Movies You NEED to Watch In Your Lifetime

Everyone has their own, unique interests. Sometimes it is possible to meet a person with similar interests and end up creating a bond over that shared interest. If you are looking for a good topic of conversation, The best way to go is to main forms of modern entertainment. Who doesn’t love talking about a new show or movie? Every time someone brings up a movie that you want to watch, how many times do you then go to watch that movie? This list will help you remember those movies you want to watch, and so many more! I have met numerous people who are truly movie critics as a hobby. Having talked with them numerous times, I decided that I Wanted to branch out and view more movies then the ones I had seen thus far in my life. Last semester, I took a course that was called “History of American Film” Which open my eyes to how I would watch a film. When you watch a film, think of the main meaning it portrays, The genre or style, and most importantly, the details of setting, characters in dialogue, music, and color scheme based on light.  I decided to find all of the movies that were deemed as most famous for such elements. This list, broken up into genre, has movies for everyone. Whether you are interested in finally watching your first scary movie (but not too scary), or another sappy and romantic film, all movies of different categories are on this list. Beware, as this list is pretty long. However, if you are like me, bored in the house, this is the perfect new “task” or “goal” of 2020 that is easy to achieve.  

 

I created this particular section of the list one year ago, after my roommate and I decided to do a Fall Movie Marathon! Each day, we took the time to watch a Halloween, horror, or fall-related movie together, considering how much we both love it! These movies are perfect for the month coming up! Even if Halloween will not be the same normal it usually would be this year, these movies can help you at least enjoy the season of it altogether. These movies are perfect to put a face mask on, get cozy in some PJ’s and a blanket, sit back and enjoy!  

Horror/Halloween: 

Halloweentown 

V for Vendetta 

Frankenstein 

Corpse Bride 

Carrie 

Dracula 

Phantom of the Opera 

Halloween 

Scream 

The Exorcist 

It 

The Silence of the Lambs 

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 

Nightmare on Elm Street 

Friday the 13th 

The Shining 

Hocus Pocus 

The Birds 

 Sleepy Hallow  

Gremlins  

Edward Scissorhands  

Ghostbusters 

 Heathers 

 The Addams family 

 Jumanji 

 Beetlejuice 

Seven 

Killbill 

Psycho 

Childs Play 

Children of the Corn 

The Rocky Horror Picture Show 

The Purge 

 The Nightmare before Christmas 

 Frankenweenie 

Monster House 

Goosebumps  

Casper  

 Sabrina the Teenage Witch 

 Twitches 

Coco 

 Haunted Mansion 

 

If you are looking to relive the good old childhood days, here is one way to start. These animated and kid-friendly classics are sure to be the best way to relieve stress from the trials of exams and assignments and adjusting to adulthood.  

Kids (animated, etc.): 

Space Jam  

The Croods 

Twilight  

 The Mask 

 Matilda 

 The Sandlot 

 Mrs. Doubtfire 

Winnie the Pooh 

The Little Mermaid 

 Mulan 

 The Lion King 

 Pocahontas 

 Cinderella 

Shrek 

Doctor Doolittle 

Beauty and the Beast 

Sleeping Beauty 

Snow White 

Aladdin 

Hercules 

The Princess and the Frog 

101 Dalmatians 

Lilo and Stitch 

Lady and the Tramp 

Mamma Mia 

Hairspray 

Chronicles of Narnia  

Night at the Museum 

Old Yeller  

Lassie  

Robin Hood  

 High School Musical 

the Aristocats  

Tarzan 

The Fox and the Hound  

 The Hunchback of Notre Dame  

 The Parent Trap  

Mary Poppins 

 The Princess Diaries 

 Bambi 

 Bridge to Terabithia  

 The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe 

 Chicken Little 

 Pinocchio 

 The Emperors/Kronks New Groove 

 Brother Bear 

 Meet the Robinsons 

 Holes 

 The Jungle Book 

 The Tooth Fairy 

 The Game Plan 

Fantasia  

 The Pacifier 

Lizzy McGuire 

 Freaky Friday 

 Sky High  

 Secretariat  

Cars 

 Toy Story 

 Up 

 Monsters Inc. 

