Iconic Hollywood Movies to Watch this Weekend

Raegan Ervin , Co-Editor in Chief

Movies have been around since the early 1900s, and are still very much relevant in today’s world. From thrillers to romances, and comedy to action, movies provide all kinds of different entertainment for people to sit down and enjoy whenever they please. Here are ten hollywood movies to watch that are sure to make for an enjoyable saturday night:

 

  1. Avatar- Avatar is the highest grossing movie of all time. Directed by James Cameron, the mesmerizing animation that was created for this movie took the audience into a different world and immersed them in beautiful details and color. A famous line in the movie was spoken by Jake Sully, saying “everything is backwards now, like out there is the true world, and in here is the dream.”
  2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind- Starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet in a twisted romance, this movie was released in 2004 and is still a popular film to this day. Winslet plays a quirky character, with her hair color constantly changing throughout the film. Carrey also has an unusual role in comparison to his past movies, playing a socially awkward heartthrob. Both actors provide surprisingly great chemistry together.
  3. Jurassic Park- There was a four way bidding war for this movie based on the novel by Michael Crichton. Warner Bros, Fox, Columbia and Universal all wanted to direct the movie, but Universal ultimately won with Steven Spielberg. The movie ended up being a big hit, and 2 other sequels along with Jurassic World were released in the following years.
  4. Saving Private Ryan- Another one of Spielberg’s hits, Saving Private Ryan was first released in 1998. Tom Hanks and Matt Damon are the leading actors for the film, leaving no surprise to why the movie did so well. Spielberg even used real amputees wearing prosthetics to emulate soldiers that lost their limbs during the Omaha Beach battle in the opening scene.
  5. Titanic- Created from the same director as Avatar, this movie is three hours long and diverges people into a love story amidst a great tragedy. For hopeless romantics, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet compose the perfect Romeo and Juliet kind of romance, leaving the audience reaching for the tissues by the end of the film.
  6. The Matrix- This film was the first DVD to sell a million copies. The idea of the film is just as impressive as the execution of it, with the setting being a virtual- reality prison where people acquire downloadable abilities and sentient computer programs run the world. It is a post- modern horror story that uses the advancement of technology to create an epic thriller.
  7. Fight Club- The first rule of fight club is you can’t talk about fight club.
  8. The Sound of Music- Julie Andrews is the leading role in this musical, performing catchy songs throughout the movie and charming everyone with her optimistic personality. The film takes place during The Cold War, and BBC reportedly intended to air the film after a nuclear strike to improve the morale of survivors.
  9. The Shawshank Redemption- Starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, the two develop a meaningful friendship while they serve their time in prison. The film was based off of an original Stephen King novel, and in 2013, 151 hours of cable time was devoted to airing this movie.
  10. Forrest Gump- Tom Hanks plays a dorky, tall character that is not very bright but has a big heart. The line “Run Forest run” spoken by Robin Wright gained a lot of fame and is still referenced to this day. Bubba Gump Shrimp Company even created their restaurant based on this comedic heart-warming movie.