This is something I have been putting together for quite a long time now and I have held off posting it or even attempting to start the blog post in fear that I have forgotten and somehow missed a favourite film from the list. Barring in mind I got up to 72 films and then had to cut it down to the 50. I would like to make clear these are my favourite films, some might have happened to win Oscars as well and some certainly have not at all. The way I have decided on my favourites is the sheer joy they bring and the number of rewatches I have had over the years. While I have listed 1-50 a lot of them can be shifted around and changed with each other. It is going to highlight my love for musicals and for certain actors and actresses! I doubt it will contain many surprises though!
- Million Dollar Baby (2004)
I have been totally in love with this film from the first time I saw it, everything about it is truly perfect. Hilary Swank’s amazing performance and the power of sport to bring people together. Wanting to fight for a dream that nobody sees but you.
- Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003)
The reason I love film is because of this trilogy, I don’t even care that I am putting all three films in but for me they are a complete selection and should not be taken apart. I was so happy to eventually see the extended editions on the big screen at the cinema and it was the most wonderful experience and a reminder that these are outstanding pieces of cinema. Nothing will ever compare to the world Peter Jackson created.
- When Harry Met Sally (1989)
In a very short space of time from the first viewing of this film I have well and truly fallen in love with it, has become my final film of each year starting at 10:30pm to hit midnight when Harry eventually decides to tell Sally how he feels. Everything about this is so perfect and even after all the years since its release it is one of the best romantic comedies we will ever see.
- Chicago (2002)
And All That Jazz . . . This film is what really launched my musical love, I mean I liked musicals and had been to the theatre a little bit but this one pushed me more to the theatre and its a fantastic film musical. The best musical opening number and Catherine Zeta Jones is iconic as Velma Kelly!
- As Good As It Gets (1997)
Jack Nicholson as a man with mental health problems certainly highlights the issues living with one can have, although managing to put it across in a funny manner was never going to be easy. I love this more and more still with each viewing and I have certainly watched it a lot.
- The Dark Knight (2008)
Health Ledger is iconic as the Joker and I can still remember being so unsure about it when he was cast in the role. Oh how amazing it all turned out, with Christian Bale being a great Batman and Michael Caine coming as Alfred. I love everything Christopher Nolan dared to do in this film and it helped me enjoy my Chicago trip even more finding places they used for filming. Oh and I’ve seen the building in Hong Kong on a trip as well!
- The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
One of the best and most heartbreaking romances I have watched on screen, it moves me to tears each and every time. Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood are both just too perfect for words!
- Casablanca (1940)
We’ll always have Paris, as Bogart allows Bergman to leave with her husband despite still being well and truly in love with her. One of the most quotable films and another I just adore with each viewing. It always amazes me that it was filmed as WWII was still going on.
- La La Land (2016)
I think I have gushed so much about this film since it’s release that I don’t even no what else is left for me to say about it, I truly adore everything about it. Gosling and Stone are perfect and I had hoped it would pave the way for more top class film musicals.
- Jojo Rabbit (2019)
My all time record of seeing a film at the cinema with four times! This was spread out over quite a long period but still I feel that speaks volumes. I found this to just quite frankly make me smile, laugh and happy. Oh and cry a little bit, you all know which scene that is!
11. The Shape of Water (2017)
This was one of those instant loves as soon as I watched it for the first time at the cinema, truly just fell for it. The messages around being different and misunderstood with a lot of lonely thrown in was something I really related to and still do.
12. An Affair to Remember (1957)
A couple meet on a ship and agree to meet at the top of the Empire State Building in six months time, although the plan doesn’t fully work after an accident. Considering they are both engaged to other people, it probably shouldn’t be so amazing that they agree to meet, but that time was meant to be used to sort everything so they could be together. Who wouldn’t for Cary Grant?
13. A Star is Born (1954)
Judy Garland really was such a bright star and you need to look no further than her performance in this film, everything about it truly blows me away each and every time. Her rendition of “The Man That Got Away” is haunting in the best possible way. James Mason is perfect opposite her and I really just adore everything about it.
14. Some Like It Hot (1950)
I was very late to the party in eventually watching this one, with no real reason for that but after even that first viewing I loved it and mainly Jack Lemmon who is absolutely one of my favourites. The best last line of a film EVER!
15. You’ve Got Mail (1998)
I probably love this one a lot more than anyone else, yes a very bold statement but I much prefer this to Sleepless in Seattle and I feel it kinda predicted our online futures and how things would turn out. Oh and not forgetting the Starbucks scene about decision making and coffee shops, which again have indeed taken over. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are both outstanding together.
