The Top 10 Natural Disaster Movies

The Day After Tomorrow

My List of The Best Natural Disaster Films



A natural disaster is one caused by natural forces, like a flood, tornado or hurricane, which leads to environmental, human and economic losses.

No one likes a natural disaster in real life but disaster movies are a form of entertainment that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Movies like 2012, The Day After Tomorrow and The Perfect Storm depict disasters that could happen.

On this page, you will find the top ten natural disaster movies as ranked by the percentage of five-star Amazon customer reviews as found when I originally wrote this page for another website. That was a few years ago so there may be a couple of newer disaster movies that did not make this list.


The Day After Tomorrow (2004)


In The Day After Tomorrow (shown above), global warming has arrived causing tornadoes to destroy L.A., a tidal wave to wipe out New York and the northern hemisphere to freeze up. The movie revolves around a climatologist named Jack Hall, his colleagues and his son trying to survive the super storm that is headed their way. Here's the movie trailer:



Click here to rent, stream or purchase The Day After Tomorrow from Amazon.

2012 (2009)


2012 Movie
Some people believe that natural disasters will cause the end of human life in 2012. The Mayan calendar states that the world will end in 2012 and Einstein predicted that there will be a huge solar eclipse in that year. In the movie '2012,' there are many kinds of natural disasters, including floods, volcanoes and earthquakes, that destroy the both the earth and human life in the year 2012. It stars John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet and Oliver Platt.  Here's the movie trailer:



Click here to rent, stream or purchase 2012 from Amazon.

The Perfect Storm (2000)


The Perfect Storm

The Perfect Storm features a fishing group on a successful fishing trip. However, the only way they can sell the fish before it spoils is to reach the shore as soon as possible, which means that they risk their lives sailing through a hurricane. The Perfect Storm stars George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Diane Lane.  Here's a peek at the movie via movie trailer:


Click here to rent, stream or buy your copy of The Perfect Storm from Amazon.

The Perfect Storm: The Book


The Perfect Storm starts slowly but builds to a tragic ending, sharing the story of the fishing industry as well as the science of storm prediction. Learn about the people onboard the Andrea Gail who find themselves in the middle of the storm. This book shares interviews with those involved including survivors, families and rescue crews. As always, it is recommended that you read the book by Sebastian Junger before you watch the movie.

Buy the book from Amazon here.


Twister (1996) 


Twister
Twister is an older natural disaster movie worth watching. This thriller is packed with excitement and special effects. It tells the story of scientists following an extremely destructive weather system in Tornado Alley. Those scientists hope to learn more about tornadoes in order to develop a better early warning system. Twister stars Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton and Cary Elwes. Here's your peek via the official movie trailer.

Order your copy of Twister from Amazon by clicking here.


Tornado Tornado (1996)


Tornado movie is a made-for-television movie, which receives good marks. A storm chaser in Texas tries to guess when the twisters will strike. His meteorology professor has an invention which should prove helpful except they have to put it in the path of an oncoming twister. Definitely a race against mother nature. Amazon customer Merlin Marshall considers this movie better than Twister. He says that the way they show the weather service, weather map, and the tornado is better and considers this film to be more accurate than others. What do you think? If you have seen them both, be sure to let us know! You can read all of the Amazon customer reviews by clicking on the picture of the movie.

Find Tornado to stream or buy on DVD Amazon here.


Dante's Peak (1997)


Dante's PeakDante's Peak is beautifully set, which hides the fact that the town is located at the base of a dormant volcano. Of course, given that this is a natural disaster movie you can guess that the volcano is no longer dormant. Officials try to hush up the fact that there could be an eruption but soon it is impossible to hide the exploding volcano and it becomes a fight to leave town and survive. Dante's Peak stars Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton.

Stream, rent or buy your copy of Dante's Peak form Amazon here.






Volcano (1997)



Volcano
An earthquake hits Los Angeles and causes a volcano to push to the surface...and the people of Los Angeles discover the one volcano that they do not know about. Amazon calls this movie 'pulse-thrilling' and says that the action starts right away... Volcano stars Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Heche, Gaby Hoffmann and Don Cheadle. 

Stream or buy your copy of Volcano from Amazon here.
Disaster Zone: Volcano in New York


Disaster Zone: Volcano in New York (2006)


Disaster Zone: Volcano in New York features an unsuspected volcano under the city of New York, which is putting the entire city at risk. In just a short time, the city could be destroyed. Stars Costas Mandylor, Alexandra Paul, Michael Ironside, Michael Boisvert and Eric Breker.

