The actual list changes depending on the day and my mood, but these twelve are basically staples on it.
  1. 20 Feet From Stardom (2013)
    Reason: It's a fascinating documentary that explores the question of how these women were unable to build a solo career on the same vocals that helped build so much of music history.
  2. Almost Famous (2000)
    Reason: Its exploration of music and the way it heals us, breaks us, and connects us all together.
  3. The Corpse Bride (2005)
    Reason: A perfect example of stop-motion animation at its finest.
  4. The Graduate (1967)
    Reason: Because of Anne Bancroft's flawless portrayal of a woman who's regretful and angry at herself for willingly sacrificing who she truly is on the sword of a life filled with wealth and security. Also, everyone needs to see the brilliant shot of Dustin Hoffman being framed by her leg within context at least once in their life.
  5. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
    Reason: Most know that Katharine Hepburn was a great dramatic actress but I think they often forget that she could be a great comedic actress, and never was she better than when she was showing off that ability than when she was sharing the screen with Cary Grant and James Stewart.
  6. Psycho (1960)
    Reason: The masterful way Hitchcock's direction and Bernard Herrmann's score were able to incite fear and anxiety without ever having to show Norman Bates's knife striking skin.
  7. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
    Reason: It's the foundation upon which Disney animated films were built.
  8. Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
    Reason: Was it the greatest movie ever written? Probably not, but the special effects used and created are impressive for a film released in 1977.
  9. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
    Reason: Vivien Leigh's fractured Blanche DuBois and the way Marlon Brando's Stanley Kowalski helps her descend further and further into her broken madness.
  10. To Have and Have Not (1944)
    Reason: The chemistry and sexual tension between Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, plain and simple.
  11. Two For the Road (1967)
    Reason: The unflinching way in which it tracks the rise, demise, and resurrection of a relationship against a European background.
  12. West Side Story (1961)
    Reason: Rita Moreno and George Chakiris. (Both Moreno and Chakiris would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor for their roles as Anita and Bernardo.)