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Monday, May 16, 2016

17 Movies I Recommend You Watch...

Happy Monday! This week I am sharing seventeen of my favorite movies with you. I decided to put them in order of when they were released. 

1. Gone with the Wind (1939)

I happen to be a big fan of Clark Gable. This film is a classic. For those that haven't seen this, I highly recommend it. Set during the civil war, the main character is a strong willed girl who we see transform into a woman as the war pushes against her and she has to make tough decisions. 

2. Imitation of Life (1959 remake)

This movie is one of my all time favorites. It has an all star cast: Lana Turner, Juanita Moore, Sandra Dee, etc

A single white mother aspires to be a major star. She meets an African American widow (also a mother), who ends up becoming the caretaker of her daughter. The movie touches upon race, class, gender and what it was like in the fifties. The original film stars Claudette Colbert and it is based on a book by Fannie Hurst. 

3. Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967 original)

Yes, I have seen the remake, but I hold the original much closer to my heart. I mean a movie with Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy is an automatic yes from me. And then you have Sidney Poitier, who I just love. 

A white woman and a black doctor become engaged and go to visit her parents. Her parents disapprove of the engagement and it's pretty evident that his do too. The main plot is set around the dinner and the acceptance of something so controversial during that time period. 

4. Sleeper (1973)

My father introduced me to this movie when I was quite young. I loved that it takes place in the future. It stars Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. The main character played by Allen dies during a surgery in 1973 and is brought back to life 200 years later after being cryogenically frozen.

5. Gable and Lombard (1976) 

Starring James Brolin and Jill Clayburgh...This movie tells the story of how Clark Gable and Carole Lombard fell in love. I love movies actually based on celebrities lives, and Gable and Lombard have a truly beautiful, yet tragic love story.

6. Brewster's Millions (1985)

This was another film introduced to me by my father. When I stayed home from school sick, he liked to give me movie recommendations. Initially, being someone not interested in sports, I thought this movie would be boring, but it became one of my favorites. A lot of wonderful actors are cast in this, including Richard Pryor. It's about a man who loses his job as a minor-league pitcher and learns that he has inherited 300 million dollars. In order to inherit it all though, he must spend thirty million in thirty days. Of course there are stipulations and rules for how the money can be spent and he can't let anyone know about the inheritance. 

7. Jack (1996)

Karen Powell gives birth to a boy whose body ages four times faster than the normal rate. With her husband, Brian, Karen raises their son, Jack who appears to be a 40-year-old man when he is only ten. Though Jack ages rapidly, physically, he is mentally and emotionally still a young boy, which causes him considerable difficulty. Eventually, Jack gains the support of his peers, which helps him live a fuller life. Jack is played by Robin Williams. 

8. What a Girl Wants (2003)

On a impulse, an American teenager named Daphne takes a plane to England to find her father. A man whom she has never met. Upon arriving there, she learns that the man she's looking for is a member of the British upper class, who is running for political office. The father, who had no idea his free spirited teenage daughter existed, must now learn how to be make up for lost time, while keeping up his public appearance. 

9. Jersey Girl (2004)

After his career is sidelined by an unforeseen tragedy and an outburst that costs him his career, a single man must raise his young daughter. I've watched this movie so many times. It's a really touching movie. It stars Ben Affleck, George Carlin, and Liv Tyler. 

10. Yours, Mine and Ours (2005 remake)

Widowed father of eight moves his family back to the town he grew up in, and runs into an old flame at his high school reunion. They re-kindle what they once had and he soon learns that she is also a widow and with ten kids! They end up merging their families together, but the children have other plans. Unhappy with their parents new found romance, they sabotage the relationship as much as they possibly can. This results in hilarious antics and heartwarming moments. The remake stars Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo. 

11. I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007)

A 40 year old producer casts a younger man in her failing TV show. The ratings instantly go up and the two wind up pursuing one another. The older woman however, has to come to terms with her own insecurities in regards to dating someone younger than her. This movie stars Michelle Pfeiffer and Paul Rudd. 

12. Mamma Mia! (2008)

Based on the Broadway play, a young girl who is to be married in a few days, starts to question her identity. She feels she can't possibly know who she is without knowing who her father is. Growing up on an island in Greece with only her mother she can't help but be curious. She finds her mother's old diary and decides to invite all three of her possible fathers. Her mother has no idea this is happening, and when they all arrive, chaos ensues. 

13. Just Go With It (2011)

Adam Sandler plays a man who has his heart broken once and vows to never have it broken again. He fabricates a story about having an unhappy marriage every time he meets a woman, and never has more than a one night stand with them. When he meets a young lady he actually likes, he creates a whole web of lies involving his office assistant and her children. 

14. New Year's Eve (2011)

New Years Eve follows the lives of numerous people on New Years Eve in New York, who are all connected to one another in some way. Filled with lots of recognizable stars, drama, hope, and love, it's a must see. 

15. Pitch Perfect (2012)

Pitch Perfect is a comedy, following a young woman who wants to be a music producer. Her father, a professor at her university insists that she go to college. He finds out she has been skipping class, and decides to make her a deal. He tells her he wants her to join a club and that if she sticks with it for a year and she decides college is not for her, that he will fund her move to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams. She ends up joining an acapella team and that is where the real story begins.  

16. Blended (2014)

Blended is a movie about a recently widowed man and a divorced woman. Their friends push them to go on a blind date, which goes horribly wrong. They end up running into each other on a vacation in South Africa with their children, and spend a lot more time together than they would like. And who knows, they may even form a friendship after all!

17. This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

When their father passes away, four siblings return home for the funeral. Their mother convinces them to stay for a week, and this forces them to bond with one another. The cast includes Jane Fonda, Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Connie Britton, etc. 

Which of these movies have you seen? What are some of your favorite movies?

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  1. I’m always in need of movie recommendation and I haven’t seen most of these so I bookmarked this list! What a girl wants is one of my all time faves!


  2. So many of my favourites!

  3. I'm obsessed with Pitch Perfect and I'm in love with the original Yours, Mine and Ours - don't think I've seen the new one.

  4. Love Mamma Mia. Perfect relax movie ;-)

  5. I've seen almost all of these and they're amazing!

    <3: Jasmin N

  6. I think I have seen over half of the movies you mentioned here, I really want to see Gone With The Wind but it's so incredibly long that I don't think I can stay with it for that amount of time.

    Kelly Knows It | A life and style blog

  7. Great recommendations! I will have to watch these! x

  8. I haven't seen most of these, but I love Gone With the Wind, Sleeper, and Imitation of Life. I would like to see that movie about Gable and Lombard because I love old Hollywood stars. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Nice list, lots of classics and some new ones!

  10. Thanks for the recommendations! I liked Mamma Mia too!

  11. Thank god I'm reading this on a very boring sunday ! I'm definitely gonna pick one. I've only watched the newer movies haha not a fan of old movies

  12. Lol. I actually like quite a few of these too 😄

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