movies that people consider classics

When you hear the term “classic movie,” what film era comes to mind? Typically, people associate that term with the golden age of film (the 20s-60s). So, what modern movies do people consider to be classics already? The internet deliberated to deliver this top ten list of instant film classics.

1. Mean Girls (2004)

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Mean Girls is the best teen comedy ever. Still relevant to this day. I just watched it with my niece, who thought they had just made the movie. So she made me Google it and everything to show her it came out when I was a teen,” confessed one.

Mean Girls is a part of our culture that generations have consumed without fail. The lines are iconic. Every young teenager hopes to have an experience resembling the movie,” suggested another.

2. Lord of the Rings (2001)

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Lord of the Rings created a world like no other. You can’t look at modern classics without exploring series with a cult following like Lord of the Rings. Between the creatures, scenery, and perfectly encapsulated politics, this movie is one of the best. Even just looking at the first movie alone, nothing can top it,” a third user professed.

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3. No Country For Old Men (2007)

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“I love this movie. I noticed that many service-level employees are featured in this movie, from the receptionist, the gas station attendant, the hotel clerk, the border agent, the truck driver, etc.,” one stated.

“As a frequent traveler and road warrior, I encounter many strange and interesting people. I appreciate how they spotlight these characters in the movie. Their interactions with the main characters are mundane, intense, and quirky. They give context, foil, and a whole layer to the story. It’s these characters that make a story a memorable classic.”

4. Wall-E (2008)

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Wall-E was a statement movie that made many people rethink their stance on pollution. This movie explores consumerism’s dangers and encapsulates this futuristic waste planet that Earth has become. It instantly became a classic,” answered another.

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5. The Matrix (1999)

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The Matrix, 20 years later, is even more applicable now than back then. It’s scary how accurate some of the ideals are,” suggested one. “The sequels are forgettable,” added another. “But The Matrix is an unbelievably good movie. The CGI in the early 2000s set the stage for so many other successful movies.”

6. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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The Nightmare Before Christmas became a classic when Tim Burton was named director,” one replied. “Tim Burton’s style is incredibly unique. Not only was the style chilling, but the music was also the perfect mix of dark and upbeat to deliver the strange ambiance of this Halloween town.”

“Since it’s a take on Halloween and Christmas, it’s watchable both times of the year. Or, if you’re like me, you watch it all year because it’s your favorite movie.

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7. Forrest Gump (1994)

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Forrest Gump was a gorgeously executed movie. It explored some of the most important events from the 60s and 70s while still holding the plot and making the film entertaining and enjoyable. The action-packed scenes kept the audience’s attention and taught a lot along the way,” answered another. 

8. The Lion King (1994)

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The Lion King was an instant classic,” said one. “It holds the classic tale of brothers feuding over land but then includes a coming-of-age theme that holds onto your emotions. The animation alone is enough to make this movie a cult classic, but the soundtrack put it over the top.”

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9. Toy Story (1995)

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Toy Story was a significant turning point in the animation. This movie was one of the first released in a 3D animation style that changed the coming years of movies and TV shows,” one shared. “Toy Story was also a movie that drove Pixar’s success as one of the most notable animation studios.”

10. The Dark Knight (2008)

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The Dark Knight is one movie that has stuck with me since that night in the movie theatres. The graphics were astonishing throughout the movie,” one stated. 

“The costuming was, by far, my favorite of Batman in all of the movies. The set design made you feel like you were alongside the characters. The music choice was even perfect. This movie was a real work of art.”

We hope you enjoyed this Reddit film list of popular modern-day movies already considered classics. This article is inspired by the internet and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The Impulse Traveler.

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