Now I only have 4 favourite movies. I couldn't make it to 5 because my Top 4 have been entrenched for so long that adding one more for the sake of it seemed...wrong in some way.
1. Top Gun
Just love it. It's cheesy and dated now but I still adore it. It has everything. The young Tom Cruise (years before the Oprah couch incident) and the young Val Kilmer. Characters called Charlie, Maverick and Iceman. Lots of action. Lots of Rayban Aviators. Great sound track. It even has a plot (sort of). What's not to love?
2. The Castle
This is a very Australian movie. The movie is based around a stereotypical Australian suburban family whose house or "Castle" is under threat by big business. Absolutely hilarious throughout but has a lovely message about the importance of home and family. Not to mention a stellar Australian cast.
It is also responsible for some of the best lines in history. The dialogue is what makes this movie.
"Straight to the pool room"
"Tell em they're dreamin"
"How's the serenity"
"What's this darl?" "Rissoles, darl"
"You are an ideas man"
And the whole "microwave Jenny" vs "Jenny Jenny" conversation
I think Australians love it for two reasons. One is that we have always been good at taking the piss out of ourselves. The other is that most people I know recognise just a little bit of themselves or their family in The Castle - I know I do.
If you are not Australian you may never have heard of this movie - sorry!
3. Love Actually
I know - sickeningly sweet and soppy. I still love it. The DVD is dusted off every December and I watch it in the lead up to Christmas. And it still makes me laugh and laugh.
4. Mamma Mia
Something about this movie gets me every time. The setting is beyond stunning. It has a heavyweight Hollywood cast who really let their hair down whilst singing and dancing (even if some of them can't, they give it a red hot go - that would be you Pierce...). The main reason it is one of my all time favourite movies is the simple fact that if I start watching it in a bad mood, I am always in a much better mood by the end. Plus The Farmchildren do some pretty funky dance moves to Abba.