Honestly it’s my favorite time of the year! The days are getting shorter- the nights are getting cooler, the mornings are getting darker. It’s the perfect time to to cuddle your blankets- don’t forget to put on your bed warmer! Curl up, make yourself a cup of tea, light a candle (or two), put on the Christmas lights and wind down with a movie.
If you are aimlessly scanning Netflix not finding anything to watch. Here are my top ten movies of all time.
10: You’ve Got Mail- Starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan- talk about a classic! This movie is the definition of a modern classic love story. Small children book store owner Meg Ryan, and mega book store typhoon Tom Hanks meet in a chat room. Who anonymously become cyber pen pals. Can love be found? Even if they are rivals? Based in autumn in New York City with love in the air anything is possible.
9: The Ultimate Gift- Based off the best selling novel by Jim Stovall. Drew Fuller and Abigail Breslin lead an all- star cast. Bringing a heartwarming drama that brings up the very important question- what is important in life? The movie follows Drew Fuller’s character as he goes on a journey following his wealthy grandfather’s passing leaving him twelve “gifts” to help navigate and challenge him to find out what is more important- money or something more?
8: Sense & Sensibility- Marianne Dashwood, young and naive wearing her heart on her sleeve contrasting her older sister, Elinor Dashwood who is more reserved and guarded. Following their hearts in love and life. From the brilliant brain of Jane Austen. This BBC mini series pulls out all the questions- Can you be sensible with having sense? Can the sisters find personal happiness in a time where society dictates status and money rules the heart?
7: Funny Face- Paris the city of love with lights shining bright is the backdrop of this musical starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. Small bookstore clerk turned model Audrey Hepburn and fashion photographer Fred Astaire who discovers her. Waltz into audiences hearts for generations.
6: Singin’ in the Rain- Where can you go wrong? Who doesn’t start singing. “I’m singing in the rain oh I’m singing in the rain oh what a glorious feeling…” Whenever you get caught in a rain storm? Set during the time in cinematic history when silent movies are transitioning into talking pictures. Gene Kelly who plays the biggest “heartthrob” at the time having to find a new way to reinvent himself with the world that is changing around him.
5: Sabrina- Before there were countless Cinderella stories. There was Sabrina. Sabrina follows the story of Sabrina played by Audrey Hepburn who is the chauffeur’s daughter. Serving the Larrabee family for a number of years The Larrabee’s have two sons played by Humphrey Bogart and William Holden one who is all work while the other is all playboy. Enter in the picture Sabrina after returning from Paris all grown and glamorous both brothers fall under the spell. Enter in the forbidden romance, the charm of first love, and elegance only a Audrey Hepburn movie can bring.
4: Dirty Dancing- Filled with memorable lines such as, “No one puts Baby in a corner” and with a soundtrack that brings you back to the Summer of 1963. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray star in this coming of age story of discovering who you are, what you will stand for, and how far you will go. On a family vacation to the Catskill Mountain resort seventeen-year- old “Baby” finds herself drawn out of her shell attracted to the rebellious Johnny who is the resorts dance instructor proving that opposites do indeed attract.
3: Grease- “Summer loving happened so fast…” Let’s go back to a time when life was young and experiencing love for the first time. Back to high school beyond the homework and the confusing time of pimples. Follow the senior year of Pink Lady, Sandy played by Olivia Newton- John and bad boy T-Bird leader, Danny played by the ever so dashing John Travolta. Follow them as they explore finding the world post high school. What crowd is more important or more importantly whose more important?
Now for the top two!!
2: Roman Holiday- Why hello Audrey Hepburn! In her first on screen debut she captures the audience winning an Oscar! Audrey Hepburn dazzles as a modern day princess who has grown tired of her every day rituals. Determined to abandon her royal obligations and explore Rome on her own. Enter in the handsome Gregory Peck, an American reporter who is stranded in Rome waiting for his ticket out. However; the plan falters as the two fall in love. All in black and white a romantic tale enjoyed for generations learning about love, determination, and standing on your own two feet.
1: Pride & Prejudice- The greatest love story of all time! With beautiful language by Jane Austen’s masterpiece. A enchanting tale- Keira Knightly stars as Elizabeth Bennet who is headstrong and strong willed with passion and fearlessness. Enter in the ever so dashing and mysterious Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. As life is challenging it is also kind. Upon meeting Elizabeth swears he is the last man she could ever marry. After months of misconceptions and life throwing it’s curve balls. Elizabeth finds herself captivated by the same man she thought she had known. A visually pleasing film with a unbelievable scenery and beautiful score throughout the film Darcy and Elizabeth’s love story shines even more. “Yes, a thousand times yes!” for generations to come.
What is your favorite movie?