Were it not for movies (and TV and music and books and video games and a whole bunch of other stuff, for that matter, but right now, we're just talking about movies), life would be a total bore. We human beings thrive on stories, that's all. We like to be entertained, preferably at one- to three-hour intervals at a time. We like to plop down on the couch with a huge bowl of popcorn sprinkled with Junior Mints and M&M's and watch a bunch of relatable but flawed characters overcome some seemingly insurmountable obstacles for a little while. It makes us all warm and tingly inside.
Hey, we didn't say it made sense, we just said this is what we humans like to do. So sue us!
Another thing that we human beings like to do is fantasize about what the future holds. Daydreaming, we guess most people would call it. The mind is so much more satisfying than real life, so it's easy to convince ourselves to spend more time in there than, well, out here. One of the things we most like to dream about is our dream guy, so here's the deal. Pick the best movies out of this list we've compiled, and we'll reveal what everyone's dream guy looks like!
This movie has got it all, and that's why it's a classic. Check out all it's got to offer! A whirlwind romance between Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, gorgeous costumes, great dialogue, a flooded ship that sinks after hitting an iceberg, a song sung by Celine Dion. Seriously, what more could you want? But, then again, not everyone loves this film.
Action packed superhero movies are always a hit with audiences because, well, who doesn't love superheroes and/or movies about said superheroes that are packed full of action? The Black Panther was only released in February of 2018, but by now, just about everyone has seen it, which means everyone's more than qualified to pick or pass on it. Where do you stand?
Now, in our book, all Disney characters are superheroes because, well, just go ahead and try to tell us that they're not, because we're not even trying to hear that nonsense. But, The Incredibles was one of Disney's only animated films specifically about superheroes, and that makes it stand out. Plus, it was "incredibles"-y good, so that makes it stand out, too.
La La Land
If you're into romances starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling who fall in love over the course of about 130 minutes through song and dance, then we would be willing to bet that La La Land is right up your alley. Or, maybe it isn't? That's exactly what we're here to find out, so cast your votes now, people.
A movie about an alien race of people living in a sort of utopia world that gets invaded by—who else?—human beings looking for resources to help the others living on a depleted planet Earth. This film is a little heavy-handed with the messages, but it's also heavy handed with the plot, and that's always a good thing. Plus, great graphics!
The Sound of Music
Not only does this classic Disney movie have a ton of singable songs that have stood the test of time, it's also the source of this image, which has become a meme in recent years. The Sound of Music is worth at least one watch, but if you're like us, you'll love this one so much, you'll watch it a couple times a year.
Literally a dream within a dream, Inception follows the story of Dom Cobb (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), a guy who has spent a lifetime making money by selling secrets obtained by entering peoples' dreams, as he seeks redemption with the help of a group of talented people. Also starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page and Tom Hardy.
A movie so good it got two sequels, several animated shorts and, rumor has it, is even getting another movie, who in their right mind doesn't love Toy Story? Sheriff Woody must team up with Andy's new toy, Buzz Lightyear, in order to make it back home in time before Andy and his family moves. Things, uh, don't got as planned, but *SPOILER ALERT* it all works out, anyway.
Aliens are always a popular topic for films. They're just so darn otherworldly, ya know? But aliens were never as delightful as they were—or rather, as one as—in E.T. This odd little alien gets left behind on earth one night, but finds a friend in a young boy named Elliot, who, with the help of a bike, gets E.T. back home.
Guardians of the Galaxy
A group of rag-tag galaxy vagabonds decide to team up in an attempt to save the universe from a powerful super villain named Ronan. Why is Ronan so upset, you ask? Because Peter Quill, the leader of this band of galaxy guardians, stole a fancy pants orb that Ronan just really wants. There might be some other stuff that happens in this movie, but you probably already know all about it.
Wow, what a masterpiece this flick was! We went into the theater expecting a lighthearted animated kid's movie, but we ended up with a cinematic feat. Featuring music by Smash Mouth, Shrek follows the story of an ogre named Shrek and his sidekick, Donkey, as they try to save a princess in order to get Shrek's swamp back.
The Da Vinci Code
Professor Robert Langdon is contacted by the police to help solve a crime in the Louvre—a crime that, as it turns out, happens to be but a mere strand in a tangled web of lies. Will Robert be able to connect the dots? Will he be able to track down the perp in time? Will he break the title "Da Vinci Code"? Pfft! Like we're gonna tell you. Just watch the movie if you want to find out!
Has the Disney-Pixar alliance ever produced a single bad movie? We contend that it hasn't. Monsters, Inc. is about Sully and Mike, the best team on the scream floor of Monsters, Inc. Things get out of hand, though, when one of Sully's scares, a little girl named Boo, gets loose and wreaks havoc in the monster world.
The Princess Bride
Based on a great book (which we highly recommend you read when you get the time, because it's hilarious), The Princess Bride is a classic about a...well, obviously, about a princess who's a bride. But this movie has a bunch of other great stuff, too! Sword fights and riddles and funny, memorable characters. Every line from this film is quotable, and that's just *one* of the reasons to love it.
Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark
The Indiana Jones movies are so popular that there have been four of them since 1981, and rumor has it, they're making another one set to be released in 2021. Indy's a likable guy, a capable hero, and the entire reason why we spent the first 18 years of our life wanting to become an archaeologist.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
We will never be able to get enough Harry Potter, so it was a sad day when the last movie hit theaters because it meant the doors to that magical world were officially closed...or, were they? From the rampant imagination of J.K. Rowling, we've been gifted the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them—a movie that follows the life and times of one Newt Scamander, his friends, his escapades and, of course, his fantastic beasts.
