Prepare yourself for a cinematic divide with our list of 30 movies that boomers hold dear but leave Gen Z scratching their heads. From old-time favorites to cult classics, these films are sure to spark some lively discussions.
The Graduate (1967)
A groundbreaking film that explored the disillusionment of post-war youth, which resonated with audiences and cemented the film’s place in cultural history.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
A drama film about the abuse of power and the human condition. The film won 5 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Jack Nicholson.
Annie Hall (1977)
Annie Hall is a romantic comedy film that explores the relationship between a comedian and a singer. It won 4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Woody Allen.
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
A drama film that looks at the life of a Brooklyn youth who becomes a disco king. The film’s soundtrack and John Travolta’s performance were widely acclaimed.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
A groundbreaking and visually stunning film that explored the nature of humanity and technology.
Godfather Parts I and II (1972, 1974)
These films are considered masterful crime epics that explored the inner workings of a powerful mafia family. The films were a critical and commercial success and both are considered cinematic classics.
Easy Rider (1969)
A counterculture classic that captured the spirit of the times. It was a huge box office success and a defining film of the 60s.
Dr. No (1962)
The first James Bond film, which introduced audiences to the iconic character and set the standard for future spy thrillers.
A historical epic film that depicted the story of the Roman slave Spartacus and his rebellion.
Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
A classic Hollywood musical that featured iconic songs and dance numbers.
Dirty Harry (1971)
A crime thriller film that stars Clint Eastwood as a police inspector who becomes embroiled in a crime. It’s known for its gritty realism and Eastwood’s iconic portrayal of the character.
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
The film explored the alienation and angst of teenage rebellion and was praised for its performances and its portrayal of youth culture.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
One of Spielberg’s most famous science fiction films that looks into the possibility of extraterrestrial life. The film is known for its innovative special effects and storytelling.
Rear Window (1954)
A suspenseful and thrilling film that depicted the voyeurism of a man observing his neighbours. It was praised for its performances and its direction.
A Star is Born (1954)
A classic Hollywood film that depicted the struggles of an aspiring actress and a fading Hollywood actor. It was both a critical and commercial success.
Goodbye, Columbus (1969)
A touching and nuanced portrayal of Jewish American life, which resonated with audiences and was praised for its performances and script.
A stylish crime thriller that featured one of the most iconic car chase scenes in film history. The film was praised for its performances and direction.
The French Connection (1971)
This gritty crime thriller was praised for its realistic portrayal of police work and its Academy award-winning performances
A gripping Cold War thriller that depicted the dangers of nuclear war and was praised for its tense and realistic portrayal of the Cold War.
A darkly comedic film that satirized Cold War politics.
The Searchers (1957)
The Searchers was a classic Western film that depicted the journey of a man searching for his niece. It was praised for its performances and its depiction of the western landscape.
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
The Manchurian Candidate is a political thriller that depicted the story of a brainwashed soldier.
A gritty crime film that depicted the story of a jewel heist.
Seven Days in May (1964)
Seven Days in May is a political thriller that depicted a military coup and was praised for its performances and its portrayal of Cold War politics.
Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Bridge on the River Kwai is a historical epic film that depicted the story of prisoners of war and was a commercial success.
Tom Jones (1963)
A comedic film that depicted the story of a young man coming of age. It was a commercial success and was praised for its performances and its humor.
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
The Magnificent Seven is a classic western film with a star-studded cast and iconic music. It’s a retelling of Seven Samurai, and tells the story of 7 gunslingers who are hired to protect a small village from bandits.
The Big Country (1958)
An epic western film about family, honor and land disputes through the story of a man who inherits a ranch and faces conflicts with a rival family.
Shane is a classic western that explores the conflicts between homesteaders and cattlemen through the story of a gunslinger who becomes involved in a dispute between a farmer and a cattleman.
Field of Dreams (1989)
Field of Dreams is about the power of love, family, and baseball through the story of a man who builds a baseball field on his farm and learns the truth about his father’s past.
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