : )

  15. Hi Stacy!

    I'm having fun this morning, what a hoot!

    I'm naming 10 just like at Lea's, Beth's, and Julie's...

    1. Sixteen Candles
    2. The Sound of Music
    3. The Rear Window
    4. The Quite Man
    5. The Green Berets
    6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
    7. The Wizard of Oz
    8. Gone With The Wind
    9. Mary Poppins
    10.Kill Bill (volumes 1&2, really need to watch as one gigantic movie)

    Thanks Ladies for an awesome contest, I really enjoyed naming my top ten movies (uh... by now, my top forty movies...)

    Dottie :)

  16. So I wanted to do something different on your blog and go with my favorite dramas (they involve a hot romance of course!)

    Knicole's Favorite Romantic Dramas
    1. Troy- I am quite obsessed with Brad Pitt and his prisoner in this film
    2.Pearl Harbor- even though I knew it was a lost cause I rooted for Josh Hartnett, still do everytime I watch it
    3.Cruel Intentions- you totally want the good girl to reform the bad boy in this film
    4. Love Actually- Every type of romance is in this film my favorite is the one involving Hugh Grant
    5. Pretty Woman- just a classic where the girl gets the guy

  17. My all time fav movie is Pretty Woman- I love everything about this movie.

    Next I love Finding Nemo- his dad journey to find him is very emotional.

    Lord of the Rings- all the movies were great and most of the time I don't say this about movies that are bases on books that I already read.

    Happy Feet- love how Mumble is different than the rest of the penguins.

    Avatar- I found myself crying during the movie.

    Clueless is not at the top of my list but it's a great movie that I enjoy watching again and again.

    Monster Inc.- loved the concept of showing the monsters as "people" with feelings.

    Shrek- the first one- really made me laugh.

  18. Crud - that's what I get for posting in such a hurry, on my way out the door. I totally forgot to add in Raiders of the Lost Ark and Empire Strikes Back!! Doh!

  19. 1. Sleepless in Seattle (Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan had only a couple of scenes together but it works as a romantic comedy which makes it a genius film. i was totally rooting for these two to meet and fall in love)
    2. To Kill a Mockingbird (my favorite book to movie adaptation. hollywood got it right with this one. i love atticus, scout and jem.)
    3. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (i love paul newman and this is one my favorite movies of his.)

  20. Ohhh P& wait...oh Colin Firth ::sigh::

    Top 3 list of comedies times! (I'm trying for different lists each time...heh...)

    1) St. Trinian's School for Bad Girls
    +The recent one, from 2007. Rupert Everett and Colin Firth in a heterosexual romance. As if that wasn't enough--I adore Gemma Arterton. I wish I could pull off a pencil skirt like her.

    2) Hot Fuzz
    +My sister can quote Shaun of the Dead backwards and forwards. I can quote Hot Fuzz backwards and forwards--and likely if I you play me a clip I'll tell you the exact moment it happened at. I love Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

    3) Death at a Funeral (British version)
    +Its necessary to explain since they made that horrible American version. Lost all the charm in my opinion. Anyhow, this is a British Dark Comedy--3 words that are likely to send most people screaming. Regardless I think its the best sort of comedy--there's some...crude humor involved, but its more a comedy about the foibles of family.

    Lexie C.

  21. 1. Dirty Dancing
    2. While You Were Sleeping
    3. National Treasure I & II
    4. Last of the Mohicans
    5. Sleepless in Seattle
    6. Pretty Woman
    7. Jerry Maguire
    8. Pirates of the Carribean movies
    9. Harry Potter movies

  22. 1. Life as a House: an emotional take on teen angst. It's like The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks but grittier and came out before.

    2. The Usual Suspects: Wonderful mystery with an insane twist that makes it even more amazing.

    3. Just a Question of Love: french film that deals with a gay couple beautifully.

    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

  23. OMG I forgot The Sound of Music. that has to be my alltime favorite.
    Cinderella with Lesley Ann Warren.
    Boys on The Side.
    Love & Hugs,

  24. Loved reading your post and list!

    My top 3 movies:
    The Hangover-funniest thing I’ve seen in years
    Pride & Prejudice-so romantic and such a classic
    Toy Story 3-Pixar made another fabulous movie that even shed some tears!

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  26. A few of my favorites, not sure I could pick out ten

    Gone with the Wind~Epic movie, the clothes are awesome, and Rhett Butler was a hottie.

