What’s Your Favourite Movie?


Do you have a favourite movie?

The other day I was in my regular coffee shop and the guys were arguing about whether or not a particular movie was the best movie of all time. Clearly that argument isn’t going to be resolved to anyone’s satisfaction as that’s really an argument that is too subjective to ever be proven, but they didn’t seem to care. And, given it was 6am, they weren’t being totally serious with this argument in the first place.

It got me thinking, though, about favourite movies. I asked two of the guys in the store what their favourite movies were and neither of them had an answer. Asking around the office once I got to work, no one seemed to have an answer. If I’d been asked, I don’t know that I would honestly have an answer these days either.

Growing up I had a few standards, Pretty Woman was always the big one, followed closely by Grease. I also added The Usual Suspects and Event Horizon as a teenager, but if I’m honest that was less because I loved them and more because I wanted to make it seem like I was older than my years and possessed the ability to understand complex movies and/or withstand scary ones. I will still tell you Event Horizon is the scariest movie I’ve ever seen.

I’ve seen so many movies since I thought up that list I don’t even know what my favourite movie is anymore. I love so many! If it’s based on how many times I can watch a movie without getting bored of it Easy A would have to rank pretty highly on the list. If it’s based on movies that have had the biggest impact on how I think and view the world American Beauty and Big Fish should be up there.

The genres of movies I seem to watch the most of are horror, thriller and rom-com (The Viking loves horror and thriller and I take advantage of him not being there to watch rom-com) but I also love comedy, drama, action and many more. I’m not a fan of sci-fi older than the 90s (I think that’s really a special effects thing) and absolutely hate war movies. Not a big fan of western or anime, but that still doesn’t narrow it down a lot.

I wonder if it’s an age thing that as we grow up we no longer focus on having a favourite anything. Ice breakers at parties have moved on from “So what’s your favourite colour?” to other, more mature things, like “So what do you do?”… Hang on a minute, that’s boring! Let’s go back to having favourites.

Do you have a favourite movie? Do you have a favourite anything?

  • Gary

    Mad Max 2, mostly for the car and Star Trek First Contact. I agree, Event Horizon is freaking scary.

    • http://kikiandtea.com/ Tamsin Howse

      I didn’t see the appeal in Mad Max 2 to be honest. Haven’t seen Fury Road yet, have you?

      • Gary

        Not yet. I haven’t even watched the third movie. For me the first two movies had the Ford Interceptor. I did watch fats and Furious 7 on the flight home from Canada yesterday. Cried like a baby at the end with the tribute to Paul Walker. I just found Event Horizon on iTunes. I may be renting that tonight :-)

  • Tamara King

    Beauty and the Beast and How to Train Your Dragon. Yes, I know they are kids movies but I have yet to find an ‘adult’ movie that I can sit there and watch over and over again like I can these two. For a movie to achieve favourite status for me it has to be one where I want to watch it again and again and it never loses its magic.

    • http://kikiandtea.com/ Tamsin Howse

      I hear you! I like teen movies for that too.

  • Melissa Savage

    If asked directly, I will say Rear Window, but the truth is I don’t have any one favourite because there are many films that I love for a variety of reasons, and context matters. Some films have me walking out of the cinema feeling eight feet tall, and they tend to be the ones that get five stars. The first Iron Man and Lord of the Rings (the whole thing, but particularly Fellowship) sit in this category, but so do Selma and Maleficent, and I have a suspicion that Suffragette, coming out in a couple of months, might be another one. Some Like it Hot was a life-changing experience that was also the funniest film I’ve ever seen. That’s the film where I realised the film school adage about the quality of films being no better or worse across eras was true. There’s dozens of movies that I think are top-notch, and most of them adhere to my personal tastes, in particular my fondness for words and snappy dialogue (most of Tarantino’s oeuvre, Kevin Smith, Robert Altman, Billy Wilder, anything written by Tom Stoppard). But that doesn’t mean I don’t also recognise the greatness of more visual films, just that they are unlikely to appeal to me because of my own particular biases.

    But then there’s the comfort movies. In my last year of high school, 10 Things I Hate About You kept me company every weekend. When I was feeling down a few months ago, Jelly knew that he should put on The A-Team. Goldeneye takes me back to finally being old enough to see a grown-up movie at the cinema, my mum introducing my brother and I to her tastes, and throwing me into a lifelong love of spy movies. When I’m feeling a bit bleh, I’ll throw on Captain America: The Winter Soldier to remind me that I can make a better world, and I can do it while looking at hot men in tight t-shirts.

    In summation, there’s no such thing as the greatest movie ever, only favourites, and even those are dependent on almost arbitrary, and significantly argued-over criteria.

    • http://kikiandtea.com/ Tamsin Howse

      Not a fan of Hitchcock to be honest. I think that’s in part because I struggle with black & white films. My eyes seem to rely a LOT on colour for differentiation. I did love Psycho. Particularly watching both versions back to back where you can pick up the differences.
      I also like Kevin Smith!

      Do you like British comedies?

      Now you’ve got me in the mood to watch Captain America

  • http://johnanthonyjames.com/ John James

    Don’t make me choose!

    If push comes to shove, I’d probably say 2001: A Space Odyssey…

    But I have so many other favourite films: Brazil, and Lawrence Of Arabia, and Young Frankenstein, and just about any film Woody Allen made between 1977 and 1997.

    And then there are all my favourite Australian films: Bliss, and Newsfront, and Careful He Might Here you, and Man Of Flowers…

    And then there are the classics like Goodbye Mr Chips, and Citizen Kane, and The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp.

    I could probably go on forever….

    • http://kikiandtea.com/ Tamsin Howse

      I have never seen a Woody Allen film! Don’t disown me.

  • Renae

    Shawshank Redemption and for a feel good Babe (I just love my pigs! )

    • http://kikiandtea.com/ Tamsin Howse

      I haven’t seen Shawshank! I’m a bit nervous to as I suspect it will upset me.

  • http://www.themultitaskingmissus.com/ Gina Soldano-Herrle

    I have been thinking about my favorite movie for a while now. I don’t know that I have an answer if someone were to ask because I like so many different movies, like you said. If you had asked me when I was younger, I would have immediately answered ‘Grease.’ But, now I’m not sure that’s accurate. I’d have to say that I will always like ‘Mystery Team’ and ‘Moulin Rouge.’ But, I think my favorite depends on my mood. You’re totally right though, picking a favorite anything is so hard!

    • http://kikiandtea.com/ Tamsin Howse

      SO hard! And I’m sure, like me, you can’t even name the last time you watched Grease, despite still knowing all the words.

      • http://www.themultitaskingmissus.com/ Gina Soldano-Herrle

        Exactly! I can’t remember the last time. But, I could sure reenact the carnival dance with Sandy and Danny at the drop of a hat. Haha.

        • http://kikiandtea.com/ Tamsin Howse

          Haha, me too. We’ll have to do that at some point

          • http://www.themultitaskingmissus.com/ Gina Soldano-Herrle