Films, Films and more Films

I love films. I know people say that all the time, but I love films that much that between June 2017 to June 2018 I watched over 1200 films.

Films, Films and more Films

I know that because I kept a record of what films I watched and rated them out of five. Out of 1203 films I rated just over 70 of them films 5 stars. So I decided to write a list of the 5 star films so that the Arts Award readers can enjoy them to. These are purely my own opinion so they won't be everyones cup of tea but hopefully you can find at least one film you can enjoy!

Here it goes:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Mans Chest
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End ( I really like the Pirate films, in case you didn't get that).

These films are Disney greats, to me the first 3 are the best and the next two do not have the same great feel to them.

  • Clueless

I must quote this film at least 3 times a day. I miss Brittany Murphy.

  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off

One of my all time favourite films, John Hughes FTW!

  • The Breakfast Club

True classic.

  • ET

I love ET.

  • Grease 2 (Don’t judge, just go with it)

Cheese on toast, but the best cheese on toast you'll ever have.

  • The Princess Diaries

Julie Andrews. What more do you want me to say?

  • One Fine Day

George Clooney's face, cute kids and Michelle Pfeiffer. 

  • Now You See Me

I just really like this film.

  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

The best Marilyn Monroe film you'll ever watch.

  • The Help

You is kind, you is smart, you is important.

  • Saving Mr Banks

How Mary Poppins came into our lives.

  • Inside Out

This film is just genius.

  • Mamma Mia

Pierce Brosnan's singing is enough to make anyone watch this film.

  • Mary Poppins

She's just the best.

  • Hidden Figures

Yasssss strong-minded and clever women kicking arse.

  • The Princess and the Frog

Tiana is my favourite princess, I have to add her to the list.

  • The Blind Side

My little heart can't handle this film.

  • The Sweet Life (Not to be mixed up with The Suite Life)

First time watching this film and I just really appreciated it. Sarcastic and witty with a heartbreakingly beautiful story.

  • Freedom Writers

It's like Dangerous Minds but this is a true story.

  • Pretty Women

I just don't understand how Julia Roberts fits all her hair under that wig?

  • Legally Blonde

Live everyday with the same drive and determination as Elle Woods trying to get into Harvard. 

  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Just watch this. If you only pick one of the films off this list to watch. MAKE SURE IT'S THIS ONE.

  • On The Town

Just to warn you, it's a musical.

  • Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging

English cinema at it's finest.

  • Paper Towns (I've heard and read bad things about this film but I enjoyed it).

I liked it, just give it a try.

  • The Pick-Up Artist

80's films are the best.

  • Uncle Buck

John Hughes back at it again.

  • Edward Scissorhands

He's just too pure. I'm getting emotional just thinking about it.

  • Newsies

It's another musical, just to warn you part 2.

  • Mistress America

Another film I gave 5 stars after the first watch, Greta Gerwig is a bossssss.

  • Blue Jay

It's in black and white and has Sarah Paulson in it.

  • Singin' in the Rain

Warning: Musical.

  • Short Term 12

Two words- Brie. Larson.

  • Billy Elliot

Was turned into a musical, there's dancing and Geordie accents, two of my favourite things.

  • Battle of the Sexes

Yay women.

  • Wreck-It Ralph

Oreo, Oreeeeeeeo.

  • Sixth Sense

I see dead people.

  • Pitch Perfect

Not a musical, but there's music, do with that what you will.

  • Boy

Taika Waititi making bangers since 2010.

  • Darkest Hour

I just can't believe that Gary Oldman is under all that make-up.

  • What We Did on our Holiday 

It's like Outnumbered but a film.

  • Little Rascals


  • The Greatest Showman

May or may not be a musical.

  • The Wizard of Oz

There's no place like home.

  • The Book Thief

Includes scenes some viewers may find distressing, scenes that involve books and fire.

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events

So many unfortunate events and thats only the first 3 books!

  • Mystic Pizza

More Julia Roberts, Less hair in wigs.

