My favorite movie is probably the Lord of the Rings trilogy from Peter Jackson, though it is not without competition. These movies were my first introduction to the incredible world created by Tolkien, and inspired me to later read the trilogy of novels that the movies were based on.
There are several things I like about the movies. One is that the story is not what it seems to be at face value. Watching the movie for the first time, one would think that the primary story is about destroying an evil ring. However, when investigated further, one finds that it is really much more about the journey than the end result. Once one comes to this realization, it answers the oft-asked question: Why didn’t the eagles, who helped out at the beginning and saved them at the end, not just fly the ring to Mordor and drop it in Mt. Doom? The answer is simple: that would miss the point. The real story is the bond of friendship that grows between Frodo and Sam, the reinstating of the proper king of Gondor, and the tragedy of Smeagol.
Another, more “surface-level”, aspect of the movies that I enjoyed was the reserved nature of the CGI used. The movies were made in the early 2000s, so the capability of computer graphics was far more limited than it is today. Jackson realized this, and unlike many movies of the time, was not overly flashy with the computer generated imagery. Because of this, these movies are still watchable and believable a decade later.
A third aspect of the movies that I like is the excellent performances by many of the actors, especially Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen. They played their parts convincingly, and were true to the characters they represented from the novels.
I highly recommend these movies to anyone who has not seen them (and who has about 10 hours to spare).