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Your Favorite Films Based On Your Horoscope

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For those who put stock in it, astrology can provide guidance on a variety of subjects. Zodiac signs can help us consider who to date or what sort of career to pursue. Horoscopes can help us decipher our thoughts and feelings; they can help us enjoy the good days and cope with the bad days. The stars, some believe, can show us our strengths and weaknesses, and allow us to understand ourselves on a more cosmic level. 

But can they also make movie recommendations? 

If an ancient practice that was once considered a legitimate science can point you in the direction of someone to spend your life with or something to spend your life doing, you can probably believe it's able to suggest something to do watch, say, a Friday night. Since our astrological houses can influence our likes and dislikes as well as our personality quirks, the Zodiac can also be used to identify what might be your preferred genre and even a potential favorite new movie. Do you often find yourself in the mood for a bodice-ripping romance? Are you eagerly anticipating the next punch-em-up comic book adaptation? Are you in the bag for gag-a-minute screwball comedies? There might well be a reason for it that's been written in the sky since shortly after the big bang. Read on to find out what movies you'll love, based on your astrological sign. 

Aries - Action Hero Movies

If you're an Aries (March 21 – April 19), chances are you go to the movies for an adrenaline rush. As the first sign in the zodiac, you consider yourself a path-forger. You're bursting at the seams of your broken-in jeans and well-worn leather jacket with confidence and purpose, always on the lookout for some action. When your regular life doesn't afford you the opportunity to kick butt and take names, you escape into high-octane stories that let you imagine what it might be like to deploy your gifts — courage, physical prowess, relentless pursuit — on a grander scale. Aries are hot-blooded but not without a sense of humor, so you gravitate toward titles and characters that are bombastic yet winking, and sometimes (like you) misunderstood. 

These qualities can be found in 1993's "Last Action Hero," co-written by Shane Black, which is both a parody of and homage to the action hero genre. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as both himself and fictional action hero Jack Slater, the film is about a boy named Danny who gets sucked into an action movie and must rely on his knowledge of the genre's conventions to help himself and the characters survive. "Last Action Hero" was a critical and commercial disappointment in its day, but home video has since made it a cult classic. Aries will also enjoy Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" Trilogy. 2002's earnest yet cheeky "Spider-Man" ushered in the modern era of comic book movies, while "Spider-Man 2" remains one of Spidey's best showcases. For a more down-to-Earth and psychological examination of an Aries-type, try 2008's "Hancock," in which Will Smith stars as a superhuman struggling with daily life in Los Angeles. 

Taurus - Cozy Travelogues

As a Taurus (April 20 – May 20), you're set in your ways. But that's only because you know how to live well, and your entertainment choices are likely to reflect that. Most of the time, you're grounded and dependable. A creature of routine, you're prone to staying in the same job or relationship for a long, long time. However, when you're ready to break your rut, you become a globetrotting pleasure seeker who appreciates luxuries like exotic cuisine, fine wine, charming ambiance, and rarified experiences. If actually jetting off to, say, Paris or the tropics won't fit in the budget or the schedule, you find solace in low-stakes movies that transport you. 

Tauruses will vibe with "The Holiday," Nancy Meyers' 2006 Christmas rom-com starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet, which should appeal to both their homey and adventurous sides. Diaz's Amanda and Winslet's Iris — strangers living in Los Angeles and London respectively — have just discovered that the objects of their affections are actually getting cozy with other women (a major no-no for a devoted Taurus). Via a home-swap website, they agree to essentially switch lives for awhile. Iris learns to advocate for herself in L.A. while Amanda acclimates to a cozier provincial life in her borrowed U.K. cottage with Iris's handsome brother. "The Holiday" follows an unsurprising path, but it's deeply satisfying by the time the end-credits roll — which is exactly to a Taurus's tastes. Also on the cinematic menu for this zodiac sign: 2009's "Julie & Julia" about a blogger who commits to cooking all 524 recipes in Julia Child's cookbook, and 2010's "Eat Pray Love" starring Julia Roberts as Elizabeth Gilbert, the memoirist who traveled Italy, India, and Bali in search of self-actualization (or at least a really relaxing vacation). 

Gemini - Witty Dramedies

If the comedy and tragedy masks that symbolize the dramatic arts were themselves a constellation, they'd surely represent Geminis (May 21 – June 20). That's because people born under this zodiac sign contain multitudes; one minute they're after a good laugh, they next they want a cathartic cry. Geminis are so inconsistent because they can't shut their brains off. Intensely curious and creative, they're always examining things from new angles and looking for ways to express their latest epiphanies. Because of their constantly evolving personalities, these outgoing smarty-pants can be hard to get to know, despite their sociable nature. Since Geminis value their superior intelligence and sharp wit above all else, they seek out wry movies that challenge them and defy easy classification. 

