Musings: Favorite Movies

Today’s topic is: “Your top five favorite movies.” 

Oh, there are so many to choose from! Although as I look through my list, it turns out that I haven’t fallen in love with a movie in the last 15 years! Here is my must-watch list, in no particular order.

The Princess Bride (1987)


“Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles…” What’s not to love? And I’ve loved this movie since the beginning. In fact, while searching through some old files last week, I discovered a line-by-line script that I had typed out (before the days of Google) by watching the movie over and over again (printed with a dot matrix printer even). Obsessed? Certainly, but if I remember correctly, my college dorm-mates and I were planning to act out a stage version of the movie, just for fun!

Best one-liner: “Murdered by pirates is good!”

Sidebar: I’ve heard that the book by William Goldman is even funnier than the movie, so I’ve added it to my reading list.


All three of the Ryan/Hanks movies: You’ve Got Mail (1998), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), and Joe versus the Volcano (1990).

This trifecta is romantic comedy at its undeniable best. I liked Sleepless. I loved You’ve Got Mail. But for me, Joe versus the Volcano is the most quotable, especially when I worked for annoying bosses in the corporate world. I also love how Meg Ryan plays three sisters in Joe, each with their own memorable lines.

Best one-liner: “I know he can get the job, but can he do the job?”

Sidebar: According to Wikipedia, You’ve Got Mail is based on the 1937 Hungarian play Parfumerie by Miklós László and was later remade as The Shop Around the Corner, a 1940 film by Ernst Lubitsch. So I’ll be adding those to my must-see list.


Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)


I’ve always admired strong female characters and this movie is full of them. I grew up a tomboy like Idgie and wanted more than anything to have a best friend like Ruth. Its appeal might also have something to do with my teenage crush on Chris O’Donnell.

Best one-liner: “You a politician, or does lying just run in your family?”

Sidebar: I must add Fannie Flagg’s novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe to my reading list.


Sliding Doors (1998)


This movie is a wonderful demonstration of how a single decision can lead to a major change in the direction of one’s life. Very inspiring for anyone considering an intentional detour in their future. And I just loved the chemistry between Gwyneth Paltrow and John Hannah!

Best one-liner: “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.”

Sidebar: This movie is also based on a novel, of the same name by Peter Howitt.


Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)


Sometimes, I just want to see a strong, sexy, bada** woman being awesome. Angelina Jolie does a wonderful job bringing this video-game character to life. You go girl!

Honorable Mentions
Singin’ In The Rain (1952)
Casablanca (1942)
Mary Poppins (1964)
Office Space (1999)


Can you narrow down your favorites? Please share in the comments.

~ Phoebe DeCook

(P.S. If you missed my introduction to these daily “Musings”, you can read from the beginning here.)


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