Best Movies For Best Friends

If you and your best friend are looking for a movie to watch here is a list of the best movies for best friends. These are all movies that are meant to be shared together with best friends. Together you will laugh, cry and in the end your friendship will become stronger after watching these classic best friend movies.

These are my favorite best friend movies–but they are in no particular order.

Driving Miss Daisy

Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play, this movie tells the affectionate story of the friendship between an older Jewish woman in the 1960′s and her African American driver over a 25 year span. The kinship that develops between these two strong willed personalities is at first improbably but over time each realizes they have more and more in common. The woman played by Jessica Tandy teaches her driver, Morgan Freemen, how to read. And in return, he teaches her about growing old. The move is heartwarming and touching.

Beaches

Beaches is considered by many to be the top best friend movie ever. It is the tale of enduring friendship between two women played by Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey. Not only do we fall in love with the characters but also the bond and relationship that develops between them as friends. We see them start off as adolescents and as life unfolds they go through good times and bad, but in the end they are always there for each other. It presents a very realistic portrayal of love and complexities of female friendships. Better have lots of tissues ready for this one.

My Girl

This is a funny and moving movie that has humor, courage and wit. It is the poignant and tender story about the friendship that develops between a boy and a girl, a first love and an untimely tragic death. The movie features lots of big name stars including: Dan Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis and the boy and girl, McCauley Culkin and Anna Chlumsky. When the Temptations classic song “My Girl” plays if that doesn’t move you nothing will!

Thelma and Louise

This is the dramatic story and ultimate misadventure of two women who decide to throw all caution to the wind and take a spontaneous road trip. In the movie these two are more pals then best friends. Both girls are hard working but have had a series of broken relationships through their lives. Played by Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, these two friends encounter a few unfortunate turns during their vacation that seem to parallel the events of their lives. It is not exactly a feel-good movie, but it does look at the challenges women face through their lives with an unexpected, thought provoking ending.

The Notebook

This is a wonderful and deeply moving story of lifelong love. It tells the story of a young man and women whose romance is brought to a halt when they are separated by war. The two are reunited later in life and are given a second chance. The great thing about this movie is that it is told looking back from the perspective of the now older man reading to a female friend. The movie features Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Gena Rowlands and James Garner whose love with each stands the test of time.

These are my personal favorites as best friend movies. They are perfect to be shared with a best friend. There are others once you have watched these half a dozen times. Don’t miss The Bucket List, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Forest Gump, Steel Magnolias, Fried Green Tomatoes and Grumpy Old Men.

Top 20 All-Time Hollywood Movies

Every year there are new blockbuster movies and potential classics that audiences can enjoy for generations to come. If you are looking for a list of great movies – arguably the best movies Hollywood has ever made, then start with this list of 20 best movies as your guide.

The American Film Institute and other critically respected organizations update their “Best” lists every year. Though the rankings may change, and there are occasionally new entries toward the top, here are the consistently ranked top Hollywood movies.

20 – To Kill A Mockingbird. Gregory Peck give an unforgettable performance in this adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel. His search for justice has inspired and influence courtroom dramas every since.

19 – E.T. No other film captured the imagination of young audiences in the 1980′s than E.T. This extra-terrestrial teamed up with Drew Barrymore to form the best chemistry between child and alien that the big screen has ever seen.

18 – Alien. Director Ridley Scott’s best film to date. Spawning multiple sequels that never lived up to the quality of this break-out film. A must-see for any sci-fi fan.

17 – Rear Window. How many of Hitchcock’s films usually make “best-of” lists? We could easily put five of them up here. But James Stewart’s performance is unbelievable.

16 – Unforgiven. This movie handed Clint Eastwood an Oscar for Best Picture and remains a classic revenge tale.

15 – Pulp Fiction. A more recent addition to the American Film Classic library. This put Quentin Tarrantino on the map and inspired a generation of screenwriters.

14 – King Kong. A classic, and innovative at the time for this use of stop motion animation in the much-copied Empire Stat Building climax.

13 – 12 Angry Men. Another courtroom drama for the ages. Shot almost entirely in a jury deliberation room, this movie proves a play can be adapted effectively for the screen.

12 – Annie Hall. A comedy classic that won Woody Allen a Best Director award from the Academy, even though he did not show up to accept. This movie became a template for off-beat romantic comedies that still works today.

11 – Rocky. If the Rocky series had ended after the first movie, this would still be a sports classic. This humble love story about a fighter who finally gets his shot never gets old.

