1. My Fair Lady
Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison absolutely dazzle me every single time I see this film. It has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid, when we watched it on 2-VHS set. "I Could Have Danced All Night," "The Rain in Spain," and all the other wonderful songs make this movie worth the watch, over and over.
2. The Sound of Music
I can not tell you how much I love this movie. Every part of it (though I could do without "Climb Every Mountain," my mom's favorite) is beautiful and so much fun. Even when they're running away from the Nazis. Christopher Plummer is bloody attractive (he has aged so well, as evidenced in The Last Station) and Julie Andrews shines (every last inch of her performance is top notch). The kids are great, too.
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3. Breakfast at Tiffany's
My favorite love story, and there is nothing that even compares to the ending, when Paul Varjak helps Holly find Cat. I love, also when they spend a day in idyllic 1960's NYC, and steal from the 5 and 10 store. I watch it whenever I'm sad and it picks me right back up.
4. Forrest Gump
Life is, indeed, like a box of chocolates. I love this movie, I love Robin Wright, I love Tom Hanks. I live in Washington, DC, and I can not go to the Lincoln Memorial without thinking of Jenny running to Forrest. Also, the re-dubbed interviews and technical elements are so ahead of their time.
Humphrey Bogart is one of my all time favorite leading men, so obtuse, but yet so endearing. He and Ingrid Bergman play out a killer love story, filled with quotable lines, and heartbreaking songs ("As Time Goes By").
6. Shakespeare in Love
I so wish this were true. As a person of the theatre, I find this even more wonderful. The costumes are lovely, Queen Elizabeth shines, and Colin Firth is exactly *not* the leading man. Joesph Fiennes oozes sex appeal and Gwyneth is radiant.
7. No Country for Old Men
I didn't think I'd like this movie. The story is addicting, you really feel for Josh Brolin's character. The ending isn't even a little bit what you think it's going to be. The film is stunning and well acted.
8. The Departed
I liked this move because for nearly the entire thing I had no idea what was going on. The ending was a bit much, but wow, what a story!
9. The Pianist
Despite my love for this movie, I am not sure I could watch it again. It is graphic and dark, but also so beautiful. The music Adrien Brody's character plays helps the viewer escape from the grim Holocaust to a lighter, happier place. If you haven't seen it, I suggest you do, even if it's only for the one time.
Baa Ram Ewe, Sheep be true! It's cute, it's clever, it's a treat. At the end, when the farmer says, "That'll do, Pig," I get weepy. A classic, no doubt.