Monday, March 18, 2013

Top Ten Movie Countdown Blogfest

Today Alex J Cavanaugh is hosting the Top Ten Movie Countdown - something I thought would be easy when I signed up for this. Even though I've toiled over this list all weekend, I couldn't come up with a strong top ten. It's so much pressure and responsibility coming up with the best ten movies of all time that I blanked. In fact, I could only come up with two (1) The Princess Bride and (2) Life is Beautiful. So I cheated. I googled "top ten movies of all time" and found more to add to the list that I shall call my "close enough list." In no particular order:

1. Princess Bride
2. Life Is Beautiful
3. The Shawshank Redemption
4. Inception
5. It's a Wonderful Life - Here's where my cheating really pays off - I never would have thought of this one
6. Slumdog Millionaire
7. Forrest Gump
*And here's where it gets dicey*
8. Something from Disney - either Monster's Inc or The Little Mermaid because of the whole red-headed princess thing.
9. Some kind of action movie with a romantic interest (even better if it has humor and/or Matt Damon in it) The Bourne Identity perhaps?
10. I'm leaving this one blank with the hopes that Silver Lining Playbook (which is exactly my kind of movie) fills it. I've heard it isn't as great as I want it to be, but I love the idea of the plot and the characters so much, I have to keep a spot reserved for it - just in case.

Alright, which obvious ones did I miss? Anyone?


  1. Love Shawshank Redemption. Can watch that over and over.

  2. Shawshank Redemption is one of my very favorites. Another one, that probably tops no one else's list but mine is Sweet Home Alabama. I love the way love wins out.

  3. Slumdog Millionaire is an outstanding movie! How could I have forgotten that one?! Excellent list Kimberly.

  4. I'm with you on Princess Bride, Inception, and Shawshank.

    I can never pick absolute top '10's - just my faves in each genre (and those seem to change depending when you ask me). Anyway, here's a few that may or may not apply:

    Old school Disney: Sleeping Beauty.
    Studio Ghibli: Howl's Moving Castle or Nausicaa
    Pixar: I'd pick Incredibles but Toy Story seems to be a more popular choice.
    Teen: The Breakfast Club (Ferris Bueller if you want more comedic)
    Film Noir: L.A. Confidential or The Big Sleep
    Children's: The Neverending Story
    Fantasy: The Lord of the Rings
    Sci-Fi: Star Wars (original trilogy)
    Old School: It Happened One Night
    Horror: The Silence of the Lambs
    Comic Book: Batman Begins, Iron Man, or The Avengers (though most would probably say The Dark Knight)

    ...that's all I have for now ;-)

  5. Shawshank and Princess Bride made my list. The Little Mermaid remains one of my favorite Disney films.

    I have a hard time picking just ten movies, so I always go with "my current favorites" on blogfests like this.

  6. We have the same taste in movies!!! I nodded my head all through your list :)

  7. The Princess Bride almost made my list. I'm sure you'll think of others as you hop around today.
    Thanks for participating in my blogfest!

  8. Love your choices, especially The Princess Bride. I'd have a hard time with this list too.

  9. I didn't "cheat" to jog my memory soI figured I run into a lot of favorites I forgot as I did the blogfest circuit.

    Yup. I forgot Princess Bride. Great movie.

    I liked the rest of your list, too.

  10. Monsters, Inc. I never get tired of that movie.

  11. Well, all the obvious ones are on my list, of course.
    Silver Linings was a very good movie. I was really glad that Cooper got the nom for it, because I love Bradley. I wouldn't say it's a best movie ever, though.

  12. Princess Bride <3 <3

    Here are my picks (wow this was really hard!!!).

