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'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

Updated October 18, 2020 1.3m votes 30.8k voters 327.8k views366 items

List RulesVote up the best "old" movies that came out in the '80s and '90s - the ones you think everyone simply MUST watch.

If you're a younger millennial, you've probably heard your older friends and coworkers say things like "Hey, you guys!" or "Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?" or "He can't see without his glasses!" and knew that they were quoting some old movie that you've never seen (something like The Goonies, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, or My Girl). These films may have been released before you were born, but to be culturally literate, you should probably go back and watch them. This classics list is not about old old black and white movies, it's about '80s and '90s beloved masterpieces. They're the cinematic treasures that made the careers of your favorite current day actors.

You can see some of your favorite actors when they were just starting in these old movies that young people should watch. Love Christian Bale, but you've never seen Newsies? Go watch it! (fun Christian Bale fact: he hates this movie). Admire Meryl Streep? Make sure you check out Death Becomes Her. She looks so youthful!

If you ever find yourself asking, "What old movies should I watch?" just work your way down this list and knock them out, one at a time. 

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  • 1
    Forrest Gump
    9,831
    1,270

    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • 2
    Back To The Future
    21,669
    3,369

    Back To The Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • 3
    Ghostbusters
    17,002
    3,043

    Ghostbusters

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1984

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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  • 4
    Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
    16,392
    3,269

    Released1981

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 5
    Star Wars
    16,199
    3,230

    Star Wars

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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  • 6
    Jurassic Park
    12,194
    2,414

    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 7
    Home Alone
    17,669
    3,531

    Home Alone

    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci

    Released1990

    Directed byChris Columbus

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  • 8
    Beetlejuice
    14,939
    3,044

    Beetlejuice

    Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder

    Released1988

    Directed byTim Burton

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  • 9
    The Goonies
    17,284
    3,575

    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • 10
    The Shawshank Redemption
    16,687
    3,459

    The Shawshank Redemption

    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth

    Released1994

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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  • 11
    Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    16,792
    3,487

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • 12
    The Wizard of Oz
    13,955
    2,897

    The Wizard of Oz

    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton

    Released1939

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

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  • 13
    The Breakfast Club
    16,735
    3,506

    The Breakfast Club

    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • 14
    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
    15,620
    3,293

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak

    Released1982

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 15
    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
    12,386
    2,611

    Released1980

    Directed byIrvin Kershner

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  • 16
    The Terminator
    7,201
    1,497

    The Terminator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton

    Released1984

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • 17
    Jaws
    12,487
    2,679

    Jaws

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1975

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 18
    Die Hard
    12,563
    2,703

    Die Hard

    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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  • 19
    Batman
    3,187
    649

    Batman

    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger

    Released1989

    Directed byTim Burton

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  • 20
    Aladdin
    8,241
    1,817

    Aladdin

    Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried

    Released1992

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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  • 21
    The Karate Kid
    4,242
    903

    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

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  • 22
    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
    11,469
    2,579

    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1983

    Directed byRichard Marquand

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  • 23
    Mrs Doubtfire
    14,509
    3,425

    Mrs Doubtfire

    Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan

    Released1993

    Directed byChris Columbus, Chuck Jones

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  • 24
    The Silence of the Lambs
    9,308
    2,230

    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1991

    Directed byJonathan Demme

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  • 25
    The Green Mile
    8,902
    2,183

    The Green Mile

    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise

    Released1999

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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