There are some movies you can watch again and again and again. No matter how much time passes, their plots are so intriguing and universal that they're just as relevant today as they were when they first hit theaters. These are called the classics.
"Classic films are often distinguished or unique works of cinema that have transcended time and trends, with indefinable quality," according to AMC Filmsite. While some may say the golden age of film is over thanks to streaming services like Netflix, you can still enjoy the classics with the press of a button. For this round-up, we're considering all the classics (even the more recent ones) we're dying to rewatch.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
In case the arguably greatest twist in movie history hasn't already been spoiled for you, let's just say this film is about a young boy who is visited by ghosts, and the only person he confides in is a child psychologist, played by Bruce Willis. It's a creepy thriller that will keep you hooked until the very end.
She's Gotta Have It (1986)
In Spike Lee's groundbreaking coming-of-age film, one woman pursues relationships with three different men. The movie is shot in black and white and portrays a woman who is unapologetic about what she wants. Each man she dates has something unique to offer, but Nola Darling (played by Tracy Camilla Johns) simply can't make up her mind.
Daughter's of the Dust (1991)
Set in the early 20th century, this film follows a family living in the Gullah community of South Carolina. Descendants of West African slaves, the family journeys north in search of a new life on the mainland. Intertwining narratives unravel in this modern American classic about family, love, and opportunity.
White Christmas (1954)
This Christmas classic follows a pair of performers (Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) who met in the army during World War II. When the singing and dancing duo meet sister act Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera-Ellen) they follow them to Vermont, where they put on an elaborate performance for their old commander from the war. All the while, love is in the air.
Harry and the Hendersons (1987)
When a family accidentally hits a sasquatch with their car on the way home from a vacation in the woods, their lives are turned upside in this hilarious '80s comedy. Bigfoot turns out to be a sweet creature who the family names Harry, but keeping him a secret becomes a problem.
When the popular girl, Veronica (Winona Ryder) starts dating J.D. (Christian Slater), she is so blind with love, she doesn't realize that he's intentionally killing students while making it appear like a suicide. Case in point, her clique leader Heather Chandler (Kim Walker) who they "accidentally" poisoned. She eventually catches on and tries to stop him while also clashing the group's new leader, Heather Duke (Shannen Doherty).
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
If you haven't already seen the Harrison Ford classic, consider this your opportunity. This is the first film in the cult-classic Indiana Jones series, so consider it a great starting (or revisiting) point. Indy is hired by the government to locate the Ark of the Covenant in this action and adventure flick.
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
If Hugh Grant stars in it, we're there. This 90's comedy stars Grant as a commitment-phobe trying to reconnect with a woman about to marry a wealthy, but boring, man. It's a quirky rom-com you'll fall in love with.
The Graduate (1967)
A young Dustin Hoffman floating in his Pasadena pool—that opening scene is so iconic that we can't think of anything that can top it. Between the melancholic Simon & Garfunkel score, iconic love affair, and resonant post-college mood, it's hard to pick just one reason we love The Graduate. It's innocent, playful and has a "forbidden love" angle that's fun to watch unfold. There's also plenty of room for laughter and delight.
As Good as It Gets (1997)
This film is a Jack Nicholson classic. The movie is about a self-obsessed author drawn to his neighbor, a stressed-out single mom, and it will make you feel all the things. Bonus: There's a totally adorable dog in it.
Now and Then (1995)
Your favorite 90's film has finally come to Netflix, and it's just as good as you remember it. The coming of age film is a hefty dose of nostalgia as four girlfriends recall a past summer they spent together in 1970. Get ready for the best of seventies music, fashion, and décor.
Schindler's List (1993)
This true story, which is often referred to as a Steven Spielberg masterpiece, follows Oskar Schindler (played by Liam Neeson) as he eventually saves the lives of more than 1200 Jews during World War II. At the beginning of the movie, he's a businessman living in Krakow, Poland, and a member of the Nazi party. His connections allow him to open a factory, where he hires Jewish workers. But as the war escalates, he realizes that the factory can be a way to protect them. It's a difficult movie to watch, but its honest look at the horrors of the Holocaust is worth it.
Little Women (1994)
The classic novel is just as tear-jerking as a movie as it was as a book. Before Greta Gerwig's new adaptation, starring Emma Watson and Saorsie Ronan, hits theaters in 2019, revisit the classic flick on Netflix. The original version even earned Winona Ryder an Oscar nomination for her performance.
The Bishop's Wife (1947)
This 40's flick stars Cary Grant and Loretta Young. When a bishop beseeches heaven for guidance on raising money to build a new cathedral, he's visited by Grant's character, who claims to be an angel. He eventually wins over the bishop's wife, and he then decides to challenge heaven.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
This classic crime drama, directed by Quentin Tarantino, weaves together stories about criminal Los Angeles. The main cast of characters? A hit man, his philosophical partner, and a washed up boxer. If you're a Travolta fan, you can't miss this film.