Star Trek (2009)
The Movie: J.J. Abrams' reboot of the classic decades-spanning sci-fi saga is, for once, an actual reboot, as history is rewritten for Kirk and Co.
Why It Was Loved: By chucking out the baggage, Abrams gave a new audience a reason to engage with the Enterprise's serio-comic shenanigans... and even the Trekkies had grudging respect for the fact he left them their universe.
Typical Online Review: "I'm not a trekkie, but I sure want to be now. This movie takes the series and makes it cool for once, I never enjoyed the old show but this movie makes us feel awesome for seeing a nerd movie." Dream Extractor, Rotten Tomatoes
The Great Escape (1963)
The Movie: McQueen, Garner, Attenborough, Bronson, Coburn and every other Tom, Dick and Harry show the Nazis the dangers of putting all their eggs in one basket.
Why It Was Loved: A perennial Bank Holiday treat, it's the kind of all-star smorgasbord you can watch with your dad without either of you getting bored.
Typical Online Review: "What a magnificent piece of classic cinema! Everything from the acting to the music is just pure artistic gold." Mike S, Rotten Tomatoes
The Hunger Games (2012)
The Movie: A controversial entry for the list (considering the film has only just hit cinemas), but that record-breaking opening weekend has shown that The Hunger Games has fans in droves, demolishing even the biggest-ever Twilight movie’s box-office take.
Why It Was Loved: The success of the books meant the films came pre-loaded with a rabid fanbase, but The Hunger Games finest trick was convincing the guys in the audience that this was worth a ticket (something that Twilight struggles to do). And don’t underestimate THG ’s secret weapon Jennifer Lawrence, who gives a performance that’s far richer than we’ve come to expect from teen-orientated blockbusters.
Typical Online Review: “There are no words to describe the feeling that has inhabited my chest. I am not entirely sure I can process what was shown before my very eyes. Was it the horrific terror that chilled my spine and paralyzed me to my seat? Was it the breathtakingly beautiful romantics? I'm not entirely sure, but I know my cheeks are still sticky from the constant run of tears.” Sarah Ribeiro, IMDb
Spider-man 2 (2004)
The Movie: Sam Raimi's second stab at Spidey upped the ante, as Peter Parker's desire for normality is compromised by rampaging Doc Octopus.
Why It Was Loved: A benchmark in the recent development of the Marvel superhero, as Raimi nails the tricky balance of emo romance and breath-taking action - and smuggles in some Evil Dead -style crazy-cam.
Typical Online Review: "Spider-Man 2 is not a movie! It is a piece of super-heroic art to own for a lifetime that should be cherished upon, and never given up! I do not see why anyone in their right mind would not like this film!" KJP, Rotten Tomatoes
Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
The Movie: Arnie returns as a good guy to save John Connor from the new threat of sarcastic shape-shifter Robert Patrick.
Why It Was Loved: The first Terminator was a grungy tech-noir cult flick. The sequel was all-out BLOCKBUSTER, driven by the still-startling FX innovations of the T-1000.
Typical Online Review: "Absolute classic. I've watched this film for years and it never gets old, boring or dull. I love it everytime. MUST SEE." Skitzomultiple, Lovefilm
My Neighbour Totoro (1988)
The Movie: Hayao Miyazaki's love letter to the countryside, as two girls discover a friendly wood-sprite living in the tree next door.
Why It Was Loved: Studio Ghibli has made bigger, more obvious assaults on our hearts, but it's because Totoro is such a warm, small-scale experience that it's the one people prefer to cuddle.
Typical Online Review: "The film has great direction, beautiful backgrounds and a mystical, pleasant aura throughout. There's nothing like this, I promise you. It's idyllic and simple." opus0, IMDb
The Movie: If the first X-Men movie was a slightly reticent affair, Bryan Singer's second stab piled on the action set-pieces and dovetailed them with sharp character arcs.
Why It Was Loved: By taking a complex (and fan favourite) storyline from the comics, Singer proved that the modern superhero movie was more than just FX and spandex.
