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My Favorite Movies as a Kid

Updated on December 6, 2015
Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones!
Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones! | Source

My Most Memorable Movies as a Kid

I have always loved movies. There are some movies that stand out above the rest when I think back to my younger years. I don't mean the very young years when I loved Disney, and I probably shouldn't say that past tense, as I love Disney still. I am talking about the next step in movies from there, the ones that were magical and full of excitement, danger, fear, and conflict resolution and more.

The top 3 movies I loved as a kid have to be Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and E.T., or the Extra Terrestrial. These are simply favorites and absolute classics to me. Of those three, I will tell you which is my favorite but not until later.

Star Wars

Who didn't love Star Wars? The story of a farm boy, or Luke Skywalker joins the rebel forces to help save the Princess. Who knew they were related? Who could have ever imagined that Darth Vader would end up being his father? That movie had everything to love within it. There was nothing quite like it before, and it hit the spot. Classic to this day.

Scenes that stand out to me are when they are in the trash pit that is closing in to kill them, then some monster inside is trying to kill them! Swinging across with the princess in his arms, traveling at light speed, and so much more. Its hard to imagine life without this movie having been created, and all that followed it. (Ok, that is maybe a strong statement, but it IS hard to imagine there not ever being a Star Wars!)

Raiders of the Lost Ark

This movie is an all time favorite of mine, classic to its core. For a kid seeing it for the first time at 11 years old, I was intrigued, enthralled and it sucked me in! I absolutely loved everything about it. I can still watch it when I get the chance and love it all the more every time.

Some might see a recurring theme here, that being Harrison Ford, but that just happens to be the case! I do think he has to be one of my favorite actors ever, and I had the pleasure of getting to visit his home state this last summer in Wyoming. It is an absolutely beautiful area. Back to the movie, I think part of what made it so cool was the fact it surrounded the idea of a lost "Ark of the Covenant", and how people shouldn't really "mess" with such a thing.

From the beginning in the classroom where the girl bats her eyes at him as a professor, to the end where they finally open the ark and he and Marian are tied up, it is non stop adventure and fun. A must see, if you never have seen it.

E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial

This movie tugged at your heartstrings. I remember being pulled into the excitement of them finding an extra terrestrial being, then every thing that followed had me sitting on the edge of my seat. I was feeling everything that little boy felt if not more. Do you remember Elliot? Oh that movie was so fun and sweet.

From the scene with the reeses pieces, to "E.T. phone home," to the part where they almost killed him. It about broke your heart to say goodbye but you were also so happy to see him get to go back if you are anything like me.

What are your thoughts?

Did you see these movies when you were a kid or teenager also? What did you think? What rivaled these movies in your opinion? Feel free to share below if you care to, I would love to hear what you think!

My Hands Down Favorite of the Three?

Raiders of the Lost Ark. I can hear that little tune in my head right now, you know the one if you have seen it! The others that came after were good as well, but not as good as the first, in my opinion. These are the kinds of movies that add just a little bit of something good or rich to our lives while on this planet. I hope people always continue to write stories and create and produce such a caliber of movies as these.

A spirited farm boy, Luke Skywalker, joins rebel forces to save the Princess from the evil Darth Vader, and the galaxy from the Empire's planet-destroying Death Star.

Favorite Movie Poll

Of these 3, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., and Star Wars, which is your favorite movie?

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      Paula 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you for your comment, Karen. I appreciate it! The movies you mentioned are some great classics, and I am glad to know why you liked them.

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      Karen 6 years ago

      Interesting question!In terms of Indiana Jones, I'm torn beetewn Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Kingdom of the Crystal skull. Raiders of the Lost Ark just has that novelty about it (apart from the fact that it's extremely entertaining) and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was, in my opinion, very well made AND it had Cate Blanchett in it, who acted superbly.Lord of the Rings hmm, that's hard. I'd probably say the Two Towers as well, because the battle of Helm's Deep is just so well done. I love the Lord of the Rings.

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