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10 Great Movies You Must See

03/01/2007 10:41AM ● By Brandi Barnett

Reely Great Flicks

March 2007

With so many award shows on this time of year, we thought it would be fun to find out which movies would make the cut for our favorite 10. A few of them were big winners; some weren’t even nominated.We agreed we could watch these movies over and over again.

• Forrest Gump – 1994
Academy Award and Golden Globe winner for Best Movie, Best Director, Best Actor, this love story is one we never get tired of watching. “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

• The Godfather – 1972
Winner of 3 Academy Awards – Best Picture, Best Writing and Best Actor (Marlon Brando refused to accept the award). Ranked 3rd best American film in history by the American Film Institute. “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.”

• It’s a Wonderful Life – 1946
Nominated for five Academy Awards and winner of none, it has been dubbed by the American Film Institute one of the best films ever made. “What do you want,Mary? Do you want the moon? If you want it, I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down for you. Hey! That’s a pretty good idea! I’ll give you the moon, Mary.”

• Lonesome Dove – 1989
Based on the Pulitzer Prize- winning novel by Larry McMurty this television mini series won 6 Emmy Awards and 2 Golden Globes. More than 6 hours of adventure, this is a great movie to watch on one of those lazy, rainy weekends. “Well the first man comes along that can read Latin is welcome to rob us, as far as I’m concerned. I’d like a chance t’ shoot at a educated man once in my life.”

• Lord of the Rings – Film Trilogy – 2001, 2002, 2003
Based on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, the trilogy is one of the most successful of all times, taking home a total of 17 Academy Awards. The digital special effects are phenomenal. “My Precious.”

• The Sound ofMusic – 1965
Based on a true story surrounding the Von Trapp Family.Winner of 5 Academy Awards, including best picture. “Silver white winters that melt into springs, these are a few of my favorite things.”

• Top Gun – 1986
Academy Award for BestMusic, Original Song for “TakeMy Breath Away,” It’s entertaining, exciting and topped off with a sweet love story. “I feel the need – the need for speed!”

• Tombstone – 1993
Many movie critics think Val Kilmer deserved an Oscar nod for his portrayal of Doc Holliday and we agree. Not nominated for any Academy Awards, this is one of our favorite westerns. “I’m your huckleberry.”

• Wizard of Oz – 1939
A family favorite and probably seen by more people than any movie, this musical won 2 Academy Awards – one for musical score and one for the song, “Over the Rainbow”. “Oh Auntie Em. There’s no place like home.”

• You’ve Got Mail – 1998
Meg Ryan was nominated for a Golden Globe in this romantic comedy set in the age of e-mail. Tom Hanks plays her business rival as they romance via e-mail – not knowing who the other is. “I turn on my computer. I wait patiently as it connects. I go online.My breath catches in my chest until I hear 3 little words, “You’ve got mail.”


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