Typical Online Review: "It has become rarer and rarer to find a film that has the ability to grab your senses and lock your attention so firmly, not ever letting up until the credits role, such as this film does. One might only be able to count a handful of films where a sequel takes all of the good elements form it's predecessor, completely eliminates the things that didn't work or fit in the original, then goes on to not only exceed the expectations and hype surrounding it, but completely redefines and elevates it's genre." Logansneo, IMDb
The Movie: Christopher Nolan enters our dreams via Escher-aping reality shifts, 007-esque ski battles and woozy revolving corridors.
Why It Was Loved: That rare thing - a blockbuster you need to watch twice, as Nolan's mind-scrambling indie sensibility got a mega-budget makeover.
Typical Online Review: "I love the clothes, I love the acting, I love the fact that it only has two funny moments, I love the fact that it’s as thought provoking as it is entertaining, I love the music, the post and the headfuck." Ben, ben-kay.com
Shaun Of The Dead (2004)
The Movie: What Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg began in Spaced is perfected in a none-more-British zom-rom-com.
Why It Was Loved: A scary/funny love letter to being young and into games and movies, this was a clarion call for the blogger generation.
Typical Online Review: "The night we rented this, or should I say, the night my husband rented this, I was not happy about it. I didn't want to see some bloody zombie movie. Oh, was I wrong....this movie is a classic. A modern day classic. My words will not do this movie justice. So, I'm not even going to try." CuriosityKitten, Experience Project
Toy Story Trilogy (1995-2010)
The Movies: Hard to pick just one, but Pixar's flagship franchise continues to milk laughter and tears from mere children's playthings.
Why It Was Loved: The original dazzled through the kind of craft and charm nobody thought possible from a computer-assembled kids' film. And then the sequels outstripped its brilliance.
Typical Online Review: "The original is a masterpiece that changed animation forever, and the sequel is among the best in the history of film (I mean that). The first two Toy Story films are among the best movies of all-time and to this day entire animation studios have failed to duplicate an ounce of the magic contained in Toy Story. Could part 3 even come close to the original two? My friends, I am very happy to say, the answer is a resounding yes." diac228, IMDb
The Goonies (1985)
The Movie: Amblin's mission statement sees a bunch of kids embark on a pirate-treasure adventure.
Why It Was Loved: Goonies = geeks, and this is one of those films that celebrates childhood awkwardness and outsiderdom as something amazing.
Typical Online Review: "i watched this movie on vhs so much the tape literally was so worn it looked like spaghetti. i would put all of my moms jewelry in treasure boxes in the swamp behind my house. love goonies forever" Bobbi Brandstatter, Facebook
The Movie: Adam McKay and Will Ferrell treated their move from Saturday Night Live to movies as if there was no difference at all - a surreal, gag-filled sitcom set in the world of TV.
Why It Was Loved: The sheer randomness of its segues from gender-divide satire to all-star violence. For true cult aficionados, there's a whole other film made from deleted scenes - Wake Up, Ron Burgundy - to enjoy.
Typical Online Review: "One of the funniest films ever, a must watch! my friends still regularly quote lines from this film I LOVE LAMP! :D" MartyT85, Lovefilm
Jurassic Park (1993)
The Movie: Richard Attenborough clones the dinosaurs and watches in horror as they run amok. Off-screen, Steven Spielberg's doing much the same time… except he's enjoying it.
Why It Was Loved: In Jaws , Spielberg had to hide the limitations of his main prop. Here, groundbreaking FX enabled Hollywood's consummate showman to really show off.
Typical Online Review: "It is Spielberg at his best (and he packs in every single one of his signature tricks, camera angles, and other story-telling devices), and John Williams’ theme -another set of almost inversions of his other well known themes- is just perfect" Clifford, Asymptotia
The Movie: Bowler-hatted heavies, gold-painted lovelies, an ejector-seated Aston Martin and a villain who expects you to DIE.
Why It Was Loved: Every 007 film has its fans, but this one remains the high watermark, chiefly because it nailed the formula for Bondage.
