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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

25. Titanic

Movie: Titanic Release Date: December 19, 1997 Director: James Cameron Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Bernard Hill, Jonathan Hyde, Danny Nucci, David Warner, Bill Paxton. Tag Lines: “Nothing On Earth Could Come Between Them.” “Collide With Destiny.” Relevance: Madonna released her seventh studio album, “Ray of Light” on March…

26. Fame

Movie: Fame Release Date: May 16, 1980 Director: Alan Parker Starring: Eddie Barth, Irene Cara, Lee Curreri, Laura Dean, Antonio Franceschi, Boyd Gaines, Albert Hague, Tresa Hughes, Steve Inwood, Paul McCrane, Anne Meara, Joanna Merlin, Barry Miller, Jim Moody, Gene Anthony Ray, Maureen Teefy. Tag Lines: “If they’ve really got what it takes, it’s going…

32. Philadelphia

Movie: Philadelphia Release Date: December 22, 1993 Director: Jonathan Demme Starring: Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Antonio Banderas, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen. Tag Lines: “No one would take on his case… until one man was willing to take on the system.” Relevance: We have reached a huge milestone on my list of most influential movies of…