The best example of a film tailor-made for Geminis is 2002's "Adaptation." This mind-bending meta dramedy is so multi-layered, it's easier to recommend it than it is to explain it. In short, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman had trouble adapting Susan Orlean's book "The Orchid Thief" for the screen, so he wrote a movie about himself and his semi-failed writing process instead. Nicolas Cage plays neurotic Charlie and his laid back (and fictional) twin brother Donald in a story that folds in on itself like literary origami. Geminis will appreciate Cage's dual role as well the film's originality and frequent tonal and genre shifts. They'll also be tickled by Colin Trevorrow's influential indie debut, 2012's "Safety Not Guaranteed," in which a magazine writer and intern investigate a small-town classified ad recruiting a subject for time travel. Finally, even if Geminis have already seen it, Bill Murray's 1993 time loop comedy "Groundhog Day" merits a re-watch. It's even more clever than you remember.  

Cancer - Family Films

It's okay, Cancer (June 21 – July 22), to admit that — not all that deep down — you're a softie. Like a tail wagging a dog, you're led by your emotions. In life, that means you form strong attachments and readily sympathize with others, though sometimes your moodiness gets the best of you. In your viewing habits, that means you prefer sentimental fare. You're a sucker for movies about the love between pets and their humans, kids and their parents, and families overcoming obstacles. You're sensitive, so you try to avoid films that are unnecessarily traumatic or manipulative, but you don't mind stories that tug on your heartstrings, as long as everything turns out okay in the end. 

Cancers will empathize with Lucas and his dog Bella in 2019's "A Dog's Way Home." When certain breeds of dogs are forbidden within his city's limits, Lucas has to send his beloved pooch away to live on a farm hundreds of miles away. But their bond is so strong, Bella begins the arduous journey back to her owner, regardless of the improbable distance and bothersome regulations that separate them. Most cancers will relate to animated movies, too, which often explore family dynamics. 2009's "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" has a particularly sweet father-son relationship at its core. For something a little more adult, James L. Brooks' 2004 film "Spanglish" — which revolves around a dysfunctional affluent white family cohabitating with the Mexican mother and daughter who work for them — doesn't shy away from its awkward generational, cultural, and class clashes, but it still manages to be uplifting. 

Leo - Historical Epics

Leos (July 23 – August 22) tend to see themselves as the main character, and not just in their own lives. These majestic kings of the jungle know they possess power and charisma, but they're affable enough to temper their ambitions so that their many fans and followers actually like and respect them. Leos like shiny objects and pageantry, but they love nothing more than praise and attention. It's their not-so-secret desire to go down in history (as long as they don't have to work too hard to become legend). As such, Leos identify with the grandeur of historical epics, which allow them to experience the thrill of having achieved greatness by proxy. 

Since Leos aren't too self-serious, they'll get a kick out of the 2001's "A Knight's Tale," which stars the late Heath Ledger in an absolutely sparkling performance as a medieval peasant named William who ascends to knighthood thanks to his charm, jousting skills, and some forgivable deception. This purposefully poppy, anachronistic adventure comedy remixes the past — including real British history as well as Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" — into a spirited tale for the present. Another Leo favorite could be 1998's lively and gorgeous "The Mask of Zorro," starring Antonio Banderas as he takes over the mantle of sultry swashbuckler from Anthony Hopkins. And finally, aficionados of classic cinema (and really long movies) should check out one of history and Hollywood's most epic protagonists in 1962's "Lawrence of Arabia." 

Virgo - Workplace Dramas

Capable, detail-oriented, and driven Virgos (August 23 – September 22) usually shine in their professional capacities, but they can struggle in their personal relationships. They have an easier time listening to their heads rather than their hearts. Though they want to do good and be good, Virgos don't always have the strongest social skills; this makes them distrusting of and disappointed by others, which can, in turn, cause them to appear aloof or even rude. But really, Virgos just want someone to "get" them. Since they excel at work, that means they just want affirmation of a job well done. As Virgos feel most comfortable at the office, they thrive on workplace dramas in which characters who remind them of themselves accomplish things. 

