A few weeks ago one of my blogger friends (I think it was Deb- but I’m not sure) wrote about movies that had an impact on her life.  So it got me thinking: which movies actually mattered? Which movies do I remember clearly, so clearly in some cases I remember who I saw them with, when I saw them and where.

  1. Saturday Night Fever- first R rated movie I ever snuck into
  2. Porky’s- Introduced me to the raunchy teen comedy
  3. Citizen Kane- I saw this for a film class my senior year of high school.  It was the first time I saw the beauty of film- how it’s magic when everything just works.  This is the film that started my love of all things movie. It just misses my top 10 list…
  4. That Darn Cat- this was the first movie I saw that had a smart, sassy, and clever female protagonist. I was mesmerized that girls could be that way.  I have such a soft spot for this movie that my Daughter’s name is somehow in this film
  5. Frankenstein- there is just so much about this movie that resonated with me- this also just misses being a fave and a best for me
  6. The Shining- the scariest movie I ever saw- I have not seen a Stephen King adaptation since this- I had nightmares…I’m probably going to have nightmares thinking about it…
  7. Grease- I remember seeing this film about 10 times in the theater…
  8. Star Wars- this changed movies for me- the innovation- I never appreciated the genre until I saw this
  9. The Breakfast Club- I saw this when I was in college and I cursed the fact that it didn’t come out when I was in High School.  It so succinctly showed me that I was not alone in being the weird girl- that not everyone was popular- and that the popular kids had crap going on in their lives as well
  10. The Way we Were- well- this showed me that not everything ends happy….especially love

What movies have impacted you?


40 thoughts on “The Ones That Impacted me

  1. Interesting list. I’ve never seen The Shining but I live near the Stanley Hotel (moved to Colorado 2 1/2 years ago) so I’ve been there twice when I’ve had out of town guests. Breakfast Club was based on my high school and that’s a favorite of mine too. 😊
    It’s too early to think of what movies changed my life, bot I’ll certainly ponder it today.

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    1. It’s funny but it took me a week to think about it too. I thought it was an interesting question, and it’s amazing the movies that stick out in your mind not because they’re good,or faves, but because they have memories

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      1. I saw it but felt critical at the time that Sandy became a trashy babe in the end–I may have been in high school or grammar school at the time, and felt like it was a poor life choice, especially when pregnancy scares etc. were already happening in the movie plus her starting smoking grossed me out since I lived with heavy smokers who made my life hell with it–but I enjoyed the music and would see it again. I have not seen it again in the 30 or 40 years since it came out! It would interest me to see my feelings about it now.

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      2. At the time I was thinking more of them being a parallel to me agewise even though they were played by much older people, and I was sort of picking role models and not-role-models–but the music was definitely great!

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  2. 101 Dalmations, saw this on my 12th birthday in the theater, first time ever! Star Wars, saw it opening night in the first row, now that will be something I will never forget. Most recently, The Post, narration of a time in my life that impacted me and a lot of women.

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  3. We must have grown up in similar times, since most of these would make my list too. The second Star Wars movie somehow made me hallucinate and vomit that night, despite me being young and not drinking or ill or anything that would cause it–it just somehow was too much stimuli I guess for me.

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  4. The Godfather—I went with my mom and a group of her friends. The nudity shocked me. Still have t recovered.

    To Kill a Mockingbird—changed my whole world view.

    Star Wars—holy cow. I became a huge fan girl. Still am.

    Romeo and Juliet— romance and beautiful teenagers. I was 16, I think when it was released.

    So many. Too many!

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  5. Used to go to the drive in with my girlfriend all the time. Last House on the Left (the 1972 version) scared me to death but I remember we saw it a couple of times. The Harrad Experiment was my first sexual movie. As a sheltered Catholic girl I was intrigued to say the least. Saw One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest on a blind date. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

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  6. The Exorcist scared me shitless as a 16yr old- never watched another horror movie EVER.

    12 Angry Men yes!
    Grease yes- I remember wondering if I should behave like Sandy or Rizzo?

    Watership Down: a cartoon about rabbits. Black Beauty about horses.

    And my all-time fav? On The Town, a musical with Gene Kelly 💃❤💃

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  7. Love your list, so glad I inspired you to do your own take. There were many which had me nodding, although I’m in the next decade up from you, but “That Darn Cat” almost made me squeal out loud. I’ve not seen, nor heard it mentioned in decades, but I absolutely loved it. It was great fun, but also so important because of the strong female protagonist at a time when they were as rare as dodos.

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    1. That darn cat really opened my eyes, even though I was maybe four the first time I saw it. I wanted to be that character. Fun, smart, sassy, and not a boy really in sight…

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  8. Oh & I’ve just read back and seen that you’ve done a whole lot of lists – made it your week’s focus. How fab! I’ve enjoyed reading them all.

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