So, are you tired of our movie discussion yet?

I’m not, but then, as I told you last week, I’m a bit of a movie freak.

After this week, I think I’ll take a movie-breather and branch out a little for Five Things Thursday (I already have a topic in mind for next week, and I’ll tell you more about that a little later).

But for today, I thought I’d share with you 5 of my favorite film dramas, this time in no particular order.

1. Chariots of Fire

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Winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Chariots of Fire is one of those movies I’ve been watching since before I can remember not watching it, if that makes sense (although there were several scenes that I never got until I was probably 12). I love it for its rich storyline that has everything and nothing to do with running, its complex characters, its historical accuracy, and the fact that it’s a mainstream movie that realistically portrays a relatable Christian character who stands up for his beliefs without being preachy or holier-than-thou about it (or caring whether anyone thinks he is).

2. Beauty and The Beast

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This “kids’ movie” (only one of three animated films ever to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar) stole my heart when my mama took me to see it on Christmas day 20 years ago, and it’s kept it ever since. I love everything about it: the music, the characters, the incredible artwork, and the surprising chemistry between an animated girl named Belle and the big furry lug who falls for her.

3. All About Eve

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Another Best Picture winner (I didn’t realize I was such an Oscar snob until I starting writing this list), All About Eve features powerhouse performances from Bette Davis and Anne Baxter and crackles with smart, catty dialogue.  They don’t make ‘em like this anymore!

4. Mostly Martha

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Mostly Martha is in German with English subtitles, which might have some of you saying, “Nein, danke,” but subtitles or not, this is a great movie! And the soundtrack? One of my faves of all time.

5. Persuasion


Did you think I was actually going to make it through a movie list without including a Jane Austen flick? Surely you know me better by now! This one isn’t nearly as well known as some others, and it’s a bit of a slow-burner, but I still ♥ it big time!

Runners-up: Hoosiers, Slumdog Millionaire, I’ve Loved you So Long, The Big Sleep, The Spitfire Grill, The Maltese Falcon, The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio.

I mentioned yesterday that I had an announcement to make, and now seems as good a time as any to make it…

I propose to start a  Five Things Thursday linky party this coming week. It’s very simple. You link up a post about whatever five things strike your fancy that week (5 recipes from Pinterest, 5 cold medicines you can’t stand the taste of, 5 projects you’ve completed or goals you have in mind, 5 shades of blue you love, 5 life lessons learned, etc.), and we get to read your lovely thoughts.

Now, I will post a theme for the week that you are welcome to use as a guide, or you can veer off into a themeless wilderness of endless possibilities if you prefer.  I just thoroughly enjoy hearing about you (oh, and making lists) and thought this might a fun way to do both as we share more of ourselves, our ideas, and our accomplishments.

It’s also super-easy to participate in the comments section as well. You don’t have to write a post about it—just list your five things, and voila! You’re done.

The theme for next week’s link-up is:

keep calm and travel

c/o Pinterest

I’ve already got mine all planned out (and am grinning as I think of it : )).

I hope you guys have fun making your Five Things Travel list and take the time to link up. I’m looking forward to it!

P.S. If you haven’t seen the results of yesterday’s Thrifted or Grifted yet, but sure to check it out!


  1. Chocolat is great, you shoud definitely watch it. I thought of two other movies that I really love, both of them French and no, I won’t recommend “Amelie” now. I don’t know why, but I don’t particularly like that one. Maybe it’s too calm and quiet for me.
    Anyway, one is called “Hunting and Gathering” (funny how different the titels are French/German/English) the other “The Names of Love”.I’m not sure if they even have that one on DVD in the US. I looked it up on Wikipedia (again with the titels) and the entry was pretty short.
    If you’re looking for a really sad drama you could watch “As It Is in Heaven”. I think it’s a great movie, but not one that I would want to watch over and over again. It’s just too sad (at least it is for me).

  2. Oooooh. Good ones! I’ve never seen Chocolat. I’m on the fence about Fried Green Tomatoes (though I do find it entertaining), and I really like all three of your last ones (though I almost never run into anyone that’s seen Whalerider). I think you and I need to have a movie chat. Your tastes seem to run similar to mine and they’re off the beaten path, which I love! Message me with more suggestions if you think of it, please! : )

  3. I don’t know any of those but Persuasion (which was a horrible DVD experience because the rented DVD was broken and stopped every 5 seconds when it came to the “showdown”). I think now I’ll definitely have to watch Mostly Martha and since I am German there won’t be any subtitels necessary.
    However, my list would go like this:
    Fried Green Tomatoes
    Whale Rider
    Walk the Line (I’m not too sure about the genre here, but I guess it counts)
    Little Women

  4. Love your movie choices! Have never seen Chariots of Fire, though. Or Mostly Martha. Will have to check it out. So glad tom see u listed Prize Winner of Defiance, OH. Absolutely loved that story! Keep the recommendations coming. Have you ever seen Babatte’s Feast?

I love hearing from you guys!