40. Warm Bodies | 2013 | PG-13
This was my first zombie film, in fact my first real introduction to zombies and it’s funny that I even wanted to try something like it in the first place. However, I fell in love and haven’t looked back. Zombie movies are at their best when the plot is focused on the characters and not the gore factor, and movies like Warm Bodies are a testament to that. Our main character R is more than just a flesh eating corpse; he remembers the the world as it was before the infection hit and wishes he could feel again, sleep again, be alive again. The zombie apocalypse version of Romeo and Juliet is the neatest the thing, in my opinion, and the interesting plot and dear characters made the movie an instant favorite in my book. 39. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix | 2007 | PG-13
I really liked this movie. Everything just got so serious. Hardly anybody believes Harry Potter that Voldemort is back and when the Defense Against The Dark Arts sends Hogwarts a nasty teacher who won’t let any of the students learn to defend themselves, Harry begins to secretly training “Dumbledore’s Army”. Watching the Harry Potter series, this is probably the first movie where I got really invested in the thrills, characters and plot. I appreciated the growing darkness of the HP world too, with Voldemort presence, and delving into Snape’s background in connection to Harry’s parents. Harry also continued to cement himself as my favorite character as he found things that were definitely worth fighting for.
38. The Sound of Music | 1965 | G
I didn’t get to watch a huge variety of movies growing up but thankfully I got to grow up with The Sound of Music. So, I’ve been in love with Maria and the Von Trap family for as long as I can remember. It’s a wonderful musical, especially because music is a part of the plot itself. The characters actually know when their singing and I like this a lot because then it doesn’t even feel like a musical; it just feels like a long movie with music as conflicting plot piece between characters. I personally appreicate this approach when it comes to musicals. With unforgettable songs, fantastic characters, engaging moments and a more somber ending, the film is definitely one of my favorites from my childhood. (The film is truly at it’s best with the glasses of nostalgia.) 37. The Hunger Games | 2012 | PG-13
I have a respect for this movie–for the franchise on a whole, in fact and I hate the fact that most people water it down to a simple love story in which you pick Team Peeta or Team Gale. The story is so much more than that. It’s about a girl who had to grow up, who cared enough about her family that she was willing to die for them. Who accidentally became the symbol of a rebellion against a wicked government. Although it wasn’t until Catching Fire that I became a sold-out fan of the franchise, I still really liked The Hunger Games. The soundtrack is fitting, the acting is great because Jennifer Lawrence is always good and the plot is not cheesy at all. Katniss is an easy hero to stand behind and support and that’s what I like about her and this movie. 36. Inception | 2010 | PG-13
This is one of those special movies that don’t come along enough; they happen and blow our minds with their inventive creativity, dimensional characters and extremely unique premises. I adore nearly everything in this movie. The actors are fantastic, especially Leonardo Dicapiro. The music is awesome because it’s Hans Zimmer and it’s very fitting. And the plot–planting information within someone’s mind–is brilliant. There is not too much I could say about Inception that hastn’t been said already except that it’s a masterpiece and a must see for anyone who considers themselves someone who likes movies. 35. 101 Dalmatians | 1961 | G
The moment I rewatched the opening credits of One Hundred and One Dalmatians, I knew this would be one of my lasting favorite Disney movies forever. The film is kinda whacky when it comes to animation style, slightly off beat from other Disney films and very, very funny. The music is unique and and bouncy like a puppy, easily one of my favorite soundtracks ever. Pongo, Perdita, Roger, Anita, Nanny and the puppies are the warmest little family ever-I absolutely love Roger and Anita’s relationship, they’re a tragically underrated Disney couple. Jasper and Horace are hysterical henchmen and easily one of the best parts. Cruella De Ville is one of the most intense yet hysterical villains to ever grace a screen. In my opinion this is a wonderfully unique Disney film and a classic that should live on with the best of the bunch. 34. A Christmas Story | 1983 | PG
I know from personal experience that you will walk away from this film either loving it or hating it. But oh my gosh, do I love it! This is easily my favorite Christmas movie, hands down. It’s one of those comedies that never get old because of it’s fantastic dialogue and comedic timing.The plot is so simple-a boy wanting with all his might to get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas–but the insight we get on your typical American family around Christmas time is dimensional and priceless. Despite the setting being in the early 1940s, the film rings true for even today because parents and children alike haven’t changed that much. As kids we all fantasize ourselves as heroes and have to deal with one or two bullies and adults today still insist that we will shoot our eyes out if one ever touched a BB gun rifle. Ralphie dreams, he wishes, he schemes, he’s both naive yet not pure innocence; it’s easy for us to cheer for him because he is us. And to me, that is what makes this Christmas comedy so beautiful. 33. Aliens | 1986 | R
The first movie Alien gave us great sci-fi horror and excellent introduction a fantastic sci-fi heroine. In the sequel Aliens, we get to continue to follow our heroine Ripley as she must face these demons again. This is credited to being one of the best sequels ever made, and I would agree. Although I like Alien and Aliens about the same, I’ve set Aliens higher because I hate bad sequels and this franchise already has two other known flops, so I highly appreciate this movie. Ripley is one of my top favorite female movie heroines now; she’s smart and strong– in this film, her motherly side is also brought out when she rescues a little girl. Speaking of the little girl Newt; she’s one of the most likable, believable little actresses from the movies ever. I have so much good to say about this film and not enough space too; it’s action, it’s character motivation, it’s harsh, it’s scary, it’s smart and steady; it’s Aliens.
32. Monsters Inc | 2001 | G
Of all of Pixar’s quite broad range of movie settings, I remember being the most impressed with Monster Inc. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the monster setting and the whole creative idea of Scarer’s collecting children’s screams for fuel. Little Boo’s appearance in the monster world makes for a great plot line of “put that thing back where it came from” with plenty of great suspense. However, my favorite part of the whole movie is the relationships that are between Sulley, Boo, and Mike. Oh yes, Mike, who can forget Mike; he’s easily one of the most hysterical characters created for animation–ever! You will see several more animated films on this list but Pixar films end here at number 32. It feels appropriate for this to be my highest placed Pixar; after all, I literally fall asleep every night with a stuffed version of Sully. 31. Scream | 1996 | R
How do I talk about Scream? It’s easily the best horror film I’ve ever seen. Most shocking and surprising opening to any movie ever. Great cast of believable, mostly likable characters. Creates the beginning of a wonderful heroine. Suspense is unbelievable. You will be guessing whodunit the entire time. It also happens to be a spoof on the horror genre and it’s done so well that you could barely tell! It has one of the best twist endings ever. Bad guy “Ghostface” will scare you EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. You will not be able to walk through your house at night without a light ever again and it’s absolutely awesome. What else do you want me to say about it? It deserves it’s cult following, it has several decent sequels (which is more than some movies can say) and delivers on the suspense and mystery big time! Two thumbs up for Scream allll the way.