1. The Wizard of Oz

Movie: The Wizard of Oz Release Date: August 25, 1939 Director: Victor Fleming Starring: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charley Grapewin. Tag Lines: “Mighty Miracle Show Of 1000 Delights!” “Amazing Sights To See ! The Tornado . . . Munchkinland . . . Horse Of A…

2. It’s a Wonderful Life

Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life Release Date: December 20, 1946 Director: Frank Capra Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi, Ward Bond, Frank Faylen, Gloria Grahame. Tag Lines: “Frank Capra’s…”It’s a Wonderful Life”.” “The most loved Christmas film of all time!” “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets…

4. Jaws

Movie: Jaws Release Date: June 20, 1975 Director: Steven Spielberg Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss. Tag Lines: “Amity Island had everything. Clear skies. Gentle surf. Warm water. People flocked there every summer. It was the perfect feeding ground.” “The nation’s #1 best-selling novel is now the year’s most terrifying movie.” “On the Fourth…

5. Airplane!

Movie: Airplane! Release Date: July 2, 1980 Director: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker. Starring: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen. Tag Lines: You’ve read the ad, now see the movie!” “The IN-FLIGHT comedy that airlines won’t show!!{“ “What’s slower than a speeding bullet, and able to hit tall buildings at a single bound?” “Thank…

7. The Color Purple

Movie: The Color Purple Release Date: December 18, 1985 Director: Steven Spielberg Starring: Whoopie Goldberg, Danny Glover, Adolph Caesar, Margaret Avery, Rae Dawn Chong, Oprah Winfrey. Tag Lines: “Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize Winning Story.” “It’s about life. It’s about love. It’s about us.” Relevance: ‘The Color Purple’ was released in December of 1985. Directed by…

8. Poltergeist

Movie: Poltergeist Release Date: June 4, 1982 Director: Tobe Hooper Starring: JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Beatrice Straight. Tag Lines: “From a dimension beyond the living, a terror to scare you to death.” “Mommy, Daddy, where are you?” “Its form is revealed, Its focus is clear and the games are over.” “They’re here.” “It knows…

9. West Side Story

Movie: West Side Story Release Date: October 18, 1961 Director: Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins. Starring: Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, Russ Tamblyn. Tag Lines: “Watch this shot now. Hey. Shoot, man. Go. Hey, yeah.” “Unlike other classics, West Side Story grows younger!” “The Screen Achieves One of the Great Entertainments in the…

10. Schindler’s List

Movie: Schindler’s List Release Date: December 15, 1993 Director: Steven Spielberg Starring: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall, Jonathan Sagall, Embeth Davidtz. Tag Lines: “Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.” “The List Is Life.” Relevance: ‘Schindler’s List’ was released in December of 1993 to international acclaim. It was hailed as a…

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.”…