    Little Shop of Horrors(1986)~A singing plant from outer space that eats people. Yup, gotta love that.

    Night of the Living Dead(1968)~Scariest movie ever. For years I couldn't even watch past the line, "They're coming to get you, Barbara."

    The Sound of Music~Watch this every year & have since before I can remember. It's a total classic & a huge part of my family's child hood traditions. Along with...

    The Wizard of Oz~ Another classic watched every year growing up.


  27. Three of my favorites are:
    Gone With the Wind
    Pride & Prejudice
    And Justice for All

  28. 1 (tie) Gone With the Wind (1939) and Casablanca (1942)
    3 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
    4 The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    5 The Philadelphia Story (1940)
    6 All About Eve (1950)
    7 Bringing Up Baby (1938)
    8 Rear Window (1954)
    9 Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    10 Saving Private Ryan (1998)

    This is hard (but fun!) I have so many more favorites: White Christmas, High Noon, Patton, The Godfather, Roman Holiday, The Maltese Falcon, My Fair Lady, Raiders of the Lost Ark, It Happened One Night, To Catch a Thief, and I’ll stop now.

  29. I'm going to do my top 7! Here we go:

    1: Pride and Prejudice (with Keira Knightley) This movie is amazing! My #1, no doubt!

    2: The Princess Bride-- I adore how light hearted this movie makes me feel. Its perfect!

    3: The Holiday-- Great actors, great storylines, great kissing scenes (looking at you, Jude Law....) :-)

    4: Until September-- A new movie to me, but not one I will soon forget! A great and passionate romance!

    5: Ella Enchanted-- This movie is kinda like The Princess Bride for me. It kinda has everything.

    6: Stardust-- I smile when I think about this movie and immediatley want to go watch it.

    7: 17 Again. Zac Efron. Funny scenes. A chill-bump-raising speech at the end. Yeah. Love it.

  30. There are lots of favs, but here are six:
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    The Quiet Man
    Star Wars
    Pirates of the Caribbean
    Joe Vs the Volcano
    Romancing the Stone

  31. Fave movies :
    - Blade trilogy
    - Bourne Identity trilogy
    - XXX
    - District 13
    - Double Jeopardy
    - X-Men trilogy
    - Wolverine
    - Underworld + Underworld Evolution
    - Transporter trilogy
    - The Fugitive

  32. 1. LOTR trilogy
    2. The Blue Dahlia
    3. Last of the Mohicans
    4. The Dark Knight
    5. Rope
    6. X-Men
    7. L.A. Confidential
    8. Rear Window
    9. Wedding Crashers
    10. The Big Sleep

  33. Will try again....

    11 The Wizard Of Oz
    2. E.T.
    3. Pretty Woman
    4. Fried Green Tomatoes
    5. The Wedding Planner
    6. The Shawshank Redemption
    7. A Time To Kill
    8. A Few Good Men
    9. Three Kings
    10. The Blind Side

  34. Wow, I have been to all the posts and am running out of movie ideas. Well not really.

    Jurassic Park (all of them)
    Deep Blue Sea
    Indiana Jones Movies

    and so many more :)

  35. I adore your list...

    I love East of Eden - not alot of people talk about that show..

    James Dean was brilliant in that one and I loved him Giants as well..

    Pollyanana is a fav of well as Striking Distance, a neat little Bruce Wilis film...


  36. Whats not to love about Jimmy Dean?? He was beyond cool Stacy! Great, awesome choices & post!. I loved Clueless too and the Wedding Singer along with a couple of others you mentioned. Clueless seems to be a favorite for many!

    This is such great fun!!

    Thanks for sharing. ;)

  37. Oh, the movies! My first job, many, many moons ago was working at the local neighborhood, two screen theater. I fell in love with the movies. Here are 10 in no particular order:

    1. Jaws: NOBODY went into the ocean after seeing that movie. And everyone knows that music. The scene with the three of them discussing their scars. Love it!

    2. Forrest Gump: Who doesn't love this guy? One of Tom Hanks best roles ever.

    3. The Sting: Yes, another Robert Shaw movie, but also starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman with a wonderful soundtrack.

    4. Star Wars: It set the benchmark for all the sci-fi films to follow.

    5. McLintock: John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara in a romping good time!

    6. The Taming of The Shrew (1967): With Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor acting together, this film sizzles!

