Nostalgia is a powerful thing. It reminds us of places or people we have met in our lives. But in relation to films, I find myself filled with nostalgia as I reminisce about the first few movies that I ever saw (or at least remember seeing). My family didn’t go to the movies much, so therefore, we often stayed home and watched films on VHS or HBO. For some reason, these memories often took place during the summer. Anyway, this is a list of my Top 5 Most Nostalgic Films.
NOTE: I’m not saying these are the greatest films ever. This is just a list of my favorite films from my childhood.
“As if!” We all remember that popular line from the film. I remember first watching Clueless and wondering what this whole “virgin” thing was. Mind you, I was about four or five when I first saw this. After watching this when I was older, I finally understood the underlying meanings throughout the film. Including her “boyfriend’s” fascination with Tony Curtis. I remember wanting to be an older kid with a cool closet. Now, I’m an older “kid”, I don’t have a cool closet, just a bunch of responsibilities.
Haven’t heard of this Rodney Dangerfield movie? It’s probably because this wasn’t that good, but for some reason my sisters and I found it entertaining. We found the whole “get those nail-breakers” part especially amusing. You’ll get it if you see it. This film about a step-dad dressing up his new stepson as a teenage girl in order to save the company’s young girls’ soccer team, well that’s just far fetched. But it’s clever and it made us laugh.
- 10 things I Hate About You
What I took into consideration, when making this list, was my ability to visually remember sitting and watching these movies for the first time. 10 things I Hate About You, is one of those movies. This is a hilarious movie that still makes laugh. But what I really remember about this film is my sister’s laughter every time the scene where Michael (David Krumholtz) asks Patrick (Heath Ledger) if he should be drinking alcohol when he doesn’t have a liver. Ledger’s reaction to the question is priceless, and I will never forget my sister rewinding the scene over and over again.
- The Sandlot
Why isn’t this number one? Well it was a tough choice, but to be honest, I don’t have as many memories with The Sandlot, as I do with my number one choice. Of course, this film brings us so many memorable quotes. In fact, one quote that my mother is rather fond of at the moment. Maybe you’ve heard of it? “You’re killing me, Smalls!” At the time when I first saw this film, I also loved to play baseball. This film takes me back to being a kid during the summers, wanting to hang out, and get into trouble, with my friends.
I know it’s not the most popular movie, but I do have to say, it’s one of my favorites. There was something so funny about having seven wishes. However, once you wished for a certain scenario to happen, it would turn out horribly bad, only to have The Devil say, “well you never said you didn’t want to be gay”. Well, that’s what happens to Brendan Fraser’s character, Elliot. To this day, my sisters and I still sing the “Dolphin” song. We still laugh about the Abraham Lincoln assassination scene (don’t take this sentence out of context). We still laugh about how Frances O’Connor had an atrocious Spanish accent. “Muchas, muchas, cosas nuevas…” Among this list of films, this is my favorite to look back on and remember being a kid.
That was My Top 5 List of Most Nostalgic Films. These are films I grew up with, the ones I have very fond memories of. Let me know what some of your favorite nostalgic films are.