Raiders of the Lost Ark
For my 30th Birthday party, I chose this movie as the theme. Obviously, I can't remember any movies that year, but I've had a crush on Indy from a very young age.
The Last Unicorn
I obviously didn't discover this until a few years later, but I loved this movie as a small child.
Return of the Jedi
I loved it then, and this is my favorite of the original trilogy.
Splash and The Karate Kid were close runners up for this year, but Ghostbusters is the one I probably watched the most and still love to this day.
Peewee's Big Adventure
Another close call, but I chose Peewee because this movie keeps a smile on my face the whole time I watch it.
I can't tell you how many times my brother and I watched this one together. I watched it again late last year for the first time in ages. Sure, it's not exactly a masterpiece, but I think it's still a cute kids comedy.
The Princess Bride
I remember watching a scene of this at a friend's house, but not really getting into it. I actually didn't discover it until much later, but I didn't see any other films this year that I loved as a kid that were worthy of taking its place.
I miss Tom Hanks doing comedy.
The Little Mermaid
I didn't just love this film - I wanted to be Ariel. I still remember anxiously going to the store to get my copy on VHS that would play daily in my house.
Back to the Future Part III
Why do people talk bad about this one? It's not that bad. Really, it's not.
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
I don't have to explain this, right? I've been over it before.
I remember watching a lot of behind the scenes stuff on TV, excited for this movie to come out, mostly because of Catwoman. It's quirky and bizarre, but I actually prefer it to the first film.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
I still remember going to see it in the theater, and I fell in love immediately. It seems like the rest of the world caught on about ten years later.
I may not have actually watched this until high school a couple years later, but I watched it frequently. I need to revisit it and see how well it holds up.
It was the introduction of Dick Grayson into the movie continuity, so I really really loved it then, even if I don't know if I would sit through it now.
Sean Connery + Nicholas Cage = win. Another one I really need to rewatch.
The beginning of my love for Kevin Smith films.
A Bug's Life
Pixar's second film has largely been pushed aside now, but I loved it when it came out.
My absolute all time favorite film. One of these days I'm going to do a post or two about it.
I was so excited to finally see them in a movie, and done right on top of that.
I fell in love with this movie immediately. It has some pacing issues, but I still think it deals with teenage uncertainty and being an outcast extremely well.
The Two Towers
I liked Fellowship well enough, but The Two Towers was what made me fall in love and want to give the books a try.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
I wasn't as in love with Johnny Depp as some other girls were, but I was pleasantly surprised to see a movie based on a theme park ride that ended up being so good.
I don't understand why this movie is so poorly regarded. It has Hugh Jackman and David Wenham and it's a fun film!
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
I really loved this movie, and it made me go back and read the entire series again.
This one blew my mind when I saw it. I really need to revisit it.
I Am Legend
I know it pales in comparison to the book, and really in comparison to most horror/creature movies as well, but a less well versed in horror me loved this one a lot.
The Dark Knight
The best Batman film ever made, in my opinion.
There are other films from this year I like better, but this one was the biggest deal to me at the time.
Scott Pilgrim vs the World
This movie and I are only just now passing the infatuation phase. I don't know if it's turned into true love, but I still think it's a fun film.
X-men: First Class
I'm thinking it's fairly safe to say this movie will probably not be eclipsed by any others this year for me.