Add These Movies to Your Bucket List

Here’s a list of classic movies that we recommend you add to your bucket list. While this isn’t an exhaustive list of the best movies in history, it is a list of timeless classics in no particular order that we believe everyone should watch at least once in their life – maybe even ten times!

Casablanca (1942)

Casablanca is a classic romantic drama set during World War II. The film follows the story of Rick Blaine, a cynical expat and nightclub owner in the Moroccan city of, you guessed it, Casablanca. His world is turned upside down when his former lover, Ilsa Lund, walks back into his life with her husband, a resistance leader. As Rick navigates the complexities of love, sacrifice, and loyalty, he must decide whether to help Ilsa and her husband escape to safety or to prioritize his own feelings. Set against the backdrop of political intrigue and the looming threat of Nazi occupation, “Casablanca” is a timeless tale of love and sacrifice in a world torn apart by war.

Currently streaming on MAX

 

Rear Window (1954)

Rear Window is a suspenseful thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film centers on L.B. “Jeff” Jefferies, a wheelchair-bound photographer who spends his days recuperating from a broken leg by spying on his neighbors through his apartment window. Convinced that one of his neighbors committed murder, Jeff enlists the help of his girlfriend, Lisa, and his nurse, Stella, to investigate. As they gather evidence from their limited vantage point, tension mounts as Jeff realizes he may have put himself and those he cares about in danger. Fueled by voyeurism and Hitchcock’s trademark suspense, “Rear Window” is a gripping exploration of obsession, morality, and the consequences of curiosity.

Currently available as a digital rental but it’s worth it.

 

Alien (1979)

Alien is the sci-fi horror masterpiece directed by Ridley Scott. The film follows the crew of the Nostromo, who respond to a distress signal on a distant moon. Upon investigating, they discover a derelict alien spacecraft and unwittingly bring aboard a deadly extraterrestrial organism. As the creature begins to wreak havoc and pick off the crew one by one, the survivors must confront their own fears and the sinister corporate agenda driving their mission. With its claustrophobic atmosphere, iconic creature design, and groundbreaking special effects, “Alien” is a chilling exploration of terror, survival, and the unknown depths of space.

 

The Princess Bride (1987)

The Princess Bride is a timeless fantasy adventure directed by Rob Reiner. The story follows the romantic journey of Buttercup, a young woman, and her true love, Westley. When Westley is believed to be killed by pirates, Buttercup is heartbroken and reluctantly agrees to marry Prince Humperdinck. However, before the wedding, Buttercup is kidnapped by a group of misfits including a swordsman, a giant, and a cunning Sicilian. As they navigate through dangers and obstacles, they encounter friendship, true love, and ultimately confront Prince Humperdinck’s sinister plans. Filled with humor, romance, and memorable characters, “The Princess Bride” is a beloved classic that appeals to pretty much everyone.

Currently streaming on MAX

 

Halloween (1978)

“Halloween” is a classic horror film directed by John Carpenter. The movie follows the story of Michael Myers, who, at the age of six, murders his sister on Halloween night and is subsequently institutionalized. Fifteen years later, he escapes and returns to his hometown to continue his killing spree. The film focuses on Myers’ pursuit of teenager Laurie Strode and her friends, as they try to survive the night of terror unleashed by this relentless killer. “Halloween” is known for its suspenseful atmosphere, chilling music, and iconic masked villain, making it a landmark in the horror genre.

Currently streaming on Shudder and AMC+

 

Memento (2001)

“Memento” is a psychological thriller directed by Christopher Nolan, his breakout film. The story follows Leonard Shelby, a man suffering from short-term memory loss, as he tries to solve the mystery of his wife’s murder. Due to his condition, Leonard relies on notes, tattoos, and Polaroid photographs to piece together clues and navigate through his fragmented memory. The narrative unfolds in reverse chronological order, adding layers of complexity to Leonard’s quest for truth. As he grapples with his own limitations and encounters various characters, Leonard’s reality becomes increasingly blurred, leading to a shocking revelation about the nature of memory and identity. “Memento” is celebrated for its innovative storytelling, non-linear structure, and thought-provoking exploration of perception and truth.

Currently streaming on Peacock, Freevee, The Roku Channel, Pluto TV

 

Get Out (2018)

“Get Out” is a horror-ish thriller directed by Jordan Peele. The movie follows Chris, a young African-American man who visits his white girlfriend Rose’s family estate for the weekend. Initially, Chris is unsettled by the racial dynamics he observes, but he dismisses his discomfort until he uncovers a sinister plot involving hypnosis, “the sunken place” and brain surgery. As Chris fights to escape, the film delves into themes of race, privilege, and cultural appropriation, delivering a chilling and thought-provoking commentary on modern society. “Get Out” received widespread critical acclaim for its originality, social commentary, and powerful performances.

Currently streaming on Tubi, Prime Video

 

Knives Out (2019)

“Knives Out” is a mystery-comedy film directed by Rian Johnson. The story revolves around the death of wealthy crime novelist Harlan Thrombey, which occurs under suspicious circumstances after his 85th birthday party. Renowned detective Benoit Blanc is brought in to investigate the case, questioning the eccentric Thrombey family members and unraveling their tangled web of secrets and lies. As Blanc sifts through the clues, the audience is taken on a thrilling and unpredictable ride filled with twists, turns, and unexpected revelations. “Knives Out” is praised for its sharp wit, stellar ensemble cast, and clever homage to classic whodunit mysteries.

Currently available for digital rental but completely worth it.

 

Night of the Hunter (1955)

“Night of the Hunter” is a haunting film noir directed by Charles Laughton. Set in Depression-era West Virginia, the story follows the sinister Reverend Harry Powell, a self-proclaimed preacher with a penchant for manipulating and murdering women. After marrying a widow, Willa Harper, in pursuit of hidden money, Powell becomes a menacing presence in the lives of her children, John and Pearl. As Powell’s true intentions are gradually revealed, John takes it upon himself to protect his family and escape the clutches of this charismatic but malevolent figure. “Night of the Hunter” is celebrated for its atmospheric cinematography, chilling performances, and exploration of good versus evil in a dark and morally ambiguous world.

Currently streaming on Tubi

 

Home Alone (1990)

“Home Alone” is the beloved family comedy directed by Chris Columbus. The film follows the misadventures of eight-year-old Kevin McCallister, who is accidentally left behind when his family travels to Paris for Christmas vacation. Initially reveling in his newfound freedom, Kevin soon finds himself defending his home from two bumbling burglars, Harry and Marv, who are unaware that he is alone. Armed with creative traps and tricks, Kevin turns his house into a booby-trapped fortress, leading to a series of hilarious and slapstick encounters. As Kevin outsmarts the burglars and learns the importance of family, “Home Alone” delivers heartwarming moments alongside its comedic antics, making it a holiday classic cherished by audiences of all ages.

Currently streaming on Disney+

 

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