A couple months ago, I did a writing tip on Double Duty, using The Goonies as an example. This movie is one of my favorites for characterization because there are so many distinct characters.
This movie is a great model in layers of conflict. There is the conflict with her family, with herself, Mushu, the other soldiers, Shang, Chi Fu, the Hun army, and then the entire Chinese empire and its traditions.
This movie has characters with differing world views and backgrounds.
Second Hand Lions:
The level of story telling in this movie is amazing. It has a story within a story and we go on this ride where we learn what it is to believe and trust someone.
How to Train Your Dragon:
How to Train Your Dragon will always have a special place in my heart because it is what started the imaginative process for Bonded Souls, my WIP. It was all thanks to these guys, the Hideous Zipplebacks:
And this clip from the TV show:
These are some other favorites:
Dances With Wolves
The Prince & Me
Great movies can always help us write great stories.