I confess, I love movies. I love how they can entertain, transport me into another time and place, send my emotions in spirals, and cheer me up when I’m feeling down. There’s nothing I like more on an “I’m not feeling great” day than to line up my favorite DVD’s and have a moviethon from the comfort of my easy chair. Here are a few of my favorites, in no certain order:
- Chocolat: I love the cinematography of this film. The characters are unique and interesting and I always have hope at the end that all is well. And let’s face it, Johnny Depp is a pleasure in this movie.
- Funny Farm: Chevy Chase’s character as a newspaper writer buying a home in the country to live the life of an author and write a book just fires up my own dreams of doing the same. It’s funny, and it brings back warm memories of my mom and I watching it together and having a good laugh at all the things that happened while he was living the dream.
- You’ve Got Mail: Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks are always good together. The romantic part of me likes the idea of two people meeting and falling in love online. The practical side of me says, “Don’t do it!” But it’s a lovely movie and I adore the apartment Meg’s character lives in.
- Baby Boom: One of my all time favorites. I love how Diane Keaton doesn’t let being knocked down by disappointments keep her down, how her priorities change, and the move to a house in Vermont is my idea of a beautiful life.
- While You Were Sleeping: Who doesn’t like a Sandra Bullock movie? It’s cute, romantic, and fun.
- An Unfinished Life: When you pair up Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman, and Jennifer Lopez in a movie, it’s gotta be a good thing. It’s not for those loving an action-packed film, but it’s a good movie about life and how circumstances can change in a heartbeat.
- Pretty Woman: This was the very first movie I went to by myself at a movie theater. Although it definitely seems a fantasy to me, it is fun to watch and dream. Julia Robert’s character is charming and likeable, as is Richard Gere’s. And I truly loved the Hotel Manager, Hector Elizondo.
- Fletch: Chevy Chase again in his prime. It’s fun, with a bit of mystery.
- Fletch Lives: Same as above.
- Sleepless in Seattle: Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in another sweet romance. It just makes you want to love both of them all over again.
- The Pelican Brief: While the adaptation from book to movie did disappoint me a little, I still enjoy watching it. A bit of a thriller, it kept me on edge.
- The Fugitive: Harrison Ford…need I say more?
- Clear and Present Danger: See #12.
- Steel Magnolias: Fantastic cast, interesting and unique characters, and makes me feel good at the end. It follows the relationship between friends and shows the strength of women.
- Sleeping With the Enemy: Julia Roberts as an abused wife, this movie sheds a little light on the fact that appearances can be deceiving. I love the life she carved out for herself after leaving him, and the ending always makes me smile.
What are your favorite films? Do you share any of these?