Wednesday, February 23, 2011

My Top 20 Disney Live Action Films (Part II: #10 – 1)

Continuing on with my ranking of Disney films blog series, these are my Top 10 Live Action Disney Movies that were made in my lifetime.

#10: Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken (1991) – Tina (my childhood best friend) and I loved watching this movie. I’m not sure why. Maybe it was the diving horses… Anyways, this movie ranks so high because of the childhood memory of watching it not because it's just crazy good cinematic genius.

#9: The Mighty Ducks (1992) – Pacey...err... I mean Joshua Jackson... and Emilio Estevez made a great duo! This feel good movie always warms my heart and makes me want to go ice skating.

#8: The Princess Diaries (2001) – I’ve always wished someone would come tell me I’m a princess of a country I’ve never heard of! Anne Hathaway is hilarious and charming as the girl whose dreams come true (you know, once she realizes they’re really her dreams). The sequels stole my heart as well.

#7: Alice in Wonderland (2010) – New but sure to be a classic (at least in my book). I love Johnny Depp when he’s mixed with a little Disney and some eyeliner (what is it about men in eyeliner?). The darkness and quirkiness of this film made it an instant favorite of mine. Besides it was nice to see Johnny Depp join Helena Bonham Carter in something besides Sweeney Todd since this movie doesn’t give me nightmares like that one did!

#6: The Santa Clause (1994) – The movie that incorrectly reassured people that there is an “e” at the end of “Santa Claus”. *sigh* Tim Allen: he’s funny in most any role he plays (Tool Man, Santa Claus, random father…) and in this movie he was hilarious but sweet. I had a crush on Bernard, the OCD Elf, for years especially when he later became Charlie, the genius mathematician on Numb3rs!

#5: Cool Runnings (1993) – This movie always makes me laugh, and that’s why it’s so high on my list. Every time it comes on TBS I am more than happy to flip over and watch it!

#4: The Three Musketeers (1993) – If you haven’t seen this movie, you need to. The sarcastic humor alone makes it worth it! Favorite line: “That can BE arranged!”

#3: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) – I’m one of *those* people. You know… the ones who loved ALL of the PotC movies! (It annoys me to no end when people say the last movie confused them! Huh? Were you paying attention?!) Johnny Depp (mmmm the eyeliner again!) and Orlando Bloom (who I first fell in love with when he was an elf named Legolas) were a perfect pairing for this movie. Who knew a typically drunk and questionably gay pirate would be so entertaining?

#2: Enchanted (2007) – You’re surprised this isn’t my number one movie aren’t you? I mean, how many times have you heard me recite the following scene and tell you this is how I want to be proposed to?
Giselle falls from tree into Edward’s arms.
Giselle: Oh! It’s you!
Edward: Yes, it’s me! And you are?
Giselle: Giselle.
Edward: Oh Giselle! We’ll be married in the morning!
I know life doesn’t work like that, and I’d rather have the Patrick Dempsey character if I’m being honest, but Amy Adams as Giselle reminds us that life is always better with a little whimsy and belief that storybook endings can come true.

#1: Newsies (1992) – Yes, this movie bombed in the box office, but I adored it! Singing, dancing newsies on strike! How could you not see the greatness behind that? I can sing all the songs in the movie and recite all the lines too! (Actually my mom can as well because my friends and I watched it a million times one summer!) Little known fact, Christian Bale learned how to twirl a lasso for the movie but the scene was later removed.

So how’d I do? What did I leave out that you loved (because I left quite a few out)? What was I “so right” on or so “totally wrong” about?

Next Post: The Top 28 Animated Disney Films (from a newly turned 28 year old)


  1. Love #2 and 3! Never a fan of Newsies though I think it was that it turned into a "sub day" movie in school. Haha! Overall I think you did pretty well.

  2. That's unfortunate! I would have *loved* if that movie had been played when we had a sub!

  3. Love #10!! Anything having to do with horses was a favorite growing up. I think I have it somewhere....

    #8 & #2 are ones that I tend to stick on when they're on TV. If Ryan's home he always seems to complain...he says they're cheesy...I love them for their cheese.