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…

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,’…

27. Star Wars

Movie: Star Wars Release Date: May 25, 1977 Director: George Lucas Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guiness. Tag Lines: “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” “Coming to your galaxy this summer.” “Somewhere, in space, this could all be happening right now. Relevance: I usually can’t remember…

28. Aladdin

Movie: Aladdin Release Date: November 25, 1992 Director: John Musker, Ron Clements. Starring: Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman, Frank Welker, Gilbert Gottfried, Douglas Seale. Tag Lines: “It is not what is outside, but what is inside that counts.” “A diamond in the rough.” “Imagine if you had three wishes, three hopes, three…

40. Ghost

Movie: Ghost Release Date: July 13, 1990 Director: Jerry Zucker Starring: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg. Tony Goldwyn. Tag Lines: “A love that will last forever.” “Before Sam was murdered he told Molly he’d love and protect her forever.” “You will believe.” Relevance: In the summer of 1990, I had just finished my first…

49. Field of Dreams

Movie: Field of Dreams Release Date: May 5, 1989 Director: Phil Alden Robinson Starring: Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, Burt Lancaster. Tag Lines: “All his life, Ray Kinsella was searching for his dreams. Then one day, his dreams came looking for him.” “If you believe the impossible, the incredible can come…

57. The Princess Bride

Movie: The Princess Bride Release Date: September 25, 1987 Director: Rob Reiner Starring: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant, Robin Wright, Peter Falk, Billy Crystal. Tag Lines: “The story of a man and a woman who lived happily ever after. Even though the courtship almost killed them.” “Scaling…

60. Xanadu

Movie: Xanadu Release Date: August 8, 1980 Director: Robert Greenwald Starring: Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Michael Beck. Tag Lines: “The Music, The Film, A Place Where Dreams Come True.” “In Xanadu a golden goddess did decree…Welcome to your own musical fantasy.” “A Fantasy, A Musical, A Place Where Dreams Come True.” “Where time stops and…

71. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Movie: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Release Date: June 4, 2004 Director: Alfonso CuarĂ³n Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, Richard Griffiths, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, David Thewlis, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters. Tag Lines: “Have you seen this wizard?” “Something wicked this…