When the spirit moves you to finally watch those older films you’ve never seen, look no further than these classic films streaming on Netflix. You know the quotes, but have you really seen them all? Do you really know exactly where that reference comes from? Now’s the time to find out, people. Let me do that annoying scroll work for you with these recommendations.
I would like to issue a warning to all the Gen X-ers and millennials out there. A lot of these “classics” are from the ’80s and one or two are from the ’90s. Sorry, they’re considered old now! We all have to accept the passage of time. So without further ado, here are the classics.
Back to the Future (1985)
You know how I know this movie is dated? No teenager would be so unsupervised that they would be able to befriend a middle-aged mad scientist without anyone batting an eye.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Talk about unsupervised teenagers! Actually, I don’t want to, because it makes me sound deeply uncool. John Hughes’ quotable comedy totally holds up and is a hundred percent a classic.
Groundhog Day (1993)
Reliving the same day over and over again is such a common trope that dozens of television shows, action films, horror films, and even Broadway musicals have used it. Groundhog Day is the O.G. though, and it doesn’t get better than that.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
A classic comedy that has a very dedicated fan base. It’s so silly you won’t be able to help but gut-laugh.
Dustin Hoffman did a rare “self-burn” with Tootsie, playing a difficult actor who finally gets work when he disguises himself as a woman and gets cast on a soap opera.
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Classic Indiana Jones Harrison Ford is the hottest Harrison Ford. I will not be taking questions. Class dismissed.
Taxi Driver (1976)
Not to be reductive, but every boy you know does an impression of this scene.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
Sure, Mary Poppins is Dick Van Dyke’s most popular children’s musical, but Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is an eccentric classic as well.
The Wicker Man (1973)
Not the remake with Nicholas Cage, the original ’70s horror film that made Pagan rituals cool way before Midsommar came around.
The Natural (1984)
Miss baseball season? Maybe Robert Redford can cheer you up.
Jerry Maguire (1996)
I mean, it doesn’t get more classic than “you had me at hello”—don’t you think?
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
The fact that there’s a remake that everybody hates proves this is a beloved classic.
First Wives Club (1996)
There’s way too much male energy on this list, no? That’s why we save Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, and Bette Midler’s classic revenge comedy for last.
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