"Be prepared" The Lion King (1994)

On average, there are about 600 movie releases a year. That's A LOT of content to stay up to date on. Don't you hate when someone is talking about a film that you haven't seen and you get met with that age old question..."Wait, you've never seen that movie?!?!"? It never ends well after that. Well, we're here to help. We've broken down the top 250 most cultural relevant films that you should see in your lifetime.

 

This goes beyond your standard movie list. Sure, Metropolis was a great film for its time, but when was the last time that it came up in everyday conversation? To make this the film needs to check multiple boxes and we're leaving no stone left unturned. We're factoring in overall cultural relevance, box office success, academy recognition, social klout, meme culture, quotability & of course quality of film. Hopefully, this list will prepare you for everyday life and give you an arsenal of relevant quotes to crush daily conversations with. 

 

TOP 250 FILMS

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1

The Godfather

1972

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

93.35

2

The Godfather: Part II

1974

The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.

92.48

3

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

1980

After the Rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader and a bounty hunter named Boba Fett all over the galaxy.

88.33

4

GoodFellas

1990

The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.

86.83

5

The Dark Knight

2008

When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, Batman must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.

86.68

6

Pulp Fiction

1994

The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster and his wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

86.63

7

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

1981

In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler's Nazis can obtain its awesome powers.

86.6

8

Gladiator

2000

A former Roman General sets out to exact vengeance against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family and sent him into slavery.

86.45

9

The Shawshank Redemption

1994

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

86.38

10

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

1977

Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader.

86.33

11

Jaws

1975

When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it's up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.

85.43

12

The Silence of the Lambs

1991

A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

85.43

13

The Lion King

1994

Lion prince Simba and his father are targeted by his bitter uncle, who wants to ascend the throne himself.

85.25

14

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

2003

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

84.8

15

Back to the Future

1985

Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the eccentric scientist Doc Brown.

83.98

16

Jurassic Park

1993

A pragmatic paleontologist visiting an almost complete theme park is tasked with protecting a couple of kids after a power failure causes the park's cloned dinosaurs to run loose.

83.8

17

Forrest Gump

1994

The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate and other historical events unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75, whose only desire is to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart.

83.68

18

Good Will Hunting

1997

Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.

83.43

19

The Matrix

1999

When a beautiful stranger leads computer hacker Neo to a forbidding underworld, he discovers the shocking truth--the life he knows is the elaborate deception of an evil cyber-intelligence.

83.13

20

Toy Story

1995

A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room.

82.65

21

The Big Lebowski

1998

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire of the same name, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.

82.43

22

Die Hard

1988

An NYPD officer tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

82.38

23

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

1991

A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced and powerful cyborg.

82.1

24

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

2002

While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard.

81.35

25

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

1982

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.

81.18

26

The Princess Bride

1987

While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him the story of a farmboy-turned-pirate who encounters numerous obstacles, enemies and allies in his quest to be reunited with his true love.

81.08

27

Saving Private Ryan

1998

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

81.05

28

Mad Max: Fury Road

2015

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.

80.93

29

Fight Club

1999

An insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soapmaker form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.

80.88

30

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

1983

After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the Rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy the second Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Darth Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap.

80.75

31

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

2001

A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.

80.55

32

Inception

2010

A thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a C.E.O.

80.33

33

The Shining

1980

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.

79.9

34

Avengers: Endgame

2019

After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to reverse Thanos' actions and restore balance to the universe.

79.8

35

Rocky

1976

A small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight a heavy-weight champion in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.

79.15

36

The Usual Suspects

1995

The Usual Suspects

78.8

37

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

1986

A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that.

78.2

38

Halloween

1978

Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.

78.03

39

Reservoir Dogs

1992

When a simple jewelry heist goes horribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.

77.93

40

No Country for Old Men

2007

Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.

77.9