For those who had been following me on Instagram during quarantine in NYC, you may have seen me and my roommates movie jar. This idea came to us during our first week of shelter in place as a way to help cut down the back and forth of deciding what to watch as well as to check off movies we had always wanted to see!
Along with choosing a new movie a night (sometimes a double feature!), we also decided to do a rating system to help narrow it down to our favorites. Eighty-eight movies later, here are our top and least favorites and how you can make a movie jar of your own!
HOW TO MAKE A MOVIE JAR
When it comes to choosing the movies that go into your movie jar, have everyone in your household add in an equal amount of movies they’d love to watch. This can be a mix of ones they’ve never seen and old favorites. We decided to share most of our picks as we wrote them down but then we also all did one secret movie to surprise each other with! This 50 classic movies list I shared before includes a ton of the ones that made our jar!
MOVIE JAR RATING SYSTEM
If you decide to rate your movies like we did, we rated on a scale of 1-5 in four of the following categories:
CAST: This includes if it was a packed star cast as well as if we think it was cast correctly. Movies that we loved but had no one super famous in it could receive a 1 here.
THE FEEL: This category was how did the movie make you feel, from the set design to the soundtrack. A Nancy Meyers movie for me, like Father Of The Bride, would get a 5 here because it’s the ultimate good feeling.
THEN: For this category, was it an award winning favorite back when it came out? Did people like it?
NOW: The final category is would we still give it the same rating if we had watched it when it came out? Also were the topics discussed still appropriate today?
MOVIE JAR TOP 15 FAVORITES
Here is our top 15! This list includes some personal top favorites and then also some new ones that none of us had ever seen before and ended up loving!
MOVIE JAR 15 LEAST FAVORITES
The movies that didn’t do it for us (or we were a little too harsh on!)?! These choices were definitely ones we debated on as it wasn’t necessarily we didn’t like them, but may have been not a big cast or was a nostalgic pick for one of us!
Some of my favorites that made the bottom 15 that I would still recommend? The Ugly Dachshund (a cute Disney movie from the 60s with great fashion and cute pups), Airplane! and Clifford, which are two quirky dark comedies were favorites of my families growing up!