Movies by Cameron Crowe :: My Top Five

1. Almost Famous


I always tell the girls, never take it seriously, if ya never take it seriously, ya never get hurt, ya never get hurt, ya always have fun, and if you ever get lonely, just go to the record store and visit your friends.” ~ Penny Lane

“Hold me closer, Tiny Dancer.”

My second favorite movie of all-time, especially the extended/director’s cut version which is just perfect to me. I wish I could take a month off and spend a vacation on Doris the bus with the band, and William Miller, and Penny and the Band Aids. There is heartbreak here, there’s desperation and loneliness, and there are all these flaws and missteps we make as we grow, but there is all this music, and the music is key, it is what connects all of them together, for better, and worse – which is what I think the scene above illustrates so perfectly – my all-time favorite music in a movie scene.


2. Singles


Somewhere around 25, bizarre becomes immature.” ~ Janet Livermore

“I prefer bless you.”

I forget sometimes how much I love this movie until I sit down and watch it again. I was the same age as the characters when it came out, living on my own (albeit with a boyfriend and in California), and so much of it resonated with how I felt at the time (it still resonates, even if it is so very 90’s), and the music was just incredible, as is the case with all Cameron Crowe movies. It has also become a movie I watch and say “whatever happened to…(Bridget Fonda, Campbell Scott, Kyra Sedgwick, and even Matt Dillon – all who are terribly underused in the “2000’s”).


3. Say Anything


I am looking for a dare to be great situation.” ~ Lloyd Dobler

“In your eyes”

Though I have my Lloyd Dobler issues which I have written pages and pages about, I do love so much of this movie above and beyond Lloyd and Diane, I even love Lloyd on his own, it is just in the “future with Diane” that I have major problems with. The movie though, it is so much of the late 80’s to me, the music, the feel of the film, characters like Corey and her songs about Joe, and Lloyd’s sister, and the epic party, and the long drive home when Lloyd and Diane have to take “Barbra Streisand’s son” home, and the dialogue that felt true to the age, and the time.


4. Vanilla Sky


“Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around.” ~ Sofia

Alternate realities are a thing for me, something I love and find interesting and intriguing and think a lot about, and music and pop culture are also my thing, so pouring them into each other, stirring and shaking them together into this artistic story about perception and reality, and self, is remarkable to me. I know it isn’t a favorite of critics, and has been harshly compared to the original, but I still really like it, a lot. The music is incredible, too, but I think I could say that about all of Crowe’s films.

“One kiss.”


5. We Bought a Zoo


You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” ~ Benjamin

“True joy.”

This story got to me big time, the family dynamic that is not so typical, the unexpected path chosen, the things we do to make our children happy, the found happiness that sometimes we fall into, fail at, but get right eventually. This movie touched me, and it touched my own children, too. I’d say the music, but haven’t I mentioned music each and every time (it is wonderful though).


4 thoughts on “Cameron Crowe Movies :: Friday Five

  1. I watched We Bought a Zoo after I realized I couldn’t go to Colorado and get my Zoology degree. Even though I own it, I can’t seem to watch it again because now it’s so tangled up in a sort of “the life I might have had” feel and I just get really emotional even when the movie is mentioned. That being said, I’m really, really happy you included it in this list. 🙂 I LOVE Matt Damon playing a dad. He’s so good at it!

    1. He really was perfect in that role, wasn’t he? I loved it and I know a lot of people didn’t love it, but it really touched me for a variety of reasons. That said, I can see how it would have emotional weight for you – I have movies like that, too. Hope my inclusion of it did not make you feel sad.

      1. The quote made me really happy, actually. Then I remembered the scene with the tiger and got sad. 🙁

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