Pedro Almodovar's colorful tale of a resourceful Spanish mother and her daughter was a darling of the international film circuit. The plot turns on the performance of Penelope Cruz, whose character, Raimunda, must deal with an alcoholic husband and an extended family still coping with the death of her mother. "Volver" is a movie about women and how their secrets and desires can keep a family together. For their efforts, Cruz and the other five actresses featured in the movie shared the best actress award at last year's Cannes Film Festival.
Joel Siegel says: "This is an exquisite movie that made my Ten Best list last year. Almodovar is one of the great directors. … Someone described this movie to me as a 'Field of Dreams' for women."
Dirty Dancing - 20th Anniversary Edition (1987)
No one can deny the long-lasting popularity of this late 1980s teen drama. Jennifer Grey plays Baby, the innocent teenager who finds herself and the respect of her parents with the help of Patrick Swayze's dance instructor, Johnny. It's a classic tale of young love dressed up in Latin dancing shoes.
Joel Siegel says: "They just did a poll in Britain and 'Dirty Dancing' is the movie more British women want to see than any other movie ever made. Moms and daughters like watching this movie together."