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Added by Emily J.

on 9 Aug 2012 03:48

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My Favorite Movies

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People who added this item 5339  Average listal rating (3591 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.7 
1. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
Rating: PG

Run Time: At least 2 hours

Genres: Sci-Fi, Adventure

Summary: Luke Skywalker, who tires of his dull, unfulfilled life on Tattooine, joins rebel forces to save Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader, and the galaxy from the Empire's planet-destroying Death Star.

My opinion: There is a reason why Star Wars is as popular as it is. Anybody who watches this is taken by surprise at how good this actually is.

Rank: Gold
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People who added this item 4990  Average listal rating (3342 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.8 
2. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Ba... (1980)
Rating: PG

Run Time: At least 2 hours

Genres: Sci-Fi, Adventure

Summary: As Luke trains with Master Yoda to become a Jedi Knight, his friends evade the Imperial fleet under the command of Darth Vader who is obsessed with turning Skywalker to the Dark Side of the Force.

My opinion: Arguably the best movie in the Star Wars franchise, packed with character development and the possibility of a sequel, which gets fulfilled 3 years later.

Rank: Gold
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People who added this item 4614  Average listal rating (3123 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.4 
3. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
Rating: PG

Run Time: At least 2 hours

Genres: Sci-Fi, Adventure

Summary: After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the Rebels attempt to destroy the Second Death Star, while Luke Skywalker tries to bring his father back to the Light Side of the Force.

My opinion: Despite being the weakest of the original trilogy, the parts focusing on Luke are engaging.

Rank: Gold
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People who added this item 5793  Average listal rating (3835 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.9 
4. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Rating: PG

Run Time: 1 hour, 55 minutes

Genres: Sci-Fi

Summary: Due to a group of meddling scientists, a curious nature-loving alien gets separated from his kind. The alien ends up hiding in a household with 3 kids and is given the name E.T.. While the kids educate E.T. about Earth's various things, they help him "phone home" his kind to come back and get him, but the scientists are still out to get their alien friend. Can the kids get E.T. home before things get worse?

My opinion: What can I say? E.T. was an icon that to this day still resonates with the general public. The movie, despite moments that may scar a child for life, is extremely idealistic in nature, with a handful of cute moments involving our alien friend.

Rank: Gold
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People who added this item 595  Average listal rating (372 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.6 
5. The Secret of NIMH (1982)
Rating: G

Run Time: 1 hour, 22 minutes

Genres: Fantasy

Summary: To save her ill son, timid field mouse Mrs. Brisby must seek the aid of a colony of super-intelligent rats, with whom she has a deeper link than she ever suspected.

My opinion: After so much talk about this being Don Bluth's greatest work, I watched this and as far as Bluth is concerned, it's the closest thing to perfect.

Rank: Gold
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People who added this item 91  Average listal rating (64 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 6.9 
6. Strange Brew (1983)
Rating: PG

Run Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Genres: Comedy

Summary: Canada's most famous hosers, Bob and Doug McKenzie, get jobs at the Elsinore Brewery, only to learn that something is rotten with the state of it.

My opinion: For the first movie that Rick Moranis has ever done, it's actually quite good. I laugh at almost every scene in this movie.

Rank: Gold
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People who added this item 4796  Average listal rating (3218 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.8 
7. Ghostbusters (1984)
Rating: PG

Run Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Genres: Comedy, Horror

Summary: Three unemployed parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. Things get serious when 2 demons led by Gozer the Traveler appear in the Big Apple.

My opinion: This movie gets better the more you watch it, including the comedy.

Rank: Gold
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People who added this item 6486  Average listal rating (4316 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.5 
8. Back to the Future (1985)
Rating: PG

Run Time: Nearly 2 hours

Genres: Sci-Fi, Comedy, Adventure

Summary: Epic sci-fi story about a 17 year old boy living in 1985 named Marty McFly, who accidentally escapes 30 years into the past via a DeLorean time machine after eccentric inventor and good friend Doc Brown, who created it, gets shot by Libyan terrorists. In 1955, Marty must find a way back and warn the younger Doc, but manages to alter a couple of things, such as accidentally causing the teenage version of his own mother to pine for him! Marty must fix this and get his future parents together.

