Get to Know Ruby: Favorite Movies

I LOVE movies... really LOVE movies.  I enjoy becoming engrossed in a movie - relishing the characters, loving the scenery and the costumes, and rooting for the love stories.  

I've been sitting here trying to think of how to best handle this topic because it's too difficult to pick just one.   Well, I could probably just talk about one, but what's the fun in that?

So I'm going to run through my TOP 10 Favorite Movies and why they are in the top 10.  First up...

 The Wizard of Oz (1939)

If someone told me I could only pick one movie to watch for the rest of my life, it would be this one.  It has everything - Judy Garland singing, fantastic adventures, lovely and unlikely friendships and  beautiful transitions to color... OZ is gorgeous!  Over the course of my lifetime, I've been Dorothy for Halloween (several years), the Wicked Witch and the scarecrow.  Between my mom and my friends, I will never have to worry about running out of kitschy Wizard of Oz memorabilia.  

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

I adore Audrey Hepburn (not the only time she makes an appearance on this list).  I love her in this role as Holly Golightly.  She is a terrific disaster.  I enjoy seeing how she is vulnerable with Paul Varjak.   There is a reason this movie is so iconic and one day I will have Breakfast at Tiffany's.  Plus, the Henry Mancini soundtrack is amazing.

On the Town (1949)

Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly are a perfect dynamic duo.  Musicals are my favorite genre of movies and this one is one of the best.  Three sailors head out for their day of leave in NYC and happen to fall in love along the way.  If you like this one, there is also Take Me Out to the Ballgame - same general plot, same three actors.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

I've already professed my love of Jane Russell (and this movie), so it shouldn't be a surprise this is on the list.  She and Marilyn are the perfect pair.  I quote this movie way more than I should - especially since hardly anyone gets the reference.  I call that "vintage life problems".

High Society (1956)

A musical remake of The Philadelphia Story. Bing. Frank. Grace.  A cameo by Louis Armstrong.  Seriously, this movie is fantastic!  I like the original, but making it better with music - yes please!  I love Bing Crosby's version of the song "True Love".

How to Steal a Million (1966)

Peter O'Toole and Audrey Hepburn steal a statue.  This movie is funny - it was the first movie that made me really like Peter O'Toole.  The costumes are so quintessentially 60s and Audrey is perfection (again).

Rear Window (1954)

My favorite Hitchcock movie.  Jimmy Stewart plays an injured photographer who becomes entirely too interested in the goings on of his neighbors.  Grace Kelly plays his impeccably dressed girl friend - she is swoon-worthy!

Blue Hawaii (1961)

I don't care what anyone else says - I love Elvis movies.  Sure, he's not the best actor out there.  And yes, most of his movies have exactly the same plot.  Who cares!  He is amazing.  It's hard to pick the best one of the bunch, so I'm going with Blue Hawaii  (rock-a-hula baby, anyone?) with a close second of GI Blues.

White Christmas (1954)

The best holiday movie of all time - and that's not an over statement.  Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen are terrific!  The singing and dancing is perfect and so is the costuming!  There are other great holiday movies (Holiday Inn and It's a Wonderful Life) but this one is the best.

The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)

Bing Crosby (second appearance) and Ingrid Bergman are just lovely as Sister Superior and the Priest assigned to St. Mary's - saving the school from being condemned.  Watching them begrudgingly develop a friendship is the best part of the whole movie - aside from Bing's singing voice.