my ten all-time favorite movies


To put it simply, I love the movies. Not just the films themselves, but the whole notion of 'the movies'. Butter popcorn, sugary sodas, and movie theater candy. Going to the theater for the full experience or just staying at home to watch a movie, cozy in your pajamas. 

I'm tempted to say that summer is the season for movies, but really that could be said about any season, don't you think? But, there is something about summer---maybe the sweltering hot days or the rainy afternoons---that just makes you want to watch movies! 

My mom and I were talking awhile ago about our favorite movies and she challenged me to pick my top five. It was actually impossible, so I ended up making a list of twenty (haha) then narrowed it down to ten. I thought it'd be fun to share those with you guys! 

Call Me By Your Name
My all-time favorite movie is actually a very recent one. It's hard to keep my thoughts on it short and sweet, but I just love everything about it. From the director Luca Guadagnino to the performances by Timotheé Chalamet and Michael Stuhlbarg to the scenery, the dialogue, and the storyline. It's such a warm, atmospheric film that makes me nostalgic for past summers and also that struck a real emotional chord with me.

Roman Holiday
The ultimate classic! This was Audrey Hepburn's very first film and, wow, what a debut. She plays a princess who visits Rome and runs away to explore the city on her own. She meets an American journalist played by Gregory Peck (swoon) who tries to sneakily get a private interview with her, then romance ensues.

Harry Potter series
It's impossible to narrow it down to just one of the Harry Potter movies but if I had to choose, my very favorite ones are Sorcerer's Stone, Goblet of Fire, Half-Blood Prince, and Deathly Hallows Pt. 2. I've seen all of them a billion times, but they're always so comforting.

I saw this for the first time when it came out during the summer of 2014 when I was living in New York for my internship. In fact, the director (one of my all-time favorites) Richard Linklater and lead actor Ellar Coltrane were at the theater and gave an introduction before the film which made the whole thing so special. They shot this film over the course of twelve years, so you really get to see Ellar grow up on film and it's amazing. I cry (sob, really) at the ending every single time. This one was so good that I actually ended up writing and sending Richard Linklater a letter. Haha!

Rear Window
I wrote one of my semiotics papers on this film, so I've done a lot of analysis on it but it's really just a generally entertaining movie. It's definitely my favorite Hitchcock and stars my beloved Jimmy Stewart along with Grace Kelly. Jimmy Stewart's character is in a wheelchair bound to his apartment overlooking a courtyard and he thinks he witnesses a murder. He and Grace Kelly, his socialite girlfriend, go on to try and solve the mystery.

Inglorious Basterds
My favorite Tarantino movie! So many good performances, funny dialogue, and beautiful costumes. I'll spend my life trying to perfectly recreate the scene in which Melanie Laurent and Christoph Waltz eat apfelstrudel. 

Midnight in Paris
The cutest little movie about an American writer in Paris who somehow goes back in time and hangs out with people like Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, and Gertrude Stein. I love how quirky this one is and it always satisfies my Paris cravings.

The Grand Budapest Hotel
I love my Wes Anderson movies but this one is hands down my favorite. There are pastries, beautiful chalets, and so much pink. The story is witty and fun, but the visuals alone are perfection.

Legally Blonde
No movie list of mine is complete without Legally Blonde. Elle Woods is an icon and an inspiration.

Before Sunrise series
I love all three of the Before Sunrise trilogy starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. In the first film, they meet on a train in Europe and their story carries over decades in the next two films. The best romantic films I've ever seen.

Honorable Mentions:
Kill Bill Pt. 1 and Pt.2, Begin Again, Les Amours Imaginaires, Spotlight, Atonement, You've Got Mail, Notting Hill, Mulholland Drive, Heathers, Drive, Legally Blonde, Pineapple Express, My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Sweet Home Alabama, Band of Outsiders, anything Wes Anderson.

What are some of your favorite movies? Let me know in the comments!