I have determined that the best movies are the creative modernized versions of classic tales, movies, or literature. They are always my favorite. Here is a top 10 list:
1. What a Girl Wants–The Reluctant Debutante
2. Sydney White–Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
3. She’s the Man–Twelfth Night
4. Ever After–Cinderella
5. Gnomeo & Juliet–Romeo & Juliet
6. You’ve Got Mail–The Shop Around the Corner
7. 10 Things I Hate About You–Taming of the Shrew
8. Kiss Me Kate–Taming of the Shrew
9. Bride & Prejudice–Pride & Prejudice
10. The Lion King–Hamlet (So I have heard. I haven’t actually read Hamlet, but either way the Lion King is awesome!)
Now there are many other important factors in labeling a movie as “good.” For me, I like a movie that makes me feel good after I watch it, whether because it is wholesome or because it puts you in the clouds. I am a hopeless romantic, so I love romantic movies, but it can be dangerous. I don’t like movies with sex scenes or over used language, especially the F word. Call me crazy, but I love a predictable movie where the unlikely guy gets the girl in the end. I like movies that I can suggest to anyone with a clean conscience. I like to laugh, maybe cry, and smile as the movie ends. I like a movie worthy of quoting.
I also like action movies like Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings, and The Avengers. Wait, those are also literary references. What can I say? I love adaptations (as a general rule).