    7. Braveheart: Love, war, freedom. One of Mel Gibson's best. And the soundtrack sears the heart.

    8. Young Frankenstein: Mel Brooks struck gold with the cast of Gene Wilder, Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Madeline Kahn, and Gene Hackman.

    9. Grease: Oh yes, this was THE John Travolta!

    10. Interview With The Vampire: Anne Rice set the benchmark with her "Brat Prince" Lestat de Lioncourt. Loved seeing him on the big screen.

    I could go on and on and on........

  38. My movies are:

    1.West Side Story
    2. The Sound of Music
    3.Blazing Saddle- I laugh all the way thru it.


  39. The top 3 movie that I never get tired of watching are:

    Coraline (2009) - LOVE Neil Gaiman, and the story is so universal, I don't know a single person who didn't have a hard time with their parents at one point or another or wished their parents were a certain careful what you wish for huh? That and the Stop animation is fantastic! Real craftsmanship there!

    Interview with a Vampire (1994) - Again another beautiful movie, and a beautiful music...not only one of my favorite movies, but also one of my favorite soundtracks! Sexy Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, and Antonio Banderas hubba hubba hubba!

    Labyrinth (1986) - David Bowie as His Royal Tightness...yummy package *drools* Another really beautiful movie with great craftsmanship via the Jim Henson Puppets. LOVE the whole David Bowie composed soundtrack too!


  40. I love reading people's lists, but it's so hard to narrow down my own! My list (for today):

    The Goodbye Girl
    Barefoot in the Park
    Pretty Woman
    When Harry Met Sally
    Somewhere In Time
    Superman 2
    Field of Dreams
    Forrest Gump
    The Breakfast Club
    Time After Time

    Honorable mention: E.T., The Four Seasons, Pretty In Pink, Edward Scissorhands, The Day the Earth Stood Still

  41. I love your selections and I completely agree with you on a couple of them.

    My list:

    His Girl Friday. It's the dialogue and the charming Mr. Grant.

    The American President - I love anything that Aaron Sorkin writes. The man writes amazing dialogue.
    Breakfast Club
    Groundhog Day
    The Big Lebowski
    French Kiss (Kevin Kline cracks me up. Who wouldn't want to live in France and drink wine with him?)
    Bringing Up Baby (I just love the old screwball comedies.)
    When Harry Met Sally
    Pride and Prejudice (BBC version with Colin Firth)
    A League of Their Own – Because “There’s no crying in baseball”.

  42. I would have to say that two of my biggest fave's are 'Queen of the Damned' and 'Highlander: Endgame'.

  43. Lots of great movies listed so far. A few of my favorites:

    Last of the Mohicans-Daniel Day Lewis, soundtrack and visuals

    Gross Pointe Blank-smart and funny

    Armageddon-fav action flick, love the humor

    Kelly's Heroes-Clint Eastwood, young and hot, hilarious

    Notting Hill-fav Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant movie, great humor

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  44. Here is what I can think of now. I know Im forgetting some and will want to add or change as soon as I post.

    1. Pretty Woman - talk about the perfect HEA
    2. Clue - Its just a fun movie, and I love the 3 different endings.
    3. Dazed and Confused - Good music and Matthew McConaughey, really I dont think I need to say more.
    4. Almost Famous - Great music and talk about getting to live your dream.
    5. Mallrats - Honestly I dont know why, Brodie just makes me laugh.
    6. Pride and Prejudice - A classic, with a another great HEA.
    7. Sunset Blvd - A classic. Beautifully shot in B&W and full of great classic Hollywood trivia and sights. A lot of the popular trivia is listed at Highly recommended for the movie buff.
    8. Clueless - Another one of those movies that is just fun. And so much better than you initially think it is going to be.
    9. Bridget Jones - Funny movie and Colin Firth and Hugh Grant. Nothing else to say.

  45. This is hard to narrow down, but here goes in no particular order. These are movies I could watch over and over (and I have!)

    Harold and Maude - Quirky and funny and sad

    The Man Who Would Be King - thrilling adventure with Sean Connery & Michael Caine - need I say more

    Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - Gene Wilder rules

    Withnail and I - Not knon much in the US, but a huge British cult comedy - hysterical and very quirky

    Casablanca - simply wonderful

    The Year Of Living Dangerously - Although with Gibson in it. it may be a while before I can enjoy this again

    Raiders of the Lost Ark - rollicking adventure!

