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Top Ten Favorite Movies

Updated on May 28, 2014

Sophie Scholls: The Final Days

1.) Sophie Scholls: The Final Days

Sophie Scholls won awards in Germany in 2005 for best actress and best director and was nominated for an oscar for best foreign language film. The movie depicts the story of the White Rose movement and is based on the actual trial documents that were found of Sophie Scholls trial. This film easily falls into the suspense category. Although directed by an atheist, this film accurately portrays the contrast between Sophie Scholl's Christian views and the atheistic views of the Nazi Regime that put her on trial.

Life is Beautiful - La Vita e Belle

Sophie Scholls: The Final Days

Life is Beautiful - La Vita e Bella

2. Life is Beautiful La Vita e Bella

This 1997 film captures the angst and joys of life in World War 2. Funny and sad and romantic, it is a paradox that captures a time of great suffering in World History. It is both compelling and riveting. This is an Italian film, best seen in Italian with English subtitles. It won Oscars for best actor, best music, and best foreign language film in 1999. It has also been nominated for and won many European film awards. The story depicts the life of a father trying to shield his son from the horrors of Nazi anti-semitism and keep his family together. You will find yourself laughing for about 50% of the movie and wanting to cry at other times during the movie. This movie will take you on an emotional roller coaster of comedy, real life, and sadness. La Vita e Bella is a movie everyone should see.

3.) Prince of Persia; The Sands of Time

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Prince of Persia; Sands of Time

The Prince of Persia: Sands of Time is a great family movie depicting the importance of loyalty, trust, and brotherhood. Its an action packed movie with something for everyone. I love good stories and this movie tells a great story of jealousy, betrayal, love, loyalty, integrity, courage, intelligence, and brotherhood. The style of this movie and the film music put it in my top ten of favorite movies.

Man on a Ledge

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4. Man on a Ledge

This cleverly woven story depicts the life of an ex-cop, sentenced to prison for a crime he didn't commit. This ex-cop breaks out of prison, threatens suicide as his negotiating tool with police by standing high on a ledge, while his brother and his girlfriend break into a highly secured facility to steal an item that will prove his innocence. I love good stories and this movie has all the makings of a good american hot dog movie, replete with action, car chase, and clever strategy. This is a great movie for an afternoon or evening of relaxation.

The Conspiracy Theory

5. The Conspiracy Theory Starring Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts

A good conspiracy is unprovable! Great movie line encapsulates the plot of the this movie. A hot dog movie in true american fashion, its a great movie to watch for action, suspense, and sheer absurdity. But most of all, its worth the watch because of Mel Gibson's acting job. I enjoyed this movie so much because Mel Gibson does such a good job of acting like hyper vigilant conspiracy theorist. This is a great movie to pull out the hot dogs and the popcorn. This is not a family oriented movie. Not recommended for kids due to its violence.

6. Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise is a recent film. Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) is an ex military officer investigating a mass shooting. The story takes many twists and turns as Jack uncovers a plot to frame another soldier for the murders while covering up the true intent of the mass shooting was about money and greed. The story is riveting and leaves you always guessing what will happen next. If you like spy style movies, you will love this movie. I give it an A++ as a relaxing movie that will make you think and keep you on the edge of your seat.

The Conspiracy Theory - Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts

Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher - A Great Investigator/Spy Type Movie

The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Extended Edition; The Fellowship of the Ring/The Two Towers/The Return of the King

7. The Lord of the Rings

This movie series is based on the book series by J.R.R Tolkien. Tolkien spent years writing the story and developing the languages and back histories to the story. The Lord of the Rings has gone down in history as one of the greatest novel series ever written. Peter Jackson directed the Lord of the Rings series and filmed the movies in New Zealand. This is an epic story of the battle between right and wrong, good and evil. Its worth reading before you watch but everyone should at least watch this story. The story is grand and gripping, the lessons make great discussions for families and children. The movies are rather violent so its not recommended for children under 13. The movie is best watched in segments as all 3 movies comprise up to 12 hours of movie watching.

The Hobbit: There and Back Again, The Desolation of Smaug the Dragon, The Battle of the Five Armies (Release December 2014)

8. The Hobbit: There and back again, The Desolation of Smaug, The Battle of the Five Armies (release Dec 2014)

The Hobbit Trilogy is the prequel to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. It will wrap up its release this Christmas holidays with the release of the 3rd Movie in the Hobbit series. This story follows the life of a hobbit, "Bilbo Baggins" as he sets out on an adventure that will change history. Along the way he encounters elves and dwarfs, giant spiders, and an angry dragon. Most importantly, he discovers the one ring of power that sets in motion a chain of events bringing about a titanic battle between good and evil. There are so many great themes about relationships and good and evil in this movie that can lead to discussions between parents and their children. But this movie should be reserved for older children as it is violent. Each movie in the series is about 3 hours long.


Divergent is a great science fiction movie depicting the dangers of utopian idealism in the portrayal of a so called 'perfect society.' In this society, people are compartmentalized into specific gifts, and taught to operate their lives within the limitations of those skills. But some of the people in this society were divergent, they utilized all the gifts in balance. Because of this, they are considered a threat and those with an interest in maintaining the status quo seek to have them killed. But in the end, it is those who are divergent that are able to protect the society and restore balance when one group of people tries to assert themselves over the other groups in the society through military force. This movie was well done and well acted. The story is gripping and the lessons are valuable tools for discussion, especially with children. This movie is suitable for teenagers, but too violent for younger children.


The Interpreter - The Truth Needs No Translation

This movie is a political thriller produced in 2005 that depicts the horrors of corruption and genocide in Africa. The movie itself is fiction but parallels very closely events that have occurred in Africa. Starring Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn, this movie is set at the United Nations. It raises many questions about politics, violence, peace, and problem solving. It is a very sad but powerful movie. The acting job is superb.

The Interpreter

The Interpreter - Based on True Events

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      dailytop10 3 years ago from Davao City

      Nice list. I haven't watched a few of those titles. Thanks for sharing!