Typical Online Review: "Goldfinger. I mean, come on people. It’s freakin’ Goldfinger." Randall, Listverse
Evil Dead 2 (1987)
The Movie: Sam Raimi gets a half-decent budget, and makes a half-sequel/half-remake of his debut hit with more blood, more laughs and more crazy camerawork.
Why It Was Loved: The unrestrained exuberance of the 'splatstick,' led by the charismatic presence of Bruce Campbell's groovy, chainsaw-handed Ash.
Typical Online Review: "When it comes to classic 80's horror you can't go wrong with Evil Dead 2. Evil Dead 2 is a remake of the first movie, but done in a good way. The movie got gore, action, and humor through the movie nonstop. Bruce does a excellent as ash, and the fx in the movie are to dead for." George Carabetsos, Amazon
The Movie: Ivan Reitman's perfect fusion of SFX extravaganza and Saturday Night Live comedy as Bill Murray and chums power up to clean up the slime.
Why It Was Loved: The kind of illicit pleasure Hollywood doesn't make any more - a family-oriented blockbuster built around a bunch of chain-smoking, potty-mouthed Manhattan slobs.
Typical Online Review: "In 1984 I was seven, and I loved Ghostbusters so much I saw it three times in one week. Twenty-seven years later, I sat in a cinema watching a brand new digital projection, re-released for Halloween, knowing every line, every tick of Bill Murray’s face, every giant dollop of melted marshmallow." Adam Christopher, Tor.com
Donnie Darko (2001)
The Movie: Jake Gyllenhaal is stalked by a man in a rabbit suit... and that's the least weird thing about it.
Why It Was Loved: A troubled film for troubled times, as post-9/11 paranoiacs discovered Donnie's retro-80s, head-fucking emo-cool.
Typical Online Review: "Donnie Darko is a strange, funny, emotional, touching, exciting, and challenging film. The first time you watch it, you will have absolutely no idea what is going on, but it will hook you." blkbomb, Rotten Tomatoes
The Shining (1980)
The Movie: Stanley Kubrick vs Stephen King in the Overlook Hotel.
Why It Was Loved: King's weird narrative is put through its paces by Kubrick, whose radical take on horror - marital satire, Steadicam suspense and Nicholson's barking mad performance - makes it endlessly rewatchable.
Typical Online Review: "This is still the scariest film I have ever watched…. watched it at a young age and that early fear still lingers! Awsome film!" Kryten2X4B523P, Mubi
The Movie: Kevin Smith's debut sees put-upon convenience store slacker Dante Hicks experience all kinds of shit... and he's not even supposed to be here todau.
Why It Was Loved: This type of talky, zero-budget indie was ten-a-penny during the 90s, but Smith's film stands the test of time because he literally lived it... and so have we.
Typical Online Review: "About three years ago a friend of mine came to school one day raving about the funniest movie he had seen on late night. He talked about this black and white low budget movie about two blue collar losers who talked endlessly about sex. From that description I wasn't anticipating a masterpiece but I decided to rent it anyway. It was probably the best surprise I have ever had. I was laughing the entire time, so much so that I nearly woke up everyone in my house." Anonymous, IMDb
Superman: The Movie (1978)
The Movie: A landmark in big-screen superheroes, where you'll finally believe a man can fly.
Why It Was Loved: It's still a cast-iron template for how to do this sort of thing. Mix genres, get the casting right and the rest will sort itself out.
Typical Online Review: "This film is superb! Perfect, outstanding, touching, tear-jerking, and everything else good one could possibly say! That is because this film was made by people who knew what they were doing, and they knew how to give us a real story." BansheeCreature, IMDb
The Movie: Ridley Scott - one alien, slow-burn horror. James Cameron - hundreds of the buggers, fighting gung-ho space marines.
Why It Was Loved: Arguably, the original is more admired than loved, but the irrepressible momentum of the sequel - driven by its wisecracking soldiers and a never-better Sigourney Weaver - makes it more cherished in the mainstream.