Disaster Zone is available only on DVD.

Armageddon

Armageddon  (1998)


Armageddon is definitely an action-adventure movie, this one about a meteor storm. NASA's director realizes that there are just 18 days before the earth will be hit and destroyed by a meteor that is the same size as Texas. It brings in a team of rough oil drillers to drop a nuclear warhead into the core of the meteorite. Amazon rightly calls this film a thrill ride. Starring an all-star cast, which includes Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler and Will Patton.

Stream or buy your copy of Armageddon from Amazon by clicking here.

Earthquake

Earthquake (1974)


Earthquake is an older movie about ordinary people who must face a natural disaster together. Located in Southern California, they struggle to survive a huge earthquake and its subsequent shock waves.

Featuring a noteworthy cast, including Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy, Lorne Greene and Geneviève Bujold, this movie won Academy Awards for sound and special effects. I must say that, of the movies I have NOT seen on this page, this one perhaps intrigues me the most partly because of the cast and partly because of the Academy Awards.

Earthquake is available on blu-ray disc, DVD and instant video from Amazon.



Have you seen any of these natural disaster movies? Would you recommend any of them or do you have one you would like to add to this list? What is your favorite natural disaster movie?

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Brenda

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A selection of boxed sets available on blu-ray.

Movie Props and Memorabilia 
Fans of the movies will enjoy learning more about movie props and memorabilia.

Author's Note: Previously published elsewhere.

Celine Dion's The Magic Man Video

Listen to the Magic Man is one of two English songs that Celine Dion performed for movie the The Peanut Butter Solution. This song and one called Michael's Song were Celine's first English language recordings. Here's an early music video featuring the song and the movie:

The Peanut Butter Solution Blu-ray DVD Combo Release

The Peanut Butter Solution Blu-ray DVD

Those who have long wanted to rewatch The Peanut Butter Solution will be pleased to discover that the 1985 movie has finally been released on DVD and Blu-ray disc.  For years, the only option for watching this movie was a very dated VHS videotape. A choice which, because of rarity, had become expensive and necessitated the owning of a VCR.

For fun, here's a peek at the movie the movie trailer:


It is a French Canadian release, which explains the confusing text on the cover. However, both the blu-ray and the DVD disc have a copy of the movie in English and in French so you can buy it knowing you will be able to view it in the language you prefer. Also included in the case is a small booklet with pictures from the movie. Unfortunately, the text within that booklet is only in French.

If you have long wanted to own this movie, you can buy your copy from eBay by clicking here.

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Brenda

Quick Links:

Buy The Peanut Butter Solution from eBay.
Read my complete movie review.
The Peanut Butter Solution recipe for baldness.


Spider-Man Grabs A Starbucks Coffee

Spider-Man Grabs A Starbucks Coffee
I have not often written here about my crush on Spider-Man. However, many who I know in the online world are aware since he figures in my profile picture on places like Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

It was therefore a hoot when I saw him grab a coffee at Starbucks. Well, I saw him on a Youtube video, of course. Still a lot of fun and imagine if the web slinger had stopped in while you were at Starbucks!

Enjoy this video from the people at Sony Pictures Entertainment who brought to us the 2017 version of Spider-Man: Homecoming.

I have yet to write my review of Spider-Man: Homecoming but rest assured that I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. You will, too.



Wouldn't it be fun if Spider-Man stopped by when you were at Starbucks?

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Brenda


The Peanut Butter Solution Recipe for Baldness

The Peanut Butter Solution Recipe
I recently reposted my review of the 1985s movie, The Peanut Butter Solution, here on my movies blog and am also sharing this recipe, which does NOT come HIGHLY RECOMMENDED by me, LOL. Enjoy it at your own risk! It is posted simply for fun and not really intended to cure baldness. I think you will see why when you read the ingredient list.

The Peanut Butter Solution Recipe


Ingredients

1 really ripe banana
5 dead flies
1 rotten egg
3 licorice leaves
A fistful of kitty litter
3 Connie Crisps
3 Crosbie Crackers
9 spoons of soil
Glass of pepper's fizz
Spoonful of peanut butter

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a blender and then put them on your head, being particularly careful not to add too much peanut butter. Also be cautious of getting the mixture on the rest of your body as hair will grow wherever the mixture lands.

