It has been said that everyone you know is a combination of their top favorite movies.
What a better topic to cover on Mean Girl’s Day than the rundown of my personal all-time favorite movies. Unfortunately, I won’t be including my full list, because it’s honestly an ongoing project and may never fully end. Instead, I’m giving the list of my personal Top 10 favorite movies of all time. Movies that I can watch over and over and over and never get tired of. Movies that, I think, actually do a decent job of giving someone a glimpse into my psyche and what makes me tick.
So buckle up your seat belts and let’s dive into the list of Jordan’s Favorite Movies!
(These are not in a particular order, just the first ones that popped into my mind as I wrote the list.)
- Mean Girls
- Forgetting Sarah Marshall
- Lion King
- Finding Nemo
- Love, Actually
- Silver Linings Playbook
- Love, Simon
- Harry Potter *Bonus movie series*
As a perpetually curious philosophical type person, I think it’s also important to share why those movies are my favorite. So without further ado, here’s my reasoning.
Mean Girls – Is basically an American classic at this point, isn’t it? I tend to despise anything that promotes the pettiness of high school teenage girls, but this one came out at a very important time during my own teenage years. It helped implant a very different perspective than a lot of other movies that were coming out during my formative years. Since the movie came out, it has ranked among my top favorites. Plus, endless girl quotes for daaaays.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall – Another movie that I believe will forever rank in my all-time favorites list. This movie helped me push through some pretty rough times toward the end of my high school years and I actually watched it every single night before I would go to bed for months in a row. It helped that the main character was going through a really difficult breakup and the hilarious writing makes this forever quotable and comedic.
Lion King – I think nearly everyone in my age range has this movie on their personal top favorites list (except maybe my husband). As a Leo sun sign, I know this movie was basically made for me. The regal themes, Shakespeare retelling, songs, animals, and eventual redemption arc make this film all around amazing.
Frozen – FINALLY, a Disney movie that doesn’t focus on a man’s love being the answer to all your problems. AMIRIGHT?! Honestly though, when it was revealed that the act of true love was between sisters, I cried harder than I’ve cried in years. Being the oldest sister, it was very easy to identify with Elsa and watching Anna wait for years and years to play with her sister reminded me of my own younger sister always looking up to me and idolizing me. This movie, without a doubt, broke through my icy heart and reminded me that true love comes from so many more places than a partner. Plus, all sister stories just break my heart now.
Moana – Again, a female-focused Disney story that didn’t involve all the woman’s accomplishments to be overshadowed by falling in love with some guy. But also, Moana is so lovable and I swear the story has the perfect amount of funny cuteness but also important family moments that pulled my heartstrings and made me appreciate not only my family but the life I have and the person I am.
Finding Nemo – When the movie came out I instantly fell in love with the cute and funny characters, but I think this one remains among my top favorites because it does a great job of showing that family isn’t only just the people you’re blood-related to. Family is the people you choose to stick with through all the ups and downs, through every challenge and know that at the end of it all they will have your back and love you just the same.
ParaNorman – I love a good underdog/outcast story and ParaNorman hits that one on the head. Plus, this movie is stop-motion animation, which I personally love AND the movie was created by a production company from my neck of the woods. So I love supporting literally anything and everything they produce. Most importantly, it’s about a kid who sees and talks to ghosts and stays true to who he is even when it makes his family uncomfortable and the kids at school make fun of him. Truly a character after my own heart.
Love, Actually – This movie is very popular, especially around Christmas time, and I am one of the many people who adore it. I think the first few times I forced my husband to watch it, he was confused and didn’t understand why I liked such dry humor. I love this movie because it does a decent job of demonstrating a range of what love actually looks like in many different settings and relationships. It is a beautiful portrayal of all the ways in which we can experience love throughout our lifetimes and the challenges and happiness that comes along with it.
Silver Linings Playbook – This movie was an instant favorite for me. Unfortunately, I did not read the book beforehand but I got a brief synopsis of what I was going into and I knew I would love it. It was an accurate portrayal of someone living with Bipolar Disorder that didn’t show them just being “insane” for the whole movie. It showed his high and lows and the effect it had on his life, his marriage, and his family. It delved into some uncomfortable situations with mental health and did so in a beautiful loving way that not many films do when they address mental illness.
Love, Simon – I did a full review for this movie, so if you’re interested in reading it you can find it here. This movie is another one that cracked through my icy heart and made me cry and connect so heavily with the characters. This was a story that I think was long overdue to be told and I fell in love with every aspect of the story of a young boy and the struggles and barriers he faced in figuring himself out and living in his truth.
Harry Potter – I’m counting this as a bonus because it felt wrong to not include this on the list, but I honestly fell in love with the original works when I was a child reading the books. It was such an important part of growing up for me, struggling to feel like I fit in anywhere and going through rough times with my family. It has always been an amazing comfort to allow myself to live in the world of witches and wizards and Hogwarts and magic potions.
So now that I’ve basically let everyone in on the fact that I identify with the majority of my movie picks and how emotionally important they are to me as a human being, I’d love to hear your favorite movies. Even just one that is important to you! You don’t have to explain why, if you don’t want to … but you know my philosopher’s heart would love to hear it and discuss the cultural, societal, and personal meaning it has. 😉