Typical Online Review: "The film exists on at least a half dozen levels simultaneously: first rate action flick, Vietnam war parable, visionary sci-fi epic, old-school special effects bonanza, horror movie and redemptive tale while all the while churning toward its primary thesis about the transcendent power of family." Chris, nonstop80s
The Movie: First you get Pacino, then you get De Palma, then you get a foul-mouthed, ultra-violent, OTT carnival of a gangster movie.
Why It Was Loved: For wannabe gangstas everywhere, this is the Bible.
Typical Online Review: "our traditian on thanksgiving, is eating and watching scarface, started when i was around 12, im 36 now....people come over like "this is weird" but its normal in my dads house and mine lol...love us some Tony baby!!" Jennifer Davis, Facebook
Some Like It Hot (1959)
The Movie: Billy Wilder's high-heeled screwball comedy puts on-the-run musos Jack and Tony in drag...and then gives them Marilyn to fight over.
Why It Was Loved: It's the Hollywood comedy with something for everyone: razor-sharp dialogue, tranny smut and dark laughs courtesy of a plot that hinges on a massacre.
Typical Online Review: "this is by far and away my most favorite movie. the humor in it is still relevant today.. probably because it was ahead of its time back then. i promise it's funny!" Alexis N, Rotten Tomatoes
The Jungle Book (1967)
The Movie: Mowgli learns the Bare Necessities from Baloo, but still wants to be like you-ooh-ooh.
Why It Was Loved: It's the Disney that everybody has a soft spot for - a snazzy, jazzy blast of pure joie de vivre.
Typical Online Review: "I love The Jungle Book for three main reasons: it’s sweet and uplifting, it looks great and the songs are amazing." Matthew Dorey, mattischro.me
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
The Movie: The definitive mockumentary, as American comedians nail the pompous tomfoolery of an English heavy metal band.
Why It Was Loved: Because they make bridging the gap between surreal gags and realistic style look so effortless.
Typical Online Review: "The band dancing round their 11 inch version of Stonehenge never fails to bring tears to the eyes - as does the 'pod' that finally releases the trapped band member on the last riff of their 'headline' number." nicoma, Lovefilm
Singin' In The Rain (1952)
The Movie: Before The Artist , there was Gene Kelly's toe-tapping satire about the coming of sound to Hollywood - the lightest, and breeziest of Golden Age musicals.
Why It Was Loved: The customary panache of MGM's musical department - witty lyrics, muscular choreography, eye-popping colours - allied to a buffet of movie in-jokes for film geeks.
Typical Online Review: "Super duper dopeness. The cat's meow, the poor man's humility, THE bomb, Singin' in the Rain is one of the finest pinnacles of American cinema." Kevin C, Rotten Tomatoes
Die Hard (1988)
The Movie: Yippee-kay-ey. Bruce Willis strips to his dirty vest to take out a Nakatomi Plaza's worth of hostage-taking crooks.
Why It Was Loved: It's the perfect action movie, thanks to its claustrophobic setting, steely set-pieces and villains as quotable as the heroes. Better still, it's a bona-fide Christmas movie.
Typical Online Review: "In December there are few things I like more than curling up on the couch and enjoying the smell of terrorists roasting on an open fire as I watch Die Hard." Protoclown, i-mockery.com
Dirty Dancing (1987)
The Movie: Patrick Swayze rescues Jennifer Grey from the corner, and girls everywhere suddenly hit puberty.
Why It Was Loved: Remember the book in American Pie that gets passed down from year to year? Dirty Dancing is what girls have instead.
Typical Online Review: "For as far back as I can remember I have loved this film. I use to watch my parents copy of the film and even though back then I didn't understand some of the things I got the basic 'forbidden love' theme. I thought it was so beautiful how love came through in the end." Randomdriftwood, Experience Project
The Movie: Steven Spielberg lays down the template for blockbusters ever since, although most have only a fraction of its buccaneering spirit and extraordinary suspense.
Why It Was Loved: The first horror story most of us ever saw, but not so much traumatising as exhilarating , ensuring we all wanted to watch it again.