My opinion: This movie is EPIC! What's not to love? The main characters are likable, and there's action, comedy, the works!

Rank: Gold
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People who added this item 983  Average listal rating (563 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating
9. Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)
Rating: PG

Run Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Genres: Adventure, Comedy

Summary: Pee-Wee Herman's bicycle is missing, and he suspects that it was stolen. Pee-Wee travels across the country to get his beloved bike back, meeting many colorful characters along the way.

My opinion: Not bad for Tim Burton's first feature-length film. Pee-Wee's Big Adventure is also his best adventure.

Rank: Silver
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People who added this item 968  Average listal rating (618 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 6.9 
10. An American Tail (1986)
Rating: G

Run Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Genres: Dramedy

Summary: In 1885, little Fievel Mousekewitz and his family leave for America, "where the streets are paved with cheese", after the Cossacks and their cats destroy their village. But only mere hours away from their destination, Fievel gets seperated during a storm and must find his family in New York.

My opinion: At first, it was just okay to me, but after re-visiting it, it's a lot better in hindsight.

Rank: Gold
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People who added this item 988  Average listal rating (604 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.9 
11. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
Rating: PG-13

Run Time: 1 hour, 28 minutes

Genres: Dramedy, Musical, Romance

Summary: An awkward florist named Seymour breeds a strange plant in order to keep Mushnik's flower shop in business, and ultimately, win the heart of beautiful co-worker Audrey. But the plant requires blood to grow, and Seymour can't just keep feeding it his own blood...

My opinion: Sorry, but to me, THIS is the perfect movie rather than The Godfather. Just about every character is at least remotely likable, including the ones you aren't supposed to root for, such as the dentist.

Rank: Gold
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People who added this item 4210  Average listal rating (2833 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.4 
12. Beetlejuice (1988)
Rating: PG

Run Time: 1 hour, 32 minutes

Genres: Comedy, Horror

Summary: A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house.

My opinion: Michael Keaton STOLE THE SHOW as the title character.

Rank: Gold
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People who added this item 1710  Average listal rating (1152 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 7.1 
13. Spaceballs (1987)
Rating: PG

Run Time: At least an hour and a half

Genres: Comedy, Sci-Fi

Summary: In Mel Brooks' hilarious Star Wars spoof, Colonel Sandurz, Dark Helmet, and their bumbling superior, President Skroob, hatch a plan to kidnap Princess Vespa and steal her planet's air to replenish Spaceball's squandered atmosphere. Meanwhile, space-bum-for-hire Lone Starr and his clueless dog-like sidekick Barf are in debt to Pizza the Hutt and figure that rescuing Vespa would reward them handsomely.

My opinion: As a parody of Star Wars, a lot of things work pretty well. You can't help but laugh at the hijinks that ensue.

Rank: Silver
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People who added this item 2196  Average listal rating (1312 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.3 
14. My Neighbour Totoro (1988)
Rating: G

Run Time: An hour and a half

Genres: Fantasy

Summary: When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.

My opinion: This is where I believe that Studio Ghibli hit its stride, to the point of having Totoro as its mascot. The movie is just cute, and that's it.

Rank: Gold
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People who added this item 882  Average listal rating (514 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.7 
15. Oliver & Company (1988)
Rating: G

Run Time: A little over an hour

Genres: Musical, Dramedy

Summary: Disney's 1988 musical romp based off of a Charles Dickens book about a lone kitten and his life in New York City. He is befriended by Dodger, a carefree mutt who happens to be the alpha dog of a pack of canines that work in the industry. While on a mission due to the dogs' human leader Fagin in debt with his evil loan shark Sykes, Oliver ends up in the care of a lonely little rich girl named Jenny.

My opinion: I don't care what anyone says, this movie was a huge part of my childhood, and still resonates with me to this day.

Rank: Silver
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People who added this item 2290  Average listal rating (1475 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.5 
16. Ghostbusters II (1989)
Rating: PG

Run Time: 1 hour, 48 minutes

Genres: Comedy, Horror

Summary: 5 years after the events of the first movie, the Ghostbusters have forcibly parted ways. Ray and Winston are reduced to performing at children's birthday parties, Egon studies human emotions, and Venkman is the host of World of the Psychic. But when old friend Dana asks Egon for help, the guys reunite and investigate some weird slime flowing in the old transit system. Meanwhile, an ancient tyrant prepares to return to the earthly domain and targets Dana's baby as the new shell for its soul.

