A Break from the Marvel Craze: My Favorite Movies

by Kali Tuttle
Favorite Movies

For those of you who aren’t huge fans of the Marvel franchise, these past few weeks have probably been absolute hell for you. All anyone seems to talk about anymore is Infinity War (2018) and how great it’s going to be and who’s going to die and blah, blah, blah.

I sympathize with you — I used to be exactly like that. I still remember having to hear all about Marvel movies when I couldn’t care less (obviously, my feelings towards the franchise have thawed).

So, for those of you who just need a break from everyone talking about Marvel, I present to you a top 10 list of movies to watch instead! In other words, here are my top 10 favorite movies!

Honorable Mentions

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

North by Northwest (1959)

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Jarhead (2005)

Schindler’s List (1993)

The Help (2011)

Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Rear Window (1954)

While You Were Sleeping (1995)

#10: Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

One thing you need to know about me is that I love war movies. I haven’t enjoyed a lot of the war movies that have come out as of late (at least, compared to classics like Saving Private Ryan [1998]), but this one pleasantly surprised me. Andrew Garfield was amazing as conscientious objector Desmond Doss who enlists in the army as a medic. The thing I appreciated the most from this movie was the lack of F bombs — not even one — though it did include a colorful list of other swear words. The primary reason for the R-rating is the violence, which I can excuse as it is a war movie. I highly recommend this movie to anyone with a love for war movies, like me.

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#9: Million Dollar Baby (2004)

This is one of the very few movies that have ever made me cry (the other ones are also on this list, in case you’re wondering). First of all, this movie is directed by and starring veteran actor Clint Eastwood, so it was obviously going to be a real gritty film. And, it’s a boxing movie, and something about boxing movies always gets me; they’re just so inspirational. Hilary Swank stars as Maggie Fitzgerald, a determined young woman who works everyday to become a better boxer and impress trainer Frankie Dunn (Eastwood) enough to take her on. Despite her rough upbringing and a deadbeat mother, she overcomes it all to live her dream and become who she always wanted to be. It’s a heartwarming and heartbreaking story that always gets me.

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#8: Vertigo (1958)

I am still not over this movie. I’ve seen it so many times and I still notice something new with every viewing. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Alfred Hitchcock is the Master of Suspense. Starring James Stewart and Kim Novak, the twists and turns this movie takes you through will leave you spinning by the time the credits roll. The most iconic scene of this movie — Stewart’s psychedelic dream — still leaves me feeling high every time I watch it. And it’s so strange to see Stewart playing a more psychotic, almost sinister role compared to his more family-friendly roles. If you’re feeling the need to be significantly confused and intrigued, I would suggest taking Vertigo for a spin.

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#7: Gone With The Wind (1939)

Though this movie has a runtime that could give even the most lengthy attention spans a run for their money, it’s definitely worth a watch (maybe in two parts). Based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Mitchell, this movie still holds the record for highest-grossing movie (adjusted for inflation, of course). It stars some of the greatest actors and actresses of the time, including Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, and Olivia de Havilland. Though it takes a more racist view of the Civil War, it also shows the resilience of Americans and shows us that we can overcome anything life throws at us. The only downside about this movie is that Scarlett O’Hara is a real brat throughout the whole movie, but I think we can all relate to her at some points.

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#6: Cinderella Man (2005)

What a surprise — I enjoy a movie with a Thomas Newman score; but this movie is so much more than that. Something that I really appreciate about it is that it’s not your typical sports story. It doesn’t focus on a name that everyone will recognize. It isn’t about some young, hotheaded athlete trying to prove himself in the sports world. Cinderella Man is inspirational to me because it’s about a man who had everything, lost it all, and then tries his hardest to regain what he lost for his family and for himself. Russell Crowe’s portrayal of Joe Braddock, the Cinderella Man, is a testament to us all that no matter how old we are, we can still achieve our dreams.

