Everyone who has ever watched more than a handful of films will be able to pick their favourites. If you become a successful critic or a popular figure working within the creative industry, then some people may be susceptible to your suggestions when discussing your favourite creative works. Unfortunately, I do not work in the creative industry and hold no grand status of any description. I do however, have a list of films I love dearly and having a blog allows me to divulge such information! Here are my Top 20 favourite films and why:
20. Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Everyone has seen this film. Everyone has spoken about how brilliant a-film it is so, I won’t bother tittering on about it. It’s just a brilliant story.
19. Schindler’s List (1993)
It is rare to have a humbling experience just by watching a film. It is also rare for me to cry at one. I cried watching this one.
18. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Admit it. You wanted to drink from that chocolate river as well and have a Grandpa Joe!
17. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
I know this is not Judy’s ‘best ever’ film but I loved watching this growing up. Tooty was adorably mischievous.
16. Dirty Dancing (1987)
“…Nobody put’s Baby in a corner….”
15. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
The concept and originality of this film is spectacular. I wish more subtitled cinema became mainstream. Their ideas for stories are often very different to our own and are a joy to watch.
14. The Sound of Music (1965)
That nun singing ‘Climb Every Mountain’. Chills!
13. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
In my opinion this is the best teen movie ever made. Most teen films can be moulded into the same thing (wash, rinse, repeat) but thanks to William Shakespeare’s popular play, it allowed this film to have a something a little bit better about it.
12. Elephant Man (1980)
This was the first film to ever make me cry. This is also the first thing I ever saw Anthony Hopkins or John Hurt act in. It is a beautiful film and everyone should make an effort to watch it.
11. Goodbye Mr Chips (1939)
This is a lovely story but to be honest, Robert Donat’s performance alone is enough to carry this film. Other actors have tried to follow but no one will ever beat his depiction of this adorable character.
10. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Very few book to film adaptions manage to truly depict the essence of what was written in the novel but this film does it brilliantly, I think. Gregory Peck IS Atticus Finch.
9. Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
In short, this is the best animated film I have ever seen. The story is brilliant, the soundtrack is excellent and the slow-stop animation is insane. There is NOTHING bad about this film.
8. Oliver! (1968)
The enjoyment when watching this film never fades. It is full of colour, song and sheer musical wonderfulness!
7. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
If we are going to talk about creating strong female character’s for women in fiction then can we please re-visit this film? Jodie Foster is stunning and Anthony Hopkins re-defined what was meant by ‘good acting’.
6. Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
I do not know why I love this film so much but I do. It is elegant but brutal and discusses a world I know virtually nothing about.
5. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Tim Burton is a genius and this film will forever be my favourite animated film!
4. Cabaret (1971)
I cannot name another film which, depicts the rise of the Nazi movement in such a subtle way and does as well as this one. This film is not glitzy and glamorous. It is dark, unkind and unfair.
3. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Could you ever imagine having to explain to someone what this film is about?! The best I can come up with is – Think Frankenstein but as a sex slave to an alien who happens to be a rampant transvestite….oh, and Meat Loaf appears in it too!
2. Juno (2007)
This film is quirky, beautiful, honest and simple. Not all stories have to be over-complicated to be brilliant. Plus Ellen Page is just a dream in this film.
1. History Boys (2006)
“…The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long deal. And it is as if a hand has come and taken yours…”
What would make your Top 20 films?