The Princess Bride: I’m sure this one needs no description. The book, of course, is even better.
Tales of Manhattan: A wonderful b&w movie, sadly not on DVD. It’s a bunch of little life-affirming mini-stories following a tailcoat as it changes of the life of everyone it touches. You will laugh, you will cry, you will feel joyous. My favorite is the Charles Laughton one. Unfortunately the last one kind of sucks in its stereotypical 1940s Hollywood way; Paul Robeson is sorely used.
Captain Blood: A wonderful Errol Flynn piece, romance, sword fights, pirates, cunning, and a hilarious ending. Ah, the book is better, but the movie is also wonderful.
When Harry Met Sally: Like flan. (In a good way)
The Silence of the Lambs. For someone who’s not into horror/suspense, I’ve watched this a surprising number of times. Great movie.
Secretary: Amazing acting and psychological maneuvering from Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader. I appreciate it even more now that I’ve watched the director’s commentary.
Say Anything’s pretty good, too. Buckaroo Banzai. Charade. The Wedding Singer. This is not a comprehensive list.
(Note: #1 only likes the happy movies from the above, but does not include Say Anything which she found painfully boring, though she likes John Cusack more generally, especially when teamed up with John Hughes.)
What are your favorite movies?