Greatest Movies Of All Time (IMHO)


By Robin E. Mason

Welcome to Writing Prompt Crew’s July feature presentation: The Greatest Movies Ever (IMHO) So many to choose from, so little time… In the grand scheme of things, really, there’s only a hundred years of movies – that’s not so much. Right? In my personal grand scheme, there’s, well, less than a hundred years! Still, all the choices!

So, what qualifies as “greatest movie?” Epic? Family favorite? Meaningful? Tear jerker? Edge of your seat horror? Box office hit? All of the above? In contemplating this post, so very many titles come to mind, too many to list ‘em all. Some are standbys, some are clean, feel-good movies. Some are gripping [I’m not into horror, they don’t really scare me and simply don’t interest me.] But a good adventure or crime story, I’m all about that. Love stories are classic, and there’s a whole lot of those, some great ones, some not so great… I’m kind of fond of the remakes of fairy tales, both animated [well done animated] and not. My favorite retelling of the Cinderella story, for instance, is Everafter.


Of course, can’t forget Tyler Perry’s Madea movies! Any and all of ‘em!! LOL “Old woman, PUT MY CAR DOWN NOW!” Bonus points if you can tell me which Madea movie that’s from.


However, my all-time favorite movie – and therefore, the greatest IMHO – is The Sound of Music. That opening, on the mountain top, that music, those opening words, “The hills are alive…” resonates deeply within me. Whether this stirred an innate passion for the outdoors and the mountains, or created it within me, being on a mountaintop, or near a river, is a cathedral to me, a communion moment with God.


Also ranking in my all-time top fav’s are, in no particular order, Robinhood, Prince of Thieves [it’s a Keven Costner thing]; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Top Gun; and Brave. And Pride and Prejudice, also for the man, Colin Firth, of course.


I know, I know, where, you ask, are the classics? Casa Blanca, Gone with the Wind, and The Wizard of Oz? Certainly, they are among The Greatest Movies of All Time! Of course, they are! As are Princess Bride and The Lord of the Rings.


In nearly a hundred years of filmography, I’ve named a bare few. Ones that stand out to me, or mean something personal. My grandgirls and I watch Brave every time they’re both here, it’s tradition [a line from Everafter…] Top Gun is my son’s all-time fav – he can recite the entire movie.

What are your favorites? What ranks top on your list?

Writing Prompt [pick one]

  1. Rewrite a favorite scene from your favorite movie. Change the actors, or don’t.
  2. Write the opening scene to the movie of your life. Who are the actors? What is the theme music? What is the setting, year, location?

And GO!

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