Another boring weekend approaches, so it’s time to finish this project.
Some further clarifications on this continuing list: it’s not a list of my favorite films by any means. The criteria is, as the title above would suggest, the emotions the film leaves you with, or that well up inside your earthly vessel during the film. One reader reacted to the first list by dissing “Rocky,” but here’s the point: when I first saw that film in a stuffed theater, and the movie reached the part in the climactic fight when, after seemingly being out-boxed and outclassed by the champion Apollo Creed, Rocky sees Creed lets his guard down for an instant and , dazed and bleeding, suddenly hits him with a series of the body blows we had seen him practicing on sides of beef . The crowd in a Philly bar goes bananas, and the audience in the theater went bananas too, only louder, cheering and applauding. I’ve seen a lot of movies, and I can count on the fingers of one hand the times I’ve witnessed that kind of spontaneous eruption of excitement and elation from an audience.
I also have to explain why what anyone here knows are my four favorite comedies don’t appear. They just don’t fit the theme, that’s all. They make me laugh, pretty much every time, but they can’t be called inspiring by any normal definition of the word.
Here’s the second half of the list:
I’m not a horse enthusiast,nor a fan of the sport of kings, but this is a wonderful story, and mostly true.
Oh, all right..
And so much better than the stupid movie it evokes, “An Affair To Remember.”
The only movie ever where a guy’s walk to the electric chair makes you smile..
Maybe my favorite story out of history ever, plus Cory Booker’s favorite scene…
The list needs an inspirational teacher movie (and only one) so I pick this one. Lulu’s song scene makes the difference.
Probably the least seen or appreciated film on the list. But Judy Holiday radiates the joy of performing and the genius of a comic pro here like few others, and attention must be paid. Forget that it was her last movie…
One of the best romantic comedies ever, and one of the strangest. Plus an incredibly cute dog…
Because sometimes good things finally happen to good people…
Now THIS is the strangest romantic comedy of all time, and one that deserves its cult status.
Another brilliant sports movie where you don’t have to care about the sport involved to love it.
An ordinary man thrust into an extraordinary position who manages to come through.
I’ve probably seen this movie more than any other on the list because it was my son’s favorite when he was a toddler. It still gets me every time.
Anyone who doesn’t get a lump in their throat when the Captain hears his kids singing for the first time since their mother dies is an alien invader from outer space.
Everyone has their favorite Pixar movie. This one’s mine, the best father and son film I know.
Best basketball movie ever, and based on a true sports miracle.
It you don’t know the amazing story of Jim Braddock, you should.
Three near perfect movies making the most exhilarating trilogy ever.
“You had me at hello.”
Come for the sheep-herding pig, stay for the singing mice. And to think this masterpiece was dreamed up by the director of “The Road Warrior”!
“If they could get a washing machine to fly, my Jimmy could land it.”
“Hugo” makes me feel good about humanity in so many ways.
Of all the astounding true stories in this list, this one wins the prize.
I loved this so much that even the fact that it starred Ed Asner didn’t bother me.
Maybe the perfect trapped at home movie…
“As you wish.”