Unfortunately, I have no idea where I originally found this recipe many, many years ago.

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Read my review of The Peanut Butter Solution.

The Peanut Butter Solution Recipe for Baldness


The Peanut Butter Solution Movie Recipe


The Peanut Butter Solution Recipe





The Peanut Butter Solution Movie Review (1985)

The Peanut Butter Solution Movie Review

What Happens When You Misuse The Peanut Butter Solution?


Bald is beautiful...unless you are a young boy who suffers a bad fright and has all of his hair suddenly fall out. That is the story in The Peanut Butter Solution, a rare movie from 1985, which is currently only available on VHS videotape and not on DVD, which is now available in my eBay store as a Blu-ray and DVD combo.

What follows the loss of his hair is both touching and humourous. It really is a serious problem when he loses his hair but he does not quite follow the recipe that he receives for curing baldness and adds too much peanut butter...bald might have been bad but once that hair started to grow...look out! What follows is a hairy mess and, as the cover says, "a hair-raising family adventure" that will make you laugh out loud.

On this page, find more information and reviews of The Peanut Butter Solution as well as sources for buying your own copy of the movie. And, just in case you want to try it out, you can find a Peanut Butter Solution (for baldness) recipe here.


   

The Peanut Butter Solution Storyline


"Michael is an 11-year old who investigates a supposedly haunted house that has recently burned down. What he sees scares him so badly that he faints, and on top of that, two days later all of his hair falls out. A couple of ghosts give him a magic recipe to make his hair grow back, but Michael puts too much of one of the ingredients - peanut butter - in the concoction and astonishing results occur!"

Fast Facts About The Peanut Butter Solution


ACTORS: Mathew Mackay, Siluck Saysanasy, Alison Darcy, Michael Hogan, Michel Maillot

DIRECTOR: Michael Rubbo

WRITERS: Michael Rubbo, Andre Pelletier, Louise Pelletier, Vojtech Jasn

PRODUCERS: Jim Kaufman, Nicole Robert, Rock Demers

RATED: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

STUDIO: Anchor Bay

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 1985

VHS RELEASE DATE: July 28, 1994

RUN TIME: 94 minutes

MUSIC: Celine Dion performs two songs in English in this movie. They represent her first English recordings.

BLU-RAY DVD COMBO RELEASE DATE: April 11, 2017

Reviews of The Peanut Butter Solution


The Peanut Butter Solution MovieYES! The Peanut Butter Solution Is Really a Movie! The Peanut Butter Solution was not a figment of your imagination.

It is a movie that people remember vaguely and leave comments online like: I can't believe this was actually a real movie!, "I thought this movie was just a dream..." and, "Wow. It was actually real."

People have spent years trying to figure out what this weird movie was that they remember watching as a child. A movie in which a boy lost his hair and used something to grow it back. When they finally figure out that it was this movie, they feel better. One writer said, "There should be a society called The Peanut Butter Solution Viewers Anonymous... for those who saw this movie who were haunted by it and told that it doesn't exist".

Canuxploitation said"The Peanut Butter Solution has proven it has just enough of an eccentric Dr. Seuss touch to permanently wedge itself in the memories of young viewers. Watching it again today, the film holds up generally well, despite some dated special effects."

Click here to buy your copy of The Peanut Butter Solution Blu-ray DVD combo on eBay.

Have you seen The Peanut Butter Solution? Are you a fan of 1980s movies? Is there a movie that you remember from the past that is haunting you?

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Brenda

MORE RARE MOVIES:

Orson Welles' Ghost Story (1951)
The Cheaters (1945)
The Great American Cowboy (1973)
The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)

Author's Note: Previously published elsewhere.

Sesame Street's Abby Cadabby Gift Set


Continuing in my series of movies and shows based on toys for young children, let’s celebrate Sesame Street's Abby Cadabby in Wonderland.

In this fairy tale, Sesame Street's Muppet, fairy Abby Cadabby, falls asleep and follows a Red Rabbit (played by Elmo) down a rabbit hole and into a "Wonderland" where she encounters quirky and whimsical characters including Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum (played by Bert and Ernie) and The Cheshire Cat (played by Cookie Monster.)

Abby also attends a silly tea party presided over by a Mad Hatter (played by Grover) who also can be a "sad" hatter or a "glad" hatter with the change of a hat. Will Abby find her missing magic wand and be able to get back to Sesame Street or does the Grouch of Hearts (played by Oscar) have other plans?