Though Facebook's founder isn't a Virgo, the acclaimed Mark Zuckerberg biopic, 2010's "The Social Network," captures what Virgos are all about. David Fincher's film charts Zuck's rise from scorned Harvard outcast to unprepared billionaire, thanks to the social media platform he initially created as a way to get back at the girl who dumped him. Virgos will appreciate how well-made the movie is (it's a genuine masterpiece), but it also serves as something of a Virgo cautionary tale. For those wanting to live (and work) vicariously through real-life corporate success stories, there's 2011's "Moneyball" and 2006's "The Pursuit of Happyness." The former stars Brad Pitt as the man who pioneered a new-fangled statistical approach to building a baseball team. The latter stars Will Smith as Chris Gardner, a single dad who toiled from door-to-door salesman to unpaid intern to multimillion dollar broker to provide a better life for him and his son. 

Libra - Period Romances

Libras (September 23 – October 22) might sometimes feel as though they were born in the wrong century. These sophisticated yet sensitive souls appreciate the finer things in life — a good book, a warm cup of tea, a pleasant stroll through the garden — and they know how to work a room. Libras present themselves and are natural social climbers, but not necessarily in a way that's self-serving. They're consensus builders who can get along with anybody and can help any other two people to get along. While Libras enjoy being part of society and always hope for an invitation to the best party, finding their own perfect match is always in the back of their minds.

A Libra's true movie love will be a period romance, like the 1995 version of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility." Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet play Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, two well-bred women left penniless when their father dies. Thus, the Dashwood women must marry smartly, which is increasingly difficult now that it's common knowledge their prospects are diminished and some of the men they're interested in are already betrothed. Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman play two of their suitors and Ang Lee directs this excellent adaptation, which won Thompson the Oscar for best screenplay. If you're in the mood for more 19th century dresses and drama, the 1994 adaptation of "Little Women" hews close to the beloved source material. It's also incredibly well-acted, with Winona Ryder, Claire Danes, Kirsten Dunst, and Christian Bale all turning in heartfelt performances. Recent Oscar winner, Jane Campion, excels at period pieces, too, her most gentle and romantic of which is 2009's "Bright Star" about the love life of the poet John Keats.

Scorpio - War Movies

Scorpios (October 23 – November 21) have a by-the-book approach to life. They're rule-followers who rely on facts and norms to guide them. Loyal, altruistic, and unflinching in the face of danger, Scorpios are well-suited to careers in the military or law enforcement. These folks typically fight in service of righteous causes, as they detest dishonesty. But they can also be headstrong and can lose their cool, at which point these wannabe heroes can become villains if they give in to their anger and resort to violence. Strong, stoic Scorpios are first in line at the box office whenever a new war movie makes its debut. They find a strange comfort in the planning and execution of high-stakes missions, as well as what are usually clearly delineated lines between good and evil. 

Because Scorpios care so deeply about the truth, 1992's military courtroom drama, "A Few Good Men," is a fitting movie recommendation. In the film, which was adapted by Aaron Sorkin from his own play, an unhappy Marine turns up dead at Guantanamo Bay after his transfer request is denied. Two fellow Marines are accused of his murder, and Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) is tasked with defending them...and perhaps keeping quiet a scandal. The movie builds to that famous explosive exchange between Cruise and Jack Nicholson as a testifying Colonel Jessup. Scorpios will also give five stars to edge-of-your-seat war movies from this century such as Ridley Scott's "Black Hawk Down," about a complicated special forces deployment to civil war-torn Somalia, and Kathryn Bigelow's thriller about the manhunt for Osama bin Laden, "Zero Dark Thirty."

Sagittarius - Offbeat Comedies

Sagittarians (November 22 – December 21) march to the beat of their own drums. They have big dreams, odd senses of humor, and they simply won't let society pigeonhole them into a boring life. If you're a Sagittarius, you're probably a blast to be around (most of the time). Friendly but wise-cracking and unpredictable, people born under this sun sign are free spirits who can put those who are wound more tightly at ease. However, their impulsivity, hairbrained ideas, and lack of decorum can be frustrating under certain circumstances. When they're looking to kick back with a good movie, Sagittarians like options that are on their wavelength, and that's usually off-kilter comedies. 

Adam McKay's 2008 film "Step Brothers" stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as the stunted adult children of a newlywed couple in their golden years. Brennan and Dale, with their refusal to conform and their wild ambitions for their poorly thought-out company, Prestige Worldwide, perfectly exemplify everything people adore and abhor about a Sagittarius. "Step Brothers" is one of the funniest and most quotable comedies of the 2000s. Meanwhile, one of the funniest and most quotable movies of all time is 1975's "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," an unapologetically silly series of serially connected sketches that completely let the air out of Arthurian legends. One can totally imagine a Sagittarius posing as Lancelot and pretending to ride a horse with but two halves of a coconut shell. A more obscure romp is Mike Myers' "So I Married an Axe Murderer." This 1993 dark romantic comedy is one of the SNL alum's lesser known films, but in it, fans of the comedian can see the seeds of what would become Myers' later cinematic hallmarks. 

