Usually this time of year, we are looking forward to summer movies and the cool conditions of our favorite Movie Tavern. With all the rain and cooler temps, we find ourselves watching more television and Netflix movies here on Ashland so we can dash outside to mow our lawns, pick up debris, and weed our gardens between the next rain shower or storm. Recently, we finished the Mad Men series and now RM and I are on a Peaky Blinders kick thanks to a recommendation from a family friend. I love historical epics. Sam Neill is awesome too. If you are from our clan, whenever any of the top picks listed below come on the television set, we stop and watch for a few minutes or more likely all the way to the end (reciting lines, laughing and crying at the same spots, and remembering when we saw it together for the first time – What year was it? Where were we? Who were we with?) Here are 25 or so of our family favorites. I am sure I have left a few off and will be corrected.
Top Picks – not in order, just what comes to mind first
- The Shawshank Redemption – 142 minutes but so worth every minute, RMs favorite
- E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial – Reese’s Pieces and 1982
- Schindler’s List – epic historical period drama, 7 academy awards
- Star Wars – 1977 and special effects, all three C’s require friends to watch these with them
- Raiders of the Lost Ark – Indy and the whip
- Forrest Gump – Sally Fields and Tom Hanks together
- To Kill a Mockingbird – Scout and Boo
- Jaws – 1975, the shark and the sound track, ruined the beach experience for our girls
- The Sound of Music – Julie Andrews and My Favorite Things
- The Breakfast Club – Judd Nelson and coming of age
- Fargo – the wood chipper and the North Dakota accent
- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – Chicago, Sloane, Ferris, Cameron and Edward Rooney
- The Matrix – visual effects
- Saving Private Ryan – the first 30 minutes make me weep every time
- Jurassic Park – raptors and C3
- Gladiator – we love our historical epics on Ashland
- The Lord of the Rings – my precious and the shire
- Braveheart – we are Scots so always approve of a good rebellion
- Close Encounters of the Third Kind – 1977 was a great year for movies and love Richard Dreyfuss. Saw him live in a play in L.A. and he was AMAZING (really short).
- The Green Mile – Mr. Jingles, read the six paperback novels first
- Gangs of New York, Godfather and Goodfellas – epic gang films made famous by Francis Ford Coppola and Scorsese Next up I predict is an epic movie about biker gangs.
- Harry Potter — it defined our girl’s childhood of reading for pure pleasure.
- A Knight’s Tale, Patriot and Dark Knight — common denominator is Heath Ledger
- Christmas Vacation – Chevy Chase and only on Thanksgiving after the feast
Worst of all Time
Dudley Do-Right, should have been named Dudley Do-Wrong — This is our running family joke — it is the worst movie we ever saw together especially the farting horse. We all agreed to walk out well before the end.
My personal favorite all time movie is On Golden Pond but my family can’t stand it so I can’t put it on top picks for all. The Loons!
Did I miss some of your personal favorites? Stay dry, safe and out of the rain. See you at the movies.