My Top Movies of All Time

Mia Fitzloff

I have watched a ton of movies. So many, actually, that in the beginning of quarantine, I watched a different movie almost every night. I wouldn’t say I have a favorite genre, but I do notably stray from comedy unfortunately (I have no idea why. I’ve tried them, there’s just so few I actually find funny). For the rest of my list, there aren’t really many outliers. It’s all pretty random. I do love a good rom-com though. Honestly, the weirder the better (see #4 Rocky Horror Picture Show).

  1. Mamma Mia
  2. The Royal Tenenbaums
  3. 10 Things I Hate About You
  4. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  5. Dazed and Confused
  6. Twilight
  7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  8. The Holiday
  9. Great Gatsby
  10. Notting Hill
  11. Stepbrothers
  12. The Other Woman
  13. Wolf of Wall Street
  14. Little Women
  15. Pride and Prejudice
  16. Romeo and Juliet
  17. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  18. Perks of Being a Wallflower
  19. The Devil Wears Prada
  20. The Truman Show
  21. Lady Bird
  22. 28 Weeks Later

I was planning on only reviewing my top five, but there’s so much I can say about the other 17. So instead, I’m reviewing whichever ones I want, in no particular order (freedom of press). 

#1 Mamma Mia: Which is also #1 on my list. For a while I didn’t know which movie deserved the coveted spot of #1, but I asked around and it was unanimous. My favorite movie of all time is Mamma Mia, mostly because of the ridiculous amount of times I’ve seen it which currently rests at 75. This is a total feel-good movie. Not to mention it’s absolutely beautiful. The scenery is spectacular, the cast is chock-full of big name celebrities, and it’s a classic plot. Mom who had a daughter at a young age is planning the wedding of her daughter and her hot fiance. Her daughter has never known who her father is, and invites all her mom’s past flings. They sing.

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#2 The Rocky Horror Picture Show: I don’t really know why I like this movie so much. It’s bizarre and frankly horrifying. If you can’t take weird, DON’T WATCH THIS. Or do, I don’t care. But it’s really weird. Basically: a young couple recently engaged goes to visit the guy’s old professor and get caught up in a storm. They come across a castle in hopes of using their phone. They get pulled into a momentous event hosted by a transvestite named Dr. Frankenfurter who’s from another planet. Frankenfurter has been “Making a man… with blond hair and a tan.” 

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#3 10 Things I Hate About You: 

This is a great movie. I actually only watched it for the first time this year when Maya M. ‘21 recommended it to me. I love everything about it, the storyline, the characters, the time period, the fashion, Joseph Gordon-Levitt… but especially the use of “Hypnotize” by Biggie Smalls.

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#4 Twilight: I know. I’m sorry. This choice is going to get me a lot of judgement I can already tell. I don’t like this movie because it’s a good movie, or because the love story is soooooooo epic. It’s more comedic relief for me. Anything with Kristen Stewart in it slightly annoys me, but the combination of her lack of expression with Robert Pattinson’s undeniable oddness really makes me chuckle. 

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#5 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: I thought this would be terrible too. I mean, who adds zombies to the Pride and Prejudice storyline and gets away with it? Apparently Burr Steers. Not to mention it stars Lily James and Suki Waterhouse, who I LOVE. I know it sounds weird, just give it a chance. 

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#6 The Royal Tenenbaums: Lastly for my reviews of course I have to talk about the Royal Tenenbaums. I was very close to putting this first because I just adore this film. I saw it for the first time in a cabin at Suttle Lake where it was the only CD for the TV that didn’t get cable. I consider myself a pretty big Wes Anderson fan, and this is easily my favorite of his. Starring both Owen and Luke Wilson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller and many more, this is one of the strangest films I’ve ever seen. It’s essentially about a very broken family with an absent father. There are three kids: Richie, Chas, and Margot (who, to be VERY clear, is ADOPTED). They live very separate lives as adults until they find out their dad is “sick.”

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I could make this article at least 20 pages longer talking about the remaining movies, but I won’t. I love and highly recommend all of them (some with caution).