Capricorn - Intense True Stories

The goat is an appropriate symbol for Capricorns (December 22 – January 19) as these perfectionist aren't happy unless they become the greatest of all time at whatever it is they endeavor to do. They believe that anything is possible with hard work and determination, and because they're so hyper-focused on seeing their often lofty goals through to the end, they usually manage to achieve them. But since they apply that same exacting standard to others, they can read as intolerant, unfeeling, and aggressive. Capricorns might be all business, but that doesn't mean their pursuits are. These type A-ers excel in the sciences, arts, and humanities as well. It shouldn't surprise anyone that Capricorns prefer serious dramas over frivolous comedies and fantasies, especially if they're based on true stories and boast a high level of craftmanship. 

To see the Capricorn modus operandi in action, try 2014's "Whiplash." Damien Chazelle's feature about a gifted music student and his brilliant but abusive mentor began life as a short film partially inspired by the writer-director's own band instructor. It became a critical darling thanks to its sharp script and intense performances (J.K. Simmons won the Academy Award for his portrayal of the hard-charging Fletcher). Capricorns might also respond better than most to 2014's "Foxcatcher." Bennett Miller's sports drama-slash-crime thriller documents the Olympic wrestling program spearheaded by John du Pont (a nearly unrecognizable Steve Carrell) that ultimately ended with a notorious murder. And 1990's "Awakenings," starring Robin Williams and Robert DeNiro — about a neurologist who thinks he's discovered a cure for a crippling chronic disease — will scratch the highly motivated Capricorn's itch, too. 

Aquarius - Speculative Fiction

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18) is the zodiac sign of eccentrics and deep thinkers. Those who know and love Aquarians may sometimes feel like their friends or family members are from another planet. It may seem as though their heads are always in the clouds, but that's just because their out-there ideas are actually lightyears ahead of the rest of us. Aquarians tend to be selfless, forward thinkers who see past most humans' petty prejudices and preoccupations. They aren't leaders, per se, but they can be world-changers if we listen to their insights about what's in store for humanity. Their viewing habits reflect their personalities. They like futuristic thought experiments that skew more intellectual than emotional, and the weirder the better. 

People born under this sign will fall under the spell of Duncan Jones' twisty sci-fi film, "Moon." The low-budget 2009 Sundance Film Festival hit stars Sam Rockwell as a lone astronaut (also named Sam) stationed on a lunar energy producing facility for a three year stint. In this version of the near future, Earth has run low on oil, but a private company has discovered an alternative fuel source on the moon, and it doesn't require much manpower to mine. Sam, whose only company is an artificially intelligence computer named GERTY, begins to show signs of mental breakdown the closer he gets to his contract's end date. Similarly, M. Night Shyamalan's "After Earth" and the Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt vehicle "Passengers" both theorize about how life might persist if we render our own planet uninhabitable. 

Pisces - Magical Realism

Pisces (February 19 – March 20) see the magic in everyday life. The final sign of the zodiac, these old souls feel at one with the unseen universe. They're innately spiritual; they may even have an interest in the occult or believe themselves to have supernatural powers. They experience things so acutely that they're prone to exaggeration, and, since they're so generous and empathetic, they easily feel slighted when they don't receive such fawning kindness in return. Pisces do enjoy purely fantastical stories, but because they already view the world as a mystical place, it's magical realism that holds a special place in their hearts. 

Tim Burton's "Big Fish," which made a splash in 2003, is a match made in movie heaven for a Pisces. Will Bloom has listened to stories about his father Edward's glory days his whole life. They're too absurd to be true, but the estranged son visits his father's deathbed and tries to suspend disbelief one last time. Edward (played by Ewan McGregor in his youth and Albert Finney in old age) recounts how he joined the circus, befriended a giant, followed the prophecy of a witch — and more — and ultimately wooed his mother. Even more sweeping is 2000's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," Ang Lee's multinational sensation about one enchanted sword, two warriors who can't act on their feelings for each other, and a headstrong governor's daughter who wants to learn their ways. And then for the young and the young at heart, there's Danny Devito's 1996 adaptation of Roald Dahl's "Matilda," in which a grade schooler with lowlife parents and a monstrous headmistress discovers she has extraordinary powers — and starts to take matters into her own hands.