November 21, 2005


Apparently the American Film Institute is trying to pick the most inspirational film of all time. Good luck. The list of nominees is long, including movies that definitely belong (Apollo 13, Stand and Deliver) and some dubious choices as well (Ferris Bueller's Day Off? Moulin Rouge?) John Hawkins has a good list of his own choices; I agree with most of his picks, especially Spider-Man 2 and Rocky. I'd add a few movies of my own that either bring me to tears or have me jumping out of my seat cheering: 12 Angry Men, From the Earth to the Moon, The Great Escape, To Kill a Mockingbird, Rudy, The Lord of the Rings, Miracle, Amistad and Band of Brothers. In no particular order, all of which made the cut except for the HBO ones. Props to the AFI for including The Karate Kid, which is one of my all-time favorites, even if it is a bit cheesy. (For the record, my husband said that he never laughed so hard as he did in There's Something About Mary at the line "I guess I just wish they made movies like they used to make. You know, classics like The Karate Kid" because he thought that was the dumbest thing he'd ever heard. But the joke's on him, because his paycheck bought the whole trilogy.)

Posted by: Sarah at 09:49 AM | Comments (7) | Add Comment
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1 I'd have to add October Sky.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at November 21, 2005 10:22 AM (UquFN)

2 My all time favorite movie LONESOME DOVE I started crying before Gus died and continued crying throught the rest of the movie..

Posted by: Beth at November 21, 2005 11:54 AM (AeCM/)

3 hands down bestest mostest inspirational ever: Glory can't be beat.

Posted by: MajMike at November 21, 2005 03:26 PM (zXWkt)

4 Hands down Passion of the Christ and Saving Private Ryan. Or really, any Spielberg movie'll work.

Posted by: John at November 21, 2005 04:22 PM (enIP4)

5 MIRACLE--my most inspirational movie...and of course, the army wife in me loves "We were soldiers" although sometimes it hits a little too close to home. Good picks.

Posted by: Nicole at November 22, 2005 12:48 AM (KJBDI)

6 I gotta go with Star Wars.

Posted by: Pericles at November 22, 2005 03:57 AM (eKf5G)

7 Band of Brothers gets my vote. Though it's not a movie, it still brings out so much emotion EVERYTIME I watch it.

Posted by: Vonn at November 22, 2005 10:48 AM (dEgRi)

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