80. Inkheart | 2008 | PG
Family fantasy, nearly at it’s best! I love the delivery of this story. It’s a plot I wish I had come up with myself. It’s almsot hard to talk about this movie; it’s just one of those films that everyone should watch once and give the tale a chance to win their hearts. As a writer, it’s only a dream to meet your own fictional characters in the flesh, so that element of the story is pure delight.
79. Peter Pan | 1953 | G
It took me a little while to warm up to this movie. But non the less, I do like it now. Tinkerbell did annoy me for a long time but I’ve finally warmed up to her as well. Wendy and her siblings are extremely lovable, Peter Pan is the definition of ‘classic’, and Captain Hook is quite a character! The film’s wiggled it’s way into my heart within the past several months and now it’s one of the classic Disney movies I wish I could have grown up with.
78. Corpse Bride | 2005 | PG
The plot (fantasy romance) is very simple and nothing that special but the movie is one of my favorite animated features because of almost everything else about it. The musical numbers are both spirited and beautiful. The Victorian and after-death settings are some of my favorite. The stop-motion animation is gorgeous. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter are paired together once more, which I love, even if it’s just their voices. I also usually despise love triangles but I loved this one because of how it resolved. Overall a favorite animated film for the dark romantic within me!
77. Scream 3 | 2003 | R
It was better than Scream 2, at least in my opinion! I enjoyed the scares as much as I was scared of them; Ghost Face is a terrifying yet fantastic villain. A big score for me was that two characters, who really needed a new act from the ones they’d gone through in the first two movies, finally got some conclusion together. Yes, I really adore this couple but I’m skipping names for spoiler sake. Trust me on this one. Also this film wrapped up the other two movies nicely with a good conclusion (even though there is a Scream 4, which is higher on this list.)
76. She’s the Man | 2006 | PG-13
This movie is hysterical. Easily one of my top favorite comedies ever. Channing Tatum and Amanda Bynes are great together in this movie. Pure high school type fun, this is one of those movies you throw in when you need a really good laugh and want to see a ridiculous plot actually work. At least, I get a really good laugh out of it.
75. Secretariat | 2010 | PG
Horse movies are some of my favorite and I love this movie to pieces. The characters are fun, the journey is great, the race scenes are powerful and exciting, and I appreciate the message of charging forward when faced with difficulties. Penny Chenery is a favorite female character; I love her attitude, enthusiasm and heart. I love everyone else as well, especially the jockey Ron. And any and all scenes with a horse in them are completely loved and appreciated. :P
74. Spider-Man | 2002 | PG-13
Even though I saw The Amazing Spider-Man first, I still really loved this movie when I watched it about a week later. Toby Maguire was perfect for Peter Parker; I love Peter and his beginnings as Spider-Man. The Green Goblin was hard to take seriously, though, at least when he was in costume. However, the rest of the film is great. I sadly watched it too many times too close together, so I’m rather tired of it in a sense. But it should speak that I really did love the ride it gave me because of the rewatches. :P
73. Batman Begins | 2005 | PG-13
I like this movie a lot more than most. Bruce Wayne’s journey to being Batman, emotionally and physically, really hit home for me. The film communicated the conquering of fear very well and I connected to story and journey enough to really care about Bruce. Alfred became one of my favorite characters almost instantly. I really like the atmosphere of Gotham city in this movie as well, a lot better than I do in the other two movies. I like Cillian Murphy in general, so I like Scarecrow, too. Overall, an enjoyable, good movie which I consider underrated.
72. Return of the Jedi | 1983 | PG
I love this movie quite a bit, despite the Ewoks and the overall weirdness of Jabba’s palace. The characters are still great, most of them at the height of personal growth from all three films. I love the resolution the whole film gives the Original Trilogy. I love the soundtrack to this film–even though I don’t like the Ewoks, their theme is one of my very favorites from the entire saga. Han is just as classic and if not more heroic than ever; Harrison Ford is always a delight. The ending battle between Luke and Vader is also one of my ultimate favorites, especially with the twist-like ending to it. But seriously, it’s Star Wars, I shouldn’t need to go on too much here. :P
71. It’s a Wonderful Life | 1946 | PG
This is probably one of the most popular Christmas movies ever and for good reason! I love seeing the life story of George Bailey and his little town; it’s almost like going home each Christmas because it often feels so heartwarming yet realistic. Since seeing this movie as a younger girl, I’ve often wondered what people’s live around me would be like if I had never been born; so, the film not only creates and delivers a triumphant film but gives us things to think about in our own lives. This is one of the best things a movie can give us. :)