Watch the opening monolog for any presentation of the Academy Awards, and you will likely hear about what movies mean to our society, how films offer escapes from our everyday lives, or some other sell on the overall importance and greatness of the movie industry. The truth of the matter is that a movie is not all that different than any other form of entertainment in that some people are truly into them and watch at least one per week, while there are others who go years and maybe even a lifetime without stepping inside of a theater to catch a flick.
There are movies that have been produced over the years that are, for the most part, universally beloved. You rarely, as an example, see people rant about Christmas Vacation whenever it appears on television during December. That film is viewed as a holiday classic and it is a mainstay of the season for some as much as the carols being played on the radio or Christmas trees being decorated. With that said, some holiday movies are worthy of checking in on this list, and that includes made-for-television specials that are featured by one particular company for, depending on the year, two months.
The Internet was made for “hot takes” and for debates on just about any topic, and that includes conversations about movies. You are bound to find somebody on a social media website or in an Internet forum who absolutely detests some movie that you have watched over a dozen times because you love it so much. Even films that are widely regarded to be some of the greatest ever produced are polarizing among movie aficionados who know their stuff as it pertains to Hollywood. That leads to the question: Which of the 20 films featured in this piece would you say are classics and undeniably great?
20 Every Hallmark Christmas movie
19 Training Day (2001)
18 A Christmas Story
17 Quarantine (2008)
16 The Simpsons Movie (2007)
15 Star Wars Franchise
14 Titanic (1997)
13 War of the Worlds (2005)
12 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
11 Avatar (2009)
10 The Passion of the Christ (2004)
9 Signs (2002)
8 Boyhood (2014)
7 Major League II (1994)
6 The Godfather: Part III (1990)
5 Citizen Kane (1941)
4 Cloverfield (2008)
3 The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
2 The Graduate (1967)
1 Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
I have met all kinds of people in my life; professional athletes, actors, models, you name it. I have never, to this day, encountered an individual who could live either with or without Napoleon Dynamite. What makes this, to me, the most-polarizing film I could think of is the fact that emotions people have about it are so strong. We do not like or dislike this movie. It is either adored or thoroughly hated. Somebody merely wearing a t-shirt that makes a reference to Napoleon Dynamite can spark a legitimate argument among friends. I've witnessed it occur with my own eyes.
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