Typical Online Review: "My absolute favorite movie... I have 3 copies, just in case, LOL! Way to go, Steven S! Would not have been nearly as good or as scary if we saw more of Bruce!" Sunny Nestler, Facebook
The Movie: An underdog off-screen and on-, Sylvester Stallone punches above his weight to secure Italian pride and Oscar glory.
Why It Was Loved: This urban fairytale is a proper 'punch the air' entertainment, although paradoxically its appeal lies in the fact that it avoids a fairytale ending.
Typical Online Review: "If you think Rocky is about a boxing match, you are sorely mistaken. In the movie, you find that it’s a story about a guy’s journey that culminates in a boxing match that is the perfect metaphor for his life." Michael Kelley, Threads Media
The Matrix (1999)
The Movie: Keanu Reeves chooses the red pill and discovers a) that reality is an illusion and b) he's suddenly a lot more kick-ass.
Why It Was Loved: Hollywood catches up with innovations in manga and gaming by reinventing the action movie as an exercise in achieving the impossible with wire-fu, bullet time and lots of guns.
Typical Online Review: "The Matrix is simply one of the most amazing movies ever! It's philosophy is probably almost the equivalent to that of ancient Greeks... well maybe not, but still, rock on Matrix!" Markojukicpro, the-top-tens.com
The Big Lebowski (1998)
The Movie: The film that ties together the Coens' room, via bowling, nihilist art-rockers and weed.
Why It Was Loved: The Coens abandon their pin-sharp plotting and made something as shaggily loveable and random as its hero. Plus, Jeff Bridges abides.
Typical Online Review: "the Big Lebowski is a movie that can be watched again and again. You learn sometime more each time or just found something that most the guest will enjoy none the less. More then anything its a movie to put in wile your in your favorite house robe and drinking one fine white russian. Just dance your cares away wile your sparking up a jay worries for another day." anonymous, Dudeism
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
The Movie: Righteous dude Ferris (Matthew Broderick) bunks off school and teaches his sadsack mate to start enjoying life while he can.
Why It Was Loved: A manifesto for teenage life that proved it's possible to unite the sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies and dickheads.
Typical Online Review: "My friends knowing that I'm a huge film buff asked me to come up with a list of my favorite movies of all time, when it came down to number one, there was one film that stood out in my head that I knew I could watch over and over again and never get sick of: Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Kristine, IMDb
The Princess Bride (1987)
The Movie: Rob Reiner's swashbuckler dodges and feints like a swordmaster, pretending to be ironic even as it's becoming more and more genuinely romantic.
Why It Was Loved: From the flashing of blades to the post-modern winking of its construction, everything twinkles.
Typical Online Review: "It is, in my opinion, the most perfect film ever made because it's fun for the whole family. Youngsters see it as an adventurous love story and adults will appreciate the satire." Angie, A-List Reviews
Fight Club (1999)
The Movie: Pre-millennial tension courtesy of David Fincher, as Brad Pitt plays the devil on Edward Norton's shoulder and coaxes him into swapping flat-pack furniture for anarchic terrorism.
Why It Was Loved: A generational statement without the sermonising. Instead, killer twists, a mischievous satirical wit and Fincher's off-kilter cool acted as a gut-punch.
Typical Online Review: "it has a completely original storyline, it's unpredictable, stylish, the characters are engaging, the music, scenery, everything is fresh and entertaining. my favorite movie" deetrosa, Yahoo Answers
The Godfather (1972)
The Movie: Coppola's Mob epic remains the gold standard of 70s filmmaking, and the sequel isn't too shabby, either.
Why It Was Loved: Huge themes nestle in the warm embrace of the kind of family you want to be a part of. Leave the gun, take the cannelloni.
Typical Online Review: "you feel part of the family and you feel hurt by the choices some people make because you know them like a family. and at the end when he closes the door slowly you feel you've been pushed out and not wanted in the family." DMTMD, Yahoo Answers
Stand By Me (1986)
The Movie: River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, Jerry O'Connell and Corey Feldman travel upstate in search of their rite of passage, in Rob Reiner's sun-kissed but bittersweet blast of nostalgia.
