Let’s All Go To The Movies

This will admit you!
This will admit you!

I had recently challenged the always wonderful, beautiful, kind, considerate and very funny Purnimodo to come up with her top five American movies.  Purnimodo decided to call them movies to watch when you are stranded, but many of them I would watch any time.  She came up with a pretty potent list, but I have a few years on the fair blogger from Holland, and that means a little more movie expertise.

This is a rundown of my top movies with an explanation of why each one is so very awesome. I am not putting them in any particular order and I don’t think I will be able to keep it to five, because movies are awesome. (So are you, if you are still reading.)  My criteria are pretty simple, I have to have seen it at least five times and still want to watch it right now. In most cases I even know the dialogue, but I’ll be quiet if we watch it together.

Good Will Hunting

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This movie has it all.  Robin Williams playing the sensitive shrink, who works with the tough kid from Southie, Matt Damon, and gets him to use his talents wisely.  It involves friendship, romance and fulfilling your potential.  Great movie any way you look at it.  Best line in the movie: “Tell him I’ve gone to see about a girl.”  You must have a very little heart if you don’t like this one.

Do you like apples?    National Security Agency   Not Your Fault 

Gone to see about a girl

The Shawshank Redemption

shawshankThere are not many films that take place inside a prison like this.  Andy Dufrane falsely accused of murdering his wife spends twenty years in prison, launders money for the warden, breaks out, takes all of the money for himself.  Best line in the movie, “Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’. That’s goddamn right.”  You will feel like going to live on a beach in Mexico after this one.

Opera Scene 

Tar the roof

The Legend of Bagger Vance

Bagger VanceThis is a movie that many people have never seen, but it is worth the time.  On the surface it is about a golf match, but underneath it is so much more. It is about finding your own unique talent and doing the best you can with it. Letting go of the past, and living in the present moment.  Starring Matt Damon, Will Smith, Charlize Theron and directed by Robert Redford, it should have been a hit, but it was a flop at the box office. Still a great movie that you should see. This movies has so many good lines it is hard to choose just one but I will choose this one: ” You got a choice… You can stop… Or you can start…” Bagger Vance says as he is guiding Rannolph Junah back into the light.

See it, you will love it.  Movie

Just a moment ago         The Field    Your Authentic Swing

The Princess Bride

princess brideOK, this one is kind of a kid’s movie, but I still watch it every time I am feeling under the weather and need some extra rest.  Who can argue it has everything, fencing, boxing, giants, revenge and true love.  What can top all of that?  This is a classic, with many lines and I recently threw a few around it made me realize that I haven’t watched it for so long that I might be feeling a bit under the weather, ahem today!  Great lines, a million of them, “inconceivable!” , “As you wish”, “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” I can’t believe you are still reading this and not watching this movie!

Hello!            Sword Fight      Battle of Wits  

Rocky and Rocky III

RockyI put these two together because they are the best of the franchise. If you have never seen Rocky then you need to quickly, it is a classic about how anyone on any given day can be a champion and give a championship effort.  Rocky III has Mr. T in it and is great because it came out while I was in junior high.  I skipped Rocky II because it was too long and drawn out, and anything after III was either over patriotic or didn’t make sense.  Although, Rocky Balboa, the last Rocky movie gave one of the best speeches ever, so I included that one here.   Enjoy the fight. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows………..

Rocky Balboa Speech         Training with Rocky           Rocky Wins     YO, Adrian

A Few Good Men

few good menA great story that I now know pretty much word for word.  Jack Nicholson is great in this one and Tom Cruise was ok too.  Star studded cast with Demi Moore, Keifer Sutherland joining Cruise and Nicholson.  Full of good lines, but has the best speech and courtroom confrontation that you can imagine. Between Danial Caffey (Cruise) and Colonel Nathan Jessep (Nicholson).  The moral of the movie is nobody is above the law and we should all do what we can to protect those who need it.  “You don’t need a patch on your arm to live with honor.”

Can you handle the truth?               Introduction 



Fight Club

Fight Club

Fight Club is an awesome movie about……..Sorry rule number one prevents me from telling you anything further so does rule number 2.  Just watch it if you have never seen it.  Great movie.

Rules of Fight Club       Speech About Fight Club

There it is, my top five movies. Well really it is Seven, but who is counting, well I guess you are if you have read this far then you should definitely leave a comment and let me know how you think I did.  What makes your list my friends?

12 thoughts on “Let’s All Go To The Movies”

  1. Wonderful list. I haven’t seen the Legend of Bagger Vance. Something for the bucket list 🙂

    Shawshank Redemption is one of the most powerful and inspiring movies I’ve seen! Thanks for reminding to watch it again 😀

    1. The Legend of Bagger Vance has hardly been seen by anyone, lots of deep thought behind it, and the theme of coming back from a major setback, achieving when you thought you couldn’t. Motivating. Watch it you will see. What about Fight Club? or is that just a guy movie? Thanks for commenting.

  2. Princess Bride and Rocky are awesome movies. I love them! Who doesn’t get pumped up when they listen to Eye of the Tiger when they workout, right? Shawshank Redemption is a classic and I should actually get around to watching it again. Pretty awesome choices here! 🙂

    1. I know, just watching the clips from the Rocky movies made me want to grab some bricks and start running. Thank you for commenting. I always like to hear you opinions Kim.

    1. Ignore the golf, and enjoy the story. So much about redemption and coming back from devastation. Thank you for commenting and reading.

  3. Good list… not sure that you can handle the truth but I wouldn’t include A Few Good Men on my list. It was a great movie, but not one I could watch over and over. Probably the same for Rocky, I don’t think it would go the rounds. It would be inconceivable for Princess Bride not to be on the list though. And you always need a guy who knows how to get things, so Shawshank has to be there too. Fight Club has to stay too, because I know the rules and because ‘It’s under control, sir.’ I’d keep Good Will Hunting on the list too. How do you like them apples? Bagger Vance? Good movie, good story, great acting… but, just not sure, like Rocky, that it could last the round.

    1. I knew you had to like the Princess Bride choice. You don’t like A Few Good Men? Is this a code red? Rocky? just watching the clips I linked to made me psyched to run around and do pull ups. I might be able to do one now. That is what makes lists unique isn’t it. Thank you for commenting and reading my humble list! Appreciate it. Oh yes, Bagger Vance, I am sure that I am the only person in the world that would include it in my favorite movies, but it just strikes a chord with me. Just thinking about it makes me want to watch it again. I think its because life is like golf, “A game that can’t be won, only played.”

    2. You got me, The Outlaw Josey Wales (This is my face of death) is a classic, that should be included, Braveheart for sure, I got caught up in watching that last week. I guess I should make a list of about 15 or 30. That was a good list. The comment I got in my email but it doesn’t show up here. As for picking a few good movies, I was under the gun. I needed to expand it because there are many, many more that I can watch time and time again. Thanks for commenting, awesome to see other people’s thoughts.

  4. That is ok there are over 300 things that I have posted at various times over years, so there are lots of things to read. English is probably not your first language either so I understand that completely. I am happy to have you talk, suggest and comment on what I write. If something I created moved you in any way then I am glad.

    1. Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father. Prepare to die! If you haven’t seen Good Will Hunting, you should watch it, sounds like you would like it.

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