9 Must See Movies

Are you and your friends planning to have a movie night? Are you having trouble deciding what to watch? If so, read on to get a list of the best movies that I’ve seen so far!

1. The Holiday

In the beginning, I was hesitant to watch this movie at all. I’m really glad I did though because I thought it was the cutest romantic comedy ever! Amanda and Iris find themselves facing guy problems. Both of them go on a home exchange website and decide to switch homes for the holiday. While Iris moves into Amanda’s house in California, Amanda flies to England to stay at Iris’ cozy countryside snow laden home. Although their initial goal is to get as far away from their troubled love lives, love proves to be less elusive than they had thought. Both Amanda and Iris mend their hearts with their newfound romance.

2. The Pursuit of Happyness

In this movie, inspired by a true story, Will Smith portrays a salesman named Chris Gardner. He struggles to make ends meet for his family. When he decides to pursue his dream of becoming a stockbroker, his wife leaves him. Though Gardner and his five year old son endure many hardships, he clings on to the glimmer of hope that one day, they will live a better life. This movie is truly inspirational and moving.

3. The Illusionist

This movie was adapted from Steven Millhauser’s short story “Eisenheim the Illusionist.” Eisenheim, a magician, uses his gift to secure the love of a woman named Sophie von Teschen, whose the Prince’s intended. As their romance is threatened to be exposed, Eisenheim performs one of the greatest illusions.

4. Little Miss Sunshine

This movie is about a little girl with big dreams. Olive wants to win the Little Miss Sunshine contest. Though her family is as dysfunctional as it can get, they are all determined to get her to the finals of the beauty pageant, even if it means taking a cross-country trip in their VW bus as a family. During the trip to California, the entire family learns that at the end of the day, they’re all they have.

 

5. Shawshank Redemption

This film is set in the 1940’s. It’s about a New England banker named Andy, who is put into jail for killing his wife and her lover. Andy maintains sane while in prison because he learns that hope is the ultimate means of surviving. Andy proves to be the most unconventional prisoner.

6. Schindler’s List

This movie is based on a true story about Oskar Schindler, an Austrian industrialist, during the Holocaust. He starts a factory, which later becomes a refuge to many Polish Jews. He manages to save 1,100 Jews from having to face death at the concentration camp of Auschwitz. I cried during this movie because it was so touching to know that amidst the devastation, there was one hero and humanitarian that did everything in his power to save one more life.

7. Forrest Gump

While sitting at a bus stop, Forrest Gump tells the story of his life. Though he had led one heck of a fulfilling life, the one thing that he truly yearns for is his true love, Jenny, who has continually fleeted and eluded him. I thought this was a really heart warming movie.

8. Crash

This movie is about several people with stories that interlink during a course of two days in L.A. It’s really hard to write a review on this movie, because it would give away the whole movie. But trust me, everyone should watch this because it’s just such a great movie. I applaud the filmmakers because this is, beyond doubt, a work of art.

9. The Notebook

This romantic movie is a must watch. It starts off with an elderly man reading to an old woman in a nursing home. The story is about a young couple that is separated by the social status of their families, but are reunited many years later. Though she can’t remember anything about her life, the old man’s words allow her to relive her youth and the love that they shared. I really love how the movie was so brilliantly put together. Though it’s a sappy romance, it’s definitely worth your time!

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