Watch the trailer for yourself and see just how adorable this film is:



Fans of Abby Cadabby will want to own this movie. I am  pretty sure they would like to own this beautiful plush doll, too! Abby is so pretty! Pretty in pink. Put a copy of the movie and the plush to together to come up with a great gift set for a young Abby fan.


Is someone you know a fan of Abby?

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Quick Links:

Order Sesame Street's Abby Cadabby in Wonderland from Amazon.
Find this beautiful Gund Sesame Street Abby plush toy on Amazon.

Author's Note: Originally published elsewhere in 2008.

Candy Land Show Gift Set


Continuing in my series of movies and shows based on toys for young children, let’s celebrate Candyland: The Great Lollipop Adventure!

Candy Land The Great Lollipop Adventure 


The gingerbread boy in this television program, demonstrates responsibility, perseverance, and ingenuity on his adventure to the Candy Castle. The program features a cute story and five songs that will introduce your child to Candy Land in a whole new way. The 55-minute program is rated G.

You can order your copy of Candy Land on DVD from Amazon.

Candy Land The Board Game


It may be hard to believe but the game Candy Land has been in production since 1949. It is a simple board game, which is appropriate for young children because you do not have to be able to read to play it and you need only know basic counting skills. There is not even any strategy. You just follow directions and race through the game. The game is recommended for children between the ages of 3 and 7

Order your copy of the new version of the Candy Land game here.

Vintage Candy Land Board Games 


If you have fond memories of Candy Land, you might prefer to gift or to add a vintage copy of the board game to your collection. Click here to check out the vintage games available right now on eBay.  Remember that the listings on eBay are available from private sellers and, once they are sold, are gone forever so if you see a copy of the game you would like to own, don't wait to place your bid.

To create a fun gift set, put together a copy of the show on DVD with a copy of the game and maybe some candy.

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Brenda


Angelina Ballerina Gift Set

Angelina Ballerina Gifts

Angelina Ballerina Madame Alexander Doll

Continuing in my series of movies and shows based on toys for young children, let’s celebrate Angelina Ballerina Mousical Medleys!

The mouselings visit with the stars of Mousical the Musical may be ruined. In this hour-long show, Gracie jeopardises a dance-a-thon when she turns her attention to recycling.

To create a fun gift set, bring together a copy of the show on DVD, one of the pretty books and a beautiful Madame Alexander doll like the one shown here!

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Brenda

Quick Links:

Order your copy of Angelina Ballerina Mousical Medleys from Amazon.
See all of Amazon's Madame Alexander Angelina Ballerina dolls.



Tonka Tough Truck Adventures Gift Set


Toy company HASBRO and Kidtoons joined together to create movies and shows based on toys that are appropriate for young children to view. On this page, the fifth in a series, let's celebrate Tonka Tough Truck Adventures: The Biggest Show on Wheels!

Hard work. Heroics. Humor. Horsepower. Home cookin'. Combined to "drive" Tonka Tough Truck Adventures. Any construction truck loving boy or girl will enjoy watching Joe, a mechanic, and the other characters as they find adventure in a revved up world.

This show features unique vehicle characters as the heroes of the CGI-animated film. Join Joe, the master mechanic, along with the 12-ton, 4-wheel drive action heroes: Axle, Rally, Gator, Bolt, Fins, Slice, Cutter, Trapper, Dunes and Crusher in the small town of Biggsburg as they encounter big adventures in their super charged world.

To create a fun gift set, simply put together a copy of the DVD with one of the 4-wheel drive action heroes!

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Order your copy of Tonka Tough Truck Adventures from Amazon.
Find FINS here.

Bob the Builder: Teamwork Time Gift Set


Toy company HASBRO and Kidtoons joined together to create movies based on toys that are appropriate for young children to view. On this page, the forth in a series, let's celebrate Bob the Builder: Teamwork Time.

In the 2012 program, we find out all about teamwork when Dizzy learns to be thoughtful, Roley learns that safety is the most important, and Scrambler needs a team to get the job done, which are all important lessons.

I personally know a couple of grown men who would have loved to own this Bob the Builder Deluxe Talking Tool Belt set when they were little boys. It features everything your young (aged 2 to 5 years) builder requires to work his own construction site, including a pair of pliers, a screwdriver, a wrench, a hammer and a ruler. He’ll be impressed with the belt bucket when it speaks in Bob’s voice and, perhaps most importantly, he will LOVE wearing the hard hat.


