23 Classic Movies That Will Always Be Better Than Anything Being Made Today

We still find some of our favorite movies just as enjoyable today as when they were originally released. An internet survey recently asked, “Which old movie over 20 years old still holds up today?” Here are the top 24 answers.

Terminator 2 (1991)

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“Agreed. The cinematography, special effects, and music hold up incredibly well against T3, Salvation, Genisys, and Dark Fate. Its characters and storyline stand up even decades later. If only we could get a complete soundtrack release.”

“The shot where the T-1000 is walking out of the flaming wreckage of the big rig looks a bit rough, but that’s the only scene that might not hold up. Incredible movie.”

“I knew I wouldn’t have to scroll far to see this. Absolute Classic.”

The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy (2001-2003)

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“It is a great example; just pushing 20 and hasn’t aged a day.”

“In 2019, people began to say The Lord of the Rings was well preserved, but unchanged, would have been nearer the mark. It is legendary perfection.”

“There were some that shook their heads and thought this was too much of a good thing; a trilogy with perpetual relatability as well as inexhaustible Oscars.”

Jurassic Park (1993)

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“Sorry to ruin it, but Jurassic Park was 30 years ago. Yay! We can all feel old now!”

“There’s a really good series on D+ about how some of our favorite movies were made. It’s really interesting, and they mentioned how Jurassic Park was originally going to be a sort of stop motion… think about that. CGI wasn’t very widely used yet, but after that movie’s success, it showed its worth.”

The Matrix (1999)

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“When you consider that The Matrix is essentially Plato’s Cave from The Roman Republic, it’s really much older than 20 years. Plato didn’t have movies, though.”

“I just watched this two days ago with my fiancee. She’s not American and had never seen it. I’ve seen it over 25 times and was quoting everything while it happened. But it very much still holds up, and she loved it too.”

Snatch (2000)

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“This movie stays funny no matter how many times you rewatch it.”

“For every action, there’s a reaction. And a Pikey reaction… Is quite a thing.”

“Do you know why they call him Franky “Four Fingers,” Doug? Because he makes stupid bets with dangerous people, and when he doesn’t pay up, they give him the chop, Doug. And I’m not talking about his fore-skin either.”

Back To The Future (1985)

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“Back to the Future is pushing almost 40 years. Still holds up 100%. Even the corny FX. It’s fun, well-paced, has good dialog, and great performances.”

“It helps that the movie used a LOT of practical effects. It’s perfect; no scene is really wasted, the characters are likable and fun, sometimes even wholesome, there is always some suspense, and it’s just.. so painfully 80s that it’s a joy to watch.”

Schindler’s List (1993)

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“When I got up the nerve to watch it on my own, I was destroyed emotionally. Toward the end, my wife thought something had happened because I was crying. It is probably the most amazing movie that I will never watch again.”

“That just reminds me that I’ve been meaning to watch it for over 20 years now! I’m going to check what streaming services have it tonight.”

Alien (1979)

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“Came here specifically to say this. A stone-cold classic that gets better with age.”

“This is what I was looking for. Recently, my local theatre pulled it out and ran it for a weekend. Still awesome on the big screen.”

“Alien is one of the best Sci-fi movies ever. Aliens are one of the best action movies ever.”

The Fifth Element (1997)

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“This was the very first movie that came to my mind as well.”

“If we want to talk about special effects, The Fifth Element and Death Becomes Her, both coincidentally 90s movies starring Bruce Willis, are still fantastic fun to this day.”

“Negative, I am a meat popsicle. I still don’t know if he was mocking them or if they actually believed him in this scene.”

The Truman Show (1998)

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“It is so very good and, if anything, it’s more relevant now than it was in the 90s.”

“In retrospect, it’s like… the ‘1984’ (George Orwell) of movies!”

“You were my top comment, and rightly so; this is the correct answer!”

“It’s my 16-year-old’s favorite movie, so it definitely still has appeal.”

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

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“I just watched this for the first time over the weekend. Such a good movie, and I hate I waited so long, but also glad I got to experience it my first time as an adult.”