Why It Was Loved: The gorgeousness of the time and place sells this as the best childhood memory you never actually made.
Typical Online Review: "As with many people, it is 100 per cent what I was like with my group of friends growing up. The film caputred that so well." HeyHey, Democratic Underground
The Dark Knight (2008)
The Movie: Christopher Nolan's second Bat-flick earned $1 billion worldwide on the strength of muscular IMAX action and Heath Ledger's incredible post-9/11 reading of the Joker.
Why It Was Loved: Nolan gave the fanboys renewed belief in the power of the superhero: a gritty, Michael Mann-esque crime flick of considerable intelligence and tour-de-force performances.
Typical Online Review: "All in all, the movie was perfection. There are only a handful of such movies. Each puzzle peice not only fits together with the others perfectly, but can hold it's own. Plus, the action sequences (especilly the scene involving the BatPod) are to die for." de6789, Experience Project
Pulp Fiction (1994)
The Movie: Quentin Tarantino rips up the rulebook and decides that it doesn't really matter what you put inside a movie as long as it's amazing.
Why It Was Loved: There's so much going on that it's possible for every Pumpkin and Honey Bunny to have their favourite moment, regardless of whether they're into comedies, thrillers or even musicals.
Typical Online Review: "freakin' love this movie mannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!!! AWESOME!!!!! I really don't know what else to say, this film is a stallwart, a classic, inspirational. I would happily accept this film as my child." pupfictionisawesome, Lovefilm
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
The Movie: Richard O'Brien's saucy, camper-than-a-caravan site play thrived on audience participation... and, weirdly, so does the film.
Why It Was Loved: It's not every film where you can walk into a cinema and start throwing toast around, you know.
Typical Online Review: "When I was 16 I used to go with my friends to the Waverly Theater in Greenwich Village, NYC to see the midnight show (that was many years ago) EVERY WEEK. My parents thought I was nuts. We were. We were obsessed. I still remember all the lines and all the lyrics to the songs. God, it was such good fun. It's astounding.... Time is fleeting..." Sadie, Yahoo Answers
The Movie: Martin Scorsese's return to the mean streets of gangster chic, via Nick Pileggi's anthropological study of life as a Mob foot-soldier.
Why It Was Loved: "Ever since I was little, I always wanted to be a gangster." Via freeze-frames, voiceover, Steadicam, "funny how?" improvisation, fierce violence and a jukebox full of joy, so did everybody else.
Typical Online Review: "This is the Best film ever made, i know people will disagree but to me it is, just the whole acting from everyone, and just watching makes me want to be a gangsta lol." warby, Yahoo Answers
The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
The Movie: Dorothy is off to see the wizard with her friends. Watch out for flying monkeys.
Why It Was Loved: Surely the most referenced movie of them all, largely because everybody saw it as a kid and has it burned into their consciousness.
Typical Online Review: "the wizard of oz was, is, and forever will be my favorite movie and book series. by the time i was 3, i knew the film by heart. growing up, my room was a huge tribute to the land of oz. i had all sorts of cool stuff: plastic figures of the characters, posters, a stuffed toto, a glinda wand, and even a pair of ruby red slippers (which i never actually wore, just displayed)." runnagirl, Experience Project
The Lord Of The Rings (2001-2003)
The Movie: Middle Earth's in trouble. Quick, Frodo! You'd better carry this ring cross-country for three films while the rest of us enjoy some MASSIVE BATTLES.
Why It Was Loved: How many ways could this have gone wrong? Yet Peter Jackson's respect and ambition bettered the books with barn-storming spectacle and a real emotional grip.
Typical Online Review: "Just watched the special edition of The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy: I didn't know I missed 30 mins of AWE-someness.!!! Darn, have to watch it x times again. ( where x tends to 100)." Kapil Dalwani, Facebook
Blade Runner (1982)
The Movie: Ridley Scott's neon-soaked sci-fi noir dropped moral ambiguity and incredible design like tears in the rain.
