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Jen's Movie Bucket List

I love engaging dramas, fun romantic comedies, action/adventure movies with captivating stories, and animated movies, especially musicals.

Below are the movies that have captured my heart.

Find my movie reviews here.

~ Jen (California, USA)  

As a member of the press, Jen often receives complimentary movie tickets.

Jen’s Favorite Movies of All Time:

[The movies that I love so much that I would want to watch them again.]

Finding Nemo (2003)/3D (2012) (animated)
A kid fish comes of age. His dad tries to stop him. I loved the wonderful parent-child story, and the underwater animation is gorgeous.

Jurassic Park (1993)
Imagine a theme park where they have live dinosaurs! Awesome premise, beautifully carried out. This movie is why I went to Kauai, Hawaii.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
Young boy discovers that he is a wizard and goes off to wizard school. The imaginative, magical world made me want to go to Hogwarts.

(2013; animated; musical)
An epic musical journey from the people at Walt Disney Animation Studios! The songs, especially “For the First Time in Forever" and “Let it Go," are memorable and it is a visual treat.

Toy Story (1995; animated)
Toys have lives of their own! What a concept!

Dead Poets Society (1989)
A group of young men try to "find themselves" at an all-boys school by forming a secret society. Robin Williams gives an incredible performance in the role of the boys' teacher.

Beauty and the Beast (1991; animated; musical)
A young woman who is "different" finds her place in the world and meets her true love. I wish I could find my prince in disguise.

The Princess and the Frog (2009; animated; musical)
A woman meets her soulmate. The problem: he is a frog! Great songs!

Cars (2006; animated)
Big city racecar finds himself stuck in a small town. I want to live in Radiator Springs!

Monsters, Inc. (2001; animated)
Monsters visit the human world, then a human visits the monster world. Creative and fun!

Coco (2017; animated; musical)
A boy dreams of becoming a musician despite a family bent on stopping him.

(2016; animated; musical)
One of the most gorgeous movies I've ever seen. The song "How Far I'll Go" stirs my soul.

Les Miserables (2012; musical)
A musical look at the troubles of some people in Paris. Sounds boring, but isn’t. The music is epic!

Divergent (2014)
In a dystopian future world, a teen decides her fate and then must live with the consequences. The characters and the world that author, Veronica Roth, created in the book are fascinating.

(2010; animated; musical)
Girl who is imprisoned in a castle finds her way out and finds love. Many of the great songs by Alan Menken are now on my iPod.

Big Hero 6 (November 2014; animated)
Walt Disney Animation Studios' big 2014 offering. A fourteen-year-old child prodigy teams with his friends and a squishy robot to save the futuristic city of San Fransokyo.

The Book Thief (2013)
Eleven-year-old girl learns about love, loss and living in World War II-era Germany. The film is visually exhilarating and the acting performances are spectacular.

Planes (2013; animated)
A crop duster plane sets out to win a race around the world. This movie has heart and feels like Cars meets Cars 2. It’s like visiting a good friend.

Cars 2 (2011; animated)
The racecar we came to love in Cars is back for a race around the globe. It’s like taking a trip around the world with old friends.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000; musical)
A grinch goes from outcast to celebrated guest at Christmastime. Always gets me into the holiday spirit. Great songs!

Brother Bear (2003; animated; not really a musical, but lots of original songs)
A boy yearning to become a man becomes a bear instead. The music is irresistible and the youngest bear is precious.

The Wizard of Oz (1939; musical)
A girl tries to find her way home from a strange world that seems lifted from the pages of a storybook. Catchy songs. Beautiful to watch.

The Sound of Music (1965; musical)
A nun sets out to care for a family of children and ends up falling in love with their father. It’s a true story. The kids are adorable.

Big (1988)
A boy wishes that he was an adult and then gets his wish. Tom Hanks plays the adult-version of the boy and is delightful to watch.

Pretty Woman (1990)
A wealthy man treats a prostitute like a princess. The perfect rags to riches story. Julia Roberts is charming.

Lost in Translation (2003)
A young woman and a middle aged man explore Tokyo and each other. There’s a wonderful sense of melancholy in this movie. If you’re going to Japan, it’s an absolutely-must-see!

The Sixth Sense (1999)
A little boy can talk to dead people. The ending “got” me. Only problem is: I can’t watch this movie alone; it's too scary.

Anastasia (1997; animated; musical)
Orphan girl sets out to find her family. Beautiful songs!

The Lion King (1994; animated; musical)/3D (2011)
A lion grows from cub to king. The young lion is adorable, and the songs are great!

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
A little alien gets stuck on Earth. A little boy tries to help him get home. I fell in love with both of them!


You might also enjoy:

Jen's review of the Finding Dory premiere

Jen's review of the Divergent premiere
Jen's article: Top tips if you're going to a movie premiere without a ticket

Jen's article: Top tips for attending a movie premiere if you have a ticket