    Tropic Thunder - so many quotable funny lines and Robert Downey Jr rocks

    Clockwork Orange - wicked and weird

    Barry Lyndon - the only great performance by Ryan O'Neil. Gorgeous film

    Honorable mention: Apocalypse Now,Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Galaxy Quest, Braveheart

  46. Great idea!
    Lord of the Rings, Dirty Dancing, Pride&Prejudice (BBC version, of course), Gone With the Wind, Top Gun...

  47. 1. Wizard Of Oz
    2. Grease
    3. Ghostbusters
    4. Heathers
    5. On The Town
    6. Charley and the Chocolate Factory (Johnny Depp)
    7. Alice In Wonderland (Disney Cartoon)_
    8. Alice In Wonderland (2010)
    9. Beauty and the Beast (Disney)
    10. Cinderella (Disney)

  48. My favorite movie of all time is A Letter to Three Wives, but some of my other faves, in no particular order are:

    The Full Monty
    The Thin Man
    The 39 Steps (Hitchcock version)
    A Foreign Affair
    The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
    My Favorite Year
    Father Goose and Operation Petticoat (those two movies just seem to go together)

  49. The lord of the rings trilogy- It was done perfectly. I think J.R. Tolkien would have been happy with it.
    memento- it was a great movie, that kept you guessing at everything
    ghost dog- forrest whittaker is great in this movie
    jack- as a mom of a special needs child, I cry every time at this movie. It is about letting go as a parent, not easy to do.
    there are so many more.

  50. Avatar - James Cameron has done it again! Not only did this movie entertain me, but it left me craving for more.

    The Karate Kid - The film was interesting, with some touching and hilarious moments and the Kung Fu was brilliant.

    Ocean's Eleven - This is a great movie with a great cast! Their idea of robbing casinos left me speechless.

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  51. My fav all time top 10 so far are: (drum roll please:D)

    1.Pride & Prejudice(Matthew Macfayden((Swoon)) & Keira Knightley)
    2.Sixteen Candles
    3.Superbad(Jonah Hill & Michael Cera are a perfect Duo)
    4.Better Off Dead(John Kusacks adorable early years)
    5.Return of The Living Dead
    6.Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist
    7.Fierce Creatures
    8.Moon(Sam Rockwell is amazingly hot)
    9.Monsters Inc.
    10.The Breakfast Club

    I loved BBC's North & South and also Lost In Austen With Gemma Arterton.

  52. I love that you gave Lili and honorable mention! My grandpa showed me that movie and it always makes me think of him.

    My favs (right this second, since I just posted a different list at closetreader...)

    1. His Girl Friday - the fast patter of the dialogue between Cary Grant & Rosalind Russell contrasts the slooooow way her new fiance talks. Love it.

    2. Groundhog Day - I can watch this one over and over and over again.

    3. Volunteers - Tom Hanks & his real-life wife play opposite one another in this comedy about the peace corp. Sooo funny.

    4. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Dude. I love Charlie Kaufman. Love.

    5. Shawshank Redemption - Just let me listen to Morgan Freeman's voice.

  53. Singin' in the rain -- Gene Kelly leaves me breathless. Own the DVD, have gotten my daughter hooked as well.

    Gone with the wind -- Just love the cluelessness of Scarlett -- we should all be so clueless! And Rhett... 'nuff said!

    Sound of music -- yes, it's sappy, but the music is so beautiful. As are the people.

    Wizard of Oz -- every spring this would be on tv. Meant winter was almost over. I still remember the first time I realized that it was in b&w AND color -- I was 24 and watching on a friend's color tv.

  54. My top ten are:
    Circle of Friends
    Pride and Prejudice: Colin Firth version
    ALl BBC Jane AUsten Movies
    The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
    Pearl Harbor
    Fantastic Four (Chris Evans)
    She's All That (Love the teen angst)
    Chasing Amy

  55. Some of my favorite movies:
    Sense and Sensibility — the one with Alan Rickman — which is one reason I love it — but it’s also one of my favorite books.
    The Thomas Crowne Affair — the remake with Pierce Brosnan — it’s such a fun movie.
    Shakespeare in Love — another fun and romantic movie.
    The Original Shrek — very funny.
    Under the Tuscan Sun — romantic and funny.

    I agree with you about Emma and P&P also -- I love the classics and that particular Emma is very good!

