What is your favorite movie?
This question is almost impossible for many of us to answer. The answer is constantly changing due to your mood, what movies have just come out, and what older movies you've just recently seen. It's right up there with "what is your favorite TV show" and "what is your favorite song" in terms of difficulty or how long the answer actually holds true. It's also a question that can have a contradictory answer when asked in succession with another question of a similar nature. For example, you might tell someone your favorite director is Quentin Tarantino, but it's very possible that your favorite movie at the moment is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. It really all depends on how diverse your interests are. Lucky for us regular everyday people, when we answer this question, the response isn't frozen in time in the form of a printed or recorded interview.
These fifteen celebrities have been in the unfortunate situation of having to answer this question when the cameras were rolling or the ink was printing. Let's see some of the answers they've given when one of the hardest questions to answer was popped.
15 Shailene Woodley
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Shailene Woodley is known for her role in the Divergent series of films as well as her role in The Fault in Our Stars based on the book of the same name by John Green. Shailene Woodley has said her favorite movie is Dirty Dancing. Though the film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey falling in love through the art of dance pre-dates Woodley's birth by four years (Dirty Dancing was released in 1987 and Woodley was born in 1991), this isn't all too surprising as a viewing of Dirty Dancing is practically a rite of passage for a young girl, almost as much so as a viewing of 1978's Grease musical starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.
Woodley is also a fan of Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge!, a highly stylized musical starring Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman.
14 Beyonce Knowles
A Star is Born (1954)
Beyonce Knowles seems to ooze a certain degree of class, so it's kind of fitting that she'd pick a Judy Garland film from the 1950s. There is another reason this film is a fitting choice for Beyonce as some aspects of the film mirror her own life.
In the film, Judy Garland is an aspiring singer who, through her manager, begins to make huge strides in her career and becomes a major singing star. In the film, Garland's manager is a washed-up alcoholic who was once a big name actor. Tension begins to rise between Garland and her manager as her career takes off, and his continues to go down the tubes. While Beyonce didn't experience this with her manager, it is similar to her situation with her girl-group Destiny's Child once Beyonce was urged to go solo.
13 Kim Kardashian
This is probably the least surprising celebrity to favorite movie pairing on this entire list. No, not because of the easy joke that Kim herself is "clueless", but because Kim is about the right age to have been a young teen when the film came out. Almost every teenager went to see this movie when it was first released. If your parents didn't drop you off in front of the theater to see Clueless on a group date, you probably weren't a very social teenager.
Clueless jump-started a lot of careers including those of Breckin Meyer, Paul Rudd, and the late Brittany Murphy. Somehow the film's star, Alicia Silverstone, went under the radar and took on smaller projects. This is surprising because she seemed to be on the verge of becoming a huge star.
12 Kanye West
Kanye West has an interesting taste in films, as he's cited both There Will Be Blood and Pacific Rim as two of his favorite films on his Twitter account. However, in interviews West (or 'Yeezy' if you prefer) has called Katsuhiro Otomo's adaption of the Akira comic (manga) series his favorite film of all time.
Akira is an animated film from Japan (commonly known as anime) that pretty much put anime on the map in United States. It's a rather complicated film involving biker gangs, government protests, politicians, and some scientists that dug a little too deep into things they didn't understand. All this surrounds a man Tetsuo who begins to notice some strange supernatural powers growing inside of him after becoming part of a secret government project. It's a hard film to describe to someone, and the manga it's based on might be even harder to explain.
11 Meghan Trainor
Just Friends (2005)
Meghan Trainor recently released a song for The Peanuts Movie called 'Better When I'm Dancin'. While we're sure she enjoyed the film that boasts her song on its soundtrack, it doesn't seem to be on her list of all-time favorite films.
Trainor has told US magazine her favorite film of all time is the romantic comedy Just Friends, starring Ryan Reynolds and Amy Smart as high school best friends that are reunited later in life over the Christmas season. A lot of people might shove Just Friends off as a throw-away rom-com (after all, it does feature Reynolds in an awful 'fat-suit' in many of the film's flashback scenes), but it's surprisingly good despite it's 6.2 IMDb rating. The flick airs on television a lot and it's totally worth checking out if you happen to see it on.
10 Lady Gaga
La Haine (1995)
Lady Gaga has established herself as a more artistic soul, despite the fact her music is rather typical Top 40 pop radio fare. Most of her art seems to come through in her live performances, costuming, and music videos, more-so than in any of her hit singles themselves. Since Gaga seems to have a penchant for the art-house crowd, it isn't all that surprising that she would cite La Haine, a black and white French film made in 1995, as her favorite flick.
La Haine is a rather powerful film about a day in the life of three men in France following a racially charged riot. The three men are from a diverse neighborhood and they reflect that diversity - One is Jewish, one is black, and one is Arabian. Unfortunately, this neighborhood is overlooked by a racist police force.
9 Angelina Jolie
Despicable Me films (2010, 2013)
Angelina Jolie has a lot of different answers when asked about her favorite movies. In an interview with Yahoo! Movies, Angelina mentioned liking a lot of different movies for a number of different reasons.
Jolie mentions she likes a movie like Lawrence of Arabia for the journey the film takes you on and drops the film's name as one of the reasons she wanted to make movies.
As far as films she's probably quoted the most in her life, she says she quoted Scarface a lot in her younger days and liked Pacino films a lot in general.
However, all said and done, Angelina gushes about the Despicable Me films. She started watching them with her kids, but she legitimately enjoys them herself.
