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The 50 Best Movies (In My Opinion)

The bookshelf in the living room of our home boasts an impressive collection of DVDs. Many of our guests like to admire them and borrow one or begin a discussion about their favorite movies. My DVD collection started when I realized that my family didn’t own very many movies; the first DVD I purchased was Charlie’s Angels, from Circuit City (remember that place??).

I’ve always loved movies. Growing up, my brother, dad, and I would quote and analyze movies riding in the car or over dinner. My poor mom was always left out of the discussion, but among the rest of us, the topic of movies never ran dry. My brother and I have a relationship that’s probably 40-60% based around quoting Disney Channel Original Movies to each other.

So, this is a not-so-definitive, but still time-tested collection of what I think are the 50 best movies (that I’ve seen, anyways!). Keep in mind that my least favorite genre of movie is drama, so sorry if your favorite one is left off the list. Also keep in mind that I have a very dry sense of humor, and little tolerance for potty or slapstick humor. Thirdly, I also have watched the same few chick flicks an unreasonable amount over the past 5-ish years since I got engaged. Lastly, I love Sci-Fi. That is all.

What do I think makes a good movie? My criteria are: solid plot, (pretty) good acting, memorable lines, makes me laugh, makes me think, could watch over and over again. Basically, to make the list, it has to be a movie you could mention and I would be willing to watch at the drop of a hat.

{Not necessarily in order.} {PS Sorry for lumping series together, it was the only way to fit all my faves in here :D}

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  1. Ocean’s 11 (and 12 and 13 lumped in there too)
  2. Young Frankenstein (can quote the whole movie)
  3. The Bourne Ultimatum (then Supremacy, then Identity, not the 4th one, maybe the 5th one??)
  4. The Matrix: Reloaded (and the other two movies as well)
  5. Pirates of the Caribbean (NOT the other movies)
  6. Clue
  7. Marley & Me
  8. Uncle Buck
  9. Wayne’s World
  10. The Holiday
  11. Inception
  12. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
  13. Interstellar
  14. Mission: Impossible III
  15. Hook
  16. Sweet Home Alabama (can quote the whole movie to you)
  17. Mr. and Mrs. Smith
  18. Pride & Prejudice, the 2005 version
  19. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (and sure, the other Star Wars movies too I guess)
  20. The Princess Bride
  21. Napoleon Dynamite (during this movie, I 100% laughed the hardest I’ve ever laughed in my entire life, ever)
  22. Men in Black (this movie has also sparked some of the most laughter in my life, if you include every viewing and quoting of it)
  23. The Emperor’s New Groove
  24. Win a Date with Tad Hamilton (ah, my teenage years. can quote the whole movie)
  25. Despicable Me
  26. Bride Wars (have seen this 13094u34 times)
  27. 27 Dresses (same)
  28. Good Will Hunting
  29. The Harry Potter Series, with the exception of Movie 7: Part I (I can’t really differentiate amongst the rest of them)
  30. Zoolander (another classic teen years movie)
  31. The Great Gatsby, 2013 version
  32. Up
  33. Stepsister from Planet Weird (my all-time fave DCOM – it is SO bizarre and I love it for that)
  34. The Prestige
  35. The Wizard of Oz (maybe the only true classic that makes my list?)
  36. Definitely, Maybe
  37. Titanic (duh)
  38. Madagascar (I, II, and III)
  39. The Lion King (I had to)
  40. Tron
  41. Ender’s Game
  42. Wreck it Ralph
  43. The Heat
  44. Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  45. A Beautiful Mind
  46. The Social Network
  47. The Muppets
  48. Shrek
  49. Casino Royale
  50. The Island

*No, you didn’t read this wrong, I do NOT like the Lord of the Rings series! I wish I did though!! I just think they are soooo boring. Sorry about that.

So, what are your favorite movies??

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