Movies are more than just a way to entertain ourselves for a few hours. They shape moments of our history and make us feel and look at the world a little differently. Of course, some are more memorable than others. Here are ten you need to see in your lifetime! (Of course, viewer discretion is advised, and these are not all suitable for kids.)
1. Schindler’s List
Based on the true story of Oskar Schindler, who aided in the refuge of Jews during World War II. While he might have just been a rough businessman, he couldn’t just sit back and watch the persecution. Liam Neeson plays Oskar in this amazing retelling that reminds us we can all stand for what’s right.
2. The Breakfast Club
A lovable comedy that follows a group of teens from different groups who find themselves in detention together. Opposites don’t just attract; they teach each other and help with other problems. A true coming-of-age film.
3. 2001: Space Odyssey
This might have come out in 1968, but the AI known as HAL in this film makes it enjoyable even in the 21st century. As humans travel deeper into space to discover their origins, HAL takes on a mind of its own. A movie everyone needs to see that answers the age-old question, “Why are we here?”.
4. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Singing, Dancing, Tim Curry, what’s not to love about this classic film? The story follows a straight-laced Brad and Janet as they seek help for a flat tire at cross-dressing Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s mansion full of interesting characters.
5. Jaws (1975)
Before Shark Week, there was Jaws, a movie about the battle between man and nature. This movie has even the strongest of people questioning their next boating adventure and has inspired countless shark-related films since.
6. The Godfather
No must-watch list is complete without this movie. Commonly regarded as one of the best films of all time, Godfather follows a mob family as they battle to maintain their place. Traditions are questioned, and family ties are put to the test.
There’s a reason this film created one of the biggest franchises. Alien picks up on all our fears of extraterrestrial life and the possibility it is anything but friendly. As more movies come out over the years, we get to see more and more of how we would fight this alien.
8. A Clockwork Orange
Set in futuristic Britain, this movie follows Alex Delarge as he is “reconditioned” to detest violence after he was convicted of murder. Now left a new man, supposedly, this film follows his new journey as he fights the ghosts of his past.
9. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
The original Willy Wonka film has now inspired two remakes, one releasing in December of 2023. We watch as Charlie, a poor boy, wins the prize of a lifetime. We also see how the spoiled lives of others affect their ability to win the ultimate prize at the end of the movie.
10. Saving Private Ryan
When Ms. Ryan loses three of her sons in the war, a monumental effort is made to retrieve her fourth from behind enemy lines. While Ryan himself might seem like the main character of this movie, the story actually gets us into the minds of the men searching for him as they make their way through the harsh realities of war.
10 Highest Grossing Movies of All Time (Inflation Adjusted)
Ever debated the greatest movies? Well, we’re counting cash, not critics. Here’s an inflation-adjusted roundup of the top 10 box office champions—because modern-day blockbusters can’t just inflate their way to the top! This list represents the highest-grossing movies of all time.
10 Movies So Funny They’re Guaranteed to Make You Laugh
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10 Awesome Movies To Watch if You’re a ‘Top Gun’ Fan
Redditor u/TooManyPxls asked for “Movies about piloting aircraft.” They continued, “So I bought Chorus on Steam and like to take related movie breaks between gaming sessions. Does anyone know any good piloting movies? It doesn’t necessarily need to be in space.” Reddit responded with these ten aviation gems in no particular order.
Incredible Tales of Survival and the Movies That Brought Them to Life
These stories feature various aspects of human survival, from braving the elements and enduring isolation to overcoming unexpected disasters. Each of these tales provides a unique perspective on the indomitable human spirit and our will to survive against all odds. So captivating are these true stories that they’ve even inspired filmmakers to bring them to life on the big screen.
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Demi Michele is a seasoned traveler, turned freelance writer. Having explored most states and ventured internationally, her love for outdoor cafes, new cuisines, and cultural immersion shines through her wide range of articles. Based in Texas with her family and two Scottish Terriers, Demi turns her adventures into captivating travel narratives to share with readers.