Why It Was Loved: Initially for the visionary visuals. Ever since, because each new cut adds grist to the mill of fan debate.
Typical Online Review: "Every time I watch Bladerunner, I find something else that I "missed" the other times I watched it. It is a wonderful film just full of nuances." mudboy, arstechnica.com
The Movie: You must remember this. Bogart faces up to his wartime responsibilities when Bergman steps into his gin joint.
Why It Was Loved: The definitive film of Golden Age Hollywood, this one has it all - a quote-strewn screenplay, a raft of great character actors and oodles of atmosphere.
Typical Online Review: "Amazing cast, memorable dialogue, unforgettable story. Through this film, Casablanca will always live in my heart and I will think of its characters as family." Rob Stewart, IMDb
Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)
The Movie: Lucas and Spielberg's love letter to serial adventure chucked a giant boulder at Harrison Ford's Indiana Jones and watched him run.
Why It Was Loved: Whipsmart wit and non-stop action help, but really this one's down to Ford's sexy, sarcastic heroism. We simply can't imagine Tom Selleck in the role.
Typical Online Review: "If you don't enjoy this move even remotely you've got serious problems and need to see a neurologist. And if you haven't seen Raiders of the Lost Ark and you're currently ambulatory, what the hell are you waiting for?" Michael G, Rotten Tomatoes
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Movie: Frank Darabont's old-school, slow-burn fable about the power of hope to set you free.
Why It Was Loved: A late discovery for most people, untainted by hype, meaning they forged a personal connection - and were then surprised to discover that's how everybody felt.
Typical Online Review: "I have never yet found a film that tops shawshank, never get bored of watching it, still get totally hooked hoping he'll manage to get out. The scene where red goes to the wall breaks me down everytime and it really has made me realise that life does come down 2 a simple choice and i'd rather get busy living!" Rob Dale, shawshankredemption.net
Back To The Future (1985)
The Movie: Robert Zemeckis' time-travelling crowd-pleaser sees 80s kid Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) end up in 1955 when a customised DeLorean hits 88 miles per hour.
Why It Was Loved: An amazingly well organised screenplay gave multiplex audiences a bit of everything: romance, comedy, SFX and the existential terror of being fancied by your mum.
Typical Online Review: "I love this movie so much, I've watched it a billion times! If you haven't seen it please go rent it right away! This is THE movie of the 80s. It's got it all, comedy, sci-fi, action, suspense, adventure, and it's fun for the whole family too." AJV, Rotten Tomatoes
Star Wars (1977)
The Movie: A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… etc, etc.
Why It Was Loved: George Lucas mainlined everything that ever excited us as kids - WW2 dogfights, samurai adventures, Westerns - and raised the bar by setting it IN SPACE and inventing modern FX to make it look like it was really happening.
Typical Online Review: "This movie does not rate a rating. Usually, when I say that, it is because the movie is so bad, or disappointing that I don't have the heart to rate it. But in this case, it far surpasses any 10/10 rating I could give it." Fiendish_Dramaturgy, IMDb
The Harry Potter Franchise (2001-2011)
The Movie(s): A film series that has inspired the same feverishly devoted following as JK Rowling’s loved-by-all-ages novels. While none of the individual movies are arguably 5-star standalone films, when viewed as a whole (seeing the characters grow, returning to Hogwarts term after term, relishing the stalwart supporting cast) the series takes on a, well, magical significance.
Why It Was Loved: There was something supremely comforting about the halls of Hogwarts, with the franchise offering fans a decade’s worth of classic escapist fare, and the faithful rendering of the source material meant the old faithful weren’t alienated.
Typical Online Review: “It is as beautiful a farewell as it can be, packed with visual spectacle on a scale never before seen in any of the other films and fused with the same powerful emotion as Part I and the Yates films before. All good- even great- things have to come to an end, so there is really no better way to bid adieu than with this grand and glorious final chapter.” Moviexclusive, IMDb