Before I begin I just want to point out that making this list was very complicated for me because there are so many movies that I could put on this list. Movies 9 & 10 on this list come in and out of my Top 10. While I write this list these movies are my Top 10 favorite movies. Along with my list I will be giving nuggets of reasoning as to why I enjoy these movies so much, nothing crazy just short and simple.
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2 (2011) – David Yates
Being a Potterhead I absolutely love the Harry Potter franchise, it is my second favorite film franchise only behind Star Wars. While Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is considered to be the top choice for best Potter film, The Deathly Hallows- Part 2 is mine. While watching this film franchise, I feel as if I am thrown into a magical world of witches and wizards. With this film being the last in the franchise I enjoy how it tied together the story of Harry Potter “the boy who lived”. Being able to watch Harry embark on his path to defeat Voldemort gives me satisfaction, in essence that is what the entire franchise was built on.
- Catch Me If You Can (2002) – Steven Spielberg
Based loosely on the life of Frank Abagnale Jr., possibly one of the greatest imposters in history. Being exposed to this movie at a young age I couldn’t truly understand the plot but as I got older my appreciation for this film increased. Abagnale’s story is something that fascinates me because he was able to convince people he was an airline pilot, physician, and an attorney. Spielberg did an incredible job of adapting this man’s story to the big screen.
- The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) – Kevin Reynolds
Based on the novel written by Alexandre Dumas, this film is a classic tale of revenge. I find it extremely satisfying seeing the main character (Edmond Dantes) get the revenge he deserves. Not a masterpiece by any means but, something about it draws my attention to it. It may possibly just be the story of how one man will do whatever it takes to get his revenge. The way Dantes achieves his revenge is what really got me interested. Overall I find it difficult trying to explain what aspects I love about this movie. All I can simply tell you to do is watch the movie. It is something you won’t regret.
- Toy Story (1995) – John Lasseter
In 1991 Disney and Pixar agreed to collaborate on a computer-generated animated movie. That movie eventually developed into Toy Story, Pixar’s first full length feature film. That was the day Pixar launched “to infinity and beyond” and never looked back. Although I cannot exactly remember the first time I ever watched Toy Story, I do know as a child I was fascinated by the fact that my toys could be coming to life once I left the room. Watching this movie as a young adult brings back great memories of playing with my Buzz Lightyear, Sheriff Woody, and Rex the Dinosaur toy.
- Jaws (1975) – Steven Spielberg
Jaws paved the way for future blockbusters and changed the way films would be produced. Had it not been for the success of Jaws we may have never been exposed to Spielberg’s great films. After tons of complications in production the first summer blockbuster made its claim to fame on June 20th, 1975. Putting aside all the production problems in this film, Jaws is one of the most iconic movies of all time. Because of Jaws I was afraid to close my eyes while swimming in my pool because the fear of a giant shark attacking me would appear in my head. From the classic film score composed by John Williams to the famous line “You’re gonna need a bigger boat”, Jaws holds a great place in my heart as one of my favorite movies.
- Jurassic Park (1993) – Steven Spielberg
If scientist were somehow able to create dinosaurs from 65 million year old mosquitos and throw them into a theme park how would that go? Jurassic Park shows us exactly how terribly wrong everything could go. Spielberg was able to bring back to life the dinosaurs that left this planet 65 million years ago and he does a damn good job at showing us why humans and dinosaurs shouldn’t co-exist together. Jurassic Park gave us revolutionary visual effects that still holds up well today. Once again Spielberg delivered another film that will stand the test of time and forever be a classic.
- Interstellar (2014) – Christopher Nolan
My love for space is what caused me to fall in love with this film. I have always had an interest in space and Interstellar gave me everything I needed. Watching this movie for the first time I was mesmerized by the CGI and locations this film was shot on. Another component that made me love this film is that much of it is based on theoretical physics. This movie made me feel as if I was traveling through space with the main characters on their journey to save Earth. This movie is more than just about space and wormholes, it had a deeper meaning to it that made me emotional, I rarely get emotional watching films. I can watch this movie without ever getting tired of it.
- Back to the Future (1985) – Robert Zemeckis
Ah, Back to the Future, what an iconic film. From the characters of Marty McFly and Emmett “Doc” Brown, to the legendary DeLorean with its Flux Capacitor this film will forever hold up in pop culture. Marty McFly and Doc Brown are such fun and lovable characters to watch on screen, you feel like you are going on their adventure with them throughout the film. From Marty’s awesome “Johnny B Goode” performance at his parent’s dance to him hitting 88mph in the DeLorean this is a great film that I enjoy watching time and time again.
2. The Goonies (1985) – Richard Donner
I was about seven years old the first time I saw The Goonies and from that day on I have been obsessed with this movie. Growing up I wanted to be a Goonie, I wanted to go on adventures like this group of friends did. This movie did an amazing job of creating an action, adventure, comedy, and romance that all young people can relate to, it’s a perfect coming of age tale in my opinion. At the end of it this movie is about friendship and being there for one another even when things begin to get hard. The way this movie makes me feel every time I watch it is indescribable. I simply LOVE this movie!
- Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) – Irvin Kershner
And finally, we reach my favorite movie of all time. I was introduced to Star Wars around the age of four by my brother, loving Star Wars is something that we can really bond over. I am obsessed with Star Wars and as a kid I fondly remember reenacting the scene where Luke is captured by a Wampa on Hoth and he uses the force to retrieve his lightsaber that is stuck in the snow to escape. From creating my own lightsabers and acting out battles as a kid Star Wars will always have a special place in my heart. Now I could have put A New Hope on here but I am going to have to give The Empire Strikes Back the slight edge. The Empire Strikes Back is the greatest Star Wars film ever made. From the battle on Hoth, to Luke Skywalker being trained by Yoda, and Darth Vader reveling to Luke that he is his father this film is a classic hero’s journey. The Empire Strikes Back also gave us the epic fight scene between Luke and Vader and the notorious “No. I am your father” line. Overall this movie is perfect to me in every way imaginable and Star Wars will forever be my favorite film franchise.