My Top Forty Movies/Series

Nicking this idea from my dear friend Eva, who last month or so posted her top-something Movies on her wonderful blog. For me, Movies and Series are the same thing. They're both Things You Watch. The same. The end. So here, IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER OKAY, are my top forty movies. Okay, my real biggie favourites will be near the top of the list, but I'm not ranking them specifically because that would be a weepingly big task and I have a long list of To-Do-things today. No time for that jazz.

But voila. Enjoy the eye-candy. My favourite movies; my darling stories; I love these ALL. (And surprise, surprise, all forty of them happen to be costume dramas. Wow.) (Just saying: Brooklyn, Daniel Deronda, The Paradise, A Royal Night out, Mercy Street (picture above) and many others would be on this list had I actually watched them. :-P)

1. Pride and Prejudice 1995

2. Emma 2009

3. Downton Abbey

4. Sense and Sensibility 2008

5. Call the Midwife

6. Lark Rise to Candleford

7. Wives and Daughters

8. Little Dorrit

9. Miss Potter

10. The Young Victoria

11. Belle

12. Testament of Youth

13. Cranford

14. Sense and Sensibility 1995

15. The Kings Speech

16. Saving Mr Banks

17. The Book Thief

18. Anne of Green Gables

19. Sound of Music

20. Pollyanna 2003

21. North and South

22. Cinderella

23. Amazing Grace

24. Northanger Abbey

25. Goodbye Mr Chips

26. Berkerly Square

27. The Scarlet Pimpernel

28. Jeeves and Wooster

29. Chariots of Fire

30. Roman Holiday

31. War Horse

32. Martin Chuzzlewit

33. State Fair

34. Our Zoo

35. Little House on the Prairie

36. Fiddler on the Roof

37. The Railway Children

38. To Kill a Mockingbird 

39. Gone with the Wind

40. Mary Poppins

Have you seen many of my favourites? (If you haven't... how you must be missing out!)


  1. Haha, I saw this only minutes after you posted it. ;D I can't properly comment just now, as I've got to be doing some jobs, but I just wanted to point out something. You said twice that these were your top 30 at the beginning of your post, instead of 40. (I only mentioned that in case you wanted to change it. ;))
    ~Miss Meg

    1. Oh, THANKS. :-P (Yeah, I was going to do 30 first, but then I ended up with forty. :-) That's the explanation.)

  2. Oh we have a lot of movies in common. I've watched almost all of these and if I haven't watched it I've heard of it. There's actually an old black and white version of Goodbye Mr. Chips that I've seen that is very good. I didn't even know there was another version. And is that Julie Swahala I spy in Martin Chuzzelwit? I always knew I wanted to watch it but now I must!

    1. Yesss, Julia Sawalha is in Martin Chuzzlewit!! That's one of the main reasons why I like it, not going to lie. :-P

  3. New post about movies!! HOORAYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!

    I've actually seen a lot of these! Be proud of me :-) OOOOHHHHHH AND YOU PUT S&S 08 UP AT THE TOP!!!!!! That is one of MY top favorite films--but yeah, you knew that already :-) (Brandon and Marianne--just sayin'.)

    I haven't seen "Belle," "The Book Thief," and "Saving Mr. Banks"--but I really want to. Especially "The Book Thief." :-) (I'm trying to write a story about the Holocaust right now, so I think it would help inspire me, if ya know what I mean.)

    1. Yes, I KNOW you like S&S08. :-P SO DO I. IT'S SWELL.

      Ohhh yes, The Book Thief is sooooo good. MUST SEE.

  4. Which version of "The Railway Children" is on your list? :) I have read the book and want to see an adaptation of it sometime, but I'm not sure which one to watch. :P

    ~Lydia~ <3

    1. I've seen the version with Jenny Agutter as Bobby. It's really beautiful + I've seen in so many times I'm even a bit tired of it. :-P
      (There's also one with Jenny Agutter as the Mother, but I haven't seen it.)

  5. Okay, so I actually counted. I have seen nearly half of these. 19 to be exact. Some of the ones I haven't watched are on my "need to watch this some day" list.


    1. Well, you've seen a good bunch, and that's a good start. Which of the ones you haven't seen do you want to see the most?

    2. I think the ones I will most likely watch the soonest are Sense and Sensibility 2008 and Gone With the Wind. My mom and I recently started watching Lark Rise to Candleford and are really enjoying it. We are most of the way through the first season.


    3. Ah yes, S&S08 is BRILLIANT.

  6. What marvelous, marvelous choices!

  7. HOW CAN MARY POPPINS BE AT 40?!!!! Are you ranking 40 as the best?! ;) ;) I literally went through the whole list and was "uh huh. uh no. uh huh. uh huh...uhhhhnooo" ;) I think I haven't seen 4-5 out of the 40! :P

    1. I love Mary Poppins, but I'm getting a little sick of it now I've seen it so much. But it DID make it on to this list, SOOO. :-P
      Waaaait. You said, 'Uhhhnooo' a lot??? What movies are you insulting, dear? :-P
      (I'm teasing of course.)