If you are creating a gift set, start with a copy of the program on DVD and then add an item like this fun construction set!

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Brenda

Quick Links:

Order Bob the Builder Teamwork Time from Amazon.
Order the construction set here.


Noddy and Friends Movie Gift Set


Toy company HASBRO and Kidtoons joined together to create movies based on toys that are appropriate for young children to view. On this page, the third in a series, let's celebrate Noddy and Friends as seen on PBS.

Noddy is set in a village called Toyland whose people are "committed to friendship, respect, caring, and cooperation." The doll we know as Toddy loves helping others. In this film, he helps those around him realize that it doesn't really matter who goes first but rather that everyone gets a chance to take part.

If you are creating a gift set, start with a copy of the program on DVD and then add an item like this adorable plush Noddy!

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Brenda

Quick Links:

Order your copy of Noddy and Friends from Amazon.
Check out the Noddy toys on Amazon.

Author's Note: Originally published elsewhere in 2008.

Thomas & Friends Great Discovery Movie Gift Set


Toy company HASBRO and Kidtoons joined together to create movies based on toys that are appropriate for young children to view. On this page, the second in a series, let's celebrate Thomas and Friends: The Great Discovery Movie.





In this movie, Sodor Day is coming and the engines are busy preparing. When Thomas gets lost in the mountains, he discovers the old town of Great Waterton! Soon the whole island is buzzing with the news of his discovery. Sir Topham Hatt puts Thomas, along with his friends, in charge of restoring the town in time for the Sodor Day celebrations.



Fans of Thomas the Tank Engine need to start with a complete set like the Great Discovery set shown here though of course a complete set is expensive. If buying a set is too much for your budget there are, of course, plenty of other Thomas toy items available. Whatever you choose, combine it with a copy of the movie to create a great little boy's gift set!

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Brenda

Quick Links:

Buy your Thomas and Friends The Great Discovery Movie from Amazon.
Find the Great Discovery train set on Amazon.

Author's Note: Originally published elsewhere in 2008.





Harry Potter Wallets


Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. That is definitely the case with these attractive Harry Potter wallets. They feature themes from our favorite book and movie franchise and they are so cute that I hardly need say a word about them! A picture alone would do the job quite nicely.

Anyway, whether you prefer the Mischief Managed theme, you would like the Hogwarts Express wallet with the platform 9 3/4 reference or you always dreamed of an acceptance letter from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, there is a wallet for you.


You can read more about them and find them on eBay right now by clicking here. They seem reasonably priced for a product that is not leather. Yes, that is the obvious downside of these wallets. It would be great if they were leather but, if they were constructed from leather, no doubt they would be a lot more expensive.

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Brenda

Quick Links:

Buy your Harry Potter wallet on eBay.


Create A Barbie Mermaid Tale Gift Set


Toy company HASBRO and Kidtoons joined together to share movies based on popular toys that are appropriate for young children to view. On this page, the first in a series, let's celebrate Barbie in a Mermaid Tale 2. Here is a peek into the story via the official movie trailer:




The animated movie A Mermaid Tale 2 finds Barbie acting as the character Merliah, a champion surfer who also happens to be a mermaid and a princess. "Anything is possible when you stay true to yourself!"

Fans of Barbie and her adventures will want to own this 2013 animated Barbie movie and probably the first movie, too. I am also sure that they would like to own this mermaid-themed Barbie doll. Put the two items together to come up with a great gift set for a young Barbie fan. If you would like to put this gift set together for a wee one in your life, you will find the Mermaid dolls on Amazon by clicking here and the movies by clicking here.

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Brenda

Quick Links:

Order your copy of Barbie in a Mermaid Tale from Amazon here.
Find the mermaid Merliah Barbie doll here.
The Barbie Andy Warhol Doll.




Author's Note: Originally published elsewhere in 2008.

Kidtoons: Movie Fun For Young Kids

In 2004, KIDTOONS hit on a way to make life easier for parents. The movie company teamed up with toy giant HASBRO to develop movies based on toys that are appropriate for taking young children to see.

After that, Kidtoons expanded and teamed up with Sesame Street, National Geographic and many others, to bring a wide variety of G-rated animated entertainment to the screen every weekend at participating theatres across the country.

