Top 15 Movies

There’s this Facebook tagging chain mail thingie that’s been going around the past couple of weeks. There was the 10 books that influenced your life and now, the top 15 movies of your life.

I love this kind of chain mail because it shows a bit of my friends’ personalities and I also get to relive some of my happy childhood memories. So, while I posted my top 15 movies on my Facebook account, I’m also blogging it here.

1. Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins is perhaps my most favorite Disney movie of all time. I watched this when I was a child, thanks to my dad. This is where I discovered snow globes.

2. Little Mermaid
It’s also my dad, who introduced this to me. Betamax pa noon. Hahaha! 

3. Beauty and the Beast
Just like the first two movies, my dad introduced Beauty and the Beast to me. I remember that Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Alladin were released after the other. Among the three, Beauty and the Beast is my favorite. I love that Belle is an ambitious character, who wanted much more than a provincial life.

4. Mulan
I love movies that have strong and independent female characters. Mulan is one of the very few Disney films that show female empowerment. I don’t really like films where the women just want to get married. I like it when women are strong-spirited and have lofty goals.

5. Train of Life
I first saw this in college when my friend and I attended an international film festival. I loved the film so much that I looked for its DVD (with English subtitles) for 12 years! Yes, 12 years! The only copy available then was in VHS format and comes with Spanish subtitles only.

If you’ve seen Life is Beautiful, it’s a ripoff of this. Life is Beautiful ain’t got nothing with Train of Life.

6. Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang
This joins the list because this is the very first movie I saw in a theater.

7. While You Were Sleeping
I love Sandra Bullock but I also love the Florence snow globe.

8. The Full Monty
Just like Train of Life, I saw The Full Monty during an international film festival. What a brilliant and funny film. This also started my preference of British cinema over Hollywood films. Mas witty and mas matalino ang mga British films.

9. Bridget Jones Diary
Colin Firth

10. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
Colin Firth

11. Love Actually
Colin Firth. LOL! šŸ˜€ Okay, I love Love Actually because it’s fascinating how Richard Curtis can tell several love stories in just one film. This is just one happy movie.

12. Sliding Doors
I told you I love British films! Before Bridget Jones, there was Sliding Doors. I love, love, love Sliding Doors because it shows you that seemingly mundane moments in life can be life-changing. Even missing the train can lead you to an unexpected path.

In my case, it was one breakfast with a dear friend that led me to where I am now. 

13. Shake, Rattle and Roll 1
Totally scared the bejabbers out of me lalo na yung manananggal episode. I remember having nightmares after watching it. This movie had such a huge impact on me that I hate watching horror films.

14. May Minamahal
This Aga-Aiko film is a favorite Filipino film. It has a clean, believable plot. It was so unlike other mainstream Pinoy films released during that time. Gusto ko din kasi yung idea na ipaglalaban ako. Charot! Hahaha!

15. Minsan Minahal Kita
My list won’t be complete without a Sharon Cuneta film. I’m a certified Sharonian and this is the best and most heartbreaking Sharon movie ever. Of course, it’s about infidelity and physical violence but I just love how Sharon Cuneta shed off her pa-tweetums image to play this role.

And the last scene of the movie? Ah, sobrang feel-good!

How about you? What’s your top 15 movies?