8 Brad Pitt
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Brad Pitt's favorite movie might come as a shock to a lot of people. While we're sure he spends just as much time watching the Despicable Me films with Angelina and their children, Pitt says the original 1968 Planet of the Apes film starring Charlton Heston and written by Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling. Unlike the current version of the Planet of the Apes franchise, the original films took place at a time where intelligent apes already ruled over primitive humans.
Pitt is also a big fan of the John Travolta disco film Saturday Night Fever, as well as the Jack Nicholson classic One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
7 Ed Sheeran
English singer/song-writer Ed Sheeran has been dominating the music charts the last couple of years with major hits like Photograph and Thinking Out Loud. While Ed Sheeran's talents in the art world lay firmly in the world of music, he obviously takes some time to relax and watch a few movies every now and again.
Sheeran told MTV that his favorite movie of all time is the Martin Scorsese mobster flick Goodfellas starring Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, and mob film standard Joe Pesci.
Even though Goodfellas has more than it's fair share of nudity, violence, and swearing, Sheeran says his least favorite movies are horror films.
6 Miley Cyrus
Steel Magnolias (1989)
Steel Magnolias is a classic film about a group of women in a small town in the American South who all work or congregate in a small barber shop owned by Truvy Jones, played by Dolly Parton. What might seem like a light film at first opens up later to reveal the pressing drama the women face outside of Truvy's Beauty Parlor. If you've seen it, it seems like the type of film that a fifteen year old Miley Cyrus in her innocent Hannah Montana days might enjoy the film, but it certainly doesn't seem like the type of flick the wild and out Miley we know today would enjoy.
It would seem people are like movies - you should never judge them by their covers.
5 Tom Hardy
Tom Hardy definitely seems to be Hollywood's current "man's man". He's the man that every woman seems to crush on, and every man wants to be. It comes as no surprise that one of Hardy's favorite films Oliver Stone's multiple Oscar winning Vietnam War film Platoon.
Platoon stars Charlie Sheen giving a brilliant performance as soldier Chris Taylor experiencing a psychological meltdown as he witnesses the horrors of war, as well as horrors within his own platoon. These were the days before Sheen's very public meltdown. It's a shame because he could have been an incredible presence in Hollywood (much like Tom Hardy himself) for his talents rather than his downward spiral.
Hardy himself is a huge film buff, so Platoon is just one film he tends to name when the question comes up. Some honorable mentions are La Haine, The Princess Bride, and Big Lebowski.
4 Charlize Theron
I Could Go On Singing (1963)
In the book You Gotta See This by Cindy Pearlman, a number of stars talk about their favorite films of all time. Charlize Theron's pick is the 1963 film I Could Go On Singing starring Judy Garland and Dirk Bogarde. Theron's explanation in the pages of You Gotta See This is:
"...when a movie is on at seven in the morning, and you're up intently watching it, then you know it must be a good movie. I'd rather be sleeping at that hour."
She also mentions she likes the movie because "the girl steals the boy".
Theron goes so far as to say that it is the best film she's ever seen and it's her favorite movie of all time.
3 Demi Lovato
Donnie Darko (2001)
The fact that Demi Lovato is a big fan of Donnie Darko isn't all too surprising. Darko is definitely one of the great somewhat underground films of her generation. Anyone who has seen it usually loves it, or at least can't stop thinking about it after they've seen it.
The film from director Richard Kelly stars a young Jake Gyllenhaal as the titular character. Donnie is a troubled young man who is called out to by a man named Frank who wears a rather horrifying version of an Easter bunny suit. Frank seems to know when the world is going to end, and recruits Donnie to be the one who makes it stop. Unfortunately, this puts the emotionally troubled Donnie into a lot of strange positions in regards his family, his school, his circle of friends, and his small community.
2 Bradley Cooper
The Celebration (1998)
In a piece on his favorite films of all time for Rotten Tomatoes, Bradley Cooper names of five films but admits his list of favorite films, like everyone else, is always subject to change. Cooper mentions the films Life Lessons (New York Stories), The Shop Around the Corner, The Conversation, and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. While Cooper tells Rotten Tomatoes that the latter is "the best film ever made", it would seem Cooper most often name drops a film called The Celebration when he is asked what his favorite film is.
The Celebration is the first film in the Dogme 95 film movement started by The Celebration's director Thomas Vinterberg and director Lars von Trier.
The Dogme 95 movement is a strict set of rules for avant-garde film making so films can be made more purely, without any technological gimmicks or special effects. Sound has to be recorded with the images, props can't be brought to the shooting locations, cameras must be held by hand, and no artificial sound or lighting can be used. These are just a few of the ten rules to the Dogme 95 manifesto.
1 Jennifer Lawrence
Movie: The Big Lebowski (1998)
Considering Jennifer Lawrence is a huge fan of mindless reality television, you might think that she would prefer the type of movies that allow the viewer an opportunity to turn their brain off for a couple of hours. The fact that one of her favorite films is from writer/director duo Joel and Ethan Coen seems a little bit surprising. The basic plot of the film is very simple: Thinking Jeff Lebowski is another man with the same name, two thugs urinate on his rug. Jeff tries to find the other Lebowski to pay for the ruined rug. That's really it.
Despite the hilarious and simple plot line, characters and high stakes situations keep piling on. It's a rather clever flick with a little something for everybody. It maintains a rather high rating of 8.2 on IMDb and a "94% Liked It" audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.