Back to the Future
Lazy but lovable Marty McFly, thanks to the tricked out DeLorean provided to him by his bestie, Doc Brown, gets sent back in time. Of course, the whole thing is one big mistake, and Marty must rely on his wits to find his way through the past and to get...back to the future!
Nightmare Before Christmas
The best thing about this movie—you know, besides for all of it—is that you can watch it on Halloween AND Christmas! It's the only movie (that we can think of, at least) that is watchable on two holidays. We love that about it! And we also love the characters, the story and, oh! Of course, the songs!
Beauty and the Beast
A "tale as old as time". *Sighs* is there a fairytale out there that's any more romantic that Beauty and the Beast? We'll admit it, the animated version will always be our favorite, but in this instance, we're actually referring to the live-action remake. Is this film your jam, or would you rather not watch it?
Some might call it sappy, but as hardcore romance film lovers, we're not about to hop aboard the nay-sayer train. Maybe this film is a little sentimental. Okay, so maybe this film is *a lot* sentimental, but we don't care! Nicholas Sparks strikes again with The Notebook, a good old-fashioned romance movie that hits us right in the feels, every single time.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Oh, come on! Ferris Bueller? This guy's an icon! He's the original cool kid, the guy who did what every high schooler only dreamed of doing. The student we all aspired to be. He was popular, he was gutsy and he was smooth as silk. Ferris Bueller's Day Off follows the title guy as he plays hooky from school, to hilarious results.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The Star Wars films have always been popular. How could it not be? It's a classic story of good against the not-so-good. It combines relatable heroes with relatable antiheroes, it combines science fiction with fantasy. It's a formula for a great franchise, which is why we're not the least bit surprised that Star Wars: The Last Jedi was such a smash hit at the box office—but what do you think? Is this worth of two thumbs up, or nah?
Personally speaking, we're big fans of black and white movies. The oldies, that's where it's at, people. But even if you're not a big fan of the films from the early 1900's, we sincerely hope you've seen Casablanca. So many iconic lines. So many iconic performances. If you haven't seen this flick, stop what you're doing, watch it, come back here and then his "pick"—because, really, that's the only option for this film.
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Also based on a book series, and ALSO part of a trilogy, in this instance, we're not talking about The Two Towers or The Return of the King, we're speaking solely about Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. It's in this movie that the story of Frodo, Sam and their gang of mythical-being friends and their journey to end the all-powerful title ring is set in motion.
A Will Ferrell movie? Why would anybody pass up on this one? Yet another satisfying saga in a string of silly Will Ferrell movies, it's from this film that the now iconic "Well, that escalated quickly!" meme originated, so you can thank it for that—as well as for all of the other hilarious lines and characters featured in it.
It's nice when you find a movie that's just stupid silly, and Zoolander fits that bill wonderfully. Zoolander is not a serious movie, he's not a character that's to be taken seriously, but he certainly takes himself seriously, and that's just one of the reasons he makes his movie so funny. But, not everyone likes this film. We don't necessarily *get* that, but whatever. Where do you stand?
Who doesn't love a movie about dinosaurs? Jurassic Park and all of its sequels were so well received, filmmakers decided to revive the series with Jurassic World, the fourth installment in the series. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard find themselves in a sticky situation when dinosaurs decide to wig out. But, we mean, they ARE dinosaurs, so what did these people expect?
The amount of literature that Stephen King has contributed that's perfect for converting into watchable cinema is astounding in the very best way. One of our personal favorites is The Shining. Starring Jack Nicholson in one of his most unsettling roles to date, The Shining takes place in a haunted hotel and is sure to give even the strongest among us the heebie jeebies.
The Hunger Games
Based on a book trilogy and set in a dystopian future in which teenagers are forced to compete as tributes in a grotesque, realty TV show-style "competition" called the Hunger Games (also the title of the film itself), this movie may be unsettling, but it's also inspiring and it really makes ya think, which we figure is always a good thing.
When Mr. Fredrickson learns that his home is about to be condemned to make way for construction, he decides to stick it to the man by using helium balloons to fly his home to Paradise Falls. On the way there, he learns a boy scout named Russell has accidentally tagged along for the ride, and when the two land, they embark on an adventure of a lifetime.
The Wizard of Oz
From the infamous ruby slippers to the yellow brick road to the fun sing-along-able songs to the quirky, memorable characters to the iconic lines—there's just so much to love about The Wizard of Oz. A whimsical story that has captured the hearts of young and old alike, The Wizard of Oz is a classic for good reason.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
There are eight movies in the Harry Potter franchise. Believe us, we've seen each one at least a billion times, so we're definitely not insensible of that fact. But right now, we're only talking about the first film, The Sorcerer's Stone. What do you guys think? Was this movie the kind of film you'd want to watch on loop for days, or would you rather pass on it completely?
Based on the book of the same name, this movie is actually the first in a trilogy. If you have yet to witness for yourself the story of the Corleone family, we both pity you and envy you. This is a classic movie, and for good reason. With memorable lines like "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse," this is a must-see movie.
Ever wonder where lines like "On Wednesdays, we wear pink!", "She doesn't even go here!" and "Is butter a carb?" came from? Well, wonder no more! This teen movie, written by the hilariously funny comedienne, Tina Fey, is a cult classic, and it's easy to see why. Relatable characters, complicated teenage-ish issues like peer pressure, line after line of funny dialogue. Yep, there's a lot to love in Mean Girls.
Clowns are...oh, what's the word? Hmm. *Snaps fingers* Ah, we remember! Clowns are pure, unbridled nightmare fuel, and since nightmare fuel is the main ingredient to all of Stephen King's stories, we guess we shouldn't be surprised that he chose them for his iconic It. The original was spooky to say the least, but the 2017 remake did it better. Or, did it? We'll let you decide.