My opinion: While not as good as the first movie, I'll applaud it for giving Louis a key role in helping our heroes.

Rank: Silver
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People who added this item 3031  Average listal rating (1944 ratings) 5.8  IMDB Rating 6.2 
17. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
Rating: PG

Run Time: 1 hour, 33 minutes

Genres: Sci-Fi, Comedy, Adventure

Summary: Kooky scientist Wayne Szalinski has spent 5 years trying to get his shrink ray to work, but all attempts failed, until one day, when one of the neighbor kids was playing baseball, the ball smashes through Wayne's attic window and turns it on, shrinking the furniture. The neighbor kids, as well as Wayne's own kids, Nick and Amy, get shrunken, and end up in the backyard, leading them to try and get back to the house and back to normal size.

My opinion: I can see why this movie was vital to Rick's movie career. It's epic, funny, and has genuine moments.

Rank: Gold
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People who added this item 1433  Average listal rating (813 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.9 
18. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Rating: G

Run Time: A little over an hour and a half

Genres: Fantasy

Summary: 13 year old Kiki leaves her family to begin training as a witch in a new town, where she starts helping out at a bakery by delivering food on her broom. Throughout the year, Kiki befriends a lot of people in town, including a nerdy boy obsessed with aeronautics.

My opinion: Great movie with a deep story and characters you can relate to.

Rank: Gold
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People who added this item 4240  Average listal rating (2911 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.8 
19. Back to the Future Part II (1989)
Rating: PG

Run Time: 1 hour, 48 minutes

Genres: Sci-Fi, Comedy

Summary: Doc takes Marty and Jennifer to the year 2015 to save their future son Marty Jr. from being framed by Biff Tannen's future grandson Griff. After that, Marty considers buying a sports almanac, which ends up in Biff's hands, making Biff alter the present for his own selfish needs.

My opinion: At first, I thought it was the worst of the trilogy, but I eventually changed my mind and realized that, like Ghostbusters II, it's merely darker than the original.

Rank: Gold
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People who added this item 3712  Average listal rating (2517 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.4 
20. Back to the Future Part III (1990)
Rating: PG

Run Time: 1 hour, 58 minutes

Genres: Sci-Fi, Comedy, Western

Summary: Marty looks for Doc in 1885, where the scientist falls in love with schoolteacher Clara Clayton, who was about to fall into a ravine. And as for Marty, he meets his immigrant ancestors, as well as Biff Tannen's ancestor, Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen, the meanest cowboy that ever lived.

My thoughts: Even though I'm not a fan of Westerns, this was still good to me, and a nice conclusion to a great trilogy.

Rank: Gold
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People who added this item 7809  Average listal rating (5007 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
21. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Rating: PG-13

Run Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Genres: Fantasy, Romance

Summary: An uncommonly gentle young man, who happens to have scissors for hands, falls in love with a beautiful teenage girl when her mother, a make-up saleswoman, takes him in.

My opinion: I consider this to be Tim Burton's best work probably just as much as he does.

Rank: Gold
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People who added this item 3838  Average listal rating (2517 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 8.1 
22. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Rating: G

Run Time: An hour and a half

Genres: Fantasy, Romance

Summary: Belle, whose father is imprisoned by the Beast, offers herself instead and discovers her captor to be a shallow prince who was transformed by an enchantress in order for him to learn how to love.

My opinion: This is the best movie in the Disney Animated Canon. The visuals are stunning and the characters are memorable.

Rank: Gold
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People who added this item 1195  Average listal rating (693 ratings) 4.7  IMDB Rating 4.6 
23. Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992)
Rating: PG

Run Time: 89 minutes

Genres: Sci-Fi, Comedy

Summary: Wayne Szalinski and his family have a newcomer: 2-year-old Adam. One day, when Wayne was taking his sons to see him test a growth ray, Adam sneaks out of his stroller and gets hit by the beam. From that point, every time Adam is near anything electrical, he gets bigger and bigger until he escapes to Las Vegas.