Every Saturday and Sunday, Kidtoons theatres showcased a fun, G-rated matinee movie and provided a family experience filled with entertaining, kid-friendly characters, as well as cartoon shorts, music videos and sing-alongs before each movie. They even had fun giveaways for the kids, such as stickers, temporary tattoos, activity books or toys after every film.

Here area a few of the films that were the result of this effort that are appropriate for young children. If you are trying to put together a movie themed gift package for a young child or just have a child who is really into a certain film, you will appreciate the interesting toys that are available to link up with each film.

The following titles have been included. Where indicated, you can click through to my page about a specific movie and theme.

Barbie in a Mermaid Tale 2
Thomas and Friends: The Great Discovery Movie
Sesame Street's Abby Cadabby in Wonderland
Noddy and Friends
Candy Land The Great Lollipop Adventure
Angelina Ballerina Mousical Medleys
Tonka Tough Truck Adventures - The Biggest Show on Wheels
Bob the Builder: Teamwork Time


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Brenda

More Children's Programming

Welcome to Pooh Corner Review
The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon
Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo

Author's Note: Originally published elsewhere in 2008.

Dark Angel Movie Review (2016)

I love many PBS Masterpiece productions and sat down with my husband to watch DARK ANGEL not quite knowing what I was getting into. When you watch this show, you need to know that this film is based on the true story of Britain's first female serial killer. Knowing that fact lets you know that what you are about to see is not a lovely, uplifting film but rather a very dark one and helps make sense of the number of deaths that occur fairly early in the film.


Joanne Froggatt, who played lady's maid Anna Bates on Downton Abbey, plays the notorious Victorian poisoner Mary Ann Cotton who was raised in the northeast England coal fields.

RECOMMENDED? Yes, I will recommend this film for fans of period pieces and the history of Britain. Be aware that there is sexual content and multiple deaths though not of the bloody and gory kind they but rather the violent result of arsenic poisoning.

How many people did the real life Mary Ann Cotton kill? The tally is not and will never be known though it is thought to be between 13 and 21. We lost count in the movie of the total number of people she killed in the film version of her story.

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Brenda

Quick Links:

Buy Dark Angel on Amazon.
Read about the real Mary Ann Cotton on the websited devoted to her story.


The Best Elizabeth Taylor Movies


Important Movies In Elizabeth Taylor's Career


Elizabeth Taylor was definitely an icon. She left us in 2011 but because of her amazing beauty, talent and incredibly long career, she left us with some very memorable movies.

This page is dedicated to the BEST ELIZABETH TAYLOR MOVIES. It includes some movies that are important for different reasons like There's One Born Every Minute in which Taylor made her acting debut. You will find the Liz Taylor movies that you have heard of like National Velvet, Cleopatra and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. You will also find a few films that are important but perhaps less well known unless, of course, you are an avid fan of 'Liz. Those films include movies like Reflections in a Golden Eye, Beau Brummell and Suddenly Last Summer.

From a collection of what is said to be more than 50 movies, it is hard to pick a single best Elizabeth Taylor movie because best means different things to different people so on this page you will find 18 of the films considered to be key in Liz Taylor's career. I am truly amazed and impressed by the body of work that she left behind. I think you will be, too.

Click here to see Amazon's collection of Elizabeth Taylor movies.


Elizabeth Taylor At The Movies 


Here is an interesting and well-done video, a nine minute introduction to Elizabeth Taylor's movies.



There's One Born Every Minute (1942)


In the 1942 production, There's One Born Every Minute, Elizabeth Taylor made her screen debut. She was just ten years old when she appeared in this comedy as the spoiled rotten daughter of a man who manufactures pudding, who enters into the mayoral race and who makes a promise that he cannot keep. Unfortunately, it appears that you cannot BUY There's One Born Every Minute in any format. Not one of Taylor's best movies but definitely noteworthy since it was the first.

Lassie, Come Home (1943)


This is a classic movie featuring a couple of faces you might recognize including Roddy McDowall and Elizabeth Taylor, the latter who was already considered a beauty at the age of ten when she appeared in Lassie Come Home. Roddy and Elizabeth help Lassie escape an unkind master. This film is great for many reasons including the fact that we see a young Elizabeth Taylor in it but one must not forget Lassie was a great actor, too. This movie delivers a romantic score, a return to simpler times and a strong message about loyalty.

