The A to Z of movies

Another tag!!! 😀 And as interesting as the previous one! Lallopallo and Poonam tagged me to list an alphabetical list of my favorite films, one for each letter of the alphabet. I am doing this tag purely for Hollywood movies because including Bollywood movies here would be like comparing apples and oranges. I might do the tag again separately for Bollywood movies. 😉 If you want to know more about the movies listed below, just click on the movie name. Here goes the list :

A : As good as it gets(1997)

An obsessive-compulsive, misanthrope novelist, his favourite waitress and his gay neighbour take a trip to Baltimore which change their lives. A flawless witty script and equally flawless performances by the lead actors makes it one of the most memorable movies I have seen. Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt landed up with the Best Actor and Actress Oscars for their performance in this movie. A close second : Annie Hall.

B : Before Sunrise(1995)

One of the most romantic movies I have ever seen. Jesse, a young American, and Céline, a young French woman, meet on a train and decide to get down at Vienna. They spend the rest of the night walking down the streets and knowing each other. Come to think of it, the movie is nothing more than two people walking and talking, but its mesmerising none the less. A close second : Babel.

C : Chocolat(2000)

Vianne, a young mother, arrive in a small French village with her daughter and opens up a chocolaterie. The effect of this new addition to the village on the local people and the scheming, angry Mayor which is further fuelled by the appearance of Gypsies is the story of this excellent movie. The movie was nominated for several awards including 5 Oscars. A close second : Cast away.

D : Driving Miss Daisy(1989)

Winner of 4 Oscars out of the 9 for which it was nominated, Driving Miss Daisy is the story of a a Jewish lady(Miss Daisy) and her Old nigger driver(Hoke). The movie explores the relationship between the two characters amidst the racist and prejudiced background of the American society. Jessica Tandy became the oldest actress to win the Oscar for Best actress at the age of 80 for her portrayal of Miss Daisy. A close second : Dr. Zhivago.

E : Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind(2004)

One of the very rare Jim Carrey movies which I liked. Emotionally withdrawn Joel and Clementine meet up in a train and strike a relationship. What they don’t realize is that they are former lovers who have fallen apart in their relationship earlier and had their memory erased. A beautifully created movie with some excellent visuals and a great story which won the Academy Award for the Best Original Screenplay. A close second : Erin Brokovich.

F : Fiddler on the Roof(1971)

The movie follows the story of Topol,  a Jewish milkman in the village of Anatevka in Czarist Russia in 1905. As times change, Topol gropes through the fact that his daughters want to get married with the men of their choice and not the one chosen by the matchmakers. The movie had some memorable songs like “Matchmaker”, “Do you love me” and “If I were a rich man”. A brilliant and delightful movie to make you smile. A close second : Forrest Gump & Fargo

G : Gosford Park(2001)

The movie is set in 1932 in an English country house where a group of wealthy Britisher and American gather for a shooting weekend. Its a murder mystery which creates the drama and tension between the characters above the stairs and below(the servants). It was nominated for 7 Oscars including the Best Picture. A close second : Good Will Hunting.

H : Hotel Rwanda(2004)

One of the most powerful and hardhitting movies of our times. It is the story of the hotelier Paul Rusesabagina during the Rwandan Genocide of 1994 in which an estimated 1,000,000 people were killed by extremist militants. Paul saved many people by giving them shelter in a hotel. A must watch. A close second : Harry Potter and the prizoner of Azkaban

I : It’s a wonderful life(1946)

The film takes place in the fictional town of Bedford Falls shortly after World War II where George Bailey, a man who is on the verge of committing suicide on Christmas Eve is saved by his guardian angel, Clarence who is sent to help him in his hour of need. Its a feel good movie and makes you realize that things could have been worse. A close second : Into the wild.

J : Jurassic Park(1993)

Steven Spielberg gave us the thrills of our life with this movie. I still cannot forget the euphoria this movie generated across the globe. A masterpiece in its own right. A close second : Juno.

K : Kramer Vs Kramer(1979)

Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep came together in this courtroom drama which tells the tale of a couple getting divorced and the impact it had on their only son. The movie won the Oscar for Best Movie and inspired our very own Akele Hum Akele Tum. 

L : Lost in Translation(2003)

The movie follows the story of an aging actor Bob Harris and Charlotte(who is the wife of a celebrated photographer) who meet in the city of Tokyo. Both of them find a companion in each other when they are struggling with the cultural shock of being in an alien city. A close second : Life is Beautiful.