16. Rocky (1976)
I guess I could have cheated and put this whole franchise together but I resisted that temptation, Rocky is one of my all time favourite film characters and Stallone has so much passion towards the character and film that it is so easy to love. The working hard attitude is one to really admire and adore.
17. Finding Nemo (2003)
Easily my favourite Disney film and mainly because it is such a happy story (in the end) and showing that friendship can come at you when you really need it the most. That you have to just keep swimming and fish are friends not food.
18. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
The ultimate cult film right? The Rocky Horror is unique and something that I well and truly just get into and have had an obsession with, Tim Curry is on another level. With Richard O’Brien being the genius behind it all and also having a starring role.
19. The Sound of Music (1965)
Could Julie Andrews be any more perfect? I very much doubt it, as Maria the nun turned governess she is utterly outstanding and works so well with the Von Trapp children as they sing and dance their way round Austria, trying to avoid the Nazi’s. Singing nuns just seems to work in the best possible way.
20. Jurassic Park (1993)
I remember being blown away by this one as a child and quite frankly I still feel that same way now watching it, the build up to eventually seeing the T-Rex for the first time is very special. The incredible score and performances make it a truly magical experience, I still haven’t managed to see it on the big screen though.
21. A Few Good Men (1992)
You can’t handle the truth! Courtroom dramas are outstanding and this is easily my favourite as Tom Cruise decides to be brave going up against Jack Nicholson and everything in the build up to that famous courtroom scene, Demi Moore and Kevin Pollak in the supporting roles with a few more famous faces popping up with more like cameos.
22. In Bruges (2008)
It’s a fairytale f**king town isn’t it, oh its in Belgium. This may just be the very best of Colin Farrell, utterly outstanding as the Irish gangster who’s latest hit went wrong so his boss Ralph Fiennes sends him to Bruges with Brendan Gleeson. Its not for anyone who is easily offended and I guess it says a lot about my sense of humour that I think this film is hilarious, but with a big heart as well.
23. About Time (2013)
How long will I love you? Well, quite frankly I will love this film forever. Initially wanting to see it because Bill Nighy was in it but then adoring everything about this romantic comedy, just don’t think too much about the whole time travel aspect and you will be absolutely fine!
24. It’s Complicated (2009)
This started my true love for Alec Baldwin, yes really overweight Alec Baldwin is the one. Obviously Meryl Streep is in this as well as Steve Martin which creates a truly winning combination in my opinion and I just love it all.
25. Sister Act (1992) & Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993)
I told you singing nuns are the way forward and just full on enjoyment. Another cheat with two films but the second one is so good as well, I felt they both deserved credit for Whoopi Goldberg being truly amazing as Delores Van Cartier!
26. Mary Poppins (1964)
A film loved in childhood that still carries so much with me to this day, the only difference now is that I absolutely cry my eyes out with Mr Banks coming good and demanding his family go fly a kite and I’m gone. Julie Andrews is practically perfect in every way.
27. Mrs ‘Arris Goes to Paris (1992)
This is a true sentimental value as a film because I watched it with my Nanna and then for years couldn’t remember what it was called or who was in it. As if I forgot it was Angela Lansbury? But I managed to figure it out over a decade ago now and was so happy to get the DVD. A lovely story of an English woman going to Paris to buy a Dior dress, saving for many years.
28. Erin Brockovich (2000)
Julia Roberts Oscar winning performance in what is a truly heartbreaking true story of many lives being wrecked by a huge cooperation. While a serious story it manages to mix in some comedic moments especially with Albert Finney as the lawyer she ends up working with.
29. The Wrestler (2008)
Mickey Rourke making one of the biggest film career comebacks of all time and I will forever protest that he deserved the Oscar for his role as the wrestler. An old broken down piece of meat who believed he deserved to be alone. An incredible Springsteen song and actually showing what goes into wrestling despite a lot of negative talk surrounding that sport.
30. The American President (1995)
Michael Douglas would have been an amazing President right? Well his character in this one certainly is, as a widower who falls for Annette Bening in a truly lovely story. Although the press attention isn’t exactly what either of them needed or wanted. Amazing support from Martin Sheen and Michael J. Fox.
31. Brief Encounter (1945)
One of the most emotional films you could ever witness, given the year of release it handles the affair in such a graceful manner (even if that also meant it was banned in a lot of places at one point because of the adultery). So many outstanding quotes that are still so relevant to this very day.
32. Moulin Rouge! (2001)
While on stage we have plenty of Jukebox musicals which tend to be towards one band or artist Moulin Rouge went for it mixing and changing so many popular and well known songs into one of the most tragic love stories. From the hilarious Jim Broadbent to the powerful performances from Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor this film dared to be different and still holds up now.
