11. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Movie: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Release Date: May 21, 1980 Director: George Lucas Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Frank Oz. Tag Lines: “The Adventure Continues…” “The Star Wars saga continues.” “The battle continues…” Relevance: ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,’…

12. 9 to 5

Movie: 9 to 5 Release Date: December 19, 1980 Director: Colin Higgins Starring: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, Dabney Coleman, Elizabeth Wilson, Sterling Hayden. Tag Lines: “Getting even is a full-time job.” “They’re showing the Boss who’s the BOSS!” “Which would you rather punch? The clock or your boss?” “The power behind the throne.”…

13. Steel Magnolias

Movie: Steel Magnolias Release Date: November 15, 1989 Director: Herbert Ross Starring: Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Olympia Dukakis, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Tom Skerritt, Dylan McDermott, Sam Shepard, Kevin J, O’Connor. Tag Lines: “The funniest movie ever to make you cry.” “Sometimes laughter is a matter of life and death.” Relevance: 1989 was…

14. Mrs. Doubtfire

Movie: Mrs. Doubtfire Release Date: November 24, 1993 Director: Chris Columbus Starring: Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein, Robert Prosky. Tag Lines: “She will rock your world.” “She makes dinner. She does windows. She reads bedtime stories. She’s a blessing… in disguise.” Relevance: I was a Robin Williams fan most of my life….

15. American Beauty

Movie: American Beauty Release Date: September 15, 1999 Director: Sam Mendes Starring: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Allison Janney, Peter Gallagher, Mena Suvari, Wes Bentley, Chris Cooper. Tag Lines: “…look closer.” Relevance: DISCLAIMER – similar to ‘The Usual Suspects’ (see 44. ‘The Usual Suspects): Sometimes “alleged” (that word was used so I don’t get…

16. Pulp Fiction

Movie: Pulp Fiction Release Date: October 14, 1994 Director: Quentin Tarantino Starring: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Maria de Medeiros, Ving Rhames, Eric Stoltz, Rosanna Arquette, Christopher Walken, Bruce Willis. Tag Lines: “Girls like me don’t make invitations like this to just anyone!” “You won’t know the…

17. Four Weddings and a Funeral

Movie: Four Weddings and a Funeral Release Date: May 13, 1994 Director: Mike Newell Starring: Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Kristin Scott Thomas, Simon Callow, James Fleet, Josh Hannah, Charlotte Coleman, David Bower, Corin Redgrave, Rowan Atkinson. Tag Lines: “He’s quite engaging. She’s otherwise engaged.” “An Outrageously Funny Affair.” “Five good reasons to stay single.” “Love…

18. Raiders of the Lost Ark

Movie: Raiders of the Lost Ark Release Date: June 12, 1981 Director: Steven Spielberg Starring: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott. Tag Lines: “Indiana Jones – the new hero from the creators of JAWS and STAR WARS.” Relevance: ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ was released in the summer of…

19. The Lion King

Movie: The Lion King Release Date: June 15, 1994 Director: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff. Starring: Matthew Broderick, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Moira Kelly, Niketa Calami, Ernie Sabella, Nathan Lane, Robert Guillaume, Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, Jim Cummings, Madge Sinclair. Tag Lines: “The greatest adventure of all is finding our…

20. Evita

Movie: Evita Release Date: December 25, 1996 Director: Alan Parker Starring: Madonna, Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce, Jimmy Nail. Tag Lines: “The Most Anticipated Motion Picture Event of The Year.” Relevance: I was born and raised in a small city in Northeastern Pennsylvania. If you are familiar with the sitcom “The Office,” then you know the…