ByDana Lynne Abeln, writer at
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Dana Lynne Abeln

It's really hard coming up with a Top 10. Especially when many of the movies I love are in a trilogy or series. I've boiled down my picks to the movies I love the most and have watched multiple times. The movies that I can watch and never get sick of. These movies were not only enjoyable to watch but have piqued my imagination in multiple ways. Often they have been my inspiration in my writings.

I also have a Top 10 T.V. Shows list here!

Let's get started!

These are based in no particular order.


1. The Lord of The Rings Trilogy

Before you scoff and say," well that's three movies!" I figure it this way, the books were originally meant to be one book and YOU CAN'T MAKE ME CHOOSE! It just wouldn't be fair.

Anyone who knows me well, knows my obsession for everything Lord of the Rings. I can even write in Tengwar (mistakenly called "Elvish"). The Lord of the Rings is my greatest inspiration as an Author (as it is for many). I even have a tattoo dedicated to J.R.R. Tolkien's work.

This is the only current photo I have of it. Ignore the D10. :P
This is the only current photo I have of it. Ignore the D10. :P

2. The Phantom of the Opera

Where to start? Great cast, music, style of film. This is a classic but what I enjoyed the most is how dark it truly is. Was I the only one who actually felt sorry for the Phantom (and not just because it's Gerard Butler playing him). Sure, he's a homicidal maniac, but can anyone blame him considering his past? How he grew up alone in solitude?

I felt so much sympathy for the antagonist, I actually rooted for him...

3. Vanity Fair

Not a movie with a ton of action but what it lacks in action it gains in political intrigue and fantastic insight on this era. Miss Becky Sharp is hard not to love, she's a deeply flawed character but generally means well. The side story of the love Captain Dobbin's has for Becky's friend, Amelia, makes you want to throw your popcorn at Amelia's face and say, "Wake up lady! He's in love with you!!!!"

4. Jane Eyre

Looking for a good love story with a bit of mystery behind it? Look no further. Not only is the book great but it bodes well in film. It doesn't matter which version you watch (though I highly suggest the 2011 or 1996 versions). Jane Eyre the plain, penniless orphan sets out to be the governess of Mr. Rochester's ward. During which time her wit ensnares her master but he has a deadly secret.

5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

While all of the books and films were superb, this one is my favorite on both accounts. Sure the films didn't do the books justice (they rarely do) but to me this is the most exciting before the end.

Spoiler alert!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I find this to be the real turning point of the series. This is when Voldemort is no longer teased, he actually comes back. This is also where I believe the Harry Potter series really takes a darker turn. Harry is in even more danger than he's ever been previously. All of that, plus the bigger insight we get to the wizarding world, is fantastic.

6. The Neverending Story

C'mon, who doesn't love this movie? There's really nothing like it. Was I the only one scared of the black wolf as a kid?

7. The Labrinth

If there was a movie that came even close to The Neverending Story, this would be it. Though, that's still quite the stretch. Yet another clever movie that none really compare to. This is an instant classic and something that I constantly try to recreate in Minecraft... to no avail.

8. The Princess Bride

Yet another classic but rightfully on this list. Not only is it an amazingly creative love story but it has some of the best quotes ever...

9. G.I. Jane

I wasn't Demi Moore's biggest fan but this movie made me not care. It's freakin' awesome. It's about a woman who pulls off the impossible. Who sticks it through and gains the respect of her male peers, even though they tried everything to make her fail. Whether you're male or female, this movie is highly entertaining and inspirational. It shows that no matter how impossible the outcome might be, if you try hard enough, you can make it.

10. The Patriot

Say what you will about Mel Gibson, this is an amazing adaption of the revolutionary war. Every Fourth of July I open a bottle of red wine and watch this movie. After all these years, I still get a little teary eye'd with that one scene...You know which scene I'm talking about.

(The one with when Heath Ledger.....) (Mel Gibson finds him....) Yeah that one. If you're confused, go watch the movie!

What are your favorite movies? Which ones inspire you? Please comment below!


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