M : Moonstruck(1987)

I fell in love with Cher when I saw this movie. Absolutely hilarious and romantic, this movie got Cher her well deserved Oscar for the Best actress. I loved the way she says – “Snap out of it!!” and “Where is the ring?”. A movie I can watch a thousand times over. The movie was nominated for 6 Oscars. A close second : My sassy girl

N : Notes on a Scandal(2006)

A chilling performance by Judi Dench as an old History teacher(Barbara) in a school who is drawn towards another new teacher(Sheba) and befriends her. Barbara when realises that Sheba is in love with a student, ends up tormenting and blackmailing her. Great performances by Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench. 

O : Out of Africa(1985)

A 1985 film based loosely on the autobiographical book by Isak Dinesen published in 1937.  The movie depicts the events during 1914–1931 concerning European settlers and the native people in Kenya. The movie went on to receive 28 Movie awards including 7 Oscars. A close second : One Flew over the Cuckoo’s nest.

P : Pan’s Labyrinth(2006)

A 2006 Spanish fantasy film which depicts the story of Ofelia during 1944 Spanish civil war, who meet many strange and magical creatures to complete her tasks given by the Faun to save her pregnant mother. One of the most enchanting fantasy movies I have ever seen. The movie was nominated for 6 Oscars. A must watch. A close second : Pretty Woman.

Q : Queen, The(2006)

The movie encompasses the upheavals in the British Royal family and the public reactions after Princess Diana’s death in the car crash in Paris. It all happened when Tony Blair was just elected and the movie depicts how he convinced the Queen to give in to what the public was demanding and the transformation the Queen went through during the tragedy. 

R : Roman Holiday(1953)

The first Audrey Hepburn movie I saw. She was the epitome of beauty and completely did justice to the princess’s role thus earning the Oscar that year. The rebel princess, a reporter after a sensational news and the comedy which follows. Does that ring a bell? A close second : Rainman.

S : Sophie’s choice(1982)

A 1982 drama film that tells the story of a beautiful Polish immigrant, Sophie, and her tempestuous lover who share a boarding house with a young writer in Brooklyn. The movie is famous for the scene in which Sophie is asked to choose between her two children. The film got Meryl Streep an Oscar for her touching portrayal of Sophie. A close second : Schindler’s List.

T : The Shawshank Redemption(1994)

This movie based on a Stephan King novel follows the story of a young banker named Andy who spends two decades in the Shawshank state prison and his friendship with Red. A great movie by all standards. The movie was nominated for 7 Oscars and heads the IMDB’s Top 250 films. A must watch. A close second : The Silence of the lambs.

U : Unforgiven(1992)

A Western directed by Clint Eastwood which tells the story of  William Munny, an aging and retired gunslinger living in a desolated land with his two children and who takes up a  job years after he had given up killing people and turned to farming. A dark movie that deals with the uglier aspects of violence and the myth of the Old West. The movie was nominated for 9 Oscars out of which it won 4. 

V : Vanilla Sky(2001)

One of the most puzzling moves I have seen in recent times. The ending itself has four interpretations. Despite all that, I liked the plot because for the first one hour, you won’t understand a single thing. Everything starts making sense in the second half when the climax again throws you off track. I love this movie because of the roller coaster ride it provided. A close second : V for Vendetta.

W : When Harry met Sally(1989)

A romantic comedy based on chance encounters between the lead pair and exploring the question “Can men and women ever just be friends?” You can still find people who are obsessed with the film and yes, our own HumTum is based on this movie. And how can anyone forget the “I’ll have what she is having” scene. 

X : X men(2000)

Of all the movies in the X Men series, I think the first one was the best. Its a fight between the good mutants and the bad ones but like all superhero movies, its a visual treat.

Y : Y Tu Mama Tambien(2001)

Its a 2001 Mexican film in Spanish about two teenage boys who take a road trip with a woman in her 20s and what follows. The film has the present day Mexico as its background and has some explicit sexual sequences. It is the closest you can take cinema to reality. 

Z : Zodiac(2006)

A psychological thriller based on the true events associated with a serial killer named Zodiac who was active in Northern California in the 1960s. Zodiac has never been captured.

So, this marks the end of the meme. I would like to tag Priyank, Reema, Smita, Liju and Nikhil to do this tag.

35 comments on “The A to Z of movies

  1. Thanks for doing it Amit. I like your list..have seen most of them on your list and they all are good movies. Well, I believe that Hollywood and Bollywood are not exactly apples and oranges..because if we do that, we give Bollywood guys benefit of doubt and let them off easily 😉 . I believe that there are good movies and bad movies and it’s just that Bollywood doesnt churn out good ones often. Dont you think so?

  2. wow…………………u hav lots of favorites i must say..
    but as i know lil bout English movies…………..a bollywood version of this should surely come !!

  3. You stole my “A”. That was my favourite “A” movie too! And the way everyone is doing the tag I think all my movies will be listed before I get down to doing it! And I thought I was the only one who would write As good as it gets.

