This post first appeared on one of my previous blogs, but I wanted to share it again!
While I can’t claim to have an all-time favorite movie, there are several that I could watch over and over. Here they are, in no particular order.
1) Tuck Everlasting (2002)
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Alexis Bledel, Sissy Spacek, William Hurt and Jonathan Jackson
Prior to watching this movie in 2002, I read the classic American novel (by Natalie Babbitt) as a fifth grader in 2000. If you have not read this pithy yet powerful novel, do so immediately. Babbitt tackles the subject of immortality, as well as themes of love, life, regret and guilt. Both the novel and movie offer a glimpse into the world of the Tuck family, destined to everlasting life after the entire clan took a few sips of water from a spring eighty years prior to meeting Winnie Foster (Bledel).
This movie (and the novel) has it all: action, humor, a serious dose of romance, and one of my favorite quotes:
“Don’t be afraid of death (Winnie). Be afraid of the unlived life.”
2) The Sandlot (1993)
Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar and James Earl Jones
If ever there were a movie that screamed “Classic” in my collection, this is it. It the epitome of summer as a kid: sun, baseball, swimming, s’mores and a little trouble. You’ve got to love Scotty Smalls (Guiry), the adorably clumsy egghead who gets an in with the local group of baseball-playin’, mischeif-causin’ Sandlot gang after he finally catches a pop fly.
My sisters and I constantly quote lines from this movie, sometimes unconsciously. I’ve watched it many, many times and it never gets old or less funny.
With memorable characters (like Squints and Ham), some of the most hilarious movie moments ever (Squints didn’t actually need mouth-to-mouth?!) and a catchy, toe-tapping soundtrack, The Sandlot has it all.
3. Godspell (1973)
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Victor Garber and David Haskell
I can’t even count how many times I have seen this movie, but I know that I first saw it in elementary school. This beautiful musical tells of Jesus’ life based on the Gospel of Matthew. For me, this movie is all about the music, which is perpetually stuck in my head. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt to smile at Victor Garber with an afro.
I’ve heard people say that they can’t get past the “weirdness” of this movie, such as the New York City setting, the wacky costumes and the unconventional songs and acting. I think this movie needs to be watched more than once to truly appreciate the splendor of portraying Jesus’ last few days on Earth in a modern day setting. Yes, there may be a few “weird” moments in the movie, but they are what make the movie so unique and memorable.
What are your all-time favorite movies? What’s missing from my list? Let me know below!