“You are doomed now. Any time you scroll through channels and come across it, you’ll watch it. 10 minutes in? You are watching it. Fifteen minutes left? Yes, you are watching. Smack dab in the middle? I’m still watching. But it’s cool.”

Good Will Hunting (1997)

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“I saw it for the first time on an airplane flight, and it immediately became one of my favorite movies ever, even though it was on this tiny little airplane screen with uncomfortable headphones. Truly a masterpiece.”

“I’d say it’s even more relevant today with the increasing awareness and openness to therapy. Robin Williams was absolutely brilliant.”

Pulp Fiction (1994)

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“The Christopher Walken scene is my favorite part of the movie.”

“You know why they call it a royal with cheese?”

“Those toasters still make me jump up no matter how prepared I am.”

“90s, in general, were an amazing era for movies. They did lots of original stuff instead of playing it safe with sequels and cinematic universes.”

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

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“I hadn’t seen it before; I just watched it a month ago, and it’s fantastic!”

“Agree, although I haven’t seen a Jack Nicholson movie I disliked.”

“I just watched that last week. Hadn’t seen it since the 80s. Wonderful movie.”

“It popped up on my Netflix last month. I don’t know why, but I’m glad it did!”

28 Days Later (2002)

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“I watched it at the weekend. Can’t believe it is now 21 years old; amazing performances across the board. Cillian Murphey and Chris Ecclestone also get kudos for their roles – but Naomie Harris absolutely steals the show.”

“The use of zombies is quite sparse but powerful at the same time. Running zombies are now common, but that first zombie scene in the church still scares me.”

Blade Runner (1982)

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“The gloomy Dystopian city was immersive and well done. Great story too. The tears in the rain washed away, but not the greatness of this movie.”

“Done before CGI, too, and still looks better than a lot of modern CGI movies.”

Home Alone (1990)

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“Without a doubt! That one is my favorite movie and a must-watch every time Christmas rolls around.”

“I mean, the whole movie is solved with a single cell phone.”

“Also Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

12 Angry Men (1957)

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“The removal of doubt is just as important as the proof of guilt. Maybe more so.”

“My immediate thought… I was skeptical because of the black and white, but I watched it because it’s a classic, and wow, I was so immersed. Never seen something proven to be timeless like that.”

“You can tell the script, directing, and acting are all top-class by the fact that it keeps you engaged throughout, despite taking place in just one room.”

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

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“Over 50 years old, and not a single shot in that movie looks fake.”

“When a movie that came out before the moon landing is still a hard sci-fi in technology and looks phenomenal all throughout, you know you have a timeless classic.”

“Interesting that both the movie and its “future” and “futuristic setting” are 20 years old.”

“And it STILL looks just as impressive on a large screen as it did back in the day!”

The Godfather (1972)

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“It’s a great story. I loved parts 1 and 2, but I have to watch them by myself since they’re too slow-paced for my wife.”

“The dialogue makes the movie. Nearly every scene is iconic.”

“The acting is amazing. When you have Marlon Brando doing a death scene and Al Pacino in a role he was born to play, you have it all.”

The Big Lebowski (1998)

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“Watch this every year on my birthday and drink white Russians right up til the credits roll. The dude abides.”

“I watch bits of that film all the time; I randomly pick a spot and watch it for a few minutes when I wait for something.”

“That movie really ties the 90s together.”

Galaxy Quest (1999)

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“There are so many good lines, I can’t choose one. Still love the dubbed-over F-bomb.”

“Most of my favorite comedies contain blistering language, but this one manages to be surprisingly hilarious with a PG rating.”

“The cast, the writing, all the Trek clichés, chefs kiss perfection! Most of my favorite comedies are like this; Best in Show, Young Frankenstein, films like that.”

Léon (1994)

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“Léon will always be one of my favorite films. Gary Oldman is just outstandingly OTT as always, Jean Reno is so completely into his role that he might just be a real cleaner, and Natalie Portman demonstrates ably just what a fantastic actor she’s going to be. A 10/10 movie all the way.”

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