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As an avid movie watcher, I love reviewing movies and rating them. I even do it on an app you might have heard of called “Letterboxd.” So, over the years, I’ve made a list of movies I have loved and could watch over and over again. I highly recommend watching these if you’re in need of a good movie!

Soul Surfer: This movie is based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton, a surfer who loses her arm in a shark attack. It is so inspiring and definitely worth the watch.

The Edge of Seventeen: A coming-of-age film where a high school girl is dealing with the awkwardness of her teen years while also figuring out who she is. This film explores loneliness and growing up all while making the audience laugh at the same time.

Brooklyn: A movie about an Irish immigrant coming to the United States in the 1950s. Saoirse Ronan does an amazing job in this film and the story is phenomenal.

The Theory of Everything: This film takes a look into the life of Stephen Hawking and the battles he faced after finding out he had Lou Gehrig’s disease. As a physicist, he makes discoveries that are phenomenal in the field of science; this movie is seriously amazing and I highly recommend it.

Stuck in Love: I can’t even count how many times I’ve seen this movie. It’s about a famous writer who’s going through a divorce with his wife and the different relationships within families. It makes you laugh, cry, and smile all under two hours.

The entire Twilight Series: I could rewatch and reread this series over and over. It gets a lot of heat, but it’s been one of my favorites since I first saw it. A love story about vampires, werewolves, and a lot of fighting.

Coraline: This Halloween classic is so good and incredibly well done, especially because it is entirely made out of claymation. The soundtrack is truly so amazing.

Little Miss Sunshine: A film about a young girl and her family who drives across the country to compete in a beauty pageant. 

The Pacifier: This comedy makes me laugh every time I watch it. It’s about a Navy SEAL who becomes a babysitter for five kids.

13 Going on 30: This rom-com has comedic elements while also sending a good message about appreciating who you have in your life and not worrying about fitting in. Bonus: There’s an amazing dance sequence in the movie as well.

Mean Girls: Truly a classic. If you haven’t seen this movie before, you need to immediately. This is about a young girl who moves to America from Africa and faces the struggles of popularity and becoming a part of a new girl group.

The Parent Trap: This comedy is about two girls who stumble upon each other at a summer camp and realize they are twins. It is so funny while also having a heartwarming ending about what it means to be family

Matilda: A classic movie about a young girl who has supernatural powers and uses them to prank the abusive adults around her. 

Far and Away: This is another film about two people immigrating from Ireland to the United States. It encompasses a love story, boxing, and the struggles they face once they reach America.

Rocketman: A movie about Elton John’s life and how he became an incredible rock star. The soundtrack is so good and it demonstrates the importance of being yourself. 

Your Name: If you’re into anime, I highly recommend this film. It is so beautifully done and the animations are amazing. The story is unique and there’s no other movie like it. Even if this is your first anime film, you should definitely watch it.

When Harry Met Sally: This comedy takes two polar opposites and their journey across the country in a car. Although they seem different, a love story unfolds in this classic film.

Beasts of the Southern Wild: A movie about a young girl and her father struggling to survive in Southern Louisiana after a flood. This movie resulted in the young actress becoming the youngest nominee for Best Actress in history.

I hope you enjoy these movies as much as I do!

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Elizabeth Mooney

U Mass Amherst '22

As a senior at UMass Amherst, Elizabeth Mooney is studying Community Education and Social Change and is so excited to be writing for HerCampus for her third year! She writes articles on lifestyle, relationships, and college life so check them out! Feel free to follow her Instagram: @lizmooney02
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