12 Must-See Films Both Boomers and Millennials Can Appreciate

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
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There are movies that mean a lot to each of us, and sometimes there are movies that mean a lot to an entire generation. But what are the movies that should be remembered and celebrated forever? That’s what one Gen-X film lover asks their fellow Gen-Xers online about the movies that made an impact on them that they would share with their kids, either as kids or adults. Of course, there are hundreds of suggestions; here are twelve of the best. 

1. The Princess Bride (1987)

The Princess Bride (1987)
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Numerous movie fans agree that The Princess Bride is a must-see for all future generations. One parent even says, “My wife and I were mentioning this one last weekend because we can’t wait to share it with our daughter.” There are also quotes of “inconceivable” and “as you wish” throughout the thread to hit home just how much of an effect the movie had on people. 

2. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail has been a reference point for multiple generations now, and many parents intend to keep it that way. One says they shared it with their 11-year-old, who loved it, and now quotes it around the house. 

3. Star Wars (1977)

Star Wars (1977)
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Star Wars gets a lot of love in the discussion. Not the franchise, but the original 1977 film titled simply Star Wars before anyone added anything about episodes. The iconic space opera coming-of-age tale is perfect for kids and will be well into the future.

4. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1985)

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The original poster and several others say Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a must-watch for their kids. Sadly though, many Gen-Xers who shared it with their children were met with frustrated reactions from the kids who thought Ferris was obnoxious and entitled. One says their son even started rooting for the principal. 

5. Pump Up the Volume (1990)

Pump Up the Volume (1990)
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Pump Up the Volume is perhaps the movie that needs the most championing, as it’s been largely forgotten by other generations. Fans of the Christian Slater-starring movie highlight that it’s a near-perfect angsty teen movie and includes a phenomenal soundtrack that introduced them to great music they still love today. 

6. The Blues Brothers (1980)

The Blues Brothers (1980)
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Several film lovers are excited about sharing The Blues Brothers with their kids not only because it’s a hilarious movie with a fantastic car chase but also because it teaches some valuable lessons. One says the movie “teaches us to stay cool in troubling situations,” another adds, “and to take action against all nazis.”

7. Labyrinth (1986)

Labyrinth (1986)
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Jim Henson is still best known for creating The Muppets, but his non-muppet movies are also some of the most creative and delightful ever made. But between The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, the latter wins out significantly as the film that people need to share with their kids. It’s got a magical world, incredibly realized puppets, and an all-timer David Bowie performance. 

8. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
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Some people highlight all of the Indiana Jones films, well, the first three, as great movies to share with kids, but others say they’ve kept it to Raiders of the Lost Ark for now because Temple of Doom gets too scary. Not to say Raiders doesn’t have scary moments, but it’s a rousing adventure movie for older kids and tweens. 

9. Heathers (1988)

Heathers (1988)
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Heathers is another movie that’s reserved for older kids. It’s an iconic black comedy that features several scenes of teenage violence portrayed more as a comedy than tragedy, so there’s a need for awareness on the viewers’ part. But once people’s kids are teens, it’s well agreed that Heathers is a must-watch. 

10. The Shining (1980)

The Shining (1980)
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Moving onto movies reserved for older teens or even adults, many film fans agree that Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining is an absolute must-see for all future generations. It’s an iconic horror movie that has become a piece of the cultural lexicon and needs to be seen. 

11. The Thing (1982)

The Thing (1982)
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The Thing may not have made the same cultural impact as The Shining, but it may be the better movie. John Carpenter’s film is the gold standard of body horror while also delivering a story of paranoia and unease that makes it not just one of the best horror movies of the 80s but of all time. 

12. Blade Runner (1982)

Blade Runner (1982)
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Released the same year as The Thing, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner is another movie for older kids, but if you know any young person interested in science fiction, it’s essential viewing. The film is based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? It tells the story of a man hired to hunt down synthetic humans but questions whether they’re the real villains. 


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