    2. Hahaa, I guess I can see your point. I just absolutely LOVE Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke...and the MUSIC!!! gah. I love that aspect of it. ;)

      I mean as in "uhhhhhh...noo..I haven't seen that one." LOL! As in, I wasn't sure or whatever. lol ;)

  8. This is kinda scary.. I've seen so many of these! =D What a perfect post idea that i might just borrow...


  10. Oooh! I love this idea for a post! I might have to compile my own list sometime. ;)

    I really enjoyed scrolling through all these lovely pictures! And, yes. I've seen quite a few of these movies. Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Saving Mr. Banks, Mary Poppins, Lark Rise to Candleford (aww...that picture of Alf and Laura makes me smile. I love Alf!), and there's more, too, of course, but it's going to take me too long to list all of them! So I'll just say, when it comes to movies, you have very good taste! ;)

    Thanks for the fun post!!

  11. Wow! Top 40! he he. Great choices. Thank you for including Railway Children and Jeeves and Wooster (as they often don't get mentioned much.) Also, I adore "Belle", truly one of my faves beside Jane Eyre. take care!

  12. Oh man, I wrote a really nice comment yesterday morning and it seems blogger ate it. :-/ *shakes fist*

    ANYWAY! I do love your list. :-) Actually I've been thinking of making a list of my own, inspired by Eva's and Hamlette's. A lot of your favorites are my favorites too -- especially Amazing Grace, S&S, and Downton. Awwwww, and good old Martin Chuzzlewit!!!

  13. I've seen eight of these . . . and several others I am just dying to watch, especially Belle. GAH IT LOOKS SO GOOD. I just wish it was at our library. Maybe I could request it for a birthday. Hmmm, that's actually a good idea :)

  14. I've seen six of these and the rest I haven't seen (which to me is a bit of a shame) I need to start cracking down on the rest because they look so good!!!

  15. This is a gorgeous list! <3 I love all these favorite movie lists that've been cropping up ever since I did mine. :) I spot soooo many favorite on here (STATE FAIR AND ROMAN HOLIDAY!!!) but since I don't have time to go through and talk about each one, let me just say that you have fantastic taste, dear. ;)

  16. SO MANY FAVORITES. This is a great list, Naomi! :)

  17. Yay! Lots of my favorites here as well. Cinderella, Anne, Emma, Mary Poppins,Roman Holiday--you are of the race that knows Joseph.;)

    ~Rilla Blythe

  18. I need to see more of these! But the ones I have seen are wonderful picks.

    Pride and Prejudice, Downton Abbey(YESYESYES), Miss Potter, Sense and Sensibility '95, Anne of Green Gables, The Sound of Music, Cinderella, Amazing Grace, Chariots of Fire, Little House on the Prairie, Fiddler on the Roof, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Mary Poppins are all lovely.

    So you prefer '08 Sense and Sensibility over '95? I just finished the book, and I'm on the hunt for good movie versions. :)

  19. Finally! FINALLY. I'm here! (Ta-daaa!) I have an afternoon (or what's left of an afternoon) to catch up on the ridiculous amount of blog posts. This is the first one. :D Let's begin!

    OH, you know Mercy Street too?!! I thought I was the only one. :P The only reason *I* know it, is because an actress I really like (AnnaSophia Robb, to be exact) is in it. Although I have no idea if I'll see it or not. (Depends if my library gets it.) ;)

    Well, what a lovely, lovely list! (Little House on the Prairie gave me such a rush of nostalgia, looking at it. THEY'RE ALL SO LITTLE AND CUTE.)

    I am very much familiar with all of these, through one way or another, but I haven't seen Downton Abbey, (my great Aunty was over today, and she asked me about that, actually - she thought I had. ;) She thought I'd like that sort of thing,) Call the Midwife, Testament of Youth, Cranford, Pollyanna 2003, Northanger Abbey, Goodbye Mr. Chips, Berkerly Square, Jeeves and Wooster, Chariots of Fire, Martin Chuzzlewit, Our Zoo, or To Kill a Mockinbird. (ACUTALLY ABOUT THAT I BOOKED THAT MOVIE IN FROM THE LIBRARY SHOULD BE READY NEXT WEEK AND I REALLY CAN'T WAIT TO WATCH IT!!! GREGORY PECK!!! *siiigh* I saw a movie with him in it last night, actually! It was called "The Guns of Navarone". I thought it was quite interesting - especially since he was in it. ;P)
    Also, I've only seen about 1/2 of The Young Victoria and War Horse. But I still count that. :P
    Oh. AND STATE FAIR. I really want to watch that again. :D

    ~Miss Meg


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