Michael J. Fox’s character goes back in time to 1955 and nearly wipes himself and his siblings out of existence.
- Back to the Future
- Bright Lights, Big City
- Teen Wolf
- The Frighteners
In the 1985 film, Marty McFly accidentally goes back in time to 1955 using a time-traveling DeLorean and he has to find a way back to the future before time runs out. Ironically the concept for this film was rejected four times before Universal Pictures turned it into a film.
Kim Basinger plays an alien sent to Earth to gain control of an Earth physicist’s research to save her planet.
- The Fifth Element
- Resident Evil
- My Stepmother Is an Alien
In this 1988 comedy sci-fi film, an alien named Celeste unintentionally falls in love with physicist Steven Mills while trying to steal his research after a radio wave he sent out into the galaxy caused disruptions to her planet’s gravity.
Three New York City scientists become unusual kinds of pest control removal experts after realizing that there’s something strange in the neighborhood.
- Spies Like Us
- Trading Places
- Mac and Me
The original budget of this 1984 film was about $30 million and involved several teams of Ghostbusters hunting ghosts through time and space, including the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
A bunch of scientists recreate life that existed 65 million years ago from DNA found inside insect stingers.
- Land of the Lost
- Jurassic Park
- The Time Machine
In the 1993 film, a paleontologist and his family find themselves in big trouble after a power failure releases a bunch of cloned dinosaurs inside what’s supposed to be a safe up and coming family theme park.
A New York police officer joins a special organization dedicated to keeping the Earth safe from villainous aliens.
- Men in Black
- Alien Nation
- The Arrival
The 1997 film saw Tommy Lee Jones, aka Agent K, and Will Smith, aka Agent J, on a mission to save the world from aliens. The characters wear Ray-Ban sunglasses, which unsurprisingly increased Ray-Ban sales by 300 percent after the film's release.
A soldier from the future arrives to protect a waitress being hunted by a cyborg sent back in time with the sole mission of ending her life.
- V for Vendetta
- Mad Max
- The Terminator
Arnold Schwarzenegger played the cyborg sent by Skynet in 2029 to kill Sarah Connor in 1984 so that she’ll never give birth to John Connor, the future leader of the human resistance. Schwarzenegger reprised his role in all the other sequels, albeit he had more of a digital cameo in “Terminator Salvation.”
In what popular 1980s movie does a stranded alien try to find his way home, but forms a special bond with a human boy?
- Flight of the Navigator
- The Goonies
- E.T.: The Extraterrestrial
An alien gets left behind on Earth in this 1982 classic. He befriends a boy named Elliot who keeps him hidden while a task force of government agents goes looking for him.
He broke into her home looking like her dead husband and only has three days to get home or he’ll die.
- Die Hard
- Far and Away
In the 1984 romantic sci-fi film, an alien takes the form of a young woman’s dead husband and forces her to drive him to Arizona where a rescue ship will pick him up, but during the journey they have government agents on their tail.
He’s the man of everyone’s nightmares and he’s got a glove with razor sharp fingers.
- Friday the 13th
- Nightmare on Elm Street
In the 1984 horror flick, a young woman discovers that she and her friends are being stalked and murdered through their dreams by Freddy Krueger and she must find a way to stop him before he gets her too.
He was shot to death but his spirit stayed behind to warn his girlfriend that she was still in danger.
- Fatal Attraction
- The Thing
- The Lost Boys
In the 1990 film, Sam Wheat’s spirit uses a psychic to try to convince his girlfriend that she’s in danger from the same man who killed him. Sam was played by the late Patrick Swayze and the reluctant psychic was played by none other than Whoopi Goldberg.
Her husband left her for a rich romance novel writer, but she didn’t get mad. She got even.
- The Woman in Red
- Risky Business
In the 1989 comedy, Roseanne Barr played a housewife who sets out to get revenge on her cheating husband and his mistress by ruining their lives. In the process, she discovers what it’s like to love herself and become a strong, independent woman.
David Aimes is a vain business guru who leads a privileged life until a car crash with a resentful lover ruins his life.
- The Hills Have Eyes
- Vanilla Sky
- Top Gun
In this 2001 fantasy mystery film, David Aimes's life gets turned upside down after a car accident unleashes a chain of events that has him convinced that members of his own company have set him up to take the fall for a murder, but in the end, he discovers that his life is nothing more than a lucid dream turned nightmare.
She stopped Judgment Day but her son died anyways. Now she must protect a total stranger from suffering the same dark fate as her son.
- The Thing
- The Dead Pool
- Terminator: Dark Fate
In the 2019 film, Sarah Connor must ally herself with the aging Terminator who murdered her son in order to help a young woman being targeted by a more advanced liquid mental Terminator.