  • Silver Linings Playbook

If you want an Academy Award nomination, work with David O'Russell, and by Jennifer Lawrence. 

  • Love & Basketball

I love Love and I love Basketball.

  • Riding In Cars With Boys

Drew Barrymore all the way. I miss Brittany Murphy.

  • 10 Things I Hate About You

Why didn't a boy sing a song for me whilst I was at football training?!

  • Zero Dark Thirty

Jessica Chastain is a boss. 

  • The Theory of Everything

I wish I was clever. 

  • Lego Movie

Everything is Awesome

  • Joy

Mops, David O'Russell, Jennifer Lawrence, another Academy Award nomination. 

  • Easy A

All the feels of an 80's film but with Emma Stone.

  • Molly’s Game

Made me want to start hosting poker nights for crazy rich men who don't know when to stop spending money!

  • Return of the Jedi

Ewoks, innit.

  • The Disaster Artist

Oh, Hi Mark.

  • The Holiday 

I wish a rich lady in LA would let me live in her house for a break.

  • Waitress

I HATE the husband in this film.

  • Bringing Up Baby

Katharine Hepburn and a leopard is the pair I never knew I needed in my life.

  • Albatross

Maybe one of the only times you'll see Jessica Brown Findlay not wearing period clothes.

  • Miss Sloane

Jessica Chastain is still a boss.

  • This Beautiful Fantastic

This film mentions Runcorn, if that doesn't make you want to watch it, then I don't know what will.

  • The Big Sick

I didn't expect the story to go this way. 

  • Stand by Me

The chemistry and the talent between these kids is something you rarely see even in actors who have been doing it for years!

  • Poor Little Rich Girl

Some of the points in this film may raise questions but just wait for the ending. Full on talent in a tiny body!

  • Juno

How cute is Michael Cera though.

  • Burlesque

It's Cher. Cher is in this film. Cher.

  • A Kiss for Corliss

Who ever said Shirley Temple couldn't act in her later years is an idiot.

  • Heathers

Lunch time poll - You have 24 hours to live, what films will you spend the time watching?

Each of these films listed either spoke to me cinematically and made me think about them for days or warmed my little heart to the point of no return.

If you want a film that you can switch off and relax to or one to sit and appreciate the art of film making to, hopefully that can be found on this list.

If you agree or disagree with any of these films or have a list of your own you’d like to share please comment below or give me a tweet on- @Ashlee_Brown_ and I’ll share them. Yay, films! 


Ashlee Brown

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My name is Ashlee, I'm 23 from the North West. I'm an actor and hope to go into a career of TV and Film. My experience with arts award so far has took me on a journey, full of developing new skills and meeting new people. Keep an eye on my profile for blogs on events I attend, reviews and advice!

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  • Luke Taylor

    On 18 June 2018, 10:18 Luke Taylor Contributor commented:

    Impressive list! I would definitely choose Juno any time of day

  • Tom Inniss

    On 18 June 2018, 11:08 Tom Inniss Voice Team commented:

    I notice that The Room did not make the list.... Disappointing.

  • Bhavesh Jadva

    On 20 June 2018, 20:21 Bhavesh Jadva Voice Team commented:

    Wow what an massive job, I'm both jealous and impressed. Glad to see some lesser known gems in here - rewatched Hunt For The Wilderpeople recently and it proper stands up, and definitely need to see Boy. Agreement with Waititi fandom. Freedom Writers was one of those few films that stayed with me internally from a young age, cannot understand how it wasn't more widely seen. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is also a cracker but, for me, Some Like It Hot is far and away the best Monroe film. I admire your motivation so much - teach me.

  • Elspeth Barron

    On 22 June 2018, 17:37 Elspeth Barron commented:

    Love alot of these films. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is definitely up in my top. If we are talking pre this year I would say Whiplash, Girl Most Likely and Promised Land are must sees. Also, a huge Moulin Rouge fan! This year I really loved Love, Simon and Ladybird!
    I want to challenge myself to watch more films. I feel like I am missing out on an amazing world of things.

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