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)