  4. My first reaction after completing this post is ‘WOW’. Nearly 95 % of movies I havent seen yet from your list. In general I watch a lot of movies; even 2008 relaeases itself I watched almost all except horror movies. I will try my level best to see as many movies as much from your list 🙂

  5. @Reema : Okies! 🙂

    @Arvind : I had a huge list with “T”. It was very difficult to choose! 😦

    @Lallopallo : My pleasure. I had a great time doing the tag! I somehow can’t compare Bollywood movies with Hollywood ones. They exist in a seperate box in my brain. But yes, the tag can be done seperately for Bollywood movies. 🙂

    @Ruhi : Thanks. 🙂 I watched Bad Education a long time back. Remember when you did its movie review? I saw it a few days after that. It was good. 🙂

    @Vimmuuu : What? 😯 That is very bad!! But you can always rectify the mistakes of your life. 😛

    @Maddie : Thanks. 🙂

    @Poonam : Hehehe!!! I’ll do this tag seperately for them. Can’t compare DDLJ with Driving Miss Daisy! 😛

    @Nikhil : I am a genius then!! 🙂 Thanks!!

  6. @Chirag : Good!!! You have seen Gosford Park too? You are the first human I have come across who has seen it. Besides me. 8)

    @Liju : Yeah! Do watch them! I’ll like to see your list too!

    @Abha : Yeah! A Bollywood one too! Soon!

    @Pr3rna : They are beautiful movies.

    @Nita : Hahahaha!!! I luuuuuv this movie. Helen Hunt is awesome. And do this tag soon. I want to see your list!

    @Vijaya Bharat : Very bad!! 😛 Watch old movies. Some of them were very good.

  7. Amit

    Interesting list. So, have you watched Before Sunset, the sequel to Before Sunrise?

    I think the best scene in Moonstruck is Cher’s granddad taking the dogs out for a walk on a moonlit night and going ‘hooooowwwwwwl’ at the moon! 🙂

  8. Wow
    u must have had a lot of patience to do this meme

    very good and interesting list
    some others

    7 samurai . rashmon.. kurusawa
    Dr. Strangelove … lolita kubrick
    cidade de deus

    then again i prefer world cinema

  9. @Deepsm25 : Thanks and Welcome to my blog! 🙂

    @Shefaly : Yes, I have seen Before Sunset. I liked it very much specially the end when Celine says – “Baby you are gonna miss that plane”. and Jesse replies – “I know”. Also, there was an actual gap of 9 years between the two movies which is the same as the time gap after which the two characters meet. So all those facial transformations were real and came with age.

    @Prax : Thanks. 🙂 Yes, even I have to see a lot of movies. Time constraints. 😦

    @Smita : You can do it only for Hindi movies too. Who said it was only for Hollywood movies. 😛

  10. Good and interesting list of movies. I like it that you add a link to all the movie titles. Makes it easy to read more about movies that I need to watch over a period of time 😀 Yet to watch Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Hope to catch on some movies as soon as my MBA final chapter closes!

  11. i have watched forest gump and it was a nice movie.
    besides HP3 was quite boring …….the book was much interesting 😛 hey world movies always premiers some classic collection…………i watched half of this persian movie called crimson gold..

  12. @Kiran : Thanks. 🙂 And finish off all your papers and watch 5 movies everyday. 🙂 Best of luck!

    @Bikash : OK. 🙂 I’ll bring out the hindi movies list soon. 🙂

    @Chirag : You forgot blogging. 😛 And even my routine is the same. 🙂

    @Arpit : Yeah. Forrest Gump was great! And I haven’t read HP3, but that movie stands out from the rest of them in the series. Maybe it was because the book was very good, as you pointed out. I really need to do some rescerch on Google to get good movies in other languages as well. Someone should write a post on it.

  13. Wow.. I didn’t seen any of the movies you have mentioned.. But I will add these movies in must watch list. I have shawshank redemption. Have to watch it soon 🙂
    Merry christmas to you 🙂

  14. @Priya : Its something like – When you are fasting, someone will definitely eat chicken in front of you. Murphy’s Laws! 😛

    @Kanagu : None of them? 😦 Do watch them! Merry Christmas to you too!!

    @Reema : I liked it, although it was not a success. Yes, I have se7en. Have to see it. 🙂

  15. Amit bhai, apun abhi Bangalore se Pune aa re laai, fir apun Mumbai jayega fir 2-3 din mein ud ke Toronto. is liye apun ko time ka thoda lafda hai, lekin maal nakki pohonch jayega 😛

  16. Lots of them are there on my watch-list. Will make use of this compilation 🙂 I don’t know but I’ve this thing that I can’t watch movies all alone, somebody must be there along, even it’s a top shot…so I miss a plenty opportunities this way. Hostel days were better 🙂

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