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#5: Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Nothing puts me in a better mood than watching Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds dance across my screen. This movie is just such a feel-good piece of cinema. It has great set design that’s full of vibrant colors. The actors are all wonderful dancers and each set is perfectly choreographed. The soundtrack always put me in a good mood and I find myself singing along more often than not. And it has some great one-liners that always make me laugh-out-loud, especially from Jean Hagen’s character, starlet Lina Lamont. Singin’ in the Rain is my go-to movie when I’m sick, in a bad mood, or just want to watch a well-made film.

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#4: The Green Mile (1999)

This is another one of the few movies to ever make me cry, and for good reason. I love Tom Hanks and Thomas Newman scores, so I knew I was already going to love this film. But I wasn’t prepared for the emotional rollercoaster I would go on. From the very first moment we meet John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan), we feel a strange pull toward him and we begin to suspect that he is more than he appears to be. And then when we get to know him, we love him even more. It’s this connection that eventually ends up being our demise as we find ourselves crying into our popcorn. The Green Mile is a darkish Stephen King adaptation that will rip your heart out and stomp on it.

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#3: The Fugitive (1993)

Something you’ve probably figured out about me (especially if you’ve read some of my other articles), if a movie has a good score, I most likely will adore it. I know, that was really surprising for you to read. The Fugitive is no exception — the score is so mysterious yet mournful that it magnifies the mood of the film tenfold. There’s really nothing not to love about this movie. Tommy Lee Jones as the U.S. Marshal and Harrison Ford as Dr. Richard Kimble, the fugitive, are both very convincing in their roles. The banter between the officers is also pretty funny to listen to. It’s suspenseful, thrilling, and an overall great watch for a movie night. The only thing I do not appreciate about this movie is the fact that for the first twenty minutes of the movie Harrison Ford has a beard that makes him look like my high school English teacher.

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(cough Harrison Ford lookin’ good cough)

#2: The Sound of Music (1965)

Fun fact: despite not being Catholic, I was born in a Catholic hospital; my mother likes to tell me that that’s the reason why I love The Sound of Music and the singing nuns so much. Yes, I do love some good nun humor, but this movie is so much more than that. Julie Andrews is so lovable and makes the whole movie a delightfully fun experience. The child actors aren’t too annoying (like the child actor in The Jungle Book [2016]) and they actually sing quite well (yes, I know their voices were enhanced). And the music always takes me back to simpler times living in Austria in the 1930s. Okay, so I wasn’t alive back then and I’ve never been out of the country, but the music just makes me nostalgic. And classic songs like “Edelweiss” will always bring a tear to my eye.

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#1: Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

I have a soft spot for Cary Grant. I don’t know exactly what it is: his voice, his looks, his humor. Whatever it is, I absolutely love him in this movie. Not only is his hammy acting hilarious, his costars Josephine Hull and Jean Adair play such laughably innocent old ladies that I just giggle through the whole movie. This is what I watch every Halloween instead of horror movies because it has just enough of a scare factor to be spooky but it’s funny enough that you won’t be clutching your stuffed bunny through the night either. All of the kooky antics and rapid quips will transport you back to the Golden Age of Hollywood when you didn’t have to rely on vulgarity to be funny.

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J.D. Phoenix May 8, 2018 - 8:55 am

Next: 10 of your least favorite movies. 😂 Jk. …but seriously. Jk.

J.D. Phoenix May 8, 2018 - 9:01 am

Never mind. Saw you made a disappointments list. 😅

coolcomix0221 April 30, 2018 - 12:35 pm

Out of all of the films you put onto your list, I’ve only approximately four of them: Singin’ In The Rain, Vertigo, Arsenic & Old Lace and The Sound of Music. Out of those four, Singin’ In The Rain stands out the most to me, due to its wonderful songs, top-notch dancing, memorable characters and its narrative set in a time when talkies were coming into fruition in Hollywood. Either way, you’re a man of good tastes.

Kali Tuttle April 30, 2018 - 2:52 pm

All great movies! Agree on your review of Singin’ in the Rain
But BTW it’s actually “woman” of good taste. Surprise!

coolcomix0221 May 1, 2018 - 1:49 pm

Apologies. Kali isn’t a name I come across too much in my travels.

