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
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.
The Shawshank Redemption
There 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.
The Legend of Bagger Vance
This 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
The Princess Bride
OK, 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!
Rocky and Rocky III
I 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………..
A Few Good Men
A 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.”
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.
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?