Order Lassie Come Home from Amazon.


National Velvet (1944) 


National Velvet is considered Elizabeth Taylor's break through role. She was just 12 years old when she established herself in the heart of her fans and there she would stay for the rest of her life. This classic film also features Mickey Rooney, Anne Revere (who won an Oscar as the mother), Donald Crisp and Angela Lansbury.

National Velvet tells the story of a young girl who enters her horse in the Grand National Steeplechase. It was considered by many one of the nicest movies of its time and one of Elizabeth Taylor's best movies.

Order National Velvet from Amazon.


Father of the Bride (1950)


Father of the Bride is a 1950 Vincente Minnelli movie, which stars Spencer Tracy as the father who is trapped in the details of his daughter's wedding and Elizabeth Taylor as the beautiful bride. Tracy was extremely well played and won an Academy Award nomination for his "magnificent, gruffly warm and funny" portrayal of the father and Taylor's beauty as a bride was presented in all of its glory.

Father of the Bride also earned Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and for Screenplay. The story went on to have almost as many versions as Eliazbeth Taylor did weddings...but that's another story.

Order Father of the Bride from Amazon.

A Place in the Sun (1951)



A Place in the Sun is the 1951 movie that Kenneth Turan, movie critic for the L.A. Times discusses in the video shown above as THE Elizabeth Taylor role he would recommend, if he had to chose just one. He highly praises Taylor's performance in this movie saying that she had a "young honesty and captivating naturalness." He said that this movie featured an extraordinary, standout performance by Taylor and that she was able to handle some extremely close up shots that many actresses would not have been able to handle -- from a beauty and a talent perspective.

The Amazon reviewer says that, "Taylor makes a strong impression, but Winters is awfully good in the less-glamorous role. The tone of the film is oppressive -- the film doesn't exactly breathe with possibility -- but there are lots of good reasons to give this movie a visit." If you decide this is the film to see based on Kenneth Turan's recommendation, be aware that it is not an upbeat movie.

Order A Place in the Sun from Amazon.


The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)



1954 was definitely the busiest year of Elizabeth Taylor's movie career as she appeared in four movies. Some of these are also amongst her hard-to-find movies with one never released on DVD and one that has been discontinued on DVD. Read more...

Starring Elizabeth Taylor and Van Johnson, The Last Time I Saw Paris is F. Scott Fitzgerald's love story which tells of a G.I. who wants to be a writer who falls in love with alcohol when his book is not well received. Elizabeth tries to protect him from his desire to self-destruct by showering him with love.

Read more: The Last Time I Saw Paris movie review or order your copy from Amazon.

Beau Brummell (1954)



Beau Brummell has not been released on DVD (in North American format) and is therefore only available on a somewhat rare VHS videotape or by rental through Amazon by clicking here.

Elephant Walk (1954)



In Elephant Walk Elizabeth Taylor plays a newlywed who goes to a tea plantation and falls in love with someone else. Love does not turn out to be the big problem. Instead, it is the cholera epidemic, drought and thirst driven elephants that cause the big issues. Elephant Walk is now available on DVD or as a video rental from Amazon.

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Rhapsody


In Rhapsody, Elizabeth Taylor is a young woman who is in love with two men. She goes abroad with a violinist but meets a pianist and must pick between the two. This is a romantic movie filmed partly in Paris, Zurich, St. Moritz and Rome. My kind of movie, well at least the travel part sounds like my kind of movie. I am perfectly content with the one man in my life, LOL.

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Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)


Suddenly, Last Summer has an impressive lineup which includes Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift, Albert Dekker, Mercedes McCambridge and Gary Raymond. The story is that of psychiatric doctor in the 1930s and a female patient who is a lobotomy candidate because she witnessed her male cousin die in Spain the previous summer.

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BUtterfield 8 (1960)


Elizabeth Taylor won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in BUtterfield 8. It featured Taylor and Laurence Harvey and was based on a 1935 John O'Hara novel but the story is said to only slightly resemble the novel.

Taylor plays a model with loose morals who has a chance to change her ways when she meets and spends time with a man who married for money and is unhappy about having done so. They fall for each other but have to defeat some of their own problems.

Amazon calls it a "big boozy melodrama, full of gorgeous clothes, catty comments and emotional showdowns." Taylor is said to do a great job of being overblown and sincere at the same time and her portrayal of the emotions of grief and anger are considered immediate and genuine.