    1. Princess Bride
    2. Mean Girls
    3. Heathers
    4. Beauty and the Beast
    5. The Lion King
    6. Whisper of the Heart (this is a little known Miayazaki/Studio Ghibli movie about a girl who wants to be a writer and she falls in love with a boy who wants to study the violin and it also intertwines her story)
    7. Little Women (Laurie! SWOON!!!)
    8. original Star Wars
    9. 17 Again ( is a Zac Efron movie but it is SOOO geeky I can watch it over and over again)
    10. Sense &Sensibility (the one with Alan Rickman. My dad's favorite. :))

    Great list Kimberly!!! BTW We need a catch up email sometime...I am in the querying hell loop!

  13. Ha! Mermaid beats monsters fins down. ;-) And Sebastian is about the best sidekick there is.

  14. I forgot Princess Bride from mine, and Shawshank! So so good, ahhh. I enjoyed Silver Linings.. hope you get to see!

  15. Kimberly, be sure to add your direct link to the list - I couldn't find you on it.

  16. The Shawshank Redemption is my number ONE Movie! My all time favourite!

  17. The Lion King tops my list! Then I'd have to say When Harry Met Sally. Also, Funny Farm with Chevy Chase. I'm sure we can all relate to a writer wanting to move out to the country to write that novel! ;)

  18. OMG It's A Wonderful Life was the first movie my BF and I saw together...and I have not loved another movie the way I love it!!! It's so great and teaches hope in the darkest moments!
    We've also seen Forrest Gump, The Shawshank Redemption and Slumdog Millionaire but nothing tops It's A Wonderful Life (in my movie dictionary, at least)!
    We'll check out Princess Bride soon because I just showed him your list!!

  19. Great list.

    I happened to have LOVED Silver Linings PlayBook. I thought the story was wonderful and the acting was spot on. I hope you enjoy it as well ;)

  20. Shawshank and Inception seem to be everyone's faves. Great picks!

  21. I really liked Silver Linings Playbook, and thought Jennifer Lawrence definitely earned her Oscar. And I don't normally care for Bradley Cooper that much, but he was great in it too.

    Otherwise, you picked some great ones!

  22. You made some great choices, but left off all of the old classics. Gone With the Wind, The Best Years of Our Lives, The African Queen, Ninotchka, The Wizard of Oz, Waterloo Bridge (one of my favorites), Hitchcock movies, etc. With so many movies being made over the years, it certainly makes choosing just ten a difficult task.

  23. I love the songs from 'The Little Mermaid'! And you just don't see enough red headed princesses in movies. Apart from her and the princess from 'Brave' I can't think of any I've seen.

  24. Quite a varied list. Shawshank could have easily made the list for me too. I loved the uniqueness of Inception, totally captivated by it. Gump is a classic of course. Bourne Identity I struggled with for my list but in the end it didn’t make it.

    Chuck at Apocalypse Now

  25. The Princess Bride is such a great one - I have to say, though, I get frustrated with the movie sometimes because hte book is so. much. better. But the movie is amazing, too!

    For Disney, I'd go Finding Nemo, but I get the Little Mermaid - love that movie!

  26. I've been wanting to see Silver Lining Playbook, too. It's A Wonderful Life is one of my favorite movies!

  27. Silver Linings Playbook was AMAZING. I actually just wrote a collab where The Princess Bride was one of the inspirations :)

  28. Totally agree with Princess Bride. And I've heard Silver Linings Playbook is amazing, but have not seen it yet, either.

    The only other movie on this list I haven't seen is Inception. Must look into this. :)

  29. Star Wars--of course--Though I feel that EMPIRE STRIKES BACK is a better made movie than Episode 4.
    Lord of the Rings (let's just lump those as one movie)
    Blade Runner
    Billy Elliot
    Muriel's Wedding
    All about Eve (Why wasn't this on everyone's list?)
    Shawshank Redemption
    And I will agree with the masses, Princess Bride

  30. Shawshank is an awesome movie!! As well as princess bride. Good job on the list.


    Valerie Nunez and the Flying Platypi

  31. Just dropping in from the blog hop (late I know!) to say you've got some great picks even though our lists dont' overlap.