I suspect these well-known films are also favorites for many of my readers, but perhaps this will provide ideas for trying out something new.
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THE LITTLE MERMAID (1989) - This film kicked off the Second Golden Era of Disney animation, and it also contains what might be my all-time favorite Disney song, "Part of Your World." The instrumental of this frequently brings me to tears.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991) - Another great Ashman-Menken score in another animated film which is pretty much perfect.
GROUNDHOG DAY (1993) - A film which only gets better on each viewing, blending delicious humor -- some of it quite dark -- with a profound moral message. Bill Murray will never be better than he was as weatherman Phil.
SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (1995) - One of two Jane Austen films on my list, and perhaps the best filming of an Austen novel ever. A beautiful script by Emma Thompson, with marvelous peformances by Thompson, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, and Hugh Grant, plus a fantastic supporting cast including Gemma Jones, Robert Hardy, and Hugh Laurie. Movies don't come any better.
YOU'VE GOT MAIL (1998) - This is one of those special films where the remote immediately stops clicking forward if this comes on our TV screen. Our entire family can quote most of the script of this endlessly enjoyable retelling of THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER/IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME/SHE LOVES ME, with perfect lead actors in Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
NOTTING HILL (1999) - Perhaps more than any other, this movie captures the feel of London for me, including its beautiful parks, and it's also my favorite Julia Roberts film. A great supporting cast including Hugh Bonneville and Gina McKee. I return to it regularly.
ENCHANTED (2007) - A terrific Menken-Schwartz score and a delightful acting and vocal performance by Amy Adams in a film filled to the brim with sly tributes to many of Disney's great animated films. It perfectly walks the line of being a funny riff on Disney's animated princesses and storytelling conventions without actually making fun of them, thanks in part to Adams' sincere performance. Strong support by Patrick Dempsey, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden, and Idina Menzel.
THE YOUNG VICTORIA (2009) - This story of the start of the loving marriage between Queen Victoria (Emily Blunt) and Prince Albert (Rupert Friend) has already stood up to several repeat viewings, always with great enjoyment.
The list could probably be summed up as centering on Disney, the classics, and London! It's definitely apparent from this list what types of movies have worked best for me in the last couple decades.
WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING (1995), APOLLO 13 (1995), MR. AND MRS. SMITH (2005), and ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (2011). Hopefully I'm not forgetting a favorite!
Favorite film actors of the last quarter century: Kevin Costner and Julia Roberts.
Please feel free to share your own "Top 10" lists and/or recommendations in the comments!