  56. Gone With The Wind - epic, romantic
    The African Queen- a surprise romance
    The Color Purple - enthralling, hard not to watch over and over
    Raintree County - Elizabeth Taylor at her best :-)

  57. Some of your choices I haven't seen I'll have to check them out.

    Not in any particular order:
    1. Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (original with Poitier so funny)
    2. Elf (With Ferrell a Christmas must!)
    3. Thomas Crown Affair (remake with Brosnan, I love the intrigue of the two of them side stepping each other)
    4. Lethal Weapon #5 (action & funny!)
    5. Now & Then (love the friendships!)
    6. Entrapment (one word Sean Connery! love him!)
    7. Blindside (loved the whole plot)
    8. Something’s Gotta Give (great story about any age having fun!)
    9. The Perfect Getaway(surprised me at the end!)
    10. Beauty & the Beast (Disney version I love Belle's fierceness in addition to being an avid book reader!)
    Great contest! Thanks!

  58. hey I linked it to you, I'm not entering but thought it was a cool idea.

  59. 1. Pride and Prejudice--the Keira Knightley version.
    2. Once-great indie film
    3. Gone With the Wind
    4. North and South--BBC miniseries
    5. Independence Day

    Those are my faves.

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  60. Great list Stacy! I'm going to have to think about my list today...what to chose!

  61. In no particular order:

    Green Street Hooligans
    War of the Buttons
    Almost Famous
    Now and Then
    Harriet the Spy
    Bridget Jones' Diary
    The Fifth Element
    Shaun of the Dead
    Super Troopers

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  62. July 14, 2010 at 5:35 pm # 1) The Exorcist
    2) Braveheart
    3) Rob Roy
    4)any Harry Potter movie
    8)The Little Mermaid
    10)Lord of the Rings

  63. I love Bed of Roses!!
    Grease (John Travolta)
    Dirty Dancing
    Man of The House (Tommy Lee Jones)

    great list thank you for a great giveaway!!!

  64. 1) Borat
    2) Avatar
    3) The Wedding Crashers

  65. 1. Bourne Trilogy
    2. The Godfather
    3. Sense and Sensibility
    4. Silence of the Lambs
    5. The Last of the Mohicans

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  66. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway! :-)

    I'm quite indecisive, so I'll go with the 5 favourite movies that come to mind first.

    My top 5 favourite movies in no particular order:

    1. Clueless: this film is brilliant: witty and funny and can be appreciated time and again!

    2. Pretty Woman: that film is sexy, sweet, a modern My Fair Lady with a cute Julia Roberts and such a handsomely sexy Richard Gere, love the modern fairy tale feeling of it!

    3. BBC's 1995 Pride and Prejudice: a classic and a favourite of my whole family, we can't tire of it! We watch the whole miniseries at least once every year

    4. Assassins with Sylvester Stallone, Antonio Banderas and Julianne Moore, when I want something thrilling, this one is perfect!

    5. White Chicks: this is a stupid film, but when one of my friends is suffering froma broken heart just after a break up, tehre's nothing to make us all laugh like this film!

    Please enter me, thank you!

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  67. Man on fire (Love the bodyguard story)
    Pretty Woman ( Loved the whole story)
    Dirty Dancing ( wanted to dance like them lol)

    I'll stop at three because I have more than ten favorites. I have my cartoon ones, Horror ones, drama, and the list goes on.

  68. 1. Pride & Prejudice-- Can't get enough of Mr. Darcy

    2. Clueless-- As if

    3. Wizard of Oz-- Such a classic.

    4. The Notebook -- Gets me every time, and I watch it every time it's on!

    5. Finding Nemo-- Such a sucker for kids movies!

  69. briget jones diary
    legally blonde
    the big easy
    rumble in the bronx
    romeo must die
    mr and mrs smith
    like water for chocalate
    crouthing tiger hidden dragon
    scream movies
    fun stuff

  70. La Belle et la Bete ( Beauty and the Beast – black and white French version from the ’40s)
    Dirty Dancing
    The Princess Bride – As you Wish!
    An Officer and a Gentleman
    An Affair to Remeber – Cary Grant!

  71. Wow! All the classic looking movies I've seen so far sound kind of intriguing.

    That The Black Swan sounds really interesting, I'll definitely have to look into it!

    Like I said before I've seen way to many movies so here's a new list!

    1. Beautician and the Beast. It has Fran Dresher in it and although her voice is a little grating at times, I loved her in that movie. She's a Beautician who get's talked into being a school teacher for the children of a president in another country!

