Inspired by my friends over at Hairscapades, I had to share with you some of my favorite films. I’m a HUGE film buff thanks in large part to my mother who made me watch all sorts of movies (even black and white ones) with her growing up. From then, movies were a central part of my family gatherings and now Netflix streaming has stolen my heart. So after reading Weusi’s and Shelli’s lists on Hairscapades, I had to share with you some of my personal favorites! And these are in no particular order, because even the thought or ranking them almost sent me into a panic…so here goes!
1. Psycho: One of Hitchcock’s finest works. I can watch this movie over and over again.
2. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: One of my favorites from my childhood. Gene Wilder is amazing.
3. Silence of the Lambs: “It rubs the lotion on its skin.” Enough said.
4. Running Scared: One of Paul Walker’s less popular films but man I love that movie.
5. Grease: One of the first musicals I ever saw and it’s still one of my favorites.
6. Exam: A thriller from across the pond about the world’s most intense job interview. Crazy good.
7. The Birdcage: Great cast, great comedy and Hank Azaria as a non-shoe wearing maid/cook? Hilarious.
8. Mrs. Doubtfire: Another Robin Williams classic. Did anyone else want to play soccer with Mrs. Doubtfire?
9. Sling Blade: Billy Bob Thorton’s first major film, and his best since.
10. Don’t Bother to Knock: I haven’t seen a lot of her movies, but if this is any indication of what Marilyn Monroe was capable of, I’m down.
11. Howl: James Franco as famed poet Allen Ginsberg set in 1957. What a great movie.
12. Saw: Arguably the best modern-day horror/thriller. I only wish I could watch it every time as if it were the first time.
13. Manic: This film stars Joseph Gordon Levitt as a teen sent to a psychiatric unit for his anger issues.
14. Rocky Horror Picture Show: The first time I saw this I was in shock. 30 minutes in and I was in love.
15. Roots: Technically a miniseries, I think that every family in America should watch and discuss this at least once.
16. Night of the Living Dead: A Romero classic. There’s something about a zombie-apocalypse that just makes me feel good about life.
17. Misery: I never looked at Kathy Bates the same after seeing this one.
18. The Wizard of Oz: As a kid, this movie was a dream world come to life. Hell, even as an adult it’s still incredible.
19. Clue: Based on my single favorite board game, I will never get tired of this one.
20. Hairspray: Both versions are pretty great but the remake has a pacing that helps the story move along a little better, at least from what I remember.
Inception: If you’ve seen it, then you know why. If not, see it!
Shades of Ray: Although it isn’t the best movie, I really liked how it explored biracial identity and navigating two worlds.
Jason Goes to Hell: An absolutely ridiculous film in the Jason saga, but I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t seen it more 3 times.
Fools Rush In: Salma Hayek and Matthew Perry fall in love in this one. One of few romantic comedies that I can actually tolerate.
And finally, pretty much any Denzel Washington movie.
What are some of your favorites? Share below!