What truly is a “classic” movie, especially for a generation like the one we’re living in now? It is tough to answer such a question sometimes, as an enjoyable movie for some may bore others to death. Therefore, we tend to define classic movies by their “replayability” and the interest it brings to the viewer. As in, there is no shocking twist that you already know when you watch it normally. If there is, the movie has to be compelling the entire time otherwise it is just a movie centered around its ending only. This meant some movies like Shutter Island did not make the cut, in spite of it being relatively good.
Movies like this hinge everything on the “reveal” ending, and you cannot just “unknow” that on the re-watch. Meanwhile, a movie like The Mask might not be part of this article. Yet it can be re-watched consistently due to the overall interest it brings to viewers. Classic movies need to be able to make us enjoy the overall, not just one specific part. While having a lot of Academy Awards can mean a movie is good, there are many others without any awards that are fantastic. An important note for this article is that we decided to make 1985 our cut-off for movies since that splits this generation from past generations. Let’s get started!