She wakes up in a bathtub with no memory and is confronted by commandos who force her deep into an underground facility to face the aftermath of a medical experiment gone wrong.
- Resident Evil
- The Net
- Cape Fear
- The Edge
In the 2002 horror flick, a woman named Alice and an Umbrella military unit go underground to deal with a rogue AI and a horde of zombies who have been reanimated by the T-Virus.
A crippled marine takes the form of an alien race on the planet Pandora. But as he lives among them, he starts to sympathize with the aliens.
- Blade Runner
- Dances With Wolves
The 2009 film was originally intended for the late 1990s, but no studio wanted to produce James Cameron’s film because it was so expensive. But in the 21st century, the cost of the special effects became more feasible thanks to modern technology.
An average British man falls for a complicated Hollywood actress but she manages to break his heart time and time again.
- Don Juan
- Pretty Woman
- Notting Hill
In the 1999 romantic film, a bookstore owner named William falls for a Hollywood actress named Anna Scott. They seem perfect for each other until he learns she has a boyfriend. But even after she chooses William, he sees warning signs that indicate that he may never fit into her celebrity life.
Russell Crowe played a Roman General who wants revenge on those who murdered his family.
- Robin Hood
- L.A. Confidential
In the 2000 action film, a former Roman General decides to avenge his family and make the corrupt emperor who sent him into slavery pay for his suffering. The film won Best Picture at the 73rd Academy Awards.
A computer hacker discovers that the life he and everyone else on the planet has been living is a collective fantasy created by the machines that have taken over the world.
- The Matrix
- Lawnmower Man
- Tron: Legacy
In the 1999 film, the scenes where the characters are in the Matrix all have green overtones to make viewers feel like they’re watching the movie from an old-fashioned computer monitor. Scenes in the real world have natural colors.
A 35-year-old man emerges from a bomb shelter for the first time and discovers that his family’s been hiding underground from a nuclear fallout that never happened.
- Deep Impact
- Groundhog Day
- It Takes Two
- Blast From the Past
In the 1999 rom-com, Adam, played by Brendan Fraser, falls in love with Eve, played by Alicia Silverstone, shortly after coming out of a nuclear bunker. But things get really complicated for Adam after he tells her where he’s been living for the last 35 years.
Jim awakens from a coma only to find that the incurable Rage virus has turned the people in the UK into zombie-like creatures.
- Resident Evil
- 28 Days Later
- Dawn of the Dead
- Night of the Living Dead
In the 2002 film, Cillian Murphy plays Jim, a man who must band together with other survivors to stay alive after everyone in the country becomes zombies. But things get really complicated when they find refuge alongside a military safehouse that’s not quite so safe.
A Las Vegas singer witnesses her mob lover murder one of his guys and gets sent into witness protection at a convent.
- Little Women
- Sister Act
- The Kissing Booth
In the 1992 comedy, Whoopi Goldberg plays Dolores, who must pose as a nun in a convent to stay alive. But in the process, she forms a special bond with the sisters and discovers an opportunity to give the church’s choir a much-needed boost.
Sigourney Weaver plays a crew member named Ripley who finds herself hunted by a mysterious life form after her merchant ship investigates a mysterious distress call.
- Gemini Man
In the 1979 film, Ripley and her crew are in for the fight of their lives after a member of her crew comes into contact with an alien that breeds a xenomorph inside of him. The film did so well that it spawned three other sequels plus two prequel films, “Prometheus” and “Prometheus Covenant.”
Bruce Willis plays a psychologist determined to help a young boy who has the power to communicate with ghosts.
- Ghost Dad
- The Sixth Sense
- Death Becomes Her
In the 1999 thriller, a therapist named Malcolm struggles to help a boy named Cole who claims to see dead people. In the process, he guides Cole into helping the ghosts with their unfinished business. But in the end, Malcolm discovers a shocking secret of his own—he's a ghost, too.
Ashley Judd plays a woman who gets framed for murder and is sent to prison, but after realizing her husband is still alive, she goes on the warpath to take him out for real.
- Double Jeopardy
- The Fugitive
- The Pelican Brief
- In the Line of Fire
In the 1999 film, Libby Parsons gets sent to prison for her husband’s murder, but after finding out that he’s alive, she learns that she can kill him for real and get away with it legally thanks to the Double Jeopardy law that states that you can’t be tried for the same crime twice.
A road trip from Colorado to New Jersey takes a shocking turn when three people find themselves being stalked and pursued by a psychotic trucker.
- The Strangers
- Road Trip
- He’s Out There
- Joy Ride
In this 2001 thriller, Lewis, played by the late Paul Walker, and his brother Fuller, played by Steve Zahn, must find a way to outwit a trucker named Rusty Nail who’s seriously peeved about a prank they pulled on him. But things take a turn for the worse when the trucker kidnaps their friend Venna.
