I’ve been meaning to write this post for years and today is the day that I finally get round to it! *mulitple bicep emojis*
It’s been quite the challenge narrowing down these films into a top 10 as there were initially 20 so I may pop the other 10 in another post at a later date, you lucky scamps!
So in no particular order, these are my 10 favourite films:
1. About Time (2013)
2H 3MIN | COMEDY, DRAMA, FANTASY
At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think.
Directed by Richard Curtis, this film was bound to be wonderfully British, wholesome and filled with excellent dialogue. Although the protaganist possesses a special power to travel back in time and make everything perfect, he gradually realises that life is beautiful when you cherish and embrace the imperfections. Everything about it is just beautiful, heart-warming and an all round winner for me.
2. 500 Days of Summer (2009)
1H 35MIN | COMEDY, DRAMA, ROMANCE
An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn’t believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her.
I watched this film at the cinema a few months before starting university and if you were my friend (or came anywhere near me) at uni, you’ll know of my obsession with this film. I told everyone to watch it and I made quite a few of my friends watch it with me for the 238946th time. One of my friends actually refused to watch it because she felt that she would just be let down because I’d bigged it up so much (your loss, mate). The cinematography and soundtrack are an absolute dream and the actors are brill too. I’ve oscillated between #TeamSummer and #TeamTom over the years. The conclusion that I’ve come to is that they were both in the wrong, but y’know, we’re only human.
3. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
3H | BIOGRAPHY, CRIME, DRAMA
Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.
I won’t lie to you, I usually struggle with films longer than 2 hours if they don’t GRAB me but I love this film and it actually feels a lot shorter than it is. It’s so fast paced and although Jordan isn’t the nicest bloke around, you can’t help but be gripped by the story of his rise to such incredible wealth and success. Leonardo DiCaprio is brilliant and can we just take a moment to appreciate how unbelievably stunning Margot Robbie is?!
4. Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
2H | COMEDY, ROMANCE, DRAMA
Rachel, a professor, dates a man named Nick and looks forward to meeting his family. However, she is shaken up when she learns that Nick belongs to one of the richest families in the country.
Of course I’m not going to leave out the first all-Asian Hollywood film in 25 years! Based on Kevin Kwan’s 2013 best-selling novel (it’s brilliant, go read it if you haven’t already), it’s a colourful, hilarious and fascinating insight into the world of the elite and how it would feel to be a ‘normal’ person entering this world. I also loved that the film explored the dynamic that Asian-Americans never feel wholly Asian or American, or like they belong with either group – so all round relatable content for me. This article in the Guardian does a brilliant job of talking about the importance of this film as not just being a movie, but a movement.
5. Submarine (2010)
1H 37 MIN | COMEDY, DRAMA, ROMANCE
15-year-old Oliver Tate has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to extinguish the flame between his mother and an ex-lover who has resurfaced in her life.
Richard Ayoade directed it and Alex Turner did the soundtrack – need I say more? Based on the book of the same name by Joe Dunthorne, which I’d also thoroughly recommend, this coming of age film right up my street in terms of humour and an absolute treat for the eyeballs.
6. Lost in Translation (2003)
1H 42MIN | DRAMA
A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.
I love the fact that we get to see this wonderful connection between two lost souls, without the need for sex or romance. The dry sense of humour set against the beautiful backdrop of Tokyo makes for a great watch.
7. Parasite (2019)
2H 12MIN | COMEDY, CRIME, DRAMA
A poor family, the Kims, con their way into becoming the servants of a rich family, the Parks. But their easy life gets complicated when their deception is threatened with exposure.
I watched this film at the cinema last week and absolutely loved it. I love films about cons and the disparity between the rich and poor. I don’t want to give anything away so just go watch it and thank me later!
8. Friends with Benefits (2011)
1H 49MIN | COMEDY, ROMANCE
A young man and woman decide to take their friendship to the next level without becoming a couple, but soon discover that adding sex only leads to complications.
My favourite rom-com. It’s fun, fast-paced and I think Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake are adorable together. An easy watch that just makes me smile!
9. The Farewell (2019)
1H 40MIN | COMEDY, DRAMA
A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies.
“Chinese people have a saying: When people get cancer, they die.” – 15 seconds into the trailer and I knew that I’d love this film. It explores the difference between Western and Chinese culture in dealing with a sick relative. I laughed and cried which is always a good sign and I loved that Lulu Wang, the director, based the film on her own family’s experience.
10. Paddington (1 and 2) – (2014 and 2017)
Paddington 1: A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven.
Paddington 2: Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.
I know this technically makes this list 11 films but you can’t watch one and not the other. They’re the most wonderful, heart-warming and hilarious films. My friend Nikki told me how great the films were years ago and I can’t believe that I only just got round to watching them last year. If you’re ever having a bad day, pop one of these bad-boys on and I promise everything will be ok!
Another friend described Paddington 2 as ‘the film of the decade’ so…
And that bring us to an end of the list!
I hope it helps you to find something to watch and if you’ve seen any of these films, let me know what you think!