Happy Mother’s Day, everyone!
On this joyous day, we take time to pay tribute to the women who raised us. We remind them how much we love them and make sure to properly pamper them. They do so much for us; I don’t know where the world would be without good mothers.
This article is my personal mother’s day gift to my mother and to all our readers out there. These are my Mom’s top 10 favorite movies.
Just some quick background for you: my mother loves romance and romantic-comedies, but she also enjoys a good action movie — recently she’s been really into the Marvel Universe. She’s also a big fan of Cary Grant and John Wayne and loves to watch classic movies.
Hopefully, you find some old favorites and maybe some new ones to check out!
Timepiece (TV Movie 1996)
The Man from Snowy River (1982)
Return to Snowy River (1988)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016)
Grumpy Old Men (1993)
Grumpier Old Men (1995)
Somewhere in Time (1980)
#10: The Hunt for Red October (1990)
Starring Alec Baldwin and Sean Connery, this John McTiernan adaptation of a Tom Clancy novel will make your heart pound. A Soviet nuclear submarine is menacingly approaching America using new technologies to render it nearly untraceable. The question: is the captain (Connery) defecting or attacking? Only CIA analyst Jack Ryan (Baldwin) can help answer that question. Something unexpected about this movie is the use of Russian choir music to enhance the strong Cold War-era mood. Its hauntingly beautiful harmonies transport you back to a time of anxiety and fear of nuclear Holocaust. Additionally, the action scenes are charged with suspense and trepidatious moments that will have your heart in your stomach.
#9: The Entire Jason Bourne series (2002-2016)
There’s a lot to love about this action series: deceit, assassins, spies, intense fight scenes, and thrilling car chases. Starring Matt Damon (and later Jeremy Renner), the Jason Bourne series is an invigoratingly tense journey. Truly the best part about these films are the elaborate martial arts fight scenes with realistic cinematography mimicking the complicated fight. Each film in the series brings more action-packed excitement to the story, creating an intricate tale of redemption for our hero. Once again, the score brings this film together. The brisk notes of the string section generates even more suspense in a film that already has us clutching the armrests.
#8: An Affair to Remember (1957)
Is there anything better than a romance with Cary Grant? Yep — an affair with Cary Grant. Deborah Kerr and Grant play dissatisfied lovers who meet each other on a ship and fall hopelessly in love. While this film doesn’t utilize as much physical comedy as Grant’s earlier screwball comedies — after all, he was over 50 in this film — it’s still entertaining to watch Kerr play off his dry wit perfectly with crisp dialogue of her own. This is the film that romances aspire to be — sweet, heartfelt, tender, and full of love. Director Leo McCarey did a superb job of intertwining all the awkwardness of new romance with the glamour of upper-class living and created one of the greatest romances of all-time.
#7: Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
The Empire State Building never seemed so romantic. Sleepless in Seattle, a remake of An Affair to Remember, retains much of the humor and sweet romance of the original. Starring rom-com veterans Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, it can make you laugh and cry at the same time. Hanks, with his signature goofy demeanor and nasally voice, steals the screen with his curly black hair. And Ryan — whose awkward, unsophisticated demeanor always resonates well with women — adds that dash of quirkiness that makes every rom-com worth watching. It also features a supporting performance from While You Were Sleeping (1995) alum Bill Pullman as the eternally sick boyfriend. Character interactions are delightfully comical and touching and make this an enjoyable film.
#6: The Blind Side (2009)
Sandra Bullock absolutely nailed her role in this uplifting movie, deservedly winning her the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2010. The Blind Side is the story of how Anne Tuohy (Bullock) and her husband, Sean (Tim McGraw), adopted a homeless black teen, Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron), and taught him what a real family is. Along the way, they teach him to love football and he excels at the sport, later being drafted into the NFL. This feel-good film transcends racism, regionalism, and elitism. Its natural dialogue and profound themes remind us that we are all human and should help one another out. The Blind Side also features an appealing supporting performance by Kathy Bates as the pleasingly droll tutor who must regretfully inform us that she is a Democrat.
#5:The American President (1995)
Writer Aaron Sorkin truly has a way with words, as he’s proved on his many successful political movies and TV shows. Politics and romance are two themes that people love combining on the big screen, possibly because both involve much risk and reward, especially in the case of The American President. Starring Michael Douglas as President Andrew Shepherd and Annette Bening as lobbyist Ellen Wade, love blossoms, which creates problems in their careers and personal lives. However, Aaron Sorkin reminds us that if it’s strong enough, love can overcome anything. The film also features phenomenal supporting performances from Martin Sheen and Michael J. Fox as White House staffers. Like An Affair to Remember, it mixes all those jitters of first dates with the dignity of the presidency and creates a lovely high-brow romance.
#4: The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
While I have been told this movie does not follow the book very well, it’s still quite an adventure. Jim Caviezel is Edmund Dante, a well-liked sailor who plans to marry the love of his life, Mercedes (Dagmara Dominczyk). However, trouble ensues when his best friend, Fernand (Guy Pearce), falsely imprisons Dante and takes Mercedes himself. We are then taken on a redemptive journey with Dante throughout his engagingly interesting life as he re-ascends the social ladder to regain the life he once had. Director Kevin Reynolds masters character development in this film by crushing young Dante’s innocence and replacing it with determination and courage to regain what is rightfully his. Plus, Caviezel’s soft voice adds a sense of mystery and passion to Dante’s character that no other actor could provide.
#3:The Scarlet Pimpernel (TV Movie 1982)
The Scarlet Pimpernel is a story you may already know if you had to read it in high school: Sir Percy Blakeney (Anthony Andrews) seems to be a snobbish French aristocrat on the outside, but on the inside, he’s a daring hero who is on a mission to save the Gallic nobility from horrid deaths during the bloody French Revolution. However, trouble ensues when his bride, Marguerite (Jane Seymour), is threatened by Chauvelin (Ian McKellen), who vows to stop the Pimpernel at any cost. The setting of eighteenth century France is glamorously represented with elaborate costumes and set design. And Andrews gives a stellar performance as a witty aristocrat in the day and bold swordsman at night.
#2: When In Rome (2010)
My mother adores romantic comedies and this is one I often find her watching when she needs something to cheer her up. As it was distributed by Disney, it retains a little bit of Disney magic in it. Kristen Bell stars as Beth, the busy museum curator who has no time for men in her life. That is, until a magical fountain causes four men to fall in love with her — a conceited model (Dax Shepard), a street magician (Jon Heder), a sausage salesman (Danny DeVito), and a tortured painter (Will Arnett). However, Nick (Josh Duhamel), a sports reporter, also falls in love with her — but is it true love or just more fountain magic? When in Rome includes some hilarious physical comedy on par with screwball comedies of the 1930s, but with a modern twist. It also has an uproarious poker game scene that asks the age-old question: who would win in a fight — a humpback whale or a silverback gorilla?
#1: While You Were Sleeping (1995)
From as early as I could remember, this was my mother’s go-to movie. If she’d had a busy day, didn’t feel good, or just wanted to watch it, she would pop this in. It stars Sandra Bullock as Lucy, a transit worker who ends up saving her crush, Peter (Peter Gallagher), after he falls onto the train tracks. Through a series of unfortunate events, she ends up accidentally convincing the family that she’s engaged to him. While her “fiancé” is in a coma, she gets to know the rest of the kooky, lovable family, especially Jack (Bill Pullman), who she ends up falling for. While You Were Sleeping is fantastic simply because it’s a heartwarming story about love, family, and the need we have for both in our lives. It also has a great soundtrack reminiscent of 1990s Chicago, with fan-favorite “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” by Natalie Cole.
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