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By Melanie Link Taylor, M.Ed.
Here are twenty-five of my favorite films. Although most of these are very famous, they might not be to a fourteen-year-old. Consider sharing films that meant something to you, sharing personal insights to your life experience. Some are fine for pre-teens, use your own discretion and consider ratings.
Make watching your favorite movies a family occasion, to share your feelings and experiences at the time. Kids are amazed to imagine their grownups as kids. This can be a closeness-builder. Don't forget good snacks.
Hurrah for Hulu and Netflix! But I say, even if you use ole skool tek like VHS (as long as it works, why not?) or DVDs, just have a blast from the past.Not in order of importance or preference. Just as I thought of them. I have more, of course, like 'Braveheart,' or 'Spartacus' but I must limit myself.
Forrest Gump (1994)
Men in Black (1997)
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
Sophie's Choice (1982)
All in the Indiana Jones series, but especially,
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
All in the series, but especially,
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
All Mel Brooks' films, but especially,
The Producers (1967)
A Patch of Blue (1965)
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Schindler's List (1993)
All episodes--but definitely,
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
The Sound of Music (1965)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
My Left Foot (1989)
Gone with the Wind (1939)
Back to the Future (1985)
The Miracle Worker (1962)
Dances with Wolves (1990)
Melanie Link Taylor is an educator and author in southern California, credentialed in both General Education and Special Academic Instruction. She has teaching experience in K-12 classrooms, private tutoring, as well as homeschooling her own children. Her areas of expertise include child development, teaching literacy, planning lessons for specific learning styles, and positive support for the struggling learner.