Olaf Lesniak April 30, 2018 - 6:39 am

AAAAAAHHH!!!! Such an amazing list!!!

The Arcane Nibbler April 29, 2018 - 9:07 am

Yeah, but do you like Hitchcock? Lol, I love his movies too. Arsenic and old Lace is the perfect antidote to all the noisy blockbusters we have today.

Kali Tuttle April 30, 2018 - 2:53 pm

Nah man I hate Hitchcock ;) and I always love watching Arsenic and Old Lace as a chill little throwback to classic Hollywood

Marsha Stapleton April 28, 2018 - 11:00 pm

“Jaws” — Most perfect casting ever, with Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw & Richard Dreyfuss. Worth watching over & over just for the characters’ chemistry!

Kate April 28, 2018 - 8:27 pm

I didn’t care for The Help, perhaps since I had already read the book and had mixed feelings about it. The character Emma Stone played was a little odd to me. Perhaps if the movie/book had been rewritten from a different vantage point with less of the “Skeeter” character, more of the actual “Help”.

Kali Tuttle April 30, 2018 - 2:54 pm

Yeah I can kind of get that. Hollywood sometimes has a hard time focusing on the right characters. I still enjoy the movie though, but I’m a sucker for anything from that era

Brizzy Mays Books and Bruschetta April 28, 2018 - 5:26 pm

Thank you so much for this blog. I for one am so over anything Marvel. Loved all these movies and it was lovely to be reminded of them again, although not so much a Hitchcock fan, nor Dame Julie Andrews.

Kali Tuttle April 30, 2018 - 2:55 pm

Glad you enjoy it! I knew there had to be someone out there who wasn’t obsessing over Marvel XD and I respect your opinion even though it breaks my heart to hear you say you don’t like Julie Andrews lol

mylilplace April 28, 2018 - 1:50 pm

Re Gone with the Wind, I think that’s the whole appeal of Scarlett’s character. Her very ‘charm’ lies in her ‘flaws’. Love most of the movies on the list especially The Green Mile. Would you consider releasing a list of top foreign films as well? Maybe you have and I just didn’t see it. :P Have a great weekend!

Kali Tuttle April 30, 2018 - 2:57 pm

Haha yeah I have a love-hate relationship with Scarlett’s character. And I don’t think we’ve done that list yet but we’ll get started on it! We all live for requests around here. It means that our readers aren’t tired of us yet!

mylilplace April 30, 2018 - 11:37 pm

You guys are doing an amazing job! :) Fun, informative posts galore!

Liz Gauffreau April 28, 2018 - 11:11 am

Re Scarlett’s brattishness in Gone with the Wind, it’s toned down from what it is in the book. I saw the movie first, and I was a little taken aback when I read the book.

Kali Tuttle April 30, 2018 - 2:57 pm

So true. I’ve read the book a few times and each time I just can’t believe how selfish and rude Scarlett is. Reminds me of myself when I was younger actually haha

The Animation Commendation April 28, 2018 - 10:55 am

I personally felt disappointed with Rear Window and Vertigo. Maybe it was because they were the first 2 Hitchcock films that I ever watched, so maybe I expected more?

I love Gone with the Wind as well! Such an amazing film!

I do like Arsenic and Old Lace a lot, but I feel it’s about half an hour too long. That’s what prevents me from loving it more.

My fave films include the BTTF trilogy, 12 Angry Men, Gone With the Wind, Beauty and the Beast (1991), and Murder on the Orient Express (1974).

Since you didn’t list any, what’s your fave animated film?

Kali Tuttle April 30, 2018 - 2:59 pm

I think I have to go with Lilo & Stitch because that’s a special movie that my sisters and I share. Runner-up goes to Megamind because I think that movie is hilarious and I quote it a lot. And honorable mention goes to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 because it has that cute little strawberry

Nick Kush April 28, 2018 - 10:38 am

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