10 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. A breakthrough in animation on the scale of Pixar’s achievements, and even greater considering the lack of technology. This movie is still beautiful.

9 – Casablanca. The story of a love-torn man during World War Two. Proof that the lives of two people can have a great impact on the entire world.

8 – Chinatown. Roman Polanski’s epic film about a private eye played by a young Jack Nicholson who gets in over his head.

7 – North By Northwest. Another Hitchcock movie that stands the test of time. A caper that unfolds when the wrong man is targeted.

6 – Wizard of Oz. An epic that every family can watch and enjoy together no matter how young or old.

5 – Schindler’s List. Steven Spielberg’s classic story of how one man saved so many from the horrors of the concentration camps.

4 – Titanic. James Cameron’s epic story of love caught in the middle of a world famous disaster.

3 – Gone With the Wind. One of the most famous adaptations. This Civil War drama remains a staple of best Hollywood movies lists.

2 – Citizen Kane. Orson Welles’ story of a fallen titan broke the rules of story and directing.

1 – The Godfather. The end all be all of gangster films. Francis Ford Coppola’s classic is the story of a mafia family that still feels fresh today.

Use this list of 20 best movies to become acquainted with film history and the various films in every genre that have stood the test of time.

4 Elements Every Novel or Movie Must Have

There are at least four elements of every book and movie. The first is conflict. Conflict is the number one driving source for the plot and it defines the characters. Conflict is everywhere. It’s seen in the relationship between the protagonist and the antagonist. If it’s a love story, the antagonist is anything that keeps the lovers apart. In the movie Seven starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, the conflict wasn’t limited to the characters; it was the weather. A rainy day is conflicting for many people. Conflict is putting several characters in a room and each one has a different opinion. Conflict is trying to get through the woods to grandmother’s house before it get’s dark. Each scene must have conflict for your novel or movie to be successful.

Sex and violence is the second. Now this doesn’t necessarily mean a hot three-way with the character Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. Nor does this mean Joseph Gordon-Levitt is going to blast his way through buildings hunting for Bruce Willis like in Premium Rush. Although it could be both of these things, it’s not limited to them. Sex could mean the tension between romantic characters like in, well, pretty much every movie ever. Sex and love is part of life and in nearly every movie, film and novel there is always almost always a love interest or love subplot. Everything from action movies like The Expendables has a female character who has caught the attention of the leading man. In Romancing the Stone, Kathleen Turner’s lonely character, Joan Wilder is on a mission to rescue her sister and along the way she meets heroic Michael Douglas.

As for the violence, a simple car accident where love-struck Ashton Kutcher is pulling out of the driveway but watching his beautiful neighbor is, on some level, considered violence. There is also slap-stick violence like in many Adam Sandler movies. Playful pushing and shoving to a bully picking on a kid in Diary of a Wimpy Kid is still a level of violence, although we don’t always consider it violent when compared to bloody films like Die Hard, Scarface or Biker Chicks in Zombie Town.

The third thing that ever novel or story contains is more about structure. No matter how short, long, romantic, violent, pornographic, hilarious or scary a movie is, it will always have a beginning, middle and an end. Simple as that. In fact, Earnest Hemmingway was once visiting with colleagues who were debating that Earnest Hemmingway could not have possibly written the world’s shortest story-only six words. He wrote the short story on a napkin and passed among his colleagues who all had agreed he won the bet. The short story was six simple words: For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.

The final element that every book and movie contains is more tricky for novelists than for filmmakers. It’s audio and visual elements. A movie has moving pictures and there is noise. In a horror film and all the lights go out, audiences may still hear the heavy breathing of frightened characters.

In books, this is a bit more tricky because novelists create images with words that will stay as words while screenwriters will write words that turn into physical images. But even as a novelist, it’s important to paint beautiful imagery depending on the genre of your book. The audio doesn’t come from speakers that are connected to our television, but instead comes from our thoughts and how we silently read the character’s dialogue and thoughts.

Together, these elements combined create a successful story. Story functions in a linear motion that may contain multiple subplots, flashback and even time-travel for science-fiction writers. Cause and effect push and pull the characters into growth so that by the end of the novel or movie, they have emerged from their trials and tribulations and grown into something better (or worse depending on your ending). Either way, they are different. Story causes the events that follow and drama is the effect. Catharsis and mimesis, imitating life. Plot is most important. A colorful cast of characters is great, but if there is no plot then they are just sitting around being boring.