A Life in Movies


When I visited the Fandango Groovers Movie Blog and noticed that a fantastic blog-a-thon was taking place, I decided that the meme would be something I want to participate in. Little did I know what I was getting myself involved with!

Phew! This was a lot harder than I thought it would be … to have to put together a list of your favorite films from each year sounds like a no-brainer, but the deeper I dug, the more I felt like I was doing the films I did not select a disservice. In the end I decided to go with the films that had the most visceral of responses for me. Where applicable (i.e. head versus heart), I added a “runner-up” selection.

Year Movie Runner-Up

Smurfs and the Magic Flute

Freaky Friday
1977 Star Wars 

Close Encounters of the Third Kind
1978 Superman: the Movie 

1979 Alien 

The Warriors
1980 The Empire Strikes Back 

Bon Voyage Charlie Brown
1981 Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie 

1982 E.T. the Extra Terrestrial 

1983 Return of the Jedi 

1984 Beverly Hills Cop 

1985 A Room With a View 

Back to the Future
1986 Aliens 

1987 The Princess Bride 

Lethal Weapon
1988 Cinema Paradiso
1989 When Harry Met Sally 

1990 Europa! Europa! 

Home Alone
1991 Man in the Moon 

1992 Belle Epoque 

1993 Much Ado About Nothing 

1994 The Shawshank Redemption 

Muriel’s Wedding
1995 The Usual Suspects 

While You Were Sleeping *
1996 The Truth About Cats and Dogs 

The Long Kiss Goodnight
1997 L.A. Confidential 

1998 You’ve Got Mail 

1999 The Talented Mr. Ripley 

2000 High Fidelity 

Love + Basketball
2001 Bridget Jones’s Diary 

2002 Far From Heaven 

Bend it Like Beckham
2003 Love Actually 

School of Rock
2004 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 

The Bourne Supremacy
2005 A History of Violence 

2006 Children of Men 

Casino Royale
2007 The Bourne Ultimatum 

Hot Fuzz
2008 The Dark Knight 

2009 Taken 

2010 Inception 

The Social Network

* 5.10.2011 – a bit of revisionist history … actually my runner up should be Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility (1995)


  1. You’re the first person I’ve seen who picked “Man in the Moon” — I didn’t think anyone else knew about that one! But it’s one of my favorite coming-of-age films, and that’s when I fell in love with Reese Witherspoon.

  2. Nice list. I get curious about that Smurf film and boy I wish I could have had Long Kiss Goodnight on the list! I think its probably one of the most underrated action films in the history of cinema. I think it would land on a top ten list actually!

    • RE: Smurf Film – it came out in ’76 and I loved The Smurfs (and that film) growing up so I picked it 🙂
      And yes, Long Kiss Good Night is so kick-ass! I am surprised that it has not gotten as much love as I feel it should. I was juggling between that and Cats&Dogs and ultimately I decided to go with the one that I have seen the most since its release.

  3. Some great choices there, thanks for taking part.

  4. A Room With A View!!! I wanted to pick that but I had to go with The Color Purple. “ARWAV” is one of my all time favorites though. I saw it in the theater I think 8 times. You have tons a great picks, I’ll pretend I don’t see The Smurf movie. Just kidding!

  5. Colleen, you can imagine the euphoria I had when I first went to Florence. It is very touristy but it was exciting to see all the places where they shot the film.

    And the Smurfs film … what can I say, it is all about the childhood memories!

    Did not know it would be such a provocative pick! 🙂

  6. OMG I love Cats and Dogs!!! Such a great film too!

    I totally agree on Long Kiss Goodnight I think its a top ten action film of all times.

  7. @Joel – thanks I Cats and Dogs is so not on folks’ radar. It is a witty rom-com that would knock any modern offering out of the park!

  8. I didn’t know the Smurfs film was made in 1976. In the United States it was released in the early 1980s and I saw it in the theater because I loved the Hanna Barbara TV version. The movie seemed so different.

    • @Tom Yeah that was the result of some research. I remembered it from the 80’s too but for purposes of this exercise I refer to the original release date.

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