    2. Romeo Must Die. The martial arts choreography in this movie was very well done, plus I just couldn't resist Jet Lee. (he's one of my favorite actors)

    3. Kiss of the Dragon. another Jet Lee movie

    4. Forest Gump. Loved Tom Hanks in there.

    5. The New Karate Kid movie with Jackie Chan. That was awesome!

    6. Despicable Me. Great movie!

    7. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

    8. Iron Monkey

    9. Sister Act with Whoopie Goldberg

    10. Look Who's Talking with Kirstie Alley

  72. It is funny how many other posts I have seen and thought, oh yeah' that is a great movie! Amazes me how many I forgot about. :). So, here goes....

    Rocky...not so much number 5, but love all the rest the music

    Wizard of Oz. I love the music in this one too

    Romancing the stone. My parents had this on tape,and I would watch it nearly every day!

    Remember the Titans. Something about this one gets me every time!

    Thanks again!

    Amy M

  73. Sound of Music- my #1 favorite

    Top Gun- love love love

    Grease- I mentioned it on my other post, but did you know a sing along came out in theaters this summer?

    Pretty Woman


    Romeo & Juliet-Leo version

    Waiting to Exhale

  74. This was such a great contest!
    It really makes you think about all the movies you've seen and the ones you really love.

    So some of my favorites are
    - Ever After
    - Wierd Science
    - The Lord Of The Rings
    - The Pirates Of The Caribbean
    - When Harry Met Sally
    - Bridget Jones Diary

    And many, many more


  75. Well, this is my last stop on the This was a really great idea you ladies came up with. So much fun thinking back on my favorite movies and seeing what other people think too.

    For my last list of favorites:

    Howl's Moving Castle. This is such a terrific movie for people of all ages. It's one of the best anime movies to come out in my opinion. I often give copies of it away to people just to show them how great anime can be.

    Footloose. This was one of my favorite movies as a teen and it still is in my top list. Kevin Bacon outdid himself in this role as did Lori Singer.

    Pretty Woman. This is actually one of the only movies of Julia Roberts that I truly enjoy. Same can be said for Richard Gere. Their chemistry in this one is what made it such a winner though.

    Mary Poppins. Great movie for children, and fun for adults too. This is one of Julie Andrews' best roles along with Sound of Music.

    Victor/Victoria. Hilarious Julie Andrews movie and who can resist Toddy in this role reversal movie.

    The Last Starfighter. Fun computer game movie before they were all the rage.

    Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Another great Disney movie that I've watched time and time again.

    10 Things I Hate About You. Heath Ledger and Julia Styles are great in this one. So much fun and frivolity, along with a really good love story.

    Ultraviolet. An unusual take on the vampire story with a heroine that kicks butt and takes names! Milla Jojovich is really terrific in roles such as this one.

    My Science Project. A little remembered teeny bopper movie from the 80's that has Dennis Hopper as a hippy, science teacher. It's a hoot and a half.

    Okay, that's it for me.

  76. LOTR trilogy
    Star Wars
    Harry Potter all of them
    The Replacements
    Jumpin Jack Flash where Whoopi is in that phone booth and she on truth serum. She cracks me up.
    Back to the Future series
    Dirty Dancing
    The Blindside
    Bucket List.

  77. Loved hearing about all the movies.
    I have a lot of fave myself.
    Avatar, Star Trek(the newest one), Moonstruck, Delta Force, and old WWII movies are my top faves.

  78. Oh, I have so many favs and many have been mentioned so far.

    Some oldies are:

    The Day The Earth Stood Still…the original.
    Forbidden Planet.
    Jason and The Argonauts.
    Lord of the Rings
    The Narnia Chronicles
    Harry Potter
    I’m a big fan of Shakespeare films, especially with Kenneth Branaugh, if I spelt that right…hehe!!
    Also, The Miss Marple films with Margaret Rutherford.


  79. Philadelphia Story, because Katharine Hepburn rocks in everything she does. But she's particularly yar in this film.

    Anne of Green Gables is a fantastic adaptation of a beloved book. PBS used to show it every year, but since they stopped (and since I no longer get PBS anyway), I really need to track down a copy of this for myself.

    White Christmas, because I love Danny Kaye and the gang. Plus, isn't Christmas really supposed to be celebrated in a small inn in Vermont?

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