Jan's Favorite MoviesMar 27, 2001 Write an essay on this topic.
Popular Products in MoviesThe Bottom Line These movies have made lasting impressions on me.
This is a challenge indeed, but a fun one to think about in light of the Oscars recently being held. These movies have consistently given me pleasure not just once, but many times and are the ones I love recommending or watching with a friend. Here they are in no particular order:
10. The Wizard of Oz (1939) Judy Garland as a sweet Kansas girl dreaming about good and bad witches, munchkins and a wizard in stunning technicolor. The story is still exciting and heartwarming all these years later with the message that there's no place like home and it is in your heart that you find it.
9. Some Like It Hot Everytime I catch this brilliant comedy, I am hooked by the antics of Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon who play women musicians in order to make a living. Marilyn Monroe is fetching in her role as the band's singer. Watch this, number 1 rated movie of all time by the AFI and see how they end up getting married!
8. Erin Brockovich I love this movie and the way it makes me feel throughout. Julia Roberts as Erin is just so gutsy and fun to watch, making me laugh harder and more often than a lot of movies. Her victory was so sweet, too, just like her biker boyfriend.
7. Gone With The Wind (1939) Talk about passion, this movie has it in spades. I'm continually amazed at how blind Scarlet is to Rhett's love until he leaves her. Everything is done on a grand Southern scale from Atlanta burning to the Scarlet's horror of having to shoot a man in Tara, her poverty-stricken home.
6. The Way We Were Maybe this is a chick flick that ends up with us crying crocodile tears, but it's a classic love story with Robert Redford and Barbara Streisand. The big college jock and the weird political activist, complete opposites, falling in love is what dreams are made of.
5. Casablanca I agree my choices are unevenly romantic and there are very fine movies that are not romantic, but they don't impact my life. Casablanca with Bogart and Bergman did and still does linger in my memory like an old friend. Once again the lovers I cheer on do not end up together. I'm seeing a pattern...
4. Young Frankenstein This Gene Wilder movie is simply hilarious. It is a departure from the last few movies on my list for they all close the show with their lovers and instead of crying for them, I'm laughing so hard at their over-the-top performances (Puttin' On The Ritz!)that I've tears running down my face.
3. My Fair Lady This next to Wizard of Oz is my favorite musical because of the story and songs. Professor Higgins and Eliza go through complete transformations because of their love and finally at the end they turn to each other after learning they don't want to live alone again.
2. Dances With Wolves Kevin Costner in the most compelling role of his career, in my opinion. The movie takes place when Native Americans, then known as Indians, are living in fear of the approach of the white man. It makes me smile as much as cry for the natives.
1. Singing In The Rain Another musical, but this time there's incredible dancing as well as singing and a love story. Gene Kelly is so lovable, too, as is Debbie Reynolds. It's about them making a movie with sound for the first time, which was fascinating and very amusing.
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