33. The Prestige (2006)
Quite possible the best of Christopher Nolan? Yes, that may just be a bold statement given my love for The Dark Knight, but I love the twists and turns of this one with Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale both really going for it. A delight from that first cinema viewing to recently and it just keeps getting better.
34. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
A feel good film within the Marvel Universe that really is just so much damn fun. Don’t we need more films to be this fun, and funny with action sequences? I certainly think so, Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo are just a joy together. The vivid colours within it make it lovely to watch as well.
35. Good Will Hunting (1997)
So many amazing quotes, a deserved Oscar win for the legend Robin Williams who is given so many amazing lines and then we get probably still a career best from Matt Damon. It is a truly emotional film but I love so many of the lines and making you think about what is really important in life!
36. Remember the Titans (2000)
We will remember them! Denzel Washington as the American Football coach who makes the biggest and best possible difference not only to the mixed race team but also the full town. It is inspirational and utterly fantastic to watch, with singing and dancing to go along with the power of sport. Oh and it also rips your heart out when you least expect it.
37. The First Wives Club (1996)
At one time I honestly would finish watching this film and then watch it again, I mean this has to be fully because of Bette Midler, Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn being utterly devious and fantastic at the same time. It is a very girl power based film and nothing wrong with that at all, its a lot of fun with some great friendship messages.
38. Coco (2017)
This is probably the Disney film I have watched the most in such a short space of time, a very interesting story with an incredible song “Remember Me” which will make you happy and sad, then in the end both of those things together. The importance of remembering your family and heritage.
39. Runaway Bride (1999)
Julia Roberts and Richard Gere team up again post Pretty Woman and I think I may even enjoy this one more! It has some hilarious moments, an amazing speech about how things won’t always be happy and that they will have tough times. Possibly one of the most realistic romantic comedy speeches?
40. Casino Royale (2006)
Daniel Craig kinda feels like my James Bond, mainly because this was the first Bond film that I witnessed at the cinema. Very fond memories of the coming out the water scene but also the putting on the tux. Ok enough of the shallow side, I actually love the poker game and how intense that gets.
41. Mrs Doubtfire (1993)
Robin Williams and Sally Field are utterly outstanding as the couple who have split and plan on getting divorced. However he wants to see the kids so creates a nanny named Mrs Doubtfire and dresses as an old lady to be able to see them. When explaining it that way it probably sounds a bit crazy but this film has so much heart and some truly lovely moments.
42. Notting Hill (1999)
This has been somewhat of a grower with me over the years and I feel as I have gotten older I actually love the film even more. Julia Roberts is my favourite actresses so just a joy to watch her in this, opposite a Hugh Grant who is a rather bumbling Englishman. It really is just lovely!
43. Toy Story (1995) & Toy Story 2 (1999)
Both films are so good I felt that I had to keep them both, as the second one introduces those new characters. I always remember on the release of the first film and probably seeing it at the cinema as a 7/8 year old always wishing my toys would talk and live! I guess that is the magic of the films.
44. Gypsy (1962)
Everything’s coming up roses! Something I love about this film is that I cannot actually remember how I first came across it, but everything about Rosalind Russell as Mama Rose is utterly breathtaking. It has so many great moments and like the majority of musicals is great to watch over and over again.
45. Jumpin’ Jack Flash (1986)
Whoopi Goldberg is everything you need from a comedy film and this one pushing her into the world of the CIA and some crazy things happening is always going to create some hilarious moments right? Then the mystery of who Jack really is!
46. Jumanji (1995)
Another childhood favourite that I cannot help but still love watching now, who didn’t want to play Jumanji? Robin Williams perfect in the role of being trapped in the game for so long and then still being quite child like, that is something he does so very well.
47. Pretty Woman (1990)
I want the fairytale. How on earth is this film so good? Shouldn’t something about a hooker and rich businessman not work? Well, it shouldn’t be lets face it this really does and is a fantastic romantic comedy with amazing lines, moments and one hell of a soundtrack.
48. Silver Lining Playbook (2012)
This is one of those films that I was thinking about days and days after that first cinema viewing, I knew then that it was special to me. It felt like it was telling me to find my very own silver lining, whilst also taking on mental health issues. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are great with support from Robert De Niro.
49. Batman (1989)
Michael Keaton v Jack Nicholson in a Tim Burton inspired Gotham City is still such a joy to watch, seriously this is so very good. Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight? This still brings so much joy and that build up to eventually seeing Nicholson’s transformation to the joker is great.
50. The Apartment (1960)
Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine with some truly outstanding moments in this one, another which I love so many quotes from and just quite frankly have grown to adore so much. Another that probably shows that times really never really change, as people continue to make the same mistakes over and over again.
There you have it my 50 favourite films, which since even publishing this has probably changed again already, but anyway films I just love and adore!