Top Movies Everyone Should See

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There’s nothing better than putting on a movie and getting lost in the story. If you’re the kind of person that will take forever before finally settling on a movie, let this list be your guide for your next movie night selection. From dramas to sci-fi, there’s a movie here for everyone, so happy watching!

Fight Club

When a depressed, insomniac office workers meet a mysterious yet enigmatic soap salesman, his life takes a complete turn as he falls deeper and deeper into an underground fighting scene. This psychological thriller has all the twists and turns you could want, and Brad Pitt and Edward Norton are excellent.


After a promising young drummer enrolls in the top music school in the nation, things start to heat up after his pursuit for greatness begins to consume every aspect of his life. Based on a true story, Whiplash features a fantastic Miles Teller alongside J.K. Simmons, with a climax that will have your jaw dropped to the floor.

Good Will Hunting

After a young janitor’s secret gift for mathematics and academia is exposed, he is taken under the wing of a psychologist who helps him find navigate through a troubled life. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck wrote this during their time at Harvard together and paired with the late Robin Williams, this isn’t one you want to miss.

Django Unchained

Set in pre-Civil War America, a former slave begins his journey to take rescue his wife from a brutal plantation owner. This is classic Tarantino at its core, with a star-studded cast, and enough stylized action to get the blood pumping for its entirety.


It’s amazing to see that even after nearly 60 years, this film can still strike terror into the hearts of those who watch it. Director Alfred Hitchcock was the master of suspense, and his legacy will forever live on with Psycho, along with iconic characters like Norman Bates and Marion Crane.

The Shawshank Redemption

There’s a reason this is one of the highest rated films of all time. Following the story of two men who develop an unlikely friendship throughout their time in a state penitentiary. A wholesome story through and through, the ending will have you smirking for simply how clever it is.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Bueller? Bueller? An iconic 80’s film in its own right, Ferris Bueller captivated audiences by making it clear that school isn’t all that life has to offer during your teenage years. In the wise of Ferris, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you might miss it.” This is an extremely enjoyable movie that is perfect for any occasion.

The Dark Knight

Arguably the best superhero movie of all time, director Christopher Nolan hits every mark, bringing the best iteration of batman ever to grace the silver screen. Plus, Heath Ledger as the Joker is at the top of the list when it comes performances as Batman’s nemesis.


After a failed climate-change experiment kills most life on Earth, the remaining survivors of the planet remain on Snowpiercer, a specialized train that travels along the globe, protecting those who reside within it. Inside, a class system emerges, with those at the back of the bus living in squalor, while those in the front live in luxury. This one is definitely on the fringe of strange sci-fi, but its innate creativity and unique concept is one that will you in quickly.

La La Land

As a pianist and actress fall in love, they are faced with the reality of having to simultaneously navigate their career in Los Angeles. Right off the bat, it’s clear that Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone’s magnetic chemistry is something that is rare to see. La La Land is an irresistible musical-comedy drama that will take you a roller coaster of emotions from start to finish.

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