Classic movies are able to withstand the test of time. These top 10 movies are examples of how even productions from 1961 are still being talked about today.
With NDP students ranging in age from 14-19, the oldest students were born in 1996 or 1997. Now taking this information, most students were probably not able to see these 10 movies when they came out in cinemas.
Either the movie came out before we were born, or we were not old enough to see an R-rated film without an adult. But as time went on, the ratings of these movies don’t compare to some of the other R-rated films that have come out since, making these movies appropriate for NDP students, even freshmen.
The following list of movies is a must-see for anyone who is in the mood for a classic blockbusters.
1. Juno (2007) directed by Jason Reitman
Ellen Page, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner and Michael Cera star in this tale of a teenage girl facing a crisis. The leading character, Juno (Page), is a 16-year-old girl who faces an unplanned pregnancy with her classmate, Beeker (Cera). She is torn between what to do as a confused teen who is still maturing and figuring out what she believes to be right and wrong during this scary process.
This movie is heartfelt and moving as a brilliant coming-of-age drama/comedy that supports pro-life. It won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and received three other nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress. With a 94 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, this movie is definitely one to see.
2. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) directed by John Hughes
“Leisure Rules,” as Ferris Bueller would say. This classic comedy brings us back to 1986 with the legendary Ferris Bueller. The witty and creative senior skips high school for a day and enjoys some time in the city of Chicago with his girlfriend, Sloane, and best friend, Cameron.
This lighthearted movie brings a smile to everyone’s face, especially with Ferris Bueller “breaking the fourth wall” and speaking to the audience. Everyone gets a peek into his humorous brain.
English teacher and former drama director in Fountain Hills, Ms. Siiri Julian commented that she related more with the sister than with Ferris, who she said she found annoying, adding, “I totally fell for Charlie Sheen.”
3. Back to the Future (1985) directed by Robert Zemeckis
As one of the most iconic movies in all of history, this film makes everyone want to experience time travel. Michael J. Fox stars as Marty McFly, who travels back in time in the famous DeLorean and accidentally meets his parents as teenagers. Ironically, Marty’s mom falls for him and causes a time warp that threatens the future.
The highest grossing film of 1985 has become a legacy that will live on forever, especially after it was completed as a trilogy with two subsequent movies. All three movies are well worth the watch as Marty McFly goes on incredible adventures.
4. Dirty Dancing (1987) directed by Emile Ardolino
A shirtless Patrick Swayze is a good enough reason for any girl to see this movie. If there are any ladies out there who have yet to see this chick-flick, it must be added to the list. This movie tells the story of “Baby” (Jennifer Grey), who is vacationing during the summer at a resort with her family. A saucy romance forms between Baby and a dance instructor, Johnny (Swayze). Girls everywhere fantasize about a boy who can lift them up like Johnny does to Baby in the famous “Time of My Life” dance scene.
Despite this, this movie is not for everyone. English teacher Ms. Julian said, “That was the stupidest movie on the planet. It’s just so dumb! Especially that line ‘Nobody puts Baby in the corner.’” It is a classic cheesy chick-flick.
5. Superbad (2007) directed by Greg Mottola
This R-rated film stars Michael Cera and Jonah Hill– an unstoppable duo in the world of comedy. The movie was written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who began the script when they were just 13.
The two main characters were named after the two writers themselves, Seth (Hill) and Evan (Cera). As teenage boys getting ready to graduate high school, this movie explores the reality of growing up and enjoying high school with the friends of a lifetime. This comedy will make anyone laugh and instantly connect with the characters.
6. James Bond: Goldfinger (1964) directed by Guy Hamilton
Audiences of the past could argue that Goldfinger was one of the best movies of 1964, and now it is considered a timeless classic. Sean Connery portrays the epic 007, “Bond, James Bond,” in the third movie of the James Bond series. Like all Bond movies, 007 must work fast to complete his mission. Complete with action-packed fight scenes and sparing no expense, this classic movie is not unlike any other James Bond film.
7. The Breakfast Club (1985) directed by John Hughes
“Each one of us is a brain…an athlete…and a basket case…a princess…and a criminal…Does that answer your question?… Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.” The Breakfast Club, even nowadays, could still be considered one of the most relatable movies for a teenager in high school. Even though most people don’t care to admit it, all of us are just as lost as the next, and this movie helps to express what exactly goes through the mind of your cliche high schooler.
Senior and filmmaker Keegan Luther said, “John Hughes defined an entire teenage generation.”
Ms. Julian said, “It was exponential when I first watched it. Now…it just seems kind of stupid.” She added, “I could relate most to the basket case, except I wasn’t as pathetic.”
8. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) directed by Blake Edwards
Breakfast at Tiffany’s may be a chick flicks, but the finale kiss is sure to bring a smile to anybody’s face. Audrey Hepburn plays the role of Holly Golightly in this film and gives an outstanding performance of the classic gold digger who turns into a loving woman. It took several arguments, some basic drama and a bail out for Holly to admit her feelings to her true love, but at least it happened!
Senior Cassidy McSorely said, “Seeing how a girl like Holly Golighty can be satisfied with just her cat and breakfast at Tiffany’s is very cool and modern for that time period.” She added, “It shows that girls don’t need to have a plan set for your life right away; you can be independent and still live a happy and fabulous life.”
McSorely also commented on the fashion side of this movie: “Audrey Hepburn is an icon, especially in the fashion world. … It kinda changes the way we not only thought about Tiffany’s but the way we see ourselves as girls in a fast-paced world.”
9. Clueless (1995) directed by Amy Heckerling
Alicia Silverstone goes above and beyond in her character as Cher Horowitz. She really captures the essence of a privileged teenager in California. While she has the “clueless” act down, Cher also finds herself and happiness at the end of this movie.
Senior Avery Cartwright said, “It really is a classic chick flick movie. It really seems like something that my friends and I would watch on a movie night if we’re in the mood for a throwback.”
…“As if” we could find another movie as “totally buggin’” as this one.
10. Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) directed by Steven Spielberg
Indiana Jones, a famous archaeologist, is hired by the US government in 1936 to find the lost Ark of the Covenant holding the 10 Commandments. He must find it before the Nazis and face his fear of snakes along with his love interest, Marion. The couple faces booby traps and a long adventure to find the Ark.
Luther said, “Indiana Jones is Hollywood Royalty.”
With one of the catchiest theme songs in the history of movies, Ms. Julian said, “This movie was awesome. It was like my Star Wars. It was the next great thing at its time, and Harrison Ford did an amazing job.”
This tale was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won five of them for Best Art Direction, Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Visual Effects and Special Achievements Award for Sound Editing.
If you would like more movies beyond this list, here are more all-time classics that Luther recommends: Shawshank Redemption, The Godfather Part 1 and 2, Citizen Kane, Psycho, Star Wars, Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park, Jaws, American Graffiti, Some Like It Hot, Braveheart, All Quiet on the Western Front, Apocalypse Now, Unforgiven, North By Northwest, Goodfellas, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, Airplane and Gone With the Wind.