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Last night, I introduced my musical daughter to one of my all-time favorite movies, Mr. Holland’s Opus. As I drifted off to dreamland last night, I got to thinking about all the movies that I’d add to my “over and over again” list. Here are just 9 that immediately come to mind. These are movies that I would recommend watching over and over again. At least, I do. And I never seem to grow tired of them. And, I still cry!
Some Kind of Wonderful
(1987) I still remember when this movie came out. My mom took me to the theater to see it, and it’s been a favorite of mine ever since. Keith wants to date the most popular girl in school, so his tomboy friend (Watts) helps him make that happen. Throughout the process, though, Keith and Watts develop feelings for each other. Such a simple, sweet story of love. Such a perfect ending!
I introduced this movie to Ashley a few years ago, and she now claims it as one of her favorites as well. In fact, she’s the one that purchased the DVD that now resides in our movie collection. And, I know she watched it up in her room sometimes without me (rude!) While it may be set in the 80’s, the story is timeless and endearing.
NOTE: There is one use of the “f” word in this movie.
(1991) Soon after Brian and I got married, we joined a movie club (yes, back in the days of the VHS tape). This was one of the first movies that we added to our collection and we have watched it over and over again through the years. This coming of age story is so precious – a definite tear jerker. Vada is the child of a single dad and, throughout the movie, she struggles with having a new mother figure in the home, dealing with a grandmother with dementia, being confused by death because her dad is a funeral director, going through puberty, and the eventual loss of her best friend.
This is another movie that Ashley has added to her list of favorites also. (And, again, she has purchased the upgrade to DVD!)
A League of Their Own
(1992) This was another of the first movies that Brian and I added to our collection; and, for years now, I’ve listed it among my favorites. First of all, I’m a sucker for a movie based on actual events. Secondly, the casting in this movie is absolutely amazing (as it goes from present time, remembering back to the main story, and back to present time – the actors and actresses who portray the characters are so similar in appearance that you believe they really are the characters!) When you blend up Tom Hanks, Madonna, and Rosie O’Donnell together, it’s nothing short of magical! Plus Geena Davis and Lori Petty’s sister characters are so believable – sibling rivalry is strong, but endearing.
The storyline is emotional, yet hilariously funny. When I need a good laugh, I pop in this movie – then I get a cleansing cry at the end! “You know General Omar Bradley? There’s too strong a resemblance!” “Did you promise the cows you’d write?” We quote this movie over and over again!
NOTE: There are some mature themes alluded to in this movie, along with a sarcastic use of the word “penis”; otherwise, it’s hilarious!)
(1994) Everyone’s a fan of Forrest Gump, right?
My momma always said, “Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”
Forrest is an amazingly well thought-out character and Tom Hanks’ portrayal of him is amazing. The way that Forrest loves and accepts those who are different from him — that’s just so refreshing.
And I love how this movie covers such a long period of history, touching on the important happenings of each decade.
Gracie recently discovered this movie and she now understands the fascination with it as well. It’s a timeless classic.
NOTE: There’s some adult content in this movie that may be disturbing to young viewers (nudity, drugs, war scenes, bad language, etc.)
Mr. Holland’s Opus
(1995) Like Forrest Gump, Mr. Holland’s Opus also covers a large timespan. We first meet Mr. Holland when he’s about to embark on a new career – teaching music in the local high school. At first, it’s certainly not his life’s wish; but, throughout the movie, we see him growing and changing into a very devoted teacher.
Alongside that storyline, we follow along as his son Cole is discovered to be deaf. The movie sees him grow to manhood; and the father-son relationship is strained at times, but grows strong by the end of the film.
We’ve had special, devoted music teachers like this in Gracie’s life. It’s nice to see a story that is realistic and personal. Such a poignant story. I cry at various points throughout this one!
(1998) OK, so the whole “You’ve Got Mail” thing might be a little out of date. But, the storyline for this movie is so sweet that it doesn’t matter if it’s a bit outdated! I think that I’m especially drawn to Meg Ryan’s character because of the quaint little bookstore that she owns and runs. What I wouldn’t give to run a neat little store like that. But, alas, the larger bookstores are taking over. And, just like in the movie, we need to learn to adapt.
I just realized this is the 3rd Tom Hanks movie on my list! Guess I must be a bigger fan than I thought! Anyway, Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan obviously have great on-screen chemistry (as we’ve seen in Sleepless in Seattle); but, in my humble opinion, this is the better of the two movies.
Where the Heart Is
(2000) Years ago, we were staying in this less-than-thrilling rental house at the beach. But, I discovered the book version of Where the Heart Is under the bed in the master bedroom. I read that book that week and knew I had to see the movie next. Such amazing acting in this film. Natalie Portman is awesome as Novalee, yet the supporting cast members are all top-notch also. You quickly find yourself becoming friends with them and rooting for the good guys!
We’ve watched this movie over and over again and we never seem to grow tired of it. There’s a sweet love story there, but so many other things going on throughout the movie.
NOTE: There is definitely some adult content in this movie, so you might not want to watch it with impressionable young ones.
(2002) If you’re in the mood for a good cry, this movie will not disappoint. I’ve read a lot of Nicholas Sparks books over the years. I’ve often thought they’d be just as good (or better) without the sex scenes. I honestly haven’t been impressed with most of the movie adaptations of his books. Message in a Bottle was good; but I was pretty disappointed with The Notebook.
I picked up a copy of this book to read on our way to Vietnam to get Gracie in 2000. I really enjoyed the storyline. So, needless to say, I was cautiously optimistic when I heard they were making the movie. It exceeded my expectations. Mandy Moore was excellent in the role of Jamie Sullivan, a small town pastor’s daughter who is sick with cancer. Shane West is the tough guy – the type that would NEVER be caught dead with Jamie. Yet, as fate would have it, their paths cross. The love story that ensues is so precious.
Tears are inevitable during this movie. Grab some tissues!
(2002) This is the only fantasy movie to make my list. It’s not a genre that I love; but it is one that I’ve learned to appreciate over the years as my younger children are both interested in fantasy.
I admit, we watched this movie before we even realized there was a book. While it’s not a Christian movie, it definitely has some strong Christian principles flowing throughout it. In fact, I’ve blogged about it in the past – here and here.
I love the characters in this movie, I love the storyline, I love the lessons that can be learned from watching it. Tough decisions have to made in this movie, but they’re made with wisdom. The end is so sad – yet, so right.
Are any of these movies on your favorites list?
I’d love to hear about the movies that you watch over and over again. Do you have some I should add to my list?