from Ladies in Lavendar
Anyway, without further ado and in alphabetical order, these films I just love love love, and will always stay with me.
101 Dalmatians: this may be strange, but so much of my taste in interior design was shaped by this film. By far my favorite cartoon--and I'm not even a dog person.
Apollo 13: I get goosebumps when I watch this film, and worry that they won't make it back, and am filled all over again with love and wonder for the Heavens.
Babe: I saw this with my grandmother. I thought I was too old for it. I was wrong.
Blues Brothers: the first R rated film I saw. (I think I was two.) It taught me that Nazis were bad and music was good.
Bringing Up Baby: I can't give you anything but this-really-awesome-screwball-comedy-with-Cary-Grant-in-a-feather-bathrobe-and-not-one-but-two-leopards, baby.
Charade: I remember first watching this film when I was 10, and at every twist Dad would say with glee: "Another twist!" till the very end when all is made clear with the funnest twist of all... Also, this movie influenced my sense of style more than even Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Henry V: both versions. I can't even begin to express how much these two films formed my mind and imagination. The Laurence Olivier version was my very favorite when I was 3...because of the horses running across the fields of Agincourt. And, to the detriment of my English major judgement, I won't let anyone make Hal a villian for me.
High Society: Frank, Celeste, Grace, Bing, Louis, and lots of champagne; plus a Cole Porter score: it is my very favorite film.
Kolya: the 2nd best post-communist film ever made (from Czechoslovakia) Really, it's about fatherhood.
Ladies in Lavender: a lovely and underappreciated film about age, wisdom, and grace, with the masterful Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. A truly modern fairy tale. Of course, this came out just a few years ago--I honestly don't know if a child would enjoy it (though certainly there is nothing to object to in it).
The Lives of Others: the best post-communism film I've ever seen. the last words of the film made it perfect. Really, it's about beauty. This is a film for adults--the themes are much to hard for a child.
Ran: Kurosawa's pagan medieval Japanese interpretation of LEAR made me understand that Shakespeare's really does have hope.
Rear Window: witty and thrilling, this is Hitchcock at his creepy charming best. One of our very favorite films as a family.
When Harry Met Sally: Because of a certain scene I didn't watch this till I was in college, but I think it is by far the best of the Meg Ryan romantic comedies. And that's not just because I adore Billy Crystal.
Finally, there was this incredibly powerful German film I watched at TMC about an elderly German couple who adopted a little Jewish boy during WWII. It was called something like The Trial of Job but I can never remember exactly what the title was. It was quite profound, and I don't know why it is not more well known.
As long as we're on the subject of movies, this is a great piece from Inside Catholic which will likely spark much debate, but which I really enjoyed.