If you are wondering about the title of BUtterfield 8, that is a capital B and a capital U and then the number 8, it apparently comes from the old telephone exchange names in the United States and Canada. Until the 1960s, telephone numbers were often referred to by a name. Wikipedia says that BUtterfield 8 "provided service to ritzy precincts of Manhattan's Upper East Side." Dialing a B and a U are equal to a 2 and an 8 and when you add the 8 already mentioned in the name, you get the number 288.

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Cleopatra



Considered one of the most lavish films ever made, Cleopatra tells the story of the Queen of the Nile and her lovers, Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. Richard Burton and Rex Harrison are considered to have given excellent performances but Elizabeth Taylor was definitely the star and this is one of the most glamorous roles she took on during her lengthy acting career.Cleopatra won Oscars for cinematography, sets and special effects. Amazon says, "Bolstered by a talented supporting cast and utterly stunning backdrops, here is a truly epic portrayal of the woman who conquered two of Rome's greatest soldiers, affected the course of history, and became synonymous with beguiling beauty."

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The Sandpiper (1965)



1965's The Sandpiper is an Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton movie which also stars Eva Marie Saint and Charles Bronson and is directed by Vincent Minnelli. It's a small town story of illicit love between a single mother and a married minister. The mother shocks a private school system and its Episcopalian priest with her bohemian ways but eventually the woman and the priest are attracted to each other.

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Reflections In A Golden Eye (1967)


Reflections in a Golden Eye starred Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Brian Keith and Julie Harris. It tells the story of these and two other characters including their dark secrets, failures and obsessions. It takes place in a military camp and shares the story of Captain Weldon Penderton and his wife.

Reflections In A Golden Eye was supposed to have featured Montgomery Clift. However, he passed away before the film started and Marlon Brando eventually took the spot.

Wikipedia says that this movie was originally put out with all the scenes tinted golden and with one object colored normally. It was confusing to audiences so it was withdrawn. I think it would be interesting to see that effect today.

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966) 



Elizabeth Taylor won her second Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.




Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf is a 1966 movie adapted from a play of the same name featuring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal and Sandy Dennis. It was extremely well received and was nominated for an Academy Award in every category possible (thirteen) and won five of them including the Academy Award for Best Actress for Elizabeth Taylor (her second) and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Sandy Dennis as well as for Best Art Direction, Cinematography and Costume Design.

Elizabeth Taylor was brash, drunk and frustrated as the wife of a university academic. Richard Burton was the history professor who happened to be married to the college president's daughter. George Segal and Sandy Dennis played the younger couple who had no understanding of the psychological games that they were being drawn into.

Amazon Customer K. Harris calls this movie "one of film's greatest performances" and says that it is one you should not miss. She calls Elizabeth Taylor a wonder especially in this role when she is not a beauty but rather a "desperate, vicious, sexual, middle-aged hag." With Richard Burton as a hen-pecked husband, George Segal as the rival and Sandy Dennis as the naïve wife, this is a movie you should NOT miss. Harris closes by saying that this movie is also funny "a wicked, nasty, bitterly hilarious story" and that every adult who loves "awesome entertainment, great writing and magical performances" should see.

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Elizabeth Taylor Signature Collection


A BOXED SET CONTAINING FOUR OF ELIZABETH TAYLOR'S BEST MOVIES: NATIONAL VELVET, FATHER OF THE BRIDE, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF AND BUTTERFIELD 8.

If I were looking to buy a number of her BEST movies, I would consider buying this set, which covers almost thirty years of Elizabeth Taylor's career starting as it does in 1944 with National Velvet and ending in 1960 with Butterfield 8.

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Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton Film Collection


THIS BOXED SET INCLUDES WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF SPECIAL EDITION, THE COMEDIANS, THE SANDPIPER AND THE V.I.P.S.

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were an amazing pair of British actors. Amazon calls them, "a perfect storm of talent, glamour and offscreen scandal" which describes them and their lives together on and off screen perfectly. (Taylor was married to Burton, twice.)

This four movie set features films from the 1960s, their heyday and includes Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (for which Taylor received an Academy Award), The V.I.P.s, The Sandpiper (which received an oscar for the song The Shadow of Your Smile) and The Comedians.

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IN CLOSING


What do YOU think are the BEST Elizabeth Taylor movies?

See you
at the movies!
Brenda

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