When putting together a list such as this, there can be some temptation to defy popular expectations; however, as an animated film, “Toy Story” is so staggeringly impressive that it couldn’t be ignored. It was released back in 1995; from Pixar’s beginnings as a testing platform for new computer animation techniques, the animation studio has always preferred technical innovation over simpler methods.
Still, the amazing computer effects on “Toy Story” were overshadowed by the intelligent and thoughtful script that had adult themes that both parents and their kids could relate to. With an odd couple in the form of Woody and Buzz Lightyear, the movie is a stellar comedy that harmonizes well with touching childhood themes.
Quentin Tarantino's second film turned out to be a delirious post-modern mix of neo-noir thrills, pitch-black humor and mixes everything into one perfect package. We certainly don’t have to tell you that "Pulp Fiction" was one of the most influential films of the 1990s, but we will tell you that it scored 92% on the Tomatometer.
The dialogue really dazzles in this film and somehow, it humanizes villainous characters by showing them chatting about the most humdrum things imaginable. Needless to say, the performances from John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson are immaculate, and the twists are continually surprising. There’s much about the film that stands the test of time.
The Last Picture Show
You know a film is good when it has a perfect 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes out of over 55 votes. Roger Ebert also gave the film a 4/4 in his review, saying that the movie “felt new and old at the same time.” "The Last Picture Show" was first released in 1971 and somehow perfectly managed to capture the feeling of a small town in Texas.
Along with remarkable performances by Jeff Bridges and Timothy Bottoms, Peter Bogdanovich's coming-of-age story skillfully utilizes its period and setting, resulting in a poignant yet powerful classic. "The Last Picture Show" won two Academy Awards and two BAFTA Awards in 1972 for both Best Actor and Actress in a Supporting Role.
Singing in the Rain
Everyone in the Western world is at the very least familiar with the famous theme (title) song from "Singin’ in the Rain." “What a glorious feeling, I’m happy again!” But the film that the song was pulled from was just as successful. "Singin' in the Rain" is undeniably one of the most enjoyable experiences, offering a rollicking reimagination of the shift from silent to sound movies.
While it may not adhere strictly to historical accuracy, the movie more than compensates with its delightful fusion of singing, tap dancing, romance, boundless energy, and a vibrant display of colors. If anything, this movie makes you feel transported to classical Hollywood in the 1920s. Plus, it's one of the funniest films ever made!
In this high-stakes time-travel narrative, a cyborg assassin, the Terminator (portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger), conceals its true identity as it journeys from 2029 to 1984 with a mission to eliminate Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). But before you do anything, forget that the premise is silly because director James Cameron executed it all so well that this movie received a rare 100% on the Tomatometer.
"The Terminator" remains a lasting influence on sci-fi and action films, thanks to its remarkable action sequences, tightly controlled direction, and unrelenting pace that keeps audiences engaged throughout. The havoc makes for a genuine steel metal trap of a movie and perhaps no other villain of the 80s is as iconic as Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator.