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. See my 1960s and 1970s picks here.
Alice in Wonderland (1951) – In second grade our dance recital theme was Alice in Wonderland. My tap class was the Mad Hatter, my sister’s tap class was the March Hare and my ballet class were the Queen’s red and white roses. I fondly remember those costumes and the whole recital because of how magical it felt. This movie is one that is very whimsical to me.
Singin’ In the Rain (1952) – One of my very favorite movies. I sing part of the Good Morning song to my dog every day and I truly just love how happy this movie is.
Roman Holiday (1953) – Probably my favorite Audrey Hepburn movie. This one is pure magic to me and where my love for her films and advice began.
Peter Pan (1953) – Such a classic! We used to play Peter Pan at the park, the pool, in the yard – anywhere really because there was so much action and different areas of Neverland to imagine!
Sabrina (1954) – This movie was remade in the 90s, but this version is the best. Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn are so enjoyable in this movie and I rewatch it at least once a year!
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) – One of my mom’s favorites and another fun musical like two below…
Lady and the Tramp (1955) – An animated movie about dogs? We loved these movies as kids!
The King and I (1956) – My mom and I always enjoyed this one together. Its such a sweet story of two different worlds melting into one.
An Affair to Remember (1957) – One of my very favorite movies and my favorite “chick flick;” it is a beautiful story of two strangers having a chance meeting, falling in love, missing each other and somehow still ending up together in the end. It is also the inspiration for Sleepless in Seattle. I love this movie!
South Pacific (1958) – My parents loved musicals and passed that love down; I used to love hearing my dad sing along to South Pacific growing up!