Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Favorite Movies of All Time and Why

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Oh, this week’s topic is a tough one. How can I possible narrow it down to a list that won’t take half an hour to read? I think I’m going to accomplish that goal by choosing films off the top of my head that I’ve already seen multiple times and would happily rewatch over and over again in the future. There is something to be said for enjoying a film as much the fifth or tenth time you’ve seen it as you did the very first.

  • The Princess Bride
  • The Matrix
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • The Babadook
  • Pan’s Labyrinth
  • Dead Poets Society
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Selma

I find it interesting that Selma is the only piece of nonfiction on this list. Normally, I watch a lot of documentaries and films based on historical events, but this was the only one from those genres I could think of that I’ve watched over and over again without wanting to move on and see something else. There is something about the battle for civil rights in the 1960s that always feels relevant and timely to me.

Dead Poets Society originally struck my fancy because I was pretty young when I first watched it and it showed me a side of being wealthy that i’d never considered before. Not everyone who has access to wealth and power also has love or attention from their parents and other relatives.  Money can do a lot of things for other parts of your life, but it can’t make up for emotional neglect or growing up knowing you were unwanted.

The rest of the titles on this list are among the best that the (modern-ish) science fiction and fantasy genres have to offer. I’d happily show any or all of them to someone who was curious about these genres and wanted to learn more about them.

How did you decide what to put on your lists? Did any of the titles I select make your cuts?

I’ll end this post with a stock photo that reminds me of The Matrix and makes me want to rewatch that film right this second:


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21 Responses to Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Favorite Movies of All Time and Why

  1. OH … I just rewatched “Dead Poets Society” a few days ago. Really love that movie. I’ve watched “The Matrix” movies a few times, and they still hurt my head, but I do love the effects. And, LOTR, of course. What’s not to like? All things considered, I think the movies kept the heart of the books, and the casting and acting was spot on. Narrowing down the choices is HARD. I could have written 100 movies and still had more to add!

    I’m here:

    • Does “Dead Poets Society” hold up well? I hope it does. I’d like to see it again sometime. It’s been years.

      And, yes, LoTR, was really well done.

      • Dead Poet’s Society does hold up … I rather think it’s because it’s a historical movie and the message is pretty timeless. Plus the cast was amazing (it’s one of my favorite Robin Williams movies. It really showed his depth of talent).

  2. I chose mine pretty much the same way…. the ones that stick with you. I’ve never heard of the Babadook… will have to check that out. Intriguing title. Here are mine:

  3. The tot had to watch Dead Poets Society for school, so we rewatched it at home. 🙂 Great flick. My favorite non-fiction has to be Won’t You Be My Neighbor? about Mr. Rogers. Made me laugh, cry and very nostalgic. 🙂

    • That is so cool!

      And Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is another wonderful choice. I’m not ashamed to admit that I cried my way through that one. If only Mr. Rogers was still with us.

  4. OMGosh every so far has seen the Princess Bride except for me!!! i need to rent it

  5. Really good list, Lydia. You’re just good at this stuff. There are two or three movies on my list that I would always “spit” out automatically as my favorites, but I had to think back a lot about the others. Plus I’ve found so many I could have listed from all of these great blogs.

  6. Amy

    I had the same first thought: how do I narrow this down? I didn’t do a very good job, but I did have a lot of fun. 😀

    Oddly enough, I’ve never seen The Matrix, although I do love Keanu. I need to fix that someday.

    My list

  7. It’s been a while since I’ve watched the Matrix. I really need to see it again.

  8. I’ve watched half your list and think all those choices are excellent. I’d be really interested to see a longer list.


    • One of these days I might have to write one. I’d like to see your list as well. Thanks for stopping by, Ruth, and I’ll respond to your other comments today.

  9. I loved The Babadook. I love horror, and this was one with a difference that stuck with me.

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