I thought it would be fun to choose 10 films from each decade and show you my favorite. For the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s I chose one movie per year, but the previous decades made that harder for me when some years I liked several movies and some years I didn’t like any.
The AristoCats (1970) – My sister and I used to really enjoy this one; especially when the kittens got paint everywhere!
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) – I know many people who did not like this movie, but I always found it magical and thought how fun it would be to see a candy factory or store like this in real life. Or what a fun ride it would be at an amusement park!
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) – This was another classic I loved as a kid because Angela Lansbury was Mrs. Potts and Mrs. Santa Claus to me. This movie also just felt fun and whimsical and I used to go around turning bedknobs on my sister and I’s bed and pretending that it transported us to new places.
Robin Hood (1973) – Such a classic!
Charlotte’s Web (1973) – One of my favorite books as a child and the movie is precious too.
Pete’s Dragon (1977) – Another whimsical movie that is being remade and comes out soon.
The Rescuers (1977) – This movie scared me when I was really little – the bit about her going down the well to retrieve the diamond… but I love the sense of adventure and the idea that we each have unknown protectors taking care of us.
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) – These movies remind me of my dad taking me and our cadet to see the digitally remastered versions in the 90s and sharing movies he enjoyed with the next generation.
Grease (1978) – I was in second grade when I fell in love with this movie and would spend many an afternoon with friends dancing to the soundtrack and playing in poodle skirts!
Animal House (1978) – Hilarious.