The Color Purple: This is about sisterhood, friendship, pain, joy and the discovery of self. In so many ways, this movie is so relevant to my life at different time of my life. I am sure many of you know the emotions experienced in this movie on some level, during different seasons of life. The music, the set styling, everything about this movie draws me in time and time again.
On Golden Pond: Starring Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn, one of the best movies depicting the love of a couple who has been married nearly all of their adult lives. It very honestly and realistically portrays the frustration one might feel as they become elderly (Henry Fonda) and also the youthfulness that one allows to embody them (Katherine Hepburn). This movie is about love, relationships, and the importance of growing old with your best friend.
Coming To America: I swear I have watched this movie at least 100 times if not more. I never tire of it. For me this was Eddie Murphy at his best. He plays most of the best characters in the movie. There isn't any one particular scene that I love more than the other, but in my opinion, it seriously has the best opening wedding scene I have ever seen and the final wedding is just what all Nubian princesses aspire to have! A special thanks to Eddie Murphy for this comedic masterpiece!
Usual Suspects: This was the best Who Dunnit ever! I am especially good at solving mysteries and movies aren't not written well enough to stump me, but the Usual Suspect had me perplexed for nearly the entire 106 minutes it played! Seriously, I couldn't for the life of me figure out who in the world was Keyser Söze! I actually had to watch this several times because it is filled with loads of plot twists and turns. One of THE best... seriously!
Practical Magic: Love Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman in this. It's a love story, it's about witches and potions, it's about sisterhood and it's fun! It's a romantic fantasy about outcasts. When I watch this movie, I laugh, sing, dance. I become engaged in what is happening and I basically enjoy myself for an hour and 45 minutes!
Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: Not to be mistaken with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, starring Johnny Depp. I much prefer the original with Gene Wilder. When I want to tap into my childhood, the feelings of magic and fantasy and fantastical places, I watch this movie. Everything a child ever wanted comes true here. A child from humble beginnings wins a golden ticket! And by being the most humble he earns the right to inherit his very own chocolate factory! I mean c'mon, what child doesn't want this! There is a chocolate river, lickable wallpaper, little orange men that work like elves, giant gummy bears swinging from trees and Fizzy Lifting Drink that makes you float and give you the thumbs up to burp out loud! I never tire of this movie and even my children have decided that they prefer this one over the newer version that Tim Burton created.