 Walle 

 The Incredibles 

 Ratatouille  

 Finding Nemo 

 Alice in Wonderland 

 Atlantis  

 Bedtime Stories 

 Big Hero 6 

 Bolt 

 Brave 

 Camp Rock 

 Dumbo  

 Peter Pan 

 The Little Rascals 

 Popeye  

 The Muppets 

 School of Rock 

Saving Mr. Banks 

 The Greatest Showman 

 Starstruck 

 Lemonade Mouth 

 Radio Rebel 

 The Rugrats 

 The Wild Thornberries 

 Rango 

 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles  

 SpongeBob Movie 

 Charlotte’s Web 

 Tom and Jerry 

 Garfield 

 Tangled 

 Despicable Me 

 Kung Fu Panda 

 Shrek 

 Wreck It Ralph 

 Moana 

The Pink Panther 

Roger Rabbit  

 Loony Tunes 

 Scooby Doo 

How to train Your Dragon 

 Zootopia 

 Madagascar 

 Tinkerbell 

 Ice Age 

 Happy Feet 

 Wallace and Gromit 

 Hop 

Shaun the Sheep 

 The Lorax 

 Megamind  

 

Looking for some new Christmas movies you perhaps have never seen before during this Winter season? This is an ultimate list of almost all of the Christmas movies you could possibly want to be watching this year! These are perfect to watch and put your fuzzy socks on, bake some cookies and sing some Christmas tunes, all while sipping on some hot cocoa with marshmallows!  

Christmas:  

The Grinch 

The Miracle on 34th St. 

It’s a Wonderful Life 

Babes in Toyland  

White Christmas 

The Polar Express 

Frosty 

Rudolph 

 A Christmas Carol 

The Year without a Santa Clause 

Santa Clause is coming to Town 

Jack Frost 

Rudolph’s Shiny New Year 

Rudolph’s Four of July Spectacular 

 Home Alone 

 Christmas Vacation 

National Lampoons Vacation (original)  

 A Christmas Story 

The Night Before Christmas 

Arthur Christmas 

Elf 

Four Christmases 

Office Christmas Party 

Almost Christmas 

Scrooged 

Last Holiday 

Deck the Halls 

 The Little Drummer Boy  

 Charlie Brown Christmas 

 Frosty Winter Wonderland 

 Return of Frosty 

Frozen 

The Santa Clause 

 Mickeys Once/Twice upon a Christmas 

 

Classics: 

An Affair to Remember 

 High Noon 

Modern Times 

 The Searchers 

Casablanca 

To kill a Mockingbird 

Safety Last 

Sherlock Jr. 

The Big Sleep 

Imitation of Life 

True Grit 

Gone with the Wind 

Singing in the Rain 

Jaws 

Pulp Fiction 

Goodfellas 

Bladerunner 

Breakfast at Tiffany’s 

The Thin Man 

Sullivan’s Travels 

King Kong 

Some like it Hot 

The Godfather 

 

Looking for a good excuse to belt it out, sing and shout, dance and jump and scream? These films have you covered! These films include all of the sing-along songs you have heard since childhood, whether it be from your parents or on the radio. These movies are the ones that make you get up and dance around your room for a bit to avoid doing homework. However, proceed with caution, because the music can get stuck in your head for days after watching since it is just that good.  

Musical: 

 Bye-Bye Birdie 

Hello Dolly! 

Fame 

Newsies  

Sister Act  

 Cry Baby 

Annie  

 Sound of Music 

Rent 

Yellow Submarine 

 Bohemian Rhapsody 

Rocket-man 

Hair  

 The Music Man 

 A Star is Born 

Westside Story 

 

When looking for a good film to watch at night with some friends, or a movie that will make you feel pumped-up and ready to go, or even a little more strong and courageous than before, stop at this list, because it will certainly do the job. These films are perfect to watch if you are doing some of those at-home workouts and want to feel energized!  

Thriller/Action-Packed: 

Top Gun 

 The Heat 

Armed and Dangerous  

 The Boy in the Striped Pajamas 

 Fight Club 

 Green Mile 

Scarface  

Blade Runner  

Logan 

Juno 

Jurassic Park  

 Mr. and Mrs. smith 

Saving Private Ryan  

The Bodyguard  

James Bond 007  

 Men in Black 

Lethal Weapon  

Charlies Angels  

Moneyball 

42 

American Sniper  

 Sully 

Parasite  

Bull Durham  

On the Waterfront 

Roman Holiday 

Rocky 

 

I am sure you are wondering, “what is the Best of the Best section?” Well, this section not only includes my favorite movies of all time, but also, movies that you can watch on any occasion. This list has a variety of heart-warming, intriguing, captivating, powerful and moving, and most importantly, addicting movies that you will enjoy on any kind of day. Looking for a movie to watch in the dorms since you finished at class and no one is around to hangout? These are perfect! These movies are classically-known titles and award-winning. These movies, while entertaining, may even educate you on new topics. These movies are the kind of movies you would walk out of the theater after watching and almost feeling as though it has changed your life in that moment, as if you are going to be inspirational and amazing like the lead in it.  

