- Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Steven Spielberg has made so many incredible movies. From Jaws to Jurassic Park. From Indian Jones to E.T. The list is endless. I love so many of them, but I have to be honest this movie is truly my absolute favorite. An unbelievably powerful movie that follows a group of soldiers from their arrival to Normandy during the D-Day invasion through the resolution of their given mission to “Save Private Ryan”. It seems to be one of the more historically accurate films depicting the D-Day invasion of Normandy and World War 2. The opening portion of the movie truly will leave you speechless when you think about the fact our soldiers had to endure this type of horror and overcome such an obstacle. It is an emotionally charged movie with career defining performances from many of these actors…Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Giovanni Ribisi. It’s a breath-taking movie that gives you a new appreciation for the sacrifice made by our troops.
- Full Metal Jacket (1987)
This movie takes place during the Vietnam War. It follows an United States marine platoon from their arrival at boot camp to their experiences during the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War. This movie is not for the faint of heart and for a younger audience I believe the message of this movie gets missed sometimes. This movie is incredibly powerful touching upon not only what the soldiers had to go through during this extremely difficult time in history, but it touches strongly upon mental illness. I honestly never understood this movie as a kid when I first saw it. I laughed and thought the open part of this movie was hilarious. But as I got older I realized what the message was this movie was trying to deliver. When I realized this the beginning of this movie became incredibly emotional and really catapulted this movie to the top of my list. It is incredibly well done and it is a must watch for anyone.
- Star Wars Return of the Jedi (1983)
This is the final installment in the original Star Wars Trilogy. This is my absolute favorite of the three originals! The movie comes full circle and the fight scene between father and son is epic. I love how light prevails over darkness in the end. Not to mention those freaking Ewoks! Adorable! I have watched this movie a million times and I fully plan on watching it another trillion times!
- Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
If you don’t believe that the Robot Uprising is going to happen then watch this movie and I guarantee it will change your mind! I fully vote on Elon Musk being our John Connor by the way. Dude has some excellent points about why an A.I. apocalypse is coming. This movie has it all action, suspense, deep seeded emotion. It is the best Terminator movie out of all the Terminator movies made. This movie is also the movie that led to many of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s famous one liners we have come to know such as “I’ll be back” or “Hasta La Vista Baby”. Linda Hamilton cements herself as an all out bad ass in this movie and Edward Furlong is fantastic as the young John Connor. However, be forewarned he clearly was going through puberty as his voice is squeaky as an unoiled door hinge in this movie.
- The Godfather (1972)
One of the greatest mafia movies EVER! This truly is a classic that will live on forever. Marlon Brando and Al Pacino are timeless in this! This is the first movie in the Godfather Trilogy.
- Gladiator (2000)
This very well may be one of Ridley Scott’s best movies. This movie follows a Roman general (Crowe) who has his family murdered by the corrupt son of the emperor he loved and served. He becomes a gladiator and comes back to Rome to seek revenge. This movie is visually stunning. It really captures what that period in history must have been like. The actors in this movie all deliver absolutely incredible performances. This movie will induce so many emotions and if you are like me leave you with tears in your eyes at times. If you have not seen this movie yet then go immediately, find it and watch it!
- Beverly Hills Ninja (1997)
Oh, Chris Farley. I always get so sad knowing he left us so soon. Chris Farley is on point as usual in this movie. A mix of one liners and hilarious physical comedy. This movie is just always been one of my go to movies when I need a good laugh. It’s very light-hearted and yet delivers a touching message of accepting yourself and to never give up!
- The 13th Warrior (1999)
The GREATEST viking movie (in my opinion) of all time! This movie is a Viking period piece staring Antonio Banderas. It follows a group of vikings and a non Viking outsider (Banderas) on their quest to help save a Viking kingdom that is being attacked by mysterious creatures. I would highly recommend this movie if you like anything Viking. It is full of suspense, action and thrill!
- Braveheart (1995)
This movie is one of my favorites. It is not only phenomenally executed and the music is amazing, but this movie is the story of my Scottish ancestors. When I watch this movie, I think about the impact on history that this had and how this affected my lineage. Every time I watch this movie I am taken through so many different emotions. I often wonder what would have happened if my ancestors had not fought back, had not fought against the tyranny would I still have been here today. Would my Scottish blood line even exist? Would I exist? I know I am totally going deep there!
- The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
This movie is based on a true story about two man-eating lions that attack a village in Tsavo, Africa. The village is assisting with the construction of a bridge for a railroad line, when two rogue man-eating lions start picking off the people of the village. It’s up to Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas to save the day. This movie was one of the first real scary movies that my mother let me watch as a kid. I was terrified and yet equally fascinated by this movie. It is by far probably one of my favorite Val Kilmer movies and Michael Douglas happens to be a bad ass in this movie. Just saying!
What are some of your favorite movies?