My opinion: Yeah, I actually like this movie. Besides, according to Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, it's canon.

Rank: Silver
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People who added this item 4376  Average listal rating (2866 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.1 
24. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Rating: PG

Run Time: 1 hour, 16 minutes

Genres: Fantasy, Horror

Summary: Jack Skellington is bored with his job and feels that life in Halloween Town lacks meaning. When he stumbles upon Christmas Town, Jack decides to bring Christmas to Halloween Town.

My opinion: I WISH this was part of the Disney Canon. It's fun, thrilling, and not too scary if you ask me.

Rank: Gold
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People who added this item 3881  Average listal rating (2491 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating 8.6 
25. Spirited Away (2001)
Rating: PG

Run Time: About 2 hours

Genres: Fantasy

Summary: A wondrous fantasy about a young girl, Chihiro, trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world.

My opinion: This is the best movie that Studio Ghibli ever distributed, the best movie of the 21st century, and overall, the perfect animated movie.

Rank: Gold
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People who added this item 155  Average listal rating (95 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.9 
26. Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5t... (2003)
Rating: There's no official rating, but from what I could tell in terms of content, the movie could have been PG.

Run Time: 1 hour, 8 minutes

Genres: Sci-Fi, Adventure

Summary: A band known as The Crescendolls is abducted by people working for an evil record executive named Earl de Darkwood. Their memories have been altered as well as their appearances. Shep, a fan of the band, especially Stella, goes and rescues The Crescendolls, and the band finds out about Darkwood's true motivations.

My opinion: This is an overlooked gem of a movie. Great animation and music for something that lacks dialogue.

Rank: Silver
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People who added this item 8909  Average listal rating (5365 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 8.1 
27. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the B... (2003)
Rating: PG-13

Run Time: At least 2 hours

Genre: Action, Adventure

Synopsis: In the 17th century, Captain Jack Sparrow, a rogue yet charismatic pirate who roams the Caribbean Sea comes across the governor's daughter and a pirate-turned-blacksmith in the village of Port Royal. When the governor's daughter is kidnapped by an enemy pirate, Sparrow teams up with the blacksmith to save her.

My opinion: I think I may like this more than Ghostbusters...

Rank: Gold
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People who added this item 1220  Average listal rating (721 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.7 
28. Brother Bear (2003)
Rating: G

Run Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Summary: A Native American teen named Kenai seeks to avenge his eldest brother Sitka's death after Sitka sacrifices himself to save his younger brothers from a bear. When Kenai kills the bear, his brother's spirit frowns upon this and turns him into one. Kenai seeks the advice of shaman Tanana, and she tells him to go to where the lights touch the Earth in order to make amends with Sitka. Along the way, Kenai meets a hyperactive bear cub named Koda, who befriends him, much to his dismay, but with time, Kenai and Koda bond.

My opinion: This one really surprised me. It's kinda like The Emperor's New Groove if it had dramatic weight. A moving feature with a good cast.

Rank: Silver
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People who added this item 250  Average listal rating (121 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating 6.3 
29. Brother Bear 2 (2006)
Rating: G

Run Time: A little over an hour

Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Summary: Kenai is enjoying life as a bear and being Koda's surrogate brother. But when Kenai's childhood friend Nita runs away from an arranged marriage due to the bond she previously had with him, he goes with her to burn the amulet he gave to her as children. As they proceed, the two of them realize their feelings for each other, and Koda fears that he's being left out.

My opinion: Genuinely moving sequel, but obviously not quite as good or moving as the first.

Rank: Silver
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Comments

Posted: 2 years, 1 month ago at Sep 17 10:29
Big Moranis fan much? haha. I enjoy his work too. Good choices.
Posted: 2 years, 1 month ago at Sep 17 21:52
Thank you. It was Little Shop of Horrors that dragged me into this.
Posted: 1 year, 11 months ago at Nov 17 17:28
Quite a few here I like, too. Especially Star Wars and An American Tail. Nice list, Emily!
Posted: 1 year, 11 months ago at Nov 17 18:38
Thanks!
Posted: 1 year, 7 months ago at Mar 2 21:29
Some great movies listed here, nice job!
Posted: 1 year, 7 months ago at Mar 3 5:43
Thanks, Holt! ^_^

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