BEST OF THE BEST: 

The First Wives Club  

9 to 5  

Friday Night Lights 

Driving Ms. Daisy 

Clueless 

Ladybird 

Collateral Beauty 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 

Wonder 

The Devil wears Prada  

Life of Pi  

The Help  

 National Treasure 

Saturday Night Fever  

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 

Apollo 13  

 Goodwill Hunting 

Fargo  

Life is Beautiful  

My Cousin Vinny  

Rebel without a Cause  

 Ben Hurr 

Armageddon  

Lolita  

Django  

Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf?  

The 10 Commandments 

Smokey and the Bandit  

Sinbad  

M*A*S*H* 

Kramer vs Kramer  

Fiddler on the Roof  

12 Years a Slave 

  Crazy Rich Asians 

 Green Book 

 Wish I Was Here 

 Back to the Future 

 E.T. 

 The Goonies 

The Outsiders  

 The Grand Budapest Hotel 

The Imitation Game  

 Bridge of Spies 

Dead Poets Society 

the Shawshank Redemption 

The Big Short  

Argo  

 The Breakfast Club 

Les Misérables  

Hacksaw Ridge  

Lincoln  

 Unbroken 

The Martian  

 Blackkklansman 

 

If you ever are interested in dipping your feet into the realm of superhero or villainous movies, look no further. This section includes an introduction to the best movies that include evil characters up against the good guys, and most importantly, can then lead you into watching the rest of the series of the films.  

Evil vs. Good: 

Suicide Squad  

Indiana Jones 

The Maltese falcon 

Superman  

 The Dark Knight 

John Wick  

 Mad Max  

 Die Hard  

 The Terminator 

Taken  

Mission Impossible  

Iron Man  

The Karate Kid  

Star Trek  

Star Wars  

Harry Potter  

Catch Me if You can  

Black Hawk Down  

Gladiator  

Pirates of the Caribbean  

Hulk  

Captain America 

Black Panther 

Spiderman  

Avengers  

Joker 

Transformers  

X Men 

 

The best kind of movies to watch on a boring day are the ones that will give you a good laugh. Classic comedy movies like these are sure to do the trick! From the ridiculous humor of “Ted” to the wild and crazy “The Hangover,” you will be guaranteed a mood-lifting and good-times worthy popcorn! Get out the popcorn and gather up some friends for a good movie night!  (because what college kid WOULDN’T enjoy a funny movie?) 

Comedy: 

Austin Powers  

Dumb and Dumber 

 Wayne’s World  

 The Great Outdoors  

RV  

Zoolander  

 Good Burger 

The Blues Brothers  

Wedding Crashers  

Ted  

Cheech and Chong 

 American pie 

 Mean Girls 

White Chicks  

 Grown ups 

21 Jump Street  

 Napoleon Dynamite 

 Happy Gilmore 

Monty Python and the Holy Grail 

Groundhog Day 

Inglorious Bastards  

Cast Away  

Meet the Fokkers  

Dodgeball 

Straight outta Compton  

 Wild Hogs 

 JoJo Rabbit 

 17 Again 

Boyz N the Hood  

Straight Outta Compton  

Rain Man  

 Ferris Bueller 

 Forrest Gump 

 Blades of Glory 

Anchorman 

Bridesmaids 

Airplane! 

Borat 

The Hangover  

 Billy Madison 

 Caddyshack 

 

Who doesn’t love a good romance movie to either make you cry or decide what kind of love story you want your relationship to be? These movies are the top picks in that category. From the tearful poetry of “10 Things I Hate about You” to the oddly-wholesome ending of “Moonstruck.”  

Romance: 

10 things I hate about you  

Love Actually  

Her 

My Girl 

 The Notebook 

 Titanic 

La La Land 

 Sleepless in Seattle  

 Nottinghill 

 When Harry met Sally  

 Youve got Mail  

 The Proposal 

Pretty Woman  

 50 first Dates 

Moonstruck  

Pretty in Pink  

 Footloose 

 Dirty Dancing 

Grease 

 Dear John 

 The Fault in Our Stars 

 The Wedding Planner  

 The Wedding Singer  

Moulin Rouge  

Little Women  

Letters to Juliet 

 As Good as It gets 

A Walk to Remember  

Sixteen Candles  

 

I have created this list section-by-section so that, whatever sort of day it may be, you can easily scroll to find the type of movie you want to see! I hope this list works well for your schedule and movie taste. The list compiles all of the most famous movies from online reviews, to knowledge of relatives, etc. Needless to say, go buy some popcorn, figure out when and where you plan to do your binge-watching of movies, and get to it! No more boredom or repetitive tv show-cycles, time for some new entertainment!