America has lost an icon today. Roger Ebert, film critic, passed away in Chicago at 70 years old. He and his movie critic partner, Gene Siskel, could make or break a newly released movie with their simple, but profound, thumbs.
With his passing, I thought I’d release my top favorite movies. I don’t think he’d agree with this list, but that’s OK. This is my list. You don’t have to agree with it or like it either. I have seen a few movie lists in the past couple of days and I actually started a scary movie list, but I’ve not seen enough for it to have any validity. So I nixed it. I have, however, seen a lot of movies. I don’t consider myself a “movie geek” though I’ve been called one. I simply like movies.
This is a list of movies that have made an impact on me. That means the movie has moved me in some way or another. I hope you enjoy reviewing it. You will find a few my favorites on the AFI’s Top 100 Movies of All Time. Click here to see the full list.
Here is my favorite movies list in alphabetical order:
Back to the Future Trilogy – 1985, 1989, and 1990: This has always been and always will be my favorite. I can’t explain it. I’ve always enjoyed it. Make a Back to the Future reference in front and you will have a friend for life!
Batman Begins – 2005: Christian Bale is Batman.
Beauty and the Beast – 1991
Children of Men – 2006
Indiana Jones Movies – 1981, 1984, 1989, and 2008: I enjoyed watching these with my father growing up. (I did hold my nose including the 2008 movie in this list, but it’s part of chain. Go with it.)
Magnolia – 1999
My Fair Lady – 1964: I first watched this on TV with my mother who told me I’d like the movie. I don’t think any other movie has kept me so entranced and spellbound since. Momma was right. I liked the movie.
Romeo + Juliet – 1996
The Breakfast Club – 1985
The Departed – 2006
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy – 2001, 2002, and 2003
The Wizard of Oz – 1939: The world stopped at my house when this movie came on TV. There truly is no place like home.
To Kill a Mockingbird – 1962
That’s my list. I’d love to hear what movies are on your list!