What are your top five favorite movies of all time?
Okay, here we go, in no particular order or ranking:
1. Iris (Director: Richard Eyre, with Dame Judy Dench, Kate Winslet and Jim Broadbent) The life story of British writer and philosopher Iris Murdoch ending in her battle with Alzheimer’s disease told from the perspective of her husband. So sad, but so wonderful.
2. Moulin Rouge (Director: Baz Luhrman, with Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor) Epic! Fantastic! Without compare! The soundtrack nearly made it on my music list last week.
3. The Hours (Director: Stephen Daldry, with Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore and Ed Harris) The interwoven stories of three women, one of them Virginia Woolf, have left a permanent impression on my mind. I find myself thinking about small details of this movie often, even though I haven’t seen it for a long time, because it is almost too much for me to take.
4. Dirty Dancing (Director: Emile Ardolino, with Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey) I know, it is surely not the best movie ever made, but we are talking impressive to a teen here. And impressed I was! I loved the dancing and I loved Patrick. What can I say, this one was perfectly timed for my own coming of age.
5. Four Weddings And A Funeral (Pure British charm. I learned English with this movie. I adored the actors’ accents – especially Matthew’s – and I still know every dialogue by heart. Definitely the movie I have seen most often in my life and that I still love.
Honorable Mentions: Quills (Geoffrey Rush, Joaquin Phoenix and Kate Winslet), Black Swan (Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel), Gorillas In The Mist (Sigourney Weaver), Schindler’s List (Liam Neeson), The Shawshank Redemption (Tom Hanks, Morgan Freeman), Usual Suspects (Kevin Spacey – The One and Only!), Shine (Geoffrey Rush);
Not an easy choice once more, but easier than the last ones.
What are the movies that left an enduring impression on you?