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…

3. Madonna: Truth or Dare

Movie: Madonna: Truth or Dare Release Date: May 10, 1991 Director: Alek Keshishian Starring: Madonna Tag Lines: “Like you’ve never seen her before.” “The ultimate dare is to tell the truth.” “See the truth. Madonna dares you.” Relevance: In the Spring of 1983, watching MTV, a very common occurrence in my pre-teen and teenage years,…

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…

6. Moulin Rouge!

Movie: Moulin Rouge! Release Date: June 1, 2001 Director: Baz Luhrmann Starring: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh. Tag Lines: “No Laws. No Limits. One Rule. Never Fall In Love.” “This Story Is About Truth.” “This Story Is About Beauty.” “This Story Is About Freedom.” “Above All Things This Story Is…

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…