First of all, I'm going to give out a couple of honourable mentions. These are movies that I love, but if I had to take ten movies with me to a desert island (which apparently comes with a TV and a DVD player and a power source...), these wouldn't QUITE make the cut.
- Bridget Jones' Diary
- The Mummy
- Hot Fuzz
- Back to the Future
So, now to my top ten. And I'm going to copy Gina and include my favourite quote from each one as well.
10. Dirty Dancing
I knew every song from this movie years before I'd even seen it, thanks to the soundtrack being one of about four cassettes on high rotation in my mum's car when I was little. This movie is equal parts Strictly Ballroom, Romeo and Juliet, and The Breakfast Club. Or something...
Favourite quote: "I carried a watermelon."
9. The Count of Monte Cristo
Sure, it's a dramatic deviation from the original text, but it's definitely for the best. I love every second of it. Plus? RICHARD HARRIS.
Favourite quote: "Why not just kill them? I'll do it! I'll run up to Paris, bam, bam, bam, bam, I'm back before week's end, we spend the treasure. How is this a bad plan??"
8. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
I'm aware that most people's favourite Indy movie is Raiders of the Lost Ark. And that is a pretty phenomenal movie. But the addition of Sean Connery to the cast and Petra to the settings puts Last Crusade ahead for me.
Favourite quote: "Water?" "No thank you, sir. No. Fish make love in it."
7. Mean Girls
There's pretty much a Mean Girls quote for every single occasion. And I'm fairly certain that every woman on the face of the earth can relate to it in some way or another. Tina Fey is a freaking genius, yo.
Favourite quote: "That's why her hair's so big. It's full of secrets."
6. The Princess Bride
If you don't love this movie, I don't think we can be friends any more. Between Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant and Billy Crystal, it's complete and utter genius.
Favourite quote: "INCONTHEIVABLE!!!" "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
5. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Yes, I'll admit it. I have an irrational soft spot for 80s movies and teen movies. Combine the two of them and you get this piece of cinematic genius. Everything about it is perfect.
Favourite quote: "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
The original and the best. I loves me pretty much anything set on a sailing ship (hmm, maybe I should break out the boxset of Hornblower over Easter!!), and - as Little Miss A could tell you while rolling her eyes - I have a small obsession with pirates. Combine those two things with Johnny Depp, and you have pure genius.
Favourite quote: "I can't bring this ship into Tortuga all on me onesies, savvy?"
3. Jurassic Park
Like you weren't expecting this to be on the list. I have a plastic velociraptor named Clever Girl, for crying out loud! I will admit, when ten year old Kirsti first saw this movie, she spent about 90% of it hiding behind the sofa in terror. But I love it a little bit more with every subsequent rewatch. And you can bet your sweet ass I'll be seeing this in 3D for the 20th anniversary next month. And yes - Clever Girl will be coming with me.
Favourite quote: "Now, eventually you do plan to have dinosaurs on your, on your dinosaur tour, right? Hello?" "I really hate that man."
2. Love Actually
As much as ridiculous nonsense like Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve has tried to replicate this, all others have failed miserably. Love Actually is phenomenal, and Christmas isn't Christmas without it. Perfect casting, perfect stories, perfect overlap.
Favourite quote: "Hello, David. I mean "sir". Shit, I can't believe I've just said that. And now I've gone and said "shit" - twice. I'm so sorry, sir." "It's fine, it's fine. You could've said "fuck," and then we'd have been in real trouble.""Thank you, sir. I did have an awful premonition that I was gonna fuck up on the first day. Oh, piss it!"
1. The Avengers
I honestly don't know when it happened, but somewhere in the past ten months or so, this slipped quietly into number one as my absolute favourite movie. The combination of Joss Whedon, quiet possibly the most perfect cast ever assembled, a sass-filled script, the combination of humour and seriousness, and the culmination of SO MANY MARVEL MOVIES all tying together into one? Flawless.
Favourite quote: Okay. I can't limit myself to one here. Ready?
- "I am Loki, of Asgard, and I am burdened with glorious purpose."
- "I was having 12% of a moment."
- "Phil? Uh, his first name is 'Agent'."
- "Hulk? Smash."
- "You and I remember Budapest very differently."
- "I got red in my ledger. I'd like to wipe it out."
- "Doth your mother know you wearest her drapes?"
- "Puny god."
- "You people are so petty...and tiny."
- "It seems to be powered by some sort of electricity!"
So. What's in your top ten?