This Quentin Tarantino film tells the stories of several criminals throughout Los Angeles.
- Kill Bill
- Pulp Fiction
- Reservoir Dogs
- The Hateful Eight
“Pulp Fiction” earned seven Oscar nominations and was also awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. But, TriStar Pictures originally turned down the script because it was “too demented.”
This ‘90s psychological horror film follows a young FBI trainee who does a psychological profile on a serial killer.
- The Silence of the Lambs
- The Haunting
- Sleepy Hollow
- Interview with the Vampire
“The Silence of the Lambs” was the first horror film to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins also won acting Oscars for their roles in the film.
This supernatural film focuses on a family whose home is invaded by ghosts that try to abduct their young daughter.
- Close Encounters of the Third Kind
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
“Poltergeist” was originally envisioned by Steven Spielberg as a sequel to “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” but when director Tobe Hooper was brought onto the project, he suggested turning it into a ghost story.
The 14th James Bond film follows 007’s mission to recover a Soviet microchip.
- A View to a Kill
- The Living Daylights
- For Your Eyes Only
“A View to a Kill” starred Roger Moore as James Bond, and it was his last time in the role before Timothy Dalton took over the character in 1987.
This film follows a recently deceased couple who haunt their former home with the help of a supernatural being.
- Edward Scissorhands
- Ed Wood
- Corpse Bride
Tim Burton’s original choice to play Beetlejuice was entertainer Sammy Davis Jr., but producer David Geffen suggested Michael Keaton, who ultimately got the famous role.
This 2014 film follows a journalist who records crimes that happen around Los Angeles and sells the footage to local news stations.
- Nocturnal Animals
Jake Gyllenhaal lost nearly 30 pounds to play the role of Lou Bloom in “Nightcrawler” by eating only kale salads and bubble gum, and running fifteen miles every day.
This dark fantasy adventure film stars Tom Cruise and Mia Sara, whose characters must stop the Lord of Darkness.
- The NeverEnding Story
Tim Curry played the Lord of Darkness in “Legend” and his extensive makeup for the film took five and a half hours to apply each day. After filming, it would take over an hour to remove the makeup and prosthetics.
This movie follows a former Secret Service agent who is hired to be the bodyguard of a famous musician.
- Body Heat
- L.A. Story
- Clean Slate
- The Bodyguard
When “The Bodyguard” was released, it grossed $411 million worldwide, becoming the tenth-highest-grossing film of all time. But the movie was panned by critics and the acting performances in the movie were scrutinized.
This Wes Anderson directed movie follows the events that happen in a mountainside resort in the Republic of Zubrowka.
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
- The Royal Tenenbaums
- The French Dispatch
The star-studded cast of “The Grand Budapest Hotel” included Oscar winners F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, and Tilda Swinton. The film itself received four Oscars: Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Costume Design.
This psychological horror film follows a teenage girl named Jay who is pursued by a supernatural entity.
- It Follows
- Dracula Untold
- Get Out
- Last Shift
This film was imagined by writer and director David Robert Mitchell based on recurring dreams he had as a kid about being followed. He said, “I didn’t use those images for the film, but the basic idea and the feeling I used.”
In this film, a group of kids discover an old treasure map that leads them on an adventure to find the long-lost treasure of pirate One-Eyed Willy.
- The Lost Boys
- Stand by Me
- The Goonies
Director Richard Donner later expressed the difficulties of making a film with so many children. He praised them for their energy and excitement, but he said that they were “unruly” when brought together.
This epic film is set in a dystopian future where a group of astronauts travel through a wormhole to find a new home for mankind.
“Interstellar” employed many people who are experts on the science behind the plot points that make up the film. Among them is Kip Thorne, the film’s scientific consultant.
This film stars Clint Eastwood, who plays an inspector hot on the trace of a criminal on the loose.
- Magnum Force
- The Enforcer
- Dirty Harry
- The Dead Pool
“Dirty Harry” set the style for many police films of the ‘70s and ‘80s and it was followed by four sequels, including 1983’s “Sudden Impact,” which was also directed by Clint Eastwood.
This Frank Oz movie follows two con men who try to swindle an heiress out of $50,000.
- What About Bob?
- Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
- In & Out
“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” is a remake of the 1964 film “Bedtime Story,” which starred Marlon Brando and David Niven. The film was remade again in 2019 as “The Hustle,” which starred Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson.
This science fiction film tells the story of a group of researchers in Antarctica who encounter an extraterrestrial life form.
- Who Goes There?
- The Thing from Another World
- The Thing
“The Thing” was based on the 1938 novella “Who Goes There?” which was written by John W. Campbell Jr. It was first adapted to film in 1951, when it was titled, “The Thing from Another World.”