100 Most Favorite Movies

...because I can never resist a challenge. Want to join in? You can take the challenge yourself at Nathan Bransford's blog.

I didn't think I could come up with a hundred movies, but proved myself wrong in just 24 hours. Goodness only knows what I've missed by not taking a month to do this.

Artistic and literary favorites:

1. Everafter
2. Les Misérables (Hooper)
3. Phantom of the Opera (Schumacher)
4. Much Ado about Nothing (Branagh)
5. Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth/Jennifer Ehle version)
6. Persuasion (Ciaran Hinds/Amanda Root version)
7. Sense & Sensibility (Ang Lee)
8. Emma (Kate Beckinsale version)
9. Life is Beautiful
10. Bella
11. The King’s Speech
12. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
13. The Scarlet Pimpernel (Anthony Andrews version)
14. Cinderella (Rodgers & Hammerstein; Brandy version)
15. My Fair Lady
16. Fiddler on the Roof
17. Mr. Holland’s Opus
18. Chicago
19. Moulin Rouge


20. Star Wars: A New Hope
21. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
22. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
23. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (it was the only one I liked)
24. The Fellowship of the Ring
25. The Two Towers
26. The Return of the King
27. Stardust
28. Back to the Future (I like the first one best, but they were all lovable)

Old favorites:

29. Casablanca
30. Hot Lead, Cold Feet
31. It’s A Wonderful Life
32. The Happiest Millionaire
33. The Apple Dumpling Gang
34. The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again
35. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
36. The African Queen
37. Support Your Local Sheriff


38. Return to Me
39. While You Were Sleeping
40. Anne of Green Gables
41. Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel (but do not under any circumstances watch the third)
42. A Walk to Remember
43. Sabrina
44. Sleepless in Seattle
45. You’ve Got Mail
46. Elizabethtown
47. 10 Things I Hate About You
48. My Big Fat Greek Wedding


49. The Man from Snowy River (the sequel's likable, but not as good)
50. Frequency
51. Remember the Titans
52. The Shawshank Redemption
53. The Pelican Brief
54. Castaway
55. Little Women (Winona Ryder version)
56. Slumdog Millionaire
57. Save the Last Dance
58. Polly (the one starring Rudy from The Cosby Show)

Comedies and dramedies:

59. Galaxy Quest
60. A Knight’s Tale
61. Blast from the Past
62. The Gods Must be Crazy
63. The Princess Bride
64. McClintock!
65. Napoleon Dynamite
66. Hook
67. Surf Ninjas
68. The Kid
69. The Replacements
70. Sneakers
71. Sister Act (even though the writers knew absolutely nothing about the Catholic Church)
72. Scrooged
73. What About Bob
74. The Truman Show
75. Liar Liar
76. Elf
77. Stranger than Fiction
78. Office Space
79. The Wedding Singer
80. Spanglish
81. Mr. Deeds
82. Robin Hood: Men in Tights
83. Spaceballs

Favorites of my inner child:

84. Aladdin (Disney)
85. Robin Hood (Disney)
86. Tangled
87. Toy Story 1
88. Toy Story 3
89. Finding Nemo
90. Pete’s Dragon
91. The Muppet Movie
92. The Muppet Christmas Carol
93. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
94. The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit
95. The Sandlot

Favorites of my inner teenager:

96. The Princess Diaries
97. Raise Your Voice
98. Twilight
99. New Moon
100. Eclipse

I have yet to see The Artist, anything by Miyazaki, or Singing in the Rain. I know. Scold if you must. But what else have I missed? And what would you pick?


  1. Hmmm, I'm not sure I'll be able to reach a 100 either, certainly not right now off the top of my head while I'm at church & with a cold. But I'll throw out a few.

    1. Blade Runner
    2. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
    3. Casablanca
    4. The Big Sleep
    5. The Maltese Falcon
    6. The Truman Show
    7. Les Miserables (2012)
    8. Star Wars IV (While I really like Empire & Return, it was the original that really stands alone.)
    9. The Adventures of Robin Hood
    10. The Lord of the Rings (Ralph Bakshi version)
    11. Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone
    12. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Even despite the appearance of Michael Gambon & shrunken heads.)
    13. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 1 & 2 (More 1 than 2 but they kind of go together.)
    14. The Fifth Element
    15: Rocky Horror Picture Show
    16. Murder on the Orient Express
    17. Jaws
    18. Jesus Christ Superstar

    I'll have to think some more. :)

    1. I feel the same way about Star Wars. Enjoyed them all, but IV was the real winner.

      Do you know, I've never seen Jesus Christ Superstar? Crazy. I like Andrew Lloyd Webber, too.

      P.S. I only included LotR because I needed a hundred. Even as is, I probably should've booted Return of the King and left Chocolat on. ;)

    2. You liked the movie Chocolat?! Our friendship is over.

      Just kidding....well, kind of ;-) *grumble grumble harumph* I hated that movie almost as much as The Cider House Rules. It's hard to say what annoyed me the most: the spineless priest who allows the town bully to rewrite his sermons; the cardboard-cutout of the repressed, miserably unhappy religious hypocrite (Alfred Molina's character) whose top priority in life is to go around making sure everyone is following the rules and therefore as unhappy as he is; or the juxtaposition of Juliet Binoche and Johnny Depp's characters as the daring nonconformists (who are necessarily sexually amoral), the only two people in the whole town who are truly happy. That movie bugged the hell out of me. But it must have struck you differently if it almost made your Top 100 list!

      I was delighted to see so many other of my favorites on your list; it was like being reminded of the existence of a dozen old, dear friends I had forgotten about.

    3. Do treat yourself to Singin' in the Rain. It's probably in my top ten :-)

    4. Hmmmmmm. Well. I saw that movie, like, seven years ago. Before I was Catholic, so the word 'priest' meant 'someone else's religion' to me. I remember the film being artsy and ambient, if a little amoral at points, but even now I don't remember the priest! and only vaguely the hypocrite.

      So yeah, probably I'd hate it nowadays. ;)

    5. ....aaaaaaaand posted right on top of you. By "that movie" I meant Chocolat. I'm sure I would enjoy Singin' in the Rain. ;)

    6. Oh, I am so relieved. The friendship is back on :-D

  2. Love your list -- I'm going to have to think about this!! And maybe do it too :)

    Awesome to meet you!!

    1. Well, I subscribed to you. I'll be totally happy to see your list if you join in. :)

  3. 1. Serenity!!!

    um, and..other things to, I'm sure..;)

    1. HAHAHAHA. So, should I see that one? Or will I be depressed? :P

  4. Additional category of musicals... In no particular order

    Daddy Long Legs
    South Pacific
    Music Man
    My Fair Lady
    An American in Paris
    Wizard of Oz
    And of course, Singin' in the Rain

    1. Hey, I liked South Pacific! Totally forgot about that one. And Music Man, and Oklahoma... don't know if the latter would've made it in, but SP probably would have.

      I've only seen the first half hour or so of Brigadoon. I would love to finish it, but from what I remember, it's likely to put Lou straight to sleep, so maybe I'll have to find other watching company. ;)

  5. 19. Gojira (or in common parlance Godzilla)
    20. Return of Godzilla
    21. Airplane
    22. Mystery Men
    23. Silver Streak
    24. Twister
    25. Batman (1989)
    26. Conan the Barbarian (1982)

  6. i finally posted my list too!

    as usualy, I have several in common with you

    1. We do have a lot in common! And we would've had more if I'd remembered The Incredibles and The Sound of Music and Father of the Bride!!


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