Both of my parents were very influential in turning me into a baby movie buff in my youth. Mom introduced my sister and I to her favorite ’80s flicks and had movie nights with us. Dad took us to the theater on rainy afternoons during our annual camping trips and on weekends.

My dad is still one of my most frequent theater companions, even giving in to my attempts to convert him into an Old Movie Weirdo by subjecting him to screenings at the Redford. I’ve been trying for ages to get him to collaborate with me on the blog, and he’s finally agreed! To kick of this series of dad’s movie musings, today he’ll be sharing his all-time “Top 10” list, and I’ll discuss whether I think his taste in films has had an impact on my own.

Note: Dad’s top 10 is actually a top 11. He insisted I begin the list with “0”. So, here’s the 0 – 10 ranking, haha.

0. Top Gun

1. About Last Night…

2. Legends of the Fall

3. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

4. A River Runs Through It

5. Idiocracy

6. St. Elmo’s Fire

7. Big Daddy

8. Rocky I

9. The Breakfast Club

10. The Wedding Planner

Putting this list together, I can definitely see a bit an influence on my own viewing. Eight of dad’s eleven favorites are films I also enjoy — perhaps not landing on my own top 10 list, but certainly falling under the category of “Movies I’ve Loved.” Six of those eight are films he introduced me to, when I watched them for the first time.

I can also see some of a more general influence on my own viewing — a love of big dramas set in the past (Legends of the Fall and A River Runs Through It), films of the ’80s (Top Gun, About Last Night…, St. Elmo’s Fire, and The Breakfast Club), and science fiction (Close Encounters).

On the flip side, there’s an undeniable influence of my sister and I on his viewing with the inclusion of The Wedding Planner in his top 10. Through raising two rom-com loving daughters, he’s developed a soft spot for the genre, too. We’ll have a whole post about that coming up in a few weeks!